SqwidNet, the licensed SIGFOX IoT network operator in South Africa, has announced an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) partnership agreement with Adroit Technologies, a SCADA and industrial automation supplier.
The partnership opens up excellent opportunities for IIoT application and service providers to use the cloud-based SCADA and industrial-automation platforms offered by Adroit Technologies, the South African-based firm said on Thursday in a statement.
SqwidNet added that data from sensors and devices can now be seamlessly served up to the Adroit-hosted platform environment via the SIGFOX network.
SIGFOX is the leading provider of global IoT connectivity with network deployments in 36 countries at present. Their proposition comprises low-cost, long-range, low-power modules and devices, that serve up IoT data in a secure and cost-efficient manner to application and service providers.
“SqwidNet is offering a competitive IoT connectivity price point for customers to enter the market and leverage IoT capabilities for their businesses. A range of devices that address a number of use cases across verticals is available immediately from the SIGFOX-certified partner network,” Chetan Goshalia, SqwidNet’s chief sales and marketing officer, said.
“Adroit Technologies has demonstrated that they are a leading technology company with two important facets: a great understanding of the IoT world and technology and a willingness to go the extra mile for their customers.”
Adroit Technologies are in the process of becoming a certified SIGFOX partner for devices and for their SCADA platform.
“Adroit Technologies can offer scalable and efficient sourcing and supply of devices for specific customer requirements from the global partner channel. They can handle volume requests from 100 to 100,000 or more sensors. They also have a significant hardware-development capability in South Africa, making them a unique partner for industrial companies,” said Goshalia.
SqwidNet, operator, was launched in November 2016 to deploy an ultra-narrowband IoT radio network in South Africa.
IIoT, also known as the Industrial Internet, brings together brilliant machines, advanced analytics, and people at work. It’s the network of a multitude of devices connected by communications technologies that result in systems that can monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and deliver valuable new insights like never before. These insights can then help drive smarter, faster business decisions for industrial companies.
The SqwidNet IoT network is being expanded to cover all the national roads as the operator focuses on providing solutions to key verticals, including utilities, transport and logistics, security, supply chain, and retail services.
“As the IIoT evolves, we are noticing that customers are looking at the application of IIoT technologies across a wider range of use cases, including utility management, manufacturing, and inventory and asset management,” says Dave Wibberley, MD of Adroit Technologies.
“We see SIGFOX technology as much more compelling from a scalability, simplicity, cost, and ease-of-integration perspective than traditional telemetry options. This is particularly relevant when it comes to smaller projects’ requirements. SqwidNet already covers all of the eight major metros in South Africa.”
SqwidNet’s IoT network has been deployed across all of South Africa’s eight major metros and cover more than 64% of the population, and expected to exceed 85% population coverage by the end of the year.
The SqwidNet’s network will span the entire country by 2018.
“They have demonstrated to us their willingness to drive enablement and innovation in the industry through their ecosystem of global module-, device-, platform-, and application-development partners. Their exceptional technical and commercial support has enabled us to build interfaces to the SIGFOX back end, and develop a number of trials based on data from sensors and connected devices on the SqwidNet network.,” said Wibberley.
“We have successfully completed several proofs of concept for use cases such as water quality readings, automated meter readings for both water and electricity, and manhole tip sensor readings,”
The demonstrations of these scenarios can be viewed at the Adroit premises.