SMME IoT, an ecosystem management solutions and IoT strategy provider, has signed a channel partnership agreement with SqwidNet to connect 1 million devices within the next 3 to 5 years in South Africa.
This partnership opens up excellent opportunities for SqwidNet to provide their proposition of low-cost, long-range, low-power modules and devices to the existing network of partners that SMME IoT services.
SMME IoT in alliance with Visiosoft, a dedicated IoT device maker, has begun their foray by initially installing just over 2500 water meter reader units across the country.
SqwidNet CEO, Reshaad Sha says, “SMME IoT operates across a range of verticals like the financial sector, human resource management and technology. We are confident that through this partnership we will be able to expand our competitive offering into these sectors.”
The analytics platform connected to these devices receives the consumption data every 30 minutes. These are active sites, that send data from the devices into a cloud platform. This data is then used to understand the consumption patterns of the area resulting in responsible usage of water in various suburbs and communities.
“SMME IoT offers end to end solutions using leading technologies and sustainable partnerships to grow and support various businesses in South Africa. We specialise in devices that are IoT ready and retrofit devices that provide us with a rapid market entry advantage” adds Mr Rajen Naidoo, Executive Business Development, SMME IoT.
SqwidNet, a subsidiary of Dark Fibre Africa and a licensed SIGFOX operator, is making inroads with the deployment of its Internet of Things (IoT) network and now provides coverage into eight South African metropolitan areas.
Since its launch in November 2016, SqwidNet has successfully deployed its ultra-narrowband IoT radio network in eight metropolitan areas, namely Buffalo City, Nelson Mandela Bay, eThekwini, Mangaung, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, the City of Johannesburg, and the City of Cape Town.
The network is a critical component of the IoT ecosystem that enables low-cost, low-power, and highly secure connectivity for IoT data transmission upon which IoT devices, platforms, applications, and solutions can be developed.