Integrated ICT provider Vox on Wednesday launched a series of fully-managed Internet of Things (IoT) based solutions to help businesses such as farmers to enhance livestock and wildlife management, bring new security options to South African customers.
The company intends to leverage technologies like advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, Big Data and deep machine learning to enable IoT and provide valuable insight into the finer nuances of your business.
The promises to deliver IoT solutions that are secure, power efficient, cost effective and simple to deploy on any scale, large or small.
Demand for IoT solutions, which enable business assets to communicate directly with each other or with a central command centre, is rising strongly, as more businesses look to automate day-to-day activities.
In South Africa more businesses are looking for IoT solutions to track assets, animals, utilities, etc.
End users want to know much more than just location, with proactive notifications of out of the ordinary behaviour and activity allowing them to identify and track trends, amongst other features.
Vox has positioned itself as a network neutral platform provider and will support NB-IOT, LTE-M1, LoRa and Sigfox technologies.
“This is going to be like Beta vs VHS” – Vox’s CEO Jacques Du Toit says.
Vox has initially partnered with leading operator Sqwidnet, the provider of Sigfox technology in South Africa.
Sqwidnet has the lowest price point from a hardware and connectivity perspective and the technology extends to more than 42 countries.
These “Things” could include any object embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and actuators and coupled with network connectivity to collect and exchange data, communicate and control objects remotely.
Simply put, Low Powered WAN technology (Sigfox & LoRA) works well in situations where devices need to send small amounts of data over a wide area while maintaining battery life over many years. This distinguishes LPWAN from other wireless network protocols like Cellular with regards to bandwidth and range capability.
Adds du Toit, ¨The Sigfox network is unique in that towers can transmit information over long distances – up to 90 kilometres or more in the regions from a single base station with very low emissions and a small visual impact.”
Vox has launched several IoT solutions, such as:
- Secure, cost-effective asset tracking: Recovery of stolen goods, luggage management, rental management, and track your assets along the supply chain
- Tamper Alert: 1. AGRICULTURAL – farm gates, doors, pumps, equipment, and even tools. 2. LOGISTICS: Fridges and Cold Rooms
- Animal Tracking: Provides GPS locations, sets geofences, activity monitor, and temperature control.