South Africa is seeing a growth in smartphone devices, machine-2-machine (M2M) traffic, access speeds and mobile data, showing that the local appetite for connected devices is continuing to grow.
In fact, the proliferation of mobile services in Africa is a strong enabler for IoT growth, due to high mobile coverage and connectivity; with many local operators have begun offering prepaid data roaming solutions to enable the M2M market in Africa.
This has also given rise to IoT-focused events, such as the Internet of Things Africa Summit and MyWorld of Tomorrow, that consider IoT in the African context.
The opportunity these events and the technologies present tangible applications for South Africa to lead in innovation across both Africa and the globe.
According to the Interactive Intelligence Group, IoT is being driven by the explosive growth of device connectivity, wireless technology, cloud computing, and advanced analytics.
A third of companies are already using IoT and this number is expected to double in the coming year, so it is therefore imperative that companies concentrate on best practices for connecting IoT platforms.
Trinity provides a look at how this can be achieved in key South African sectors where IoT enables technology system integration.
1. Energy Generation Monitoring
Energy Management is critical in the South African context since manufacturing and energy facilities can address key issues in the African context, though challenged with supply and load shedding.
Optimising energy use is critical and helps to improve overall operational spend; as the business cases for generators and solar panel plants show.
M2M solutions, like the Babcock telemetry system, are being used to control and monitor generators to save companies time and money. Ensuring optimal use of these high value assets.
The Babcock remote generator monitoring system is designed using TrinitySMART and provides remote control, status monitoring and possible failure visibility of generators deployed in the field.
In the consumer space, Trinity has partnered with Vodafone and Huawei to offer a fully commercial solution that effectively manages hot water energy consumption.
IoT is also driving advancements in the monitoring and alarming of residential and business premises, with tremendous growth seen in the advancement of self-monitoring through cloud technology and smartphone apps.
According to research by Parks Associates, as much as 70% of security dealers currently install or plan to install some type of interactive smart home devices or systems.
This technology also assists to efficiently manage security operations that rely on guards, by monitoring where the guards are and the status of their patrol.
Recently, Trinity finished a large scale project for the Johannesburg City Parks installing a guard monitoring system installation and running training on the the TrinitySMART system.
Trinity offers Active Guard and Active Track devices that give users complete control of communication, security with superior control of their ‘monitoring’ round.
The multi-functional units include Panic buttons, GPS Monitoring, RFID Readers and Voice Communications.
3. Business monitoring and industrial automation
Big data from IoT devices are also now directly available for business intelligence and analytics tools, which is advancing the insight that companies have into their business and driving automated control.
This can provide mines with blast impact analysis, for instance, which is a key aspect of insurance claim protection.
IoT-enabled weather stations also provide key long term agricultural data across South Africa to the Agricultural Research Council.
Traffic data collection has grown from simple traffic counters through complex vehicle classifiers and complex integrated road management systems incorporating state of the art communications and information systems.
Mikros Traffic Monitoring, Southern Africa’s leading traffic data service provider, relies on M2M GPRS services and modems supplied by Trinity.
For more information on Trinity and how M2M technology can benefit your business, visit the official website.
This article was published in partnership with Trinity Telecomms.