Sustainable IOT thanks to the “less is more” approach

Dharmesh Goshalia.

Connecting the world through dedicated communication devices and IOT networks is already a large, expansive and rapidly changing industry. With billions of connected devices around the world, you can imagine the importance and need for stable and reliable networks that cross borders and have an international footprint. However, the question remains: is there a way to achieve global communication in a sustainable and smart way?

As the world moves towards a more sustainable approach, an increasing number of industries have taken a greener approach in their day-to-day operations. Technology and IOT are no exception, with some conglomerates pivoting their day-to-day operations to promote the safeguarding of Earth’s biosphere while encouraging human civilization. Sustainability is not just environmentalism and takes into account both social and economic factors.

Global IOT communication service provider Sigfox, founded in 2010, is a pioneer of the 0G network that offers a unique combination of low cost and low power technologies supported by a global network, owned and operated by 75 local operators independent and exclusive. Network discovery relied on connecting physical objects with the lowest possible power consumption, over long distances using a very frugal network architecture that transmits small packets of data.

Do more with less!

Glen Robinson, Director of Revenue at Sigfox, explained: The goal has always been to reduce waste, reduce waste and increase the use of reusable assets as well as the monitoring, management and billing of utilities. water, gas and electricity. “We are focused on providing IOT solutions with the lowest total cost and environmental impact. Basically, proving that when it comes to IOT, less is more, and the planet will thank us too. “

Glen Robinson.

Glen Robinson.

The network enables companies to gain visibility and track their assets around the world, enabling large-scale businesses such as utility companies, manufacturing, supply chains, smart facilities and suppliers logistics services to deploy massive IOT solutions in a fast, cost-effective and highly scalable manner. , tracking shipping containers and monitoring fire hydrants, securing buildings and helping farmers monitor irrigation levels.

The barriers to entry into mass adoption of IOT are still not sufficiently understood, especially when it comes to connecting billions of unpowered, abandoned and widely distributed assets.

“Most wireless technologies are designed for high data volumes and high speed throughput. This means more energy consumption, more electronic components and more batteries in the environment. Thanks to our frugal architecture, no pairing is necessary and no IT service or device recharging is required during the life of the asset. This is why 0G is mandatory for the IOT to reach its full economic and environmental potential, ”added Robinson.

Let’s talk local – South Africa and sustainable IOT, how is it going?

Dharmesh Goshalia, Director for Africa, said: “South Africa’s adoption of IOT occurs at different stages of the technology adoption cycle, depending on the use case, for example:

  • Home security and stolen vehicle recovery has overtaken early adopters and is now a mainstream solution. They say necessity is the father of invention and unfortunately safety is a key factor in this region. South Africa will continue to be the world leader in adopting IOT to prevent crime. The simplicity, long range and low power consumption of Sigfox technology allows for the tracking and recovery of stolen assets, starting with home / business alarms and vehicle recovery, moving on to product shipment and finally to tracking at the asset level, for example, bicycles and scooters. In South Africa, several security companies continue to take this approach due to the anti-jamming characteristics of Sigfox connectivity. The architecture is asynchronous, which means that the device does not need to synchronize with the network to transmit messages. This makes battery consumption low and predictable, making it a perfect solution for security use cases.
  • The Assurance vertical in South Africa is a world leader with companies like Discovery constantly innovating. The insurance industry relies heavily on data, and the IOT is another rich source of data for this industry.
  • Gas and water utilities. At present, several utility measurement solutions to monitor water and gas supplies have already been deployed in South Africa and abroad, and this is only expected to expand across the continent in the next five to 10 years, for both consumers and suppliers.
  • Track assets in postal, logistics and supply chains is enjoying strong adoption in highly industrialized economies like Japan and Germany. Adoption in South Africa is still in the early adoption phase, and this solution is expected to become a mainstream solution over the next decade.
  • South Africa is also very innovative in cold chain monitoring where the monitoring of the pharmaceutical and food cold chain should allow this industry to save millions of lost products. This is still an early adoption phase, but this area will grow significantly in the years to come.
  • Another area that continues to impress and excite is the number of start-ups emerging from the IOT. For example: PoolSense @ ProAutomation monitors the pH balance, chemical levels and temperature of your pool, all managed from your smartphone.

A green tick for sustainable IOT

With more than 19 million devices and 75 million messages sent per day, the Sigfox network helps customers extract critical data at the lowest cost of production and accelerate their digital transformation in key areas such as tracking assets, supply chain and oversight. The company is a dedicated LWAN service provider already deployed in 75 countries, covering more than 1.3 billion people and six million km2.

“South Africa is a priority for us, as the African continent has enormous potential for the deployment of IOT, which makes life easier, creates jobs and improves the skills of the next generation. We are working with CIVH and other partners on an initiative that will ensure the sustainability and longevity of the network in South Africa and accelerate the adoption of IOT solutions in this region. It is safe to say that Sigfox is here to stay and leading the market with its economically and environmentally sustainable approach to IOT, ”concluded Robinson.

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