IoT innovation in Kenya and India

IoT innovation in Kenya and India

Recent news from India and Africa underlines the continuing growth of IoT-based solutions for a diverse range of applications.

A collaboration between India’s VVDN Technologies, a product engineering and manufacturing company, and fabless chipmaker MediaTek from Taiwan is set to deliver a new range of MediaTek AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things) solutions in India for home and office use cases, according to Indian press reports.

The partners hope to design, develop and manufacture innovative and new-age AIoT solutions, including camera solutions, home automation solutions, and voice assistant devices or smart speakers. The new range of products will be rolled out in India in the fourth quarter of 2020.

AIoT, as you would expect, combines artificial intelligence technologies with Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure to achieve more efficient IoT operations, improve human-machine interactions and enhance data management and analytics

A more traditional approach to IoT came earlier this month when Kenyan operator Safaricom announced the expansion of its strategic collaboration with M-Gas, a digital service provided by supplier Circle Gas that leverages Safaricom’s connectivity, enabling the purchase of gas through a smart meter.

According to Kenyan press reports, the M-Gas smart meter connects to Safaricom’s narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network and accepts payment through M-PESA, unlocking the service for millions of customers. The two firms first announced their partnership in January 2020, with Safaricom acquiring an 18.39 percent stake in Circle Gas.

Safaricom has been quoted as saying that the partnership will enable joint technology development, expertise sharing, co-creation of solutions, and market support between the two firms.

Because Safaricom’s M-PESA and NB-IoT network  manage payments and ensure the flow of gas for connected gas cylinders customers can pay for the gas in very small amounts, tackling the challenge of the high upfront cost of a cooker and cylinder and regular refills.

The NB-IoT network provides connectivity that enables M-Gas’ capability to replace the cylinder in a customer’s home before the gas runs out, providing a reliable virtual pipeline supply.

But that’s not all. Beyond providing access to clean and affordable gas to millions of Kenyans, M-Gas equally aims to tackle the health challenges caused by the current reliance on smoke-emitting fuels.

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