Soon smart offices, cities, health, sport and other smart possibilities – not yet contemplated, across diverse industries – will become commonplace. And at our fingertips unbelievably fast. Thanks to IoT (the Internet of Things) and the connectivity (mostly wireless) that goes with it.

Yet most medium to large businesses in South Africa across sectors like retail, renewable resources, industrial, town-planning, city and waste management haven’t even begun considering how to leverage it. Says David Godfrey, CEO of iConnect, β€œIn South Africa, IoT isn’t a reality yet. And it’s vital to solving some of our pressing challenges. Whilst we can take cues from how its possibilities are leveraged and defined internationally, even better would be for South Africa to help lead the way.”

Here’s why it’s time to define and get specific about its possibilities, for your business:

  1. It’s the future of technology and will change how businesses operate.
  2. It’ll make them and our lives, significantly more efficient.
  3. In London, Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo and Seoul, it’s being used to run refuse management and other municipal services. We can conduct case studies to leverage and apply this to the South African context.
  4. IoT’s intelligent solutions could precipitate smart electric grids that help SA’s crisis and manage renewable resources.
  5. Help manage traffic flow, monitor potholes and hazards on our roads.
  6. Machine monitoring sensors in factories, plants and warehouses – to monitor stock levels and maintenance requirements, could revolutionise SA industry.
  7. Corruption-busting could become reality through the power of IoT to monitor systems and human behaviour.

One hurdle to IoT in SA

Data used in IoT devices and infra-structure needs safe and effective storage. As well as massive amounts of fast, reliable connectivity. The telecommunications industry will be charged with keeping all the data IoT uses and ensuring that IoT devices stay connected. And every personal device and business will need to be connected to the internet – using a stable and secure connection to ensure effective communication, data collection and analysis. This depends on quality Fibre like that provided by iConnect.

Three fast facts

According to www.Forbes.com

  1. The more interactions you have with your customers, the more data you can collect and insights you can derive and use to create competitive strategies.
  2. IoT supports remote working, which will improve job satisfaction and increase job efficiency and quality.
  3. Your customers will have access to IoT in their personal lives, which means they’ll expect an IoT experience when dealing with your company.”

Kind regards,
David Godfrey, CEO of iConnect

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