With the goal to inspire and uplift South African businesses to be competitive players in the global Internet of Things (IoT) race, IP Soft Distribution has partnered with Libelium and Vodacom to host the Powering the IoT Revolution Conference.
The event scheduled to take place (Vodacom Innovation Centre, Midrand) on Tuesday 23 October 2018 will, among other things explore the opportunities for monetising the IoT mega-trend by learning how to apply IoT technologies and implement them practically in the modern, real world.
Libelium will be present at a conference in South Africa for the first time. The company will showcase its IoT technology solutions and how it has been applied practically in diverse industries across the world; from solutions for precision agriculture and smart water management to solutions for urban and industrial environments, such as smart parking, noise and pollution control and smartphone detection.
Libelium’s experts will be among the speakers at the Powering the IoT Revolution Conference, along with Charl Ueckermann, the CEO at IP Soft Distribution, which has just been named the most Active Distributor of Libelium in the world, and Hymie Marnewick from Vodacom, which together with IP Soft Distribution is scaling the availability of IoT technologies in the South African market.
Ueckermann says the Powering the IoT Revolution Conference will be a journey to discover any forward-thinking business keen to leverage the capabilities of IoT.
“South African companies are in touch with global technology trends such as IoT but lag behind other countries in terms of adoption and implementation of new technologies due to a lack of know-how. We are excited to partner with Vodacom in making IoT more accessible to government, businesses and educational institutions across South Africa. We have one of the world-leading IoT vendors onboard to showcase the exciting projects that they have brought to fruition overseas, and to discuss the opportunities for leveraging IoT in a wide range of applications in South Africa. It is going to be a real eye-opener.”
Vodacom Business executive head of Division for IoT Proposition Management, Hymie Marnewick, says, “Having worked with Libelium hardware on Smart building deployments in SA, we have been able to provide insight on the functional elements of building (elevators) to allow for monitoring usage of the assets. Providing information such as runtime hours and performance, allowing the building maintenance crews to schedule maintenance sessions pro-actively.”
Libelium is an innovative Spanish company that designs and manufactures both hardware for wireless sensor networks and a complete Software Development Kit (SDK), so that system integrators, engineering firms and consultancies can deliver reliable Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Smart Cities solutions with minimum time to market. Waspmote, Libelium’s wireless sensor platform, is modular and ready to integrate with key cloud systems and low-energy IoT connectivity protocols.
Today, the company is a worldwide pioneer in the Smart Cities and IoT sector, which is a growing market. Over 10 000 developers from 120 countries in companies ranging from start-ups to universities and large international corporations have adopted Libelium’s technology for projects across five continents. Commercial deployments based on Waspmote include applications as varied as parking, traffic congestion, environmental monitoring, water quality and precision agriculture.
Libelium is currently shifting its strategic focus from sensor devices to its IoT Gateway Meshlium to extend its presence in the whole IoT value chain allowing the development of end-to-end solutions and growing its product portfolio with software services to give intelligence to its sensor devices. The new service allows for the programming of IoT devices from the cloud in just minutes without code writing experience.
According to Ueckermann, the Powering the IoT Revolution Conference is open to chief technology officers, chief innovation officers, system integrators, tertiary education institutions’ electrical engineering departments, mining companies, property developers and other businesses wanting to explore the opportunities of IoT in their organisations. Seats are limited.