IoT.nxt recognised as a major player in Africa

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This report studies the Internet of Things (IoT) Platforms market status and outlook of Africa and major regions, from angles of players, regions, product and end Application/industries; this report analyzes the top players in Africa and major regions, and splits the Internet of Things (IoT) Platforms market by product and Application/end industries.

Africa Internet of Things (IoT) Platforms Industry 2017 Market Research Report Provide The Details About Industry Overview And Analysis About Manufacturing Cost Structure, Revenue, Gross Margin, Consumption Value And Sale Price, Major Manufacturers, Distributors, Industry Chain Structure, New Project Swot Analysis With Development Trends And Forecasts 2022.

SADC will still play an important role which cannot be ignored. Any changes from SADC might affect the development trend of Internet of Things (IoT) Platforms.

The major players in Africa market include

IoT.nxt
Huawei
ZTE
MTN
IBM
HPE
Vodacom
Microsoft

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The Internet of Things is helping create a more sustainable future

As businesses prepare for the new normal, now is the time to make smart decisions about the future. By 2023 it’s estimated that companies worldwide will invest $1.1 trillion in Internet of Things technologies, while the number of connections is forecast to top 3.5 billion devices and sensors according to market intelligence company IDC. This is one step towards creating the digital-defined business, where data drives decision making.

According to PwC, a professional services firm, 90 per cent of transport and logistics companies place a high importance on data and analytics for decision-making, more than in any other industry.

That data-led future is already being realised. In South Africa, IoT.nxt®, a part of the Vodafone Group, has worked on a number of trials with a major Port in Africa to integrate Internet of Things technologies into one of the world’s busiest shipping hubs. The work is designed to improve the visibility of assets while also providing telemetry information and enabling predictive maintenance by tracking and monitoring everything from vehicles and container trains.

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Keeping it real in the workplace

As humans we love to compartmentalise stuff in an attempt perhaps to gain a sense of control or to understand things better. Enter and exit 2020. With said exit many of us (quite illogically) believed things would change with immediate effect. A virus, however, does not necessarily pay attention to the human calendar and we find ourselves yet again, in lockdown in 2021. Still.

Whether working from home is a dream come true, or not, it surely comes with its own sets of challenges. Let’s mitigate moving the mountains of despondency in this unparalleled era we find ourselves in.

 

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

IoT.nxt® like to instil a thankful outlook on life, especially in challenging times. It’s simple, really. When you are grateful, you focus on the positive. When you focus on the positive; no deadline, confrontation, presentation or navigating the challenges of life during a pandemic can be completely overwhelming. It’s a superpower, really.

Nothing shows appreciation more than giving back. The IoT.nxt® staff has, of their own pocket (with the company matching all donations), raised close to one million rand in half a year through their Charity Initiative, A Time To Give last year and there aren’t any plans to stop this initiative any time soon. Besides for donating this undeniably staggering amount of moolah, they have donated their time and resources by packing care packages or spending time at children’s homes in their community. Giving has united employees as well as lifted their spirits amidst a time where the entire globe was under house arrest, battling despondency.

It would then come as no surprise, that such an attitude trickles down from the very top. CEO and Co-Founder of IoT.nxt® Nico Steyn says: “I wake up every morning, and the first thing that I do is thank my creator for another day, grateful to have a chance at making another day count.”

Let’s get practical:

  • Keep a gratitude diary. Start the day by counting your blessings and shift any negativity immediately.
  • Curb complaining to colleagues. A visual description of your bunions might leave your work mates a little queasy.
  • Blast some upbeat music when you feel sliding into a crappy attitude.

How do YOU keep a healthy mindset? Leave a comment!

 

KIDS & CRITTERS

If, like us, you like to deliciously mess up your life with lively little beings, this might sometimes prove testing when working from home, to say the least. We love our human and fur babies but to provide for them we need to also retain our jobs.

An important thing to remember is that everyone on the other side of the video call is human, and highly likely has their own gerbil / exotic snake / chihuahua / hyper-active child closed off somewhere for the duration of the meeting. One does tend to want to seem in control, especially when the boss says: “Video on!”.

While our pets help us survive lockdown, their sudden insane barking while you’re presenting to the CEO becomes a Houston type situation. The trick lies in the planning and practising patience.

Let’s get practical:

  • Plan ahead for those important calls by creating a fun, safe space for the bambinos or pets with a door to close and snacks to keep them busy.
  • Put a half hour blocker in your diary should you have to take them to school, the vet, or extramural activities.

Would you like to share a funny lockdown-child/animal story! Leave a comment!

 

PESKY LOADSHEDDING

For the IoT.nxt® staffers in South Africa, the country-wide intermittent power cuts have proved to come with its own set of obstacles. How does one remain always online? And what are employees’ risks and responsibilities in such a situation?

According to Hayley Byleveldt (HR manager, IoT.nxt®), a reasonable employer will not penalise you for being offline for the duration of loadshedding, reflecting the correct timeframe, but that said, responsible, career-ladder-climbing employees need to do all in their power to be online.

“Try and make up the hours where possible or go into the office (when possible or safe) or a coffee shop for that slot. Manage expectations and perceptions with your manager so that important work can be reallocated… don’t just fall off the face of the earth for 3-4 hours.”

She continues: “It is not the employee’s fault if there is loadshedding. If the offices are open, however, and safety measures are being taken, they do technically have the right to expect you to be available for the duration of the day. If escalated to CCMA they always look at track record, intention and efforts done on both sides to curb work disruption.”

Let’s get practical:
  • Buy a one-day bundle of 10G on many mobile networks for R20 which should carry you through and this amount is often less than the amount you would use for public transport / petrol to get into the office/ coffee shop.
  • Load video conference software onto your mobile device and keep a fully loaded power bank nearby.
  • Always give your manager a heads-up, with a plan on how to make up for lost time.

Please share your tips and tricks on mitigating external hinderances when working remotely! Leave a comment!

 

In closing, it has proven true that when we create a “no excuses” zone, we excel even in extreme circumstances. Let’s share encouragement, positive vibes and camaraderie to continuously accept the challenge that is life. Over to you!

 

IoT and infrastructure are complex, lack cohesion and deter customers

In November, Vodafone UK launched a new range of IoT services in partnership with IoT.nxt, which is majority owned by Vodafone Group’s South African unit, Vodacom. An end-to-end offering, it comprises devices and sensors, a data management platform and professional services. One of its chief aims is to lower the barriers to IoT adoption.

“Our objective is to make it easy for customers to understand which is the best connectivity for their application and make it simpler to implement, so they can start realising the benefits that come with IoT,” says Skipper. IoT.nxt is one of several IoT solutions specialists to have been acquired by Vodafone over the years. Others include German IoT solutions provider Grandcentrix, South Africa-based Mezzanine and Greece’s Innovus.

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