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Nedbank announces the Top 10 Innovators

7 September 2018

JOHANNESBURG – Nedbank recently announced the expansion of their US partnership with Plug and Play, the world’s largest innovation platform, to include South Africa for the first time.

Together, the entities will connect 10 visionary entrepreneurs from around the world to business leaders at The Disruption Agenda to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September.

“We’re incredibly excited for the ten startups that are going to be part of The Disruption Agenda. The most important thing for Nedbank is to get pilots and experiments underway and push straight through to commercialisation where possible,” states Stuart van der Veen, Head of Disruption and Innovation at Nedbank CIB. “We’ve engaged with our most forward-thinking clients and they will be participating in both the deal-flow sessions and be present at the actual pitches of the startups.”

Nedbank initiated their relationship with Plug and Play, described as the ultimate matchmaking machine between startups and corporates, two years ago as a sponsor of the global FinTech programme. Startups selected to engage at The Disruption Agenda represent both African and global startups from across industry sectors.

Startups selected for The Disruption Agenda:

Koniku: Starts with the premise that biology is the most advanced technology on earth. Their belief is that Bio is Tech™. Koniku builds living machines with synthetic biology. Machines which can detect fake food, design taste, detect explosives, infectious diseases, cancers and more. Nature is our open source library. Currently the company grafts custom proteins which act sensors on living cells – neurons – and encapsulate them within a silicon chip. The chips – Koniku Kore’s – will one day power the next generation of cognitive robots – synthetic cognition.

Airware: Airware is the leading enterprise drone analytics company helping enterprises leverage today’s rapidly advancing technologies (such as drones, cloud computing, machine learning and more) to safely see and sense their sites and structures to improve productivity, mitigate risks, and take workers out of harm’s way. Airware enables enterprises to harness aerial data and turn it into valuable business insights that can be shared and acted on across sites, teams, and geographies. Their solutions enable enterprises to reinvent their organizations for the digital era by translating aerial data into business impact.

IoT.nxt: IoT.nxt has developed a world-leading framework that makes efficiencies, cost savings and increased revenue from IoT (Internet of Things) a reality for businesses. The IoT.nxt platform allows rapid deployment and businesses to action an Internet of Things strategy with little disruption to current operations.

The major strength of the IoT.nxt framework is that the solution is technology-agnostic. They can help digitise any industry, any system and any process. IoT.nxt lays the foundation for rapid digitisation, creating agile, efficient, future-proofed businesses. They’ll help you create an interconnected, interoperable ecosystem without disrupting your business.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2O4CAr5

XLink partners with IoT.nxt

XLink has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with IoT innovator IoT.nxt, with the aim of enabling businesses to digitalise their operations and take advantage of the Internet of Things.

IoT.nxt is a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platforms and winner of several innovation and IoT awards. The company opened an office in The Hague in September last year, and is currently expanding into the US, having concluded partnership agreements with key industry players, including Dell.

With over fourteen years as a secure machine-to-machine connectivity expert, XLink intends to leverage its core capabilities and grow a best-of-breed partner ecosystem to bring new value propositions to the market.

“We believe IoT.nxt offers a premium solution that will strengthen our offering as the orchestration partner of choice for digital transformation,” says XLink MD, Roy van Vuuren. “Furthermore, we foresee that our collaboration will unlock opportunity and value creation for both our businesses, customers and our ecosystems.”

Connectivity is in XLink’s DNA and it is an expert in developing Industry 4.0 solutions, using the best products and practices. It ensures that the mission-critical devices and connectivity networks upon which the digital solution relies can be installed, monitored and maintained for optimum uptime.

“We are delighted that XLink invested in our technology,” says IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn. “It is IoT.nxt’s strategy to build innovative software that we can take to market through channel and strategic partnerships. Our technology stack is designed to be a toolset for partners to utilise as part of their technology ecosystems, which enables digital transformation. XLink is a dynamic company in the local market with a clear view of how it wants to transform its company. Through the agreement with IoT.nxt, it can now offer innovative new solutions for its customers.

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Multiple role-players needed within intelligent mine

17 August 2018

By: Jessica Oosthuizen
Creamer Media Reporter

Mining companies need to establish ecosystems of suppliers and partners to establish, operate, manage and integrate an intelligent mine, says Internet of Things (IoT) solution developer IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser.

“Mining companies, whether small or global, cannot solve the problems they have on their own. They need to establish ecosystems to harvest innovation from different parties,” reiterates enterprise integration solutions provider MineRP marketing VP Empie Strydom. He emphasises that these ecosystems can solve intricate problems that individual companies “simply cannot”.

When mining companies and, for example, technology companies, come together in an integrated way, complementary solutions are found, adds global professional services firm Deloitte associate director Jan-Adriaan du Plessis.
IoT.nxt, Deloitte and MineRP are in a partnership to follow what they call an ‘ecosystem approach’ to the intelligent mine.

The problems of data in mining are extremely complex, and a mining operation is a dynamic system, says Croeser. “Because of this additional complexity, no mine is the same and, therefore, no solution is the same. That is why an ecosystem is needed, where each partner can leverage the other’s deep technical capability to bring the solution to the client,” he adds.

Further, an ecosystem approach accelerates innovation, as each partner learns from the other, Du Plessis notes. Croeser points out that the value offerings to mining companies are “that much better”, with Du Plessis highlighting that “the ecosystem wins and the clients win”.

He emphasises that clients are also included in the ecosystem: “We are open to learning from clients – we want to make sure that what we are investing in and the way we are collaborating makes sense to them.”

Value Offerings
MineRP has deep knowledge of mining technical systems supporting disciplines, such as geological modelling, mine planning and design, and survey. Its core focus is on a spatial integration platform that extends the expert tools used in these domains into the enterprise, allowing for the seamless integration of the technical mining data that represents a digital twin of the physical mine’s major asset – the orebody.

Strydom explains that MineRP’s value proposition is twofold. While it amalgamates the disparate mining technical systems and all the data from the mining technical disciplines into one spatial platform, it also allows for platform-to-platform communications with other domains, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, real-time IoT platforms and even predictive and cognitive platforms.

MineRP essentially unifies “the mining technical world that we refer to as the science of mining, with the ERP world that we refer to as the business of mining”. He adds that the company then works with its partners, such as Deloitte, to integrate mining transactions with financial transactions.

This ecosystem of partners brings together the real-time, planning, geological and ERP data for the mining enterprise to take a wholistic view of its operation, he notes.

Meanwhile, IoT.nxt’s Raptor Edge Technology has developed a method for clients to connect into legacy systems easily and affordably. This retrofit capability makes the efficiencies, cost savings and increased revenue from IoT a reality for operations. The key to this technology is the ability to offer interoperability between different existing offerings. This enables clients to deploy best-of-breed technologies while achieving interoperability and interconnectivity among all the deployed systems and devices from the edge to the cloud.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2vXKcEZ

Watch the interview: https://youtu.be/Azq65BQNbF0

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Inside the MTN IoT Awards

2 August 2018

The third annual MTN Internet of Things Awards celebrated the best of South Africa’s market-ready IoT solutions, applications and developers on Tuesday, July 31 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

The conference saw discussions on smart cities, fleet management, automotive, and insurance and how IoT is influencing these industries and concluded with the announcement of the winner of the 2018 MTN Business IoT Solution of the Year Award.

The inaugural IoT Awards in 2015 set the benchmark for IoT creation and innovation in South Africa.

Said Wanda Matandela, MTN Business’ Chief Enterprise Officer: “We are proud to see the IoT at Conference & Awards growing in stature, as this perfectly aligns with our commitment to provide enabling platforms for innovators. This is done with the aim of connecting small business, big business and the private sector. It is also about bringing home-grown innovations closer to the rest of the world.”

The conference featured a number of reputable speakers and covered a broad range of topics on IoT and its impact across key sectors of the economy.

One of the major draw cards was a presentation delivered by Pepper, the humanoid robot. Pepper is fitted with neuromorphic chips that mimic a human’s neurological brain processes. This enables Pepper to process auditory and visual sensory information.

Another highlight was MTN’s announcement that it has been added to the IoT World Alliance, a global collaboration of telecommunication providers dedicated to providing customers with seamless machine-to-machine connectivity.

The Digital Twin Mine Management solution took top honours. This will see its developers, Mine RP and FlowCentric, travelling to Silicon Valley later this year – the grand prize is valued at R200 000.

The Industrial IoT system, with connectivity that extends down to the mine face, incorporates sensors to monitor factors like air flow, temperature, gas and smoke levels, giving data and context to build a complete picture of the mining environment. It allows for virtual reality walk-throughs of a mine’s digital twin for a complete view of an area.

Mine RP and FlowCentric will join an elite club of previous winners, most notably IoT.nxt. This business has made huge strides in the Internet of Things (IoT) space since taking top honours last year. IoT.nxt, a Pretoria-based company that developed a technology-agnostic platform that allows companies to integrate their IT platforms with IoT devices seamlessly, went on to secure $7.7 million (about R100 million) in funding for business expansion.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2n82le8

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XLink partners with IoT.nxt to strengthen its digital transformation capability

MEDIA STATEMENT 13 July 2018

XLink is pleased to announce that it has clinched a strategic partnership with IoT innovator IoT.nxt, with the aim of enabling businesses to rapidly digitalise their operations and take advantage of the Internet of Things.

IoT.nxt is a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platforms and winner of several innovation and IoT awards. The company opened an office in The Hague in September last year and is currently expanding into the USA having concluded partnership agreements with key industry players including Dell.

With over fourteen years as a secure machine-to-machine connectivity expert, XLink intends to leverage its core capabilities and grow a best of breed partner ecosystem to bring new value propositions to the market.

“We believe IoT.nxt offers a premium solution that will strengthen our offering as the orchestration partner of choice for digital transformation – essentially, providing what we see as fulfilling the role of ‘the missing link’ in IoT implementations. Furthermore, we foresee that our collaboration will unlock opportunity and value creation for both our businesses, our customers and our ecosystems,” says XLink MD, Roy van Vuuren.

Connectivity is in XLink’s DNA and it is an expert in developing Industry 4.0 solutions using the best products and best practices. XLink understand that its customers want results that make sense to their companies, so they can continue to focus on business. XLink ensures that the mission-critical devices and connectivity networks upon which the digital solution relies can be installed, monitored and maintained for optimum uptime and profitability with their outsourced services capability.

“We are delighted that XLink invested in our technology. It is IoT.nxt’s strategy to build innovative software that we can take to market through channel and strategic partnerships. Our technology stack is designed to be a toolset for partners to utilise as part of their technology ecosystems, which enables digital transformation. XLink is a dynamic company in the local market with a clear view of how it wants to transform its company and through the agreement concluded with IoT.nxt can offer new and innovative solutions to their customers,” says IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn.

“This partnership will be mutually beneficial to us and XLink and it is an exciting next step in the development of IoT.nxt. The focus of what we do is to drive business value through the use of IoT technology, which we believe is more about business strategy than a pure technology solution. This latest agreement allows us to reach a much wider market,” says Steyn.

“This is XLink’s legacy: to use the best of connectivity and technology, and make digital transformation a reality for our customers, communities and continent.

The potential of this new era is incredible, and the vision of creating a better future by bringing together the technologies and partners to transform society is exciting,” concludes van Vuuren.

ISSUED BY: XLINK and IoT.nxt

NOTE TO EDITORS:
XLink was established in 2004 to become a leading provider in providing agility, resilience and best practice in connectivity for the retail and payment sectors. With this expertise, XLink’s capabilities cultivated a competency of building a better world through technology, connectivity, partners and people, to provide businesses with connectivity, machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions that will scale as they need them and that are aligned to their strategies. With our partner Vodacom we provide market-leading IT solutions utilising the latest innovations and trends in information technology for the benefit of our customers.
For more information call 011 438 3000; e-mail angelot@xlink.co.za or visit www.xlink.co.za
NOTE TO EDITORS:
IoT.nxt’s unique technology stack bridges the gap between all protocols in the industrial ecosystem, creating a single integration/translation point. Its patented RaptorTM gateway allows organisations to retrofit all existing legacy systems with no rip and replace. A powerful data abstraction model further translates anything and everything from the edge, supporting a true subscription based big data model.
For more information call 083 302 0827; e-mail daleen.vanwyk@iotnxt.com or visit www.iotnxt.com

 

 

Smart farming and technology: Moving beyond marrying mobile with mud

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IoT.nxt concludes partnership with Conclusion as Dutch presence grows

6 April 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT

Dutch company Conclusion announced a strategic partnership with South African IoT innovator IoT.nxt. to act on the rising demand for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The combination of Conclusion’s knowledge of IoT and IoT.nxt’s technology agnostic solution will result in new business models and services supporting companies’ digitization strategies.

This is a further agreement entered into in The Netherlands, following the partnership with listed Dutch company ICT Group N.V., concluded at the end of February this year.

The IoT.nxt platform is capable of connecting a wide range of sensors and devices irrespective of their protocols allowing quick development of new solutions that can be retrofitted onto existing technology. The solution supports fast time to market, resulting in a very beneficial Return on Investment (RoI), making it extremely effective and cost-efficient. “This allows us to focus on generating business value for our customers. The solution is specifically suitable for industrial IoT solutions,” says Robbrecht van Amerongen, Business Development Manager at Conclusion.

Joe Bester, Chief Marketing Officer at IoT.nxt: “IoT.nxt and Conclusion reinforce each other in the field of business solutions for the Internet of Things. With our platform we are able to support Conclusion’s competencies ranging from design thinking, architecture development to technical and business operations in a way that enables them and their clients to rapidly move toward value with digitization.”

IoT.nxt offers a hardware and software solution for edge computing that bridges the gap between the industry sensors and the data processing back-end. It connects a company’s latest digital devices, such as sensors or legacy analogue devices for monitoring the quality of a production process, the condition of an engine or the frequency of usage of equipment, to a wide range of different cloud and on-premises solutions. This makes it possible to leverage the power of real-time sensor data to cloud systems, machine learning, Business Intelligence and IoT driven business rules.

Van Amerongen added that this partnership will enable Conclusion to accelerate its IoT development capability and handle operations of IoT solutions more effectively. “We can focus on business value for our customers and inspire our customers with Industry standard IoT solutions, thus helping them in their Digital Transformation process. The last few years we have seen an expanding number of IoT platform solutions. We help our customers select a mature, usable and cost-effective platform supporting their primary process. This way we provide high-quality solutions with a good ROI.”

ISSUED BY: IoT.nxt and Conclusion

For further information please contact:

Daleen van Wyk  OR  Lianne Verhoeven
Daleen.vanWyk@iotnxt.com  OR  lianne.verhoeven@amis.nl

https://technology.amis.nl

www.conclusion.nl

NOTE TO EDITORS:
IoT.nxt’s unique technology stack bridges the gap between all protocols in the industrial ecosystem, creating a single integration/translation point. Its patented RaptorTM gateway allows organisations to retrofit all existing legacy systems with no rip and replace. A powerful data abstraction model further translates anything and everything from the edge, supporting a true subscription based big data model.

Conclusion stands for results, craftsmanship and innovation. We ensure that organizations are optimally supported by IT. For this, we make as much use as possible of the existing technologies and develop them. Where necessary, we add new technologies. Conclusion ensures that organizations get the most out of their investments. At Conclusion, IT professionals work with passion for their profession. They do that extra step and always go for the highest possible result. Our consultants follow the IT developments closely and know how they can be applied to our customers. Conclusion is part of Conclusion, a unique ecosystem in the field of Business Transformation and IT Services.

SA’s IoT.nxt, Dell Partner to Make IoT Solutions a Reality

26 March 2018

A strategic partnership between South African innovator in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, IoT.nxt, and global technology and computing hardware giant Dell will allow companies to rapidly digitise their business operations and make IoT solutions a reality.

This partnership combines the superior, robust Dell engineering with IoT.nxt’s world-leading innovation in IoT technology – known for its exceptional interoperability features – and is expected to become the new standard at the edge.

“IoT.nxt’s intelligent edge IoT gateway, the Raptor™, has been combined with Dell Gateway technology and through this enable rapid digital transformation. We call it ‘IoT in a box’ and it provides an off the shelf solution suitable for any company in any industry,” says IoT.nxt CEO Nico Steyn.

“With this solution companies can quickly see a return on investment and achieve digital scalability. It will allow them to fast forward unlocking efficiencies and drive earnings.”

The association with the trusted international Dell brand is likely to drive rapid adoption as companies know that their implementation will be supported by the vast and established Dell support offering.

“This Raptor in a box solution gives companies the ability to scale quickly as the Dell Raptor™ is already configured to be rolled out, yet comes with the support of Dell’s global network which offers warranties and superior service,” Steyn adds.

The IoT in a box will be distributed by Axiz, an industry leading value added distribution business that serves eight countries in Southern and East Africa. “This is an innovative offering for industry and we expect strong demand in our distribution networks,” says Axiz Executive Terence Barter.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2Gi8Xik

We need to talk about safety

mining safety

We sat down with Eric Croeser, our Director of Partnerships in Mining, to chat about how mines currently manage safety and incident control and how IoT can help ensure intervention before the Bird Triangle fills up because, as we all know, the Bird Triangle theory always rings true.

Not sure what we’re talking about?

Eric, how do mines manage and record safety incidents at the moment?

Mines, as they stand use a few different systems to manage the various aspects of operational safety. The most common threads through them all are people and paper.

The current risk matrix and process set up for the mining industry all starts with a baseline assessment to identify risks and then put systems and processes in place to minimise and manage them.

A baseline risk assessment is followed by an issue-based risk assessment which identifies incident-specific issues, and then broken into mini risk assessments. This should be a closed loop that highlights issues, and affects the changes in issue based risk assessments and, ultimately, the baseline assessment.

Currently, mines rely on people to conduct these assessments and update systems and logs.

Within that feedback loop, the process that should be dynamically updating the issue and baseline risk assessment is the mini risk assessment – the exercise that people do constantly – because that is the thing that always changes.

What are the stumbling blocks with this set up?

Within that short interval change process, if you’re relying on people you’re not getting the actual data. You’re getting biased opinions and run the risk of having paperwork being filled out without actual assessments being done. You don’t know if the paper-based exercise has been completed. And to what degree it was done accurately.

That’s the current status quo.

Where to from here?

When you start going digital, pulling information from the machines and moving away from discretionary to non-discretionary, you know that what you’re getting in, is true.

You have more control over the time frame between event and response to event and start building up that process. Together with that, real-time data gives you a digital audit or evidence trail so that not only can you reconstruct events in real time so that they’re not affected by biases, but you can rebuild the entire event or process.

You’ll be able to start cutting down time frames, gaining access to real, unfiltered data and allowing scenarios to be reconstructed so that your operations can start building a risk approach based on actual events.

What would you put down as the biggest benefit of digitalisation?

In short – accurate data.

Let’s look at the Bird Triangle.

In mining, we always look at fatalities free rates through production shifts – these are done on a fatality rate per 1000 man hours worked. We always look at lost time injuries, decapacitating injuries and minor injuries. But where we fall short is in accurately tracking the near misses and unsafe acts, the actions that make up the base at the bottom of the Bird Triangle. How do you know how many times you almost had an accident?

The base incidents and near misses or collisions, excessive machine use or damages, PLCs integrated into different systems showing how many times conveyer belts fall out on pull keys – those are the events that are likely caused by someone doing something unsafe. In a digitalised word, you can start to dig down for more information.

These incidents are tracked manually. Think of the paperwork and time required to report on nearly hitting someone, as well as the ease of recording this whilst under the pressue of needing to perform. Then consider an employer who downgrades performance ratings based on incidents being filed. Would you track them all accurately, even if no-one is injured.

In a majority of mines, inspections are likely mostly paper-based versus being conducted digitally, in real-time, in-shift. Again, even the pieces of paper can’t identify the stuff that never happened.

So, does this mean that the Bird Triangle theory goes out the window?

No. On the contrary, more accurate recording in the bottom two portions of the triangle ensure that you are able to intervene prior to the Bird Triangle filling up to LTI / Fatality.

As soon as you have a digital trail, you can start to accurately track and predict incidents.

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