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.

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