Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Huawei partners Altron to attack African IoT market

Steve Rogerson
October 25, 2018



Chinese technology giant Huwaei has teamed up with Johannesburg-based ICT company Altron to attack the IoT market in Africa.
 
The two companies are combining their expertise to deliver tangible and real IoT products and services for businesses in South Africa and the rest of Africa.
 
“We need to develop more IoT solutions that are relevant to the African market,” said Altron group chief executive Mteto Nyati (pictured). “We need smart electricity and water meters in our homes that automatically transmit consumption data to municipalities, enabling them to bill customers without a physical inspection. Beverage companies can benefit from using fridges that provide data about location, repair and service requirements. We want to see smart waste bins that monitor waste levels which leads to better waste management and streamlined pickup schedules. Our partnership with Huawei will enable us to offer these solutions in our market.”
 
The partnership will see Altron’s technicians and engineers being upskilled through Huawei Technologies’ Johannesburg Open Lab facility, which offers an environment that promotes creative thinking and innovation where the combined teams of technicians and engineers will jointly design products and services together.
 
“Our more than 80,000 research and development engineers will work with Altron technical experts in designing market-leading smart solutions that harness IoT and are not vulnerable to cyber fraud,” said Huawei South Africa’s chief executive Fan Wen. “Together we will make IoT deliver business value to our joint customers.”
 
Netstar, a subsidiary of Altron, has signed a joint venture deal with C Ahead Technologies to offer insurance and fleet telematics in India.
 
"With C Ahead we have found an ideal partner for us to introduce Netstar’s intellectual property into the Asian continent," said Nyati. “This joint venture is in line with our measured global expansion plans for Netstar and will diversify offshore earnings.”