Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Pod brings IoT to Alemetic tracking in Kenya

Steve Rogerson
August 6, 2019



UK connectivity services company Pod Group is to provide IoT connectivity to Alemetic Systems, a Kenya-based provider of vehicle tracking and fleet management products.
 
Alemetic Systems will use Pod Group’s multi-network connectivity for its tracking and fleet management devices. This includes global, multi-network SIM cards that automatically switch network if coverage is lost or as vehicles cross borders, to keep devices connected.
 
Pod Group’s multi-network SIMs cover more than 600 networks in 185 countries and are controlled remotely via a centralised management platform, which provides in-depth information on SIM status, network and location as well as diagnostics, analysis and reporting of device connectivity.
 
Alemetic Systems provides tracking services to the private and public sector, for the transport of valuable assets and cargo across Eastern and Central Africa. For its customers, it is vital to know where vehicles are, if the goods they are carrying are secure, and if employees are driving safely and responsibly.
 
Alemetic Systems’ clients move their high-value cargo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ports in Walvis Bay, Durban, Beira and Dar es Salaam. The lorries travel through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya. One of the biggest challenges is the remote nature of some of these locations, where connectivity is patchy and borders are constantly being crossed.
 
The technology from Pod Group will enable Alemetic Systems to eliminate coverage issues on the move, by giving its customers access to multiple networks in each country and ensuring the SIMs automatically switch network if the signal is lost.
 
“We use Pod SIM cards because our clients operate in the most remote areas where network stability of one provider is not guaranteed,” said Luke Kerich from Alemetic Systems. “Our clients operate in copper and gold mines and traverse the jungle. To have visibility of the trucks carrying this high-value cargo requires an IoT SIM that can handle erratic network connections. Compared to all the other IoT providers, Pod’s technology and the power to manage our own SIMs is excellent. We are happy with their service.”
 
Alemetic Systems is a technology-based enterprise in Kenya. The company introduced into the market a vehicle tracking and fleet management system using the power of GSM, GPS and GPRS technology to allow fleet owners to monitor, control, manage and secure their investment in real time, anytime, anywhere.
 
“Our solution has been designed for remote and mission critical applications, such as that provided by Alemetic Systems,” said Charles Towers-Clark, CEO of Pod Group. “Our 20 years of experience in this market has allowed us to develop IoT connectivity that provides the coverage and resilience required for even the most remote areas, as this agreement proves.”