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M2M solutions have been available in South Africa for several years, however, many industries and small-to-mid-sized businesses in South Africa are still unable to leverage the potential of IoT due to complexity, cost and battery power.
Global distributed information networks provider Thingstream, a division within Swiss tech firm Myriad Group, is fresh onto the African IOT services scene, having entered the South African market in early 2018.
The division is really modelled as an MVNO and is comprised of technical expertise sourced from various other silos of the Group. It is an assembly of specialist software skill sets that have found application within various technical areas such as footprint firmware for devices, instant messaging and USSD.
Thingstream’s value proposition is to leverage USSD messaging capability and tackle power supply and cost, which it says are the two main barriers to entry into the IOT space.
It does this through the rollout of a global IOT connectivity platform which connects via GSM networks using a unique combination of MQTT and USSD messaging protocols.
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