South Africa is seeing a growth in smartphone devices, machine-2-machine (M2M) traffic, access speeds and mobile data, showing that the local appetite for connected devices is continuing to grow.

In fact, the proliferation of mobile services in Africa is a strong enabler for IoT growth, due to high mobile coverage and connectivity; with many local operators have begun offering prepaid data roaming solutions to enable the M2M market in Africa.

This has also given rise to IoT-focused events, such as the Internet of Things Africa Summit and MyWorld of Tomorrow, that consider IoT in the African context.

The opportunity these events and the technologies present tangible applications for South Africa to lead in innovation across both Africa and the globe.

According to the Interactive Intelligence Group, IoT is being driven by the explosive growth of device connectivity, wireless technology, cloud computing, and advanced analytics.

A third of companies are already using IoT and this number is expected to double in the coming year, so it is therefore imperative that companies concentrate on best practices for connecting IoT platforms.

Trinity provides a look at how this can be achieved in key South African sectors where IoT enables technology system integration.

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