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Cape Town, 30 March 2017: A locally developed IoT platform clinched the deal in the R65 million partnership between Trinity Telecoms and COMSOL NETWORKS. With the establishment of Comsol IoT Connect, a LoRa® and LoRaWAN™, COMSOL are deploying the largest network of the latest generation open architecture Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) in Africa.

Designed from the ground up with low power, long range and low cost as cornerstones, Comsol IoT Connect will be connecting the continent’s devices and creating growth opportunities across many industries.

According to Ross Hickey, CEO of Trinity Telecomms, partner with COMSOL in this ambitious venture, the relationship is based on COMSOL requiring a leading Internet of Things (IoT) Platform Solutions Provider as part of their approach to the SA Market.

“We at Trinity will provide their Application Enablement layer and Device Management layers as part of the partnership agreement. In addition to this, COMSOL has chosen to use Trinity’s LoRaWAN Service provisioning layer. This approach has given COMSOL the benefit of using a local expert in IoT, ensuring rapid time to market for their customers. Trinity’s services are provided using our South African developed IP”, said Hickey.

“Trinity currently manages over 100 000 ‘things’ across eight countries in Africa and recently expanded to Spain”, added Hickey.

“Our experience in the telemetry and machine to machine (M2M) market over the past 20 years has created a respected and solid foundation culminating in the next generation of IoT solutions based on aggregating new technologies”.

Trinity Telecomms and COMSOL announced the partnership at the IoT Forum Africa at Gallagher Estate in Midrand today.

“COMSOL IoT Connect allows unconnected devices to join the network utilising inexpensive hardware, with all of the benefits of long-range, low-power IoT connectivity. Our ready-to-go infrastructure enables battery-powered end-points to carry on working for years, not days or weeks”, said Sean Laval, Technical Head of IoT at COMSOL Networks (PTY).

The network is projected to support a major portion of the billions of devices forecast for the IoT that traditionally have not been viable to connect. LoRaWAN™ is designed from the bottom up to optimise LPWANs 
for battery lifetime, capacity, range, and cost.

LoRaWAN™ has the ability to connect machines and devices that have a very low power requirement and can be placed in the field without requiring a fixed power supply at a very low cost as the batteries required are small and cheap.

“Trinity’s vast experience in multi-tenant software management platforms for IoT has helped COMSOL fast track it’s commercial implementation making it easy for customers to interact with our provisioning and management platforms. Having a local partner also enables COMSOL to respond rapidly to local customer needs. We did not want to be reliant only on a large global platform where our customer needs may not be addressed timeously”, added Laval.

“A strategic partnership with Trinity Telecomms will allow COMSOL to efficiently address the unique requirements of enterprises and help facilitate the rapid expansion of the African IoT”, said Laval.

When questioned about data integrity, Hickey assured that the end-to-end network security ensures all data is safeguarded.

Hickey added: “Expanding the opportunities in IoT, where high data bandwidth is less important than communication range, battery life or cost, is exciting. The Comsol IoT Connect service can communicate with devices at a range of up to 15km, using transmission power comparable to a handheld gate remote. LoRaWAN™ offers multi-year battery lifetime and is designed for sensors and applications that need to send small amounts of data over long distances a few times per hour from varying environments.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution builds on the Digital Revolution, representing new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even the human body. It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in a number of fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, The Internet of Things, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles”.

“IoT solves a number of business problems, at Trinity we focus on what our IoT platform enables our customers to do: provide billable, real-time services on industrial or commercial equipment, or digitize an existing manual service creating efficiencies or saving costs”.

In an industry currently estimated at being worth $20 billion and expected to grow to more than $200 billion by 2024, the growth opportunities are limitless.

“The industrial sectors will see tremendous benefit from the IoT.  Government and municipalities also have incredible opportunity to reduce costs by improving efficiencies. And of course, technology vendors with IoT-specific solutions that are responsive to these new markets will have a huge opportunity”, said Hickey.

To find out more about Trinity and our IOT-M2M offering contact us at hello@trintel.co.za

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