[South Africa] Vodacom launches IoT products
Vodacom has launched a range of Internet of Things products that will allow customers to connect and monitor their compatible home and leisure IoT devices to the Vodacom dedicated global IoT network using a dedicated IoT V-Sim.
The “V by Vodacom” range includes the V-Pet tracker, V-Kids Watch tracker, V-bag tracker and a V-Home Safety starter kit with a multipurpose sensor, siren, HD camera and a mobile Wi-Fi hub.
The cellular IoT products are connected via the V-Sim, GPS device tracking, notification alerts when your pets, kids or possessions move outside of a virtual fenced area and a V-Home monitoring service as part of the V-Home Safety Kit.
The dedicated consumer IoT sim or “V-Sim” which is provided with all cellular V by Vodacom devices and sold at Vodacom stores. These can also be purchased on their own as sim-only subscriptions for those customers wanting to connect their existing consumer IoT devices.
Executive Head of Consumer IOT at Vodacom, Saloshni Muthal said, “The risks to the safety and security of our homes and family members are something we all worry about daily and want to ensure that with V by Vodacom, South Africa’s leading mobile network operator is able to empower customers to keep track of the things they love. In this way, Vodacom remains committed to transforming the lives of all citizens via the application of new and innovative technologies.”
The “V by Vodafone” smartphone app, provides customers with a single, intuitive overview of V by Vodacom products and sim only IoT subscriptions registered to their account. To set up each product, customers need to scan a QR code on the sim product packaging to register and with a few short steps they are activated.
Payment methods include a monthly subscription fee which is added to the monthly bill of existing Vodacom post-paid customers and is deducted from the airtime wallet from existing Vodacom prepaid customers. Non-Vodacom customers will be able to use their credit for subscription payments in the near future.
There is a fixed monthly price plan for each product connected by a V-Sim.
Vodacom intends to use IoT as a purposeful tool to address locally relevant consumer needs. V by Vodacom, as a product suite is expected to drive up the use of IoT in the country, enabling Vodacom to connect millions of South Africans for a better future.