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SqwidNet and Altron’s Netstar sign partnership agreement

15 August 2018 Pierre Bruwer, Netstar
Pierre Bruwer, Group Managing Director at Netstar.

Pierre Bruwer, Group Managing Director at Netstar.

Augmenting traditional tracking with IoT.

Netstar, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Altron, has concluded a partnership with SqwidNet, the Sigfox Operator in South Africa. The agreement will see Netstar, the pioneer of the stolen vehicle tracking and recovery (SVR) industry in South Africa, move beyond traditional vehicle tracking by availing new opportunities made possible by Sigfox’s technology. Netstar’s product range will see new cost-effective telematics devices introduced using this technology. A Sigfox communication module will enhance the existing RF network to offer new IoT opportunities to the Netstar solution.

“In order to evolve our IoT solutions, we realised that we needed to enhance connectivity within our suite of solutions,” says Pierre Bruwer, Netstar’s Group Managing Director. “With over 600 000 vehicles already in our cover, the Sigfox network is going to provide additional connectivity that will enable us to enter new markets as well as develop new solutions for our existing customers,” he says.

The partnership between SqwidNet and Netstar accelerates the uptake of IoT in South Africa, with an end-to-end ecosystem of specialist providers that can help with more sustainable solutions to customers. Digital transformation needs to be experienced in various ways, low power wide area networks (LPWANs) help business realise problem solving through receiving data from other sources, for improved insights or measuring specific applications.

“We are certainly excited with a partnership with Netstar, as an enabler to taking our technology to new levels of innovation. Netstar has ensured that their devices are Sigfox Ready(tm),” says Chetan Goshalia, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of SqwidNet. “This means all assets tracked by Netstar will be visible, with message delivery under an SLA, in South Africa and in any of the 45 countries Sigfox operates in at no extra cost. This results in significant operational efficiencies for Netstar.

“The first dual device has already been developed with Sigfox connectivity, and we plan to roll out more solutions using this technology to capitalise on the value and benefits,” says Shaun Brashaw, Chief Technology Officer at Netstar.

As the Sigfox operator in South Africa, SqwidNet currently covers over 85% of the population with its network. This technology opens up endless opportunities to apply solutions to problems that they were not traditionally intended for, but, by design, end up solving. At SqwidNet, we drive innovation through IoT and enable our partners to do just that, to create new revenue streams to ensure they succeed in the fast-paced digital age,” says Goshalia. “Through embracing IoT, Netstar will be able to augment their signatory solutions and bring new solutions to the market, providing their clients with even more value.”

“Furthermore as part of our global expansion, we will be able to bring IoT solutions to new markets that will provide our clients with even greater peace of mind in our hyper-connected world,” concluded Bruwer.

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