South Africa

‘Connected Things Forum’ Brings Together SA’s IOT Industry Players on 13th August

First public event of the newly formed IOT Industry Council, by and for the technology companies that create the Internet of Things solutions that already make a R28-billion market

The first Connected Things Forum happens on Tuesday, 13th August, featuring three streams: predictions for the future, the IOT world right now, and IOT as a driver for the South African economy.  It will take place at the Microsoft campus, 3012 William Nicol Drive, Bryanston, starting at 9am.

The first segment has leading global analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC) presenting the findings of its research into IOT technology in South Africa: where it is making an impact, what its economic benefits will be, and the size of the IOT opportunity for technology and electronics companies. The second segment features Lyle Brady, Group Distribution Executive of one of SA’s largest retail groups talking about where Massmart is in its IOT adoption journey for supply chain. He will also give his views on where it is going, and what Massmart would like to see from the industry.

The third stream is unpacking IOT for government, with Jeanette Morwane, Deputy Director General of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, will look at how government would want to work with the IOT industry to develop policy that will accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution in South Africa, as well as how both local and national government itself can benefit from this new technology.

Finally, the Connected Things Forum will create strong networking and business development opportunities for IOT Industry Council Members – a “Speed Dating” section where 15 companies will have a succession of two minute pitch meetings with peers and potential customers, followed by an unstructured networking time for informal meetings. 

Says Mark Walker, Associate Vice President for Sub Saharan Africa at IDC: “There are few new technologies that show this capacity to radically and permanently disrupt entire industries. Real-time visibility into operational systems can bring immeasurable benefits to organisations, from ultra-energy efficient buildings to frictionless logistics process to   totally transparent inventory control, the applications for “Internet of Things” technologies are boundless. South Africa’s spend on Internet of Things (IOT) technologies is set to top $1.9 billion (R28 billion) by the end of the year, and IDC recently released a market update on the Worldwide Semi-annual IOT Spending Guide that shows IOT spending in the MEA region will grow 15.9% year-on-year in 2019.”

“The applications of IOT tech is really only limited by your imagination: cost is no longer a defining factor in how you monitor and control your real-world environment,” says Roger Hislop, Executive Head for IOT at Internet Solutions, and chairperson of the IOT Industry Council. “IOT is a perfect combination of long distance, low power, low cost wireless networks to get device data to the Internet, and the limitlessly powerful logging, analytics and visualisation capabilities of the Cloud. There are a host of South African companies that are right now building devices, integrating software systems and delivering phenomenal IOT solutions – and the IOT Industry Council is there to make the world know about it.”