Dubai-based Workz Group, a leading mobile security and IoT solutions provider, has partnered with a leading African network operator and large African government to implement embedded SIM-enabled water meters.
The country-wide smart project, which is expected to be launched in early 2019, is part of a long-term government objective to improve the health conditions of its population by providing accessible drinking water to the masses, said a statement.
Workz is the first provider in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to produce the embedded SIM chip, it said.
According to a World Health Organization report, since 2018, more than 2,000 people have died in Africa due to cholera.
The new project will track leakages, measure consumption, monitor energy and usage patterns in real time via the use of the SIM technology. This live data will allow for faster analysis as well as immediate and pre-emptive action to be taken on the water metres and systems.
Moreover, eSIMs, a key component in the Internet of Things (IoT), are SIM chips embedded within a smart device that enable remote management of devices over a cellular network.
The new technology is expected to support the connectivity of smart cities, smart metres, eHealth, smart cars, fleet management, security systems, and more, that are adopting IoT concepts to drive greater cost-efficiencies and effectiveness.
Workz, which provides eSIM technology and cloud management platforms to network operators, device manufacturers, technology enablers and governments, is the only GSMA-certified eSIM manufacturer in the Middle East and Africa and only one of six in the world to carry such an accreditation.
Tor Malmros, Workz’ co-chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to be a part of such a large-scale government venture that uses new eSIM technology to make such a significant impact on people’s quality of life.”
“Our aim as a company is to provide quality and rapidly deployable solutions and, alongside our team in Africa, we have been able to quickly get this project off the ground and make it a full-scale reality,” Malmros added. – TradeArabia News Service
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