Vodacom unveils IoT products in SA

Vodacom has introduced wide range of Internet of Things products that will enable 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 comprises of 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 devices 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 Executive Head of Consumer IOT at Vodacom, Saloshni Muthal stated, “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, offers customers with a single, overview of V by Vodacom products and sim only IoT subscriptions registered to their account. To set up each product, subscribers need to scan a QR code on the sim product packaging to register with user-friendly steps to activate the products.

The payment methods consist of a monthly subscription fee which is included to the monthly bill of existing Vodacom post-paid customers and is charged from the airtime wallet from existing Vodacom prepaid customers. Non-Vodacom subscribers can use their credit for subscription payments in the near future.

Vodacom plans to use IoT as a purposeful tool intended for consumer needs. V by Vodacom, as a product is intended to boost the use of IoT in the country, allowing Vodacom to connect millions of South Africans for a better future.