As just about anything connected to a plug or running on a battery gets connected, the Internet of Things (IoT) grows ever bigger. Keeping tabs on new and exciting developments in that space is MTN, who just announced the winners of their 2019 MTN Business IoT Solution of the Year Award.

The winner – Informed Decisions – walks away with a grand prize of R200 000 and will be taking a trip to Silicon Valley later this year.

While going to the epicentre of tech in the USA is exciting, what makes this contest special is the focus on South African and its local companies. The winners here have a focus on the issues and opportunities we see around us, though we’re sure they can be spun into international solutions.

The categories of the contest, and the winners of each, are listed below –

Overall winner as well as Best Industry 4.0 Solution Award: Informed Decisions

“Informed Decisions is a local company that uses hardware technology to enable IoT in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, in the he cold chain and water management sector while making it affordable to the mass market. It provides a multitude of full IoT tracking, monitoring and analysing solutions, all produced and designed in-house. It is completely independent of any public network provider – the hardware runs on Informed Decision’s own private LoRa network and can be deployed in both urban and rural areas.”

Best Enterprise Development Solution Award: MeMeZa Home Policing Alarm

“The MeMeZa Home Policing Alarm is the first public, all-in-one emergency system endorsed by SAPS. The app provides a direct communication channel between the police and communities, particularly low-income households, who have no access to the private security industry. The solution also comes standard with an outdoor siren with GPS.”

Best Commercial IT Solution Award: Discovery Vitality Drive Sensor

“The Discovery app uses vehicle telematics to accurately track driving behaviour. The app has been in the market for three years and consists of a battery-operated sensor which attaches to the windscreen of a vehicle. The device interacts with Discovery’s smartphone driving application to measure and reward users’ driving behaviour. Since launching, the programme has collected more than 11 billion kilometres of driving data.”

Innovative Hardware in IoT Award: NodeX IoT System

“The NodeX IoT System allows users to regulate any electronic or mechanical system parameter wirelessly, such as monitoring a reservoir level, movement of a vehicle or turning a pump on and off. Operators no longer must be dependent on third party internet access, with users able to regulate the system to their own specifications and infrastructure needs. With the help of onboard inputs and sensors, the system captures data which is stored on the device or in a cloud database and can be retrieved for real-time tracking and analysis.”

Most Disruptive IoT Solution Award: earlyROM Mining Production System using Industrial IoT

“earlyROM Mining Production System is an IoT solution that has been deployed at Exxaro’s Belfast Coal Mine. It enables Exxaro to monitor machine performance, tempos, cycle times and machine data of its mining fleet in real-time. The earlyROM Mining Production System is a commercially and technically disruptive Edge Computing system.”