Astralink, PSH in alliance with Pan-African Cumii to deliver connected home solutions in Africa
By Digital News Asia November 23, 2016
- They will provide a range of security and energy monitoring solutions
- The contract is worth more than US$5 million per year for the next two years and beyond
SINGAPORE Internet of Things (IoT) firm Astralink Technology has entered a strategic alliance with Hong Kong-based Product Solutions House Limited (PSH) and pan-African firm Cumii to deliver a suite of Cumii’s connected home solutions to consumers across the African continent.
In a contract worth more than US$5 million per year for the next two years and beyond, Astralink and PSH will provide a range of security and energy monitoring solutions for installation in homes across the region. This has the potential to expand to a wide range of additional capabilities including healthcare monitoring.
Astralink chief executive officer Bill Chang said: “This is a significant endorsement of Astralink’s capabilities and solutions by Cumii. As a Singapore-based IoT firm, this is an important milestone in our overseas push.”
Cumii CEO Norman Moyo added, “Our philosophy at Cumii is about smart business and smart partnering. We try to build lean organisations that work closely with our ecosystem of partners and are pleased to be working with smart partners, like Astralink, to deliver what we want to deliver to our customers.”
Cumii, a subsidiary of wireless telco Econet, focuses on disruptive technology that is transformative. They will distribute and deploy the connected home solutions via Econet's network of telco partners in major markets across Africa.
Energy usage and home security
The strategic alliance is the result of Cumii's recognition of two important elements of any connected home solution: energy usage and home security.
“Astralink’s Green Energy solution allows home owners to measure and track the energy consumption of all of their powered devices and appliances. Measuring and tracking your home’s energy consumption profile is the first step towards finding ways to decrease it efficiently by applying various control measures downstream,” said Chang.
In addition, homeowners with Astralink's Eye-X Security installed can arm the system while they are away from home. Push notification alerts will be sent when any unauthorised activity or break-in is detected with connected cameras streaming real-time data surveillance videos to their owners.
AT.Things IoT platform
Astralink has developed a number of different service solutions that can be integrated across AT.Things, a common platform that addresses the needs of various vertical industries.
From a home owner seeking security or energy efficiency to a patient who needs their vital signs to be monitored remotely and an office manager looking for tools to improve productivity in the workplace - Astralink has solutions that address these needs.
The global market for connected home systems is projected to reach US$122 billion by the year 2022 according to Markets and Markets.
Chang said: “With rising affluence and increasingly tech-savvy consumers worldwide, Astralink has an optimistic forecast for our solutions, and will continue to seek strategic partnerships and opportunities overseas for our solutions.”
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