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Vodafone launches new IoT services for UK businesses

Paul Lipscombe
November 24, 2020

The new services include Vodafone providing IoT sensors and devices

Vodafone has announced it is launching a range of IoT services in an attempt to simplify IoT for UK businesses.

The operator revealed that the new services will remove barriers to adoption for UK businesses, through a partnership with IoT.nxt.

Vodacom, which is part of the Vodafone Group acquired a 51 per cent share in South-African based IoT.nxt back in 2019.

As part of the new services Vodafone will provide IoT sensors and devices, a data management platform and offer ongoing professional services.

According to research carried out by Vodafone that assessed the benefits of ‘digital buildings’, investment in IoT could reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.

This is said to potentially save UK taxpayers up to £380 million a year.

Return on investment

Vodafone’s recent IoT Spotlight research revealed that 87 per cent of UK businesses using IoT have seen a return-on-investment for IoT.

An additional 76pc of businesses said they can now do things that weren’t possible before through IoT advancements.

Vodafone UK business director Anne Sheehan has said Vodafone is attempting to remove the complexity of IoT for businesses.

“We’re making it easy for any business to adopt IoT. We’re taking away complexity, and making it simple to deploy, simple to manage, and simple to see the return on investment.

“With our colleagues at IoT.nxt we can be unique in the UK market – we’ll grow our leadership position from here, and deliver customers a digital capability that will prove invaluable in meeting the pressures of business today.”

IoT.nxt CEO Nico Steyn added: “IoT is perceived by many businesses to be complex and bespoke, but it doesn’t have to be. We hope to change that perception with a platform which can be adapted to any business, and type of connection, and any use case.”

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