With operations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda and several countries across Africa, BBOXX, a UK-based African focused solar solutions firm has partnered with Aeris, an Internet of Things (IoT) firm to ensure that BBOXX devices have reliable IoT connectivity no matter where in the world they are deployed; that they can be remotely monitored; and that the deployment time of products is expedited.
According to Christopher Baker-Brian, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, BBOXX,“By working together we can ensure that our solutions have optimum reliability and our customers can be sure their devices possess a reliable connection, at all times, no matter where in the world they are deployed.”
BBOXX designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative plug and play solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world and has a vast network of retail shops and outlets. It’s partnership with Aeris means Aeris’ high-quality service and IoT expertise will be used ensure that BOXX can offer the best clean energy solutions to off-grid communities worldwide.
The deal will also see BBOXX install the Aeris global subscriber identity module (SIM) at the point of manufacture, reducing both supply-chain costs and deployment time. By utilizing Aeris’ single global access point name (APN), the BBOXX solar system can also be deployed anywhere in the world, even in the most remote locations on a simple plug-and-play basis, removing the necessity to configure local network settings.
By utilizing Aeris AerPort™, Aeris’ connectivity management platform for IoT devices, BBOXX is also able to have real-time access to data usage, alert management and device- connectivity management over the Aeris SIM life cycle.
“Aeris’ ability to offer high-quality Internet of Things connectivity at the most optimized total cost of ownership ensures that BBOXX’s solar systems are operational and reliable no matter where in the world they are deployed,” said Mohsen Mohseninia, Vice President for Europe, Aeris. “Aeris’ SIMs can also be installed at the point of manufacture, ensuring supply-chain costs are reduced and BBOXX solutions can be deployed without the need for time-consuming local network configuration. We look forward to helping BBOXX expand their capabilities and deliver clean energy to people throughout the world.”
Aeris offers IoT network connectivity in East and Central Africa, the principal areas in which BBOXX deploys, ensuring that each device has reliable IoT connectivity, which enables the company to monitor its devices remotely. Aeris’ global support of major cellular technology standards, such as GSM, CDMA and LTE, also ensures that BBOXX will be able to deploy its devices across the world as it looks to expand globally.
With more than 80,000 systems deployed so far; 300 staff across five offices in China, the UK and East Africa BBOXX aims to electrify 20 million people by 2020.