We are a household name to the millions of Australians who use our 4G to power their personal and business devices. But what many people don’t know is that Vodafone is a global leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) Technology services market, powering some of the most innovative and powerful connected products. These products change lives all over the world, particularly by redefining the way people do business. Below we present some of the innovative technologies that will change the way you do business in the very near future.

In May 2017, Vodafone Australia was the strategic sponsor of the CeBIT conference, Asia Pacific’s largest and longest-running B2B technology exhibition and meeting of technologists. IoT opens doors to new opportunities for businesses and organisations, allowing them to be more competitive through savings, improved security, efficiency, and sustainability.

By using new business models not technologically possible before, and by improving their customers’ quality of life, IoT promises a better future. We’re proud to showcase how Vodafone is at the cutting edge of this technology, and how we power enterprise and invention in this exciting new space. At the Vodafone exhibit, we showcased IoT tech across three key industries: automotive, health and lifestyle, and smart cities.

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Buckle up! The BMW 5 Series with ConnectedDrive is a show-stopping symbol of the lightning-fast ride to connected living. Under the hood (figuratively, that is) are Vodafone-powered features that connect the car to the outside world, transforming it from a simple means of transportation into a truly smart device. The car includes a listen to your favourite music streaming service at the flick of the wrist. Other features include an Emergency Call functionality that supports contact with emergency services in the event of an accident. Imagine a fleet of connected cars, seamlessly in sync with one another – the possibilities for B2B applications with this technology are endless.

IoT is already providing mass-market solutions for vehicle navigation, vehicle tracking and diagnostics. Fleet management services are helping to encourage more efficient and safer driving, optimising route planning, improving efficiency, and maximising fleet utilisation.

Equal parts smart and stylish is the shiny-red er, currently available in Europe and China. Powered by a Vodafone SIM, built-in GPS tracking means the NIU scooter will immediately send an alert to the NIU Cloud when any unauthorised movement of the bike occurs, instantaneously alerting the owner of the theft and constant location status updates. We hope to see this technology hit Australian shores in the near future.

Vodafone-enabled IoT solutions are becoming integral to patient care, helping to cut costs as well as save lives. The INS Group’s LifeGuard SmartHome IPD, supported by a Vodafone SIM, is a unique system that can put Personal Emergency Response, TeleHealth, Virtual Nurse or GP Consults, Home Automation, Voice and Internet and much more, right at your fingertips.

Wearables aren’t just for humans — pets are also in the market for smart wireless devices as IoT businesses develop new, smarter ways to keep our furry friends safe. We’re proud to have powered POD Trackers along their journey, growing from a small, Sydney-based start up to a globally recognised leader. POD uses a combination of GPS, WiFi, and cellular technology to locate your pet. Using an embedded Vodafone roaming SIM card, POD is capable of working across multiple networks in each region and across more than 175 countries globally.

Business is better in smart cities

By using IoT technology, a host of intelligently connected services are made available to governments, citizens, and businesses — services that promise to reconfigure the cities of tomorrow. But it’s not all in the distant future. Our cities have already begun smartening up, using IoT in the present day. Globally, waste collection costs — with its labour, vehicle, operational, and disposal costs — are skyrocketing, and local governments, businesses, and contractors are looking for new ways to find smart, responsible efficiencies. While waste management might not be the first thing one thinks of when one imagines the sparkling smart city of the future, two outstanding products, developed by two Australian innovation companies, prompt us to think precisely of this subject.

Smartsensor® Navigator is Australia’s own rubbish bin app, providing a dashboard interface through which users can map, monitor, and maintain their bins. Using the power of Ultrasonic Sensors, 3G communication, and IoT connectivity, Smartsensor® Navigator presents dynamic, informative dashboards and fullness-level alerts, offering waste managers a birds-eye view of their network and enabling them to report clearly and accurately in real time. The data provided by the Smartsensor® Navigator App comes from the Smartsensor® fitted in a rubbish bin. Smartsensor® is supported by a Vodafone SIM.

Vodafone IoT can power your business

Interested in Vodafone’s IoT solutions? Contact our specialised team of personal account managers today and have worldwide capabilities to suit every need, from start up to enterprise.

We’ll give your small business the kind of TLC that you give your customers, because we know that’s what SMEs need from their telco to succeed.

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Stuart Kelly

Executive General Manager Enterprise

Stuart Kelly,
Executive General Manager Enterprise

As the Executive General Manager of Enterprise Business at Vodafone Australia, Stuart's role is to ensure that Australian businesses, particularly the 92% of businesses classified as SMEs, are able to take advantage of Vodafone’s coverage and capability at a cost they can afford, while providing the Australia-based business support they need to operate all day, every day.