To commemorate the 50th anniversary of mobile telecommunications, Vodafone Ghana is urging all stakeholders in the industry to collaborate in promoting the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) to shape the country's digital future.
Ebenezer Siebu, Head of Network at Vodafone Ghana, emphasised the importance of advancing the IoT agenda to connect devices and meet consumers' real-time needs. Mr Siebu noted that Vodafone Ghana is already spearheading this initiative through products and services such as the V-Tracker solution, which allows companies to monitor assets, devices, and driver compliance.
In an interview with Onua TV and FM, Mr Siebu discussed Vodafone Ghana's internal use of V-Tracker to ensure the safety of its employees on the road. He explained that the company utilises tracking devices on its vehicles to monitor speed and manage journeys for its staff, receiving alerts when drivers are speeding or have reached the point of exhaustion. The tracking solution also encourages discipline among drivers, prompting them to remain vigilant while on the road.
Mr Siebu added that Vodafone has collaborated with key stakeholders in various enterprises and public agencies to implement tracking solutions for their vehicles. He expressed optimism that if more organisations embrace IoT, it will have a far-reaching impact on people's lives and contribute to a thriving economy in Ghana.
April 3 marked the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first-ever mobile phone call, which revolutionized how people communicate. This year, the celebration marks 50 years of progress in the mobile telecommunication industry, enabling people to stay connected regardless of their location. The anniversary also serves as a reminder of the significant transformations in the industry and the potential for future advancements in mobile technology.
In related news, Vodafone Ghana has partnered with Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT) to launch the Vehicle-Tracker (V-Tracker) Road Safety project. This initiative leverages Vodafone's IoT technology to help MMT reduce the occurrence of road accidents involving its buses.
The V-Tracker project is a pioneering initiative under Vodafone's Hero Projects, which focuses on connecting people, places, and things through technology. As part of the pilot programme, Vodafone Ghana has equipped ten MMT buses with its V-Tracker solution. This technology, which includes a camera, sensors, and software, is integrated into a vehicle tracking and reporting system that allows MMT to monitor driver performance and intervene when necessary. The system measures speed, sudden turns, heavy braking, and other indicators of improper driving, relaying these signals instantly to a monitoring centre at MMT's base of operations.