South Africa's Mzansi Digital Republic Trust partnered with smart grid and IoT connectivity firm Delta Energy & Communications to improve the country’s energy sector.The Mzansi Digital Republic is a non-profit organisation whose focus is to extend internet connectivity to underserved communities. According to a statement, the non-profit organisation and Delta Energy & Communications signed a Collaboration Agreement in the township of Delft (Cape Town) to expand consumer access to the internet.
The agreement will result in the provision of WiFi connectivity to over 420,000 residents in the township.
Delta Energy & Communications will deploy its wireless wide area network Smart Grid Network (DSGN) to provide connectivity to utility consumers. The solutions provider claims its network will enable the interoperability and engagement between IoT applications in consumer homes and those operated and deployed by telecommunications partners and original equipment manufacturers.
Scott M. Foster, President and CEO of Delta Energy & Communications, said: "We are excited and proud to be collaborating with the Mzansi Digital Republic.
"With our Delta Smart Grid Network comes not only a ubiquitous WiFi network, but also an advanced smart grid solution to optimise grid efficiency, smart metering and grid analytics—with the ability to enable real-time energy theft detection."
Pastor Charles George, Executive Chairperson of Mzansi Digital Republic, added: "With the DSGN we can realise Mzansi's vision of a smart township—where all municipal services are integrated to enable government and residents alike to address developmental challenges, and ultimately bridge the digital divide."
Smart city technologies
With demand on resources including water and electricity rising on a day to day basis at global scale, the use of smart technologies is expected to help governments and service providers to improve management of the resources as well to optimise their operations.
Outside the African continent, a study conducted in late July forecasts smart technologies could yield benefits worth €532m for the city of Alba Iulia, central Romania.