SR: Can you briefly discuss some real examples?
Akil Chomoko, MDS Global: Yes, most recently we’ve started working with Veriown, a Chicago-based IoT company who are combining solar power with internet connectivity. Veriown have partnered with specific 3rd party suppliers including MDS Global, and one of the UK’s largest mobile providers, to deliver services that have a monumental impact on the quality of life experienced by end consumers who, in this case, are typically based in environmentally or economically challenged countries.
Veriown provides a single device known as the CONNECT that acts as a clean energy, internet, media, education and commerce hub. There is an integrated SIM and tablet within the CHS device which provides access to online education, entertainment and commerce to Veriown customers in remote end-user locations.
To achieve their proposition, Veriown use the mobile operator for the internet access. They then determine which components a customer can access based on the proposition they sign up to. They operate a revenue sharing model between the operator, the local deployment partners and the local content partners. The MDS Global IoTMonetised solution is being utilised to calculate the revenue share to each partner, which will incorporate reconciliation of data from the suppliers. Veriown will also utilise IoTMonetised to view a customer’s transactions, managing the customer’s balance, propositions and payments, enabling greater business visibility and offering the ability to tailor packages to suit customer demand.
Using this infrastructure, Veriown are launching a number of free and add-on services that will provide consumers with solar energy for charging and lighting capabilities, access to news, weather and educational content, and access to an online catalogue of steaming radio and video content