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By Rich Handley

Pod Group Enables Alemetic Systems to Transport Valuable Cargo Across African Jungle

Pod Group, a provider of platforms, software and connectivity services for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that it has signed an agreement to provide an IoT connectivity solution to Alemetic Systems, a Kenya-based provider of vehicle-tracking and fleet-management solutions. Alemetic Systems will use Pod Group's multi-network connectivity solution for its tracking and fleet-management devices.

The solution includes global, multi-network SIM cards that automatically switch networks if coverage is lost or as vehicles cross borders, in order to keep devices connected. Pod Group's multi-network SIMs cover more than 600 networks throughout 185 countries and are controlled remotely via a centralized management platform, which provides information regarding SIM status, network and location, as well as diagnostics, analysis and reporting of device connectivity.

Alemetic Systems provides tracking services to both the private and public sectors for the transportation of valuable assets and cargo across Eastern and Central Africa. Its clients typically move high-value cargo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ports in Walvis Bay, Durban, Beira and Dar es Salaam, with trucks traveling through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya. One of the biggest challenges these companies faces is the remote nature of such locations, where connectivity is patchy and borders are constantly being crossed.

Pod Group's solution will enable Alemetic Systems to eliminate coverage issues on the move, by giving customers access to multiple networks in each country and ensuring the SIMs automatically switch networks if necessary. "We use Pod SIM cards because our clients operate in the most remote areas where network stability of one provider is not guaranteed," said Luke Kerich, a technical specialist at Alemetic Systems, in a prepared statement. "Our clients operate in copper and gold mines and traverse the jungle. To have visibility of the trucks carrying this high-value cargo requires an IoT SIM that can handle erratic network connections. Compared to all the other IoT providers, Pod's technology and the power to manage our own SIMs is excellent."

Charles Towers-Clark, Pod Group's CEO, added in the statement, "Our solution has been designed for remote and mission-critical applications, such as that provided by Alemetic Systems. Our 20 years of experience in this market has allowed us to develop an IoT connectivity solution that provides the coverage and resilience required for even the most remote areas, as this agreement proves."

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