Liquid Telecom launches first IOT service in Kenya

Liquid Telecom will launch over 3,000 air quality sensors to map pollution across Kenya and offer actionable data to stakeholders.

The service, delivered in partnership with Code for Africa (CfA), will use the telco’s Sigfox Low Power Wide Area IOT network introduced in August 2018.

The introduction of air quality sensors will be done in phases, starting with Nairobi’s business central district.

According to Liquid Telecom and CfA, the IOT network will cut operations costs for each sensor from 177.53 USD (Kshs 18,000) a year when using traditional Wi-Fi, to 11.84 USD (Kshs 1,200) per year. It is expected to reach Mombasa and Nakuru in the coming months.

The sensors will offer detailed neighbourhood measurement of air pollutants every two-and-a-half minutes.

According to a statement by the company, “The nationwide rollout follows a pilot exercise in Nairobi with sixty air sensors managed by CfA’s sensors.AFRICA. The pilot has confirmed widespread and dangerous air pollution in the city, supporting estimates from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) that 20,739 Kenyans are dying each year from air pollution.”

CfA and Liquid Telecom will make the results public using a dashboard.

On the other hand, the Chief Executive Officer, Adil EI-Youssefi of Liquid Telecom East Africa, stated, “The authorities know pollution is bad, but no-one has until now had localised evidence about exactly how bad, or where the hotspots are. Liquid Telecom Kenya’s new IOT network will help sensors.AFRICA create a detailed map of the problem, so that everyone can understand the scale and nature of one of our nation’s biggest killers.”