Africa’s IoT ‘Uber for tractors’ highlighted at Evolution Expo
Despite being one of the largest voice carriers globally, Vodafone came to the IoT Evolution Expo and TechSuperShow last week to discuss the Internet of Things in agriculture.
In an Uberlike approach, Vodafone’s connected technology is being used to enable the remote management of tractors to dramatically increase the productivity of farming in Africa.
Since 55% of farmers in Africa have never used a tractor, the startup Hello Tractor created software to link agricultural equipment dealers and owners, financial institutions and farmers, said Erik Kling, vice president of IoT, Vodafone Americas.
Knowing the location of the tractors at all times is essential, not just for the owners but also for the banking financiers who will cover them in case of payment defaults.
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