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Internet of Things

Vodafone aims to entice customers to the Internet of Things

More and more IoT applications for private customers are coming onto the market. Telecommunications company Vodafone, for instance, has recently starting offering four related products with a special SIM card and app.

17 Nov. 2017
Source: Vodafone
Source: Vodafone

The key component of the new " V by Vodafone " product range is the "V-Sim", together with the "V-App" control platform. One of the products Vodafone has launched is its Internet of Things (IoT) service "V-Pet": a GPS tracker for dogs and cats that owners can use to set up a digital fence, for example, and that sends them smartphone alerts if their pet strays from the designated area.

"V-Bag" functions in a similar way – here, too, a GPS module tracks the specific location, but instead of Bella and Max, the "V-Bag" app tracks valuables such as bags and suitcases. "V-Camera" offers surveillance protection for buildings, while "V-Auto" provides a number of services, including calling for rapid assistance in the event of an accident and determining the current location of the vehicle.

The products form part of an ever-increasing number of IoT projects and services for consumers. For example, Stadtwerke Braunschweig is currently testing electricity-meter reading with NarrowBand IoT, a standardized radio technology for the IoT.