The communication giant Safaricom has formed a partnership with the Kenya Breweries Limited(KBL) to connect and enhance coolers across Kenya in an official announcement made today 21st, 2019.
In a press release, it has been stated that free services to retailers and outlets will be provided countrywide.
It further states that the connected coolers are wired with sensors that leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) smart devices that collect and exchange data.
According to Jane Karuku the Managing director of Kenya Breweries Limited, they have been wanting to have more efficiency between them and the consumer channels.
“Over the years, we have been looking to bring more efficiencies in our route-to-consumer channels and we have found technology to be a critical enabler. As we move towards improving our cutting-edge technology in manufacturing and logistics, we are redoubling our efforts in our marketplace as well, to ensure that consumers enjoy our products the way they should. This project will also enable us to extend our capability to track and invest in coolers and we hope that our existing products and innovations will reach consumers with minimal cost, delays, and wastage,” she said.
Safaricom PLC’s Chief Enterprise Business officer Rita Okuthe said that the IoT solution devices developed are to be installed in the coolers that will have sensors that will then transmit various data to a platform that generates business insights that will assist KBL to optimize the coolers.
With this kind of technology, EABL distributors will be able to tell where their assets are located, if they are in use or not whether they are at an optimal temperature and how many times they have been accessed. She added that currently over 2,000 coolers have already been connected.
By 2020, the communication giant aims to be a digital partner of choice for businesses by providing solutions that will improve the efficiency of doing business while saving money and creating additional value to the end-users.