Leading telecommunications company, Liquid Telecom has been received the ‘Most Innovative Service’ Award at the 2019 edition of the EastAfricaCom event for its entry, which monitors air pollution in Kenya.
The EastAfricaCom Awards celebrate the achievements of the people and organisations improving connectivity, bridging the digital divide and accelerating digital transformation in East Africa.
Liquid Telecom’s win was announced this week at a ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya. The award recognises the partnership between Liquid Telecom and Africa’s largest non-profit civic technology network Code for Africa (CfA), which have installed air quality sensors to monitor air pollution throughout Kenya.
It is the first Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and software service designed and built in Kenya by CfA to use Liquid Telecom’s IoT network. To date, sensors have been installed across Nairobi and Kisumu which provide measurements of airborne pollutants every 2 ½ minutes.
The recognition comes at a time when air Pollution in Africa’s fastest growing cities is a huge problem. In Kenya alone, it is estimated that air pollution is killing more than 20,000 people a year.
The award comes even as Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, launched a Cloud service in East Africa as part of a partnership with US-based tech company, Microsoft.
The service, dubbed Azure Stack, will allow companies to run a private Microsoft cloud within East Africa, rather than at one of Microsoft’s 54 public data centres located outside the region.
This means users benefit from the cutting-edge security protocols developed and run by Microsoft on its cloud platforms, while holding their data locally, which makes data uploading faster for databases that can be as large as one terabyte or more.
The service will be available across East Africa, hosted in private cloud nodes in Kenya and Tanzania, which makes it possible to replicate databases at different locations to increase reliability and flexibility.
Commenting on the award, Ben Roberts, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Liquid Telecom, said the firm is excited by the potential applications of IoT in Africa.
“This project demonstrates the technology’s true value in improving the quality of people’s lives. We are delighted our project with CfA has been recognised at this year’s East AfricaCom awards,” he said.