MTN and Huawei deploy Connected Driver IoT Solution in SA

MTN Business has launched a pilot-based utilization-based insurance solution, in partnership with Huawei.

MTN will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to commercially deploy a connected driver solution, which uses the Internet of Things (IOT) to monitor and evaluate driver behavior and motivate better driving.

Connected driver solution in automobile insurance

"This solution is an excellent tool for driver safety, car maintenance and general road safety.This is also an excellent insurance product based on the latest technology. use, "says Melao Mashale, senior director of MTN Business Enterprise IoT Solutions.

The MTN and Huawei solution utilizes an on-board diagnostic (OBD) device that connects the car to a mobile application for private use or at a data center for commercial users such as insurance or management companies of fleet. Driver behavior, such as speed and braking, can be monitored and evaluated, the solution can even detect driver fatigue and send a warning to the driver that he is resting.

"The advantage for insurers is that through the analysis of data, the system can give a rating to drivers, a high score shows a low risk of accident; Vehicle insurers can use this system to provide incentives for better driving which, in turn, will reduce accidents and resulting claims, "says Mashale.

MTN offers 1,000 OBD devices to its first auto insurance client to promote insurance based on use in the South African market.

MTN and Huawei Partnership

"There are more than 11 million cars on the roads of South Africa, of which about 35% are covered by insurance, so it's a huge market for MTN to make the difference. "Use-based insurance (UBI) is an excellent opportunity for alternative revenue growth for telecom operators." This connected car partnership strengthens our collaboration with MTN in our IoT offerings, "says Zhu. Ming, Huawei Regional Director IoT.

The partnership between MTN and Huawei UBI is based on a revenue sharing model and forms the basis of a broader solution for connected cars.

"The supply of connected drivers is already commercialized and we are ready for a large-scale launch.We have tested the solution with several auto insurers who are satisfied with the performance and stability of the platform. Adds Mashale.

MTN and Huawei hope that thanks to the UBI and connected drivers, the high rate of road accidents in South Africa will gradually decrease thanks to the improved behavior of drivers.

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