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Intel Global IoT DevFest IV


W5_T4 - Improving LPG Accessibility in Africa Using Internet Of Things


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The majority of African population are still using charcoal and firewood to cook due to the high cost of LPG. How about using Internet of Things (IoT) to tackle this issue? Yes, LPG adoption has traditionally been difficult for customers who live in regions that lack modern energy infrastructure, where cash flow is constrained. Because of this, most of these households make small daily purchases of wood or charcoal for cooking. However, through an IoT-enabled smart meter, families can use their smartphones to prepay for gas using mobile wallets - that is the power of IoT. This transaction activates the valve to supply the purchased amount of gas, allowing customers to pay as for the LPG as they cook with the flexibility of an incremental purchase. This compliments the earnings volatility common among low-income households, especially those who work in the informal sector. The constant monitoring of the data allows remote scheduling and delivery of a new LPG cylinder before the customer runs out of gas, assuring a consistent supply of quality LPG gas.

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