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Mobisol & Aeris to Drive Emerging-Economies by Providing Energy to Millions in Off-Grid Communities via IoT

SAN JOSE, Calif., USA, and BERLIN, Germany, June 6, 2018 – Mobisol, a global player in decentralized solar electrification, has partnered with Aeris, an Internet of Things (IoT) technology expert, to further improve its hardware and software offering for customers and business partners.

Mobisol aims to provide reliable and affordable energy solutions to 20 million people living in off-grid and rural communities by 2023. Its range of systems are designed to provide electricity that can be used to light homes, power radios, TVs, and fridges, and charge mobile phones. Mobisol has even developed solar powered hair clippers and is trialling a solar-powered welding tool. These systems are designed to be modular, which allows Mobisol to match the system for different requirements and budgets.

The Aeris partnership will ensure that Mobisol’s devices can be monitored and maintained remotely, adapt to growing demands for its technology worldwide and can be agile in its device deployment thanks to Aeris’ future proven solutions. It will further assist Mobisol with its recently launched Paygee Software Suite, which is designed to become the go-to solution for any business in need of a completely integrated PAYG (Pay-As-You-Go) platform. It provides a central point of information for system performance, payment schedules and customer related information.

Mobisol will leverage Aeris® IoT Connectivity Services’ expertise and its non-steered multi-network roaming Subscriber Identify Module (SIM) to ensure reliable IoT connectivity, allowing Mobisol to remotely monitor its solutions even in off-grid locations. By having the ability to remotely monitor its devices, Mobisol can use real-time data to optimise its firmware and undertake remote diagnostics. This leads to an operational cost saving as it reduces the need to send out engineers to rural and hard to reach locations, while improving the performance, reliability and longevity of its products, which in turn will increase customer satisfaction.

The real-time data also ensures that Mobisol can monitor whether its customers are keeping up with their payment plan and take quick action if any payment problems occur. It enables Mobisol to optimise costs by suspending devices that are no longer generating revenue, or suspend communication if the payment plan on the device has been finished. Devices can also be reactivated to re-allow remote diagnostics.
Aeris enables Mobisol to incorporate its SIMs at the point of manufacture, test the final product on the production line and ship the final product across the world to its reseller and distributors without incurring any additional data communication costs. Mobisol will only pay for the services when its devices are installed and generating revenue.

By utilising AerPort, Aeris’ management portal, and its powerful and robust set of application programming interfaces (APIs), Mobisol is able to have real-time access to data usage, alert and device management over the SIM life cycle, regardless of location. It also enables Mobisol to better manage delivery of services to their customers via faster diagnoses of device activity and performance via Aeris Aerport.
Mobisol’s aims to license the use of its technology to companies operating in areas such as Latin and South America – areas which fall out of Mobisol’s principal markets. The partnership with Aeris enables it to offer these potential licensees ease of deployment and reliable device connectivity anywhere in the world.

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  • Stefan Zelazny, Chief Innovation Officer, Mobisol
    “By working with Aeris, we can ensure that no matter where in the world our systems are deployed, we can remotely monitor our devices, learn more about user behaviour, improve customer happiness and increase system longevity through remote maintenance. In Aeris we found a reliable partner that we can rely on to provide connectivity for ourselves and our current and potential Paygee licensees in PAYG markets.”
  • Paul Tarsey, Business Development Manager, Europe, Aeris
    “Aeris’ 25 years of technology expertise, collaborative partnerships, customer focus and industry knowledge allow us to provide solutions that go far beyond today’s typical mobile and wireless communications deployments and help our customers ensure they are delivering future-proven devices to their customers. Our Aeris SIMs are carrier agnostic and allow Mobisol to connect to multiple networks no matter where in the world they are deployed. This ensures their devices’ connectivity can be relied upon globally. We look forward to helping Mobisol expand its capabilities and deliver solar-energy solutions to off-grid communities across the world.”

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About Mobisol Group

Mobisol Group is a leading global player in decentralized solar electrification. Driven by market demand for off grid solutions beyond lighting, Mobisol designs, distributes and services large home and commercial solar systems, seamlessly integrated with proprietary PAYG software. By combining the latest high-tech solar hardware with mobile payment technologies, the Berlin based company ensures affordability through flexible payment plans. Mobisol enables rural families and businesses to power a wide range of compatible appliances, such as televisions, stereos and refrigerators, thereby improving their standard of living while earning incremental income by supporting new solar-powered businesses. Mobisol has electrified over half a million people to date and runs its own operations in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, while providing its software solution “Paygee” and hardware through a growing network of B2B partnerships in currently another nine countries worldwide.

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About Aeris

Aeris is a global technology partner with a proven history of helping companies unlock the value of IoT. For more than a decade, we’ve powered critical projects for some of the most demanding customers of IoT services. Aeris strives to fundamentally improve businesses by dramatically reducing costs, accelerating time-to-market, and enabling new revenue streams. Built from the ground up for IoT and road tested at scale, Aeris IoT Services are based on the broadest technology stack in the industry, spanning connectivity up to vertical solutions. As veterans of the industry, we know that implementing an IoT solution can be complex, and we pride ourselves on making it simpler.

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