April 13, 2024

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Safaricom plans to test a smart vehicle tracking system powered by the Internet of Things (IoT), which will provide information on journey duration, vehicle speed, route information, fuel consumption, and driver behavior.

The Telematics solution connects to the vehicle’s onboard computer and collects data on a variety of factors, which are aggregated and stored at the end and beginning of each trip.

During this year’s East African Safari Classic Rally, the pilot will be put in RaajiBharij and his navigator Tauseef Khan’s Ford Mark 1, 1969.

Safaricom’s CEO, Peter Ndegwa, said the pilot is part of a sponsorship contract in which Safaricom has pledged Shs 1 million to back Raaji’s goal for a podium finish.

“As part of our journey to becoming a fully-fledged technology company, we are in the process of testing new IoT solutions which will allow systems, processes, machinery, and ‘things’ to become truly interconnected and interoperable,” he said.

“We are grateful to Safaricom for their sponsorship and honored to be piloting their new smart vehicle tracking system. As far as our team’s ambition for the rally is concerned, firstly we want to ensure the car is in one piece after each leg and secondly to be among the top finishers”, said Raaji

The event will be flagged off at the KWSTI in Naivasha, where scrutineering will take place.

The action then moves on to Sarova Woodlands in Nakuru, Coverdale in 

Nanyuki for two days, Kilima Camp in Amboseli for three days, Salt Lick Lodge in Taita Hills, and the Prize Giving Gala at Ocean Sports in Watamu.

Safaricom’s M-PESA platform also announced a Shs 6 million sponsorship for the East African Safari Classic Rally last week.

The Telco is also backing Carl ‘Flash’ Tundoa, the defending African Rally Champion, as he aims for a podium finish at the race.

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