Ericsson, Telenor Connexion use IoT to power East Africa’s smart water micro-factories

Wayout micro-factory

Telenor Connexion and Ericsson, will work together to provide global connectivity to Wayout’s sustainable micro-factories starting in East Africa and expanding into the Middle East and other markets in 2021.

Wayout has engineered plug-and-play micro-factories for local production of clean, filtered water, with a minimal eco footprint.

The micro-factories which are powered by Ericsson’s Internet of Things (IOT) Accelerator and solar panels, offer an advanced water purification system.

According to the United Nations, 3 in 10 people lack access to safely managed drinking water services.

“Perfect drinking water should be a human right. Our idea is to make access easy and reliable. By leveraging spearpoint technology and robust engineering, our connected sustainable micro-factories enable infrastructure solutions and business opportunities for providing perfect drinking water locally, whilst reducing the environmental impact globally. We want to let it flow,” says Wayout’s CEO, Ulf Stenerhag.

Wayout’s local solution eliminates the unnecessary logistics of bottling and transporting pre-packaged glass or plastic bottles. Each module is fully automated and can filter 70,000 liters of water, remove up to eight tons of CO₂ and up to 200,000 plastic bottles monthly.

The micro-factories are managed by a smartphone application to manage operations, monitor performance, and launch autocleaning.

Wayout’s local operations depend on reliable global connectivity through Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator, a global IoT platform, enabling cost-efficient IoT connectivity and operations for any enterprise of any scale, using the secure, scalable and standardized worldwide mobile network infrastructure. 

On the other hand, Telenor Connexion delivers the cellular IoT connectivity management services such as SIM cards and all necessary agreements with local operators.