“Goats like bushy areas, and on the sunny days like to hide in the shadows. It was also important to select the right audio warning signal, so that the goats are feeling comfortable about it. All of this meant making a lot of technical decisions, thinking about which materials to use for the neck strap, and what would be the optimal size, weight and overall design of the device. The device also had to be water and dust resistant, and decisions needed to be made as to where to place the GPS module and solar panels, as well as how the batteries could be easily detached.”
Another, even more important aspect was connectivity: Oscar and his team needed to be sure the solution would work well in any rural area. This is is when Nofence found the perfect partner in Tele2 IoT and with IoT Value.
Tele2 IoT and IoT Value acting as trusted advisors
The cooperation with Tele2 IoT kicked off during the Techcrunch conference in Berlin in 2017. “We had a great meeting with the Tele2 IoT team and they pointed us to their reseller in Norway called IoT Value,” explains Oscar. “From the very beginning, we received tremendous support for our solutions.”
And although Nofence already had a connectivity partner in Norway, they decided to go with the solution provided by Tele2 IoT and IoT Value. “What we really liked was that Tele2 IoT was acting as a trusted advisor during the entire process,” says Oscar. “Instead of pushing us to use LPWAN solutions, both IoT Value and Tele2 IoT were clear: if we wanted to scale the solution across borders, we needed to use a technology which is already in use today. “Even more importantly, they have a local roaming solution, which ensures our devices work in the best network available, which is an important aspect, especially since most of Nofence customers are located in rural areas.”
“I have been working in Telecom business for more than 30 years, and have witnessed how development in communication technologies have changed the market” says Jo Sundheim, Founder of IoT Value. “However, it ‘s important to make sure that we offer customers something that is reliable and that works here and now. Using Tele2 IoT’s local roaming solution, which is unique on Norwegian market, means we can give our customers peace of mind, as well as powerful connectivity, which will not hinder product development.