The African industrial revolution 2.0 in motion

The concept of Industry 2.0 and / or the “fourth industrial revolution”

It is a new way of organizing the means of production thanks to current advanced technologies. The main objective is the establishment of so-called “smart” factories capable of greater adaptability in production and more efficient use of resources.

We speak of an “industrial revolution” when a predominantly agricultural and artisanal society reorganizes and develops to become a commercial and industrial society.

In this article, we will focus on the development and improvement of certain services offered by the leaders of this industry 4.0 but also by other of its players less known to the general public.

  • Google and the “Google street view” service

Google has announced the launch of its “Google street view” activity in Senegal and Ghana as well as the expansion of its coverage in Uganda (Kampala and Entebbe will no longer be the only cities mapped).

The “Google street view” service is available in 81 countries around the world including 7 African countries (South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Madagascar, Uganda, Ghana and Senegal).

  • Uber much more than a taxi

The Uber company is not limited to the transport of people, in order to be more autonomous and to offer a more efficient service, it has embarked on the mapping of roads via “cartographic vehicles”.

Uber launched this project in Johannesburg recently with the aim of creating maps adapted to its activities, including valuable information such as the best places to drop off service users, locate places where speed is limited, areas with heavy traffic. generally dense… It will be South Africa’s second city after Cape Town.

This project has already been launched in 4 other countries: Australia, Canada, Singapore and Mexico.

Regarding lesser known actors:

  • The Bamba group

It is a company specializing in collecting data (cookies) that consumers leave when they shop online. Her specialty is collecting this data in emerging countries, she announced that she was able to raise around $ 1.1 million in her first fundraiser to finance her development across the African continent.

Many international investors have invested and among them have little to say that there are beautiful people: the “Silicon Valley Bank”, Edward J Mathias of the “Carlyle” group, Rishi Varma CEO and founder of AlphaDetail, Darshan Chandaria (CEO / CEO of the Chandaria Industries Group) he has personally invested $ 250,000!

  • Farmdrive

Start-up allowing small farmers to improve the monitoring of their income, it was created by Rita Kimani and Peris Bosire in 2014, two young computer engineers from the University of Nairobi. Their idea came about because they come from families in this environment, small farmers, these communities

Indeed, thanks to the Farmdrive mobile application, they can more easily obtain loans from credit organizations (the income and expenses of farmers are recorded there, which facilitates the credit analysis).

Currently, more than 3,000 farmers are using the application and a virtual cash fund (KES) of $ 130,000 has already been distributed in the form of loans.

The venture capital fund “Safaricom’s Spark Venture Fund” acquired the company with the aim of expanding its use.

In particular, by developing the Farmdrive credit rating system as much as possible in order to be able to allocate more credits in a secure manner.

Africa is a place full of opportunities and a major player in the international market, to be sure …

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