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Zain KSA tests Passive IoT to unlock new 5G capabilities

By introducing Passive IoT, Zain KSA is opening up new spaces to employ the capabilities of 5G+ networks.
Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Mufadda, CTO of Zain KSA

Zain KSA has successfully conducted trials of its practical applications for Passive Internet of Things, an IoT technology that runs on ambient energy sources (i.e. not from a battery).

The self-operating Passive IoT stands as a future application of 5G networks, opening up a multitude of opportunities for advancements across industries like logistics, healthcare, smart agriculture, and more. This technology enables companies to enhance operational efficiency and rationalise expenses. Unlike traditional IoT devices, Passive IoT Tag devices do not require active power sources, which makes them easy to install, reduces the need for maintenance and frequent replacement, and provides a long lifespan, further reducing costs.

The test results demonstrated accuracy in asset tracking enabling the identification of remaining stock and delivering real-time temperature updates.

Commenting on the new development, Eng. Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Mufadda, Zain KSA’s CTO, said: “Zain KSA is dedicated to constructing an inclusive digital ecosystem rooted in innovation and progress, leveraging the full potential of our 5G+ network to generate economic and societal benefits by supporting the nationwide digital transformation and serving Saudi Vision 2030’s overarching goals of achieving sustainable economic diversification and improving the quality of life. By introducing Passive IoT, we are opening up new spaces to employ the capabilities of 5G+ networks offering our customers innovative and sustainable solutions that drive operational efficiencies while reducing costs. These environmentally friendly technologies empower businesses to boost productivity and accomplish their technical objectives through integrated all-digital processes.”