inq. Group, a Pan-African edge technology provider, has officially announced its AI-powered solutions in Nigeria with the aim to revolutionize the energy distribution sector in the country.
The company’s chairman, Andile Ngcaba, announced on Tuesday July 25th their plans to integrate the solution into the distribution network of energy distribution companies (DisCos), enabling real-time analysis of energy flow and tracking energy leaks. This move follows inq.’s recent launch of two AI products, DocAI and VisionAI, designed for various markets in Africa and Asia.
DocAI is a tool that digitizes business processes, utilizing deep learning optical character recognition (OCR) for extracting valuable information from scanned documents. VisionAI, on the other hand, facilitates the deployment of AI-powered image recognition in camera surveillance systems, enabling real-time analytics and alerts.
Founded in 2013 and with its headquarters in Mauritius, inq. Group has operated in Nigeria for four years, providing enterprise-level cloud, connectivity, and IoT solutions to businesses in the country. The company boasts proprietary large language models that power their AI-solutions suite.
Valentine Chime, inq. Nigeria’s managing director, highlighted the challenges faced by DisCos in maintaining profitability due to the lack of proper analytics to track distribution and detect energy leakages. inq. Group aims to address this issue by working with the Nigerian government for adoption.
During a media briefing, Glad Dibetso, the new group CEO, expressed inq.’s dedication to empower Africa’s technology sector with user-friendly solutions. The company envisions revolutionizing the education landscape by providing essential skills like robotics, AI, and software development to students, fostering the growth of tech-driven small businesses and startups.
Inq. Group’s Executive Chairman, Andile Ngcaba, emphasized their mission to introduce AI to Nigeria and establish the country as a center of excellence for developing customized AI solutions in the energy sector. The goal is to provide state-of-the-art AI solutions for energy companies, offering real-time electricity consumption analytics to identify and address leakages in the electricity value chain.
Ngcaba holds strong optimism for Nigeria’s potential, considering it a driving force of growth within ECOWAS and across the African continent. Inq. Group, headquartered in Mauritius and affiliated with Convergence Partners, specializes in offering innovative Edge AI and IoT services to various African cities, demonstrating their commitment to empowering businesses and communities through accessible and relevant cloud-based technology solutions.
With its presence in 16 African cities, including Johannesburg, Lagos, Abidjan, and more, inq. Group ensures accessibility and responsiveness to clients, offering AI and software solutions through Edgedock to address security and digitization challenges for global businesses. The company’s ambitious vision aligns with Africa’s technological growth and its potential to shape the future of edge solutions and AI in the region.