Angaza PAYG Platform
The Angaza Platform enables manufacturers and distributors of off-grid energy products to incorporate pay as you go (PAYG) functionality. Angaza partners with hardware companies to integrate PAYG to allow Base of the Pyramid customers to pay for products over time, thereby making these products more affordable. Angaza is a software company with core products including the Energy Hub and Activator to pair with hardware products. The Angaza offering is compatible with cable, keypad or GSM based systems.
Countries in East Africa, India, Pakistan. Angaza is based in San Francisco, California with additional operations in Nairobi, Kenya.
Angaza manages their offering of pay as you go design specifications and firmware.
Negotiated with customers.
Private sector and businesses seeking to integrate pay as you go functionality into their off-grid energy products.
Custom firmware development and hardware integration delivered by Angaza based on customer product.
Angaza is an ICT technology provider that licenses their product to customers (i.e. manufacturers or distributors of energy products) or gets a share of each payment via their technology platform. End users of Angaza enabled systems may obtain access codes for the systems via direct sales agents, mobile money or via Angaza’s software platform, the Energy Hub.
The Angaza products for Manufacturers include 3 embedded technology options that integrate into a variety of clean energy devices for communication with a PAYG device:
1. Cable based: ideal for small, portable PAYG devices where a sales agent equipped with the Angaza mobile App (the Angaza Activator) will be physically present.
2. Keypad: integrates into energy products in 2 ways -the product can be sold with an external keypad or the keypad can be integrated onto the device. This uni-directional data communication method relies on direct SMS communication to the customer and removes the need for a sales agent network in markets with mobile money.
3. GSM technology services: optimized for use with higher end, non-portable PAYG products. The technology relies on the cellular network to transmit data bi-directionally between the product and Angaza’s software platform, the Energy Hub.
The Angaza products for Distributors include:
1.The Angaza Energy Hub: a web interface for PAYG distribution operations, allowing customers to manage their PAYG business.
2.The Activator: Angaza’s mobile app supports data-driven distribution operations in the field. Sales agents and dealers can use the Activator to manage customers, troubleshoot issues and track agent finances.
Firmware is continuously updated
Seamless integration into a wide variety of clean energy devices. Angaza claims their cable-based technology is the lowest cost, highest reliability option for communication with a Pay-As-You-Go device.
Not specified. Experts advise that Angaza’s firmware should be considered in terms of quality of service. Including additional cost to products, bandwidth requirement and associated training/technical support.
Reliable cellular network.
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work.(Mobile Internet, SMS, voice, Other)
Mobile data coverage required for the product/service to work (2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, Other [specify])
Device(s) type required for the product/service to work (Smartphone ,Feature phone, Computer, Tablet, Other [specify])
Can the product/service work offline?
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work. Some apps/services can work offline (Y/N [specify], Other [specify])
How can payments be made? (Mobile money, Cable, bluetooth or keypad)
Specify the product(s)/ service(s) supported by this ICT system
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Customer feedback, field trials and payback rate.
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