Radio Interview with Ryk van Niekerk from Moneyweb

Jabus Kotze was recently interviewed by Ryk van Niekerk from RSG Radio on his monthly programme about Entrepreneurship. This followed Appmit’s win in the recent Attacq Smart City Challenge.

Translated Extracts From Interview

Ryk van Niekerk

Editor of Moneyweb

Jabus Kotze

Founder at Appmit

R
“What is Appmit and what are you currently busy with?”
J
“Thank you for the opportunity, Ryk. Appmit is a mobile App that we are busy developing and planning to launch early in 2018. In summary: Appmit is a mobile application that hold all the “keys” for facilities that a user has access to like office buildings, security estates etc. We are also in discussions with a partner to enable users to buy their MTB Trail permits using the App on their phones.”
R
“So, you are basically replacing keys and access cards so that users do not need to carry multiple cards and keys with them?”
J
“That is correct. NFC tags, access cards and even parking tickets at parking garages will be accommodated within Appmit. We are using Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons to detect a user’s proximity to an access point and determine whether a user should be allowed to enter or exit the specific facility. Through IOT devices installed at facilities, specific doors can then be opened for the user as result.”
R
“The Attacq Smart City Challenge that you won indicates that Attacq plans to use this type of technology within their own buildings and malls? Tell us a bit more about the competition and how Attacq plans to deploy your solution.”
J
“The competition was announced four months ago in partnership with the Launchlab and Nedbank. We were selected as one of twelve finalist who had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from Attacq. We view Waterfall City as a perfect place where we want to deploy our technology and are looking forward to working with Attacq next year. What makes Waterfall City ideal is the fact that it comprises of multiple office buildings, security estates and of course, the Mall of Africa.”
R
“How did you arrive at the idea?”
J
“It started two years ago as an App that purely focused on enabling parking payments at parking garages. We rebranded the App to “Appmit” after realizing that we can reach a larger audience by building a universal access key App.”
R
“It seems relatively easy to build an App and making that available on the App store. How do you go about ensuring that users download and use your application?”
J
“It is a real challenge – merely writing an App and putting into the App store is not going to work for us. We are a B2B and not a typical B2C business. We will need to have facilities signed up for Appmit in order for users to derive value from the use of the App.”
R
“Thank you Jabus and wishing you the best of luck with this business venture!”
J
“Thank you Ryk!”
Pieter Geldenhuys, a lecturer from the North-West University (NWU) acknowledged the fact that this is a very good idea for an App and elaborated on potential other uses for the App, like Mall and Shop discovery etc.