Security is a necessity for all, not a luxury for few - Maeltra Technologies, CEO, Babalola Ismael


Babalola Ismael is an electrical and electronics graduate from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. He recently launched Maeltra technologies, an automation and security system startup that aims to 'secure and keep track of vehicles.'

Maeltra Technologies, CEO, Babalola Ismael

The Akure-based automation and security system company 'Maeltra Technologies' plans to invest in making quality electronic and automation devices available locally and more affordable to users in the country.

 In this interview with Alli Abiola, Ismael shares his thoughts on government policies and how it affects the Nigeria security and automation industry amongst other issues.


ITSALLISAY: Tell us about yourself. Why the interest in automation and electronics?

Babalola Ismael: I am Babalola Ismael, an electrical and electronics engineering graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State. My interest in automation started as a hobby. So much of my childhood days were spent living with someone who likes to create and make things work without supervision. 

 I got attracted to electronics due to the way it is capable of doing wide range of things, just with a physical little device. It was an amazement to behold and I wanted to know more about its operations.

 What will Maeltra technologies offer differently ?

 As I grew older, it became obvious that things that are necessities to enjoy life to the fullest are only enjoyed by rich people. I decided in my own little capacity to change the narrative. You know there are things that amazes people, they want to acquire it but then their prices are either inflated or substandard in cases where these devices maybe affordable. 

Security is a necessity for all, not a luxury for few - Maeltra Technologies, CEO, Babalola Ismael
Maeltra technologies, an automation and security system startup that aims to 'secure and keep track of vehicles.'


Our focus at Maeltra Technologies is to invest, such that we can create these devices locally and affordable with a similar or better quality.

 The economic impact of COVID-19 on the automation industry, agricultural, and food supply cannot be over-emphasized. How do we solve the issues?


In every situation, there is always a boom, and the low, COVID-19 should open our eyes to the world of automation, in fact, this moment should be a steep rise in the stocks of automation companies. COVID-19 has made everyone to stay at home, in isolation, however, in more developed countries where automated farming are being practiced, the effect of reduced human resources is felt at a lower percentage compared to other countries. 

 As companies decide to make staff members work from home, automation has enabled farming with internet of Things (IoT) that requires lessened human resources.


How developed is the Nigeria digital and automation technology industry? Is it widely accepted?

 Talking of development, we have people worth the technicality but then we have an environment that is a little toxic. So, it does not make it worthwhile, hence, making it underdeveloped. 

 As to the acceptability of the automation industry in Nigeria, as I have said earlier, people are too attracted to what comes from other countries except Nigeria. It takes a few convincing words to get people and its end-users to accept it.


Even at that, affordability is a big deciding factor for its acceptance.


How consistent are Government policies? Do you think they serve purpose?


Government policies are generally meant to help indigenous companies develop and grow. 

 However, in this part of the world where foreign instruments and devices are an attraction for everyone, government policies have not really been helpful in protecting the startups trying to sprout in the country.


Where do you see Maeltra Technologies in 5 years?


In everything you do, you must endeavour to pray and aim for the best. In 5 years, I see the Maeltra technologies as not just 'an household item but as an industrial and agricultural brand widely used and accepted all over the world.'


What is your advice to young people?


Young people have to start from somewhere, somehow. Starting is not easy but keeping up is more difficult. You have to pray. We have absolutely no knowledge of what tomorrow holds.


Tomorrow is brighter and it might just become perfect for us and it will make our endeavours perfect.


Editing by 'Seyifunmi Adebote

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