The Internet of Things : An African Perspective

A new trend is evolving in the mobile and tech space. It has been heavily talked about in recent times, especially during CES 2015 in January. It is called the Internet of Things (IoT). What does it really mean? How does it affect the typical Nigerian or African?

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As quoted from Techopedia, The Internet of Things (IoT) is a computing concept that describes a future where everyday physical objects will be connected to the Internet and be able to identify themselves to other devices. The term is closely identified with RFID as the method of communication, although it also may include other sensor technologies, wireless technologies or QR codes.

What this means is that everything we have is smart, interconnected, and communicates to us and with us. Mobile OS makers and manufacturers likewise are tapping into this trend, trying to extend the mobile experience and spread it all round to all of our gadgets. We now start seeing the prefix ‘smart’ attached to devices, watches, belts, hand bands, baby feeding bottles, etc.

To a Nigerian living in the streets, all these sounds like science fiction which he’s less interested in, but then there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The first thing we need down here is deeper smartphone penetration, and the situation is gradually improving thanks to TECNO, Innjoo and the rest of them that deliver value for money smartphones at the bottom of the pyramid.

There’s still a long way to go, however. A higher percentage of the population are yet to taste a smartphone. People are yet to learn effective ways of using their smartphones and being productive with them. There also issues of broadband penetration, infrastructure and power.

The Internet of Things is a futuristic extension of technology in a way that one’s life can be impacted even personally and somewhat positively. Hopefully, the common man will benefit from this and gain more from technology.

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

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