The world is gearing up to meet in Johannesburg, South Africa for the first Internet of Things forum to be held at the Gallagher Convention Center to last two days.
Expected to bring together visionaries, thought leaders, expert practitioners, all sharing their profound knowledge of real-world IoT (Internet of Things) trends, challenges and solutions, the conference planned for March 29 and 30, 2017 will be graced by up to 30 keynote speakers from diverse fields.
As reported by IT News Africa, the expected experts come from healthcare, manufacturing, energy, utilities, rail, transport and retail, among others.
And that the speakers who have already confirmed attendance come from, among other organisations, Barclays Africa and Kenya Bankers Association.
Others attending should expect to identify partners, providers and opportunities as they will hear about the technologies, platforms and devices that will power the future of Africa.
“Also [simply] hear from companies that have implemented revenue producing IoT solutions,” adds the website of the event.
Yet as the people look to attend the IoT Forum Africa (IoTFA) 2017, they should sooner rather than later come to know what this Internet of Things is all about, supposing they were to be caught off their guards:
According to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.
“Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. ”
Invented and coined by by one Peter T. Lewis-a noted technology geek-in September 1985, the Internet of Things is now responsible for smart cities, smart energy management systems, smart homes, intelligent transportation, among others.
On this, IT News Africa notes that IoT, with the potential to solve many of the issues the African continent is currently facing, many countries have already embarked on the IoT journey.
“Utility providers in South Africa are using load-limiting smart meters that can warn residents ahead of imminent outages,” points out the news organisation on its website.
Of note also is that healthcare providers in Ethiopia are monitoring the health status of outpatients to better adjust to treatment.
“Intelligent traffic lights in Nairobi are helping ease traffic congestion.”
So the potential is limitless and people can expect more IoT enabled solutions that address the unique issues facing Africa.
And that is not far into the future: experts (Gartner, Inc and ABI Research) estimate that more than 50 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things by 2020.
Meaning that even Africa’s media, environment, infrastructure, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, building, transportation, among other sectors will be largely involved for the good of the continent.
BY MOSES OMUSOLO