Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Internet of Nigerian Things (IoT in Naija)


The Internet of Things (IoT), upper case letter "I", lower case letter "o" and upper case letter "T" is an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique IP address and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet. The concept may also be referred to as the Internet of Everything.

A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned a unique identifier and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network. So far, the Internet of Things has been most closely associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication in manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often referred to as being smart just like smart homes where almost everything is automated.

People have limited time, attention and accuracy
all of which means they are not very good at capturing data about things in the real world. If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things, using data they gathered without any help from us we would be able to track and count everything and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling and whether they were fresh or past their best.
IoT is a data driven technology and requires broadband network if there must be reliability.
So here in Nigeria where issues are always a bit complicated in terms of getting an open sourced project rolling, who are the latest participants in the Nigerian data market so far?

We already have the Main One and Glo One optical fibre cables, Drones, Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi and many other open sourced IoT products. So my question is, who are the major players already in this Nigerian data economy and how do we move ahead and get everyone interested to be involved?
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