Africa lagging in IoT innovation

Africa lagging in IoT innovation
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A Cisco VP has discussed the challenges with IoT innovation in Africa during the Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) in Dubai, UAE.

Inbar Lasser-Raab, VP for products & solutions marketing for Cisco, said at the forum that Africa is showing fewer innovations in terms of IoT than other parts of the world. However, she highlighted strong potential from areas like agriculture and mining, and that some applications from other regions are starting to work in Africa.

None of the five global smart city evolutions unveiled by Cisco are in Africa, and the company showcased over 20 connected industry and digital city deployments in Dubai (which is more than two times the solutions featured at the 2014 IoTWF event in Chicago.)

Anil Menon, president of Smart+Connected Communities at Cisco, said: "As host to the 2015 IoTWF, Dubai is rapidly transforming into becoming one of the smartest digital cities in the world, connecting the unconnected through the power of intelligent networks."

"We have passed the incubation phase, now IoT/smart city solutions are ready to be scaled. Cities that scale first will be the winners in an increasingly competitive environment."

Cisco is focused on finding local partners in Africa that understand businesses to convert IoT into reality. However, it does not find South Africa to have strong potential, and neither does it see Botswana, Nigeria, Kenya or Egypt.

Cisco noted, "As we move into this new digital era, organisations across both the private and public sectors are already beginning to rethink how they will approach the shift in infrastructures, processes and outcomes on a grand scale. It is likely to disrupt every area of society and redefine sustainability."

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