Internet of Things Weekly News Roundup For Africa, June 10, 2017

By Kachi Ojieh Saturday, June 10, 2017
Here’s a roundup of interesting Internet of Things news from the past week all happening in Africa. We hope you will like it.

THERE IS JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN weFIX AND DRONE RACING AFRICA (DRA) TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN DRONE INDUSTRY


 When you take a look at South Africa’s indigenous drone sector, the growth statistics over the most recent years will shock you as more sales of drone products are on the rise throughout the country.

There is an urgent need for drone flyers across South Africa to be properly trained and educated, laws guiding how drones should be operated clearly spelt out and its compliance followed-up by authorities. These can be achieved by setting a standard for everyone to follow, thereby making drone enthusiasts not to break the law.

An ongoing partnership between weFix and Drone Racing Africa (DRA) will enable both companies to train thousands of drone flyers in the country.

Alex Fourie, founder and CEO of weFix says, “As two industry leaders, we are aligned in our view of safety and education on drones. Now we bring convenience and accessibility to the table nationally across 36 weFix stores, just as we have done so successfully through our 150 technicians servicing more than 650 000 customers to date across Apple devices and leading phone brands Samsung, LG, and Huawei since 2006.”

Simon Robinson, CEO of DRA says, “This is great news for the industry at large, which has previously been known for its diverse service providers…”

Drone flyers should take advantage of this opportunity and get trained. (TalkIoT)

20 GREAT IOT INNOVATIONS THAT MAY BE ACHIEVABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA BY 2020


Each day that passes by, Internet of Things (IoT) continues to change our surroundings and the way we interact with it. A lot of people believe that later on, many machines will become connected with the objective of adding value to lives and affecting various sectors across the world.

South Africans just have to pray that their IoT industry booms before year 2020.

Let me share only three out of the twenty IoT innovations that may become a reality in South Africa by 2020.

1.Traffic: Intelligent traffic lights are helping to ease traffic congestion. These smart traffic control systems are using real-time data and mimicking human reasoning to make effective traffic routing decisions.

2.Education: We’re moving from online courses to a fully digitised classroom of the future. Mobile app ‘Cognition Online’ allows parents and students to find tutors in their area by subject specialisation, book lesson times and pay easily. Tutors can accept bookings via the app and receive their payment from Cognition Online. Parents and tutors are free to negotiate fees and both tutors and pupils can be rated by the system.

3.Connected home: A smart, connected home can help its occupants improve energy efficiency and control security through remote-controlled thermostats, door locks, lights and security cameras. (IOL)

NIGERIA GETS SET TO BEGIN SMART CITY PROJECTS


As a Nigerian and seeing other countries take on smart city projects which has touched lives in positive ways, I don’t see reasons why Africans most populous black nation will be left behind.

In order to make Nigerian cities become productive, protected and liveable, certain things have to be put in place throughout the cities. The time is now and I believe Nigerians have a role to play in it.

Nigerian Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has declared Nigeria’s interest to start the process of smart cities development in the country.

“Our world is becoming more globalised, interconnected and intelligent. The systems and technologies that underpin so much of how the world works are smarter. We live in a time of unprecedented advances in every sector of human endeavour. In the ICT industry of developed economies alone, we are seeing the coming of age of a whole new generation of intelligent systems and technologies: more powerful and accessible than ever before”, Shittu said.

“It starts by doing simple things, the smart way. One step at a time. That is why we are willing to work and partner with everybody in the IT space towards this unique and sustainable project.

“There is never a time to be fully ready for a smart city project. It is a process in the wheel of city urbanization and renewal. Nigeria is ready and eager to embark on that process. This does not mean building only new smart cities, it also means making our existing cities and villages more efficient and more effective, using the technology available at our disposal. Again, doing simple things the smart way, one step at a time! (Nigeria Communications Week)

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Here’s a roundup of interesting Internet of Things news from the past week all happening in Africa. We hope you will like it.

THERE IS JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN weFIX AND DRONE RACING AFRICA (DRA) TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN DRONE INDUSTRY


 When you take a look at South Africa’s indigenous drone sector, the growth statistics over the most recent years will shock you as more sales of drone products are on the rise throughout the country.

There is an urgent need for drone flyers across South Africa to be properly trained and educated, laws guiding how drones should be operated clearly spelt out and its compliance followed-up by authorities. These can be achieved by setting a standard for everyone to follow, thereby making drone enthusiasts not to break the law.

An ongoing partnership between weFix and Drone Racing Africa (DRA) will enable both companies to train thousands of drone flyers in the country.

Alex Fourie, founder and CEO of weFix says, “As two industry leaders, we are aligned in our view of safety and education on drones. Now we bring convenience and accessibility to the table nationally across 36 weFix stores, just as we have done so successfully through our 150 technicians servicing more than 650 000 customers to date across Apple devices and leading phone brands Samsung, LG, and Huawei since 2006.”

Simon Robinson, CEO of DRA says, “This is great news for the industry at large, which has previously been known for its diverse service providers…”

Drone flyers should take advantage of this opportunity and get trained. (TalkIoT)

20 GREAT IOT INNOVATIONS THAT MAY BE ACHIEVABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA BY 2020


Each day that passes by, Internet of Things (IoT) continues to change our surroundings and the way we interact with it. A lot of people believe that later on, many machines will become connected with the objective of adding value to lives and affecting various sectors across the world.

South Africans just have to pray that their IoT industry booms before year 2020.

Let me share only three out of the twenty IoT innovations that may become a reality in South Africa by 2020.

1.Traffic: Intelligent traffic lights are helping to ease traffic congestion. These smart traffic control systems are using real-time data and mimicking human reasoning to make effective traffic routing decisions.

2.Education: We’re moving from online courses to a fully digitised classroom of the future. Mobile app ‘Cognition Online’ allows parents and students to find tutors in their area by subject specialisation, book lesson times and pay easily. Tutors can accept bookings via the app and receive their payment from Cognition Online. Parents and tutors are free to negotiate fees and both tutors and pupils can be rated by the system.

3.Connected home: A smart, connected home can help its occupants improve energy efficiency and control security through remote-controlled thermostats, door locks, lights and security cameras. (IOL)

NIGERIA GETS SET TO BEGIN SMART CITY PROJECTS


As a Nigerian and seeing other countries take on smart city projects which has touched lives in positive ways, I don’t see reasons why Africans most populous black nation will be left behind.

In order to make Nigerian cities become productive, protected and liveable, certain things have to be put in place throughout the cities. The time is now and I believe Nigerians have a role to play in it.

Nigerian Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has declared Nigeria’s interest to start the process of smart cities development in the country.

“Our world is becoming more globalised, interconnected and intelligent. The systems and technologies that underpin so much of how the world works are smarter. We live in a time of unprecedented advances in every sector of human endeavour. In the ICT industry of developed economies alone, we are seeing the coming of age of a whole new generation of intelligent systems and technologies: more powerful and accessible than ever before”, Shittu said.

“It starts by doing simple things, the smart way. One step at a time. That is why we are willing to work and partner with everybody in the IT space towards this unique and sustainable project.

“There is never a time to be fully ready for a smart city project. It is a process in the wheel of city urbanization and renewal. Nigeria is ready and eager to embark on that process. This does not mean building only new smart cities, it also means making our existing cities and villages more efficient and more effective, using the technology available at our disposal. Again, doing simple things the smart way, one step at a time! (Nigeria Communications Week)

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Kachi Ojieh
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"Tech Is Before Anything Else since 2017". Kachi Ojieh is the CEO and Founder of Tech Is Bae. An enthusiastic blogger with the heart to unify all tech lovers across the globe. Currently working to make sure readers keep coming back for more.

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