Africa to Leapfrog Into The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Appropriate deployment of technology in Africa can help solve some of their development challenges.

Increasing number of countries within the continent are building manufacturing industries that are on their way to superseding the rest globally. From government to the private sector and academia, it’s agreed that  developing value-added manufacturing sector in the continent is the way for the continent to grow and continue to support a rising population and growing middle class.

Africa to Leapfrog Into The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Africa to Leapfrog Into The Fourth Industrial Revolution

According to TechMoran, Global challenges such as climate change and ever growing populations are adding pressure to the limited resources, especially because a significant amount of the population live below the poverty line. Even though Africa does not rank first in energy wastefulness worldwide, the amount of impact it has on the planet cannot be overlooked. It has become increasingly important for companies to design and develop better process to manufacture their products and save energy.

Africa is right at the start of its growth curve for transformational use of communication technologies. The continent is harbouring exciting opportunities, particularly with mobile phones applications and the information they deliver.

Additionally, With the development of information technology in the third industrial revolution, and now with big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) ushering in Industry 4.0, Africa is at the cusp of a revolution that has tremendous opportunity for the continent.

Globally Manufacturers are using Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, to not only digitize their businesses but find new ways to engage with customers, optimize their factories, and find new sources of revenue, all through data. Data has become the new currency and has changed the way industries operate. The amount of data that can be gathered from a machine in a factory can help with maintenance to ensure the uptime of the machine is much more productive and can promote preventative maintenance.

Africa has proven its capacity to leapfrog. The world’s most ground-breaking mobile innovations come from the continent because of this ability. With bold leadership, we can do it again, and become a leader in Industry 4.0.

 

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