Does Africa get the Internet of Things?

Internet of ThingsBusiness and social development opportunity that lies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the enhanced ability to track and control all things connected is widely acknowledged.

However, ICT service providers have also pointed out that while billions of things can be connected, there are also billions of points of contact to check to identify faults.

The question arises: Is Africa ready to take advantage of the opportunities that lie in connecting things, extracting information, connecting people and enhancing systems – and, ultimately, society?

There is no shortage of statistics available online, attributed to global research and analysis firms such as Gartner that help quantify the magnitude of IoT.

Some examples include that IoT will comprise 26 billion units by 2020, 50 billion ‘things’ will be connected to the internet by 2020 and IoT will generate $1.9 billion in total economic value-add by the same year.

Whatever the actual size, some ICT professionals caution that IoT will also lead to an increase in pressure on systems.

In an overview of the top 8 enterprise network and security trends for 2015, Perry Hutton, Fortinet Africa regional director mentions the collision between IoT and Industrial Control Systems. Read more