By Emeka Aginam
The Africa Chair for World Forum on Internet of Things (IoTs), Chris Uwaje has inaugurated the Africa IoT Working Group.
Uwaje in a press conference in Lagos at the weekend said that the African working group would serve as as a strategic platform to ensure that Africa’s technology position is registered as well as her voice heard with constructive participation and objective contribution.
The Work Group, according to Uwaje is made up of eminent Professors, Scholars and Researchers from African Universities, Captains of Industry from the technology sector and experienced policy makers from government leadership.
Members of the working group according to him, will include the following: Prof. Charles K. Ayo , Vice Chancellor Covenant University, Nigeria, Chairman, WG, Professor. Charles. O. Uwadia , Head of Department, Computer Science Department , University of Lagos, Nigeria , Co-Chair, WG, Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria, C-Chair, WG, Prof. Oluwole Charles Akinyokun, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, C-Chair, WG, Ms. Dorothy K. Gordon, Director General, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ghana , Co-Chair, WG.
Other Co-Chair, WG, he said also included, Tony Ojobo, Director Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigeria, Andria Schofeld , Applied Research Unit /Joburg Centre for Software Engineering AT WITS University and Vice-Chair Aficta, South Africa, Olusola Teniola , CEO Internet Solutions and VP ATCON, Nigeria, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Acting DG, NITDA, Nigeria, Ms. Sandra Aluoch, Kenya, Dr. Muthoni Masinde, School of Computing and Informatics Department, University of Nairobi , Nabil Benamar (ICT Industry Stakeholder & IPv6 Forum Member, Morocco, Scherine FaragAllah, International Business Development Unit, Information Technology Development Agency, Egypt, Mukom Akong.T.Director Afrinic, Kenya, (Co-Chair), Assistant Professor/Dr. Aminata Garba, Carnegie Mellon University, Rwanda, among others.
The Theme of the Conference is: “Internet of Things: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystem”
According to Uwaje, “The Internet of Things and Everything (IoTs/IoE) represents perhaps the last hope for Africa’s 21st Century knowledge, creativity and innovation renaissance” .
As the world forum converges to explore and engage the challenges and opportunities presented by the Internet of Things (IoTs) in Washington DC in December 2016, he said that experts estimated that the IoT evolution would consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2010.
Africa stands a lot to gain from the World Forum on IoT with particular reference on National Broadband Plans and Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) for improving Africa’s digital space which are strategic imperatives for access and affordable service delivery within the Framework of IoTs., he said.
The 2016 IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) – IoT: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems is a unique event for industry leaders, academics and decision making government officials.
The event is designed to examine key critical innovations across technologies which will alter the research and application space of the future.
The Internet of Things envisions a highly networked future, where every object is integrated to interact with each other, allowing for communications between objects, as well as between humans and objects, which enables the control of intelligent systems in our daily lives.