Africa lagging in IoT innovation

Cisco | December 07, 2015

Africa lagging in IoT innovation
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.)

Spotlight

The Internet of Things (IoT) has received much attention over the past decade. With the rapid increase in the use of smart devices, we are now able to collect big data on a daily basis. The data we are gathering (and related problems) are becoming more complex and uncertain. Researchers have therefore turned to artificial intelligence (AI) to efficiently deal with the problems created by big data. This special issue deals with the technology and applications of AI in the IoT and is a forum for scientists, engineers, broadcasters, manufacturers, software developers, and other related professionals to discuss related issues. The topics addressed in this special issue include current research progress, real world applications, and security issues related to AI in IoT. The call for papers attracted a number of excellent submissions. After two round reviews, five papers were selected for publication. These papers are organized in three groups. The first group comprises one overview paper that outlines the technical progress of IoT. The second group comprises two papers addressing security issues in IoT. The last group comprises two papers that present some interesting real world applications that will benefit daily life.

Spotlight

The Internet of Things (IoT) has received much attention over the past decade. With the rapid increase in the use of smart devices, we are now able to collect big data on a daily basis. The data we are gathering (and related problems) are becoming more complex and uncertain. Researchers have therefore turned to artificial intelligence (AI) to efficiently deal with the problems created by big data. This special issue deals with the technology and applications of AI in the IoT and is a forum for scientists, engineers, broadcasters, manufacturers, software developers, and other related professionals to discuss related issues. The topics addressed in this special issue include current research progress, real world applications, and security issues related to AI in IoT. The call for papers attracted a number of excellent submissions. After two round reviews, five papers were selected for publication. These papers are organized in three groups. The first group comprises one overview paper that outlines the technical progress of IoT. The second group comprises two papers addressing security issues in IoT. The last group comprises two papers that present some interesting real world applications that will benefit daily life.

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Cartesi | December 03, 2021

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