COVID-19: Agency wants Nigeria to use Internet of Things

By Na’ankwat Dariem

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The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has urged Nigeria to harness the potentials of Internet of Things(IoT) in managing Coronavirus pandemic.

This advice came as Nigeria joins the World to mark the 2020 Internet of Things Day, IoT.

IoT is the interconnection of smart devices such as phones, wearable electronics, automobiles, industrial and domestic appliances, etc., over the Internet, to send and receive data.

The IoT Council in 2010 set aside the 9th April of every year to mark the World IoT Day.

The day is aimed at celebrating IoT advancement, adoption and to enable the IoT community, world-wide to recognise and appreciate the capability of IoT in transforming nations, communities, manufacturing, businesses and individual’s lives.

The NITDA’s Head of Cooperate Affairs and External Affairs, Mrs. Hadiza Umar said the agency has put measures in place in creating opportunities for the adoption of IoT solutions to address the country’s socio-economic challenges in different sectors of the economy.

”Therefore, we have every cause to celebrate IoT day with the rest of the World…As we commemorate this all-important day, NITDA is calling on the Nigerian youth and the key practitioners in the ICT industry to be prepared to take their rightful places to promote IoT technologies. We are confident that the Nigerian Tech Community has the capacity to harness the potentials of IoT in developing solutions to help in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as well as help in cushioning the economic impact of the pandemic. All citizens and residents are advised to remain safe, stay and work from home and innovate while enjoying the 2020 World IoT Day,” she said.

Mrs. Umar noted that such efforts have empowered some staff of the Agency to publish papers in international journals on IoT architecture and diversification of Nigeria’s economy through the adoption of IoT for smart and precision agriculture.

The Nigeria Smart Initiatives (NSI) project by NITDA and being promoted through Nigeria Smart Initiatives Policy Framework (NSIPF) is being supported by the published IoT architecture.

Mrs. Umar said the Adaptation of the IoT architecture is also being used to implement one of the Agency’s key smart-enabled projects in the Agriculture sector tagged “NITDA Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA).

”NAVSA is an ecosystem and data-driven agriculture platform developed to practically accelerate the achievement of Government’s policy objectives in agriculture productivity and food security; food exportation; economic diversification; and jobs creation for sustainable national developmentThe Agency has also developed an IoT hardware platform in the like of Raspberry pi and Arduino that can support the development of different smart solutions,” she said.

Mrs. Umar said that ”the UnityBoard version was designed as an embedded AI / IoT STEAM Education Kit and was launched during the 39th edition of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEXT), 2019 in Dubai, UAE.

”It was also presented to the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE) in December 2019 for adoption as training kit to promote technology education at all levels in Nigeria.

”Therefore, we have every cause to celebrate IoT day with the rest of the world. As we commemorate this all-important day, NITDA is calling on the Nigerian youth and the key practitioners in ICT industry to be prepared to take their rightful places to promote IoT technologies in Nigeria.”

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere