Pass Mark in Global Innovation Index Raises Sub-Saharan Africa’s Hope of Meeting IoT Target

Pass Mark in Global Innovation Index Raises Sub-Saharan Africa’s Hope of Meeting IoT Target

 
Pass Mark in Global Innovation Index Raises Sub-Saharan Africa’s Hope of Meeting IoT Target

An assessment of readiness of Sub-Saharan Africa to embrace Internet of Things identifies yawning gaps in the region’s capacity.

Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) may have punched far below its weight in most of the indices used to assess the readiness of countries in the region, including Nigeria, to adopt the fast emerging shift in networking and communications, the Internet of Things (IoT), but appreciable impact noticed using the Global Innovation Index (GII) and given that SSA has been discovered to be the fastest growing market for mobile technology, raises hope that the region might be ready on the long run.

That forms part of the conclusion of a group of Covenant University faculty members: Aderemi A. Atayero, a professor of Communication Engineering; Philip O. Alege, a professor of Economics; and Dr. Stephen O. Oluwatobi of the College of Business and Social Sciences in their research work entitled, ‘An Assessment of the Internet of Things (IoT) Adoption Readiness of Sub-Saharan Africa’.

The developing economies of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the study says, have a unique opportunity to join in the Internet of Things race at the developmental stage, such that their ability to maximize the benefits of an early participation in a novel technological trend will, however, be determined by their level of preparedness both technologically and policy wise. A measure of the readiness of Sub-Saharan African states for the adoption of the IoT thus becomes imperative....more