NITDA tasks Nigerians to embrace IoT to proffer solutions to world problems

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called on youth and other stakeholders in the ICT sector to promote IoT technologies in Nigeria.
NITDA in a statement signed by head, corporate affairs and external relations Mrs Hadiza Umars said, “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. 
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.

It is an advanced automation and analytics system that leverages the internet, sensing technologies, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence technology to convey complete systems for a data-driven product or service. Data is collected by mobile installed sensors, health monitors, robots and end-user hardware among others. The data is then forwarded to central cloud servers for intelligence mining and analytics.
She said NITDA is making progressive efforts at creating opportunities for the adoption of innovative IoT solutions to address the country’s socio-economic challenges in different sectors of the economy.

“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.
She added that, 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 development. 
The 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.
The significance of IoT, particular in this trying time of the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be overemphasised.
“It is unfortunately experienced in recent times that the Covid-19 outbreak is a global crisis, impacting almost all human endeavours, particularly the health sector.
In the heath sector, IoT could be used to fight the virus outbreak and enforcement of lockdowns where necessary in combination with the Geographic Information System (GIS) and other appropriate technologies,” he said.
Governments all over the world are directing citizens and residence to “work from home” as a means of curtailing the spread of the virus. In such a situation, the health sector can promote the use of appropriate IoT solutions and capabilities among doctors and healthcare workers to treat patients via telemedicine.
Unfortunately, the pandemic resulted in the loss of many medical doctors and other healthcare workers through physical contact with infected persons.This therefore means that virtual treatments and interactions can go a long way in safeguarding the precious lives of our healthcare workers.
Innovative devices such as drones can be used to monitor and enforce compliance of government’s directives of social distancing and prohibition of mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.

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