DATE: 09 SEPTEMBER 2014
By Lwavela Jongilanga, Portals journalist
IOE presents opportunity to SA
The Internet of everything (IOE) presents a lot of opportunities to technology-starved South Africans.
So says Jacques de Jager, information and communication manager at MobileData, who notes that in SA, there are a lot of people who are unschooled and were never exposed to information technology.
With the IOE, he says, devices are affordable; for example, old televisions can be used as monitors. "This gives an opportunity to learn about technology and provide exposure to development environments that empower electronic engineering and information technology," he says.
Cisco defines the IOE as bringing together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals and countries.
According to De Jager, the key focuses of IOE will be on cost savings, optimisation in the way South Africans do things, new revenue streams and access to technology for the less privilege.
"This worldwide explosion of innovation can create a domain where South Africans can address unemployment by putting affordable mediums in place to get up-to-date literature to schools to empower the next generation to contribute in this digital space."
The medium is low cost and can provide a computer in every home, he notes, adding that it is also low-powered, and can work off battery power.
However, De Jager says without reliable communication, the IOE can't operate uniformly.
Nonetheless, he points out that this on its own is a motivation for IT personnel in organisations, and the openness of this platform allows developers to express their creativity in developing software that steers and determines the possibilities of the era.