The IoT Industry Council of South Africa (IOTIC), was established two years ago to represent the interests of Internet of Things (IoT) technology service providers in South Africa, is advocating for faster uptake of IoT technology by business and government in small, focused use cases. The adoption of IoT solutions from South African organisations will support a more efficient economy with dramatically less waste. As the country emerges from the monumental challenges of the lockdown, the IOTIC calls for local and national government get behind this new and booming tech manufacturing sector to ensure the country recovers rapidly, builds on lessons learned during the past four months, but also competes actively on the global stage with some world-class tech innovation.
“We have a massive capacity to design and build high-tech devices from scratch in South Africa,” says Roger Hislop, Chairperson of IOTIC. “We have extensive design and fabrication capabilities right here in SA. We can become a global leader in IOT hardware manufacturing. There is so much potential it is extremely important that the government make key interventions now to support and grow this industry that will be invaluable to our country tomorrow.”
The “Internet of Things” consists of small, battery-powered smart devices costing only a few hundred Rands tracking everything from location, temperature, soil moisture, door position, and people in a room, connected via ultra-low-cost radio networks, to incredibly powerful compute systems on the Internet. In effect, IOT brings real-world, real-time visibility to any operational system.
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