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ITU: Internet of Things ‘can improve lives’

ITU: Internet of Things ‘can improve lives’
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been identified as a major global development opportunity able to improve the lives of millions and dramatically accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This is the highlight of new joint report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN specialised agency for ICTs and networking giant, Cisco.
The report which is titled “Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development,” outlines how IoT could have a major impact in areas such as grassroots delivery of health care and education, positively transforming communities within a time frame that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago.
The report argues that strong demand for IoT technologies has created a huge array of IoT devices that are readily available, affordable and scalable for developing countries, providing an ideal platform to energize growth in emerging economies and improve people’s quality of life significantly – all with minimal investment.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”ITU”]“The report argues that strong demand for IoT technologies has created a huge array of IoT devices that are readily available, affordable and scalable for developing countries, providing an ideal platform to energize growth in emerging economies and improve people’s quality of life significantly – all with minimal investment.” [/blockquote]

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According to ITU, the concept of IoT refers broadly to the growing number of devices – from computers and smartphones to simple sensors and RFID chips – that are connected to the Internet and able to communicate with other devices, often without the need for human intervention. IoT is already extensively deployed in stock and inventory systems, fleet management, environmental monitoring and many industrial processes.
The ITU/Cisco report points to evidence of IoT already having an important impact on health, education and livelihood programmes (such as agricultural productivity) in developing countries. It cites three prime drivers that, if supported, could create an ‘IoT revolution’ in the developing world: Availability, Affordability and Scalability.
“The Internet of Things is one of the most exciting areas of our fast-evolving ICT industry, offering huge potential for disruption and transformation. In the context of global development challenges, this means we have the potential to surmount long-standing hurdles in basic services like health care, both quickly and affordably. IoT could prove the long-awaited new approach that will help turn-around developing economies and greatly improve millions of people’s day-to-day lives,” ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao says.
“The Internet of Things is one of the defining and transformative technologies of our time,” Dr Robert Pepper, VP Global Technology Policy at Cisco adds.
According to Cisco, “the ability to impact millions, if not billions, of lives in the developing world for the better and prevent another digital divide is within our grasp and is an opportunity we can’t afford to miss. Let’s act now to prevent a two-tier world of the connected and the unconnected.”
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