Liquid Telecom partners with CIO East Africa to host IoT & AI Summit

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Ben Roberts, CTO Liquid Telecom

Liquid Telecom has partnered with CIO East Africa as gold sponsor in the forthcoming Internet of Things (IoT) and AI Artificial Intelligence (AI) – simply dubbed: IoT & AI Summit slated on 16th – 17th August, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The summit themed: Harnessing the Power of IoT & AI to Drive Customer Experience is organised against the premise of businesses across the world steadily taking steps to leverage on IoT and AI to create new networks of products and services, since the technologies are opening new business opportunities and creating new business models.

“We have noted the eagerness of several businesses to learn more from the anticipated transformation of IoT that is ushering in a new era of how industry players; both in government and private sector will run their operations and engage with the citizens and customers efficiently,” Ben Roberts, CTO Liquid Telecom said while expressing his delight following the partnership.

“We have noted the eagerness of several businesses to learn more from the anticipated transformation of IoT that is ushering in a new era of how industry players; both in government and private sector will run their operations and engage with the citizens and customers efficiently,”

Ben Roberts, CTO Liquid Telecom

Despite Kenya presently having an average of a million intelligent interconnected devices, Roberts projected that more than 45million devices shall be connected and dramatically change the way people interact and conduct business in the next three years in Kenya and by extension the whole of East Africa.

Liquid Telecom, said Roberts has lined to make major announcements regarding the innovative IoT solutions during the eagerly awaited summit.

In East Africa, an emerging developer community is taking a stronger interest in IoT, while IoT is making advancements in South Africa where there are already maturing machine-to-machine (M2M) services.

In Europe and North America, fluctuating prices and external demand have led many industries to pursue greater automation and deploy IoT within their operations. This is slowly bringing about fundamental structural changes to entire industry verticals and their supply chains.

The drivers across Africa, however, can be very different, says Roberts noting that IoT shall radically improve agricultural outputs, increase efficiencies at understaffed and over-worked hospitals, and effectively manage road traffic systems.

Other major impact areas of IoT within the region shall be its contribution to sustainability – of energy and resource development and usage as the one already being deployed by M-KOPA, agriculture, and conservation efforts can all really benefit from the efficiency said Roberts affirming that IoT ecosystem shall in a short-while rapidly gain foothold across East Africa.

“While tapping into IoT is only one part of the story, it is evident that for companies to realize the full potential of IoT enablement, they need to combine IoT with rapidly advancing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, which enable ‘smart machines’ to simulate intelligent behaviour and make well-informed decisions with little or no human intervention” Laura Chite, CEO CIO East Africa said.

When the internet was invented over 25 years ago, no one could have predicted that it would have such enormous social, economic and technological significance, attracting over 3.5 billion users globally. Certainly, nobody envisioned it ever being used to connect toasters, egg trays and toothbrushes added Chite stressing that IoT is ideally the logical next step for an increasingly connected world.

IoT focuses on embedding connectivity and intelligence in devices, enabling businesses to collect vast volumes of data in near real-time. Analysing this data presents new levels of information and intelligence for businesses, which they can use to drive efficiencies, reinvent business models and transform customer experience. The IoT ecosystem is rapidly taking shape.

Recently, Liquid Telecom partnered with AfriLabs, the largest network organisation of 100 innovation centres across 30 African countries, to explore new ways to support local start-ups and promote sustainable innovation across Africa.

Leveraging Liquid Telecom’s infrastructure, partner network and market presence across Africa, start-ups will be able to develop and scale up their solutions with help from the Liquid team. This timely initiative with AfriLabs affiliate hub members will also be able to access Liquid Telecom’s digital skills training platform, which focuses on key 4th Industrial Revolution skills, such as IoT, AI, Machine Learning (ML), game development and cloud computing.

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