The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) (https://www.itu.int/) organized a workshop on the thematic: “Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG): Session on IoT” in Cairo (Egypt) on May 6th 2018 (see https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/Workshops-and-Seminars/bsg/20180506/Pages/default.aspx).

Abbas Ahmad from EGM, made a presentation to help attendees mainly from Africa understand and implement key IoT standards which are oneM2M specifications transposed into ITU recommendations with a view to Bridging the Standardization Gap.

EGM representating WAZIUP at ITU Cairo event

In addition to the BSG Session, a showcase of IoT solutions was held from May 6th-8th 2018 and we promoted with a booth the WAZIUP project its approach and solutions. The audience for the event was mainly government urepresentatives and innovative companies from around the world and more specifically from African countries as the event was held in Cairo.

WAZIUP stand at the BSG session on IoT

From the 15 visitors received at the WAZIUP stand, we have had 5 are government representatives from:

” Senegal, post and telecommunications ministry “ Nigeria, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) “ Republic of Congo, communication ministry “ Guinea-Bissau, communication ministry “ Republic of Guinea, communication ministry

These visitors were impressed by the Waziup project and have expressed their interest in hosting the same training in their respective countries.

The talks with the government representatives are ongoing in order to find solutions for quick and effective adoption of IoT solutions in Africa. This involves setting up IoT training sessions in African universities and organizing IoT Hackatons in order to awaken dormant talent in the IoT domain.

The economic benefits of implementing IoT is seen as a cutting edge advantage in its adoption and much interest was expressed in the adoption of IoT as it is seen as the next big revolution.