An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert, Mr Akintunde Anderson, has urged Nigerians to apply the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance their day-to-day activities.
Anderson, who is the Chief Executive Officer, Chert Solutions System, told the News24extra in Lagos that IoT would help ease life and reduce cost of energy.
News24extra reports that the term “The Internet of Things” was coined by Kevin Ashton, an ICT expert, in a presentation to Proctor & Gamble in 1999.
The Internet of Things is simply “A network of Internet connected objects able to collect and exchange data.” It is commonly abbreviated as IoT.
“IoT has two main parts; Internet being the backbone of connectivity, and Things meaning objects/devices.
IoT has the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
Anderson said: “IoT is more affordable and accessible than what people think as long as one has a phone and depending on the need for it.
“IOT is just a connection of objects that go into the internet; so you know that phone is an IoT.
“I think there are a lot of ways in which we can apply IoT to make our life better, easier, safer and reduce the cost of energy, that is being energy conscious.
“It is affordable in the sense that it is just a modem and one is pulling data to monitor your devices at home remotely, controlling the devices and switching off appliances.
“One can also monitor and keep track of activities at home with one’s children and house-helps, and also help to be energy conscious,’’ Anderson said.
The ICT expert said further that what was needed with an IoT was a command and connection, adding that the traffic was so small.
Reiterating the affordability of the technology, he said that the amount to be spent on adopting the technology depended on the scale or volume of work it was required to do.
“If you value your children and home, you can monitor and remotely control appliances to avert dangers.
“The cost of installing an IoT is nothing compared to the things we value and that are precious to use,’’ Anderson said.