Internet of Things (IoT)
The National Computer Board is continuously promoting the Internet of Things (IoT) through trainings, conferences and demos during Innovtech.
The Practical uses for IoT identified in government includes the setting up of an IOT platform, the monitoring of Air Quality, Management of traffic and reduction of automobile pollution with the use of Real-time data coming from sensors in roads, weathering information, public transportation, and car GPS devices. Detection of flooding and earthquakes will provide earlier warnings to citizens.
The Objectives are:
- develop a common platform to enable real-time data to be used in the design of innovative services and applications.
- develop APIs for real-time data to be used in innovative applications for various sectors in a view to improve efficiency and increase productivity.
- promote latest IOT communications standards and data transmission protocols.
- focus on learning, researching and more importantly the hands-on experimentation to discover and demonstrate the promise of the Internet of Things.
- sensitise and inspire companies, entrepreneurs, IT professionals , school leavers and the general public on the potential of the IoT on how they can leverage latest open hardware with open source software to prototype new products/applications and bring commercial products hence creating opportunities whereby contributing to our economy.
- connect and learn from data influx of new information which would help to more quickly respond to challenges such as reducing energy consumption or helping first responders safely assess dangerous situations.
- create the right environment to stimulate IoT innovations and business opportunities.
- gain efficiencies and cost savings to enhance the quality of life of Citizens across various sectors
- promote the importance of edge computing in leveraging critical information for better and fast decision making
Collaboration with Other Institutions
The NCB collaborated with the ITU in the organisation of a regional workshop on the development of ICT ecosystem to harness Internet-of-Things (IoT).
The participants gained knowledge regarding the technology and standards relating to IoTs, the critical parts of the ICT ecosystem required to mainstream IoTs, how IoTs can be deployed in other verticals through visualization of practical examples and other skills required on developing their own national and enterprise level strategies;
As at January 2020, more than 50 IOT architects have been trained by International training institution.
The NCB IoT Team also participated in the following events:
- Demo stands for Infotech Mauritius/Rodrigues 2017 and 2018 where innovative devices such as arduinos, Raspberry Pis and various sensors with applications were displayed.
- Demo stand for InnovTech 2019
- Inter Village Innovation Competition at Moka
Beside setting the IOT software platform, working towards a connected island with the setting up of the latest Infrastructures and more capacity building on latest IOT technologies is envisaged.