IoT, catalyst for Nigeria’s smart cities – Vodacom boss
Futurists have long painted a vision of the revolutionary “smart city”; a gleaming metropolis of clean streets and punctual public transport, where issues of crime, congestion and pollution have been engineered into irrelevance.
A great deal of people believes that building the smart city will be extremely disruptive, but Lanre Kolade, managing director of Vodacom Business Nigeria has a different perspective.
Kolade explained at the recent Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting that governments do not have to tear down the towns of today to build smart cities which will improve services and the quality of life for their inhabitants.
He explained that by using the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, a host of intelligently connected services become possible.
According to Kolade, about 48 percent of Nigerians are living in urban areas and this proportion will continue to grow as urbanisation continues.
With the number of people living in urban areas around the world predicted to rise to 6.4 billion by 2050; cities like Lagos need to adopt IoT technology to meet the rising challenges of a mega city.
He maintained that governments have a central role to play in making towns and cities run effectively but that with constrained budgets and a growing population; issues such as traffic, pollution, and public safety are becoming more difficult to manage.
Authorities must adopt technologies that will improve sustainability, ease congestion, help citizens and attract new businesses to their towns and cities.