Rise of “Internet of Everything” is transforming how we work, live, play, learn

Posted on December 11, 2014 02:47 pm

An Australian researcher who happen to be a close friend recently told me that unless ICT sector and key stakeholders are willing to support the government’s policy to transform their countries into a digital-based economy nothing much will happen but is glad Canberra has put forward long-term plans focusing on the digital economy. ICT, particularly broadband infrastructure, had proved able to increase gross domestic product by 1.4 per cent for every 10-per-cent increase in broadband penetration.This is crucial for the growth of the digital economy. As more sectors adopt ICT, they will increase productivity, become more efficient in use of resources, and reduce redundant costs. It will also create more jobs as well as value-added products as happened in Australia.He however told me that with rise of the “Internet of Everything”, more devices will be connected. This will enable the transformation of how we work, live, play and learn. As younger generations dominate society, the pace of “Internet Of Everything” adoption will even be faster. The researcher believes that ICT would play a crucial role in transforming people’s lives by enabling access to opportunities and enhancing skills and creativity.

With the use of the right technology, there can be countless opportunities for doing business, opportunities in learning, and also opportunities for the government to provide efficient services. “For an emerging country, use ICT to bring the world of knowledge and information into reach and at the same time to expand business far beyond what they are used to do. To achieve this, countries need two important things: skill and access. In this context, researcher suggest there’s need for skilled workforce that can transform business and skilled teachers to help transform education and these will be essential building blocks for the digital economy.There are several American tech firms aiming to extend the reach of technology from the data centre to personal computers and mobile devices to the Internet of Things for the benefits of the people.ICT could help countries across the world reform in several aspects, including information infrastructure and public administration, and bridge the digital divide. Reform requires efficiency in public administration, business processes, education, and household management. To increase efficiency, countries needs a better information infrastructure including higher speeds for mobile telecommunication and broadband. Poor and developing countries need to bridge the digital divides between themselves and advanced countries, between remote areas and the cities, and between poor and rich.

They need ICT to provide fair access to information to everyone and everywhere. ICT’s role is to build the future. Education is the future, and it’s the base of reform. Countries need to use more IT to improve education facilities and content.Technology is an enabler, but the important thing was to understand the government’s priorities, what it is trying to do, and then provide the right solutions. These could be both cloud and non-cloud solutions, but the whole idea is to listen to what the government needs and what it is try to solve. As a technology experts, Contador Harrison would recommend the right solutions for the government and the country. There is no one solution to fit everything; it depends on what the government is trying to achieve. Based on that, the government needs to make decisions. I strongly believe that government’s policy of promoting a digital-based economy that would help increase each country’s competitiveness. As Kenya’s recently rebased economy has proved, Telecom is the one crucial infrastructure to help drive the country’s competitiveness.Solid policy on ICT will lead growth in many areas and create opportunities for the industry itself. Am one of those who would like to see the explicit policies on 4G licenses, new technologies, fixed broadband, and broadcasting industry.The availability of high-speed Internet is one of the key driving factors to help every country reform into a digital economy, improve its competitiveness and raise the standard of living.

Contador Harrison