Hitachi,Telkom Kenya and FABS among Africa’s IoT Summit Sponsors
Hitachi Data Systems, Telkom Kenya and Footprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS) are among the key sponsors for the premier Africa IoT Summit organized by CIO East Africa, slated for 13th and 14th September 2017 in Nairobi.
While Hitachi partnered with Reddington to secure lead sponsorship in the eagerly awaited summit, Telkom Kenya – the country’s oldest telecommunications company which re-launched its brand from Orange to Telkom in June 2017 secured a Silver Sponsorship Title. Telkom Kenya will provide connectivity during the summit.
Hitachi a data storage systems provider, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd and a component of the company’s Information Systems & Telecommunications Division is slated to make a presentation aimed to shape the destiny and vibrancy of IoT in Africa. FABS is a company that applies new concepts across the entire value added chain to deliver full turn-key operational software solutions.
Africa IoT Summit is part of CIO East Africa’s continental events that focus on digital disruption technologies including big data, cloud and the Internet of Things. CIO East Africa has so far held two successful continental events separately primed as Africa Cloud Summit and Africa Security Summit held in June.
Attracting hundreds of Africa’s best IT minds, Africa Iot Summit will be a compelling, world-class conference as it will host the brightest, most well-respected thought leaders and practitioners in the IoT space.
Key on the agenda will be topics around; Delivering Digital Transformation in Energy, Fog Computing, The Interplay of Big Data and IoT, Data loss Prevention in IoT, The Emerging IoT Business Landscape,Workshops on Smart Cities, Smart Retail, Smart Utilities, Digital Health, Smart Manufacturing, Moving Cities, Transforming customer experience through IOT, Leveraging IOT Data to create proactive customer engagement,The future of User engagement through IOT, IOT is useful but what about Security, Securing the Smartest Infrastructure, Smart Insurance, IOT for better Citizen Engagement, IOT as a disruptive force in Healthcare delivery and Re-imagining Service Delivery through IOT.
The event comes at a time when IHS said that in 2015, there were about 15.4 billion connected devices and further stated that this number will grow to 30.7 billion in 2020, and 75.4 billion by 2025. Intel’s projection was even bigger. The company forecasts 200 billion connected devices by 2020. General Electric, lined to make some presentation at the event predicts that IoT will add $10 to $15 trillion to worldwide GDP growth by 2030 – the equivalent of China’s entire current economy.
Studies have also shown that products like industrial sensors, connected manufacturing machines, in-store analysis devices and workspace management applications are already on the market. These B2B IoT devices will fundamentally transform the way organizations do business with other companies. Sparklabs predicts an exponential increase in this space from 2.5 billion connections in 2017 to 5.4 billion devices in 2020.
Wearable devices are also noticeably growing. From 28.3 million units sold in 2016, IDC forecasts an increase to 82.5 million units in 2020, a 31 percent growth.In 2016, global spending on the IoT across markets was $737 billion. IDC predicts that by 2020, this number will reach $1.29 trillion, a compound annual growth rate of 15.6 percent.