Reasons why Internet of Things (IoT) is failing in Nigeria

Here is a piece I decided to write about this beautiful day. Enjoy but don’t get carried away.

Nobody likes to accept what they don’t know and you can’t know it if you are uninterested. Call this article a personal opinion or not, internet of things is still not widely accepted in Nigeria due to the following reasons:

1. Apathy

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The greatest danger to our future is apathy – Jane Goodall

Can it be that the greatest hindrance to the development of smart cities and IoT Technology in Nigeria is Apathy, only time will tell but while we wait for time to convince us, it’s good to stir up tech savvy’s and the public at large – IoT is here already! – Kachi Ojieh

Today, people might not understand the benefits ‘Internet of Things’ will bring to Nigeria due to full time apathy for the subject. A closer look only reveals that Nigerians may not be so much interested in IoT no matter the greater good published in favor of it and how it helps transform a nation.

At the international level, IoT is a hot topic with so much potential. It is getting support from individuals and organizations but you can’t really say that in Nigeria as the subject is still considered alien. Recent media reports shows that the government is willing to explore the connected world, however, it is still far from what is expected.

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm – Arnold J. Toynbee

If we want to see the government build smart cities in Nigeria or individuals transforming their homes via automation, their enthusiasm has to be awakened. It’s obvious that we will continue to see poor acceptance of IoT in the country when apathy dwells in the heart of the people.

Anyways, have it at the back of your mind that IoT is a trillion dollars industry and I don’t see reasons why we shouldn’t be interested.

2. The connected world hasn’t won Nigerians over

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Bloggers and content creators in Nigeria seems to be left behind when it comes to the Internet of Things. They are not publishing much about it for now and the worst is nobody cares – Kachi Ojieh

I wouldn’t say I was quickly swept off my feet when I first heard of Internet of Things. I had no idea what it was all about although it was a friend that mentioned it to me. During my discussion with him which I was enjoying because it was going very well, all I could do was nod in affirmative to what he was saying because it made sense; I later did research and got to know more.

As a technology enthusiast, I developed interest on IoT and decided to dedicate a column to it on my blog. That’s why you see me writing about it and thankfully I have you reading line upon line (*winks).

It’s hard for IoT to successfully gain grounds in Nigeria because bloggers, content creators and the public haven’t been won over by the technology. They can’t be won over when those who know little on the subject are quite about it. The Nigerian government has a big role to play.

3. Security concern

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In July 2017, a report published by a cybersecurity firm Darktrace revealed that hackers got away with 10GB of data by hacking into an Internet-connected fish tank owned by a casino. How they managed to break into the network and transfer the data even when the attack was detected is another story entirely. At the end, a fish tank designed to be an attraction to visitors became a nightmare for its owner.

As more Internet connected devices become widely available hackers continue to target them. The rate which the vulnerabilities are exploited has risen in the past years.

Security experts have given several helpful tips to protect IoT gadgets from cybercriminals such as making sure that the default username and password is changed, update device with latest security and firmware from the manufacturer, prevent connected gadgets to access malicious websites and use encryption tool to encrypt files.

If you have been following IoT news, the one above is enough reason to make you not to embrace it. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t discourage you because there are a lot of internet of things company out there who are pouring in lots of cash to enhance the security of these gadgets.

4. They can’t decipher the big picture

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To build smart cities, you can’t just buy connected devices and put them anywhere expecting the citizens to quickly adapt to it. Everyone has to decipher the big picture in order not to resist the change or form a movement against it.

Not to get ahead of myself, for those who don’t know what a smart city is, here is an opportunity.

According to Gelmato Website “A smart city is a framework, predominantly composed of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to develop, deploy and promote sustainable development practices to address growing urbanization challenges. A big part of this ICT framework is essentially an intelligent network of connected objects and machines that transmit data using wireless technology and the cloud. Cloud-based IoT applications receive, analyze and manage data in real time to help municipalities, enterprises and citizens make better decisions in the moment that improve quality of life.”

Well said. Let’s move on. We have to come to a point where we now realize that one of the big goals is to start building smart cities across Nigeria. It may not happen so fast but with everyone’s effort and collaboration, definitely we will get there.

What do you think? Over to you. Use the comment box below and say your mind.

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