Vodafone Ghana deepens discussions on IoT
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Vodafone Ghana has taken the discussion of Internet of Things (IoT) further by organising a workshop in Accra for the second time to dialogue with Ghanaian content and web developers on how to adopt and make good use of the platform that Internet of Things presents. The workshop, which showcased Vodafone’s Business Solutions offering in Ghana, was also used to cement and extend the level of its deliverables across varied and multiple sectors in Ghana.
Speaking during the opening of the workshop, the Head of Vodafone Business Solutions, Angela Mensah-Poku, quoted statistics from Goldman Sachs reports which suggest that, the number of devices to be connected by 2020 will be 28billion on the global scale; adding US$1.7 trillion to the global economy by 2019.
According her, as a leading network operator in the country, Vodafone Ghana see this as a great opportunity to further bring satisfaction and comfort to our customers. “Our “Internet of things” proposition seeks to serve customers across all sectors, with a focus on the high growth areas of automotive, utilities and consumer electronics. The Vodafone Group has expanded its number of connections to 21.5 million from 16.2 million just a year ago,” she said.
Ms Mensah-Poku stressed that as a clear market leader in the Enterprise space in Ghana’s telecommunications sector, Vodafone Business Solutions will not rest on our laurels, but further entrench its position and continue to lead the way, using IoT as the pathfinder.
“Our reputation in this new technological frontier is unmatched across the world (taking the Vodafone Group into account) and we are excited that it has also taken off in a big way in Ghana” she added.
Currently the new phenomenon making its mark is the interesting concept of “Internet of Things (iOT)” or, sometimes referred to as M2M technology. IoT envisages a world where machines and human being co-exist to ensure efficiency and greater returns to companies and organisations.
Companies now operate in an increasingly globalised world. Technology is quickening the pace of every aspect of human endeavour. Lifestyles are changing rapidly as a result of influences from far and near. Attitudes, consumption patterns and preferences for any reference group hold, but only for a short period.