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Imagine waking up, not by an alarm blaring from your phone, but to the smell of coffee, light coming in your window from a curtain being drawn back, and a gentle stirring massage or vibration from your mattress. This is not a fairy tale. This is happening in Kenya and around the world. That is AIOT for you.
A lot more is changed this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak making technology professionals realize that their role is changing in this evolving contactless world.
AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things), a relatively new hot term that is the perfect amalgamation of the Internet of Things (IoT) with Artificial Intelligence (AI), is all geared up to give consumers the best of both worlds. IoT consists of interconnected objects that can collect and transfer data over wireless network without human intervention. The data can then be utilized and analyzed with AI for decision making or problem solving.
Too much geek to handle. Basically, in this connected world, we use one or the other IOT device in our daily routine. For example, wearable fitness and trackers (like Fitbits) and IoT healthcare applications, voice assistants (Siri and Alexa), Smart Homes, Smart Cities Smart TVs and so on. While the IoT connects “dumb” devices to the internet, artificial intelligence gives them a “brain” improving human-machine interactions and enhance data management and analytics.
Our own enterprises such as Safaricom, Liquid Telecom etc in Kenya has built IoT platforms and networks respectively for companies to build applications and solve consumers’ day to day challenges that are more local – From monitoring air pollution to protecting endangered wildlife to trace COVID patients in your surroundings. Our local kenyan companies such as BRCK, M-Gas, Upepo and many others have used AIOT to solve consumers’ challenges in the areas like utility, internet connectivity, farming and so on. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that the Internet can positively impact how we work, live, parent, school and worship during times of uncertainty, AIoT will play a critical role in Kenya’s digital future.
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