IS to create Network-Agnostic IOT platform

By Chike Onwuegbuchi   |   19 May 2017   |   4:07 am  


Internet Solutions (IS) says it has a roadmap to create tech-agnostic Internet of things (IOT) platform to enable the vision of “hybrid IOT”.

In partnership with Comsol Networks, as the initial network connectivity solutions provider with its low power wide area network technology, the platform will present local businesses with a low-risk, fast-deployment means of exploring how IOT can make their operations more efficient, responsive and customer-centric.

“There is already an extensive catalogue of low-cost, low-touch devices available locally, and substantial investment into low power wide area network deployments by Comsol and others,” said Roger Hislop, senior engineer for R&D at Internet Solutions.


“Our network- and tech-agnostic platform will interconnect a range of IOT networks, both existing and new low-power WANs, while providing a management and orchestration layer over them. This will enable enterprises to quickly deploy real-world applications of enterprise IOT.”

Internet Solutions says the IOT platform will offer intelligent, automated orchestration, and self-configuration by users so they can change network technologies or the data interfaces and communication protocols at will. The platform will capture incoming device messages from IOT networks, archives the data, and delivers it to the user in whichever format is the most useful to its business requirement.

“Applications already in use around the world vary from monitoring water levels in farm dams and temperature in industrial fridges, to quick deployment of smoke alarms, to virtualising municipal billing,” said Hislop.

“As new types of IOT devices are introduced, the ability to automate critical functions and gather vital physical-world information, and so reduce the risks of business loss and human error, increases exponentially.”

Interconnecting devices and linking them to the Internet is already possible with existing wired, wireless and cellular technologies, but IS says this is at a cost that is generally uneconomical and with too many practical complications to make them a ubiquitous part of the operations management toolbox.

Recent advances in IOT radio technology has resulted in devices that can be connected to the cloud using ultra-low-cost and ultra-low-power wireless networks, powered by batteries that can last for five to 10 years, and able to communicate over many kilometres even through buildings and vegetation.

FG Sets up Inter-Ministerial Committee to Address Security Issues
Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is partnering the Ministry of Defence; utilizing the platform of Science and technology to meet natural needs especially in security matters and bridge the technology gaps noticeable in country.

This is as part of the commitment of the present administration to ensure that Nigeria produce what it needs in the country.

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of Science and Technology, stated this at the inauguration of the Technical Committee to work out modalities for the cooperation between the two ministries today in Abuja.


The mandates of the Committee is to close up technology gaps, develop capacity for the production of security needs in the country and promote science and technology in the security system for the overall benefit of the nation.

The Minister stated that the committee would also create a platform for Nigeria to export goods and services to other countries. “It will look at the problems using the tools of science and technology and create jobs, fight poverty and develop the economy”.

Brig-Gen Mansur Dan Ali (Rtd), minister of Defence noted that the Military has recorded more than 85% in the fight against insurgency. He said that they are working assiduously to ensure that Defence Industry Corporation (DICON), which has not produce anything tangible for the past 30 years, is to be replaced by military Industrial Complex that has short, medium and long term strategies of 5, 10 and 15 years duration. At the end of the period, it is expected that most needs of the nation will be met with the possibility of exporting to other nations.



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