The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the key technological trends that is gaining traction globally.
The interconnected networks of this day and age are the ones that have made the world to become a place where data analytics provider for the building of models that can solve so many problems at once.
While the Internet of Things may not make the latest technology news, it is still one of the most fundamental new concepts which will forever change humanity.
So much so that the IoT phenomenon has already started to penetrate untested markets who have had to make the technological leap. Products like the Amazon Echo Show will be like the Jetsons for some of these countries.
Today, we have interconnected devices that connect but don’t have access to power in developing countries.
These countries are the ones that need to develop the data gained from such devices to solve the basic problems that plague them.
From the lack of basic health care to population control, from weather prediction patterns to basic economic solutions for their citizens, governments and the private sector of these developing countries need data gained from the various internet-enabled devices to be able to do this effectively.
The lack of power may slow the problem of getting the internet of things to work but if a few solutions are considered, the problem can be easily overcome.
They shall be discussed serially.
The Creation of Data Centers in Mini and Micro-Clusters
Due to the huge cost of construction of bigger data centers which of course have better storage capacity and processing capabilities, the use of data centers on a mini and a micro-scale could do the trick for developing countries with power problems.
This is because the location of these data centers based on demand especially in areas that have smaller populations could be cost-effective.
Also, urban areas with higher populations could have a distribution of such clusters due to the power requirements of running larger data centers on the ground.
This would assist in faster processing and collation of data coming in from various devices all at the same time.
Besides, having larger data clusters also provide a wider mesh of operations especially for governments and enterprises who are operating on a shoe-string budget.
Increased Reliance on Mobile Technology
Fiber optic networks and other communication systems in large modern areas require constant power to keep running.
In developing countries, power is a scarce resource and as such, it can be quite daunting to deploy large scale enterprise solutions and infrastructure from which smart devices can piggyback their connectivity.
However, mobile technologies present a unique opportunity for an access point by which the IoT ecosystem can still work.
End-to-end interconnected systems are something of a rarity in developing countries and as such greater reliance on mobile technologies will help to bridge this gap.
This, of course, includes the microdevices that intent to link up and provide data for analysis.
Enabling Green Technologies
The use of green technologies such as solar systems, wind turbines, waste gas and other forms of green technologies could bridge the gap in power systems.
This kind of scenario is most important in mission-critical portions of internet networks which need a minimum service level availability (SLA) of at least 99.8%.
Green technologies in developing countries have enabled the deployment of Internet infrastructure to have a greater uptime probability which goes a long way when it comes to deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Use of Data Fall-back Systems
Data loss is known to occur in interconnected network systems where power supply is known to fail.
As such, data fall back systems where such data retrieved across networks can be stored pending the restoration of power or the inclusion of fallback power systems.
These data fallback systems can serve as temporary storage mediums where the data transfer process can take off from where it stopped after the restoration of both network access and power.
Data fallback systems also allow for faster processing of information and quick retrieval.
Reliance on Cloud Storage and Retrieval Services
If internet speeds aren’t a problem in the developing country where the Internet of Things infrastructure can exist, the reliance on cloud storage and retrieval The Rise of the Cloud: Is the Operating System Dying Out? on a major scale is an extremely important aspect of data processing.
This is because, at the end of the day, all data is stored in the cloud so initiating the process from scratch (direct to the cloud from the device) might work.
This, of course, can only work in areas where internet density (the number of people having access to the internet infrastructure per square kilometer) is high and the infrastructure to access cloud applications is great.
Other than that, the most likely scenario will be failed attempts to reach such centers and won’t have been worth the implementation in the first place.
The Internet of Things (IoT) will forever change the way we live.
The challenge for developing countries lies in how best they create solutions for unique situations and problems in which they find themselves.
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