Overview of the Internet of things in Egypt
In 2012 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in the recommendation paper „Overview of the Internet of things“ described Internet of Things in Egypt (hereinafter – IoT) as “the global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies.”
The recommendation paper was printed in 6 languages, including Arabic. Consequently, we can make presumptions that Arabic countries, including Middle East countries, are key players in the IoT market.
The IoT allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention.
The visualization of IoT, which was introduced by IERC4, presented in picture
The examples of IoT solutions are technologies such as smart grids, virtual power plants, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Specialized IoT solutions can be heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, electric clams in coastal waters, automobiles with built-in sensors, DNA analysis devices for environmental, food, pathogen monitoring.
The IoT Egypt Forum
In 2014 the Egyptian authority ITIDA5, which is responsible for ICT sector development and investments in Egypt, has founded “The IoT Egypt Forum”. The website is www.iot-egypt.com. The forum seeks to establish a foundation for IoT technologies and applications in Egypt aiming at solving societal and economical challenges. On the website, all relevant information about IoT solution is provided in the English language. Also, you can find useful information, presentations, and webinars about IoT security issues, the architecture of IoT platform, the application of IoT technologies. Accordingly, the Egyptian government show its high interest in the developing of IoT solutions and attracting foreign investments.
IoT Egypt market estimates
After researching the available information sources provided in English on the internet, it can be stated that the Egyptians have a good understanding of IoT. You can find plenty Egyptian websites, some of the in the English language, where you can find all information about IoT possible solutions, and opportunities for funding and start-ups. There are many worldwide know companies operating in the IoT market in Egypt. Finally, the ICT sector is at a large scale supported by the Egyptian government and local authorities.
Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of about 30 billion objects by 2020. In the end of 2016, The Forbes has presented the IoT market forecasts, some of them are listed below:
- Bain predicts that by 2020 annual revenues could exceed $470B for the IoT vendors selling the hardware, software and comprehensive
- McKinsey estimates the total IoT market size in 2015 was up to $900M, growing to $3.7B in 2020 attaining a 32.6% CAGR.
- General Electric predicts investment in the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to top $60 trillion during the next 15 years
- IHS forecasts that the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025
Taking into account the forecasts and estimations of the IoT sector, the IoT is one of the most promising and profitable IT sub-sector. From a broader perspective, the IoT can be perceived as a future vision when technologies change the society and people’s lives. The main challenge is to ensure that information security and privacy requirements are fulfilled.
This is our first post from series about Internet of things in Egypt. Stay tuned for more or subscribe to our mailing list. Here is a plan of our posts in this series:
- The current market state of Internet of things in Egypt: perception and understanding of IoT technologies
- What are the technical assumptions for introducing IoT technologies and solutions in Egypt?
- What are the obstacles of introducing IoT to the market in Egypt and the Middle East countries
- What are the main companies in Egypt offering IoT solutions?
- What are the funding instruments (public and private) available for developing IoT solutions?
- IT (software development) studies and programs available in Egyptian higher education system. What are the main differences in IT studies between Lithuania and Egypt?
- Previous analysis can be downloaded in a powerpoint presentation.
- ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.
- Rec. ITU-T Y.2060 (06/2012)
- European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things
- ITIDA – The Information Technology Industry Development Agency. ITIDA is an executive IT institution of the Ministry Of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt.
- Roundup Of Internet Of Things Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2016