by our correspondent
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has sponsored five startups to the ongoing Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) organized by the Taipei Computer Association from 23 – 26, 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan.
NITDA under the supervision of the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, sponsored the startups to participate in SCSE, a professional tradeshow that provides opportunities for networking and marketing.
Speaking on the expo, the director-general of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, said categories of the SCSE are smart epidemic prevention, smart health care, smart transportation, smart education, smart energy saving, smart building, smart manufacturing, smart security control, 5G solutions, AI and related solutions and other industry categories.
A statement by the agency’s head of corporate affairs and external relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, said part of the program is the Mayor’s Summit where the NITDA boss will be discussing Nigeria’s smart city vision and strategy as well as the B2B matchmaking, which will avail Nigerian startups the opportunity to meet potential partners and attract Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria.
The statement read in part: :The startups that are sponsored by NITDA at SCSE 2021 are: VNTS: an all-in-one device for Home/SME LTE broadband deployment that delivers superfast 5G/LTE broadband using electrical cabling which distributes data & delivers complete Wi-Fi coverage; LexChain: a digital solution using blockchain to provide government, businesses and individuals the ability to verify and securely exchange digital assets; Powerstove Energy: a versatile ‘plug and play’ solar home system that powers lights, radios, TVs and charges phones. Each unit is SMART, and connects remotely to the central database to support PAYG, enabling proactive maintenance and remote firmware updates.
“Blieu Technologies: a new valve lock system deployed with remote cloud based correspondence intelligence and OTP, to monitor the operation of sensitive process valves remotely, thus check-mating the problem of petroleum products syphoning from storage tanks or theft of high value process chemicals; and Schoola: a gamified artificial intelligence learning solution that is curriculum agnostic and powered by local content generated by individual schools. They seek to leverage AI by first using machine learning to effectively help students, teachers, and schools get the best out of their solution.
The statement quoted the NITDA helmsman as saying entrepreneurial activity does not happen in silos, hence the agency is committed to exposing Nigerian startups to global stage in order to attract more investors, enhance technology transfer viz-a-viz cross fertilization of ideas and innovations.