According to Gartner, Inc.’s 2016 Hype Cycle for ICT (information and communications technology) in Africa, “the internet of things is expected to touch all new heights in the African region and transform the future of local businesses forever.”
William Hahn, Principal Analyst – Gartner, Inc., said that the pace at which people were adopting ICT in Africa is quite amazing. Although country’s insurance sector is still growing, it has started adapting internet of things, which will have a positive impact in the long-run. A broad range of insurers are stressing out on how IoT can improve the overall customer experience and the service deliverability.
The way things are moving in Africa at this moment, it looks like the government will start monetizing connected devices with the help of IoT. For example, the insurers will charge premiums from drivers not only based on how far they drive their cars but also how safely they drive in different parts of the region.
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It’s still an early stage of IoT transformation in Africa; therefore, the risk of information theft remains one of the critical issues in front of the insurers, but the situation is likely to change in the coming years. Hahn also said that Cloud Office will be one of the 11 technologies that will enjoy maximum mainstream adoption over the next 2-5 years.
Cloud Office has already made a place for itself at the global level; hence, the government and industry experts are self-assured about its future in Africa as well.