With the objective of promoting innovation in Africa through IoT and Big Data, the partners have been engaging with entrepreneurs to develop solutions for both urban and rural areas The WAZIHUB Smart Village is an initiative supported by three partners of the project namely the University Gaston Berger, SONATEL & Orange with the aim to deploy a large-scale testing site for solutions developed for the rural areas. The University Gaston Berger had hosted this initiative and pilot activities since the kickoff which took place between 13 and 14 November 2019. The two days event was an opportunity to bring together the different stakeholders in the initiative of the smart village, to identify around the table the needs of end users. Representatives of the Village of Sanar (where the university is located), head of the breeder’s associations, university admins and young tech enthusiasts (students of UGB) attended and participated in the two days workshop.
When the question ‘how can IoT solutions can be used in Senegal, participants shared their expectations summarized in the points below’ :
To improve productivity
Facilitate prediction and anticipation
Improve goods storage
From these points, local problems encountered by the local population where identified as are listed below :
Since all these issues could not be dealt within the workshop, a vote of participants allowed to identify these four problems with the highest interest:
The management and deployment of the infrastructures has been defined and teams are meeting regularly to share ideas, receive capacity building on Waziup LoRa devices to build the prototypes of the solutions.