IoT and Big-Data

Innovation Platform

Open Innovation Platform for IoT-Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa

WAZIUP is a European Union-Africa project developing IoT technologies in Africa. “Wazi” is a Swahili word for “open”: WAZI-UP opens-up new IoT technologies for African countries. It develops cutting edge IoT, cost-effective communications and big data technologies for the needs of the developing countries.

What we do

The WAZIUP project uses cutting edge technology from IoT and Big Data to improve the working conditions in the rural ecosystem of Sub-Saharan Africa. First, WAZIUP involves end users of IoT and Big Data in order to define focused validation cases. Secondly, it engages the ICT ecosystem by fostering new tools and good practices amongst entrepreneurs and start-ups. Aimed at boosting the ICT sector, WAZIUP proposes solutions aiming at long term sustainability, by:

  1. Engaging the most well-known innovation spaces in Africa
  2. Engaging open source communities
  3. Organizing high-level innovation events
  4. Launching IoT related startups competitions
  5. Organizing a series of hackathons and startup weekends

WAZIUP consortium involves 7 partners from 4 African countries (Senegal, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso) and 5 partners from 4 EU countries (Italy, France, Portugal and Germany) combining business developers, technology experts and local African companies operating in agriculture and ICT. The project involves also regional hubs with the aim to promote the results to the widest base in the region.

Issues addressed

WAZIUP Cloud platform addresses challenges of our target audience by:

  • Helping farmers gather lacking data on their farms
  • Providing farmers with actionable information such as alerts, forecasts and recommendations) on the condition of the farm
  • Governments/institutions lacking information/statistics on a global scale
  • 3G is not always present in rural areas
  • Internet connection can be intermittent
  • End users have mobile phones, but not always smart phones
  • IoT development and application hosting is costly