Worried by lack of automated processes in the manufacturing sector of the country, technology experts have advocated for a collaborative approach in ensuring that the sector adopts the use of cutting-edge technologies in their processes, even as they will be facing stiff competition with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
Engr. OlutayoAdeniyi, national president, Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) said technology is the tools that help manufacturing industries to survive the increasingly globalised market of today to maintain their market share and even have an edge in the ever competing world,
“With the implementation of new technology, the manufacturing industry will become incredibly more efficient. Machines like intelligent computers and robots will track system maintenance, inspections and breakdowns, reducing system downtime or even eliminating it resulting in fewer repairs and lower maintenance costs,” he said.
Adeniyi spoke at a webinar organised by Lagos chapter of ITAN on the theme, manufacturing sector: Unlocking the potentials of technologies.
He identified some technologies that are now disrupting manufacturing processes for factories of the future which include; Blockchain, this according to him, “is the latest technology trend to follow in the wake of IoT and AI and promises a new model for traceability, supply chain transparency, compliance monitoring and audibility.
“It is a method of recording data and allowing it to be accessed, updated and shared by users of a network. This database functions as a digital ledger of transactions that is continually reconciled. It is not stored in any single location, so there is no centralized version of it anywhere that can be hacked.
“In manufacturing, blockchain can create smarter supply chains capable of tracking every detail of a product’s journey, providing precise audit trails and real-time visibility of every part in the supply chain.
“Increased transparency would go a long way to protect operations from theft, fraud, counterfeit and cyber-attacks and allow manufacturers to take calculated risks. Blockchain has the potential to radically change manufacturing; however, technology is just emerging.
Among other technologies are robotics, IoT and Big Data, “in a smart manufacturing plant, machines can “talk” to each other via the Internet and work together to reduce downtime, minimize errors, improve quality and lower labour, waste and production costs., Plants can easily collect and aggregate big data, or a mass of information concerning their systems.
Engr. Frank Onyebu, chairman, Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, Apapa chapter, said that manufactures in Nigeria are scared of technology which has resulted in MAN contributing less than 10 per cent to Nigeria’s GDP.
“Manufacturers are struggling with inefficient production system because of lack of capital to automate their process as well as fear of the unknown.
With African Continental Free Trade Agreement coming, where we will be competing with more positioned manufacturing sector we must embrace technology or we play catch up,” he noted.
Amos Emmanuel, chairman, Lagos chapter of ITAN and convener of the event, urged for collaborative efforts among ICT, Manufacturing sector and government to institute an action plan for the manufacturing sector in a way of Development research for the next two years.
“ There have been talks on the application of technology in the manufacturing industry we want to crystalize all those conferences into an action plan which is the innovative research powered by a collaboration of ICT stakeholders and manufacturing with support from the government,” he added.
Expert Blames Fundamental Flaw in IP for Cyberattacks
Dr. Adewale Obadare, co-founder, Digital Encode, has attributed activities of cyber-criminals on the super-highway to fundamental flaws in the internet protocol.
He explained that the internet is structured in a Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet protocol (TCP/IP) which is the protocol that is powering the internet.
“Unfortunately that protocol is not designed for security because internet was designed for communications but now we are using internet for a lot of things including sensitive transactions. But because of the fundamental problem of lack of security which is an afterthought for internet, cyber criminals who are aware of this basic flaw of internet are exploring that vulnerability that exists to attack.”
Obadare spoke on the calamities and tragedy that came with Covid-19, said: “What we need to understand is that with the emergence of Covid-19 pandemic, there is massive usage of internet technology. A lot of people that were not using the internet before started using it. This means that there is an increase in the usage of internet activities and so everything has become electronic.
“Looking at the dangers, we have to look at it from three perspectives namely; personal security which has to do with the end user, business security and national security.
“As a result of lockdown, a lot of individuals are working from home so there was a shift in focus for hackers to end users because they are not security conscious and their devices are vulnerable.
“From statistics there were more attacks on individual devices and government infrastructure than corporate devices during Covid-19”.
He explained further that any device can be digitally evaded if there are issues with four factors which include architecture, design, implementation and operation.
“Most of the times there is always issues with any of these four factors. It is either your architecture is bad or you have issue with your design or you have issue with the way you have implemented your technology or how you operate the device, which build inherent vulnerability within our systems and hackers take advantage of issues like these and brake into systems and cause havoc”.
Elsewhere Dr Kenneth Geers, senior fellow of the Atlantic Council and a NATO Cyber Centre ambassador has warned that organisations and critical infrastructure across the world are set to experience an increasing number of cyber- attacks, perpetrated by well-funded rogue nation states and attackers looking to disrupt operations, make money or commit industrial espionage.
He said the Coronavirus pandemic is providing cyber spies and criminals with new opportunities to gain a foothold on target computer networks via phishing and other forms of social engineering.
“We must do a better job of educating our employees and citizens about the dynamics and dangers of social engineering.
Sundiata Post Media Unveils Dealboku, eCommerce Platform
Sundiata Post Media Limited, a multimedia news platform, has launched Dealboku, its e-commerce platform.
In a statement, Max Amuchie, founder/CEO of Sundiata Post Media, said Dealboku is an idea whose “time has come”.
Amuchie said Dealboku is different from other conventional online shops where goods are sold at shelf prices, as its e-commerce platform is an online deals marketplace where merchants are made to sell same products and offer same services at a discounted price.
“We have built a robust platform that is unique in its approach to e-commerce. Both buyers and sellers are assured of excellent customer care and quality products and services at discounted prices,” he said.
According to him, “with the establishment of Dealboku, Sundiata Post has made history as the first media platform in Nigeria to go into the full e-commerce business”.
In her remarks, Hannah Atomode, Dealboku’s project consultant, said the goal of the platform is to help customers get good discounted deals to their doorsteps.
“The team has been working very hard to build a beautiful and user-friendly website. This is a platform that comprises various products and services from fashion, automobile, furniture, foods, beauty, food, Spa and wellness, hotels, online training etc,” she said.
“The payment system is not cumbersome, it is so simple and easy to use.”
Atomode added that the e-commerce platform offers three payment options, which are card payment, wallet or bank transfer.
AtaraPay Redefines e-commerce Space
AtaraPay, an online escrow service has reiterated its commitment toward redefining and enhancing cash on delivery service in Nigeria in a way that promotes trust, transparency and protects the interest of both parties.
Yemi Adebiyi, Executive Director of TrustPay Technologies Limited, made this known in a statement in Lagos, where he said the emergence of e-commerce in Nigeria has changed the way Nigerians buy and sell goods.
He said that although bias and skepticism against online shopping persist, over time more consumers have begun to embrace the concept of purchasing items online and getting them delivered at their doorstep.
He said: “The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has also made it imperative for sellers to diversify their sales channel to include an online, omnichannel strategy.”
He noted that, however, over time increased cases of internet fraud, frequent internet payment transaction failures only served to worsen the perception of customers paying online without physically inspecting the goods.
Adebiyi pointed out that as a workaround, cash-on-delivery options quickly became a popular choice with customers who preferred to double-check items in hand before paying in cash. This served as an approach to address the trust deficit and guarantee quality assurance.
He said that the introduction of escrow service by African start-ups such as AtaraPay, Paylock, Truzo has come in handy in addressing the issue of trust between buyers and sellers in a way that promotes transparency and protects the interest of both parties.
Adebiyi explained that AtaraPay’s business relationship with Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc enables it to provide a service that can be trusted and reliable enough to take away the monetary bottlenecks and resolve every crisis during transactions.
“This is a safe way to strike an equilibrium between customer and merchant credibility while eliminating fraud in the process,” he added.
Okotie Attacks Bill Gates for Alleged Complicity in Spread of COVID-19
Power of Women in the 21st Century: The Zinox Group Example
New Broadcast Code Unworkable and Unenforceable- Okoroji
SEC, NITDA Collaborate on Data Protection in Capital Market
COVID-19: SERAP Asks Court to Compel Govs to Fund Healthcare with Security Votes
Report Shows DStv Cheaper in Nigeria than other African Countries
Telecom Body Introduces New Global Guidelines to Protect Kids Online
Good News: Nigerians Create Unique Vaccine for Treatment of COVID-19
Infobip Launches Conversations – Contact Centre Solution for Connected Customer Experiences
Telecoms Subscriptions Hit 190.8m
- Broadcasting3 days ago
Pay-as-You-Go not Applicable to Pay TV – FCCPC
- Broadcasting3 days ago
StarTimes Hikes Subscription Prices, Introduces New Channels
- E-Financial3 days ago
Naira Weakens, Oil Slips, Stocks Flat
- News3 days ago
Adenuga, Others Named in Global List of People Helping World Battle COVID-19
- Broadcasting3 days ago
African Voices Changemakers Includes Eto’o in Omnibus Edition
- News3 days ago
Coca-Cola Partners African Cleanup Initiative for Community Recycling Project
- News3 days ago
Labour Decries FIRS Takeover of Stamp Duty from NIPOST
- Telecom3 days ago
ATCON Urges Members to Follow Nigeria Data Protection Regulation