EGOV 2017 closes: technology for sustainable development | Tunisia News Gazette

EGOV 2017 closes: technology for sustainable development

The building of intelligent cities and the promotion of the Internet of Things (IoT), with a sustainable development approach, aiming to make technology a way to improve the living conditions of citizens were at the centre of the last session of the 4th international conference on E-Government EGOV 2017 organised by the Tunisian Management Science Society (TMSS) on April 28-30 on the theme Smart Cities and Information Systems.

Sonede’s Central Director, Majed Khalfallah, chose in his speech to situate the issue of smart cities and IoT in relation to the issue of drinking water supply in Tunisia.

“What smart cities are we talking about if people in many parts of Tunisia, especially in the south, often face problems with drinking water? He wondered.

The development of the Internet of Things in Tunisia should “be done according to a logic that can remedy the current concerns of citizens, including the one relating to water supply.

In this specific case, the development of IoT should aim to allow better monitoring and optimisation of water distribution networks and a reduction in the costs of intervention, “he said.

“In the south of Tunisia, the water supply network is so old, that the rate of losses can reach 50%; the leak detection equipment is so primitive that response times are usually very long. Imagine the water savings we can make and the time savings we can achieve, if we had systems that instantly detect these leaks, “he said.

Khalfallah concluded by calling on Tunisian researchers specialising in IoT to make this issue of water supply a priority for research.

For his part, Sehl Mellouli, a professor at the University of Laval, also supported the idea that “any technological advance should be at the service of citizens’ lived experience and sustainable development”.

He warned against “the dark side of IoT “, which is its ability to intrude into people’s private lives and control every detail of their daily lives.

He also spoke of the digital divide that could be geographical or social, arguing for a digital strategy that takes into account the different gaps.

According to the International Telecommunication Union, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a “a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies.

Connected objects are used to produce data that can be exploited, affecting all aspects of human life. Among these objects are sensors monitoring air quality, temperature … home smoke detectors and connected bracelets monitoring vital functions of the body…

Source: TAP News Agency

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