More than 250 teams competing in "IoT Tunisia Challenge"  
05/11/2016 16:35, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – More than 250 teams taking part in the first edition of the national competition "IoT Tunisia Challenge" to encourage youth to launch their projects in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT)--a computing concept where physical objects can be connected to the Internet through sensors, met on Saturday with their coaches to expose their project ideas in the agriculture, energy, environment, security, health and transport sectors.

The teams presented to 40 coaches from different specialties (technical, business and jobs) innovative projects addressing the current or future needs in the above-mentioned sectors and the winning projects will be implemented within university incubators or set up as part of start-ups, Business and Marketing Manager at "Cynapsys" company and co-organiser of this competition Asma Tirari told TAP at the "Acceleration Day."

At the opening of this day, Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy Annouar Maarouf said the IoT is nowadays a reality, indicating that the IoT global market accounted for EUR 580 billion in 2014 and should reach 1,525 billion Euros in 2020, a 16.9% rise per year over the 2014-2020 period.

"Experts agreed to focus by 2020 on the IoT and its problems related to trust and IT security," he said.

The current regulatory framework does not support the creation of IoT start-ups given the limitations of the current Telecommunication Code that restricts performing this activity especially in using frequency bands, he added.

The ministry provided a temporary solution to facilitate the use of IoT projects by granting an authorisation allowing to use frequency bands pending the promulgation of a new digital code.

The new code will also provide an IoT-specific regulatory framework to make them benefit from privileges related to setting up projects.

The "IoT Tunisia" competition is launched by a non-profit economic interest group (academic and industrial) to make the IoT a strategic priority in Tunisia’s development and to encourage youth to promote their IoT solutions and to set up their companies.

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