Government initiatives boost IoT adoption in Middle East

IoT networks feed data into analytics and a wide range of public-administration applications that will pave the way for enterprise use.

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The internet of things (IoT) is gradually becoming a mainstay of network infrastructure in the Middle East, particularly in the Gulf region, with emerging technologies like AI depending on data from a wide range of devices and machines to deliver accurate analytics for public-administration applications.

Because Gulf nations are deploying IoT in combination with superfast 5G mobile networks and software such as predictive analytics, enterprises and consumers are likely to experience the cumulative impact of these emerging technologies before other regions, judging from what industry insiders had to say at last week's 5th IoT Middle East conference in Dubai.

IoT spending in the Middle East and Africa region will hit nearly $18 billion by 2023, according to IDC. A main driver of this demand is the push towards smart cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), especially in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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