EDB initiates first Internet of Things session
As the consumer end of digital convergence in the country continued to develop, Sri Lanka has officially begun assessing the promise of the "next big thing" in digital frontier-and Sri Lanka's first Advanced Electronics Design Centre is now on the cards. "This is the first ever initiative for Sri Lanka's ICT sector on the emerging "Internet of Things". There is no doubt that this advanced and novel concept will be useful for everyone" said Sujatha Weerakoone Director General-EDB recently. Weerakoone was addressing the first ever IoT session held in Sri Lanka, organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).
Global IoT market value and and stake is estimated to surpass $ $14 trillion (CISCO Corp estimates, 2013) in the next decade and Sri Lanka's ICT services, software exports and BPO/KPO sectors are well poised to cater to this highly promising sector, considered as the 'next big thing.'
Currently, two firms, WSO2 and Zone24X7, both headquartered in US but have operations in Sri Lanka, have become the prime movers of IoT related processing here. Zone24X7, a third party end to end design house, is California headquartered, and has advanced product engineering and R&D facilities in Sri Lanka.