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StartUPs takes IoT to next level with made-in-Nigeria OBUNO IoT engine




‘OBUNO IoT Engine’, a wholly made-in-Nigeria IoT board with sea of possibilities, has been unwrapped by an NGO – Innovation Habitat Initiative for Indigenous Technology, as a launchpad for the nation into the emerging technology economy.

The Board adopts a modular and scalable architecture that addresses challenges facing the IoT adoption, adaptation and deployment in Africa, especially in Nigeria; in diverse areas such as e-Government, eHealth, fleet management, telematics, banking & financial services, utilities & service providers, eAgric, eLearning, amongst others.



Dr Agu Collins Agu, mentor at Innovation Habitat Initiative for Indigenous Technology, who midwifed the OBUNO IoT Engine highlighted, said that there is the increasing need to fast track capacity development in emerging technologies such as IoT through hands-on training and workshops.

This, he said is to demystify the underlying technology and building blocks which translates to skills acquisition that will transition Africa into an outsourcing destination and manufacturing economy.

Dr. Agu, who doubles as director of Corporate Planning & Strategy Department of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), said, as the world enters into the 4th Industrial age, the Internet of Things (IoT) is identified to be a key enabler with an estimation of more than 24 billion IoT devices on Earth by 2020 translating into approximately four devices per person; “As we approach that point, $6 billion is predicted to flow into IoT solutions, including application development, device hardware, system integration, data storage, security, and connectivity and these investments will generate at least $13 trillion by 2025”.

“The fact remains that the market share of IoT by 2020 will be 19 trillion USD with over 50 billion devices connected. Now the question is: Do we engage the usual Adoption Model or get innovative and engage the Adaptation Model.

“Nigeria has woken up to these challenges by the introduction of the Local Content Policy in ICT and The Executive Order, mandating the patronage of indigenous products and services with NITDA as the Watchdog. I must say that the countdown has commenced for massive explosion in hardware development such as the OBUNO IoT Engine to drive the penetration and application of IoT. Enforcement of the laws will be a major catalyst in materializing start-ups to drive the knowledge economy”, Agu said.

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The IoT motherboard                                                                                                  Image source:


He further described OBUNO® IoT Engine as the perfect platform that brings both professionals and students (industry and academia) to explore the possibility of talking to the cloud, creating great opportunities to assimilate smart technologies, design the next big thing and solve unique problems.

“It is maker friendly and fully compatible with Arduino IDE and peripheral modules. OBUNO® IoT Engine, an end-to-end platform helps IoT developers avoid tunnel vision and its consequences by providing a comprehensive set of hardware and software components that easily combine into complete IoT applications, providing developers with a head start on their custom designs”.

As IoT applications bring a particularly tight convergence between hardware and software components, requiring developers to account for myriad details in each domain; “OBUNO® IoT Engine creates a single platform designed to facilitate that convergence through an ecosystem that provides a unified platform of components and services designed to address the entire IoT application hierarchy.

“At the lowest layers of the IoT hierarchy, hardware modules support high-performance data acquisition and signal processing while providing multiple wireless connectivity options”, Dr. Agu explained.

OBUNO® IoT Engine is slated for launch across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.


Agu Collins Agu BSc Mechanical Eng. MSc Mechanical Eng. PhD Engineering Sciences (Ukraine Patent № 58078, 25th March 2011).

Director of Corporate Planning & Strategy Department of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

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Certified Russian Language Translator & Teacher, hands-on real-industry experience in upstream ICT product development, specializing in Advanced Embedded System Design and Programming, PCB Design and Manufacture, R&D and Innovation Management.

He has been nominated for several national assignments such as a member of the Technical Working Group for National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, a member of ad-hoc Committee of National Economic Council on Crude oil Theft Prevention and Control etc. He also researches in Cyber Physical Systems and Applications.

Certificate in Embedded Systems (Firmware) Design

July 2008 Microchip Technology Inc. Arizona, USA.

Certificate in New Directions in R&D and Innovation Management

June 2009 National Centre for Technology Management, Ile-Ife, Osun State, NIGERIA.

Certificate in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design & Manufacture

November 2009 Mega Electronics Ltd, Cambridge, UK


December 2009 Athal Consulting, Abuja, NIGERIA.

Certificate in Object Oriented Programming

February 2014 Kharkov Ukraine

Certificate in System Administration

February 2014 Kharkov Ukraine



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