IoT 18(15): e5

Research Article

Transition into Internet of Things in Resource Constrained Settings: A Case Study from Malawi

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.5-3-2019.156721,
        author={Martin Bright Msendema and Patrick Albert Chikumba},
        title={Transition into Internet of Things in Resource Constrained Settings: A Case Study from Malawi},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Internet of Things},
        volume={4},
        number={15},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={IOT},
        year={2018},
        month={12},
        keywords={Information System, Information System Development, Social System, System Development Life Cycle, Resource, Resource Constraint},
        doi={10.4108/eai.5-3-2019.156721}
    }
    
  • Martin Bright Msendema
    Patrick Albert Chikumba
    Year: 2018
    Transition into Internet of Things in Resource Constrained Settings: A Case Study from Malawi
    IOT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.5-3-2019.156721
Martin Bright Msendema1,*, Patrick Albert Chikumba1
  • 1: Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Malawi – The Polytechnic, Malawi
*Contact email: mmsendema@poly.ac.mw

Abstract

Information Communication Technology (ICT) has in so many ways proved to be the drive of economy and a game changer to many disciplines. However digital divide has been of concern as developed countries have been benefiting more than their developing counterparts. All that resulting from lack of skilled labour and finance to invest into the required technology. This case study focused on the survival of the developing countries as they are constrained by the financial challenges. Three major dimensions from the socio-technical perspective of systems dimensions guided the authors in the study. The study showed the ability of people in developing countries to adapt to the challenging environment as they strive to cultivate from the strengths of ICT. This is particularly within Small and Medium Enterprises. Primary to this adaptation is the use of local expertise to develop own system than relying on imports from developed countries.