|Gov Ayade (microphone in hand) reading plaque stone at groundbreaking event|
Efio-Ita Nyok|26 November 2017
Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Ben Ayade, Friday, performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cross River State Smart City project, CallySmart, NegroidHaven has garnered.
The state Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT) under Chief Offu Ebirgor Aya partnered with Germany’s RPS as well as GoldSpot to actualise the CrossRiverSmartCity initiative. Further information has it that with renewable energy supply through globally respected conglomerate, DataCenter, it’s anticipated that Cross River will soon have SmartHealth, SmartEducation, and SmartTransport etc.
While addressing the audience, His Excellency the Governor of the state, Mr Ben Ayade said that for the next seven days, indigenes and residents of the state should explore the free services of the wifi of the smart city project. According to him, ‘We have launched the first smart city, so, no loading of phone, go on our wifi, use it for free for the next one week.’
The CallySmart infrastructure aims at kick starting the CrossRiverSmartCity with attendant city wifi and high speed internet services made available.
According to Wikipedia, ‘A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information used to manage assets and resources efficiently.
|Commissioner for ICT, Chief Offu Ebirgor Aya addressing the audience|
|Gov Ayade (in dark wear), ICT Commissioner Offu Ebirgor Aya I’m white|
information and communication technologyInternet of thingsSmart city technology allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving’, it concludes.
The Representative of Goldspot, CRSG contractor who is already on ground to implement CallySmart, observed that her firm is happy that Cross River State has local talent to develop solutions that will ride on the Smart City infrastructure.
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