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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2018, Article ID 1028578, 17 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/1028578
Research Article

An Open IoT Platform to Promote Eco-Sustainable Innovation in Western Africa: Real Urban and Rural Testbeds

1FBK CREATE-NET, Italy
2University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, France
3Gaston Berger University, Senegal
4Easy Global Market, France
5WoeLab, Togo

Correspondence should be addressed to Massimo Vecchio; ue.kbf@oihccevm

Received 12 January 2018; Revised 18 May 2018; Accepted 5 June 2018; Published 1 August 2018

Academic Editor: Al-Sakib K. Pathan

Copyright © 2018 Corentin Dupont et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The digital revolution led by the Internet of Things (IoT) is already reshaping several traditional business sectors. Moreover, because of its very nature, the promise of the IoT is also to reduce energy consumption and pollutant emissions in several environmental scenarios. At the same time, it is desirable to keep the development of IoT as sustainable as possible, hence truly realizing the vision of the green IoT. In this paper, we show how a full-stack IoT framework can alleviate some real environmental problems afflicting countries in Western Africa. We present three real IoT-based deployments currently hosted in two rural areas of Senegal and Ghana and one metropolitan area of Togo. These testbeds are connected to a Cloud-based software platform, purposely designed and engineered to address some very specific environmental, economic, and social requirements of the region.