The Times of Tanzania
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Tanzania deploys metaverse to digitalize its cities, starting with Dodoma

Tanzania is working to digitalize some of the country’s major urban centers making them ‘Smart Cities,’ with the concept now being implemented in Dodoma.

Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Information Technology, Engineer Kundo Andrea Mathew said Tanzania has started to explore the Metaverse, through which technology-empowered urban centres will be converted into ‘Metacities,’

It is supposed to bring a whole new world of possibilities for Towns, Cities and Communities.

“The Smart Cities and Communities fall under the ‘Internet of Things,’ where urban centers will feature smart parking lots, smart garbage collection, smart, self-irrigating gardens, pollution sensors, automatic traffic controlling systems and block chain transactions.”

Deputy Minister of Information

Speaking at the threshold of the ongoing International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Conference in Arusha Engineer Mathew pointed out that the concept of marrying Metaverse with modern towns to create ‘Metacities’ is among the agendas of the meeting.

It means cities will be converted into ‘CitiVerse,’ becoming their own self-sustaining universes.

The Deputy minister emphasized the importance of IoT and smart cities in enhancing the efficiency of government services and the quality of life for Tanzanians.

Smart cities have been described as technologically modern urban centres deploying different types of electronic methods and sensors to collect specific data and perform tasks automatically.

The Information gained from the collected data can be applied in managing assets, resources and services efficiently and improve operations across the city.

“A Smart city is more than just a clean city, it is an urban center which comes alive digitally using the internet of things in solving problems before they occur,” stated the Mayor of Dodoma City, Professor Davis Mwamfupe.

On his part the Director General of Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Dr Jabiri Kuwe Bakari said the international experts at the ITU Conference have been discussing Technological Advancements and setting related standards of digital advancements.

The ten-day conference, taking place at Gran Melia Hotel, aims to deliberate on the progress and challenges related to global information and communication technologies.

The ITU-T Study Group 20, responsible for overseeing Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities issues, holds sessions that bring together experts and innovators from all over the world to discuss the direction of Internet of Things including smart cities’ concept.

“This ITU conference is of great significance to Tanzania, as it is an opportunity for the country to showcase its capabilities in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT),” said Dr Bakari.

The ITU conference also provides Tanzania with an opportunity to learn from other countries and share its expertise in the IoT and smart cities field. Tanzanian experts and innovators have the chance to engage in discussions with their counterparts from around the world, potentially accelerating the development of these technologies within the country.

In addition to discussions on IoT and smart cities, the conference covers other critical topics such as IoT system security and privacy, standardization of these technologies, and the economic benefits stemming from these advancements.

Tanzania believes that this conference will facilitate the development and utilization of these modern technologies for the benefit of society and the country’s economy.

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