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Internet Of Things, Bangladesh & Future!

Internet Of Things, Bangladesh & Future!

Imagine, a young professional Ayesha negotiating the chaotic urban landscape with grace. As she steps into her apartment after a long day at work, a simple voice command hums "Good evening." On the instant, her home Steers into action. The lights turn down to a warm glow slowly, the thermostat adjusts to her favored temperature, and her culled soothing music starts playing in the background. With a contented sigh, she curls up into her favorite spot, satisfyingly knowing that her home fathoms her needs even before she articulates them precisely as adopted and set up according to her choices initially. No Surprise! These are IoT devices mobilizing her place of comfort to perfection.  

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What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) alludes to the inclusive network of devices that are connected to the Internet and able to collect and exchange data to perform actions. These devices are ingrained with sensors, software, and other technologies, enabling them to interact with the surroundings and other connected devices.

Why is IOT?

It is to make our life easy and comfortable. The Internet of Things (IoT) has a weighty impact on daily life, changing the way we interact with the world around us.  

IoT refers to a wide variety of devices, from basic domestic goods such as smart thermostats to large industrial gear. It enables the automation of daily operations, increased productivity in numerous businesses, and the possibility of smart city development, among other applications.

Promises & Possibilities

Remember Ayesha? These days, IoT is redefining comfort and security. Smart homes, equipped with IoT devices, allow residents to control lighting, temperature, and even home security systems remotely. Imagine adjusting your air conditioning while stuck in traffic on the way home, or receiving a notification on your smartphone when your front door camera detects movement. These are not scenes from a sci-fi movie but the would-be realities of modern living in Bangladesh’s emerging smart homes. Take Fahim, for example, a diligent traffic officer dealing with the bustling streets of Dhaka every day. In a city notorious for its gridlocked roads, Fahim relies on the power of IoT to keep traffic flowing smoothly. Such a scene is no more a dream. The recent improvements and instalment of AI systems corresponding to the improvement of the traffic in different cities of Bangladesh have been remarkable.

Armoured with a network of sensors and cameras, Dhaka's traffic management system is Fahim's silent friend in the battle against congestion. From his command centre, he monitors traffic patterns in real time, adjusting signal timings and dispatching alerts to divert vehicles away from bottlenecks.

But the impact of IoT extends beyond individual homes and traffic signals, Consider the case of Maya, a devoted environmentalist on a mission to tackle waste management in her neighbourhood. IoT-enabled bins systemized with sensors, Maya has been bringing about initiatives to declare war on littering and pollution.

These smart bins, scattered across the city, not only collect waste but also provide valuable insights into consumption patterns and recycling behaviour. With data at her fingertips, Maya collaborates with local authorities to optimize waste collection routes, minimize landfill usage, and promote sustainable practices within her community.

Has this really been taking place in Bangladesh? Not yet. But these are well-regarded possibilities and might soon turn Bangladesh into a country with well-planned cities.  

As the sun sets over the horizon, casting a golden hue over the cityscape, Ayesha, Fahim, Maya, and countless others find solace in the promise of a brighter future fueled by IoT. In this interconnected world, where homes, cities, and communities converge, innovation will never cease to exist.

Prime Pre-requirements

One of the pre-requirements for the widespread implementation of IoT throughout Bangladesh is having technically advanced and technologically literate people which can be considered a far cry for now, so far as the current situation is concerned.


The journey towards a smarter, more sustainable Bangladesh is not without its challenges. From bridging the digital divide to safeguarding privacy and security, there are hurdles to overcome.

Widespread adoption of IoT comes with several potential downsides that need to be carefully considered:

  • Security Risks: As IoT devices increase in number, so do the potential entry points for cyber-attacks. What bigger thwarting threat than the security risks can sigh on the nape of the widespread implementation of IoT facilities?!  
  • Privacy Concerns: IoT devices often collect personal data, raising concerns about user privacy and the potential for misuse of this information.
  • Interoperability: With many different manufacturers and standards, ensuring devices can work together seamlessly is a complex issue.  
  • Data Management: The vast amount of data generated by IoT devices requires robust systems for storage, processing, and analysis. With the burgeoning increase in connected devices, there’s a heightened risk of data breaches and cyber-attacks. Ensuring the security of data transmitted and stored by IoT devices is a significant concern.
  • Environmental Impact: The production, use, and disposal of IoT devices can have significant environmental consequences, such as increased energy consumption and electronic waste5.
  • Complexity and Maintenance: The complexity of IoT systems can make them difficult to set up and maintain, requiring specialized knowledge and resources.
  • Economic Impacts: There may be economic downsides, such as job displacement due to automation, and the cost of IoT connections can be a barrier to adoption.
  • Infrastructure: The country’s existing infrastructure may not be adequate for the widespread deployment of IoT devices. This includes limitations in internet connectivity, power supply, and the necessary hardware.
  • Skilled Workforce: There’s a need for skilled professionals who can develop, manage, and maintain IoT systems. This includes technical expertise in areas like sensor technology, data analytics, and network security.
  • Cost: The financial aspect of implementing IoT solutions can be a barrier, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. The cost of devices, installation, and maintenance can be prohibitive.
  • Integration with Existing Systems: Integrating IoT with existing systems and processes can be complex and requires careful planning and execution.
  • Regulatory Framework: A clear regulatory framework is needed to guide the development and use of IoT, including standards for interoperability, data protection, and device certification.

Bangladesh has been going on with ongoing successful IoT projects that showcase the country’s growing expertise and innovation in this field:

  • Smart Agriculture: IoT-based farming methods are gaining traction, with sensors that monitor real-time weather, soil conditions, and crop surroundings to optimize farming practices.
  • Bondstein Technologies Limited: This Dhaka-based IoT company has made significant strides, securing an investment of $1 million for R&D and expansion. They offer connected vehicle solutions, and remote power monitoring for telecom towers, and have launched a smart home solution called Bond. They’ve also developed a solution to address question leaks in public exams, known as smartbox.
  • Connected Factories: Leveraging IoT, factories are becoming smarter with sensors at every critical point of the production chain, monitoring machine performance and efficiency to boost productivity.  

Yet, with determination, collaboration, and a shared vision for the future, Bangladesh is all set to welcome the transformative power of IoT and weave a fabric of progress and prosperity for generations to come as the ICT ministry of Bangladesh vowed to take the people of the people’s republic of Bangladesh in a journey towards a smart Bangladesh.

Niaz Mahmud Sakib

Niaz Mahmud Sakib

Writer, Translator, Researcher

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