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Dr. Amjad Umar, Director and Professor of Harrisburg University’s ISEM (Information Systems Engineering and Management) program, discussed improving digital infrastructure found on small island developing states (SIDS) in a recent ZAWYA article.

In the story, titled “Inadequate digital infrastructure and policies hinder the transformation of small island developing states,” Umar notes that the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digitalization could yield several gains for SIDS, such as more affordable consumer goods through 3D printing, better monitoring of fisheries through artificial intelligence and satellite imaging, and drones for disaster preparedness.

He also stressed the need for customization and specialized training in harnessing digital manufacturing and services in SIDS.

“We know that in many cases, SIDS do not have 3G technologies – they are still at 2G range. So, we specifically designed this plan that produces solutions that would work with very, very low technologies. And I totally agree with the previous statement made that you need to have smart people.  What we do is in those cases we generate tutorials that can be used to train the people. Som digitalization consists of people, processes and technologies,” Umar said.

To read the entire story, visit this link.

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