As per a press release issued by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed at Arfa Software Technology Park between Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Chirp Technologies to transform Lahore into a smart city. Both organizations will collaborate to design and implement the Propriety LoRa infrastructure for IoT Devices’ connectivity across Lahore.
LoRa (short for long range) is a spread spectrum modulation technique derived from chirp spread spectrum (CSS) technology. Chirp Technologies’ LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology comprise a long-range, low-power wireless platform that has become the de-facto technology for Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide.
This Network will be used for real-time monitoring and management of Smart city applications like Waste Bin Sensors, Street Light Sensors, Air Quality Sensors, Mobility Applications, and other smart city applications. The MoU was signed by PITB Director-General IT-Operations Mr. Faisal Yousaf and CEO Chirp Technologies Mr. Asif Hussain in other officials’ presence.
Earlier, it was announced that the E-Rozgaar Training Program, an initiative of Youth Affairs and Sports Department Punjab and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), would be working with the Japanese government’s Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to create global work opportunities for e-Rozgaar trained freelancers hailing from Punjab. The E-Rozgar training program, which maintains more than 32 training centers in Punjab, has trained up to 28,000 students until now, with 54% of women who have contributed Rs. 2.4 billion in foreign exchange till now.
PITB’s efforts carried in conjunction with the ministry of IT and other technology boards to digitize the economy, have already begun bearing fruit, with Pakistan’s IT exports all set to cross the $2 billion mark in 2021, and projections to reach $10 billion by 2030.