WORLD RENOWNED inventor of Fibre Optics and Nanotechnology expert, Dr Thomas Mensah, has schooled students of University of Cape Coast on the future of ‘Internet of Things’ (IOT).
In an interview, the expert said he was invited to the Electro Optics Laboratory of UCC by the Dean of Physical Sciences, Prof Essuman and Dr Francis Acquah, to address the students on the topic “The Future of Internet of Things and the role of Artificial Intelligence.”
Dr Mensah said Dr Acquah was his lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology in Kumasi.
Dr Mensah explained that the ‘Internet of Things’ rely on advanced sensors, including fibre optic sensors that make driverless cars possible. The sensors are embedded along highways, and bridges that are interrogated continuously by driverless vehicles.
“Artificial Intelligence plays a strong role in this environment. In future trucks will drive by themselves, transporting freight and goods on such highways to a loading depot where they will park themselves waiting for a driver to take over and drive through to towns and cities to deliver the content of the trucks to businesses, grocery shops and the like. UPS has completed trials in Arizona in the United States on this technology,” he further intimated.
During the lecture, Dr Mensah explained the role of Fibre Optics in the modern day internet and his innovations and patents that made social media possible.
He said “90% of Google Data and 90% of Facebook Data are transmitted over submarine cables that use intentions regarding the Ultra High Strength Optical Fibre for submarine cables.”
Dr Mensah toured the Research Labs and talked to graduates, including PhD students, about their experiments using lasers to solve practical problems.
He offered guidance and advice on how to tailor their research to some of the pressing problems facing Ghana.
Dr Mensah also suggested areas that can attract the attention of telecommunication companies like MTN, and companies that make computer chip (lile INTEL) in the United States. He held a special strategy sessions with the professors and graduate students.
He ended his discussions by reminding the students that the High Speed Rail Project for passengers and freight is important to Ghana to create jobs and usher the country into the 21st century.
Dr Mensah has authored four books on innovation, notably ‘Fibre Optics Engineering 1987’, ‘Superconductor Engineering 1002’, his autobiography – ‘The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too’, and ‘the international textbook- ‘Nanotechnology Commercialisation’. He has several publications and patents in Fibre Optics, Internet of Things and Nanotechnology.