High hopes ride on the power of mobile phones and other connected devices to improve the quality of life in developing countries, and we’ve seen the benefits already. Collecting patients’ medical information, monitoring water pumps and simply checking in on far-away friends and family, Internet and communications technologies have made a difference. But the benefits will only last as long as the hardware holds up. And developing countries can be hard on hardware. Power surges, dust and hot, muggy weather can break computers and phones quickly.

A new survey of engineers and practitioners in global development has identified five main targets for improvement in ICT hardware. Bruce Baikie at Inveneo and Laura Hosman at the Illinois Institute of Technology led the research, and ARM and USAID helped fund it. This infographic gives a broad overview of the findings: Five top challenges in ICT hardware.

Larger version | Source: Inveneo

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