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HotelOnline Opens in Nigeria After Merger with Savanna Sunrise

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African hotels gain a much stronger business partner as Savanna Sunrise Ltd. and Hotel Online Sp. z.o.o complete their merger.

The company will operate under the name HotelOnline from now on.

The merger brings together extensive market presence with a unique technological and business solution tailored to the needs of hotels in African markets.

The offer includes: a ridiculously simple reservations management tool enabling hotels to monetize on online channels; distribution to more than 100 local and global online channels; free hotel website, with booking engine, live chat and online payment solutions as well as 24/7 multilingual customer service.

Håvar Bauck, executive chairman of HotelOnline said: “These are truly exciting times!  With the merger process behind us, we are a stronger and more vibrant company than ever, with an amazing team.  We are already making aggressive inroads into the Nigerian market, as we plan for continent-wide expansion over the next 24 months.  Our ambition is inherently global, though. Beyond Africa, there is South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Central Asia and South East Asia. Watch this space!”

The combination puts HotelOnline at the forefront of online hospitality solutions industry in Africa, active in DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

The company put forward a plan of a rapid acquisition of new markets in Africa in the next couple of years. As part of an aggressive expansion strategy into West Africa, the company also announces the opening of a new Lagos office, with Alexandrial Allen, former Head of Sales in Jovago, joining as the Country Manager.

“With more than 500 hotels in Nigeria already using HotelOnline platform we have a head start as we enter the biggest market on the African continent.  Nigeria is an important market for us, as we aim to bring thousands of hotels into the era of online marketing, strengthening our partners in their competition with global hotel chains” – said Maciej Prostak, EVP Operations.

 HotelOnline, with offices in Nairobi, Kampala, Lagos, Warsaw, Dubai and Oslo, becomes a game changing online booking solution for hotels in emerging markets.

Endre Opdal, CEO of HotelOnline is excited as the company turns an important page: “With the merger complete, we are now in a position to focus on growth and aggressive expansion over the next couple of months, before doing a full Series A funding round towards the end of the year”.

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NIMC Boss Says National ID Crucial for Access to Social Services

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Engr. Aliyu Aziz, director-general, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has identified digital identity as a critical factor for individuals to access social benefits including subsidies and entitlements.

 

According to Engr. Aziz, since public and private sector agencies require proof of identity as a prerequisite for providing services to individuals, failure to prove identity forms a major barrier barring people from accessing social benefits.

 

He disclosed this in a keynote paper entitled ‘Digital Inclusion: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies’ which he presented at the 27th annual conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), in Ibadan, Oyo state recently, a statement from the commission said yesterday.

 

“Inability to prove identity is one of the biggest barriers preventing access to benefits, subsidies, exercise of basic rights as well as claiming entitlements,” he said, adding that “without knowing who the people are, no government or private sector will be able to effectively deliver important services such as social safety net, elections, agriculture, pension and education, among others.’’

 

Engr. Aziz, also said “Identity is a pre-requisite for a country’s economic, social and political progress and development,” because “good identification works hand-in-hand with greater use of internet, payments and skills for a vibrant digital economy.”

 

 

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Lagos, Zipline Ink MOU to Deploy Drones for Healthcare Delivery

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l-R: Mr. Diekoye Oyeyinka, Zipline Representative; Hajkeem Fahm, commissioner for Science and Tech; Kayode Ogunnubi Permanent Secretary Science and Tech; and Kemi Adelusi., General Manager LASRA

The Lagos State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Zipline International Inc, operators of drones, to offer a drone-enabled supply chain solution in the health sector.

 

While signing the MOU, Mr. Hakeem Fahm, commissioner for Science and Technology, noted that the new partnership is based on the health care initiatives of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

 

Fahm said the partnership with the State Government would leverage on technology to improve the supply chain of critical medical supplies, reduce waste and save lives.

 

He noted that drones would be used to ensure secured, reliable and timely deliveries of essential health care products to publicly-owned hospitals and other health facilities in the State

 

In his words “Lagos Sate has began a process that will allow us to be able to deliver critical medical needs of every publicly-owned hospital in the State within a short period when needed.

 

“Zipline services will compliment Lagos States existing medical supply chain by responding in minutes to request for cold chain products, unexpected stock outs and emergencies,” the commissioner added.

 

According to Mr. Diekoye Oyeyinka, representative of Zipline who signed the MoU on behalf of his company, “Lagos state will be the first mega city in the world to have an autonomous instant delivery system, when it is fully deployed”.

 

Zipline is a robotics airplane manufacturer based in California focusing on delivering medical supplies to undeveloped and underdeveloped areas.

 

They work to improve access to healthcare and save lives.

 

 

 

 

 

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Autodesk Africa Advocates Digital Construction

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L-R: Arc. Ibeanu Chike Chamberlain, Managing Partner, Zdesigns and Development Consulting; Simon Bromfield, Territory Manager Africa, Autodesk Inc.; Vijay Raina, Sr. Technical Sales Specialist – AEC, Autodesk; Louis Iwegbuna, Nigeria Business Development Manager, Autodesk Inc,; Dolapo Ojelabi, Industry Specialist, Ideate Technologies; at Autodesk’s Future Forum held in Lagos, Nigeria

Autodesk a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software has called for the adoption of digital technologies in the construction industry.

The Company made the call at a Forum themed: “The Future of Making Things” held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lagos yesterday.

The event highlighted how the disruptive power of digital technologies can enable a more profitable, resilient and agile construction industry and explained that the Construction industry is a new frontier for innovation.

It also brought to the fore issues plaguing the Construction industry such as rising project complexity, globalization of construction, skills shortage, and access to capital as well as how cloud-enabled technologies present an opportunity for disruption in the way we design, build and operate buildings and infrastructure.

Delivering the keynote address, on the theme ‘The Future of Making Things”, Autodesk Africa’s Country Manager, Simon Bromfield stated that advanced technology in construction may seem like an oxymoron, but the industry is a new frontier for innovation.

He said: “Contractors are pressured on many sides, operating in a market driven by money and risk. Securing a profitable place in tomorrow’s market will be linked to a contractor’s ability to innovate. We urgently need to focus on the future- the future of making things with technology.

When you see how this connectivity influences every facet of a construction site—improving the efficiency, safety, and cost—it is not even a question of whether the industry will move in this direction, only how quickly”.

Also speaking at the event, Managing Partner, ZDesign & Development Consulting Ltd., Arc. Chike Chamberlain Ibeanu said, “The future is about collaborating in ways that previously weren’t possible. It is about having access to knowledge throughout the entire BIM process, both through desktop products as well as through the cloud.

Digitizing the construction process and connecting teams with a common data environment improves collaboration and decision making.

Building information modeling (BIM) provides a solid foundation, and enables greater efficiency and productivity. Any construction company looking to drive business margins, resilience and growth must innovate”. Arc. Ibeanu went further to share success stories attained from the utilization of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The event further explored the relevance of augmented and virtual reality, generative design, AI/Machine learning, smart cities, factory of the future, and climate change solutions, in the future of construction and infrastructure.

Autodesk desires to help people digitize the construction process and project management, building a unified construction data platform to provide accurate information at the point of decision-making and drive better decisions and more profitable project outcomes.

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