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Konnect Africa Brings Wi-Fi to Rural African Communities

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Konnect Africa, the Eutelsat-owned satellite broadband service provider, has unveiled SmartWIFI, a new hotspot service, as part of its ongoing commitment to bring digital opportunities to Africans.

 

This new service leverages Konnect Africa’s powerful, reliable satellite broadband network to enable sales outlets (retailers, hospitalities, gas stations, etc.) as well as healthcare centres or schools to become a connectivity point and digital gateway to opportunity for the surrounding population.

 

Users will be able to access the internet from a distance of several hundred metres around the hotspot. Access can be extended to several kilometres through off-the-shelf Wi-Fi repeaters.

 

Users can access the SmartWIFI service through vouchers or mobile payment schemes. In addition, SmartWIFI comes with a unique local data storage system, enabling users in remote areas to access smart digital content free of data charges, including online courses and education programmes, sports and entertainment. Mobile and computer applications will also be available to help support daily business activities.

 

Konnect Africa CEO, Laurent Grimaldi commented from AfricaCom “This new Wi-Fi hotspot solution is designed specifically to address the needs of the majority of the African population that lives in rural areas, where there is a need to reduce the digital divide. In leveraging the ubiquity of our satellite network and locally operated hotspots we will foster more productive uses of digital technology to make everyday tasks easier for individuals and allow businesses in more remote areas to expand their footprint – let’s just think of weather apps to assist farmers, mobile phones to display bus timetables, or better information on market days that can help small producers enlarge their catchment area”, he added.

 

SmartWIFI will be available in all countries covered by Konnect Africa’s satellite broadband service. The new hotspot service will be deployed in partnership with local Internet service providers and telecom operators in strategic areas across Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Details on the new hotspot solution were presented by Konnect Africa during AfricaCom’17 in Cape Town.

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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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