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Datacrest Technology Unveils its Smart City, Cloud Solutions in Nigeria



Mr. Kehinde Olashore, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Datacrest
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Datacrest Technology Limited, an Information Technology and Software Developer organisation that partners globally recognised Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), has unveiled its Smart City solutions in Nigeria.


The Company introduced these solutions at the recently concluded Oracle Cloud Day 2019 held in Lagos, with a promise to assist Governments, Corporate Organisations and Individuals to solve issues around traffic gridlocks, energy efficiency, and waste management.


Speaking at the event, Mr. Kehinde Olashore, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Datacrest, said that as a data-driven company, they are passionate about offering practical solutions with the aid of Data to meet the growing needs of corporations and governments.


“We have a suite of products on offer; from CRM to ERP, business intelligence to artificial intelligence technologies.


“We are also focusing heavily on groundbreaking technologies like Blockchain. We have a number of use-cases, which we are currently deploying in Nigeria.


“We also deal with intelligent Chatbots, and we have a vast range of IT solutions for different aspects of industries”.


Smart City Solutions

“There are issues we are trying to solve in the Smart City space. We look at the pain points for different industries by either saving money, enabling efficiency or redefining the current solutions they have for either reduction in human power or time-related issues.

“The model we have solves issues around waste management, parking, traffic and lighting management using efficient intelligent or IoT devices or sensors to identify cases or rules that need to be applied.


“Where there are high-density of traffic, how best can it be resolved? We can use smart sensors to identify how many cars pass through certain roads, toll gates or bridges so as to prepare for efficient traffic management on those areas”, he said.


On waste management, Mr. Olashore said that there are sensors that can detect individual apartments, detect wastes and pick them up and take the refuse to a depot. This can be used on a vehicle that is autonomous and it works efficiently.


“There is also a way to manage your energy – to regulate usage in the morning, during the day and at night.


“You can maximize the use of energy by identifying your pain-points. These are smart ways of improving our society.


“In certain areas they are using trains, whereas we use buses here. There is the opportunity to use sensors to identify how many buses are needed on a particular route and at what time of the day”.


“As a company we are trying to solve problems that we have identified in Nigeria. Traffic is one of such challenges.


“That is why Mega Cities like Lagos should use alternative means of transportation such as buses and trains. Structures need to be built and maximized.


“We also believe you need to use technology to improve on our environment, because each of the States have different needs.


“The most important thing for the States is to identify the most cost-effective solution and maximize it”.


On the readiness of States to adopt these solutions, he said, “I strongly believe States will benefit a lot by adopting these smart city solutions.


“For instance, in Lagos, the Mega City project can become more outstanding with these smart solutions.


“I can give you an instance; the use of seat-belts in Nigeria, but today it is in the subconscious of every driver to put on the seat-belt.


“If the end-user benefits from the solution they will adjust and adopt the solutions.


“The only thing is that it must make economic, social and moral sense; we have to move on from traffic-driven cities by using technological intelligence to improve the way we do things”.


“Asked if the Company has the capacity to deploy such solutions, Mr. Olashore, said, “Capacity is a word that is ever growing.


“Technology is flat; adopting is a different thing and deployment is a different game. Adoption and deployment are like a joint-venture.


“We are ready to deploy at Federal or State government level, and also for corporate organisations”.


Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Glo Gains 78% of New Data Subscription in GSM Sector in March – NCC Report



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Nigeria’s second largest telecommunications operator, Globacom, garnered 78 percent of new data subscriptions in the month of March, 2019. The operator gained nearly one million new subscribers in the month.

This was disclosed in the latest statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the month of March 2019. According to the statistics, Globacom gained 950,115 new internet users, taking its total internet subscriptions to 28,436,386 from 27,486,271 recorded in February, 2019.

Two other operators, MTN and Airtel, also featured marginally on the gainers’ list in March. Airtel added 351,657 new internet users, while MTN added 13,552 subscribers. 9mobile, on its part, lost 166,542 users in the month under review.

Overall internet users in Nigeria increased to 115,938,225 in March from 114,725,357 recorded in February, according to the NCC statistics. This indicates an increase of 1,212,868 new subscribers in one month.

Globacom has been on ascendancy in terms of acquisition of new internet subscribers in the last one year ostensibly due to the consistent improvement in the operator’s data services.

The company has the widest 4G LTE coverage in the country, and the technology ensures more reliable and faster internet usage experience. Globacom also has the most attractive data plans in the market, with packages that appeal to both high and low data users.

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Streaming Global, DataGo Solutions Ink Deal to Accelerate OTT/VOD Streaming Market in Africa



L-R: Gbenga George, Co-founder, DataGo Solutions and Richard Oesterreicher, CEO, Streaming Global, exchanging handshake after the signing ceremony
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Marking its first step towards an international market, Streaming Global has joined forces with DataGo Solutions as its first exclusive reseller for an overseas territory.


The deal covers the entire continent of Africa where, according to the forecast performed by Digital TV Research, the OTT market value will exceed $1 Billion by 2024.


This partnership drives Streaming Global’s continued mission to enable the reliable, scalable, and cost-effective delivery of live, OTT, and VOD video streaming services over the Internet.


Richard Oesterreicher, CEO, Streaming Global, said “We are overjoyed to have DataGo Solutions as Streaming Global’s exclusive reseller for this emerging market.


“The growing infrastructure there fits well with Streaming Global’s reliable and simple streaming delivery pipeline.”


DataGo Solutions founders, Gbenga George and Nicholas Horton, have extensive backgrounds and knowledge in the emerging African OTT/VOD market.


Horton is a technology leader with over 14 years of industry experience, driving business growth and market penetration both in the US and abroad.


George is a technology investor and lawyer with over 18 years of industry experience in various disciplines including intellectual property, contract negotiation, and market adoption.


“We view this technology as a true innovation in OTT/VOD and live streaming content that will become the new standard for the next decade.


“We couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to take this technology to market for the continent of Africa and redefine the streaming industry,” said George.

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Arik Air takes deliver of another aircraft from maintenance



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Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading airline on Thursday welcomed another aircraft fresh from maintenance overseas.

The arrival of the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) is coming eight days after a Boeing 737-700NG returned to service from C-check on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.


The Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft is a stretched version of the 737-700 aircraft.


Captain Roy Ilegbodu, Chief Executive Officer, Arik Air, reiterated the airline’s mission which is “To become a dominant air-services brand, globally admired for its world-leading operating, safety and service delivery standards, as well as its role in promoting Nigeria’s reputation at home and abroad”.


Captain Ilegbodu once again thanked customers for their loyalty and trust in Arik Air.


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