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Universities, NGOs, private sector & govt agencies asked to collaborate to harness Big Data, IoT for service delivery

Universities, NGOs, private sector & govt agencies asked to collaborate to harness Big Data, IoT for service delivery

Internet, Technology
Local universities, NGOs, private sector and government agencies have been asked to collaborate on research and innovations especially in use of Big Data, IoT and high powered computing (HPC) for service delivery and problem solving instead of working in silos. Due to lack of collaboration, these players in research, big data and IoT among others render their work less effective or end up reinventing the wheel and waste a lot of resources in the process. “African Universities have not been very good at engaging the private sector and non-governmental agencies like UNEP. However, there is a lot of shared data that can help us solve our pressing problems,” said Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza Vice Chancellor of USIU-Africa. Prof. Zeleza was speaking at a USIU-led HPC Meets Environment forum h
How Self-Driving Vehicles Could Transform Mobility for the Disabled

How Self-Driving Vehicles Could Transform Mobility for the Disabled

Technology
Rarely a week goes past without some kind of news about self-driving cars, which looks to be the future of travel in the near future. This will completely transform the landscape and make transportation much easier and more efficient for many. In particular, those with a disability could benefit greatly and make it easier than ever for them to be mobile. Currently, mobility is an issue for many people with a disability. Whilst it is true that there are adaptations that can be made that enable those with a disability to drive, this is still not a possibility for many. Additionally, the excellent Mobility Scheme can help disabled people to become mobile by allowing them to use their mobility benefit to lease a powered scooter or wheelchair accessible automobile from places like Allied Mob...
Netcare to use robots to fight off viruses and bacteria

Netcare to use robots to fight off viruses and bacteria

Technology
On Tuesday 28 November 2017, South African healthcare group, Netcare announced the adoption of new robots that seek and destroy viruses and bacteria within minutes. As healthcare facilities the world over face a daily challenge to prevent the spread of infections and, with increasing concern about antibiotic resistance, these new robots could really turn the tide in the battle against viruses and bacteria. “Our new ‘allies’ in infection prevention and control have shown such impressive results internationally and during pilot trials at two of our hospitals, that Netcare recently ordered a second consignment of these highly advanced robots, manufactured by Xenex, to further bolster our comprehensive existing disinfection measures,” said Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s ho
Agricultural Technological Firm, Farmcrowdy Launches Farmers’ Digital APP to Empower Farmers

Agricultural Technological Firm, Farmcrowdy Launches Farmers’ Digital APP to Empower Farmers

Technology
As part of efforts to address food shortages as well as make agriculture attractive and beneficial to Nigerians, agricultural technological firm, Farmcrowdy, has unveiled a digital application called Farmcrowdy. The organisation stated that it's also currently empowering more than 2000 Nigerian farmers across the country. The Chief Executive Officer of Farmcrowdy, Onyeka Akumah, disclosed that the application is an agricultural platform which connects small scale farmers and sponsors investors' who are ready to produce more food for the country, while also focusing on assisting them with the latest farming techniques and funds to make their lives more meaningful. Akumah who spoke at Farmcrowdy first year anniversary and the recent launch of the application in IOS, windows and And...
Mobisol largest off-grid provider in East Africa with 10 MW installed capacity

Mobisol largest off-grid provider in East Africa with 10 MW installed capacity

Broadband, Business, Technology
Mobisol, a Germany-based provider of decentralized solar solutions, has successfully installed a capacity of 10 MW and electrified over 500,000 people in East Africa to date. The company fights global climate change by offsetting 50,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year through smart rent-to-own solar systems, benefitting communities in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. Mobisol provides solar solutions beyond lighting and focuses on the development and supply of large solar systems that power a range of energy-efficient household and productive use appliances. While currently distributing business appliances such as multiple phone chargers and barber salon packages, the company plans to increase its offering around productive-use appliances for small and medium enterprises in 2018. As pa...