Worried about the slow rollout of broadband infrastructure across Nigeria, advocacy group, Broadband 2018 Coalition has called on the Federal Government to expedite the implementation of the country’s five year broadband plan that was developed and submitted by the presidential committee on broadband in 2013. In a statement released yesterday, the Broadband Coalition said broadband has played an outsized role in transforming societies and economic opportunities across the world, facilitating education and knowledge dissemination, enabling trade and commerce and contributing to growing entrepreneurship across the world. The Coalition is urging that the five-year National Broadband Plan (2013-2018) should be diligently implemented to spur economic growth and help Nigeria prepare for a post-oil economy. The group quoted the Minister, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Mr. Bolaji Akinremi, who had said that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is key to Nigeria’s quest towards attaining a sustainable development by 2030 when he delivered Nigeria’s statement on ‘ICT for Development’ at the UN General Assembly. The group also noted that Nigeria has declined on the broadband adoption and internet use index: Affordability Drivers Index (ADI), ranking 13th place (out of 58 countries surveyed) from 12th place ranking Nigeria earned in the 2015-16 Index in the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4aI) 2017 report. The Coalition expressed concern at this decline, reiterating the fact that every 10 per cent increase in broadband growth in developing countries, results in a commensurate increase of 1.3 per cent in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and stressed the criticality now that Nigeria is trying to come out of a recession. The group is raising concerns about the implementation status of the National Broadband Plan and wondering why the government has provided no updates on their plans. The National Broadband plan was developed by a . . .
A homegrown eventing platform harnessing the power of app technology will become a reality in South Africa when it launches early in 2018. Currently in Beta testing, the Flock Eventing Platform is an app that event attendees – be they regular or ad hoc – download to their smartphones or tablets and which houses all the information they would need for those award ceremonies, conferences, exhibitions, seminars and symposiums partnering with Flock. According to CEO and founder, Mike Lysko, the Flock Eventing Platform is being developed to facilitate so much more than the ‘shared’ experience most event co-ordinators offer event delegates or attendees. “It’s time the industry ditched the paper and the microphone to take its events to the next level with a homegrown eventing platform priced in rands and cents – not euros or pounds – but offering the same, if not better, functionality than those developed overseas,” he said. “First quarter 2018 is it. We’re currently deep into Beta testing and finalising the aesthetic design, and expect to announce a launch date after the traditional South African December break.” Lysko said the current reality in South Africa is that most conference, exhibition, seminar and other event organisers have embraced the fact that their delegates will remain connected for the duration of their event, and that no amount of urging by the Master of Ceremonies will prompt them to reach for the off button. Others have realised there’s an upside to having delegates tweet, Facebook and Instagram, and brief the MC to regularly communicate the relevant handles. But far too few have leveraged the situation to enhance the event in a way that will impress even the most jaded digital native. “The benefit of the Flock Eventing Platform for the delegate is that he or she only needs to download the app once to gain access to all those events partnering with Flock,” he said. “For the event organiser, it provides a robust, online, . . .
IMIvault from IMImobile South Africa enables the thousands of paper pages generated by the average estate agency to be easily uploaded to the Cloud and stored in full compliance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act. POPI stipulates certain onerous privacy requirements and IMIVault has been designed to keep property and conveyancing professionals on the right side of the law while boosting their daily operational effectiveness. “Virtually unlimited numbers of sales contracts, transfer documents and other paper documents can be safely uploaded to IMIvault and retrieved just as fast,” says IMImobile South Africa CEO, Ross Venter. “Client service matters in the competitive property industry and Cloud-based document storage means buyer and seller requests can be actioned incredibly fast,” adds Venter. This indexed and searchable client data cache service helps ensure compliance with all applicable legislation and property sector operating requirements with its storage of client-related data at a remote data centre with dedicated infrastructure hosted in a restricted physical environment. Integrating hundreds of terabytes of IMIvault data into real estate environments is a simple task which helps boost client satisfaction. “IMIvault ensures that client information becomes available to contact centre agents in milliseconds via a slick web-based interface only accessible using encrypted access keys. Agencies, conveyancers and others can respond much faster to contract and other document-related enquiries,” Venter says. The service’s permission-based access for different users offers rapid data storage, update and search functionality. The restricted web-based API offers call centre and CRM integration centred on any type of document storage, with bills and statements currently being the most popular amongst large corporations. IMImobile South Africa can guarantee high uptime while providing very low latencies that significantly reduce . . .
November 4, 2017- When MAS Holdings wanted to reduce their lead times and efforts while keeping up with the profits, they heard about ThreadSol Pvt. Ltd.- world’s fastest growing technology company in the apparel space. After the implementation of the two solutions from ThreadSol- intelloBuy and IntelloCut, MAS was able to reduce its lead time by 7 days in addition to process automation and elimination of processing errors. After a successful run in 15 countries with over 120 apparel manufacturers, ThreadSol is proud to enter the African and Middle-East market to help the apparel manufacturers in the emerging geography. This is world’s first artificial intelligence and big data based system in the apparel industry that helps in fabric optimization to save cost and make billions of dollars in profit. “ThreadSol is proud to enter a new phase of business with the emerging African and Middle-east markets. Our run in South-east Asian countries have been quite successful with the biggest giants adopting our technology. We are very positive about the African and Middle-east market’s openness to adopting new technological solutions. We really hope to provide direct business benefits through topline and bottomline boosting to the apparel manufacturers in Africa and Middle-east”, says Manasij Ganguli, CEO and co-founder at ThreadSol. ThreadSol’s IntelloCut and intelloBuy helps apparel manufacturers by: Buying accurate amount of fabric to avoid any deadstock Reducing fabric losses at the cutting stage Helping in shipping more garments This way the solutions help manufacturers in boosting their topline and bottomline. Mr. John Yu, Director at Xinrimei (China) is very positive about the advanced technology: “From half year of operation, this system not only helped us save fabric but also provide us with many accurate reports to evaluate our fabric suppliers and analyze the wastage for factory. Meanwhile it’s able to support big database to make . . .
A South African-developed mobile dating app is proving a hit with thousands of installs monthly and growing. “South Africans excel at using existing technologies in new ways. Voicy takes the voice notes we’ve got used to on chat platforms and turns them into a quick and easy way to meet people on the move,” says Jonathan Golovey of Johannesburg-based mobile applications developer, Rate ‘n Date Mobile. The company is already an established player in the mobile dating space. By downloading the free Voicy app from Google Play, mobile users with Android devices will be able to immediately start browsing the dating profiles of people around them. This homegrown app then enables users to transmit voice notes to people who interest them. “Just when the mobile industry thought voice was dead and text was emerging as king, voice notes began making their presence felt amongst users of over-the-top (OTT) services like WhatsApp. The swing to voice notes presents an ideal opportunity to introduce the human voice back into the world of dating,” explains Golovey. When people connect, voice notes help keep the interaction going because they are quick and easy to compose. They also help people determine right from the start of the initial contact if someone really is for them. While it is available on the Play Store right now, development is continuing to further streamline the user experience. Users can login using their Facebook credentials, the app is free to download with zero in-app charges. Voicy currently enjoys an average user rating of 4 out of 5 stars on the Google Play Store. “Voice has feeling, textures and layers that can’t be replicated by text, no matter how many emoticons are used,” concludes Golovey. For more information on the app, please visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=za.co.luckymobile.voicy CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Enterprise software development house, Khanyisa Real Systems (KRS) and digital agency HoneyKome, today announced a formal collaboration designed to deliver integrated campaigns – backend and frontend - around the Microsoft.net Sitefinity CMS and Marketing Automation platform. The partnership successfully merges the roles of technology and marketing, providing a seamless and exciting one-stop solution for Chief Digital Officers (CDOs), Chief Technical Officers (CTOs) and Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs). KRS, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, recently communicated its appointment as a Progress Partner+ for Sitefinity. As a Certified Microsoft Partner, it was introduced to the feature rich CMS, when HoneyKome was appointed as digital agency and looking for a software development house that could bring its expertise to the Ashburton Investment account. Matching KRS’ nous and savvy to build remarkably technical software systems, including eCommerce and CRM platforms, with HoneyKome’s expertise in creativity, UX, SEO and data capture – from a marketing perspective – has the hallmarks of making the duo a force to be reckoned with. “We are very excited about the potential of collaborating, matching our skillset with HoneyKome’s vision and experience. We’ve been very impressed with their professional offering and their integrity, and most importantly, their trust and that of their clients, in allowing us to do what we do best – work with the tool, correctly – no short cuts,” says Steve Randles, Director at KRS. KRS has the development skills to enable some really complex workflows and applications within content management systems - not a usual situation. Sitefinity is perfect for use on hosted servers not a SaaS, as it can run multiple websites on the one license – amalgamating different companies within a group, for example, and facilitating next generation enterprise solutions - which have a different need and set of operating requirements to those . . .
In our busy modern day lives, over time more emphasis is being placed on how we present ourselves to the world. Our clothing has become a vital aspect of how we decide to portray ourselves and our personal style. Our clothes speak a thousand words about us. With a great washing machine you can save time, money on electricity costs as well as being gentle on our garments, so half the battle is already won. We have put together an infographic on one of South Africa’s great washing machines, to show you how innovative technology can help you live a better life and enjoy a better world today. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Regular smartphones are prone to damages. In case, they slip from the hand, they might crack, break, or stop working entirely, depending on the nature of the fall. Rugged Mobile is one of the leading manufacturers of heavy-duty devices, offering an extensive range of rugged devices. Their rugged handhelds and computers are built with durable materials which can withstand extreme conditions. Although Rugged Mobile’s extra-tough rugged phones come with crude exteriors, their performance is nonpareil. They're designed to withstand intense shock and are ideal for a number of industrial applications. Since they are operational in extreme conditions, they are widely adopted in a number of fields like mining, construction, scientific research, farming, etc. MIL-STD and IP Rating Rugged Mobile specialises in durable devices which can operate successfully in exposed conditions. All of their products are rigorously tested on parameters, such as temperature range, military standards (MIL-STD) and IP rating. Their handhelds and rugged phones have good MIL-STD ratings and have undergone an array of laboratory tests. These devices are immune to ballistic shocks and extreme temperatures. Going forward, all of their rugged computers have very high IP rating and are tough enough to resist intense shock. Products Rugged Mobile offers a wide range of tablets, notebooks, mobile phones and handhelds. Some of their popular rugged devices include: Algiz® 8X: This rugged device guarantees powerful computing and reliability. Algiz RT7: This device is ideal for collecting data, crunching numbers and watching graphics. Algiz 7®: This handheld device is well-known for a number of applications and is available with multiple connectivity options. Algiz® 10X: This powerful rugged tablet is powered by leading-edge technology and can witness extreme conditions. Nautiz X1®: This extra-tough handheld device has a variety of applications and is ideal for harsh . . .
[Johannesburg, Thursday, 26 October] – Synonymous with the great outdoors and “living the braai life”, the CADAC brand has been entrenched in South African society since its launch in 1948. Through its new partnership with marketing and technology agency, Interface Digital, CADAC is looking to reaffirm its status as South Africans’ #1 braai-time companion. “We set about looking for an agency that not only had the desired capabilities and credentials to deliver on our mandate but, most importantly, we wanted to find a partner that understood our business and what it stands for,” says Elena Forno-Nash, Managing Director of CADAC International. “From our first meeting to subsequent initial campaigns, the Interface Digital team has consistently proven their ability to clearly understand our market, our customers and our culture . . . in essence they have quickly become an integral part of our company showing their passion in living the braai life with conviction, reflected in the campaigns that we have launched and run with already”. Interface Digital is a Google Premier Partner agency and has been on the forefront of the South African digital marketing and technology industry for over 22 years. “Like all agencies in our space it has not always been smooth sailing to get where we are today,” says MD, Dennis Armstrong. “Past mistakes were made and learnt from, helping us build a company that prides itself on finding the essence of our clients’ problems and then responding to it with verve and a commitment to deliver top quality work.” Interface Digital won the CADAC account in July 2017 with social media campaigns first aimed at National Braai Day and now Halloween. Initial success has been significant, with campaigns outperforming engagement targets by over 200%. “Great (smart) marketing principles have not changed,” says Armstrong. “At the core it’s still about talking to the right people, at the right time, with the right message to help them move . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 October 2017 – KaChing, the innovative ticketless way to pay for your parking, announced today that they are expanding their footprint of retail parking sites. Customers at the Mall of Africa will be able to pay for their parking using KaChing as of Thursday 26th October 2017. KaChing uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking so much more convenient. "KaChing offers all people who park a massively more convenient way to pay for your parking. You no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets.” Says Mike Clark, Business Development Executive of KaChing. KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payment to securely pay for their parking. In addition to ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing first launched on a commercial pilot basis in 2016, and is available at Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres in Johannesburg to mention only a few of the growing list of properties offering ticketless and cashless parking solutions Clark goes to say “We are also proud of the fact that in the past year, there have been zero car thefts from KaChing users. Our technology significantly improves your vehicle’s security while you park. The pre-paid option is also proving a winner with 60% of our users paying through pre-paid.” Signing up for KaChing is easy and effortless; you can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. All you need to do is register with your vehicle number plate, load your pre-paid account, or choose the credit card option. It is a simple drive IN drive OUT experience. The number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit automatically pick you . . .