R400m for digital TV subsidies

first_imgOnce the details had been finalised and the scheme was ready to be rolled out, Nyanda said consumers would be informed of the criteria for qualification and the application process. “[The] government has already made a decision to support poor TV-owning households, and we are in the process of finalising the details regarding the implementation of the support scheme,” he said. Source: BuaNews “These features enable the disconnection of stolen boxes and will reduce the possibility of an influx of boxes not manufactured or approved in South Africa flooding the market,” Pule said. Speaking in Johannesburg this week, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda said the Cabinet had approved R400-million to subsidise around five-million households, with subsidised set-top boxes expected to cost around R300. 23 October 2009 The set-top boxes that many South Africans will need to watch television when broadcasting goes digital-only will be available at stores throughout the country in the first half of 2010. The government is expected to subsidise 70% of the R700 cost of the units for poorer households.center_img Deputy Communications Minister Dina Pule said that the set top boxes for free-to-air services would have standardised operating systems prioritising security features, interoperability, addressability and inter-connectability. South Africa is currently in a “dual-illumination” period, with both digital and analogue TV signals available. The digital signal was switched on in November 2008, and the analogue signal is due to be switched off on 1 November 2011. In order to receive the digital signal after that date, households with analogue TV sets will need to purchase set-top boxes that convert digital into analogue signals. Nyanda and Pule were speaking at a two-day summit aimed at discussing a set-top box manufacturing strategy that will pave the way for local companies to manufacture the devices. Standards, security featureslast_img read more

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As the Internet Loses its Way – the Cloud Will Carry the Most Importance

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing Related Posts alex williams A well-respected university professor said at a futurist conference today that the cloud will surpass the web in importance.According to CIO.com, Georgetown University Professor Mike Nelson made the remarks today at the World Future Society conference in Boston.His comments came in the context of a discussion about the Internet, the cloud and its future. Nelson said that in the mid-1990s, the people who developed the Internet had a clear purpose. From their vision came the Web.Today, it’s a question if the focus about the Internet is as sharp as it once was. And if the focus is indeed faltering, will the cloud take its place?The cloud is now more exciting than the Internet. What we are seeing is the evolution of the cloud as a central nervous system for a new universal communications infrastructure that is more important than the Web.This may all seem a bit murky as much of the cloud is accessed through the Web. Cloud-based applications are often called Web apps. And the Internet is often used to describe the Web and the cloud.But the distinction about the cloud does fall into a different category when the discussion turns to all that is capable to do with it. Nelson made the point that cloud computing means developing nations may afford software that once only more affluent countries could provide.As we noted in another post today, the cloud also means that companies may shed its IT resources, saving on capital expenses. That may mean a loss of jobs but it’s clear the upsides may be considerable as the cloud scales.And then there is the Internet of Things (ioT), big data and a mobile universe where information is always accessible, anywhere you may be.The ChallengesNelson said forces could prevent society from getting to this universe of what he calls the “cloud of clouds.”The biggest challenges are vendor lock-in and proprietary technologies. If data gets locked in then the flow of data will be disrupted, disrupting he very nature of the cloud itself.Other challenges include the clamp down on content by media giants, who, in the name of privacy, can have a tendency to inhibit expression and as a consequence, the free flow of information. Government may play it own part as it seeks to regulate and in turn creates an onerous environment for the development of the cloud.We have faith that the people who have fought so hard for the open Web will continue to fight for an open cloud environment and in the process, foster that cloud of clouds that Nelson believes we can attain. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How is the new age of digital transformation changing the utilities sector?

first_imgRelated Posts It is easy to take for granted the technology we have at our disposal. We flick a switch and the lights go on, we turn on the tap and clean water comes out. We don’t have to worry about the provision of natural gas for cooking.But today, the utilities sector is under pressure to simultaneously reduce costs and improve operational performance.See also: Honeywell pumps up energy IIoT with new partnershipsUtilities are a bit late in digital innovations than retail, banking or insurance. With energy getting on the digital bandwagon with online customer engagement, smart sensors and better use of analytics, utilities are now beginning to adopt it.Digital technology gives utility companies the opportunity to collect much richer, customer level data, analyze it for service improvements, and add new services to change the way customers buy their products.Smart technology will be used to monitor home energy usage, to trigger alerts when previously established maximum limits are being reached, and to offer ‘time of use’ tariffs that reward consumers for shifting demand from peak times.Electricity is the only truly global energyElectricity is the most versatile and widely used form of energy and global demand is growing continuously. Smart grids manage the electricity demand in sustainable, reliable and economic manner.Here are the advantages for utilities in this new digital transformation:Digital makes customer self-service easy.Digitally engaged customers trust their utilities.Customer care, provided through digital technology, offers utilities both cost-to-serve efficiencies and improved customer intimacy.Digital technology brings the capability to provide more accurate billing and payment processing, as well as faster response times for changing addresses and bills, removing and adding services, and many other functions.Using mobile as a primary customer engagement channel for tips and alerts.Predictive maintenance with outage maps and real-time alerts to service engineer helps reduce the downtime and costs.Smart meters allows utilities to inform their customers about the energy consumption, tailor products, and services to their customers while   achieving significant operational efficiencies at the same time.Meridian, a New Zealand-based energy company, launched PowerShop, an online energy retail marketplace that gives customers choice and control over how much power they buy and use. This helped Meridian attract online consumers and extend its reach of core retail offering.Google’s Nest, an IoT-enabled energy efficiency management tool, gives details about consumption patterns and better control. Thames Water, the UK’s largest provider of water, uses digital for remote asset monitoring to anticipate equipment failures and respond in near real time.See also: Ovo ups its distributed energy gameBig data analytics and actionable intelligence give a competitive advantage to gained efficiencies. IBM Watson with its cognitive computing power helped utilities identify trends and pattern analysis, predict which assets or pieces of equipment are most likely to cause points of failure.Today more than ever, utility companies are asking “How can we be competitive in this digital world?” People, whether they are customers, citizens or employees, increasingly expect a simple, fast and seamless experience. Sandeep Raut Tags:#Advanced energy#Big Data#electrical grid#energy#Google#IBM Watson#Internet of Things#IoT#Meridian#Nest#smart grids 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptioncenter_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

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Bengal issues lookout notices for Gurung, Giri

first_img However, Mr Gurung did have an idea of the meeting as he issued a statement prior to the meeting with the Chief Minister. “But what he did not know was the whereabouts of Tamang and Thapa after the meeting,” a GJM official said.After the meeting, on his return to the hills, Mr Tamang gave a call to withdraw the strike till September 12, which is revoked on Friday by Mr Gurung. The party officials clarified that the strike in Darjeeling– which will be completing three months in few days– will continue indicating that the talks between the Bengal government and a section of GJM leaders failed.Mr Gurung also slammed Tamang as a “traitor” who was playinginto the hands of the state government. Following his statement Tamang’s house, meanwhile, was ransacked by pro- Gorkhaland supporters. Posters were pasted in front of his house terming him a “traitor of Gorkhaland”. The party leadership claimed that a woman was killed during lathi charge by police to disperse a crowd that was protesting against the decision to suspend the shutdown. The police, however, denied the allegation. GJM stir escalates in Darjeeling, Tamang removed from post The West Bengal government issued look out notices against the president and secretary of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha [GJM] on Friday. The notices are issued by the Criminal Investigation Department [CID] of the State government and a very senior officer of the CID confirmed it to The Hindu. The notices follow GJM action against party interlocutors Binoy Tamang and Anit Thapa who represented them at the talks with the government. “We have issued them against GJM president Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri,” a senior CID official said.A similar notice was also issued against another activist, Prakash Gurung, the youth wing president of the GJM. The notices are issued in consultation with the officials of the Central government to nab criminals and also to stop them from crossing international borders.Meanwhile, following a meeting of GJM senior office-bearers, Mr. Gurung ostensibly expelled party’s assistant general secretary, Binoy Tamang, who led the team to Kolkata on August 29 to hold a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Another leader of the party Anit Thapa was also apparently expelled. “I am hearing the news that they are expelled,” party’s secretary Roshan Giri told The Hindu. However, he has not confirmed the expulsion.Earlier, Mr Gurung claimed in a statement that a section of their party leaders “have shaken hands with Bengal government … to derail [the] movement” and thus he issued a long and strongly worded statement claiming the struggle for Gorkha homeland will continue.“They [rebel leaders] didn’t inform me about the recent meetings they undertook, they didn’t tell me where the meeting took place, how many times such meetings were held, and I wasn’t even made aware of who would be the Convener of the coordination committee, I only came to know about it after they had done the selections. So I was kept in the dark and they didn’t consult me….[section of the leaders led by Tamang] went to Nabanna [State Secretariat] and sat for a meeting with Mamata Banerjee without consulting me,” Mr Gurung alleged.Also Readlast_img read more

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