project to bring internet to rural areas

Pretoria: Affordable mobile technology projects aimed at connecting the country’s rural villages to the World Wide Web will be showcased at the Future Internet Research Experimentation (FIRE) workshop to be held in Pretoria on Monday.

The projects, Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine-to-Machine Communication (TRESCIMO) and Mobile Empowerment for Socio-economic Development in South Africa (MOSAIC 2B), are important for South Africa because they support the implementation of the national ICT Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap.

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the European Commission, these projects are in one of the priority areas of the SA-European Union research and innovation cooperation in the field of ICT.

Under the MOSAIC 2B project, cloud-based applications and innovative low-cost Internet delivery mechanisms are being developed to provide affordable mobile technologies to unlock new mobile business opportunities in rural communities.

MOSAIC 2B has created a “cinema-in-a-backpack”, which is a mobile, easy to use product incorporating a projector, speakers, a battery and a tablet, which enables micro-entrepreneurs to project films, becoming part of their business offering to local communities in remote villages.

TRESCIMO focuses on developing reliable machine-to-machine communications for “smart cities”, in the context of linking smart and green technological and social innovation.

TRESCIMO developed an Internet research facility linking South African and Europe and used the facility to conduct trials with energy and the green environment in South Africa and Spain. The trials demonstrated the impact that machine-to-machine technologies can have in a global context


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