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WiFi comes to the Himalayas

  1. Posted by Inveneo on October 23, 2009 in the categories: Government, News

In August 2009, Inveneo expanded our social impact to Nepal, a primarily rural country of more than more than 28 million people. Only 17% of the population lives in urban areas, and while there is a power grid throughout the country, it is unreliable. Consequently, getting the tools of information and communications technology (ICTs) out to more of the people is quite a challenge.

Inveneo in collaboration with eVeda worked with the Ministry of Information and Communications, Postal Services Division to deploy Inveneo ICTs in post offices in the Eastern Region of Nepal (other Postal Information Centers — or PICs — have been deployed across the country by the Ministry). The Postal Service is the only government division with offices in every village, making it the perfect agency to offer computer and Internet access to the public.

Mark Summer and Andris Bjornson of Inveneo, with Sudip Aryal, ICT Consultant to the Ministry of Information and Communications, spent one week installing an Inveneo server and two VoIP (Voice over IP) phones at the district post office in Dharan. Since this is where the DSL connection provided by Nepal Telecom ended, the team also installed a long-range WiFi connection on a communications relay tower. Additionally, they also performed the installation at one of the post office locations.

The following week four ICT companies — eVedaSoftSpaceSmart Solutions, and Online Computers — plus two people from the Postal Service and two more from NRIDS (Nepal Rural Information Technology Development Society) joined Mark and Andris in Dharan for a week of classroom-based Inveneo Certified ICT Partner training.

Following a week of classroom training the group split into two teams, eight people traveling with Mark to more accessible villages, while a smaller group of four moved into the more remote villages with Andris. At each of six post offices, they installed a WiFi connection, two desktop systems, one VoIP phone, a multifunction printer/scanner/copier, headsets and webcams, as well as a battery backup.

In addition to setting up six offices to sell Internet and VoIP telephone services, the team of Inveneo and ICIPs also trained a Postal Service employee as a computer lab manager. The Postal Service employees now use the VoIP telephones to communicate with each other, as well as to generate income by selling access time.

Using the post offices, which are already in place throughout the country, gives these government buildings a new use. In this way, Nepal is bringing those living in rural parts of the country in closer communication and contact with life and commerce in the major cities.

Computing for Community Radio in Mali with Geekcorps/IESC

  1. Posted by Inveneo on January 31, 2009 in the categories: Government, News

In 2009 Inveneo deployed low-powered computing stations for community radio centers in rural Mali. These spots function as community centers as well as important sources of independent media, contributing to the democratic process.

Inveneo Empowering the Hajj in Nigeria

  1. Posted by Inveneo on September 17, 2008 in the categories: Government, News, Projects, Uncategorized

For Nigerian Muslims, the Hajj is a very special event. An annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj is one of the seven pillars of Islam and an obligation that every able-bodied Muslim should complete at least once in their life.

Nigeria’s government helps its Muslim citizen experience Hajj through its Pilgrim’s Board — an agency that facilitates trips for both Muslims and Christians to visit Mecca and Jerusalem respectively. Each year, the Pilgrim’s Board sends thousands of Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj.

Typical paperwork for pilgrimsIn order to get this many people to the Hajj, the Pilgrim board must work through a visa process that requires Excel spreadsheets feeding into a Oracle database file running on the server, that is then sent to Saudi Arabia. Inveneo Certified ICT PartnerAurora Wireless, installed eight Inveneo Computing Stations and two Inveneo Communication Stations at the Pilgrim Board offices in Niger State.

This innovative technology backbone has increased the efficiency of the Piligrim’s Board, showcasing how Inveneo solutions improve communications across Africa — even spiritual communications.