Cinfores, WaveTek provide e-learning solution to Check high failure rate in JAMB,UTME

January 27, 2015 | Filed under: Technology|Author: Editor

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has entered into a partnership with two indigenous software companies, Cinfores Limited and WaveTek Nigeria Limited.

The purpose is to address the wave of mass failures in national examinations in Nigeria, through the use of Information and Communication Technology.

The partnership was consummated at the weekend, when the agency witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with WaveTek and Cinfores Limited on deployment of a special version of Nigeria’s foremost e-learning and examination preparatory software, Cinfores BrainFriend.

The special version which is customised for the forthcoming 2015 JAMB UTME is known as JAMB Brainfriend. Also present at the ceremony was Patrick Onwumere, Microsoft Nigeria, Education Lead.

Speaking on the development, Peter Jack the director-general of NITDA, said the agency keyed into the initiative as part of its effort to deepen and encourage local content development in education and other sectors of the economy, as mandated by the act setting up the agency.

“Based on the transformation agenda of Mr. President, the Federal Government of Nigeria is doing everything possible to ensure that the Nigerian educational system is improved and made world class.

‘There is a decline in quality of education in our country. The mass failure in UTME and other national examinations in recent years, as a case in point, is a mixture of many things, including the nonavailability of quality local resources to change the tide of mass failure and exam malpractice that has plagued the nation,’’ he said.

The NITDA boss, also stated that NITDA as an IT agency, is committed to transforming every sector in the country, through the introduction of ICT.

He pointed out that in its various efforts to ensure qualitative education in the country, NITDA would engage various local and international organisations to develop locally adapted solutions that will meet the needs of the sector.

He added that the agency would do its best to support the partnership between the two companies.

In his remarks, Asawo Ibifuro, the managing director of Cinfores Limited, said the software companies decided to introduce the examination software, Jamb BrainFriend ,which has been approved by the Federal Ministry of Education, NERDC and NITDA, to arm Nigerian students to be better prepared for the forthcoming JAMB examination.

Asawo, who frowned at the increasing rate of failure in JAMB examinations, said the software company, ‘‘is committed to helping the students and exam candidates to adequately prepare and pass their various educational examinations by developing the customised version that would help them.

The premium version of the software, he explained, has the following features: over 57,000 questions, answers and explanations, over 20,000 theorems, definitions and formulae, covers about 50 subjects (including Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo Languages), prototype questions for WAEC, NECO & JAMB, career counselling guide, quick references and easy to use study notes for over 30 subjects, national curriculum, performance tracking, available for Windows/ Android devices and easy setup and activation.

According to him, the special JAMB Brainfriend was subsequently developed to provide a customized version for the forthcoming 2015 UTME.

Having in mind the high rate of failure that has plagued the exam in recent years and the introduction of Computer Based Testing, he said Cinfores Limited decided to release a customised version to directly address the needs of the JAMB UTME candidates, to enable them prepare adequately, as well as retain the knowledge gained through the use of the of BrainFriend.

This version, according to him, has many features including over 20,000 questions, answers and explanations, 19 JAMB subjects/ subject combinations for the major disciplines, prototype/ past JAMB questions, career counselling guide, quick references/ study notes

performance tracking, summary/ questions on the UTME 2015 special literature – the last days at Forcados High school, free online counselling @ www.brainfriendonline.com affordable at just N800 (without CDs) and N900 (with CDs), among others.

He also noted that the software, apart from arming the students for their exams, it would also prepare them and erase any phobia or myths surrounding the electronic JAMB examination, which is taking off this year.” He assured the candidates that the software would improve their chances of passing the forth-coming JAMB exams if it is effectively utilised.

Ken Spann, managing director of WaveTek Nigeria Limited, said the two companies realised the danger of examination mass failure in Nigeria, a reason, he said informed the development of JAMB Brainfrend software to cater for the challenge of mass failure in UTME.

 

Spann who had earlier spent about eleven years promoting Microsoft Education via Microsoft IT Academies at Microsoft USA and Nigeria respectively, further enthused that, “Through WaveTek’s strong network in education, we are collaborating with Cinfores as their marketing partner and ensuring that BrainFriend is used by the over 1.4 million candidates registered for JAMB UTME scheduled for March, 2015”.

Unilorin, IT firm sign PPP pact on Wi-Fi service

The University of Ilorin has signed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with an Information Technology company, WaveTek Nigeria Limited, for the provision of a high-speed campus-wide Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Network that will enhance the University's academic and administrative processes.

The N860, 024, 731. 72 Wi-Fi Network project will complement the existing fibre-optics network medium in the University.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project was signed last Monday (April 14, 2014) by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, on behalf of the University and the Managing Director, WaveTek Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ken Spann, on behalf of his company.

The Agreement stipulates, among others, that WaveTek would: provide the equipment and other forms of material inputs needed to execute the project; provide the tools needed for the University to monitor the services; introduce tools for the billing and usage of the Wi-Fi services; maintain and support the Wi-Fi Network and provide back-up power facilities for the smooth running of the Wi-Fi Network.

On its part, the University shall provide buildings, land and electricity power necessary to deploy the campus-wide Wi-Fi Network. It will also provide WaveTek with necessary authority to enable the company
to exclusively implement the project; make STM 4 Internet Bandwidth capacity available for the project; and publicise the campus-wide Wi-Fi service.

The partners also agreed to collaborate to establish a T.V. Wide Space (TVWS) Research Department where students and staff of the University can be trained in TVWS technology and create job opportunities for interested students

Speaking to Unilorin Bulletin shortly after the MoU signing ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, said when completed, the project would complement the existing fibre optics-based internet services on the campus to make connectivity even more efficient, more reliable and more accessible.

Prof. Ambali noted that the technology which WaveTek is bringing is a unique one, which will use TV Wide Service. “This is the first time such technology would be deployed anywhere in the country”, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that after the technical discussion with the company and the perfection of the necessary administrative aspect of the project agreement, “We are convinced that the project will be beneficial to the University, as we will be able to provide better internet service 24/7 to our students and staff.”

Prof. Ambali said, “By the time we are able to improve on the transmission of the internet cloud, we will be able to provide internet services to even our neighbouring communities, at a fee of course.”

Also explaining the nitty-gritty of the new project in a chat with Unilorin Bulletin, the Director of the University of Ilorin Computer Services and Information Technology (COMSIT) Unit, Prof Isaac A. Adimula, disclosed that “the uniqueness of the new Wi-Fi services in the light of the existing services being provided is that seamless high-speed internet facilities will now be provided to members of the University community in the comfort of their residents, in staff quarters and student hostels and on the walk-ways.”

Prof. Adimula added that staff and students would be able to have their lectures and submit their assignments wherever they may be on any of the University's four campuses and at any moment.

The COMSIT Director disclosed further that indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi services would be available on the University Main Campus, at the School of Preliminary Studies, Fufu, at the Institute of Education on the Mini Campus and at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Oke-Oyi.

Prof. Adimula pointed out that the increased internet access would be high speed that will be able to support video conferencing. He explained that students would also be able to access the video of their lectures over the internet.

To guard against abuse and illegal internet activities, the Director of COMSIT said that there would be a Network Administrator who would monitor activities and block sites associated with criminal activities and pornography to ensure that the University's platforms are not used to carry out criminal activities.

On when members of the University community will begin to enjoy these unhindered internet services, Prof. Adimula said that the project is scheduled to be completed by October this year and its deployment is expected to coincide with the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic session.

With the Vice-Chancellor at the MoU signing ceremony were Principal Officers of the University and other top officials.

ICT firm to Deploy high speed Wi-fi service in Unilorin

The University of Ilorin has perfected plans to ensure that high speed and efficient Wi-Fi internet connection is available in all its campuses.

This was the outcome of a meeting held last Monday (September 9, 2013) between the University’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) team and WaveTek Nigeria Limited, an ICT company. The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Y. M. Fakunle.

The University is also considering partnering the company in the areas of virtual fibre deployment to provide internet access to its distant campuses, TV Wide Space technology and green energy solutions to generate clean and efficient electricity supply for the University. Speaking at the meeting, the team leader and Chief Executive Officer of WaveTek Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kenneth Spann from the United States of America, submitted that the future of Nigeria does not lie in oil and agriculture but in its youth and technology.

Mr. Spann pointed out that Nigeria could be the new world ICT capital after India, stressing that there is nowhere in the world where Nigerian music is not being heard and called for more investment in the youth.

The ICT expert added that the deployment of the technology would bring more revenue into the coffers of the University apart from making Unilorin a reference point for other universities in the country.

Mr. Spann disclosed that his company would help to back up and extend existing ICT facilities in the University.

On the green energy project, the WaveTek CEO explained that electricity can be generated for the University through wind, solar and bio-thermal sources at no cost to the University. This, he noted, would help the University to save cost and time and have clean energy.

Receiving the group earlier in his office, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, expressed the hope that the relationship between the University and the ICT company would be carefully nurtured for the benefit of the University community.

Other officers on the ICT firm’s team were Mr. Mike Olajide, Executive Chairman; Mr. William Obote Uwhojega, Chief Technical Officer and Ms. Nehita Fashe, Assistant General Manager (AGM) Sales.


Source: http://www.unilorites.com/2013/09/ict-firm-to-deploy-high-speed-wi-fi-service-in-unilorin/#more-955

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

A new global initiative to help governments address
wireless data growth and close the digital divide


Singapore, 17th June 2013 – Today, 23 companies and organizations from across the world: 6Harmonics, Adaptrum, BSkyB, Carlson, Computer and Communication Research Center - Taiwan, The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) , Indigo Telecom, InterDigital, Microsoft, MediaTek, Network Startup Resource Center (University of Oregon), Neul, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology – Japan (NICT), RealTek, Ruckus Wireless, Singapore Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), StarHub, Strathclyde Centre For White Space Communications, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Taiwan Institute for Information Industry, UhuruOne, WaveTek and White Space Technologies Africa joined forces to announce formation of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance.


The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance will promote regulatory policies that will pave the way for innovative new wireless technologies that address growing wireless data and digital divide challenges. So-called “Dynamic Spectrum Access” technologies can opportunistically exploit otherwise unused and inefficiently used radio frequencies (“white spaces” spectrum) to create various forms of wireless connectivity. One near term opportunity to globally leverage such technologies is in the unused TV band frequencies. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance will also focus on promoting laws and regulations to ensure that spectrum technology can extend rural broadband, support the development of “smart cities”, and help ensure that consumers and their devices have wireless bandwidth when and where they need it.

“Whether you look at how TV White Spaces are being put to use to serve underserved communities in Africa, or how the technology is creatively used in one of the biggest ports to lower costs, it is clear that it can have an immediate effect on people’s lives today”, said Pete Henderson, Chairman, Indigo Telecom. “A large role for the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance will be educating regulators on consumer benefits that can be derived from enabling this technology.”

Over the last few years, it has become clear that the strain on artificially limited spectrum resources will continue to grow, particularly as the use of both wireless devices and machine to machine communication increases. Gaps in coverage and network overload in busy areas are already resulting in poor service for end-users. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance believes that these problems can be alleviated through spectrum sharing. The technology is beginning to be commercialized, as evidenced by technical trials, demonstrations and commercial pilots around the world. From Cape Town to Cambridge, Helsinki, Isle of Bute, Kenya, Singapore, and many other demonstrations and pilots, the future of dynamic spectrum is rapidly approaching.


While some leading edge regulators have begun enabling these technologies, policymakers have an opportunity to enable a variety of exclusive-use and non-exclusive spectrum access approaches across a variety of spectrum bands. “We are delighted to see more and more regulators taking up the spectrum solutions on offer,” said James Collier, co-founder of Neul. “We hope the example of the Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is picked up by others and we look forward to partnering with regulators around the world in developing effective legal frameworks for spectrum sharing.”
From an industry-wide perspective, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance will be technology neutral and support a variety of standards-based and proprietary technologies that will lower barriers to entry and increase technical and business model innovation that can result from dynamic access to unused spectrum. The initial members call on all organizations with an interest in these emerging technologies to join the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance to ensure we can take full advantage of the opportunities to improve quality of life throughout the world.


About DSA

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) is a global organization advocating more efficient and effective spectrum management. Our membership spans multinationals and SMEs from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of spectrum available to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. The DSA seeks to be the voice of this industry in interactions with governments, helping to promote laws and regulations that encourage further development of this innovative industry.


Member companies
6Harmonics
6Harmonics is a Canadian startup company developing Adaptive Radio Systems. Its branded GWS access platform is a family of OFDM-based cognitive solutions for wide area broadband wireless networks using unlicensed spectrum or dynamically accessing other authorized spectrum.


Adaptrum
Adaptrum is a Silicon Valley based company developing dynamic spectrum access technologies to enable new, unlicensed, multi-use networks to meet the growing wireless broadband demand.


BSkyB
BSkyB entertains and excites more than 10.3 million homes through its Sky service — the most comprehensive multichannel, multiplatform television service in the UK and Ireland. The company is the UK’s fastest-growing broadband and home phone provider, and operates The Cloud, one of the UK’s largest public Wi-Fi providers.


Carlson
Carlson introduces the world’s first affordable TV white spaces wideband radio, RuralConnect, a breakthrough product for broadband in challenging terrain. Carlson developed this high-capacity, non-line-of-sigh (NLOS) broadband solution in response to the needs of wireless Internet service providers to help bring broadband connectivity to every corner of the world.


Centre for White Space Communications
Centre for White Space Communications, Scotland is a multi-disciplinary, industry-focused R&D centre investigating the use of ‘white space’ radio spectrum. The Centre is led by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and builds upon more than 30 years of experience and expertise in the areas of telecommunications and signal processing technologies.


Computer and Communication Research Center (CCRC), Taiwan
CCRC of National Tsing Hua University was established in September 1994. Its research activities mainly focus on high-speed networking, wireless communications, multimedia communication systems, and their applications.


COSTECH
Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is a parastatal organization with the responsibility of coordinating and promoting research and technology development activities in the country. It is the chief advisor to the Government on all matters pertaining to science and technology and their application to the socio-economic development of the country.


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
CSIR is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organizations in Africa. The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy.


Institute for Infocomm Research, I2R
I2R is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) family. Established in 2002, their vision is to foster world-class infocomm and media research and develop a deep talent pool of infocomm professionals to power a vibrant knowledge-based Singapore.


Indigo
Indigo Telecom is a satellite service provider with a global reach. It is a system integrator that designs and implements solutions using best of breed technology in a cost effective way.


InterDigital
InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide.


Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.


MediaTek Inc.
MediaTek Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions. The company is a market leader and pioneer in cutting-edge SOC system solutions for wireless communications, high-definition TV, optical storage, and DVD and Blu-ray products.


Network Startup Resource Center
The Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), based at the University of Oregon, was established in 1992 to provide technical assistance to organizations setting up computer networks in developing areas for collaborative research, education and international partnerships.


Neul
Neul is a Cambridge, UK based company who sees the future being realized through a new, simple, end-to-end way to economically connect everything. They provide wireless network services and solutions that will deliver the Internet of Everything - from SMART cities, environmental monitoring, energy and agriculture to education and healthcare.


National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Founded as Japan’s sole national institute to promote the full spectrum of research, development and standardization of information and communication technologies, including DSA based wireless communications.


RealTek
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is one of the world’s leading IC providers, with a broad portfolio of ICs for network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog, and mixed signal circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge, Realtek offers full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total solutions.


Ruckus Wireless
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi” products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has approximately 24,400 end-customers worldwide.


StarHub
StarHub is Singapore’s fully-integrated info-communications company, operating multiple networks and offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets.


Taiwan Institute for Information Industry
Institute for Information Industry was incorporated in 1979 as a non-governmental organization to support the development/applications of the information industry as well as the information society in Taiwan. Since its inception it has been a source of vision, innovation and technological excellence.


UhuruOne
UhuruOne is one of Africa’s leading telecom companies. With the initial focus on providing affordable Internet access to Tanzania, UhuruOne has grown to create and operate the largest seamless Pay As You Go W-Fi Mesh network in Sub-Saharan Africa.


WaveTek
WaveTek is a leader in creating “Technology Solutions Beyond Space & Time” with a primary focus on bringing Internet access to traditionally non-served and underserved areas of the world, leveraging several dynamic spectrum technologies.


White Space Technologies Africa
White Space Technologies Africa is a wireless telecommunications company based working throughout the African continent. They build specialized wireless networks, as well as distribute quality wireless hardware to end users, and ISP’s in the African market.


Note to editors

For more information, news and perspective from Dynamic Spectrum Alliance please visit the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance website at dynamicspectrumalliance.org. For additional assistance, journalist and
analysts may contact Theo Moore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

FCC Certifies Carlson Wireless Technologies TV White Space Radio

January 15, 2014 - Sunnyvale, CA – Carlson Wireless Technologies (CWT) announced today that The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified the company’s RuralConnect TV white space (TVWS) radio system for use with the Spectrum Bridge TV white spaces database. This certification brings to market the world’s first affordable long-distance, non-line-of-site (NLOS) fixed wireless broadband system.

Designed using flexible software-defined architecture and dynamic spectrum sharing, RuralConnect is authorized to transmit over “white spaces” in the UHF TV band (470-698 MHz), the unused frequencies between licensed television broadcasters opened by the FCC in 2010 for unlicensed public use.

The same propagation characteristics that once carried UHF television broadcasts around trees, buildings and hills and into America’s living rooms can now be utilized to provide high-speed Internet to remote areas. By making wireless connectivity possible in places previously difficult or prohibitively expensive to reach, RuralConnect launches a new era of opportunity for rural communities demanding high-speed internet. It also expands the capability of businesses and governments needing to extend their communications and private networks, such as data monitoring and control for utilities, oil & gas operations, resource management, public safety, video surveillance, VoIP networks and more.

“FCC certification enables us to offer this technology domestically,” said Jim Carlson, CEO of CWT. “And because of the FCC’s stature worldwide, it also gives a boost to global efforts to adopt TVWS technology,” Carlson continued. “Providing connectivity to underserved populations worldwide is more than an interest to us. It’s our corporate mission.” RuralConnect is rapidly deployable and transmits at distances exceeding cellular and Wi-Fi, the line-of-sight technologies used to deliver broadband to hundreds of millions of urban and suburban customers worldwide. RuralConnect has operated for the last three years in more than 58 trial deployments both domestically and internationally, including a highly successful trial with Google and others in 2013 with schools in Cape Town, South Africa. These trials have played a pivotal role in demonstrating to both regulators and potential users the ability of TVWS technology to provide high-speed data across rugged terrain.

“Carlson’s RuralConnect is our radio of choice for challenging rural deployments,” said Ken Garnett, CTO of Cal.net, a California wireless ISP which conducted one of the USA’s largest commercially feasible TVWS experimental trials in 2013. “By successfully penetrating dense forests and skirting terrain obstructions where no other wireless technology is adequate, RuralConnect allows us to dramatically increase the success rate of our installations.”

RuralConnect utilizes cognitive radio technology in collaboration with spectrum sharing databases to provide high-speed connectivity worldwide. This FCC approval authorizes use with the Spectrum Bridge database in the U.S. “Many parts of the country and world lack high-speed broadband access due to the limitations of traditional wireless network technology,” said Rod Dir, CEO of Spectrum Bridge.

“Carlson has been one of the staunchest advocates for rural broadband deployment, and we are proud to partner with them as they pave the way in delivering solutions to this underserved market.” In 2014, CWT will seek FCC approval for use of RuralConnect with other approved databases by Google and iconectiv. Visit www.ruralconnect.com for more information.

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