Staying connected: Wi-Fi in the sky

05 September 2019

Wi-Fi in the sky has landed to the sound of relieved business passengers in Africa.

That’s because in 2018, US consumer products and engineering conglomerate Honeywell completed the first installations of its JetWave satellite communications hardware on African aircraft.

As the need for humans to be constantly connected increases, so has the pressure to have inflight Wi-Fi systems on the world’s airlines – big, small and boutique. 

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A new wireless network for the largest container port in west Africa

05 September 2019

Upon completion of the expansion, Tema will become the largest container port in west Africa

Upon completion of the expansion, Tema will become the largest container port in west Africa

Ghana’s MPS Tema Port is currently undergoing an expansion project in order to keep up with more demanding traffic, not to mention the general hustle and bustle of the modern working life. 

Located in the southeastern part of the west African nation, along the Gulf of Guinea to be precise, the port is operated by the consortium Meridian Port Services (MPS), a joint venture with Bolloré Transport and Logistics as well as APM Terminals as the two main shareholders. 

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Drugs delivered by drone

01 May 2019

A group of 13 students from Malawian universities make drones from foam core (plaster board) and 3D printed parts

A group of 13 students from Malawian universities make drones from foam core (plaster board) and 3D printed parts

Malawi reached its very own aviation milestone in January 2018. A team from Virginia Tech in the US supervised a fully autonomous, 19km simulated drug delivery flight in a drone designed at the university and built by Malawian students.

The aircraft, EcoSoar, was designed at the Unmanned Systems Lab for it to be fabricated and operated in Malawi for remote medicine delivery.

EcoSoar flew in the drone testing corridor in Kasungu, which was opened by the Malawi government, in conjunction with the UN’s children’s agency Unicef, in June 2017. The corridor was designed to explore the impact of drone applications in emergency supply delivery, vaccines, sample delivery for diagnosis and remote sensing.

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The best medicine for the worst off patients

29 April 2019

The advent of telemedicine in some of the most rural and underprivileged parts of the world has been a game-changer for medics and patients alike

Daniel Martínez, a coordinator of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) telemedicine service, receives an alert on his mobile phone. The organisation’s team in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has a question about a paediatric case – a fiveday old baby with suspected tetanus.

The question is immediately forwarded to the system’s near 350 experts from more than 30 medical specialties around the world who answer cases requiring expert opinion very swiftly. That’s a typical day for the MSF (known in the Anglophone world as Doctors Without Borders) telemedicine operation carried out in Africa and in more than 72 countries worldwide.

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