How IoT healthcare is transforming testing for infectious diseases across Africa

04 February 2021

The approach Africa is taking towards universal healthcare is by necessity a different route from other continents

In fact, the World Health Organisation says that there are fewer than 5,000 intensive care beds across 43 of Africa’s 55 countries which is about five beds per million people, compared with about 4,000 beds per million in Europe.

However, a shortage of physical infrastructure - hospitals and beds - doesn’t mean that the people of Africa go undiagnosed and untreated both during the current Covid crisis - and in the future.

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Septentrio ‘credit cards’ track from the sky

25 January 2021

Three credit-card sized devices to track machinery and vehicles through satellite positioning have been introduced by Septentrio.

Called the AsteRx-m3 range, they are the latest in the company’s GPS/GNSS OEM products and are said to have the lowest power consumption on the market, allowing longer operation times.

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Connecting patients: free Wi-Fi made available in hospital

22 January 2021

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto, Johannesburg, is the third largest in the world with 429 buildings, 3,200 beds and 6,760 employees. Every year, there are about 150,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients. More than 350 daily admissions – about 70% of the total – are emergencies.

It is a teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, along with the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital and the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.

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Extending Wi-Fi to outdoors

19 January 2021

Made to extend Wi-Fi outdoors, the model CPE710 from TP-Link has a 23dBi high-gain directional Cassegrain antenna and dedicated metal reflector.

It offers 802.11ac for up to 867Mbps on 5GHz wireless data rate and is, says the company, ideal for long-distance applications.

It is said to have excellent beam directivity, improved latency and noise cancellation with innovative snap-lock parts to make for fast assembly and a sturdy structural design keeps CPE710 stable even in strong winds

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