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Nongoma living lab

  1. 1. The nongoma living lab<br />LLiSA 3rd annual conference <br />Bethel Mutanga<br />University of Zululand <br />
  2. 2. Presentation outline<br />Motivation / introduction<br />The GUISET project<br />The Nongoma LL<br />Stakeholders<br />Progress<br />What’s next<br />Challenges<br />Sustainability <br />
  3. 3. Motivation<br />The Dept of Computer Science at the University of Zululand (UZ) proposed GUISET (Adigun et al, 2006) <br />Grid Based Utility Infrastructure for SMME enabling Technologies <br />GUISET is a Grid based utility infrastructure mainly for SMMEs in Nongoma. <br />GUISET enables applications to be deployed as published services offered to subscribers<br />Subscribers do not have to own the services they use <br />No network infrastructure is in place to test GUISET idea<br />We proposed a living lab to support this and other initiatives <br />The Nongoma Living backbone Lab will be supported by a Wireless Mesh Network<br />
  4. 4. The guiset project<br />An architectural vision of low-cost technology and software service provision based on utility computing paradigm;<br />Variable pricing of services rather than fixed <br />Culture-adaptive (collaborative business model, and resource pooling for sharing)<br />Integrates local communities into vibrant Mobile Business value network<br />Leverages1)access to market info, 2)new business opportunities, 3)customerreachability etc <br /> The GUISET idea changed to a cloud-based infrastructure at a later stage<br />
  5. 5. The guiset project<br />SME ENABLERS<br />Multi-modal<br /> Interfaces<br />WAP application<br />.NET Application<br />Applet<br />J2EE Client<br />Request with QOS<br />Response<br />Middleware<br /> Layer<br />UTILITY BROKER<br />Enabling Information Bus for Dynamic <br />Service selection<br />RESOURCE REPOSITORY<br />Grid <br />Infrastructure Layer<br />Low Level <br />Resources<br />Knowledge<br /> resources<br />Services<br />
  6. 6. Nongoma Living Lab<br />The Nongoma district is one of the largest in the KwaZulu Natal province <br />The LL will be supported by a Wireless Mesh Backbone<br />The lab is brought to the people by allowing anytime-anywhere access<br />Mesh routers will be strategically deployed to provide maximum coverage within the area. <br />Internet gateways, printers etc will be installed at schools and other public institutions<br />Mlokotwa High School<br />Bhekuzulu High School<br />Nzobo High School<br />Chief Zulu primary school<br />
  7. 7. Nongoma Living Lab<br />
  8. 8. Nongoma community<br />Arial view of Nongoma Community. Insert: A Nongoma woman with her arts and crafts products<br />
  9. 9. Stakeholders<br />Meraka Institute <br />Wireless Africa Group<br />Living Labs in Southern Africa (LiSSA).<br />Industry partners<br />Telkom<br />Dynatech<br />Huawei<br />The Nongoma community <br />KZN government <br />
  10. 10. Objectives of the LL<br />Educational<br />computer literacy and technical training to both community and local schools. <br />Development of new technology solutions through research <br />Community Development<br />To generate, distribute and apply ICT skills for use by SMMEs<br />To enhance the use of ICT on community entrepreneurship.<br />Enhancing existing business processes <br />
  11. 11. progress ...<br />Conducting training <br />Matric graduates were trained in ICT skills<br />Network planning and deployment<br />Identify sites to install the mesh network infrastructure and construct computers centres<br />Optimization of network performance<br />Using of solar technology<br />Automatic configuration, security etc<br />QoS issues, Mobility support etc <br />Conducting research on user needs, perceptions, level of computer skills and other social factors.<br />Development of applications to cater for the identified needs<br />E-commerce on demand platform<br />Accounting and billing <br />Use of mobile devices / cellphones<br />
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  13. 13. What’s next ...<br />Network deployment<br />Target date: Jan 2012<br />User training – phase II<br />To start : August 2011<br />Network administration – Feb - 2012<br />Software development<br />Currently going on....<br />Expected date of completion : April 2012<br />
  14. 14. Challenges<br />Human resources <br />Development of sustainable management mechanisms for the Living Lab<br />Supporting non-profit making entities like education<br />Funding <br />
  15. 15. Sustainability issues <br />Publish subscriber concept will be employed <br />Members have to be equipped with business and technical skills<br />Must be run as a business enterprise <br />Training programs offered by the University<br />CISCO and Wireless Mesh Networks program<br />Partially funded by Meraka institute <br />Business skills program for small traders<br />Business English Program <br />
  16. 16. Thank You<br />

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