10 Inside BUSINESS: ICT & GADGETS Wednesday, April 25 2018 | NEW ERA The digital revolution has well and truly been embraced by Namibia and Namibians. Apart from spending most of our time online on social media, we are now through connectivity. Whether it is simply paying for our food, fuel, shopping or services with an app on your phone with PAY TODAY or PULSE, ordering your groceries online and having them delivered to your doorstep with Oshapama, or hailing a taxi through a new and nothing will ever be the same. Namibians always come back from abroad telling of exotic applications that allow you to pay for parking, order food or bring pretty much anything right to your house with the click of a few buttons. There are vending machines, refrigerators and voice-activated devices that let you simply by voice-command order things online, play music or request a streaming TV-series or movie. These smart, or internet enabled devices all make up a concept called the Internet of Things (IoT); The interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive term, but it covers what IoT is in a nutshell. Imagine a world where both at home and at work there are now objects that have become luggage tag that can track and trace where it OPINION Our work and lives ‘smartified’ by the Internet of Things is because it can send and receive data. Smart locks that means people no longer have to carry keys, or a smart thermostat which knows and monitors how many people are in a room and can adjust the temperature accordingly. Warehouses with smart labels for products. These labels could monitor ‘best before dates’, climate control, stock control and take human error out of the equation. As well as make the logistical chain a lot more effective as the different links in the chain can communicate with each other and ensure everything is working at its optimal rate according to data sent and received. Simply smartifying an object just because you can, makes no sense. The printers and copying machines are often already smart, knowing when the ink is going to run out and either ordering more itself or sending the necessary information to the office manager. Every day more products, gadgets and equipment come on the market that now have internet connectivity. A quick Google search shows just how embedded this technology already is. However, as always, these products only help in making our lives easier if they work. This means that we need to have a stable Internet-connection. Not just at home, in communicate because of connectivity issues become…well, just products. A car that has run out of petrol, just becomes a great big inanimate lump of parts. With all these MARKET OVERVIEW IoT products, the backbone rests in servers, software, cloud storage solutions for the data updated and most importantly secured. This is where organisations come in. One of the major things that people in the home and at work demand is a seamless and pain-free experience when it comes to using the Internet. That means it needs to be stable, fast and on-demand…as in available right now this second. We have become impatient as Internet speeds have increased. This means that the devices are constantly being tweaked, improved and become more stable. Giving this seamless experience and smart devices and the profusion of IoT means starting with a solid foundation. The right software, right hardware, right system integrators and essentially the right and high quality products need to be in place as does the fast stable Internet as mentioned earlier. connected devices can help make Namibia a technologically advanced society and aid in building our economy our education system and most importantly our people. Not just in the towns and cities, but all across the 14 regions of the Land of the Brave. It is that connected devices can bring us. *Kehad Snydewel is a Director at Green Enterprise Solution Money Market Change Latest Selected NSX Stock 3 months 0.00% 6.90% Symbol Stock Name Spot % Move 6 months 0.00% 7.38% CGP CAPRICORN INVESTMENT GROUP L 1750 0.00% 9 months 0.03% 7.5% NBS NAMIBIA BREWERIES LTD 4500 0.00% 12 months 0.02% 7.80% BVN BIDVEST NAMIBIA LTD 780 0.00% Bonds Change Latest FNB FNB NAMIBIA HOLDINGS LTD 4617 0.00% GC18 (R204 : 6.81%) 0.00% 7.72% ORY ORYX PROPERTIES LTD 2038 0.00% GC21 (R208 : 7.32%) 0.04% 8.14% NAM NAMIBIAN ASSET MANAGEMENT LT 67 0.00% GC24 (R186 : 8.19%) 0.04% 9.41% NHL NICTUS NAMIBIA 180 0.00% GC27 (R186 : 8.19%) 0.04% 9.80% BMN BANNERMAN RESOURCES LTD 41 2.50% GC30 (R2030 : 8.59%) 0.05% 10.26% DYL DEEP YELLOW LTD 248 6.90% GC32 (R213 : 8.66%) 0.05% 10.37% SILP STIMULUS INVESTMENT LTD-PREF 12129 0.00% GC35 (R209 : 8.94%) 0.05% 10.37% FSY FORSYS METALS CORP 105 6.06% GC37 (R2033 : 8.76%) 0.05% 10.76% TUC TRUSTCO GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 800 0.00% Commodities %Change Latest B2G B2GOLD CORP 3440 0.20% Gold -0.03% $ 1,324.41 Platinum -0.14% $ 920.47 Copper 0.00% $ 6,943.50 Brent Crude -0.24% $ 74.40 Main Indices %Change Latest NSX (Delayed) -0.18% 1414.95 JSE All Share 0.28% 57,842.58 SP500 0.01% 2,670.29 FTSE 100 0.37% 7,426.61 Hangseng 1.26% 30,636.24 DAX 0.09% 12,584.20 JSE Sectors %Change Latest Financials -0.64% 17,701.47 Resources 1.05% 38,077.82 Industrials 0.49% 75,035.78 Forex %Change Latest N$/US dollar 0.04% 12.3548 N$/Pound 0.18% 17.2463 N$/Euro -0.01% 15.0766 US dollar/ Euro -0.05% 1.2203 Namibia Monthly Data Latest Previous Namibia Inflation (Mar 18) 3.5 3.5 Bank Prime 10.50 10.50 BoN Repo Rate 6.75 6.75 24-Apr-18 Unsolicited emails may lead to loss of funds Staff Reporter Windhoek FNB Namibia wishes to warn against a recent increase in unsolicited emails to customers phishing emails and have been shut down by the bank. These mails seemingly warn the customer that the bank has supposedly detected suspicious activity on their account and then requests the customer to urgently account will not be forcefully closed or deleted by the bank. Ingrid Kahona-Katjiukua from Forensics at FNB Namibia explains: “This is a clever ploy by fraudsters because most customers panic when told their account might be closed. Some tend to then react instead of of such an email.” Ingrid emphasises that the bank will never ask customers to click on a link in an email. “Links in an email should be a warning sign to customers. It’s important to look at the spelling and grammar within numerous mistakes which are often in fraudulent emails.” FNB Namibia encourages customers to phone the bank immediately and ask about correspondence received. “Please phone your branch, personal banker or FNB contact Ingrid. ON SERVICE PARTS AND LABOUR FOR OUT OF WARRANTY GWM’S 4 TH CONSECUTIVE SERVICE – FREE SERVICE PARTS. Terms and Conditions 1. Vehicle must be out of warranty and does not have a service plan. 2. After market service plan or assists does not apply. 3. 10% discount on SERVICE PARTS and 10% discount on LABOUR only. services were done consecutively at Pupkewitz GWM Windhoek. 5. 4th service “free parts” does not apply for 10% discount on labour and consumables. 6. GWM vehicles only.
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