Mobile cyber café in Africa

UK based Computer Aid International (CAI) and Computers for Schools Kenya have launched a solar powered mobile laboratory in
Northern Kenya.

Mumero_CAIPhoto: Jimmy_joeThe laboratory is in form of a shipping container that is powered by solar panels. The region is off-grid and locals have been denied internet services for a long time. The lab has 22 workstations with flat screen monitors and Pentium 4 computers.

NComputing, a desktop virtualization firm, has installed hardware that keeps the computer systems power requirement at a low of 35 watts. There are also mobile phone charge sockets that are set to address the perennial problem of unreliable phone use in this arid region. The solar panels have a life span of 20 years and can recharge in a day’s sunlight.

Meanwhile Cisco Africa together with a local non-governmental organisation AfriAfya have launched the Sekemani Community Knowledge Centre to boost internet access to the people living next to the famed Masai Mara Game Reserve.

The centre has 15 computers which are run by six solar panels and four batteries provided by Cisco.

 

Mwangi Mumero

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