Hexagon Digitalizes and Democratizes the Census Process with Complete Census Management Solution

NORCROSS, Ga., Oct. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hexagon’s Geospatial division is pleased to announce the launch of its total Population and Housing Census (PHC) management and workflow solution, HxGN Smart Census.

This new solution makes each phase of the census process smarter and more manageable. HxGN Smart Census pricing is agile, taking into account a nation’s surface area, population, and Human Poverty Index (HPI) to ensure that all  countries can participate in the digitalizing of their census processes.

HxGN Smart Census integrates traditional GIS functionality with a powerful workflow and workforce management tool to provide a total solution for census strategies: from pre-enumeration mapping, to digital enumeration, to post-enumeration dynamic mapping. It can be used on its own or integrated with a nation’s or organization’s existing GIS infrastructure.

The solution was developed in consultation with South African GIS experts, GeoSpace International, and has already been procured by South Africa and Botswana.

“With HxGN Smart Census, the census gets completed much faster, and the mobile application has made things much simpler for the field workers who are conducting the interviews,” said Shonisani Maranda, Senior GIS Officer at Statistics South Africa. “It also significantly increased the data quality, which allows us to achieve the UN sustainable development goals more easily.”

“Census data informs policy development, the running of public services, and the allocation of resources within a country. It is vital that all nations are able to utilize the right technology to ensure an accurate and effective census,” said Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon’s Geospatial division. “HxGN Smart Census is capable of democratizing the collection of accurate demographic data, and transforming this information into insights to make informed decisions to shape Smart Change.”

More information about HxGN Smart Census is available at www.hexagongeospatial.com.

About Hexagon’s Geospatial Division

Hexagon’s Geospatial division helps you make sense of the dynamically changing world. Known globally as a maker of leading-edge technology, we enable our customers to easily transform their data into actionable information, shortening the lifecycle from the moment of change to action. Hexagon’s Geospatial division provides the software products and platforms to a large variety of customers through direct sales, channel partners, and Hexagon businesses.

Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE). Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 19,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.5bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

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Huawei Releases Next-Generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution

This new solution achieves proactive experience management, automated closed-loop fault resolution, and fast defense against unknown threats by building a more intelligent, simple, and secure enterprise campus network.

SHANGHAI, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Before the upcoming HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei today announced its next-generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution. This latest campus network offering introduces innovations that include the cutting-edge SmartRadio WLAN performance optimization technology, AI-powered intelligent O&M engine CampusInsight, and AI-powered proactive security protection of campus networks. With these merits, this solution helps build a digital campus network that delivers ultimate experience for each user, in each application, and at each moment.

“We believe that future campus networks will quickly have three distinct characteristics: ubiquitous wireless, intelligent operation and management, and cloud-based management,” said Zhao Zhipeng, General Manager of Huawei’s Campus Network Domain. “To support digital applications, future campus networks will become more intelligent than ever. To bring the future to today, Huawei’s latest Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution uses big data, AI, and SmartRadio WLAN performance optimization technologies to help enterprise users build high-quality networks featuring always-on business, assured user experience, and simplified O&M.”

Huawei’s next-generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution addresses three key challenges affecting enterprise campus networks. First, due to the ever-growing use of mobile office and audio/video applications, user complaints about Wi-Fi instability and low quality are becoming more frequent. Second, network administrators are unable to backtrace and demarcate user- and application-related faults. Third, encrypted traffic such as HTTPS has increased dramatically, and attackers can exploit this traffic to evade traditional detection methods that use signature-based defense. As a result, core enterprise assets are exposed to high-risk environments.

Huawei’s next-generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution addresses these challenges with three major innovations:

  • Huawei’s latest WLAN APs (802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax) will support SmartRadio technology. This technology provides an easy way to meet the challenge of providing high-quality WLANs for the ever-growing audio and video streaming applications in enterprise offices. Traditional WLAN deployment requires professional network planning and highly skilled O&M engineers. Huawei’s WLAN APs with SmartRadio technology offer a much simpler approach that includes intelligent Dynamic Frequency Assignment (DFA), intelligent roaming and load balancing, intelligent Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA), and other algorithms for optimization. With these capabilities, the WLAN network can automatically adjust and optimize. This optimization typically improves the capacity of the entire network by more than 30 percent and greatly enhances the audio and video experience of each user.
  • AI-powered intelligent O&M engine CampusInsight. This upgraded CampusInsight embeds AI technology into campus network O&M, and achieves root-cause analysis of wired and wireless network faults. CampusInsight also uses SmartPersona technology to proactively predict the root cause of poor-quality users and proactively implement optimizations, accelerating network fault remediation from hours to minutes.
  • Encrypted Communication Analytics (ECA) for AI-powered unknown threat and encrypted traffic detection and defense. This system uses the security probes of switches to capture the features of encrypted traffic. By using cloud-based AI models trained on massive amounts of malicious encrypted traffic, Huawei’s CIS identifies malicious encrypted traffic with a detection rate of more than 99 percent and a false reporting rate of less than 0.01 percent. The threat disposal time is shortened from days to minutes.

Huawei will also release a series of new IDN-ready campus switches that can significantly increase terminal access capacity and support the advanced features of Intent-Driven CloudCampus through software upgrades.

“In the future, each enterprise’s digitalization process will see dramatic changes to the network access layer. Over the past few years, we have been attaching great importance to investments in intelligent, wireless, and cloud-based campus network innovations,” commented Zhong Kaisheng, President of Huawei’s Switch & Enterprise Gateway Product Line. “Huawei’s Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution supports these changes by building a ‘fertile environment’ and platform for digital services of enterprises.”

AFDB SUPPORTS GHANA WITH US$1.5M FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

ACCRA — Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank Group, says the Bank has provided technical assistance worth 1.5 million dollars to Ghana towards removing barriers to investment in the renewable energy efficiency.

He said Ghana was showing the way towards universal access to energy because she currently had about 80 per cent energy access coverage, which is one of the highest in the Sub-region due to the utilisation of off-grid solutions.

He, therefore, urged other African countries to emulate the strides made by Ghana to achieve universal access to energy.

Adesina made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf at the opening of the Fourth Ghana Renewable Energy Fair in Accra, on the theme: Renewable Energy: Exploiting Energy Resources at the District Level.

The three-day Fair provides the platform to promote renewable energy technologies and create linkages between the various stakeholders in the renewable energy space including researchers, entrepreneurs, industries and consumers.

The Fair, jointly organised by the Energy Commission and Ministry of Energy, involved conferences and exhibition of renewable technologies, which attracted captains of industry, energy experts and development partners.

It would also ensure collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society organisations to deliberate on pertinent issues on renewable energy and proffer solutions.

Adesina said energy efficiency was one of the key solutions for climate change, adding that the Bank had identified some African countries, which it was supporting to establish energy regulatory frameworks to attract private investment into the sector.

He said for the African Continent to achieve universal access to energy, there was the need for bold action to be taken to achieve the target by 2030.

He said the Bank recently launched a 100 million-dollar Energy Inclusion Facility to cover financing of energy projects in some African countries to ensure energy efficiency.

Adesina said the Bank was working closely with the World Bank and countries like Germany and Switzerland to structure the 230 million dollars programme for energy efficiency for both private and public sector investments on the Continent.

He said in Africa about 600,000 women and children died prematurely annually due to bad cooking solutions, therefore, the Bank had committed to supporting 150,000 households to have access to clean cooking solutions.

Ghana is a signatory to the COP Paris Agreement under which she committed herself to unconditionally reducing the rate of greenhouse emissions by 15 per cent within the business enclave by 2030.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Network rescues two teenage girls from forced marriage

Sunyani- The Brong-Ahafo Regional Girls Education Network has rescued two teenage girls from forced marriages at a farming community in the Banda District and Yamfo in the Tano North Municipality of the Region.

The two girls who are junior high school students are 14 and 17 years, Mrs Beatrice Mamle Nkum, the Regional Coordinator of Girl-Child Education, disclosed at a media briefing on girl’s education in Sunyani.

She said officials of the Network intervened to stop the marriage ceremonies of the girls and their parents were invited to sign a bond to ensure that they would be enrolled again in school.

The Network is made up of representatives from the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Department of Social Welfare and the Ghana Education Service.

Mrs Nkum said parents did not have the right to force their daughters into marriage and that even if a girl was at the age of 18, she could only be given into marriage based on her consent.

She expressed worry that girl-child marriage was prevalent in the Region as it was being secretly practiced in some of the districts and municipalities.

Mrs Nkum, therefore, appealed for concerted efforts by stakeholders to advocate for girls to attain employable skills for stable future socio-economic lives to contribute to the nation’s development.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Glorious Vibrations Incorporated donates Holy Bibles to TEMASCO

Tema- The Glorious Vibrations Incorporated has donated copies of the Holy Bible to students and teachers of the Tema Secondary School (TEMASCO) in their bid to promote the reading of the Holy Scriptures among students.

The donation of the 2,780 Bibles is also expected to draw the attention of the students to the need to inculcate moral and spiritual values in their quest for knowledge as a prerequisite for responsible citizenship.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the donation on Wednesday, the leader of the organization, Mr Eben Anuwa-Amarh, observed that, Religion has a way of shaping the values of people, so it doesn’t matter whether you have money or not; whatever you have in this world, if it’s not used in a coherent and humane manner, it can be used to destroy society.

He added that, It’s about saying we have somewhere to go after here so our lives shouldn’t be depended on only here but the hereafter.

He said the idea behind the donation, was to give everybody the opportunity to read the word of God and also to practice it adding our job as Christians is to spread the word, and the job of the Holy Spirit is to do the conviction.

He informed that the Christian Community had played a major role in shaping the values of society, But the more we see vices in society, the more it beholds on us to work harder to ensure that the values are actually changed.

Mr Anuwa-Amarh, who was also a former student of TEMASCO, said, By the distribution of the Holy Bibles, we are challenging ourselves that it takes more than just words to spread the gospel.

He challenged all Christians who had vision to spread the word of God to go ahead and remember that it isn’t what people say to us here that matters but what God says and thinks about us.

He admonished parents to recognize that their wards would one day grow up and have roles to play in society, as such they were only passing through their hands. He therefore asked them to instill values and discipline in them, Because a child or an adult without values is a nuisance to society.

The Assistant Chaplain and English Teacher of the school, Mrs. Rosemary Agyeiwaa Akomea-Mensah, in appreciating the kind gesture of the organization, said the Holy Bibles would help the students undertake their quiet time, since most of them did not have copies.

She observed that discipline was embedded in moral education, and that once the child was disciplined, excellence was assured, So they need that to be able to do what they are requested to do so they can perform.

She advised parents to encourage their children to adhere to moral values, insisting that without morality there was nothing the child could do to prosper adding, Even in our tradition there are certain moral values that we hold so dear and everybody is encouraged to adhere to them as the bed rock for excellence in everything we do.

Ms. Gifty Kobi Osei, a student of TEMASCO, was happy for the donations and urged fellow students to read their copies, make it part of them, and imbibe the values espoused in the Holy Scriptures in their lives.

Glorious Vibrations Incorporated is a music ministry founded in 1980 at TEMASCO and had toured the country with the gospel through music. The organization plans to reach other first and second cycle schools in the near future.

Other members of the organization who assisted in the exercise were Mr Dzaba Nyakotey and Madam Florence Benefo with Shiloh Baptist Church, Dawenya and other members of the organization assisting with funds.

Source: Ghana News Agency