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In this blog post at Building a Smarter Planet, contributor Ahmed Simjee
Smarter Planet Leader Ahmed Simjee, IBM South Africa
details an initiative he is spearheading in South Africa – WaterWatchers – aimed at using mobile phones and crowdsourcing to cut down on leaks and wasted water.
The WaterWatchers app launched last month in Gauteng Province, home of Johannesburg and the capital city, Tshwane. With 12.3 million residents, the province represents 23% of South Africa’s population. The app launch was timed to coincide with the United Nations’ World Water Day, March 22. If you’re in South Africa, you can download the app.
This circuit board is covered with antennas geared to listen to radio signals of a frequency between about 450MHz and 1.5GHz. The Square Kilometer Array project aims to cover a square kilometer across the southern hemisphere of Earth with such antennas. (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
HANOVER, Germany — IBM is working to advance the supercomputing state of the art in memory, optical links, and processing with research stemming from a massive radio telescope project.
Called the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the telescope is to be built from 2016 to 2024 in southern Africa and Australia. Before that, IBM is working to develop the necessary computing technology through a five-year partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Astron). The idea is to create computing systems that can handle the tremendous quantity of data from the radio telescope, said Ronald Luijten of IBM Research in Zurich. It will produce 14 exabytes of data each day — about 14 million times as much as an ordinary PC’s hard drive can hold. Read more / see the photo gallery.
— Posted by Regan Kelly, Editor/Community Manager, The Greater IBM Connection
IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty speaks to more than 200 South African business leaders about IBM’s commitment to Africa at the IBM CIO Leadership Exchange in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 5, 2013.
(Graham Carlow/Feature Photo Service for IBM)
IBMbeen doing business in Africa for more than 90 years. Most recently, the company has been expanding its presence by focusing investments in more than 20 African countries.