Buimo pilots management system

THE Buimo Correctional Institution and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Technology in Lae have developed a detainee management system for the jail.
An academic team under the leadership of lecturer Nicholas Puy was engaged to research and compile data and statistics from manual systems used over the years to develop an applicable computerised system.
Puy said the proposed system was to utilise computerised systems, link up with the local area networks, allow multi-device connection and web base application software.
The system will cater for remandees’ and convicts’ nominal rolls consisting of personal data, origin, crime or offences alleged or convicted for, types of offences, the number of high, medium and low-risk detainees, sentence conviction, visits, assessment reports, their movements and due date for release, among others details.
The system development stage is in two phases, inclusive of four advance features.
Currently, Buimo caters for 755 inmates comprising 413 convicts and 342 remandees.
Commander Supt Judy Tara said that managing huge numbers of detainees using manual nominal roll was cumbersome, taking experienced officers two days and junior officers five days to do.
“With changes in technology enhancing human abilities in innovating crime techniques pose a threat to jail security, including peace and harmony in communities.
“It is timely that computerised detainee management system will help practically,” Tara said.

The National Online News
Source:  http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/79388

New device to aid child birth

 

New device to aid child birth

A NEW technology that will greatly assist in efforts to address maternal issues is set to be rolled out soon. Called the V-Scan, it is a small portable device that will enable health workers to do a basic ultra sound scan on women in the rural areas.

The company that will bring in this equipment is General Electric Company (GE), a diversified technology and financial services company whose products and services range from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing, and household appliances to medical imaging, business and consumer financing and industrial products. It serves customers in more than 100 countries

The company’s president and chief executive officer of the Health care business Michael Ackland was in PNG last week and prior to his departure made this known.

Mr Ackland said the company has had a presence in the country for quite a long time through its technology and business health care.

He said the V-Scan which the company is hoping to provide, would enable health workers to do basic ultra sound scans on women who may end up having some difficulty either because of breech birth or where the placenta is in the way or the cord is around the neck.

“Whatever the complication, health workers will be able to identify them with this hand held machine. The workers especially those in the remote areas will then be able to transmit the images back to Port Moresby or the main centres, via the mobile network, where a qualified obstetrician can then be able to make recommendations.

“What the ultra sound brings will enable those in the rural areas to not only have access to specialist help but to play a big role in addressing situations quickly when they arise,” he said.

Mr Ackland said the company recognised that equally important in the roll out of this device would be its sustainability and this is an investment the company is committed to making.

“We will be providing support with proper accredited technical and clinical training so that the equipment is not just delivered but that there will be a sustainable system in place to ensure the technology is sustained.”

He said the company had held discussions with government officials including those from the Department of Health at the Port Moresby General Hospital, which have proven successful.

“They are open to new and different ideas and are keen on building the capacity and capability and that we want to support,” Mr Ackland said.

It is hoped the V-scan can help combat and reduce the high mortality deaths of both pregnant women and their babies in some of the most rural areas of Papua New Guinea.

Post Courier Online News
Source: http://dev.postcourier.com.pg/Stories/new-device-to-aid-child-birth/#.VESVCvnoQnt

Graduates set to boost ICT firms

THIRTEEN Information and Communication Technology (ICT) local entrepreneurs will now make better managers of their own businesses after completing a month long workshop.
The individuals graduated in Port Moresby yesterday with certificates. The workshop involved basically PNG ICT small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – from PNG ICT Cluster.
VLite IT Solutions Data and Structured Cabling Manager Iru Ora said he now realised the importance of accounting and book-keeping in any business after completion of the workshop.
“When we started, we had limited knowledge.
“But with this course, it helped us how to manage and how to do accounting, profit margin.
“Some of the terms we probably have heard about but using them in our business was a bit of a hassle to us.
“With this course, it has helped us to know as business owners, that we should know how businesses should run, and take note of how businesses should perform.”
Ora is in the ICT business with other two partners who attended and graduated from the workshop.
The workshop carried out under the programme called “Your Enterprise Scheme” (YES) was facilitated by Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) Janice Norton and Allan Kindt – who have vast experience and knowledge in area of ICT and other business related areas.
The programme was designed to raise skills of business owners of micro, small and medium enterprises through management workshops and one-on-one mentoring.
The PNG ICT Cluster was an initiative funded by BizClim, the European instrument for support to private sector and is now driven by group of ICT professionals.

The National Online News
Source: http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node%2F76758

Bridging the Digital Divide

The Admin of this site (PNG ADOC) is sharing this story of the Blogger that he shares his experiences during the ADOC Conference in 2007. Read and enjoy the story;

An electronics shop in Taipei, July 2007
It was quite ironic that from July 23-27, while there was an all-out Information and Communication Technology (ICT) battle in Papua New Guinea between Digicel and Telikom, APEC member countries including PNG gathered in Taiwan to discuss this phenomenon of the so-called “digital divide”.
I happened to be in Taiwan at that time and could only shake my head in bewilderment as I browsed The National and Post-Courier newspapers on hi-tech wireless Internet for the latest news from home.
I might add here that while the newspapers were spot on, same could not be said of the Electoral Commission website, as there were no election updates the whole time I was in Taiwan.
The ICT monopoly in PNG, exorbitant telephone and Internet costs, as well as unupdated websites for such an event as the PNG national elections, all contribute to this digital divide.
Taiwan has a very reliable and cheap telecommunications system and is a hi-tech country where almost everyone has a mobile phone and a computer.
Wireless internet is everywhere, meaning that you can use your laptop anywhere, without the need for a wire connection.
Papua New Guinea will continue to remain light years behind the rest of the world if we do not jump on the ICT bandwagon in this globalised world.
As APEC member economies including PNG strive to build their ICT infrastructure necessary for the development of what economists called the “New Economy” – based on ICT – the phenomenon of the Digital Divide is also emerging.
To tackle the divide, the establishment of the APEC Digital Opportunity Centre (ADOC) was advocated by Taiwan at the 11th World Leaders’ Economic Summit in Bangkok, 2003.
It was envisaged as a concrete step towards realising the goals set out by APEC leaders at the 9th APEC meeting.
During this meeting, the e-APEC strategy was specified:
  • Transform the Digital Divide into a digital opportunity; and
  • Prepare APEC economies to use the Information Revolution as a passport to the New Economy.
Taiwan is currently working with seven APEC partner economies including PNG on the ADOC project.
The six other countries are Vietnam, Indonesia, Phillipines, Thailand, Chile, and Peru.
ADOC offices have been set up in each economy to run the various programmes and ICT training centres, referred to as “Digital Opportunity Centres”, have also been set up to facilitate with training and capacity-building objectives.
ADOC has been actively running programmes in PNG over the last three years, co-operating with various organisations and government departments, most notably with the Department of State Enterprise and Information.
In August 2006, ADOC established its PNG office and a state-of-the-art ICT training centre at the University of Technology in Lae.
The centre aims to provide digital opportunity – digital access and training – to those who have been traditionally marginalised by ICT: women, the unemployed and out-of-school youth.
The ADOC programme is coordinated by the ADOC Secretariat based in Taipei.
The Secretariat Office is currently run by the International Cooperation Development Fund and supported by the Institute for the Information Industry, two of Taiwan’s leading development and ICT organisations.
The ADOC project runs a number of different programmes in partner organisations as well as in Taipei.
One of these is the ADOC SME Programme, which I was invited to attend in Taipei.
It coincided with the third ADOC Week as delegates came together to share experiences and expertise on bridging the digital divide.
The workshop was aimed at providing participants from seven ADOC partner member economies with the fundamental knowledge of e-start ups.
The objective of the SME Entrepreneurship Workshop was to share with the participants the successful e-commerce start-up experience given by Taiwanese professional businessmen and senior manager, as well as the advanced e-business strategies and technologies which allowed the participants to have an idea about methods to cut into the current e-commerce market.
During the six-day workshop, Taiwan provided a variety of useful courses such as e-commerce management for SMEs and individuals regarding the aspects of e-business theory, legal issues and protections that outline the e-strategies of the e-business world.
Moreover, seminars and case studies gave a platform to exchange the e-start up experience among the participants and the lecturers.
In addition, a series of company visiting provided participants a chance of active learning outside the classroom.
Deputy executive director of the APEC Secretariat, Ambassador Juan Carlos Capunay, highlighted the importance of ICT in this globalised world.
“The digital divide within and among APEC member economies is an enormous barrier to the ability of the people in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in and benefit from the digital economy,” he said.
“Access to Internet, adequate infrastructure, human capacity building and appropriate policies on ICT are central issues in addressing the digital divide.
“Success in this globalised world is predicated on ICT knowledge and successful knowledge-based economies will be based on the efficient and widespread use of ICT by all sectors within any given country.
“Small and medium enterprises, the backbone of Asia-Pacific economies, must be prepared with ICT knowledge.
“If they are not ICT savvy, they will not receive the benefits of globalisation and they will be left behind.”

Ambassador Capunay could have been speaking directly to PNG.

Malum Nalu’s Blog
Source: http://malumnalu.blogspot.com/2007/08/bridging-digital-divide-it-was-quite.html

Papua New Guinea’s ICT evolution

Information and communications technology (ICT) reform in Papua New Guinea is not only delivering cheaper prices and stronger competition: it is also helping businesses devise a new generation of innovative services.

© Bemobile

Telecommunications companies’ marketing activities in PNG involve regular forays into remoter communities. Credit: Bemobile

As most companies that do business there will tell you, while it can be very rewarding, Papua New Guinea is a demanding environment in which to do business. One of the reasons for this is undoubtedly its infrastructure, which has struggled to keep pace with the country’s needs in recent years.

In the past five years, however, one area of infrastructure in particular has made significant progress—information and communications technology (ICT).

From 2007, when Irish-owned Digicel aggressively entered the local mobile market, the sector has experienced the benefits of increased competition. Prices have fallen for mobile calls, reliability has improved markedly and the mobile networks themselves have expanded to cover over 75% of the country’s population—quite some feat in a country with a population as widely distributed as PNG’s.

Some estimates suggest that more than 1.5 million Papua New Guineans—perhaps 25% of the population—now have mobile phones, compared to just 65,000 fixed line subscribers.

Opening up the sector

The latest stage of the ICT reform process occurred in 2010, with the passing of a new ICT Act, the creation of a new industry regulator (NICTA—the National Information and Communication Technology Authority) and the commencement of a new regulatory regime on 1 November 2010.

The new regime is designed to remove Telikom PNG’s remaining monopolies in fixed line and broadband services and encourage greater competition, as Paul Tevlone, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Telikom PNG, tells Business Advantage: ‘The major change in the policy is that the retail market will be deregulated and opened up, and the market itself will dictate pricing.’

John Mangos, Chief Executive Officer of Digicel (PNG) Limited, explains what this means for Telikom’s competitors: ‘It effectively means that someone like Digicel will migrate our licence from a mobile-only licence to looking at all telecommunication services. It has created a broader, more level playing-field, not just for ourselves but for anybody coming into the market.’

Information and communications technology (ICT) reform in PNG is not only delivering cheaper prices and stronger competition: it is also helping businesses devise a new generation of innovative services. Digicel has already made its first move to broaden its offering by acquiring specialist telecommunications systems integrator and internet service provider Data Nets Limited, which has operations in PNG and Fiji.

Rising to the PNG challenge

For ICT companies, PNG presents several challenges for service delivery. ‘From our standpoint logistics are an enormous challenge,’ notes Stuart Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Bemobile. ‘The cost of internal travel is high, so if you’re sending people goods—in our case handsets or cards—that is quite significant. Power is still a challenge, but it’s getting a lot better and the remoteness and topography of the land are also a challenge.’

Not that they can’t be overcome. In fact, the very nature of PNG’s exacting environment has driven innovation. ‘If you throw in the technology, which is going in leaps and bounds, it is the player who takes the initiative to look at new, innovative strategies and ideas who will obviously have the advantage,’ asserts Telikom’s Paul Tevlone.

The services initially deployed by the telcos themselves to keep their own customer service operations cost-effective in such a demanding environment—mobile credit and balance checking, for example—are now being offered to external parties in a range of sectors. Retail customers of state utility PNG Power, for instance, can now pay for their electricity by mobile phone when their electricity meter runs out in the middle of the night (all power in PNG is prepaid). Members of the country’s main superannuation funds, NASFUND and Namabawan Super, and of the Teachers Savings and Loan Society credit union can now check their balances by SMS. Mobile banking is one development currently under way, with the country’s largest bank, BSP, expecting to launch a mobile ‘e-account’ in mid-2011, to complement its rural banking initiative, and a new internet banking service. Mobile technology could well deliver new services in the insurance sector too.

Rising data usage

Such services are easy for the consumer to access using a basic handset and cost-effective to deliver—critical factors in PNG’s operating environment. All three telcos have business development teams working hard with the business community to further proliferate mobile-delivered services. ‘When you talk to corporate customers, they’re not talking voice services anymore, they’re talking data services,’ says Paul Tevlone.

One measure of just how much Papua New Guineans have embraced this new way of conducting their daily transactions is to consider the dramatic rise in data usage. ‘We’ve doubled our data usage in the last three months and that’s purely because it’s available to everyone,’ Bemobile’s Stuart Kelly told Business Advantage in February 2011. My view of the internet in PNG is that it’ll be successful through mobile phones.’

A national broadband network

Notwithstanding the popularity among consumers of handset-delivered data services, business is crying out for faster, more reliable and cheaper broadband internet.

The PNG Government has announced its intention to buy into the high-speed fibre-optic cable network being created to support the ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG gas project, creating in the process a national broadband network. The Government’s US$60 million investment through the Independent Public Business Corporation (which manages PNG’s state-owned enterprises) is likely to see the PNG LNG network integrated with existing broadband infrastructure run by Telikom PNG and PNG Power, together with the laying of new fibreoptic cable.

‘The ability to piggy back on the PNG LNG project has provided this country with an ideal opportunity to implement a national broadband strategy at a substantially lower cost than would otherwise be possible,’ announced State Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare in December 2010.

If all goes according to plan, the new network could be delivering high-speed internet services as early as the end of 2012.

Increased demand for IT services

The rise in demand for data services in PNG has been accompanied by a parallel demand for greater reliability and quality in IT services, driven in no small part by the major resource projects currently under way in the country. Companies like Remington, Datec and Daltron are all IT service providers with offerings that range from computer hardware through to complex IT services and training.

‘There was a bit of a lag, but we started to see opportunities arising from the [ExxonMobil-led] PNG LNG Project from the last quarter of 2010 onwards,’ says David Macindoe, Commercial Manager with Steamships Trading Company, which owns Datec, also the country’s largest internet service provider. ‘There are now expectations for serious service delivery, with more systems analysts and systems engineers needed.

With IT services companies such as Australia’s MCR and Allcom PNG entering the market in recent years, Macindoe is anticipating a more competitive sector in future.

In addition to IT services, Remington also supplies satellite phone technology—a essential service for mining companies working in remote areas. ‘Mining companies need to be able to set up communications wherever they are. Increasingly, we’re dealing with small companies in isolated areas which are not serviced by Telikom,’ notes Ken Harvey, Managing Director of the LBJ Group of Companies, which owns Remington. Over the whole business, Harvey reports growth of between 15% and 25% per annum over the past three years. ‘As more people are pressing buttons, we’re doing better,’ he says with a smile.

Open to all comers

While one might characterise what is happening in PNG’s ICT sector as an evolution rather than a revolution, there is no doubt that the market is growing strongly, and is likely to continue to do so as PNG’s economy expands.

‘The market’s open … more and more people are going to be looking at PNG and asking “How do I get involved in the marketplace? What can we deliver?”,’ says John Mangos. ‘I think you will see a lot more people deciding to compete in the market.’

The Business Advantage PNG Online
Source: http://www.businessadvantagepng.com/papua-new-guineas-ict-evolution/

ICT reform delivers business benefits

Information and communications technology has received a much-needed shake-up in Papua New Guinea.

Bank of South Pacific CEO Ian Clyne displays a new generation mobile EFTPOS machine, which takes advantage of the dramatic expansion of PNG's mobile phone network.

Bank of South Pacific CEO Ian Clyne displays a new generation mobile EFTPOS machine, which takes advantage of the dramatic expansion of PNG’s mobile phone network.

The first phase of PNG’s information and communications sector deregulation occurred with the issuing of a mobile phone licence to privately-owned Digicel PNG in July 2007. Digicel immediately started to compete aggressively with state-owned incumbent, Telikom PNG. Mobile phone coverage in PNG exploded, as did the number of users—there are now an estimated 12 million mobile phones in PNG!

Suddenly, delivery of services via mobile phone—from bill payments to phone banking—has become a reality (largest bank BSP has already set up over 200,000 mobile banking accounts). It has transformed business communication too, connecting buyers and sellers across the country.

Phase 2 began in 2011, with the establishment of the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA), a new regulator charged with opening the sector up to further competition and removing any final Telikom PNG monopolies.

Now, any company can apply for a licence to deliver any ICT service and many have already done so. Mobile phone, satellite and internet services appear to be the most popular areas for growth. In mid-2102, Lae and Madang were finally connected by fibre-optic cable, enabling businesses along the PNG mainland’s northern coastline to access internet services at previously unheard-of speeds.

Online News Business Advantage PNG
Source: http://www.businessadvantagepng.com/ict-reform-delivers-business-benefits/

Progress on Papua New Guinea’s national broadband network

Construction of Papua New Guinea’s national broadband network is progressing, with major milestones set be reached by mid 2015, according to technology consultant Sundar Ramamurthy, who is assisting the PNG government’s Independent Public Business Corporation on the project.

Sundar Ramamurthy

Ramamurthy told delegates at this week’s Papua New Guinea Advantage investment summit that the National Transmission Network (NTN), which aims to connect major population centres on PNG’s mainland via a cross-country network of fiber optic cables, was progressing to the timelines agreed.

‘The aim is to create a reliable, high speed, transparent and low cost backbone network for domestic and international access,’ Ramamurthy told delegates.

A significant part of the project is the completion of a fiber optic link along the length of the PNG LNG gas project’s 700 km pipeline, from the Hides gas field in the Highlands to the PNG LNG plant near Port Moresby, and then on to the capital.

Ramamurthy advised that the Hides-to-LNG plant link was expected to be commissioned in early 2014, with the additional 50km to Port Moresby scheduled for completion a month earlier. Meanwhile, the link between the Yonki power station in Morobe Province and Mount Hagen in PNG’s Highlands is expected to be ready by mid 2015. Additional cable connecting Wabag and Mendi will then be completed a few months after this.

The final connection between Port Moresby and the PPC-1 cable which connects PNG to the world wide web via Guam is expected to be complete in late 2014. The jointly commissioned cable will also allow the Solomon Islands to connect to the PCC-1 international cable near Alotau, giving PNG’s neighbour a fast connection to the worldwide web for the first time.

At that stage, the game will change for PNG, with connections to more remote locations such the New Guinea islands, Alotau, Wewak, Vanimo and Daru possible.

The NTN will also mean PNG will no longer have to rely on the APNG2 cable which currently connects Port Moresby to Sydney, Australia, although the IPBC is considering additional international connections to the worldwide web to ensure the NTN has redundancy.

As Business Advantage PNG has reported previously, the completed NTN will be run by  PNG Dataco, which will wholesale bandwidth to network license holders such as Digicel, Telikom PNG, BeMobile and ISPs. It will be a ‘carrier to the carriers’—with the goal of encouraging greater retail competition and allowing new entrants (PNG citizens and SMEs), while increasing bandwidth and reducing the cost of access for consumers and business.

Ramamurthy said that the current K300 to K500 (US$120 to US$200) monthly cost of ‘normal family use’ of the internet in PNG was far beyond the means of most Papua New Guineans. If costs could fall dramatically, there would be a tremendous boost to the already growing economy of PNG.

A completed NTN, he said, would enable PNG to host call centres, enable the movement of large data files and foster the online delivery of private and public sector services, including e-commerce.

Online News Business Advantage PNG
Source: http://www.businessadvantagepng.com/progress-on-papua-new-guineas-national-broadband-network/

ICT Expo on Friday

ICT Expo on Friday

The PNG Computer Society will be hosting its annual expo on Friday in Port Moresby.

The latest in products and services  in the ICT world will be displayed for the general public to see.

The PNGCS 2014 ICT Expo is sponsored by:

- NICTA

- Central Business Systems

- DATEC

- Remington

- International Training Institute

- Telikom PNG

- B – Mobile Vodafone

- Digitec

- Digicel PNG

- Institute of Business Studies

Invitation is extended to the general public.

PNGLOOP Online News
Source: http://www.pngloop.com/2014/10/01/ict-expo-friday/#sthash.iQWOBNIj.dpuf

Tackling cybercrime with new law

THE Government has proposed actions in a policy aimed to combat cybercrime in the country, Communication and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro says.
The proposed cybercrime policy will include the strengthening of the copyright law, providing adequate training for staff in relevant law enforcement agencies and allowing electronic evidence to be permitted in court, he said in a statement.
The Government is setting up an inter-agency taskforce to develop an appropriate cybercrime policy. It will review more than 19 existing legislations dating from 1951 to 2012.
They include the Customs Act 1951, Business Names Act 1963, the Criminal Code Act 1974, National Intelligence Organisation Act 1984, Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act 2000, the National ICT Act 2009 and the Lukautim Pikinini Act 2012.
He said it included the proposed Bill on the classification of films, publications and online services.
“Combating cybercrime is more than just enforcement of laws and responsibility. It is a shared responsibility between individuals, industry and the Government,” he said.
“Regional and international collaboration helps  improve the ability of our law enforcement agencies to work with overseas counterparts in responding to cybercrime.”
He said the endorsement of a
PNG cybercrime policy would provide a safe and secure online environment.
“Worldwide, the reliance on technology will only continue to grow as the use of ICT increasingly becomes an integral part of our daily lives. And PNG is no exception,” he said.

The National Online News
Source: http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/76239

War on web

THE State has launched its campaign against cybercrime by setting up a taskforce to develop appropriate legislation, and allocating K1.32 million to conduct awareness among officials and the people.
Communication and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro said the increasing use of the internet and digital technologies by adults and children in the country was “opening up possibilities” for criminal activities such as sexual exploitation of children, fraud, hacking, money laundering and theft. The other threats are cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying and identity theft.
The taskforce comprised officials from State agencies and stakeholders.
Cabinet has allocated K1.32m to conduct awareness among the people, “build capacity and train judges, court officials and the police” on cybercrime. He said a “well-equipped cybercrime unit” will be set up in the police force to deal with electronic evidence and to facilitate the sharing of information with international agencies.
The Communication and Information Department and the National Information and Communications Technology Authority will be responsible for implementing the cybercrime policy, he said in a statement.
“The policy will ensure that the country is prepared to respond to cybercrime by setting a course of action,” he said.
The key priorities are:
Protecting PNG people from cybercrime;
preserving our cultural and traditional values;
creating a safer cyber environment for all users;
building trust and confidence in electronic or e-commerce;
ensuring that PNG laws on cybercrime are in harmony with other regional and international laws dealing with cybercrime (and cyber security issues);
promoting and enhancing international cooperation in addressing and combating cybercrimes;
strengthening PNG’s law enforcement capacity in addressing and combating cybercrime (and cyber-security issues);
increasing awareness, education and training on cybercrime (and cyber-security issues) within PNG; and,
Ensuring effective coordination and collaboration among law enforcement agencies and stakeholders.
“In today’s highly interconnected world, the number, sophistication and impact of cybercrimes continue to grow and pose a serious threat to individuals, businesses and governments,” he said.
“PNG has a steadily growing internet and mobile handset subscribers, while more and younger people now have a Facebook account.”
He said internet service providers would be asked to “share information”.
“PNG recognises the social and economic benefits attributed to developments brought about by the advances made in the information and communication technology,” he said.
“However the use of ICT poses security concerns to individuals, businesses and the public sector which need to be addressed.”

The National Online News
Source: http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/76241