The innovative service uses global positioning system (GPS) technology, installed in rental cars, to track the movements of its users, giving them information relevant to the particular area they are driving through.Once a visitor opts to include Tourism Radio in their hired car – for as little as R10 to R15 a day – they simply tune in to Tourism Radio on 90.2FM to get cultural, historical and anecdotal information, as well as updates on nearby attractions and shows.“What this means in practical terms is that if you’re in Cape Town, you learn about the development of the Mother City, and when you drive to Stellenbosch, the focus of the broadcast travels with you … it’s that easy,” says Tourism Radio founder and operations director Mark Allewell.Pre-recorded shows focusing on local music, typical South African slang and the like are interrupted with up to date travel and weather reports or – if the visitor drives through an area of importance – with information about that area.“It’s like having a local person there in your car,” says Allewell.Tourism Radio spent the best part of two years developing its system, as well as eight months compiling all the relevant information.According to Allewell, the pilot service in Cape Town will be followed by a nationwide launch by the end of 2006 – and could be exported, with partner firms Budget and National Alamo Car Rental spreading the word to their international car rental network.“With partners like Vodacom, Budget and National Alamo helping us expand through South Africa and the world, we are very excited about our next stage of growth.”Useful linksTourism Radio: www.tourismradio.infoSouth African Tourism: www.southafrica.net
A Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller ‘Four Corners’ is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars.(Image: Vimeo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Genevieve Hofmeyr Founder, Partner & ProducerMoonlighting Films+27 21 447 2209Melissa Jane CookA Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller ‘Four Corners’ is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars.Directed by Ian Gabriel, the film has been selected as the official South African submission at the 86th Academy Awards.Threading together universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption, Gabriel acutely reveals the gritty realities of a vicious gangland subculture. Harvesting depravation and violence, at the pinnacle of the narrative is a captivating message of inspiration and hope.The cast of Four Rooms is an ensemble of talent and combines veterans including Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), and many actors and bit players drawn from a pool of real people and actors, schools and chess clubs, all familiar with life on the Flats in the various gang-associated areas where filming took place.With the exception of the lead supporting actor Farakhan ( Brendon Daniels) and the lead actor Ricardo ( Jezriel Skei ) all the prison cast (youths and adults) were cast either from Victory Outreach, an outreach rehabilitative programme for ex -gang and drug users, and the Ottery Reformatory where actual juvenile offenders appeared in the juvenile quad scene.Filmed over five short weeks the film centres on a 13-year-old chess prodigy who’s drawn into Cape Town’s notorious child-gang culture. His absent father, recently released from prison, tries to break the pattern of violence and keep his son away from the ‘Four Corners’.Four lives change forever as the destinies of a reformed prison ‘general,’ a local cop, a charismatic gang leader and a surgeon back from London intersect with Ricardo.“Four corners, four lives and sounding boards influencing one boy’s life, reflecting the Four Corners of a chessboard and the Four Corners of a prison cell (literally ‘Vier Hoeke’ in Sabela prison slang – the secret language of the prison Number Gangs); each of these simple stories connected with the next to make up the Four Corners in the chessboard of Ricardo’s life,” says director Ian Gabriel on the Four Corners movie website.South Africa’s Cape Flats, located just outside Cape Town, an area of brutality and struggle. A society that spawned gangs and the gangs’ violent retaliation within it. For generations this hostile environment has been plagued by issues of poverty, depravation and disorder.Gabriel states on the website: “The world of the Cape Flats is so unique and such a different world that I knew the more we told the more we would need to tell. It wasn’t only with the actors that I wanted to achieve the sense of being ‘in the moment’ – I wanted that from the audience as well if that was possible, so that when finally there is a chase or there is a gun fight, which are staples of the gangster film genre, I wanted people to really feel and be in those moments and experience them, just as the community of families in the Cape Flats experience gangster turf outbursts from day to day on the streets, school-fields, playgrounds and block yards which are the chosen ‘battlegrounds.’”According to the Twitchfilm.com website, the Cape Flats district of Mitchells Plain has the highest rates of murder, violence and property crime in the nation by a large margin, with neighbouring districts having what are described as ‘abnormally high’ murder rates for more than a decade.Cape Town is home to South Africa’s toughest maximum security prison – Pollsmoor, so this space makes for a compelling setting for Gabriel’s Four Corners.This is the first film to delve into the hundred year-old war between South Africa’s Numbers Gangs, the 26s and the 28s. It blends Sabela, Tsotsi taal (slang originally used by criminals), Cape Afrikaans and English.In an article titled South Africa Comes of Age, the pre-eminent industry trade publication, The Hollywood Reporter, enthused about “the high hopes for the child gang thriller Four Corners, the country’s contender in the foreign language Oscar race”.Gavin Hood, director of the 2006 Academy Award winning South African film Tsotsi introduced Four Corners at a VIP screening on the 24 November in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles in the United States. He said: “Watching your beautifully made, heartfelt film brought tears to my eyes. Tears of sadness, and of pride.”Hood specifically acknowledged the outstanding performances of undiscovered, bright new talent alongside more seasoned actors. “This is a story about a group of young people, many of whom have never acted before, seeing their community on screen for the first time, making a searingly honest piece of art.”Giant Films’ Cindy Gabriel and Moonlighting Films’ Genevieve Hofmeyr produced the independent and South African-financed Four Corners – which is director Ian Gabriel’s second feature film, following the highly acclaimed Forgiveness.Producer, Genevieve Hofmeyr, said that they were able to produce the picture – which was in development for four years – with the assistance of the National Film and Video Foundation and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. The Little Film Company is handling international sales.The movie releases on 7 February 2014 in South Africa through Indigenous Film Distribution.“It’s a great privilege for us to be representing such a prestigious film,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. “As it is South Africa’s official submission for the Oscars, we are all keen to see how the world responds. It’s an ambitious film that delves deep into the human story behind the longstanding gang warfare that has a daily impact on the lives of people living on the Flats.”The soundtrack for Four Corners is composed by South African composer Markus Wormstorm. The film uses ‘found’ and original South African music by musicians as diverse as Felix laBand, Khuli Chana, Hemelbesem, Rattex, Jits Vinger, Cream, Kyle Shepherd and Isaac Mutant.“I hope to leave the audience with an experience that will stay with them after they leave the cinema. If they remember that this special world of the Cape Flats exists and is not only more dangerous, but also much richer than they knew, that will be very satisfying for us as film makers and for the communities and families we worked with,” concludes Gabriel.
Rick Fedrizzi, one of three co-founders of the U.S. Green Building Council, says he will step down as the non-profit’s CEO at the end of next year.Fedrizzi, 60, has run the organization since 2003, three years after the USGBC launched its Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED has since become the most recognized green-building rating program in the country.Asked why Fedrizzi was leaving the organization, Taryn Holowka, senior vice president for marketing, communications and advocacy at USGBC, said by email, “Rick has been with USGCB for about 12 years. He feels the organization has reached a point in its maturity and he is comfortable making this decision. He also plans to continue to contribute to the ongoing trajectory of the green building movement as a volunteer.”Holowka said Fedrizzi, who was paid $1.3 million in 2013, doesn’t have any specific plans after his tenure ends, other than to “join the boards of companies that could use his knowledge of green building practices.”The announcement comes a full year and a half in advance. The USGBC board has created a search committee to look for a replacement.“The goal is to complete the process in a timely way so that Rick has sufficient time to work with that individual to [ensure] a smooth transition and continuity of leadership,” she said, adding the board does not foresee a change in direction once Fedrizzi leaves. Growth brought healthy finances An article posted at Syracuse.com said Fedrizzi founded the USGBC in 1993 with two others, real estate developer David Gottfried and Michael Italiano, an environmental attorney. Their goal was to promote sustainability in the construction industry.Since the council established the LEED program, it has certified some 30,000 buildings around the world and now has 76 chapters and revenues of more than $74 million. The council was awarded the Champion of the Earth award by the United Nations last year, but LEED also has picked up its share of criticism.Fedrizzi graduated from LeMoyne College in 1976 with an accounting degree and joined the Carrier Corp. He was named director of environmental marketing in 1992, Syracuse.com said, where he had the job of marketing the environmental benefits of Carrier products.He was laid off by Carrier in 2000, and after helping to found USGBC worked there was a volunteer for 10 years before being named CEO.He now heads a staff of 260 people and travels extensively to talk about green building practices.“We’re becoming an international brand,” he told Syracuse.com.
5G and blockchain are two potentially disruptive technologies that could shape the future of technology and telecommunications. The 5G rollout has already begun in select cities in the U.S. Global coverage is expected to follow in 2020 with the technology becoming ubiquitous in the following years. With 5G and blockchain, here’s what to expect.In conjunction with Internet of Things devices, 5G and blockchain can add an enormous amount of value to the society. Let’s consider the advantages of these technologies and the possibilities they present as well as the challenges that they’ll have to overcome.Internet of Things — with 5G and BlockchainAnalysts have noted the potential of the Internet of Things for a couple of years. However, two significant bottlenecks have impeded its success: security and capacity. With the introduction of 5G networks, though, IoT devices have the potential to become much more widely used.The IoT requires a high-speed, low-latency network.Latency refers to the time interval between the instant when a signal is sent and when it is received. Such low latency is essential for devices to communicate without experiencing significant lag.This reduction in latency is also critical to unlocking another concept called the Internet of Skills (IoS). The idea here is that specialists can work remotely using virtual reality headsets. For such a concept to be fully realized, a low latency network is essential.5G (fifth generation) networks can transmit data at much higher speeds and lower latency than 4G networks. Thus, the Internet of Things can achieve its full potential, and applications such as IoS could be unlocked.Other benefits of 5G include energy savings, cost reduction, and higher capacity.These make it possible for even the tiniest IoT devices to get connected to the ecosystem cost-effectively. 5G networks will allow for the interconnection of a lot more devices simultaneously. It is estimated that there could be up to 100 billion IoT connections by 2025. The rise of 5G networks will undoubtedly play a major role in the growth of the industry in the coming years.While 5G has the potential to resolve one of the major bottlenecks that have hindered the rise of IoT, other problems remain. Malicious devices could create problems within the networks. The increase in the volume of payments and transactions between the numerous interconnected devices could pose a challenge for the current financial infrastructure.Financial infrastructure is where blockchain comes in. As these IoT devices become more widespread, they can take advantage of the security, decentralization, and immutability of blockchains.Decentralized blockchains can be used as an underlying protocol layer with reliablly security for settling transactions and smart contract conditions between IoT devices. Decentralized blockchains also allow for the identity of IoT devices to be safeguarded and guaranteed. Presently, these devices are identified via cloud servers which store their identification data in databases.Such data could be stolen or compromised. Just like VPN software can help protect the identity of individuals online, with decentralized blockchains, secure hashing algorithms, and asymmetric cryptography can be used to guarantee and protect the identities of those devices.The scalability of blockchain is a major bottleneck that will have to be overcome before it can be applied to the IoT.Digital Ledger Technology must be able to handle a very high number of transactions every second. Currently, though, this is not the case. It is possible, though, to defer most of the necessary transactions to a second-layer blockchain that runs atop the main ones such as the Lighting Network on BTC or LTC.However, since all devices must have individual addresses and on-chain transactions, scalability needs to improve on both layers. Blockchains can benefit from the massive increases in bandwidth and range as well as the reductions in latency that 5G networks provide. These network improvements could lead to many more additional nodes joining public blockchains.The increases in network participation that would result from increased connectivity on devices such as mobile phones and tablets will lead to better security and decentralization. Blockchain functionality can also be improved by the adoption of 5G in several ways. For example, smart contracts currently rely on oracles, which transmit external data to the contracts.Such information can only be relayed with internet access. 5G networks can facilitate the use of these oracles in remote areas.Also, devices that are connected to the internet can prove to be a more reliable and trustworthy source of the necessary off-chain data than the oracles. When IoT becomes a lot more widespread than it currently is, blockchain will be able to amass more data from 5G-powered IoT devices.These 5G empowered IoT devices are going to generate a massive increase in data transfer. Though blockchains are distributed data storage systems, such massive amounts of data cannot be stored on-chain. If they are not stored on-chain, they’re left open to attacks.A possible workaround involves storing hashes of data on-chain with links that point to external storage sites.Other decentralized protocols such as OrbitDB or the InterPlanetary File System could be used for the external storage. External storage will result in stronger security than other centralized alternatives. Additionally, if the data is tampered with, the hash tag will change, thus drawing attention to the breach.This multifold combination of 5G, blockchain, and IoT will facilitate the rise of smart homes, driverless vehicles, and smart cities. Within the coming decade, several traditional industries including mining, agriculture, and drilling, will likely see automation through an IoT network of billions of smart devices and sensors communicating over a high-speed 5G network.ConclusionOnce the 5G rollout is complete, and the network becomes ubiquitous, the IoT industry will experience major growth as smart devices become ever more widespread. However, the bottleneck of scalability will have to be overcome. When it is, we can expect to see a major revolution in the way we live and work. Follow the Puck Michael Usiagwu is the CEO of Visible links Pro, a premium Digital Marketing Agency committed to seeing your brands/company and products gain the right visibility on the search engine. He can be reached via [email protected] Michael Usiagwu Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Tags:##technologytrends#IoT#Trends
zoomImage by Navingo CMA CGM Louis Bleriot, the third and final 20,600 TEU class containership ordered in 2015 from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil Inc.), has been delivered to its owner CMA CGM.The ship was named after Louis Charles Joseph Blériot, a French aviator, inventor and engineer. Its two predecessors, CMA CGM Jean Mermoz and CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery, were delivered in January and May this year, joining the prestigious 20,000 TEU class club.The ships from the series are around 400 meter long and 59 meter wide, which means that each of them is longer than four football fields and bigger than The Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.CMA CGM is building ever larger ships featuring 22,000 TEU. The nine LNG-powered boxships, being built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao and Hudong Zhonghua will start delivery next year continuing well into 2020.