1st Periodic Review of MOSAIC 2B

On Thursday, 29 January 2015, the MOSAIC 2B consortium will present the results of the first project year to the experts and the project officer from the European Commission. The consortium is also happy that people from the Department of Science and Technology (South Africa) are willing to participate in the meeting. The review meeting of the MOSAIC 2B project will be hosted by EPI-USE in Pretoria, South Africa.

Ready to Screen: Cinema-in-a-backpack

       

Today, the first Cinema-in-a-backpacks have been finished. The Cinema-in-a-backpack will be used by the micro-entrepreneur to run the mobile cinema business in South Africa. The Cinema-in-a-backpack consists of the following components:

  • Projector
  • Speakers
  • Tablet
  • Battery
  • Cables and Adapters
  • Backpack

The backpack provides enough space to stow all the above mentioned devices and accessories needed to run a mobile cinema. In case of power outage or missing power supply the battery will provide the energy needed.

Information session “FIRE in Horizon 2020”

On January 26, 2015, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) will be hosting a delegation from the European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, who will be in South Africa (SA) to conduct evaluations of the FIRE projects implemented with South African partners, i.e., TRESCIMO and MOSAIC 2B. The information session aims to provide the EC representatives with an opportunity to share information regarding the future FIRE opportunities in H2020 with the SA future internet research community.

More information can be found here.

PUTCO supports MOSAIC 2B

The MOSAIC 2B consortium is delighted to announce that the Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO) in Roseville, Pretoria, South Africa, is going to support the MOSAIC 2B project.

At PUTCO’s bus depot in Roseville, MOSAIC 2B will set up the fixed infostation. The fixed infostation serves as the entry point to the delay tolerant network (DTN). Utilizing the standard internet connection, the multimedia content ordered by the micro-entrepreneurs will be downloaded from the central MOSAIC 2B server to the fixed infostation and forwarded to the mobile infostations. The latter ones will be installed in the buses serving the rural communities located in Moloto, Vlaklaagte and Kwagafontein. Here, any micro-entrepreneur can download the ordered multimedia content using their cinema-in-a-backpack.

PUTCO provides commuter bus services in GautengLimpopo and the western parts of Mpumalanga in South Africa. With over 600 buses the PUTCO’s bus depot in Roseville offers the ultimate solution to serve as transportation means for the mobile infostation and to distribute the multimedia content in the designated rural areas in South Africa.