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Samsung launches School-in-a-box

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Samsung has launched a School-in-a-Box, an educational tool designed around the Samsung Tablet. The solution comprises a Galaxy Tablet, a keyboard cover, microSD card, headphones, screen protector and in some packages, a solar charging panel.

Samsung Electronics South Africa has launch a School-in-a-Box (SIB) solution, an educational tool designed around a Samsung tablet. Bundled packages include the hardware needed to assist students and schools that are transitioning their teaching and learning methods to be more digitally focused.

The SIB includes a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (T116 7” or T561 9.6” or P555 9.7”), a universal keyboard cover, a 16GB microSD card, in-ear earphones, a screen protector and a tablet carry case. Certain limited edition bundles also comprise of a solar panel charger for power on-the-go. The SIB transforms the packaging into a stand for the tablet and stationery. The SIB is lightweight, tough and highly functional and backed by a one-year Tech Insurance Policy, which delivers 12 months accidental damage insurance and one free screen replacement.

“This concept is Samsung’s latest innovation designed to support parents, schools and learners while making the selection and combination of the correct technology simple and enjoyable,” says Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Samsung has been investing and supporting individual schools and learning initiatives for many years. The Solar Powered Internet Schools is a Samsung innovation that enables and empowers learners to get the best education possible. It is through this experience that Samsung was able to develop the SIB in order to provide the most effective tools to help bridge the digital education divide,” continues Ferreira.

The Samsung SIB will be available in three different bundle options based on the individual’s or institution’s requirements and budget:

  • Essential: A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (T116), a Universal Keyboard Cover, 16GB microSD card, in-ear earphones, screen protector, Diamond World Solar Panel and a tablet carry case RRP (R2,999).
  • Classic: A Samsung Tab E (T561), a keyboard cover, Samsung 16GB microSD card, Rocka Elite Vanilla in-ear headphones from Danny K, screen protector, Diamond World Solar Panel and tablet carry case RRP (R4,999).
  • Advanced: A Samsung Tab A (P555), a keyboard cover, Samsung 16GB microSD card, Rocka Elite Vanilla in-ear headphones from Danny K, screen protector and tablet carry case RRP (R5,999).

“Until now, it has been difficult for schools to make use of standardised tools, since they refer parents to retail stores to purchase tablets for their children. In store, many parents discover that it is not always a simple matter to choose the right tablet and peripherals for effective digital learning. By bundling all the tools into a practical package, we have made it easy for schools to recommend an appropriate bundle and for parents to support their children’s e-learning with a single purchase,” concludes Ferreira.

Samsung’s SIB is now available through Waltons, Glocell, Matrix Warehouse online retailers such as Loot, eBucks, Shop & Ship and Eduloan.

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Bring your network with you

At last week’s Critical Communications World, Motorola unveiled the LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Network Infrastructure. It allows rescue personal to set up dedicated LTE networks for communication in an emergency, writes SEAN BACHER.

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In the event of an emergency, communications are absolutely critical, but the availability of public phone networks are limited due to weather conditions or congestion.

Motorola realised that this caused a problem when trying to get rescue personnel to those in need and so developed its LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Network Infrastructure. The product is the smallest and lightest full powered broadband network to date and allows the first person on the scene to set up an LTE network in a matter of minutes, allowing other rescue team members to communicate with each other.

“The LXN 500 weighs six kilograms and comes in a backpack with two batteries. It offers a range of 1km and allows up to 100 connections at the same time. However, in many situations the disaster area may span more than 1km which is why they can be connected to each other in a mesh formation,” says Tunde Williams, Head of Field and Solutions Marketing EMEA, Motorola Solutions.

The LXN 500 solution offers communication through two-way radios, and includes mapping, messaging, push-to-talk, video and imaging features onboard, thus eliminating the need for any additional hardware.

Data collected on the device can then be sent through to a central control room where an operator can deploy additional rescue personnel where needed. Once video is streamed into the control room, realtime analytics and augmented reality can be applied to it to help predict where future problem points may arise. Video images and other multimedia can also be made available for rescuers on the ground.

“Although the LXN 500 was designed for the seamless communications between on ground rescue teams and their respective control rooms, it has made its way into the police force and in places where there is little or no cellular signal such as oil rigs,” says Williams.

He gave a hostage scenario: “In the event of a hostage situation, it is important for the police to relay information in realtime to ensure no one is hurt. However the perpetrators often use their mobile phones to try and foil any rescue attempts. Should the police have the correct partnerships in place they are able to disable cellular towers in the vicinity, preventing any in or outgoing calls on a public network and allowing the police get their job done quickly and more effectively.”

By disabling any public networks in the area, police are also able to eliminate any cellular detonated bombs from going off but still stay in touch with each other he says.

The LXN 500 offers a wide range of mission critical cases and is sure to transform communications and improve safety for first responders and the people they are trying to protect.

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Kaspersky moves to Switzerland

As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab is adapting its infrastructure to move a number of core processes from Russia to Switzerland.

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This includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates. To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland.

Global transparency and collaboration for an ultra-connected world

The Global Transparency Initiative, announced in October 2017, reflects Kaspersky Lab’s ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness of its products. The new measures are the next steps in the development of the initiative, but they also reflect the company’s commitment to working with others to address the growing challenges of industry fragmentation and a breakdown of trust. Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability.

The new measures comprise the move of data storage and processing for a number of regions, the relocation of software assembly and the opening of the first Transparency Center.

Relocation of customer data storage and processing

By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab will have established a data center in Zurich and in this facility, will store and process all information for users in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea, with more countries to follow. This information is shared voluntarily by users with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) an advanced, cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data.

Relocation of software assembly

Kaspersky Lab will relocate to Zurich its ‘software build conveyer’ — a set of programming tools used to assemble ready to use software out of source code. Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule databases (AV databases) will start to be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide. The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit.

Establishment of the first Transparency Center

The source code of Kaspersky Lab products and software updates will be available for review by responsible stakeholders in a dedicated Transparency Center that will also be hosted in Switzerland and is expected to open this year. This approach will further show that generation after generation of Kaspersky Lab products were built and used for one purpose only: protecting the company’s customers from cyberthreats.

Independent supervision and review

Kaspersky Lab is arranging for the data storage and processing, software assembly, and source code to be independently supervised by a third party qualified to conduct technical software reviews. Since transparency and trust are becoming universal requirements across the cybersecurity industry, Kaspersky Lab supports the creation of a new, non-profit organisation to take on this responsibility, not just for the company, but for other partners and members who wish to join.

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