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The secret to the rapid growth of the eGranary farming platform lies in its underlying technology, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK

How did Intelipro’s eGranary (See: The Kenyan woman who is using tech to change farming) get so big so fast? How can a company that has fewer than 10 full-time employees, and outsources its software development, reach tens of thousands of farmers?

Leonida Mutuku’s explanation is disarming in its simplicity:

“We run off a company called Node Africa, a Kenyan solutions provider, which means, firstly, that we are growing together. Secondly, because they are local, it means we have limited latency since we don’t have to bounce off a server in Ireland, and are keeping the money local.

“They also offer us managed services, so we don’t have to have a networking genius constantly looking at our networks. That means we can concentrate on analytics and putting applications into production.”

It is no coincidence that Node Africa is also a star in the Vmware world. At the 2016 edition of VMworld, founder and CEO Phares Kariuki also participated in the keynote event, explaining how his company chose VMware and its vCloud Air Network program to build its business and data centre. Because he couldn’t afford the equipment needed for a data centre, he created a software-based version – known as a software-defined data centre. Using a virtual network platform called NSX, from VMware, he was able to build a scalable cloud infrastructure in six weeks.

On the keynote stage at VMworld 2017: Phares Kariuki of Node Africa and Leonida Mutuku of Intellipro in discussion with Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer of VMware .

On the keynote stage at VMworld 2017: Phares Kariuki of Node Africa and Leonida Mutuku of Intellipro in discussion with Sanjay Poonen, chief operating officer of VMware .

Says Kariuki, “The amount of money we have saved on networking equipment as a result of using NSX as the basis of our network has been amazing. We saved $10 000 on just our initial network. That’s big for a start-up.”

That benefit is leveraged, in turn, by Node Africa’s customers, like Intellipro.

“The biggest factor is that Node Africa made it so easy for us to deploy and scale up,” says Mutuku. “They’ve been very reliable. We have not had any downtime, and we’ve been with them for nine months.”

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AppDate: Shedding light in our times of darkness

SEAN BACHER’S app roundup highlights two load-shedding apps, along with South AfriCAM, NBA 2K Mobile, Virgin Mobile’s Spot 3.0 and SwiftKey.

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Load Shedding Notifier

With all the uncertainty about when South Africans will next be plunged into darkness by Eskom, the Load Shedding Notifier tries its best to keep up with Eskom’s schedule. The app is very simple to use. Download it, type an area in and click the save button. The app automatically tells you what load shedding stage Eskom is on, the times you can expect to start lighting candles and for how long to burn them.

Multiple areas can be added and one can switch between the different stages to see how each one will affect a certain area.

A grid status is also displayed, showing how strained the country’s electrical network is.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

EskomSePush Load Shedding App

EskomSePush does much the same as the Load Shedding Notifier, but allows multiple cities to be tracked. However, they may just want to rethink the name of the app if they want wider respectability.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

South AfriCAM

South AfriCAM enables users to add branded stickers and frames from popular lifestyle magazine titles to their posts, including Huisgenoot, YOU, Drum, Move!, TRUE LOVE, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. 

In the process, they can earn JETPoints for their social influence: through the app’s built-in JET8 social currency, users are rewarded for their engagement. For every in-app like, comment, and share, users earn JETPoints, which can be used to redeem products online or over the counter across more than 2 500 retail stores in South Africa. Users are additionally awarded JETPoints for cross-posting onto external social media networks.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

Click here to read about console quality graphics on a mobile phone, Virgin Money payments made easier, and an app that redesigns the keyboard.

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Drones to drive
Western Cape agritech

Aerobotics is set to change how farmers treat their crops by using drones and machine learning, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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The Western Cape is poised to be a hotbed of innovation in the agritech sector, with drone piloting set to playing a major role in in the tech start-up scene.

This is the view of Tim Willis, chief operating officer of pioneering drone company Aerobotics, a Cape Town drone company recognised as a world leader in agritech.

“Drone piloting is a key skill that feeds into the value chain of the budding 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Willis. “Cape Town and the Western Cape is uniquely positioned to be the melting pot for innovation in the agritech sector, as a leading agricultural exporter and a hub for creative tech start-ups.”

He was speaking at AeroCon, a drone expo organised by Aerobotics and held in Johannesburg this week aimed at providing opportunities for drone pilots to apply their skills in South Africa, and to show how drones are being used to collect data on crops. 

The event was supported by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Wesgro, PROMMAC, MicaSense, and Rectron, among other

“We’re starting to sign up farmers across the country,” said Willis. “It’s exciting because farmers are starting to use drone technology on their farms. When a farmer wants a drone flown, they want it flown [now] so it’s important for us to capture that data as quickly as possible to show that drones are fast and effective.”

According to aerobotics, drone technology can help farmers reduce pesticide use on their crops by up to 30%. The result is environmentally friendly farming, reducing stressed crops and a healthier harvest. 

“We use aerial imagery from drones to recreate a 3D model of every single tree on a farmer’s orchard,” said Willis. “We’ve done this for millions of trees and it starts to give the farmers metrics of what they’re doing. We provide them with the health of the trees, the height, the volume, the canopy area, which enable the farms to make decisions on what to do next.”

Click here to read more about AeroCon and what it offers to those wanting to get into the drone industry.

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