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SIM-only provider offers income option to me&you

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South Africa’s SIM-only provider, me&you mobile, has launched a distributor platform to allow small businesses to earn additional income by becoming me&you SIM card distributors.

South Africa’s first SIM-only and fully online, custom mobile operator, me&you mobile, has launched a distributor platform to allow individuals and small business owners to earn additional income by becoming distributors of me&you mobile SIM cards.

Prospective distributors can register on the mobile operator’s website www.meandyoumobile.co.za/distributor to order SIMs in packs of 50, for distribution.

“We’re looking forward to giving people an opportunity to earn some extra cash in the current economic climate through an upfront and ongoing commission structure that is in place for every SIM activated. People will be able to start small businesses by distributing me&you mobile SIM cards,” says Brett Howell, chief executive of me&you mobile.

How registration works

Howell confirms that there is no cost to register as a distributor, and those that sign up can immediately start ordering stock.

Distributors will pay R29 per SIM card bought and SIMs can be ordered in batches of 50.

Distributors can create their own accounts on the me&you mobile website and manage their stock using their profiles.

Distributors can earn a once off commission on every SIM activated, as well as an ongoing revenue. Upfront commission is payable after a SIM has been active for three months, while ongoing commission is 5% of the customer’s total bill from date of activation, explains Howell.

For more information on the commission structure, see www.meandyoumobile.co.za/distributor.

The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) launched in 2015 to challenge the market status quo 24-month contract model. It was also the first mobile network in SA to offer entrepreneurs and small businesses the opportunity to tailor and manage their employees’ mobile packages, via a user-friendly online platform, on a flexible month-to-month basis. me&you mobile has offered the lowest call rates in the country since its 2015 launch and operates fully online via its website www.meandyoumobile.co.za.

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Kenya tool to help companies prepare for emergencies

After its team members survived last week’s Nairobi terror attack, Ushahidi decided to release a new preparedness tool for free, writes its CEO, NAT MANNING

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On Tuesday I woke up a bit before 7am in Berkeley, California where I live. I made some coffee and went over to my computer to start my work day. I checked my Slack and the news and quickly found out that there was an ongoing terrorist attack at 14 Riverside Complex in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ushahidi office is in Nairobi and about a third of our team is based there (the rest of us are spread across 10 other countries).

As I read the news, my heart plummeted, and I immediately asked the question, “is everyone on my team okay?”

Five years ago Al-Shabaab committed a similar attack at the Westgate Mall. We spent several tense hours figuring out if any of our team had been in the mall, and verifying that everyone was safe. We found out that one of our team member’s family was caught up in the attack. Luckily they made it out.

At Ushahidi we make software for crisis response, including tools to map disasters and election violence, and yet we felt helpless in the face of this attack. In the days following the Westgate attack, our team huddled and thought about what we could build that would help our team — and other teams — if we found ourselves in a similar situation to this attack again. We identified that when we first learned of the attack, nearly everyone at Ushahidi had spent that first precious few hours trying to answer the basic questions, “Is everyone okay?”, and if not, “Who needs help?” 

People had ad-hoc used multiple channels such as WhatsApp, called, emailed, or texted. We had done this for each person at Ushahidi (their job), in our families, and important people in our community. Our process was unorganised, inefficient, repetitive, and frustrating.

And from this problem we created TenFour, a check in tool that makes it easier for teams to reach one another during times of crisis. It is a simple application that lets people send a message to their team via SMS, Slack, Voice, email, and in-app, and get a response. It also works for educational institutions, companies with distributed staff, as well as part of neighbourhood networks like neighbourhood watches.

This week when I woke up to the news of the attack at Riverside, I immediately opened up the TenFour app.

Click here to read how Nat quickly confirmed the safety of his team.

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Kia multi-collision airbags

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The world’s first multi-collision airbag system has been unveiled by Hyundai Motor Group subsidiary KIA Motors, with the aim of improving airbag performance in multi-collision accidents.

Multi-collision accidents are those in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as other vehicles, trees, or electrical posts, which occur in three out of every 10 accidents. Current airbag systems do not offer secondary protection when the initial impact is insufficient to cause them to deploy. 

However, the multi-collision airbag system allows airbags to deploy effectively upon a secondary impact, by calibrating the status of the vehicle and the occupants.

The new technology detects occupants’ positions in the cabin following an initial collision. When occupants are forced into unusual positions, the effectiveness of existing safety technology may be compromised. Multi-collision airbag systems are designed to deploy even faster when initial safety systems may not be effective, providing additional safety when drivers and passengers are most vulnerable. By recalibrating the collision intensity required for deployment, the airbag system responds more promptly during the secondary impact, thereby improving the safety of multi-collision vehicle occupants.

“By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” said Taesoo Chi, head of the Hyundai Motor Group’s Chassis Technology Centre. “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”

According to statistics by the National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS), an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in USA, about 30% of 56,000 vehicle accidents from 2000 to 2012 in the North American region involved multi-collisions. The leading type of multi-collision accidents involved cars crossing over the centre line (30.8%), followed by collisions caused by a sudden stop at highway tollgates (13.5%), highway median strip collisions (8.0%), and sideswiping and collision with trees and electric poles (4.0%). 

These multi-collision scenarios were analysed in multilateral ways to improve airbag performance and precision in secondary collisions. Once commercialised, the system will be implemented in future new KIA vehicles. 

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