Police task communities on phone infrastructure

Police task communities on phone infrastructure

•Over 200 new areas still without telephony services 
Against the backdrop of increasing attacks on telecommunications infrastructure, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has called on Nigerians to protect those in their localiity.

The NPF urged Nigerians to see these telephony infrastructures as a communal assests, stressing that the people should be supplying them with needed information whenever they discover anything unusual.

In Nigeria, cases of vandalism, especially on telecommunications infrastructures has remained a major challenge to operators, hindering further roll out of services in the country.

This is coming on the heels of discovery made by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which discovered about 200 new communities in the country that are yet to get telephony services.

Speaking at a sensitisation workshop organised by NCC for law enforcement agencies on telecommunications issues in the country, in Lagos, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, said that the police would do everything possible to protect lives and properties.

Idris represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of ICT, Folusho Adebanjo, called on the people to see telecommunications infrastructure within their localities as communal assets.

“The law enforcement officers must work with the community people because as they are responsible in performing their duties, the community people must see telecommunications infrastructure as communal assets and report suspected criminal activities to the police,” he said.

Also speaking, the immediate past IGP, Solomon Arase, advocated the need for a multi-layer collaboration among the NCC, Service Providers, Federal; State and Local Government, and policing agencies; evolution of national policy and ICT policy; budgetary support for strategic implementation plan; evolution of E-Corps; evolution of technology literate strategic police managers and implementation of ethical standards.

In his opening address, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Dambatta, said provisions have been made in its 2017 budget to extend telecommunications services to additional 40 million people across the country.

Dambatta, represented by the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, said that the commission had conducted a survey, which identified about 200 communities nationwide with access gap.

He said that through the Universal Service Provision Fund (ISPF) being managed by a department under NCC, 40 million people in these areas would be covered in 2017.

According to him, the empirical studies have shown correlation between usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and social development.

He said that access to telecommunications services had caused direct and indirect rise in employment generation across the sectors of the economy.

“As you are aware, the growth witnessed in the telecommunications sector in the last 15 years has been phenomenalby all standards.

“From less than half a million lines on the eve of our democratic revival, today, active connected telephone lines are about 150 million, which has come with a contributing increase in tele-density.“Development in other sectors of the economy had been shaped positively and measurably by the potent realities in the telecommunications sectors.

“We look forward to seeing greater development in the sector, becausewe are irrevocably committed to full implementation of the National Broadband Plan,” he said.

He said that NCC was determined to move fast in its mandate of harnessing the potential of the ICT sector to boost national economy.

Dambatta said that the industry’s contribution to the national Gross Domestic Products (GDP) was about 10 per cent and NCC was committed to seeing greater development in the sector.

“In this respect, two Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) have been licensed, while the remaining five companies will be licensed shortly to commence the deployment of more broadband fibre networks beyond the major cities in the country.

“Our model, anchored on robust development of infrastructure, transmission and retail segment, is expected to speed up the cascading of networks of fibre required by individuals and businesses to improve life and catalyse the economic growth,” he said.

According to him, these tasks underscore the need for collaborations with security agencies to curtail criminal assault against telecommunications infrastructure.

He said the mandate before the NCC in ensuring that the telecommunications sector contributed more to the economy triggered the zeal to perform and the need to halt obstacles to the realisation of its objectives.

The EVC said that the industry had witnessed rise in the theft of telecommunications infrastructure and vandalism of installed facilitiesand equipment.Dambatta added that the industry had witnessed usage of preregistered Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards, all of which were infractions of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003and other extant regulations governing the industry.

He said that while the commission rolled out various campaigns to raise awareness and made some arrest with the support of the police, there was need for effective strategies to ensure that anyone arrested was prosecuted.

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Nigeria is highly important for global market, says Aramex

Nigeria is highly important for global market, says Aramex

Iyad Kamal

Iyad Kamal is the Chief Operating Officer, Aramex International, a global provider of logistics and technology. Kamal spoke with ADEYEMI ADEPETUN, about the importance of the Nigerian market to global business. He spoke on how the eCommerce sector can improve in the country.

How will you place the Nigerian ICT industry?
In Nigeria, we see telecommunications infrastructure has been very advance. Credit card usage is also increasing, even if there are challenges around it; cash-on-delivery is also permitted. I don’t think there are obstacles to doing good business in Nigeria. Mobile penetration is high and eCommerce services are getting bigger. So, the market here in Nigeria is actually ready for the new phase of technology growth. I don’t see why Nigeria should not be a major hub for mobile technology growth or eCommerce development in Africa. The fact remains that Nigeria has become highly important for global market.

What value and volume of business is Aramex bringing to the Nigerian system?
Aramex is bringing in the global network; this is because Nigeria is a global and important destination for businesses. The population here is huge and the atmosphere is still not volatile for doing buiness. So, for Aramex, Nigeria is a big partner. We are bringing in technology, business and the entire global community so that they can tap and add value to the ecosystem here.

We want people to enjoy the Aramex culture, which tends to differentiate us from competition. We shall also be very aggressive in investing in startups that can help to achieve Aramex vision in Nigeria. The startup can be a technology or logistic firms.

We shall aggressively tap business development in the country. Though we have partners, we are also going to deliver services individually. We shall partner with both IT and logistics firms to be able to get to every part of Nigeria. In another few years, we see Aramex becoming the logistics player of choice in the Nigerian market. This is based on the experience we coming with

Can we know more about your services?
We are talking about our expansion here in Nigeria, especially as it relates to the type of technology we are bringing into the country, especially in eCommerce. For us at Aramex, we have concluded that whatever technology being deployed in other markets, especially the advanced ones, we shall bring them here.

Now, on the consumer side, we have been able to develop an app. Aramex consumer app can be downloaded by consumers. It is for those who have ordered Aramex to help deliver the goods. So, the customer can track the goods online. With the app, he can purchase and pay for the goods online. The target is to improve consumer experience.

We have also launched courier app, where anyone can easily become Aramex courier. It is a mobile app, where you can easily with it becomea major part of Aramex.

We are also deploying a very big data engine technology in Nigeria, whereby all the information coming out from eCommerce, especially lastmile delivery process can be harnessed for economic growth. We have developed a vast technology that can easily analyse data to improve customer satisfaction.

You mentioned eCommerce, which of the players are you providing logistics solution for in Nigeria?
It is a combination. We targets both local retailers in Nigeria and international ecommerce players from across the globe, be it from USA, Europe, China and even South Africa that sees the Nigerian market as been critical for their business growth. We have solution from pick-up to lastmile strategy in Nigeria. We are opening up that solution and we have told clients that Nigeria is potential market for new services.

Do you have any relationship with market leaders including Jumia, Konga, Yudala and others in Nigeria?
We don’t do much business with them for now, but this is part of our strategy here. You see this eCommerce ecosystem is fast evolving and you will always see that you nee to work with them all from the smallest to the biggest. We all need each others. The market is big, so that strategy must fast and dynamic. We are focusing also on the SMEs.

Some of the solutions you are canvassing for, how fast do we see them impacting positively on the eCommerce sector?
This has to do with the direction of global trade. Today, it has become much easier to buy goods from any part of the world. Besides, clearances from across the globe are becoming easier for people. Countries globally, through our research are looking for ways to improve eCommerce, so they are becoming more accommodating, introducing new experience across board.So, where Aramex comes in, including other competition, is to make the entire ecosystem seamless without hitches for customers. We are deploying solutions that make the entire process simpler and faster for all to benefit.

A critical aspect of eCommerce is lastmile infrastructure and this is still a challenge in Nigeria, how is Aramex going to deal with this situation?
To look at this, you have to dissect the entire issue. We need not to have Aramex delivering the entire process. It is possible to select three or four couriers that are specialised in those areas. It is also possible to select another 20 couriers that focus on the rural areas, especially outside Lagos.

The whole issues revolved around getting the experts in those fields, then make them a sub of you and let them deliver the services on your behalf of the company.

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Apprenticeship and Mentorship – The key to technology talent development?

Apprenticeship and Mentorship – The key to technology talent development?

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Recently, there was a series of articles in the UK Guardian about precolonial African civilizations. My hometown Benin City was featured. The article took a lot of people by surprise, and many found it difficult to believe that such an advanced culture existed in Africa so many years before colonization. It didn’t fit in with the “Africa is a Dark, Under-Developed Continent” narrative. The “Dark Continent” narrative has never served us well. Even with advances in technology and the proliferation of easily accessible knowledge, perceptions have hardly changed.

The discovery of an advanced precolonial Edo civilization surprised a lot of people but what may even be more surprising is the fact that the earliest business incubation and acceleration models may have been developed by the Igbo traders and artisans from Eastern Nigeria.

For a very long time, a model has existed in Eastern Nigeria where artisans or traders take in young people for apprenticeships. These apprentices learn from hands-on experience and are eventually set up to run their businesses with seed funding provided by the individual who mentored them. This practice is called “Imu Ahia” and it has been the secret to the success and the creation of vast commercial distribution hierarchies and networks formed by the Igbo. It has enabled them to dominate commerce in our part of this world.

There is a lot that Nigerian technology can learn from this model. Mark Essien the founder of the Nigerian Hotels booking platform – hotels.ng has always said – “The best way to learn how to build startups is by working at one.” “Imu Ahia” has proven this to be right for generations before, we just never saw the similarity between the pure commerce startup and technology startup. The incubation and acceleration models are also similar. A technology business is ultimately a business, and there is a lot to learn from those who have succeeded in building resilient models that have defined our informal local retail and services industries.

When the apprentice trained under “Imu Ahia” completes their tutelage, there is a ceremony performed to mark this successful completion called a ‘Freedom Ceremony’. This Ceremony is similar to Accelerator ‘Demo Days’. Members of the public are invited to be part of the official introduction of the newly-minted businessman. The only difference is that the primary investor in the new venture is the one who incubated it. There is typically a prior relationship via kinship between both parties, so other family members get invited, and they also contribute to the new entity. This model is how most Igbo businesses start. The chances of survival of the new businesses are reinforced further by providing informal trade finance as the new venture becomes part of a large distribution supply chain.

Hotels.ng recently accepted some young people as interns and after their internship, there was a ceremony performed to showcase the interns before releasing them into the ecosystem. I think this is a great model that others should emulate. I was the beneficiary of such a system. I was given the opportunity by my uncle to work with computers and learn during my national service year, and I ended up not only working for a technology company but building one. I paid this forward by taking in interns who also came to learn and became excellent.

The first intern we took into our company Swifta, was a young man who had not been able to pass the university degree matriculation examinations. He ended up in the Diploma in Data Sciences program. A colleague introduced him as “a promising young man with a keen interest in technology.” We decided to give him a chance and a brand new computer to learn with all by himself. He ended up not just being one of our best developers ever. He went on to get a First Class degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. on a full scholarship. He now builds sophisticated trading platforms for some of the largest hedge funds in the world. He is now also investing in technology startups and founders.

I believe internship and apprenticeship in Nigerian technology could become institutionalized as “Imu Ahia” has been done. It would not just be a great model to provide the ecosystem with depth; it would provide a lot of resilience. I think the best investors in entrepreneurs are other entrepreneurs who have walked the same path. Empathy and relevant advice which comes from such relationships are more valuable than the money provided by investors who are only interested in the financial upside.

As I write this, I am in the airport on my way to Nairobi as a mentor for the very first African Google Launchpad Start program for technology startups. Google Launchpad emphasizes mentorship as the most valuable resource for entrepreneurial growth. I totally agree with this model as I avoided a lot of mistakes in business just by working informally with my uncle for over ten years after my NYSC and just learning. I am still learning from him and sometimes just visit him to listen to him talk about his experiences.

The last time, I met him, we had a discussion about China and how much progress they had achieved because of the choices the leadership had made. I was surprised and impressed at how much he had read on the topic. I took it up as a challenge to learn more as well. That is what mentors do. They challenge us to become a better version of ourselves and not just clones. Nigerian technology needs more internships, apprenticeship and mentors. We need an “Imu Ahia” for Technology. Who knows? Maybe it will become so successful that Silicon Valley and others will want to learn more from us and the Igbo trader or artisan.

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Indian tech firm plans $100m investments in Nigeria, SSA by February

Indian tech firm plans $100m investments in Nigeria, SSA by February

• Urges skills transference through PPP
Indian Technology and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm, iSON Technologies, is targeting increasing its current investment profile in Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries from $50 million to $100 million in another three months.

This, according to the firm, is necessitated on the fact that the business is booming in the region and the need to invest in new technologies, across the 25 countries iSON operates in

Besides, the firm urged further skills transference through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the region.

iSON is a systems integrator, managed service provider and strategic outsourcing company, which provides end-to-end IT services and solutions across Africa.

Chief Growth Officer, iSON Technologies, Akshay Grover, in an interaction with journalists in Lagos, at the weekend, said BPO, if well tapped in Nigeria, can actually provides jobs for millions of unemployed youths in the country.

Grover said the BPO business in India, because of the way it has been managed, employs over three million people, “but I think it has not been fully tapped in Nigeria and some African countries. I think it has employed about 10000 in Nigeria.”

He said the country has huge potential to be a leading BPO destination in Africa if well managed.

Grover disclosed that the company’s strong service offerings include consulting, systems integration, managed services and off-shore/on-shore services and cloud services.

According to him, the currently serves 240 million customers, providing analytics, customer experience management, voice process solutions and CRM process solutions.

Grover, who said the firm will be adding about three more partners to its service, said in Nigeria, the firm has about 100 staffs, with 95 per cent indigenes.

Speaking on skill transfer, he firm aimed to be part of industry association to be able to sell ideas capable of repositioning the sector. He said execution of those strategies for maximum impact, would also include lobbying the government to get somethings done faster for the growth of the industry and the economy as a whole.

To the Chief Operating Officer, iSON Technologies, Rahul Srivastav, said the firm is passionate  about deploying tech services to its customers, stressing that over the years, “we have become the go-to technology provider for different verticals spanning technology, banking, government, healthcare travel and hospitality.

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CPC seeks  sanctions for breaching  DND directive

CPC seeks sanctions for breaching DND directive

Director General, CPC, Dupe Atoki

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has backed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) imposition of punitive fines on Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) that violate the commission’s directive on the Do Not Disturb (DND) service.

The Council’s position, however, is that the enforcement of the DND service should be stepped up by NCC to ensure that the MNOs comply fully with the directive in the interest of consumers.

CPC stated this at fourth quarterly meeting of the Industry Consumer Advisory Forum (ICAF), organised by NCC in Lagos.

The Director-General, CPC, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, represented by Head of the Council in Lagos, Joshua Ngada, said CPC was pleased to learn of the directive of the NCC to telecom operators in Nigeria to introduce the DND code across their networks with effect from June 30th, stressing that the directive required all operators to dedicate a short code for use by subscribers to opt-in or out of the ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ database on their networks.

However, she said months after the said directive was handed down to operators, complaints about promotional and marketing messages from 3rd Party services (Bulk SMS, VAS promos, etc) still persist.

She listed lack of awareness and technical hitches as major challenges affecting the success of the initiative. According to her, there should be more consumer awareness and enforcement on the part of the regulator.

The NCC had said that with effect from July 1, any operator that failed to comply with directive on unsolicited SMS risks a fine of N5 million, with additional N500, 000 per day, for as long as the contravention persists.

In his opening remarks, Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Abdullahi Maikano, said consultations with the industry led to the adoption of the DND initiatives. He disclosed that all network operators have activated a short code, 2442, to enable consumers manage the type of massages coming into their phones.

To the outgoing Chairperson, ICAF, Mrs. Laetitia Akinlami, said the issue of unsolicited commercial messages had plagued the telecommunications consumers for a long time.

“In the past year, it has been on the front burner of ICAF discussions and consequently its recommendations to the commission. We are all seeing the results today, which has considerably reduced the rate of unsolicited commercial messages,” she stated.

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‘Why $287m yearly loss to pirated software is dangerous to economy’

‘Why $287m yearly loss to pirated software is dangerous to economy’

Sage wants W’African countries to collaborate 
The yearly loss of about $247 million to pirated software in Nigeria has been described as a great economic loss to the country.

To stem this tide, Sage has called for collaborative efforts among West African countries.

Sage, a technology leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, wants the region to block every avenue that encourages import of pirated software.

Sage, in a document made available To The Guardian on Monday, said software piracy undermines economic development and also potentially costs companies more in legal penalties and reputational damages than they would need to pay for legally licenced solutions.

According to it, Nigerian Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has been quoted saying that Nigeria loses about $287 million to software piracy each year, and this has to stop.

Regional Director for Sage in West Africa, Magnus Nmonwu, defines software piracy as the unauthorised duplication, distribution or use of business management software.

Nmonwu said Sage has observed that West African business builders are beginning to embrace the benefits of legally licensed business management software and understanding how these solutions power their operations to greater efficiency, noted that in the long run, the rate of software piracy in the region nonetheless remains high by world standards.

He described the menace as an illegal practice that is subject to civil and criminal penalties and it occurs in the following forms, amongst others: End-user copying (When one person buys a legally licensed piece of software and then allows more friends, business colleagues and family to copy the application than he or she has licenses for); Illegal downloading (When someone downloads an illegal copy of the software from the Internet or unapproved sources); Volume software license copying (When businesses underreport the number of computers on which the software is installed so that they can pay for fewer copies than they are actually using); Reseller copying (When resellers pass software onto their clients for free rather than selling a license); Duplicating solution(When resellers purchase a single licence or disc and then deploy it to several customers without giving the customers then necessary license codes).
Counterfeiting: Criminals copy the software and collateral, such as manuals, and sell it as the original product.

According to Nmonwu, software piracy is far from the victimless crime many businesses imagine it to be.  “Piracy robs computer resellers and software vendors of their hard-earned revenues. This, in turn, undermines the ICT industry’s ability to create jobs, invest in product research and development, and pay taxes.

“Local resellers suffer because they don’t get the revenues they need to invest in their businesses. The only party that benefits from software piracy is the criminal profiting off someone else’s work and intellectual property. In some cases, pirates have ties to other organised crime activities, so software piracy can sponsor even worse crimes such as drug and human trafficking.”

What’s more, said Nmonwu, there is a very good chance that the pirated software you buy from an unethical retailer or downloaded via the Internet will contain some spyware or malware. He said these unwanted extras are harmful to computers and open one up to data breaches or data theft.

Another drawback of pirated software, according to him is that users will not have access to the vendor’s technical support or the latest patches and updates, including those that cater for regulatory and legislative changes in in the countries where you operate.

“This will mean that you will not be able to use the full set of functionality in your product or keep it updated with the latest security features and fixes. Using pirated software also denies the product owners access to feedback from end-users, which they use for research and development aimed at making the software better for everyone,” he stated.

Earlier at a forum in Lagos, the Head, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, Ijeoma Abazie, identified the benefits of curbing software piracy to include increased jobs, tax revenues and safety as opposed to the dangers associated with software piracy, which according to her, include funding global terrorism, undermining online stability and security by putting consumers’ data and security at risk.

She said generally, piracy/counterfeiting cuts across various sectors and industries. Its negative impacts affect many industries including entertainment, IP/software, education, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and dairy.

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New data transfer app makes debut

New data transfer app makes debut


An app called Phone Clone that enables the transfer of files from one smartphone device to another, allowing users to move content between phones with the touch of a button, has debuted.

Launched by Huawei, Phone Clone is available to download for all smartphones on google play and App store for free.

The innovative application enables the transfer of files from one smartphone device to another, allowing users to move content between phones with the touch of a button, which makes it user-friendly and convenient for everyone.

The app feature also provides users with a solution to data transfer problems that usually arises when attempting to transfer content to a new device from a different manufacturer and with operating systems. Huawei has taken this in to consideration with the phone clone feature, creating an application that is compatible with both iOS and Android and offers users more comprehensive support.

Cloning, as the name suggests, indicates the seamless, smooth copy or transfer of data. The application allows transfer of data including; contacts, messages or any other personal data; multimedia like photos, music and videos free of cost and without any prior registration requirement. Phone Clone allows transfer of data without using any mobile network or the constant need to re-set the transfer for various file formats.

Prior to the Huawei phone clone when transferring data, an SD card is used to transfer data from the old device to the SD card and then on to the new phone by inserting the SD card. This process was ineffective because content was overlooked on the old device. Bluetooth, which is another often used method employed for the transfer of data, also has limitations in terms of sloe transfer speed in cases where heavy images and videos are being transferred to a new device.

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StarTimes boosts DSO with integrated digital TV

StarTimes boosts DSO with integrated digital TV


As part of activities targeted at preparing Nigeria for the June 2017 Digital Switch Over (DSO), StarTimes Nigeria, a pay-tv and technology firm has unveiled its newest innovation and smart option for Nigerians and the integrated High Definition (HD) digital TV set.

The new television product which comes in three sizes and already available in the market is designed with in-built decoders integrated with the television thereby saving users the stress of buying TV and decoder separately as well as clumsy wiring connections.

The smart product, which comes permanently with over 100 pay TV and free-to-air channels, will grant end users instant access to join the digital TV train as currently being promoted by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The new StarTimes integrated digital TV set comes with upgradeable operating system, full HD LED screen category, 2 HDMI ports, 5MM Bezel, 1920*1080 resolution, 8W*2 digital noise filter system, and 100-240V, 75W Voltage with 12 months’ warranty.

Speaking at the official unveiling ceremony in Lagos, StarTimes Nigeria Chief Operating Officer, Tunde Aina, stated that as a pay TV industry leader StarTimes is committed to new innovations and technologies that can enhance digital TV experience for Nigerians and Africans and rally the people to enjoy maximum dtv entertainment at very affordable rates.

He said, “StarTimes commits itself to providing customers with the most endurable Digital LED TVs and the most splendid viewing experience, integrated with the cutting-edge technologies and exquisite craftsmanship.”

Head of Public Relations, Israel Bolaji said the StarTimes integrated DTV product comes inbuilt with the Combo Decoder which allows viewers to enjoy both digital terrestrial (DTT) and digital satellite (DTH) digital television on it.

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SPONSORED: Benefits of CCTV surveillance technology in schools

SPONSORED: Benefits of CCTV surveillance technology in schools

With surveillance cameras positioned in the exteriors and interiors all around the school will help to avert damage to school property. (image: Pexels.com)

Surveillance cameras have altered the meaning of security monitoring as well as law enforcement measures. The occurrence of theft and threats from wrongdoers and dodgy elements has made it vital to install CCTV security cameras in schools. It helps to reduce the vulnerability experienced by young students and teens.

Running a school defines huge responsibility especially if the school is large anything can go wrong. Surveillance technology like Hikvision CCTV Dubai system has made this task easier for a lot of school around Dubai. The schools become a more secure place.

Benefits of surveillance technology in schools

Deters crime and alleviate the break-ins
Having a CCTV positioned in plain sight decreases criminal activity around that area. A criminal does not desire to be seen on video committing a crime, so they avoid breaking in such properties. Moreover, when school students are aware of being watched they display their best behavior.

Prevent vandalism
Damages to school property are a kind of vandalism experienced often. With surveillance cameras positioned in the exteriors and interiors all around the school will help to avert this sabotage. In case, such event occurs there will be recorded evidence, which helps to take proper action.

Prevent unauthorized intruders
Schools are easy targets for people with crooked aim. They find students as easy victims to the target. No one desires such people to enter the school premises undetected. Appropriate surveillance equipment allows preventing dishonest impostors.

Watch the parking lot
You can monitor the schools parking lot and protect staff’s vehicles. Sometimes an incident happens with a car getting bumped into, in the parking lot and it is difficult to identify the responsible person. Proper security recording allows knowing what happened exactly and whose fault it was.

Watch the off limit areas & remote entrances or exits
It is crucial to each entry & exit points for comprehensive security. Having CCTV equipped with motion detection technology allows alerting you about movement in that remote area. The security cameras can be linked with your mobile, laptop, or desktop. Any authorized staff can be given access on their Smartphone because in emergency, everyone is aware of the activities going on.

Keep an eye on busy corridors
Things tend to occur in crowded areas because more people are around. Such incidents are often minor but in case of major incidents like bullying you have necessary information.

Keep tabs on bathroom entrance
In school bathrooms, many undesirable incidents occur. You cannot position a CCTV camera in bathrooms but monitoring students as they leave or enter is fine. It helps to deter such incidents and even if it occurs, you can check the footage to know precisely who was there.

Discourage sex offenders
Sex offenders cannot reside within a school’s 1,000 feet according to law. A highly visible CCTV security camera around the premises discourages the presence of such immoral people.

Prevents bullying
Bullying is part of school life but with visible surveillance cameras, the opportunities of bullying on the school grounds increases. Thus a safe environment gets created for students to get education.

Help in emergency evacuation
Security system has an alert feature that shows the trouble spot, which needs emergency evacuation. You can easily deter the students out from safe exits.


Student monitoring
Some students come late constantly or violate school rules often. Keeping track of that particular students habit helps to approach this issue on-time.

Staff monitoring
Staff monitoring allows you to know which staff you can rely on to perform more and who only do their job. Thus you can select the right staff for a vital school activity. Security cameras also make teachers conscious about their essential hard work being observed.

Peace of mind
Parents are concerned about general safety of their kids in school due to increase in violent events. With proper surveillance camera guardians and parents attain peace of mind.

Thus, you can see how home and office CCTV security system will be advantageous to schools too. If your school has not considered CCTV security system then this is the time to install one because it can increase enrollment.

Staff Writer

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SPONSORED: How to safeguard your home

SPONSORED: How to safeguard your home

Home security CCTV camera serves outdoor as well as the indoor security of the house.

Protection of oneself, family members and home is on the priority list of every person. With the increasing crime rate, more people have become very careful and alert about making best security arrangements for their house and valuables. Due to an increase in crime, home security systems such as video cameras and video recorders are now within reach of a common man. This has resulted in enhanced safety and threat proof home in a quite easy and affordable way.

What is a Home security CCTV camera?
CCTV camera is solid state electronic equipment that is connected to a recorder located at a centralized location. This is the reason it is referred to as a closed-circuit device that, broadcasts to a specific place and not to anyone in that range.

This camera includes different electronic components such as a lens, digital signal processor, and sensor. A lot of residential complexes in Dubai are installed with home security video surveillance systems. CCTV Dubai helps in giving you a clear view of the inside as well as the outside of the home.
You can get access to the footage at any point in time. With just a simple connection, you can easily integrate these security systems to your computer or television and can monitor that place conveniently.

Prevents crime from your house:
Home security CCTV camera serves outdoor as well as the indoor security of the house. An outdoor CCTV security camera is proved to be very beneficial in deterring burglars. Execution of any mischievous plan is not easy at places where these security systems are installed.

Just by looking at a camera, the criminals will get an indication of being caught. This will help in changing their mind about stealing or rubbering etc. Installation of Samsung CCTV camera saves your entire family members from all types of dangers due to theft, robbery, etc.

Important evidence in identification of the thief
The footage one obtains from the home security CCTV camera serves as a valid and the most effective proof that aids police in reaching to the thief at the earliest. This is the reason why thieves and people with bad intention are very much scared of these security devices.

The CCTV footage provides all the necessary information to the police that would help them in the conviction of the thief and retrieve any goods that have been stolen by him/them. CCTV cameras are indeed the best way to deter crime or locate it in the fastest way.
Watching the activities of your babysitter.

Many of us have maids, babysitters, caregiver or cleaning person at home. These are the people, who come to our house on a regular basis and know many things about our home and family members. It is not advisable to completely rely on any of these persons.
For most of the people, it is not possible to watch their work as they are not present at home during that time. CCTV footage provides you a way to watch and monitor their activities and ensure that everything is being done in the right way.

Saves money on home insurance
Several home insurance companies offer home insurance at lower premiums for that house that are protected by home security systems. These systems give an assurance to insurance companies that their house has proper security measures that protect it from theft, vandalism, fire, etc.

From securing people, to building trust, to enhancing productivity, to ensure peace of mind, home security CCTV systems are becoming an indispensable need today.

Staff Writer

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