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* Luanda — A project of Bank High Security System was presented, in Luanda, by Angolan students of the Telecommunication Institute (ITEL), during the first edition of the "EducaAngola" fair, being held until Sunday, November 07.Speaking to ANGOP, the students' spokesperson, Pedro Mampwya, said that through this system it is possible to automatically call the attention of the bank manager and police by using a phone, whenever some one strange enters the bank and restrain him inside the facility until the manager arrives.The project is the topic of the end of year telecommunication electronics course, to be defended next November 29 in the aforesaid institute.It was created by the students Armando Manuel, Jivala Issac and Wedem Hebo.Another project, created by the student Daniel Santiago, is an automated dust bin for office, which activated by any sound, such as a hug or clapping of hands.The device moves automatically to the employee who wishes to throw away the rubbish, without disturbing anything or anyone in the office.

* which is the first of its kind was meant to bring stakeholders together to discuss issues of Internet Governance.In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure Jamal Miknas said in their quest to address the perennial issue of the international bandwidth, his Ministry with Gamtel have signed the construction and maintenance agreement of the Africa Coast to Europe(ACE) submarine cable project. The project according to the PS is geared towards addressing the issue of International bandwidth and accessibility in The Gambia by providing direct access to submarine cables through landing stations in The Gambia and other participating countries. At the local level, he said GAMTEL is embarking on implementing the Next Generation Network Project (NGN) to replace and update the existing defunct transmission network. He said an area that needs intervention from ITAG and the Internet Service Providers Association of the Gambia (ISPAG), his Ministry and other stakeholders is the implementation of Internet Exchange Points such as IXPs. He explained that IXPs are integral for the development of Internet as it localizes traffic thereby reducing cost and pressure on International internet bandwidth.

*In Rwanda, the cost of accessing the Internet continues to fall and as a result, connection speed has improved as reliance on the Internet within the East African region grows.The focus is on on addressing both policy and technical elements affecting the situation of eHealthcare in Rwanda.According to a 2008 e-health study on Rwanda by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Health Information Technology in Rwanda is a quickly growing industry particularly in the areas of electronic health records and the national reporting system.In Rwanda, some of the existing e-Health initiatives include; the OpenMRS - an Open-source Medical Records System that tracks patient-level data; TracPlus and TRACnet - monthly monitoring of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria and Telemedicine - used to deliver health and healthcare services, information and education to geographically remote areas.

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