Computer News - In Brief

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- South Africa’s IT firm, Internet Solutions (IS) has announced that the upgrade and expansion of their Bryanston data center has been completed, with Parklands due to be complete in mid October. The updated data center in Bryanston went live in September, with an additional 700 m² added to the facility's existing 2000 m² capacity. The upgraded IS Parklands data center goes live on 15th October, with 400 m² added to the existing 1000 m² capacity.

- The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has commissioned its Integrated Learning Management System (ILMS) programme in Lagos. The ILMS is a software designed for the National Open University by TTC Technologies, a high tech solution development firm. The software is meant to handle the e-learning needs of the University's students while the School Management System (SMS) is to handle the administrative needs of the university.

- The Zimbabwe Farmers Union is in the process of establishing information centres in different farming provinces to ensure farmers get vital information on production. The project will also introduce electronic media facilities so that farmers can access information.

- The University of Ado Ekiti (UNAD), Ekiti State, has become the newest beneficiary of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre built by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) as part of its intervention in the education sector.

- A new teaching software known as smart board has been launched for easy learning among students. The software was launched at Bishop Cipriano Kihangire Senior Secondary School Binna in Luzira in Uganda. The smart board is operated using a computer which is fed with data that is displayed on a smart board using a touch screen. Fr. John Scalabrini, the school's director, said the software keeps records of previous lessons and helps keep track of pupil and teacher attendance.

- ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and Mr Paolo Campos, Vice-Minister for Public Works, Transport and Communications of Portugal, signed an agreement that Portugal, through its eSchool International programme, will provide comprehensive technological solutions for schools in a number of interested countries as part of ITU's Connect a School, Connect a Community initiative.