Nige­ri­ans de­velop Sim­less op­er­a­tor, dig­i­tal walk­ing stick

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - COMMUNICAT­IONS - Bankole Orija

RE­SEARCHERS at the Fed­eral Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy [FUT] in Minna, Niger state have de­vel­oped pro­to­types of Sim­less mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tor and mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions-en­able walk­ing stick, thanks to grant by the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC).

The two in­no­va­tions demon­strated at the NCC head­quar­ters in Abuja, are ex­pected to solve prob­lem of drop calls associated with bad qual­ity net­work among the tele­com op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies in the coun­try, and could re­duce do­mes­tic ac­ci­dents among the aged peo­ple who of­ten live alone, ac­cord­ing to the re­searchers.

Prof. Abio­dun Musa Abinu, lead re­searcher, said the Sim­less data and voice con­nec­tion over mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tor-en­abled SIM card will en­able Nige­ri­ans to have just one SIM card that can au­tomati- cally have ac­cess to all the tele­com op­er­a­tors’ net­works.

‘’We are talk­ing about you hav­ing one SIM card for all net­works or hav­ing one mo­bile phone with one SIM card for all net­works we are talk­ing about ap­ply­ing this thing to all avail­able net­work.

‘’We are talk­ing about dis­rupt­ing the eco-sys­tem in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion in­dus­try in the sense that with just one SIM card you can ac­cess the avail­able net­work with­out port­ing or buy­ing mul­ti­ple SIMS’’, Prof Abinu who is a mecha­tron­ics en­gi­neer said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the walk­ing stick is about hav­ing a walk­ing stick that has any­thing you can imag­ine – your mo­bile phone is em­bed­ded in it, ob­sta­cle avoid­ance and then it has means of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your health­care givers. He said, ‘’Peo­ple carry a lot of phones or SIMS as a re­sult of qual­ity of ser­vice and you are not cer­tain of the net­work strength of an area.

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