Neotel launches broadband data card

first_imgFavourable speeds The NeoGo data card operates on CDMA Rev-A technology, with download speeds up to 3.1 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1.8 Mbps, which Neotel says compares favourably with the HSDPA connections offered by the country’s cellular networks. A South African study published in late 2007 by technology research firm World Wide Worx found that there was a steady move away from WiFi spots towards more affordable 3G or data card technologies, at least among corporate workers. “The data card offers consumers a simple and hassle-free method of connecting to e-mail and the internet,” Neotel’s Mukul Sharma said in a statement this week. NeoGo has two purchase options, the first of which allows consumers to purchase the data card over a 24-month period with a monthly service fee of R299. The second option allows consumers to purchase the data card upfront for R1 499, with a monthly service fee of R239. South Africa’s second landline operator, Neotel, has launched NeoGo, a data card that provides wireless broadband connectivity for consumers looking for a mobile solution. 29 July 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “The NeoGo data card, with its large data bundle at a competitive price, is just what the consumer needs, and we don’t hide our out of bundle rate which, at eight cents per megabyte, redefines market pricing for data cards,” Sharma said. Data card usage “It is compatible with multiple operating systems such as Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Mac, and the attractive price range gives it an edge over existing data cards available in the market.” Both purchase options include 1.5-gigabytes of in-bundle data, a NeoMail Basic account, SMS capability and high-speed data. The study found that the proportion of South African corporations whose staff used data cards rose from 58% in 2006 to 82% in 2007. In contrast, the proportion that facilitate WiFi access by their staff fell from 74% to 66%.last_img read more

World’s Largest Rooftop Greenhouse Takes Shape in Chicago

first_imgDirt-free agricultureIn Chicago, the greens will be grown in a hydroponic system that requires no soil. Irrigation, heating and cooling, and other variables will be controlled by computers, Business Insider reports. Method says that farming practices used by Gotham require only 5% of the land and 10% of the water as conventional farming while eliminating fertilizer runoff.Even without soil, the greenhouse is so heavy that Method had to re-engineer the factory roof for greater strength, but the garden will insulate the factory and keep heating and cooling costs down.Method said that its new factory is the industry’s first LEED-platinum-certified facility. In addition to the 230-foot-fall wind turbine, which will supply an estimated 30% of the energy needed to run the plant, the factory is equipped with three 1,225-square-foot solar arrays that track the sun during the day. Each of them has a capacity of about 46 kW.The building houses the company’s manufacturing and bottling operations and is a distribution center for both Method and its partner Ecover. The company says that putting all operations in a single building reduces the company’s carbon footprint, and its location in the Midwest helps it distribute products across North American efficiently.Other features at the new factory include skylights for natural lighting, a solar hot water system, and delivery trucks that run on fuel with a minimum 20% biodiesel content, according to Method. Method’s new soap factory on the south side of Chicago has a wind turbine, photovoltaic panels, and a rooftop greenhouse bigger than an average city block. Business Insider reports that the $30 million plant which opened in April will be able to produce as much as a million pounds of edible greens a year. The pesticide-free kale, arugula, bok choy, and butterhead lettuce will go to restaurants, stores and farmers’ markets in the area.At 75,000 square feet, the garden is bigger than both an NFL football field and an average-sized city block in many parts of the U.S. When fully planted, it will be the largest rooftop greenhouse in the world.The greenhouse is the work of a New York City-based company called Gotham Greens, which operates commercial-scale greenhouses in urban areas all over the country.last_img read more

JD(U) leader found dead in police station

first_imgA local leader of the ruling JD(U) in Bihar was found dead in the toilet inside a police station, hours after being picked up for interrogation, evoking violent protests from residents of his village in Nalanda district. Three policemen were arrested in connection with the Dalit politician’s death, a communication from the district administration said on Friday. Ganesh Ravidas (45) was found hanging from the ceiling of the toilet at Nagarnausa police station in Nalanda district on late Thursday night, official sources said. Ravidas, who was the block president of the party’s Mahadalit cell, was picked up for interrogation in connection with the kidnapping of a girl wherein he was not named an accused, the sources said.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health,Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 am -7.30 pmlast_img read more