Saturday, 6 August 2016

Why ask your neighbors when you have it in your own fridge?

Maintaining a healthy relationship with neighbors is always agreeable, especially when it comes to sharing most of a country’s border with a nation whom we can only consider as a “well-wisher” ally.
Certain debates are expected when such statements are boldly made as the whole idea of being a supportive ally seems a bit cliche to many. Without wasting time on such debates it is much more important for us to find out and realize how we are reacting to the issue wholly. For instance if we consider the present scenario of our ICT sector, we are losing a lot to our neighbors willingly, in this case not only to our first neighbor but also to other distant neighbors including the one who are giving us after sales support from a distant island, whereas we are growing and gradually being capable to compete in international market and which is undoubtedly happening due to the aggressive approach to flourish this potential sector by our responsible authorities.
Regardless of our mindset towards purchasing foreign software and seeking reliability in other’s solution and services Bangladesh is on the verge of taking a strong stand globally in terms of growth in ICT industry. This growth can be escalated in a much further scale only if we realize the fact that we ourselves are efficient enough to feed our ICT need. We don’t need to make long distance call to an unknown ICT based solution provider from the other part of the world for the simple solution (e.g. ERP solution and Team Tracking Software) for our businesses and organizations anymore. Why this practice of seeking assistance from others when the solution is already there in your home? 


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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Streetwise Foundation Follow Up Visit


Yesterday we conducted a four-month follow up visit with the staff and children of the Streetwise Foundation project. The purpose of the visit was to conduct a survey of their progress (in relation to tablet usage), have a question and answer feedback session and give an introductory talk on what programmers do & programming as an occupation.



Saturday, 31 August 2013

ACL Partners with University of Virginia Research Team


In May of this year Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. (ACL) was approached by a research team from the University of Virginia (UofV) for the purpose of testing the Amadeyr Tablets at BRAC’s Gonokendros (community libraries). The intention was to test “the potential integration of tablets into this system”.  ACL supplied the team with five tablets fully loaded with the Digits to All projects' content using the ADS to deliver information, monitor and measure usage.
The team found that regardless of age, the Gonokendro users were highly interested in the tablets, had no difficulty accessing the information on the tablets which could be easily integrated into the library system.


All photos By: Paige McDermott
A big thank you to University of Virginia Research Team members: Paige McDermott, Daniel Ng, Jack Sullivan, and Sarah Turkaly
 for including us in their "needs and capabilities assessment" of the BRAC Gonokendros!  The university team members were recipients of the Jefferson Public Citizens Award: http://www.virginia.edu/jpc/projects.html


Special thanks to Paige McDermott for all the photos contained in this blog! 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

ACL Partners with StreetWise Education Foundation


On May 30, 2013 Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. loaned 21 Android seven-inch tablets to the beautiful students of the StreetWise Education Foundation.  The six-month project’s aim is to provide public information to the children through a focused delivery system. On the tablet there are informational videos on health, education, agriculture and government. In addition there are interactive applications such as ACL's Okkhar, Alif, and English Alphabets. 
For more information on the StreetWise Education Foundation, please visit their Face book page:https://www.facebook.com/streetwise.bangladesh     



Monday, 22 April 2013

BBS Consumer Price Index (CPI) Tablet Training Complete!

April 13th 2013 marked the last day of training on the Consumer Price Index!  Four batches  of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics CPI collectors and supervisors received training on the digitized CPI system. 

Photo of final batch of CPI trainees on April 13th, 2013

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

ACL Intern Selected as a Session Chair for ICCSPA'13 in UAE


Ms. Sabah Shamsy, an intern with Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. was selected as a session chair for the First International Conference on Communications, Signal Processing and their Applications (ICCSPA'13) in Sharjah, UAE (February 12 – 14, 2013).  During the event she presented her paper on “EXIT Chart Analysis of Repeat Accumulate Codes for Log-BCJR Algorithm in Iterative Decoding” which will be published in IEEE Xplore next month.  Her presentation outlined a simplified version of the complex BCJR algorithm (used in wireless communications) that she developed by using a trellis diagram and then preformed the algorithm in a turbo-like code to analyze the performance.  Ms. Shamsy did her MSc in Wireless Communications from University of Southampton, UK, and is currently focusing on Network Latency and Alternative Energy.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Creating Greater Transparency Through Digitization


BBS Consumer Price Index (CPI) Digitization

On the last day of August 2012, Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. (ACL) signed a contract with the Bangladesh Bureau Of Statics (BBS) to digitize the collection process of consumer prices for four index baskets.  This job entailed creating a system where BBS field employees (rural and urban) using a seven-inch tablet could seamlessly collect the required index information and directly send the prices to BBS headquarters. Along with the collected price, the BBS will be receiving GPS coordinates for each collected itemed along with a time/date stamp.  Reports as per the BBS requirement, will also be automatically generated and stored using a SaaS program developed by and hosted on a cloud server maintained by ACL. 

On November 11, ACL successfully demonstrated the completed digitized CPI process and is prepared to begin training 185 BBS employees nominated for training.  

Digitization of the CPI will not only reduce paperwork but it will also increase efficiency, accountability and transparency.  
This picture shows two CPI collectors, one using the traditional paper method (left)  and other using the tablet (right)  at a local market in Kurigram.  Whereas the paper method will take several days to be couriered to the main office where it will be manually entered into the system, the tablet information is sent directly, is automatically registered  and can be view immediately.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Digits to All Project Cited in World Bank IC4D 2012 Report


We are proud to announce that our “Digits to All” project has been featured in the World Bank 2012 Information and Communications for Development (IC4D 2012) Report entitled Maximizing Mobile (see page 24).   To view this report, please see the World Bank link below:

Thursday, 30 August 2012

DTA II Closeout Report


In reaching towards Bangladesh’s Millennium Development Goals alternative methods need to be utilized in order to achieve the desired targets. Technology fashioned in a usable form can provide the “tool” for development to the masses that currently only an intimate group has access to, this tool being information.
Below is a copy of our DTA II project closeout report. The report discusses in general the findings of the project. The results of this project demonstrates that technology can be used to deliver information to literate, semi literate, and illiterate users alike.  The tablets used in the project are by no means intended to replace facilities, rather to provide immediate information in the interim.  
This report is the sole property of Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. and may not be reproduced in part or in whole with out our written permission.  
 Click on the link below to download the report. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Digits To All (DTA) II project closeout



On July 9th, 2012 the ACL staff along with two Board Members traveled to the site for the purpose of handing out Certificates of appreciation and to personally thank the Moishal and Amarachala villagers for participating in the DTA II project.  Above are a few photos from the certificate handout.  Although many participants were sad that the project was completed they all said they appreciated the opportunity to learn from the tablet.  
Of the 138 contents on the tablet here is a list of the top 10 most viewed:

   Most Viewed Contents

  Complimentary Feeding - Meena Cartoon   
  
How to File a General Diary  
  
Action Taken After Acid Attack  
  
Bengali alphabets (Okkhor) - application 
  
Bead-urea Related Folk Song  
  
Empowerment of Women  
  
Women’s role in Agriculture  
  
Improving Cultivation of Herbs and Fruits  
  
Animals - interactive application  
  
Rats Infestation