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  

Monday, 2 July 2012

Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. partners with Eucalyptus System Inc.


We are proud to announce that we have  signed a partnership contract with Eucalyptus Systems, creators of the most widely deployed open source on-premise infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud platform. For more than 2 years Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. has been building its own infrastructure on open source technologies. 
About Eucalyptus Systems
Eucalyptus Systems provides IT organizations in enterprises, government agencies and Web and mobile businesses with the most widely deployed cloud software  platform for on-premise Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). To date, over 25,000 Eucalyptus clouds have been started all over the world, including more than 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies. Eucalyptus is specifically designed for enterprise cloud use, and the software platform is uniquely suited for private cloud or hybrid cloud computing. Built as an open source cloud  product, Eucalyptus supports the industry-standard Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud APIs, as well as all major virtualization platforms including Xen, KVM and VMware vSphere, ESX and ESXi. The company has an active and growing ecosystem of customers, partners, developers and researchers that benefit from Eucalyptus’ open, fast and standards-compliant path to cloud computing. For more information about Eucalyptus, please visitwww.eucalyptus.com.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

DTA II - End Line Survey Begins

On Sunday, June 24, 2012, the ACL met at site with the local site staff to begin the closeout process for the DTA II project.  Members of household who participated in a baseline survey will be given an end line survey this week.  The purpose of the surveys is to compare what users know before the tablet intervention, and after.  All of the information that they will be tested on is in the tablet and the questions in both surveys are the same except for a few additional questions on their experience with the tablet in the end line. 



Sunday, 3 June 2012

Channel I Site Visit


On May 18th, Channel I visited the Digits to All II project site in Nizmawna. During the visit Channel I reporter Rezvi Newaz interviewed several of the household participants along with the Founder and Managing Director Imran Ali. The interview aired on Bangladeshi TV on May 26, 2012.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Channel I Airs May 18th Site Visit

On May 26th, Channel I aired their May 18th visit to our project site in Nizmawna. Several tablet users were interviewed along with the founder and Managing Director Mr. Imran Ali. 

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Channel I Site Visit - May 18, 2012

On May 18, Channel I visited the DTA II project site.  This gave the project participants the opportunity talk about their experience in using the tablet. 


The interview will be aired later this week on Channel I (we will give an update when the time is known). 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Tablet Updates

Here are a few pictures from our visit to the project site  on March 16, 12 to monitor the tablet update process:

Saturday, 10 March 2012

DTA II Project Launch - Pictures from Moishal and Amrachala Paras

Early on Friday morning the ACL staff along with 1° Initiative   traveled to Moishal and Amrachala paras to launch the Digits to All II Project.  Here are a few pictures from the setup and training sessions.

Moishal Para


Amrachala Para

Here are a few photos from Amrachala para:


Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Digits to All Project II

On March 9th Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. will be traveling once again to Nizmawna village to launch our "Digits to All Project II"!  This time we will be working with 100 households within the Moishal, and Amrachala para areas.  In this endeavor, the following organizations have provided assistance in kind, content for the tablets, and financial support!

Partnering Organizations
1° Initiative - 10 +/- volunteers for the training of the households at site on the use and care of the tablets (March 9th)
JICA - Content for the tablets on " Solid Waste Management" and the "Polo Vaccination" 
G&R/Maya - Content for the tablets on "Birth to 5 Years"
Khan Academy - for letting us use their instructional videos (translated into Bengali) on our tablets 
Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) - Assistance in creating content for the tablet on "The Right to Information Act"
Bangladesh Foundation - for cordially agreeing to help in funding the Digits to All Project II! 

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sent us their goods wishes and have offered to help us move forward! THANK YOU!!!!!!


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. YouTube Channel

To view interviews of our Digits to All pilot project participants on our YouTube Channel, please go to the following link:

Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. YouTube Channel

JICA Mission Visit to DTA pilot site

A high powered 18 member delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) came to visit our Digits to All (DTA I) pilot site on Wednesday (February 15, 2012)! The team was given a live demonstration of the Amadeyr Delivery System including the Okkhor application. Villagers that participated in the DTA I were also present and gave the ACL team members updates on initiatives that they started using the information they gained from the tablet.


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

ACL Named As BRAC Innovation Competition Finalist!

Last week Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. entered the BRAC Innovation Competition and with your help became a finalist!  ACL is one of ten entries that have been selected to participate in a second round of competition.  

Thank you once again for your support! We will keep you posted on the next phase. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

BRAC Innovation Competition (Facebook)

Please visit the following link https://www.facebook.com/BRACWorld/posts/331433916887815 and "like" our and other posts that highlight innovative ideas/programs.  The competition closes at the end of the day of January 22, 2011.  The post is pasted below.

1. DIGITS TO ALL AND BRIDGING THE ILLITERACY WALL. Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. (“ACL”) is a private organization that utilizes technology to provide access to information to semi literate and illiterate persons so that they are empowered to use the information to enhance their ability to compete for goods and service that are rightfully theirs; effectively “Technology for Development”.
ACL’s ultimate goal is to bridge the Illiteracy Wall that deprives people who are unable to read to access information directly, and to procure and deliver an Amadeyr Tablet (see description of the Amadeyr Tablet on attached Exhibit A) for each household. The ACL “Digits to All” (“DTA”) project initiates an information loop delivery system starting with illiteracy proof content uploaded to the “Amadeyr Cloud”, which content is then accessed and comprehended by the user group through the “Amadeyr Tablets”. The Amadeyr Tablets will be given free of charge (for usage) to the user groups, and their usage of the tablets (and the fees generated from advertising and data mining) is expected to finance the purchase of the tablets. The loop terminates with the usage data being immediately relayed to the “Amadeyr Cloud”, completing an information delivery system analogous to Registered mail. This loop provides instant usage behavioral data of the users, which data in turn would contribute to the continuous customization of the content uploaded into the Amadeyr Cloud. The DTA model is ideal in optimizing poverty and illiteracy alleviation programs.
Further information on ACL and its projects may be found at http://www.amadeyr.org/,http://amadeyr.blogspot.com/ (blog), and our YouTube Channelhttp://www.youtube.com/AmadeyrCloud.

2. PROJECT BACKGROUND. With the assistance of Government of Bangladesh and A2I, ACL has sourced, programmed and loaded the tablets with over 25 hours of audio/visual illiterate proof content in the areas of (by not exclusive to) education, health, agriculture and general public services. In addition, ACL has developed and copyrighted various Android based software such as the “Okkhor “ application which teaches the user the Bangla alphabet by having them pass their finger over the letter which turns green when done correctly and gives an audio cue. Also notably, it has developed its own cloud which the first in country! ACL has a full time staff of software developers and maintains a strong technology transfer relationship with BRAC University.
Finally, of the 200 tablets that ACL had previously sourced and modified, around 140 were lent to households in a village in Gazipur, Bangladesh. These households participated in a four-month pilot project sponsored by ACL namely “Digits to All”. The pilot demonstrated the effectiveness of the Amadeyr Delivery System (ADS). Prior to the pilot, an independent survey company was hired to conduct a base-line and an end-line survey. The results of those surveys coupled with the “user usage” which was monitored at the server level (in terms of clicks) overwhelmingly confirmed the effectiveness of the ADS.
ACL is self-funded.

3. PROPOSED SECOND DEPLOYMENT. ACL is in the process of starting its second deployment which will include 100 households (average 5 persons per household) in Nizmawna village, Gazipur, Bangladesh. The second deployment will introduce further innovative usage of the ADS; Amadeyr Slate (a unique communication/instruction / pedagogical tool), Amadeyr Market – to enable direct sales of local produce to urban households, Amadeyr Apps Market – contents selection and updating, etc.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Okkhor Application on the Android Market (free version)

Here is a link to a lite version of the Okkhor Application which is free!

You will need to do the following:

  1. Using your Android device, go to the link below
  2. You will have to login to your Android Market account (or sign up)
  3. Then click install
  4. Enjoy!

 Okkhor Android Application (free)

Or you can scan the QR  picture below with your device to go directly to the applicaiton:



Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Okkhor Application on the Android Market

You may have seen on our YouTube videos a demonstration of our Okkhor application or Assia Khatoon using it. The Okkhor application was designed to help the illiterate participants and small children in our pilot project (Digits to All), learn how to write the Bengali Alphabet.  

If you have a Android device and would like to learn how to write in Bengali please see the following link: