BWIRED soft launch a success
Ericsson and BWired were asked by the City of Johannesburg to update them on the progress of the Johannesburg Broadband Network Project. Westbury Seconday School in Martindale, Jabulani Civic in Soweto, and St. Stithians College in Sandton were chosen do demonstrate from, with Westbury Secondary School being the main demo site. These sites were chosen as they were connected by the JBN fibre and were fitting for the kind of demonstration Ericsson and BWired wished to present.
The demonstrations consisted of e-Health, e-Learning, distance learning, SWOT (Social Web of Things), Immersive Visual Applications, Mobile Survey Tool, PC as a Service (housed in London), and Community Power. The e-Learning and Distance Learning were of particular interest as all guests witnessed an actual maths lesson being broadcast from St. Stithians College using video, voice and data flawlessly. The 2 classrooms could see each other and communicate clearly, interact with each other via a Smartboard and do their exercises via a MobiPad wireless device.
The day was attended by Counsellor Amos Masondo, various Ministers and City of Johannesburg Delegates, Media, Ericsson and Bwired Delegates and guests. On the whole, the day was a great success and everybody was thoroughly impressed with the project to date, and its vision for the future of the City of Johannesburg.