DEVELOPMENT: South African Pioneers Blaze 2010 Utility Torch
Recent Western Cape Business News
With an estimated 500 000 soccer visitors arriving in South Africa next year, do we have enough infrastructure and electricity capacity to deliver against this requirement? Delivery from utility companies will secure our legacy of producing the world’s finest soccer event in South Africa.
A local company, Metacom is making vast contributions in securing the required technology, infrastructure and capacity to enable streamlined accessibility and efficiency of most services underpinning this event.
Tourists will fly in for the World Cup, disembark and enter the airports well-lit luggage hall to collect their bags. A swipe of their card secures a coffee which they enjoy as they step into a taxi that drops them safely at their hotel. Tourists expect these fundamental services to be working seamlessly.
With run-up events, workshops, FIFA offices, opening & closing ceremony and International Broadcast Centres, not to mention the stadiums themselves, sufficient capacity and distribution of electricity is critical. Combining forces with Eskom, Metacom are able to monitor power distribution more closely, down to mini- substations and local kiosk levels. Faulty power lines can now be easily identified and isolated, with the rest of the line being recovered within 90 seconds.
“This seamless power supply is integral for payment processing, says Jako Winter of Metacom. “Metacom are the developers of CellPAD, a point-of-sale transaction device, which is distributed by Datalinx Technologies and is being used countrywide”. Winter adds, “A dual sim card further ensures reliability of the network.” ATMs across the country are using CellPAD.
The Department of Energy has announced that credit and debit cards are to be accepted for fuel payments at petrol stations. Again, CellPAD product and network infrastructure ensures transaction processing.
Drivers are supported by intelligent transport systems as travel congestion peaks.
Metacom’s real-time intelligent traffic signage systems in Johannesburg and Cape Town ensure traffic flow is efficient and well planned.
We have one chance to make this event a historic one – for all the right reasons. Getting this right will mean sufficient provisioning of electricity and infrastructure so that normal businesses won’t suffer the impact on business as usual during the events.
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