A telecommunications lecturer at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, has taken a giant step with his innovations, showcasing them at this year’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecoms World event in Busan, South Korea.
ITU Telecoms World is a global platform for high-level debate, networking, innovation-showcasing and knowledge sharing across the information and communications technology (ICT) community.
Mayamiko Nkoloma, who is also proprietor of iMosyS start-up company, is exhibiting four innovations which, basically, are offering ICT solutions in areas of health, farming, water and production industry.
Among his inventions is a water management system which is assisting Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) team to know the real-time trends of remote water infrastructure right in front of their work stations or mobile phones.
The innovation, he said, monitors water tank levels in 22 storage tanks across Lilongwe City and other zones under the board’s control.
“It also monitors water flow rates in distribution pipe network and this aspect assists in quantifying production volumes and provides critical indication of leakage levels during periods when legitimate consumption is at its lowest,” said Nkoloma, who is also behind the e-health system for tuberculosis (TB) community intervention.
“We are present in 12 health facilities across the country with the aim of improving health care delivery and decision-making which further facilitates coordination and care of TB patients,” he said.
Nkoloma has a masters in wireless communication from University of Sheffield in UK and also holds a masters of technology in advanced information technology from International Institute of Information and Technology (I²IT) in Pune, India.
ITU Telecoms World offers a platform for small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs to connect with policy makers as well as industry experts to explore investment opportunities.
Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) funded Nkoloma’s participation at the conference as one way of encouraging innovation and promoting ICTs in Malawi. n