My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: April 2013

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Analyst IDC States First Quarter of 2013 Smartphones Shipments finally overtake Feature Phones - Sub-US$200 Iron Man 3 Smartphones for Developed World Markets



“Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away”

IDC analyst Kevin Restivo as on the statistics published that indicate smartphone shipments for the first time had outpaced Feature phones

Despite the fact that the majority of the US and Developed World market is in love with smartphones as noted in the Nielsen Stats in the article Feature phones are tops in countries where the smartphone networks still need time to expand”, says Nielsen, published February 25, 2013 9:46 AM PST by Lance Whitney, CNET News, the rest of the world is yet to truly fall in love with smartphones, at least not yet.

The numbers posited by analyst IDC tell a rather compelling story that is about to happen in the Second Quarter of 2013 as stated in the article “Smartphones to outsell Feature phones in 2013 for first time”, published March 4, 2013 7:44 AM PST by Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.

They indicate the inevitable has happened: Smartphones have finally overtaken Feature phones globally in terms of units shipped as noted in the article “Smartphones outpace Feature phones for first time ever”, published, April 26, 2013 5:29 AM PDT by Jonathan Skillings, CNET News.
The reason? Cheaper Smartphones, mostly Google Android smartphones and more Developing World Countries planning to or actively deploying 4G Networks.

The Stats tell a better Tale:

1.      418.6 million mobile phones, inclusive of both smartphones and Feature phones were shipped worldwide
2.      216.2 million smartphones were shipped worldwide
3.      202.4 million Feature phones were shipped worldwide

In terms of percentage, the Shipments for the First Quarter of 2013 shell down as thus:

1.      51.6% of the Global mobile phones shipments was smartphones
2.      48.4% of the Global mobile phones shipments was Feature phones

Here are the IDC Stats in pictorial form:

Suddenly my Nokia flashlight phone seems really, really old.

This desire to break into the Developing World Markets that are still dominated by Feature phones is main reason why so many smartphone makers are going Open Source as noted in my blog article entitled “MWC 2013 reveals Firefox OS & Tizen OS launching Second & Third Quarter 2013 respectively - Samsung's Despicable Me 2 & Mozilla practices The ABC's of Death”.

Samsung’s Tizen OS, Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox OS and Canonical’s Ubuntu OS are now on the Radar as we’re now coming up to the end of April, the start of the Second Quarter of 2013. A move up from earlier Fourth Quarter of 2013 Launch projections as noted in my blog article entitled “Samsung's Tizen OS, Mozilla Foundation's Firefox OS and Canonical's Ubuntu OS to launch by Fourth Quarter of 2013 - David Guetta's Titanium Pacific RIM Robots to Battle Google Android”.

So too may be Apple, which at this point no longer has a choice but to actually make a cheaper version of their Apple iPhone to go after the untapped Developing World Markets as prognosticated in my blog article entitled “Apple and the Cloud Phone - Cheaper by the Dozen and Up in the Air” and my Geezam blog article entitled “Towards a cheaper Apple iPhone – Batteries Not Included”.

Analyst ABI Research indicates that the Market for lower cost smartphones, defined as being below US$200, is projected to grow as surmised in “Apple, Samsung's next critical play: Affordable smartphones”, published April 29, 2013 4:00 AM PDT by Shara Tibken, CNET News.

According to ABI Research in 2012:

1.      25% of smartphones cost less than US$200
2.      27% of smartphones cost more than US$400

In 2013, ABI Research projects:

1.      29% of smartphones cost less than US$200
2.      27% of smartphones cost more than US$400

By 2017, ABI Research projects:

1.      42% of smartphones cost less than US$200
2.      23% of smartphones cost more than US$400


Already Telecom Provider Digicel may be ahead of the curve; the DL600 come in at a low US$100 in a bid to hold on to and build its smartphone market as noted in my blog article entitled “Digicel to launch the DL600 Smartphone by Mid-May 2013 starting below US$100 - Alcatel One Touch running Firefox OS marketed like The Incredible Burt”.

It may also explain why Telecom Provider Digicel avoided a splashy launch for the Blackberry Z10 as noted in my blog article entitled “Telecom Provider LIME and Digicel to start selling the Blackberry Z10 on Tuesday April 23 2013 - No long lines as the Recession drags us into Oblivion”, despite finally being a true smartphone, as the retail price of, JA$98, 243.75 is priced way beyond the pockets of us mere mortals in Jamaica!

Still their Brand is strong; sources online have informed me that the stores are sold out their original orders less than a week after launch and are restocking. So demand’s for the smartphone is strong, despite its hefty pricetag that’ll leave many with sticker shock.

So in summary, the smartphone makers, to tap into the Developing World Mobile market, where Feature phones are still king representing the 48.6%, need to make more Iron Man 3 (2013) smartphones that are below US$200 in price.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Minister Paulwell gives Parliamentarians and 20,000 Students in 30 Schools Tablets- Future in Science and Technology now rescued Indiana Jones and the Palace of Doom



And they came, both men and women, as many  as  were  willing  hearted,  [and]  brought  bracelets,  and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man  that  offered  [offered]  an  offering  of  gold  unto  the LORD.

Exodus 35 vs 22, King James Version

It’s Budget Debate time here in Jamaica, albeit with less pomp and more somber faces than the last time. I won’t focus on the increasingly diminishing buying power of the Jamaican dollar or the other antics that would require a separate article.

Rather I’m focusing on the announcement by Minister Phillip Paulwell of the Ministry of Science, Technology Energy and Mining as it relates to Tablets for Primary and Preparatory Schools and Parliamentarians, who apparently are children!

He’d given the Parliamentarians their Tablets in Parliament on Thursday April 25th 2013 as he explained to them the Second Phase of the E-Learning Program as stated in the article “Paulwell gives tablets to parliamentarians”, published Friday April 26, 2013, The Jamaican Gleaner.

By this act, he was keeping the promise he’d made for Parliament and the various Ministries to go paperless and be interconnected via their own private Network titled GovNET as explained in my blog article entitled “GOJ Parliamentarians upgraded to Microsoft Surface Tablets and GovNET Wide Area Network - Minister Paulwell efforts to reduce paper may accelerate Jamaican Tablet Adoption”.

Even his Budget Presentation, aptly titled “Fuelling for Growth” was in paperless form, available on the gifted Tablets for further perusal by his fellow Parliamentarians. The funds to cover the E-Learning II and the Parliamentarians getting Tablets and GovNET, some JA$800 million, were accessed from the JA$10 billion deep UAFCL (Universal Access Fund Company Limited). This, dear reader, is the same Telecom-Tax (or Cess if you prefer!) that’s being used to fund the First Phase of the E-Learning Project, E-Learning I.

E-Learning I involved the building of a Fiber Optic Network jointly by Telecom Provider LIME and Triple Play Provide FLOW that started back in April 2011 as noted in my blog article entitled “LIME, FLOW and the $JA543-million Internet plan - Ebony and Ivory”.

As part of his ambitions to go Paperless, Minister Phillip Paulwell also has plans to eliminate the current Hansard Reports System, the still very human type-as-you-talk transcription system with one that may just use Voice Recognition to take down dictations, thereby eliminating JA$500,000 spend on making these reports. Suddenly a few Hansard Transcriptionists may be out of work!

Two (2) days earlier, he’s announced in his 2013/2014 Budget Presentation on Wednesday April 24th 2013 the starting of the second phase of the E-Learning Project, dubbed E-Learning II. E-Learning II initial program, the Schools Tablet Computer Programme, involves some thirty (30) Schools whose students are under-performing getting some 20,000 Tablet computers loaded with Educational Software as stated in the article “30 schools to get 20,000 tablet computers, Paulwell says”, published Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:27 PM, The Jamaican Observer.

Specifically, the thirty (30) Schools break down as follows:

1.      Five (5) Early Childhood Institutions
2.      Ten (10) Primary Schools
3.      Five (5) Junior High Schools
4.      Ten (10) High Schools

No word on the specs of the Tablet, save that they’re subsidized heavily by the GOJ (Government of Jamaica). But I’m willing to bet it may be the same ones given to the Med Sci Students in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of the West Indies as I’d reported in a my previous blog article entitled “UWI Medical Sciences Students get deal on JL Mobile SmartTab Tablets and cheaper ebook versions of Textbooks - From Gross Anatomy to Islandwide Push towards Tablet Adoption”.

Same features too:

1.      Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) and 3G Wireless Broadband Capable
2.      Educational Software and e-books
3.      Built in Anti-Theft Tracking feature to allow the Tablet to be quickly recovered if stolen
4.      Pornographic and suspect Websites that are not for Educational purposes being blocked. Translation: No Game Sites or Social Networking

At the Post-Cabinet Press Briefing, Minister Phillip Paulwell went into more details on the Tracking and Anti-Theft Features as reported in the article “Security Features in Tablet Computers for Students”, published Friday, 26 April 2013 10:07 By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter, Jamaica Information Service. Tracking technology which many Technophiles know too well from the numerous stories about Anti-theft devices enableing the user to track the devices even after it’s stolen.

Believe it or not, Blocked websites are not as easily circumvented on a Tablet, especially as it’s not so easy to side-load programs onto a Tablet or visit blocked websites. The advantage of each student having Tablets is that it not only reduces their book-load, but it also makes IT (Information Technology) an integral part of School, not another Course. Homework can be sent via email and take home, requiring that all Teachers be Tech-savvy, a necessity for teacher to be in the modern Teaching Profession and not relegate the use of the Computers to just IT Teachers only.

But best of all it results in a cost reduction to the Ministry of Education as it relates to building more IT Labs, as IT Classes can be done in the classroom, requiring that only Wi-Fi be installed in the classroom and the students purchase a detachable Keyboard for the Tablet if they’re not comfortable with touch-typing.

Thieves planning to steal the Tablets for the Tiny Tots and High Schoolers, therefore have another thing coming, to quote Minister Phillip Paulwell: “For those people who think that they will be able to steal them, you will probably be able to steal one, but you won’t be able to use it, and we will find you long before you know it”.

So no need for parents to worry about kids becoming Targets for Tablet Theft; if stolen they’re practically useless to anyone else with little technical know-how. By the time they’ve sat down to root the tablet, the mere act of powering it on gives away the location of the culprit, making it easy to arrest them.

But woe be onto the truant children from these under-performing schools, as Minister Paulwell had a warning for them as well, quote: “Every one of these devices will have a feature that can track them wherever they are, anywhere in the world. So, if for example, a child is missing from school, we can tell their parents where the child has been”.

So these first Tranche of Tablets (is that proper used of the word “Tranche?”) is to encourage those students in schools that are deemed to be under-performing to improve their Test Scores. In the process, it should foster a desire to pursue a Career in the Sciences.

It should also fuel a love for Computer Programming and Foreign Languages, critical for Jamaica to develop a Science and Technology Society necessary to be competitive in today’s Globalized Workforce as argued in my blog article entitled “LIME and Digicel both make Donations of Tablets to Preparatory and Primary Schools - How Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark started a Love for Computer Programming Languages in Jamaica”.

Hopefully, Minister Phillip Paulwell E-Learning II will get off to a rip-roaring start, with the Tiny Tots and High Schoolers being taught the first lessons on their Tablets. More importantly, they’ll be taught how to take care of these very delicate Computers. Also, teach the kids not to walk with them in their hands in Public and make sure they’re properly covered in a good Case to protect the screen as per the advice in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to make your own Cleaning Fluid and Cleaning Tips for your Smartphone or Tablet

Hopefully too, the Private Sector will also come to the aid of the GOJ and assist with similar donations of Tablets to under-performing Schools as Telecom Provider LIME and Telecom Provider Digicel have done as chronicled in my blog article entitled “LIME and Digicel both make Donations of Tablets to Preparatory and Primary Schools - How Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark started a Love for Computer Programming Languages in Jamaica”.

One thing is for sure; this Proliferation of Tablets will not only result in Dancehall Artistes having something new to sing about, but it’ll make the Joneses in High Society clamour to get themselves a Tablet, just so they won’t be left out. Thus this’ll boost the desire to purchase Tablet among the general population wanting to Keeping Up with the Kardashians (TV Series 2007–), so to speak.

This in turn this will help the Telecom Providers who may be planning to come to Jamaica to build out a 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) Wireless Broadband Network using the 700MHz Spectrum over the next five (5) years my blog article entitled “LIME outsources Network Maintenance to Ericsson - The Lone Rangers in Telecoms may have to Tag Team to get a 700Mhz license for 4G LTE”.

These new competitors in Wireless Broadband as well as Telecom Provider LIME and Telecom Provider Digicel will in the future capitalize on the increasing number of Mobile Computing devices over the next five (5) years of the build-out.

Meanwhile I get to be called Dr. Indiana Jones, which I think is cool. Jamaican Children’s Future in Science and Technology now rescued Indiana Jones and the Palace of Doom (1984) Style.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

GOJ to upgrade NWA's CCTV Traffic Monitoring Network to give Police more eyes in Private Places - The Da Vinci Code for Automated Traffic Ticketing System and 1984

“CCTV is a very useful tool in law enforcement. Besides the obvious value of the actual footage in solving cases, the systems also serve as deterrents for criminal activities. Within the context of the recent Boston bombing, it is interesting to note that much of the CCTV images (and still photographs) came from private and business cameras and not principally from public infrastructure. Even in Jamaica where the police and the NWA have a limited CCTV coverage, many cases have been solved with assistance of the CCTV footage from local businesses”

National Security Minister Peter Bunting speaking on the relevance of an islandwide HD (High Definition) CCTV (Close Circuit Television) Network as quoted in the Sunday Observer, April 21st 2013

At long last, the GOJ (Government of Jamaica), JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) and apparently the NRSC (National Road and Safety Council) and now the resistant Jamaican Public aka John Q Public are on the same page as relates to HD CCTV Network in Public places to deter and capture would-be criminals.

All of a sudden, and quite conveniently too, they ALL are now are interested in having an islandwide HD (High Definition) CCTV (Close Circuit Television) Network installed across the island as stated in the article “Lessons from Boston - Cops want more CCTVs”, published Sunday April 21, 2013, by Glenroy Sinclair, The Jamaica Gleaner.

More interestingly, and unknown to the Public, the GOJ is planning to use the 100MBps capable Fiber Optic Network being built by Telecom Provider LIME and Triple Play Provider FLOW and paid for by the UAFCL (Universal Access Fund Company Limited) as implied in the article “Gov't installing platform for islandwide CCTV coverage”, published Sunday, April 21, 2013 BY KARYL WALKER Editor — Crime/Court Desk, The Jamaica Observer.

It seems they’re by the speed at which in which the 2 suspects Tamerland Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 were identified. The pair were responsible for the dual-explosion Boston Marathon Bombings.

A successful manhunt launched based on a combination of HD CCTV Network footage as well as civic minded citizens send in eyewitness footage filmed with smartphones and by Friday April 19th 2013, Tamerland Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with the police while trying to rob a convenience store near MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested while hiding out in a boat. He’s to eventually be charged for killing three (3) persons and injuring some 150 to 170 persons in the dual bombing incidents.

It also appears the Jamaican Police are in agreement with the Minister of Security Peter Bunting as is evidence in this quote from Superintendent of Police Delroy Hewitt: “I 100 per cent support the investment in surveillance cameras. It can do a lot in our fight against crime," said Hewitt, who has lived a life fighting crime in some of the island's most troubled police divisions, among them St Andrew South and Kingston West”.

This is an interesting about face, especially for the Jamaican Police, as the last time the Police spoke on a HD CCTV Network, it was related to the implementation of an Automated Traffic Ticketing System in May 2012 as per the article “STOP IT! - NRSC calls for electronic monitoring of Traffic signals”, published Sunday May 6, 2012 by Tyrone Reid, Senior Staff Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner.

In that article, the Senior Superintendent of Police and Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Traffic Division, Radcliffe Lewis had spoken against it saying, quote: “Right now, because of the economic crisis facing the country, (the Government) is not in a position to do that even though it would assist us in our Crime-fighting efforts as well. The country is just not in a position to entertain a venture that cost that amount of money”.

This comments by Senior Superintendent of Police and Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Traffic Division, Radcliffe Lewis was in response to Executive Director of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Paula Fletcher request for a HD CCTV Network, the so called Automated Traffic Ticketing System that she had first brought the issue to life in July 2009 as stated in the article “CCTV speed Traps - Surveillance Cams to track Road Hogs” published Monday July 13, 2009 by Tyrone Reid, Staff Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner.

This as was captured in my blog article entitled “Handheld Traffic Ticketing Units for Jamaican Police a success but no Automated Traffic Ticketing System - GOJ fears the All Seeing Eyes of CCTV” in which I’d surmised the real reason was a Government fear of these very HD CCTV Network powered Automated Traffic Ticketing System and the required Legal changes resulting in themselves and their supporters being implicated in Criminal Activity.

So where did this all begin?

Back then in July 2009 I’d chronicled this in my blog article entitled “Information on the Automated Ticketing System”, detailing how it would be implemented and it’s legal implications, as a lot of Law would have to be change for the police to use Video, Still Images and Audio Recordings  in lieu of Sworn Witness Testimony in court to convict persons of Traffic Offences.

By extension Crimes committed that may be captured by the system and in some cases, may be the ONLY material evidence of criminal activity. It would also be useful in apprehending criminals fleeing the scene of a Crime in motor vehicles. Back then too, I’d suggested the use of a Wireless Telecoms Network from either Telecom Provider with enough Bandwidth to carry the Signaling from HD CCTV Network required, as many would be in remote areas where no Broadband Internet exists.

All that seemed set to change on Wednesday February 9th 2011 when Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding made mention of the coming of such an Automated Electronic Traffic Ticketing System as stated in the article “New Ticketing System to collect billions in unpaid fines”, published Friday, February 11th 2011 20:41 by JIS News.

Later in February 2011, I’d chronicled the implementation of the Handheld Wireless Ticketing System for the Jamaican Police, which was done in a bid to increase Traffic Ticket revenue inflows into the coffers of the GOJ as detailed in my blog article entitled “Motorist, NRSC and the New Traffic Ticket System - Nowhere to Run”.  In that article I’d hoped that they’d also clamp down on the use of Cellphones while driving.

Over this time, I’ve tracked the success Handheld Wireless Ticketing System in April 2012 and the strange reluctance of the GOJ to implement a HD CCTV Network as noted in my blog article entitled  “Handheld Traffic Ticketing Units for Jamaican Police a success but no Automated Traffic Ticketing System - GOJ fears the All Seeing Eyes of CCTV” of which I’ve already noted above: GOJ doesn’t like the Jamaican Police having access to an All Seeing Eye type of System

In Tandem I also tracked the NRSC in tackling this most important of Manslaughter Crimes, Road Traffic Fatalities. I’d also detailed the means of implementing, both Legal and Infrastructural as well as the benefits of such an Automated Traffic Ticketing System via a suitable Contractor who’d be paid in part by Traffic Ticket Fines as detailed in my blog article entitled “NRSC to reach 300 Road Traffic Fatalities in 2011AD – Contractor Mad Money for Automatic Traffic Ticketing System”.

In summary, the following would be required for the successful implementation of an Automated Traffic Ticketing System:

1.      A camera based, Facial Recognition Database empowered islandwide Automated Electronic Traffic Ticketing System
2.      Use of the CCN (Constabulary Communication Network) NOC (Network Operating Center) to monitor the Live Video, Still Image and Audio Recording from the HD CCTV Network
3.      Massive Server Storage Network provided by GovNet being built by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining along with giving Government Minister Tablets in a bid to reduce paper as stated in my blog article entitled “GOJ Parliamentarians upgraded to Microsoft Surface Tablets and GovNET Wide Area Network - Minister Paulwell efforts to reduce paper may accelerate Jamaican Tablet Adoption
4.      The necessary legislative changes in the Criminal Offences Act, the Offences Against the Persons Act and the Charter on Rights and Freedoms or any other Acts to allow for electronic recordings i.e. still Photographs or Audio, be they Digital or Analog at the time of recording to be admissible in lieu of a fearful first Person witness
5.      Handheld ticketing units for Jamaican Police
6.      An islandwide ban on the use of Mobile phone while driving or doing anything else in the car while driving

That was in July 2009 to April 2012. 

It is now April 2013, some three years and nine months (3 years, 9 months) since Executive Director of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Paula Fletcher originally floated this idea in July 2009 and exactly one (1) year since the Jamaican Police started using the Handheld Traffic Ticketing System and Senior Superintendent of Police and Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Traffic Division, Radcliffe Lewis made his comments about the GOJ not being able to afford an Automated Traffic Ticketing System.

All of a sudden, quite coincidentally, an event, Boston Marathon Bombings covered extensively in the foreign Media brings to fore the importance of HD CCTV Network footage in solving Crime. This is very convenient for the Government of Jamaica, the Jamaican Police and the NRSC, indeed!

Faced with an increasing incidence of Praedial Larceny, Simple Larceny, Robberies, Rapes even as Murder is on the decline, this sudden Renaissance of an old idea so dramatically presented on Foreign Media now makes it relatively easy for the State to argue for increased Surveillance with little opposition for concerned Civic Society Groups.  

As for Senior Superintendent of Police and Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Traffic Division, Radcliffe Lewis, the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) can easily argue that his opinions on the Automated Traffic Ticketing System may not reflect those of the entire Jamaica Police Force. After all, he’s a Senior Superintendent of Police, not the Minister of Finance!

In fact, the cost of implementing such an Automated Traffic Ticketing System with the veiled intent to have more electronics eyes in more places to deter criminal activity and make it easier to capture criminals using Video, Still Images and Audio Recordings appears to no longer be a concern! This as explained in the article “Gov't installing platform for islandwide CCTV coverage”, published Sunday, April 21, 2013 BY KARYL WALKER Editor — Crime/Court Desk, The Jamaica Observer.

It appears that the GOJ has decided to annex the NWA’s Traffic Monitoring Network with the Fiber Optic Network originally designed to bring 100MBps Broadband Internet to Three hundred (300) High Schools islandwide as described in my blog article entitled “LIME, FLOW and the $JA543-million Internet plan - Ebony and Ivory”.

This would explain the reference to two (2) Private Contractors, which are basically Telecom Provider LIME and Triple Play Provider FLOW, whose build-out is being paid for by the UAFCL (Universal Access Fund Company Limited), a fund made up of Taxes collected from the very same Telecom Providers.  Thus it’s basically low budget or virtually free, way below the millions of dollars estimated by Senior Superintendent of Police and Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Traffic Division, Radcliffe Lewis.

Even more interestingly, as the Telecoms Taxes have been recently increased as promised my blog article entitled “GOJ taxes Telecom Providers and OUR sets Cross Network and International Calling Rate at JA$5.00 - Data Services Prometheus”, the GOJ has more than enough money to upgrade the NWA ageing Traffic Monitoring Network with a bristling new array of Modern HD CCTV Network and to add them to the Fiber Optic Network.

And yes, all at no direct cost to the Tax payer, as its basically increased Taxes going into the UAFCL that are being used to fund the build out of this HD CCTV Network. Sorta like the unclaimed lotto wining of Lotto players that goes to the CHASE Fund as described in my blog article entitled “3rd Jamaican wins JA$186 million Super Lotto Prize yet to collect prize - How to win Supreme Ventures Limited Super Lotto as Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters wait till March 28 2013” being commandeered to do something that’s equally worthwhile.

In case you think this is a compromise of the original project, it isn’t. Traditionally before launching any Telecom Network, which is what this Private Fiber Optic HD CCTV Network is basically, it usually customary to float live traffic generated by the Technicians working on the Network as a means of locating bottlenecks and problems.

Network Planners know that not everything can be spotted by the Network Analysis Models. So allowing heavy Data Traffic in the form of Real-time video coming from an upgraded NWA Traffic Monitoring Network to be piggybacked unto the 100Mbps Fiber Optic Network being built originally for providing 100MBps Internet is a simple forward thinking idea.

Test the boat to see if she and float before putting the ship out to Sea.

Later on, based on how the Network handles the Traffic, they can add more Fiber Optic Capacity either by activating more spare Fiber Cables or upgrading the Firmware of physical Hardware of the Fiber Optic Transmit and Receive, thus making it capable of Carrying BOTH live Video, Still Images as well as Audio Recording Traffic AND the Data Traffic for the 300 High Schools simultaneously.

The Jamaican Police can use the CCN (Constabulary Communication Network) NOC (Network Operating Center) to monitor the Live Video, Still Image and Audio Recording from the HD CCTV Network.  As for the long term storage of the Video, Still Images as well as Audio can be stored in Server Storage Network provided by GovNet and can be also used a depository for these records, which are really records for the State.

This is being built by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining along with giving Government Minister Tablets in a bid to reduce paper as stated in my blog article entitled “GOJ Parliamentarians upgraded to Microsoft Surface Tablets and GovNET Wide Area Network - Minister Paulwell efforts to reduce paper may accelerate Jamaican Tablet Adoption”.

So there you have it. The Automated Traffic Ticketing System is coming via this upgrade of NWA’s CCTV Traffic Monitoring Network.  So too will be legislative changes to make it possible for the Police to use theses HD (High Definition) CCTV Cameras in lieu of Sworn Witness statements in Legal Proceedings against Criminal suspects.

MNP (Mobile Number Portability) and MRSI (Mandatory Registration of Subscriber Information) to make Phone Records and Geo-Location Data going back several years accessible to the Jamaican Police as per my blog article entitled “OUR applies for new Area Code for Jamaica - Competition in Telecoms in the coming Hunger Games Catching Fire of Mobile Computing”.

Throw in the possibility that we might also have eyes in the sky as well via Drones as noted in my blog article entitled “GOJ can develope UAV's as a means of giving the Police eyes in the sky - Inspiration for Aviators in Jamaica via G.I. Joe Retaliation”, and by 2014, the Jamaican Police will have no excuse as to why the Crime Rate’s so high.

In effect, this is The Da Vinci Code (2006) for Automated Traffic Ticketing System and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984).