I wrote the following blog post 08 May 2008. Interesting to compare with the developments of today.
When analysing various technological trends of today – I have recently come across a new idea in my research dissertation that has sparked interest in my mind.
I am attempting to link a rural person in south africa, to inbound international tourists, using Information Communication Technologies.
It is well known that a tourist visiting South Africa wishes to indulge in heritage and cultural tourism. This recent trend in tourism shows that such tourists wish to be in control of their travel decisions, dive deep into the rural areas and come in contact with enthnic cultres, and share and learn while on holiday.
ICT AS A VALUABLE ENVIRONMENT IN A SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM SYSTEM: INTERACTIVE GPS, AN ACCESSIBLE AND UNDER-UTILIZED TECHNOLOGY REACHING EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD
Internet acess is not country wide in south africa, and yet you can go anywhere and use your GPS, without paying.
Would it be possible to work on an interactive technology for people in rural areas? Can this also be made availible to an internation tourist on a trip to the country?
In this very simple way we have created the link that may possibly generate tourism, and bring economic benefits to the community.
Limitations:GPS – and internet? Can we combine these two and is it possible?http://tech.yahoo.com/blog/hughes/22053 –
Dash Unveils the First Internet-Connected GPS Device
Yes its possible!!!
Another angle relates to the fact that this internet / GPS service should be free to use, especially for the poor communities.
There are many organisations petitioning for the correct usage and consumer cost for various ICT.
PCs and the Internet Enhance Rural Economies and Improve Quality of Life
The Development of Software: Microsoft support research in wireless software based technologies: http://research.microsoft.com/wn/
“We are building a software-based, open, flexible and highly efficient research platform to enable a range of wireless research “. The article goes on to say “our wireless research platform provides a venue for innovative wireless system research that we feel will encourage the research community to develop and test novel technologies for real-world deployment. ”
The means to breakdown the technological barries to technology
WHITEPAPER ARTICLE: http://whitepapers.zdnet.com/abstract.aspx?docid=295778 (source Intel)
From Finland to Malaysia, nations that want to understand the impact of digital inclusion and other e-Government strategies have been flocking to the Republic of Korea. One of the world’s most wired nations, Korea is also a leader in using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to make government more efficient, accountable and transparent. As part of a broad range of e-Government initiatives, Korea has instituted an Innovative Information Village (INV) program that is bringing remote communities into the digital economy and enhancing the quality of life of rural residents. The program provides subsidized home PCs, broadband infrastructure and village information centers, as well as extensive training that breaks down barriers to using the technology.