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Software to keep track of kids on the way to school

April 16th, 2014

Following last week’s molestation incident of a kindergarten child by school bus staff, parents worried for the safety of their children may soon find some relief in technology. A city firm has developed an android-based monitoring software to track school buses and its young occupants, ensuring school-going children’s safety on their way to and from school.

The application, called Marsupial, developed by Sand River Technologies Pvt Ltd, comes after a 4-year-old girl was molested by a school bus attendant and driver last week, an incident which has left parents in fear for the safety of their kids who take the school bus.

Atul Joshi, chief executive officer and co-founder of the company, said, “The recent incident which happened in a school bus is a shame. A couple of such episodes happened earlier in Mumbai. So we thought of coming up with this product concept where we want every kid to be tracked. There are ample solutions in the market, but most of them are vehicle tracking system, and don’t necessarily track kids.”

He continued, “Through this system, we will have such a system in place where every kid in the bus will be tracked. Alerts will be sent to the parents on the pickup and drop of the child, who can also have a conversation with the parents in case of an emergency.”

Joshi said that currently, the project is in the trial stage. “As a pilot project, we are working with two city schools to make this a foolproof system,” he said.

The devices will be provided free of cost to the schools, and charges for the system will cost Rs 150-200 per student. There would be extra charges for advanced features such as being able to have a conversation with the child while they are commuting, or video surveillance of the bus.

The company claims it is in discussions with some schools in the city to float the safety system from the next academic year.

Archana Kale, a parent, said, “The recent incident have really put us in worry about our children while sending them to school by the buses, though we have good relations with the school bus drivers and attendants still we are afraid. Having such tracking system which will give us running update of our child is good and we hope it will certainly reduce our tension.”

‘Needs to be reliable’

Talking on the condition of anonymity, a city school’s principal told mid-day, “The safety of students while being driven to school and back home is very important and is a top priority even for school administration. No one can be trusted in this case, and only technology will work to keep watch in and outside the buses. This android system can be an ultimate solution to the safety issue. It needs to be made error-free and only then parents and schools can completely rely on it.”


Here’s the software that helps Edward Snowden avoid the NSA

April 16th, 2014

Edward Snowden hasn’t escaped the NSA’s watchful eyes purely by exploiting lax security — he also uses the right software. He communicates with the media using Tails, a customized version of Linux that makes it easy to use Tor’s anonymity network and other tools that keep data private. The software loads from external drives and doesn’t store anything locally, so it’s relatively trivial for Snowden and his contacts to discuss leaks without leaving a trace.
The underlying technology isn’t completely original, and it’s not perfect; Tails’ open source code and anonymous developer base help resist pressure to include spy-friendly back doors, but there are still potential security holes. Users also have to be careful with their choices of internet services while using Tails, as the wrong ones could give the whole game away. Even with those concerns in mind, the software is a big help to Snowden, journalists and others that want to keep their conversations under wraps with a minimum of effort.


CloudCentral acquires US software IP

April 16th, 2014

CloudCentral has bought the intellectual property of US software firm DEY Storage Systems ahead of its reverse listing on the ASX via Dromana Estate, scheduled for June.

CloudCentral founder and chief executive Kristoffer Sheather previously flagged the potential for “strategic acquisitions as they present” when the reverse takeover was announced last month.

Mr Sheather said the acquisition would enable CloudCentral to sell an integrated cloud system “at up to half the price of the legacy incumbent competitors” through the addition of Software Defined Storage services, which separates the ownership of hardware and software.

“The addition of Software Defined Storage services eliminates the need to pay third parties for storage and gives us more control over the future development of our platform,” Mr Sheather said.

“We can either embed our software into the cloud based storage we sell, or the software can be purchased by customers to install on their own hardware.”

Customers will have a greater choice of software vendors and be able to increase their use of services at a more incremental rate than major competitors, Mr Sheather said.

CloudCentral houses its data onshore in Australia.


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