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Nokia Develops Analytics-based Thermal Detection to Fight COVID

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Nokia today announced an automated, zero-touch elevated temperature detection solution designed to help spot potential COVID-19 infections in facilities with thousands of people.

 The Nokia Automated Analytics Solution for Access Control streamlines and fully automates the process of identifying people with elevated temperatures and confirms mask compliance, in large environments with multiple accesses.  

Leveraging advanced analytics, a business rules engine, centralized management, machine learning and ubiquitous connectivity, the Nokia solution dramatically reduces the cost of detection and ensures business continuity and supply chain resilience during the pandemic. Organizations can also expand the solution to support other ongoing use cases to protect employees and building assets, including predictive surveillance, machine maintenance and security threats.  

Amit Shah, head of Analytics and IoT for Nokia, said: “Whether in factories, ports, offices, airports, schools, or outdoor screening centers, mission-critical networks and digital automation solutions play a leading role in ensuring supply resilience, business continuity, and workers’ safety in real-time. Our Nokia Automated Analytics Solution brings centralized data, analytics, and an automation management system, allowing large organizations to make intelligent decisions to protect their people and facilities during and in a post-pandemic world, while respecting individual privacy.”  

The technology uses an open architecture and has a rich suite of analytics with a flexible set of automation workflows and rules to adapt the solution to each enterprise’s needs. The company has successfully deployed the solution at multiple locations, including its own Chennai factory to monitor employee safety and plans to deploy the solution for enterprise customers across multiple industry segments.

Sudarshan Pitty, Head of the Nokia Chennai Factory, said: “As the factory reopened to production and over 1,000 employees returned to work, we abided by local regulations for monitoring temperatures and mask usage for every single person entering and leaving the site. The Nokia Automated Analytics Solution has enabled us to ensure regulatory compliance in an automated way, round the clock with zero misses in real-time. This solution has enabled us to boost employee availability by reducing the waiting time in queues and removing the need to assign additional staff to carry out manual checks.”

 The Nokia Automated Analytic Solution uses a thermal camera to capture video footage and takes individual temperature readings (accurate to +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius) for every person that enters the screening site. The analytics engine quickly processes the video clip to determine whether the individuals require additional screening, or are not complying with mask-wearing rules. Through its centralized management approach the solution triggers an institution’s chosen operational workflow. If an irregularity is detected, a centralized, enterprise-wide view is presented and a real-time SMS or email alert is automatically sent to personnel in the field to initiate track-and-trace or post-detection actions. The entire process takes place in near-real time and the human-less operation enables scaling to very large environments with thousands of people and multiple access points.

 Leo Gergs, ABI Research, Research Analyst, said: “The Nokia Automated Analytics Solution for Access Control is a great example of the important role that network infrastructure vendors can play in fighting the spread of a global pandemic, such as Covid-19. Furthermore, the modular architecture allows easy repurposing of the solution to use cases such as port or smart city traffic monitoring and therefore to address the ever-increasing demand for automated data analytics capabilities, which will continue to rise in line with further enterprise digitalization.”

 Pop-up connectionless outdoor test centers have been a common way to complete COVID-19 testing. Nokia can leverage its Nokia Digital Automation Cloud private wireless network solution to provide seamless outdoor connectivity for these operations.

 Once concerns about COVID-19 subside, organizations can repurpose the solution to support other use cases to protect employees, site visitors and facilities, including predictive surveillance and machine maintenance, security threats and anomaly detection, and customized industry-specific analytics.

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NIN: NCC Debunks Claims Of Mass Disconnection Of Subscribers

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has clarified the unfounded fears of mass disconnection of telephone subscribers.

The Commission made this claim while reacting to publications in some sections of the media alleging that telecom network operators have commenced mass disconnection of telecom subscribers who have yet to integrate their National Identification Number (NIN) to the SIM card registration.

According to a statement signed by the director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, most of these publications are based on the erroneous assumption that for every network or SIM connection, there is one unique human subscriber.

He clarified that with the advent of social media and app-driven digital environment, network subscription went beyond human subscribers to include machines like PoS, Routers, Wi-Fi devices, electricity meters, CCTV, tracking devices etc.

The statement reads, “The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to numerous publications in both print and electronic media regarding the unfounded fears of mass disconnection of telephone subscribers as a result of the ongoing linkage of SIM Registration Records with the National Identity Number (NIN).

“It is therefore necessary for the Commission to issue this clarification in order to allay the fears of subscribers and the general public. Most of these publications are based on the erroneous assumption that for every network or SIM connection, there is one unique human subscriber.

“However, with the advent of social media and App-driven digital environment, network subscription went beyond human subscribers to include machines like PoS, Routers, Wi-Fi devices, electricity meters, CCTV, tracking devices etc,” it said. 

The NCC statement further stated that, “A recent survey conducted in Nigeria has shown that on average, there are now approximately four to five SIMs to every human subscriber. This explains the basis of allowing the linkage of up to seven SIMs to one unique NIN in the recently launched Federal Government Portal.

“We call on all our media partners, publishers and reporters to always endeavour to seek clarification from the Commission before going to the press, especially on sensitive issues,’ Adinde added.

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NIMC Debunks Report On Data Server Breach

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has debunked the report making the rounds that its server was breached, describing it as false, a hoax, and of mischievous intent.

A statement signed by the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Kayode Adegoke on Wednesday assured the public that there have been no such breaches or incidents.

Adegoke said investigations on the alleged data dump were found to be non-existent in the National Identity Database.

He explained that the investigation carried out by the Commission on the data breach claim found out that the database schema presented by the adversary does not tally with the existing schema of NIMC records, adding that the data being posted by criminals purporting to contain citizens’ information is fake.

The statement reads in part: “The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) would like to bring to the attention of the members of the general public that the purported breach of the National Identity Database going round the social media is false, a hoax, and of mischievous intent

“The NIMC would like to assure the public that there have been no such breaches or incidents. Investigations on the alleged data dump were found to be non-existent in the National Identity Database

“The Commission investigated the data breach claim and found out that the database schema presented by the adversary does not tally with the existing schema of NIMC records. The data being posted by criminals purporting to contain citizens’ information is fake.”

He however, reaffirmed that the Commission would continue to guarantee the security of the National Identity Database through various layers of security, insisting that no data was breached.

He urged members of the general public therefore to refrain from spreading false reports on the purported data breach

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Nigeria Extend NIN Registration for Mobile Subscribers By Six Weeks

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The federal government yesterday extended the deadline for telecommunications subscribers to register their phone lines with national identification number (NIN from the December 30, 2020 to February 9, 2021.

 The government decision followed the overcrowding at the offices of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in some states amid calls for Nigerians to extend the deadline in view of the resurgence of Covid-19 and the Christmas holidays.

According to the government, the National Task Force on National Identification Number (NIN) and SIM Registration met yesterday chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) comprising major stakeholders in the sector including chairman and executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) respectively; director-general, NIMC.

Others at the meeting include: director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); executive commissioners, technical services and stakeholder management both of NCC; chairman, Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and chief executive officers, of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble took the new decision.

A statement jointly signed by the EVC of NCC, professor Umar Danbatta and DG of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz stated that federal government endorsed a three weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 19th January, 2021.

Also, endorsed was a six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 9th February, 2021. “NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.

“The President appreciates Nigerians for their patience and commitment to update their Identities; The Federal Government also thanks all stakeholders for their compliance with the directives.

“Mr. President has also commended the efforts of the Task Force and urges all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM card with their NIN. USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions,” the statement ended.

In his reaction, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, president, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), said the extension of the deadline by the federal government was a welcome development, urging that the necessary infrastructure be put in place to ensure seamless registration of Nigerians who don’t have the National Identity Number (NIN).

“In our previous intervention, we stated that two weeks deadline was not enough to register every Nigerian wit mobile line at NIMC end. The difficulty of the two weeks deadline stemmed from the fact that there is a second wave of Covid-19, the approaching yuletide holidays which will last for at least two weeks and thirdly, from our understanding that the NIMC infrastructure to handle the NIN is still being expected from abroad.

“Our appeal is that people should not leave it till the last week of the newly extended deadline or else what we witnessed in the last few days will still recur. Majority of Nigerians with mobile lines don’t have NIN, they should make effort to register to reduce crowding in February while those with NIN should avail themselves of the short codes from the telecom operators to virtually pair their mobile lines with the NIN,” the ATCON president added.

Also, national chairman, Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, said ALTON was part of the meeting where the decision was taken. “WE would issue a follow up statement tomorrow,” he added.

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