By Shefali Srivastava, VP Finance, Yazmi.
Satellite solution provider, Yazmi, has called for Governments across Asia, Africa and the Middle East to use its satellite-based end-to-end content delivery system to improve performance outcomes for students and teachers. Kerstin Roost has asked Shefali Srivastava, VP Finance at Yazmi to provide an insight into Yazmi’s business and to share issues Yazmi faces when “beaming knowledge through satellites” - Enjoy reading:
The Infrastructure: Issues with Hardware, Internet and Security
The rural, remote and low-income regions across Asia, Africa and the Middle East tend to have weak computing and Internet infrastructure at school and at home. Governments are willing to invest in computer-aided learning tools to improve their educational systems, but the cost of desktop or laptop PCs limit the number of devices available for use.
Data service also adds to the total cost burden, as laying fixed broadband to schools in these areas is prohibitively expensive and cellular data fees can quickly add up to become a larger cost than the devices themselves. Internet transmission over a 3G or less cellular network can be long and frustrating, and can also lead children to unhealthy and unproductive distractions and temptations.
The Yazmi Solution
Yazmi's solution utilizes the AfriStar and AsiaStar data multicasting satellites and the world's first truly satellite-enabled tablet, called Odyssey. Yazmi sells tablets, small classroom servers, solar chargers and other accessories to Governments for distribution to students and teachers.
Access to a channel is then produced via satellite to the Government, which can then transmit approved education content to all of its tablet users at zero cost.
The satellite service is capable of transmitting live group lectures from a remote teacher with accompanying slides or whiteboard work, along with digital textbooks and notebooks, educational apps, preparatory materials, and other files. Each channel is capable of transmitting the equivalent of thousands of books and tablet-scale videos each month to all users. The Yazmi service can ensure universal access to learning materials as well as skilled teachers for more demanding subjects, regardless of location or local infrastructure.
The Yazmi solution also provides Governments with the opportunity to deliver training and support to teachers through the satellite network. Just-in-Time coaching can improve the confidence and performance of teachers in the classroom, while simultaneously reducing travel cost and lost teaching days for Governments. Courses can be delivered in subjects where teachers may feel less prepared, such as maths, sciences or advanced English, which can increase the number of lesson plans delivered and heighten student outcomes. In multi-grade classrooms, teachers can use live or taped lectures to deliver lesson plans to one grade while simultaneously teaching a separate lesson plan to another grade - reducing stress on the teacher and inreasing student results and satisfaction.
Satellites are the Solution
Yazmi believes satellites are the perfect candidates for e-Learning connectivity. With a satellite system in place, the possibilities are endless; lectures can be live streamed from any location, teacher training courses can be offered and having a connected device for multimedia consumption can allow students and teachers alike to access and store high quality educational content.
Yazmi can be used to deliver live training as well as digital training modules to the teacher so that he or she can learn at home or school and be better prepared and more confident in the classroom.
Yazmi relies on a customized version of Newtec's multicast content distribution software called TelliCast to maximize satellite utilization and ensure that students and teachers get only the content directly related to their needs when they need it.
TelliCast is a multicast distribution software platform for the reliable distribution of files, directory structures and data streams . It consists of a server package (the official product name for the server is "NOP1900 Multicast Software Server") combined with a set of software clients that can be installed on computers or embedded into a variety of receiver devices. For Yazmi, the result is a multicast allowing educational content to be distributed to a large number of recipients with only one single transmission, done in a reliable, secured and controlled manner (like defined receiver group features).
First on the Market
The Odyssey tablet is the only learning consumption device that has been purpose-built for the educational needs of students and teachers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This new way of learning aims to provide a uniform quality of education, resulting in sustainable economic growth through a more educated and healthier community.
For more information about Yazmi and its satellite solution visit: www.yazmi.com .
And to get insights on the latest trials in Africa, read our joint Newtec-Yazmi press release.