30 October 2012

Gambian Students 'Develop' New Technology in Ghana

Two Gambian students in Accra polytechnic in Ghana are said to have made a breakthrough in new technology system that enables one to use mobile phone to switch off a whole power station.

The new technology was developed by Ndongo Sillah and Bakary Fatty from NAWEC and Gambia Ports Authority respectively. The duo are pursuing a three-year Higher National Diploma program in electronics and electrical engineering at the Accra Polytechnic in Ghana.

Explaining how the technology system operates, Ndongo Sillah said the system can be used by companies and homes for switching devices on and off. He said, "As a NAWEC staff I can be in my house and turn off the power station in Kotu for example. So I do not need to drive all the way to Kotu to switch off or turn off the system." Sillah said the system is simple to use, one needs only a mobile phone and the system's code number. "And if you have the cord number you can be in Ghana here and switch off or on any power station around the world if the system is installed on it.

Asked what will be the impact of the newly developed technology if introduced in the Gambia, Ndongo Sillah said the benefits are many because it would reduce stress on staff moving up and down to monitor sub stations around. By using the mobile phone, one can be in one place and able to monitor many areas. He said maintaining the system is far better than those developed by foreign experts.

For his part Bakary Fatty said the system can be used by even compound owners, "You can be away when it gets dark, if nobody is at home you just need to call the system in your mobile phone and all your bulbs would be on at home," Fatty said. He said there are many a time when people forget to turn off their bulbs and sockets off but with this technology it is easy.

Sillah and Fatty said the only things they need now is the moral support from the people of the Gambia. They said some of their lecturers in Ghana have already expressed their interest on the new technology but the two students said they wish that it is first implemented in the Gambia before any other country.

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