How The National Digital Property Address System Works

The much- anticipated National Digital Property Address System, which is expected to make it easier for locations to be found across the country and boost emergency service delivery, has been launched in Accra.

Vokacom, a Ghanaian information technology firm, designed the system and is partnering the Ghana Post Company Limited to roll it out, with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) expected to host the data.

The system

Dubbed the GhanaPostGPS, it is a global addressing system which divides Ghana into grids of 5m x 5m squares and assigns each one a unique address, known as a digital address. With this system, every land and property gets a permanent address.

The system is location-based and it is expected to provide an effective means of providing an address to every location and place in the country, including undeveloped parcels of land, using an information technology application (app).

The app will generate a unique code for every property or location in Ghana with the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.

A national address registry will be imbedded in the system to enable individuals to validate their home and business addresses for easy direction and identification.

How it works

The first step is to visit your app store to download the GhanaPostGPS App for free, from Google Play Store for Android users and Apple store for IOS users.

Once the app is installed, follow the instructions to register, verify and confirm your login details. After this process, you are ready to use the GhanaPostGPS app.

No payment is required for the download or use of the GhanaPostGPS app.

Generating address

First, ensure that your phone’s location button is turned on. Then open the GhanaPostGPS app and click on the button. Your unique address will appear next to the digital address, for example Digital Address: GA-543-0125.

Accuracy of the address is important. Just below the address code, the accuracy of the address is shown. Always endeavour to have the address within three metres accuracy. It is advised that you stand in front of your property to produce the most accurate address.

How to register on Digital Address system, other things you need to know

Locating properties

To locate a given address, you need to have the GhanaPostGPS app on your phone and the given digital address. Key in the digital address in the search column and click on the search button. Full details of the address will be generated. Then click on the route option below it to navigate to your specified address location.

To find landmarks, type the name of the landmark into the search tab. Then drop downwill appear with options to choose from. Select the required landmark and the digital address will automatically be generated.

Emergency services

To contact emergency services, click on the emergency button on the app. Then select the service you require, that is Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service or Ambulance Service. From there, type in additional information and click on the ‘send location’ button. A pop-up message will ask that you close or continue with the request.

To verify an address, click on the menu button. A menu will appear with a ‘verify your address’ button. Click on the button to verify your address.


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who launched the digital property address system in Accra on Wednesday, described it as the dawn of a new era when Ghanaians would no longer use landmarks to give directions and locate property.

He said the digital property system would also help transform the economy because of its multi-faceted benefits.

“With this new system, the location of the blue kiosk, the ‘waakye’ seller or the ‘koko’ seller will have an address,” the President said, adding that, “The property addressing system also means that the ‘koko’ seller can now open a bank account.”

President Akufo-Addo said the system would further make access to financial service and credit facilities less cumbersome.

Source: Ghana | Daily Graphic


Confirmed: Apple to add wireless charging to the iPhone 8

As we draw nearer to Apple’s September iPhone event, the rumor mill only grows louder. And one of the loudest rumors, one we’ve been hearing since February, is that the next generation iPhone will feature wireless charging.

We can, with a reasonable amount of confidence, confirm that rumor today.

In the weeks leading up to a launch event of this magnitude, the rumor mill begins spinning at a frenzied pace. Anonymous tips come in by the truckload, and few, if any, of these revelations can be confirmed — although many match up with rumors, and ultimately turn out to be correct. We could publish them, but it’d be irresponsible to do so without corroborating evidence.

Today, TNW was able to confirm (with two independent sources) that Apple is indeed planning on adding wireless charging to the iPhone 8. One of these sources elected to go on the record. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Allen Fung, GM of another mobile accessory maker, RAVPower, says:

“Our sources tell us the next iPhones have special technology for wireless charging that we have in this charger. Our wireless charger will wirelessly charge the next iPhones at full speed, as well as being able to charge other mobile devices wirelessly.”

RAVPower’s wireless charging station for the iPhone 8

Both source’s accounts match the rumors heard earlier this year. When coupled with the switch to a glass back (from the existing metal one), which acts as a better conduit for wireless charging — although charging through a metal back is now possible, thanks to Qualcomm — we believe it’s safe to say the 10th generation iPhone will certainly feature wireless charging.

While rumors earlier this year suggested a more exciting solution — one that featured long-range charging by Energous that allowed a device to charge from across the room — we’ll take what we can get. And what we can get, at least for now, appears to be the Qi or Airfuel protocols — wireless charging solutions that requires your device maintain contact with the charging base. Apple Watch already uses the Qi protocol, although slightly modified so that it doesn’t work with official Qi chargers.

We can’t confirm whether Apple will again use the Qi protocol, or a modified version of it that makes all of our lives miserable.

Being attached to a charging base (although sans wires) certainly isn’t the sexiest solution, but it’s a start.


China’s latest bullet trains will reach a blazing 400 km/h

Come September 21, new bullet trains will be blazing their way across China at speeds of up to 400 km/h (248 mph).

Consider this China’s comeback, after a two-train collision in 2011 that killed 40 people. The top speed at the time was 350 km/h, but authorities throttled them to 300 km/h after the fatal accident.

The new trains will be returning to the 350 km/h speed, but according to state news outlet Xinhua, they’re capable of going even faster, at a maximum speed of 400 km/h.

To put that into context, here are five things that are slower than China’s new bullet trains:

The Hyperloop One (so far)

The Hyperloop One, which is still in development, reached a speed record of 308 km/h (191 mph) earlier this year.

But stay tuned, it hopes to eventually hit its planned mark of 1,200 km/h in the future.

A McLaren F1 car

The McLaren F1 XP5 set a world record for the world’s fastest production car in 1998, reaching 386m/h (240 mph). It went on to hold the title for more than a decade.

A Peregrine falcon

Also known as the fastest bird in the world, the Peregrine falcon can go up to a staggering 389km/h (242 mph) when it is diving down to catch prey.

The falcon has pointed wings and an incredibly efficient respiratory system that allows it to move at the speed that it does.

The world’s fastest ambulance

Okay, so it’s not a regular “ambulance,” but the Lotus Evora, which has been refitted by Dubai’s Corporation for Ambulance Services, can reach up to 300km/h (186 mph).

According to the DCA, the ambulance is equipped with “basic medical devices,” and can reach a victim in mere minutes.

The world’s scariest water slide

You might want to close your eyes for this one.

The Verruckt, which is located in Kansas City, has been officially verified by Guinness as the world’s tallest water slide.

Standing at 51.3m (168 ft), you’ll reach speeds of up to 104km/h (65 mph) while hurtling down its tubes.


KNUST builds database for MMDAs – To accelerate govt’s ‘one-district, one-factory’ policy

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has built a database that identifies the economic potential of all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country to accelerate government’s drive towards its ‘One-district, One-factory’ policy.

To start this, KNUST, in partnership with Knights Ghana Limited, the Sunyani Greenfield Cooperative Mango Producers and Marketing Society Limited and the Mentukwa Community, has built a fruit processing facility at Mentukwa in the Sunyani West District in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, who disclosed this at the 10th Session of the 51st Congregation of the university in Kumasi last Saturday said the facility was part of efforts to enhance the livelihoods of the people, reduce post-harvest losses and to provide ready market to farmers in the communities.

He said the factory would have the capacity to process 500 to 700 kilogrammes of raw fruit per hour which is approximately 350 to 450 litres of fruit juice per hour adding that engineers were on site installing the machines which would be commissioned before the end of year.

He recalled that in April this year, the Textiles and Fashion Section of the Department of Industrial Art of the university organised a very successful and first-ever Graduate Fashion Show in the history of the university.

That, he said, was aimed at showcasing up-and-coming talents and innovative works of students of the department as a means of awakening the nation to the importance of establishing a vibrant and competitive fashion industry.

He said KNUST had a well-developed infrastructure and that to continue the work started by its predecessors, the university campus was undergoing a major beautification drive to improve on the overall appeal of the campus environment.

For security on campus for staff and students, he said 70 solar street lights had been installed on major streets on campus, adding that 100 more would be installed before the end of the year.

The vice chancellor said to improve on security, 567 LED street lights had been installed to replace the high energy-consuming mercury street light bulbs.

He added that Close Circuit TV cameras had been installed in all halls of residence on campus and plans were far advanced to install Access Control gadgets at entry gates of the university, offices and halls of residence before the next academic year began in August.

Links with institutions, industries

Prof. Obiri-Danso said the university continued with its remarkable performance of establishing and strengthening collaborations with renowned institutions and industries.

That, to him, was one of the opportunities creating network for graduates of the university ripe to enter into industries, saying the university hosted a number of vice chancellors, pro-vice chancellors and heads of institutions from around the world who visited in a spirit of academic cooperation.

He said the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, the Canadian and Indian High Commissioners visited the university for bilateral discussions.

Source: Ghana | Graphiconline

19-year-old Ghanaian student builds search engine to rival Google

A 19-year-old Ghanaian university student Gabriel Opare has built a new search engine to rival Google and Youtube.

According to Opare, his new search engine, Mudclo, will challenge the dominance of YouTube.

Opare, a level 300 sociology student of the University of Ghana, taught himself how to code by taking online courses during his free time.

Mudclo is a free search engine for videos. Mudclo discovers and streams videos from the different locations on the internet all in one place.

“I believe that my business is good enough and that it can scale globally. It is a legitimate point to say that YouTube is a video hosting website, but they are two different entities.

“While YouTube is a video hosting website, Mudclo combines the power of YouTube and two other video hosting websites in order to create Mudclo,” he said.

Mudclo’s users most popular searches include adverts, music videos and amateur content.

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According to Opare, his initial inspiration came from other Ghanaians, restless and eager to build businesses at a young age on a continent where opportunities are limited and unemployment is rife.

Mudclo has already caught the attention of some of the world’s big tech companies, including more established video hosting sites although there is some work to be done on Mudclo to fix bugs, boost the features and visual experiences it offers users.

“With all entrepreneurs, they feel that there is a rewarding or gratifying feeling that comes with creating a product or a service that will actually matter to the world,” the teenager added.

Experts say information and communication technology could help Africa overcome infrastructure inadequacies, satisfy rising consumer demand, boost regional trade and diversify economies, ending reliance on raw materials.

Source: Ghana | Graphiconline | Starrfmonline

KNUST invents and builds solar-powered 4X4 vehicle

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in partnership with the Technical University of Munich, has constructed a solar-powered 4×4 vehicle.

The environmentally friendly vehicle, meant to carry passengers and goods, was inaugurated by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the 51st congregation of the KNUST in Kumasi, on Saturday. It was developed by the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and comes as a breakthrough as the nation searches for ways to build a more robust automobile industry.

Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, Vice-Chancellor of the KNUST, said the invention was the University’s response to living up to its core mandate of spearheading development of innovative technologies. The solar-powered vehicle, he said, was still being tested and tried over some period with the hope of fine-tuning it in order to bring it to standard.

When completed it could become the first solar-powered 4×4 vehicle to be manufactured on the African continent. Prof Obiri-Danso hinted that the University’s College of Engineering, had in recent times invented an open-space fire detector, solar-powered traffic lights and drones to support the nation’s development processes. He called for adequate funding of research activities of the University to enable it come out with cutting-edge technologies for the benefit of the nation.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who is also Chancellor of the KNUST, lauded the team of researchers who worked on the project, and expressed the hope that it would encourage the government to be more interested in resourcing the University for more of such innovations. A total of 9, 160 post and under-graduate students passed out of this year’s congregation from the six colleges of the University. This comprised the College of Science, College of Health Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Art and Built Environment, as well as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Source: Ghana | GNA

iPhone is 10 years, watch Steve Jobs unveil the very first one

Wow, how a decade can fly by. If you can believe it, the iPhone is having its 10th anniversary today. No matter what smartphone you prefer, the impact of the Apple’s iconic iPhone cannot be denied. From changing our gum-chewing habits to making us all into professional photographers, the iPhone has changed the world.

So take a moment to go back to that somewhat blissful time 10 years ago when Apple CEO Steve Jobs shocked and awed the world by revealing the tiny device at Macworld.