Malawian ICT innovator exhibits at world forum

Written by  Clara Mwafulirwa, in Busan, Korea

A young telecommunications lecturer with the Malawi Polytechnic, Mayamiko Nkoloma, is showcasing his innovations at this year’s ITU Telecoms World event in Busan, South Korea.

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September


ITU Telecom World is a global platform for high-level debate, networking, innovation-showcasing and knowledge sharing across the ICT community.


Nkoloma, who is also proprietor of iMosyS start-up company, is exhibiting four innovations which, basically, are offering ICT solutions to the Malawian citizenry in areas of health, farming, water and production industry.


Among his inventions is a water management system for water boards in Malawi. This is a state-of-art innovative solution that assists the Lilongwe Water Board team in knowing the real time trends of remote water infrastructure right in front of their work stations or mobile phones.


The innovation, he said, monitors water tank levels in 22 storage tanks across Lilongwe city and other zones under Lilongwe Water Board’s control.


“It also monitors water flow rates in distribution pipe network and this aspect assists in quantifying production volumes and provides critical indication of leakage levels during periods when legitimate consumption is at its lowest,” he said.


Nkoloma is also behind the e-health system for TB community intervention in Malawi and he is working with the National TB Control Programme.


“We are present in 12 health facilities across the country with the aim of improving health care delivery and decision making which further facilitates coordination and care of TB patients,” he said.


The innovation, according to Nkoloma,  has enhanced the current system to enable tracking of the flow of TB samples from the community level up to point of treatment initiation.


He says he is so excited to be part of the global ICT community.


“The global industry has shown a lot of interests in the innovations and this is a sign that we are on the right track,” he says.


Nkoloma has a MSc in wireless communication from University of Sheffield in UK and also holds Master of Technology degree in advanced Information Technology with specialisation in Telecommunications and Networking from International Institute of Information and Technology (I²IT) in Pune,
India.


Currently, he is championing deployments of Internet of Things (IoT) applications to enable connectivity for remote monitoring of industrial processes, infrastructure and environmental aspects under iMoSyS.


ITU Telecom World offers a unique international platform for small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs to connect with policy makers as well as industry experts in order to explore investment opportunities, share and sell ideas for the good of their respective nations and the globe at large.


Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) funded Nkoloma’s participation at the conference as one way of encouraging innovation and promoting ICTs in Malawi.

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