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When mobile meets modular: pay-as-you-go solar energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

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There is an urgent need for providing modern energy services in Sub-Saharan Africa, as energy deficit is one of the major developmental challenges faced by the continent. Mostly, the low-income communities in Africa are deprived of the economically-feasible electricity grids.

A major proportion of the Africa’s rural population does not have access to electricity, which forces them to fall back on costly, grubby fuels like kerosene and diesel. Providentially, an energy revolution is on the move, which will power households and entrepreneurs like Jean Claude Bastos De Morais, Quantum Global Owner, with off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.

According to the data insights, the demand graph of small-scale solar home systems (SHSs) has gone up, in the recent years. SHS comprises of batteries, solar panels, inverters and a distribution board.

A number of decentralised energy service companies (DESCOs) have established in African markets, including M-Kopa, Off-Grid Electric, d. Light, Bboxx, Mobisol and Nova Lumos. Collectively, they have raised in excess of $360 million in financing and currently provide energy services to over 700,000 customers in East and West Africa. The key to their success has been an innovative financing model that uses the latest innovations in mobile payment systems.

Several DESCOs have adopted a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) scheme, whereby customers pay a small up-front amount for the equipment and then monthly or weekly payments for the energy used, using mobile payment systems. For example, Off Grid Electric’s customers pay approximately $6 per month for entry-level systems, and $15-20 per month for small business kits that include various appliances, such as hair clippers, a television (for bars) or solar lanterns.

The companies typically offer flexible payment terms and varying lease lengths, which reduces upfront payments and gives customers the flexibility to pay from savings or current income. This helps to reduce risks – such as non-payment – and thus lowers costs for consumers and suppliers alike. The daily cost of an entry-level system is similar to the amount customers would spend on alternative energy sources, such as candles, kerosene, and batteries. The modular nature of solar PV systems means they are scalable over time, according to the needs and incomes of individual customers.

This innovative approach to lighting up and powering rural Africa provides an illuminating example of synergistic technological leapfrogging – not only are the latest generations of telecommunication (mobile), energy (solar PV) and finance (mobile payments) being utilised, but they are being fused in a novel way that makes a whole new genre of energy service possible among previously underserved communities.

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Diamond Power Infrastructure on a transformational spree with Digital India program

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India, being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is witnessing a digital revolution. PM Narendra Modi has trotted out numerous programs to promote Digital India, ensuring digital inclusion across the country. On this note, Amit Bhatnagar Diamond Power MD, has digitally-empowered his company, in the field of manufacturing power transmission equipment.

Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd, also known as Dicabs, was the first Indian company to manufacture alloy conductors and proto-test HSHC (High Strength and High Conductivity) conductors. Today, Dicabs is the only company in India, which holds a BIS mark certification for alloy conductors.  It also complies with the ISI quality standards for manufacturing all types of conductors.

The Vadodara- based company has also established India’s headmost ‘continual horizontal lead extrusion facility’, along with the ‘aluminum corrugation facility’ for cables (66KV). Dicabs is also ranked at the fifth position in the world, for manufacturing extra high-voltage cables up to 550 KV.

The homegrown companies are getting new opportunities to grow, as the Centre has reduced imports in the segment. India is on a transformational spree, and will become a hub for technology and innovations in the coming years. The initiative has already received pledges from Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd and other corporate ventures, with investments worth Rs 4.5 lakh crore. This figure is expected to surge as the ‘Make in India’ campaign gains momentum.

Amit Bhatnagar Diamond Power

Amit Bhatnagar believes that quality and technology go hand in hand. Being a technocrat, he has always supported technology by reining on state-of-the-art technology for all business operations.

His ability to sense, envision and adapt to change pertaining to technology has been the company’s key growth driver, since the initial years. “With India progressing on the path of innovation and technology, Dicabs would unremittingly partner its journey towards successful frontiers. Simultaneously, we would continue to adapt to as well as lead the change through proactive investments in technology,” says Amit Bhatnagar.

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India, being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is witnessing a digital revolution. PM Narendra Modi has trotted out numerous programs to promote Digital India, ensuring digital inclusion across the country. On this note, Amit Bhatnagar Diamond Power MD, has digitally-empowered his company, in the field of manufacturing power transmission equipment.

Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd, also known as Dicabs, was the first Indian company to manufacture alloy conductors and proto-test HSHC (High Strength and High Conductivity) conductors. Today, Dicabs is the only company in India, which holds a BIS mark certification for alloy conductors.  It also complies with the ISI quality standards for manufacturing all types of conductors.

The Vadodara- based company has also established India’s headmost ‘continual horizontal lead extrusion facility’, along with the ‘aluminum corrugation facility’ for cables (66KV). Dicabs is also ranked at the fifth position in the world, for manufacturing extra high-voltage cables up to 550 KV.

The homegrown companies are getting new opportunities to grow, as the Centre has reduced imports in the segment. India is on a transformational spree, and will become a hub for technology and innovations in the coming years. The initiative has already received pledges from Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd and other corporate ventures, with investments worth Rs 4.5 lakh crore. This figure is expected to surge as the ‘Make in India’ campaign gains momentum.

Amit Bhatnagar Diamond Power

Amit Bhatnagar believes that quality and technology go hand in hand. Being a technocrat, he has always supported technology by reining on state-of-the-art technology for all business operations.

His ability to sense, envision and adapt to change pertaining to technology has been the company’s key growth driver, since the initial years. “With India progressing on the path of innovation and technology, Dicabs would unremittingly partner its journey towards successful frontiers. Simultaneously, we would continue to adapt to as well as lead the change through proactive investments in technology,” says Amit Bhatnagar.

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How to make your Business successful on a global level with an iOS Application?

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iOS App Development

Are you a startup? Are you looking to make your business successful on a global level? Then iOS application can be a great choice to turn your business digital and get successful on a global level. The iOS system is owned by Apple who is renowned for their precision and futuristic technology. Apple controls the iOS versions and the applications that get published on Apple app store. Therefore there are no chances of bloatware or non-functional applications on the app store.

iOS App Debelopment

The Apple only accepts quality application in the app store, so it is pivotal for the applications to perform well and give quality service to its users. Even though the iOS application only owns 30% of market shares, it brings 70% of total revenue that all app stores generate. The iOS app can be helpful for your business to reel in a good capital for your further business. The iOS also has a sophisticated audience base that dominates many developed countries such as the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, etc. So if your application becomes successful and popular in those countries the demand for your application will be seen on other platforms, making your business successful.

Apple has created an image of the perfect Smartphone that has become the dream of many Smartphone users to own an iPhone. But with the modernizing lifestyle and the custom of instalment payment, everyone wants to try on the best device in the market.

But how to make your iOS application benefit your business? Below are some advantages of iOS application that promises your business a global growth.

Advantages of iOS applications

Apple’s stamp of approval

The iPhone itself doesn’t work for the users. They need apps to power their phones and as Apple only gives their users the best quality apps, the user knows that every app they download is sorted by Apple themselves. If you develop an app for your business on the iOS platform and once your app gets published on the app store your app will automatically have the Apple’s stamp of approval. This can help your business at a global level.

Easy business expansion

The iOS has a reputation that precedes the border of a single country. Once your app is published on the app store, your business can get a global exposure. This exposure can be beneficial to set up your business abroad. Hence, your dream of global growth can be accomplished with the help of an iOS application.

Scalability

High stability is the primary requirement of any application on the platform they choose to develop their application. And there is no one in the business like the Apple that can provide such scalability. The reason that scalability is important for applications is so that they can provide a better user experience.

Security

Security is one of the factors that Apple is renowned for. The transactions are secure and safe and all business transaction on the iOS platform is secured by the security features that Apple has embedded into the system. Apple always provides their users with the best security possible to save them from any external threats.

Latest features to include

There are many features that Apple introduces in their application with every device that they release. And with the latest iPhone X, it was augmented reality, core machine learning, etc. These features can be really helpful for the applications that can embed these features into their application. For example, if you own an e-commerce application, AR could be really helpful to showcase the product that you sell.

These advantages clearly point out the benefits of using iOS apps to grow your business. When you consider these points collectively the picture becomes clearer. But it is also extremely important to have a reliable development partner. There are many companies that provide Top iPhone App Development that can be extremely helpful for you to develop quality applications at an affordable cost. The countries that are prominent in iPhone app development are India, USA, UK, Australia, etc. Hence, select your development partner carefully and let your business prosper.

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