Sunday, September 12, 2010

A week at Meraka, CSIR

Last week Bartek and I had privilege to conduct Mobicents Platform training at Meraka, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Institute located in city of Pretoria, South Africa. The CSIR is South Africa's central and premier scientific research and development organisation in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people.

Institute is built across beautiful campus and rich with facilities; I was amazed to see the CSIR Institute and made me remind IIT-K Campus that I visited this February.

Usually training's are too boring to conduct with flow of knowledge happening just in one direction. But this was a rare training where audience were very interactive and made Bartek/me think twice before we could really answer their queries.

Meraka has already developed couple of JSLEE Resource Adaptor's (on Mobicents 1.x.y Platform) for proprietary protocol communicating with SMSC and USSD aggregator. These RA's are used in platform called MOBI4D. The presentation explaining the MOBI4D is here

Meraka already have several exciting projects ongoing specifically on TTS, ASR, IVR, IP Tv. It will be very exciting to see these projects go live by end of next year.

Looking forward to visit SA again soon and spend more time with this team!

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