May 19, 2020

New SatNav has pan-African coverage

Africa
Mapping
Devices
routes
Bizclik Editor
2 min
New SatNav has pan-African coverage

The global leader in satellite navigation Garmin has announced the first Personal Navigation Devices (PND) pre-loaded with City Navigator Pan-Africa giving coverage across 54 African countries.

Garmin Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd revealed that City Navigator Pan-Africa will provide Garmin users with one map for the whole of Africa, even in countries that have never featured mapping on its devices before.

Walter Mach, Chief Executive Officer of Garmin Southern Africa, said: “City Navigator Pan-Africa will not only provide valuable technology to travellers, but will also be beneficial for farmers, truckdrivers, miners and surveyors who require top notch navigational technology on a day to day basis.

“In parts of the continent where extensive road networks, signage and other infrastructure are not yet fully developed, City Navigator Pan-Africa will pave the way to increased commerce, development and agricultural activity, not to mention an expanded tourism footprint.”

Coverage includes over 4.8 million km of routable road network and more than 1.9 million km of non-routable roads, paths and tracks for off-road navigation.

The map set covers 54 countries, 29 with detailed coverage (full country or partial) and turn-by-turn navigation.

It also has more than 610,000 Points of Interest (POI) across the African continent, also including cities, towns, fuel stations, lodging and airports.

The product features include:  map coverage for 54 countries, 29 of which with detailed coverage (full country or partial); over 4.8 million km of routable road and street network; over 1.9 million km of non-routable road, path and track network and more than 610,000 POIs across the African continent, also including cities, towns and airports

For South Africa, City Navigator Pan-Africa comes packed with additional Garmin features including: Lane assist; Generic Junction View (nüvi 40); PhotoReal Junction View (nüvi 2595); Speed limit indicator; nüvi 259LMT offers Automatic Speech Recognition (only available in English) and Safety Cameras.

Mech added that City Navigator Pan-Africa marks an exciting period for the company, affording Garmin Southern Africa the opportunity to continue expansion plans across the continent. 

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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