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Double pilot success for BluPoint

Tue 18th April 2017

Long-term partnerships follow successful education pilots in South Africa and Kenya.

Catalyst alumnus BluPoint, which provides internet and digital services to off-grid and remote communities, is celebrating two major early successes for 2017. 

Working with South Africa’s Joint Education Trust (JET), an education equality think tank, BluPoint successfully deployed its technology into 15 schools near Durban.

With the pilot project bringing instant results, BluPoint and JET are set to collaborate over the next two years, implementing BluPoint’s service to 200 schools in South Africa. 

The JET partnership is one of two successful education pilots for BluPoint. The other is a recently completed project with a global Japanese electronics manufacturer, taking its high quality education materials into Kenya’s Kenyatta University. Using BluPoint technology, students and course leaders were able to access the content without incurring data charges. BluPoint curated hundreds of videos and over a thousand articles from their digital library, and adapted the content to work on both smart and non-smart devices.

The system was used at such low energy it remained operational even as the power grid was taken out by a lightning storm. With proof-of-concept confirmed, BluPoint will expand the initiative from east to west Africa, focusing on Ghana and Nigeria next.

Professor Mike Santer, Founder of BluPoint said: “The partnerships come at a pivotal period of expansion for BluPoint. The success of both of these projects sends a strong message about the universal impact we are making from our base in Southampton.”