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Pakistan adopts Chinese GPS satellite system
May 19, 2013
Pakistan is set to become the fifth Asian country to use China''s domestic satellite navigation system which was launched as a rival to the US global positioning system, a report said Saturday. The Beidou, or Compass, system started Read More . .

Pakistan adopts Chinese GPS satellite system

May 19, 2013


Pakistan is set to become the fifth Asian country to use China''s domestic satellite navigation system which was launched as a rival to the US global positioning system, a report said Saturday. The Beidou, or Compass, system started providing services to civilians in the region in December and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020. It also has military applications.
Thailand, China, Laos and Brunei already use the Chinese system, which currently consists of 16 operational satellites, with 30 more due to join the system, according to English-language China Daily. Huang Lei, international business director of BDStar Navigation, which promotes Beidou, told the newspaper the company would build a network of stations in Pakistan to enhance the location accuracy of Beidou.
He said building the network would cost tens of millions of dollars. American website Defensenews.com reported early May that Pakistani military experts were in favour of using the Chinese system, even though the availability of the signal could not be guaranteed in case of conflict. But according to one of them, Pakistan cannot place its trust in the United States.
"Pakistan''s armed forces cannot rely on US GPS because of its questionable availability during a conflict that has overtones of nuclear escalation," former Pakistan Air Force pilot Kaiser Tufail told the site. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang travels next week to Pakistan, a long time ally, after a visit to India.
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013

Lahore's student develops 'Rush Hour Controller' software
May 18, 2013
Software developed by a 9th class student from Lahore has won silver medal in the e-biko International Project Olympiad held recently in Ankara, Turkey. Muhammad Abdullah Abid son of Muhammad Ismail Abid, a student of PakTurk School Lahore Read More . .

Lahore's student develops 'Rush Hour Controller' software

May 18, 2013


Software developed by a 9th class student from Lahore has won silver medal in the e-biko International Project Olympiad held recently in Ankara, Turkey. Muhammad Abdullah Abid son of Muhammad Ismail Abid, a student of PakTurk School Lahore developed software 'Rush Hour Controller' which can change traffic signals according to the number of vehicles on the road after collecting data through a normal Webcam.
According to a press statement issued by Pak Turk School on Friday Muhammad Abdullah was sent to participate in the global information and communications technology competition where 176 projects from 48 countries including USA, Thailand, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Nigeria, Albania, Brazil etc were presented.
Abid stood second in the category of software development to bag second prize and additional reward of US 300 dollars from the organisers of the contest. His software uses a Webcam or any security cam to take pictures of roads continuously, it calculate the number of cars on the roads and give more green light time to the rush direction.
If a road is empty, the program gives less time to green light and more to red one. It also caters for pedestrians and send signal to drivers if road is blocked. This program can also be effetely used in car parking, if a parking areas is empty it send SMS to registered drivers by using SMS while it has an FM radio option too to send audio message to drivers. The program sends SMS and radio signal to police if it finds something suspicious. Commenting on the success, Director Education Pak-Turk Kamil Ture said that a general symbol of development is technology, which helps individuals and societies meet their needs more easily.
Societies having completed their technological developments and keeping up with the age have higher levels of life and culture. Like many innovations, technological innovations should be firstly conveyed to education institutions, said Ture. We should encourage ambitious of Pakistani students to become technology literates to build the future with their dreams.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2013

PEW calls for enhanced awareness about software piracy
April 4, 2013
The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Wednesday called for enhanced awareness regarding software piracy which has emerged as a threat to businesses. Governments, private sector and NGOs should turn their attention Read More . .

PEW calls for enhanced awareness about software piracy

April 4, 2013


The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Wednesday called for enhanced awareness regarding software piracy which has emerged as a threat to businesses. Governments, private sector and NGOs should turn their attention to raising awareness about rampant piracy which has become a national security threat for many countries, said President PEW Dr Murtaza Mughal.
A recent study by International Data Corporation (IDC) has discovered that the chances of infection by unexpected malware are one in three for consumers and three in ten for businesses, he said. The cost of dealing with the impact has been predicted to be $114 billion in 2013 while in Asia Pacific the spending will reach $39 billion. Consumers world-wide will spend 1.5 billion hours and 22 billion dollars identifying, repairing, and recovering from the impact of malware, Dr Murtaza Mughal informed.
The study titled, "The Dangerous World of Counterfeit and Pirated Software," found that 45 percent counterfeit software is downloaded from the Internet, 78 percent is downloaded from P2P networks in which 36 percent contained Trojans and adware. A separate study in Southeast Asia in February 2013 found an average malware infection rate of 69 percent.
Respondents informed that only 12 percent of the software was problem-free while 66 per cent of IT managers said that user-installed software increase security risks for their organisations. Dr Murtaza Mughal said that some people choose counterfeit to save money but ends up putting extra financial strain. The best way to ensure cyber security is to use genuine software and schedule a security check.

IT Excellence Awards conferred on 12 Pakistani experts
March 31, 2013
Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC), the global leader in data analytic solutions, has announced winners for 11th Teradata National Information Technology (IT) Excellence Awards at an awards ceremony held here on Saturday. Read More . .

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January 21, 2013


Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC), the global leader in data analytic solutions, has announced winners for 11th Teradata National Information Technology (IT) Excellence Awards at an awards ceremony held here on Saturday. Twelve Awards were bestowed on the best of the best in the information technology industry.
Mohammad Tariq Malik, the Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), and Robert Ewing, Consular Economic Affairs, US Embassy, were chief guest and guest of honour, respectively. They recognised Teradata's efforts in encouraging IT professionals and IT development in Pakistan through the awards. They also congratulated the winners for achieving excellence in their respective fields.
Khuram Rahat, Teradata's Managing Director for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, said: "I am very pleased to host the 11th Teradata IT Excellence Awards and to recognise these 12 distinguished people in the IT industry at the national level who have been instrumental in introducing, promoting and implementing IT in Pakistan."
The winners of the 11th Teradata National IT Excellence Awards in the 12 categories are: Excellence in IT Business Intelligence - Umar Afzal; Excellence in Software Development - Bilal Hashmat; Excellence in Software Export - M/S NetSol Technologies Limited; Excellence in Networking - Ameen Sharif; Excellence in IT Research & Development - Zeeshan-ul-Hassan Usmani; Excellence in IT Education - Osman Hasan; Excellence in Project Management - Gohar Ahmed Khan; Excellence in IT Media & Publication - Shahrukh Dilshad; Excellence as an IT Student -Muhammad Usman Shahbaz; Excellence in IT Enabled Service Offering - Raza Saeed; CIO of the Year - Dr Sarfaraz Alam; Lifetime Achievement Award - Nooruddin Baqai.
Nominations in the 12 categories were received by independent auditors KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co Seven judges evaluated the nominations based on the supporting documents - the compiled results were later announced by the auditors. Judges for the 11th Teradata National IT Excellence Awards were:
Javed Yousuf Edhi, CIO of Silk Bank, Syed Anees H Naqvi, Iqbal Abdullah, Brigadier (Retd) Saleem Ahmed Moeen, CEO of SecureTech Consultancy Pvt Ltd, Shabir Baxamoosa, Shahid Sarwar Director IT of PIAC's Computer Center, Professor Dr Mohammad Abid Khan, Chairman Computer Science Department, Peshawar University, and Dr Arshad Ali DG, NUST, SEECS, Islamabad.
Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC) is the world's leading analytic data solutions company, focused on integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications. Teradata's innovative products and services deliver data integration and business insight to empower organisations to make the best decisions possible and achieve competitive advantage.
Courtesy of Business Recorder