MOSAIC-2B: Mobile Empowerment for the Socio-Economic Development in South Africa
MOSAIC2B is a European research project aiming to develop and test a new framework that uses cloud-based applications, innovative low-cost internet delivery mechanisms (delay tolerant networks and opportunistic communications) and affordable mobile technologies to support local entrepreneurs, especially in rural villages. Disney Research Zurich, together with a consortium of European and South African partners builds upon the use case of mobile digital cinemas to run real life experiments demonstrating and evaluating the technological and economic viability of according innovations. In essence MOSAIC2B delivers a combination of mobile digital cinemas for edutainment (educational content and entertainment), mobile consumer services as well as visual analytics and interactive tools to obtain real-time knowledge of on-going processes and to support decision making. The case of South African micro entrepreneurs delivering edutainment to rural consumers serves as a showcase for broad based economic activities at the bottom of the economic pyramid in the developing world. Adapted innovative services at affordable cost offer sustainable access to new markets on a global scale to the benefit of the under-serviced population.