Kind post: Samsung continues to harness solar energy to create an autonomous Digital Village in Africa

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    Samsung Electronics is known not only for its desire for leadership in all areas of household appliances, consumer and commercial electronics and innovative technologies. For many years now, the company has been actively working on global projects within the framework of the social corporate responsibility program “Hope For Children”. Last year, we already talked about good deeds that were being implemented under the auspices of Samsung in South Africa , Brazil and Vietnam .

    The concept of a solar-powered Internet school, which was built in the godforsaken African village of Fomolong last year, was further developed. A new company initiative called Samsung Digital Villages will be launched in South Africa. Its main goal will be the unification of African settlements, hospitals, schools, lighting systems and energy infrastructure into a single solar-powered system. The project is aimed at improving the quality of health care, providing new educational opportunities and creating conditions in which ordinary people could live an economically independent life.

    The Digital Village project consists of several key components that work together for the benefit of a community in terms of health, education and employment. It should be noted once again that without exception, all project components are powered by solar energy, which the African continent is incredibly rich in.

    Tele-Medical Center

    In many regions and remote rural areas of Africa, there is an acute shortage of qualified medical personnel and resources - this is unlikely to surprise anyone today. To get adequate medical treatment, local residents sometimes have to travel many hours to the nearest hospitals and clinics.

    The solar-powered tele-medical center is a mobile container designed to provide residents of remote areas and settlements with convenient access to medical services. In cases where the consultation of reputable colleagues is required, doctors from the Center can activate video conferencing with central clinics in the largest cities in the region in real time. The Center also provides a database and access to the server for storing virtual honey. patient records.

    Health Center

    The Health Center is a large truck that also provides medical assistance to local residents in the area of ​​the Digital Village and in the surrounding areas. It is equipped with medical equipment for the treatment of diseases of the eye, ear-throat-nose and dentistry, and also has the capabilities for blood analysis and instant diagnosis.

    The Tele-Medical Center and the Health Center have high hopes: it is expected that mobile Centers will help to successfully overcome geographical and economic barriers in the fight against many diseases in South Africa, Ethiopia and Gabon.

    Internet School

    An online school is an elongated metal container capable of independently generating the power necessary for its operation through photovoltaic cells installed on its roof.


    The power of solar panels is enough for the autonomous operation of the facility for three days when fully charged. At the same time, uninterrupted power is supplied to the large touch screen, which replaces the blackboard for the teacher, and the netbooks used by students during multimedia courses, and Internet access is also provided.


    Solar Powered Generators

    In addition to the key task - improving the quality of education, medical services and living standards, an equally important aspect of the Digital Villages project is a direct contribution to the development of small enterprises through the introduction of solar energy generators and LED lighting systems. Due to the fact that the innovative Samsung project works exclusively on solar energy, negative environmental impact is eliminated, and operating costs in the areas where the Digital Villages will be based will be significantly reduced. The life of the generators is 7-8 years.

    Solar generators will provide electricity to homes, schools, hospitals and key municipal facilities. They work silently, do not emit harmful substances into the atmosphere, and the cost of their maintenance is negligible.

    Further development of the Digital Village project

    Following a discussion of an ambitious project with governments across Africa, Samsung intends to include police stations and post offices in the Digital Village plan, as well as focus on the use of satellite communications.

    This year Samsung plans to build Digital villages in three countries: South Africa, Ethiopia and Gabon. Negotiations are already underway with other governments and international organizations to expand the project and reach settlements in the most inaccessible areas of the continent.

    To provide the project with a sufficient number of qualified personnel, Samsung is developing partnerships with medical and educational institutions. To provide medical services, the resources of the health authorities of each country participating in the project, as well as specialists from local universities and the international organization World Vision, will be attracted. Employees of the Ministry of Education, UNESCO, as well as other governmental and civil organizations will be involved in the implementation of educational programs.

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