HLT-enhanced EPUB 3 conversion system

Opportunity to use the CSIR’s enhanced EPUB 3 conversion system  for audiobook production.

Technology Field / OU or Centre

Meraka

Technology Description 

The CSIR has developed a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) EPUB 3 conversion system (for Afrikaans, English, Sesotho and isiZulu) capable of producing EPUB 3 documents containing synchronized text and audio. This is done in two ways, either by taking existing, human-narrated audio and aligning it with the document text using ASR, or by synthesizing a text-only document into audio with implicit alignment using TTS.

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Data harvesting and/or collaboration on speech transcription

The CSIR would like to elicit interest from organisations that have access to large volumes of speech  and/or text data in any of the official languages and who would like to donate data (under appropriate terms and conditions to be negotiated) to the CSIR to develop automatic transcription technology.

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SANote

Portable talking computer for the visually-impaired

Technology Field / OU or Centre

Meraka

Technology Description 

SAnote is a low-cost/affordable portable talking computing device for the visually impaired. SAnote uses open source technology to fulfil the ICT needs of visually impaired users. It is a battery-driven standard keyboard comprising standard computer hardware. Voice synthesis guides the user through the menu system and is available in multiple indigenous languages (currently English, Sepedi, Setswana and Afrikaans).

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CloudTutor

CloudTutor is a cloud-based chat-oriented tutoring platform which connects tutors, subject matter experts, teachers and learners. CloudTutor can also be used for other applications where there is a need to render business services through a live person to many requesters in individual chat sessions.

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Mobi4D

The Mobi4D platform simplifies mobile development by offering reusable communication and shared resource components.

Technology Field / OU or Centre

Meraka

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Smart-Sense

Smart Sense enables real-time monitoring and controlling of water or energy distribution network components.

Technology Field / OU or Centre

Meraka

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Geo-location Spectrum Database (GLSD)

The Geo-location Spectrum Database enables shared spectrum broadband networks.

Technology Field / OU or Centre

Meraka

Technology brief description

The Geo-location Spectrum Database enables shared spectrum broadband networks. The GLSD technology operates by responding to a white space device (WSD) query, whereby the WSD sends technical parameters such as location, height of antenna, and emission class. By applying standard based algorithms the GLSD intelligently calculates and furnishes the WSD with operational parameters (OPs) that could be used without causing harmful interference to the incumbent users at a given locality. The OPs may include, but are not limited to the frequency to be used and corresponding maximum allowed transmit power levels.

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Dr Sibisi encouraged staff to make use of the wide range of resources and commercial expertise available through the CSIR Licensing and Ventures Office to make better informed decisions.

How to create value from Intellectual Property

Dr Sibisi encouraged staff to make use of the wide range of resources and commercial expertise available through the CSIR Licensing and Ventures Office to make better informed decisions.

Dr Sibisi encouraged staff to make use of the wide range of resources and commercial expertise available through the CSIR Licensing and Ventures Office to make better informed decisions.

The CSIR Licensing and Ventures Office, Legal Services and the R&D Office hosted an exhibition and talk on World Intellectual Property Day (April 26) to address these topics and to engage CSIR staff on issues relating to Intellectual Property (IP); the policies that govern who the rightful owners of a particular intellectual creation are, how to appropriately disclose, protect and ultimately effectively exploit that IP.Do you personally own the technology that you conceptualise and develop for the CSIR? When is it appropriate to talk about your work on social media, or even discuss it with your family and friends?

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Vinny Lingham with CSIR Licensing and Ventures Group Manager Nicki Koorbanally.

Dos and Don’ts when pitching to potential investors: Vinny Lingham visits the CSIR

Vinny Lingham with CSIR Licensing and Ventures Group Manager Nicki Koorbanally.

 The CSIR Licensing and Ventures (L&V) office recently hosted South African-born internet tech-entrepreneur, Vinny Lingham, to speak on the dos and don’ts when pitching to potential investors. The talk was primarily aimed at equipping staff with entrepreneurial skills and imparting business technical knowledge. The fascination with Vinny’s success in Silicon Valley was evident in the large number of CSIR employees who came to listen to the talk.

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