2 December 2010 The South African government has launched a special unit to tackle corruption in the country’s public service by investigating suspected corrupt officials, improving lines for reporting wrong-doing, and protecting whistleblowers and witnesses. Launching the unit in Johannesburg last week, Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said the unit would investigate officials with undisclosed business interests as well as official who did outside work without permission, who solicited bribes, or who received grants or benefits unlawfully. Baloyi said the unit would operate in collaboration with the police Special Investigative Unit, the Auditor-General, the Public Service Commission, and the National Treasury. Provincial anti-corruption units will also work hand-in-hand with the new unit, which is divided into three divisions to handle investigations, legal and disciplinary matters, and strategic information management. It will conduct, facilitate and coordinate the investigation of high-profile cases and, where necessary, refer investigation outcomes to the relevant authorities for further action. It will also oversee disciplinary proceedings in high-profile cases. “Our stance is zero tolerance on corruption,” Baloyi said, adding that rooting out corruption would lead in turn to a more efficient public service. Last month, the Public Service Commission recommended the establishment of an anti-corruption unit in the public service because non-compliance and a lack of coordination was hampering the fight against corruption in government departments. Source: BuaNews
InstaKey Security Systems has recently completed a new implementation with The Fresh Market, a leading specialty grocer, on their new lock and key management program designed to add process and structure to their mechanical key system, while lowering associated costs.In less than three months, The Fresh Market converted 160+ stores nationwide, to the proprietary InstaKey Key Management System. All locations received new, small-format interchangeable lock hardware and Store Management uses InstaKey’s SecurityRecords.com® to issue keys and manage their key holder population.“Every time we work with InstaKey, their commitment to us, the project and to their personal/corporate integrity shines through,” explains Joe Oliveira, CFI, director of asset protection at The Fresh Market. “The InstaKey program is a huge success. The program has become part of our culture and it is helping us better protect our team members, guests, product, cash and data. We just couldn’t do it without InstaKey’s help and support. To top it off, converting an entire company in under three months has to be a world record!”- Sponsor – This new partnership with InstaKey also makes future lock changes easy. When keys are lost or unaccounted for, using user-rekeyable locks eliminates the need make an expensive locksmith callout when a step change key is the only tool required to complete a rekey. This allows for immediate lock changes to keep stores and areas within stores secure.The software and service behind the lock hardware makes a significant difference in managing the key system, allowing The Fresh Market to easily take control of managing the system and reducing costs. This is accomplished through restricted keys that cannot be duplicated, cloud-based software that maintains and tracks the system’s integrity and a dedicated team of subject matter experts at InstaKey that help administrate the key system management with The Fresh Market team.For more information, visit www.instakey.com/what-we-do/keycontrol. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
It’s time once again for Mobile World Congress, our chance to get up to speed on everything happening in mobile and wireless connectivity. This year, it’s all about the gigabit experience. While there is a lot of buzz around 5G, it’s important to remember that Wi-Fi 6 plays a critical role in the future of connectivity — especially when it comes to the connected home.Wi-Fi 6 — based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard — is the next leap forward in wireless connectivity. Not only is it astonishingly fast, but it is also designed to handle dense environments with lots of connected devices. Plus, it enables a fully managed wireless LAN, making it ideal for service providers who want to provision device-to-device services in modern smart homes.With Wi-Fi 6 clients coming soon, service providers shouldn’t wait to deploy Wi-Fi 6-capable routers and gateways. Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to get a head start.1. Wi-Fi 6 will bring multiple waves of innovationAt Intel, our decades-long history of supporting Wi-Fi innovation and delivering leading technology continues as we highlight what’s possible with Wi-Fi 6. To enable an optimal experience from device to network, we delivered the industry’s first single-chip Wi-Fi 6 solution for mainstream 2+2 home routers and gateways and expect to be first to introduce Wi-Fi 6 solutions for the PC.At Mobile World Congress 2019, we’re demonstrating how OFDMA and scheduling technologies running on Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 solutions can boost network efficiency and reduce latency, improving experiences like VR, gaming and video streaming. We also showcased the next wave of innovation with the first demonstration of Wi-Fi 6 on the 6-7 GHz spectrum. When this enhancement to Wi-Fi 6 rolls out in the next couple of years, it has the potential to more than double the Wi-Fi spectrum with up to 4x more 160 MHz channel deployment options (estimates apply to U.S. implementations). This will further improve network capacity and reduce latency for even better user experiences.2. Today’s clients can already get a better connection with Wi-Fi 6Service providers can gain a competitive advantage by deploying Wi-Fi 6 as early as possible. To start with, when rolling out previous generations of Wi-Fi, the ecosystem has seen success introducing the infrastructure first to ensure high-quality experiences with clients. By installing routers and gateways with Wi-Fi 6 now, service providers will be ready when a broad range of Wi-Fi 6 clients hit the market.While consumers will get the highest-quality experiences connecting future Wi-Fi 6 devices to Wi-Fi 6 gateways or routers, a pleasant surprise awaits those who upgrade their home network now. This is because of the growing number of PCs with integrated gigabit Wi-Fi that are designed to use 160 MHz channel bandwidth and are available today. When connecting these PCs to a Wi-Fi 6 router that also supports 160 MHz channel bandwidth, it’s possible to get true gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi. This offers a performance boost today for more immersive experiences, with the satisfaction of future-proofing the home network for when consumers start to connect Wi-Fi 6 clients.When you further consider that a mainstream 2+2 Wi-Fi 6 router may be not only faster than a 4+4 Wi-Fi 5 router, but also comparable in price, there’s no reason to wait to roll out Wi-Fi 6.3. Wi-Fi 6 will complement 5G for fast, seamless connectivityThere’s no doubt that 5G is one of the hottest topics in wireless. Wi-Fi is also important for enhancing wireless connectivity and, given how pervasive it is in homes around the world, it’s not going anywhere. End users will expect Wi-Fi speeds to keep up as they connect more devices to their networks.As the mobile ecosystem moves to gigabit speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks will complement one another so that end users can enjoy a seamless wireless experience. Wi-Fi 6 will play an important part in the 5G ecosystem since it introduces a managed wireless network infrastructure. Specifically, the use of downlink and uplink OFDMA in a managed Wi-Fi scenario lets operators differentiate traffic and services to efficiently utilize the wireless medium. All this means faster, more responsive connectivity to improve user experiences, no matter where end users go.Amazing experiences can’t waitFor service providers, the timing is right to start future-proofing home networks with Wi-Fi 6, setting the stage for blazingly fast wireless connectivity. To learn more about Wi-Fi 6 and how Intel is enabling Wi-Fi solutions that transform connectivity and deliver the best possible experiences, visit intel.com/wifiax.