UCT was thrilled to be part of a team that won an innovation award at the recent NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards 2013. The ARTIST (Adaptive Real-Time Internet Streaming Technology) team (a collaborative effort between CSIR, UCT and East Coast Access) won the category for "an Individual or a Team for an Outstanding Contribution to SETI through Research leading to Innovation: in a Corporate organization or Institution".
From the UCT side, intellectual property (IP) was developed by a team of researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering headed by Assoc. Prof Mqhele Dlodlo, Prof. Gerhard de Jager and Dr Guy-Alain Lusilao Zodi. This IP has been licensed by the Consortium to start-up Tuluntulu who are currently commercialising it.
Adaptive Real-Time Internet Streaming Technology (ARTIST) uses algorithms to adjust quality to available bandwidth to ensure viewing continuity. Potential applications are diverse - from entertainment (sports events, community 'TV') to education (schooling, adult education, farming, health and rural community healthcare worker training). It fills a very specific niche though: one-to-many (users/viewers) live, internet-based, broadcasting that is available on mobile devices.