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Digital Transformation on The Horizon for Liberia

US$150M Agreement With Syracuse University and Imcon Will Digitally Transform nation Through Dramatic Expansion of Internet Connectivity


Atlanta, GA   Imcon International Inc., the developer of the Internet Backpack, a remote connectivity solution that allows users to be able to communicate from almost every location on the planet, the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University and the Republic of Liberia will collaborate on 40 in 2021, a far-reaching $150 million project that will digitally transform Liberia by increasing the nation’s current internet penetration of about 7% to 40% by 2021. The announcement was made today by Rob Loud, CEO, Imcon International, Inc. and Elizabeth D. Liddy, Dean of the iSchool.

Mr. Loud and a delegation that included senior Imcon representatives were in Monrovia last week to meet with high ranking Liberia government officials, including The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs (Hon. Nathaniel McGill), the Minister of Education (Professor Ansu D. Sonii) and the Minister of Health (Dr. Wilhemina Jallah). Honorable McGill expressed his support for the 40 in 2021 Project, acknowledging “the potential significant value to the country, especially the benefits to be gained by Liberia’s ailing Education and Health Sectors”. Dr. Jallah and Professor Sonii also demonstrated their support for the project by executing Memos of Understanding, for their respective agencies, to formally launch the 40 in 2021 project partnership.

As an integral part of the project, Imcon International will provide up to 6,000 Internet Backpacks at an approximate cost of up to $30 million as well as edgeware, through its partner VMware, to the Republic of Liberia for education, healthcare, rural community and government use, connecting the internet to all schools and hospitals throughout the country. The project includes a project-based learning curriculum through Imcon’s education partner One Planet Education Network (OPEN). Through its partnerships with Hu-manity.co and OrbHealth, Imcon will also implement a nationwide broadband network dedicated to the nation’s Education and Healthcare system and deploy and maintain Liberia’s first Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. As Imcon previously announced, the newly established non-profit Imcon Liberia Foundation will drive the goals of 40 in 2021. Syracuse University iSchool will lead research, education, cyberphysical network design, and implementation for the Liberia project.

“The Internet Backpack is a revolutionary technology and a groundbreaking solution with multiple applications for use across the planet,” said Mr. Loud. “This alliance will dramatically jumpstart our ability to extend our proprietary technology and effectuate positive change for underserved people as well as for those in remote areas without access to standard connectivity. The Liberia project is the first of many projects we envision rolling out on a global scale over the coming months and years.”

“We are pleased to take part in this project with Imcon and lend our technical and research expertise to this important endeavor to increase Internet connectivity across Liberia and other locations around the globe,” said Dean Liddy. “The iSchool is deeply committed to leveraging our academic and scholarly resources to improve the world around us.”

Imcon International, Inc., is an immediate connectivity solutions provider. Imcon is developing edgeware services and device solutions, such as the Internet Backpack, which conform to the Open Specifications Model for the Internet of Things v0.5. The Internet Backpack is a remote connectivity solution utilizing narrow-bandwidth utilities which allows users to be able to communicate from almost every location on the planet. The Internet Backpack also allows users to create internal wireless networks with large coverage areas utilizing various radio frequencies. Please visit http://imconintl.com for more information.

The iSchool is a globally recognized leader in advancing knowledge and developing creative, thoughtful, and technically capable leaders in the information field. The iSchool’s mission is to expand human capabilities by connecting people, information, and technology. The faculty and staff of the iSchool are committed to preparing students to be leaders in the information field, advancing knowledge and using information to solve problems faced by individuals and organizations. The iSchool impacts research and the information profession through scholarship, rigorous education opportunities, and commitment to service that advances science, improves professional practice, and contributes both to communities and more broadly to society.