WINSTON the pigeon is not only the most tech-savvy pigeon in the world but also carries himself and data bundles remarkably well.
And he did this much faster than Telkom.
Winston took off from his company's call centre in Howick yesterday to deliver four gigabytes of data to The Unlimited company's office in Hillcrest, Durban, racing the same data transmission against an ADSL line. The Unlimited operates call centres in KwaZulu-Natal and must transmit data to its head office every day.
And it took him only two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds to transfer from one location to another. An update of the transmission of the same amount of data being sent via ADSL at the same time showed that Winston had indeed won.
Kevin Rolfe, head of IT at The Unlimited company said this innovative way of sending data came about when they received a lot of complaints from customers when their company expanded.
"The Unlimited company needs to get data from 11 satellite call centres every day to monitor quality of sales, to listen to voice logs, to verify call costs - a key quality and data check issue," he said.