National Student Financial Aid Scheme
MicroVision was the Software Solutions partner for SLC (now Adinga (Pty) Ltd), a SAGE 300/ACCPAC solutions partner. We were jointly appointed to provide software solutions services to the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the period 2005-2008.
Our responsibilities included:
- Re-evaluation of the existing Loans and Bursary management system that spanned a 20 year period,
- The development of an IT Strategy and Master Systems Plan of all the systems deployed by NSFAS,
- Providing a complete end-to-end solution for NSFAS from the loan/bursary application through the entire back-end processing of the loan/bursary, payments into students' accounts and the loan recovery management.
The systems developed involved full seamless integration with university systems, banking systems, as well as Employer (including National Government's PERSAL system) for loan repayments.
RESULTS | A KEY WIN!
One of the key projects we undertook was to recalculate student loans over a 20-year period after the discovery that loan balances were calculated incorrectly. The existing loan calculation did not take fundamental principles into account, such as the in-duplum rule, daily compound interest and the time from which interest was to be charged. Different loans also had different rules that applied and consequently multiple loan calculation variations needed to be taken into account in determining student balances. In addition, students had many loans of different types which added to the complexity of the calculation. This project, as it was for all our projects, was delivered successfully and resulted in many students being reimbursed because of the overstatement of outstanding amounts owing.
National Key Point | The Cutler Complex
The Cutler Complex is situated in the Port of Durban and is a National Key Point in terms of the National Key Point Act (Act 102 of 1980) as amended. It covers 116 hectares and is developed as a major bulk storage and handling facility for chemical and petroleum products in both liquid and gas form. Most of the sites located in this complex are National Key Points in their own right.
The security requirements of this complex are stringent and access control into this site has to follow extremely strict protocols. Approximately 11,000 persons accesses the site on a daily basis representing more than 1,000 companies in different capacities. Access types include staff, contractors, foreign contractors, security personnel and visitors.
MicroVision was brought on board to develop the system at the core of this process.
The process of authorizing access follows 3 stages: viz.
- Application for a person by an authorized requestor of a company.
- Approval of the person by an authorized approver of a company. The background of approvers is checked by Cutler for security purposes. Because of the strict requirements, company approvers may only access the application using biometric authentication.
- Activation of the person by Cutler staff at the entry point.
After the authorization process is completed, a person may access the site using the RFID access card provided that contains the photograph and particulars of the person entering. In addition, a person must have a valid ID document or passport which is checked by security personnel at the points of entry and exit.
MicroVision developed the first version of the web-based system in 2007. We redeveloped the application and the new version of the system went live in November 2016. The system makes use of a number of technologies including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), CCTV and Biometrics. The system integrates with the Impro Technologies IXP 400i Access Control System.