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ABOUT LIVE WEBCAST AUCTIONS

Livestock Auctions has developed an online auction portal, which will allow the livestock industry to move into the world of online technology, with live livestock auctions for the first time in Southern Africa.


These online auctions are a joint cooperative initiative between live auctions, auctioneers and Livestock Auctions. The portal allows the stakeholders in the livestock industry to participate in live online auctions on the internet. It also allows livestock farmers and industry players to view auctions online via video streaming technology on the internet. This technology has been developed in conjunction with major players in the industry and will move the livestock industry forward into the online world of the internet, thereby assisting stakeholders and the livestock industry to reach all corners of the world, while enabling buyers of livestock to participate in auctions from anywhere where there is internet connectivity.


The online auction portal was specifically developed to allow livestock industry players to participate in online auctions on the internet without having to travel hundreds of kilometres to attend live auctions. For those parties who have a keen interest in following every single game auction, they can now view these auctions online and stay in touch with the livestock industry by viewing all major live auctions online and keep track of the bidding at these auctions.


These are some of the key features of Live Webcast Auctions:


* Non registered users can still view the auction online during the day on www.livestockauctions.co.za by selecting the specific auction. The auction will only be available on the website for bidding at the time set for the auction. No bidding on the lots will be available until the auction is open;

* User will only be able to bid on the lot open for bidding. No other lot can be bid on unless the administrator opens the lot for bidding. Lots will open for bidding in conjunction with the auctioneers at the live auction and only lots open for live bidding at the auction will be available for bidding by users on the internet;

* Livestock Auctions will inform a bidder as soon as a lot has closed for bidding. A "Bid closed” sign will be displayed over the specific lot;

* Livestock Auctions will inform bidders of the outcome of the auctioned lot. This information will be displayed over the specific lot;

* If an online bidder is successful, a transaction document will be emailed to the bidder with all relevant contact details and information, allowing the bidder to get in touch with the relevant auctioneers and transporters of the day;

* All terms and conditions set by the auctioneers of the day will apply to the successful bidder of the lot including payment and delivery.


Video streaming will always lag in comparison to the real-time transmission. Video streaming on the site can lag or be delayed by anything from a minimum delay in the video streaming of 2 seconds to as much as 20 seconds depending on the users bandwidth and connectivity. It is important to note that the video streaming on these auctions runs completely independent of the data transmission and users can therefore participate in all live auctions without the live video streaming from the auction.


Livestock Auctions developed ground breaking technology to assist the livestock industry in promoting livestock auctions across the world and specifically Southern Africa. These technological advancements take the industry to new levels and create a larger exposure to the benefit of all stakeholders in the industry. It allows for an increase in participation in live livestock auctions. More participants will be able to view and participate in these auctions, which benefits the total livestock industry in South Africa. Bandwidth and satellite technology in South Africa is not nearly as advanced as in the rest of the world but currently we are quickly catching up with new technology such as Vox Telecom systems and the new LTE data from Vodacom and Microwave Links from MTN, which will ensure a better and faster bandwidth in South Africa. This will in turn enhance the users experience tremendously. Livestock Auctions is very involved with suppliers of data connectivity to set the standard for these new technologies and to create a platform for a better experience during these live online auctions.


Our online auctions make use of the latest technology available in the market to allow the user to have a real online experience of these auctions. It however still relies on technology that makes the experience of the user dependent on several factors including, but not limited to, bandwidth of the user, speed of the user’s computer and the quality of the connectivity to the satellite. These factors are beyond our control and Livestock Auctions can therefore not guarantee the quality and speed of the online user during these auctions.


Livestock Auctions have encountered the following issues that are amongst others unpredictable for live online auctions and the online user needs to take cognizance of these factors namely:


* speed of the users bandwidth and computer during the auctions;

* loss in connectivity during the auctions due to bad weather conditions or congestion on the data network

* If the bandwidth of the users and data speed is very slow the bid submitted to the auction will be submitted late and therefor will be rejected by the administrators. These bids will have no effect on the online bidding. It is therefore essential that the user ensure he has good connection if he wants to participate in the live auctions.

* Livestock Auctions cannot take any responsibility for late bids submitted due to any connectivity problems as bids submitted after the lot has closed will be rejected and will have no force or standing ;

* All users will abide by the terms and conditions of the auctioneers of the day for these online live auctions. Livestock Auctions only enable the online user to participate in the auctions and will not be involved in any issues relating to the live auctions. All information displayed for the auction in the auction details and catalogue information, is supplied by the host auctioneers and sellers of the day. Livestock Auctions does not take any responsibility for the correctness of the information supplied by these stakeholders. Livestock Auctions only presents the information online as supplied by the auctioneers and sellers of the day;

* All information displayed for the auction in the auction details and catalogue information, is supplied by the auctioneers and sellers of the day. Livestock Auctions does not take any responsibility for the correctness of the information supplied by these stakeholders. Livestock Auctions only presents the information online as supplied by the auctioneers and sellers of the day;

* The auctioneers allow bidding at certain increments during the live auction and the online bidding process must follow the increments set by the live auctioneer. The administrator will adjust any increments, up or down, set by the auctioneer of the day during the auction process. Only bids submitted more than the incremental vales set by the administrator will be accepted by the system and therefore increasing a bid with e.g. R1 will not be accepted by the system and the online auction.

* To facilitate the process, buyers will not have to type in amounts, as there are "quick bid buttons" on the page. Buyers only have to click on the button for R100, R200 etc. after which the bid is added and the total new amount offered appears on the screen. Invoices are issued directly after the auction, after which payment takes place. The animals are loaded at the place and on the day advertised prior to the auction. Buyers will be able to arrange their own transport, or they can request the seller or Livestock Auctions to take care of these logistics. A Comprehensive “Transaction Document” will be send to every successful bidder after the auction.

Bidders


Bidders can apply online to participate in a specific auction. The process for this will be as follows:
  • Bidders must be a registered user on the website www.livestockauctions.co.za;
  • All Bidders must be registered as a bidder on Livestock Auctions’ website to participate in a specific auction;
  • User can register for the specific auction under his profile by selecting the auction the bidder wishes to participate in. The selection button is at the bottom of the users profile and need to select the “Live Webcast Auction” selection button;
  • Livestock Auctions will send the bidders request to the auctioneers of the day for approval;
  • Approved bidders will be allocated a bidder number and value authorised by the auctioneers. This info will be emailed to the bidder and will also be available under the users profile on the Livestock Auctions website;
  • The bidder will then be able to participate for the specific auction such bidder has been approved for.

The auction will only be available on the website for bidding at the time set for the auction.
  • No bidding on the lots will be allowed until the auction has opened;
  • Bidders will only be able to bid on the lot open for bidding;
  • The opening of lots for bidding will correspond with the opening of lots by the auctioneers at the live auction.

General Information for Live Webcast Auctions:

  • Non registered users can still view the auction online during the day on www.livestockauctions.co.za by selecting the specific auction.
  • The auction will only be available on the website for bidding at the time set for the auction. No bidding on the lots will be available until the auction is open;
  • User will only be able to bid on the lot open for bidding. No other lot can be bid on unless the administrator opens the lot for bidding. Lot open for bidding will be in conjunction with the auctioneers at the live auction and only lots open live for bidding at the auction will also allow bidding by users for the lot on the internet;
  • Wildlife Auctions will inform a bidder as soon as lot has closed for bidding. A "Bid closed" sign will be displayed over the specific lot. Wildlife Auctions will inform bidders of the outcome of the auctioned lot. This information will be displayed over the specific lot;
  • If a bidder is successful, a transaction document will be emailed to the bidder with all relevant contact details and information of the lot to allow the bidder to get in touch with the relevant auctioneers and transporters of the day. All terms and conditions set by the auctioneers of the day will apply to the successful bidder of the lot, including payment and delivery.



Video streaming lag

Video streaming will always lag the real-time transmission. The delay on this site can be from 2 seconds to as much as 10 seconds depending on the user's bandwidth and connectivity. It is important to note that the video streaming on these auctions runs completely independently to the data transmission and users can therefore participate in all live auctions without the live video streaming from the auction.

Livestock Auctions has developed ground breaking technology to assist the livestock industry in promoting livestock auctions across the world and specifically Southern Africa. These technological advancements take the industry to new levels and create a larger exposure to the benefit of all stakeholders in the industry. It allows for an increase in participation in live livestock auctions. More participants are able to view and participate in these auctions, which benefits the livestock industry in South Africa as a whole.


Bandwidth and satellite technology in South Africa is not nearly as advanced as the rest of the world, but we are quickly catching up. New technology such as MTN Microwave Link systems and the new LTE data from Vodacom will ensure a better and faster bandwidth in South Africa. This will in turn enhance the user experience tremendously. Livestock Auctions is very involved with suppliers of data connectivity to set the standard for these new technologies and to create a platform for a better experience during live online auctions.

The online auctions make use of the latest Microwave Link technology available in the market to allow the user to have a real online experience of these auctions. It however still relies on technology that makes the experience of the user dependant on several factors including, but not limited to, bandwidth of the user, speed of the user's computer and the quality of the connectivity to the satellite.

These factors are beyond our control and Livestock Auctions can therefore not guarantee the quality and speed of the online experience during these auctions. We have encountered the following issues that are interalia non-controllable for live online auctions and the online user needs to take cognisance of these factors, namely:

  • speed of the users bandwidth and computer during the auctions;
  • Loss in connectivity during the auctions due to bad weather conditions or congestion on the data;
  • If the bandwidth of the users and data speed is very slow the bid submitted to the auction will be submitted late and therefore will be rejected by the administrators. These bids will have no effect on the online bidding. It is therefore essential that the user ensures he has good connectivity if he wants to participate in the live auctions;
  • Wildlife Auctions cannot take any responsibility for late bids submitted due to any connectivity problems as bids submitted after the lot has closed will be rejected and will have no force or standing;
  • All users will abide by the terms and conditions of the auctioneers of the day for the online live auctions. Such terms and conditions are not under our control. Wildlife Auctions only enables the online user to participate in the auctions and will not be involved in any issues relating to the live auctions. All information displayed for the auction in the auction details and catalogue information is supplied by the host auctioneers and host sellers of the day.
  • Wildlife Auctions does not take any responsibility for the correctness of the information supplied by these stakeholders. Wildlife Auctions only presents the information online as supplied by the host auctioneers and host sellers of the day.

Livestock Auctions System Technical Specification and Requirements are:



  • Satellite Connectivity:

Livestock Auctions can utilize a Premium Business Satellite Service (YahClick) from Vox Telecom This service is completely mobile and can be used in remote areas of South Africa where alternative network connectivity is not available.

Premium Business Package Speed: 15Mbps Download and 3Mbps upload "Vox Telecom in partnership with Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat) in Abu Dhabi deployed Yahsat's new Y1B satellite with Ka-band technology and has 55 active spot beams via Ka multi-spot beams with an EIRP (Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power) of up to 66 dBW and reusable frequencies to maximize spectrum efficiency. While traditional satellite technology utilizes broad single beams covering entire continents and regions, YahClick's Ka-band spot beams provide coverage over highly targeted areas (a smaller footprint on the ground), which simply means more reliability, greater efficiency on the ground, smaller antennas and lower costs for the end user, as well as the elimination of issues with spectrum availability. The Hughes CPE Terminal can support speeds of up to 16Mbps,"


  • Alternative and other data Connectivity

Alternatively Livestock Auctions also utilize MTN and Vodacom 3G/HSDPA enabled Mobile Broadband Routers to add additional bandwidth to the Auction process and to facilitate an alternate backup link if required Mobile Hydraulically operated 3G/HSDPA Antenna Mast provides maximum signal strength gains of up to 11dBi.



  • Mobile Server and Equipment Cabinet used at offsite auction sites:

Livestock Auctions use a custom Server and Equipment Cabinet to transport all the equipment to the Auction premises as follow:

  • Multiple Large Format LED TV Screens connect via HDMI cables to the HDMI Multiport Switch in the Cabinet to provide visually optimized access to the Online Auction bidding process WiFi Certified Access Points are used to facilitate better placement of all the various computer equipment used in the Online Auction process and to minimize cables on the floor space;
  • Multiple Computers are used for the various Online Auction functions;
  • Admin PC to update the live bidding information;
  • Standby Admin notebook to assist in live bidding and manage Online Auction settings;
  • Auctioneer notebook with external LED Screen to visually provide the live bidding information to the Auctioneer;
  • Auctioneer notebook with Camera to provide the Video/Audio Stream to Online Auction website.

Technical


End User Technical Requirements

To use the WildLifeAuctions Online System the following minimum system requirements must be met PC Specification

Windows

  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel ® Atom ™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
  • Microsoft ® Windows ® XP (32 bit), Windows Vista ® (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), or Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or later , Mozilla Firefox 17, Google Chrome
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
  • Sound Card and Speakers (Only if using the Video/Audio Stream)


Mac OS
  • Intel Core ™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
  • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17, Google Chrome
  • 512MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
  • Sound Card and Speakers (Only if using the Video/Audio Stream)


Linux
  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
  • Red Hat ® Enterprise Linux ® (RHEL) 5.6 or later (32 bit and 64 bit), OpenSUSE ® 11.3 or later (32 bit and 64 bit), or Ubuntu 10.04 or later (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Mozilla Firefox 17 or Google Chrome
  • 512MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory


Note: Flash Player 11.2 is the last supported Flash Player version for Linux. Adobe will continue to provide security updates.
  • Sound Card and Speakers (Only if using the Video/Audio Stream)


Internet Connectivity

To use both the Video/Audio Stream option and the interactive Online Auction Bidding process the minimum bandwidth required is 1Mb/s Download and 384Kb/s Upload

To use only the interactive Online Auction bidding process the minimum bandwidth required is 512Kbps download and 256Kb/s upload

The Video/Audio Stream can be switched off on the webpage if bandwidth restrictions apply and the minimum 1Mb/s download and 384Kb/s upload speeds cannot be met



Recommended Connectivity Technology
  1. 4MB/s ADSL Service
  2. 2. Cell C, MTN, Vodacom, 8Ta - 3G/HSDPA

Technical


Screen Resolution

Minimum screen resolution 1024 x 768

How to check the screen resolution settings on your computer:

1. Go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display > Screen Resolution (Windows Vista/7/8)



2. Right Click on Control Panel > Display > Settings > Select Screen Resolution (Windows XP)




Technical


Internet Explorer

How to check the version of Internet Explorer on your computer:
Open Internet Explorer-Go to Toolbar and Select Help > About




Recommended version:

Windows XP-Internet Explorer 8
Windows Vista / 7-Internet Explorer 9
Windows 8-Internet Explorer 10
To check if your PC is 32bit or 64bit:
Windows Vista/7/8: Go to Control Panel > System and Security > System
Windows XP: Control Panel > System
Download Internet Explorer Updates from:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-za/download/ie.aspx?q=internet+explorer
Select the Internet Explorer that corresponds to your version of Microsoft Operating System as shown




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Google Chrome
Download latest Google Chrome from: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95346?hl=en


Technical


Firefox
Download latest Firefox from: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/




Adobe Flashplayer
Update Adobe Flashplayer to view the active content on the webpage
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/?no_ab=1




Java
Update Java to view the active content on the webpage
http://www.java.com/en/download/chrome.jsp?locale=en


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