Serge Belamant was born in Tulle, France in 1953. He moved to South Africa at the age of 14. In college he changed his course of study in his second year from engineering to computer science and mathematics. Then in his third year he took courses through UNISA, but never completed his degree due to not wanting to retake courses he had already passed. Serge received training in Washington DC in linear and non-linear programming to run COBRA system for the RSA military. Following this Serge was awarded analyst of the year in 1982.
Serge Belamant was head hunted to join SASWITCH and it was at this time he developed his first patent. He is a developer whose first patent dates back to October 1989. This development called NET1 was the reason for his move to the USA. His business move was mainly in part to NET1 growing mainly outside of South Africa. NET1 reached more than the 2 billion USD mark. In 1995 Serge Belamant entered into an agreement with Visa to develop the chip. Many of the patents developed by him were for betterment of financial operations. There are a total of 6 developments that mainly deals with finances. There are two patents showing NET1 as being the applicant and the inventor is Serge Belamant. Of the 6 developments 2 of them have patents.
The first patent dated May 22, 2001 was created for the memory of a smart card in order to save information for gaming operations. This patent called Method and apparatus for controlling a gaming operation. This patent is used in hotels and other locations with secure and non-secure betting and allocation of winnings. The other patent dated July 1, 2014 was created for financial facilities to verify the identity of the transactor and the account the transactor has with the financial facility. All information is operated by an independent verifier. The identity and account of the transactor are stored and held by the financial facility. In order for the information to be provided the transactor must input his/her identifier when subscribing to the service.
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Stream Energy is an institution that provides wireless, home, energy and protective services to customers. The institution has expanded over the years and currently has offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Stream Care was featured on Dallas patch in 2018 for its philanthropic efforts. Stream Energy formed the Stream Care Center as a way of being socially responsible. Stream Energy, through the revenue they earn per year funds Stream Care to help people affected by natural disasters in different parts of the globe. The core aim of Stream Energy forming this initiative was to create a better world and get rid of homelessness and poverty. When people in Houston were hit by a hurricane, Stream Care provided emergency assistance and relief to the people. Stream care provided finance to the people as well as basic needs.
Other Charitable Efforts
Stream Energy is not new in giving to charity, and over the years since its founding, they have participated in some charitable efforts. They have partnered with various non-profit organizations that are involved in charity to improve the living standards in the country generally. Some of the organizations that they have partnered with are:
- Habitat for Humanity: the Habitat for Humanity is a charity organization that strives to eradicate homelessness in neighborhoods. This they do by building and repairing homes for people by providing free labour. They also offer affordable mortgages to people to ensure they can afford to house and get off the street. Stream Care partnered with them and helped in providing free labour for the repairing and building.
- Operation Once in a Lifetime: this is an initiative that helps veterans in Dallas. Stream Care partnered with them to provide transportation services to an event. Stream Care also catered for the event.
- Salvation Army: this is an organization that provides emergency assistance to individuals, and in 206 when North Texas was hit by a tornado, they chipped in. Stream Care partnered with them to help those affected by the tornado and provide financial assistance.