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Blockchain technology set to shake up business in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2017 The advent of blockchain technology is set to radically change the way businesses operate, several speakers at the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit have said. “Blockchain is so much more transformative than even the Internet revolution because it allows you to transact,” said media and marketing... 

Africa urged to set the trends in digital innovation

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2017 African countries have the potential to set trends rather than follow them in a world dominated by hurtling changes in information technology (IT), delegates attending the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit have heard. Digital and technology transfer expert Lee Naik said over 300-million customers... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Utility management company Bosch Munitech’s specialised Underground Services Location (USL) facility encompasses advanced utility detection and mapping services, which are essential for providing accurate information on buried utility infrastructure layouts, says Bosch Munitech underground and... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information
NECESSARY SERVICE The Underground Services Location facility helps with the planning of new pipe designs, utility diversions and new construction

Product range to expand to construction industry

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to the risk posed by utility pipes, and electrical lines and cables in the ground, industrial product supplier Actum Industrial – part of the Actum Group – is targeting the construction, municipal, and oil and gas industry with its Ridgid range of tooling equipment – such as the SR-20 and... 

Product range to expand  to construction industry
BUILDING ON THE PAST The SR-24 utility line locating instrument builds on the SR-20 feature set, adding a global positioning system and wireless communication

Finance and critical communications seen as initial markets for quantum encryption

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 A real-time quantum-encryption system can be deployed onto existing networks to secure communications in the banking and finance industries and for critical applications, says University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Physics professor Andrew Forbes. Forbes and his team, along with... 

Finance and critical communications seen as initial markets for quantum encryption
Photo by University of the Witswatersrand School of Physics
QUANTUM DEVICE The working prototype at the Wits School of Physics can differentiate between 200 patterns of OAM of photons simultaneously

SA manufacturers still operating with Third Industrial Revolution models

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 South African industry needs to find ways of adapting and using the technologies driving the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industrial Revolution 4.0) to remain globally competitive yet maintain and create jobs in a high-unemployment environment. So argued productONE MD Charles... 

Analytics helps firms identify pattern deviation to improve cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 Smart analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) can pinpoint pattern deviations and help companies to make informed decisions on where cybersecurity weak points are, as well as how to address them, says information technology (IT) multinational Wipro Cybersecurity and Risk Services-Africa... 

Analytics can mitigate the devastation of pandemics – SAS

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 Access to large volumes of data, computational power to store and analyse the data in real time and sophisticated algorithms that can find patterns in the data and alert authorities to health problems will help to make pandemics less devastating than they have been in the past, SAS Analytics... 

BCX to sell Netcampus subsidiary

     10th October 2017 End-to-end digital solutions provider BCX will sell its information and communications technology (ICT) training solutions subsidiary Netcampus. Netcampus managing executive Tebogo Makgatho will buy a 70% interest and Telkom enterprise development programme Telkom FutureMakers will acquire the... 

Predictive maintenance made portable

     6th October 2017 To detect early signs of component wear or failure in pumps and other mechanical assemblies, vibration sensors and monitoring systems company Monitran, represented locally by manufacturer Instrotech, has designed a portable, rechargeable instrument for measuring vibration levels. The MTN/VM220 is... 

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Given the multifaceted nature of South Africa’s automotive sector, intra-industry dialogue and collaboration are crucial to advancing the industry’s ability to provide high-quality products and much-needed employment in a rapidly evolving world, says Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI)... 

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement
Photo by Bloomberg
KEEPING PACE Advancing education and training in the automotive sector is crucial for keeping up with changes in technology and the local demand for skilled technicians

Local innovation key for growing automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Key to realising the growth potential of South Africa’s automotive sector is local innovation, albeit with due consideration to conditions and operating environments, as local companies are not always able to use international innovations and technologies, says enterprise resource planning (ERP)... 

Local innovation  key for growing automotive industry
PAULO DE MATOS South Africa is no laggard when it comes to the uptake of new technologies, especially in the automotive sector

Supply chain management key to industry success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 The effective management of financial and physical supply chains is a key differentiator for South African automotive companies wanting to survive in an uncertain market, with access to technologies that can assist in streamlining these functions critical to success, says import and working... 

Supply chain management key to industry success
GREG CLINE Automotive aftermarket imports are growing owing to the depressed state of the economy shifting buying behaviour

Geospatial products distributor launches world’s smallest image laser scanner locally

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has officially locally launched the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner – the world’s smallest and lightest image laser scanner. Aciel Geomatics, the appointed distributor for Switzerland-based Leica Geosystems AG, launched the scanner at the... 

Geospatial products distributor launches  world’s smallest image laser scanner locally
EASE OF USE The integration of the Leica BLK360 laser image scanner and Autodesk software streamlines the reality capture process

Identity verification, authentication service system for SA

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 South African identity and biometrics company Ideco has launched an identity assurance ecosystem that is designed to deliver fraud-proof identity authentication confirmed with a digital certificate of authenticity, says Ideco CEO Marius Coetzee. Built on Ideco’s Identity 4.0TM three-way digital... 

Biometrics security risks lie in data vulnerability

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 The use of biometrics is growing in the financial services sector, making the security of the technology behind these mechanisms increasingly important. For financial institutions the primary goal of digitisation is making banking simpler and more intuitive for customers, says networking company... 

Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017 as the target of one in every three attacks on industrial control system (ICS) computers, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation... 

Wits appoints CEO for the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct

     3rd October 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has appointed Lesley Williams CEO of the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The precinct is used for the incubation of start-ups, the commercialisation of research and the development of high-level digital skills for students, working... 

Altron grows UK presence with software reseller acquisition

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) company Altron, through its subsidiary Bytes UK, has acquired information technology (IT) reseller and solutions provider Phoenix Software. The acquisition has bolstered its presence in the UK value-added reseller market segment and... 

South African industry must adapt 4th Industrial Revolution to local needs

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2017 South African industry needs to find ways of adapting and using the technologies driving the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) to remain globally competitive, yet maintain and create jobs in a high-unemployment environment. So argued productONE MD Charles Anderson at the... 

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

New partnership to raise awareness of industrial cybersecurity threats

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Industrial control and automation multinational Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have partnered to raise awareness of global industrial cybersecurity needs, standards and the changing security landscape, as well as provide joint expertise for production information... 

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 The mobility of clients and demand for instantaneous services as a result of the boom of connected resources and services has made availability a business imperative, says availability and recovery multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa regional VP Gregg Petersen. Even historically... 

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability
GREGG PETERSEN Veeam’s software enables the protection and management of data and processes in hybrid cloud environments

Data visualisation being used to optimise supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Supply chain solutions specialist Resolve Solution Partners leverages its technology platforms and systems to simulate various permutations and changes to clients’ logistics processes to develop solutions to problems and improve on current business models. Data visualisation is a powerful tool... 

Data visualisation being used  to optimise supply chains
DANEEL VISSER Companies must understand how data affects the business and think about how a data strategy will support their business strategy

Intercontinental alignment agrees to increased economic cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The five member countries of the Brics alignment – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are to strengthen trade and investment between themselves. This was affirmed in the “Xiamen Declaration” issued during the IX Brics Summit in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen. The... 

Cybercrime becoming a major threat in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has ranked South Africa sixth and seventh on the cybercrime predator list, which means that there is an increasing amount of fraud being perpetrated from the country, says computer forensics company Cyanre CEO Danny Myburgh. Speaking at the ninth Chartered... 

Cybercrime becoming a major threat in South Africa

EOH focuses on own IP, Africa and Middle East for growth

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2017 JSE-listed information technology (IT) firm EOH is growing its own software, services and solutions, while gradually expanding its presence in the rest of Africa and the Middle East. At a presentation of the group's financial results for the year ended June 30, on Tuesday, CEO Zunaid Mayet... 

Encha appoints new chief technology officer

By: Samantha Herbst     18th September 2017 Information and communication technology professional Andy Brauer is the new chief technology officer of investment company Encha – an appointment in line with the company’s strategy to attract partners who are subject-matter domain experts with relevant industry-specific experience and... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Consumer demand for wearable devices set to continue

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 Sales of wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers, are set to increase by 16.7%, from 265.8-million units in 2016 to 310.4-million in 2017, according to predictions from US-based research and advisory company Gartner.  

Analytics facilitates machine learning and AI systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Analytics is an important component of the technology mix and technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, will not deliver strategic business value without effective analytics at their core, says enterprise resource planning multinational SAP Africa Business Analytics... 

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Building security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

Tshwane City to ask court to set aside multibillion-rand broadband contract

By: African News Agency      14th September 2017 The City of Tshwane on Thursday said it has approached the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the “so-called Tshwane Broadband contract” with Thobela Telecoms on the grounds that the previous administration entered into the contract unlawfully. At a press conference at Tshwane House in... 

Altron expects higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects a 16% to 36% rise in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months to August 31 to be between 36c and 42c apiece, compared with the 31c apiece recorded in the corresponding half-year in 2016. Similarly, basic earnings per share (EPS) are... 

Jasco FY17 earnings hit by ‘unusual items’ in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 “Unusual items” have dealt a blow to the full-year earnings of JSE-listed Jasco Electronics as the group navigates a particularly tough environment. The group on Wednesday reported a 61% decline in both headline earnings and headline earnings a share to a respective R5.6-million and 2.5c apiece... 

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