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Competition Commission sets sights on high data costs

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2017 The Competition Commission has initiated a market inquiry into data services following widespread calls by consumers for lower data costs and subsequent queries from at least three Ministers over high data costs and data affordability. With the gazetting of the terms of reference (ToR) of the... 

Discovery CE scoops innovation award

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2017 Discovery Group CE Adrian Gore has been awarded the 2017 Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Visionary Innovation Award: Africa 2017. He received the award from global research and consulting organisation Frost & Sullivan, which, this week, hosted its yearly GIL Africa summit, in Cape Town.... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition
Photo by Bentley Systems
MAINTAINING EFFICIENT WORKFLOWS The addition increases the accuracy of the stress intensification factors for tees based on the work done with FEA 2012 and newer ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes

Cloud virtualization platform adds flexibility to legacy enterprise networks

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Cloud wide-area network (CloudWan), unifies and centralises complex corporate networks, as well as provide flexibility and control over hybrid cloud deployments, says information and communication technology firm Internet Solutions Software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet executive head... 

Construction contract awarded for Kenya’s techno city

By: John Muchira     18th August 2017 Kenya has has awarded the construction contract for East Africa’s first smart city. The $390-million engineering, procurement, construction and financing contract – entailing the construction of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure within the 400 acre first phase of  Konza Techno City, about... 

Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Increased automation in the South African manufacturing sector could aggravate the country’s unemployment rate if supply chain management education and skills training initiatives are not prioritised, says supply chain and logistics consultancy Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS) chairperson Martin... 

Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management
FUTURE-FOCUSED Companies are increasingly upgrading their manufacturing facilities to streamline operations and remove constraints through automation

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth in African demand

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Local neutral access Internet exchange peering service NAPAfrica achieved 200 Gb/s of traffic in July as a result of significant demand from neighbouring countries and sub-Saharan Africa (sSA), says data centre company Teraco Data Environments business development manager Michele McCann. The... 

Neutral Internet exchange point reports strong growth  in African demand
MICHELE MCCANN Teraco has invested in hardware and systems to support critical infrastructure in multiple countries

Processing power, analytics enabling machine learning across industries

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Analysts, businesses and whole industries have become empowered with the flood of data that can be processed to build stronger models and make data-driven decisions in shorter periods of time, says credit bureau Compuscan senior data analyst Jacobus Eksteen. The powerful combination of machine... 

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 When fleet operators are suitably equipped, they are guaranteed to see an increase in profitability as a result of improved fuel consumption, driver behaviour and equipment use while ensuring the safety of their employees and security of their vehicles, says fleet management solutions provider... 

Telematics fleet management solutions guarantee increased profitability
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE The MiX Journey Management tool presents all information relating to cargo’s journey in a clear and efficient manner to facilitate quicker decision-making

Thermal imaging cameras, speakers deployed in bid to protect rhino

By: David Oliveira     18th August 2017 Swedish security camera manufacturer Axis Communications is showing its commitment to combating the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa. Axis Communications country manager Roy Alves explains that the company has been involved in several conservation efforts, but highlights a 30 ha rhino... 

Africa can benefit from global volatility

By: Kim Cloete     17th August 2017 Despite major global challenges, including global trade, Africa has the opportunity to step up to global change and benefit from the volatility that is shaking up the world, says Thomson Reuters Africa MD Sneha Shah. “Africa has the richest resource pool in the world, but we always lose, because... 

Business leaders facing the wave of digital transformation

By: Kim Cloete     17th August 2017 Business leaders are urgently trying to keep pace with the surging pace of digital transformation globally.   Frost & Sullivan senior partner Dorman Followwill told delegates at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Africa 2017 summit, in Cape Town, on Thursday that the world was faced with... 

Icasa, CEO part ways

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday issued a statement confirming the “mutual separation” of the authority and its CEO Pakamile Pongwana. This followed the announcement in July that Pongwana had been placed on precautionary suspension pending an... 

Infraco to get new CEO as Kwele’s term ends

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Cabinet on Thursday reported the appointment of AD Matseke as CEO of State-owned Broadband Infraco for a five-year term from September 1, 2017, to August 30, 2022. Further, the fixed-contract of current CEO Phuleng Kwele has been extended by three months from September 1 to November 30. 

Cybersecurity must be foundation for digital economy, but skills deficit problematic – BMI-T

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2017 Information technology (IT) security incidents, such as ransomware attacks carried out this year, occasion a large, but reactionary, response from companies and industries; however, this typically happens only after significant damage has been done. “IT security can no longer be an afterthought... 

Global information security spending to reach $86.4bn in 2017

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2017 Worldwide spending on information security products and services will increase 7% year-on-year to $86.4-billion this year, driven by the business impact of security incidents and an evolving regulatory landscape. This spending is expected to grow further to $93-billion in 2018, the latest... 

Three new trends key to businesses’ digital economy survival

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI), transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the emerging technologies set to dominate the business arena in the next ten years, according to Gartner’s latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report. Key to businesses surviving and thriving in... 

Limit artificial intelligence to ‘specific use cases’, companies urged

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) should be used only when organisations have a specific use case for the systems or risk wasting time and investment, says customised software company Entelect solutions architect Rishal Hurbans. AI – technically called narrow AI as opposed to general and super AI – is... 

Oil and gas companies falling victim to cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Information technology-based cyberattacks are being used to disrupt oil and gas companies or hold them to ransom, while subversion of legitimate software allows criminals to steal from and defraud them, says global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Critical Infrastructure Protection business... 

Smart factory systems boosting product customisation

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Smart factory systems – specifically digital information technology systems that support highly detailed, varied and variable industrial work – are integral to enabling effective customisation of products and their management across disparate supply chains, says enterprise resource planning... 

Survey identifies protecting market share as one of top priorities for South African organisations

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Protecting market share, strengthening customer relationships and driving efficiencies are key priorities for South African organisations, according to survey findings presented at the Experian 2017 Innovation Summit in Johannesburg last month. While South African businesses are gearing up for... 

Survey identifies protecting market share as one of top priorities for South African organisations
SIMON RUSSELL Creating a presence that separates businesses from the pack is critical for improving competitiveness

Deloitte urges stakeholders to comment on Cybersecurity Bill

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 With the deadline for the submission of comments for the proposed Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill closing on Thursday, Deloitte has urged stakeholders to provide views on the proposals set to govern the cyberworld. The new Bill had been introduced in a move aimed at establishing a coordinated... 

Icasa tackles data expiry woes

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Monday gazetted proposed regulatory amendments aimed at mitigating mobile operators’ expiry of data and out-of-billing practices. The End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Amendment Regulations 2017 aim to dictate that the... 

New committee set up to accelerate digital migration

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2017 With another new deadline set for South Africa’s long-awaited migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT), Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has set up an advisory committee to accelerate the project. In line with this, she has engaged key stakeholders, including... 

Blue Label concludes Cell C recapitalisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has wrapped up the R5.5-billion recapitalisation of mobile operator Cell C, taking a 45% ownership, through subsidiary The Prepaid Company, of issued share capital of Cell C more than a year after first initiating the deal. In an update to shareholders on Monday,... 

Blue Label concludes Cell C recapitalisation
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

Company attains trade approval for weighing system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 With industrial scale suppliers Autotech Weighing Systems having successfully attained legal for trade approval for scales and weighing information systems manufactuer Tamtron’s on-board reach stacker scale, containers can be weighed according to the international convention of Safety of Life at... 

Company attains trade approval for weighing system
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Weighing takes place during normal operations without interrupting or slowing down the workflow at seaports or container depots

Creating digital representations of factories offers real-world spin-offs

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 Using digital representations of factory systems in a so-called digital factory helps to reduce manufacturing costs, and serves as a testbed and a way of managing industrial information, says design and engineering software multinational Dassault Systèmes South Africa solutions consultant Jason... 

Digital transformation may offer remedy to SA’s manufacturing ailments

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 According to the Deloitte Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey for 2016, South Africa is ranked 27, slipping three places since 2013, and is expected to drop even further in the next five to ten years. “The rising cost of production combined with muted investments in technology are making... 

New approaches key to surmounting water infrastructure challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Infrastructure modernisation, consumer education and data analytics will be key tools to overcome the challenges posed by ageing water infrastructure.  This is according to engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch’s 2017 global ‘Strategic Directions Water... 

New approaches key to surmounting  water infrastructure challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPEDING THE SYSTEM The development and operation of sustainable, smart water systems are hampered by supply management challenges and fiscal and broader economic constraints

Sensor and machine data sharing to become a business norm

By: Schalk Burger     4th August 2017 Sharing sensor and machine data will become a normal part of business operations to improve daily operations and to leverage the big, but often segregated, volumes of data being generated by machines and sensors for commercial purposes, says office systems company Nashua CIO Yunus Scheepers. He... 

Sensor and machine data sharing to become a business norm
YUNUS SCHEEPERS Data sharing should be standard practice to provide detailed information for many different purposes

Zambia’s offgrid homes to be equipped with pay-to-own solar home systems

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Energy and financial services firm Fenix International is working to deploy pay-to-own solar home systems in Zambia leveraging telecommunications giant MTN’s mobile money platform. In partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Zambia, which committed nearly $3-million to the project up to 2020,... 

Spectrum constraints leave rural regions behind the data wave

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st August 2017 One-million citizens in rural areas are still sidelined in the data communication evolution as it becomes increasingly more difficult – and costly – without additional spectrum to expand into the far flung areas that are home to a handful of South Africa’s population. Despite the unprecedented... 

City of Cape Town’s support generates investment worth R2.67bn, with 6 236 jobs created in key growth industries 

By: African News Agency      31st July 2017 The City of Cape Town, via its enterprise and investment department under the directorate of the mayor, has facilitated R2.67-billion worth of investment which has resulted in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town in the past financial year (July 2016 – June 2017), the city said... 

Education institutions struggling with connectivity

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Amid water, electricity and basic infrastructure challenges at various education institutions, the lack of Internet connectivity has also been a challenge, states wireless connectivity firm Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. 

Education institutions  struggling with connectivity
RIAAN GRAHAM Connectivity to the Internet is essential and if it is available at a school, WiFi can be used to distribute access to the students

Local presence drives Southern Africa demand for UK firm’s IIoT solutions

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2017 Mobile Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) service provider Eseye reports good growth in demand for its connectivity solutions in Southern Africa after it opened local offices in the region, says Eseye Southern Africa regional manager Jeremy Potgieter. The UK-based company has been providing its... 

Local presence drives Southern Africa demand for UK firm’s IIoT solutions
JEREMY POTGIETER The industrial-grade solutions enable clients to leverage commercial telecommunications networks for IIoT data connectivity

Mobile video equipment facilitates varied surveillance

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2017 The addition of new 12 megapixel 4k ultrahigh resolution cameras, new dome and corner cameras and new systems to optimise video streams over constrained communications network help South African customers to design video surveillance systems that meet their specific needs, says Graphic Image... 

Mobile video equipment facilitates varied surveillance
LAURENCE SMITH Video surveillance systems can be designed for specific applications, integrated with other video systems and managed from a single platform
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