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Information Technology News

Fast-track second licence for fixed-line operator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE issuing of a licence for South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom operator should be seen as a matter of urgency, Transtel chief executive Alf Schulze tells Engineering News. Transtel is the telecom business unit of Transnet. “The government needs to fast-track the process of... 

Portable remote comms device

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld device which uses cellular technology for mobile communication has been developed in South Africa by Accord R&D, a subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Accord Technologies. The robust device can be adapted to suit a myriad of applications in any... 

Massive R1,2bn IT deal is clinched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE professional-services division of PQ Africa, Q Data Consulting, has purchased all the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division for an undisclosed sum in a comprehensive outsourcing agreement heralded as a strategic breakthrough for both companies. The... 

Virtual private network on offer in S Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Costing an initial R50-million, Telkom’s ‘intelligent network’ (IN), which allows the company to offer virtual private network (VPN) services to corporate clients, is beginning to bear fruit. “I must stress that our VPN is a voice-based, person-to-person service including... 

Modelling software upgrade gives big boost to engineers

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Adding a new dimension to engineering and industrial design, engineering-software leader Bentley Systems, of America, has further refined and developed its modelling software, Bentley Africa MD Keith Schorah tells Engineering News. The MicroStation/J is the latest advance by the company in... 

New conveyor program

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The development of a new version of Helix delta-T conveyor-design program has been completed by Helix Technologies. The new program, which is the fourth generation of conveyor-design software developed by the company, has many new functions and is aimed at professionals who require an in-depth... 

Automated goods flow

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A highly-automated flow of goods, cash and information through the entire supply chain is a prerequisite for success in today’s business environment, reports SAP Southern African logistics product manager Simon Carpenter. Studies by the Gartner Group in June 1997 show organisations spend up... 

‘Smart’ Cad leads hi-tech quest for increasing productivity

By: System Author     12th February 1999 ECONOMIC pressures demand that South African companies which rely on computer-aided design (Cad) use sophisticated hi-tech solutions to boost productivity and gain a competitive advantage locally and globally. “Cad has been well accepted and integrated into the marketplace,” says... 

SA’s world-first cricket bat

By: System Author     5th February 1999 IT has been done in tennis, baseball and even golf, and now it is set to hit the cricket community for a six. South Africa is on the brink of introducing an all-composite cricket bat to the world. Over the past three years, a Pretoria company has been working quietly on the concept and, later... 

Master’s degree programme through Internet

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch is offering Master’s degree programmes as well as individual postgraduate modules through the Internet and interactive television on a distance-education basis. This will be the first time that Master’s degree... 

South African first in Internet technology

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Specialist publisher of product and brandname information Ezee-Dex Information Systems has launched a massive product search engine on the Internet. Its address being, the site offers a unique researched relational database that can search more than 32 000 South African companies,... 

Telecom sky platform proposed for Gauteng

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Telecom firms and governments worldwide are looking at cost-effective ways to increase the precious commodity of bandwidth for businesses and individuals alike, and South Africa is no exception. The feasibility of launching a stratospheric telecom platform up to 21 km above Gauteng to provide... 

Software for African renaissance

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 LOCALLY-developed software is assisting African countries with the planning of radio communication networks. Gisrap, designed by CSIR information and communications technology division Mikomtek, is used to predict propagation losses and to determine the capacity and coverage requirements of... 

‘Smart’ toolbox from the UK

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 BUSY manufacturing areas in modern engineering workshops around the world are set for a significant productivity boost by the development in the UK of the latest aid in shopfloor automation, the computerised toolbox. Benefits from this ‘smart’ toolbox include time savings and greater... 

Big Egypt win for local firm

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 TELECOM-infrastructure company Brolaz Projects, of Midrand, has clinched a three-year contract worth about R1,2-billion (according to an Engineering News estimate) to set up a cellular network infrastructure in Egypt. The contract, awarded by cellular operator Misrfone (Click GSM) of Egypt, will... 

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