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CSIR researching social media use for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday detailed work researchers are doing to put social media to use in identifying public safety incidents, including traffic collisions, crime incident patterns, emergencies, terrorism incidents and pandemics, and to develop tools... 

Altron acquires iS Partners Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2018 Allied Electronics (Altron) is moving to acquire the entire issued share capital of iS Partners for R225-million, effective July 1. Through wholly owned subsidiary Altron TMT, a share sale agreement was concluded that included iS Partners primary subsidiaries Karabina Solutions and Zetta Business... 

Davies launches R1bn ICT factory in East London

By: African News Agency      6th June 2018 South Africa has not been able to manufacture enough electronics products but has relied on imported tablets, cell phones and all kinds of electronic equipment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. "What we are witnessing today [Tuesday], is a company that is getting into... 

'Hi, I'm Pepper' – first humanoid robot in South Africa gently introduces herself

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 At your next hotel check-in, you might just be assisted by a robot. Well, perhaps not quite yet, but the first humanoid robot in South Africa is an indicator of the capability of artificial intelligence (AI). Pepper, a humanoid chat robot was recently unveiled at Nedbank's digital-branch, the... 

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 It is inevitable that water utilities will continue to face various challenges, but technology can be used to ensure visibility of water quality throughout the value chain, and automatically communicated to stakeholders and consumers.   In this regard, investment in analytics can be a quick win... 

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management
MAANDA RAMUTUMBU Analytical tools can empower utilities to manage their water resources more efficiently and enable them to take proactive steps

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration to improve cyberdefence

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 A security strategy that integrates cyber and physical security operations is best practice to protect against increasing cyberattacks and cybercriminal acts that are a challenge for utilities to mitigate, says BT Africa IT Security Sales head Alessandro Postiglioni. Physical and virtual assets... 

Utilities urged to increase cyber-physical integration  to improve cyberdefence
ALESSANDRO POSTIGLIONI Refined controls and new technologies allow utilities to build effective prevention capabilities across business networks and the growing number of endpoints in their environments

Backup a key defence for critical infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Along with prevention and proactive cyberdefence measures, back-up is an increasingly vital layer to protect critical infrastructure systems from the risks of cyberattacks and subsequent disruption, says data management and availability multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa VP Gregg... 

Backup a key defence for critical infrastructure
GREGG PETERSEN Bolstering cybersecurity is important as more critical public services become supported by data networks and cloud-hosted assets

Datatec optimistic about full Westcon turnaround within two years

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2018 International information and communications technology company Datatec expects its embattled Westcon International portfolio to return to profitability within the next year, with a full turnaround emerging within two years. Datatec, which recently disposed of its businesses in North America and... 

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Infrastructure engineering multinational AECOM is developing high-technology building information modelling (BIM) systems as part of the transition to digital business and service models and to meet changing client needs, says AECOM Africa Buildings and Places MD Tim ter Haar. The company is... 

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services
TIM TER HAAR AECOM is developing BIM systems and solutions through its interactions with clients to meet their technical requirements and includes the steel milling industry, bulk materials and commodities handling, mining and ports in South Africa

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development
Rics CEO Sean Tompkins

Icasa publishes National Radio Frequency Plan 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published the National Radio Frequency Plan (NRFP) 2018 to allocate radio frequency bands between 8.3 kHz and 3 000 GHz to radio services. The revised NRFP incorporates the decisions taken by the 2015 World Radiocommunication... 

Afgri Equipment, John Deere launch agricultural equipment telematics, automation systems

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2018 Agricultural equipment company Afgri Equipment and agricultural equipment multinational John Deere have launched the JD Link telematics solution, which can connect any make and model of agricultural machinery in the field in near-real-time with the farmer’s office and mobile devices. Afgri CEO... 

Telkom reports lower FY18 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2018 JSE-listed Telkom on Monday posted a 19.2% decline in profit after tax to R3.15-billion for the financial year ended March 31 The group attributed this mostly to a higher effective tax rate, which increased from 15.2% in 2017 to 26.4% in 2018 and a 3.6% decrease in earnings before interest, tax,... 

Telkom reports lower FY18 earnings
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Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

Uber adds new safety features for drivers

By: News24Wire      25th May 2018 Ride-hailing service Uber hopes the launch of its latest safety feature will further improve the safety of drivers and passengers. It announced on Thursday that it was partnering with Aura, a security technology service that would allow Uber drivers to be connected to the closest private security... 

Partnership brings alternative backup solutions to medical sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     25th May 2018 Integrated solutions provider Meditech South Africa (SA) and global data protection and management company Commvault have partnered to bring alternative back-up solutions to the South African medical sector. “We [Commvault] were brought in by Meditech to specifically solve a number of issues at... 

Altron eyes next phase of growth following turnaround

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 After concluding a successful year of repositioning, restructuring and realignment, telecommunications and information technology (ICT) giant Allied Electronics (Altron) is now heading into the 2019 financial year as a group ready to deliver on growth. During the 2018 financial year ended... 

Entry-level energy management solution launched

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 The Simatic Energy Manager Basic solution has been designed for entry-level energy management, and includes Web-based dashboards and access to a cloud-based open Internet of Things analytics platform, as well as a mobile application (app) to monitor consumption data, says industrial control... 

Digital Skills Academy offers digital solution development free of charge to SMEs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Digital Skills Academy – a premier industry provider of online BSc degrees in digital skills – is inviting South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to register as industry partners and participate in its industry partner programme.  

Fintech activity in Africa on the rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Africa’s fragmented markets and lack of legacy foreign exchange trading infrastructure means that the continent has become a melting pot of fintech activity and innovation, says Standard Bank financial markets digital head Tim Hutchinson.  

Fintech activity in Africa on the rise
Standard Bank financial markets digital head Tim Hutchinson

Telkom expects FY18 earnings drop

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 JSE-listed Telkom on Friday said it expected its headline earnings per share (HEPS) and basic earnings per share (BEPS) for the year ended March 31, to have declined by between 15% and 25% year-on-year. HEPS are expected to be between 541.1c and 611.1c, representing a 110c to 180c drop on the... 

MTN, Huawei deploy new spectrum-sharing solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th May 2018 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa and information and communications technology company Huawei have jointly deployed a commercial spectrum-sharing solution. CloudAir 2.0 will share spectrum between second-generation, third-generation, fourth-generation and narrow broadband Internet of... 

Company includes social media screening in background checks

By: Victor Moolman     18th May 2018 Background screening and vetting specialists Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) has added social media screening to its inclusive background screening service offering, to help companies to better identify whether potential employees will be a risk to the company. 

Rapid advancement in mobile tech creates security complexities

By: Victor Moolman     18th May 2018 The rapid advancement and adoption of mobile technology and the trend of ‘bring your own device’ have added new layers of complexity to protecting organisations and devices at work, says security technologies company BT Africa information technology (IT) security head Alessandro Postiglioni.  

System launched to enhance data protection

By: Victor Moolman     18th May 2018 Software security company Gemalto has created the Gemalto Assurance Hub (GAH) system, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help protect data, such as login information, specifically of financial systems across Africa. 

Improving water management through deployment of IoT devices

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The use of low-power wide-area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) provide significantly greater water management capabilities and highly detailed water information across the value chain, says multinational mobile network operator Vodacom IoT director Deon... 

Storage gets open-source software-defined boost

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The growth of software-defined storage in Africa means businesses can have a bigger storage pool with a single storage budget and can add storage resources at the scaled needed, as well as changing their relationships with suppliers, says enterprise open source services multinational Suse Africa... 

Storage gets open-source software-defined boost
MATTHEW LEE Software-defined systems enable companies to use hardware as a commodity and enabling them to scale rapidly and organically

Disposals hit Datatec’s FY18 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th May 2018 International information and communications technology (ICT) group Datatec posted earnings per share (EPS) of 20.5c for the year ended February 28, compared with the 1.4c reported in 2017, owing to the profits on the disposal of two businesses during the period under review. The company,... 

Poynting looks to the rest of Africa as it continues to expand globally

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Johannesburg-based Poynting Group is seeking to expand its business to the rest of the Africa, says CEO Michael Howard. Poynting is already well known outside Africa, with 50% of its revenue flowing from Europe, the US, Australia and Scandinavia. Manufacturing is based in Midrand and China, with... 

Poynting looks to the rest of Africa as it continues to expand globally
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Home Affairs launches new biometric system as it pursues lofty ideals

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday launched an Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), in Cape Town, which will identify and verify citizens using fingerprint, facial recognition and iris biometrics. “ABIS is a fundamental baseline for the broader National Identification... 

Strong results confirm Capprec’s asset value, growth prospects

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 The strong full year financial results of JSE-listed financial technology (fintech) special-purpose acquisition company Capital Appreciation (Capprec) confirm the value of the assets it acquired over the past few years and promises strong organic growth, said Capprec joint-CEO Bradley Sacks on... 

Logicalis to acquire Coasin Chile for $20m

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2018 A subsidiary of Logicalis is acquiring Chilean information and communications technology services and solutions provider Coasin Chile for up to $20.2-million in cash, parent company JSE-listed Datatec said on Tuesday. Logicalis, which expects to complete the deal in the third quarter of this... 

NNR conference a key stakeholder platform for nuclear industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     11th May 2018 State-owned entity National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will host its second nuclear regulatory information conference at the Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre, Johannesburg, from May 16 to 18. The key themes for this year’s conference are the energy mix; safety and security culture; lessons learned... 

NNR conference a key stakeholder platform for nuclear industry
SECOND CONFERENCE The conference will be an interactive platform for the NNR to share regulatory information

Data stewardship skills key to unlocking value from data

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Managing data according to its value and relevance, which change throughout the life cycle of the data, is key to realising and unlocking this value as a fundamental part of business processes, says business data multinational Commvault territory account manager for South Africa Mike Rees. Data... 

Edge platform adds industrial strength to software applications

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Critical availability specialist company Stratus Technologies has launched an edge computing device that provides high availability for software applications used in industrial environments, such as mines, factories and processing facilities says Stratus Technologies consultant head Greg... 

AI can help break down data silos to augment human decision-making

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are best suited to help companies explore and exploit the data that they have, simultaneously improving their business models and processes, a range of information technology (IT) experts say. The main improvements and benefits of AI derive from being able to... 

AI can help break down data silos to augment human decision-making

Technology key to improving education – EY

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2018 Technology is rapidly contributing to improvements in the quality of education on the African continent, says EY Africa People Advisory Services Leader Chad Schaefer. Speaking at EY’s Strategy Growth Forum Africa conference, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, he noted that digital learning could be... 

Emerging markets more vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2018 Africa has one the highest cyberattack rates in the world, says EY cybersecurity leader Samresh Ramjith. “We are seeing mobile penetration at more than 100% across Africa. To most people on the continent, mobile phones are the most expensive piece of equipment they own. 

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