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Information Technology News

Regulation still a constraint, despite potential benefits of IoT

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2018 The regulatory framework and new regulations governing the applications and use of new technologies is still restrictive and does not make allowance for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases that can improve efficiencies and benefit civil society, speakers at the IoT Forum Africa, in Midrand, said... 

ELB pulls South Africa into Fourth Industrial Revolution with IoT.nxt

By: Simone Liedtke     13th March 2018 JSE-listed ELB Engineering Services believes it can “leapfrog” South Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution by implementing Internet of Things (IoT) platforms at mineral processing plants. The company aims to achieve this through an exclusive technology partnership with software developer... 

ELB pulls South Africa into Fourth Industrial Revolution with IoT.nxt
Photo by Martin Creamer
IoT.nxt mining director of partnerships Eric Croeser and ELB CE Stephen Meijers

EOH announces restructuring, management changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Technology services group EOH on Monday announced a major restructuring and said that it had appointed founder and former CEO Asher Bohbot as executive chairperson. The restructuring would entail the creation of two independent businesses, each with its own identity, growth strategy, go-to market... 

Programme to prepare digital talent in SA industries

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 The Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP) is a series of education courses that aims to equip junior and mid-level engineers and industry professionals with the necessary skills to harness artificial intelligence, the industrial Internet of Things and advanced analytics for their... 

S&P makes case for positive blockchain disruption, amid cryptocurrency concern

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Eskom to conduct own investigation on SAP, Gupta contracts

By: African News Agency      8th March 2018 South African power utility Eskom said on Thursday that it was aware of damning findings of an investigation by German software maker SAP into its dealings with state-owned entities as a third party SAP said that it had finished its investigation by the law firm Baker McKenzie into South Africa's... 

Aveva, Schneider Electric merger enhances software offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 European multinational energy and automation company Schneider Electric has completed the merger of its industrial software business with engineering software company Aveva, enhancing the value proposition of Schneider Electric’s Internet of Things platform – EcoStruxure – for industrial and... 

Airline body identifies five technologies that could greatly improve air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 Five technologies promise to transform air passenger travel in the coming years, argues International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional VP Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Al Bakri. They are artificial intelligence (AI), biometric technology, blockchain, remote sensing technology and... 

Use of AI set to increase

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in businesses is set to grow, but CIOs should focus on using pilot projects to ready their businesses to use the technology, information technology market research multinational Gartner says. Its ‘2018 CIO Agenda Survey’ found that 46% of CIOs... 

Google lanches new search facility to help job seekers in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria

By: African News Agency      1st March 2018 Technology giant Google on Thursday announced a new job search facility it said would help job seekers find employment opportunities by providing a streamlined experience that allowed them to explore, research and find relevant local postings. "With unemployment in South Africa so high, this new... 

Blue Label raises R900m in bookbuild

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label has raised gross proceeds of R900-million, before expenses, following the completion of an accelerated bookbuild offering of new ordinary shares. A maximum of 72-million new Blue Label shares will be issued at a price of R12.50 a share, representing 7.6% of the ordinary... 

Alaris posts promising interim results; focuses on organic growth, US opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2018 AltX-listed specialist antenna firm Alaris Holdings has posted a 67% year-on-year increase in profit after tax to R21.6-million for the six months ended December 31. Revenue increased by 21% to R102.6-million, headline earnings a share from continuing operations increased by 125% to 18.62c and... 

Tanzania internet users hit 23m; 82% go online via phones – regulator

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The number of internet users in Tanzania rose by 16% at the end of 2017 to 23-million, with the majority of those using their handsets to go online, the telecom industry regulator said on Friday.    Mobile phone use has surged in Tanzania and other African countries over the past decade, helped... 

Jasco acquires Ramm Technologies stake to bolster technology offering

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd February 2018 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics has acquired a 51% stake in Ramm Technologies for R30.6-million in a deal that will allow it entry into asset-tracking markets through Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, as well as provide further growth in new sectors and several cross-selling opportunities. Ramm,... 

Company addresses ICT cooling shelters

23rd February 2018 Technology products manufacturer and services provider Tellumat has redeveloped its TK1 Positive Pressure System Air Handling Unit into a modular version of the revolutionary cooling system. The TK1 is a free air-cooling system specifically designed for information and communication technology... 

Company addresses ICT cooling shelters
Photo by Bloomberg
COOL COMMUNICATIONS South Africa’s climate of temperature extremes presents a significant challenge to the cooling of ICT equipment housing shelters

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has incorporated virtual reality (VR) technology into the apprenticeship and training programmes at its Vanderbiljpark plant. The VR training solution, which has been operational since December last year, is currently used to determine... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech
SAFETY FIRST The virtual reality technology allows for practical application without placing trainees at risk

A major local aerospace industry development initiative is coming back to life

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is being revitalised after spending some years in the doldrums. The initiative dates back to 2006 and was formally opened in 2008, but to date has only had one tenant, local aeronautics enterprise... 

Machine learning to improve IT service management

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Intelligent automation, big data analytics and machine learning systems will become a significant part of information technology (IT) services and support decision-making, enhance staff productivity and facilitate smart self-service for end-users, says workflow specialist firm Marval Africa... 

Machine learning  to improve IT  service management
EDWARD CARBUTT Machine learning links an organisation’s knowledge management with its capacity to provide the right knowledge to the right people at the right time

Altron says independent investigation finds no DTT collusion

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2018 An Allied Electronics- (Altron-) commissioned independent investigation has cleared the group’s subsidiaries of alleged collusion in the 2015 set-top box (STB) tender for government’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) project. Altech UEC had failed in its bid for the DTT tender in 2014;... 

Blue Label posts higher earnings on acquisitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2018 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday posted a surge in earnings for the six months to November 30, following the acquisitions of 45% of mobile operator Cell C and 47.37% of 3G Mobile. The group’s earnings per share and headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased by 110% to 167.43c and 109%... 

Blue Label posts higher earnings on acquisitions
Photo by Duane Daws
Blue Label joint CEO Brett Levy

Cryptocurrencies speculative, but blockchain can bring positive disruption – S&P’s

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) currently views cryptocurrencies as speculative instruments that will have an “insignificant effect on global financial stability if its value were to collapse”, but that blockchain – a shared digital transaction ledger – presents an opportunity... 

Altron secures R585m Limpopo broadband project

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) subsidiary Altech Radio has been awarded a three-year, R585-million contract to establish an affordable, secure, open-access broadband network in Limpopo. Phase one of the Limpopo provincial government-led project, implemented through Limpopo Connexion, will... 

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Global megatrends and social changes brought about by the use and integration of digital technologies in personal, commercial and industrial processes are changing testing, verification, certification and compliance processes, and are placing new demands and requirements on businesses to ensure... 

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards
NEDA TAGHADOSI Clients can access e-learning courses and gap-analysis tools to evaluate their level of compliance to the new standards

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Pump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Africa Data Centres, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has expanded its Midrand-based data centre to a 7 MW, 3 000 m2 carrier-neutral facility to better serve demand for cloud and co-location services in Southern Africa, says Liquid Telecom group CTO Ben Roberts. It has also... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA
NEW COOL The data centre uses a closed-loop water heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, which only uses a small amount of water for humidification

CIOs plan to implement AI, but should focus on learning – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in businesses is set to grow, but CIOs should focus on using pilot projects to ready their businesses to use the technology, information technology market research multinational Gartner said on Wednesday. Its ‘2018 CIO Agenda Survey’ found that... 

EOH acquires LSD IT to lead open source works in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2018 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) multinational EOH has acquired Linux-focused enterprise open-source technology company LSD Information Technology (IT) to lead its open-source offerings in Africa. The acquisition, the value of which was not disclosed, addresses an... 

Jasco delivers weaker H1 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2018 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics on Monday posted weaker first-half financial results as the company faces tough market conditions. For the six months ended December 31, Jasco reported an 81% decline in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 1.2c and a fall of 68% in earnings per share (EPS) to 2c. 

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry

9th February 2018 Automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company and technology conglomerate Cisco Systems have revealed a new technology roadmap that will enable next-generation in-vehicle networking with security. Additionally, the companies have shared their timelines for commercial deployment of... 

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry
INNOVATION COLLABORATION Hyundai and Cisco have been collaborating since 2016

Lack of communication impacts on safety

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Many large companies typically do not have the required technology or resources available to adequately communicate with lower-level staff, which software company Wyzetalk believes affects industry health and safety negatively. “Organisations provide a corporate email address for executives and... 

Lack of communication impacts on safety
GYSBERT KAPPERS Constant health and safety communications result in safety practices becoming habitual in an organisation

Ransomware attacks among major cybersecurity risks for industrial companies

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Ransomware attacks and targeted attacks will continue to be major cybersecurity risks for industrial companies this year, as well as the continued rise of targeted fraud attacks on industrial companies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab industrial control systems (ICS) computer... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Using information and communication technologies, and more broadly digital technologies, in cities must be part of long-term, sustained transformative visions to ensure that a city and its systems improve over time, says Huawei Enterprise Government and Public Utility Sector VP Edwin Diender.... 

Smart city initiatives must be ‘part of long-term vision’ – Huawei
EDWIN DIENDER The smart city concept is about developing a broad platform to support a wide and dynamic range of initiatives and functions

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern financial demands

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 A new payment architecture and infrastructure is being designed to provide the transactional capabilities necessary to allow for new and faster financial services, says South Africa-based automated payments clearing house BankservAfrica CEO Chris Hamilton. BankservAfrica has renewed its... 

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern  financial demands
BANKSERVAFRICA BankservAfrica, in Selby, Johannesburg, facilitates payments clearing between financial organisations

Machine learning offers slew of advantages

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In a recent study, information technology (IT) research company Gartner posed that, “by 2019, IT service desks [using] machine learning enhanced technologies will free up to 30% of support capacity.” This idea is supported by Marval Africa executive director Edward Carbutt who believes that the... 

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme 

8th February 2018 Arcelor Mittal South Africa has already seen a return on investment on its newly commissioned Working at Heights virtual reality training programme, used to determine trainees’ fear of heights and to test their functioning at height. Nadine James has more. 

VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme
VR technology incorporated into working-at-height training programme

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