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Icasa tables discussion document for digital audio broadcasting services

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has launched an inquiry to review and determine the prospects of digital sound broadcasting (DSB) services in South Africa. The inquiry also aims to unpack how the implementation of DSB – an audio broadcasting technology – could... 

Mobile enterprise technology use in SA on the rise – Syspro

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2018 About two-thirds of large companies in South Africa commonly use mobile enterprise technologies, and almost half noted their intentions to adopt new business technologies, including robotics and Internet of Things (IoT), says enterprise software multinational Syspro Africa MD Mark Wilson. ‘The... 

Altron’s FY18 earnings up 14% to 18%

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2018 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects to deliver a 14% to 18% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) on a normalised basis for continued operations for the year ended February 28. The continuing operations’ revenue is expected to increase by... 

CCTV cameras deployed to help Cape Town's Shotspotter programme identify shooters

By: African News Agency      12th April 2018 The City of Cape Town on Thursday announced it would now use CCTV cameras in conjunction with its ShotSpotter technology in a bid to identify shooters in areas where the system is installed. "It is hoped that the beady electronic eyes could help identify and locate suspects involved in shooting... 

New technologies key to driving Africa’s growth

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2018 Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development by tapping into the potential that new technologies hold, ABB Asia, Middle East and Africa region President Dr Chun-Yuan Gu said on Tuesday. Delivering the keynote speech at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 conference in... 

Global IT spending to grow to $3.7tr in 2018 amid new growth cycle – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2018 The total global spend on information technology (IT) is projected to rise by 6.2% to $3.7-trillion this year, indicating a new growth cycle, a forecast released by market research multinational Gartner, on Monday, reveals. “This is the highest annual growth rate that Gartner has forecast since... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Visa launches challenge to create payment innovations

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Payment technology multinational Visa launched its global Everywhere Initiative in Africa for financial technology (fintech) start-ups to stimulate payment innovations and the nascent fintech industry in the region. “The goal is to allow for cashless economies and financial inclusion. Visa aims... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

Cyberattacks to grow as hackers target greater financial returns – Trend Micro

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2018 The increase in ransomware, cryptocurrency mining and business email compromise attempts throughout 2017 will continue this year as cybercriminals refine and target their attacks for greater financial return, says cybersecurity multinational Trend Micro. Cybercriminals are increasingly abandoning... 

Sagarmatha eyes $4bn valuation in South Africa's first e-commerce IPO

By: Reuters     3rd April 2018 Sagarmatha Technologies, a South African company that owns newspapers, online shopping and classified platforms, is targeting a valuation of more than $4-billion in Johannesburg's first initial public offering of an e-commerce company. Sagarmatha said it plans raise R7.5-billion ($636-million) in... 

Financial M&A deals in Africa, Middle East to drop in 2018 – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Law firm Baker McKenzie’s global transactions forecast predicts that the value of financial sector mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Africa and the Middle East will drop to $9-billion in 2018, down sharply from $29.5-billion in 2017.  

EOH grows revenue, but profit falls in H1

By: Schalk Burger     28th March 2018 JSE-listed information technology services multinational EOH has grown its revenue for the six months ended January 31, by 19% to R8.35-billion compared with R7.03-billion in the corresponding period in 2017. Its profit, however, decreased by 6.5% year-on-year to R784-million as a result of... 

Communications Committee recommends removal of Icasa chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Communications has recommended the removal of Rubben Mohlaloga from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) council. This follows a request from Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to start the removal process after the Pretoria... 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Digital payments can boost urban economies, support smart cities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Digital payments technology is a crucial enabler of smart cities and can provide significant benefits to consumers, businesses, governments and economies. Changes to the way in which people and companies pay for goods and services – brought about mainly by digital technologies – present an... 

Cloud services helping companies change business IT

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Transitional cloud services and offerings are helping companies to change their business information technology (IT) and hardware gradually, allowing them to familiarise themselves with the new business objectives of responsiveness, adaptability and data stewardship, says Oracle Africa cloud... 

South Africa joins global AI community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Global nonprofit organisation City.AI has welcomed South Africa as a new member and is inviting local artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners to attend its first Cape Town City.AI event, which will be held on March 27.  

South Africa joins global AI community

Company expands offering through IoT partnership

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Industrial automation software developer and supplier Adroit Technologies has expanded its offerings through its partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) network provider SqwidNet.   Adroit Technologies MD Dave Wibberley says the global industrial automation industry is robust and growing... 

Company expands  offering through  IoT partnership
CHETAN GOSHALIA, RESHAAD SHA, DAVE WIBBERLEY, GRANT JOYCE, JOHAN NIEUWENHUIZEN Adroit Technology recognises the Internet of Things as a rapidly growing local market which has resulted in its recent partnership with Internet of Things network provider SqwidNet

Increased demand for user-friendly measuring equipment

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Optimass Coriolis mass flowmeters supplied by industrial process instrumentation manufacturer and supplier KROHNE, now all include Entrained Gas Management (EGM’s) algorithm technology. The EGM algorithm has greatly improved flowmeter capabilities, says KROHNE national sales manager Clayton... 

Increased demand for user-friendly  measuring equipment
OPTIMASS CORIOLIS FLOWMETER The entire KROHNE Optimass Coriolis flowmeter now incorporates KROHNE’s patented Entrained Gas Measurement algorithm

PQ Box 150 meets user-friendly measuring equipment demand

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 There has been notable consumer demand for the supply of reliable and more user-friendly industrial measuring equipment, says electrical solutions engineer and supplier Magnet Group’s a.eberle sales engineer Tjaart van der Walt. “Industry automation and digitisation are becoming increasingly... 

PQ Box 150 meets  user-friendly measuring equipment demand
ANALYSIS SOFTWARE The PQ Box 150 analysis software automatically generates reports adhering to IEC 61000-2-2 standard

Investments in business controls result in shift in economic crime detection

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Investments made to detect fraud and corruption have resulted in more of these economic crimes being detected by corporate controls and oversight mechanisms, corporate services multinational PwC Forensics Services partner Trevor White says. Detailing the findings for South Africa of the... 

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way cybercriminals and their bots scan for and exploit vulnerabilities in corporate and utility networks, but the same tools can also be used to defend against adapting cyberthreats. Cybersecurity multinationals Fortinet, Trend... 

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

ICT infrastructure still following the money, but new model possible

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure being built to support the growing use of digital technologies is following wealth and, by extension, apartheid spatial-patterns, but this can be corrected through development financing and city planning, says University of... 

University upgrades electronic engineering laboratory equipment

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Process control equipment solutions provider Comtest has recently completed the refurbishment of Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT’s) Electrical Engineering Department’s Electronic Engineering laboratory. The refurbishment project, which was finalised and fully functional by the second... 

University upgrades electronic  engineering laboratory equipment
NEWLY UPGRADED Tshwane University of Technology’s Electrical Engineering Department has recently undertaken a major refurbishment on its laboratory

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... 

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