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South African nuclear achievement crowned by US award

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 South African company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, has been presented with an Award for Outstanding Achievement by the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), an agency of the US Department of Energy (DoE), the two... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

Data visualisation being used to optimise supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Supply chain solutions specialist Resolve Solution Partners leverages its technology platforms and systems to simulate various permutations and changes to clients’ logistics processes to develop solutions to problems and improve on current business models. Data visualisation is a powerful tool... 

Data visualisation being used  to optimise supply chains
DANEEL VISSER Companies must understand how data affects the business and think about how a data strategy will support their business strategy

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 The mobility of clients and demand for instantaneous services as a result of the boom of connected resources and services has made availability a business imperative, says availability and recovery multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa regional VP Gregg Petersen. Even historically... 

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability
GREGG PETERSEN Veeam’s software enables the protection and management of data and processes in hybrid cloud environments

Intercontinental alignment agrees to increased economic cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The five member countries of the Brics alignment – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are to strengthen trade and investment between themselves. This was affirmed in the “Xiamen Declaration” issued during the IX Brics Summit in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen. The... 

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

New partnership to raise awareness of industrial cybersecurity threats

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Industrial control and automation multinational Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have partnered to raise awareness of global industrial cybersecurity needs, standards and the changing security landscape, as well as provide joint expertise for production information... 

Platform ensures more effective communication

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 With ineffective communication often affecting the level of health and safety implementation and efficiency in industries that have stringent safety requirements, software company Wyzetalk provides more effective communication for such industries.  

Platform ensures more  effective communication
CUSTOMISED ENGAGEMENT Wyzetalk can deliver content that is valuable for both the employer and the employee

Scottish, South African scientists demonstrate entanglement swapping for quantum communications

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2017 A team of Scottish and South African researchers demonstrated entanglement swapping and teleportation of orbital angular momentum (OAM) patterns of light, which is a crucial step towards realising a quantum repeater for high-dimensional entangled states. The team of scientists from Heriot-Watt... 

Bolivia signs contract with Russia to create nuclear centre

By: Keith Campbell     21st September 2017 Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group is to establish a Nuclear Research and Technology Centre (NRTC) in Bolivia. The contract was signed in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, between Rosatom group company State Specialised Design Institute (SSDI) and the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency... 

Bolivia signs contract with Russia to create nuclear centre
Photo by Rosatom
ABEN general executive director Hortensia Jiménez Rivera (left) signs the NRTC contract with SSDI director-general Vyacheslav Galushkov (right). Bolivian Energy Vice-Minister Luis Alberto Echazú and Rosatom director-general Alexey Likhachev stand behind them

Commission invites submissions for data services market inquiry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 The Competition Commission on Wednesday invited stakeholders wishing to participate in its market inquiry into data services to make formal submissions. Submissions would close on November 1. 

Cybercrime becoming a major threat in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has ranked South Africa sixth and seventh on the cybercrime predator list, which means that there is an increasing amount of fraud being perpetrated from the country, says computer forensics company Cyanre CEO Danny Myburgh. Speaking at the ninth Chartered... 

Cybercrime becoming a major threat in South Africa

EOH focuses on own IP, Africa and Middle East for growth

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2017 JSE-listed information technology (IT) firm EOH is growing its own software, services and solutions, while gradually expanding its presence in the rest of Africa and the Middle East. At a presentation of the group's financial results for the year ended June 30, on Tuesday, CEO Zunaid Mayet... 

R2K picketers call for cellphone companies to ring in the changes

By: News24Wire      19th September 2017 Right2Know has led pickets outside the four major telecommunications companies in Gauteng on Tuesday, demanding affordable voice and data costs for South Africans. Tariffic, a research company, found that South Africa has the second highest data contract prices among seven countries, including... 

Zambia to tender for fourth voice mobile service provider

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 Zambia plans to invite bidders for a fourth mobile phone voice service provider following approval of a new licensing regime, the Minister of Transport and Communication said on Tuesday. Zambia approved a law in June allowing more mobile phone voice service providers to boost competition. 

Encha appoints new chief technology officer

By: Samantha Herbst     18th September 2017 Information and communication technology professional Andy Brauer is the new chief technology officer of investment company Encha – an appointment in line with the company’s strategy to attract partners who are subject-matter domain experts with relevant industry-specific experience and... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

Analytics facilitates machine learning and AI systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Analytics is an important component of the technology mix and technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, will not deliver strategic business value without effective analytics at their core, says enterprise resource planning multinational SAP Africa Business Analytics... 

Certification upholds international standards

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme, known as ISO 3834, is operated by independent company SAIW Certification, which is authorised by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) as South Africa’s Authorised National Body for Company... 

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Building security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

Consumer demand for wearable devices set to continue

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 Sales of wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers, are set to increase by 16.7%, from 265.8-million units in 2016 to 310.4-million in 2017, according to predictions from US-based research and advisory company Gartner.  

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection
NEW APPRAOCH The Delta Drone Group is responsible for inspecting 563 cellphone towers in France this year

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

Tshwane City to ask court to set aside multibillion-rand broadband contract

By: African News Agency      14th September 2017 The City of Tshwane on Thursday said it has approached the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the “so-called Tshwane Broadband contract” with Thobela Telecoms on the grounds that the previous administration entered into the contract unlawfully. At a press conference at Tshwane House in... 

Altron expects higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects a 16% to 36% rise in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months to August 31 to be between 36c and 42c apiece, compared with the 31c apiece recorded in the corresponding half-year in 2016. Similarly, basic earnings per share (EPS) are... 

Jasco FY17 earnings hit by ‘unusual items’ in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 “Unusual items” have dealt a blow to the full-year earnings of JSE-listed Jasco Electronics as the group navigates a particularly tough environment. The group on Wednesday reported a 61% decline in both headline earnings and headline earnings a share to a respective R5.6-million and 2.5c apiece... 

'Dodgy' articles in academic journals threatens integrity of South African science

By: News24Wire      13th September 2017 University scholars who publish their research in "dodgy" online scientific journals may be compromising their integrity in the new race to publish swiftly and prolifically, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) acknowledged this week. The department was responding to queries... 

Analytical acumen of greater value than Big Data

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 The acme of analytics does not depend on the size of the dataset, but on the capabilities of analysts to derive meaning and, consequently, value from the data, says Barclays Africa chief data officer (CDO) Pieter Vorster. Therefore, so-called big data analytics does not differ from typical data... 

Bringing data to life using advanced analytics

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 Information services multinational Experian has established innovation laboratories, which it terms “DataLabs”, in the US, Brazil and UK to stimulate organic product development, says Experian VP Eric Haller. Since the first laboratory was launched in San Diego, in the US, in 2011, products... 

Gap in aviation safety regulation is under scrutiny

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2017 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is planning to discuss and examine the status of what are known as Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel (Atsep) in South Africa. Atseps are the engineering technicians responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of ground-based air... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa
RODRICK NAIDOO Countries that have their own crude resources and established mega-refineries could never be outpriced by a South African refinery

Indaba seeks to strengthen Africa’s machine learning expertise

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 International machine learning experts will present the latest theories and practices in deep learning and its applications at the Deep Learning Indaba to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from September 10 to 15. More than 300 attendees from Africa and around the world will... 

Infrastructure expansion will boost oil rig traffic

     8th September 2017 South African ports are projected to receive an injection of almost R44.4-billion over the coming five years from State-owned logistics operator Transnet, which will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in South Africa, says defence and security solutions supplier... 

Infrastructure expansion  will boost oil rig traffic
Photo by Bloomberg
INCREASED CAPABILITY Expansions of South Africa’s port infrastructure will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in the country

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, last month, members of the nine countries, represented by their science and technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy
PROJECT REVIEW The Square Kilometre Array Africa partner countries reviewed the African SKA, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, and the Big Data Africa initiative
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