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Cyberthreats increasingly worry global aviation industry

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 The global aviation industry is increasingly focusing on cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity … has become a major concern,” highlighted International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Ali Albakri at recent media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport,... 

Blockchain will have big impact on electricity sector, KPMG asserts

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2017 A number of new technology developments are expected to impact the global electricity sector, including virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), however, tax, audit and advisory firm KPMG South Africa senior manager Nevellan Moodley says... 

Manufacturing to be changed by digital systems, Endress+Hauser avers

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 Digital technologies, the automation of processes and the changes to business models will be some of the main areas to be affected by digitalisation and connection of industrial systems, says industrial automation multinational Endress+Hauser VP supervisory board and German Electrical and... 

Standardisation a critical ingredient for financial cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 The consolidation of systems and efforts to achieve standardisation across organisations have become increasingly important for financial organisations to achieve greater control and lower the risk of cyberattacks, says industrial technology firm Johnson Controls Africa Building Efficiency GM... 

SA antenna technology used on Swiss Alps tunnel

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Antennas from South African wireless technology company Poynting Antennas are being used in the world’s longest and deepest train tunnel – the Gotthard Base Tunnel – which runs through the Swiss Alps mountain range, in Switzerland.  

Icasa CEO placed on ‘precautionary suspension’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2017 The Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Thursday said CEO Pakamile Pongwana has been placed on precautionary suspension pending an undisclosed internal disciplinary process. Icasa COO Willington Ngwepe will take over the position’s responsibilities until... 

Ghana, South Africa celebrate first success of African network of telescopes

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 The Ministries of Ghana and South Africa have announced the combination of 'first light' science observations, confirming the successful conversion of a Ghana communications antenna from a redundant telecommunications instrument into a functioning Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) radio... 

Brics bloc agree remote sensing space constellation project

By: Keith Campbell     4th July 2017 The five Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed at a meeting in Haikou, China, on Monday, to create a Brics Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation. This will be the first substantive Brics cooperation in space research. The idea of such a constellation had... 

Brics bloc agree remote sensing space constellation project
Photo by INPE
The joint Brazilian/Chinese CBERS-4 satellite will form part of the planned Brics virtual EO constellation

MTN appoints procurement, supply chain management head

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 Telecommunications group MTN has appointed Dirk Karl to head up group procurement and supply chain management, effective November 1. He will be responsible for developing and executing global procurement and sourcing strategies, as well as leveraging MTN’s scale to identify opportunities to drive... 

South Africa, Canada partnership awards C$1m to new research initiatives

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 The South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partnership Initiative announced on Tuesday that it would award C$1-million to two new trilateral research chairs, including a South Africa-Canada-Kenya collaboration and a South Africa-Canada-Uganda collaboration. In addition, the South... 

Agriculture sector needs to take a more futuristic approach for survival in a digital world 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th July 2017 Technology has the potential to change the future landscape of the agriculture sector if used effectively and if participants are willing to “think bigger”, FutureWorld futurist and entrepreneur Craig Wing said on Tuesday. With ever-changing technologies in the fourth industrial revolution, it is... 

Agriculture sector needs to take a more futuristic approach for survival in a digital world
FutureWorld futurist Craig Wing discusses how technology can benefit the agriculture sector. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Logicalis strengthens cloud integrator position with NubeliU acquisition

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 JSE-listed Datatec’s Logicalis subsidiary has acquired a 51% stake in Openstack software-based cloud company NubeliU. “This acquisition is an important step for Logicalis to enhance its position as a leading cloud integrator,” Datatec CEO Jens Montanana said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Competition Commission prohibits Jasco’s acquisition of Cross Fire

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2017 The Competition Commission has blocked JSE-listed Jasco’s proposed acquisition of a 65.4% stake in Cross Fire Management on the basis that the R52.3-million merger is likely to result in a consolidation of the market in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The now-prohibited proposed deal was announced... 

Hudaco maintains resilience amid tough economic environment 

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Despite a difficult economic and trading environment, JSE-listed industrial products provider Hudaco remains cash-generative, with operations having generated net cash of R247-million for the six months to May 31. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s results on Friday, CEO Graham Dunford... 

Hudaco maintains resilience amid tough economic environment
Industrial products provider Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford discusses the group's results for the six months ended May 31, and provides an outlook for the second half of the year. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Unisa professors scoop 2016/17 NSTF awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Two University of South Africa (Unisa) professors have been recognised for excellence in science, engineering and technology and innovation at the nineteenth Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) 2016/17 Awards. Material and Process Synthesis research unit director and chemical... 

Strides made in smart solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 An early flood warning app designed for the city of Accra, in Ghana, will make all the difference to the city’s resilience, its people and their future wellbeing, posits Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke Mastenbroek. The app is a notable example of a smart water solution... 

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Smart water solution technology will redefine everything the water and wastewater industries do, the extent of which we cannot begin to fathom, enthuses independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke... 

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa
DATA CRUNCHER Smart solutions combine large amount of raw data with artificial intelligence, in order to convert this into useful information to be used for predicting scenarios

Airbus unveils proposed new version of A380 SuperJumbo

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2017 Major global plane maker Airbus on Monday unveiled a proposed refined version of its flagship product, the A380 SuperJumbo airliner. This proposal is designated the A380plus, and is intended to increase the aircraft’s economics and efficiency while retaining passenger comfort.  

Company brings consulting engineering into digital age  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 With advanced technologies replacing pen-and-paper approaches across all industries, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole stresses that consulting engineering companies must find ways to embrace the era of digitalisation in their... 

Company brings consulting engineering into digital age
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole discusses the influence of digitalisation in the consulting engineering sector. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Three-tier approach necessitated to tackle water losses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 A combination of proper water management systems, incentivisation, and solid water infrastructure will enable South Africa to address the prevalent problem of municipal water losses before reaching industrial and residential consumers, suggests smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group... 

Three-tier approach necessitated  to tackle water losses
Photo by Bloomberg
PIPE DOWN Jasco is using data analysis to detect when a leak or burst occurs in the water system

Data analytics seen improving delivery and public-sector revenue streams

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Public sector organisations should begin to analyse the large volumes of data they at their disposal to service delivery and citizen engagement, says analytics specialist firm SAS Public Sector and Utilities GM Kroshlen Moodley. Analysis of data public that sector organisations have, as well as... 

Firm reports growing demand for access control and video as a service

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Internet protocol-based security systems company Genetec is reporting growing interest in its Internet of Things (IoT) platform for access control and video as a service (ACaaS and VaaS) offerings in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says Genetec Africa regional sales manager Brent Cary. The... 

Firm reports growing demand for access control and video  as a service
BRENT CARY Demand for cloud-based IoT platforms – owing to the cybersecurity protection – is starting to pick up across Africa

Cloud-based security services to be worth $9bn in 2020, Gartner forecasts

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Global research and advisory firm Gartner forecasts that cloud-based security services will grow by 21% this year and will be worth almost $9-billion by the end of the decade. Overall growth in the cloud-based security services market is above that of the total information security market growth,... 

Fingerprint readers adapted for use in tough operating conditions

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2017 Biometric multinational HiD Global has made several improvements to its compact Lumidigm M-Series fingerprint solutions and they can now be used in many different and difficult operating conditions for identity verification applications, says HiD Global solutions business development VP Greg... 

Mobile technology transforming Africa, manufacturing needs to step up

By: Anine Kilian     28th June 2017 Mobile technology has been a transformative factor for various sectors across Africa and could bolster the manufacturing industry across the continent, according to former GE Africa senior leader Vishal Agarwal. Addressing the Manufacturing Indaba in Kempton Park on Wednesday, Agarwal noted that,... 

Mobile technology transforming Africa, manufacturing needs to step up
GE Africa senior leader Vishal Agarwal

Cell C extends fibre-to-the-home footprint

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2017 Mobile operator Cell C has progressed its plans to extend its commercial fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) offering with one network agreement with Openserve cemented and discussions under way with two open-access network providers for additional agreements. “Customers that are in areas covered by... 

Cell C appoints new CFO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Mobile services provider Cell C has appointed Tyrone Soondarjee CFO, effective July 1. “We are excited to welcome such an esteemed member of the financial services industry to lead Cell C into its next phase as a business,” said Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.    Soondarjee brings 30 years of... 

Blue Label to acquire mobile device distributor in R1.9bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Local telecommunications firm Blue Label will, through its The Prepaid Company subsidiary, acquire mobile device distributor 3G Mobile for R1.9-billion. The shares in 3G Mobile will be acquired in two stages, with the initial acquisition of 47.37% of the issued share capital for R900-million,... 

Global aviation industry increasing focus on cyber threats

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 The global aviation industry is increasingly focusing on cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity … has become a  major concern,” highlighted International Air Transport Association (Iata) regional VP: Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Ali Albakri at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International... 

Global aviation industry increasing focus on cyber threats
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Cybersecurity is a major concern for the global aviation industry

Revolution draws mixed reaction from industry

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Although the fourth industrial revolution is set to disrupt almost every industry globally by transforming production, management systems and governance, Department of Science and Technology advanced manufacturing technologies acting director Sechaba Tsubella says for the manufacturing industry,... 

Revolution draws mixed reaction from industry
Photo by Bloomberg
MANUAL SACRIFICE The fourth industrial revolution will disrupt labour practices in the manufacturing industry

Local defence sector seeks strategic support from government

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2017 Pre-Cabinet level discussions are under way within the Government about transferring State-owned defence industrial group Denel from the aegis of the Department of Public Works to that of the Department of Defence (DoD). This was stated by Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube at a recent function... 

Joint venture to boost localisation and skills development

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 STEAG EOH Energy Services, a strategic joint venture (JV) – formed in February by JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH and German energy group STEAG Energy Services – has been actively pursuing opportunities in the local energy market, while identifying areas for localisation and skills... 

Companies join forces to support local manufacturing

     23rd June 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), air defence developer, manufacturer and supplier Rheinmetall Air Defence AG – a division of German armament manufacturer Rheinmetall – global engineering and technology services company Siemens and engineering solutions company ESTEQ... 

Companies join forces to support local manufacturing
RHEINMETALL The international group is one of the companies collaborating with the CSIR to strengthen South Africa’s manufacturing industry

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector

     23rd June 2017 According to growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan, the Internet of Things and data analytics are transforming the manufacturing space, as data is the new currency. “With the rise of cognitive technologies, human intervention will no longer be needed for logical and reasonable decision-making.... 

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING Cognitive technology is advancing, especially in the automotive manufacturing sector

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 The energy generation industry will be dramatically disrupted over the next ten to twenty years, and electricity could be close to free within the next twenty years. This will dramatically impact the power generation industry and will trigger a sea-change in the way it generates revenue, say... 

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities
TOM RAFTERY Utilities will be completely changed in ten years’ time

Advanced tech key to unlocking future competitiveness

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 According to the Deloitte 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, CEOs globally believe that advanced manufacturing technologies are key to unlocking future competitiveness. “As the digital and physical worlds converge within manufacturing, executives indicate the path to manufacturing... 

Advanced tech  key to unlocking  future competitiveness
MIKE VINCENT The Deloitte 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index is essential to fostering competitiveness in manufacturing, a factor essential in ensuring growth in the industry

Lighting solutions company adapts to changing technology

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Leading lighting solutions company Beka Schrèder is succeeding in adapting to rapidly changing lighting technology, in its manufacturing process, while maintaining focus on cost benefits for consumers. Beka Schrèder product development manager Daniel Kasper says the company prioritises cost... 

Lighting solutions company adapts to changing technology
Caption: HIGHMAST LIGHTING Beka Schrèder completed a highmast lighting project on the N3 national route connecting Johannesburg and Durban

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