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Information Technology News

Operation Phakisa making strides in ICT in education

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th January 2017 Progress is being made in the implementation of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Education segment of South Africa’s Operation Phakisa, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) said on Friday. Implemented by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in... 

Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 The insights generated from wearable and connected devices are expected to enable more effective management of employee wellness and productivity within the next four years, says Deloitte human capital technology and digital learning associate director André Vermeulen. On average worldwide, a... 

Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing
ANDRÉ VERMEULEN Deep analysis of data from many devices and systems will enable companies to identify operational areas that can be improved

Holistic business approach advised amid complex cybersecurity risks

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 The cybersecurity risks that businesses face are complex, making them difficult to defend against and requiring technical and managerial responses at all levels of the enterprise, says Kaspersky Lab anti-targeted attack business solution lead Oleg Glebov. The complexity of cyberthreats means that... 

Holistic business approach advised amid complex cybersecurity risks
OLEG GLEBOV New skills are needed in enterprises to automate data gathering, identify incidents, analyse information and execute effective responses

Engineering solutions provider showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys earlier this month hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility is dedicated to the manufacture of high-end... 

New decoder promises ultra-high definition viewing experience

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 The video and broadband equipment multinational Arris set top boxes – including the latest DStv Explora 2 decoder in South Africa being made for video entertainment company MultiChoice, will form a part of increasingly connected homes by providing new video compression for broadcast and streaming... 

'Pressure on' for African govts in 2017 in ICT

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2016 The involvement of governments across Africa will be a critical factor in the rise of information and communications technology (ICT) in 2017. Next year will be the year that solid ICT plans to guide investors and other stakeholders need to be developed, with the “pressure on” for governments to... 

Open data initiative to boost African research, development and innovation – ASSAf

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Friday launched an Africa-wide initiative to promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The African Open Science Platform aims to promote the value – and exploit the potential – of open data... 

App ensures improved security for businesses

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 To further improve security for businesses, technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet has designed a mobile app that will enable businesses to monitor their surroundings, link camera systems and provide new information on any security risks. 

App ensures improved security for businesses
CONNECTED SECURITY Users and businesses can connect monitoring equipment to the application

Biometric company targets payment processing industry

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Biometric identification multinatonal Ideco aims to grow its presence in the $2-trillion- a-year global payment processing industry and increase the use of mobile biometric identification systems to secure and process mobile transactions. Mobile biometrics are predicted to generate $34.6-billion... 

Biometrics addresses old flaws before adding new technology – KPMG

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Before South African businesses start to invest in new security technology, old security flaws need to be addressed to ensure maximum security, says professional services firm KPMG. 

Biometrics addresses old flaws before adding new technology – KPMG
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW TECHNOLOGY Biometric technology could prevent cybercriminals from obtaining user data

Network performance seen as key digital transformation platform

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 The ability to manage a hybrid business network effectively, ensure that all the applications and processes have the correct connectivity and control all the policies and permissions from a single platform is necessary for the digital transformation of businesses, says application performance... 

Network performance  seen as key digital  transformation platform
TAJ ELKHAYAT Riverbed’s partner strategy aims to enable mixed network systems and devices of many vendors and manufacturers to be unified onto a single platform

Technology group calls on innovators to enter industrial drive competition

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 International power and automation technology group ABB announced last month that innovation platform The IdeaHub is recruiting hardware and software innovators worldwide. These innovators are needed to take on the challenge of transforming the role of drives in an industrial setting that might... 

‘Intelligence amplification’ solution provides real-time cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Data analytics company Snode will deploy its ‘intelligence amplification’ cybersecurity system in South Africa, which uses machine-learning in conjunction with human expertise, predictive analytics and behavioural pattern analysis to provide real-time threat protection. The system uses advanced... 

‘Intelligence amplification’ solution provides real-time cybersecurity
NITHEN NAIDOO The system uses advanced mathematical algorithms, machine learning and predictive analytics to provide real-time intelligence to any size business

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 Companies can manage the allocation, productivity and planning of human resources in real-time using a new cloud-based people resource management solution, says human resource management solutions company PRP Solutions CEO Kriya Govender. The solution can be used to integrate any existing... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time
KRIYA GOVENDER The real-time nature of the solution enables all levels of employees to proactively manage productivity

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed  into television production hub

Monitoring portal ensures standby power equipment is primed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Power management solutions provider Powermode has introduced its monitoring portal, which provides real-time feedback on the performance of standby power equipment to prevent power failures. 

Monitoring portal ensures standby power equipment is primed
RELIABLE READINGS The Powermode Monitoring Portal provides more accurate information than other systems owing to its ability to measure both the incoming and outgoing current in the battery

Need for centralised courier point made clear

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As tech-savvy customers demand faster and more efficient services, the need for a centralised technology-enabled courier point has become clear. Owing to this, outsourced e-commerce warehousing and order fulfilment services provider ParcelNinja.com realised the need for a scalable cloud-based... 

Need for centralised courier point made clear
JUSTIN DRENNAN The company enables real-time integration with a variety of couriers

Seacom’s business unit gains traction 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications firm Seacom has gained better-than-expected momentum in its quest to grow its enterprise segment, with the well received establishment of the second unit opening up the East African market. The business unit, which launched its full set of business offerings to the... 

Seacom’s business unit gains traction
Seacom Business head Grant Parker discusses the progress being made in the company's year-old enterprise segment. 30.11.2016. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Vincent Pestana.

Financial institutions urged to prepare for rise in mobile device attacks

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 Financial institutions can expect a rise in the number of cyberattacks on mobile devices next year, as well as attacks on employee machines and noncritical systems, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab Russia Research and Analysis team head Yury Namestnikov. A Kaspersky Lab security... 

Financial institutions urged to prepare for rise in mobile  device attacks
YURY NAMESTNIKOV Cyberattacks typically come in waves, as the method of a successful attack will be repeated in new territories

SD-WAN technology transforming business connectivity

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 Software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology is displacing multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) for business connectivity, as the complex and open networks of business necessitate a different approach to managing and securing business data traffic, says telecommunications service... 

SD-WAN technology  transforming business connectivity
GREG DE CHASTEAUNEUF Data growth and businesses connectivity requirements necessitate the easy management of business-critical systems across all of the business’s information technology environments

Siemens on schedule to complete PRASA’s Gauteng signalling project in early 2020

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th November 2016 International engineering company Siemens is on track and aims to complete its project scope for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) rail signalling system project in early 2020. Overall completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Gauteng re-signalling project are at 83% and 33%... 

Way companies use IT resources changing, IBM asserts

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2016 The short timeframes businesses have in which to compete successfully against one another in the increasingly connected and digital world of business is driving them to reengineer their operations to create agile business systems that can respond rapidly to transient opportunities, says... 

Wearable tech starting to have a virtual and real impact on the workplace

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2016 While access control and health and safety wearable devices are commonplace in many commercial companies and industries, the use of augmented reality and virtual reality systems is expected to increase significantly over the next three to five years. Augmented reality will enable employees to... 

Wearable tech starting to have a virtual and real impact on the workplace

New storage systems part of transition to a digital economy

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2016 The growth of data, as a result of more points of capture and larger data files, such as high-definition medical images and video files, is a consequence of the global transition to digital economies. These are contributing to changes in storage technologies, says technology multinational IBM... 

Wearable tech starting to have a virtual and real impact on the workplace

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2016 While access control and health and safety wearable devices are commonplace in many commercial companies and industries, the use of augmented reality and virtual reality systems is expected to increase significantly over the next three to five years. Augmented reality will enable employees to... 

Wearable tech starting to have a virtual and real impact on the workplace

DFA to deploy, operate South Africa’s new Sigfox IoT network

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and its subsidiary SqwidNet have partnered with global communication solution firm Sigfox to deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) network. South Africa will be the twenty-sixth country to deploy and operate Sigfox’s network, with SqwidNet to distribute IoT connectivity... 

Ericsson’s latest Mobility report shows Africa’s IoT potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Africa’s reliance on mobile technology, as opposed to fixed-line technology, is a significant contributing factor in the rapid growth of mobile subscriptions, with the continent accounting for 15-million of the 80-million new mobile subscriptions recorded in the third quarter. Nigeria has led the... 

Africa gets renewed broadband focus with Eutelsat offshoot

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Africa is set to benefit from a new broadband venture that aims to bridge the digital divide through the use of extensive, high-quality and affordable satellite infrastructure. Satellite communications provider Eutelsat’s newly established subsidiary Konnect Africa plans to deploy commercial... 

MiX Telematics CFO resigns

     15th November 2016 Megan Pydigadu has resigned as CFO of MiX Telematics to pursue a new career opportunity. She will serve a three month notice period to ensure a smooth transition of the finance function. A successor has yet to be named. 

BCX integration, mobile business lifts Telkom’s H1 earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2016 JSE-listed Telkom on Tuesday posted higher earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R5.3-billion and an improved Ebitda margin of 26.1% for the six months to September 30. This was in line with the company’s outlook of maintaining an Ebitda margin of between 26%... 

Business models, not technology, will determine digital economy success

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2016 In digital economies, the new business models of companies – and the associated value proposition for clients – will be more important than the underlying technology that is driving digitalisation, says World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Information Technology Report (GITR) editor and Insead... 

Company offers aftermarket maintenance services for various industries

By: Aarifah Nosarka     11th November 2016 Opencast mining and mineral processing equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa offers maintenance and refurbishment services through its Tenova Client Support Services business unit, currently operating from the company’s headquarters in Kempton Park, Gauteng. The unit comprises 1800 m2 of... 

Company offers aftermarket  maintenance services for various industries
BRADFORD BREAKER Tenova Client Support Services has upgraded several Bradford Breakers

How financial institutions can take fight to cybercriminals

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2016 As a highly targeted sector, financial services organisations are best placed to learn about the threats and display best practice in terms of resisting future cyberattacks, says information technology multinational F5 Networks Martin Walshaw. Eighty per cent of financial services institutions... 

How financial institutions can  take fight to cybercriminals
MARTIN WALSHAW Financial institutions can gain market share by demonstrating their proactivity and security measures

Move to integrate virtual and physical value chains

By: David Oliveira     11th November 2016 Digitalisation offers the opportunity to integrate virtual value chains into existing physical value chains, allowing for the development of a “digital twin” that can be used to improve product design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance. This is according to global engineering firm... 

Move to integrate virtual and physical value chains
ANTHONY DAVIES Software simulation is gaining ground and can be used to improve systems, processes, behaviours and products

Separate legislation may be needed for new electronic banking services

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2016 New legislation, separate from local banking regulations, should be introduced to allow for the introduction of new, low-cost electronic banking and financial services while retaining the resilience of the banking sector, says digital systems firm Hello Group founder and chairperson Nadir... 

Separate legislation may be needed for new electronic banking services
NADIR KHAMISSA Low-cost or no-cost money transfer services for consumers and small businesses will improve their ability to access formal financial products, and reduce the constraints on growth of small businesses

Govt tight-lipped on broadband tender deal

By: News24Wire      10th November 2016 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services on Wednesday kept mum on whether Telkom would be the preferred bidder to supply and maintain a government broadband project in South Africa. Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize told Parliament on Wednesday that the Department appointed the... 

Cape Town emerging as a 'smart city'

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 While Cape Town is emerging as a 'smart city', it has much to learn from other cities about the potential of using Internet of Things (IoT) applications to make its operations more efficient, technology company Nokia said on Tuesday. Its latest 'The Smart City Playbook' report examines the... 

Cape Town emerging as a 'smart city'
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