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Industrial IoT platform enables companies to customise solutions

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 Network solutions provider Vula Telematix is inviting industrial and commercial organisations to develop fit-for-purpose industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems for their specific needs on an open IoT platform, which will help to stimulate local innovation and use of IoT, says Vula Telematix... 

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

Smartphone adoption expected to drive investment in Africa

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Driven by significant growth in smartphone adoption, Africa is poised to become the skills pool for the world, underpinned by innovation solutions derived from trends, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics, making the continent an attractive target for international investment.... 

Digital innovation, while necessary, comes with risks – Deloitte

By: Ilan Solomons     13th July 2017 While global competition has necessitated technological and digital innovation across all industries, there is legitimate concern globally that innovation could threaten job creation, particularly in traditionally labour-intensive sectors such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture, according... 

Digital innovation, while necessary, comes with risks – Deloitte
Panellists in discussion during Singularity South Africa’s Insider Insight Session

South African IT spending to grow by 2.4% this year – Gartner

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 Information technology (IT) spending in South Africa is forecast to grow by 2.4% year-on-year to R266-billion for this year, technology research firm Gartner has revealed. Software is predicted to be the best-performing segment, with a 13.2% year-on-year increase. 

Sub-Saharan Africa mobile users to exceed 500m by 2020

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 More than 500-million people across sub-Saharan Africa will be subscribed to a mobile service by the end of the decade, a new report shows. The report ‘The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2017’, which was published by GSMA on Wednesday, forecasts that the number of unique mobile subscribers in... 

Automation pivotal to steel industry’s future

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 Owing to its customers requiring cost-effective, faster and better solutions, capital equipment manufacturer First Cut MD Andrew Poole says automation coupled with innovation is pivotal to the future of companies in the local steel industry. The prospect of automation threatening the livelihood... 

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... 

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,... 

Digitalisation evolution, not revolution

     7th July 2017 Efficient plants, machinery and services solutions company SMS group has developed strategies to promote digitalisation in the steel industry, in light of Internet 4.0, digitalisation, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing becoming dominant themes in the industry. According to the SMS... 

Digitalisation evolution, not revolution
DIGITAL SALES Electronic spare parts catalogue in an eService module, which would be used by sales departments as digital tools to facilitate pricing and delivery transparency

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... 

New Archicad solution incorporates highly anticipated stair design tool

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th July 2017 Building information modelling (BIM) software developer for architects and designers Graphisoft has locally launched Archicad 21, the latest version of a BIM software solution that introduces a new, highly anticipated Stair Tool, which features Graphisoft’s patent-pending Predictive Design... 

New Archicad solution incorporates  highly anticipated stair design tool
ANTICIPATED TOOL With the new Stair Tool in Archicad 21, intuitive graphical methods allow for users to easily tweak the stair’s shape and customise structural components

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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,... 

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.

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... 

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... 

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

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

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... 

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

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

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

AI expected to be key disrupter in transition to smart-city status

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 According to research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), about 54.5% of the global population is living in urban areas, which is expected to increase to about 70% in the next 35 years. As such, the US-based investment service provider highlights that urbanisation and smart cities, as well... 

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

Innovative software ensures security in manufacturing automation

     23rd June 2017 Owing to rapidly advancing manufacturing innovations and technologies bringing about disruptions in the software and technology currently used in manufacturing, family-owned enterprise resource planning (ERP) software company Global Shop Solutions’ cloud ERP has many benefits, a notable one being... 

Innovative software ensures security in manufacturing automation
Photo by Bloomberg
CLOUD NINE Cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) will ensure efficiency, reliability, cost benefits and security in automated manufacturing

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... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design auto components

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab and German automotive software, systems and electronics subsidiary AVL Software and Functions are developing secure communications units (SCUs) to protect all automotive communications from cyberthreats. The partnership will help to develop... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design  auto components
ANDREY NIKISHIN The partnership will build a bridge between embedded automotive development and best cybersecurity practices and technologies

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

Syspro, Prophix team up to tackle lucrative African growth markets

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Homegrown enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider Syspro and Canada-based corporate performance management (CPM) multinational Prophix Software have entered into a global partnership to provide a broad range of services to their combined set of clients in growth markets, particularly... 

Syspro, Prophix team up to tackle lucrative African growth markets
MARK WILSON ERP and corporate planning tools help to level the playing field for local companies competing against larger international companies

Blue Label seals amended binding Cell C recapitalisation agreements

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th June 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecom’s implementation of its recapitalisation of mobile operator Cell C is scheduled for the first week of August as the final amended equity transaction agreements are signed. The amended binding Cell C recapitalisation agreements will see Blue Label narrow the mobile... 

Defence-in-depth security model punted for protecting industrial assets

By: Schalk Burger     16th June 2017 Protecting industrial assets requires a defence-in-depth (DiD) security approach that addresses in-house and external security threats. The approach uses multiple layers of defence, including physical, electronic and procedural protection, and at separate instances by applying appropriate... 

Defence-in-depth security model punted for protecting industrial assets
CHRISTO BUYS Effective defence-in-depth leads to system security that is designed into the infrastructure and becomes a set of layers within the overall network security
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