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BitData: A peer-to-peer mobile data system

     2nd December 2016 South African researcher and a senior electrical engineer Daneel Uys has produced a paper introducing a new proposed peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile data platform in response to high data rates and the #DataMustFall movement. In the attached White Paper, BitData: A Peer-to-Peer Mobile Data System, he... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be active in South Africa from December 5 to 15, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) announced on Thursday. The purpose of the IRRS mission will be to examine South Africa’s nuclear... 

South African nuclear regulator to host international review mission
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka

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

New technology enables control of express deliveries

     2nd December 2016 Express parcels company DPD Laser has rolled out an advanced mobile technology platform at its Dawn Wing and Time Freight businesses that it believes sets it up as an industry leader in the South African express service sector.  The platform offers customers unprecedented real-time visibility and... 

New technology enables control of express deliveries
CUSTOMERS IN CONTROL Dawn Wing provides high-quality services to its customers

UK to stimulate nuclear research, development and innovation

By: Keith Campbell     2nd December 2016 The United Kingdom has launched a new nuclear innovation programme. This was recently announced in Manchester by the country’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (equivalent to Minister in South Africa), Greg Clark. “We want to upgrade the UK’s existing nuclear... 

Ansys showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     1st December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys on Wednesday 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 was dedicated to the manufacture of high-end technology... 

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.

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Wednesday that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, will take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament of two... 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages
Photo by Denel
A warship of the Finnish Navy launches an Umkhonto missile

Blue Label, Blue Pencil join forces for business accelerator programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2016 JSE-listed Blue Label has teamed up with channel development, investment and business acceleration services firm Blue Pencil Management Architects to launch a new accelerator programme aimed at transitioning incubated start-ups into more mature operations. The companies will provide... 

Russian nuclear company looks forward to result of nuclear debate in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2016 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has reaffirmed its respect for South Africa’s domestic policy debates and decisions. “We respect South African government processes and decisions,” Rosatom International regional VP: sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov told Engineering News Online on... 

Russian nuclear company looks forward to result of nuclear debate in South Africa

MTN Group plans expansion in Iran

By: Reuters     29th November 2016 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile phone company, is planning to expand in Iran, from where it has only just managed to begin reptratiating profits. The move is part of MTN's 10-year plan to cement its leading position in risky but lucrative frontier markets in the Middle East and Africa, where... 

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

Fluid cleanliness monitor internationally well received

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th November 2016 Industrial filtration solutions supplier Filtration Management Solutions (FMS) has had an overwhelmingly positive international response to the PCM500 fluid cleanliness monitor, which uses unique filter mesh technology, since its introduction last year. 

Fluid cleanliness monitor internationally well received
REAL-TIME DATA The PCM500 monitor provides a three-part ISO 4406 cleanliness code in under six minutes, which can be uploaded directly to mobile devices for analysis

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... 

Cell C's shareholder challenges Blue Label-led recapitalisation plan

By: Reuters     24th November 2016 South Africa's Cell C's shareholder CellSAF launched a court challenge against Blue Label Telecoms led recapitalisation plan and wants the transaction to be set aside, according to court papers seen by Reuters on Thursday. CellSAF said in the court papers that it was not informed of the deal or... 

Africa still behind on ICT rankings, despite improvements

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd November 2016 As the world increasingly becomes more connected, the latest International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report shows that nearly all 175 countries surveyed during the past year have improved their information and communication technology (ICT) development index (IDI) compared with 2015. The... 

MTN Zakhele Futhi to close this week

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2016 The final implementation of the 2016 edition of MTN’s new black economic empowerment scheme, MTN Zakhele Futhi, has started, with the expectation that it will close this week. MTN Zakhele Futhi opened to qualifying black investors and groups in September, with the public offer raising some... 

Fibre-to-the-home rolled out in Namibian estate

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2016 Pan-African telecommunications operator Paratus Telecoms has connected residents in the Finkenstein estate, east of Windhoek, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) – a first in Namibia.   The developers of Finkenstein Manor and Finkenstein Village have partnered with Paratus Telecom to create the... 

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

CSIR reassessing funding model as grant uncertainty rises

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The Chairperson of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Thokozani Majozi, has warned that the organisation is going to have to re-look at its funding model. He was giving the keynote address at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards held in Pretoria recently. He... 

Necsa responsible for new research reactor and fuel cycle

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 The South African government has decided that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will be the owner/operator of the planned new Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) and the proposed future nuclear fuel cycle. National electricity utility Eskom will be the owner/operator of the planned... 

New South African nanosatellite to participate in international project

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 A South African nanosatellite will be launched into space from the International Space Station (ISS) during the first quarter of next year, as part of an international research project under the European Commission’s Seventh (Research) Framework Programme (better known as FP7). The project is... 

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... 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 Last month, education consultancy Sangari launched the Life Sciences Lab and the Land Rover 4 x 4 in Schools Technology Challenge at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre science museum, in Johannesburg. 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg
SCIENCE LABORATORY The Sangari Life Sciences Lab allows students to experience experiments at their own pace

Science council aims to educate public about its role and that of science

By: Keith Campbell     18th November 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) acting CEO Dr Molefi Motuku has assured that his organisation will continue to meet the challenges facing it and the country. He was speaking at the biennial CSIR Excellence Awards ceremony recently held in Pretoria. "It is an exciting time... 

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... 

Angola Cables, Etix team up to provide direct US–Africa connection

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Angolan telecommunications company Angola Cables and Luxembourg-headquartered data centre and cable landing station specialist Etix Everywhere have partnered to build infrastructure to reduce the latency between the US and Africa, thereby eliminating the data route through Europe. The parties... 

MTN, Huawei partner to bring NB-IoT to Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2016 Communication giants MTN and Huawei have teamed up to bring narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) to Africa to “revolutionise” the connectivity drive across the continent. MTN South Africa chief enterprise business officer Alpheus Mangale said NB-IoT was one of the best technologies for... 

MTN, Huawei partner to bring NB-IoT to Africa

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... 

Liquid Telecoms’ buyout of Neotel nears final hurdle

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2016 The R6.5-billion buyout of converged communications network operator Neotel by privately owned Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is reaching its final hurdle – approval by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). The acquisition was progressing “very well” and the... 

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