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‘No significant barriers’ to Africa’s adoption of advanced computing systems

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2018 The infrastructure environment can support complex, high-technology uses in businesses with inherent security and at high speed, says enterprise technology multinational IBM Systems GM Alex Gogh. The basis for the wide-scale use of high-technology business systems, including artificial... 

Huawei Releases Its Latest IoT and AI Products, Creating Intelligent and Connectivity Genes for Digital Enterprises

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2018 At CEBIT 2018, Huawei released its latest IoT and AI products to help enterprises create intelligent and connectivity genes to build digital neurons and accelerate digital enterprise transformation. At Huawei’s press conference at CEBIT, Qiu Heng, President of Global Marketing, Enterprise... 

Huawei Launches the Industry-Oriented Intent-Driven Network Solution

19th June 2018 Accelerating Digital Transformation of Industries and Maximizing Business Value Huawei launched its Industry-Oriented Intent-Driven Network (IDN) Solution at CEBIT 2018, held in Hannover, Germany. By building intelligent, simplified, ultra-broadband, open, and secure intent-driven networks, this... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

African rail operators should jump to digital networks, says DB venture architect 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2018 Similar to large parts of Africa jumping to mobile/phone-based Internet instead of using fixed-line access first, African railway operators should, from the onset, build systems that make use of the recent advances in technology, says Deutsche Bahn (DB) senior venture architect Henning Seeschaaf.... 

CSIR researching social media use for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday detailed work researchers are doing to put social media to use in identifying public safety incidents, including traffic collisions, crime incident patterns, emergencies, terrorism incidents and pandemics, and to develop tools... 

AI can optimise manufacturing processes; awareness needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI), data and automation tools can aid manufacturers in enhancing and optimising their processes, says Cape Town-based machine learning startup DataProphet cofounder and MD Frans Cronje. The company specialises in developing AI solutions for the manufacturing industry,... 

Decline in machine tools indicative of manufacturing state

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Although machine tools are the backbone of most industries, their market volume has decreased by 30% a year in the past three years, reflecting the state of the manufacturing sector, says Machine Tool Merchants Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides. “It seems as if we are already 20% down... 

The fourth industrial revolution, an African perspective

8th June 2018 New and emerging technologies are fundamentally changing the world in ways that were previously unimaginable. Technology driven innovation has always caused business models to go extinct. Some companies could not evolve and went out of business while others adapted, seized opportunities and... 

Innovation and Intelligence for the Factory of the Future

7th June 2018 How adaptive algorithms are creating new ways to optimize production Omron Industrial, Johannesburg. South Africa 

Opportunities for Manufacturers in Africa

7th June 2018 Fundamental factors including increased political stability, growing investment prospects, Industry 4.0 as well as the enforcement of game-changing policies present plentiful opportunities for African manufacturers Despite its abundant natural and human resources, the African continent has long... 

ELB welcomes Josh Hodgkinson as Implementation Engineer - Intelligent Solutions

6th June 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB), is pleased to announce that Josh Hodgkinson has been appointed as Implementation Engineer – ELB Intelligent Solutions (EIS), to help drive the business into the 4th Industrial Revolution. Josh has work experience in over 12 different countries, graduating... 

Connecting Africa through 5G broadband technologies

6th June 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is currently developing a 5G testbed, to prepare for the advent of 5G technologies and to ensure that Africa is able to adapt to the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The testbed is expected to be launched later this year at the... 

'Hi, I'm Pepper' – first humanoid robot in South Africa gently introduces herself

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 At your next hotel check-in, you might just be assisted by a robot. Well, perhaps not quite yet, but the first humanoid robot in South Africa is an indicator of the capability of artificial intelligence (AI). Pepper, a humanoid chat robot was recently unveiled at Nedbank's digital-branch, the... 

Gauteng now using drone to monitor project delivery

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) last week officially launched its drone programme to help monitor the timely delivery of construction projects under its portfolio. The drone will be used in conjunction with the department’s electronic monitoring hub and project nerve... 

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

Annual Wikipedia conference to make debut in sub-Saharan Africa

31st May 2018 First ever gathering in the sub-Saharan African region will be held in Cape Town, bringing together more than 700 people to discuss how to improve the diversity of knowledge represented on Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites Key participants include Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Katherine... 

Corruption, healthcare and blockchain on the agenda at Supply Chain conference

30th May 2018 Africa’s leading knowledge sharing and networking event for supply chain professionals kicks off in Cape Town on 10 June. With supply chain issues increasingly in the spotlight in South Africa - from the education department’s alleged oversupply of sanitary towels in schools, to the Estina Dairy... 

‘There is no knowing where the change will end’ – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2018 The wave of change that the electrification of automobiles brings is moving beyond electric vehicles (EV) to the micro, artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility options, which should increasingly be brought into the outlook for the burgeoning market. “Big gambles and bold leadership does... 

South Africa needs cloud specialists to fully realise cloud technology

28th May 2018 The race to the cloud continues as South Africa is slowly transforming into a digital economy. Andrew Cruise, CEO, Routed, a cloud infrastructure provider, says that South Africa’s cloud maturity levels are still lower than other countries, but the market looks promising: “From a data centre... 

Smart factories just got smarter

28th May 2018 By Dereshin Pillay, Sales & Service Management Head: Manufacturing and Automotive, at T-Systems South Africa   Bots reshape the entire manufacturing process Augmented reality reimagines the prototype, delivering it faster, cheaper and with more accuracy Connected everything is driving these shifts 

Lost in space?

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 Analysts say that the planet Earth’s rapidly-growing space economy could hit $600-billion by 2030 and $1-trillion by 2040. Clearly, the space economy, worth some $350-billion today, is growing rapidly.  

A practical approach to introducing AI into corporate environments

22nd May 2018 Willem Conradie, ‎Principal Consultant: Big Data at ‎PBT Group Gartner estimates that the global business value of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will reach $1.2 Trillion¹, this is more than the GDP of most countries in the world. Gartner¹ categorises the sources of AI business value as enhanced... 

The Just Transition debate in South Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     18th May 2018 South Africa is the only country that explicitly includes in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) a mention of the Just Transition – this is as far as I know.   The issue of a just transition raised its head recently when the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) and a... 

System launched to enhance data protection

By: Victor Moolman     18th May 2018 Software security company Gemalto has created the Gemalto Assurance Hub (GAH) system, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help protect data, such as login information, specifically of financial systems across Africa. 

Deloitte reports global shift from business to social enterprises

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2018 Professional services firm Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2018 report titled ‘Rise of the Social Enterprise’ showcases a profound shift facing business leaders globally. This shift reflects the growing importance of social capital in shaping an organisation’s purpose, guiding its relationships... 

Strong results confirm Capprec’s asset value, growth prospects

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 The strong full year financial results of JSE-listed financial technology (fintech) special-purpose acquisition company Capital Appreciation (Capprec) confirm the value of the assets it acquired over the past few years and promises strong organic growth, said Capprec joint-CEO Bradley Sacks on... 

Ministers from SA and India stress bilateral opportunities at business summit

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 India has progressed from having almost no trade with South Africa in 1994 to today being the country's sixth to eight largest trading partner, South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has highlighted. He was addressing the recent India-South African Business Summit in Sandton,... 

AI can help break down data silos to augment human decision-making

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are best suited to help companies explore and exploit the data that they have, simultaneously improving their business models and processes, a range of information technology (IT) experts say. The main improvements and benefits of AI derive from being able to... 

The rise of AI in Africa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th May 2018 An extraordinary visitor graced the Creative Industry Summit, which was held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo last month. Like other attendees, she has a name and a nationality and is apparently well informed about current affairs. But, unlike everyone else, she was not born of flesh and blood.... 

Only 10% of global manufacturing companies are championing digital transformation – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Industry 4.0 is rapidly transforming the manufacturing sector and digital transformation has been on many a CEO’s agenda for a number of years, but despite this, only a small group of companies is in a position to gain real competitive advantage from this operations revolution, says... 

South Africa falling behind with digital transformation

8th May 2018 Industry 4.0 is transforming manufacturing rapidly and digital transformation has been on many CXO’s agenda for a number of years.  Despite this, only a small group of companies is in a position to gain real competitive advantage from this operations revolution. In PwC’s Strategy& Global Digital... 

Automotive press for local range of light commercial vehicles

4th May 2018 A servo-driven automotive press for automotive components integrated provider Auto Industrial (AI) has been designed, manufactured and commissioned by pneumatic, electric and mechanical drive technology specialist Tectra Automation. The application- specific automotive press is used by AI to... 

Navigating challenges in a rapidly changing energy and resources market

3rd May 2018 Recovering commodity prices, renewed optimism in the mining sector, and diversified ownership of Tier 1 mining companies are opening up opportunities for emerging and junior miners to enter the industry. CEO of WorleyParsons RSA, Denver Dreyer, explains how the professional services company can... 

Global risks, opportunities and a new dawn for South Africa – Gordhan

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th April 2018 The global situation posed a number of risks, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan cautioned on Monday. He was addressing the India-South Africa Business Summit. These risks include a new global financial crisis and damage to the multilateral trade regime, as well as the readiness (or lack... 

Huawei Releases FusionServer V5, its Latest Generation Server Series Designed to Power Digital Transformation in the Enterprise in South Africa

26th April 2018 New FusionServer series runs on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors Huawei has announced that its latest-generation FusionServer series of servers, the FusionServer V5, is now available in South Africa. This server is designed to power digital transformation in the enterprise. The FusionServer V5... 

Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

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