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What Industry 4.0 means for business

     20th April 2018 At its core, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is driven by the coming together of physical and digital technologies. By gathering and analysing data from machines and robots, we are able to obtain insights into the health and performance of industrial installations, allowing us... 

Business value often missing in drive towards IoT adoption in SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Businesses should start implementing technology solutions with business outcomes in mind. Better alignment between the business value and the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and projects will improve digital transformation projects in companies, says information technology... 

Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities

     18th April 2018 By Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor: Utilities at SAP Africa Sustainable energy consumption and 'green' energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today's hyperconnected consumer expects a reduced environmental footprint while still enjoying seamless services and ease of use, improving... 

4Sight to establish JV in China

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed 4Sight Holdings has signed an agreement with Chinese company Shenzhen Rongmei Science and Technology (RM) to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) in China. 4Sight said in a statement on Monday that it aims to expand its business operations, opportunities and customer footprint in the... 

Alstom-led consortium to build complete driverless light metro system for Montreal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM), a consortium comprising Alstom and SNC-Lavalin, has signed a contract with infrastructure developer CDPQ Infra to deliver a complete automatic and driverless light metro system for the Réseau Express Metropolitan (REM) project in... 

Technology transforming maritime industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 State-owned company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is creating a smart port system, in line with global automation and artificial intelligence (AI) trends, says TNPA infrastructure and port planning GM Hamilton Nxumalo. “We are transforming our ports into smart people’s ports,... 

Financial M&A deals in Africa, Middle East to drop in 2018 – Baker McKenzie

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Law firm Baker McKenzie’s global transactions forecast predicts that the value of financial sector mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Africa and the Middle East will drop to $9-billion in 2018, down sharply from $29.5-billion in 2017.  

South Africa joins global AI community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Global nonprofit organisation City.AI has welcomed South Africa as a new member and is inviting local artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners to attend its first Cape Town City.AI event, which will be held on March 27.  

Lean Institute Africa gets its first woman CEO

     20th March 2018 Rose Heathcote has been appointed CEO of the Lean Institute Africa (LIA) as of 1st March 2018. She thereby becomes the Not-for-Profit Organisation’s first woman CEO, and second woman Institutional Head in the in the ten-year-old, twenty-seven-member Lean Global Network (LGN). She will attend the... 

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way cybercriminals and their bots scan for and exploit vulnerabilities in corporate and utility networks, but the same tools can also be used to defend against adapting cyberthreats. Cybersecurity multinationals Fortinet, Trend... 

AI opens new cyberattack front, but could also bolster defences

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way cybercriminals and their bots scan for and exploit vulnerabilities in corporate and utility networks, but the same tools can also be used to defend against adapting cyberthreats. Cybersecurity multinationals Fortinet, Trend... 

ELB posts R52m interim profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 Solutions provider and capital equipment supplier ELB on Wednesday announced interim profit of R52-million, a 13% year-on-year increase on the R46-million reported in the same period of 2016, with headline earnings a share increasing from R1.42 to R1.58.  

Automated systems reduce production waste

     9th March 2018 The implementation at one of the largest foundries in the South Africa of supervised and unsupervised machine learning capabilities produced a 0% external scrap rate, saving the manufacturer as much as R10-million a month, explains business management consultant Dataprophet cofounder Daniel... 

CESA Infrastructure Indaba Day 1– Engineering the Future now!

     7th March 2018 Johannesburg 6th February 2018 MEC for Infrastructure Development in Gauteng Jacob Mamabolo, Keynote Speaker at the 7th Annual CESA Infrastructure Indaba, taking place at Southern Sun, OR Tambo International, told the conference that it gives him pleasure to spend time with fellow industry... 

Use of AI set to increase

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in businesses is set to grow, but CIOs should focus on using pilot projects to ready their businesses to use the technology, information technology market research multinational Gartner says. Its ‘2018 CIO Agenda Survey’ found that 46% of CIOs... 

Metair buys into Romanian battery packs, electric drives firm

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Airline body identifies five technologies that could greatly improve air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd March 2018 Five technologies promise to transform air passenger travel in the coming years, argues International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional VP Africa and the Middle East Muhammad Al Bakri. They are artificial intelligence (AI), biometric technology, blockchain, remote sensing technology and... 

Human-less Operations – can they, should they, work in Africa?

     1st March 2018 By Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor, SAP Africa   In a recent meeting, I was asked to extemporise on the topic of “Human-less Operations” with the underlying theme being how various subsets of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will enable us to hyper-automate business processes and thus... 

Australian minerals sector calls for workplace relations, education reform to build future workforce

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 Australia’s higher education system should be reformed and outdated workplace relations laws that discourage investment and stifle innovation and efficiency should be fixed to build the future Australian minerals workforce, said Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) interim executive director David... 

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

CIOs plan to implement AI, but should focus on learning – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in businesses is set to grow, but CIOs should focus on using pilot projects to ready their businesses to use the technology, information technology market research multinational Gartner said on Wednesday. Its ‘2018 CIO Agenda Survey’ found that... 

'Every area of mining ripe for innovation' – Goldcorp

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Every conceivable area of mining is in dire need of technological innovation, major miner Goldcorp tells Mining Weekly Online in an interview. "We are not exactly the most advanced industry in the world, and we're slow in adopting new technologies. Every area is ripe for innovation," Goldcorp's... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

IBM open-source food-safety blockchain system launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 Computing multinational IBM in December launched an open-source, blockchain system designed to provide transparency on food safety in China. The Blockchain Food Safety Alliance has as its initial signatories US mass retailer Walmart, Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com, as well as IBM and the Tsinghua... 

Mining companies need to become disruptors – Deloitte

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 The key to a future in the mining sector increasingly lies in overcoming innovation barriers, embracing digitisation and unlocking the workforce of the future, as well as anticipating the digital mine of the future, Deloitte Global’s latest mining report shows. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s tenth... 

Tech revolution will see 'serious winners and losers', warns Davies

By: African News Agency      23rd January 2018 There will be "serious winners and losers" as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and South Africa needs to be properly prepared and positioned to reap the benefits, or be saddled with the negative consequences. This was according to Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies who said... 

Cybersecurity Past and Future: What’s Come This Year and What is Coming

     23rd January 2018 By Paul Williams, Country Manager – Southern Africa at Fortinet   You know what they say about history: Those who don’t learn from it are doomed to repeat it. Another maxim about the future holds true, too: To predict the future, simply look at the past. With that in mind, here’s a quick overview... 

Toothpaste ingredient could fight malaria, research shows

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Research carried out in part by an artificially-intelligent (AI) ‘robot scientist’ has found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria. In a study in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists from Britain’s Cambridge University who used... 

Governments need to respond nimbly to tech advances, says WEF founder

By: African News Agency      19th January 2018 Governments and world leaders need to be nimble and adaptable when it comes to the governance of technological advances in order to fully harness its potential to solve critical global challenges. This is according to Professor Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairperson of the World... 

Focus on digital skills, technology to reignite SA’s manufacturing sector

     18th January 2018 By Daniel Schwartzkopff, co-founder: DataProphet   The manufacturing industry's role in the South African economy has seen a long and sustained decline: from contributing nearly a quarter of GDP in the 1980s, the sector added a mere 13% to the country’s GDP in 2016. Job creation has also not... 

IT spending to reach $3.7tr in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2018 A new Gartner report released on Tuesday projects a 4.5% year-on-year increase in worldwide information technology (IT) spend to $3.7-trillion in 2018. Driven by enterprise software, digital business, blockchain, the Internet of Things and the progressions from big data to algorithms, machine... 

Digital transformation drives demand for new skills

     11th January 2018 New digital skills needed to drive innovation and competitiveness. Recent research shows that digital transformation, plans to adopt artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and a race to offer customers new digital experiences is driving a massive... 

Personal devices soon to become more intuitive, Gartner predicts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2018 As artificial intelligence (AI) development continues on a path of exponential growth, a new research report by Gartner indicates that, by 2022, personal devices will know more about an individual's emotional state “than his or her own family”. The ‘Predicts 2018: personal devices’ report notes... 

Miners to focus on M&A activity, sustainability in year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Nearly two-thirds, or 63%, of mining and metals respondents to the latest EY Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB) say they intend to pursue deals in the next 12 months, demonstrating a higher inclination to transact than the average across all industries (56%). The findings support the EY third... 

AI solutions come out tops in auto group’s innovation challenge

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held in November. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Technology can improve effectiveness of emergency response agencies

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 Information technologies that unify emergency response agencies and allow for efficient interoperation between agencies will enable more effective incident responses, says information technology multinational Huawei Enterprise global public safety expert Peter Goulding. The effective sharing of... 

Airport development not keeping pace with passenger growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2017 Globally, airport capacity and airline demand for access to airports have not kept pace with one another, setting global aviation on a path to chaos should mitigation measures not be taken with urgency, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata). Passenger load factors are... 

Mining should prepare for future of technology and automation

By: Mariaan Webb     6th December 2017 Global mining major BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie says the mining industry has to show leadership and prepare its workforce for a future in which technology will play an ever-important role. In a philosophical address at the Melbourne Mining Club this week that also delved into how the West and the... 

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