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Ford sets 2021 target for high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Ford has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford also notes that it is investing in, or collaborating with, four technology startups to enhance its programme of autonomous vehicle... 

Risk of malfunctioning algorithms leads to calls for new AI regulation

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Although artificial intelligence (AI) is set to improve financial institutions' risk management, credit provision, asset management, trading and hedge funds, certain risks will remain, says multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie Banking and Finance partner Chris Hogan. These risks include... 

Eight essential technologies that businesses should consider, according to PwC

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2016 Global advisory firm PwC has identified the Internet of Things (IoT), alongside virtual reality and three-dimensional (3D) printing, as one of the eight essential technologies that C-suite executives should be considering. In a report titled ‘Tech Breakthroughs Megatrend’, the firm evaluated more... 

Great people needed for great cybersecurity technologies

     2nd September 2016 As chief technology officer, my primary mandate is to develop technologies to help our enterprise customers improve their security postures. As we cross our 300-patent milestone after 16 years in the business, I am encouraged by the good progress we have made.   In recent times, however, it has... 

Software maximises mineral recovery

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Process management specialists BluESP’s advanced process control (APC) solution uses software that incorporates multivariable model predictive control to manage and stabilise complex interactions in industrial processes and maximise mineral recovery processes at mining companies, says BluESP... 

Executives believe they can survive lower metals outlook – KPMG

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 Fewer than half of senior metals executives responding to KPMG International’s 2016 Global Metals & Mining Outlook survey voiced any level of confidence in the prospects for the global economy over the next two years. This was particularly concerning given the tight relationship between the... 

Ford to develop self-driving car for ride-hailing service

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2016 Ford has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford also notes that it is investing in, or collaborating with, four technology startups to enhance its programme of autonomous vehicle... 

Businesses face disruptive forces

     27th July 2016 • The effects of globalization, digitalization and technological disruption pose fundamental challenges to many businesses • The emergence of industry 4.0 could result in higher risk of large-scale losses • Corporates operating in Africa have a particular role in embracing and responding to new... 

UJ’s Bheki Twala wins prestigious research award

By: Anine Kilian     1st July 2016 University of Johannesburg (UJ) Professor Bheki Twala has received the yearly TW Kambule-NSTF award for his work in building on diverse expertise in making decisions given incomplete information. The award also recognized his work in using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for predicting... 

Beyond the cloud: what your business will look like in the future

     21st June 2016 South African companies moving to cloud-based infrastructure need to understand that the cloud is not the end of the journey – it is just the first step on the way to truly revolutionary new ways of doing business, says Interactive Intelligence. Cloud Adoption After a slow start in South Africa,... 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 A newly released international survey of senior manufacturing executives highlights growth as being a key priority for most enterprises, which, in the context of weak underlying economic conditions, is suggestive of a “brutal competitive fight” for market share in the coming two years. In fact,... 

Fighting for market share - manufacturing CEOs report aggressive growth strategies: KPMG International

     20th June 2016 More than half categorise growth strategies as ‘aggressive’; more than one-in-six say growth strategy is ‘very aggressive’. New markets beckon; Switch on who wants it most. India and China making moves  The 2016 KPMG International Global Manufacturing Outlook stated that seventy-four percent of... 

Latest iteration of global student challenge launched

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 European airline manufacturer Airbus, part of the wider Airbus Group, has launched the 2017 Fly Your Ideas challenge for students around the world. Fly Your Ideas seeks to stimulate co-innovation between Airbus and, where relevant, its supplier companies, and universities around the world.... 

Consumer goods retailers and manufacturers transforming to maintain competitive advantage

     14th June 2016 A survey of 400 consumer goods retail and manufacturing executives from 27 countries reveals that companies who want to keep in front of change and secure competitive advantage are transforming themselves into fully integrated omni businesses - able to respond to the needs of customers across all... 

Smart And Safe Mining Machines

     13th June 2016 Legislation mandating the use of pedestrian detection systems came into being in South Africa in 2015, driving the deployment of Booyco Electronics’ locally manufactured systems on local mines. Booyco Electronics’ fully integrated PDS represents the latest generation of this technology and offers... 

Airbus launches latest iteration of global student challenge

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2016 European airline manufacturer Airbus, part of the wider Airbus Group, has launched the 2017 Fly Your Ideas challenge for students around the world. Fly Your Ideas seeks to stimulate co-innovation between Airbus and, where relevant, its supplier companies, and universities around the world.... 

Local Pds Technology Leads The Drive

     7th April 2016 Lack of knowledge when it comes to legal compliance of Pedestrian Detection Systems (PDS) is not a good enough excuse. Access to information is fairly simple and for those that need a more in-depth understanding Booyco Electronics is well positioned to assist with the application of this... 

Once range of EVs hits 300 km, prices should fall – BMW 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 Electric vehicles (EVs) could see a reduction in costs once range reaches around 300 km, says BMW management board member for development Klaus Frölich. EVs are significantly more expensive than cars with normal combustion engines. This is partly due to the battery, which makes up around... 

Electric car prices to drop once range has increased; i3 range to grow by 50% 

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2016 Electric vehicles (EVs) could see a reduction in costs once range reaches around 300 km, says BMW management board member for development Klaus Frölich. EVs are significantly more expensive than cars with normal combustion engines. This is partly due to the battery, which makes up around... 

Kirstein Will Give Insights Into The Future Of Asset Management And Share Risk Modelling Techniques To Determine Optimum Replacement Ages Of Physical Assets

     9th March 2016 Carl Kirstein, Director at Cherrystone Investments (Pty) Ltd and Manager, Physical Asset Management at Collaborit, will be one of the speakers at this year's South African Asset Management Association Conference, which takes place at the CTICC in Cape Town from 16 to 18 May.  Kirstein will... 

Booyco Committed To Continued Development Of High-End Technology Pds

     26th February 2016 Staying on top of the ever changing demands of industry coupled with the pending changes to South African legislation requires a dynamic approach when it comes to Pedestrian Detection Systems. One of the biggest challenges is to get customers to understand the different technologies and what each... 

Local start-up receives mentorship boost from IBM

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2016 Local cloud and hosting start-up Digijiz has been given three years of access to information technology (IT) giant IBM’s Developer Works Premium Package – a Web-based technical resource and professional network for IT practitioners and developers – which enables the start-up to develop its... 

Renewables require innovation and change of mining industry mindset

By: Simon Rees     19th January 2016 The future success of renewables in the mining sector will require companies to overhaul the way they think about energy and mine development, according to professional services firm Deloitte. “When we look at mining, innovation and competitiveness, we don’t often put those things together,” said... 

WEF warns of more than 7m job losses in next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2016 As many as 7.1-million jobs could be lost through redundancy, automation or disintermediation, globally over the next five years, with the greatest losses in white-collar office and administrative roles, a World Economic Forum (WEF) report, titled The Future of Jobs, warns. The report, which... 

The Internet of Everything is 2016’s big bang theory according to the JCSE

     12th January 2016 While Gartner in its ‘Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2016’ says the year will be all about the Internet of Things and smart devices talking to each other, Prof Barry Dwolatzky, director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) says that he believes that while the hype... 

Internet of Things to lead to new ways of working, business models

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2015 Barriers to entering many industries and professions are rapidly changing and decreasing, as devices connected to and pay-per-use services over the Internet provide lower-cost access for start-ups and individuals, says T-Systems South Africa Intervate Sharepoint division head Peter Reid.... 

On-The-Air (30/10/2015) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th October 2015 The concept of cross-border diamond collaboration was put forward at this week’s Diamond Indaba. Drones, artificial intelligence and robots – they’re all part of the ‘mine of the future’ as outlined in the City of Gold this week Mining employees received close to half of the mining... 

Stainless steel producer orders tube-bending machine from specialist

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Intelligent tube technology specialist Unison last month received its first order for an all-electric computer numerically controlled (CNC) tube-bending machine, just five weeks after opening. The order was placed by industrial precision metal fabricator Byers Precision Fabricators (Byers) for a... 

CSIR researcher develops multi-objective algorithms for complex production scheduling problems?

     26th August 2015 A researcher at the Council for scientific and Industiral Research in Pretoria has developed a multi-objective algorithms for a complex real-world production scheduling problem. A first of its kind. Dr Jacomine Grobler developed the production scheduling algorithms while at the University of... 

Business leaders join call to ban robotic soldiers 

By: African News Agency      28th July 2015 The heads of leading technology companies will on Tuesday join the cosmologist Stephen Hawking, the cognitive scientist Noam Chomski and a host of the world’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers in calling for an international ban on the development of autonomous... 

CSIR, SU launch research chairs in physics, artificial intelligence

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2015 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Stellenbosch University (SU) have launched two new research chairs, one in quantum, optical and atomic physics and the other in artificial intelligence (AI). The physics chair, hosted by SU’s Faculty of Science, would allow researchers... 

CSIR and Stellenbosch University launch new research chairs

     22nd July 2015 Stellenbosch University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research launched two new Research Chairs – one in Quantum, Optical and Atomic Physics and one in Artificial Intelligence – at  Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch on Monday (20 July 2015). The launch was held as part of a SU/CSIR... 

Industry leaders discuss intelligent buildings

     22nd June 2015 Pete Greaves, Expertise Leader, Aurecon, recently interviewed Steve Coster from multidisciplinary design practice Hassell and Ben Crosby from Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company, Telstra, about intelligent building design. Aurecon, Hassel and Telstra have partnered with each... 

Key changes needed for efficient electricity generation

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 State-owned power utility Eskom has to implement changes in several key areas to ensure efficient electricity generation and operational management, combined with cost improvements, says management consulting technology services and outsourcing company Accenture South Africa. Accenture South... 

African CEOs keen to expand agribusinesses into other African countries

By: Tracy Hancock     13th March 2015 African agribusiness CEOs are very positive about the possibility of expansion into African countries outside their own, with 72.7% indicating that they would pursue such opportunities, finds PwC’s Agribusinesses Insights Survey 2014/2015. “African CEOs identified the following as countries where... 

Moretto takes Eureka to America

     9th February 2015 Reinvent the wheel or keep turning it forward? Moretto turns the wheel forward and in the right direction – takes Eureka to America. Three forces are working together to carry high-end plastics processing automation (ancillary equipment) through to success in this important market: Moretto’s new... 

Technological advances reduce costs

By: Bruce Montiea     21st November 2014 Keeping up with technological advances is enabling steel industry engineering services provider Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS & AI) to “cut overhead costs and reduce the handling of materials throughout the fabrication process”, says MD Lawrence Bartlett. SS & AI, which is a member of... 

2014 IASP Africa Division Conference lays a Solid Foundation for a Knowledge-based Economy

     5th May 2014 The establishment of science and technology parks in Africa finds its rationale in the willingness of African countries to seek greater competitiveness of their economies through improved achievement of their scientific, technological and innovation potential says McLean Sibanda president of the... 

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