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Voice computing for special educational needs

18th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed an application (app) aimed at helping school learners who face barriers to reading and learning, as a result of early literacy difficulties, visual impairment, dyslexia and other special educational needs. The app adds and... 

Digitising health and safety compliance

13th May 2022 Compliance is a key focus for companies and can affect a licence to operate and help prevent costly incidents. The digitising of management compliance aims to remove the risk of non-compliance and enable easy, secure capture, storage, management and distribution of document compliance information... 

Image of computer screens and mobile phone showing HSEC Online cloud-based health and safety compliance solution
HSEC Online is a cloud-based health and safety compliance solution

Technology helps improve building industry sustainability

6th May 2022 RIB Software, a multinational technology company providing solutions to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, has partnered with Building Transparency, a non-profit organisation that has developed a free and open access tool targeted at reducing the impact of embodied... 

Diagram of buildings to illustrate that an open access Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator is now available from RIB Software and Building Transparency
An open access Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator is now available from RIB Software and Building Transparency

Digital transformation in the architecture, engineering and construction sector

6th May 2022 A digital twin technology platform is now available to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector, offering data insights, improved performance and enhanced project returns on investment. The cloud-based Autodesk Tandem software from WorldsView produces a digital reference model... 

Architectural model to illustrate WorldsView Autodesk Tandem – a digital twin platform for the AEC sector
WorldsView Autodesk Tandem is a digital twin platform for the AEC sector

Latest version of open source 3-D software launched

25th April 2022 The latest beta version of Ultimaker’s free, open source, slicing software was recently unveiled at the company’s Spring Showcase. The enhanced slicing engine is said to set a new threshold for finer and faster 3-D prints for applications in design, architecture, engineering and metal 3-D... 

Image of 3-D printed products to illustrate Ultimaker Cura 5.0, the latest version of Ultimaker’s slicing software
Ultimaker Cura 5.0 is the latest version of Ultimaker’s slicing software

Smart, wearable devices help improve mineworker safety

22nd April 2022 The innovative use of smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) is seen as key to improving health and safety in South Africa’s mining industry. Vodacom Business conducted a trial of its Connected Worker solution in a mining operation last year. “The solution centres on a connected,... 

Image of Vodacom's smart device that aims to improve mine worker safety
Vodacom's smart device aims to improve mine worker safety

Artificial intelligence for South African consumers

22nd April 2022 A number of new artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) innovations have recently been launched in South Africa. Products unveiled by Hong Kong-based consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company Xiaomi include its smart vacuum and mop, electric scooter, and smart watch.  

Image of Xiaomi's robot vacuum mop and self emptying station and Mi electric scooter are now available in South Africa
Xiaomi's robot vacuum mop and self emptying station and Mi electric scooter are now available in South Africa

3D software boosts manufacturing productivity

14th April 2022 Innovative new three-dimensional (3D) software is said to be the first of its kind, fusing design, engineering and manufacturing on a single platform for streamlined manufacturing processes. WorldsView highlights that its Autodesk Fusion 360 uses AnyCAD technology to facilitate wireless,... 

Image to show: Fusion 360 3D software from WorldsView integrates design, engineering and manufacturing processes
Fusion 360 3D software from WorldsView integrates design, engineering and manufacturing processes

Connecting sensors for industrial automation

14th April 2022 An IO-Link is a communications networking standard mainly used for linking sensors and actuators in industrial automation applications. IO-Link masters are used to connect a number of different IO-Link devices. The decentralised IO-Link master modules serve as a gateway between intelligent... 

Image of a data memory for IO-Link and link master from ifm electronic
A data memory for IO-Link and link master from ifm electronic

Programmable DC power products available

13th April 2022 An enhanced and expanded line of EA-PS and EA-PSI programmable direct current (DC) power supplies, EA-PSB bidirectional DC power supplies, and EA-ELR regenerative DC electronic loads has recently been introduced. EA Elektro-Automatik’s 10000 series includes over 180 new models offering a greater... 

Image to show EA Elektro-Automatik has introduced its EA10000 series oprogrammable DC power products
EA Elektro-Automatik has introduced its EA10000 series oprogrammable DC power products

Preventing cyberattacks in the construction industry

1st April 2022 There has been a noted increase in cyberattacks on the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector, especially in small businesses, leading to an increased need for cybersecurity training programmes for employees. Software solutions provider WorldsView asserts that the construction... 

Image of clould and lock in hands to show WorldsView has introduced Terranova cybersecurity training to the AEC and built environment sector.
WorldsView has introduced Terranova cybersecurity training to the AEC and built environment sector.

Using IoT for sustainable water management

31st March 2022 Measuring the flow of water through its cycle of collection, storage, distribution, consumption, and purification is foundational to enabling a data-driven and analytical approach to water management and usage in various industrial, commercial, residential and public sector segments, says... 

Graphic image to illustrate Macrocomm's Internet of Things technologies facilitate sustainable water use
Macrocomm's Internet of Things technologies facilitate sustainable water use

Artificial intelligence optimises crusher performance

31st March 2022 A new fragmentation monitoring solution has been developed to meet a growing demand for downstream monitoring and optimisation solutions in the mining sector. The technology is said to use the latest deep neural network artificial intelligence, or AI, framework with hybrid 2D and 3D particle size... 

Image of Orica's FRAGTrack Crusher automated tool optimises fragmentation monitoring
Orica's FRAGTrack Crusher automated tool optimises fragmentation monitoring

Application facilitates environmental, social and governance data collection

24th March 2022 An all-in-one  environmental, social and governance (ESG) management solution has been developed to help  organisations comprehensively manage and report on ESG and sustainability performance. IsoMetrix recently launched the ESG application (app), built on its IsoMetrix Lumina software as a... 

Image of person with binoculars to illustrate that IsoMetrix has launched its new ESG application
IsoMetrix has launched its new ESG application

Linking sensors to the cloud

18th March 2022 The integration of sensors into the Internet of Things enables industrial cloud applications and is useful in a range of applications, such as the monitoring of machines.   The io-key from ifm electronic allows centralised monitoring of sensor data of small or decentralised applications. The... 

Image of the io-key which allows quick and easy transmission of sensor data directly to the cloud
The io-key allows transmission of sensor data directly to the cloud

Low code platform facilitates easier app development

18th March 2022 A new unified development platform is now available to help build tailor-made business solutions. Low code development platforms are used to create application (app) software through a graphical interface. Global technology company Zoho announced the latest version of its low-code offering, Zoho... 

Image of Zoho's unified development platform  which enables a range of IT solutions
Zoho's unified development platform enables a range of IT solutions

Digital platform connects electricity producers and consumers

11th March 2022 A new digital platform aims to help clients source alternative means of energy production by offering guidance related to technical decisions, the selection of installation partners and legal and funding solutions. Standard Bank Group’s PowerPulse platform facilitates navigation of the solar... 

Local partner brings global ad-tech solutions to digital publishers

11th March 2022 Canada-based, global ad-tech specialist MonetizeMore has entered South Africa through a partnership with SiSebenza. MonetizeMore is an advert (ad) optimisation business focussed specifically on increasing the ad revenue of large traffic websites. It does this through programmatic advertising,... 

Image of the PubGuru reporting tool from MonetizeMore
The PubGuru reporting tool from MonetizeMore

Next-generation vacuum circuit breaker with thermal monitoring

10th March 2022 Schneider Electric has enhanced its EasyPacT EXE vacuum circuit breaker series, which connects building infrastructures, large commercial buildings and industrial plants to the electricity grid, with the latest generation thermal monitoring system. The new product offers additional Internet of... 

Image of Schneider Electric EasyPacT EXE vacuum circuit breaker series
Schneider Electric has enhanced its EasyPacT EXE vacuum circuit breaker series

On-demand software solution makes digital twin technology accessible

9th March 2022 WorldsView has introduced the Bruce Digital Twin Operating System (bOS) from its partner Nextspace. A SaaS (on-demand software) solution, bOS is described as a complete digital ontology management system designed to create a digital twin that is understandable to both humans and computers. Its... 

Image of the Bruce Digital Twin Operating System –  an on-demand software solution
The Bruce Digital Twin Operating System is an on-demand software solution

Backup-as-a-service now available online

4th March 2022 A new e-commerce online portal allows end-user customers to purchase Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) online. Data Management Professionals South Africa (DMP SA) recently launched the website for Commvault’s Metallic SaaS offering, after becoming Africa’s first Managed Service Provider (MSP) of... 

Image of e-commerce keyboard to show that DMP SA launched website for customers to purchase Metallic services online
DMP SA has launched a website for customers to purchase Metallic services online

Numerical analysis now available to a wider range of industries

3rd March 2022 Numerical analysis is used to accurately analyse the fluid dynamic behaviour of almost any boiler system, heat exchanger or boiler auxiliary equipment and Steinmüller Africa is now positioned to take its suite of process, mechanical and piping engineering services to a wider range of industries.... 

A picture of the Computational Fluid Dynamic model of an entire boiler
A picture of the Computational Fluid Dynamic model of an entire boiler

Free online tool encourages STEM exploration, discovery and learning

25th February 2022 The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) has developed an online, interactive, virtual landscape aimed at stimulating learners’ curiosity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.  The STEMulator portal provides a highly interactive knowledge and exploration... 

Image of he STEMulator portal that has been developed by the NSTF to encourage learning in STEM fields
The STEMulator portal has been developed by the NSTF to encourage learning in STEM fields

E-commerce platform for coatings

25th February 2022 A newly launched business-to-business e-commerce platform tailored towards retailers and contractors, is designed to streamline trade retail of coatings products. The Plascon Store was conceptualised and developed to improve existing communications with the company’s existing retailers, provide a... 

Image of keyboard to illustrate that Plascon has  launched business-to-business e-commerce platform
Plascon has launched its business-to-business e-commerce platform

Smart, green infrastructure set to accelerate the energy transition

17th February 2022 An integrated suite of solutions is being introduced to support green urbanisation, electric mobility and counter the causes and effects of climate change. The new approach is set to create modern, sustainable, efficient, resilient and inclusive urban infrastructure, accelerating global... 

Image of modern city to show infrastructure for a sustainable future
Schneider Electric aims to help build infrastructure for a sustainable future

Inventory for sugar manufacturers

31st January 2022 The latest edition of the ABB Ability Sugar Library has been released, enhanced with new functionalities to serve as a control engineering inventory for sugar manufacturers. The library aims to help reduce engineering costs and development timelines, simplify expansions, eliminate errors in... 

App links tradespeople to new customers

26th January 2022 A new free-to-download application (app) is designed to be a one-stop business management tool, allowing on-call trade specialists to access job requests. “The TOD Hero app really is like an Uber for people who need plumbers, handymen, locksmiths and electricians in real time,” says TOD CEO and... 

Image of trade specialists using the The TOD Hero app to connect to customers
The TOD Hero app connects on-call trade specialists to customers

Collaboration expands field design applications

26th January 2022 A global software company has partnered with consulting and engineering specialists to provide an enhanced service to its client base of global asset operators.  Data visualization company FutureOn, provider of state-of-the-art visual engineering for the energy sector, has formed a strategic... 

Image of visual workflows for early-stage subsea engineering work
Visual workflows for early-stage subsea engineering work

Innovative monitoring solution for data cables

21st January 2022 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Predictive maintenance is a vital part of avoiding unplanned machine downtimes and LAPP has introduced a state-of-the-art tool to ensure continuous productivity. The new Etherline Guard monitors the service life of a data cable at risk of failure in... 

Image of the Etherline Guard from LAPP that monitors data cables at risk of failure
The Etherline Guard from LAPP monitors data cables at risk of failure

Powerful new tool in field of reality capture

21st January 2022 A US-based robotics startup has unveiled a new real-time colourised point cloud visualization on a handheld light detection and ranging (Lidar) scanner. Exyn Technologies says that its ExynPak tool is a world’s first, allowing users to capture precise, colourised three-dimensional (3D) models 20... 

Imag of ExynPak tool that llows users to capture precise, colourised three-dimensional models
ExynPak allows users to capture precise, colourised three-dimensional models

Live car tracking app simplifies safety

14th January 2022 A progressive web application (PWA) platform from Netstar, a subsidiary of Altron, offers an easier, more efficient way for customers to track vehicles. The MyNetstar PWA is said to be quicker to install, more environment friendly to run and uses less phone memory than traditional applications... 

Image of a person using a mobile phone
Netstar has launched its MyNetstar mobile tracking service

AI assistant for improved online meeting experience

15th December 2021 A virtual assistant that provides a conversational interface and offers custom skills, a chat user experience (UX), and natural language processing (NLP) capabilities is now available for use on the Microsoft Teams platform. The Infor Coleman Digital Assistant was previously available on a web... 

Image of person in front of laptop, to show that the Infor Coleman Digital Assistant is now available for  Microsoft Teams
The Infor Coleman Digital Assistant is now available for Microsoft Teams

Focus on digital education in schools

19th November 2021 The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) is working with the private sector to roll out programmes that enable broad based digital education in schools across the country. Project Liberate envisions a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) hub that focusses on education and... 

Image of training workshop to show that Macrocomm Group are working with government to provide broad based digital education to learners
Macrocomm Group are working with government to provide broad based digital education to learners

Software updates improve Cloud solution offerings

18th November 2021 Technodyn International, the sub-Saharan Africa partner for enterprise software development company IFS, has announced the latest update to IFS Cloud. A host of new features have been added, including functionality that speeds up time to deployment in system application deployment and advanced... 

Graphic to show Technodyn International  updates to IFS Cloud
Technodyn International has announced updates to IFS Cloud

Green solutions for sustainable IoT

29th October 2021 An increasing number of industries are focussed on ensuring an environment-friendly approach to daily operations, and technology- and Internet of Things- (IoT-) based industries are similarly challenged to operate in a more sustainable way. Global IoT communication service provider Sigfox offers... 

Image of lightbulb to illustrate Global IoT communication service provider Sigfox offers a combination of low-cost and low-power technologies that aim to help the IoT industry go green.
Sigfox offers technologies that help the IoT industry go green

Super app offers a single point of entry and payment platform

29th October 2021 A new mobile application (app) that is designed to enable consumers to make payments, play online games and order takeaway items, has recently been launched by Vodacom. The VodaPay Super App, designed in collaboration with Alibaba Group-owned fintech services platform Alipay, offers consumers a... 

Image to show The VodaPay Super App is now available
The VodaPay Super App is now available

CAD software now SANS accredited

29th October 2021 Autodesk’s latest version of AutoCAD, the Plant 3D 2022 Toolset, has been accredited to South African National Standards (SANS) and is available on the applications (app) library. AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software used by architects, engineers and construction professionals to... 

Image to show Autodesk’s latest version of AutoCAD allows users to create and edit P&ID’s and 3D model
Autodesk’s latest version of AutoCAD allows users to create and edit P&ID’s and 3D model

Smart software revolutionises pneumatics

22nd October 2021 Quickly activated motion applications (apps) are said to be revolutionising pneumatics by increasing flexibility and energy efficiency, and accelerating production processes. The Festo Motion Terminal VTEM combines digitalisation and pneumatics and aims to make filling containers, such as... 

Image showing Smart software solutions that revolutionise pneumatics
Smart software solutions revolutionise pneumatics
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