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Information Technology

Fibre keeping up with demand

Updated 6 hours ago Amid fears that higher volumes of streaming, downloading, e-learning and working from home could lead to slower Internet speeds, fibre-optic connection appears to be well-positioned to provide for the spike in demand for Internet connectivity.  Fibre infrastructure provider, Vuma, reports that... 

Pay-as-you-use cybersecurity helps businesses contain costs

26th June 2020 Bleeding-edge managed cybersecurity solutions are set to give companies access to more affordable managed security services with no upfront setup costs and a consumption-based structure. The latest version of the next-generation Security Operations Centre (SOC) is a fully managed platform for... 

Pay-as-you-use cybersecurity helps businesses contain costs
AVeS Cyber Security offers consumption-based managed security services

Improved data collection from hazardous areas

26th June 2020 A sensor that monitors rotating equipment performance is now certified for use in hazardous areas, extending condition monitoring into new applications and industries.  The sensor is certified to both the international IECEx and European ATEX standards, for use in Zone 1 hazardous areas. In... 

Improved data collection from hazardous areas
The QuickCollect sensor from SKF

Locally developed app provides solution for a safe return to work

19th June 2020 Mitigating the risk of Covid-19 spread while complying with government regulations is seen as one of the principal challenges currently facing South African companies. Ensuring that employees return to a safe work environment and minimising the risk of local outbreaks of Covid-19 and subsequent... 

Locally developed app provides solution for a safe return to work
The CoronaFighter Enterprise Solution app, developed in South Africa

Virtual public consultation tool

3rd June 2020 An interactive Web-based tool that allows clients to engage and consult stakeholders remotely, has been launched. The new tool will allow clients to interact with a wider audience who cannot attend in-person meetings during consultation periods and continue to drive public engagement with... 

Virtual public consultation tool
A graphic representation of AECOM's virtual public consultation tool

Invisible infrastructure for big data and analytics

28th May 2020 A cloud platform with new features for big data and analytics applications, as well as unstructured data storage, was recently announced. Big data workloads require cloud environments that can efficiently manage extremely large volumes of unstructured data, as well as deliver the high performance... 

Invisible infrastructure for big data and analytics
Nutanix Objects 2.0 is part of the Nutanix extended platform

Technology boosts Covid-19 contact tracing and physical distancing in the workplace

22nd May 2020 In response to the need for greater worker protection during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new Internet of Things- (IoT-) based solution to help keep workers safe and to boost efforts to curb the spread of the disease, has recently been launched. The wearable device provides alerts when workers are... 

Technology boosts Covid-19 contact tracing and physical distancing in the workplace
A Proximity Trace device attached to a hard hat

Isolation transformers for medical applications

22nd May 2020 A new series of data isolators optimised for medical applications promises an effective layer of protection for critical applications that require uninterrupted flow of data. The isolation transformers are specifically suited to electronic equipment and personnel protection in hospitals, medical... 

IIoT ecosystem helps manage instruments and analysers

22nd May 2020 An Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution platform that combines digital services and system components, has been launched. The ecosystem aims to improve the life cycle and asset management, maintenance and support of instruments and analysers. The Netilion platform from Endress+Hauser... 

IIoT ecosystem helps manage instruments and analysers
The Netilion platform from Endress+Hauser

Convenient wall-mounted solution for IT infrastructure

7th May 2020 Big data, the Internet of Things and edge computing are among the market and technology trends that have led to new demands and changes in the field of distributed computing.  In line with these changing trends, are changes in the information technology (IT) infrastructure required to support an... 

Convenient wall-mounted solution for IT infrastructure
Schneider Electric’s 6U Wall Mount

Next-generation software for edge computing

17th April 2020 Traditional data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software may offer a wide variety of functions and capabilities but a smaller subset of core essential functions is needed for local edge environments which can be found in newer DCIM solutions. Edge computing aims to move computation and... 

Next-generation software for edge computing
Schneider Electric aims to provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability

Automation streamlines engineering

8th April 2020 A new open automation platform boasts a 30% to 50% reduction in engineering time and effort, with a resultant reduction in time to market for new machines. The ctrlX AUTOMATION platform aims to eradicate the traditional boundaries between machine control systems, information technology and the... 

Automation streamlines engineering
Automation platform encompasses engineering software

Wits researchers launch comprehensive Covid-19 dashboard for South Africa

27th March 2020 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has launched a website that presents the latest statistics on the effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the population of South Africa. The site serves as a tool to monitor the daily development of the coronavirus in South Africa. The... 

Wits researchers launch comprehensive Covid-19 dashboard for South Africa
Representation of the Covid-19 virus

Augmented-reality maintenance platform

13th March 2020 A new generation of instructional material with augmented reality and featuring a mix of different multimedia, has been developed. Augmented reality can be used to give intuitive instructions and guidance on-site and on demand. Using mobile devices or head-mounted displays, a number of options... 

Augmented-reality maintenance platform
Augmented reality helps to bring training to life

Wireless communication helps firefighters

13th March 2020 An integrated emergency communication solution that provides on-site voice communication and helps to establish an on-site command and control centre, provides an essential tool for firefighters. The Hytera integrated communication solution provides various aspects of on-site emergency... 

Wireless communication helps firefighters
The E-center is a portable device used to provide command and dispatch services in the field.

Next generation of data backup released

13th March 2020 The next generation of data protection capabilities aim to increase data availability, portability and extensibility. As organisations adopt hybrid cloud strategies to facilitate digital transformation, data is seen as critical to business success. With the focus on data innovation to drive... 

Strengthening data management solutions

26th February 2020 Making an informed decision in the minerals discovery process requires access to reliable information and secure data management, with modern visualisation and workflow sequencing. These are among the key features of a new geological data management software release. Mining software solutions... 

Strengthening data management solutions
Geobank 2020 software product

New advances in process manufacturing demonstrated

26th February 2020 Seeq Corporation, a manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) advanced analytics software company, has announced the availability of its latest release, R22, and beta availability of Seeq Data Lab, at the ARC Industry Forum 2020. The company’s applications include Workbench for... 

New advances in process manufacturing demonstrated
Seeq applications

Open initiative for digital data integration and collaboration

26th February 2020 A new digital platform that aims to facilitate the integration of original-equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs’) data across the marine, power and energy industries, has been made available. The platform enables the exchange of data in a controlled and secure manner among participating OEMs, operators... 

Recognition for intelligent toilet

14th February 2020 A so-called intelligent toilet has been recognised as an honouree in the CES 2020 Innovation Awards in the smart home category. Products recognised as the honourees scored above the threshold set for their respective product categories. 

Screening app brings hearing hope

31st January 2020 According to the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, deafness is one of the greatest disabilities in South Africa affecting more than 4-million people. It is estimated that of every 1 000 children born in the public health care sector, four to six children have hearing... 

Screening app brings hearing hope
App makes hearing screening more accessible

Squashing Web threats

16th January 2020 Web gateway protection aims to allow companies to block large amounts of Web threats before they reach endpoints. This aims to decrease the number of alerts on endpoints and, in turn, reduce interruptions to users and administrators and to help protect devices which do not have endpoint security... 

Wireless cloud connectivity for hazardous locations

10th January 2020 A wireless monitoring system has recently been introduced for use in a number of different industries and environments. The system enables designated safety contacts to receive real-time alerts for gas hazards, panic and man-down situations that my occur on site in production plants or in the... 

Tomorrow’s tyre uses today's technology

12th December 2019 Tyres that are aligned with the requirements of electric and autonomous driving in both individual and shared mobility scenarios are seen as a part of new technology solutions for the mobility of the future. Electrified tyres that feature sensors built into the structure of the tyre, have... 

Tomorrow’s tyre uses today's technology
Built-in sensors in the tyre of the future

Proactive electrical distribution management

12th December 2019 The Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based technologies are being used to provide predictive solutions for electrical distribution system management and critical data centre assets. Asset Advisor services offer the potential to anticipate and address issues before they become critical... 

Managing networks in a digital business

29th November 2019 New cloud-managed networking and security offerings that aim to secure next-generation networking technology are now available. The new solutions aim to make digital businesses simpler to run, without sacrificing performance or security. 

Mobile shredding for secure data destruction

21st November 2019 Reducing risks related to the disposal of information technology (IT) assets has become a major concern for many companies.  With increasing data breaches across the globe, onsite data destruction is fast becoming the preferred method for IT asset disposal. Data destruction specialists aim to... 

Monitoring services sustain plant integrity

21st November 2019 Two new services aimed at complementing current condition monitoring (CM) solutions are now available. Condition monitoring is a component of predictive maintenance in which conditions in machinery, such as vibration and temperature, are monitored in order to identify changes which may indicate a... 

Temperature transmitter with Bluetooth for wireless connection

14th November 2019 A range of single-channel temperature transmitters with wireless communication via Bluetooth, has recently been launched. The transmitters are available with an integrated Bluetooth interface that allows users to wirelessly display measured values and perform configuration tasks. 

Integrated IO-Link technology matches automation with the Internet

31st October 2019 IO-Link is an industrial communications networking standard that allows for bi-directional exchange of data from IO-link compatible sensors and actuators to a field device. IO-Link is an increasingly used manufacturer-independent communication standard that provides more information,... 

Cloud-based business telephone management system updated

31st October 2019 A new version of a cloud-based business telephone management system (TMS) was recently launched. A TMS is a software application that allows organisations to track telephone call expenditure by keeping track of telephone usage. 

Digital CAD product catalogue for lighting systems

31st October 2019 A digital product catalogue has been created to facilitate the flow of information between designers and a manufacturer of lighting systems. The manufacturer had noted an increasing demand for computer-aided design (CAD), with engineers and designers demanding quick access to product information. 

Protect your critical infrastructure and manufacturing plants with Indegy and NU Africa

10th October 2019 As manufacturers around the world analyse and embrace the importance of being more connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cybersecurity experts caution that the benefits of being interconnected come with a warning, and companies need to protect their industrial plants from being... 

Protect your critical infrastructure and manufacturing plants with Indegy and NU Africa

It can happen to you – NU and Indegy discuss threats to industrial control systems and how to protect your OT infrastructure

9th October 2019 Cybercriminals have proven that they are more than ready to strike critical infrastructure, with potential examples of cyberattacks ranging from power facilities, transport systems and manufacturing plants, to water treatment facilities and defence systems, coming to the fore. 

It can happen to you – NU and Indegy discuss threats to industrial control systems and how to protect your OT infrastructure

Cutting cable theft

4th October 2019 Cable theft is arguably one of South Africa’s most pressing problems, with its negative impact on electricity supply, road and rail transport and industrial and mining output, as well as on the daily lives of citizens whose economic activities are disrupted, sometimes for prolonged periods.  A... 

Listening device could reduce mining downtime

1st October 2019 A device that uses acoustic analysis, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) to detect wind turbine blade damage, has been launched in Australia. The key piece of technology is the algorithm that can rate the health of the turbine based on its acoustic signature and monitor changes... 

Mobile app tracks deliveries

1st October 2019 A new mobile platform allows customers to track and coordinate the delivery of shipments across sub-Saharan Africa. The app offers a number of features, allowing users to access shipping quotations, find service points for collections and deliveries and track shipments in real time. 

Tablet enables online plant asset management

1st October 2019 A tablet personal computer (PC) tool for commissioning and maintenance staff to manage field instruments and document work progress, has been introduced.   The tablet is pre-installed with device configuration software and a device library. The device enables plant asset management in Class 1 Div... 

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