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Rockwell releases industrial cybersecurity assessment app

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2020 Industrial technology multinational Rockwell Automation has released a new app to help operations managers, plant floor managers and information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) professionals gauge levels of operational risk within their connected infrastructures. The Assessment Hub app... 

Digital enterprises needed to ensure effective remote working

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2020 To take advantage of a digitally-connected, remote workforce, enterprises should use digital workers, such as robotic process automation, chatbots and virtual assistants, to do repetitive work or data analysis while employees focus on decision-, direction- and emotional tasks supported by the... 

Telenor, Sony and Ericsson team to develop smart IoT devices

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2020 Ericsson, Sony Network Communications Europe and Telenor Connexion are collaborating to enhance intelligent real-time location, tracking and monitoring solutions for different sectors using the Internet of Things (IoT). The trio are leveraging Telenor's network, Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator for... 

Jasco CEO steps down, company monitors Covid-19 impact

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2020 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics CEO Mark Janse van Vuuren has resigned, effective May 31, after a restructure. Deputy chairperson alternate Pete da Silva will serve as interim CEO as the board evaluates potential successors. 

Huawei unveils P40 Pro in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2020 Information and communication technology giant Huawei has launched its new Huawei P40 series in South Africa. The new generation mobile phone series, powered by Kirin 990 fifth-generation (5G) and supporting high-speed 5G and WiFi 6 Plus, represents Huawei’s vision of the future of mobile imaging... 

Absa donates R5m to Universities South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th May 2020 Banking group Absa has sponsored learning devices and mobile data valued at R5-million to Universities South Africa (USAf). USAf and Absa plan to distribute the devices to six identified universities to enable online or remote learning for students. 

Small businesses urged to continuously upskill IT personnel

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2020 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must define the scope of information technology (IT) work and skills they require, and should continuously invest in the upskilling of these individuals through courses and exams, ensuring they have all necessary qualifications to support the SME's... 

Kaspersky develops cybercapacity training programme to bolster IT resilience

By: Schalk Burger     29th May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky announced on May 19 that, as part of the Global Transparency Initiative, it had developed a cybersecurity skills development programme. The Cyber Capacity Building Programme will be available during the latter part of the year, says Kaspersky public affairs... 

Agility needed in sector transformation

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The world is rapidly changing, with the onslaught of Covid-19 catalysing and concentrating the drivers behind this change. Consequently, manufacturers need to be agile in adapting their systems and processes, remain lean and use digital enablers in a digital transformation to remain relevant and... 

CONNECTING THE DOTS
Digitalisation leads to connected plants and connected supply chains, which provides immediate benefits of reliability, stability, immediacy and agility
CONNECTING THE DOTS Digitalisation leads to connected plants and connected supply chains, which provides immediate benefits of reliability, stability, immediacy and agility

Manufacturers can use lockdown to fine-tune ERP

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The priority for many manufacturers amid the Covid-19 lockdown involves “getting back to basics” in terms of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management, says ERP systems provider Syspro professional services head Doug Hunter. “This includes ensuring visibility of what is... 

TAKING STOCK OF THE SITUATION
The lockdown has provided a good opportunity for companies to check their ERP systems and ensure that they are being used properly and to their full potential
TAKING STOCK OF THE SITUATION The lockdown has provided a good opportunity for companies to check their ERP systems and ensure that they are being used properly and to their full potential

Vodacom zero rates what3words website

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th May 2020 Telecommunications group Vodacom has zero-rated the emergency location tracker platform ‘what3words’ for its more than 43-million subscribers across South Africa. The what3words technology, available as a mobile application or an online map, has divided the world into a grid of 3m squares, with... 

Vodacom zero rates what3words website

Wyzetalk secures Dutch investor to drive European footprint growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2020 Dutch software-focused investment company CNBB Venture Partners has made a multimillion-euro investment in digital employee engagement company Wyzetalk. Wyzetalk connects large organisations with their frontline employees through its software solution to improve communication, increase employee... 

NWU comes up with creative solution to screen pupils for Covid-19 using cellphones

By: News24Wire      27th May 2020 In the times in which we currently find ourselves, adequate healthcare and accompanying screening are of the utmost importance to limit the spread of the coronavirus. As the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils will be able to return to schools... 

NWU comes up with creative solution to screen pupils for Covid-19 using cellphones

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2020 JSE-listed Datatec on Wednesday May 27 posted strong results for the year ended February 29, as Westcon International returns to profitability and Logicalis Latin America produces an “exceptional performance”. The information and communications technology (ICT) group reported earnings before... 

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes
Datatec CEO Jens Montana and CFO Ivan Dittrich discuss the company's results for the year ended February

IT professionals report increased cybersecurity threats related to remote working

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 A survey has found that 71% of information technology (IT) and security professionals have reported an increase in security threats related to remote working, while Interpol and Europol have warned of a huge spike in Covid-19-related fraud, says cybersecurity multinational Check Point Africa... 

WEF provides action plan principles to combat Covid-19 cybersecurity risks

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 26 launched its 'Cybersecurity Leadership Principles: Lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic to prepare for the new normal' report to support business leaders to reinforce the cyber resilience of their organisations. In a matter of weeks, the pandemic... 

Trend Micro research highlights emerging deepfake ransomware, AI bot threats

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Trend Micro has warned businesses about emerging threats, such as Deepfake ransomware, artificial intelligence (AI) bots, access-as-a-service and targeted subscriber identity module- (SIM-) swapping. "A layered, risk-based response is vital for mitigating the risk... 

WEF launches blockchain principles to protect users

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 22 launched 16 user rights for building blockchain applications that respect participant rights, safeguard data and protect users, and to serve as the foundational values for a decentralised future. "For blockchain technology to scale in its next phase,... 

Video streaming platform launched to empower content creators, open revenue stream

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 To reinvent itself and preserve jobs, a Johannesburg-based startup has quickly built and launched an end-to-end online video streaming platform – Send it – that enables content creators to monetise their audiences through free, or pay-to-view, live broadcasts. Co-founders James Coetzee and... 

Pandemic prompts diverse solutions development

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 has prompted identification and traceability solutions company MITAS Corporation, to develop solutions that aid clients during and after the pandemic. 

LABELLED AND COVERED 
MITAS Corporation plays an active role in the monitoring of goods throughout the lockdown period
LABELLED AND COVERED MITAS Corporation plays an active role in the monitoring of goods throughout the lockdown period

Covid-19 exposes businesses to risk of cyberattacks

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 Owing to the current Covid-19 lockdown, initiatives are being rolled out in many countries, and owing to interruption, many businesses believe that they may have to deal with an industrial control systems (ICS) cyberattack, says cybersecurity solutions provider Kapersky Africa’s enterprise sales... 

BETHWEL OPIL Companies must ensure that staff are armed with the latest skills and knowledge, especially when considering how quickly cyber incidents evolve.
BETHWEL OPIL Companies must ensure that staff are armed with the latest skills and knowledge, especially when considering how quickly cyber incidents evolve.

Industry 4.0 adoption muted in South Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 The adoption and impact of Industry 4.0 in South Africa is still relatively muted, compared to the rest of the world, with its biggest challenges being education, connectivity, and electricity and accessibility, says automation and machine building solutions provider S4 Integration marketing... 

NO CHALLENGE IS TOO BIG Industry 4.0 is here to make manufacturing more efficient and also improve daily lives
NO CHALLENGE IS TOO BIG Industry 4.0 is here to make manufacturing more efficient and also improve daily lives

Resilience paramount for Society 5.0 era

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd May 2020 New strategies are necessary for socioeconomic inclusivity and sustainable development given the novelty of the era of Society 5.0 combined with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). In this era, the fusing of biological, ecological, physical, technological and socio-political worlds is... 

Konnect Africa to supply free broadband connectivity to clinics

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2020 Satellite operator Eutelsat Communications subsidiary Konnect Africa plans to provide temporary free broadband connectivity to eight clinics in Mpumalanga. The clinics, which do not have access to terrestrial networks with appropriate broadband, will each receive 300 GB of data monthly over the... 

Africa Data Centres acquires major data centre from Standard Bank

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2020 Interconnected, carrier and cloud-neutral data centre facilities network Africa Data Centres has acquired a Tier IV data centre in Johannesburg from Standard Bank. The acquisition by the group, which is part of the Liquid Telecom Group, is expected to disrupt the South African data centre and... 

Kaspersky announces cyber capacity training programme to bolster IT resilience

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky on May 19 announced that, as part of the Global Transparency Initiative, it had developed a cybersecurity skills development programme. The Cyber Capacity Building Programme will be available during the latter part of the year, says Kaspersky public affairs... 

Online payment gateway sees 226% rise in new food industry business registrations

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2020 Online payment gateway PayFast has registered more than 7 000 new merchant accounts over the lockdown period, so far, and the company reports a 226% year-on-year increase in new business account registrations in the food industry since Covid-19 restrictions were put in place in March. The surge... 

Inflation risks, lack of banking infrastructure to drive cryptocurrency adoption in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2020 High inflation rates, volatile currencies and underdeveloped banking infrastructure are likely to result in an increase in the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Africa, a report by cryptocurrency multinational Luno and digital asset company Arcane Research shows. Cryptocurrencies also offer... 

Vodacom introduces community-based model to clamp down on battery theft

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has started engaging communities to intensify security around its base stations to guard against vandalism and battery theft. Communities members will be recruited, trained and accredited – work with police – serving as “monitoring personnel” under a new model to... 

MultiChoice to provide free online learning, more entertainment

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2020 Broadcaster MultiChoice South Africa is providing access to online learning platform Udemy through its DStv App for customers. DStv customers will have access to 600 free courses offered by Udemy until the end of July, as well as access, for DStv Premium customers, to a $5 rand equivalent voucher... 

Manufacturers encouraged to first pilot IIoT projects

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2020 The use of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions in manufacturing grows in complexity and scale over time by providing solutions to specific requirements of the plant or manufacturer. Manufacturers should deploy pilot IIoT projects to address specific challenges and then scale up their... 

Digitalisation of manufacturing offers potential to increase efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2020 Digitalisation of the manufacturing sector provides a new opportunity to increase efficiency, but also brings with it new challenges, Rockwell Automation Europe, Middle East and Africa president Susana Gonzalez has highlighted. Rockwell recently hosted its first fully virtual conference to... 

Huge to report increased year-end earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2020 JSE-listed Huge Group expects an increase in earnings across the board for the year ended February 29. The company expects earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) to increase 0% to 5% year-on-year. 

Intelligent automation can enable services, commerce without physical contact

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 The use of intelligent automation can allow for business processes to operate more effectively, while also reducing physical contact, such as at healthcare facilities, by reducing or removing manual and physical processes, says consultancy firm EY Africa intelligent automation lead Paul St... 

Online platforms should adapt to ensure post-Covid-19 survival

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 With people around the world increasingly using Web-based platforms to communicate, buy, sell and otherwise inform themselves about current affairs, Accenture technology practice MD Kirtan Sita says such platforms need to prioritise and implement essential functions that come with this vital... 

Helios acquires 65 wireless telco sites in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2020 Independent telecommunications tower infrastructure company Helios Towers plans to acquire 65 wireless telecommunications sites in South Africa through a deal between its South African subsidiary HTSA Towers and Eagle Towers. The transaction aligns with the group’s strategy of broadening its... 

Majority of those working from home have not received cybersecurity training, guidance

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2020 Three-in-four (73%) employees working from home have not yet received any specific cybersecurity awareness guidance or training to keep themselves secure from risks, a report published by cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky shows. While it can be more difficult to control the security of... 

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