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Minister says spectrum policy directive should be issued this month
Published: 19 Apr 19
After years-long delays, the now-urgent final policy directive on spectrum allocation is expected to be issued by the end of April, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams reiterates. Over the past few months, movement has been seen in resolving the years-long limbo over the high-demand spectrum licensing and allocation, culminating in an engagement between the information and communications technology industry and the new Communications Minister early in April.
New revolution prompts need for tight security New revolution prompts need for tight security
Published: 19 Apr 19
With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the rapid growth of the Internet and the speed at which the cyber environment is developing, State-owned aerospace and military technology conglomerate Denel says security spaces need to be tightly monitored.   The defence and national security environments have often, in the past, merely used commercial and off-the-shelf products to meet their information and communications technology (ICT) needs. Not much concern or attention has been paid to where the equipment and the ICT service or network is coming from.
Digital transformation pros and cons Digital transformation pros and cons
Published: 19 Apr 19
All businesses are having to transform digitally and embrace technology in order to survive in this smart digital world, says digital technology solutions provider Etion. “We’re living in a technology-driven environment that is defined by a succession of catchphrases such as digitalisation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, big data and artificial intelligence,” says Etion chief digital officer Maeson Maherry.
Academy launched to align learners with Industry 4.0 Academy launched to align learners with Industry 4.0
Published: 19 Apr 19
Competency-based training institute Polytech Africa and industrial switchgear and automation management supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) launched the Mechatronics Academy, at the EM head office, in Johannesburg, last month. The venture is a collaborative benchmark for the South African education sector and aims to offer hands-on job experience in a training environment.
Plan required for uptake of 4IR in power sector
Published: 19 Apr 19
The power generation and transmission sector has been slow in the uptake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), says global engineering company Aurecon Group energy unit manager Sibu Mvana.
Oxygen tanks successfully installed
Published: 19 Apr 19
In February machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros successfully installed new oxygen tanks at 27 provincial hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, after removing redundant oxygen tanks. Lovemore Bros was awarded the contract from gas supplier Afrox and industrial gas supplier Air Liquide in November 2018.
Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0
Published: 19 Apr 19
The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data monitoring, says heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard lead sales and project manager Dale Huddy. Heavy-duty and oversized cargo haulage solutions provider Goldhofer supplies Vanguard with Goldhofer trailers.
Sanedi signs contract with SolarTurtle  to develop next-gen solar kiosks Sanedi signs contract with SolarTurtle to develop next-gen solar kiosks
Published: 19 Apr 19
The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and community empowerment solar photovoltaic (PV) product developer SolarTurtle have signed a contract to develop the next-generation SolarTurtle solar energy kiosk, called the BabyTurtle. “This contract will see the design and implementation of three new solar kiosk designs of various portable sizes. They will all follow the SolarTurtle’s fold-away designs, but now our software will also be upgraded,” SolarTurtle CEO Lungelwa Tyali says.
Software upgrade for Sky Eye Elios drones in the pipeline Software upgrade for Sky Eye Elios drones in the pipeline
Published: 19 Apr 19
Rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists will partner with a local software company to advance the current software on its Sky Eye Elios drones, as it continues to refine the technology in line with its ongoing inspection and maintenance work at various industrial plants this year.
Access to finance hampers power sector progress
Published: 19 Apr 19
Among the challenges facing the power generation sector is access to finance to upgrade and maintain power infrastructure to extend the life of existing assets in a sustainable way, especially when it comes to new digital technologies, says international power generation company General Electric (GE) steam power sub-Saharan Africa CEO Lee Dawes.
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