Archive for December, 2010

International GIS Day at Joburg City

City of  Joburg’s directorate Corporate Geo-informatics (CGIS) celebrated their 7th annual international GIS Day on 17 November 2010. The day started off with a geography teachers’ award ceremony where Helen Steyn (Hoërskool Waterkloof), Rukshana Waja (Johannesburg Muslim School), Erika Brand (Alberton High School) and Mr Ndlovu (Waverly Girls High) were presented with award certificates by […]

High definition voice set to take off

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT Despite all the technological advantages in the communications environment, the quality of voice communication has not improved much from the days of the carbon microphone. In fact, with the introduction of cellular services the quality of voice has deteriorated, mainly because of the reduced bandwidth and poor quality codecs. […]

Printer becomes a digital content solution

HP recently announced multiple innovations across its printing portfolio, including industry-first technologies that significantly improve how customers interact with their digital content. The new solutions are designed to help enable all customers – from consumers to small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) to enterprise organisations – to better manage and access digital content, convert information from […]

Telecoms in Africa

Telecom operators to lobby governments on growth A committee formed by Africa’s major telecoms companies is to lobby African governments to focus on deploying broadband and telecoms services to rural communities. Members of the NGT Africa Committee are drawn from Africell, Airtel, France Telecom, MTN, Safaricom and Vodafone. The companies are in agreement that revenue […]

Distribution appointment for automation systems

Automation solutions company Tectra Automation recently signed a distribution agreement with Exlar. As an official distributor, Tectra Automation will supply the complete range of Exlar actuators to the local market. Exlar’s patented roller screw technology is decribed as offering high shock resistance; besides allowing an inverted design, easy disassembly and quiet operation. Its contact area […]

New generation gas analyser

Ametek’s Model 9000RM is a new generation, rugged single or multi-component gas analyser housed in a single rack-mountable unit. It can be integrated into continuous emission monitoring (CEM) systems or used alone for a variety of gas monitoring applications. The analyser can be configured to measure most gas species that absorb in the UV (examples […]

Induction motors meeting new efficiency standards

Leroy-Somer’s range of electric motors meets stringent international regulations, including the new standards that define the efficiency of a three-phase cage induction motor. The LSES/FLSES series, from 0,75 to 375 kW, in 2-pole and 4-pole versions, are modular in design and offer various mechanical options. These totally enclosed three-phase asynchronous motors have non-standard features which […]

Heat-pumps reduce cost of water heating

Magnet supplies a range of heat pumps designed to reduce conventional heating costs. These heat pumps are ideal for any situation where hot water or other fluids, are required at temperatures at or below 60°C. The operating system is based on removing heat from the air and transferring the energy to water or other liquid, […]

Solar lighting market trends

One key finding of the report entitled “Solar Lighting for the Base of the Pyramid – Overview of an Emerging Market”  that the Lighting Africa  Programme has just released is that Africa is poised to become the main market for solar portable lights globally by 2015. The report presents a snapshot of the solar portable […]

Replacing paraffin lamps

Lighting Africa has deepened its activities in East Africa. In Ethiopia, the programme, with the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines and Energy, will build distribution channels for off-grid lighting products, provide access to finance for importers and distributors of those products, promote quality products, and develop consumer awareness about alternatives to paraffin based lighting. Lighting Africa […]