Archive for February, 2012

EO Expert Group’s input to NSP

An enthusiastic Earth Observation Expert Group has been actively generating ideas and proposals for the developing National Space Programme (NSP). Around the issue of human capacity development the group envisions an integrated earth observation education and training system starting at secondary school level and carrying through to professional development. The system should  include training and […]

Demo app for Bluetooth low energy

Available to view on-line, the iOS demo app video takes viewers through the basics of using Nordic’s recently launched Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ sample application for the iPhone 4S. It is based on an application programming interface (API) from Wahoo Fitness – said to be experts in smartphone fitness technology – that recently launched the […]

Firmware over the air module

The Quad band GSM/GPRS module is said to now give added critical functionality, with the SIM900 from SIMCom now available with FOTA (firmware over the air) – enabling devices to update the core firmware over the air. SIMCom has refined the FOTA process to allow customers to use the AT Command interface of the SIM900 […]

Our experts solve readers’ technical problems

Our readers often encounter problems which, when solved by experts and shared in a forum, can be turned into learning opportunities. Working in co-operation with the ECA(SA) and other experts, Vector now provides such a forum. Please download the PDF

Gauteng freeway roadway lighting issues

Hi Chris, I was at the Eskom workshop in Midrand on 1 February 2012 and am in general agreement with the recommendation from [Eskom’s] Rob Henderson with regard to putting the conversion units on hold until clarification. We have developed a simple but effective T8/T5 retro luminaire for commercial applications which has been fully tested and […]

Campaign against energy poverty launched

Washington D.C.-based non-profit organisation Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), which works to eliminate energy poverty through the use of solar power, has announced the launch of its Energy is a Human Right campaign to provide a voice to the nearly 1,5-billion people living without access to electricity and other modern forms of energy. The fund […]

Satellite imagery empowers government delivery

Raoul Hodges (SANSA), Ilan Guest (Satplan), Maher Khoury (DigitalGlobe) and Natalie Diemer (SANSA) The use of satellite imagery to support public sector planning and delivery in areas such as infrastructure development and environmental monitoring and conservation, received a boost recently with the launch of the 2011/12 SPOT-5 2,5 m spatial resolution mosaic of the country. […]

News from the East/South Cape

IE and TI training centre, Port Elizabeth Domestic electrical wiring course (including three-phase, modules 0 – 3) This course is aimed at those who have an ambition to become qualified electricians: Induction to the industry Understanding and installing different types of wireways and cables Installing, testing and commissioning the wiring of premises Duration: 20 days. […]


Part of KAT 7 already “doing science”. It seems that the world is beng kept in the dark as to where the Square Kilometere Array (SKA) will be built. South Africa or Australia? SKA SA project manager Dr. Bernie Fanaroff told the media in January 2012 that the recommended site is known to the SKA […]


Blackberry goes white You can now get your favourite Blackberry in white, maybe they will call it white blackberry. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet at only 10,5 mm, and the first to offer the perfect union of a high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold […]