Archive for January, 2013

User-controlled lighting systems

Often, in newer buildings, lighting control is done by automatic motion-detector switches. David Chandler of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) News Office reports that members of the Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab, however, aim to put the controls back in people’s hands in a way that provides sophisticated and continuous control […]

Ninth IESSA Congress and AGM

The Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA) will hold its ninth annual congress and AGM between 12 and 15 May 2013 at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways. The IESSA council invites all parties interested in presenting papers at this congress to submit a synopsis of no longer than one page to Mark Greenhill, Tel 011 […]

LED-based system for off-grid regions

Schneider Electric has announced the local availability of the In-diya LED-based lighting system to provide lighting to people living with no or unreliable electricity. The product is a specially designed LED-based lighting system providing backup ranging from eight to 15 hours for indoor applications. It is available in nine different variants. An external chargeable battery […]

Ethernet with PoE embedded device modules

Moxa offers the MiiNePort E3series, a class of embedded Ethernet device modulesthat deliver PoE pass-through via an onboard RJ45 connector. TheMiiNePort E3isenhanced with NetEZTM technology, these features reduce production lead time and make the MiiNePort E3one of the most effortless and cost-effective solutions for serial-to-Ethernet upgrades and conversions. The MiiNePort E3 is also ideal for […]

SA to build another satellite

As part of South Africa’s contribution to the African Resource and Environmental Management Constellation (ARMC) of satellites, South African National Space Agency (SANSA), in collaboration with local industry and academic experts have been in discussions on the specifications for the new satellite (ZA-ARMC1) and its associated benefits for South Africa and the continent. The new […]

automation in mining

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT Automation in mining is for many people, if not a political, then certainly a sensitive subject. Perhaps it is more so in the South African context –any discussion of the subject conjures up a vision of massive staff lay-offs –not necessarily the best approach with our unemployment figures running […]

Train less for better skills development

by Peter Enslin, Executive Intervention   South Africa’s ongoing efforts to train its way out of the deepening skills crisis by using formal, traditional training methods “won’t achieve much”. This is the view of software-as-a-service company Clevva director Ryan Falkenberg, whose company specialises in helping under-trained and inexperienced staff perform like experts. He believes effort […]

More safety in cars

Information from Osram Opto Semiconductors   How LEDs improve drivers’ vision and IREDs enable the early detection of dangerous situations. Fig. 1: LEDs in the car. Only 20% of all vehicles travel the road at night. Yet, according to an investigation by the DVR (German Road Safety Council), approximately one third of all traffic accidents […]

Automobile lighting

Information from Osram Opto Semiconductors Safety, efficiency, design: the demands on automotive lighting have increased in the course of the last decades Going from lanterns to light diodes – this, in a nutshell, describes the course of development in automotive lighting over the last 100 years. What originally served only functional purposes has long since […]

Warning of repercussions of court ruling

Information from Tellumat “Significant delays, costs and service issues to changing set-top box management”. Tellumat, the South African contract manufacturing, communications and defence group, has raised concerns over the recent finding of the South Gauteng High Court for and against the Department of Communications. The free-to-air channel successfully argued that the Department of Communication […]