Archive for October, 2013

New intelligent fibre inspection solution

The Exfo FIP-400B is a next-generation inspection probe providing crisp, digital images of optical connectors at three levels of magnification. Featuring an ergonomic design, this probe is said to be optimised for easy handling by both left- and right-handed users. Built to simplify and speed up the inspection process, the probe integrates advanced automated features, […]

New rating tool for green buildings

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)’s new Green Star SA existing building performance tool aims to assess and certify an existing building’s performance while in operation. GBCSA appointed Royal HaskoningDHV to develop the tool intended to influence a new segment of the South African property market: building owners and facility managers. Credits of the […]

The world

The new FLIR Ex-Series of entry-level thermal imaging cameras far exceed the capability of other brands in many ways.  These are true thermal imaging cameras, not instruments that simply take spot temperature measurements or use blended techniques. And they are packed with a variety of features that have never before been seen in this class […]

New connections, new capacity and a new way of living

by Brian Dames, Eskom As a physicist by training, I tend to think in numbers. As the chief executive of Eskom, I focus on many numbers, but one number in particular – 4,3-million – has great meaning to me because that’s how many households Eskom has brought electricity access to since 1990. These new connections […]

In response to NERSA’s audit of municipal electrical infrastructure

Dear Editor In response to “NERSA distributor licence conditions audit – what now?” by Mike Rycroft, (Energize, October, 2013), I believe that the root cause of this sorry state of affairs, as clearly indicated in Fig. 1 and Table 2 of NERSA’s report, is the dire shortage of suitably qualified staff. Only 6% of the […]

Seen at the 2nd Annual FTTH Council Conference 2013

Seen at the 2nd Annual FTTH Council Conference 2013Left to right: Mohammad Patel, Chairman of WAPA; Juanite Clark, CEO FTTH Council Africa; Richard Came, President FTTH Counsil Africa.

Smart grid system reduces power outages on university campus

S&C Electric Company has announced the completion of a high-speed self-healing fault-clearing system at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, USA. The project is part of the university’s plan to improve power reliability and reduce outages. The company, in conjunction with a consultancy, developed a solution using a 15 kV remote supervisory Vista underground […]

Enhanced real-time deformation monitoring

  Trimble 4D Control version 4.2 delivers enhanced communications with the Trimble NetR9 and new NetR9 Ti-M GNSS receiver, REF TEK seismic sensors and the Trimble S8 total station. It supports geotechnical sensors, weather stations and level data, and provides velocity and trend computations as well as a calculation facility for mathematical operations. An interactive […]

Hybrid positioning sensor technology

Sensewhere recently launched its new software development kit (SDK) using its latest hybrid positioning incorporating sensor technology integrated with its automatic crowdsourcing technology. The company’s sensor technology uses the sensors available on smart mobile devices such as accelerometers, gyros, and barometers for more accurate positioning and an improved user experience in general. The technology is […]

Biometric access control on increase

Concern over crime statistics and the upgrade of card systems to biometric infrastructure is fuelling growth within the domestic access control – and biometric still dominates the market according to Atec Systems and Technologies  Wireless visitor management systems utilise handsets that are able to scan critical information immediately – details such as driver’s licence, vehicle registration licence, ID […]