Microchip Technology receives top honours for business excellence

  Microchip Technology has announced that the company recently received top honours from some of the most prestigious national and local business organisations. Microchip won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for the seventh straight year.  This award distinguishes Microchip as one of the top practitioners of workplace flexibility […]

All eyes on Africa’s fibre optic penetration

  The FTTH Council Africa, sister organisation to the FTTH Council Europe, Asia Pacific, MENA (Middle East North Africa) and The Americas (which include Latin America) has been nominated as the Global Chair of the 2016 Fibre Council Global Alliance. The FCGA consists of five global organisations that share the same mission. The overall intention […]

Enabling technology leadership award for wireless solutions company

  Yokogawa Electric Corporation has received the Frost & Sullivan 2014 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award in the wireless solutions category. This award is presented to companies around the world that are best-in-class in a specific category. Field wireless systems enable a plant’s field devices and host-level monitoring and control systems to communicate wirelessly with […]

Internet governance taken on review

    The ITU will participate in Brazil’s “Netmundial” Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the future of internet governance, which will take place in Sao Paolo from  23 – 24 April 2014. Chaired by Brazilian Minister of Communications Paulo Bernardo Silva, the HLMC will be responsible for overseeing the overall strategy of the meeting and fostering […]

Air conditioning, cooling systems company acquired

Schneider Electric South Africa has announced the finalisation of its merger with Uniflair South Africa, and the latter’s complete integration into the Schneider Electric flagship brand. The announcement follows the positive business outcomes of the 2010 acquisition of precision air conditioning and technical cooling systems company Uniflair SpA, by Schneider Electric. The local Uniflair entity […]

Local company wins prestigious business award

  The Comtest Group, the local distributor of Fluke, maker of electrical test equipment, has been awarded the prestigious 2013 African Electric Test Equipment Customer Service Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan, the global research analysts. Key bench-marking criteria for the awards include quality and timeliness of service, the impact of service on customer value, as […]

Final specification for ISA100.11a device integration released

  The Fieldbus Foundation has released the final specification for integration of ISA100.11a wireless field devices into its FOUNDATION for remote operations management (ROM) technology. Unlike solutions limited to a single network standard, this development allows automation end users to employ multiple wired and wireless protocols for greater flexibility and expandability. FOUNDATION for ROM will […]

Centres of excellence to advance interdisciplinary research

The Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, has approved the establishment of an additional five new centres of excellence (CoEs) to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research among research-performing institutions, and to provide high-end skills development in priority research areas. The new centres bring to 14 the total number of centres established since 2004 by […]

WAPA predicts the IT landscape in 2014

  One of the key objectives of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) is to add value to WAPA membership by providing additional services in line with both the growth of the industry and its members’ needs. The WAPA executive committee, comprising volunteer industry professionals, is therefore constantly monitoring the South African and global landscape, […]

Helping SA companies to be more competitive

Offerings and products of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Subcontractor and Partnership Exchange (SPX) programme have been incorporated into the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The SPX programme recently reported a positive impact on local industrial manufacturing companies. Ashley Bhugwandin, who heads up the TLIU, […]