Virtual panel discussion – ISA 100 and WirelessHART

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT Currently there are two industrial wireless communication standards, ISA 100 and WirelessHART with varying support for each one. There have been efforts to develop a common standard but some believe that newer versions of ISA 100 obviate the need for WirelessHART. Recently Tim Bourke, Honeywell Analytics, UK said […]

In conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, University of Johannesburg

  Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, UJ Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, executive dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg. They discussed the need to challenge the corporate framework to achieve the ultimate goal: industry and universities need to work in […]

EngineerIT Inbox, February 2014

  The February 2014 letters page looked at the issues of cybercrime in South Africa and copper theft. Winning letter to the editor: Recognition of cybercrime by South African SMEs Dear Editor Cybercrime in South Africa is at crisis levels, costing the economy billions of rands. Financial loss estimates that are reported in the media are […]

Q&A Ask an expert: field device organisations’ merger

The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding for a possible merger of the two organisations. This proposed merger is still in the exploratory phase and is not yet guaranteed. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the merger. The Fieldbus Foundation Southern Africa Marketing Committee (FFSAMC) is […]

Home or away? Is off-shore better?

  by Stephen Sher, Cirtech Electronics “Offshore” means China. When we talk about offshore manufacture, we are invariably talking about China and possibly Singapore. There are several factors to consider when looking offshore for a printed circuit board manufacturer. Essentially they amount to cost, manageability, reliability and safety of intellectual property. Through an economy of […]

In conversation with Dr Stephen Mncube

Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Dr. Stephen Mncube, chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Dr. Stephen Mncube When I first interviewed Dr. Stephen Mncube some two years ago he had just been appointed chairman of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and was settling in. When we […]

Is fibre-to-the-home for the elite only?

by  Hans vd Groenendaal Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is currently a serious discussion point in many sectors of the communications industry in South Africa. We all know that it is costly, particularly for a widespread population. Tim Parle, BMI-T Dobek Pater, Africa Analysis Juanita Clark, FTTH Council Africa Reshaad Sha, Dark Fibre Africa Michael Colin, BitCo Johan […]

Tshwane Metro metering contract branded “blatantly corrupt”

by Chris Yelland CEng, investigative editor, EE Publishers On 5 December 2013, Afrikaans business rights watchdog organisation, AfriSake, initiated court proceedings to prevent a contract between the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and private service provider PEU Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd (PEU) from proceeding. The contract, with service fees to PEU estimated to be in excess […]

Software defined everything

by Grant Vine, Cybervine IT Solutions The buzz around software defined storage; networking and security are sparking new concerns in businesses. Grant Vine The terms software defined storage (SDS), software defined networking (SDN) and even software defined security and firewalls are being bandied around a great deal lately, sparking concern among those who aren’t clear […]