Using granular data to tap into Africa’s fastest growing markets

Africa is a place of extreme contrasts, with a booming middle class and small, rapidly growing clusters of wealth existing alongside swathes of widespread poverty. For a business owner hoping to tap into these growing markets, the value of population and geospatial data at a granular level cannot be overstated. How, for example, is a […]

Supporting earth observation policy and coordination

The earth observations field is evolving, driven by the emergence of a more diverse and capable commercial sector, activities being pursued by emerging space nations, and the emergence of issues that cross communities within the space sector. Given this, it is imperative that new activities be coordinated to be supportive of space sustainability. These trends […]

Think multiplatform for app design

Near native performance will become a reality in 2018 thanks to ongoing improvement of development tools for multiplatform applications. The intent of multiplatform apps is to provide users with a similar experience irrespective of the device they use. There is still some work to be done in this respect, but we can expect the gap […]

Pressure mounts as data protection deadline looms

Once the Protection of Personal Information Act 2013 (PoPI Act) is made effective, companies will have a year grace period to become compliant with the act. In the meantime, agreements between corporate clients and their suppliers are already being updated to require compliance with data processing provisions contained in the act. This year’s first quarter […]

Telematics can help South Africa navigate around congestion

With two cities in the top 100 most congested cities in the world, South African business is grinding to a halt on our congested roads. According to TomTom Telematics research, a congestion level of 27% means South Africans now spend 119 extra travel hours a year on the roads. In the most recent TomTom Traffic […]

Ready to disrupt – tales of technologies, targeted sectors and a changing workforce

A look at the nature of disruption, the characteristics of the innovation that underpins it, how disruption happens, and which industries are next in line. In short, are the machines coming for our jobs? Disruption, often imagined as a lurking threat ready to destroy established businesses and business models, is on everyone’s minds of late. […]

The conflicted state of BIM in South Africa

  There’s a deep irony in what’s keeping building information modelling (BIM) adoption in limbo in South Africa: A technology meant to ease collaboration among stakeholders lacks the collaboration that is needed to realise it nationally. A panel of experts in the construction sector and in quantity surveying set out to gauge the resistance to […]

Collaboration and integration key factors in South African space strategy

  This speech was given by Naledi Pandor, the Minister of Science and Technology, at the 2017 International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE) on 8 May 2017 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria. South Africa has a long history in space science and technology. However, it was […]