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Cyber risk insurance still less than tangible assets

The 2017 EMEA Cyber Risk Transfer Comparison Report, recently released by Aon in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute, found that organisations recognise the growing value of technology and data assets relative to historical tangible assets, though they are spending four times more on insurance for property, plant and equipment (PP&E) risks. The report is based […]

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 […]

Utilising geo-information in times of crises

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS) will assess the state of data and product exchange technologies as used in disaster planning, response, and recovery. The study will aid in developing a series of future pilots to advance the state of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) that support disaster risk reduction globally. […]

BIM courses see uptick on continent

The BIM Academy, training partner to the BIM Institute, has reported an uptick in interest for its BIM courses, which it attributes to the need for professional leadership in African Building Information Modelling (BIM) rollout. In the past three months alone the academy has run the two-day course in Ethiopia, Mauritius, Johannesburg and most recently […]

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 […]

Navigation network nears completion

Four more Galileo navigation satellites have been launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in mid-December 2017, with only one launch remaining to complete the Galileo constellation and delivering global coverage. Galileo is Europe’s civil global satellite navigation system, which will allow users worldwide to know their exact position in time and space with great precision […]

Finalists in architectural design awards showcased

In November 2017, the South African public was offered a glimpse into the country’s high standard of architectural design as the finalists of the 2017 Corobrik-SAIA (South African Institute of Architects) Awards of Merit were showcased at Menlyn Mall, Pretoria. The awards programme is structured over a period of two years, and conducted in three […]

Standards address mine safety

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has recently published two notable standards pertaining to mine safety: ISO 19434:2017 Mining – Classification of mine accidents; and ISO 17757:2017 Earth-moving machinery and mining – Autonomous and semi-autonomous machine system safety. Classification of mine accidents ISO 19434:2017, which is applicable to all surface and underground mines, establishes a […]

Regional migration data hub launched for Southern Africa

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office in Pretoria has launched the Regional Migration Data Hub for Southern Africa (RMDHub) on 24 November 2017. The establishment of the hub is part of organisation’s response to requests by SADC Member States to enhance capacities of Governments to generate accurate and reliable data to better inform […]

Monitoring agricultural production in Africa

Following the successful demonstration of the CropWatch crop monitoring system for South Africa, which was developed by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space UK, the agency has joined forces with 16 other participating institutions in Africa and Europe to implement a new project under the European Union […]

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