Archive for July, 2012

PLATO CPD Programme

This month’s PositionIT Inbox features a letter from Dr. Mark Norris-Rogers on the PLATO CPD programme and a response from PLATO President Paul Marshall. Please download the PDF

Batteries are still the weakest link in energy storage

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT Most electric cars run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries – a pricey technology that accounts for more than half of the vehicle’s total cost. One promising alternative is the lithium-sulphur battery, which can theoretically store five times more energy at a much lower cost. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is home […]

Improving your geospatial employment prospects

by Chlodwik Rossouw, Latitude Resource This article is the second in a series of articles planned in which we are trying to assist newly qualified, as well as experienced, geospatial professionals to successfully find and apply for new employment opportunities. The pointers given in these articles can unfortunately not guarantee a successful application, but they […]

Selecting the correct device for measurement control

by Chris Gimson, Endress+Hauser Experience in South African and international industrial environments has shown that significant savings (in excess of 20%) can be achieved in the area of utilities energy consumption – this covers water, air, gases, electricity and steam, commonly collectively referred to as WAGES. Please download pdf

Region 8 election candidates

Prof. Saurabh Sinha The geographical area of IEEE Region 8 includes Europe, Middle-East and Africa. In November 2011, the IEEE Board of Directors endorsed the recommendation of the IEEE Region 8 Nominations and Appointments committee; accordingly Saurabh Sinha (South Africa Section) and Costas Stasopoulos (Cyprus Section) are candidates for the 2013 – 2014 Region 8 […]

How to harness ‘disruptive’ technology

by Michael de Andrade, EnterpriseWorx There is no doubt that new technologies will continue to be spawned at an accelerated rate. And, as long as management allows technology to disrupt business, it will continue to do so. Michael de Andrade “As technology progresses, we tend to complicate our lives,” says Michael de Andrade, CEO of […]

Controlling your data centre

In the last few years, data centre operators seem to be constantly struggling to take control of various aspects of the data centre in an effort to attain higher efficiency. All this while attempting to reduce power usage and contain labour costs. One reason why efficiency seems so hard to attain could be the fact […]

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caption sample Moxa has introduced new 10GbE/GbE rackmount switches with industrial-grade qualities that clearly set them apart from comparable commercial solutions. Thanks to the hardened reliability of Moxa’s industrial rackmount switches, network operators can enjoy 10GbE/GbE performance with industrial-grade reliability in the harshest of environments, and dramatically reduce the downtime caused by EMI disturbances, electrical noise […]

EC Amendment Bill 2012

by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT The Department of Communications is planning to create another body, additional to ICASA, to take over spectrum management. One of the many changes proposed in the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, 2012 is the establishment of a Spectrum Management Agency within the portfolio of the Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, […]

World carbon emissions and the carbon tax

World emissions and climate change are highly emotive and political issues. Any attempt to find out the real facts generally just leads one deeper into a morass of examples of the effects of global warming with an equal number of disputing counter claims. While the effects of man-made emissions may be debateable, the actual emissions […]