Archive for 2013

IITPSA awards 2013

Annette Thompson of EngineerIT, Sheryl Goldstuck, World Wide Worx and Rabelani Dagada, IITPSA president. The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (previously CSSA) held the IITPSA President’s Awards 2013 on 7 November 2013 at the Montecasino ballroom in Fourways, Gauteng. The IT Personality of the Year award – presented by the IITPSA in association […]

Lightning protection

  Lightning is a serious issue which is often under-estimated until faced with its disastrous consequences. Protection against this severe energy source requires professional equipment, professionally installed. Simply buying a few protector plugs or multi-plug extensions from the hardware store could well finish off whatever electrical and computer equipment is indoors, connected to the mains […]

Single charger for notebooks to reduce e-waste

IEC, the international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology, has announced the publication of the first globally relevant technical specification for a single external charger for a wide range of notebook computers and laptops. Each year billions of external chargers are shipped globally. Power supplies for notebooks weigh typically around 300 […]

Performance improvements to established power supply series

TDK has announced the introduction of the TDK-Lambda HWS-A series of AC-DC power supplies, which comprises five models rated from 15-150 W to meet a wide range of customer requirements. A significant upgrade of the established HWS series which was originally introduced in 2005, typical industrial applications include equipment used for factory automation, process control, […]

Gadgets4Geeks – January 2014

Connecting your laptop to a large screen is now easier The rise of “TV on demand” has freed us from having to watch the latest and greatest TV shows at a particular time, with services like PVR and “catch-up TV”.  But, without an expensive Smart TV, these handy online services are only available through our […]

Robust anemometers detect wind speed and direction

FSG provides anemometers that detect wind speeds up to 50 m/s and wind directions from 0 to 360°. The wind speed is measured by means of a magnetic system; alternatively, users can choose a tacho generator-based model. The wind direction is indicated by a wind vane. The anemometer is available in two versions for installation […]

Programmable PSUs provides constant current output

XP Power has announced the HDS series of 800 and 1500 W highly efficient programmable AC-DC power supplies. With a typical efficiency of up to 93%, these single output low profile supplies measure 249,0 x 127,0 x 40,9 mm for the 800 W models and 280 x 127 x 63,5 mm for the 1500 W range and […]

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 […]

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 […]

SACAC control systems day 2013

Carl Kriger and Olubenga Ogidan (CPUT), with Mohohlo Tšoeu (UCT). The South African Council for Automation and Control (SACAC) Control systems Day was hosted by the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town on 27 November 2013.  This one-day event showcased control-related research activities undertaken at universities around South Africa. The SACAC […]