Archive for March, 2013

Q&A – Ask an Expert

Michael Garnham has a BEng in electrical engineering and a BSc in information technology and is the manager of the South African Profibus and Profinet Training and Competence Centre. Feedback is welcome: Please download the pdf

ECA Cape Town conducts training for Chrysalis Academy

The Chrysalis Academy in Tokai, Cape Town, is a non profit organisation and an initiative started by the Western Cape Provincial Government youth development project to empower youth at risk from disadvantaged communities through skills development and values-based education. The programme caters for youth aged between 17 and 25 who have Grade 9 to 12 […]

Highveld News

I would like to start by thanking all the members who attended the first round of meetings. It is really encouraging to see the number of spouses attending the meetings lately. Secondly, I must thank the sponsors who keep on supporting the ECA(SA) even if it means being away from family and loved ones for […]

Game-changing collaboration capabilities

Key customers and guests of Nashua Communications were treated to a unique display of communication capabilities and scenarios during a recent series of events at the company’s Innovation Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. Visiting senior technologists from Siemens Enterprise Communications joined Nashua Communications in showcasing the business value of open unified communications by harnessing the power […]

Joining forces to raise energy efficiency and tenant comfort

by Frost & Sullivan Integrating disparate systems within facilities helps facility owners and managers achieve synergies that would otherwise not be possible with the traditional silo approach to managing HVAC, lighting, access control, security, fire & life safety and communications systems. Please download the pdf

ALLPRONIX Range of Industrial LED Lighting

Lighting specialists Raytec have launched the new RAYLUX Urban White-Light series for all multi-purpose lighting applications. RAYLUX Urban allows installers to deliver lighting not just for the camera, but for any requirement such as footpaths, car parks and campus lighting. With all the benefits of Raytec’s core technology it is the ultimate cross-over product range […]

Calli Pieterse

Calli Pieterse Past ECA(SA) president and current general manager: International for Edison Power, PJC (Calli) Pieterse has served on several ECA committees including contractual, training and technical over three decades. Over the past 25 years, Calli has served as commercial director for companies including the Standard Electrical Group, Koma Electrical where he is a 25% […]

Ka-band technology

by Gustav Engelbrecht, Saab Grintek Technologies This article details the opportunity to present a satellite communication variant which provides renewed confidence in satellite communications to bridge the digital divide, and to speedily satisfy Saouth Africa’s Broadband 2020 goal. Please download the pdf

TV white spaces trial in SA

Google, the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA), and partners have announced the launch of a TVWS trial involving ten schools in the Cape Town region.   Television white spaces (TVWS) are vacant frequencies in the broadcast TV spectrum and have characteristics that are highly desirable for wireless communications, offering the potential to improve Internet connectivity […]

Engineering framework for automation and drive technology

Siemens recently launched its new range of controllers for the medium and upper performance range at an industry-first 3D event in Newtown, Johannesburg. With the launch of Simatic S7-1500, the Siemens Industry Automation division has introduced a controller family of the next generation for medium to high-end machine and plant automation. The new generation of […]