Acceleration of the power of devices drives the future of automation and control

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT The future of automation and control systems is driven by the continuing acceleration in terms of the pace of the change in technology. Michael Caliel, president and CEO of Invensys Operations Management delivered the keynote address at the opening of X-Change 2014 User Conference held at the […]

Technology Innovation Agency CEO dismissed

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT The board of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) dismissed the CEO Simphiwe Duma on 31 March 2014.  This was announced by the minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom. Simphiwe Duma was suspended last year pending a forensic investigation followed by a disciplinary hearing based on the […]

Invensys is now Schneider Electric

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT Schneider Electric’s global acquisition of Invensys sees two of the leading players in the industrial automation market join forces to create a broader, more innovative technology company with a strong position in integrated industrial automation, software and energy management. The South African announcement was made by  Schneider […]

Mobile termination rates all at sea!

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT ICASA did not follow the rules… but the South Gauteng High Court has allowed lower asymmetrical mobile termination rates to be implemented for six months. Lower rates are in the public interest, says the judge! On Monday 31 March 2014 the South Gauteng High Court ruled that […]

WAPA members to play key role in achieving national broadband targets

  Members of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa (WAPA) are uniquely positioned to assist in the achievement of the broadband policy that was recently announced by the Cabinet. The aim of the National Broadband Policy, Strategy and Plan is to contribute to economic growth, development, and job creation, and aims to have […]

Fieldbus Foundation’s new blog dedicated to Foundation technology

  The Fieldbus Foundation has launched a new blog dedicated to providing comprehensive information about its open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus technology. The site,, provides an open, user-friendly environment for sharing news about global fieldbus developments, and will continue the foundation’s mission to share news about global developments in the fieldbus marketplace. Built upon the […]