Final specification for ISA100.11a device integration released

  The Fieldbus Foundation has released the final specification for integration of ISA100.11a wireless field devices into its FOUNDATION for remote operations management (ROM) technology. Unlike solutions limited to a single network standard, this development allows automation end users to employ multiple wired and wireless protocols for greater flexibility and expandability. FOUNDATION for ROM will […]

Centres of excellence to advance interdisciplinary research

The Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, has approved the establishment of an additional five new centres of excellence (CoEs) to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research among research-performing institutions, and to provide high-end skills development in priority research areas. The new centres bring to 14 the total number of centres established since 2004 by […]

WAPA predicts the IT landscape in 2014

  One of the key objectives of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) is to add value to WAPA membership by providing additional services in line with both the growth of the industry and its members’ needs. The WAPA executive committee, comprising volunteer industry professionals, is therefore constantly monitoring the South African and global landscape, […]

Helping SA companies to be more competitive

Offerings and products of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Subcontractor and Partnership Exchange (SPX) programme have been incorporated into the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The SPX programme recently reported a positive impact on local industrial manufacturing companies. Ashley Bhugwandin, who heads up the TLIU, […]

Company invests in training for increased demand for renewable energy

  ABB South Africa reported a 66% increase in revenue in its year-end results to December 2013. This was mainly achieved through the increased demand for renewable energy. The company’s CEO, Leon Viljoen, is positive about prospects based on South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which includes a significant portion of future energy generation emanating […]

Semiconductor distributor of the year award

EBV Elektronik has received the Distributor of the Year award from NXP Semiconductors. The ceremony took place during EBV’s yearly European FAE training event in Grassau, Germany. The award was presented to the entire EBV mnagement team. According to NXP, its portfolio, combined with the technical, commercial and logistics services of the EBV sales force […]

SAIMC Durban branch news

  Carl Reinecke (left) with chairman Howard Lister. The last meeting of 2013 for the Durban branch took place as usual at the Durban Country Club early in December. Changing the focus slightly, there was no technology presentation for that evening but all corporate sponsors of the Durban branch were invited to show their wares […]

Africa Radio Comms 2013

  Speakers at the conference: Dr. Pierre Cilliers ( South AfricanNational Space Agency), Hans van de Groenendaal (EE Publishers), Paul Fourie (for Bob Petrie, Throughput Technologies, Dietrich Muller (Omega Communications), Mark de Goede (Altech Fleetcall); Andrew Moyo (Digel Trading), Derrick Mogale (Jasco ICT), Johan Hoolsema (Expert System Solutions), Front row: Frikkie Marx (Inopsis), Terry Reuss […]

Optimisation for engineering applications – a hands-on introduction for beginners

SACAC (South Africa Council for Automation and Control) will be holding a workshop on “Optimisation for engineering applications – a hands-on introduction for beginners” on 3 April 2014 at at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Chamber of Mines building, from 08.30 to 16h00.   The scope of the the mathematical […]

Best technical paper in EngineerIT in 2013

  Dr. Paul van der Merwe, Dr. Braam Otto and Prof. Howard Reader. The best paper in EngineerIT for 2013 was judged to be “Electromagnetic compatibility and the Square Kilometre Array” by Dr. Braam Otto, Paul van der Merwe and Prof. Howard Reader, MESA Solutions, in EngineerIT May 2013, pp 63 – 66. The prize […]