From research to real quantum computing?

The word “quantum” appears today in just about every article about computing and electronics. While quantum means significant and considerable, it is not just new age “mumbo-jumbo”. It underlies many of today’s most important technologies, including lasers and semiconductors found in every computer chip. More specifically, quantum computing is a new type of computing, as […]

Redefined SI measurement standards come into effect on 20 May 2019

World Metrology day is on 20 May and this year, it’s the day when four of the seven base units comprising the International System of Units (SI) will change. While this revision underlies all measurements in science, it will not affect our everyday lives. A metre will still be a metre, a litre of petrol […]

Coordination needed between electro-technical regulation bodies

When the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) recently held a hearing on their proposed conformity assessment framework, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS) presented its views and expressed grave concerns over the duplication that exists in government in terms of conformity assessments procedures for the electro-technical sector, basically having three agencies trying […]