Geospatial information is crucial for Africa’s economic development

In a keynote address at an event marking Digital Earth Africa Day, the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Oliver Chinganya said the ECA views geospatial technology as a significant component that will help push Africa’s transformative development agenda even further. The commission understands that it is imperative for every African country to deliver relevant information […]

How to create modern data systems for sustainable development

Eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring quality education, instituting affordable and clean energy, and more – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a broad, ambitious vision for our world. But there is one common denominator that cuts across this agenda: data. Without timely, relevant, and disaggregated data, policymakers and their development partners will be unprepared […]

Small business can survive in a downward economy

During an economic recession or downturn, small businesses are often hit the hardest. Budget constraints, reduced spending power and inadequate preparedness for a recession can make it impossible for a small business to survive. Some industries are affected more than others, and typically luxury services suffer first as both business and private customers cut back […]

Assessing legal risks in moving to the cloud

Many businesses are moving to cloud computing to reap the benefits it provides, from scalability and agility to the ability to analyse data and interpret it in such a way that can help meet client demands. However, before moving any business functions to the cloud, a business must assess legal issues that will have an […]

Cyber criminals are eyeing smart buildings

The risk of a security incident taking place in an intelligent building is linked to the motivations of cybercriminals, who mainly seek to achieve economic gain through their actions, as well as to impact and spread fear. Smart buildings use building automation systems (BAS) to control a wide range of variables within their environments with […]

Reading corner: “All the Land” by Jo Lendle

How, in 1930, did Alfred Wegener, the son of minister from Berlin, find himself in the most isolated spot on earth, attempting to survive an unthinkably cold winter in the middle of Greenland? In All the Land, Jo Lendle sets out to chronicle Wegener’s extraordinary journey from his childhood in Germany to the most unforgiving […]

Report looks at drivers of consumer behavioural change

The seventh annual Looking Further with Ford Trends Report takes a look into the drivers of behavioural change, specifically uncovering the dynamic relationships consumers have with the shifting landscape of technology. Ford focuses on global trends to understand how consumers are changing and how companies must respond. In a global survey of 14 countries, Ford’s […]

Making full use of the digital twin

On typical construction projects, a great deal of information is produced. A common challenge is that the information generated is often unstructured, poorly coordinated and difficult to find. The resultant inefficiency is estimated to add an extra 20% to 25% to the cost of delivering the projects. Fundamental to achieving a successful project is controlled […]

Spatial variation of political attitudes in the Gauteng City Region

This article is short analyses who in the Gauteng City Region agrees with this statement that “Politics is a waste of time”, and draws on responses from the GCRO’s 2017/18 Quality of Life V survey. In the build up to the national and provincial elections on 8 May 2019 there has been much public debate […]

PositionIT Inbox, Jan/Feb 2019

Winning letter Re: Professional recognition Dear Editor There is a trend among professionals that is jeopardising their very existence. A profession only has value where it is recognised. As with other professions, the geomatics profession is recognised in law with work reserved, albeit limited to all but cadastral work for land surveying, with a penalty […]