The Electrical Contractor's Association for South Africa (ECA SA) showcased Port Elizabeth based Building Automation firm, BA Systems, in their October 2018 Magazine, Electrical Contractor. BA Systems scooped the ECA SA Presidential Award as the Best Contributor to Energy Efficiency following their project at the Product Testing Institute in the Coega IDZ, Port Elizabeth. This R4 Million project saw Building Automation Systems facilitate the installation of the building management system, and help the facility attain a 5 Star Green Star compliance rating. Green Star is a voluntary rating system for building projects, and is used to encourage the implementation of new and emerging technology, and to encourage a more environmentally friendly approach to designing and developing buildings. The Design phase of the Product Testing Institute building attained a 6 Star rating. The Product Testing Institute has been fitted with a modern building management system, which allows for cost efficient, environmentally friendly, automated management of the lighting, air-conditioning and blinds within the facility. Through the clever use of C-Bus and StruxureWare systems, Building Automation Systems was able to reduce power consumption by ensuring that lights and air-conditioners are not left on needlessly when an area is unoccupied. With the use of sensors located throughout the building that provide feedback to the building management system, it is possible for the building management and maintenance employees to monitor and keep track of the water, electricity and gas consumption, along with the amount of Solar Power generated. This information provides valuable insight into the cost of running and maintaining the facility. A record of environmental conditions is also maintained, with the current and previous day’s weather conditions being shown on the system monitor. The environmental factors will over time reveal the peak periods for Solar PV production, . . .
The Family Law Database The Family Law Database is a comprehensive collection of the most recent matrimonial law reports from all superior courts across South Africa. Each one of the law reports is concisely summarised into one or two pages. Apart from the summaries, users can also view the original law reports. From as little as R75 per month this database can be a great add-on for those that are already using LexisNexis or Jutastat. It can also provide excellent value for those who find LexisNexis or Jutastat subscription fees to be too exorbitant. The platform was recently launched on 5 October 2018 at a Family Law conference in Sandton that was hosted by Clarks Attorneys (a specialised family law firm). Delegates at the conference expressed that this was a long-awaited technological intervention within this sphere of the law and a must have for any lawyer who deals with family law matters. The Family Law database platform is plain and straightforward. The cases are assorted under various subject categories, and within those categories, the cases are succinctly described in four to five sentences giving you sufficient information about the case to decide whether you want to read the whole document. It also contains a simple and advanced search functionality. Using the advanced search panel, users can limit their search queries to a specific jurisdiction and within a specific topic. All these functionalities can reduce legal research time that would have otherwise taken 5 hours to just 45 minutes. The service is currently only available via P.C. However, it will soon be available across various mobile platforms. Visit www.matrimoniallaw.co.za to create an account or email email@example.com for more information. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SITA invests in 7th school computer Lab at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha - Khayelitsha, Cape Town - on the 28th of September 2018, the SITA South Africa team joined the learners and teachers at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town to celebrate the opening of their new SITA ICT Lab. The Academia Primary ICT Lab is the seventh school Lab funded by SITA, the worlds leading air transport IT and communications specialist, and the first time they have invested in an ICT Lab in a primary school and in the Western Cape of South Africa. Khayelitsha is one of the poorest areas of Cape Town with 70% of the residents living in shacks and 40% being under the age of 19. Academia Primary educates 557 primary school children and attains a strong pass rate making it an appealing school within this impoverished community. For this reason SITA chose to build the 7th SITA ICT Lab here with the help of Melisizwe consulting- Computer Lab Project Managers. The state of the art ICT Lab with 40 new PC’s, a smart board and academic software was revealed to staff, learners and Cape district of education delegates alongside sponsors SAA and SITA. Suren Naidoo, Senior Manager Customer Services at SITA, addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of investing in the education of the youth to provide access to critical IT skills much needed to develop the economy of South Africa. Suren noted he hoped to see some of the learners attending the ceremony working in the aerospace sector one day. Bruce Croza, head of IT at SAA, a longtime partner and customer of SITA encouraged the learners to bring their passion and innovation to their use of the new ICT Lab as this Lab is only the start of the technological journey for these young children. Tech education will be vital to enabling the kids of Khayelitsha, and their community, to rise above their circumstances and embrace the fourth industrial revolution with confidence. Around the world, nearly . . .
The Ekasi Tech Fest and Gaming Expo is set to take place in Soweto from the 18-20 October 2018, at Dlamini Multipurpose Centre. The event’s name has been shortened to Ekasi Tech Fest but it still seems packed with stuff to see and do, especially if you’re a fan of eSports. For the first time the event will host Soweto’s first eSports, Counter Strike Global Offensive Exhibition Match, between Ekasi eSports Vs Goliath Gaming, on the 20th October 2018. The event will also host Soweto eSports Community Cup Finals for FIFA and Tekken 7 Finals. Where a FIFA & Tekken Gauteng Province Champion will be crowned. Over the course of three days, the festival will host a number of platforms including the Gauteng Gaming Community Cup Final, interactive Panel Discussions and Exhibitions. The event will provide Indie Game Developers with the opportunity to present their games and stand a chance to get incubated by Maxum Digital. Founded by the Soweto based i-Village Foundation, the eKasi Tech Fest has the key objective to bridge the digital divide and enable township communities to participate in the 4th Industrial Revolution to ensure sustainable development. Entrepreneurs, students, gamers and the general public are invited to come and be exposed to the latest technology developments, at no cost. Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities are available on request. EVENT DETAILS: When is eKasi Tech Fest? 18 to 20 October 2018 Where? Dlamini Multi- purpose Centre, Soweto Tickets? Entry is free! Website: www.e-kasifest.co.za Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/eKasiTechFest Twitter: https://twitter.com/eKasiTechFest Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities are available on request. For further enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Audio-lovers, who know Rotel, understand the exceptional sound performance from the brand. The Rotel RSP-1576 has arrived in South Africa and available through the Homemation distribution network. Exceptional Sound, no exceptions. Rotel is a fifty year old high performance audio/video manufacturer of receivers, per-amplifiers, surround sound processors, power amplifiers, CD players, tuners and multi-zone electronics for hi-fi and home theatre. This is where old school audio comes alive in the present. Much of Rotel’s success can be attributed to their fundamental engineering philosophy called Balanced Design Concept, which is a disciplined synthesis of physics, electronics, and mechanical engineering. The Rotel RSP-1576 Surround Sound Processsor has been custom designed and engineered for music and movie lovers alike. This Surround Sound Processor includes the latest in audio and video technology including HDMI 2.0 4K/UHD 60Hz HDR video, Audio Return Channel, aptXCD quality wireless streaming and dual Texas Instruments DSPs supporting Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Recommended Retail Price: R54 490 Homemation is the exclusive specialist South African suppliers of premium branded audiovisual and home theatre products. The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after AV and home automation technologies in the world. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) has 57 properties under five brands located throughout SA with an aggressive expansion plan into East and West Africa as well as the SADC region. CLHG is committed to service excellence and being in the hospitality industry, their main assets are their people. “To offer superior service to our customers and ensure that they receive the very best care during their stay, it is imperative that all our employees are trained to the same high standard,” says Sheree Snyman, Group skills Development Facilitator, CLHG. “Since our teams are widespread, it was important that we looked for a cost effective, user friendly e-learning solution that would accommodate anywhere, anytime learning.” Snyman says the Group had heard about aNewSpring, and after receiving a full demonstration of the systems capabilities, decided it was the right fit for the training needs of its employees: “We currently have 1200 employees on the aNewSpring solution and as the online facilitator, I can easily track how they are doing with the course materials, allowing us to make modifications if necessary or even to just assist learners that may be struggling.” She says that New Leaf Technologies, the sole distributors of aNewSpring in Africa, went above and beyond when it came to the service, support and system training received. In addition, aNewSpring developed an integration into CLHG’s HR solution, providing a far more holistic view. “We are planning to use more features that are built into the solution such as the Memotrainer, a learning retention tool that keeps learners engaged and enthusiastic as well as providing CLHG with an accurate way to determine ROI on the training.” Paul Hanly, Co-Founder of New Leaf Technologies says: “We see the aNewspring learning platform creating huge value for the City Lodge Hotel Group. They can accurately measure employee progress and ensure they are progressing as planned. Any difficulties in the learning process are also . . .
2018 is set to be a bumper year for the world’s largest Africa-focused tech and telecoms event, with a bigger and better free content programme than ever before. As well as two vibrant exhibition halls and 400 innovative exhibitors, the free exhibition visitor pass grants access to 100+ hours of free content, world class speakers, and unmissable networking parties. Here’s an overview: • AfricaCom Headliners (formerly AfricaCom keynotes) – featuring 30 of Africa's most prominent digital thought-leaders on topics as varied as 5G, Fintech, IoT, AI and more • 400+ tech and telco innovators - access to 400+ solutions focused exhibitors • The Exhibition – Incorporating the Connectivity Hall - showcasing the thinking and technology behind the inventions improving connectivity across the continent and the Technology Arena – dedicated to ICT innovation, entrepreneurship and digital transformation • The Connectivity Stage – discover the people, products and services improving digital connectivity. Analyst briefings, expert talks and panel discussions are the order of the day. • The AHUB – showcasing talent, facilitating partnerships and encouraging investment in Africa's growing sector of ICT and web-based start-ups • AfricaCom 20/20 – premium conference content on the show floor – visionary presentations from world-class speakers on AI, IoT, African smart cities, blockchain. tech innovation in sport, enterprise digital transformation and more • Daily networking drinks – taking place at the AfricaCom 20/20 bar at 15:00 each day! • Africa Video Forum Content Hub – tackle the issues surrounding content creation and broadcasting in free to attend presentations bringing the entire value chain together • AfricaCom Awards after party - celebrate success within African tech and telecoms and party with some of the most innovative companies around • Unrivalled Networking Opportunities - meet decision makers, like-minded futurists and tomorrow’s business leaders in . . .
AfricaCom 20/20 Agenda set to explore the future of tech and telecoms in Africa London, 28 September 2018 – Housed within the Technology Arena at AfricaCom (the world’s largest Africa-focused TMT event), AfricaCom 20/20 will launch at midday on Tuesday 13th November 2018. This year’s line-up has an enlightening agenda which will set the scene for robust debate around some of the most pressing issues facing Africa’s entry into the 4th Industrial Revolution, as well as presentations showcasing the possible solutions to meet many of these needs. Kicking off, Lanre Kolade, Managing Director of Vodacom Nigeria, will share some key insights with audiences eager to learn what the effects of this shift have had on Africa to date and what might be expected in years to come. This will be followed by a keynote panel entitled: The Digital Gold Mine - Overcoming Regional Obstacles, such as the effect of digitisation upon production, management and governance, as well as addressing technological expertise and economic difficulties. Experts already agree that many of these socio-economic challenges will be met by Africa leapfrogging legacy systems. Yet, while this may be the case, the principle of laying solid foundations remains a pre-requisite for long-term success. Patrick Kabre, Managing Director, Alink Telekom will give a keynote exploring this. The caveat to all this access to knowledge and technological advancement, is cybersecurity, reckoned to be the Achilles heel of digital transformation. This will be addressed by Dimitris Maniatis, Head of Secure-D, Upstream, who will share his thoughts on the darker side of the web. On the other side of the coin are organisations such as the MST Group, a social impact organisation that operates sophisticated mobile units which deliver comprehensive solutions in healthcare, education and the administrative sectors. All of which, are underpinned by a nifty digital solution – GUUD – that tracks, monitors and optimises . . .
From enabling videoconferencing and shared-screen sessions, to its immediate positive bottom line effect, VoIP can easily boost corporate productivity without added expense. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a connectivity technology that initially found favour for its ability to drastically cut business voice and data communication costs to the bone. “Immediate savings of some 45% are routine when corporate clients make the switch to IP-based communication,” says Rad Jankovic, CEO of independent telco, Otel, a longtime provider of VoIP solutions across the length and breadth of South Africa. Mr Jankovic says corporate clients operating in our current tight economic climate are initially drawn to VoIP’s promise of bottom line savings. However, it’s VoIP’s productivity-boosting benefits that really turn users into solid VoIP voice and data converts. “Clients always say to us they knew this technology enabled additional voice and data services over and above what they had been used to on copper wire, but they never expected the range of VoIP services that now enables them to be so much more productive,” says Mr Jankovic. Configuring any number of additional value-added services on a VoIP line is as easy as selecting options on a web-enabled computer interface. Mr Jankovic outlined five specific reasons why VoIP services have such a positive effective on SME and enterprise productivity: By eliminating the need for both an office line and a mobile line, and offering a single voice mailbox, VoIP means faster and more efficient responses to everything from sales enquiries to customer complaints and new business opportunities. VoIP ensures that home-based employees have access to work emails and other communication around the clock. Studies show that work-from-home and telecommuting employees with access to work emails and calls work several hours a week longer than office-bound employees. VoIP means improved intra-office collaboration by . . .
easiPol, the market leading insurance administration solution from RubiBlue, has officially recorded six million policies as of August 2018. The web-based subscription management platform has played a pivotal role in the effective management and control of policies and subscriptions in the South African space and continues to show growth in the current economic climate. “It is an incredible achievement to have reached six million policies with our easiPol platform,” says Chris Ogden, CEO, RubiBlue. “The platform continues to grow in reach and capability and is the only product of its kind that services this market.” easiPol is designed to support the needs of funeral administrators, insurance underwriters and subscriber-based service administrators. It’s rich feature set minimises risk while maximising efficiency. The secure platform prevents theft and fraud while the customisable framework assures customers of a tailored solution that fits their unique requirements. easiPol’s functionality is crafted to make policy management, control and collection seamless and effective, giving both the industry and its customers peace of mind. “easiPol is a simple and effective tool that reliably serves the needs of funeral administrators, insurance underwriters and a variety of subscriber-based service administrators,” says Ogden. “It allows for these markets to effectively manage their clients and their business operations with secure administration and payment across multiple platforms within a proven business model using proven market-leading technology.” To find out more about easiPol and how it can work with your business visit www.rubiblue.com, call27 (0) 861 48 48 99, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .