Cape Town, 6 December 2017 – Leading South African technology company, Aerobotics, which specialises in providing on-demand satellite and drone analytics for farmers, today officially launched the revolutionary Aeroview Scout in-field smartphone app that highlights problem areas in the orchard with GPS co-ordinates, allowing farmers to make notes, take pictures and remedy any issues early. Aeroview, developed by Aerobotics, uses artificial intelligence (AI) and a unique set of algorithms to transform satellite and drone imagery into useful information to assist farmers and help them optimise profits and yield by identifying problem areas in the orchard. Using visual and multispectral camera, the drones map the outlined area in 3D, highlighting individual trees with health or growth problems, and can even detect leaks – all leading to cost savings for farmers in the long run. Farmers can look at each individual tree’s statistics, including health, height, canopy size and canopy volume. Crop health maps highlights problem areas on the farm and moisture index maps reveals any leaks to help reduce water usage and facilitate more effective irrigation. Aeroview Scout, the in-field smartphone app launched today, complements the Aeroview platform with GPS co-ordinates for individual trees so farmers can locate trees with issues, make notes, take pictures and remedy the problems early. The app also tracks progress of each affected tree (including in-field notes) so farmers can better manage their time and resources on a regular basis, reducing wastage in irrigation and pest management and helping farms to be more sustainable in their use of herbicides and pesticides. First Fruits Consulting, a well-regarded citrus farm consultancy based in Simondium in the Cape Winelands, has been using Aeroview to help citrus farmers across the country improve their yields. “Since we started using Aeroview in 2016, the data has helped farmers find problem areas in their . . .
Nokia 8 takes its first bite of Oreo™ Johannesburg, South Africa, 05 December 2017 - HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, is excited to announce that Android™ 8.0 Oreo™ is now available for the Nokia 8. If you own a Nokia 8, you can enjoy a truly pure and secure version of Android Oreo, packed with the latest features to make content creation and sharing even more fun. Patrick Henchie – Head of Product, Sub-Sahara Africa, said: “We’re proud to deliver our pure and secure take of Android 8.0 Oreo on the Nokia 8. We always want to give our fans the best possible Android experience. That’s why we’ve taken the time to test, optimise and refine the platform. “Working together with our fans under our newly setup up Nokia phones beta labs, we’ve created a pure version of this highly anticipated mobile platform, delivering all the exciting new features with none of the unnecessary clutter paired with great performance and even better battery life. Android 8.0 Oreo is packed with new features that make communicating, creating, gaming and exploring even more fun.” Always pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience Nokia 8 delivers a pure version of Android 8.0 Oreo with no skins and no changes in the user interface. And with no pre-installed apps you don’t need or hidden processes that eat up battery life, it guarantees a snappy experience every time you pick up your smartphone. Monthly security updates come as standard to keep your smartphone safe, and give you real peace of mind in the palm of your hand. Super powers that give you the best real-life experiences Android 8.0 Oreo update on Nokia 8 enables fans to enjoy new features that will enhance their day-to-day experiences with none of the gimmicks: - Picture-in-Picture mode gives you the power to multi-task while processing power of Nokia 8 ensures the smooth operation of even the most demanding apps. Watch a YouTube clip while catching up with friends or check your bank balance while . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 December 2017 - HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today celebrates its first birthday. In just 12 months, the start-up has made 12 major announcements including the introduction of eleven new devices, and global partnerships with industry heavyweights such as ZEISS. Throughout this fast-paced period, the home of Nokia phones has been guided and motivated by the enthusiasm of its rapidly expanding fan base. With the ambition of being truly global from day one, HMD Global has already released its new portfolio of six Nokia smartphones and five feature phones in over 80 markets with activations in 170 countries, delivering websites in 48 languages and setting up solid foundations for future growth. Fast paced growth and scale HMD Global arrived on the scene to incredible fanfare, marked by the return of the Nokia 3310 at Mobile World Congress 2017, and the introduction of its first, global wave of Android smartphones. The new portfolio won over 20 awards at the show and sold out across markets. Today, Nokia phones are on sale across more than 80 countries on 45 local websites across 48 languages. Devices have already been activated in more than 170 countries. During its first year, HMD Global has forged major strategic partnerships with industry leaders, including Nokia, Google, Foxconn and ZEISS. Over the next year, the company's commitment to those partnerships aims to deliver purposeful innovation to fans and set new standards for what you can expect from a smartphone. Timeline 12 Months, 12 Announcements Overwhelming response from fans Demonstrating incredible passion, engagement, and enthusiasm for the new portfolio, the response from fans around the world has been humbling. More than a million people watched the livestream from the launch of the Nokia 3310 and Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 at MWC 2017. Online, there have been more than 200 million video views and 87 million website visits over the past year. . . .
Copper wire telecoms technology is another year old next year, with the emphasis on ‘old’. That’s the message from fibre-based independent broadband provider, Otel Communications, which says businesses should making moving to fibre their top New Year’s Resolution. Otel also questions whether copper telecoms cable has outlived its usefulness. “It’s astonishing that most SA business parks are still reliant on ADSL provided over ancient copper wire technology that first appeared between Boston and New York in 1884. No business can claim to be cutting-edge when its communication foundation is 133 years old,” explains Otel Communications CEO, Rad Jankovic. With 250 000 kilometres of fibre in South Africa, prioritising a copper-to-fibre New Year’s switch will soon realise tangible business benefits in 2018, adds Mr Jankovic. Not only is a dramatic reduction in technical support time one of the major benefits of fibre, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are an integral part of fibre-based business broadband. These bespoke contracts guarantee an almost 100% uptime that would be impossible with copper-based ADSL. SLAs can be customised for each client, depending on their unique requirements. “Nothing is set in stone,” says Mr Jankovic, “We strive to ensure a customer service experience that personalises response times, configurations, redundancy and more. In business nothing is guaranteed, except one’s fibre-based Internet access. This reliable uptime is the real beauty of fibre because of the positive effect it has on a business’s productivity,” Mr Jankovic explains. Fundamentally, copper wire has severe reliability, predictability and speed constraints compared to high-speed, always-available fibre optic underground cable delivered through FTTB (Fibre To The Business) rollouts by independent operators like Otel. Fibre also offers uncapped & uncontended Internet via LTE and connectivity solutions that are not vulnerable to cable theft, nor weather-based . . .
The SpaceStation is the first publisher in Africa to offer page takeovers and transitional ads (between the page ads) programmatically. “We approached DoubleClick a few months ago to discuss how we can make our page takeovers available programmatically; and when they began testing Programmatic Guaranteed with Custom Creatives, The SpaceStation became one of their selected global test partners”, says Farah Thompson, GM of Ad Operations at The SpaceStation. The ability to execute programmatic page takeovers and transitional ad buying is an enhancement of existing technology, which will make it a lot more efficient for buyers and sellers to transact these premium ad units. Traditionally, there has been a perception that programmatic inventory is cheaper and less valuable than inventory bought through a direct insertion order (IO); partially because the technology did not initially support more sophisticated media executions. Paula Raubenheimer, Head of Programmatic at The SpaceStation says: “we want to make premium programmatic buying more fluid and competitive in terms of the type of real estate one can buy. Agencies and marketers have wanted to buy background branding and transitional ads programmatically, but nobody could offer it until now. Being first to market in Africa with this innovative technology solidifies our aim of being the market leader in technology solutions. Our buyers can now execute their entire buy programmatically if they wish, instead of utilising direct buys for background branding and the remainder through programmatic buys”. The SpaceStation will be offering takeovers and transitional ads to their preferred partners and are working closely with the DoubleClick support team in the final testing phase. The SpaceStation was selected as a beta partner due to their proactive interest, they already accommodated the formats on their properties and they had the ability to execute the coding changes quickly. “We believe that this offering . . .
Software as Service company, e4, has launched DeedScanner, a mobile app that works with its Case Management Workflow solution, Deeds, to better manage the flow and status of lodged documents. The development of the app is another e4 innovation, which addresses the need for electronic based communication and faster turnaround times when registering a deed. Clive Bredenkamp, development manager, e4 says that DeedScanner enables a lodging agent to electronically communicate progress updates on transactions in the Deeds Office: “Previously, the process was done manually or via an in-house scanning device, which was not convenient. Once DeedScanner is downloaded onto a Smartphone, IOS or Android, the process of gaining progress updates is done in a matter of minutes using the barcode supplied by the Deeds Office.” He says that the Deeds product has been in in operation for over ten years and that the “Majority of the Deeds offices are still running manually, making processes extremely time consuming and potentially expensive too. The launch of DeedScanner in conjunction with Deed, will assist attorneys in keeping clients updated in a far more accurate and efficient timeframe. There are often between 30 and 50 matters for one client alone, so we are excited about this development and the role it will play in the overall plan to electronically empower the Deeds office and better assist attorneys.” Simplistically, the user will scan using a mobile device or manually enter a Deeds Office barcode to retrieve the e4 application details. The app will display a summary view of the transaction details linked to that barcode: “This instantaneously gives users the ability to submit a status update on single or multiple transactions. These status changes will be updated immediately and sent to the relevant attorney or correspondent office via Deeds”, says Bredenkamp. The user is also allowed to update any transactional fee related to Deeds Office costs. DeedScanner has . . .
South Africa’s accident-prone national road network coupled with the upcoming annual holiday season makes it pertinent to remind South Africans of the role cellphones can play in keeping travelers safe. This is according to the country’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA), an industry representative body of over 400 members who specialise in mobile content delivery and application development. WASPA’s self-regulating status enjoys government recognition and support from the big four mobile networks. “All South African cellular users have automatic and free access to the 112 national emergency number operated by the country’s cellular networks,” says WASPA General Manager, Ilonka Badenhorst. This easy-to-remember number, which is the same three-digits worldwide, will put mobile callers in touch with the relevant municipal police, ambulance, fire and rescue services in a certain area. Vodacom and MTN furthermore operate a 147 roadside assistance line which could prove especially valuable in the event of a vehicle breakdown this holiday season. This service is not free and the operator is simply the caller’s connection to a host of useful road and home assistance services that are to be settled separately with the respective service providers. In addition to memorising the 112 emergency and 147 assistance numbers this summer, WASPA encourages South Africans to consult the different app stores prior to setting off on their annual journeys to the bush, berg and sea. “WASPA members, independent developers and a host of other smart people wanting to make a difference have developed many mobile services to enhance our safety,” says Ms Badenhorst. These are all available for download on the Apple and Android app stores. One locally-developed personal safety app that has added significance in the run-up to the holiday season is MiBlackBox. The service is a virtual witness to emergency situations by enabling mobile users to record calls, . . .
22 November 2017 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, will be hosting the first ever seminar in Africa on Mind-Brain-Education. The two-day seminar, taking place 23 – 24 May 2018 at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg, will be in the form of a hands-on workshop facilitated by the internationally acclaimed co-authors of “Neuroteach: Brain science and the future of education”, Glenn Whitman and Dr. Ian Kelleher, who commented, “Most teachers lack an understanding of how the brain receives, filters, consolidates, and applies learning for both the short and long term. The book was written to help solve the problem teachers and school leaders have in knowing how to bring the growing body of educational neuroscience research into the design of their schools, classrooms, and work with each individual student.” The seminar will be targeted at teachers and lecturers from primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions, and will focus on how educators are brain changers. It will explore how an understanding of the brain – the organ of learning – would be critical to a teacher’s readiness to work with students. Dr. Lieb Liebenberg, ITSI’s CEO, commented, “Technology, and specifically access to information – therefore connectivity – is vitally important in the understanding of today’s learner’s – whether at a primary, secondary or tertiary school level. The role it plays as a tool to be effectively used is pivotal to the success of the 21st century classroom.” For more information, please contact Jolandi Marais on firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
November 2017 – PRETORIA – Dr. Lieb Liebenberg, CEO of ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, was selected to be part of the Endeavor Network, at the recent International Selection Panel (ISP) held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 23-25 October 2017. Endeavor supports 1,563 entrepreneurs leading 978 companies in 30 growth markets around the world. Panellists at the event included top business leaders and investors who were drawn from Endeavor’s extensive network of board members, mentors, and supporters. The International Selection Panel (ISP) is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify innovative and driven entrepreneurs who are committed to advancing an ecosystem of entrepreneurship. At the Sofia ISP, hosted by Endeavor Bulgaria, panellists from around the world interviewed entrepreneur candidates about their businesses, evaluating them on their potential for high-impact growth, and then deliberated on which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs gain access to comprehensive customized services, including introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key needs. Dr. Liebenberg: “Being part of the Endeavor Network opens opportunities for ITSI to collaborate and work with industry specialists around the world. I am humbled to have been selected and look forward to contributing to this partnership.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cura Software Solutions is proud to announce their win for the category of Small Enterprise Excellence in Management of Technology at the 2017 Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovations Awards that took place on Wednesday 15 November. This award is centred around the development, implementation and monitoring of innovative technology strategy within an organisation. Companies are evaluated their ability to maintain a competitive advantage through their incorporation of emerging, pacing, key and base technologies. Key focus is on their improvement of quality and productivity, higher flexibility, cost leadership and new market exploitation. Ross Saunders, Cura Software’s Director of Global Technology Services, says, “As an enterprise risk management software provider, technology is fundamental to our offering; our success is determined by keeping a finger on the forefront of back- and front-end technologies available to keep ahead of the game. The past four years have seen a digital transformation of our products in order to continue to add maximum value to our customers. We consistently invest in technological advance in order to be at the forefront of the GRC field, so we are very proud to receive this award.” Cura also claimed a spot as a small enterprise finalist in the Department of Science and Technology’s Director General Award for Overall Excellence in Technology. About the Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovations Awards: The Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovation Awards Programme is South Africa’s foremost business Awards programme. TT100 has been recognising innovation and technological prowess in South African companies for more than 25 years. In going forward it is focused on identifying true managerial leaders who through innovation, tenacity and a belief in people, have been able to take their organisations to new levels of competitiveness. The programme seeks to identify role models within the management of innovation and technology domains who have . . .