The recently launched Smart Water Meter Challenge aims to install smart water meters at 270 schools in the drought-stricken Western Cape. Water savings at a single school during the trial period has been over a million litres per month. The initiative, a partnership between Shoprite Group, Bridgiot, Cape Talk and Pragma Asset Management has seen a rapid uptake in smart meter devices being sponsored by corporate citizens. Flickswitch has partnered with Bridgiot by providing their SIM management services at no charge. ” From the early stages of Bridgiot’s Smart Meter development, Flickswitch has been very excited about its potential to drive social impact” says Kees Snijders, MD of Flickswitch. “No one could predict the scale of the current drought in the Western Cape, but using technology to curb the impact is a quick-win solution. With the help of Flickswitch’s SIMcontrol service, the smart water meters can be monitored remotely and provide real-time data of how much water and money has been saved at each school. This allows learners to see the day-to-day effect of their water saving behaviour.” Bridgiot has a live online dashboard where all the data is displayed in real-time. Thinus Booysen, founder at Bridgiot notes that technology must be at the forefront of addressing social issues. “The youth are the ones that need to understand the value of fresh water. Using technology, they now have a way to see what impact they can have” he says. Every 100 Dropula Smart Water Meters can save enough water to cover 11 500 people’s daily water allowance. “We all need to do our part to make sure the city doesn’t reach Day Zero, and we are proud to play a small part in this”, concludes Snijders. The School Challenge is open for any schools across the Western Cape to sign up, and there is also an option for corporates to pledge for the installation of Smart Water Meters so that the roll out can extend to every school in the Western Cape. For more information, to . . .
New partnership yields immediate results with impactful mobile awareness campaign for Coke Studio Pan-African mobile intelligence and digital media provider, Digitata Insights has extended its footprint on the continent by appointing management consulting firm Ntare Insights as its preferred partner in Rwanda. The two companies wasted no time in establishing their presence in the market, successfully implementing a local mobile awareness campaign for Coke Studio in the country. Having concluded a successful mobile marketing campaign for a South African-based multinational cellular services provider in Rwanda using its innovative MeMe measurable mobile advertising technology solution, Digitata Insights, a subsidiary of Digitata Limited, part of 4Sights Holdings, a JSE AltX-listed diversified holding company, required a strategic local partner to expand its reach in the region and leverage the company's previous success to drive new business. “Following extensive research and our on-going work in the region, Ntare Insights was a name that kept coming up in discussions,” explains Henk Swanepoel, chief marketing officer of Digitata Insights. “Following our initial meetings and discussions, we were extremely impressed with the team. Their understanding of the application of technology in general and mobile in particular, in delivering impactful business solutions was evident from the outset.” Kigali-based Ntare Insights delivers trusted strategy, policy and business advisory services for government, businesses and industries, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society. “Our philosophy is to understand the needs, issues and opportunities for our clients in order to provide high-impact and sustainable solutions, particularly in the areas of strategy development, private sector development, SME incubation, regional integration and trade, value chain development, and export growth,” explains Jack . . .
Corporate advisory services are essential that a corporate enterprise runs efficiently on its maximum potential through effective management of financial and other resources. It revitalizes old line companies, sick units and guides the existing units in locating areas / activities of development and diversification. Corporate advisory services represent an important component of the portfolio of activities of merchant bankers. Corporate advisory services for business ventures, includes the following services: • Provide guidance in areas of diversification based on the Government's economic and licensing policies. • Appraising product lines and analyzing their growth and profitability. • Forecasting future trends, and rejuvenating old line companies and ailing sick units by appraising their technology and processes and restructuring their capital base. As new problems come up there would be a need for a new kind of corporate advice, which would solve those problems. Some merchant banks would take up the challenge and gear up their activities for providing the needed corporate advice. This leads to the emergence of new corporate advisory services. Therefore it can be rightly said about merchant banks, "merchant banks are the institutions which identify and solve corporate problems". In addition to the corporate advisory services explained above the merchant banks may also provide the following services to the corporate world: In VAT registration we will support you with following: General Services 1. Registration under DVAT Act & CST Act 2. Registration for Casual Dealer 3. Works Contract in General 4. Works Contract Applicable to Builders, Developers & Collaborators 5. Amendments 6. Assessments 7. Get fulfill day to day compliance as required under the Acts such as filing of return etc. 8. Refund 9. Get Conversant with day to day changes in DVAT Act & CST Act. Payroll outsourcing: What are payroll outsourcing . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 November 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is among the first in the world to stock the newly launched FLIR ONE® Pro thermal-imaging system for mobile devices. With increased sensor resolution of 160x120, innovative VividIR™ processing for greater image sharpness, and new features added to the user-interface app, this third generation of the FLIR ONE family delivers even better value for professional and DIY users. The app can load captured thermal images directly to the smartphone’s camera roll, to simplify sharing with colleagues or posting to social channels. The new FLIR ONE Pro retains many features that made its predecessors so successful, including MSX technology that combines thermal images with edge details from the smartphone’s colour camera for greater clarity and easier interpretation. It also features the innovative adjustable OneFit connector, which simplifies attaching the module even when the mobile device is in a protective case. Typical applications include use by tradespeople, to pinpoint problems that are difficult to see, such as energy loss, sources of water damage, or hidden electrical faults. It is also great for troubleshooting automotive issues, analysing electronic circuits like power supplies or inverters, or examining industrial machinery. Robust construction allows the module to survive general work-site wear and tear, including being dropped from heights up to 1.8 metres. “FLIR ONE Pro delivers a massive leap forward in the field of thermal imagery,” said Marco Nibioli, Sales Manager EMEA, FLIR Systems. “It delivers improved image quality and an improved user experience at an affordable price, bringing the benefits of high-quality thermal imaging within the reach of individuals and small businesses.” Fabien Fournier, Senior Global Category Manager for Test and Measurement at RS, added, “RS is ready to . . .
South African Filmmaker Invents New Documentary Storytelling Medium with 3D Technology 3D-Printed Art Installation, “WATERTIGHT”, Debuts This Week at Prestigious IDFA DocLab Amsterdam, Netherlands – (November 16, 2017) – WATERTIGHT is a 3D-scanned and 3D-printed specimen collection of New York City habitats and the individuals that reside alone within them. Created by South African filmmaker Caitlin Robinson and Israeli artist Ziv Schneider, the collection premieres this week at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction. Today, more than a third of New Yorkers live alone. This is the only documented period in human history that housing infrastructure has supported multitudes of single occupant households – and the phenomenon is growing exponentially in cities all around the world. To tell this story, the collaborators pioneered a new form of documentary that uses present-day bleeding edge technology to continue the natural history tradition of specimen archiving. From 2015 to 2017, backed by a grant from Google, Robinson and Schneider embarked on an archaeological expedition in the USA, using a depth sensor to discover and preserve the manifestations of present-day living alone. The final exhibit, called WATERTIGHT, is an incomplete archive of this recent development in human ecology. Peek into these 3D printed miniatures to explore a transient reality captured in a plastic fossil, the size of your palm. The captured depth sensor data was converted into physical replicas. A computational process, called “watertight”, uses the internal structure of the apartment to extrapolate an external shape that is suitable for 3D printing. This results in seemingly organic artifacts that represent a subjective reality as seen through the eyes of an algorithm. WATERTIGHT will be on display from Thursday 16 to Sunday 26 November at the Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond (Nes 45). Website: . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 November, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of the new DYMO LabelWriter Wireless, which comes with built-in Wi-Fi to enable cable-free label printing. While the printer is suitable for typical general applications in the office, asset tracking, inventory, mailing and shipping and retail, especially with its ability to print barcodes, it is also ideal for use in industrial applications, including labelling shelves, warehousing, chemical storage, floor markers and equipment inventory. The LabelWriter Wireless is capable of printing on a wide selection of label tapes used by the existing DYMO LabelWriter printer series. Importantly for industrial applications, the printer can use the existing long-lasting DYMO LW Durable labels, which use an industrial-strength adhesive that is able to stick securely to challenging surfaces such as metal tread plate, textured PVC, wood and glass. The labels also have a rugged protective coating that prevents peeling and abrasion caused by moisture and solvents, as well as industrial oils and cleaners. In addition to tolerating UV light, the moisture-resistant design can handle damp conditions and up to 85% humidity, as well as withstanding a range of temperatures from as low as –18°C and up to +50°C. The LabelWriter Wireless is available in black or white, and can print labels directly from Apple Macs, PCs, smartphones and tablets via its built-in Wi-Fi and can easily be added to a network for sharing. The Dymo LabelWriter Wireless printer is now available from RS. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
When it comes to Solar Systems the consumer always had two choices: Grid Tie only which had to shut down during load shedding and failure of the grid Hybrid incorporating (mainly) battery back up which would seamlessly provide power to the home in the event of a grid failure. Obviously the difference between the two is in the cost of installation and the running cost over the life of a system with straight grid tie winning the cost race hands down. Almost all residential solar power grid tie inverters are designed to shut down for safety and technical reasons in case of the grid powering down. Now when one reads about Solar 2.0 one experiences an 'Aha' moment - surely the solution cannot be that simple? Essentially Solar 2.0 is being touted as an 'in-between' solution between hybrid and grid tie as Solar 2.0 will function even when the grid goes down - but still only in sunlight hours with the option of adding battery power. The ideal Solar 2.0 system will offer a seamless transition between grid tied and off-grid whilst also offering a battery system as a 'plug and play' option. Another win for solar system owners will be the ability of any Solar 2.0 Inverter to be able to be swopped out for 'old technology'. When it comes to Solar Energy production the progression has been rapid. Initially inverters received DC power from a string of solar panels and the production rate was directly tied to the performance of the lowest solar panel in the string (think of the weakest link in a chain to understand the concept). The next advance was to increase the number of strings that an inverter could handle so as to minimise the possiblity of one solar panel adversely affecting the production. What affects the production of any string of solar panels are things like shadows, birds, leaves etc on the panels over the course of the day. So, a solution was needed to further increase the number of 'strings' available so that the 'weakest link' . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 November, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, enables designers to save board space, bill of materials, and development time with the latest Würth Elektronik MagI3C highly-integrated DC/DC converter modules. By integrating the switching regulator, control circuitry and inductor in the same package, the modules require minimal external components. Some models also integrate input and output capacitors and so require no additional components to power the load using factory-default settings. External resistors can be used to customise the switching frequency and start-up timing as required. Evaluation boards are also available for the modules, which help to quickly choose the right model for the desired load. The MagI3C family includes the LDHM high-current LED-driver module. Designed to operate from a 12V, 24V or 48V supply, it can generate an output voltage from 4.5V to 60V and supply 450mA for up to 16 LEDs in series, with PWM dimming. Support for parallel connection allows higher-current applications. The driver is housed in a TO-263 7EP 7-lead surface-mount package, thermally enhanced with a single exposed pad, and is compatible with both ceramic and low-ESR capacitors. Also in the MagI3C family is the VDRM series of variable-output step-down modules in surface-mount TO-263 7EP or BQFN leadless packages. The modules offer high efficiency and a wide input-voltage range for operation from common rail voltages such as 9V, 12V, 28V or 48V. Output voltage ranges are 0.8V-6V, 2.5V-15V, and 5V-24V, for powering logic, IC core, and analogue circuitry, with maximum current ranging from 1A to 5A. In addition, FDSM fixed-output variants are packaged as 3-pin or 7-pin SIP modules, and capable of sourcing 200mA, 500mA or 1A at 3.3V or 5V. Designed for high efficiency, with pulse skipping at light loads, they can operate heatsink-free in many circuits. . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 November, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of several new video inspection cameras and kits from Laserliner. RS has exclusive distribution availability of these complete kits, which deliver visual inspection and diagnostic capability to maintenance engineers and technicians working in potentially dangerous environments or in areas that are difficult to reach. The first of the cameras are the VideoFlex G3 Micro and VideoFlex G3 XXL, which offer recordable video inspection with respective 1.5m and 5m reinforced feed cables and the 6mm head Flexcamera. These cameras are fully waterproof to IP68 and come with Li-ion batteries, SD cards and hard cases for protection. In addition, the VideoFlex G3 XXL Plus Set comes with both the 1.5m and 5m cables and a 9mm head camera. Designed for deployment in drains, the PipeControl LevelFlex Camera offers a 30m-cable camera on a reeled metal-framed unit with a 31mm self-levelling stainless-steel camera head. The camera also forms part of the PipeControl LevelFlex Set, which includes the VideoControl Master – a modular and versatile master control unit that offers a high-resolution 5-inch LCD and has been designed for fault-finding applications. The third kit is the BoreScope Camera, which is a straight fixed stainless steel rod 30cm long with a 4mm micro IP67-rated camera head. The fourth kit is the Flexi Camera which offers a 2m-long flexible camera snake with a 4mm stainless steel IP67-rated camera head. Both these devices are also available as part of the BoreScope Camera Set and Flexi Camera set, which also includes the VideoControl Master control display unit. Other Laserliner devices stocked by RS include the 20m-reeled-cable Mobile Camera Unit with a 25mm stainless steel camera head. Also available in the new Laserliner range is the Center Scanner Plus, which is a . . .
The first ever celebration of township technology and innovation wrapped up in Soweto at the end of last month amid high praise for the landmark ICT, eSports and gaming event. “The e-Kasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo hit the mark in a big way. It exceeded the expectations of the entrepreneurs, industry heavyweights, young people and gaming enthusiasts who all loved the fact that Soweto hosted this inaugural event,” said Mpho Tladi, i-Village Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the expo Organising Committee. The i-Village Foundation and its business, ICT, education and consulting partners staged South Africa’s biggest ever gathering of policy makers, industry players, entrepreneurs and experts in township technology innovation. Ms Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, Deputy Minister: Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services, delivered the event’s keynote address and stated her Department’s intention to continue supporting the event so that it can continue to be held annually. Another important development to come out of the event held at Soweto’s Uncle Tom’s Hall is the Nexus e-Kasi Gaming Partnership. This is a grassroots programme that will improve e-Sports access to rural and township schools so they can participate in the growing e-Sports movement. “The Tech fest & Gaming Expo wouldn't have been possible without the supports of our partners, exhibitors, participants and the wider community of Soweto. All our expectations were exceeded, and we’re pleased to say this is also true of our stakeholder’s expectations. It was a roaring success and we’ll be back next year to continue to help place Soweto and townships in general at the forefront of South Africa’s ICT development,” Mr Tladi concluded. Companies partnering with the e-Kasi Tech Festival & Gaming Expo include Ekasi Gaming, Sadico, Eagle iLab, Nexus and eKASI LEGACY Projects. Exhibitors included Shanduka Umbrellas, ZA Domain Name Authority, Nemisa, Gauteng Department of . . .