Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 March, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of more than 150 new lines of flush-mount pushbuttons from the Harmony XB5F range from Schneider Electric. Designed for control panels and targeting panel builders, machine builders and maintenance engineers, the new plastic range features a modernised design with no compromise on performance. Aimed at a wide selection of industrial applications including use in the chemical industry, food and beverage production, packaging industry, automotive industry and building automation, Schneider Electric has focused on the robustness of the new XB5F range. The range has particularly been designed to meet the performance requirements of machines and electrical control panels in harsh environments and is compliant to IEC and UL international standards. Featuring IP ratings of IP66, IP67, IP69 and IP69K, and extended temperature ranges from –40 to +70°C, the range has also seen improved mechanical endurance and shock resistance characteristics. As well as offering increased performance across the Harmony range, the latest devices also include an evolution in aesthetics with a redesign that offers a more modern look and feel. The XB5F range is available in a plastic body version and comes in a vibrant colour palette, including new blue and green caps for non-illuminated functions, to deliver a highly contemporary appearance to machine control interfaces. The products are robust and offer a pleasant touch for operators, and enhancing the perceived quality of machines and panels without significantly increasing costs. In addition to the XB5F range, Schneider Electric has also introduced a new series of illuminated buzzers, which target deployment in operator alarm systems and have been designed for mounting on a control panel in a standard 22mm panel cut out. The new IP69-rated XB5K range . . .
With easiPoint from RubiBlue, customers can pay for services from anywhere in Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 22 March 2018: easiPoint, an inventive solution to a uniquely African problem, allows businesses to collect, record and receive customer payments from any location on the continent. Using the easiPoint device developed by RubiBlue, a leading intelligent business solutions organisation, companies can capture data and transact with clients even if they are based in difficult to reach and remote areas. “With easiPoint, you can build your brand with your clients anywhere in Africa,” says Chris Ogden, Managing Director, RubiBlue. “Thanks to its ubiquity, intelligent design and remote connectivity capabilities, it allows for organisations to gain traction in new market sectors, source payments from clients in remote areas and even create new outlets in spaces that were previously considered too far or out of range.” The easPoint device is designed for the demanding African climate – it consumes minimal data, has a full two-day battery life, includes solar and car chargers to ensure easy access to recharging facilities, can print anywhere in the world with a built-in thermal printer, and comes at a superb price point. With easiPoint, the business can manage and reconcile all payment methods while enjoying the flexibility of mobility, capture and collect information in real time, and launch the solution seamlessly across the business in days. “We created easiPoint to provide for organisations that needed greater reach into the South African market and richer access to its client base,” says Ogden. “We realised that one of the biggest challenges facing many organisations was the inability to handle financial transactions or manage payments when a significant portion of their clients were located in rural or out of reach locations. Using easiPoint, any business of any size can now transact, capture data, and sell products and services to customers across . . .
Maureva a leading software and service solutions provider for the airline industry, has chosen Hi-Fly Marketing, the growing South African company specialising in technical services in the African aviation industry, as its commercial representative for its ALEXIS – Flight Scheduling & Crew Management solution for the Subsaharian African Region. Maureva's ALEXIS Flight Scheduling & Crew Management enables airlines to address the challenges of flight and crew scheduling as well as daily operations management while improving user efficiency and optimizing both aircraft and crew utilization through high level automation. This generates a substantial revenue improvement for airlines. ALEXIS Flight Scheduling & Crew Management has already been adopted by Air Austral, Air Vanuatu and most recently Air Zimbabwe. Operating in Africa since 2008, Hi-Fly Marketing is a South African based aviation services and consulting firm, with a vast knowledge on airlines operational software solutions. I have known and followed Hi-Fly Marketing development for many years and have witnessed their expertise and knowledge of the African market. Hi-Fly Marketing was a natural choice when we started looking for a reliable partner to support our development for our new ALEXIS Solution in the region. We are pleased to start this collaboration with their expert team – Romain Angella, Head of Business Development – Maureva. Both companies share a commitment to innovation and a combined vision for the future of the airline industry. This partnership aims to bring greater value to African airlines by delivering enhanced capabilities and operational efficiencies through a flexible and cost-efficient Flight Scheduling & Crew Management solution. Maureva has proven that they are committed and able to be the partner we're looking for. Maureva’s expertise in developing airline software solution along with our aviation knowledge ensures that our offerings are always up to . . .
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 March 2018 In the era of communication and collaboration, noise reaches everywhere, including your bottom line. In today’s open offices, noise is the biggest distraction to getting work done. Modern work spaces promote collaboration but in increasingly crowded spaces, the sounds created by hard surfaces and fewer walls can make it hard to focus. Plantronics brings immersive headsets along with an intelligent multi-sensory experience that uses natural sounds and complementary visuals to dynamically adapt to distracting speech and ever-changing noise to keep an office in tune. Hero Solutions: Voyager 6200 UC, Voyager Focus UC, Blackwire 5200, Savi 700 For on-the-go workers, which we’re seeing more and more of, even in South Africa, noise in mobile environments makes it difficult for them, and their teammates back in the office, to hear, be heard and connect to what matters most. For this type of work style, Plantronics has products that easily connect to multiple devices and cancel out noise on both sides of the conversation. Hero Solutions: Voyager 8200 UC, Voyager 5200 UC, Voyager 6200 UC In contact centers, noise is a huge problem. With so many conversations happening at once, focus can sometimes falter, employee comfort can drop, and the security of sensitive customer information could potentially be compromised. Plantronics has purpose-built headsets designed for the Contact Center, but with hundreds – even thousands of headsets to manage, dealing with individual needs can be labor-intensive. Through SaaS, Plantronics delivers insights, simplifies headset adoption and lets IT respond to needs without interruption to the CX, all from one place. Hero Solutions: Encore Pro 500/700, Manager Pro Wherever work happens, noise stands in the way. With Plantronics’ portfolio of collaboration solutions, it doesn’t have to. For more information or sales questions, contact one of our authorized local South African . . .
Exinda Application Assurance and Visibility joins the Ozone stable to help organisations create agile, intelligent and manageable networks Johannesburg, South Africa, 01 February 2018: Ozone Information Technology Solutions has included Exinda Application Assurance and Visibility as one of its leading network optimisation solutions. Designed to help network managers and administrators overcome complex network challenges, Exinda reduces network costs and resolves issues three times faster. “Exinda takes an integrated approach by combining interactive analytics and an intelligent recommendation engine with powerful tools such as action shaping, bandwidth monitoring and WAN optimisation,” explains Henk Olivier, Managing Director, Ozone Information Technology Solutions. “The solution comes in one suite of services that are easy to use and implement. These tools are designed to support the enterprise network as it adapts its infrastructure to the demands of digital transformation and to lower WAN costs by up to 40%.” The solution includes interactive analytics dashboards that provide insight across all users, applications, devices and locations, and purpose-built reports that provide a snapshot of activity and issues. The recommendation engine is designed to predict problems before they occur by following patterns and changes in the network, and this is further supported by traffic shaping, real-time monitoring and accurate resource allocation. Exinda also has built-in WAN acceleration technology to ensure critical applications run smoothly and swiftly. Oliver adds: “Most businesses have applications running in the cloud or on a WAN network, especially if it is based across different geographic locations. For the IT network engineer and professional, the challenge lies in improving the performance of these applications or improving the actual performance of the WAN and this is close to impossible without the right tools or systems.” Exinda Application . . .
Cloud is coming into its own. Forrester says that public cloud platforms, business services, and applications will reach $236B by 2020. With cloud spending predicted to be six times that of IT spending over the same period, a cloud strategy is how companies will innovate faster and more cost effectively. Benjamin Coetzer, Director, Routed a neutral cloud infrastructure provider, says that while cloud providers take responsibility for securing the cloud, only the organisation can secure how they use the cloud: “Proper implementation of user behaviour analytics is essential to enable the organisation to protect itself from one of the greatest security threats - the users themselves. This approach will allow for introspection and, in an ideal situation, proactive response to potentially malicious actions as they occur.” Coetzer says that the majority of today’s larger organisations seem to focus more on enterprise hosted applications and perimeter security to safe guard business applications and data: “A firewall and a VPN concentrator is placed between users and IT resources and no second thought is spared to security and audit management of business data. Perimeter security alone is not nearly enough. If a user account is exploited and an attacker gains access to your ‘secure network’, they have carte blanche on any business data and applications that lives inside that network.” He says that business IT resources should be treated with the same stringent access control and user authentication regardless of which side of the firewall the user happens to find himself: “Business should look to the principals inferred by technologies such as Google BeyondCorp and Cloudflare Access to change the mindset around security implementations.” Believing that policies and processes should be put in place to ensure cloud security, Coetzer says that secure, reliable user identity verification processes such as 2 factor authentication must be in place along with access . . .
Johannesburg, 12 March 2018 – Ricoh South Africa is announcing another step in its journey to be the most innovative inkjet printing company in the world. Knowing that production printing businesses are continuing to ask more from digital print vendors, especially for inkjet solutions, Ricoh today announces the development of a new ink technology. This new ink will soon be brought to market as an additional option to current and future clients on the Ricoh Pro™ VC60000 continuous feed inkjet printing platform. Ricoh announces new ink technology for its Ricoh Pro VC60000 continuous feed inkjet printing platform. The direction Ricoh is taking with the new ink technology contributes to improving the wide-ranging capabilities of what is already an industry-leading production inkjet portfolio. Clients will benefit immediately and in the future because of Ricoh’s decades of experience in tuning print head technology, waveforms and ink chemistry. By using these new inks, clients will immediately see key advantages: • The inks are designed to print directly to traditional offset coated substrates, without primers. As a result, the production system is more flexible and economical, while at the same time being less complicated. • By enabling the latest in pigment ink innovations, clients can continue to expect excellent durability, water fastness, and print head reliability, similar to Ricoh’s current inks. An improved colour gamut will increase the different types of applications that can be supported due to more vivid colours and a richer black. • The printing speed on coated substrates will increase to support higher production volumes (including offset to digital page migration), decreasing time to market for applications and promotions. “Our clients have been very successful levering Ricoh’s production inkjet solutions in their businesses. They have also continued to partner with us in developing new technology that will enhance the solutions they have . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 March, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced an ultra-compact oscilloscope that has a footprint approximately the size of a passport with a thickness of just 19 mm. The new RS Pro 2205A-20 is the smallest oscilloscope in the RS Pro range. Connected and powered via USB it offers a bandwidth of 20 MHz and features an arbitrary waveform generator. These features make it the perfect scope for engineers on the move: small enough to fit into a laptop bag while offering all the features and performance of a traditional bench-top oscilloscope. The specifications include a maximum sampling rate of 200 MS/s, software-enhanced resolution up to 12 bits, and high-speed USB streaming up to 1 MS/s for waveform captures of up to 100 million samples in length. Input range is selectable from ±50 mV to ±20 V. The excellent signal integrity, with less than 150 microvolts RMS noise and ¬–50 dB harmonic distortion, makes it suitable for a wide range of analogue and digital applications. The built-in signal source can act as a standard signal generator (sine, square, triangle and others) with programmable sweep or as a 12-bit 1.5 MS/s full-function arbitrary waveform generator. Despite its small size, the two-channel scope includes a comprehensive list of features as standard including an FFT spectrum analyser, 16K samples of segmented capture memory, math channels, automatic time-domain and frequency-domain measurements, colour persistence and XY display modes, and mask limit testing. Advanced digital triggering produces highly stable waveforms with accurate single-LSB threshold resolution. The serial decoding function (CAN bus, LIN bus, SPI, I2C, I2S, UART and more) presents results in tabular and colour-coded graphical formats, with powerful filtering, search and export options. The free software for Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10 runs on a PC and can be . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 March, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now stocking a range of polarised aluminium electrolytic capacitors from Vishay Intertechnology featuring increased vibration capabilities over standard devices. Delivering the high stability and reliability vital for automotive and industrial applications, the Vishay BCcomponents surface-mount (SMD) 260 CLA-V, 246 CTI-V, and 250 CRZ-V and radial 246 RTI-V and 250 RMI-V combine their high-vibration performance with low impedance, high ripple current, and long useful life. The five series of surface mount and radial devices offer vibration resistance up to 30 g and 50 g, respectively. The AEC-Q200-qualified capacitors feature low impedance down to 18 m? at 100 kHz for better filtering, high ripple current to 3,500 mA, and long useful life to 10,000 h. The devices feature capacitance from 150 µF to 10,000 µF over voltages from 6.3 V to 100 V. Surface-mount 260 CLA-V, 246 CTI-V, and 250 CRZ-V capacitors are offered in 6-pin versions and increase processing flexibility by meeting the rigorous JEDEC J-STD-020 soldering guidelines for severe reflow conditions. 246 RTI-V and 250 RMI-V devices with radial leads feature a cylindrical aluminium case with pressure relief — insulated with a blue PET sleeve. All capacitors are charge- and discharge-proof, so there is no peak current limitation. Fully RoHS certified, the capacitors contain non-solid, self-healing electrolytes, and are ideal for smoothing, filtering, and buffering in SMPS and DC/DC power supplies. The Vishay aluminium capacitors are now available from RS. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As support gathers for Africa’s first Artificial Intelligence Expo, top names in the AI field have signed up for the event that will allow C-Suite Executives from across all industries to understand, embrace and implement AI in their businesses. AI ExpoAfrica will take place on 9 – 11 September 2018 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. It is focused on real-world applications and trends driving the Artificial Intelligence economy in Africa and seeking to build an AI Business-focused community across the continent. AI ExpoAfrica 2018 is aimed at the C-Suite and Enterprise decision-makers who are grappling to understand how AI applications can add value or impact their business today. With emerging technology breakthroughs in AI now going mainstream, understanding the business opportunity from both a supplier and client perspective has never been more paramount. In attendance at the event will be 400 delegates, 27 speakers with 5 keynote addresses, as well as more than 28 AI exhibitors. There will also be Innovation Café housing more than 20 AI startups. Companies and organisations at the forefront of research, investment and implementation in Artificial Intelligence across Africa such as SAP Africa, TransUnion Africa, Data Prophet, LARC AI, Siatik, MIIA (Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa), Clevva, Knife Capital, Startupbootcamp Africa, Cortex Logic, Sw7, Silicon Cape, Mint and Amani Business to name a few have already signed up or endorsed the event: Lee Naik, CEO TransUnion Africa & Digital Transformation Expert stated: “Technology will always be one of the biggest disruptors in our industries. As a business leader myself, I have seen first-hand how the power of disruption can either cause chaos for a business or provide it with an opportunity to innovate and differentiate itself in new and exciting ways. This is why platforms like AI ExpoAfrica are so valuable: it brings CxOs, investors and innovators together to . . .