Johannesburg, South Africa, 8 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has extended its portfolio of radio-frequency/microwave equipment with a new range of semi-rigid RF/microwave cables and assemblies from Huber & Suhner that offer ultra-high speed of more than 26GHz. Key products in the range are the high-quality flexible SucoFlex 126E coaxial cable assemblies, which are designed to provide enhanced optimal performance at up to 26.5GHz (depending on connector interface choice) with excellent return loss. The cables are ideal for applications that require electrical stability and low loss, such as in test and measurement and defence systems. They also feature a blue polyurethane (PUR) outer jacket, which offers excellent chemical and abrasion resistant properties and advanced protection in the most hostile environments including those with wide temperature ranges from –40 to +85°C. The high-grade assemblies are available in various lengths and connector types, including 500 and 1000mm lengths. The range now also includes the Minibend 50? SMA plug-to-plug cable assemblies. These are designed for applications requiring low-profile connections between RF modules within communication systems. Available in 3-, 6- and 12-inch versions, the triple shielded cables have a robust high-temperature FEP outer jacket, stainless steel outer braid and an aluminium/polyimide barrier tape. Also available are the TLP-P 11716 high-flex test leads, which are 50? TL-P passive intermodulation (PIM) test assemblies. They are constructed from chemical-, oil- and abrasion-resistant TPU armoured cable for protection in hostile environments, and also include moulded protection between connector and cable supporting IP67 ingress protection, when mated correctly. The optimised 4GHz test leads are available in many various lengths and connector configurations. Alternative test leads include the . . .
New range exploits the benefits of existing products and adds even more value Johannesburg, South Africa, 7 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has launched a brand new SecureFit protective eyewear series from industry leader 3M. Combining the best features from the existing 200 and 400 series with additional functional and ergonomic benefits, the new SecureFit 600 series is designed for maximum comfort, fit and clarity. The stylish new models exhibit 3M’s SecureFit Pressure Diffusion Temple (PDT) technology, so the eyewear stays on securely all day without discomfort. Designed using a cross section of facial types and structures, the PDT technology regulates the amount of force on individual head sizes to ensure the optimum pressure for a secure and comfortable fit for a very broad range of different users. This means that the one size will comfortably fit a wider range of head sizes, giving workers better compliance. The flat and flexible design has also been designed for combining with 3M protective earmuffs (with minimal loss of attenuation) and disposable and reusable respirators. The 11-model range includes a host of options, including: various polycarbonate lens colours (clear, grey and amber); anti-scratch coatings that are five times more scratch resistant than standard 3M hard coats, for better visibility and extended life; and 3M Scotchgard anti-fog coatings. Other options include: Welding (IR) lenses, comprising three lens types for welding, gas welding, and torch work and cutting; polarized lenses, to protect against UV (lenses absorb 99.9% of UVA and UVB rays and meet the requirements of EN 166:2001), horizontal reflective glare and sunlight; and an innovative replaceable foam gasket, to prevent the ingress of foreign objects. Where marked, the SecureFit 600 range meets and exceeds the requirements of the K (test for abrasion by fine particles) and N . . .
It's often said that 90% of success is just showing up. In 2017, it might equally be said that success is a function of one's ability to collaborate. That's the word from Andre Vermeulen, a codeX mentor who says the rise of today's hyperconnected society means collaboration is a hot skill often raised in hiring discussions between the Cape Town-based coding academy and corporate South Africa. "Collaboration is what distinguishes great developers from good developers, and a key skill in every workplace," says Andre. He was speaking at a recent codeX visit to the South African headquarters of international FinTech group, IPREO. Ten prospective young coders got to grips with the thinking, problem-solving and collaborative skills required to become successful developers. codeX trains software developers in a way that enables them to quickly transition into a rewarding career while contributing at a high level almost immediately. Commerce and industry has long raised concerns about school leavers and graduates being poorly equipped for the working world. When it comes to the kind of software development that grows modern economies, codeX believes it is producing well-rounded, employable talent. IPREO is a relatively new partner of the coding academy who has committed to hosting codeX students each month at its vibrant office environment in the Cape Town suburb of Claremont. Their technical staff quickly proved to be effective mentors and scrum masters who inject a dose of working world reality into the codeX experience. According to Teri-Lee Pietersen, IPREO Scrum Master, the company's objective was to take young people and put them in a real working environment. "We wanted to encourage young people to come work in our space and learn how we can all help to grow South Africa's economy while achieving our own personal growth objectives, and those of our future employers." The final word belongs to codeX student, Siphamandla Mpalala: "Collaboration is . . .
Targeting industrial automation applications, new LOGO! 8 series replaces legacy LOGO! 6 devices Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is working in close collaboration with Siemens to help customers upgrade to the latest generation LOGO! series of intelligent logic modules for industrial automation applications. Following the announcement towards the end of last year that the LOGO! 6 logic controllers are being phased out, Siemens is recommending its LOGO! 8 range as the ideal replacement. In addition to offering a full selection of LOGO! 8 logic controllers, RS is actively helping customers to migrate to the new series. RS has already put in place a global marketing programme to inform customers about the upgrade and the choices available for future designs when the LOGO! 6 range is no longer available for purchase. The distributor is also producing a dedicated migration guide in multiple languages, highlighting key benefits of the LOGO! 8 series with links to additional content, including supplier videos and technical articles published on the RS DesignSpark community website. The LOGO! 8 series is the latest generation of intelligent logic modules from Siemens, which upgrades the capabilities of its LOGO! 6 series. Improvements include a new optical indicating display with greatly increased contrast and six lines with 16 characters each, and full communication functions via Ethernet across the full range of logic modules. For example, the LOGO! 8 units come with an Ethernet interface to allow communication with up to eight logic controllers in a network. In addition, the port allows communication to other devices such as the SIMATIC S7 PLC or HMI panels. The logic modules also come equipped with an integrated web server, which enables easy-to-configure monitoring and control via wireless and Internet connectivity and LOGO! software . . .
High-speed fibre optic broadband access is the most promising suburban development since electricity. "Fibre's the best thing since lightbulbs began lighting up homes," says Rad Jankovic, CEO of independent telecommunications provider, Otel. Companies like Otel are rolling-out FTTH (Fibre To The Home) in communities across South Africa so that private households can benefit from unlimited high-speed Internet services that were previously the preserve of large corporate users. The super-fast Internet access that fibre enables is increasingly-viewed as a basic amenity by households because of the many layers of additional services it enables. Here's Otel's top four reasons for communities to consider fibre: Fibre keeps communities safe by enabling the rollout of CCTV - Always-on streaming Internet means Residents Associations and security firms can work together on intelligent camera rollouts that stop criminals in realtime. Fibre keeps residents employed by enabling them to work from home - Working from home as effectively as if you were in the office is a real possibility with corporate-quality Internet access that's always up and running no matter the file size. Fibre keeps household expenses down as all-you-can-eat indoors entertainment becomes an option. Satellite TV, for example, becomes expensive obsolete technology as uncapped high-speed Internet means low-cost streaming video becomes accessible. Fibre keeps families connected, no matter where they may be in the world - One or many streaming IP cameras around the house can keep a family member on a business trip or an overprotective first time dad up-to-date with whats happening at home. "Internet access delivered via fibre optic cable is forever changing the working and leisure lives of communities for the better," says Mr Jankovic. He added that fibre has already impacted positively on South Africa's business parks. For example, most business parks are still reliant on ADSL . . .
RealSense development kit from Intel delivers superior depth sensing for applications such as augmented reality and facial recognition Johannesburg, South Africa, 1 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of the Intel RealSense SR300 development kit, which is ideal for software development, prototyping and depth-sensing evaluation in a wide range of applications such as full-hand skeletal tracking and gesture recognition, facial recognition and tracking, depth-enhanced augmented reality, and voice command and control. Based on Intel’s RealSense technology, the kit features the SR300 webcam, which integrates an audio subsystem together with the SR300 Intel RealSense front-facing camera. The advanced SR300 camera has a short-range coded-light imaging system to deliver depth information in a variety of imaging applications. The camera also offers 1080p full-HD video image quality at up to 30 frames per second (FPS), or 720p HD video image quality at up to 60 FPS. The audio subsystem integrates a dual microphone array that provides audio input to the client system to improve the voice module robustness in noisy environments. Use of Intel’s Depth Camera Manager (DCM) software for Windows also enables users to realise all the capabilities of the kit, which is available for download at: software.intel.com/en-us/intel-realsense-sdk/download. Key potential applications include dynamic background segmentation, in which user backgrounds are masked out and replaced with alternative backgrounds for video conferencing, for example. The SR300’s improved colour quality in low-light conditions also enables 3D scanning applications with an increased range for image capture at only 70cm at 50 FPS. In addition, hand-gesture recognition can be enabled using three primary tracking modes, which includes ‘cursor mode’, ‘extremities’ and ‘full-hand’ mode. The SR300 . . .
For crying out loud, do we really need more mobile apps? I’ll be the first to admit that my iPhone is infiltrated with tons of apps, all categorized into neat folders. I love apps, useful apps that is, apps that serve a purpose, apps that package an experience I won’t be able to get from anything else. But does that mean everyone and anyone should be developing apps for their products, services or brand? Since launching the mobile development offering at Mashup Marketing, I have been contacted approximately 23 times from small businesses looking to develop a mobile app. I always listen attentively to their requirements and inspect their brief with a fine toothed comb but my response is always the same, “why do you want to build this app”? The response is always very similar; “because that’s what everyone’s doing right?” Here are my top reasons for scrapping your mobile app idea: Apps are expensive. Development agencies require a detailed specification document. You will need wireframes, designs, development, beta testing and not to mention budget for marketing. A mobile app for Android and iOS can cost you anything from R300k to R5 million. Unless you’re a well known retailer with an established market, you will need some serious budget for an app. Every day over 10 000 apps enter the app store. What makes yours stand out from the rest? Some games do incredibly well on the app store but if your app is to merely sell your product catalogue of 50 items then a mobile friendly eCommerce store is the way to go. If this mobile app is the primary source of sales / brand awareness then I can immediately tell you it won’t work. Apps serve value to existing customers and doubles up as a sales channel but if you are a small business without an amazing mobile friendly website, social media strategy and email strategy, an app is not going to help you. No, everyone’s not doing it. Many small businesses feel this enormous pressure to keep up with everything and . . .
Your most important connection yet. By Yunus Scheepers, Nashua Chief Information Officer The Internet of Things (IoT) has been described as the anchor of the 21st century industrial revolution. It’s poised to connect everything around us, as well as bolster productivity and efficiency. Estimates are that IoT will reach 50 billion objects by 2020. What will a world of internet-connected devices look like? And more importantly, why is IoT critical to business? The Internet of your things IoT is the growing system of connected variables which include sensors, processors and chips, all of which interact through a network. Computers, smart phones and printers you use on a daily basis probably already have this capacity – but it’s extending to televisions, cars and even whole industries controlling data remotely. Soon every device you own – and almost every imaginable object – will be connected. Whether your phone, wearable tech or household objects. Imagine a smart office which sets the optimal workplace temperature throughout the day – that’s soon becoming a reality. No more fights about whether it’s too hot or cold. Work it to your advantage Businesses should be leading the charge in adopting and embracing IoT solutions to improve the bottom line. These solutions will lower operating costs, elevate productivity and allow expansion into new markets on the back of bigger and better product offerings. Change won’t be limited to the four walls of your kitchen. It’s in your office building too, geared towards worker and customer convenience. IoT allows for more trackable business data which opens the door to more insightful metrics for consumer behaviour. This extends to internal management – your employees, how they work, and operational details. The IoT also brings with it software and data management systems to manage and implement this information more seamlessly. At Nashua, we’re geared towards innovating and implementing IoT into all . . .
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been described as the anchor of the 21st century industrial revolution that will connect everything around us as well as increase productivity and efficiency. Predictions estimate the growth of the IoT will reach 50 billion objects by 2020. Chief Information Officer of South Africa’s leading business solutions provider, Nashua, Yunus Scheepers unpacks what a world with many internet-connected devices will look like. How IoT will change your life IoT describes a growing network of connected variables which include sensors, processors and chips that have the ability to interact with other devices on a network. The computers, smart phones and printers we use have the capacity but now we’re starting to see televisions, cars and industries being able to receive data or being controlled remotely. Soon every device you own – and nearly every object you can imagine – will be connected to the Internet. Whether it’s through your phone, wearable tech or everyday household object. Imagine a smart office which sets the optimal workplace temperature throughout the day – that’s soon becoming a reality. No more fights about whether it’s too hot or too cold. The new business Businesses should be the top adopters of IoT solutions to improve the bottom line by lowering operating costs, increasing productivity and expanding into new markets or developing new product offerings. Change is coming to the office building too and it’s geared towards worker and customer convenience. IoT allows more data for your business than you currently track. This opens the door to learn more in-depth metrics on consumers and their behaviours, your employees and how they work, and even details on how the business operates. IoT means more software and data management systems to manage and implement this information. Nashua, a solutions innovator to put businesses ahead has implemented IoT in their printing software. Pro-Act Nashua is a device that sits . . .
Just ahead of SAPICS 2017, Strato IT Group’s Miguel Jorge, Solution Architect and Integration Specialist, talks about achieving last mile visibility through digitisation, cloud computing and mobility. According to Jorge, the combination of the three technologies will improve logistics tracking and customer satisfaction, and is something that needs to be more widely understood and implemented locally. “The combination of cloud computing, mobility and digitisation enables businesses to be proactive and improve logistics processes cost effectively, while at the same time, improving customer satisfaction. It is a mind-set that needs to change, understanding that mobile computing is not only relevant to consumer-facing businesses,” says Jorge. He says that when combined, the three concepts bring immense value to a business and most importantly, to the customer: “Cloud computing is accessible anywhere anytime and is cost effective; mobile computing is not limited to consumer applications and can be used effectively to improve business and digitisation of logistics processes allows for important documentation and processes to be converted into usable data.” Jorge says there are six ways to recognise if a business should consider whether to digitise or not: Process adherence – current processes and poor discipline circumvent procedures for ensuring all documents are completed and records are comprehensive. Record keeping – incomplete historic documentation and poor access to records. Evidence – no evidence of variances or stock claims. Present procedures not adhered to and dispute procedures inadequate. Visibility – current practice provides poor visibility of the delivery process and its supporting documentation. Lack of information – current processes do not support the need to convert data into information for better decision making. Existing procedures and processes are paper driven and dictate times. Having developed StratoPOD, one of . . .