Electricity + Control

Schneider Electric South Africa, the global specialists in energy management and automation, celebrated its fifth annual Global Environment Event at the Pastoral Centre Pre-School and Crèche, in Kliptown, Soweto.

As proclaimed by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

It is against this background that Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and its Young Professionals Forum (YPF) are hosting their Job Shadow Initiative. In addition, CESA’s YPF is also hosting its Annual Imbizo as well as a series of ‘School Talks’ aimed at promoting Engineering as a career of choice within schools.

In 2017, the UK Government proposed the implementation of the Security of Networking and Information Systems (NIS) Directive, with the aim of improving the security of essential services such as water and energy. Should providers fail to protect their systems, a £17 million penalty could be enforced. Nick Boughton, sales manager at leading industrial systems integrator Boulting Technology, discusses why it is important for utility providers to protect themselves from cyberattacks.

With numerous challenges, both existing and emerging, exacerbated by growing populations and dwindling resources, it is essential for municipalities to more effectively control and manage numerous resources, including water and electricity, traffic flow, parking, refuse removal and sewerage. Connected devices and the opportunities they offer to analyse data ― a concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT) ― are essential to more effective and efficient management.

Under a pilot programme, Winch Energy and iWayAfrica will deploy a remote solar kiosk, The Winch Hub (WH®), with integrated VSAT equipment to provide high-quality and affordable broadband connectivity. This will be made available to five communities in Bunjako Island, a fishing village on the shores of Lake Victoria, Uganda, which has a population of 20,000 people.

Turck and Banner Engineering established a new joint venture in South Africa, by purchasing RET Automation Controls, their long-standing sales partner. The name of the new sales company will be changed from RET Automation Controls to Turck Banner South Africa, and it will be managed by Brandon Topham and Garth Cubitt, previous RET shareholders. The 14 existing RET employees will also remain in the new organisation to keep providing support and expertise to sales partners and customers.

 
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