Tanzanian hospital adopts voice recognition technology

Tanzanian hospital adopts voice recognition technology

Tanzanian hospital adopts voice recognition technology.

The Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar es Salaam has become the first public hospital in Tanzania to use voice recognition technology. The new technology will help doctors to encode patients’ information as well as help decrease report turnaround time and increase patient satisfaction with quality reporting as well as maximising patient care.

MNH Executive Director, Prof Lawrence Museru said the new technology will reduce processing of patients’ information. “We can’t say, with certainty the time it would take, but it will definitely take a shorter time now to process the images,” said Prof Museru when …read more

Retailers need an integrated technology platform to streamline processes

Retailers need an integrated technology platform to streamline processes

Leon Coetzer, COO of redPanda Software.

Online shopping has never been easier or more intuitive. You’re at work or laying in bed, and with a simple click of the mouse you can book a dream vacation or the latest curved smart television, or your weekly groceries can be delivered to your doorstep. And even better, most often the online shopping experience just ‘gets your preferences right’.

Leon Coetzer, COO of redPanda Software, says: “Today, consumers have the upper hand when it comes to the experience they demand in-store. Brick and mortar stores are starting to respond to changing consumer behaviour by tying …read more

South African bank sharpens fight against debit order fraud

South African bank intensifies fight against debit order fraud

South African bank sharpens fight against debit order fraud

In a bid to continue combating the scourge of rouge debit orders impacting the industry and some of its customers, FNB has waived the fee for stopping unauthorised debit orders through its electronic banking channels and is also actively clamping down on business customers who are facilitating unauthorised collections.

Ryan Prozesky, FNB Consumer Core Banking CEO, said the issue of unauthorised debit orders is of great concern to us as a bank, given our promise of helpfulness and to always keep our customers’ money safe. Therefore, we are not prepared to sit back …read more

What the budget speech means for ICT in South Africa

What the budget speech means for ICT in South Africa

South African Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba.

On Wednesday 21st February 2018, the South African Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, gave the annual budget speech. In his speech, the Minister highlighted a number of tax proposals which will look to make up the shortfall of the budget. The Minister also highlighted the importance of fintech and digital banks, while the Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) document, which is released to coincide with budget revealed a number of ICT focuses of the government.

The first headline-making announcement in the speech was the revelation that South Africa will see its first VAT rate increase …read more

EOH and LSD Information Technology partner to lead open source in Africa

EOH and LSD Information Technology partner to lead open source in Africa

Rob Godlonton Director at EOH. EOH

EOH has announced the acquisition of LSD Information Technology (LSD), a company specialising in Linux and enterprise open source technology. The partnership addresses an identified gap in the market by bringing the value and innovation that open source solutions provide, in enabling EOH customers’ digital transformation journey.

By identifying global trends and local needs, EOH is able to proactively source and secure capabilities that will assist with the adoption of the digital revolution. LSD’s offerings across Linux, automation, devops and containers is a great technology fit for EOH to lead open source in the market.

Rob Godlonton, …read more

SD-WAN will showcase more than just cost-savings in 2018

SD-WAN will showcase more than just cost-savings in 2018

Anton Jacobsz, MD at Networks Unlimited.

Software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) have been generally known for a value proposition that revolves around cost savings on bandwidth. When businesses look to cut the high costs of running a wide area network, SD-WANs can help to save on money by replacing high-cost MPLS networks with lower cost broadband internet connections.

“However, there is more to SD-WAN than only cost-savings – this technology also offers speed, agility and ease of control,” says Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited, the distributor for total SD-WAN solution provider, Silver Peak, for the Sub-Saharan African market. “We believe …read more

Taxi app for local minibus taxi industry launches in South Africa

Taxi app for local minibus taxi industry launches in South Africa

Taxi app for local minibus taxi industry launches in South Africa.

AftaRobot, a transport management technology platform aimed at every touch point in the South African minibus taxi industry, officially launched on, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 in Johannesburg.

Designed to run on a mobile device, the app allows commuters using vehicles from the Johannesburg Southern Suburbs Taxi Association (J.S.S.T.A) to, according to the company, travel safely, on time, and most importantly, with no queue. The platform aims to improve operational efficiency for taxi drivers and associations by providing newfound insight into routing, rideshare capacities, and more of their workforce. With a touch …read more

EMEA endured over 51% of 2017 attacks

EMEA endured over 51% of 2017 attacks

Martin Walshaw, Senior Engineer at F5.

F5 Labs has released new figures highlighting how distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks continue to grow and evolve in EMEA.

According to customer data from F5’s Poland-based Security Operations Center (SOC), 2017 saw a 64% rise in mitigated incidents. EMEA is also firmly in the firing line, accounting for over 51% of reported global DDoS attacks.

Reflecting the spike in activity, F5 reported a 100% growth for EMEA customers deploying Web Application Firewall (WAF) technology in the past year. Meanwhile, anti-fraud solutions adoption increased by 76% and DDoS by 58%.

A key discovery was the relative drop …read more

Mobile consumers warned to only transact with WASPA members

Mobile consumers warned to only transact with WASPA members

Mobile consumers warned to only transact with WASPA members.

On 20 February 2018, South Africa’s Wireless Application Service Providers Association (WASPA) warned mobile consumers about engaging in mobile-based communications with companies that are not members of the organisation. According to the association, this could result in unforeseen consequences for cellular consumers range from annoyance, at the very least, to financial loss.

According to WASPA, using contract or prepaid mobile devices to transact with a mobile content or applications provider that is not one of its over 400 local and overseas-based members is tantamount to engaging in unprotected mobile communications. This is because …read more

Non-profits need to become tech smart

Non-profits need to become tech smart

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From savvy millennials to retirees who have time and a wealth of knowledge under their belt, the way we give is increasingly becoming digital. Data released by www.forgood.co.za, a digital platform that connects people and corporates to reputable causes, shows that 26%, or one in four requests and volunteer interventions, are tech related. More than 13 000 social impact connections have been facilitated by the platform to date.

“Technology has opened up new revenue and engagement opportunities for pretty much everyone,” says CEO …read more