Huawei, PRASA announce South Africa’s First GSM-R Rail Network Operation

Huawei, PRASA announce South Africa's First GSM-R Rail Network Operation

Members of the PRASA and Huawei-Altec consortium at the announcement.

Today at the Africa Rail 2017 conference, the longest-running rail event in Africa held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Huawei and Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (PRASA) jointly announced the first rail operational Global System for Mobile Communications-Railway (GSM-R) network.

The GSM-R system is a digital train to ground communication system following the international wireless GSM standard and EIRENE specifications for railway communication and applications. The GSM-R system put into operation is a sub-system of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and is used for operational voice and mission critical …read more

Top 20 Tech Stories of 2015

Top tech news 2015

Top tech news 2015.

2015 has been a great year for the technology sector within Africa, as well as across the globe. This year alone we IT News Africa had listed the Top 10 Richest countries in Africa as well as revealed some of the top most innovative companies in Africa.

IT News Africa also revealed Africa’s leading women in tech for 2015. The list included included the likes of Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei who are the co-founders of She Leads Africa. Additionally, the list paid tribute to Annette Muller who is the founder of DotNxt and Stella Rotich …read more

IT advances open new scope for condition monitoring

Access to offshore wind turbines can be problematic for technicians

Credit: Dong Energy

Information technology and operating technology have traditionally run disparate systems, but increasingly they are converging, providing the opportunity for power plants to collect information from within, writes Penny Hitchin

Technological advances, political imperatives and economic drivers all play their role in the evolution of energy generation portfolios.

Continuous developments in technology and communications make a significant contribution to this. Rapid advances in connectivity are enabling self-powered, intelligent wireless sensors to provide valuable information about the condition of components operating remotely.

Condition monitoring (CM) is an important addition to …read more