Overcoming UAV comms challenges through distributed network architecture

Market need Tactical communications are an essential part of the operational capability of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – facilitating both the remote control of vehicles (UAVs) and mission payloads, and relaying status and camera/video surveillance (or other) payload data back to operators and users of the surveillance images. Various communication options are available, depending on…

Tellumat’s all-round manufacturing offering nets global green partnership

When UK-based SolarHotty approached Tellumat in 2015 with a concept for a product that would reduce the cost of electricity used in domestic water heating, it was a vote for a world-class technology partner compliant and experienced in electronic manufacturing, to stringent international standards, and who could ensure an unbroken global supply to SolarHotty’s customers….

Nurturing scientific success

At age 17, Chené Mostert became living (and unlikely) proof that success doesn’t come overnight, when she won a prestigious international innovation award at the 2012 Intel International Science & Engineering Faire. At the time, this local resident of Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal was already a nine-year veteran of science expos! And that, we believe, is the…

Is that my flying car?

Slovakia’s sole entry into the 2017 Paris Air Show gave attendees a glimpse into a long-promised future – the commercially available flying car. According to Wikipedia, many flying car prototypes have been built “since the first years of the twenty first century”, but none has reached production status – spawning the joking phrase, “Where’s my…

Reinventing Innovation

Say “innovation” and most people think “iPhone” or “Airbnb” – a unique new product offering that totally up-ends industries and spawns new ones. But the reality is far more nuanced than that. Uniquely ingenious products But let’s say we are talking about new product design – have our innovation processes moved with the times? Traditional…

‘Low-profile’ base stations from TIS: rapid roll-out designed for gap filling to increase coverage

Market need The need for sufficient and fast mobile coverage in densely populated areas has not been fully met due to a substantial increase in the number of subscribers, the increasing use of mobile data and the weaknesses of certain aspects of incumbent wireless infrastructure solutions – ‘unsightly’ large footprint, base stations erected at great…

Future Shocks of Our Time

We’re living in an age of accelerating change. The sci fi visions of decades ago exist as today’s science fact – not in unaffordable, clunky formats, or only in military labs or theoretically – these are mainstream technological marvels, and they look and work pretty much as imagined in Marvel Comics, the Buck Rogers and…

TK1 provides effective, energy-efficient cooling for increased heat load in base stations

Market need In South Africa’s climate of temperature extremes, cooling of mobile network Base Transceiver Station (BTS) equipment shelters can present a significant challenge. Traditionally, suppliers have focused on throwing quantity at the problem, simply advising clients to procure more air-conditioning as part of an inefficient solution matrix involving ever more power consumption backed up…