COST-EFFECTIVE, MEDIUM-SIZED UAV SURVEILLANCE SOLUTIONS

Market need Unmanned aircraft are becoming a feature of daily life, with applications ranging from recreation, professional photography/videography, sports and movies to environmental monitoring and military surveillance. Usually referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, these systems range from less than 1kg to more than 1 000 kg, offer flight endurance that varies…

COST-EFFECTIVE, EFFICACIOUS PROTECTION OF LINEAR ASSETS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Market need Securing linear assets (pipelines, cabling, etc.) and critical infrastructure (military base perimeters, borders, etc.) using conventional technologies can be difficult, prone to false alarms and generally provide alerts after the fact. Because such assets often cover great distances, languish deep underground or traverse areas with no lighting or communications, they’re frequently inaccessible –…

MOZAMBIQUE’S FLOATING GAS FACILITY – PROSPERITY WITHOUT THE PAIN

Mozambique’s story is a well-worn one on the African continent – it is a country with enormous natural riches, made inaccessible by poverty and civil war. So celebrations were muted when large natural gas reserves were found off the country’s coast: Bringing the fuel to market was impossible without first sinking significant time and money…

WHY SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES AND COUNTRIES INVEST IN R&D – AND IN WHAT AREAS

In a previous issue of Tellumat Engenuity we pointed out that innovation needn’t always be about new products. For example, new use cases are sometimes discovered for old technologies. But that doesn’t mean we should settle for ‘upcycling’ as our national brand of innovation! To get out of our economic rut and forge ahead in…

Young SA Greenpreneur cleans up in global cleantech award

In June 2017, Yolandi Schoeman – a final-year MPhil student in Integrated Water Management studies – joined the steadily growing list of internationally-acclaimed South African science and technology innovators. Earlier, Yolandi – also the CEO of ecological engineering firm Baoberry – swept the floor with rivals at the 2016 South African Global Cleantech Innovation Programme….

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…

SA INNOVATIONS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT – THE TELLUROMETER

Vintage South African invention, the Tellurometer, has a long and glorious international history. Market need Before electronic distance measuring (EDM) devices like the Tellurometer and its 1947 predecessor, the Geodimeter, surveyors had for centuries used bars, rods, chains and steel tapes for measuring distances. Compasses and angle measuring devices were used for determining directions and…