Temperature control and monitoring is the one of the most significant tools in the handling of perishable goods. Maintenance of a high relative humidity, and modification of the atmospheric composition can have a strong add-on effect, but is no substitute for good temperature control. The Xemote solution allows the constant and online monitoring of temperature and humidity and provides extensive reporting capabilities for compliance and auditability.

In the retail market the majority of installations utilize legacy temperature monitoring solutions using PT-100 sensors connected to a control board. The fundamental problem with controller boards is that temperature readings are localized and any readings need to be manually transcribed for record keeping purposes. This process is prone to human failure as there is insufficient automation.

We hear the phrase “Big Data” a lot these days; and for good reason: big data can bring significant business results and in many cases is the core business model for behemoths such as Google, Amazon and Facebook. But can Big Data play a role in more conventional business...

The term “remote sensing” sounds decidedly hi-tech and at first glance many people assume it has something to do with complex production processes, the truth is that these small, smart pieces of tech are being used across the globe in a number of highly practical applications, that are changing the way we live every day...

Uptake of IOT and other disruptive technologies amongst food manufactures is understandably slower than in some other industries. Food manufacturers operate at far higher levels of hygiene and safety than some other industries, and finding affordable sensors that pass muster is not always easy. Any new devices placed amongst and on the production line need to pass a very high standard of quality...

Despite South Africa’s continuing slow economic growth – projected by the Reserve Bank at just 1.6% for the 2017 year, the 3rdquarter of 2017 revealed surprising upward trends in a number of sectors, amongst them agriculture. The government’s Crop Estimates Committee raised its 2017 maize harvest forecast in September by a further 2.2% from its August forecast. With near “miraculous” rain breaking the stranglehold of drought in the maize-growing regions in May, the 2017 maize harvest is expected to reach 16.744 million tonnes compared with 7.78 million tonnes in 2016. Agriculture is likely...

The original developer of Google’s self-driving car, Anthony Levandowski, famously quipped, “The fact that you’re still driving is a bug, not a feature.” However, many of us balk at the idea; we cannot imagine a vehicle – even one packed with image, radar, camera sensors and advanced software - being a better driver than a human being...

Xpitec (Pty) Ltd, the manufacturer of the Xemote remote monitoring products has just obtained its ISO 9001:2015 certification. ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organisations use the standard to...

Logistics is the backbone of the medicines cold supply chain. Being able to preserve the clinical integrity of medicines in transport remains an exacting science; one which if mastered can shave costs and create spectacular competitive advantages. Yet the pharmaceutical retail and supply landscape is...

DS will be showcasing the Powalert sensor at the MyBroadband conference on the 26th October 2017. IoT is the incremental next step into the optimised use of technology that was made prevalent by smart phone technology. The cost efficiencies of smart phone technologies have resulted in the deployment of a number of other generic devices that use low powered network connections as an alternative. These are...

DS has updated its Powatherm sensor to include backend portal integration into a heatmap. The Powatherm sensor is a ground breaking IoT based sensor that brings cost effective thermal metrics to the data centre. It facilitates the deployment of hundreds of sensors into a data centre that improves reporting and monitoring of facilities...

“Intelligent” objects connected to each other and the internet form what is known as the Internet of Things. Packed full of wireless sensors and monitoring technology these things track, monitor and analyse large amounts of data about their usage, delivering additional services and applications to their users...