Stories by Computing SA staff

South African Christian center goes biometric

A computerized biometric fingerprint recognition system has been installed for the Durban Christian Centre (DCC), Berea, aiming to secure access to some sections of the octagonal, dome-structured church, and at the same time provide a time and attendance register for staff.

DataPro's private placement results out

South African telecommunications company and Internet service provider, DataPro Pty. Ltd.- which is to list on Altx on October 18th - released the results of its private placement today. Says James Herbst, the director responsible for corporate finance: "Of the 18 497 204 ordinary shares available in terms of the private placement, subscriptions were received for 46 092 600 shares, resulting in an over-subscription rate of 2.49 times."

Didata and Ispat Iscor in outsourcing deal

African steel producer, Ispat Iscor Ltd., recently signed a three-year network outsourcing contract with Dimension Data Holdings PLC. The deal will result in Didata providing an outsourced network management solution to 19 sites across South Africa.

HP technology to be used in South African ERP project

Black-owned and managed enterprise solutions integration company, Cornastone, has been awarded the tender for the City of Cape Town enterprise resource planning (ERP) technical architecture support center project.

MasterCard offers debit card with chips in South Africa

Capitec Bank and MasterCard International Inc.'s Southern Africa division Tuesday announced a pilot of pre-authorized debit card based on the EMV standard, in the Qwa-Qwa town of Phuthadjitjaba in the Free State province. The new debit card is said to be specifically designed to provide a straightforward, low-cost banking product with easy access to the mass market.

Global Crossing expands in South Africa

Internet Solutions Pty. Ltd. (IS) has signed an agreement with international telecoms company, Global Crossing Ltd., for a bilateral MPLS VPN footprint. Under the agreement, SA customers of IS will have access to Global Crossing's global, IP-based network, and Global Crossing's international customers will have access to MPLS-based services in this country.

ForgeAhead, Gauteng gov't in ICT training program

ForgeAhead Pty. Ltd. reports that it is currently conducting its ICT in local government program in Gauteng, in order to help local government to address the challenges it faces in using ICT to bring about service delivery to the public.

Symantec offering aims to fight spam

Symantec recently announced Symantec Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 6.0. The new solution is designed to further protect enterprises from the latest spamming techniques, by providing new non-English language filters and powerful administration enhancements.

New IBM i5 benchmark result excels

The IBM eServer i5 Model 520 is claimed to have achieved a record result in the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark on a 2-way POWER5 processor-based system.

EMC expands app management capabilities

EMC Corp. has announced significant enhancements to its flagship EMC ControlCenter family of integrated storage management software. The enhancements aim to extend the capabilities of the storage management software to monitor, report, plan and provision resources across tiered storage environments, to support customers' information lifecycle management (ILM) strategies.

HP sells 100,000 blade servers, reaches milestone

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) recently claimed that it is the first vendor to sell more than 100,000 blade servers, retaking the lead in what is said to be the industry's fastest-growing server market segment.

AT&T scores global networking contract with Groupe SEB

SEB SA, inventor of non-stick cookware, and known internationally by its home appliance brands, including Calor, Krups, Moulinex, Rowenta, SEB, Tefal and T-Fal, has signed a global deal with AT&T Corp. for the supply of a global managed Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN).

Pairing up communications with web development

Marketing and communications company, Integrated Communications-BMC, has joined forces with Technology Concepts to deliver a cost-effective, efficient 'new media' solution to its corporate clients.

Mobile lifeline for HIV+ people

Mobile technology development specialist, Fundamo Pty. Ltd., has contributed to the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa by providing ongoing support, with technical development, for Cell Life, a mobile information support initiative designed for the management and treatment of the pandemic.