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Issue Date: July 2007

Technology Infrastructure to 2010 and beyond

July 2007

South Africa’s specialist industrial data communication company, Industrial Automation & Control (IAC), a subsidiary of the Communica group of c ompanies, has announced it will be hosting a technology conference from 8 to 10 October 2007. The conference will be entitled ‘Technology Infrastructure to 2010 and Beyond’, it will highlight what technical advances corporations can expect to see in the coming years and the application thereof in real-world situations.

“With the 2010 Soccer Word Cup fast approaching, there are many areas in which state-of–the-art communications and security technologies will be needed,” says Burg van der Westhuizen, CEO of IAC. “With our extensive local and international connections, IAC has attracted the highest quality speakers who will be able to clearly define which technologies hold the potential to be successfully installed in business over the next few years.
“There will also be presentations of a number of local and international case studies in which the speakers will highlight successful technology implementations and the benefits experienced.”
Kicking off the conference will be local celebrity and businessperson, Tim Modise. He will provide the keynote presentation, starting proceedings that will include talks from luminaries such as Clem Sunter. Also in the speaker line-up are representatives from Anglo American’s head office, Anglo Platinum as well as Lonmin Platinum.
In addition, the speaker list will be further enhanced by the inclusion of international experts. Laurie Burns, director of marketing for Hirschmann, for example, will be there to present a 5-year technology roadmap from the company. As the leading industrial Ethernet communications technology vendor, the direction Hirschmann takes is of importance to any person responsible for making technology-related decisions.
The presentations will occupy the first two days of the conference. Van der Westhuizen notes that the third day, 10 October, will be devoted to demonstration sessions in which various technologies from different vendors will be on display. More than simply displaying the products, technicians will be on site to demonstrate their full potential in a hands-on approach.
Apart from best-selling data communications products like the Hirschmann industrial Ethernet range, IAC will also be highlighting the latest in video technology from companies such as Mobotix. Solutions best suited to control centre environments that can display images from multiple cameras while having a number of controllers interacting with it simultaneously will be on display, as well the latest in video over IP camera technology.
Van der Westhuizen says the conference is about providing attendees with a glimpse into technology advances over the next few years. More than simply looking at technology, however, the event will allow decision makers to understand how these systems will be able to enhance their business operations – which, after all, is the ultimate goal of technology.
‘Technology Infrastructure to 2010 and Beyond’ will be held at the St. George Hotel in Centurion. Apart from modern conference facilities, the hotel also boasts some 200 rooms and excellent catering.

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