mobile | classic
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology Magazine

Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook Share via Twitter Share via LinkedIn


Electronics Buyers' Guide

Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook 2019


Local company scoops top design awards
20 January 2010, News

Cape Town product development consultancy …XYZ scored three top places in the 2009 South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Excellence Awards, plus the overall Chairperson’s Award.

This marked the second successive year that …XYZ took top honours; the company won three design excellence awards in 2008 for a modular filing system, a condom applicator and a modular traffic light.

A mobile baby monitor (SNUZA), developed together with ID&B brand strategy and design specialists for client Biosentronics, took the SABS Chairperson’s award. “The SNUZA was overwhelmingly the first choice of the judges,” said Adrienne Viljoen, manager of the SABS Design Institute. The judging panel commented that it was a 'well designed improvement on existing products' that had taken all facets of the problem into consideration.

SNUZA mobile baby monitor
SNUZA mobile baby monitor

A key success factor of the baby monitoring device is its mobility – the monitor clips onto the baby’s nappy, instead of being located under a cot mattress. This has huge appeal given modern mobile lifestyles. The device is made from hypoallergenic medical grade plastics and recyclable thermoplastic materials. Product features include a soft, flexible sensor that protrudes onto the baby’s stomach for superior sensing. A vibration stimulator helps reassert breathing if apnoea is detected, and an effective clip design results in good nappy grip. It also uses the latest ultra low-power microcontroller technology.

The second award was for the Touchmart TAP, said to be the only ATM currently being made in South Africa. The judging panel commended the device for its versatility and 'offering a wide range of applications to a diverse group of users'.

Touchmart TAP
Touchmart TAP

The self-service terminal can be installed wherever there is cellphone reception and can be customised for a wide range of products and services, such as buying air and movie tickets. The price depends on the configuration chosen by the customer and units are also available on a three- or five-year rental basis.

“The TAP is the only ATM in South Africa able to accept cash payments for products and services as well as credit and debit cards,” said …XYZ design director Byron Qually. “We believe it is also the only ATM that enables the operator to load cash into the device without having to open it up and physically load the dispensing canisters. This assists in keeping strategic parts of the product tamper-proof.”

Qually said a specialist team of designers, engineers and prototyping technicians developed the device in 2007. It was launched in 2008 and about 80 units are already in use. The unit also provides a generic electronic distribution platform that can be used by any business, organisation or government to make information, products and services available anywhere in the country in real-time. It has been designed with a large 19” touch screen to display information and options in a friendly and intuitive format – even for relatively complex situations such as plane flight selection. It also incorporates barcode scanning for simple bill payments, fingerprint recognition security and ticket printing.

The third and final award recognised the Stopak Jumbo Inflator, a cargo securing and protection bag inflator. The device features an ambient air intake and digital pressure control system and has sea, road and rail applications. It is used to inflate dunnage bags, which are typically used to fill spaces between merchandise packed into containers, trucks and ships’ holds. The bags prevent the merchandise from shifting and being damaged during transit.

Stopak Jumbo Inflator
Stopak Jumbo Inflator

For more information contact ...XYZ, +27 (0)21 421 7236.

  Share on Facebook Share via Twitter Share via LinkedIn    

Further reading:

  • Electronics news digest
    26 June 2019, News
    South Africa • South Africa is looking to take on a leading role in the international space weather monitoring community. Space weather events are capable of seriously disrupting modern technologies ...
  • Clearing the static: ESD testing and monitoring – Part 2
    26 June 2019, Altico Static Control Products, News
    Once you’ve identified an ESD protected area (EPA) and the combination of ESD (electrostatic discharge) control products your facility requires, continuous testing and monitoring need to be conducted. ...
  • AI on a chip
    26 June 2019, News
    Researchers have created a machine learning library programmed in C that can run on microcontrollers, and on other platforms such as PCs, Raspberry PI and Android.
  • From the editor’s desk: Local developments using solar power
    26 June 2019, Technews Publishing, News
    It’s always great to see local developers doing good work, and Dataweek always enjoys getting a chance to feature them. Sadly, people seldom share with us the interesting things they’re working on, whether ...
  • CSIR pushes to localise technologies
    26 June 2019, News
    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has pledged to work closely with the private sector and innovation partners in developing and localising technologies to support the advancement ...
  • SIMCom product seminar to be held next week
    26 June 2019, Otto Wireless, News
    Otto Wireless Solutions, in conjunction with SIMCom, will be hosting an informative half-day seminar at Riversands, Fourways on 10 July 2019. In addition to a brief product presentation by Otto Wireless ...
  • Demand for local products highlighted at LME expo
    26 June 2019, News
    The Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), held in Johannesburg in late May, managed to draw a respectable 3473 visitors in its first ever outing. “The Expo was the culmination of a vision that ...
  • Test Dynamics LabVIEW roadshows
    26 June 2019, News
    Test Dynamics is holding a series of roadshows in September and October to share the latest developments in LabVIEW 2019. The half-day training/information sessions will discuss the technologies that ...
  • Young CSIR scientists urge youth to seize 4IR
    26 June 2019, News
    Researchers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are at the forefront of cutting-edge research related to fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies aimed at improving the ...
  • Electronics news digest
    29 May 2019, News
    South Africa • South Africa will soon join the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network (C4IR Network) alongside China, India and Japan by launching an affiliate ...
  • Clearing the static: ESD testing and monitoring - Part 1
    29 May 2019, Altico Static Control Products, News
    Static energy is an unseen threat, and the only way of knowing how to control it is by testing. Depending on your industry and application, there will be specific resistivity requirements that will govern ...
  • From the editor’s desk: US-China trade war hits chip makers
    29 May 2019, Technews Publishing, News
    The escalating trade war between the US and China has the global economy on high alert, and unless things normalise soon it is going to have massive ramifications on many industries. Following US president ...

Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronics Buyers’ Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual


    Classic | Mobile

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.