ANNOUNCEMENT: 2015 Electra Mining Exhibition
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The 2015 Electra Mining Botswana conference has been billed as one of the country’s most important industry events and is expected to attract a significant and influential crowd. The conference will be hosted at Gaborone Fair Grounds, between the first and third of September.
Botswana’s premier industrial event has already attracted the attentions of key players such as Joy Global (Africa), Verder Pumps, Filtration Africa, and Schnieder Electric South Africa.
Botswana is the leading diamond gem producer in the world by value, and also exports Copper, gold, nickel, and soda ash from its mines; revenues from mining make up the dominant portion of the country’s export revenues.
Gary Corin, Managing Director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery (the organisers of the show) said, “The Botswana Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources has confirmed its endorsement of Electra Mining Botswana. The Ministry has expressed the importance of the exhibition to the mining, construction and power generation industry because it brings major technology partners and suppliers together.”
Exhibitors include mining and related products, industrial engineering and manufacturing, electrical engineering and power generation, materials handling, safety, health and environment, as well as construction professionals.
“The exhibition embraces mining, industrial, power generation and construction and will play a vital role in growing Botswana’s already thriving mining and industrial economy bringing related industries together at one location for visitor and exhibitor convenience,” said Corin.
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SAS: Improving the British Army’s decision making with data
SAS’ long-standing relationship with the British Army is built on mutual respect and grounded by a reciprocal understanding of each others’ capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM for SAS UKI, states that the company’s thorough grasp of the defence sector makes it an ideal partner for the Army as it undergoes its own digital transformation.
“Major General Jon Cole told us that he wanted to enable better, faster decision-making in order to improve operational efficiency,” he explains. Therefore, SAS’ task was to help the British Army realise the “significant potential” of data through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tasks and conduct complex analysis.
In 2020, the Army invested in the SAS ‘Viya platform’ as an overture to embarking on its new digital roadmap. The goal was to deliver a new way of working that enabled agility, flexibility, faster deployment, and reduced risk and cost: “SAS put a commercial framework in place to free the Army of limits in terms of their access to our tech capabilities.”
Doing so was important not just in terms of facilitating faster innovation but also, in Crawford’s words, to “connect the unconnected.” This means structuring data in a simultaneously secure and accessible manner for all skill levels, from analysts to data engineers and military commanders. The result is that analytics and decision-making that drives innovation and increases collaboration.
Crawford also highlights the importance of the SAS platform’s open nature, “General Cole was very clear that the Army wanted a way to work with other data and analytics tools such as Python. We allow them to do that, but with improved governance and faster delivery capabilities.”
SAS realises that collaboration is at the heart of a strong partnership and has been closely developing a long-term roadmap with the Army. “Although we're separate organisations, we come together to work effectively as one,” says Crawford. “Companies usually find it very easy to partner with SAS because we're a very open, honest, and people-based business by nature.”
With digital technology itself changing with great regularity, it’s safe to imagine that SAS’ own relationship with the Army will become even closer and more diverse. As SAS assists it in enhancing its operational readiness and providing its commanders with a secure view of key data points, Crawford is certain that the company will have a continually valuable role to play.
“As warfare moves into what we might call ‘the grey-zone’, the need to understand, decide, and act on complex information streams and diverse sources has never been more important. AI, computer vision and natural language processing are technologies that we hope to exploit over the next three to five years in conjunction with the Army.”
Fundamentally, data analytics is a tool for gaining valuable insights and expediting the delivery of outcomes. The goal of the two parties’ partnership, concludes Crawford, will be to reach the point where both access to data and decision-making can be performed qualitatively and in real-time.
“SAS is absolutely delighted to have this relationship with the British Army, and across the MOD. It’s a great privilege to be part of the armed forces covenant.”