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Spotless tracking record takes SA technology off the beaten track

Technetium (Pty) Ltd

#TT1002016 Winner of the Award for Excellence in the Management of Technology

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Spotless tracking record takes SA technology off the beaten track

Across Australia, it’s South African tracking technology that’s helping to keep the bathrooms of major hotel chains spick and span. In the United States, that technology is being used to keep businesses compliant with required fire extinguisher inspection codes. Here on home soil, it’s helping to reduce the time hospital nurses spend searching for missing equipment, as well as to manage the movement of smartphones in and out of retail stores. It has even been used to check when wheelie bins in Johannesburg were last emptied.

This is all a far cry from conventional asset track-and-trace, and that’s deliberate. “Although we market ourselves as an asset management and tracking company, our business strategy is not to play in a space that is overplayed by everyone else but rather in spaces that are not addressed,” says Wayne Aronson, chief executive of Technetium.

The versatility of its tracking technology is what enables Technetium to play in such spaces. Its technology is underpinned by a core generic system that, with some careful customisation here and there, can be adapted for virtually any industry. “When we develop functionality for one specific industry, we architect it so we can port it across to other industries – and we do this at no extra cost to the client,” says Aronson.

No charges for changes

This is a key strength of Technetium. “We don’t charge for user-requested additions or changes to our technology. We allow our clients to ask for new or added functionality at no cost, and we do this regularly. In this way, our clients in effect then become our R&D department, and we benefit because our technology stays at the forefront and never stagnates.”

This strategy also puts Technetium in a strong position to identify new markets that could benefit from its asset-tracking know-how. Those spotless Australian bathrooms are a case in point.

“Our client, a cleaning company, wanted to add more value to their clients, which include a number of hotel groups, one of which owns one of the largest casino resorts in the world,” Aronson says. “The problem was that the existing process of capturing cleaning records was very laborious. Every cleaner would fill in a card behind the bathroom door every time the bathroom was cleaned, and all those papers would need to be captured weekly. Going back historically was difficult, bearing in mind that in Australia you need to hold paper records for five years.”

Technetium’s response was neat and tidy. It developed a barcode-based smartphone system for all the casino’s bathrooms, dramatically simplifying the record-keeping process – and adding lots more value into the bargain. “Our client’s client, the hotel group, received the usual cleaning report and a value-added report that drilled down into the data, offering them insights they didn’t have before, such as high-peak periods when the bathrooms needed extra work.”
Lasting loyalty

Not surprisingly, both Technetium’s clients and their clients, in turn, appreciate this kind of value-add, which builds high levels of loyalty. “Our clients’ clients rely on them, and they, in turn, rely on us,” says Aronson.

Although they have won a number of awards for their technology, there’s no room at Technetium for resting on laurels. “Complacency will be our death knell. We have to maintain a sense of urgency and be willing to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone, forever combing horizons to see what new technology is coming out and how we can stay ahead.”

TT100 makes adjudicator feel proudly South African

Car key locks that won’t let you drive if you’re over the limit; tracking systems that can tell when a wheelie bin in Johannesburg was last emptied; grinding balls for mining that are fantastic at taking infections out of wounds… these are some of the amazing South African inventions that have impressed Mike Davies, TT100 adjudicator, over the years.
“I’ve seen wonderful innovative ideas by companies big and small. The programme shows another side of our economy and the people who work in it, and I absolutely love being an adjudicator. I get energised by it and it makes me feel great to be a South African,” says Davies, Director of Optimum Learning Technologies (Pty) Ltd (an accredited education and training provider that is in itself a South African success story, having grown from only three people to 70 full-time staff in 10 years).
He has been a TT100 adjudicator for the past five years, and thrives on the positive energy the programme spreads. “It blows me away year after year. Through the programme, I’ve seen that if you can make it in South Africa, you can make it anywhere. South African companies have people who are motivated, exhibit high levels of innovation and a work ethic second to none.”
What makes this particular awards programme stand out is the recognition that award-winners receive, says Davies. “The certificates and awards are really something to be proud of. Sometimes entrepreneurs don’t need money to be recognised – that will come. What matters is recognition by your peers. The recognition and exposure that these awards give to entrepreneurs and innovators is exceptional.”
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India’s Campus Labs heads for TT100 again

The vast geographical distance between India and South Africa has not stopped Campus Labs, an Indian company based in Delhi NCR, from participating fully in the TT100 awards programme.

With two TT100 awards under its belt already, Campus Labs, specialising in academic, financial and administrative applications for the higher education market, is planning to take part for the third time in 2016.

“We look forward to it,” says Ashish Srivastava, CEO of Campus Labs, which entered the programme for the first time in 2014 – the same year that the TT100 was opened up to companies beyond South Africa’s borders.

In that year, Campus Labs won the management of innovation award in the category for emerging enterprises. In the following year, 2015, the company won the Minister’s Award for Sustainable Performance, also in the category for emerging enterprises.

“We enter because we believe the programme could be a good way to help build our profile in Africa, and because there are similarities in the higher education market in India and South Africa,” says Ashish, who heard about the TT100 through a business contact in Africa.

The awards Campus Labs has won have also been good for the company’s image in India. “Our clients are impressed that we have won international awards.”

TT100 participants from abroad receive exactly the same treatment as South African-based companies, except they interact with the adjudicators via videoconference instead of in person.

“The videoconference session with the adjudicators took a couple of hours and was very detailed. They had many questions for us and we had the opportunity to gain an African perspective on our business. It was a great experience.”

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Niche Integrated Solutions, TT100 Awards entrant

The team at TT100 Awards Programme recently received an email communication from Nisha Maharaj who is the Managing Director at Niche Integrated Solutions. Nisha entered the 2014 Awards Programme recently and the Awards Ceremony took place on 2 February 2015 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. 

Below is the quoted communication.
“I want to say that even though I did not win, the TT100 awards and logo has within months brought me so much luck and good fortune to the effect that :
·         TIA is talking to me about many things at present including matters such banking for entrepreneurs, technology partnerships with India to increase our tech IP in SA (in fact I’m partnering with the winner CampusLabs to bring their IP here to our country), searching the globe for innovations we can bring the IP to SA,
·         I won the contract to train Jhb COJ first ever digital entrepreneurship programme,
·         I won a seat on Ernest and Young global winning women programme for 2015,
·         Nominated on BHP Billion awards 2015, and
·         Made the second round on the Sanlam entrepreneur of the year 2015
“Carol Varga [Administrator at TT100], I can’t thank you enough for sending me that first message about participating in these awards, I laughed at the time never understanding the impact of technology innovation in SA but now, something exciting finds its way to me every day, I am so happy and I thank you so much for your encouragement, btw we even used Kirkpatrick at one of our events in SA recently, seems the whole of India is willing to take their chances in SA now –Thank you Prof Bennie for your lead to Kirkpatrick, she is truly a lovely woman.
Amazing things are happening ever since the TT100 awards day! I treasure my certificate and logo-it’s priceless!! I am not a business women chasing dollars, I am single parent who has had the most difficult life trying to make headways so when I say I thank you, be sure that I mean it wholeheartedly!
You are all really special people!!”

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About Niche Integrated Solutions
Niche Integrated Solutions are a (Pty) Ltd company which is 100% owned by aspiring black professionals. They are actively controlled by women. The have a depth and breadth of expertise and experience gained in over 20 years of executive management level operations.
Mission
To bring to South Africa world best breed technologies and innovations in all business arenas by:
·          Understand business challenges and finding solutions to optimize performance
·          Create the culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa by engaging and mentoring young South Africans to help them realize their aspirations and dream
·          To formulate & implement strategies to achieve company goals and supersede expectations
About Nisha Maharaj
Experienced Consultant
·          Previously head of Credit (GM) and Risk at Altech and Kagisano, and  collections at African Bank
·          20 years’ experience in the South African Credit risk sector and extensive experience in micro-lending and banking
·          Varied disciplines across multidimensional business elements ranging from Risk, Operations, Credit and Sales
·          Well established within the SA context of credit and micro lending / financial services
·          Consultant in credit and financial services-International
About TT100 Awards

The TT100 Business Awards Programme, with support from various partners such as Eskom and government was launched in 1991 by the South African Engineering Association (SAVI).  The programme has been focused on drawing attention to the importance of developing a local culture of technological innovation and excellence. TT100 has evolved into one of the foremost business awards programmes that lauds South African companies for their business prowess in the Management of Technology, Innovation, People, Systems, Research and Sustainability, regardless of their industry. The programme is as an effective vehicle for achieving growth and innovation advancement in our country, while raising awareness of the critical need for South African companies to embrace the management of technology, innovation and people in a systemic and sustainable manner. Since 1994, TT100 has enjoyed strong endorsement by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) as the major government sponsor.

Review of TT100 Awards Ceremony

TT100 2014 REVIEW
2 February 2015
CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria
The TT100 Awards is an annual event hosted by The Da Vinci Institute for the Management of Technology and Innovation, under the auspices of the DST. This year the awards ceremony took place on the sidelines of a first-of-its-kind event in South Africa, namely, the Innovation Bridge.  This is an event that the DST has organised to bring together innovators, financiers and technology incubators under one roof, a platform that aims to bridge the gap between them.
Speaking at the TT100 Awards ceremony in Pretoria on 2 February 2015, the Minister said that there seemed a lack of appreciation in South Africa for home-grown technological capabilities, even in areas in which the country’s offerings were generally recognised as the best in the world.
The 2014 TT100 Awards Programme not only showcases the increase in the output and quality of South African technologies, but has also expanded its scope to include organisations from Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Among the recipients was Eskom’s Group Executive for Sustainability, Dr Steve Lennon, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr Lennon, who also chaired the National Advisory Council on Innovation, is widely recognised locally and internationally for leadership in areas such as technological innovation and R&D, sustainability management and energy, including project development and funding and establishing partnerships and networks, such as investor relationships.
The Minister’s Award for Overall Excellence was taken by Accsys (Pty) Ltd in the sector of medium enterprises, and PFK Electronics (Pty) Ltd in the large enterprises sector. These are awarded to recognise companies that consistently and progressively demonstrate a unique ability to manage core elements of the business, including technology, innovation, people, systems, research and sustainability.
In the Emerging Enterprise sector, Olive Expert Services (Pty) Ltd scooped three awards for overall excellence in the Management of Technology, Innovation and Systems.
In the category of Management of Technology, Ctrack (Digicore) was awarded within the large sector enterprises, while Technetium was awarded within the medium enterprises sector. Merlynn Intelligence Systems, extensive background in the methodologies, process, development skills and implementation strategies surrounding Predictive Analytics solutions was awarded within the small enterprises sector.
In the Large Enterprise sector, Altech Multimedia and Magnet Electrical Supplies were both awarded within the category of Management of Innovation. ID Control Solutions and Verirad were awarded as the preferred Medium Enterprise within this category whilst Campus Labs were awarded within the Small Enterprise Sector.
Within the category of Management of People, QK Meats were awarded within the Large Enterprise sector and Accsys were awarded within the Medium Enterprise sector.
Altech Multimedia and Afrox were both awarded in the category of  Management of Systems within the Large Enterprise sector. Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property was awarded within the Medium Enterprise sector and Wagienience was successfully awarded as a Small Enterprise.
“It is encouraging to see how, year-on-year, many of these organisations have been able to find innovative ways of sustaining their businesses, and, in many cases, have been able to export their products and services in fiercely competitive global markets,” said the Minister.
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About TT100
The TT100 Business Awards Programme, with support from various partners such as Eskom and government was launched in 1991 by the South African Engineering Association (SAVI).  The programme has been focused on drawing attention to the importance of developing a local culture of technological innovation and excellence. TT100 has evolved into one of the foremost business awards programmes that lauds South African companies for their business prowess in the Management of Technology, Innovation, People, Systems, Research and Sustainability, regardless of their industry. The programme is as an effective vehicle for achieving growth and innovation advancement in our country, while raising awareness of the critical need for South African companies to embrace the management of technology, innovation and people in a systemic and sustainable manner. Since 1994, TT100 has enjoyed strong endorsement by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) as the major government sponsor.