Project Management of the ICT, Security and Audio Visual systems at Alexander Forbes Head Office, including a benchmark Data Centre and Building Management System ensuring a more energy and resource efficient environment.
Managing the relocation of EY’s African Head Office Data Centre and ensuring a fully functional office with zero business disruption.
King Shaka International Airport
Technical Advisory and Project Management of the integrated commissioning and operational trial testing of over 40 special systems including Data Centres, ICT, Security and Building Management Systems at King Shaka International Airport’s terminal and support buildings.
Cape Town International Airport
Project Management and IT Consulting of the 4 Data Centres and converged MPLS ICT Network at Cape Town International Airport in line with world-wide standards to streamline operations, boost efficiency, increase airport utilisation and enhance passengers’ airport experience.
Gautrain Sandton Station
The co-ordination and integration of the ICT, Security, Audio Visual and Building Management Systems into the civil and building works for the Gautrain Sandton Station.
With efficient EES Project Management, Consol’s Glass B4 Furnace was rebuilt within 90 days to ensure glass producing capacity is increased from 285 tons to 320 tons per day.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Stadium
As IT Consultants, EES realised a 12% saving on the capital cost of ICT, Security and Audio Visual Systems installation by building an intelligent backbone into the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Stadium complex.
Established in 2001, EES Live (Pty) Ltd provides network, electronics and electrical services and solutions. As an ISO 9001:2008 compliant company, its vision is to become Africa’s professional service provider of choice in these areas of expertise. It specialises in the integration of multiple system infrastructure including ICT, Data Centres, Security, Audio Visual, Building Management Systems (BMS) and Special Systems Co-ordination.
The EES Live Value Proposition focuses on translating technology into tangible deliverables for clients through the experience of a talented team of Engineering and ICT Consultants and Project Managers.
We are committed to proactively assisting clients reduce their carbon footprint and facilitate the development of a ‘green’ commercial environment. To achieve this, we have a GREEN STAR SA Accredited Professional on our team.
EES Live’s head office is in Stellenbosch, and it has a partner in Lagos, Nigeria, and offices in Gaborone, Botswana.
Decreasing fibre installation costs (28/03/2017)
South Africa is currently experiencing phenomenal activity in the roll-out of fibre optic cables. While no-one disputes that the installation of fibre presents tremendous opportunities, the question being asked is how will this demanding initiative affect consumers’ Internet connection costs?
With speeds of up to 100 Mbps, fibre will provide unsurpassed Internet speeds. It is also exceptionally reliable, highly secure and able to withstand testing weather conditions.
“However, this large-scale, challenging roll-out comes with a hefty price tag,” cautions Bradley Hemphill, Managing Director of EES Live (Pty) Ltd. EES Live is a professional services company specialising in networks, data centres, security and building management systems.
If the country is to replace its 5 million copper cables with fibre optics, the cost will be roughly R60 billion, according to figures recently released by Finance24.
“It is vital that fibre network installation be carried out in the most efficient, yet cost-effective, manner possible,” Hemphill continues.
Athi Ntisana, Engineer, EES Live, provides some insight into where and how performance can be optimised and at the same time costs contained. He states that a high cost component in the roll-out of fibre impacting on both CAPEX and OPEX is that of labour for high volume fibre connections.
“Operations, such as installing optical connections, that require skilled labour or long hours need to be managed,” explains Ntisana. “This is particularly important when moving from long distance networks to short distance distributing access networks, in which instance access networks’ optical connections increase six times, resulting in high labour costs.”
It is therefore vital to select the most suitable optical connection. It appears that previously, connector technology usage was not based on the required application but on the readiness and availability of technology. Currently, access networks have three technologies to choose from, namely fusion splicing, mechanical splicing and factory pre-terminated. Fusion splicing has been largely used to date.
Requirements on which selection of connector technology should be based are:
When examining the three connector technologies closely, it becomes apparent that the factory pre-terminated technology option is the most suitable as it meets all five requirements.
“Not only does factory pre-terminated technology deliver quick, streamlined roll-out of low cost fibre, but it is flexible, robust and reliable,” Ntisana concludes.