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Curtain close workshop for the accelerate adoption of IIoT technologies by SMMEs Pilot Project in the Eastern Cape

The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa (C4IR SA) will host a curtain close workshop to showcase the adoption of an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) pilot project by South African small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs).

The two-day workshop, which will be held on 25 and 26 January 2023 in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, will highlight the successes and challenges faced by SMMEs during the pilot project, as well as explore how policies on industry support can be revised to increase the potential value of digital transformation.

C4IR SA adopted the IIoT policy protocol to remove barriers to SMME adopting IIoT technologies by maximising the use of IoT technologies, demonstrate inclusive digital transformation by providing assistance and advice to SMMEs, and create a collaborative platform for its business partners to work with government and academia to co-design, prototype, test and refine various enablers for 4IR technology adoption.

The event will feature an industry exhibit workshop to give SMMEs involved in the pilot project the opportunity to discuss the successes and difficulties they have encountered. The event also aims to identify partners to further the project and develop a strategy for supporting SMMEs.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Day 1: Industry Exhibit workshop
Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2022
Time: 09:00 am – 16:00 pm
Venue: Jendamark Automation, 76a York Road, North End, Port Elizabeth to catch a shuttle to Hart Automotive and TK Manufacturing facilities tours

Day 2: Accelerated adoption of IIoT BY SMMEs up-scaling workshop

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2022
Time: 09:00 am- 15:30pm
Venue: Boardwalk Casino and Hotel


Issued by CSIR Strategic Communications

For more information, contact:

David Mandaha, CSIR Media Relations Manager
Tel: 012 841 3654
Mobile: 072 126 8910
Email: dmandaha@csir.co.za 

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The Centre is a multi-stakeholder hub that works with its business partners to develop internal tools and governance frameworks for their innovations and influence regulatory policy; and with government and its entities to develop policy frameworks and governance protocols to create an environment that opens the doors to new economic opportunities and accelerates the development and adoption of disruptive technologies.

C4IR South Africa is an initiative of the South African government, acting through the Department of Science and Innovation. The CSIR entered into a collaboration and affiliation agreement with the World Economic Forum (WEF) that enabled the Centre to join a global network of the Centre for 4IR (C4IR Network). The C4IR Network facilitate sharing of global insights and best practices in technology governance among members.

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