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  • The Point: Adding Walkable, Mixed-Use Development in Utah
    by Brett Widness on 26/09/2022 at 17:14

    A recent ULI webinar focused on innovative and sustainable development approaches at The Point in Draper, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City.  Called a “generational opportunity and unlike anything else done in the state,” The Point is a large brownfield situated near Silicon Slopes, a fast-growing technological hub, and four major universities. The post The Point: Adding Walkable, Mixed-Use Development in Utah appeared first on Urban Land Magazine.

  • Climate Resilience Design Standards Starting to Become Mandatory
    by Ron Nyren on 26/09/2022 at 13:50

    As climate change worsens and the intensity of extreme weather-related events increases, meeting modern building codes may not be enough. Municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and industry groups are developing climate resilience design standards and tools, some of which are required or incentivized for publicly funded projects, and others of which may become expected or required for commercial real estate transactions. The post Climate Resilience Design Standards Starting to Become Mandatory appeared first on Urban Land Magazine.

  • Singapore Ranks Among Most Attainable in New Asia Pacific Index
    by Ken Rhee on 23/09/2022 at 15:41

    The 2022 ULI Asia Pacific Home Attainability Index analyzes home attainability, both for ownership and rent, in 28 cities in five countries in the Asia Pacific region including Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea. These countries have a combined population of approximately 1.8 billion or 21 percent of the world’s population. The post Singapore Ranks Among Most Attainable in New Asia Pacific Index appeared first on Urban Land Magazine.

  • Envisioning a “City in Nature”: How Kartini Omar and Singapore’s National Parks Board Is Transforming Densely Populated Singapore into a Green Oasis
    by Lisa Rother on 23/09/2022 at 14:45

    Kartini Omar is group director of parks development and Jurong Lake Gardens at the National Parks Board of Singapore. This interview was conducted in June as part of a series designed to celebrate park visionaries and share inspiring and practical insights into their perspectives, challenges, and advice. The post Envisioning a “City in Nature”: How Kartini Omar and Singapore’s National Parks Board Is Transforming Densely Populated Singapore into a Green Oasis appeared first on Urban Land Magazine.

  • UL Interview: Jeanne Gang
    by Sibley Fleming on 22/09/2022 at 19:12

    Internationally acclaimed Chicago architect and Studio Gang founder, known for bringing a sustainable approach to tall buildings, to receive prestigious ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. The post UL Interview: Jeanne Gang appeared first on Urban Land Magazine.

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  • ATLANTIQUE Domino
    by Rok Grča on 23/09/2022 at 09:24

    To the budgetary and environmental exemplarity, it adds a fascination that changes the city. Its two possible connecting angles (30 or 45 °) make it possible to design in total freedom all the shapes and patterns of a seat. With Domino Atlantique, it is the imagination that holds the pencil to make the designer and

  • Job: Senior Landscape Architect at BIG in Brooklyn, NY
    by Zas Brezar on 22/09/2022 at 17:04

    BIG is looking for a Senior Landscape Architect to join our NYC office. The Senior Landscape Architect will work closely with the Partners, Project Leadership, and the global BIG L team to drive the vision for the future of BIG Landscape. BIG is a group of 700+ architects, engineers, urbanists, and business minds from all

  • Mixed-Use Milestone: Growing, Evolving, and Maintaining Community Character in Raleigh, NC
    by Rok Grča on 21/09/2022 at 10:24

    “Smoky Hollow honors the original spirit of the neighborhood but also gives the new District its own story.” –Josie Reeves, Kane Realty Corporation  The Smoky Hollow neighborhood has long been a vital piece of Raleigh, NC’s hardworking history, but with its coal-fired industrial roots firmly in the past, the community begins its next chapter. At

  • IFLA World Launches Global Survey of Landscape Architecture Profession
    by Zas Brezar on 21/09/2022 at 10:07

    The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) announces a Global Survey of Practice for Landscape Architecture in partnership with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) – open until 6 November 2022. IFLA is launching a survey of practice with the aim of better understanding the practice of landscape architecture around the globe. By identifying similarities and differences

  • Utopian Hours – International Festival of City Making, 14. – 16. October, Turin, Italy
    by Zas Brezar on 21/09/2022 at 10:06

    14th-16th October 2022 6th edition La Centrale — Nuvola Lavazza via Ancona 11/A, Torino (Italy)

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  • Experiencing silicone shortages in the EV market? Alleviate with battery pack gasket solutions. (Webinar)
    by Charged EVs on 26/09/2022 at 15:54

    Silicones are increasingly being used in the EV market for sealing applications where exceptional performance is required, such as sealing the battery case and battery management system. These materials are valued in particular for their low compression set, excellent protection against external influences and very good fire behavior, which is often qualified according to UL94-V0.... Read more »

  • Learn how GM uses battery data (Video)
    by Charged EVs on 26/09/2022 at 15:28

    Sponsored by NI Watch Steve Tarnowsky, Global Battery Cell Engineering Director at General Motors, talk about the Ultium platform and how they’re using NI SystemLink™ software to harness the power of their test data to reduce risk, improve engineering efficiency, and reduce time to insights and decisions. Sponsored by NI

  • Pickup truck lovers compare TCO of the Ford F-150 Lightning with the legacy gas version
    by Charles Morris on 26/09/2022 at 14:48

    When it comes to a comparison between Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning with the legacy gas version of the popular pickup, you can probably guess which model we at Charged prefer. But the folks at Pickup Truck + SUV Talk have a little different perspective. Publisher Tim Esterdahl, a self-described “truck guy,” has raised some reasonable... Read more »

  • Antelope Valley schools to buy 20 BYD electric school buses
    by Charles Morris on 26/09/2022 at 14:33

    California’s Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency (AVSTA) has announced plans to buy 20 BYD electric school buses. The buses will be built in Lancaster, California at the BYD Coach & Bus facility by members of the SMART Union. The BYD Type D Battery Electric School Bus has a top speed of 65 miles per hour... Read more »

  • eVTOL developer Joby Aviation expands partnership with Department of Defense
    by Charles Morris on 26/09/2022 at 14:33

    Joby Aviation (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has announced an expansion of its existing contract with the US Air Force’s Agility Prime program that increases the total potential value of the contract to more than $75 million. The expanded contract will include new testing to evaluate Joby’s technologies,... Read more »


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  • Volkswagen’s PowerCo forms new partnership to produce battery materials for 2.2M EVs 
    by Peter Johnson on 26/09/2022 at 15:36

    Volkswagen’s new battery company, PowerCo, announced Monday that it would be forming a joint venture with Umicore to produce battery materials for around 2.2 million EVs. The new joint venture is a significant milestone, establishing one of the first fully integrated auto supply chains as VW looks to ramp up EV sales. more… The post Volkswagen’s PowerCo forms new partnership to produce battery materials for 2.2M EVs  appeared first on Electrek.

  • Tesla Semi electric trucks spotted being shipped around ahead of deliveries
    by Fred Lambert on 26/09/2022 at 15:11

    Several Tesla Semi electric trucks have been spotted being shipped around the country ahead of the long-awaited start of deliveries. more… The post Tesla Semi electric trucks spotted being shipped around ahead of deliveries appeared first on Electrek.

  • Tenways CGO800S belt-drive commuter electric bike review: A lot to like!
    by Micah Toll on 26/09/2022 at 14:44

    After having previously tested out Tenways’ first single-speed electric bicycle last year, I was excited to give the brand’s newest model a try. Now that I’ve spent some good saddle time on the Tenways CGO800S, here’s what I think about this new ride. more… The post Tenways CGO800S belt-drive commuter electric bike review: A lot to like! appeared first on Electrek.

  • A fire broke out at Tesla Gigafactory Berlin; locals call for production stop
    by Fred Lambert on 26/09/2022 at 10:01

    A fire broke out at Tesla Gigafactory Berlin’s recycling plant in the early hours of the morning, and now a local group that has been fighting the project is using the fire to call for stopping production. more… The post A fire broke out at Tesla Gigafactory Berlin; locals call for production stop appeared first on Electrek.

  • Huck Cycles Overland is a US-made Mad Max-style electric moped proving popular in big cities
    by Micah Toll on 25/09/2022 at 15:37

    Huck Cycles, a North Carolina electric moped maker, is finding that its off-road-optimized electric moped is actually proving quite popular for city riders as well. more… The post Huck Cycles Overland is a US-made Mad Max-style electric moped proving popular in big cities appeared first on Electrek.


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  • Trying To Find A Charge At An Off-Grid Expo
    by David Waterworth on 13/09/2022 at 01:29

    What do you do when you a have a lot of travelling to do and limited access to power? You ask your mates for a hand. In the Aussie tradition of mate ship, I reached out and was offered a top-up, but it didn’t work. Tess was attending the Goomeri Off Grid Expo, and to The post Trying To Find A Charge At An Off-Grid Expo appeared first on EV Obsession.

  • AEVA Presents Electric Vehicles in Australia’s Capital
    by David Waterworth on 29/08/2022 at 06:26

    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) played host to the Australian Electric Vehicles Association’s (AEVA) annual conference earlier this month. Running from August 5 through to 7 and incorporating a conference with gala dinner and 2 days of exhibitions, the event was designed to provide knowledge on current and emerging electric vehicles in the market. Patrons The post AEVA Presents Electric Vehicles in Australia’s Capital appeared first on EV Obsession.

  • Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Pivots to EVs
    by David Waterworth on 28/06/2022 at 02:04

    The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland ran its annual Motorfest day on the 19th June. Sadly, it was the same date as the Noosa EV Expo and I was unable to attend. Many of my friends did and they have graciously allowed me to use their comments. RACQ Events Manager Tamara Van Der Walt said The post Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Pivots to EVs appeared first on EV Obsession.

  • Repowering Gladstone
    by David Waterworth on 16/06/2022 at 22:24

    Gladstone Ecofest, with the motto Repowering Gladstone, has a history of promoting environmental issues, but also difficulty attracting electric vehicles to the event. Locals seem reluctant to display their Teslas (yes, there are some in this huge coal export hub). The fact that the event is sponsored by major energy companies firmly committed to fossil The post Repowering Gladstone appeared first on EV Obsession.

  • Opinion: US Regulators Need To Stop Trying To Silence Elon Musk
    by Johnna Crider on 07/04/2022 at 14:18

    US regulators need to stop attempting to silence Elon Musk. TechCrunch recently reported that US securities regulators said that they have the authority to subpoena the Tesla CEO about his tweets and are pressuring a federal judge to not let Elon “get away with tweeting with abandon.” Earlier this year, Elon Musk called the actions The post Opinion: US Regulators Need To Stop Trying To Silence Elon Musk appeared first on EV Obsession.


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  • Report: Iran blocks SpaceX Starlink website after Elon Musk activated internet for Iranians
    by Johnna Crider on 24/09/2022 at 19:58

    Update, it’s been pointed out that Iran International tagged the Twitter account @SpaceXStarlink which is a commentary account and not affiliated with SpaceX.  We reached out to Iranian International via Twitter asking if they meant SpaceX Starlink or that particular Twitter account. Update: Iran International confirmed that it was indeed Starlink’s website that was blocked.  The post Report: Iran blocks SpaceX Starlink website after Elon Musk activated internet for Iranians appeared first on TESLARATI.

  • Filmmaker offers influencers $100 to bash Tesla, Elon Musk.
    by Johnna Crider on 24/09/2022 at 19:09

    In an emailed tip sent to Teslarati, a reader shared that a filmmaker is hiring 75-100 social media influencers to record themselves bashing Elon Musk and Tesla. According to the tip, which included the screenshot below, the casting call is asking for influencers to bash Tesla, Elon Musk, and autonomous driving.     The short The post Filmmaker offers influencers $100 to bash Tesla, Elon Musk. appeared first on TESLARATI.

  • EV Sales expected to reach all time highs in 2022
    by William Johnson on 23/09/2022 at 23:59

    According to research published by the International Energy Agency, EV sales are expected to reach all-time highs this year. The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently published an analysis of 55 different “energy areas” where the world must improve to achieve net zero carbon emissions. One of these areas is electric vehicles, and according to the The post EV Sales expected to reach all time highs in 2022 appeared first on TESLARATI.

  • Starlink broke top 100 most downloaded iPhone apps on Wednesday
    by Johnna Crider on 23/09/2022 at 23:05

    As Starlink becomes more popular for its high-speed internet services, its rise in popularity on smartphones will grow as well. It’s well on its way according to SensorTower, an app-tracking firm. On Wednesday, the Starlink app was the 54th most downloaded iPhone app for users in the U.S. The Starlink app, which is free to The post Starlink broke top 100 most downloaded iPhone apps on Wednesday appeared first on TESLARATI.

  • An electric Acura NSX is coming… hopefully
    by William Johnson on 23/09/2022 at 22:29

    Acura’s Brand Vice President has stated that there is a high likelihood that the next-generation Acura NSX will be fully-electric. According to an interview by Nikkei Asia with Jon Ikeda, Brand VP for Acura, the next generation of Acura NSX will likely be electric; “I would bet on it,” he stated. This rejuvenation of the The post An electric Acura NSX is coming… hopefully appeared first on TESLARATI.


  • Mercedes-Benz to unveil electric truck with 500 km range
    by [email protected] (Unknown) on 20/06/2022 at 13:29

    The battery-electric eActros LongHaul long-distance truck will be Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ trade show highlight at this year’s IAA Transportation in September in Hanover. The manufacturer announced the 40-ton truck in 2020 and presents the “concept prototype” exactly two years later for the first time. The eActros LongHaul to be shown at IAA provides a preview of the design theme of the series-production vehicle. The tractor unit is also part of the eActros LongHaul test fleet. The first prototypes are already undergoing intensive testing and the eActros LongHaul will be tested on public roads this year. In the coming year, near- production prototypes will got to customers for real-world use testing. Series readiness is planned for 2024. On a single battery charge the eActros LongHaul will have a range of around 500 kilometers. The e-truck will enable high-performance charging – or so-called “megawatt charging.” Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks: “The electrification of heavy long-distance transport is the next milestone on our road to CO2-neutrality. The eActros LongHaul is a battery-electric vehicle which is planned to be economically feasible for our customers. My team and I look forward to presenting this innovative truck to our customers and the public in September.” As part of its pre-launch communications for IAA, Mercedes-Benz Trucks published the first teaser images of the eActros LongHaul concept prototype and announced further technical specifications planned for the production vehicle. The batteries used in the eActros LongHaul employ lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP). These are characterized, above all, by a long service life and more usable energy. The batteries can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in well under 30 minutes at a charging station with an output of about one megawatt. The long range on a single charge in combination with megawatt charging results in overall ranges on a par with conventional trucks and thus enables two-shift operations. The vehicle is also characterized by a particularly well-balanced driveline for a very pleasant driving experience. In addition, the eActros LongHaul features the manufacturer’s numerous safety innovations. The core of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks concept for battery-electric long-distance transport is to offer customers a holistic solution consisting of vehicle technology, consulting, charging infrastructure and services. The eActros LongHaul should be the right choice for customers in terms of profitability, sustainability and reliability. The lion’s share of long-distance transport applications in transporters’ operational practices do not require a range beyond the approximately 500 km the eActros LongHaul makes possible on a single charge. In addition, legal restrictions on the driving times for truck drivers limit the need for longer ranges, depending on the case. For example, truck drivers in the EU must take a minimum of a 45-minute break after a maximum of 4.5 hours of driving. During this time energy for the remaining route can be recharged. The eActros LongHaul is therefore the right choice for transport companies when used regularly on routes that can be planned, given appropriate distances and charging options.

  • Toyota's first battery EV has 500 km range and a solar roof option
    by [email protected] (Unknown) on 29/10/2021 at 14:24

    Toyota will offer the bZ4X in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants. The former will feature a single 150 kW capable of accelerating the car from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 8.4 seconds. Per the WLTC standard, the automaker claims the FWD model’s 71.4 kWh battery will allow it to travel approximately 500 kilometers or 310 miles on a single charge. The battery will support 150 kW DC fast charging, allowing it to go from dead to 80 percent after about 30 minutes of charging. As for the AWD model, it will feature two 80kW motors, one built into each axle, for a total power output of 160 kW. It can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.7 seconds. Toyota estimates the ranges of the AWD model at 460 kilometers or 285 miles on a single charge. In both variants, the battery is integrated into the chassis, a design choice the automaker helps lower the SUV’s center of gravity and improve the rigidity of the chassis.Toyota also plans to equip the bZ4X with some nifty extra features. One of those is a solar roof the automaker says will generate about 1120 miles worth of free power generation. It will also offer a steer-by-wire system that removes the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and front wheels. Both features will be available in select models.The bZ4X will debut in the US and other markets in mid-2022.

  • 680 hp Electric Rallycross RX1E tested by Andreas Mikkelsen
    by [email protected] (Unknown) on 07/05/2021 at 22:04

    Powertrain kits for the 2022 World Rallycross electric supercar class will include two 250kW motors, one on each axle, two inverters and a 52.65kWh battery with an innovative cooling system. The power units will develop 500 kW (680 horsepower). The kit can be retrofitted to existing internal combustion-powered World RX Supercars or built into an all-new chassis. The electric kits are priced at €300,000 with an additional €100,000 for four years of technical support. The cost is lower than the current Supercar power units over the same period. Performance levels of RX1e will be higher than existing ICE Supercars, with a significant power and torque increase and with a contained weight gain. Kreisel Electric, the official supplier of the electrification kit to the world championship, is collaborating with GCK Energy, the approved energy supplier. A prototype World RX1e car has already been tested by Kreisel with impressive results. Having track tested the RX1E powertrain kit installed in a Skoda WRC chassis Andreas Mikkelsen said "It's on another level – absolutely insane" Philipp Kreisel, managing director of Kreisel Electric, said: "We are very happy to confirm that there is good progress on the World RX1e kit and we are fully on schedule. Despite the COVID-19 crisis and the postponement of the series to 2022 we were able to finalize the design of the performance kit and start testing with the mule-car. Beyond this I would like underline the outstanding collaboration with the FIA who make this ground-breaking project possible.” The original intention was to introduce full-electric racing to the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2021. However, following a World Motor Sport Council e-vote in April this year it was decided to delay the implementation until 2022 due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a delay to introducing electrification to the FIA World Rallycross Championship,” said Gyarfas Olah, president of the FIA Off-Road Commission. “Nonetheless, we are committed to a new, electric future which has as guiding principles cost control and demonstration of the huge power capabilities of full electric road car-based Supercars. Together with Kreisel we are developing a performance package which is sustainable and enables teams to be part of a highly-competitive electric racing series. The fans, who are used to very spectacular races in rallycross, will be thrilled by the acceleration power of the coming RX1e cars.”

  • Rolls-Royce and Tecnam to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft in 2026
    by [email protected] (Unknown) on 12/03/2021 at 11:34

    Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are joining forces with Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, ready for revenue service in 2026. The project expands on the successful research programme between Rolls-Royce and Widerøe on sustainable aviation and the existing partnership between Rolls-Royce and Tecnam on powering the all-electric P-Volt aircraft.Stein Nilsen, Chief Executive, Widerøe said: “Norway’s extensive network of short take-off and landing airports is ideal for zero emissions technologies. This aircraft shows how quickly new technology can and will be developed, and that we are on track with our ambition of flying with zero emissions around 2025.”Rob Watson, Director – Rolls-Royce Electrical, said: “Electrification will help us deliver our ambition to enable the markets in which we operate achieve net zero carbon by 2050. This collaboration strengthens our existing relationships with Tecnam and Widerøe as we look to explore what is needed to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market. It also demonstrates Rolls-Royce’s ambitions to be the leading supplier of all-electric and hybrid electric propulsion and power systems across multiple aviation markets.”The programme will look to cover all elements of developing and delivering an all-electric passenger aircraft that could be used in the Norwegian market from 2026. Due to its topography, Norway makes extensive use of aviation for regional connectivity and has an ambition for all domestic flights to be zero emissions by 2040. Rolls-Royce will bring its expertise in propulsion and power systems, Tecnam will provide aircraft design, manufacturing and certification capabilities. Widerøe’s mission will be to ensure that all competence and requirements of an airline operator are in place for entry into service in 2026.Andreas Aks, Chief Strategy Officer, Widerøe, added: “We are highly excited to be offered the role as launch operator, but also humble about the challenges of putting the world’s first zero emissions aircraft into service. Our mission is to have all new capabilities, processes and procedures required for a zero emissions operator, designed and approved in parallel with the aircraft being developed and certified.”Fabio Russo, Chief Project R and D and Product Development, Tecnam, said: “It is incredible to see the interest around the P-Volt, not only coming from regional airlines, but also from smart mobility-based companies. This last year has demonstrated the importance of promoting capillary connections between small communities, while reducing the congestion of the main hubs. The P-Volt, like the P2012 Traveller today, will perfectly fit the scope of this programme. We are honoured and pleased to see the level of enthusiasm Widerøe and our partner Rolls-Royce are dedicating to this project.”The collaboration offers an opportunity to develop an exciting solution to the commuter aircraft market. Before the pandemic, Widerøe offered around 400 flights per day using a network of 44 airports, where 74% of the flights have distances less than 275 km. The shortest flight durations are between seven and fifteen minutes. Developing all-electric aircraft will enable people to be connected in a sustainable way and will fulfill Wideroe’s ambition to make its first all-electric flight by 2026. The all-electric P-Volt aircraft, which is based on the 11-seat Tecnam P2012 Traveller aircraft is ideal for the short take-off and landing as well as for routes in the North and the West Coast of Norway.Rolls-Royce and Widerøe announced a joint research programme in 2019. The aim of the programme was to evaluate and develop electrical aircraft concepts that would fulfil the Norwegian ambition of having the first electrified aircraft in ordinary domestic scheduled flights by 2030 and 80% emission reduction in domestic flights by 2040.Rolls-Royce also has an existing strategic partnership with Tecnam to develop the modified Tecnam P2010 aircraft with the H3PS1 propulsion system, the first parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system for General Aviation started together with Rotax in May 2018.

  • All-electric 530hp BMW i4 reaches 100 km/h in four seconds
    by [email protected] (Unknown) on 25/01/2021 at 22:59

    When an ideal balance is called for between dynamics and ride comfort, the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series models consistently set the benchmark within their segments in the premium market. In terms of electrically powered vehicles, the new BMW i4 is set to take on this role very soon. The first purely electrically powered 4-door Gran Coupé enriches locally emission-free mobility with sheer driving pleasure. “For the first time, we’ve developed a BMW with sporty DNA for purely electric driving entirely from scratch,” explains project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho. “The BMW i4 offers everything BMW stands for – and it’s fully electric, too.” A few months prior to its world premiere, the BMW i4 is currently completing the final phase of driving dynamics testing. The focus here is on the integrated application of all drive and suspension components, ensuring that the spontaneous power delivery of the electric motor is combined with precisely controllable handling in every situation, fascinating cornering dynamics, optimised traction in all weather and road conditions and perfectly balanced ride comfort. For the purpose of this fine-tuning process, the BMW Group applies its technological expertise in the areas of drive and suspension drawn from decades of experience. This gives the new BMW i4 a mature premium character and makes for a driving experience that is unique within the competitive environment. Excitingly calm: sprinting with the BMW i4.With a maximum output of up to 390 kW/530 hp, the electric powertrain in the BMW i4 enables impressive acceleration manoeuvres: it reaches the 100 km/h mark in just four seconds from standstill. But even more impressive than its pure sprint capacity is the driving response it conveys. A model-specific damper technology reduces the dipping movements of the body at the moment of set-off, while the actuator-related wheel slip limitation (ARB) developed by BMW with its extremely fast and precise control guarantees optimum traction and perfect straight-line stability at all times – even on slippery road surfaces. This makes the catapult-like sprint in the new BMW i4 an experience that is both exciting and carefree, because it is not affected by drive slip or course corrections. However, fascinating acceleration is only one aspect of the superior performance characteristics that define the BMW i4. Other distinguishing features include its spontaneous reactions to every movement – not just of the accelerator pedal but also of the steering and the brake pedal. The prerequisites for this high level of agility and precision are anchored in the underlying vehicle concept of the BMW i4. This includes the car's long wheelbase, wide track widths, model-specific camber values, large wheels, as well as the high torsional rigidity and the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and weight balance. Effortless precision: taking the bend on the ideal line.All these parameters were taken into account in detail in the integrated application of the drive and suspension components so as to ensure hallmark BMW sporty flair in every situation on the road. The design and tuning of the suspension and damping systems consistently ensure optimum road contact. At the same time, the virtually silent drive in combination with the sophisticated suspension technology gives the impression of an effortlessly floating vehicle even at higher speeds, entirely unaffected by bumps in the road or difficult traction conditions. “The BMW i4 conveys the feeling of being light and agile yet also solid and authoritative,” says project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho. “With its superior directional reliability and high level of cornering stability, it seems to literally attach itself to the road. All electric vehicles are capable of fast straight-line acceleration. But that’s not enough for us at BMW.” The BMW i4 is also effortlessly controllable – even in highly dynamic driving situations. In addition to its neutral self-steering behaviour and its powerful, precisely controllable brakes, the steering in the BMW i4 is a major contributing factor here: it responds directly and with a high degree of accuracy, offering the driver precise feedback at all times while remaining entirely independent of drive forces, even during intensive acceleration or deceleration. Lane changes at high speeds are mastered with ease, while relaxed driving over long distances is ensured by the speed-related Servotronic power steering and the fact that the vehicle is largely insusceptible to any disruption caused by road bumps. Typical BMW: the unique balance between sporty flair and ride comfort.The distinctive driving dynamics of the BMW i4 derive partly from the fact that its performance characteristics are not achieved at the expense of driving comfort. The purely electrically powered Gran Coupé is characterised by unrestricted suitability for day-to-day use. Fitted with a high-voltage storage system featuring the latest battery cell technology that enables a range of up to 600 kilometres (WLTP), the chassis technology of the BMW i4 is designed for long-distance comfort, too. It is based on the high-quality damper technology, supplemented with model-specific components and separately tuned. This effectively reduces body vibrations due to road unevenness and on bends. The model-specific fine-tuning of the suspension and damping contributes significantly to the harmonious driving characteristics of the BMW i4.


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  • London City becomes first major airport to be fully remote controlled
    by E&T editorial staff on 30/04/2021 at 12:35

    Air traffic controllers normally sit in a tower with panoramic windows overlooking the airport runway. However, this digital control tower allows the London Docklands-based airfield to be managed from approximately 80 miles away in an office block in Swanwick, Hampshire. The new 50m-tall digital control tower features 16 HD cameras: 14 static and two able to pan, tilt and zoom. The tower has metal spikes on top to keep birds away from the cameras and each camera has a self-cleaning mechanism to prevent insects and debris from making the lenses dirty. The project cost just under £20m. Live video, audio and radar data are transmitted to the base of air traffic control provider NATS, where it is displayed across 14 screens in a control room. The panoramic moving images can be overlaid with useful information, such as aircraft call signs, altitude, speed and weather readings. This augmented or enhanced reality view allows the same number of controllers to deal with a larger number of plane movements. The airport will be able to handle 45 plane movements per hour, up from 40 in 2019. The airport began planning for a digital tower in 2016, when it realised it would need to invest significantly in its old control tower to support larger planes as part of its £500m expansion. The remote tower technology was developed by Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions and has been tested at remote airports in Sweden. Construction of the new tower was completed in 2019 and the quiet switch to full remote control occurred in January of this year. “This is the UK’s first major digital control tower and represents a significant technological and operational achievement, especially against the backdrop of Covid-19,” said Juliet Kennedy, operations director at NATS. “Digital tower technology tears up a blueprint that’s remained largely unchanged for 100 years, allowing us to safely manage aircraft from almost anywhere while providing our controllers with valuable new tools that would be impossible in a traditional control tower.” London City COO Alison FitzGerald commented that the remote-control aspect “always raises an eyebrow” from passengers, although this is not a cost-cutting measure: “This isn’t about removing air traffic controllers. It’s more about making it safer and making it more efficient.” She added that it could in future enable flights that would previously have been cancelled or diverted due to poor visibility to take off or land at the airport. According to Jonathan Astill, airports director at NATS, access to information means the digital system is a “better tool to use in keeping aircraft apart” than the conventional method. He added that the fibre connection between London City and Swanwick is “resilient to cyber-attack” and “very difficult to hack into”. If a link is lost, there is always a back-up. In future, more airports could adapt remote air traffic control, so London City’s new set-up will be watched with interest. Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye told Reuters: “When we look at our expansion plans that includes remote control towers.”  

  • Cranfield Airport becomes first in the UK to install digital air traffic control centre
    by E&T editorial staff on 13/12/2018 at 11:50

    Opened by the Aviation Minister Liz Sugg, controllers at the Airport will be able to use live footage from high-definition cameras to direct take-offs and landings. The technology replicates what can be seen through the windows of a traditional air traffic control tower and presents a live feed of panoramic views displayed on 14 screens in an operations room at the airport. According to Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, which installed the system, it enables smarter approaches to air traffic control by digitising and integrating airport functions and improves a controller’s situational awareness, enabling quick and informed decisions. It also provides the ability to zoom in on aircraft and locate them in times of poor visibility. Around 20,000 take-offs and landings are carried out every year at Cranfield, which hosts light aircraft, business jets and aviation research. “Cranfield’s new control centre is a fantastic example of harnessing technology to improve the efficiency of flights,” Sugg said. “The upcoming Aviation Strategy consultation will set out how the Government proposes to encourage the use of innovative technology to achieve sustainable aviation growth and enhance passengers’ experience.” Cranfield Airport is working with the Civil Aviation Authority to complete the transition from its traditional tower to the new centre. It is the first time a digital ATC centre has been used at a UK airport although the technology has already been tested in Australia, Sweden, Norway and Ireland. Saab Digital Air Services chief executive Johan Klintberg said: “This is a historic moment for air travel in the United Kingdom and shows the future of the UK’s aviation sector lies in leading-edge technology combined with operational expertise.” Rob Abbott, director of aviation operations at Cranfield University, which owns the airport, said: “The new digital system will improve our air traffic controllers’ situational awareness, enabling quick and informed decisions, leading to opportunities for improved safety and efficiency. With our partners, Saab, we are working extremely closely with the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, to ensure we meet all the safety standards required of traditional air traffic control systems.” London City Airport is currently building a digital tower linked to the Hampshire base of ATC provider Nats. This is expected to be fully operational in January 2020.

  • Modernising airspace more important than new runway says regulator
    by Tereza Pultarova on 12/09/2016 at 23:00

    According to Andrew Haines, UK airspace is managed using structures designed in the 1960s and 1970s. Employing modern approaches and technologies would not only improve air capacity but also decrease noise levels on the ground and reduce the amount of pollution generated by the aircraft. "Unless we modernise our airspace, in London in particular but the UK as a whole, then we will not be able to use that additional runway wherever it is because the levels of congestion we have are very severe,” Haines told the PA news agency. He further added that expanding Heathrow or Gatwick without redesigning airspace would be "like building a brand new car park and forgetting to build the access road to it". Modern navigation technologies, for example, allow air traffic controllers to queue aircraft more efficiently on approach. Currently, a method known as stack holding is commonly used when there are too many planes approaching and the runway is for some reason not immediately available to accommodate them. The stack holding procedure requires aircraft to fly 300m apart while spiralling down from 3,400m to 2,000m in preparation for landing. The new technologies would allow so-called linear holding, in which the planes queue in a straight line at 6,000m. Queueing at this altitude would reduce noise impact at ground level as well as improve fuel efficiency. "How you configure the airspace probably has more noise impact on the local community than anything else," said Haines. "It's not an issue that has got anything like the same level of political or media attention as runways." The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in June that the long-awaited decision on which airport should be expanded would be delayed until at least October following David Cameron's resignation as prime minister. The Davies Commission recommended in July last year that a third runway should be built at Heathrow. Other shortlisted options are extending the airport's existing northern runway or building a second runway at Gatwick. Haines said it would be wrong to think that expanding either Heathrow or Gatwick would be ‘materially easier than the other’ in terms of managing the impact on communities. A spokesman for the Department of Transport said the DfT is in the process of reviewing existing airspace and noise policies and will consult on proposals in due course. He said that from a noise perspective Gatwick "obviously has fewer people affected" but those residents have lower ambient noise and "tend to react much more strongly to increases".

  • European aircraft to use satellites to lower CO2 emissions
    by By Georgina Bloomfield on 09/08/2016 at 23:00

    Currently, most communication between aircraft and air traffic is done verbally. But aircraft are also able to utilise a data link system for sending and receiving instructions and information via text messaging. However, this service has limited range and capacity because it utilises heavily-used radio frequency bands – so of the thousands of flights operating across Europe, only very few use data link communication. The European Space Agency (ESA) has joined forces with the SESAR Joint Undertaking, an aviation framework programme, to ensure that the aviation sector can reap the full benefit of available satellite services. Last year, a demonstration project was completed during which a secure satellite data link (CPDLC) was established between an aircraft and an air traffic controller, providing both with continuous information updates. The drawback of the data link is that, as with all digital information, it’s vulnerable to attack by hackers, who may for example want to send false information to the pilot. For this reason, SINTEF researchers have set in motion a highly detailed risk analysis of what might go wrong. "We're currently working closely with many organisations such as Inmarsat, Airbus, Boeing and Honeywell in order to acquire information", says Karin Bernsmed at SINTEF. "All companies operate with their own security requirements, and our job is to look into the various threats that are giving them cause for concern", she says. SINTEF researchers have previously developed an authentication system that enables pilots and air traffic controllers to confirm with whom they are communicating. Moreover, they have also been responsible for implementing the proposed system and integrating it with a smart card supplied by the UK firm CGI. The system is currently being tested and will soon be certified for operational use. With a doubling of flights across European air space to be expected during the next ten to twenty years, demand for a reliable system is high. "If you try to trick the system, you will be denied access to the service", says Bernsmed. The new study includes an assessment of how the authentication system can be expanded. For example, will the airlines get the opportunity to use it? SINTEF also recognises a need for more stringent security requirements. For example, confidentiality must be guaranteed when sensitive information is transmitted using the data link. The potential users of satellite communication are many, and achieving watertight security is a key element of the study. Satellite communication is one of many initiatives that will make it possible to transmit more precise instructions from air traffic control centres and thus achieve smoother flight paths. This will reduce fuel use and environmentally-harmful emissions. Because airline flight paths are closely linked to aviation corridors, pilots are in contact with several air traffic controllers, and in reality fly along a series of point-to-point sections. This means that flight paths may appear as "zig-zags", and are not aerodynamically optimal. On average, due to the zig-zag nature of their flight paths, current flights are about 42 kilometres longer than they need to be. Bernsmed's colleague at SINTEF, Hans Erik Swendgaard, tells Gemini that flight safety will be greatly improved once it is possible to receive instructions and exchange information with air traffic controllers via a satellite data link across large expanses of ocean. "Another factor is that air travel is really and fundamentally all about customer satisfaction, and the airlines' attempts to meet ever-increasing customer expectations of in-flight internet and broadband access", he says. "It may be a pricing issue, but an offer of access to good internet connections via satellite will be attractive to many planning to take long flights", says Swendgaard. One area which gets relatively little attention concerns the internal text messages exchanged between an aircraft and the airline's ground stations (ACARS). This system is used to exchange a great deal of information that enables pilots to keep to their departure and arrival schedules as cost-effectively as possible. A satellite data link enables them to exchange text messages over wide expanses of ocean and other areas where radio channels are unavailable. An Airbus aircraft was the first to test the data link and smart card, on 23 February this year. The test was carried out as part of this project because it required the installation of dedicated on board equipment.

  • Digital air traffic control towers trialled by UK airports
    by By Jack Loughran on 17/07/2016 at 23:00

    The Swedish company,  which specialises in defence and security, said the use of cameras and sensors for air traffic control could make towers as we know them ‘obsolete’ by 2025. The firm has already tested the technology in the US, Sweden, Australia, Norway and Ireland. Cameras are used to relay information about what is happening on the runway to a remote control room. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is trialling the use of digital towers at Cork and Shannon airports, with air traffic managed at a control centre hundreds of miles away at Dublin airport. Nats, Britain's air navigation service provider, said it is considering a number of potential digital projects in the UK. Ornskoldsvik Airport in Sweden was the first in the world to get such a system approved.  Since 2015, flights have been controlled by a remote tower in Sundsvall, 110 miles away. Leesburg Airport in Virginia, US, is also testing the technology. Saab said the installation and operation of digital airport systems come at a fraction of the cost of a traditional tower, without affecting safety. The system was demonstrated at last week's Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire which was unfortunately evacuated following a heavy downpour.  A number of major airports across Europe are considering utilising the system, Saab said. "Digital towers have the potential to be transformational for many British airports and are testament to the way technology is transforming our airports,” said Per Ahl, the company’s vice-president. "For almost a century the control tower has physically been at the centre of airports as a bricks and mortar installation, but digital technology is ushering in a new age, where air traffic controllers are pooled together to create efficiencies. "We are in conversation with a number of British airports who are interested in our technology and I am confident that in a decade the traditional tower will become obsolete as digital technology becomes the norm." Steve Anderson, head of transformation at Nats, said: "Remote towers are an exciting technological development for our industry. "Delivering airport air traffic services remotely from centralised locations could be transformational for our business and we are actively exploring a number of potential opportunities in the UK."

  • US drone registration system expected to launch in December
    by By Jack Loughran on 09/11/2015 at 00:00

    Owners of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would probably have to sign up on online or with a smartphone app and put a visible registration number on the drone.According to two people familiar with the matter, responsibility for registering is expected to fall to the owner, rather than the manufacturer or retail vendor, but the task force may recommend that no penalties be applied for first-time noncompliance.The process is expected to be simpler than the current, paper-based, registration system for manned aircraft.Although the 25-member task force has reached no final decisions after three days of meetings last week, discussions are expected to continue via teleconference over the next two weeks.The sources said the meetings that have already taken place focused largely on top-line issues, leaving details on specific requirements and privacy questions for later discussions.The committee is due to deliver formal recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration by 20 November.US aviation regulators expect to begin implementing registration in December. They said that such a system would help authorities to combat a surge in rogue drone flights near airports and other public sites.Ministers in the UK have also considered placing restrictions on UAVs following a number of near misses with aircraft.Google recently announced it was expecting to launch its ‘Project Wing’ drone delivery service to customers in 2017 but that a registry system such as the one proposed would need to be implemented before this.Project leader David Vos has predicted that other steps, including air traffic control systems for low-altitude drone flights, could follow within the next 12 months.

  • Boris Johnson: Heathrow expansion is 'investing in decline'
    by By Edd Gent on 06/09/2015 at 23:00

    After a three-year study, the Airports Commission recommended Heathrow as the best location for an additional runway designed to boost the UK's air capacity in July. However, Johnson has now sent a 30-page dossier to MPs and peers, attacking the decision.The Mayor has long championed proposals for a new four-runway airport built on an artificial island in the Thames estuary dubbed 'Boris Island'. The commission rejected the scheme this time last year due to the £112bn price tag – roughly five times as much as the short-listed alternatives.In his dossier, Johnson - MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip - claims that building a third runway at the west London airport would mean "investing in decline", as the commission's own report showed that the proposal would not solve capacity issues.Johnson said: "The Airports Commission has spent several years in the production of a gigantic ball of wool that they are now attempting to pull over the eyes of the nation."The figures teased out of their report on the fall in domestic and even long-haul connectivity show that as a nation, by expanding Heathrow, we would merely be investing in decline. Their report very clearly shows that a third runway will fail both London and the UK on every level."Johnson's staff claim figures "buried" in the Commission's report show that an expanded Heathrow would offer six fewer daily long-haul destinations in 2030 and the dossier stated that only four UK cities will have a connection to the UK hub in 2030 - three fewer than today."Our great nation is sleepwalking its way towards becoming a bit-part player in the aviation world. Now is the time for boldness. Now is the time to build an airport that can fulfil the needs of every corner of the UK," Johnson added.In making his decision, the commission's chairman Sir Howard Davies expressed "serious doubts about the delivery and operation" of the Boris Island development and said the commission chose expansion at Heathrow because it predicted it would create the most jobs and make the most money for the UK.Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the Government will make a decision on airport expansion by the end of the year.A Heathrow spokesman said: "The Airports Commission has been unanimous and unambiguous that only expansion of Heathrow will keep Britain as a leading aviation hub and it can do so while still meeting environmental targets and being fair to local communities."It concludes that expanding Heathrow would enhance connections between the UK regions and London and its associated onward connectivity."

  • Google to help tackle drone traffic management
    by By Rebecca Northfield on 23/07/2015 at 23:00

    The search engine has signed agreements with Nasa, along with at least 14 other companies including Amazon, Verizon Communications and Harris, to help make a system to manage small, low-altitude drones to prevent mid-air collisions and disrupt companies’ operations.In the future, commercial drones are expected to fill the skies in cities and other urban areas and UAV crashes are far more likely, but according to Bloomberg Business, the government has yet to verify who will manage the system or how it will be controlled, and it is asking for ideas.“We think the airspace side of this picture is really not a place where any one entity or any one organisation can think of taking charge,” Dave Vos, who heads Google’s Project Wing told Bloomberg News. “The idea being that it’s not ‘Google is going to go out and build a solution and everyone else has to subscribe to it'. The idea really is anyone should be free to build a solution.”Nasa is calling this potential system the Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management, in which computers will order drones to fly around each other, as well as obstacles like buildings and birds.As well as the verified companies, more than 100 other establishments and universities have shown interest in the project and many will attend a conference on the idea next week, which will be sponsored by Nasa.According to Bloomberg Business, much interest will indeed be needed before commercial drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines and survey crops.It has yet to be decided whether the system will be a private or a public one.

  • Drone in near-miss with Lufthansa plane
    by By Edd Gent on 20/07/2015 at 23:00

    The incident happened about three miles from the airport as the plan arrived from Munich at about 4pm local time yesterday afternoon, according to Warsaw airport spokesman Przemyslaw Przybylski.The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) came within 300ft of the plane, he said, adding that Polish police are investigating the incident to determine who was operating the drone, which should not have been flying in that location.Mikolaj Karpinski, of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, told the TVN24 broadcaster that the pilots immediately reported the drone to air traffic controllers, who redirected the plane. He added that he considered the incident to be serious.A drone had a near-miss with a plane at Heathrow Airport last July that resulted in calls for tougher regulations of the booming UAV sector as well as stricter requirements for their operators.

  • TV signals 'to replace radars' in aircraft tracking
    by By Laura Onita on 09/06/2015 at 23:00

    During the trials, researchers said they were able to track 30 planes simultaneously flying at altitudes of up to 11,000ft by monitoring how aircraft interfered with TV signals. Traditionally TV signals use different chunks of the radio spectrum to radar, but both bounce off solid objects.  The new system costs less, suffers less interference from wind farms and could be more accurate than radar, according to the researchers. However, they stressed that more work has to be done.“Questions around resilience and service standards need to be answered and we’d need to explore formal agreements with the broadcasters, but this is very exciting and we’ll be looking to further develop the concept over the next five years,” said Nats engineer Nick Young.The study involved a TV signal broadcast by a transmitter at Crystal Palace in London and specialist receivers were used to measure the directions of the signal reflected by the aircraft. They studied the time difference it took to be received compared to the unobstructed TV signal to then deduce the various planes’ locations.“Specialist receivers then measure the directions of the signal echoes and the time taken for them to arrive in order to calculate the aircraft’s location,” said Young.Another trial was conducted in Liverpool that suggested the signals were less susceptible to the interference wind turbines cause to traditional radar – a problem that has affected the renewables industry in recent years.Radars can pick up the rotating blades of a wind turbine as they enter a specific velocity range – a typical wind farm can have turbines moving at aircraft speed, so radars may detect it, thinking it’s an aircraft.Reductions in cost could be a considerable advantage, Young said, and it would also free up radio spectrum for other uses. It is not an entirely new idea: it was previously trialled in 1935 by radio innovator Sir Robert Watson-Watt.The research was been carried out with the defence firm Thales UK and Roke Manor over the past two years.

  • Real-time data sharing to cut airport waiting times
    by By Laura Onita on 17/05/2015 at 23:00

    Researchers at University of Lincoln have proposed a new holistic framework for airports that combines the scheduling and routing of aircraft, 4-Dimentional Trajectory (4DT) optimisation, plus runway and airport bus scheduling.With increasing air traffic, rising fuel costs and stricter environmental targets, the proposals could reduce delays, improve efficiency and cut pollution at major airports, researchers said.“By 2030, it is forecasted that the number of airline passengers globally will double to about 6 billion per year,” lead author Dr Michal Weiszer said.The framework focuses on detailed fuel consumption at different power settings, which was not considered in previous studies, according to engineers.It was tested on real-world data at Doha International Airport that closed in 2014 to make way for the new commercial airport Hamad International Airport.“Without action, 12 per cent of flights could not be accommodated because of lack of airport capacity", Weiszer said.“This, together with the global effort to meet ambitious environmental targets, such as ensuring ground operations in Europe are emission-free by 2050, combined with rising fuel costs, is pushing the airlines and airports to reduce fuel consumption and their operational costs as much as possible.”The Lincoln team used a multi-objective algorithm to aggregate different data, usually analysed on its own, such as ground movement of both aircraft vehicles, runway scheduling and ground services, landing time, pushback time and aircraft ground position.“In this study we tested a new concept, which is the cooperation and sharing of real-time data between airports, aircraft operators, ground workers and air traffic control in order to reduce delays, improve the predictability of events and optimise resource,” Weiszer said.The researchers believe the most benefit would be obtained by large and busy airports, where the runway needs to be used as efficiently as possible, with high volume traffic on the airport surface and increased need of ground services.The model was published in the journal Applied Energy.

  • Planes could be hacked through in-flight entertainment system
    by By Edd Gent on 14/04/2015 at 23:00

    The threat was identified in a new report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighting emerging cybersecurity challenges faced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which also included protecting air traffic control systems from cyber-attacks and clarifying the cybersecurity responsibilities of multiple FAA offices.GAO investigators spoke to cyber-security experts who said on-board firewalls intended to protect avionics from hackers could be breached if flight control and entertainment systems use the same wiring and routers."Internet connectivity in the cabin should be considered a direct link between the aircraft and the outside world, which includes potential malicious actors," the report said.FAA Administrator Michael Huerta concurred with the GAO's findings and said the aviation regulator has begun working with government security experts including the National Security Agency to identify the necessary changes."This threat will continue to evolve and it is something that needs to be at the forefront of our thinking," he told a Senate oversight panel.One cybersecurity expert told the GAO investigators that "a virus or malware" planted on websites visited by passengers could provide an opportunity for a malicious attack."This report exposed a real and serious threat – cyberattacks on an aircraft in flight," said US Representative Peter DeFazio, ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee."FAA must focus on aircraft certification standards that would prevent a terrorist with a laptop in the cabin or on the ground from taking control of an airplane through the passenger Wi-Fi system."The report also said that despite the FAA taking steps to protect air traffic control systems from cyber-attacks, significant weaknesses remain.While the report conceded that the regulator had agreed to address the weaknesses, the authors say its failure to develop a cyber-security threat model to identify potential vulnerabilities in its information systems means it may not be properly allocating its cyber-defence resources.Further informationPlane safety: five technologies that could save your life

  • �70m boost for UK science and engineering projects
    by By Laura Onita on 19/03/2015 at 00:00

    In response to growing concerns over air transport capacity and rising demand, a major £2.8m project, called OR-MASTER, will use advanced modelling techniques to unlock additional capacity from the UK’s existing airports.Mathematicians at the Universities of Lancaster and Stirling will work closely with airlines and airports to come up with solution algorithms to improve the efficiency of airports and in doing so reduce passenger delays.Professor Konstantinos G. Zografos, project lead at Lancaster University, said: "Existing approaches to airport slot allocation do not consider all the real-world complexity involved. Therefore, there is room to improve airport capacity utilization which will benefit airlines, airports and the travelling public.”The research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), alongside the universities that are to benefit from the £70m boost. The support comprises more than £30m of capital funding for 31 bundles of new equipment such as ultra-bright lasers, electron microscopes and advanced x-ray imaging.In addition, more than £40m will be invested in research projects spanning physical sciences and engineering, according to EPSRC.Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s chief executive, said: “Put simply, investment in world-class projects, equipment and people helps to make the UK the best place in the world to research, discover and innovate.”Another potentially ground breaking project is SeeBiByte. Computer scientists at the University of Oxford plan on using their £4.5m grant to develop the next generation of computer vision methods that are able to analyse, describe and search image and video content with human-like capabilities.Image analytics is still in an early stage of development so SeeBiByte could impact the way we use extracted information in various sectors such as healthcare, surveillance or the environmental monitoring of roads.Other engineering projects include: 'Mobile Robotics - enabling a pervasive technology of the future' (University of Oxford, £5m) and 'SynFabFun – from membrane material synthesis to fabrication and function' (Newcastle University, £4.5m).

  • Talking drone could ease concerns over aviation safety
    by By Laura Onita on 27/02/2015 at 00:00

    The project was designed to integrate the drones into civil airspace without fears of causing disruption to air traffic management.The software enables drones to respond to information requests and act on clearance issued by air traffic centres using an automated voice recognition system and response technology.Reece Clothier, leader of the research team at RMIT University, said drones needed to be able to fly safely alongside other airspace users.“The majority of air traffic control services are provided to aircraft by voice radio – aircraft controllers speaking directly to pilots,” said Clothier.A prototype was successfully tested late last year and further research is planned to assess the effect of a talking drone on air traffic controller communications.“Our project aimed to develop and demonstrate an autonomous capability that would allow a drone to verbally interact with air traffic controllers.“Using the system we’ve developed, an air traffic controller can talk to, and receive responses from, a drone just like they would with any other aircraft.”Drone makers are expecting a surge in sales as UAVs are the fastest growing sector of the aviation industry. Figures from CES show that the global market for consumer drones will approach $130m in revenue in 2015.However, safety concerns have led industry figures to call for clearer and stricter regulation of the use of unmanned air systems.The talking drone is the brainchild of RMIT University, Thales Australia and UFA Inc.Watch the video:

  • Airport technology to cut flight delays
    by By Laura Onita on 22/01/2015 at 00:00

    The programme, Departure Planning Information (DPI), is being introduced at seven further airports across the UK after previously being in place only at Gatwick and Heathrow. It is being rolled out by the Transport Systems Catapult in partnership with air traffic services provider NATS.The technology enables airports to send out real-time information about the departure of a plane to European air traffic control centres, improving the flow of air traffic on the continent."When you consider that this roll-out covers over 30 per cent of all commercial air transport flights taking off in the UK every day, then you start to realise the scale of improvement that we're talking about,” said Steve Yianni, chief executive of Transport Systems Catapult, in a statement.Apart from improving passenger delays and the airspace efficiency, DPI could lead to a reduction in fuel consumption, noise pollution and carbon emissions.Following a review of the programme and its impact on the UK airport networks, it was estimated that “at least £10m” worth of savings could be achieved with the new technology.  "If the offline test results are replicated for real once the systems go live in the coming months, then we can expect to see less delays for passengers, both on the ground and in the air, as well as reduced fuel costs for the airlines and less harm to the environment."The airports that will benefit from DPI are London City, Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Luton, and according to Yianni expansion plans to integrate other airports in the scheme are expected."So far, only a small proportion of airports in mainland Europe are using this technology, and they tend to be among the continent's biggest hubs. By extending DPI capability in the UK from major international hubs to regional level airports, the Transport Systems Catapult is helping to put the UK at the forefront of European air space efficiency," Yianni said."The DPI project is a key deliverable for the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy and with the Catapult’s support we have been able to update NATS control tower systems to provide this more accurate information to our controllers and the European Air Transport Network," said Andy Shand, NATS general manager of customer affairs. "With DPI, our controllers will have a more accurate prediction of take-off times, and this in turn will allow our airport and airline customers to better plan their operations, while NATS will be able to offer more fuel-efficient routes.”

  • UN to put forward 15-minute flight-tracking standard
    by By Laura Onita on 07/01/2015 at 00:00

    The intermittent reporting system comes as a precaution in the aftermath of the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 last March that sparked a consensual need for a new standard to make it possible to pinpoint the exact last location of a plane.According to a spokesman from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), if approved, the standard could go into effect in the near-term since it would not require additional technology on planes. The proposal is to be discussed at a safety conference in Montreal next month by ICAO members.     "If member states agree to the standard, the safety conference will also be asked how quickly it expects it to be implemented and if it would want ICAO to expedite that process," Anthony Philbin, ICAO spokesman, told Reuters."Once our states have made their views known in that regard, we'll have a better idea of the timeframe," he added.Although ICAO can effectively force airlines to act because the standards it sets usually become regulatory demands in its 191 member states, the agency thinks the decision should be consensual.Most airlines use satellite systems to track their planes and according to the ICAO the majority of long-haul planes already have systems in place that can transmit the specific route and location. However, the equipment is not always turned on, which leads to gaps in satellite coverage.On 8 March 2014 a Boeing 777 operated by Malaysia Airlines and with 239 people on board disappeared from air traffic control radars. The incident spurred what has since become the largest search operation in the history of aviation.UK satellite operator Inmarsat proved early in the investigation that the plane must have veered off its original course to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur and strayed thousands of kilometres into the Indian Ocean before running out of fuel.

  • Acoustic equipment to search for AirAsia black boxes
    by By Laura Onita on 02/01/2015 at 00:00

    Bad weather prevented the divers from looking for the wreck of the Airbus A320-200, which was carrying 162 people from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. According to France’s BAE, a ship with two hydrophones – underwater listening devices – was due to arrive at the scene with experts from France, Singapore and Indonesia aboard."With the increasing amount of evidence and data, it's very likely we're getting closer to the fuselage of the AirAsia aircraft, based on what has been detected by sea vessels," Supriadi, operations director of the Indonesian search and rescue agency, told reporters.Once found, the black boxes would determine the sequence of events that led to the crash of Flight QZ8501. Search teams based in the northern Java Sea, close to Karimata Strait, have recovered bodies along with debris such as a suitcase, an emergency slide and a life jacket. Experts say that finding the boxes should be relatively straightforward if the beacons, with a range of 2,000m to 3,000m, are working and given Flight QZ8501 crashed in shallow seas.The theory put forward by investigators is that the plane stalled as it climbed steeply to avoid a storm about 40 minutes after take-off.The plane was travelling at 9,753m and had asked to fly at 11,582m. Air traffic controllers received no response after they granted permission for a rise to 10,363m a few minutes later.The search for the jet is unlikely to be as technologically challenging as the two-year search for an Air France plane that crashed in the Atlantic in 2009 or for Malaysian Flight 370, which disappeared last year.On board Flight QZ8501 were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain. The co-pilot was French. No survivors have been found so far.  

  • Independent inquiry into air traffic failure
    by Laura Onita on 15/12/2014 at 00:00

    The technical error, deemed “simply unacceptable” by UK’s Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, caused travel chaos with hundreds of flights being cancelled or delayed to and from London.In a joint statement, the CAA and the National Air Traffic service, said: “The CAA will, in consultation with NATS, appoint an independent chair of the panel which will consist of NATS technical experts, a board member from the CAA and independent experts on information technology, air traffic management and operational resilience.”The review will cover the root causes of the incident and further measures to prevent a repeat scenario, with the full terms of reference expected to be published after consultation with "interested parties including airlines and consumer groups".According to Richard Deakin, chief executive of NATS, failures of this sort are extremely rare and when they do occur it is because they are unprecedented.“If they do occur, root causes are identified and corrections made to prevent them happening again. We have never seen a repeat occurrence once a fix has been made.”However, according to the software analysis company CAST, it is unlikely that the issue has been fully resolved despite the fact that the glitch was caused by “one line of code in four million” and it was fixed in less than an hour."The challenge is that we have around 50 different systems at Swanwick and around four million lines of code. This particular glitch was buried in one of those four million lines of code,” CAST said in a statement.The technical failure generated major outcry from passengers who took on Twitter to complain, but also from British government officials.Paul Flynn, a Labour MP, told The Sunday Times: "I hope after the chaos, which was dreadful, though a rare event, he will have his bonuses stripped from him," talking about Deakin.Another incident in December last year hit the NATS hub at Swanwick when thousands of passengers were left stranded and the disruption was felt beyond Britain.

  • London airspace in chaos after air traffic computer glitch
    by Laura Onita on 12/12/2014 at 00:00

    Although the airspace has not been closed, flights were halted at some of the UK’s major airports causing severe delays for passengers.According to the BBC, Martin Rolfe, managing director of the National Air Traffic Services (NATS), has “absolutely ruled out” that the airspace disruption was caused by a cyber-attack.  Following the technical failure at Swanwick in Hampshire, NATS said on their website that the system has been restored, but “it will take time for operations across the UK to fully recover so passengers should contact their airline for the status of their flight”.Heathrow airport – with over 67 million passengers transiting it annually – took to Twitter: “Check your flight status before coming to the airport. Flights experiencing severe disruption due to technical issue at air traffic control.”Later that evening, the BBC’s science editor David Shukman tweeted: “Trickle of planes now leaving Heathrow.”Airports in other parts of the country such as Birmingham and Manchester, in central and northern England, were unaffected by the technical problem and anticipated diverted flights. Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton were severely affected. A similar scenario occurred in December last year when thousands of passengers were left stranded as UK airports were hit by flight delays after a technical fault at the Hampshire centre.

  • Expansion of drones pose security and privacy risk
    by Edd Gent on 21/10/2014 at 23:00

    Research led by former director of GCHQ Sir David Omand found greater civil and military use of unmanned aircraft is inevitable and could have "significant benefits" for the UK's security and economy, but also warned that they could be exploited by malicious actors.Terrorists could turn drones into flying bombs by hooking them up to improvised explosive devices, according to the University of Birmingham Policy Commission Report, while shopping centres, sporting events and public rallies face being exposed to chemical or biological attacks.The devices could also become "ideal lookouts for burglars, train robbers and poachers" and the "weapon of choice" for paparazzi due to the ability to bypass traditional ways of securing buildings and properties."The security threat posed by individuals misusing RPA (remotely piloted aircraft) is a serious one, whether for criminal or terrorist purposes. While the hazards presented by inadvertent or accidental misuse of RPA, or the consequences of their malfunctioning are becoming better understood, more thought needs to be given to their employment for malign purposes in the domestic environment," the report states."Vulnerable targets might be hardened to withstand attack from outside, but it is entirely possible that in a public space like a shopping centre or sporting stadium, an attack could be launched from within."Crowds at sporting events or rallies could be vulnerable in a similar way if a future terrorist group were to look for means of dispersing chemical or biological agents. While such a scenario has so far not posed a real danger to UK citizens, as noted below, it is a threat that the UK authorities took seriously during the 2012 Olympics."The release of the report comes after a suspected drone pilot was arrested yesterday on suspicion of breaching the air navigation order after a device was flown over a packed football stadium.The 41-year-old man was held in the car park of an Asda supermarket near Manchester City's Etihad Stadium after reports of a drone flying over a stand during Saturday's match against Tottenham Hotspur.Drones under 20kg can be used within line of sight of the operator and with permission of the CAA but enforcing breaches is likely to become a major policy issue, the report says, as small commercial aircraft, including for taking photographs, are already "clearly being flown", often in breach of the rules.The report also notes that police in Merseyside; Staffordshire, Essex, Wiltshire and the West Midlands have acquired or used drones for surveillance, saying guidelines must be looked at governing how and when they can be used.Sir David said: "For too long drone technology has carried a burden of ethical suspicion given its controversial use for counter-terrorist strikes by the US."The recent decision to deploy RAF Reaper to Iraq is a welcome sign in line with our findings of the growing acceptance of RPA technology as an essential component of modern military capability - provided it is used strictly in accordance with international law, in the same way as for other UK weapons systems."RPA add precision targeting capabilities and long loiter times that can minimise civilian losses and protect friendly troops. We need not fear that their use by the UK Armed Forces represents a shift in the ethical framework of modern warfare. RPA will also have an important role in future in civil security and commercial use."This commission has highlighted the need for more work on the policies for such applications, and we hope that our findings will help clarify the issues that will need more attention, as well as providing a vision for how the UK can exploit this innovative technology."

  • Radar tests detect small aircraft among wind turbines
    by Lorna Sharpe on 14/10/2014 at 23:00

    Aviation radars are typically designed to show moving objects and filter out anything stationary, but the spinning blades of wind turbines can appear as ‘clutter’ and disguise the presence of legitimate objects of interest. This often delays or prevents wind farm developments that might interfere with air traffic control.UK air navigation services provider NATS, and the radar manufacturer, Danish aerospace business Terma, trialled the use of the Scanter system to assess its performance as an extended range wind turbine mitigation system between January and March this year.Early results indicated that the system was not only capable of mitigating the effects of wind turbines, but could also detect aircraft through wind farm locations, even at ranges beyond 40 nautical miles (nmi).Following this successful initial trial, the radar was evaluated during August by the UK Civil Aviation Authority as part of its spectrum release programme. According to NATS, the results confirmed that the system can detect even small targets beyond 40nmi and with good low level coverage. Based on these initial positive results, further testing is expected to be undertaken with the CAA.As part of government plans to release a proportion of public-sector spectrum for commercial use, the CAA is analysing ways in which aviation might be able to reduce its reliance on the 2.7-2.9GHz band currently used for civil and military primary surveillance radars, including through the use of emerging technologies.Terma developed the Scanter 4002 transceiver for detection and separation of small air targets and large surface targets such as wind turbines. To achieve simultaneous good performance for air and surface detection, it is designed as a two-dimensional coherent X-band radar with pulse compression and advanced MTI (moving target indication) processing, which provides enhanced detection and tracking of small air targets such as general aviation aircraft and helicopters between turbines.Iain Harris, NATS director of engineering, services, said: “We’re committed to working with a range of developers and radar manufactures to find the best way for airports to mitigate the impact of wind turbines. These latest trials with Terma represent a breakthrough for airport operations, adding to our progress we have already made in the en-route environment. “By supporting a range of technologies, we can help airports to manage their long term risk while ensuring they have a solution that best fits their individual needs.”Michael Agergaard Riis at Terma added: “Our solutions are based on well-proven products designed for mission-critical applications which enable us to minimise risk and respond quickly to customers’ needs. The recent trials together with NATS have further strengthened our belief that the Scanter 4002 radar is a very capable solution for single radar wind farm mitigation.”

  • Boris Island airport scheme dropped by commission
    by Edd Gent on 01/09/2014 at 23:00

    The independent Airports Commission has dropped the four-runway solution, nicknamed Boris Island, citing its £112bn price tag – roughly five times as much as the other three short-listed options for extra runway capacity – and complicated design.Prime Minister David Cameron appointed the commission in 2012 to find a solution to the capital’s growing air traffic demands and the body will now consider three remaining shortlisted schemes – two involving expansion at Heathrow Airport west London and the other for a new runway at Gatwick in West Sussex – before making its final report to ministers next summer."There are serious doubts about the delivery and operation of a very large hub airport in the estuary. The economic disruption would be huge and there are environmental hurdles which it may prove impossible or very time-consuming to surmount," said Sir Howard Davies, chair of the commission."Even the least ambitious version of the scheme would cost £70 to £90bn with much greater public expenditure involved than in other options – probably some £30 to £60bn in total.The Heathrow and Gatwick options had been shortlisted by the commission last December, with Sir Howard announcing that further studies would be made on the estuary plan with a decision towards the end of 2014, but the commission has decided to act ahead of time to rule the option out.Howard added: "We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames Estuary is the right answer to London's and the UK's connectivity needs. While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's."A decision on where to locate new runways has already been delayed for years because of u-turns by successive governments, with Heathrow – Europe's busiest airport – already running at 98 per cent full.But Johnson, who is seen as a potential successor to Prime Minister David Cameron after announcing he will stand as an MP in next year’s election, has signalled his intention to continue to fight for the project, potentially prolonging the uncertainty over airport strategy."In one myopic stroke the commission has set the debate back by half a century and consigned their work to the long list of vertically-filed reports on aviation expansion that are gathering dust on a shelf in Whitehall,” he said."Gatwick is not a long-term solution and Howard Davies must explain to the people of London how he can possibly envisage that an expansion of Heathrow, which would create unbelievable levels of noise, blight and pollution, is a better idea than a new airport to the east of London that he himself admits is visionary, and which would create the jobs and growth this country needs to remain competitive."It remains the only credible solution, any process that fails to include it renders itself pretty much irrelevant, and I'm absolutely certain that it is the option that will eventually be chosen."Manufacturing lobby group the EEF backed the decision not to shortlist the island project and said it was important that the decision-making process was transparent and not derailed by any change in government after the election."By excluding the Thames Estuary airport option, the Airports Commission has made the right choice on the basis of robust evidence. EEF has consistently argued that there is no support from industry for a Thames Estuary airport,” said business environment policy adviser Chris Richards.The airline industry also supported the commission's move."Britain needs additional runway capacity in the South East of England, but not at any price," said Nathan Stower, chief executive of the British Air Transport Association. "The proposals must be cost effective and offer value for money."The three options still being considered by the commission include a new runway at Gatwick more than 3,000m in length and spaced sufficiently south of the existing runway to permit fully independent operation.At Heathrow the two options are for a new 3,500m runway constructed to the north west of the existing airport that has been proposed by Heathrow Airport and an extension of the existing northern runway to the west of Heathrow proposed by Heathrow Hub, a consortium including former Concorde pilot Jock Lowe.The second scheme would see the runway lengthened to at least 6,000m, enabling it to be operated as two separate runways one for departures and one for arrivals.

  • Change flight paths to reduce contrails' climate impact
    by Edd Gent on 18/06/2014 at 23:00

    The thinly shaped clouds, called contrails, only form in regions of the sky where the air is very cold and moist, which is often in the ascending air around high pressure systems and they can sometimes stay in the air for many hours, eventually spreading out to resemble natural, wispy clouds.A study in the journal Nature Climate Change in 2010 showed that the amount of global warming caused by contrails could be as large, or even larger, that the contribution from aviation CO2 emissions.And now researchers from the University of Reading’s Department of Meteorology have shown that aircraft contribute less to global warming by avoiding the places where are produced, a fact that could have important implications for government climate policy.Dr Emma Irvine, co-author of the paper in journal Environmental Research Letters, said: “If we can predict the regions where contrails will form, it may be possible to mitigate their effect by routing aircraft to avoid them.“Our work shows that for a rounded assessment of the environmental impact of aviation, more needs to be considered than just the carbon emissions of aircraft.”Just like natural clouds, contrails reflect some of the Sun’s incoming energy, resulting in a cooling effect, but also trap some of the infrared energy that radiates from Earth into space, therefore having a warming effect. Detailed calculations indicate that generally the warming effect wins over the cooling effect.The researchers estimate that smaller aircraft can fly much further to avoid forming contrails than larger aircraft.  For example, for a small aircraft that is predicted to form a contrail 20 miles long, if an alternative route adds less than 200 miles onto the route (10 times the length of contrail that would have been produced) then the alternative route would have a smaller climate impact.For larger aircraft, which emit more CO2 than smaller aircraft for each mile flown, the alternative route could still be preferable, but only if it added less than 60 miles (3 times the contrail length) onto the route.Irvine added: “Comparing the relative climate impacts of CO2 and contrails is not trivial. One complicating factor is their vastly differing lifetimes. Contrails may last for several hours, whilst CO2 can last for decades.“In terms of mitigating these impacts, air traffic control agencies would need to consider whether such flight-by-flight re-routing is feasible and safe, and weather forecasters would need to establish if they can reliably predict when and where contrails are likely to form.“The mitigation targets currently adopted by governments all around the world do not yet address the important non-CO2 climate impacts of aviation, such as contrails, which may cause a climate impact as large, or even larger, than the climate impact of aviation CO2 emissions.“We believe it is important for scientists to assess the overall impact of aviation and the robustness of any proposed mitigation measures in order to inform policy decisions. Our work is one step along this road.”

  • Saab's remote air traffic control tower approved
    by Tereza Pultarova on 18/06/2014 at 23:00

    Designed by defence and security company Saab, the Remote Tower, essentially a mobile unit packed with cameras and sensors, has been tested at the Örnsköldsvik airport in Sweden since 2013. Following the Swedish Transport Agency’s approval, the technology will be fully operational by autumn 2014, allowing controllers to manage landings and take-offs at the regional airport remotely from a new control centre in Sundsvall, about one hundred kilometres away. "Remote Tower makes it possible to have a network of airports operated from one location and we can see a great deal of interest from many parts of the world,” said Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab. “I look forward to seeing what Saab's technology can do for travellers."   The technology is designed to improve safety and serviceability at small, low traffic airports. It relies on High Definition and Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras, surveillance and meteorological sensors, microphones, signal light guns and other devices, which are deployed at the airport. Data from these sensors are gathered and sent in real time to the Remote Tower Center (RTC). A controller at the RTC has the tools, in addition to live video, to operate the airport in a similar manner as he or she would be in a traditional Air Traffic Control Tower. Saab worked on the project together with the Swedish air navigation service provider, LFV. During the work’s progress, the team found out that some of today's air traffic control towers are no longer optimally positioned. In such cases, the Remote Tower system can enable controllers to see areas of the airport without having to construct a new traditional tower. The camera unit can be positioned where it has the best overview and it can even be moved easily if needed.

  • US regulator permits first commercial drone flight
    by Edd Gent on 09/06/2014 at 23:00

    The Federal Aviation Administration has given approval to UK energy giant BP and unmanned aircraft manufacturer AeroVironment to conduct aerial surveys of pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.Last week, the agency said it was considering giving permission to seven film-making companies to use drones, a potentially significant step that could lead to greater relaxation of the agency's ban on commercial drone use.Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said: "These surveys on Alaska's North Slope are another important step toward broader commercial use of unmanned aircraft. The technology is quickly changing, and the opportunities are growing."The first flight, by a Puma drone made by AeroVironment, took place on Sunday. The Puma is a small, hand-launched craft about 4ft 6in long with a 9ft wingspan.The FAA approved the use of the Puma and the ScanEagle drone, made by a Boeing subsidiary, over the Arctic Ocean last summer.Congress directed the FAA to provide commercial drones access to US skies by September next year, but the agency's efforts to write safety rules for such flights by drones weighing 55lb or less have been slow, and it is not expected to meet the deadline.FAA officials are on their third attempt to draft regulations acceptable to the Transportation Department and the White House.FAA administrator Michael Huerta has said drafting such rules is complex because they must ensure that the large volume and diversity of manned aircraft in US skies are protected. Even a small drone that collided with a plane travelling at high speeds or got chewed up by helicopter rotors could cause a crash.But as the cost of small drones has come down and their sophistication and usefulness has increased, entrepreneurs and businesses from real estate agents to wedding video makers are not waiting for government permission.Drone industry officials have warned that the longer the FAA takes to write regulations, the more rogue commercial operators will multiply.

  • Budget airlines terminal opens at KLIA
    by William Dennis on 21/05/2014 at 23:00

    Built at a cost of $1.25bn, KLIA 2 has a huge 275,000m2 of floor space with a 4,000m-long runway and is designed to handle up to 45 million passengers a year. There are 128 check-in desks and 15 carousels for luggage claim.It is equipped with a state-of-the-art flight information system, 80 aerobridges and eight remote stands. Some airlines initially objected to aerobridges, for which they pay a usage fee, but Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, the public-listed operator, went ahead with the installation on safety grounds. Passengers are supposed to be barred from walking across the tarmac to and from the aircraft at all airports.Currently nine airlines are operating from the new terminal, including five within the Air Asia group. Three more low-cost carriers are expected to join them later this year.KLIA 2 was built to replace the previous low-cost carrier terminal, which was bursting at its seams with a passenger handling capacity of only 15 million a year. Passengers had to walk as far as 400 metres to board the aircraft depending on where it was parked, as no aerobridges were installed.Airlines operating at this terminal had also refused to provide coaches to transport passengers to and from the aircraft even during Malaysia’s frequent thunderstorms. The Ministry of Transport and Department of Civil Aviation failed to act.KLIA now has a passenger handling capacity of 70 million in total, with three runways.

  • Radar mitigation to overcome wind farm safety fears
    by Lorna Sharpe on 12/03/2014 at 00:00

    The agreement secures the funding to modify Raytheon-manufactured radar installations at two sites – Lowther Hill and Great Dun Fell – in order to provide a mitigation service to the interference caused by wind turbines.In around 2 per cent of wind- farm planning applications, the proposed development would cause interference to the radar signals that air traffic controllers rely on.Reflections from turbine blades can create ‘clutter’ on radar screens and be mistaken for aircraft or hide the presence of genuine aircraft.In these cases Nats often has to object to the development on the grounds of aviation safety, resulting in the application being turned down by the planning authority.Sometimes the problem can be overcome by changing the layout of the proposed array, or by ‘blanking’ the turbine site from the screen, and possibly providing infill data from another radar with a different line of sight. However, this is not always possible, so Nats and others have been looking for a new solution.David Hawken, engineering director in Nats Operations, explained: “Project RM (Radar Mitigation) has been three years in the making and involves a technical radar modification that would mitigate turbine interference on our en-route radars in the majority of cases. This would enable us to avoid objecting to the development of over 2.2GW worth of new wind energy – around 1,200 turbines – across southern Scotland and northern England.”Project RM involved Nats, Aviation Investment Fund Company developers, DECC, Crown Estate, Scottish government and radar manufacturer Raytheon.The first phase of the project will involve a multi-million-pound upgrade to Nats radars and associated infrastructure. The radars will then be enabled, case by case, to mitigate the impact of developments that might otherwise have raised an objection.Funding has been secured for two radar sites with the option to roll the modification out to others and to investigate further improvements to the mitigation.Nats chief executive Richard Deakin said: “This is a landmark agreement that heralds a significant technical advance in mitigating the radar interference from wind turbines; it unlocks significant potential for wind-based power generation and indeed for the UK in meeting its carbon reduction targets.”Piers Guy, head of development for Vattenfall UK, added: “This investment in UK infrastructure will benefit the whole industry by unlocking the potential of gigawatts of otherwise stalled wind power capacity. We are very pleased to be part of such an exciting initiative, which has brought the aviation and energy industry together to successfully tackle a UK-wide problem.”

  • New radar technology to free-up radio spectrum
    by Edd Gent on 27/02/2014 at 00:00

    The government has tasked the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with investigating options that would allow it to release bandwidth in the current air traffic radar spectrum allocation – in the ‘S Band’ between 2.7 and 2.9 GHz – to help meet its aspiration to free up 500 MHz of public spectrum by 2020.In response, Cambridge technology firm Aveillant has been awarded a contract by the CAA to demonstrate the ability of its Holographic Radar technology to provide a spectrum-efficient alternative to S-band radar.At present each radar typically has its own frequency assignment, but Aveillant hopes to demonstrate a surveillance system that can enable all air traffic control radars in the UK to operate through a single frequency assignment, separate from the ‘S Band’.The firm’s radars use the L band frequency as opposed to the highly congested S band, used by current air traffic control radars and highly sought after by mobile phone operators.Gordon Oswald, chief technology officer at Aveillant, said: “This is not a simple problem to solve, but based on our experience with Holographic Radar we’re confident that we are best placed to do so.“Air traffic control radars cannot be simply shifted to another frequency, such as L band: this would then itself become too congested. At the same time, a much higher frequency is less suitable for long-range air traffic control radar due to atmospheric effects.“This problem is ripe for a solution that changes the way air traffic radars occupy bandwidth. It’s going to be a demanding project to show how this solution will work – but one that we’re well equipped to handle.”According to the firm, its 3D Holographic Radar is also proven to successfully mitigate the effect of wind farms on radar and has excelled in trials held by US and UK aviation stakeholders.

  • Time-based plane separation to cut Heathrow delays
    by Lorna Sharpe on 17/02/2014 at 00:00

    Air traffic control firm Nats says the procedure will radically cut delays and reduce cancellations due to high winds. It will be introduced from spring 2015. Traditionally, flights are separated by set distances dependent on the type of aircraft and the size of the spiralling turbulence – or wake vortex – they create as they fly.Heathrow has been operating at 98 per cent of its runway capacity for a decade. Normally a flight takes off or lands every 45 seconds.In strong headwinds, aircraft fly more slowly over the ground, so maintaining a set separation distance in those conditions reduces the landing rate and can have a significant knock-on effect on airport capacity, causing delays and cancellations.The introduction of a time-based separation method will help maintain the landing rate and save more than 1,300 hours of delay every year – halving the current delay figure while reducing the need for airlines to cancel flights due to the effects of strong headwinds.Martin Rolfe, Nats managing director operations, said: “The introduction of time-based separation at Heathrow will be a world first and deliver major benefits for our customers – both Heathrow Airport and the airlines.”Supported in the Airports Commission’s interim report in December 2013, the delivery of time-based separation comes after three years of exhaustive analysis. Nats studied over 100,000 flights using state-of-the-art equipment to accurately measure the behaviour of aircraft wake vortices in strong headwinds.The results show that they dissipate more quickly in windy conditions, therefore allowing aircraft to be closer together on final approach while maintaining safety as the main priority.

  • New airport for disaster area in Philippines
    by William Dennis on 11/02/2014 at 00:00

    Construction is due to start in March and is expected to be completed in mid-2016. With a single runway, the airport will be equipped with four aerobridges and have a passenger handling capacity of 10 million a year through to 2030.It will be named Panglao International Airport (PIA) and will replace the existing facility in the provincial capital, Tagbilaran, one and a half hours by air from Manila. The plan to build PIA was conceived in 1991 but was approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines only in September 2012.The project will be partially funded by a soft loan from an unidentified Japanese investor and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in Manila.Julianto Bucayan Jr., Undersecretary of DOTC projects implementation and special concerns, said that while PIA is being constructed a second apron at Tagbilaran Airport will be built to ease congestion.Bohol is located in central Visayas region of the Philippines and is a popular tourist destination, known for its Chocolate Hills geological formation – a rolling terrain of somewhere around 1,500 uniformly-shaped conical hills, mostly between 30-50m high. They are covered with grass and during the dry season turn chocolate brown, hence their name.On 5 October 2013, Bohol was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. With power already scarce as the supply lines from the Tongonan geothermal power plant in Leyte province were destroyed, Bohol was dealt a second blow when super typhoon Haiyan pounded it three weeks later on 8 November.Some commentators have questioned the government’s decision to build PIA instead of utilising the funds to restore power lines and rebuild infrastructure.

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  • Stem to provide smart storage to NineDot in New York
    on 26/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 26, 2022 – Stem announced yesterday it entered into an agreement to provide smart energy storage services to NineDot Energy, a cleantech developer that designs and deploys community

  • PNNL modeling on ERCOT finds value of 'transactive'
    on 26/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 26, 2022 – Customer power-bill savings could add up to 15% – A novel plan that offers partnership in keeping the US electric grid stable and reliable could be a win-win for

  • S&C Electric introduces new self-resetting interrupter
    on 25/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 25, 2022 – S&C Electric announced yesterday what it called its newest innovation, the VacuFuse II self-resetting interrupter – the latest lateral solution for grid-edge protection

  • MERCOM: 2021 sees big growth in funding, M&As
    on 25/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 25, 2022 – Mercom Capital Group released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in 2021 for the battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency sectors

  • New Mexico issues grid modernization roadmap
    on 25/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 25, 2022 – Well vetted by industry, plan ready to roll out RFPs – The New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Dept's (EMNRD) Energy Conservation & Management Division

  • PG&E proposes adding 9 battery projects worth 1.6 GW
    on 25/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 25, 2022 – Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) proposed adding nine new battery energy storage system (BESS) projects totaling about 1,600 MW, to further integrate renewable energy

  • Grinergy improves lithium-ion batteries, expands in US
    on 24/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 24, 2022 – Grinergy, a South Korea-based lithium-ion rechargeable battery and battery management systems firm will be expanding its operations in the US, the firm said Thursday. The

  • Gridspertise picks Enel for AMI in Italy, Malta, San Marino
    on 24/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 24, 2022 – Gridspertise, a company founded in September and fully owned by an Enel subsidiary, recently closed new agreements with Enel Group for the supply of over 650,000 smart

  • Q-Net Security offers non-software fix for cybersecurity
    on 24/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 24, 2022 – Cybersecurity experts reported a software-free technology designed by St Louis company Q-Net Security could be the solution to securing against the Log4j vulnerability,

  • ComEd files proposed performance metrics with ICC
    on 24/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 24, 2022 – Work supports new law, took feedback from workshops – Following the completion of a stakeholder workshop process, ComEd Thursday submitted to the Illinois Commerce

  • Agilitas acquires two big Maine storage projects
    on 21/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 21, 2022 – Northeastern distributed energy developer Agilitas Energy recently acquired two fully-entitled energy storage projects in South Portland and Sanford Maine from Energy

  • AEE, GridLab help state regulators succeed with FERC 2222
    on 21/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 21, 2022 – National business association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and GridLab, a non-profit mission-driven electric grid consultancy group, organized a coalition of energy

  • Itron Intelis residential ultrasonic gas meter certified in Canada
    on 21/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 21, 2022 – Itron announced yesterday its Intelis residential ultrasonic gas meter received type approval from Measurement Canada, confirming it complies with PS-G-06 provisional

  • Ameresco to deploy Slemon Park Microgrid in Canada
    on 21/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 21, 2022 – Implementation of behind-the-meter energy storage solutions, as well as a small deployment of residential energy storage systems, will benefit Slemon Park commercial

  • Duke Florida BYO-Battery study seeks balanced grid
    on 21/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 21, 2022 – IOU teams with residential storage firms, offers savings – Duke Energy Florida launched an innovative "Bring Your Own Battery" (BYOB) study to test potential enhancements

  • SEIA: Mississippi PSC takes big steps on net metering
    on 20/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 20, 2022 – The Mississippi PSC released Tuesday its updated net metering and interconnection rules that expand the net metering program, improve total compensation rates for solar

  • Generate Capital, Ubiquity enable smart cities with fiber
    on 20/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 20, 2022 – Generate Capital and Ubiquity Management announced yesterday the launch of a smart cities partnership to build high-quality fiber-to-the-premises networks and

  • DTE Energy to file next step in grid modernization
    on 20/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 20, 2022 – $388 million plan includes grid automation, storage – DTE Energy, Michigan's largest energy company, this week is proposing a $388 million investment in the state's grid

  • DOE shares Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act results
    on 20/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 20, 2022 – The DOE Office of Inspector General issued last week an evaluation report on the agency's implementation of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, DOE said

  • Commerce Dept seeks IoT advisors for new board
    on 19/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 19, 2022 – The US Dept of Commerce is looking for qualified nominations for a new IoT Advisory Board to advise the recently established Internet of Things Federal Working Group, the

  • GE hires Reese from Autodesk as CEO of Digital
    on 19/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 19, 2022 – GE announced yesterday the appointment of Scott Reese as chief executive officer of GE Digital effective Feb 22. Reese succeeds Patrick Byrne who will continue at GE as

  • CPower lauds Connecticut PURA storage program
    on 19/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 19, 2022 – CPower Energy Management applauded yesterday the launch of Connecticut's new Energy Storage Solutions program, administered by Connecticut Green Bank, Eversource, and

  • Emerson offers new PACSystems IIoT Edge Solutions
    on 19/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 19, 2022 – Emerson announced yesterday PACSystems Edge Solutions, a new portfolio of turnkey industrial edge hardware and software solutions. Edge Solutions simplify selection and

  • Longmont, Colo, picks Landis & Gyr Revelo meters
    on 19/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 19, 2022 – Edge computing lets meters manage DERs, find faults, more – Landis & Gyr announced Monday an agreement with the City of Longmont, Colo, to support the city's grid

  • MIT Energy Initiative launches new research consortium
    on 18/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 18, 2022 – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative (MITEI) launched a new research consortium called the Future Energy Systems Center to address the

  • PlugShare EV app sees over a million downloads in 2021
    on 18/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 18, 2022 – PlugShare, calling itself the world's leading EV community – and part of the EVGo family since mid-2021 – announced Thursday its platform reached over 2 million

  • Convergent completes battery storage site for Calif firm
    on 18/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 18, 2022 – Convergent Energy Plus Power, provider of battery storage solutions, announced Friday the storage system it financed and developed outside Lemoore, Calif, is operational

  • Carlyle invests in NineDot to build NYC storage
    on 18/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 18, 2022 – 400 MW of projects in pipeline to help support grid – NineDot Energy, developer of community-scale clean energy projects, announced Friday a strategic investment from

  • PearlX brings PV-plus-storage VPPs to Texas renters
    on 14/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 14, 2022 – Flexible energy provider PearlX Infrastructure and global smart energy technology firm SolarEdge Technologies are collaborating on a series of what PearlX called

  • ESS battery system picked by Portland General Electric
    on 14/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 14, 2022 – ESS Tech, maker of long-duration batteries for utility-scale and commercial energy storage applications, announced yesterday it entered an agreement with Portland General

  • Enersponse links homes to utility programs via Samsung
    on 14/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 14, 2022 – SmartThings Energy app handles DERs, DR, TOU, more – DER management provider Enersponse announced yesterday its partnership with Samsung SmartThings to give users access

  • Tecogen microgrid controls head to New York City hotel
    on 14/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 14, 2022 – Tecogen, a clean energy company providing ultra-efficient and clean onsite power, heating, and cooling equipment, announced yesterday an order for a microgrid for a New

  • Administration breaks offshore record, stakeholders cheer
    on 13/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 13, 2022 – The Biden-Harris administration last year established a Wind Energy Area in the New York Bight off the coasts of New York and New Jersey and yesterday, the Dept of the

  • Multiple federal agencies unleash Biden climate strategies
    on 13/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 13, 2022 – The Biden-Harris administration is making what it called major leaps forward on wind, solar, transmission, and other clean energy projects to create high-quality jobs and

  • NREL finds how storage helps manage renewables
    on 13/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 13, 2022 – The ability to store electricity when demand is low and discharge it when demand is high could offer significant value to the grid, but does add complexity to grid

  • DOE launches Building Better Grid Initiative
    on 13/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 13, 2022 – Effort enabled by Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act – The US DOE yesterday launched the Building a Better Grid Initiative to catalyze the nationwide development of

  • Bidgely drives customer satisfaction to 85% at PacifiCorp
    on 12/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 12, 2022 – An evaluation report prepared by Cadmus for PacifiCorp – a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy with two operating business units: Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain

  • Nexus Renewables partners with Scale Microgrid Solutions
    on 12/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 12, 2022 – Nexus Renewables and Scale Microgrid Solutions (SMS), a Warburg Pincus portfolio firm, entered an agreement whereby SMS will fund the development, construction, and acquisition of

  • Uptake, Cognizant offer industrial analytics, consulting
    on 12/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 12, 2022 – Uptake, maker of industrial intelligence software-as-a-service, announced yesterday its collaboration with Cognizant, a professional services firm, to enable unified data

  • SmartMark helps BGE earn Energy Star SHEMS
    on 12/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 12, 2022 – SmartMark Communications announced yesterday the US EPA certified the BGE Smart Home Solutions as the first Energy Star SHEMS (smart home energy management system) product

  • NH Research launches grid simulator for regulatory tests
    on 12/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 12, 2022 – Tests and verifies high-power, grid-tied applications – NH Research (NHR), provider of power test solutions for the automotive, renewable energy, energy storage, and

  • California Gov Newsom budget spends big on energy, EVs
    on 11/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 11, 2022 – California Gov Gavin Newsom, D, unveiled yesterday his 2022-23 state budget proposal dubbed the California Blueprint, calling it a bold plan building on the state's

  • PassiveLogic secures $34 million in Series B funding
    on 11/01/2022 at 08:00

    January 11, 2022 – Addition, Keyframe see value in building automation – PassiveLogic, reportedly the creator of the first fully autonomous building platform, secured $34 million in Series



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  • Welcome to the Jetsons: How Robots Will Change Society
    by Dr Mark van Rijmenam on 26/09/2022 at 12:02

    Our lives are heavily influenced by technology. With each new piece of technology that comes out, we are finding it easier and easier to manage our daily lives. One trend The post Welcome to the Jetsons: How Robots Will Change Society appeared first on Datafloq.

  • Applications and Role of AI in Smart Cities for Sustainable Development
    by Roger Brown on 26/09/2022 at 11:56

    As per the international organization reports, globally more than fifty percent population is living in urban areas, and by 2050, more than two-third population will live in cities providing big The post Applications and Role of AI in Smart Cities for Sustainable Development appeared first on Datafloq.

  • 8 Benefits of Hiring Managed IT Service for Your Business
    by Albert Sam on 26/09/2022 at 11:31

    Wondering how a managed IT service can help your business reach the next level? If yes, then keep reading further and know it all. You can enhance your business's efficiency The post 8 Benefits of Hiring Managed IT Service for Your Business appeared first on Datafloq.

  • The Photosphere of the Sun Thanks to AI and Data Annotation
    by Alina Koval on 26/09/2022 at 07:44

    Researchers have relied on AI for many aspects of space exploration such as discovering new planets, stars and gaining a deeper understanding of the various celestial bodies out there. Recently, The post The Photosphere of the Sun Thanks to AI and Data Annotation appeared first on Datafloq.

  • The Complexity of Modern Data Environments
    by David Mariani on 23/09/2022 at 23:30

    Most enterprises today lock away data behind multiple silos. When most people think of these silos, data marts and other old school data architecture approaches usually come to mind. But The post The Complexity of Modern Data Environments appeared first on Datafloq.


SmartData Collective News & Analysis on Big Data, the Cloud, BI and Analytics

  • Top 4 Blockchain Trends Shaping Business in 2022
    by Amber Harris on 25/09/2022 at 21:19

    An increasing number of businesses are interested in investing in blockchain technology. The technology is attracting the attention of global business executives due to its huge real-world applications. In addition, blockchain applications are more scalable and secure compared to traditional apps. Enterprise blockchain will greatly benefit businesses due to the continual expansion of digital ecosystems. The post Top 4 Blockchain Trends Shaping Business in 2022 appeared first on SmartData Collective.

  • 4 of the Biggest Data Breaches in Banking
    by Alex.Matthew on 25/09/2022 at 21:16

    Big data is causing a number of data breaches. Sadly, they often affect banks. Banking is an important sector of the world. People use finances daily, but it doesn’t mean they are completely protected from data breaches. This article discusses four of the most significant data breaches in banking… We put a considerable amount of The post 4 of the Biggest Data Breaches in Banking appeared first on SmartData Collective.

  • Here’s Why a Bootcamp Won’t Make You a Data Scientist
    by Kayla Matthews on 25/09/2022 at 20:13

    Bootcamps are en vogue in all sorts of industries, with the idea being that intensive training over a short period can bring newcomers up to speed with complex concepts in a flash. This sounds good in theory, and in many contexts, it has a lot of clout. But the field of data science isn’t exactly The post Here’s Why a Bootcamp Won’t Make You a Data Scientist appeared first on SmartData Collective.

  • 5 Sneaky Ways Hackers Try to Steal Information
    by James Wilson on 23/09/2022 at 19:05

    Every year, businesses lose billions of dollars to cyberattacks. Educating employees on the most common techniques used by hackers is an important aspect of cybersecurity. Endpoint security protection measures can also prevent or mitigate many of the worst types of cyberattacks.  The following list includes some of the most well-known ways that hackers try to The post 5 Sneaky Ways Hackers Try to Steal Information appeared first on SmartData Collective.

  • How Technology Has Shaped Organizational Change Management
    by Rehan Ijaz on 23/09/2022 at 18:53

    Many organizations resist change, whether due to a fear of the unknown or a reluctance to leave the comfort of the status quo. Change is often seen as complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. But organizational change management is a necessary evil. The right approach can allow organizations to improve their operations, become more agile, and compete The post How Technology Has Shaped Organizational Change Management appeared first on SmartData Collective.


  • Data Governance and Strategy for the Global Enterprise
    by John Piekos on 23/09/2022 at 14:01

    Learn about the differences between PaaS and SaaS Data Lakehouses The post Data Governance and Strategy for the Global Enterprise appeared first on Cloudera Blog.

  • Improve Underwriting Using Data and Analytics
    by Monique Hesseling on 22/09/2022 at 13:05

    Make Underwriting More Science than Art The post Improve Underwriting Using Data and Analytics appeared first on Cloudera Blog.

  • #Clouderalife Volunteer Spotlight: Barry Laide
    by Debbie Kruger on 21/09/2022 at 12:48

    Why volunteer? Well, for Cloudera’s Barry Laide volunteering is all about being a part of team! Barry volunteers with an organization called Kerry Mountain Rescue (KMR), to provide first aid and rescue to those in need in the uplands of the southwest of Ireland. Despite being dangerous on occasion, the group camaraderie keeps him motivated! The post #Clouderalife Volunteer Spotlight: Barry Laide appeared first on Cloudera Blog.

  • Ethics Sheet for AI-assisted Comic Book Art Generation
    by Mike Gallaspy on 20/09/2022 at 13:16

    Introduction This blog is intended to serve as an ethics sheet for the task of AI-assisted comic book art generation, inspired by “Ethics Sheets for AI Tasks.” AI-assisted comic book art generation is a task I proposed in a blog post I authored on behalf of my employer, Cloudera. I’m a research engineer by trade The post Ethics Sheet for AI-assisted Comic Book Art Generation appeared first on Cloudera Blog.

  • SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management)
    by Jason Wang on 19/09/2022 at 13:02

    An Introduction The post SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management) appeared first on Cloudera Blog.


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  • Alibaba Cloud unveils strategic roadmap for international business
    by Duncan MacRae on 26/09/2022 at 06:10

    Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has announced its latest international strategic roadmap at the 2022 Alibaba Cloud Summit. During the three-day summit, the trusted cloud provider has revealed new products to support technology innovation among enterprises, an investment of $1 billion for a global partner ecosystem upgrade, and enhanced... Read more » The post Alibaba Cloud unveils strategic roadmap for international business appeared first on Cloud Computing News.

  • UK’s largest health research programme chooses Microsoft Cloud
    by Duncan MacRae on 23/09/2022 at 11:31

    The UK’s largest ever health research programme, Our Future Health, which aims to create one of the most detailed pictures there has ever been of people’s health, is to use the Microsoft Cloud to securely store the huge amounts of data needed for the programme. Our Future Health, a collaboration between the private, charity and... Read more » The post UK’s largest health research programme chooses Microsoft Cloud appeared first on Cloud Computing News.

  • 55% of UK IT pros trust public cloud providers less than two years ago
    by Duncan MacRae on 22/09/2022 at 10:02

    More than half (55%) of UK IT professionals currently trust public cloud services less than they did two years ago, having run into challenges around usage costs, migration and customer service. This is according to a study by Leaseweb Global, a hosting and cloud services company, which explored 500 UK-based IT professionals’ experience with public... Read more » The post 55% of UK IT pros trust public cloud providers less than two years ago appeared first on Cloud Computing News.

  • Petr Svoboda, Stratox Cloud Native: Making life easier for developers
    by Duncan MacRae on 19/09/2022 at 11:51

    Petr Svoboda, CEO at Stratox Cloud Native, explains how CodeNow is making cloud-native development fast and enjoyable for everyone. Could you start by telling us a little bit more about CodeNOW? CodeNOW is a true startup. That means we are working hard to create a platform that simplifies cloud-native software development, especially when based on... Read more » The post Petr Svoboda, Stratox Cloud Native: Making life easier for developers appeared first on Cloud Computing News.

  • 1Place ultra-fast database migration software wins place on G-Cloud 13
    by Duncan MacRae on 16/09/2022 at 08:20

    The UK Crown Commercial Services has included 1Place as a certified supplier on the Government’s G-Cloud 13 procurement framework, bringing powerful and affordable data migration and management services to public sector organisations. Part of the Government’s Digital Marketplace, the G-Cloud framework is designed to ensure the public sector has access to proven and cost-effective cloud... Read more » The post 1Place ultra-fast database migration software wins place on G-Cloud 13 appeared first on Cloud Computing News.


  • Intruder Alternatives : Some of The Best Options to Keep Your Cloud Secure
    by Gary Bernstein on 26/09/2022 at 12:41

    Intruder Vulnerability Tool Alternatives There are many Intruder alternative names on the market, but which one is the best for your cloud security needs? Intruder is a popular web application security testing tool, and it offers a wide variety of Source

  • What is Microservices in DevOps?
    by Yana Arbuzova on 22/09/2022 at 09:40

    What Is The Role of Microservices in DevOps? The modern business landscape is constantly evolving, and so are the user requirements that come with it. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow, and service providers must adapt to stay ahead Source

  • Study Finds Only 8% of Global Tech Workers Have Significant Cloud-Related Skills
    by Cloud Syndicate on 20/09/2022 at 13:00

    Silicon Slopes, Utah – September 20, 2022 – Pluralsight, the technology workforce development company, today released its 2022 State of Cloud Report, which compiles survey results from more than 1000 technologists and leaders in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Source

  • The New Data Privacy Paradigm: How to Build Industry Leadership through Digital Trust
    by Cloud Syndicate on 15/09/2022 at 11:54

    The New Data Privacy Paradigm 2018 was a pivotal year in data developments; the GDPR entered to shake up the privacy landscape and usher data minimization and improved data privacy experiences into the forefront of global awareness. Four years later, Source

  • 5 ways to secure devops
    by Louis Columbus on 14/09/2022 at 10:36

    Devops teams are sacrificing focus on security gate reviews to meet tight time-to-market deadlines amid growing pressure to deliver digital transformation and digital-first revenue projects ahead of schedule. Compensation plans for CIOs, devops leaders, and their teams prioritize time-to-market performance, increasing the intensity to beat Source



  • SharePoint vs OneDrive: What’s the Difference Between the Microsoft Products in 2022
    by Dan Ginn on 24/09/2022 at 20:00

    OneDrive and SharePoint are popular Microsoft products that have some crossover features. With that, it’s not always clear what their differences are or how you should use them. To clean up any confusion, we’ve assembled this SharePoint vs OneDrive guide. The post SharePoint vs OneDrive: What’s the Difference Between the Microsoft Products in 2022 appeared first on Cloudwards.

  • Best Cloud Storage for Linux in 2022: Personal File Storage Compared
    by Andrej Hadji-Vasilev on 24/09/2022 at 20:00

    Though tiny in terms of market share, Linux is still a favorite among power users. However, too many cloud storage services don’t have a native Linux app, or any support for Linux whatsoever. To help you pick the best cloud storage for Linux, we’ve reviewed five excellent options. The post Best Cloud Storage for Linux in 2022: Personal File Storage Compared appeared first on Cloudwards.

  • The Best Free UK VPN in 2022: Completely Free VPNs for the United Kingdom
    by Arjun Ruparelia on 22/09/2022 at 20:00

    A free U.K. VPN can help you access geoblocked content and secure your internet connection, but make sure you don’t pay with your privacy and security. We discuss five of the best free VPNs in this guide that you can trust. The post The Best Free UK VPN in 2022: Completely Free VPNs for the United Kingdom appeared first on Cloudwards.

  • Hola VPN Alternative: Choose a Better Free VPN Service in 2022
    by Samuel Okoruwa on 22/09/2022 at 20:00

    Hola VPN is an unsafe VPN. Read on to find out what’s wrong with the VPN provider and how to choose a great Hola VPN alternative, including the best free VPNs. The post Hola VPN Alternative: Choose a Better Free VPN Service in 2022 appeared first on Cloudwards.

  • How to Get a Mexico IP Address With a VPN in 2022
    by Khanyi Molomo on 22/09/2022 at 20:00

    If you are outside of Mexico and you can’t access your favorite websites, apps or streaming services, you’ll need to learn how to get a Mexico IP address to get around geoblocks. Our guide will show you how with a VPN. The post How to Get a Mexico IP Address With a VPN in 2022 appeared first on Cloudwards.


AWS News Blog Announcements, Updates, and Launches

  • Deploy your Amazon EKS Clusters Locally on AWS Outposts
    by Sébastien Stormacq on 20/09/2022 at 16:05

    I am pleased to announce the availability of local clusters for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) on AWS Outposts. It means that starting today, you can deploy your Amazon EKS cluster entirely on Outposts: both the Kubernetes control plane and the nodes. Amazon EKS is a managed Kubernetes service that makes it easy for

  • AWS Week in Review – September 19, 2022
    by Jeff Barr on 19/09/2022 at 19:13

    Things are heating up in Seattle, with preparation for AWS re:Invent 2022 well underway. Later this month the entire News Blog team will participate in our now-legendary “speed storming” event. Over the course of three or four days, each of the AWS service teams with a launch in the works for re:Invent will give us

  • New – Direct VPC Routing Between On-Premises Networks and AWS Outposts Rack
    by Steve Roberts on 14/09/2022 at 22:03

    Today, we announced direct VPC routing for AWS Outposts rack. This enables you to connect Outposts racks and on-premises networks using simplified IP address management. Direct VPC routing automatically advertises Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) subnet CIDR addresses to on-premises networks. This enables you to use the private IP addresses of resources in your

  • AWS Week In Review – September 12, 2022
    by Sébastien Stormacq on 12/09/2022 at 23:07

    I am working from London, UK, this week to record sessions for the upcoming Innovate EMEA online conference—more about this in a future Week In Review. While I was crossing the channel, I took the time to review what happened on AWS last week. Last Week’s Launches Here are some launches that got my attention:

  • AWS Week in Review – September 5, 2022
    by Danilo Poccia on 05/09/2022 at 18:08

    This post is part of our Week in Review series. Check back each week for a quick roundup of interesting news and announcements from AWS! As a new week begins, let’s quickly look back at the most significant AWS news from the previous seven days. Last Week’s Launches Here are the launches that got my


  • French insurer teams with IBM Services to develop fraud detection solution
    by Séverine Prin, Director of Risk, Thélem assurances on 10/03/2020 at 13:00

    Auto insurance fraud costs companies billions of dollars every year. Those losses trickle down to policyholders who absorb some of that risk in policy rate increases. Thélem assurances, a French property and casualty insurer whose motto is “Thélem innovates for you”, has launched an artificial intelligence program, prioritizing a fraud detection use case as its The post French insurer teams with IBM Services to develop fraud detection solution appeared first on Cloud computing news.

  • Cloud innovation in real estate: Apleona and IBM rely on new technologies
    by Olaf Rick on 12/02/2020 at 14:00

    Digitization does not stop at the proverbial concrete gold — real estate. In fact, the real estate industry is on the move. Companies are realizing the benefits of digital transformation and are capitalizing on the power of new technologies such as cloud, AI and blockchain. Take, for example, Apleona GmbH, one of Europe’s largest real The post Cloud innovation in real estate: Apleona and IBM rely on new technologies appeared first on Cloud computing news.

  • Innovate with Enterprise Design Thinking in the IBM Garage
    by Rick Goldberg, Global Design Program Director, IBM Garage on 10/02/2020 at 14:00

    We’ve all been there. You have an amazing idea that’s really exciting. Maybe it’s a home improvement project, or perhaps it’s a new business idea. You think about all the details required to make it real. But, once you get to the seventh action item, you’re not so excited anymore. Sometimes when we realize the The post Innovate with Enterprise Design Thinking in the IBM Garage appeared first on Cloud computing news.

  • Driving innovation for connected cars using IBM Cloud
    by Holger Winkelmann, Founder and CEO, Travelping GmbH on 04/02/2020 at 14:00

    Cars have always been built for travel, but the experience of driving has changed dramatically over the last few decades. Today’s connected cars are not only equipped with seamless internet, but usually have a wireless local area network (WLAN) that allows the car to access data, send data and communicate with Internet of Things (IoT) The post Driving innovation for connected cars using IBM Cloud appeared first on Cloud computing news.

  • Accessible bookcast streaming service becomes securely available on IBM Cloud
    by Kat Lind, Chief Executive Officer, Solitaire Interglobal Ltd. on 30/01/2020 at 14:00

    Accessible entertainment isn’t often easily accessible. The mainstream entertainment industry doesn’t cater to people who can’t see or hear well; people with PTSD, autism or epilepsy; or those who are learning English as a second language. These population segments can become isolated, and then marginalized when they can’t enjoy the latest feature film – even The post Accessible bookcast streaming service becomes securely available on IBM Cloud appeared first on Cloud computing news.



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  • How to Create and Automate a Webex Space
    by Alexander Stevenson on 22/09/2022 at 23:10

    See how to create a Webex bot which posts to a Webex space you have created - using Adaptive Cards to design the message, and GitHub Secrets, Actions, and Workflows to automate exactly what and when the bot posts.

  • Performance made simple with Cisco UCS X-Series powered by Intersight
    by Bill Shields on 21/09/2022 at 18:38

    In the first blog of this series, we saw just how easy it was to deploy a X210c Compute Node with Cisco Intersight. Last week, we showed how X-Series can deliver outstanding performance for Oracle databases. Today, we are going to go a bit deeper on configuration and show how easy it is to get great performance with very little effort.

  • What to look for in an application resource management solution
    by Julie Fouque on 21/09/2022 at 14:00

    Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer discovers how all the parts of your hybrid world are connected and automates day-to-day application resource management operations for you. It provides visibility into application and infrastructure inter-dependencies and insight from real-time analytics powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help ensure the right resource decisions at the right time to ensure application performance.

  • Application Resource Management 101: What it is and how to get started
    by Julie Fouque on 14/09/2022 at 14:30

    Today’s digital economy runs on applications that are fueled by resources from a diverse set of environments, distributed technologies, architectures, platforms, and tools. The demands of this reality make application resource management (ARM) an essential function of IT. This blog reviews the basics of application resource management, why IT departments should care, and how they can get started.

  • Maximize your Oracle database performance with Cisco UCS X-Series
    by Bill Shields on 14/09/2022 at 09:00

    Oracle is the choice for many enterprise database applications. See and read why Cisco UCS X-Series is an ideal choice for your Oracle workloads.



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  • De-Risk Your IT Strategy with INAP’s High-Performance Guarantee
    by Kevin Goodman on 10/11/2021 at 16:09

    Businesses today face extraordinary risk and change while balancing the complexity of enterprise IT and digital innovation. With so much turmoil in the market today, customers need a partner who stands by its service capabilities and helps customers find the right infrastructure solutions for both immediate and future needs. High-Performance Guarantee Program INAP’s High-Performance Guarantee The post De-Risk Your IT Strategy with INAP’s High-Performance Guarantee appeared first on INAP.

  • Planned vs. Unplanned Downtime
    by Michael Maggio on 02/08/2021 at 20:58

    Downtime is a part of doing business and some downtime should be factored into any compute environment. Planned downtime is much easier to prepare for because you’ll often be notified will in advance of that planned downtime. The post Planned vs. Unplanned Downtime appeared first on INAP.

  • GratITude: Going Above and Beyond Prevents a COVID-19 Outbreak
    by Laura Vietmeyer on 28/07/2021 at 21:38

    Policies were put in place to keep both staff and customers safe, but when an unknowingly COVID-19 positive customer entered INAP’s flagship Phoenix data center, a dedicated supervisor stepped up to keep his team safe from exposure. Learn how INAP handled the situation to keep our data center and customers operating at peak performance. The post GratITude: Going Above and Beyond Prevents a COVID-19 Outbreak appeared first on INAP.

  • U.S. Colocation is Hot Right Now — Here’s Why
    by Laura Vietmeyer on 22/06/2021 at 15:48

    The global data center market is expected to reach 58140 million USD by 2026. In the U.S., colocation is hot, and—reflecting the global market—is expected to continue to grow over the next five years. Let’s take a closer look at why. The post U.S. Colocation is Hot Right Now — Here’s Why appeared first on INAP.

  • GratITude: Keeping Customers Online In the Face of Disaster
    by Laura Vietmeyer on 10/05/2021 at 12:00

    The INAP GratITude Series highlights the hard-working members of our data center and IT teams in essential roles powering a connected world. Their dedication enables our thousands of global customers to successfully operate their businesses in good times and in times of immense challenge. In this GratITude post, we share the story of our dedicated Dallas data center team and how they overcame the Texas winter storms to keep our customers online. The post GratITude: Keeping Customers Online In the Face of Disaster appeared first on INAP.


Cloud – Tech Wizard Lets do IT Spells

  • TIP – Rename Title of PowerApps List Form
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 23/09/2022 at 03:35

    There are recent changes to naming for a department, as a result one of our customers contacted us to change the Name of the PowerApps form Title that is displayed at the top. I thought it would be simple and it might be taking name from the embedded list as name on the SharePoint List…

  • MgGraph Sdk Extract Role Admins from AzureAD
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 14/09/2022 at 00:53

    As everyone in Technical Community is aware that MSOnline and AzureAD modules will be depreciated. We have started working on converting our automated solutions to use Microsoft Graph SDK. This is one of the solutions that utilize MSOL where we have extracted AzureAD roles and their assignments. Extract office 365 Role Admins | Tech Wizard…

  • Fetch Monthly Count of SharePoint List Requests
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 31/08/2022 at 23:42

    We have done hundreds of automations during last few years and most of these are based on SharePoint lists. New requirement came into light from management as they want to see the metrics for processed requests from automations. As these all automations are based on SharePoint lists so we have created below PowerShell magic to…

  • PowerAutomate – User claims to UserPrincipalName
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 24/08/2022 at 23:20

    We have encountered a situation while working on an older Powerautomate flow that needs some modification. It requires UserPrincipalName instead of User Email. (People picker) It sounds to be simple but there is no dynamic field to accomplish this.. Now what should we do? On researching we have found a solution to achieve it.. We…

  • AzureKeyVault – Synchronize Secrets to Local Server
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 08/08/2022 at 12:21

    Sharing a sample script that you can modify and utilize if you want to Synchronize secrets from AZURE keyvault to local server and that too encrypted with DPAPI What this solution does? Get any new secret from the Azure Keyvault that have been added in last 1 hr Encrypt the password in temp location. Update…

 


Social Media Examiner Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

  • 6 Ways to Research Your Target Audience on Instagram
    by Anna Sonnenberg on 26/09/2022 at 10:00

    Wondering if your business should be marketing on Instagram? Curious whether your marketing is attracting the right Instagram audience? In this article, you’ll discover six ways to research and analyze your target audience on Instagram. What Can You Learn About Your Target Market From Instagram Research? Making time to conduct market research is essential for The post 6 Ways to Research Your Target Audience on Instagram appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

  • NFT Creation: What to Consider When Starting a Project
    by Michael Stelzner on 23/09/2022 at 10:00

    Do you want to launch an NFT project? Wondering what you need to do to plan a successful project? In this article, you’ll discover what to think about when starting an NFT project including artwork, traits, collection size, and more.  How NFTs and NFT Projects Are Shaping the Future of Business As the internet evolves The post NFT Creation: What to Consider When Starting a Project appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

  • How to Sell More With Instagram
    by Michael Stelzner on 22/09/2022 at 10:00

    Wondering how to sell your products or services on Instagram? Need a better strategy?  In this article, you’ll discover a three-step method to improve your sales. How Selling on Instagram Has Changed For years, entrepreneurs on Instagram obsessed over how many followers they had. And there were good reasons for that. Remember the days when The post How to Sell More With Instagram appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

  • How to Easily Create YouTube Shorts With YouTube Remix
    by Anna Sonnenberg on 21/09/2022 at 10:00

    Want to do more with short-form video content? Looking for easy ways to make shorts using any video on YouTube? In this article, you’ll learn how to use YouTube’s Remix feature to quickly create short-form video. What Is YouTube Remix? If you’ve already tested tools like Instagram Remix or TikTok Stitch, YouTube Remix will look The post How to Easily Create YouTube Shorts With YouTube Remix appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

  • B2B Facebook and Instagram Ad Guide
    by Anna Sonnenberg on 20/09/2022 at 10:00

    Need a cost-effective way to reach business-to-business (B2B) prospects? Wondering how to use Facebook and Instagram ads to reach businesses? In this article, you’ll learn how to leverage Meta’s latest B2B audience targeting capabilities. Why Should You Use Meta Platforms to Target B2B Customers? From Facebook to Instagram to WhatsApp, Meta has always provided a The post B2B Facebook and Instagram Ad Guide appeared first on Social Media Examiner.


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  • 3 New Ways Facebook is Helping Brands Manage Their Content and Communities
    by Erica Perry on 19/04/2021 at 15:20

    On the heels of its recent State of Small Business report, Facebook unveiled several updates including the editing and scheduling of posts making it easier for brands to manage their business across its family of apps. The post 3 New Ways Facebook is Helping Brands Manage Their Content and Communities appeared first on Social Media Week.

  • #SMWLA 2021 Preliminary Agenda Is Live!
    by SMW Staff on 15/04/2021 at 15:57

    #SMWLA returns (virtually) June 29 - July 1! Register today and save 40% on your full-conference pass! The post #SMWLA 2021 Preliminary Agenda Is Live! appeared first on Social Media Week.

  • Introducing the First Wave of Speakers for #SMWLA 2021
    by SMW Staff on 30/03/2021 at 14:33

    #SMWLA returns (virtually) this summer! Mark your calendars (June 29 - July 1) and be sure to check out our first wave of speakers and register today to save 40% off your pass! The post Introducing the First Wave of Speakers for #SMWLA 2021 appeared first on Social Media Week.

  • How Facebook is Diversifying Monetization Options for Creators
    by Erica Perry on 22/03/2021 at 14:24

    With a focus on short video clips, Facebook rolled out several new updates to help creators diversify their on-platform revenue options and accelerate fan support. The post How Facebook is Diversifying Monetization Options for Creators appeared first on Social Media Week.

  • 3 Ways Gen-Z is Empowering a Digital Economy
    by Erica Perry on 15/03/2021 at 15:53

    As the first generation to have grown up with technology, Snapchat's latest reported with Oxford Economics reveals optimism that Gen Z has the innate skills to make the most of the growing demand for digital skills in a post-pandemic economy. The post 3 Ways Gen-Z is Empowering a Digital Economy appeared first on Social Media Week.


Social Media Explorer Exploring the World of Social Media from the Inside Out

  • Social Media Accounts Aren’t The Only Platforms That Can Be Hacked
    by Adam on 23/09/2022 at 16:29

    Hacking is something that has become all too common with the internet being as integral to our lives as it is today. While many people fear hackers gaining access to their social media, bank, or...read more The post Social Media Accounts Aren’t The Only Platforms That Can Be Hacked appeared first on Social Media Explorer.

  • Business Stereotypes
    by Mary Smith on 22/09/2022 at 15:00

    Business Stereotypes The “Business Stereotype” is a phenomenon that arises in organizations. It is an idea or concept about how people want to perceive their peers, but it is not truly accurate. Even though business...read more The post Business Stereotypes appeared first on Social Media Explorer.

  • Iran Shuts Down WhatsApp And Instagram As Protests Spread
    by Adam on 22/09/2022 at 11:27

    Photo taken Wednesday, September 21, 2022 by someone not affiliated with the Associated Press … [+]AP, outside Iran: Protesters burn down the streets and block street in protest against the murder of a woman held...read more The post Iran Shuts Down WhatsApp And Instagram As Protests Spread appeared first on Social Media Explorer.

  • Maintaining Your Social Life While Working: Self Sovereign Employees
    by Adam on 20/09/2022 at 19:48

    With the development of new technology, many workers are changing the way they view their employment. While traditional 9-5 workdays in the office used to be the norm for almost anyone, today more people are...read more The post Maintaining Your Social Life While Working: Self Sovereign Employees appeared first on Social Media Explorer.

  • Elon Musk Is Not The Victim Of Twitter Deceit. All Of Us Are
    by Adam on 20/09/2022 at 16:13

    WASHINGTON DC-MARCH 09: Elon MUSK, SpaceX’s founder and chief engineer, speaks at the 2020 … [+]Satellite Conference and Exhibition, March 9th 2020, Washington DC. Musk addressed a variety of questions regarding SpaceX projects at the...read more The post Elon Musk Is Not The Victim Of Twitter Deceit. All Of Us Are appeared first on Social Media Explorer.


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  • From Starting to Going Global: 5 Amazing Secrets for How to Get Followers on TikTok (for Brand New Accounts)
    by Community Author on 26/09/2022 at 11:15

    Why does everyone want to learn how to get followers on TikTok? It’s not rocket science. TikTok is now one of the largest social media networks in the world. In 2022, it reached over a billion active monthly users. Not only that, but it remains one of the fastest-growing platforms, especially among young people. The beauty of TikTok is anyone can create videos that gain online exposure, even if their account has only a modest following. This makes the platform ideal for brand marketing as you can organically reach thousands of potential customers quickly, effectively, and at a low cost.… From Starting to Going Global: 5 Amazing Secrets for How to Get Followers on TikTok (for Brand New Accounts) appeared first on NealSchaffer.com

  • 5 Content Marketing Strategy Examples to Inspire Your Marketing
    by Community Author on 22/09/2022 at 11:15

    Content marketing strategy is the fundamental method of promotion for businesses of all industries. However, in order to enable business growth, it is important to correctly choose the right direction of your promotions in order to meet the requirements of your target consumers. We explored the best content marketing strategies of brands known and recognized all over the world. Some of these companies will remain in high demand in the market for decades due to their content marketing efforts today. What is the secret to their success? Keep reading to find out the key methods and approaches they follow in… 5 Content Marketing Strategy Examples to Inspire Your Marketing appeared first on NealSchaffer.com

  • Outsourcing Digital Marketing? Here are the 5 Biggest Benefits and 10 Commandments for Your Success
    by Community Author on 21/09/2022 at 11:15

    Outsourcing digital marketing at some point has become a necessity for most businesses. Consequently, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that outsourcing digital marketing is the third most outsourced function for small businesses, with only more outsourcing occurring for accounting and I.T.. Today, more people have access to digital marketing tools than ever before. Online platforms, plugins, and tools designed to simplify digital marketing to the point that anyone can do it. But can they really? If that were true, then there would be no such thing as digital marketing agencies, right? It’s almost unheard of for a business to… Outsourcing Digital Marketing? Here are the 5 Biggest Benefits and 10 Commandments for Your Success appeared first on NealSchaffer.com

  • 10 Types of B2B Marketing Videos to Choose From to Create Your Next Project
    by Community Author on 20/09/2022 at 11:15

    Creating videos for business-to-business marketing campaigns might be challenging if you aren’t familiar with the many available video formats. The more information you have on the different types of B2B marketing videos that exist, the easier it will be to connect with possible business partners and customers. If you are innovative enough in your B2B video marketing campaigns, you will likely maintain existing customers, attract new ones, and educate and engage them.  Your best option for success is to get familiar with a wide range of B2B video marketing benefits and types. Your outreach efforts will be more interesting, engaging,… 10 Types of B2B Marketing Videos to Choose From to Create Your Next Project appeared first on NealSchaffer.com

  • 11 Powerful Facebook Ad Examples for Your Next Retargeting Campaign
    by Community Author on 19/09/2022 at 11:15

    There is a lot that we can learn from looking at Facebook ad examples, and when we apply them to the power of retargeting, the sky is the limit in terms of our Facebook ads ROI. The reasoning is simple: Did you know that 96% of your website visitors leave without buying because they are not ready yet? To make a buying decision, they might need additional information. So, visiting your website is often a part of their pre-purchase research. According to Hubspot, people need 8 touch points with a company before making a purchase. Don’t want to lose these… 11 Powerful Facebook Ad Examples for Your Next Retargeting Campaign appeared first on NealSchaffer.com


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Daily Fintech Fintech, Crypto and Insurtech trends & analysis

  • What happens when your exchange rips you off?
    by Ilias Louis Hatzis on 26/09/2022 at 05:00

    This week’s post was inspired by “What happens when the bank robber is the bank,” an article posted by Chris Skinner last week. The post refers to the situation in Lebanon where people are robbing their banks to get their own money. Let me start with a couple of stories. EminiFX was an online investment The post What happens when your exchange rips you off? first appeared on Daily Fintech.

  • XBRL News from Iran and Europe
    by Christian Dreyer on 22/09/2022 at 10:00

    Here are the most relevant developments in the world of structured reporting we became aware of in the course of last week. 1  Banks set to adopt XBRL for financial reporting The Central Bank of Iran is to announce XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) standards for financial reporting by banks. According to the CBI governor Ali The post XBRL News from Iran and Europe first appeared on Daily Fintech.

  • Lending Daily Fintech Week Ending 22nd. September 2022
    by howardtolman on 22/09/2022 at 05:30

    The Daily Fintech Week Ended 23rd. September 2022 The Pound is supposed to have sunk? What surprises me here is the way this event is reported by the British press. The pound is weak against the dollar and a number of other currencies but it is the strength of the dollar that is the real The post Lending Daily Fintech Week Ending 22nd. September 2022 first appeared on Daily Fintech.

  • Intangibles Insurance: Immense Potential, Emerging Options
    by rintupatnaik on 22/09/2022 at 05:00

    In this 4th Industrial Revolution, platforms have supplanted traditional companies as wealth creators while intangible assets have replaced heavy machinery. Comprising 90% of S&P 500’s $28.94 trillion market value, intangible assets present an immense, largely untapped opportunity for insurance industry to develop new and complementary products and services. Currently, the industry offers intellectual property insurance The post Intangibles Insurance: Immense Potential, Emerging Options first appeared on Daily Fintech.

  • Stablecoin News for the week ending Wednesday 21st September.
    by Alan Scott on 21/09/2022 at 09:00

    Here is our pick of the 3 most important stablecoin stories during the week. How much interest is there in stablecoins? Interest rates are returning to Financial Markets and with it comes extra income for the existing private stablecoin issuers, in the meantime interest as in focus seems to be waning in the CBDC or Central The post Stablecoin News for the week ending Wednesday 21st September. first appeared on Daily Fintech.


PYMNTS.com What's next in payments and commerce

  • Alipay+ Enables 4 Asian Digital Wallets in South Korea
    by PYMNTS on 26/09/2022 at 17:13

    Digital payments platform Alipay+ has partnered with Asian mobile payment providers to enable the use of four digital wallets in South Korea.  With these integrations with Alipay+, which is developed by Ant Group, travelers can use the eWallets AlipayHK (Hong Kong), GCash (the Philippines), Touch ‘n Go (Malaysia) and TrueMoney (Thailand) to pay at 120,000

  • Signzy Raises $26M to Expand AI-Powered Compliance Platform
    by PYMNTS on 26/09/2022 at 16:43

    Digital banking infrastructure startup Signzy has raised $26 million in a Series B funding round, with the funds helping to grow its platform aimed at helping financial institutions (FIs) automate risk and compliance processes, according to a Monday (Sept. 26) post on its LinkedIn page. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), Signzy’s no-code workflow digitalization platform,

  • The Data Point: 40% of Subscribers Would Switch for Better Billing Experience
    by PYMNTS on 26/09/2022 at 16:27

    Subscription brands may be headed for a lesson in the meaning of “essential” as inflation-squeezed consumers are forced to decide between needs and wants and the holidays loom. According to the September edition of the Subscription Commerce Tracker®, a PYMNTS and Vindicia collaboration, because so many consumers have purchased recreation or entertainment subscriptions during the

  • Nuapay, Pay360 Parter to Accelerate Open Banking in UK
    by PYMNTS on 26/09/2022 at 16:16

    Open banking company Nuapay is extending its open banking payments services to Pay360, a payment service provider used for public sector payments by 60% of local authorities in the United Kingdom as well as private sector clients. With this contract, Nuapay, which is the open banking business of EML, will open banking to local government

  • Pound, Euro Instability Signals Stress Ahead for Europe’s FinTech Ecosystem
    by PYMNTS on 26/09/2022 at 15:22

    How a currency trades on the world stage is a form of shorthand for how traders and investors view the prospects and the perils facing various nations. And in Europe, the status of the British pound and euro signal turbulence ahead for several sectors in the region — including the FinTech sector. After all, access


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Finovate Conferences Showcasing The Future of Financial And Banking Technology

  • A Look Back at the Biggest and Best FinovateFall Yet!
    by charlotteburgess on 23/09/2022 at 19:34

    60+ innovative demos. 100+ expert speakers. 1700+ influential attendees. The connections and ideas you need were at FinovateFall this year. Were you there? Get a taste of the action below, and catch up on some of the unique insights from the experts who took to the stage! Bill Harris, CEO at Nirvana Money, joins David Read more... The post A Look Back at the Biggest and Best FinovateFall Yet! appeared first on Finovate.

  • Finovate Global Egypt: Our Conversation with Cartona CEO and Co-Founder Mahmoud Talaat
    by David Penn on 23/09/2022 at 18:44

    This week, Finovate Global takes a look at fintech developments in Egypt, specifically the story of Cartona. The company, just over two years old, is a B2B e-commerce marketplace that helps connect retailers with a curated network of suppliers and wholesalers. Cartona secured $12 million in Series A funding this summer, taking its total capital Read more... The post Finovate Global Egypt: Our Conversation with Cartona CEO and Co-Founder Mahmoud Talaat appeared first on Finovate.

  • How to Move from a Product Focus to a Customer Focus: a Conversation with Vivek Bedi
    by Julie Muhn (@julieschicktanz) on 23/09/2022 at 00:49

    At FinovateFall earlier this month, I sat down with author Vivek Bedi who delivered a keynote presentation later that week, to gain some insights on the customer experience. Specifically, Bedi discussed how organizations can shift from a product focus to a customer focus. See his answer below and watch the video in its entirety for Read more... The post How to Move from a Product Focus to a Customer Focus: a Conversation with Vivek Bedi appeared first on Finovate.

  • Taulia and Standard Chartered Team Up to Collaborate on Working Capital Finance
    by Julie Muhn (@julieschicktanz) on 22/09/2022 at 19:59

    Taulia and Standard Chartered signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on working capital finance solutions. The partnership will initially focus on supply chain finance and dynamic discounting. The agreement will offer Taulia access to Standard Chartered’s global client base. Supply chain finance company Taulia has inked an agreement with Standard Chartered this week. The Read more... The post Taulia and Standard Chartered Team Up to Collaborate on Working Capital Finance appeared first on Finovate.

  • Stash Launches its New Infrastructure Platform, Stash Core
    by David Penn on 22/09/2022 at 18:52

    Investing and banking services fintech Stash unveiled its new infrastructure platform, Stash Core, this week. Stash’s new banking account experience is the first new solution built on Stash Core. Credit, savings, and lending solutions are expected to be launched in the future. Stash Core features integrations from a wide number of partners including fellow Finovate Read more... The post Stash Launches its New Infrastructure Platform, Stash Core appeared first on Finovate.


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Wiley: CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water: Table of Contents Table of Contents for CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water. List of articles from both the latest and EarlyView issues.


Wiley: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres: Table of Contents Table of Contents for Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. List of articles from both the latest and EarlyView issues.


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  • Microplastic Presence in the Mangrove Crab Ucides occidentalis (Brachyura: Ocypodidae) (Ortmann, 1897) Derived From Local Markets in Tumbes, Peru
    by Angelica Aguirre-Sanchez on 24/09/2022 at 05:51

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 15, Issue , January-December 2022. <br/>In northern Peru, the mangrove crab Ucides occidentalis is of great importance due to its ecological, economic, and social role. In this study, we reported for the first time the presence of microplastics in the gills and digestive tract of the mangrove crab U. occidentalis derived from local markets in Tumbes. Microplastics were identified in 100% of the crabs analyzed with a total of 921 items, 475 items (52.57%) found in the gills, and 446 (48.43%) found in the digestive tract. The size range was established in 2 to 250 µm, 250 to 500 µm, 500 to 1 mm, and 1 to 5 mm, microplastics with sizes between 2 and 250 µm were the most common with 53.79% in the digestive tract and 90% in the gills. A total of six different types of microplastic were recorded; The highest percentages for each tissue were fibers (59.64%–61.05%) and films (19.28%−36.63%), with clear fibers being the most prevalent microplastic type in both tissues. Microplastics with less than 250 µm size were found 90% in the gills and 53.79% in the crab digestive tract. Although the present study is a baseline for rapid identification of microplastics in mangrove crab, we suggested that these findings provided more information on the state of contamination as well as food security alert for local markets.

  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Stock and Their Spatial Variability Along an Exclosure Chronosequence at Kewet District, Central Dry Lowlands of Ethiopia
    by Fikrey Tesfay on 24/09/2022 at 05:49

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 15, Issue , January-December 2022. <br/>Empirical evidence and a better explanation of the effect of exclosures on soil properties are needed to rehabilitate degraded land and properly utilize the restored ecosystem. This study was conducted to determine soil organic carbon (SOC) and total nitrogen (TN) stocks and to map their spatial distribution and aggregate stability along open grazing land, 5, 15, and 20 years exclosure, and three slope positions. To map the spatial distribution of SOC and TN stocks an ordinary kriging interpolation method was applied. The results showed that the age of exclosure had significantly (p < .05) affected SOC and TN stock. Soil organic carbon stock was the highest in the 15-year-old (18.43 Mg ha−1) and lowest (14.22 Mg ha−1) in the 5-year-old exclosures. Similarly, the 15-year-old (1.81 Mg ha−1) and 5-year-old (1.41 Mg ha−1) exclosures had the highest and the lowest TN stock, respectively. Soil organic carbon associated with macroaggregates (>250 µm) and microaggregates (<250 µm) varied significantly (p < .05) between ages of exclosures and adjacent open grazing land. Significantly (p < .05) higher SOC stock (16.99 Mg ha−1) and macroaggregate associated SOC (3.05%) were recorded in the upper slope position as compared to the middle and lower slope positions. Due to the variation in vegetation cover and density and topography of the area, both SOC and TN stock showed high spatial variability across all ages of exclosure and adjacent open grazing land. Despite its inconsistency, the age of exclosure had affected SOC and TN stock, mean weight diameter, water-stable aggregates, and aggregate associated SOC. It is suggested that exclosure as a restoration measure of degraded landscapes can sequester and stock a significant amount of atmospheric CO2. Further study on soil organisms and litterfall is suggested to understand the dynamics of SOC and TN stocks in these exclosures.

  • Assessment of Supply Water Quality Using GIS Tool for Selected Locations in Delhi—A Case Study
    by DeepChand on 25/08/2022 at 11:46

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 15, Issue , January-December 2022. <br/>The importance of water quality is well understood, and it becomes even more critical when is use for drinking purposes. A case study was carried out to know the applicability of GIS tool for determining the quality of supply water. Water samples from 21 houses at different locations of Delhi were collected. Sample analysis was done for physicochemical parameters viz., pH, EC, TDS, Total Hardness, Total Alkalinity, Chloride, Fluoride, and Nitrate. The water quality data from these selected locations was analyzed using Geographical Information System (GIS) Technique. GIS software did interpolation through the inverse distance weighted (IDW) method to know the water quality (WQ) in different part of the city for various parameters mentioned above and prepare thematic maps from the analysis of water quality data as a database. These thematic maps show the distribution of different water quality parameters. Using Weighted Arithmetic Index (WAI) method, Water Quality Index is calculated. After that, the Drinking Water Quality Index (DWQI) map was generated using thematic layer, reclassification, and weight value assigned in weighted overlay tools in GIS software. Five categories viz., excellent, good, satisfactory, poor, and very poor is assign to describe DWQI. Out of all the selected locations, DWQI was good only at two locations, whereas, at the remaining sites, the DWQI was found satisfactory. However, the overall water quality was found suitable for human consumption. The analysis outcome was represented as maps that will be advantageous to know the water quality status for the area under study. The spatial database established can be a reliable technique for monitoring and managing water quality in the water supply system.

  • Relationships between Meteorological and Particulate Matter Concentrations (PM2.5 and PM10) during the Haze Period in Urban and Rural Areas, Northern Thailand
    by Duanpen Sirithian on 09/08/2022 at 12:41

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 15, Issue , January-December 2022. <br/>Meteorological parameters play a crucial role in the ambient air quality of urban and rural environments. This study aims to investigate the relationship between meteorological parameters (including temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed) and the concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 in the urban area and the rural area, northern Thailand during the haze period (January to April) from 2016 to 2020. Statistical analyses of the Spearman-Rank correlation coefficient and the multivariate gaussian regression were used to investigate the relationships. The secondary data of ambient PM2.5 and PM10 concentration and meteorological parameters were acquired from the Thai Pollution Control Department. The measurements are obtained using the Beta Ray attenuation method. The results showed that approximately 24% to 65% of daily average PM2.5 concentrations in the urban area over the study period exceeded Thailand’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The average PM2.5/PM10 ratios in the urban and the rural areas over the haze period were 0.69 and 0.66, respectively. Our analysis established a significant correlation between atmospheric temperature (r = 0.624) and relative humidity (r = −0.722) with the concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10. In both areas, PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations were also positively correlated with temperature. In contrast, relative humidity was significantly related with the decrease of PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations. However, wind speed does not affect PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations. Additionally, the daily backward trajectories using the hybrid-single particle Lagrangian integrated trajectory model also demonstrated air mass movement in March mostly came from the southwesterly direction, which moved through the highlands, the large biomass burned areas, upwind neighboring provinces, and transboundary transports before reaching the air monitoring stations. Our findings improve the understanding of particulate matter pollution and meteorological patterns during annual haze periods in the urban and rural areas. We expect the output of this study can help improve existing haze mitigation measures for improving the prediction accuracy of air pollution under variable meteorological parameters.

  • Visible-Light-Driven g-C3N4/TiO2 Based Heterojunction Nanocomposites for Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Dyes in Wastewater: A Review
    by Agidew Sewnet on 08/08/2022 at 09:50

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 15, Issue , January-December 2022. <br/>Water pollution by organic contaminants is one of the most severe issues confronting the world today as a result of the rapid increase of industrialization, urbanization, human population growth, and advances in agricultural technologies. Several attempts have been made to address global water pollution issues by utilizing conventional wastewater treatment technologies. However, conventional wastewater treatment methods have several limitations such as low efficiency, high operation costs, generation of secondary waste, require additional chemicals as oxidants and extra energy. Therefore, Heterogeneous photocatalysis has gained a lot of attention in the degradation of persistent organic pollutants because it combines high efficiency, environmental friendliness, cheap cost, and safety. Subsequently, the designing of novel nanocomposite photocatalysts with strong visible light-harvesting ability, efficient charge separation and transportation, and superb stability is imminently desired for wastewater treatment. Recently, the notion of combining g-C3N4 with TiO2 to design high photocatalytic performance heterojunction photoactive nanocomposites for organic pollutant degradation has received a lot of attention. Meanwhile, the construction of g-C3N4/TiO2-based heterojunction nanocomposites may enhance the ability of harvesting visible light, boost charge separation and transfer efficiency, and robust photocatalytic activity. Firstly, this review concisely explained the main sources of water pollution, as well as potential treatment approaches and the fundamental mechanism of heterogeneous photocatalysis. Subsequently, the details of properties, synthesis techniques, photoactivity modification strategies, and photocatalytic applications of g-C3N4, TiO2, and g-C3N4/TiO2 heterojunction photocatalysts are presented. Following that, the recent advances aimed at improving the photocatalytic performance of various types of visible-light-driven g-C3N4/TiO2 heterojunction photocatalysts for organic pollutant degradation in wastewater are presented in detail. Finally, some concluding remarks and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for constructing different types of g-C3N4/TiO2-based heterostructured photocatalysts are presented.




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  • Takeuchi marks production of first track loaders at new facility
    on 26/09/2022 at 16:57

    The first compact track loaders have rolled off the assembly line at Takeuchi's new manufacturing facility in Moore, South Carolina. This facility, Takeuchi's first production facility in North America, will eventually produce nearly all the company's compact track loaders, allowing Takeuchi to reduce compact track loader production lead time for its North American customers and better meet market needs worldwide.  

  • Preventive maintenance versus predictive maintenance – why they matter
    on 26/09/2022 at 16:15

    Equipment downtime will not only set you behind schedule, but it can result in lost revenue. Equipment needs to be in top working order and on the job site to make the most of your investment. A vital part of achieving that goal is incorporating a regular maintenance routine into your business practices.

  • Weekly recap: predictive maintenance for vocational trucks, Caterpillar surpasses autonomous hauling milestone, and more
    on 24/09/2022 at 13:00

    Contractors and fleet managers have started to use both predictive and preventive maintenance to make sure that their machines are up and running. This week saw vocational truck fleets benefit from predictive maintenance. Plus, Mountainside Unloading detailed its preventive maintenance program that has brought several Sennebogen log loaders to over 40,000 operating hours. Caterpillar surpassed over five billion tonnes of material autonomously hauled using Cat MineStar Command for hauling. Volvo Trucks will begin road testing hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks in 2025 and CASE has delivered the pushing power of a dozer in the package of a compact track loader. Here are five articles from this week you won't want to miss.

  • New CASE E Series excavators built to maximize operator performance
    on 23/09/2022 at 17:00

    The new E Series of excavators from CASE Construction Equipment is targeted at improving operator experience, performance, and productivity, along with reducing total cost of ownership across the life of the machine.

  • PCL Construction updates smart construction app following merger with Latium Technologies
    on 23/09/2022 at 15:49

    One year ago, Latium Technologies merged with Job Site Insights (JSI) from PCL Construction. Since that merger, the two companies have continued to evolve their partnership.


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  • Job Openings
    by Candace Vadnais on 25/08/2022 at 16:48

    Job Opening – RRS Job Title – Consultant/Project Manager Location – Remote in Front Range of Colorado Posting Date – August 22, 2022 Closing Date – Open Until Filled RRS is a mission orientated company dedicated to community-centered sustainability, materials management, and climate solutions since incorporating in 1986. In that time, we have grown to The post Job Openings appeared first on Recycle.com.

  • Circularity Concepts Online Learning Series
    by Candace Vadnais on 01/08/2022 at 05:00

    The Incubation Network and RRS Asia Free Series Helps Organizations Understand Aspects of a Circular Economy for Plastics Ann Arbor, Mich., August 1, 2022 – The Incubation Network , a partnership between The Circulate Initiative and SecondMuse, alongside Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) Asia have developed a no-cost, online video learning series entitled, Circularity Concepts: Exploring The post Circularity Concepts Online Learning Series appeared first on Recycle.com.

  • RRS and CREF Team Up to Sell NFT Art Collection
    by Candace Vadnais on 14/06/2022 at 05:00

    NFT Sale Proceeds to Benefit the Foundation Ann Arbor, Mich., June 14, 2022 – Resource Recycling Systems Inc. (RRS), with the support of the Compost Research & Education Foundation (CREF), are teaming up to sell non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of the 2022 winning poster from the USCC COMPOST2022 conference. The NFT sale will go live on The post RRS and CREF Team Up to Sell NFT Art Collection appeared first on Recycle.com.

  • ACT Spearheaded to Address Circularity in Fashion
    by Candace Vadnais on 10/06/2022 at 17:03

    New York, NY, June 8, 2022 – A new group focused on advancing circular textile policy in the U.S. was announced today. The American Circular Textiles (ACT) policy group, was spearheaded by CSG (Circular Services Group), RRS (Resource Recycling Systems), and 11 founding organizations. ACT aims to align fashion’s circularity community on the development of The post ACT Spearheaded to Address Circularity in Fashion appeared first on Recycle.com.

  • PET Recycling Coalition to Support Recycling Facilities
    by Candace Vadnais on 09/06/2022 at 21:44

    Leading companies from across the value chain take action to unlock the environmental and economic benefits of PET recycling. WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 8, 2022) – The Recycling Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of its PET Recycling Coalition, an initiative informed by industry knowledge and expertise to improve PET (plastic #1) circularity. Its work The post PET Recycling Coalition to Support Recycling Facilities appeared first on Recycle.com.


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No Title Own less. Live more. Finding minimalism in a world of consumerism.

  • How to Choose Minimalism
    by joshua becker on 16/09/2022 at 04:27

    My very first media interview was for the Albany Times Union back in 2010. I had found minimalism two years earlier, had started this blog, and a wonderful reporter for the paper in Albany emailed to see if I’d answer some questions for her article. I was flattered, and immediately said yes. Then, I proceeded

  • Is it Beneficial?
    by joshua becker on 12/09/2022 at 13:23

    There is a question we can use to make decisions that is incredibly helpful in almost every area of life. The question is this: Is it beneficial? This is a question I was first introduced to shortly after college and I have referred to it countless times—not just in big decisions, but also in smaller

  • Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
    by joshua becker on 10/09/2022 at 06:00

    My desire with each Weekend Reads is to provide you with articles and posts that encourage simplicity and minimalist living. Below, you will find links to blog posts and news stories that I hand-picked over the last couple weeks. I hope you find inspiration and practical help inside them. But also, if you get a

  • 7 Decluttering Principles from the Uncluttered Course
    by joshua becker on 07/09/2022 at 22:12

    How much time and effort have you put into trying to declutter your home, find clarity, and enjoy more rest in your life? Too much? If so, I have a solution. I have been running the Uncluttered Course consistently for six years—over 75,000 people, from all over the world, have used the 12-week course to

  • You Can’t Have it All. Sometimes You Have to Choose.
    by joshua becker on 02/09/2022 at 22:31

    There are some pursuits in life that are both/and. For example, “I want to be successful at work AND invest in my family.” This is a both/and type of proposition. I know lots of men and women who are both successful in their careers and find time to intentionally invest in their families. In fact,


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  • Old Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes
    by Merissa on 23/09/2022 at 12:00

    Create a warm dish of Old Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes to get you through these long winter days! The post Old Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes appeared first on Little House Living.

  • Sweet & Tasty Apple Pie Jam Canning Recipe
    by Merissa on 22/09/2022 at 11:28

    If you’re a fan of sweet, spiced, comforting apple pie (and who’s not?), then there’s no doubt you will fall in love with this apple pie jam recipe just as I did the first time I tried it. Apple Pie Jam (Canning Recipe) By Contributor Anna Sakawsky of The House and the Homestead I had honestly The post Sweet & Tasty Apple Pie Jam Canning Recipe appeared first on Little House Living.

  • 13 Ways Anyone Can Prepare for a Power Outage
    by Merissa on 22/09/2022 at 11:00

    What are some easy steps you can take towards preparing for a power outage? Here's some simple tips that anyone can follow! The post 13 Ways Anyone Can Prepare for a Power Outage appeared first on Little House Living.

  • How to Scent Candles with Spices for Fall
    by Merissa on 22/09/2022 at 10:00

    Want to fill your home with the delicious aromas of pumpkin pie and apple pie without the work? Check out this fun candle tutorial. The post How to Scent Candles with Spices for Fall appeared first on Little House Living.

  • 10 Simple (and Delicious) Uses for Green Tomatoes
    by Merissa on 21/09/2022 at 12:00

    Did you have to pick all your tomatoes before the last frost? Here are some things you can do with those green tomatoes! The post 10 Simple (and Delicious) Uses for Green Tomatoes appeared first on Little House Living.


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  • 5 Ways Journaling Can Make you Happier
    by Karl Staib on 19/09/2022 at 23:07

    A few years ago I was struggling because my father was passing. I didn’t know what was up or down. I felt like I was on an emotional safari. Around every turn was a lion, snake, or hyena just ready to pounce. I needed something to stabilize me. That’s when I turned to journaling. It The post 5 Ways Journaling Can Make you Happier appeared first on No Sidebar.

  • Simplicity and Sweet Corn
    by Jennifer Tritt on 12/09/2022 at 21:36

    I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder My husband and I recently moved from rural Pennsylvania to beachside North Carolina. This was a move of about 500 miles. Having spent the first 55 years of my life in The post Simplicity and Sweet Corn appeared first on No Sidebar.

  • The Surprising Inspiration to Declutter I Found At the Museum
    by Jessalynn Jones on 06/09/2022 at 23:50

    Four years ago I went to New York and I loved it! We spent a few days seeing the sights, but we spent an entire day in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is one of the most amazing places you will ever go because it is full of things throughout human history. These items The post The Surprising Inspiration to Declutter I Found At the Museum appeared first on No Sidebar.

  • Thoughts On Doing Scary Things
    by Danielle Massett on 30/08/2022 at 19:19

    Confession: I am not very brave. I have spent the majority of my life living comfortably in my comfort zone. There are so many things I’d love to do, but I don’t. I am scared to do things where I have to put myself out there and interact with new people. What if people think The post Thoughts On Doing Scary Things appeared first on No Sidebar.

  • The Honeymoon Stage of Habits
    by Mollie Donghia on 22/08/2022 at 12:24

    Habits. It’s the small decisions we make at every hour of the day that predict how great or little our success, productivity, and focus can be. I choose to wake up an hour before anyone else in my house so that I can have peace and quiet to start my day. I track my daily The post The Honeymoon Stage of Habits appeared first on No Sidebar.


  • New Workshops
    by Unknown on 23/09/2022 at 01:38

    Hello everyone.  A number of people have contacted me about the workshops I proposed this week.  It looks like people are interested in writing workshops whereas what I’m proposing is a workshop on getting published - different workshops. The getting published workshops are for people who are already writing with the hope of getting their work published.  So, I’m taking a different tack and I think this is a better idea.I’ll do one getting published workshop for six people here at home. The course will go for four hours and cost $150, lunch and some notes are included. There’ll also be one getting published workshop for six people on Zoom.  The cost for that is $150, notes included. When everyone is signed up, I’ll send more details. I thought I’d also offer a two hour Zoom kitchen table chat for six people. The cost for this is $75. There might be several of them, depending on the numbers interested. It’s very appealing to me to sit and talk to a group of people who share my values.  I’ve done this type of online chat before and it well very well. If you’ve never used Zoom, you don’t have to have any software, I send you a link which will take you to our Zoom room.  All you need is a computer with a camera and microphone and we’ll be able to see and hear you when you join us.The topics for these chats will be those I write about but I hope they expand out to include your experiences and ideas too.  Suggested topics: cleaning, budgeting, cooking, baking, growing food, chickens, preserving food and family life.  There’ll be plenty of time to ask questions. So if you’re interested in this, choose the topic you’re most interested in and I’ll make up groups of six. Our starting point will be the topic chosen but I’m sure conversations will include many other issues as well.  This should start in early October.Please send an email to express your interest. My email for this is [email protected]

  • Will the glass be half-full or half-empty?
    by Unknown on 20/09/2022 at 23:20

    I like to think I’ve got a pretty good grip on the work I do here in my home but now when I sit down to write to you, I can’t think of what I did this past week.   Luckily I have photos I took along the way and after seeing them it all comes back to me.  I’m still sorting through drawers and cupboards and getting rid of things I no longer have any reason to keep. It’s part of my general housekeeping now - a couple of times a week I bring in a little trolley, fill it with things I once thought I’d keep forever. Now my priority is to have a home that encourages me to be the person I am now, not the other Rhonda who was part of a couple. Every week life moves slowly away from the home of a happily married couple and towards a place when an independent woman lives.  I hope I find the same level of satisfaction I had back then but it’s still early days and the practical work of rebuilding needs to be complete before I can make any judgements about contentment and happiness.  Will the glass be half-full or half-empty? This is the area where I sit and think with Gracie at my feet. Sometimes I read here and sometimes I just listen to the radio and potter around. Gracie follows me everywhere now. If I go inside, so does she, if I wander outside, she follows. And if she’s sniffing around the yard and doesn’t see me go inside, she stands at the door and gives one loud bark and I know she wants me to open the door for her NOW.  Waiting for the postman. She doesn't bark at him, I think she just wants him to know she's there. 🙄I’m building a flower, spice and herb garden on the sunny corner of the front verandah. It’s always nurtured ferns and tropical plants in the past, and I still have them, but I’m introducing flowers - roses, nasturtiums, foxgloves, yarrow, lavender, pansies and penstemon, as well as green onions, chilli, parsley and ginger. This area changes almost every day. I used to be able to make instant decisions, now I have to look at my changes to decide if they suit me.  🤔 😵‍💫That's a digiplexis foxglove in the pot. It's a soft orange colour with several flower spikes. I'll take a photo for you when the flowers are open.Plants waiting to be put somewhere. This area is a little further along the verandah. Like most of you, I'm always trying to save the food I buy from being wasted. Now that I'm single this is more difficult. I bought a long cucumber last week, had one salad and knew the cucumber might sit in the fridge and waste away. So I grabbed the vinegar and pickling spices to make bread and butter cucumbers. The idea with this is to remove as much water as possible from the cucumber so I sprinkled a tablespoon of salt over thinly sliced cucumbers and left it a few hours. Then I washed the salted water away and squeezed the water off with a cucumbers in a clean tea towel. Don't forget to do this because if you add your pickling liquids and spices to the cucumbers in the jar, they'll release their water into the pickling liquid and will dilute the pickles.  They'll taste wonderful if you let the flavours develop but you can eat them straight away if you want to.To make the pickling liquid, add the following to a small saucepan: 1 cup vinegar, ½ cup sugar, pickling spices, pepper and little pieces of onion or chilli if you have them on hand. Bring to the boil, simmer for 30 minutes and let it sit on the stove until slightly cooler. Taste it and if liquid is a bit strong for you, add ½ cup water. Then add the cucumbers and the still-hot pickling liquid to a sterilised jar and store it in the fridge. I have one serve of pickled cucumbers left but I'll buy another cucumber to pickle on my next shopping trip. I don't like oil in my salad dressing so I always make enough of this so I have some for salad dressing. I use the leftover liquid as salad dressing too. It keeps well in the fridge.Parsley salt and dried parsleyTwo other quick herby tips for you here - parsley salt and dried parsley. I harvested most of my parsley on Tuesday, washed it thoroughly and removed the stalks (they're bitter when dried). Preheat your oven for the dried parsley now - 180C/350F and when it reaches temp, turn it down to 120C/250F. Make the parsley salt while your oven is heating up.This is what the sink full of parsley looks like now. Parsley saltTo a food processor, add 1 cup salt, I used pink Himalayan salt but rock salt or pure cooking salt is also good.Add two cups of parsley with no stalks.Process the mix until the parsley is flecked through the salt but don't overprocess because the salt will be too fine. Lay it out on a plate to dry for about an hour then add it to a jar. Store in the fridge and give it a gentle shake every couple of days so it doesn't clump together.It's great to use in scrambled eggs, sprinkled over the top layer of lasagne or any pasta, mashed potatoes, salads, roast meats, steak and, of course, fish. You can do this with a variety of herbs - oregano, sage, bay leaves, coriander/cilantro, fennel, rosemary or finely grate lemon or orange zest and add it to the salt. All of them store well in the fridge.Dried parsleyThen go on to your dried parsley. Dry the leaves as much as possible, preheat eat your oven to 180C/350F and when it reaches temp, turn it down to 120C/250F. Lay the washed, dried parsley, with stalks removed, onto baking paper in a baking tray, place the tray in the oven making sure you have your temps right. Leave it in the oven for about 25 minutes then remove from the oven. When it cools down, crush the parsley with your hands and add it to a jar. Two well loaded large oven trays gave me the amount you see in the small jar.  Store this alongside your herbs and spices in a cupboard.🌿 💚 🌿The creation of my new life is a slow process. I could sit back and let it make its own way but I want my life to include diversity and creativity as the the main building blocks; and I want moments of joy liberally mixed throughout each ordinary day. I'm so thankful that Hanno and I prepared well for this part of life because if I had to go from what we had five years ago to what I'm capable of now and in the future, I'd be in a worse space. I guess I've done the difficult part of working out what I want in my life now. It's important to me to continue with the housework I've done in the past. I will still cook from scratch - for Gracie and me, preserve, bake occasionally, keep a small stockpile, make my own cleaners and laundry liquid. I will continue to look for opportunities to be kind and generous. Those ordinary everyday tasks help define my life giving each day structure and purpose and a reason to get up every morning.  Of course, family is a significant part of my life and while my family has changed, it's still on top of the priority list. What fits into the rest of my life is what I'm focusing on now. It will be made up of creativity, productivity, sharing what I know and being grateful for each new day. It's a complex model of a simple life but I guess every life is complex in its own way. I'm glad I have the freedom to create life in the way I want it to be and I have the time now try different things to fit into the mix I already have.Kerry and Jamie bought Gracie a dogie donut (with bacon topping) and a bone biscuit. She wasn't sure what to make of it first but she didn't hesitate in eating both of them. My main new thing will be painting and drawing. I used to be quite artistic when I was young and I want to examine that again. I also want to do some final getting published/writing workshops. Of all the workshops I've done, I enjoyed the writing ones the most. I need to earn some money to build up my nest egg again after I spent so much during Hanno's final months. I want to have some workshops here, maybe with lunch included, and maybe some on Zoom. If you're interested in this, let me know because it will help me make the decision on whether to go ahead or not.But that's all in the future and today is just as important. When I finish here, I'll tidy the kitchen, harvest chard, set some aside for lunch and freeze the rest. My bed is made but I have to put away yesterday's washed clothes and sheets. Two toilets must be cleaned and I'll finish off reorganising the laundry. After lunch Gracie and I will be out in the garden fertilising, cleaning up, weeding and repotting. We're expecting rain this afternoon so I want both verandahs clean and tidy before the wind and rain starts.And that's it for me, another ordinary day done and dusted. I hope things are going well for you. Home life is usually busy when seasons change. What are you doing? I send my love across the miles. xx

  • Let's reduce the cost of living
    by Unknown on 09/09/2022 at 01:28

    I've never seen financial conditions like those we have now. The cost of living is increasing in Australia, I'm affected by it and I'm guessing you are too. I'm in the good position of being debt-free, we paid our home off many years ago but I still have to watch every penny.Make your own laundry liquid and cleaners - it will will save you an extraordinary amount of money.Hanno and I have lived on a pension for some years and we built a nest egg that provided a feeling of security but when he died, that changed. I went from a couples pension to a single pension which is more money but when you calculate all the goods and services over the course of a year, the single pension doesn't look so good.  I've spent the past six months learning what needs to be paid, and when, and I'm also paying small amounts frequently on the large bills like rates and car registration, instead of being hit with a big bill every six months.Hanno always organised our finances and he was very good at it. So, I turned my back on all of it and lived in that oblivious state for over 40 years. When he got sick, the last bills he paid were in November and I didn't even think about paying bills until four months later, when they were overdue! When I looked in his email, there they all were, waiting for me like a ton of bricks. Now that I think about it, I doubt I've done such a stupid thing in my life. I should have know exactly what he was doing, I should have shared that role and had I done that I might be in a better financial state than I am right now.When Hanno was in hospital, there were no expenses - everything was covered and we had private health insurance for the extras. But before he went to hospital, when I was looking after him at home, I bought a number of high priced items - wheelchair, walker, bed rails and incontinence items. He also had speech therapy for swallowing and physiotherapy for walking. We paid for all of that while he was at home even though we had a level 4 home care plan.  That plan looked good when he got it but the funds dribbled in and it was eaten up with services - people coming to help shower him etc., and there was never enough money to buy the equipment he needed.Cook no-meat meals.To make a long story short, now that I look back on the past six months, I realise I should have been aware of my financial position much sooner. Had I been sharing that work, I would have been. However, now the nest egg has decreased a lot and with the cost of living higher than ever before, I'm trying to stretch dollars.  As you know, we got our finances in shape by stockpiling groceries, cooking from scratch, growing food in the backyard, monitoring our electricity and water. We stopped TV we had to pay for and buying magazines, drinks and lunches when we went out. I've already done all the big changes, now it's down to the list below. The steps are small but they're all worth doing and like buying a cup of coffee every time you go out and realising that cost adds up to hundred of dollars, stopping those small things to save money takes time too but it's really worth it.Mend and make do.I'm lucky, I don't have to pay rent or a mortgage, we paid that off, in eight years, a long time ago. But interest rates are rising now after being low for many years and that is hurting a lot of people and for some, it's not sustainable. If you're in that situation, I urge you to hold on and start working on these lists below. Times will be tough for you, you'll have to stop buying your favourite things, stop holidays and stop shopping without your budget in mind.If you don't have a budget, go to https://moneysmart.gov.au/budgeting/budget-planner now. It’s the Australia government's site which holds a lot of useful information about debt, mortgage repayments and budgets.  Forget the freedom of spending in the past, think of the future and how you can save your home. It will be hard but most of you will be able to do it.  And don't forget to talk to your bank to find out how you might be able to reduce your payments for the time being. You'll have to make up for it later when things return to normal - and they will - but that one thing may help you keep your home.CONSERVING YOUR RESOURCESIn times like these you should be mindful of everything you do that will save money. Try to cut back on the amount you will have to pay in utility bills and for transport. That money is much better in your pocket than profits for Energex, Telstra or Shell. So let’s go through a few things you can do to keep money in your pocket.ELECTRICITYUse your electrical appliances like washing machines, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers in off-peak times. Phone your electricity provider and ask if you have peak times and when they are.If you have solar panels, use your appliances as soon as the sun hits the roof - that way you'll use the solar power you generate instead of buying from the grid.Wash your clothes in cold water and dry them outside in the sun. I always wash in cold water using homemade laundry liquid and our clothes look fine. Over the years, this has saved us hundreds of dollars.Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are more efficient than traditional bulbs. A 60-watt fluorescent bulb has the same lighting capability as a standard 75-watt bulb and it will last for years. Light bulb buyers guide.Turn off the lights when you leave a room.Turn off the TV when no one is watching it.Turn off appliances at the power point, not just at the appliance on/off button.Fill the kettle with just enough water for your tea or coffee. Boiling water you won’t use, is an expensive waste. If there is hot water left over, pour it into a thermos flask and use that for your tea or coffee during the day.Buy a power board and plug in all the appliances you have close together into that one power board. When they aren’t being used, and especially at night, turn off the power board. That will stop all those appliances using stand-by power. It is estimated that 10 percent of the power used in Australia is for appliances on stand-by.When you boil food, either on a gas or electric cooktop, put the lid on your saucepans because it retains heat. Your food will come to the boil faster, and then you can turn the power down to cook on a simmer.If you can, grow food in the backyard - or in containers.WATERFill a bowl with water to wash vegetables. Letting the tap run while you wash wastes litres of water.While you’re waiting for the shower water to warm up, fill a bucket with the cold water and use it on your garden or in the washing machine (top loader only).Have shorter showers.Turn the tap off when brushing teeth.Flush the toilet only when necessary.When washing your hands, wet your hands, turn the tap off, apply soap and lather, turn the tap on again to rinse.Install water tanks if you have a vegetable garden, or at least set up some water barrels at the down pipes to catch what rainwater you can.COOKINGCook larger portions of food and freeze the leftovers for use on other days. This will enable you to cook meals for more than one day and use only the electricity to warm the food again.When you boil something on the stove, bring it up to the boil, then turn it down to a fast simmer.When boiling on the stove, always keep the lid on the saucepan. This reduces the time it takes to come to the boil.If you’re using your oven, cook more than one thing.If you’re baking bread, do more than one loaf and freeze a couple of loaves for later.If you have a small convection oven, use that instead of your large oven.If you have a small convection oven, use that instead of your larger oven.Cook from scratch.Preserve your excess.Bake bread, cakes and biscuits from scratch.PHONEIf you're not on the cheapest plan right now, do some research to find out what you can do to reduce your phone costs.If you're on a contract, never let your contract go from one year to the next without negotiating a better deal with your phone company.While you’re saving, use the phone only when absolutely necessary. Stay in touch with your friends online instead.Use Skype or Zoom for your long distance calls. Make sure you download the right version for your equipment - there are versions for Apple phones, ipads and computers as well as for Android smartphones and computers.TRANSPORTPlan your trips so you're not using the car to go to one place. Work out what you have to do and plan your trip going to multiple places to use the least amount of petrol.If you have to take the children to school – share that with other parents in your neighbourhood. Even if you share with your next door neighbour so that you take them and she/he picks them up, it will halve your school trips.Start a walking bus. Parents take it in turns to take a group of children to school by walking with them.Download the motormouth app to find the cheapest petrol in your area.If you run a business, make sure you keep a diary of your business and private car expenses so you can claim what you're entitled to at tax time. REGULAR BILLSAt least once a year, look at the details of all your regular bills. Bills such as phone, internet, electricity, phone and insurance should all be checked. Ring up the opposition and ask what they would charge you for the same service. When you have a good idea, phone the company you deal with and tell them you could get a better deal with a rival – and tell them the company name. Say you’re ringing to ask if they can equal or better that because you’d rather stay, but as you’re on a tight budget you must go with the best deal. Often this pays off and it should become part of your financial practice each year to test these boundaries. This is one of our old gardens. We were vegetarians then and we grew most of the food we ate. GENERALLY THERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO CUT BACK.Separate your wants from your needs and be firm with this.Ask yourself if you really need it.If you do need it, can you barter something for it instead of spending money? Bartering used to be quite a common way of obtaining goods in small communities. Ask around, you’ll probably find people who are keen to barter. See if your neighbours or work colleagues are interested in bartering.If you can’t do without it and can’t barter for it, can you make it yourself? One of the skills you’ll develop in your simple life will be to hand-make many things from food to clothes. Maybe you could learn to make what you want.Try to live on less than you earn.  If you can't do that, you'll be paying off debt all your life.  But now in these current difficult times, with high interest rates, unemployment, increasing food and fuel prices, there ARE things you can do to reduce your expenses. This won't last forever but it will last a few years. So if you start helping yourself, following a budget and reducing costs, you'll come out of it in reasonable shape, and hopefully still living in your own home.  How are you tackling this problem, please share what you're doing and we might all learn something.  I wish you all the best of luck,  Now, let's get to work and start reducing our expenses.

  • Organising my home - it's been life changing!
    by Unknown on 24/08/2022 at 23:41

    I've been organising my home over the past few weeks but this time it's not the same as what I've done in the past. I don't think of it as decluttering anymore because to me, clutter is a group of unwanted items making a room look untidy; most of what I let go of was hidden in drawers, cupboards and sheds and taking up space that I wanted to reclaim.I gave away the foods Hanno liked but I didn't and when I go through this cupboard, there'll be fewer things. This was way overdue - my spices.  I only had one bottle that was passed its use-by date but that date was 2018!I was much more mindful this time. Now it's only me who lives here, I didn't have to consider anyone else's ideas or choices - I was creating the spaces where I would live in the coming years. The thought of cupboards and drawers containing unwanted clothes and shoes, unneeded bed linens, tools, manuscripts, fabrics, timber, paper work, photos and who knows what else forced me to sort through it all.  It was a horrible job, it took a lot longer than I thought it would but it was liberating, satisfying and SO worthwhile. If you've been thinking of doing something like this, I urge you to go ahead with it. It's life changing.It made me think of my parents and my grandmother's homes. Back then, houses generally didn't have spare rooms, garages or sheds packed full of "stuff".  Now, in a world where most families need storage space for all the things they buy, we also have the newish business of storage sheds where you can buy space to store things you own but never use. 🤔 My mother, like most parents back then, packed summer or winter clothes away in the top of the linen press and used the clothes appropriate for that season.  At the end of the season, they were washed, folded and put away again. That was the only kind of storage I can remember. Hanno's office. I spent a long time here working out how to pay things on time, what accounts could go and shredding papers.Sadly, we've fallen into a trap of buying what we like because it's cheap. We've surrendered our dollars to China/India who make what we want while they become stronger and we are weakened. We need OUR OWN manufacturing industries so that our people have jobs and we stop giving money to other countries. When we pay our own populations to make the goods we need, they'll be paid a fair and decent wage and the products will be priced appropriately. It's a good way to cut rampant consumerism.While I was at it, I made a new ironing board cover.I started reorganising our home soon after Hanno died. Tricia organised Hanno's clothes so I didn't have to deal with them and I started on the kitchen cupboards, Hanno's office, laundry, bathrooms and garage.  I thought about doing this for about three weeks and I decided to keep what I love as well as what I absolutely need, and remove the rest.  And when I say remove, that doesn't mean it's now in the garage or in the car boot, it's ALL GONE from my life and my home.  For instance, I got rid of my old china, cutlery, glassware, pots, pans, bakeware and some furniture and small appliances.  But I kept the dinner set Hanno gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary - a Villeroy and Boch Petite Fleur set that I love and had on display in a cupboard. We only used it at Christmas and birthdays, now I use it every day and it makes me SO happy. I got rid of my bread maker and slow cooker. If I want bread I'll knead it by hand and I can easily use my old cast iron pot on the induction top for slow cooking.  I'm currently working on my wardrobe and the linen press. I'll be finished next week. 🙃I use my Petite Fleur dinner set every day now and wish I'd done it years ago. I just kept a few extra dinner plates and bowls because when all my family are here, there are ten of us.It took a long time because I wanted to be sure of my decisions and I was dealing with my stuff as well as Hanno's, but now can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most of my reorganisation is done, 90 percent of what I want gone is gone and I feel that the work I've done is an investment in my future. There were SO many things I could have been doing instead of sorting through rubbish, getting stuck with pins, sneezing because of the dust, and having to decide where to put what was in my hand (most of the time it went to recycle and sometimes the rubbish bin). I resolved that from now on I'll deal with excess by not buying it in the first place and if something I already have becomes superfluous, I'll get rid of it. No more putting things in a box or a cupboard to gather dust for years simply because I couldn't decide, or was too lazy to deal with it there and then.  This has been life changing for me and it makes me happy every day to get out of bed and look at what I've done. I'm not looking after junk I don't need now, I have extra space inside my home, it feels right and I'm SO glad I did it. If you've got a lot of stuff you're not using and have stored away, I hope my story will help you to do what I did. It's not easy but it will make your future life easier.Mooroopna Park Primary School wins award as free food transforms behaviour, attendance <- this is a wonderful article!Grandma Donna always has good tips for cutting back and focusing on the homeDelicious basic recipes to help with your grocery billA new world: small-town life in early 20th-century America – in pictures

  • Housework - nothing has to be perfect
    by Unknown on 08/08/2022 at 08:31

    Sometimes readers ask me how I keep going and why housework isn't boring for me.  It is boring sometimes but boredom doesn't stop me from doing anything. I keep going because of the rewards I get from doing my house work - it gives me the life I want. There are a lot of things we have to take responsibility for when we're adults and one of them is creating a home that you feel comfortable in. If you don't have the drive to regularly do the work that gives you that home, push yourself.  If you keep at it you'll see the benefits and the work you do in your home will change you. It did that for me. It made me slower, more generous and thoughtful and I'm glad for that.Cleaning up the kitchen.When you get stuck in, you'll be surprised that it doesn't take much to make a really warm and comfy home. Nothing has to be perfect, it just has to be to the standard that makes you feel comfortable. And remember, housework never ends. So when you have enough, stop and come back to it the next day. The sky won't fall in and you'll feel better for it.I think you'd be surprised at how much you can get done in a short time.  For instance, when I'm waiting for the kettle to boil or the toast to cook, I clear the kitchen bench. If I still have time, I wipe the bench too. If the bench is already clean but the kitchen bin is full, I empty it. If you have 15 minutes to spare, empty everything out of the fridge, wipe the shelves and put it back in. It's a good habit to get into the day before you do the grocery shopping. I've got a couple of meal ideas for you today. I had these two meals this week and they're ideal for one or two or five or ten. If, like me, you're living alone, the ravioli bake makes four portions, the omelette makes two. Ravioli BakeThis will take less than an hour to cook. You can put it all together and have it ready to cook in the fridge and just heat it up when you come home from work. It will be ready in about 20 minutes.  Just enough time to make a nice salad. When you freeze the leftovers, put it in a container already cut into portions but without them touching so you can remove them easily if you only want one piece. I had one on the day of cooking, the second portion the following day and I froze two portions for next week. Buy a bag of ravioli or make a batch of ravioli. I bought a bag because I wanted this to be a fast meal.Make a tomato sauce. I made mine with a 400ml bottle of tomato passata that was on special that week. I fried off an onion, half a capsicum/pepper, diced two sticks of celery and added oregano and parsley from the garden.  Season with salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes.Add the uncooked ravioli to a small oven-proof dish and pour the tomato sauce over it. Sprinkle on some cheese if you like it. and bake in the oven at 180C until the top is golden. Mine took 20 minutes.Spanish Omelette This recipe takes two eggs per serve. I used four eggs and it served me for two days.Peel a medium potato and slice it into thickish slices. Microwave for four minutes and cool.Use a non-stick frying pan you can put in the oven. Add a tablespoon of olive oil, sliced onions, capsicums/peppers, garlic and any vegetable you have in the fridge or backyard. I picked baby silverbeet/chard and added that after the onions and peppers were cooked.  Remove the vegetables and keep the pan on the stove.Break the eggs into a bowl, add salt and pepper and about a quarter cup of cream.  If you want a spicy version, add some chilli flakes. Pour that into the frying pan, add the vegetables - potatoes and onion mix - making sure they're distributed well over the top of the eggs. Cook on the stove top on medium heat for five minutes then put the pan in a preheated oven at 180C. Cook in the oven until the top is golden and the eggs are set. I used a small frying pan - 150mm and I cut the omelette in two for two meals. I like this when it's cooled rather than hot from the oven.Here is my constant companion. Gracie and I sit out on the front verandah most afternoons and watch the world go by. She's an easy dog to live with. She likes to stay by my side but does go a bit mental running around the house with a lamb fleece in her mouth.  It's her seventh birthday on Wednesday. How time flies.


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  • Mathworks: How mathematical computing is changing the world for the better
    by Duncan MacRae on 19/09/2022 at 19:40

    For anyone who doesn’t know about MathWorks, could you tell us a little bit about what it does? MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software and has two flagship platforms, MATLAB and Simulink. MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment... Read more » The post Mathworks: How mathematical computing is changing the world for the better appeared first on Internet of Things News.

  • Yury Brunt, AVEVA: On helping businesses manage their energy usage
    by Ryan Daws on 19/09/2022 at 12:11

    Rocketing fuel costs and net-zero targets are leading more businesses to seek out connected energy management solutions. IoT News caught up with Yury Brunt, Team Leader of Manufacturing Analytics at AVEVA Select Benelux, to discuss how the company is helping businesses to manage their energy usage. IoT News: Amid rocketing energy costs, are you finding... Read more » The post Yury Brunt, AVEVA: On helping businesses manage their energy usage appeared first on Internet of Things News.

  • Matter gets closer to becoming the ubiquitous smart home standard
    by Ryan Daws on 15/09/2022 at 15:58

    Matter is getting closer to becoming the ubiquitous standard for the smart home with two big updates from Apple and Google. From Apple, we saw the release of the iOS and iPadOS 16.1 developer betas bring a new option for “Matter Accessories” in the Settings for each operating system: Apple first announced that iOS 16... Read more » The post Matter gets closer to becoming the ubiquitous smart home standard appeared first on Internet of Things News.

  • What to look out for at IoT Tech Expo Europe and NA 2022: Henkel, Nestlé, Volvo, and more
    by James Bourne on 15/09/2022 at 09:43

    Spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) in Europe continues to soar, in spite of global uncertainties ranging from the pandemic to the supply chain. According to IDC, enterprise IoT spending will reach €207.7bn in 2022 in Europe, while experiencing double-digit growth through 2026. Growth will be particularly pronounced in manufacturing, retail, infrastructure, and healthcare... Read more » The post What to look out for at IoT Tech Expo Europe and NA 2022: Henkel, Nestlé, Volvo, and more appeared first on Internet of Things News.

  • Serge Kozloff, Conundrum: How AI is optimising factory processes
    by Duncan MacRae on 14/09/2022 at 15:38

    Conundrum’s head of product explains the benefits of using artificial intelligence in manufacturing and beyond. Could you tell us a little bit about Conundrum and what you guys do? Conundrum is a startup, and we optimise the processes in the factories. One of the products that we have is the Conundrum Euler defects detection system,... Read more » The post Serge Kozloff, Conundrum: How AI is optimising factory processes appeared first on Internet of Things News.


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  • The How, When, and ‘If’ of Zero Emissions
    by Connected World on 26/09/2022 at 13:20

    If net-zero emissions is likely on a global scale, it’s going to require ‘electrifying everything’. The reality and gravity of the climate crisis is continually setting in, especially as extreme weather events continue to negatively impact economies and as governments, business leaders, and ordinary citizens—not just scientists—are crunching the numbers. How can each nation do [...] The post The How, When, and ‘If’ of Zero Emissions appeared first on Connected World.

  • The Rise of the Disassembly Plant
    by Peggy Smedley on 26/09/2022 at 13:20

    I have been writing about circularity and the need to move from linear processes to a circular economy for years, but it is always exciting to see it in action. Consider one of the recent examples in the manufacturing space: the disassembly plant. To be clear, a disassembly plant isn’t necessarily new. Recycling plants have [...] The post The Rise of the Disassembly Plant appeared first on Connected World.

  • A Field Here, A Field There
    by Constructech Editors on 26/09/2022 at 06:27

    Forms have fields. Enter data into a field and the form’s database recognizes it, interprets it, and places it into the proper position. But databases are programs and as such are limited to recognizing what the programmer tells it to recognize. If the form is looking for alpha characters and you enter a number, it [...] The post A Field Here, A Field There appeared first on Connected World.

  • EVs in the Southeast
    by Peggy Smedley on 26/09/2022 at 06:16

    EVs (electric vehicles) are growing in popularity. Sales of electric cars hit 6.6 million in 2021, more than tripling their marketshare from two years earlier, according to IEA. Truth be told, while growth has been impressive during the past three years, overall adoption is still low. In fact, there are just a few states leading [...] The post EVs in the Southeast appeared first on Connected World.

  • Fact of the Day – 9/26/2022
    by Connected World on 26/09/2022 at 06:00

    Forrester says business leaders who plan for business-as-usual modest spending increases in the year ahead will fall short. The post Fact of the Day – 9/26/2022 appeared first on Connected World.


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  • Drama, disruption and daring to look ahead
    by Jonathan Wright on 20/09/2022 at 13:51

    The recent potential for a rail strike in the US threatened a system integral to our supply chain. A disruption would have catastrophic impacts on industries, suppliers, manufacturers and retailers across the country. It would be yet another stressor on an already strained supply chain that, over the last 3 years, has faced disruptions from The post Drama, disruption and daring to look ahead appeared first on IBM Business Operations Blog.

  • A modern cloud data platform is the foundation of all intelligent supply chains
    by Kaushik Malladi on 20/09/2022 at 12:00

    In a world where disruptions and complications are inevitable, strong supply chains are more essential than ever before. As highlighted in the new thought leadership paper “Building intelligent, resilient and sustainable supply chains,” the necessary transformation improvements are not just a question of manufacturing, logistics or transportation. They’re fundamentally a question of timely and accurate The post A modern cloud data platform is the foundation of all intelligent supply chains appeared first on IBM Business Operations Blog.

  • 4 trends that help organizations unlock the value of Salesforce
    by Al Jenkins on 19/09/2022 at 12:00

    Over the past few years, organizations across the globe have been required to accelerate their technology investments to operate amid massive market disruptions. Companies that were already firmly rooted in digital and cloud technology endured challenges more effectively than their counterparts. The question is no longer whether to invest in these platforms — it’s how The post 4 trends that help organizations unlock the value of Salesforce appeared first on IBM Business Operations Blog.

  • Mitigating demand volatility to improve forecasting: an intelligent workflow from IBM and SAP
    by Tom Cassell on 14/09/2022 at 12:00

    Organizations are continuing to emerge from the lingering effects of the pandemic and ongoing supply chain disruptions. They are focused on reviving their strained supply chains and trying to understand their vulnerabilities and risk areas. What most are finding is that volatility remains in full force and continues to have detrimental impacts on planning and The post Mitigating demand volatility to improve forecasting: an intelligent workflow from IBM and SAP appeared first on IBM Business Operations Blog.

  • In times of stagflation, calculated growth is key to success
    by Mimi Bulfin on 12/09/2022 at 12:00

    As inflation dominates public discussion, many senior executives are preparing for an economic downturn with margin compression rates that have not been seen in over 40 years. Barron’s reports a falling profit margin in industrials, with CAT expected to fall to 13.4% from 15.3% and Deere & Co to decline to 20.9% from 22.2%. Year-on-year The post In times of stagflation, calculated growth is key to success appeared first on IBM Business Operations Blog.


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  • Mesh Networking Application of E104-BT10
    by tracyyun on 19/09/2022 at 02:40

      E104-BT10 is a SIG MESH-based networking module that supports SIG MESH's Generic on/off, HSL model, and data transparent transmission model. Users can use it to quickly build a MESH network, which can be used in smart homes, parking lots, warehouse logistics, building lighting control and other scenarios.   The following picture shows the concept of mesh network Application scenario introduction     scene one   As shown in the following scenario, the E104-BT10 is in the smart home application block diagram.   In the above figure, the E104-BT10 is applied to the smart home. The advantage is that the E104-BT10 can transmit the information of the entire network to any node in the network. You can add a networked device to any node to The status information of the network is transmitted to the cloud, or the cloud sends instructions to control the home appliance. The entire network only needs one gateway to make the smart home network. In addition, the mobile phone Bluetooth can be used to connect any node to control and collect the entire network.   Compared with the traditional wifi solution, the E104-BT10 uses Bluetooth mesh to reduce the burden on the home router and reduce the hardware cost of the smart home appliance.   Scene two   The following scenario shows the use of E104-BT10 in building automation.   In the above picture, we use E104-BT10 in building automation. Each “small white point” in the above figure represents an E104-BT10, and the dotted line represents the message transmission path. Send out the control node using any E104-BT10 node! The entire network can respond in a very short time. In the place where the message cannot be directly delivered, the intranet module will automatically relay the message.   Scene three   The following scene shows the use of E104-BT10 in the intelligent parking lot.   In the above picture, we apply E104-BT10 to the intelligent parking lot. The number of E104-BT10 network can reach 10922, and the signal is Bluetooth signal, suitable for all kinds of large underground parking lots.   Detailed application: Install one user's own detection device on each parking space. The information exchange between the devices adopts E104-BT10, so that the information between each device can be quickly exchanged. Users can install E104- on the terminal monitoring device. BT10, collect parking space information! It can also be used for fire extinguishing pipe valves and underground light switch control. As long as you are on a network, messages are relayed.   Ssummary   The E104-BT10 is suitable for a variety of complex networking environments. When a single wireless device has insufficient signal coverage, it can be used to build a peer-to-peer network. E104-BT10 has the following advantages: support data relay multi-hop, support 10922 maximum number of networking, single node removal does not affect the overall communication, low data delay, primary distribution network lifetime network access, network access quickly.  

  • Analysis of the EFR32 module in low power applications
    by tracyyun on 08/08/2022 at 03:47

    In battery-powered microcontroller applications, energy savings are critical. Reduce battery charging times and replacement time by reducing current consumption. Microcontroller software design should follow these guidelines to reduce current consumption: 1、Using the appropriate energy model Utilize low-energy peripherals Close unused modules/peripherals Disable clock to unused modules/peripherals Reduce the clock frequenc Operating voltage reduction Optimize the code 2、Using the appropriate energy model The most effective way to save energy is to spend as little time as possible in active mode. Five custom energy modes allow the microcontroller to operate in an energy-optimal state at any given time. 3、Utilize low-energy peripherals All peripherals are built on energy consumption and can be used in a variety of energy modes. Whenever possible, select the appropriate peripheral to let it work while the CPU is sleeping (or performing other tasks). A few examples: Use RTC and sleep instead of waiting for a certain loop Transfer data between memory and U(S) using DMA Monitor sensors with low energy sensor interface (LESENSE) instead of wake up and poll 4、Close unused modules/peripherals There are modules/peripherals that are not in use at any given time for each microcontroller application. Turn these off and save energy. This also applies to the CPU itself. If the core is idle (for example, waiting for data reception), you can turn it off and save energy. This is one of the main features of the different EFM32 energy modes. Remember to consider start and stop conditions when disabling peripherals. For example, if it is completely turned off, the ADC needs some time to warm up before the conversion can be initiated. Similarly, USART simultaneous transmissions should be allowed on the progress. Thus, the receiver's shift register will not be in an indeterminate state. 5、Disable clocks to unused modules/peripherals Even if a module/peripheral device is disabled (for example, TIMER0 stops), the various circuits in the module will still consume energy if its clock is running. Therefore, it is important to turn off the clocks of all unused modules. 6、Reduce clock frequency Current is plotted at clock frequency. Generally speaking, a task or peripheral device should run at the lowest possible frequency. For example, if a timer requests interruption every few milliseconds, it should be locked at several kHz instead of several MHz. This can be easily achieved by pre-scaling in CMU. Similarly, one way to choose CPU frequency is that it should be so low that the CPU will not be idle (some blanks should be added). However, in many cases, it is best to complete the current task quickly and then enter the appropriate energy model until new tasks have to be addressed. 7、Reduce working voltage By reducing the working voltage, the energy consumption is further reduced. The Gecko series of microcontrollers can operate at low voltage. There are absolute minimum values in the data table of each device 8、Optimization code Optimizing code usually reduces energy consumption byincreasing the speed and efficiency of programs.A faster program spends less time in active mode, and in amore efficient program, each task executes fewer instructions. A simple way tooptimize code is to build it in release mode with the highest optimizationsettings rather than in debug mode. 9、Energy model The EFR32 provides features that make it easier to configurelow-power peripherals and switch between energy modes. The EFR32 providesfeatures that make it easier to configure low-power peripherals and switchbetween energy modes. Let's take a look at several modes 9.1 Operation mode (EM0) This is the default mode. In this mode, the CPU fetches and executesinstructions from flash or RAM, all peripherals may be enabled, and theoperating power consumption is only 63 μA/MHz. 9.2 Sleep mode (EM1) In sleep mode, the CPU's clock is disabled. All peripherals, as wellas RAM and flash memory, are available. Automated execution of multipleoperations can be achieved by using a Peripheral Reflection System (PRS) andDMA. For example, a timer can trigger an ADC conversion at regular intervals.When the conversion is complete, the result is moved to RAM by the DMA. When agiven number of conversions are performed, the DMA can request and interrupt towake up the CPU. Enter the sleep mode or the "Wait for Event (WFE)"instruction by executing "Wait for Interrupt (WFI)". Use the functionEMUILATEMEM1 () to enter sleep mode 9.3 Deep sleep mode (EM2) In deep sleep mode, no high frequency oscillator is running, whichmeans only asynchronous and low frequency peripherals are available.This model further increases energy efficiency while still allowing arange of activities, including: Low energy sensor interface(LESENSE) monitoring sensor, LCD monitor drives LCD monitor, LEUART that receives ortransmits one byte of data, Perform address matching check. RTC wakes up the CPU after theprogram is coded. Analog Comparator (ACMP) tocompare voltage to programmed threshold A GPIO to check the conversionon the I/O line. The deep sleep mode isto first set the sleep depth in the system control register (SCR), and thenexecute the "Wait for Interrupt (WFI)" or "Wait for Event(WFE)" instruction. Use the function EMU_EnterEM2() to enter the deepsleep mode. 9.4 Stop mode (EM3) The stop modediffers from the deep sleep mode in that no oscillator (except ULFRCO orAUXHFRCO) is running. Modules/functions, if present on the device, canstill be used in stop mode when the appropriate clock source remains active: I2C address Supervision GPIO interrupt Pulse counter (fund) Low energy timer (LETIMER) Low energy sensor interface (LESENSE) Real-time counter and calendar (RTCC) Analog comparator (ACMP) Voltage monitoring (VMON) Ultra-low energy timer/counter(CRYOTIMER) TemperatureSensor Stop mode is the same as deep sleepmode, except that the low frequency oscillator must be manually disabled 9.5 Sleep mode (EM4H) This feature is called EFM32'shibernate mode and wireless SoC Series 1, and is enabled using dedicatedcontrol register logic. Write the sequence 0x2, 0x3, 0x2, 0x3, 0x2, 0x3, 0x2,0x2, 0x2, 0x2, 0x2 to the EM4ENTRY bit field in the EMU_EM4CTRL register, andplace the device in hibernate mode when the EM4STATE bit is set; otherwise, Thedevice enters shutdown mode as usual. In sleep mode, most peripherals areturned off to reduce leakage power. There are some selected peripheralsavailable. System memory and registers do not retain values. The GPIO PADstatus and RTCC RAM are reserved. Wake up from EM4 sleep requires a reset tothe system and return to the EM0 activity. Sleep mode wake-up is possible, fromthe same shutdown mode to the power loop, nRESET, and the user-specified pinsource, as well as: RTCC CRYOTIMER   Measuretemperature outside the defined range (TEMPCHANGE) 9.6 Shutdown mode (EM4S) The shutdown mode is the lowest energystate of the EFM32 Series 0, EFM32 or Wireless SoC Series 1 microcontroller. The power is turned off to most devices, includinginternal RAM, and all clocks are disabled. Only recovery logic, if the GPIO padstatus is explicitly enabled, is retained. Wake up from off mode alwaysrequires a reset. When resetting from a RESETn pin or through one of a set ofdevice-specific pins explicitly enabled for this purpose, the current drawingin off mode can be as low as 20na. Some devices can replace pin-based wakeups;however, waking up from these sources requires a low-frequency oscillator toremain active, increasing the current attractiveness.

  • The Complete Guide to IoT Implementation
    by Kamal R on 21/07/2022 at 09:29

    Against the backdrop of digital technology and the industrial revolution, the Internet of Things has become the most influential and disruptive of all the latest technologies. As an advanced technology, IoT is showing a palpable difference in how businesses operate.  Although the Fourth Industrial Revolution is still in its infancy, early adopters of this advanced technology are edging out the competition with their competitive advantage.  Businesses eager to become a part of this disruptive technology are jostling against each other to implement IoT solutions. Yet, they are unaware of the steps in effective implementation and the challenges they might face during the process.  This is a complete guide– the only one you’ll need – that focuses on delivering effective and uncomplicated IoT implementation.    Key Elements of IoT There are three main elements of IoT technology: Connectivity: IoT devices are connected to the internet and have a URI – Unique Resource Identifier – that can relay data to the connected network. The devices can be connected among themselves to a centralized server, a cloud, or a network of servers. Data Communication: IoT devices continuously share data with other devices in the network or the server.  Interaction IoT devices do not simply gather data. They transmit it to their endpoints or server. There is no point in collecting data if it is not put to good use. The collected data is used to deliver IoT smart solutions in automation, take real-time business decisions, formulate strategies, or monitor processes.  How Does IoT work? IoT devices have URI and come with embedded sensors. With these sensors, the devices sense their environment and gather information. For example, the devices could be air conditioners, smart watches, cars, etc. Then, all the devices dump their collected data into the IoT platform or gateway.  The IoT platform then performs analytics on the data from various sources and derives useful information per the requirement.  What are the Layers in IoT Architecture? Although there isn’t a standard IoT structure that’s universally accepted, the 4-layer architecture is considered to be the basic form. The four layers include perception, network, middleware, and application. Perception: Perception is the first or the physical layer of IoT architecture. All the sensors, edge devices, and actuators gather useful information based on the project needs in this layer. The purpose of this layer is to gather data and transfer it to the next layer.  Network: It is the connecting layer between perception and application. This layer gathers information from the perception and transmits the data to other devices or servers.  Middleware:  The middleware layer offers storage and processing capabilities. It stores the incoming data and applies appropriate analytics based on requirements.  Application:  The user interacts with the application layer, responsible for taking specific services to the end-user.  Implementation Requirements Effective and seamless implementation of IoT depends on specific tools, such as: High-Level Security  Security is one of the fundamental IoT implementation requirements. Since the IoT devices gather real-time sensitive data about the environment, it is critical to put in place high-level security measures that ensure that sensitive information stays protected and confidential.   Asset Management Asset management includes the software, hardware, and processes that ensure that the devices are registered, upgraded, secured, and well-managed.  Cloud Computing Since massive amounts of structured and unstructured data are gathered and processed, it is stored in the cloud. The cloud acts as a centralized repository of resources that allows the data to be accessed easily. Cloud computing ensures seamless communication between various IoT devices.  Data Analytics With advanced algorithms, large amounts of data are processed and analyzed from the cloud platform. As a result, you can derive trends based on the analytics, and corrective action can be taken.  What are the IoT Implementation Steps? Knowing the appropriate IoT implementation steps will help your business align your goals and expectations against the solution. You can also ensure the entire process is time-bound, cost-efficient, and satisfies all your business needs.  Set Business Objectives  IoT implementation should serve your business goals and objectives. Unfortunately, not every entrepreneur is an accomplished technician or computer-savvy. You can hire experts if you lack the practical know-how regarding IoT, the components needed, and specialist knowledge.  Think of what you will accomplish with IoT, such as improving customer experience, eliminating operational inconsistencies, reducing costs, etc. With a clear understanding of IoT technology, you should be able to align your business needs to IoT applications.  Hardware Components and Tools Selecting the necessary tools, components, hardware, and software systems needed for the implementation is the next critical step. First, you must choose the tools and technology, keeping in mind connectivity and interoperability.  You should also select the right IoT platform that acts as a centralized repository for collecting and controlling all aspects of the network and devices. You can choose to have a custom-made platform or get one from suppliers.  Some of the major components you require for implementation include, Sensors Gateways Communication protocols IoT platforms Analytics and data management software Implementation Before initiating the implementation process, it is recommended that you put together a team of IoT experts and professionals with selected use case experience and knowledge. Make sure that the team comprises experts from operations and IT with a specific skill set in IoT.  A typical team should be experts with skills in mechanical engineering, embedded system design, electrical and industrial design, technical expertise, and front/back-end development.  Prototyping Before giving the go-ahead, the team must develop an Internet of Things implementation prototype.  A prototype will help you experiment and identify fault lines, connectivity, and compatibility issues. After testing the prototype, you can include modified design ideas.  Integrate with Advanced technologies After the sensors gather useful data, you can add layers of other technologies such as analytics, edge computing, and machine learning.  The amount of unstructured data collected by the sensors far exceeds structured data. However, both structured and unstructured, machine learning, deep learning neural systems, and cognitive computing technologies can be used for improvement.  Take Security Measures Security is one of the top concerns of most businesses. With IoT depending predominantly on the internet for functioning, it is prone to security attacks. However, communication protocols, endpoint security, encryption, and access control management can minimize security breaches.  Although there are no standardized IoT implementation steps, most projects follow these processes. But the exact sequence of IoT implementation depends on your project’s specific needs. Challenges in IoT Implementation Every new technology comes with its own set of implementation challenges.  When you keep these challenges of IoT implementation in mind, you’ll be better equipped to handle them.  Lack of Network Security When your entire system is dependent on the network connectivity for functioning, you are just adding another layer of security concern to deal with.  Unless you have a robust network security system, you are bound to face issues such as hacking into the servers or devices. Unfortunately, the IoT hacking statistics are rising, with over 1.5 million security breaches reported in 2021 alone.  Data Retention and Storage  IoT devices continually gather data, and over time the data becomes unwieldy to handle. Such massive amounts of data need high-capacity storage units and advanced IoT analytics technologies.  Lack of Compatibility  IoT implementation involves several sensors, devices, and tools, and a successful implementation largely depends on the seamless integration between these systems. In addition, since there are no standards for devices or protocols, there could be major compatibility issues during implementation.  IoT is the latest technology that is delivering promising results. Yet, similar to any technology, without proper implementation, your businesses can’t hope to leverage its immense benefits.  Taking chances with IoT implementation is not a smart business move, as your productivity, security, customer experience, and future depend on proper and effective implementation. The only way to harness this technology would be to seek a reliable IoT app development company that can take your initiatives towards success.

  • MEMS Sensor Advantages and Applications
    by tracyyun on 18/07/2022 at 05:28

    MEMS sensor (Microelectro Mechanical Systems) refers to an industrial technology that combines microelectronic circuit technology with micromechanical systems. Its internal structure is generally in the order of micrometers or even nanometers. Simply put, MEMS is to miniaturize the mechanical components of traditional sensors, and then fix the device on the silicon wafer through three-dimensional stacking technology, such as three-dimensional through-silicon TSV technology, and finally adopt special customized packaging forms according to different applications. Cut and assembled. Advantages 1.) Miniaturization: MEMS devices are small in size, and generally the size of a single MEMS sensor is measured in millimeters or even micrometers. Light weight and low energy consumption. At the same time, the miniaturized mechanical components have the advantages of small inertia, high resonance frequency, and short response time. MEMS have a higher surface-to-volume ratio, which can increase the sensitivity of surface sensors 2.) Silicon-based processing technology: Compatible with traditional IC production processes: Silicon has strength, hardness, and Young's modulus comparable to iron, density is similar to aluminum, and thermal conductivity is similar to molybdenum and tungsten. 3.) Mass production: Taking a single 5mm*5mm MEMS sensor as an example, about 1000 MEMS chips can be cut simultaneously on an 8-inch silicon wafer by silicon micromachining technology, and mass production can greatly reduce the production cost of a single MEMS. 4.) Integration: Generally speaking, a single MEMS often integrates an ASIC chip while packaging a mechanical sensor, controls the MEMS chip, and converts analog to digital output. At the same time, different packaging processes can integrate multiple sensors or actuators with different functions, different sensitive directions or actuation directions into one, or form micro-sensor arrays, micro-actuator arrays, and even integrate devices with multiple functions. form complex microsystems. For example, the inertial sensor MPU6050 integrates a 3-axis MEMS gyroscope, a 3-axis MEMS accelerometer, and a scalable digital motion processor DMP. 5.) Multi-domain crossover: MEMS involves a variety of disciplines such as electronics, mechanics, materials, manufacturing, information and automatic control, physics, chemistry and biology, and integrates many cutting-edge achievements in today's scientific and technological development Application1.) Medical field: Based on the MEMS acceleration sensor of VTI Company, a non-invasive fetal heart rate detection method is proposed, and an easy-to-learn, intuitive and accurate clinical diagnosis and pregnant woman between the fetal heart stethoscope and the Doppler fetal monitor are developed. Self-checking medical aids. The fetal heart rate is converted into an analog voltage signal by the acceleration sensor, and the difference is amplified by the instrument amplifier used for pre-amplification. Then a series of intermediate signal processing such as filtering is performed, and the analog voltage signal is converted into a digital signal with an A/D converter. The optical isolation device is input to the single-chip microcomputer for analysis and processing, and finally the processing result Sensor is output. 2.) The field of mobile phone photography: With the breakthrough of MEMS in volume and power consumption, the latest technology MEMS Drive senses the instantaneous jitter during the photographing process through the gyroscope, and relies on precise algorithms to calculate the movement range of the motor and make quick compensation. . This series of actions must be completed within one hundredth of a second, and the image you get will not be blurred by jitter. 3.) Motion tracking system: In the daily training of athletes, MEMS sensors can be used to measure 3D human movement, record each movement, and coaches analyze the results and formulate corresponding training plans to improve the performance of athletes. 4.) Prospects It can be foreseen that large-scale downstream applications in the future will mainly use new consumer electronics such as AR/VR, and the Internet of Things such as smart driving, smart logistics, and smart home. As the perception layer, sensors are an indispensable part of the key basic physical layer. The rapid development of the Internet of Things will bring huge development dividends to the MEMS industry!

  • IoT and Metaverse – A Real Game Changer to Virtual World
    by AMRITESH SUMAN on 13/07/2022 at 12:50

    The advent of the internet of things on Metaverse is expected to change its overall market outlook in the future. The IoT Includes a plethora of features which, in turn, will highly benefit the Metaverse Market in the upcoming years. With a growth rate of 38.25 per cent CAGR, the metaverse market size was estimated to be worth USD 124.04 billion in 2022 and USD 1655.29 billion in 2030. The IoT, which was first launched in 1999, links hundreds of devices, including thermostats, voice-activated speakers, and medical equipment, to a variety of data. IoT is now poised to revolutionize the Metaverse as it effortlessly connects the 3D environment to a wide range of physical objects. One of the renowned & largest private software firms in the UK, IRIS Software Group, offers software solutions and services that significantly improve operational compliance, efficiency, and accuracy. The identity environment will expand enormously as the Metaverse takes traction and new applications and access points emerge alongside it, creating additional entry points for potential bad market players. Already, 84% of corporate executives concur that their company now manages significantly more digital identities than it did ten years ago (up to 10x). Additionally, 95% of firms say they have trouble keeping track of all the identities that are currently a part of their organization (human and machine). We have a perfect storm of rising complexity and expanding threat vectors that may be exploited, which can lead to breaches, business disruption, and material expenses when we add in the Metaverse and the rise in IoT usage that will accompany it. Top features of IoT:  a.) A 360-degree enhanced and real-world training:  Using the IoT, we are able to develop and test training methods in situations where we are unable to do so in the real world due to the scope and authenticity of training on extreme real-world situations (such as severe weather or cyber events) that can be done through virtual simulations using digital twins in the Metaverse. Io Train-sim will aid in preparing people and AI/software to cooperate to better recognize issues and lessen the impact in real life as virtual metaverse environments develop to more closely resemble reality. b.) Smarter and better long-term planning along with its near-term response:  The metaverse system will increasingly closely resemble our real world as it fills up with digital duplicates of real-world objects (such as cars, buildings, factories, and people). We will be able to run different long-term planning scenarios, identify the most optimal designs for our energy, transportation, and healthcare systems, and dynamically operate these techniques as the real world evolves thanks to this system-of-systems complicated virtual simulation (e.g., more renewable sources, new diseases, population migrations or demographic changes). These simulations will assist teams of humans in responding to current events and solving an issue utilizing monthly, weekly, or day-ahead planning, in addition to long-term planning. AI will then be used to learn from the outcome and enhance the response during the next event. Conclusion Brands are utilizing a variety of cutting-edge technologies to fuel the Metaverse with the aim of making the virtual as real-time and authentic as possible. These technologies include AR, VR, Blockchain, AI, and IoT. Sensors, cameras, and wearables are already implemented and in use due to the present IoT development. These gadgets are the engines that make it possible for the Metaverse to reflect the real world in real-time when they are connected to it. A metaverse representation of a physical site, such as Samsung's 837x recreation of its 837 Washington St. experience centre in New York City's Meatpacking District, might, for instance, be updated continuously and in real-time as objects enter and exit the physical location


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  • How To Create A Healthy Workspace Using IoT?
    by IoT.Business.News on 22/09/2022 at 17:14

    We all know that sitting at a desk all day and breathing air full of CO2 isn’t good for health. In fact, it can lead to all sorts of problems like back pain, shortness of breath, and even headaches and dizziness. But what if there was a way to make our office spaces more ergonomic ... The post How To Create A Healthy Workspace Using IoT? appeared first on IoT Business News.

  • Monogoto partners with Workz for its eSIM cloud as it gears up for IoT growth
    by IoT.Business.News on 22/09/2022 at 14:55

    Monogoto, the global connectivity provider, has partnered with global eSIM provider, Workz, to establish a cloud platform to manage both consumer and M2M eSIM devices for its client base across 180 countries. The agreement comes as part of the company’s continued growth strategy. Embedded SIM (eSIM) technology, a key driver for the Internet of Things ... The post Monogoto partners with Workz for its eSIM cloud as it gears up for IoT growth appeared first on IoT Business News.

  • Data Mesh Use Cases and Applications in IoT, AI and Machine Learning
    by IoT.Business.News on 22/09/2022 at 09:04

    An article by Yash Mehta, an IoT, M2M and Big Data technology expert. In web 3.0, the dynamics of not just the internet but the data streams are undergoing a decentralized transformation. As a first step, thanks to distributed data governance every domain can now manage and govern its data products but at the same ... The post Data Mesh Use Cases and Applications in IoT, AI and Machine Learning appeared first on IoT Business News.

  • Avanci Expands 4G Coverage to Over 80 Auto Brands
    by IoT.Business.News on 21/09/2022 at 16:38

    Avanci’s one-stop licensing marketplace now covers more than 100 million connected vehicles on the world’s roads. Avanci announced that more than 100 million connected vehicles sold by more than 80 automotive brands are covered by an Avanci license, and that it predicts an additional 30-40 million connected vehicles to be licensed in the next year. ... The post Avanci Expands 4G Coverage to Over 80 Auto Brands appeared first on IoT Business News.

  • Telit FN980 5G Series Modules Now Certified for Verizon C-Band Spectrum
    by IoT.Business.News on 21/09/2022 at 16:31

    Highlights: Verizon can deliver higher capacity and performance to customers using C-band certified devices based on the FN980 and FN980m modules from Telit The Telit FN980 5G module series is ideal for enterprise routers and gateways, high-speed fixed wireless access modems, private LTE/5G networks, video broadcasting and surveillance Telit, a global leader in the Internet ... The post Telit FN980 5G Series Modules Now Certified for Verizon C-Band Spectrum appeared first on IoT Business News.


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  • Best Practices for Building the AI Development Platform in Government 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 23:20

    By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  The AI stack defined by Carnegie Mellon University is fundamental to the approach being taken by the US Army for its AI development platform efforts, according to Isaac Faber, Chief Data Scientist at the US Army AI Integration Center, speaking at the AI World Government event held in-person and virtually

  • Advance Trustworthy AI and ML, and Identify Best Practices for Scaling AI 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 23:19

    By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor   Advancing trustworthy AI and machine learning to mitigate agency risk is a priority for the US Department of Energy (DOE), and identifying best practices for implementing AI at scale is a priority for the US General Services Administration (GSA).   That’s what attendees learned in two sessions at the AI

  • Promise and Perils of Using AI for Hiring: Guard Against Data Bias 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 23:18

    By AI Trends Staff   While AI in hiring is now widely used for writing job descriptions, screening candidates, and automating interviews, it poses a risk of wide discrimination if not implemented carefully.  That was the message from Keith Sonderling, Commissioner with the US Equal Opportunity Commision, speaking at the AI World Government event held live and virtually in

  • Predictive Maintenance Proving Out as Successful AI Use Case 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 22:10

    By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor   More companies are successfully exploiting predictive maintenance systems that combine AI and IoT sensors to collect data that anticipates breakdowns and recommends preventive action before break or machines fail, in a demonstration of an AI use case with proven value.   This growth is reflected in optimistic market forecasts.

  • Novelty In The Game Of Go Provides Bright Insights For AI And Autonomous Vehicles 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 21:49

    By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider   We already expect that humans to exhibit flashes of brilliance. It might not happen all the time, but the act itself is welcomed and not altogether disturbing when it occurs.    What about when Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to display an act of novelty? Any such instance is bound to get our attention;


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  • A Gentle Introduction to Positional Encoding In Transformer Models, Part 1
    by Mehreen Saeed on 19/09/2022 at 15:37

    In languages the order of the words and their position in a sentence really matters. The meaning of the entire sentence can change if the words are re-ordered. When implementing NLP solutions, the recurrent neural networks have an inbuilt mechanism that deals with the order of sequences. The transformer model, however, does not use recurrence The post A Gentle Introduction to Positional Encoding In Transformer Models, Part 1 appeared first on Machine Learning Mastery.

  • The Transformer Model
    by Stefania Cristina on 17/09/2022 at 20:00

    We have already familiarized ourselves with the concept of self-attention as implemented by the Transformer attention mechanism for neural machine translation. We will now be shifting our focus on the details of the Transformer architecture itself, to discover how self-attention can be implemented without relying on the use of recurrence and convolutions. In this tutorial, The post The Transformer Model appeared first on Machine Learning Mastery.

  • The Transformer Attention Mechanism
    by Stefania Cristina on 14/09/2022 at 22:00

    Before the introduction of the Transformer model, the use of attention for neural machine translation was being implemented by RNN-based encoder-decoder architectures. The Transformer model revolutionized the implementation of attention by dispensing of recurrence and convolutions and, alternatively, relying solely on a self-attention mechanism.  We will first be focusing on the Transformer attention mechanism in The post The Transformer Attention Mechanism appeared first on Machine Learning Mastery.

  • Understanding Simple Recurrent Neural Networks In Keras
    by Mehreen Saeed on 11/09/2022 at 18:00

    This tutorial is designed for anyone looking for an understanding of how recurrent neural networks (RNN) work and how to use them via the Keras deep learning library. While all the methods required for solving problems and building applications are provided by the Keras library, it is also important to gain an insight on how The post Understanding Simple Recurrent Neural Networks In Keras appeared first on Machine Learning Mastery.

  • An Introduction To Recurrent Neural Networks And The Math That Powers Them
    by Mehreen Saeed on 08/09/2022 at 20:00

    When it comes to sequential or time series data, traditional feedforward networks cannot be used for learning and prediction. A mechanism is required that can retain past or historic information to forecast the future values. Recurrent neural networks or RNNs for short are a variant of the conventional feedforward artificial neural networks that can deal The post An Introduction To Recurrent Neural Networks And The Math That Powers Them appeared first on Machine Learning Mastery.


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  • Early Access: This A.I. bot will write your emails for free
    by Matt Schlicht on 27/06/2022 at 17:58

    Super simple. Works REALLY well.Hi everyone!I recently built an A.I. side project that writes your emails and more for free and in seconds (and it is REALLY good at it). I originally made this for myself, but once I started showing it to people it was clear that I should release it for everyone to use.So here we are!It’s called Octie, and you can sign up for free here: https://octie.aiOver 1,000 brands have already signed up for Octie, some that are small, and many that I bet you saw in a grocery store, or on TV, within the past 24 hours. They have used Octie to write thousands of emails, product descriptions, and more, and these have already been emailed and distributed to millions of people.All of this has happened within the past 7 days, it’s been very wild to watch.I hope you get as much value from Octie as I have been.Thanks,Matt Schlicht (MattPRD)Early Access: This A.I. bot will write your emails for free was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Brand Strategies for Conversational Interfaces
    by Arte Merritt on 12/12/2019 at 22:27

    At Dashbot, we recently hosted a meetup in NYC to discuss brand strategies in conversational interfaces. As the space continues to mature, more brands are getting involved and moving from experimental to production deployments. We assembled a great group of industry experts to share their thoughts and tips for brands looking to build a chatbot or voice skill.Our panelists included:Alec Truitt, Global Product Partnerships, Google AssistantAnamita Guha, Global Lead of Product Management, IBM QAntonio Cucciniello, Senior Software Developer, Reprise DigitalBrian Plaskon, Senior Product Manager, Realogy HoldingsWhat use cases are brands developing for?Our panelists see a wide variety of use cases from customer service, productivity tools, and information sharing to entertainment and marketing initiatives.At IBM, they work with everyone from individual developers to Fortune 20 enterprises. The most common use case, though, is customer care. Large enterprises go to IBM given their ability to handle sensitive data across industry and geographic regulations.Google works with a similar range of users and enterprises. The use cases for Google Assistant Actions depend on the context — in the home (recipes, home automation), mobile (games, local search), or in the car on the go (communication, messaging).Reprise Digital, a global marketing agency, tends to work with brands looking to experiment on a new platform, market their products, or provide information and FAQs. Given voice is a new platform, there are some set of brands that want to be first on it. We also see this frequently with innovation teams experimenting in voice. On the text chatbot side, Reprise generally sees brands looking to promote their products or answer FAQs.Realogy, the real estate holding company for Century21, Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s, and more, developed its own voice skill, AgentX. Agent X is a productivity skill that enables real estate agents to quickly get information, including their appointments, market research, and listing information — all without the need to open their laptop.Tips from the experts — what works well for conversational interfaces?Context is keyA common theme throughout the evening was the importance of context. Where is the user? What are they currently doing? What are they looking for or to do? What are the capabilities of the device?In addition to the three contexts Alec pointed out earlier (in the home, mobile, and in the car), he recommended also considering when will the user interacts with the chatbot and how the user expects to interact with it. If the user is in the car, they cannot use their hands. If they are at home getting a recipe, having something visual can help. If the user wants to play a game, but is on a device without a screen, perhaps a quiz is better.Whether the interface is voice enabled or text only is important. As Anamita points out, users talk differently than they type.Trust can also be an important factor. As IBM works with many global enterprises handling sensitive data, one of the areas Anamita sees is that a user may be more likely to trust interacting on a computer, where identity can be more easily verified, rather than via voice.Leverage the conversational nature of interfacesConversational interfaces are quite a bit different from websites and mobile apps — what works well in those may not work well in a chatbot or voice skill.At Reprise, Antonio sometimes sees brands who want to port what they currently have on their website or mobile app to a chatbot or voice interface. Whereas the website is all about navigating from one link to the other to vertically drill into what the user is looking for, with conversation, a user should be able to say, or write, what they want and directly get to the information.Similarly with Realogy, agents are looking for information that is stored in a variety of locations and want to be able to retrieve it quickly and easily. A powerful example of Agent X is when a listing agent is in a presentation with a seller and wants to know the average time on the market or average listing price for a property, they can quickly get the info, without the need to open a laptop and start searching.As Alec adds, there is a low tolerance amongst users of voice skills. If the skill is not useful, or they do not see the value right away, they will jump to something else. If they see a great use case, they will invest the extra time. It is important not to replicate what you already have on your website or app, but to consider what will add value to the user and what is faster to use.Keep it simple, provide guidanceAnother common theme amongst our panels was to start simple.As Alec pointed out, with voice, it is especially important to keep interactions simple rather than complex back and forths. For example, placing an order for food delivery from scratch can be rather complex. However, re-ordering a previous delivery is much easier, and better suited to voice. We see the same thing with the food delivery clients we work with. We also learned from our voice survey, that approximately 53% of purchases through voice interfaces is for food delivery.In general, the process Alec sees developers follow with Google Actions is to first build the foundation and make sure the Action works, next layer in visuals and make it more interactive, and finally delight the user so they come back and re-engage.Simplicity was also a key goal for Realogy. One of the most popular use cases is just looking up real estate listings. They plan to build new capabilities where it makes sense. They are not just doing voice for voice sake.To get started, Brian recommends going through the design exercise at https://alexa.design/cdw and to read “ Understand how users invoke custom skills “ to add variety into the interaction model.In addition to starting simple, it is important to let the user know what the chatbot or voice skill can do. While Alec suggested the initial interaction can intro what the chatbot can do, it should not do that every time. If the user comes back, allow the user to take the next steps. Anamita recommends including a “fallback” Intent to catch cases the chatbot does not handle. If the fallback is triggered, the chatbot could respond, “sorry I cannot do X, but I can do these six things.”Personality can be importantDepending on the use case of the chatbot or voice skill, personality can be an important factor.IBM has an “empathy suite” including a tone analyzer and personality insights. When implemented in a customer care chatbot, if a user says they are having a horrible day, the chatbot can understand that and provide a different experience.As users become more comfortable interacting with chatbots and voice, providing a personality can be quite useful. As Anamita explained, initially chatbots were built for efficiency or to automate a task, but now people are creating relationships with them. Children are growing up with bots that have been anthropomorphized, like the Pepper Robot.Whether to enable empathy or a personality in a chatbot comes back to context. Anamita sees teaching and therapy use cases as more suited for empathy versus something more transactional. As Brian added, real estate agents range from “Type A” to “Type A,” so they keep personality and cuteness to a minimum. Right now the goal is to be as helpful and productive as possible, but there is room for personality in the future.At Reprise, copywriters try to come up with a voice for the brand — a name and description of the persona and how they would talk. They use this in all the copy as it is important for the voice of the brand to be the same across the entire experience, whether that is on the Internet or voice device.In regards to using voice actors on Alexa or Google Home, the panel in general thought they could be beneficial depending on the use case. For example, Antonio pointed out that if a user were interacting with a Jimmy Fallon skill, they would probably be more engaged if it was his voice rather than the default device’s voice.User acquisition and discovery are challengesOur panelists generally agree that user acquisition and discovery are challenges.Education is one of the underlying issues. Some users do not even know third party voice apps exist. As we noted in our earlier voice survey, one of the issues is users tend not to know what voice apps are even called.Similarly, while Antonio finds users tend to not understand how to invoke the voice apps, improving the invocation can lead to increased acquisition. Associating the invocation name with the brand or something popular can help.Making use of the “can fulfill” Intents on Alexa or Google Home can lead to increase acquisition too. If a user asks for something that matches a “can fulfill” Intent, the skill may be presented as a possible option to the user.Discovery can depend on the use case. Anamita finds word-of-mouth tends to work when users are searching for chatbots for need or pleasure. If the use case is more transactional, the enterprise could suggest to the user to try the chatbot instead.Even internal promotion within a company can be a challenge. At Realogy, there are a lot of competing internal marketing initiatives. What worked for Brian was to incentivize folks with device giveaways. He recommends channeling your internal game show host — “there’s a little Steve Harvey in all of us.”Alec’s team at Google is working on solutions to improve user acquisition and discovery. They are not only looking to help with generating initial acquisition, but with retention as well to keep users coming back. One of the challenges is users sometimes do not remember how they found a particular voice app and then how to get back to it.Analytics are essentialOur panelists all agreed analytics are important. As Alec pointed out, you need great analytics to identify what is driving usage and how to improve it.Realogy uses Dashbot to gain insights into how agents are interacting with Agent X. They wanted to know if agents would know how to interact with the skill and which features were used more than others. Dashbot helped answer those questions. They also found there is a voracious appetite for new capabilities.Through Dashbot, Reprise has also been able to improve engagement. They learned for one of their client’s Google Actions, that most of the Intents were not being used. It turned out the issue was with all the overly complicated Intents. Based on the analytics, they launched a new version that was much more simplified.In addition to analytics, Anamita recommends adding a feedback loop directly in the experience. Most of IBM’s internal chatbots include a thumbs up/down prompt asking the user if the chatbot answered the question right or provided the info they needed. At Dashbot, we are able to show these customer satisfaction (CSAT) scores, and the paths leading to them, to help enable improvements in the response effectiveness.What’s nextWe asked our panel if they had any thoughts on the future of the space. There was a great sense of optimism and excitement for the future.Anamita predicts digital humans becoming more of a reality — having interfaces with human facial reactions.Brian is looking forward to a generational leap in the device capabilities — what he likens to going from one game console to the next.Antonio sees users becoming more comfortable with having voice devices in their homes as well as areas for improvement for the space to take off even more. The three main areas are education (knowing how to use the device), discovery (how to find what is needed), and user experience (providing value to users). User experience is the most important to get people to adopt the devices.Alec envisions a blending of voice apps and chatbots to provide the best experience depending on the context, rather than separate experiences. Voice can be the bridge to jump from the starting point to the finish.At Dashbot, we are very excited about the future of conversational interfaces. We look forward to seeing what enterprise brands continue to develop.Watch the full panelhttps://medium.com/media/64d93c231cc35a6fd465d9fa414dcca4/hrefAbout DashbotDashbot is a conversational analytics platform that enables enterprises and developers to increase user engagement, acquisition, and conversions through actionable insights and tools.In addition to traditional analytics like engagement and retention, we provide conversation specific metrics including NLP response effectiveness, sentiment analysis, conversational analytics, and the full chat session transcripts.We also have tools to take action on the data, like our live person take over of chat sessions and push notifications for re-engagement.We support Alexa, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Twitter, Kik, SMS, web chat, and any other conversational interface.Brand Strategies for Conversational Interfaces was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • How To Get Your Team Ready for AI Integration
    by Oscar Ibars on 12/12/2019 at 22:11

    Robot ordering a human outAI integration programs such as chatbots can sometimes make our employees a little nervous. While any type of change can be scary, especially when it comes to one’s livelihood, the most prevalent concern about AI initiatives is job security.Is a robot going to take my job?The simple answer to this is no. AI solutions like chatbots have incredible potential to alleviate simple or routine tasks from employee’s shoulders, but they will not replace skilled human efforts. In fact, we’ve found that bots open new doors to even greater possibilities.EducateThe first step to getting your employees ready for AI integration is to educate them about what this step means for their jobs and the organization. There’s certainly a lot to learn in this department, but we should do our best to break it down into manageable, understandable pieces.Show your employees how chatbots will help them to do their jobs. Give them examples of the tasks that bots will start to cover, and then introduce them to the new, more interesting work ahead. They will soon be able to solely focus their attention on complex, meaningful work.Simply put, educate them about how bots take care of the most unpleasant parts of their jobs and promise to upgrade their average workday. This goes a long way towards alleviating these tech anxieties.EnableProblem-solving still belongs to humans. Enable your employees to embrace this simple fact.Your employees will see new opportunities in their career paths as they take on more responsibilities for high-level tasks like business strategy and critical thinking. They will figure out how to properly handle escalation issues, and they will form the backbone upon which the organization depends.We also want to enable them to learn as much as they want about AI solutions like chatbots. We recommend earnest and passionate engagement with the change initiative at all business levels. For instance, we may introduce weekly breakout sessions or host part of a regular team meeting to share successes and discuss improvements. The point is that we’ll share in the overall change effort as a team.EmpowerOnce you’ve bought into an AI solution and trained your employees on how to use it, one step remains. Empower your employees to use their brains and find creative uses for the bots.Ultimately, employees are responsible for a successful bot integration program. They are any company’s most valuable asset. So, we should recognize them as such and treat them accordingly.Give them space to experiment with this technology. Provide a forum for them to give feedback and submit recommendations. Empower them to take the lead in driving your organization into the future. One way to do so is by restructuring company policies and reward structure to weigh in on the change initiative. By tying the reward structure in with embracing the change, we can facilitate this change by revisiting and updating any dated company policies in the change’s wake.Final ThoughtsThe first step towards preparing your company for chatbots is getting your people on board. They need to understand that AI isn’t going to replace them. They should feel valued, and they ought to understand their critical role in the business strategy. This is the part where we should pacify the small but sometimes powerful “detractor voices,” the naysayers, to help pave the way for embracing the change.After that, though, there’s still more work to be done. Enable your workers to take charge of the AI initiative. Empower them to bring their humanity to the forefront. They have powers that computers simply don’t.Emphasize these exceptional qualities to show them how man and machine can work together in harmony, augmenting our capabilities and business outcomes.Check out our other articles on leading change in AI1. How to Integrate Bots into Your Workforce2. Get to Know the 3 Levels of Chatbot SophisticationCheck out the rest of our blog at botveu.com/blogHow To Get Your Team Ready for AI Integration was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • How Chatbots can be a Game Changer for Educational Mobile Apps?
    by eSparkBiz on 12/12/2019 at 22:10

    The educational sector has undergone massive changes post the proliferation of internet services in learning.It will not be an exaggeration to say that they have completely changed the way students of all ages study, and the overall landscape of education has evolved for good.With Education App Development Companies coming in, there are a host of online educational mobile apps for readers of every age. Schools also recommend online educational mobile app these days to reinforce and supplement in-class sessions.Research suggests that the size of educational mobile apps is going to rise by CAGR of more than 27% by 2022, which marks it as one of the fastest-growing segments in mobile apps.Home-grown apps like StuDocu and Byju have also witnessed exemplary growth in the last five years and is turning out to be the primary source of learning outside classes for all kinds of courses.Some Factors That Govern the Impact of a Session, Online, as Well as In-Class, Are:1. 360-degree view of the overall subject — Teachers who leave open ends while teaching often leaves students confused.When a person learns, they develop a mind-map of the concept. When the mind map is incomplete, learning is fraught with confusion.2. Manner of Teaching — Some teachers have a habit of giving interesting examples to teach. Some others make learning extraordinarily interactive and fun.3. Engagement — When students engage themselves during the session, they tend to learn better.4. Feedback — A student remembers positive as well as negative feedback. Research suggests that feedbacks help reinforce a person’s mind-map. Examinations are the traditional feedback mechanism; in the case of app- based learning, they are online assessments.The solutions that are currently available in the market rely on coded content, embedded videos, and paid manual support to enhance the teaching experience.This is a gap that is still unaddressed and also a massive opportunity for improvement and innovation in the sector.Quality of content in training may be excellent, but it can never replace that component of personal approval that a learner seeks to reinforce their mind-map.Online mobile education is just a supplement and not a replacement to in-person education due to these very reasons in the present scenario.Chatbots are an artificial intelligence-based solution that relies on natural language processing and native language generation to address certain aspects that existing mobile apps are missing, for e.g., Instagram bot.Chatbots act as an online representative that may answer some of your questions.The best success story about chatbots in present times is their usage by financial organizations to address specific client requests without having to call or visit a branch.The chatbots are also widely used in scenarios that have intensive use cases developed traditionally. The reason is that they rely heavily on historical data and the flow of conversation.An advanced version of a chatbot is Amelia that has received a lot of acceptance across domains.Chatbot uses the Robotic Process Automation methodology in tandem with natural language processing to provide better customer experience while also gathering useful insights for the provider.Now, coming back to the education sector where a real-life human teacher imparts its learnings to pupils through innovative methods and further reinforces it by asking and answering questions, a chatbot might work like magic.To Base This Claim, Let Us Compare the Gaps in Educational Apps and Chatbot Offerings1. 360-Degree View: A trainer uploads a video of an exhaustive lecture to explain a concept. The difference comes when a student is faced with a doubt that they cannot ask anyone online.The chatbot window pops up and asks — what can I do for you today? The AI-based tool has already recorded the current context to answer the question.This tool has trained on this particular topic through training datasets having a size of several terabytes and has most likely developed a good understanding.If not able to answer, it says — “I am sorry, but you may have to reach out to an expert on this.” Voila! That is how we upsell.2. Teaching Method — During the course, the chatbot seeks student feedback. The student shares feedback, and the chatbot utilizes its intelligent system to suggest — Would you like to refer courses from another faculty? Would you like to change the language mode?The student can have a better learning experience than it would have had earlier. If the student is not satisfied with the resolution, chatbot connects him to a manual expert again.3. Engagement — The student is faced with doubt in the middle of the training. He types the same in the chatbot that is present to the right side of the training window.The chatbot utilizes its expansive knowledge in this context to answer and also suggests additional training to further brush up on the concepts.The student can clarify small doubt without having to google into more pages — a straight cut method to retain student attention and reinforce learning with zero confusions.4. Feedback — At the end of the course, the student is asked to give a small test to check his understanding. Unlike a traditional MCQ window, the questionnaire is administered by the chatbot.When a student provides the wrong answer, it explains the reason why this answer is wrong and the best way to approach such questions for future references.Once the training ends, it gives a final score and uses its intelligent model to suggest more courses to strengthen the student’s learning.Using chatbot enables the consumer to have a better experience and also allows the provider to receive better feedback on their courses.Chatbots can also be offered to students to connect with them on a personal level and counsel them on things that are bothering them or making individual decisions.Benefits That a Chatbot Can Offer in Educational Mobile AppsAnswering questions that a child may not be able to ask in a classroom setting due to peer pressure and fear of mocking by teachers and friends.Slow learners can attend the same training multiple times and keep brushing up on doubts and confusion to get at par with others.Fast learners can seek chatbot recommendations to understand what courses they may take next instead of waiting for it in classrooms. They can also ask questions such as the topics that can enable them to grow in a specific area of interest or training module to answer particular questions.Students at the tender age can rely on the chatbot to seek answers that may not have been addressed by their parents or teachers.Students who have a habit of asking too many questions can happily tinker with the chatbot to satisfy those inquisitive pangs now and then.Customization of chatbot will enhance the comfort level and engagement of the student at every age.A chatbot can turn to be a personal counselor to children at a crucial stage that may decide how they may develop their careers.A chatbot can be a personal assistant that helps the child plan their courses to complete all topics before the d-day.A chatbot can seek student feedback through the click of a button for improvements. It can also be used to design the student profile to guide them in the best way possible.Things You Need to Take Care for Ensuring That Chatbots Can Add Value to the Existing OfferingsTraining and language model should be robust and exhaustive. A poorly trained system is even worse for a student than no chat support. Reason being that it may confuse children or portray the entire app solution as flawed and inefficient.The chatbot should not slow down the overall system. Integrating a chatbot into the existing system should be seamless, so it does not lead to other performance issues in the system.Security is a concern that has to be taken care of at all times. Chatbots should be galvanized against misuse by hackers since they are directly deriving information from the core database to learn from every experience. The chatbot should be able to identify a malicious user and notify the security team.ConclusionEducational Mobile apps have only touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of value addition and contribution.Many remote villages across India rely on online education to learn. The introduction of chatbot needs to be such that it percolates to every level of users.With time and increased penetration, businesses are bound to uncover further innovative ways to enhance the educational experience and make a social difference that they are capable of.***********************************************Author Bio:-Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz Technologies, a Mobile App Development Company. His 8+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT & BlockchainHow Chatbots can be a Game Changer for Educational Mobile Apps? was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • A funnel-driven approach to Messenger bots for lead generation (with real metrics)
    by Livio Marcheschi on 12/12/2019 at 22:10

    A funnel-driven approach to Messenger bots for lead generationTesting. Testing is one of the main things I have devoted my energies to in the past year. Testing assumptions. Testing concepts. Testing product increments.Incrementalism is key whenever you are building something that does not exist yet.When we started Visualbots, a chatbot tool for lead generation, the assumptions to test were many. The industry was still in its infancy and marketers were not used to tools like ours. And we did not know which bot design and optimisation strategies would have worked the most.But we were sure there was a key product assumption to test:“Can Messenger bots be used for lead generation and deliver better results than the two main substitute products (namely landing pages and lead ads)?”https://medium.com/media/2b9ba61cbf6a3149ce3c6fb7c886c6be/hrefIn order to prove this assumption, we have worked with tens of early adopters across different industries spending tens of thousands of euros, following this process: we transformed an existing landing page into a chatbot, we run Facebook advertising campaigns on the bot and we measured the performance of the full funnel, with the ultimate goal to achieve a target conversion rate (see one of the first examples below).A real example of a Messenger bot funnel (lead generation)This has allowed us to gather a lot of data and generate expertise on how the lead generation bot funnel works on Messenger. And I am writing this article to share some of the lessons we have learned on the three following points below:The Messenger bot funnelThe Messenger bot KPIsOptimising Messenger bot KPIsEnjoy the article.The Messenger bot funnelAs every user acquisition activity, the messenger flow can be represented as a funnel, which consists of 3 main steps:AcquisitionActivationConversionThe Messenger bot funnel1. Acquisition (= the ad)Acquisition refers to the marketing channel used to send traffic to the bot.In our case it is constituted by the Facebook click-to-messenger ad used to drive traffic to the Messenger chat.The ad2. Activation (= the welcome message)Activation refers to the first meaningful action accomplished by the user that starts to chat with the bot. In our case it consists in the interaction with the welcome message of the bot.The welcome message is the first thing a user sees when they encounter the Messenger bot from the ad.It is technically a part of the ad itself, but we always analyse it separately, given it has its own characteristics and optimisation techniques.The welcome message3. Conversion (= the bot body)Conversion refers to reaching the goal of the bot.In our case, since we are talking about lead generation, it typically consists in gathering an email, after multiple qualification questions contained in the “bot body” have been replied.The bot bodyThe Messenger bot KPIsEach step of the bot funnel has its own KPI. The main ones we look at are:cost per clickwelcome message conversion ratelead conversion rateBelow you can find more details about each KPI.1. Acquisition KPI (= cost per click)The main KPI we use is cost per click (CPC). It indicates how costly a click sending traffic to the ad is.This KPI is almost totally dependent on the ad setup itself, so that the actual content of the bot does not really matter here.The formula is the following:cost per click = amount spent/ clicksA reasonable range of values for the metric is between 0.20€ and 0.40€.We have seen cases in which the price was much lower, which normally translated in a very low lead quality, or higher, sometimes leading to better conversion rates down the funnel that compensate for the higher cost of traffic acquisition.2. Activation KPI (= welcome message conversion rate)The main KPI we use is the welcome message conversion rate. It indicates how many people that have seen the welcome message have actually interacted with it, initiating the conversation with the bot.This KPI mostly depends on the consistency between the ad text/ image and the content of the welcome message and the way the message itself is written (e.g. short rhetorical questions normally work better).The formula is the following:welcome message conversion rate = conversations started/ link clicksThe “Conversations started” metric refers to the number of times people started messaging your business. It includes conversations with new users as well as previously engaged ones (in that sense being different from Facebook´s definition of Messaging Conversations Started).The “Link clicks” metrics refers to the number of clicks that led users to open the chat (in the same way as it is defined by Facebook). We prefer to use this metric, rather than normal clicks, so that we can exclude the effect of people clicking on parts of the ad that do not link to the chat, such as the page name.A reasonable range of values for the metric is between 25% and 50%.3. Conversion KPI (= lead conversion rate)The main KPI we use is the lead conversion rate. It indicates how many people that started interacting with the bot ultimately left their more precious personal information (e.g. an email or a phone number), which are typically asked at the end of the funnel.This KPI depends on how the whole funnel is structured, on the length of the flow and the way the personal information are asked.The formula is the following:lead conversion rate = leads/ conversations startedThe concept of “Lead” varies greatly from company to company, but can be normally defined as a users that replying to the most important qualification question in the funnel.Also defining a range for this metric is really difficult, since it varies a lot depending on the industry.A reasonable range of values for a mid-long qualification funnel (i.e. with more than six questions) is between 25% and 50%.But it can easily skyrocket above 75% in case of really high performing funnels.Optimising Messenger bot KPIsBefore we go into the technicalities of how to improve the KPIs above, there is a main concept to keep in mind when creating and optimising a Messenger bot built for customer acquisition purposes:You need to create consistent ad-to-bot experiences.The ad and the bot needs to be conceived together, since there is no way you can start to improve the bot if the ad is not consistent with it. You would simply receive poor traffic that you will not be able to optimise for.We have learned this the hard way, when the first tests were not producing the expected results. And the first signal of it was a really low welcome message conversion rate (i.e. only a few people interacting with the Facebook ad started to engage with the bot).To understand the reasons why it was happening we did multiple UX tests with the bots, asking users to go through the whole funnel and tell us what they were expecting, step after step. It clearly emerged that the first reason people dropped was that what they received on the chat was not what they were expecting.And this happened because who was doing the ad (the tester) was different from who was creating the bot (us).That´s when we understood that, before even building the bot, we needed to think at the whole funnel together, beginning from the ad (and as a consequence we stated designing ads together with the bot — using this super cool tool for ad mockups).Having said that, we can now go more into the details of what to look at when improving the different steps of the funnel.1. Optimising the acquisition KPI (= cost per click)These are the key questions we ask ourselves when the ad is not performing as intended (i.e. CPC consistently out of the expected range).Are you using Messages objective campaigns (campaign level optimisation)?In our tests, they have proven to perform consistently better than other campaigns, including conversion campaigns.Are you using the right audience (ad set level optimisation)?This has revealed to have a huge impact on the performance of the ad, as it happens in any other type of Facebook campaigns. The only aspect worth mentioning here is that a good optimisation technique is the following: after that a good number of conversations has been collected, you can create lookalike audiences to target people similar to the ones that already chatted with your bot. And this works pretty well.Are you using a low effort call-to-action (CTA) (ad level optimisation)?In our tests, CTAs implying high potential effort for the user (e.g. “Send message”) performed worse than low effort ones (e.g. “Learn more”).2. Optimising the activation KPI (= welcome message conversion rate)These are the key questions we ask ourselves when the welcome message is not performing as intended (i.e. conversion rate consistently below 25%).Is your welcome message content consistent with the ad text and image?As highlighted before, the main reason for bot acquisition campaigns to fail is that the ad and bot experience have not been thought together. Align the content of the ad with the one of the welcome message.Are you your asking a low effort question?The welcome message role is essentially to ask the user to opt in the conversation with the bot. As a consequence you want to minimise friction as much as possible. And the way the message is phrased has a big impact. As michael highlights in his article, low effort asks work well, especially if they are in the form of rhetorical questions. Examples could be “Do you want to start?” or “Do you want to receive a free coupon code?”.3. Optimise the conversion KPI (= lead conversion rate)Being the concept of lead different from company to company, it is difficult to abstract lessons on how to optimise this KPI. Please keep that in mind when reading the key questions we ask ourselves when the lead conversion rate is not performing as intended (i.e. conversion rate consistently below 25%).Is the conversation building enough trust for the user to leave its contact details?While carrying out our tests we realised something we had not expected before. We initially moved from the design assumption that shorter bots would have performed better than longer ones, since users would have gone through less steps.But these short bots were not performing as expected, and removing questions produced even worse results. When we run UX tests we started receiving comments like the following:“Feels like it hasn’t been enough questions to give out email address”“How is this gonna provide me a personal quote with such a limited number of information given?”It paradoxically seemed that users expected many questions before they could consider the bot reliable and decide to provide their personal details. In other words:Questions build trustThe reality is indeed that the bot funnel of a lead generation bot looks more like the one you can see below.Drop rates of a Messenger bot lead generation funnel (real data)Are you explaining why you are asking for the personal information?Before you ask for an email or a phone number, is always a good practice to explain why you need such information and what will happen after the user submits it, including when they will be contacted, by whom and for which reason (e.g. “We will send you a custom quote”, “We will book a visit in our apartments for you”).Are you providing any incentive?It is a good practice to provide an incentive for the user to leave his personal details, such as a free quote, sample or a high quality content. This can be allowed already at the ad level and emphasised on the welcome message, but should ultimately product gains at the lead conversion level.These are some of the lessons that we have learned over the last year while approaching Messenger bots as funnels and optimising them in a data-driven fashion (some further insights here).I hope this will be helpful for you as well.Have a good journey, — Livio14/12/2018> Disclaimer: this article has been published a year after it was originally written. In the meanwhile, the project Visualbots has been discontinued and many things have changed in my life and in the chatbot landscape. I am sharing this article in the hope that the insights gathered in over one year of activity could still be useful for the Messenger marketing community. <A funnel-driven approach to Messenger bots for lead generation (with real metrics) was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


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    Christopher Capozzola is a professor of history at MIT. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: – Wealthfront: https://wealthfront.com/lex to get $50 sign-up bonus – InsideTracker: https://insidetracker.com/lex to get 20% off – LMNT: https://drinkLMNT.com/lex to get free sample pack – SimpliSafe: https://simplisafe.com/lex EPISODE LINKS: Christopher’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/boundbywarbook Christopher’s Website: https://boundbywarbook.com Christopher’s books: Bound by War: https://amzn.to/3QssboA Uncle Sam Wants You: https://amzn.to/3Bw5KdT PODCAST INFO: Podcast website: https://lexfridman.com/podcast Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lwqZIr Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nEwCF8 RSS: https://lexfridman.com/feed/podcast/ YouTube Full Episodes: https://youtube.com/lexfridman YouTube Clips: https://youtube.com/lexclips SUPPORT & CONNECT: – Check out the sponsors above, it’s the best way to support this podcast –

  • #319 – Botez Sisters: Chess, Streaming, and Fame
    by Lex Fridman on 09/09/2022 at 14:04

    Alexandra and Andrea Botez are chess players, commentators, educators, entertainers, and streamers. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: – Calm: https://calm.com/lex to get 40% off premium – Weights & Biases: https://lexfridman.com/wnb – BiOptimizers: http://www.magbreakthrough.com/lex to get 10% off – InsideTracker: https://insidetracker.com/lex to get 20% off – Indeed: https://indeed.com/lex to get $75 credit EPISODE LINKS: BotezLive Twitch: https://twitch.tv/botezlive BotezLive YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/BotezLive BotezLive Instagram: https://instagram.com/botezlive Alexandra’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/missbotez Andrea’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/itsandreabotez Alexandra’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexandravbotez Andrea’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsandreabotez ChessBase: https://chessbase.com/post/the-carlsen-niemann-affair PODCAST INFO: Podcast website: https://lexfridman.com/podcast Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lwqZIr Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nEwCF8 RSS: https://lexfridman.com/feed/podcast/ YouTube Full Episodes: https://youtube.com/lexfridman YouTube Clips: https://youtube.com/lexclips SUPPORT


  • An Elevated Experience: XPENG Launches G9 EV, Taking Innovation Even Higher with NVIDIA DRIVE Orin
    by Danny Shapiro on 23/09/2022 at 17:39

    Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect the XPENG G9 launch. It was originally published in November 2021. You don’t need a private plane to be at the forefront of personal travel. Electric automaker XPENG launched the G9 SUV this week during NVIDIA GTC. The intelligent, software-defined vehicle is built on the high-performance Read article > The post An Elevated Experience: XPENG Launches G9 EV, Taking Innovation Even Higher with NVIDIA DRIVE Orin appeared first on NVIDIA Blog.

  • World-Class: NVIDIA Research Builds AI Model to Populate Virtual Worlds With 3D Objects, Characters
    by Isha Salian on 23/09/2022 at 13:00

    The massive virtual worlds created by growing numbers of companies and creators could be more easily populated with a diverse array of 3D buildings, vehicles, characters and more — thanks to a new AI model from NVIDIA Research. Trained using only 2D images, NVIDIA GET3D generates 3D shapes with high-fidelity textures and complex geometric details. Read article > The post World-Class: NVIDIA Research Builds AI Model to Populate Virtual Worlds With 3D Objects, Characters appeared first on NVIDIA Blog.

  • Go Hands On: Logitech G CLOUD Launches With Support for GeForce NOW
    by GeForce NOW Community on 22/09/2022 at 13:00

    When it rains, it pours. And this GFN Thursday brings a downpour of news for GeForce NOW members. The Logitech G CLOUD is the latest gaming handheld device to support GeForce NOW, giving members a brand new way to keep the gaming going. But that’s not all: Portal with RTX joins GeForce NOW in November, Read article > The post Go Hands On: Logitech G CLOUD Launches With Support for GeForce NOW appeared first on NVIDIA Blog.

  • Continental and AEye Join NVIDIA DRIVE Sim Sensor Ecosystem, Providing Rich Capabilities for AV Development
    by Katie Burke on 22/09/2022 at 12:41

    Autonomous vehicle sensors require the same rigorous testing and validation as the car itself, and one simulation platform is up to the task. Global tier-1 supplier Continental and software-defined lidar maker AEye announced this week at NVIDIA GTC that they will migrate their intelligent lidar sensor model into NVIDIA DRIVE Sim. The companies are the Read article > The post Continental and AEye Join NVIDIA DRIVE Sim Sensor Ecosystem, Providing Rich Capabilities for AV Development appeared first on NVIDIA Blog.

  • Inside AI: NVIDIA DRIVE Ecosystem Creates Pioneering In-Cabin Features With NVIDIA DRIVE IX
    by Katie Burke on 21/09/2022 at 19:30

    As personal transportation becomes electrified and automated, time in the vehicle has begun to resemble that of a living space rather than a mind-numbing commute. Companies are creating innovative ways for drivers and passengers to make the most of this experience, using the flexibility and modularity of NVIDIA DRIVE IX. In-vehicle technology companies Cerence, Smart Read article > The post Inside AI: NVIDIA DRIVE Ecosystem Creates Pioneering In-Cabin Features With NVIDIA DRIVE IX appeared first on NVIDIA Blog.


  • What is Palindrome in Python? Codes, Algorithms, and more
    by Great Learning Team on 26/09/2022 at 09:19

    A Palindrome is a phrase which remains exactly the same when reversed. The post What is Palindrome in Python? Codes, Algorithms, and more appeared first on GreatLearning Blog: Free Resources what Matters to shape your Career!.

  • What is A* Search Algorithm?
    by Marina Chatterjee on 22/09/2022 at 18:50

    Intelligence is the strength of the human species; we have used it to improve our lives. Then, we created the concept of artificial intelligence to amplify human intelligence and to develop and flourish civilizations like never before. A* Search Algorithm is one such algorithm that has been developed to help us. In this blog, we The post What is A* Search Algorithm? appeared first on GreatLearning Blog: Free Resources what Matters to shape your Career!.

  • Clustering Algorithms in Machine Learning
    by Great Learning Team on 22/09/2022 at 06:23

    What are Clusters? What is Clustering? Why Clustering? Types of Clustering Methods/ Algorithms Common Clustering Algorithms K-Means Clustering DBSCAN Clustering Hierarchical Clustering Applications of Clustering Machine Learning problems deal with a great deal of data and depend heavily on the algorithms that are used to train the model. There are various approaches and algorithms to The post Clustering Algorithms in Machine Learning appeared first on GreatLearning Blog: Free Resources what Matters to shape your Career!.

  • What is TensorFlow? Installation, Basics, and more
    by Marina Chatterjee on 22/09/2022 at 05:33

    What is Tensorflow?– What are Tensors? – How to install Tensorflow– Tensorflow Basics– Shape – Type – Graph– Session– Operators Tensorflow Python Simplified– Creating a Graph and Running it in a Session Linear Regression with TensorFlow– What is Linear Regression? Predict Prices for California Houses Linear Classification with Tensorflow– What is Linear Classification? How to The post What is TensorFlow? Installation, Basics, and more appeared first on GreatLearning Blog: Free Resources what Matters to shape your Career!.

  • Basics of building an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot
    by Great Learning on 21/09/2022 at 06:33

    Chatbots have been gaining popularity over the years and can be seen on almost every website we visit. They are being increasingly used by businesses for customer support and are predicted to improve customer service for many industries in the coming years. And, of course, with AI in the picture, it only makes sense to The post Basics of building an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot appeared first on GreatLearning Blog: Free Resources what Matters to shape your Career!.


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  • Introduction to Diffusion Models for Machine Learning
    by Ryan O'Connor on 23/09/2022 at 22:12

    The meteoric rise of Diffusion Models is one of the biggest developments in Machine Learning in the past several years. Learn everything you need to know about Diffusion Models in this easy-to-follow guide. The post Introduction to Diffusion Models for Machine Learning appeared first on TOPBOTS.

  • DALL·E 2, Explained: The Promise And Limitations Of A Revolutionary AI
    by Alberto Romero on 15/07/2022 at 15:47

    DALL·E 2 is the newest AI model by OpenAI. If you’ve seen some of its creations and think they’re amazing, keep reading to understand why you’re totally right — but also wrong. OpenAI published a blog post and a paper entitled “Hierarchical Text-Conditional Image Generation with CLIP Latents” on DALL·E 2. The post is fine if you The post DALL·E 2, Explained: The Promise And Limitations Of A Revolutionary AI appeared first on TOPBOTS.

  • Transformers And Multimodal: The Same Key For All Data Types
    by Davide Coccomini on 14/07/2022 at 22:38

    The world of Machine Learning is undoubtedly fascinating, constantly growing, and capable of touching the most diverse sectors, from medicine to space racing, from catering to big manufacturing. There are countless fields of application for this technology and just as many techniques that have been developed over the decades, but they all have one thing The post Transformers And Multimodal: The Same Key For All Data Types appeared first on TOPBOTS.

  • 10 Leading Language Models For NLP In 2022
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  • Data Capitalism: Innovation, Extraction, Social Conscience
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    How to advance social capital in a world increasingly governed by surveillance capitalism? About a year ago, I read Atlas of AI by Kate Crawford, a brilliant analysis of the extractive processes that govern the field of machine learning, from environmental resource allocation to the harvesting of our political fabric to data privacy infringements. This article reflects The post Data Capitalism: Innovation, Extraction, Social Conscience appeared first on TOPBOTS.


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  • How To Develop An AI-based Shopping List App?
    by USM on 21/09/2022 at 07:18

    How To Develop An AI-based Shopping List App? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the modern technology that is making mobile applications more powerful, interactive, and robust. The use of AI in mobile software applications,

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    by USM on 20/09/2022 at 00:42

    AI Business Consulting: Strategies, Benefits, and Future Every day we can see numerous advancements in the tech industry. But some will vanish early, and some will stay in the market for years, and they will

  • Top 10 Mobile App Development Companies In Miami, Florida
    by USM on 05/09/2022 at 09:29

    Top 10 Mobile App Development Companies In Miami, Florida   As we are all aware the USA is one of the most impacted countries by COVID. Because of the COVID pandemic, the downloads and usage

  • How Much Does It Cost to Make a Social Audio App like Clubhouse in 2022?
    by USM on 29/08/2022 at 04:03

    How Much Does It Cost to Make a Social Audio App like Clubhouse in 2022? In this COVID pandemic, going out and meeting people or planning gets together is not preferable and not safe as well. Social distancing has altered the way we communicate or connect with our friends and community. This situation is laid the foundation for the development of social apps like Clubhouse. Yes, the demand and installation of social media, communication, or entertainment apps have increased rapidly over the past two years. These categories have witnessed significant growth since the outbreak of COVID-19. Facebook and YouTube are the two most popular social networks that became best buddies to people in lockdowns. These two applications have to capture the hearts of nearly 5.1 billion active users per month. Along with these apps, though launched recently in March 2020, with over 10 million installations, Clubhouse-like social media app is also quickly emerging and grabbing the attention of users. Let’s Talk! [contact-form-7] In this article, we would like to give you a detailed guide on- What is the Clubhouse app? Why clubhouse has become so popular? What are the unique features and functionalities of Clubhouse? How much will it cost to build a trending social media platform like Clubhouse? How much time does it take to develop an app like Clubhouse? Technologies required to audio-only social media apps development Let’s move on to interesting topics related to clubhouse application. What is the Clubhouse app? The clubhouse is a buzz in social media since the official launch of its iOS version in the Apple app store in March 2020. Later, with increasing demand for the application, the company has launched its android version in the USA and other global markets in May 2021. This audio-only social media platform allows thousands of people to listen to experts or community people. Users can initiate or continue a conversation about various topics related to comic books, fashion, backpacking, Japanese languages, and many more. The app is best suitable for audio communication through chat rooms with nearly 5000 people in a group. It also facilitates users to create hundreds of separate virtual rooms for individual chatting. These virtual rooms for live discussions allow people to become speakers or listeners. It is also called an invitation-only social audio application. It means that the app is accessible by accepting the invitation of others who are registered users of Clubhouse. This model is very much useful for application marketing through existing users. What are the unique features and functionalities of Clubhouse? The clubhouse app has got a brand mark from both Android and iOS users. The application was rated 4.8/5  in the Apple app store and 4.4/5 in the android app store within one year of its launch into the market. The unique and easy-to-access functionalities made the clubhouse app so popular in the global markets. Yes, it’s a fact that the features and functionalities are the first steps towards app success.  If you are looking to develop a trending social media platform like a clubhouse, here is the list of unique features that you must integrate to make your dream application successful. Clubhouse Invitation As clubhouse is an invite-only app, users cannot download it from app stores and start using it. People must receive an invitation from other clubhouse members for download and use. An alternative way is that users can also download and use the application through virtual registrations. Along with these, the other way for using the app is to buy invites from eBay. Login or Signup On clicking the invitation, users will be redirected to the signup page, where they can log in using their email or social media accounts. Upon login, they need to enter their username and photo to enter and participate in group conversations. By default, the app keeps all new users on mute. However, the users can unmute with the permission of the group admin. Profile view/edit This feature stores all information related to the users. Here, users can add their personal and professional information happily and let other group people know more about them. Users can also edit the profile of their choice. Interests The clubhouse is a hub for thousands of rooms. Each room is loyal to a specific topic or interest. To guide the users to select the right rooms, on entering into the app, the clubhouse provides the users a list of interests that a user can choose. Once they picked their interests, the app displays chat rooms to participate. Clubhouse hallway This feature help users to know active rooms with an ongoing conversation to participate. The user can also see members of the chat room. This feature also keeps your interests and following rooms on top of the list for quick access. Along with these functionalities, Clubhouse hallway let users invite friends to the clubhouse, view upcoming rooms, and also manage profile with ease. Clubhouse Rooms Each Clubhouse room will have a room name, description, and a members list. Once users enter the room, they will find the speaker’s name, moderator, and members who participate in the conversation. In one word, the rooms will be visualized as live podcasts. Users can listen to the conversation, raise a hand to contribute their part if they want, and also can simultaneously explore other chat rooms in the hallway. Clubhouse Clubs Clubs are nothing but groups in the clubhouse app. How people chat in groups of other social media apps like Facebook, the clubhouse also offers group chat. Users can join the groups and meet people with the same interests. This feature also enables users to recommend others to add to the group. Moderation rights Be it voice-based or video-based, any social media chat application should provide moderation rights to the virtual chat room owners. These rights help them to control the activities of thousands of users with simple clicks. Those who want to talk on the topic, need to raise their hand virtually. Audio Streaming Clubhouse allows nearly 5000 people in a group chat. Being a voice-based chat app, the app provides high-quality audio streaming without any background disturbance. It provides self-control features and also allows admins to control mute/unmute functions based on the users’ requests. Notifications Clubhouse app sends push notifications to the members regarding new followers to their chat rooms, when their connections speak in other rooms when their connections invite them to other conversations, and reminders related to the upcoming audio meeting. Activity This feature is to record all your connections. Here, clubhouse member can view their connection or accounts they follow, recent activity in the app, and also know the information of a new user of the clubhouse. These are a few significant features that one must consider before starting social media app development. How much will it cost to build a trending social media platform like Clubhouse? The development cost of audio-only social media apps like clubhouse on a single platform (either Android or iPhone operating systems) with the basic features will cost around $25,000 and $55,000. It is only the estimated price. Clubhouse-like social media apps development costs might fly around $90,000 to $150,000 based on the complexity of the design, added features, and app compatibility. Factors that impact the development costs of trending social media apps in the COVID season like Clubhouse include: App Platform Compared to the iPhone Operating Systems (iOS), the development cost of audio-only social media apps like clubhouse on the Android platform is more. Likewise, if you want your application for a single platform, then the development cost is lower than getting an app developed for both android and iOS. App Design The UI/UX of the app must be simple and user-friendly. Only creative mobile app designers can create the best customer-centric UI designs. App with ultimate design costs a little bit more, but it’s worth it. Team Size If you have an in-house development team, it is good, but need to verify the project team size. If any skill gap is there hiring talents would be the best decision to develop the project on time. If this is the case, you need to hire full-time or contract basis employees. These costs will also increase the estimated development costs of social media apps. Instead, hiring the best mobile app development company in the USA/India is the right decision. Top Mobile apps developers in the USA like USM Business Systems offer you the best app development price for your social media application development. Developer Location Here is another vital factor that greatly brings changes in the app development cost. The cost of an audio-enabled social media application also depends on the native place of the mobile app development services provider you hire. The hourly rate of app developers might vary based on their brand image and experience in the mobile app development industry. Small companies may charge $10 – $40 per hour and medium-sized enterprises charge $40 – $90 per hour, and brands will charge above $100 per hour. It is a rough estimation. The cost per hour will vary based on the location of developers, such as the best mobile app developers in the USA might charge high costs than the mobile app development service providers in India.    How Much Time does it take to develop an app like Clubhouse? The clubhouse-like app will take time around 5-6 months. This development time might exceed based on the app complexity level, features, and compatibility. The best mobile app developers in the USA like- USM can build your application with 30% less development time than our rivals. Approach us and get your app developed within a short span. Technologies required to audio-only social media apps development   Kotlin for Android Development Swift for iOS Development js for Back-end Development Google Cloud Messaging and Apple push notifications service for Notifications WebRTC for Voice Streaming API AWS or Azure for Cloud Azure Stream Analytics for Real-time analytics Live sports streaming API Google Maps API for Geo-location SQL or MongoDB or Cassandra for Database Conclusion Clubhouse-like audio-chat-only social media apps are gaining an image in the industry. It already gained millions of users. People are crazy about using clubhouse-like apps and sharing their views and thoughts on various topics or interests. Hence, investments in connecting social media platforms like clubhouse are the right choice for businesses in this pandemic saturation. Not only individuals, but the business professionals like marketers and eCommerce players are also becoming users of clubhouse-like apps to know the audience preferences and interests. So, this is the right time to launch your social media application into the market. Let’s Talk! [contact-form-7]

  • How Much Does It Cost To Make A Mobile App
    by USM on 28/08/2022 at 10:20

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