Kevin Brown - From Buzzwords to Reality: Managing Edge Data Centers
Schneider Electric introduced its strategies and solutions for edge infrastructure at ‘Edge Press Conference 2019’ on September 19 at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. At the event, Schneider Electric introduced 'EcoStruxure™' platform and various solutions for the construction and operation of efficient edge infrastructure under the theme of 'Life at the Edge'. With the proliferation of IoT utilization, the “edge” infrastructure is becoming increasingly important in the overall IT infrastructure, and by 2025, 75% of data generated by companies around the world is expected to be created and processed at the edge. Hence, in the construction and operation of the edge infrastructure, Schneider Electric's event with the theme of 'Life at the Edge' suggested new trends in digital transformation and business profitability improvement using cloud-based software, AI and micro data center infrastructure, and introduced Schneider Electric's strategies, solutions and collaborations to realize these opportunities. Kevin Brown, Senior Vice President of Innovation and CTO in Secure Power Division, introduced some practical considerations for implementing an edge data center. While building infrastructure at the edge is more important than our expectations, it's hard to put resources in place to increase availability. And the ways to ensure availability must also be approached differently from the traditional data centers. Schneider Electric has pointed out the cloudification of the management system and AI technology to leverage the vast amount of data as the ways to effectively maximize the resiliency of the edge. ▲ Kevin Brown, Senior Vice President of Innovation and CTO in Secure Power Division ▲ Given the availability of the entire infrastructure, the availability of local edges should also be higher than expected. Kevin Brown introduced that there are many different views on edge infrastructure and hybrid edge architectures, but in brief, they fall into three categories; central large data center, ‘regional edge’ by region, and ‘local edge’ that creates and consumes data closest to the user. Even in this architecture, the model will vary depending on how much computing power the local edge has and which device the local edge is connected to and operating with. But he added that the local edge is where the device is connected first. The first thing to think about when implementing local edge availability and resiliency is that the "expectations" people have for IT has changed. If a service is stopped due to some kind of failure, it may not have a big impact on someone, but it may come as a big disaster for someone. And the availability aspects of traditional data centers are different in stages, ranging from Tier 1 with 99.67% availability to Tier 4 with 99.995% availability. The percentages may seem as small as a change in decimal units. However, in the aspect of fault-tolerant, Tier 1 can be achieved even if service stops for 28.8 hours, while Tier 4 only allows 25 minutes per year. Typically, the data center targets Tier 3 with 99.98% availability, with an annual downtime of 1.6 hours. Efforts have also been constantly made to drive this up, but it was pointed out that only focusing on downtime from an IT perspective may distort the results regardless of the user experience. In addition, considering the combination of Tier 3 central data centers and Tier 1 local edges, the availability level will drop to 99.65%, resulting in 30.7 hours of downtime per year. Indeed, Kevin stressed that the edge should also be built as a mission-critical data center beyond expectations. The things needed to implement an edge site with this type of mission-critical data center beyond expectations might include facility security, redundancy configuration, independent cooling, monitoring, management, local support staff, etc. In response to these requirements, the integrated ecosystem, appropriate management tools, and the use of analytics and AI were mentioned to improve edge resilience. This enables monitoring to the physical environment, implements access control to equipment, remotely configures settings, and proactively responds before problems occur. The use of AI can also reduce the burden on management resources. ▲ In the edge environment, the 'integrated ecosystem' aspect by multiple players becomes more special. ▲ A cloud-based implementation is effective for the management of distributed edge environments. The cores of the 'integrated ecosystem' through active cooperation within the ecosystem are standardization, robustness, and simplicity, which can overcome the 'distributed multiple installation environment' and 'insufficient resident management resource', which are the characteristics of edge environment. As for the edge as well, in the user's environment, when a failure occurs, all surrounding consumption and distribution environment would be stopped. Therefore, management and security should be considered in the edge construction. The edge environment should be able to be monitored and managed from anywhere. And as the system is built and distributed through partners, it should be able to quickly respond to various user-specific deployment cases or failure situations by considering the training aspects of manpower. On the other hand, the training aspect of the manpower is a very important part of the system construction, and the importance of the integrated ecosystem is also emphasized here. For example, if Schneider Electric's customers are considering the provision of services as 'managed service providers' and the customers are in locations that are unable to be responded by directly sending manpower, it may be necessary to entrust the information to a local service provider. And depending on the customer's application, a configuration of deploying computing power on the local edge might be also possible. Here, Schneider Electric added that it is working closely with a variety of partners, including HPE, Dell EMC, and Cisco, to address these diverse needs. As for the management tools for edge infrastructures deployed in physically remote locations, traditional management tools were not suitable for the edge in terms of access control, alarm issues, and management cycles. Hence, Schneider Electric proposed a cloud-based edge management environment to overcome this problem. If the management environment is implemented on a cloud basis, you can access and monitor remote devices anytime, anywhere, and you don't have to worry about device scalability. In addition, Kevin explained that it is advantageous in terms of flexible payment model, software update, and utilization of new technologies such as AI. ▲ The use of cloud and AI can provide more accurate insights. In the management of edge infrastructure, AI technology is expected to save human effort and enable efficient data-based management. However, some preparation is required to properly use it. The primary preparation includes secure, scalable, and robust cloud architecture, and at the same time, a "data lake" with large amounts of normalized data is needed. Besides, Kevin Brown stated that the experts who have a deep understanding of the system's activities and an approach to machine learning algorithm expertise would be required. In fact, in deriving insights from data, it is important to clarify what data to analyze what problems and to collect and refine the data accordingly. Simply pouring data into an AI system does not yield results, and most of the data analysis is about obtaining and refining data that can be analyzed. Of course, it is not easy for customers to exactly identify and handle these points, and the problems that customers face becoming more complex, so Kevin pointed out that the difficulty keeps increasing. Schneider Electric introduced 'UPS Score' as a way to simplify the data analysis and insight aspects of UPS management. This UPS Score analyzes the information of hundreds of UPSs installed in various infrastructures based on algorithms, providing a clear picture of what your UPS is up to now and taking a series of steps before a failure occurs. The scoring criteria are based on the device's service life, battery life, temperature, the balance of phases, alarm data and sensor data, etc. This provides a more intuitive understanding of the current state and allows us to respond proactively before serious problems arise.
Suspension of Two Sanctions Against Samsung BioLogics Is Confirmed, and It Accelerates Global Business
The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has confirmed suspension of both first and second sanctions against Samsung BioLogics. The Supreme Court's third division announced on November 11 that it decided a ‘without hearing’ dismissal to the SFC’s re-appeal case to cancel the court’s suspension decision on sanctions against Samsung BioLogics. ‘Without hearing’ dismissal means that the Supreme Court considers that it is not subject to appeal or re-appeal case and decides without making a separate hearing. In 2017, the SFC announced that Samsung BioLogics deliberately committed accounting fraud in the process of changing accounting standards of Samsung Bioepis from subsidiary to affiliated company at the end of 2015. After the announcement, in July 2018, Samsung BioLogics was advised the first sanction including dismissal of its representatives and executives and auditor designation for three years. In November, the company faced the second sanction to dismiss a representative, rewrite financial statements, and pay a fine of 8 billion KRW. As sanctions increase, Samsung BioLogics requested for suspension of execution for the first and second sanction, and the lower instance agreed with Samsung BioLogics. The SFC re-appealed to the Supreme Court, but after the suspension of the second sanction on September 6, it concluded to suspend the first sanction as well. On the other hand, as the suspension of execution was confirmed, Samsung BioLogics was able to ease the congestion and accelerate the development of global business. Hence, in the Korean stock market, it has jumped 3.99 percent in a day on the 16th.
Samsung SDS Cloud is Internationally Certified as Global TOP 10
▲ Samsung SDS Chuncheon Data Center (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Samsung SDS (CEO Hong Won-pyo) held Cloud Media Day at Chuncheon Data Center on September 20 and introduced Samsung SDS’s cloud platform and technology that can easily convert and operate customer's IT infrastructure and work system to cloud. Samsung SDS entered the cloud external business in earnest last year based on its cloud switching and operation experience with affiliates, and currently operates 210,000 virtual servers including servers, storage, and networks. In recognition of this competence, Samsung SDS became the only Korean company to be named as the global top 10 provider of IT infrastructure operation services* selected by Gartner. * Source : Gartner, Market Share Analysis: Infrastructure Managed Services, Worldwide, 2018, Colleen Graham et al., 22 August 2019. ▲ CEO Hong Won-pyo of Samsung SDS (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) CEO Hong Won-pyo of Samsung SDS stated, “The cloud business is entering the second phase after passing the first phase. The first step is to transform the IT infrastructure to the cloud, while the second step is to integrate the core solutions and services into the cloud. It seems that many companies are now at the second stage after the first stage. In 2018, sales amounted to KRW 10 trillion and 14% for the external business. Samsung SDS is challenging to increase sales in 2019 and to increase the proportion of external business to 19%.” Yoon Shim, Samsung SDS Vice President and Cloud Business Manager, emphasized, “We will contribute to enhancing our customers' business competitiveness by providing services that can be optimized in the cloud along with cloud IT infrastructure.” Samsung SDS started the cloud business in 2010, and as of 2019, operates five domestic data centers, ten overseas locations, and 210,000 units of equipment. There are more than 200 operating cases of platform-based cloud application system (PaaS), and financial and public clouds for Korea are also in operation. To build a cloud infrastructure, the company is building about 10,000 lines of code and using it to complete development and setting, and to automate it as well. ▲ Yoon Shim, Vice President of Samsung SDS (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Recently, enterprise customers want to go beyond converting their IT infrastructure to the cloud and operate core business systems and business platforms in the cloud. To this end, Samsung SDS proposed three solutions that enable efficient use of various clouds, easy and convenient development environment, and rapid spread of global services. First, Samsung SDS introduced Samsung SDS Hybrid Cloud Platform, which manages private and public clouds at once, easily supports data movement between clouds, and manages faults through server resource monitoring. Secondly, Samsung SDS introduced Samsung SDS PaaS (Platform as a Service), which applies cloud-native technology to enable corporate customers to quickly and easily develop and operate business systems and to easily modify and deploy applications in the cloud environment. By using Samsung SDS PaaS, which is a representative cloud-native technology with 1) Container, 2) DevOps, which simultaneously develops and operates, and 3) Modular development (MSA: Micro Service Architecture) that changes only necessary modules and distributes them, customers can shorten the time spent for establishing development environment from eight days to one day and application deployment from two weeks to one day. Finally, corporate customers who want to rapidly spread their services in the global market can reduce infrastructure construction and application installation and deployment time from 11 weeks to 3 weeks by applying the Samsung SDS Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) method. ▲ Samsung SDS Chuncheon Data Center Server Room (Photo courtesy of Samsung SDS) Meanwhile, Samsung SDS introduced the recently opened Chuncheon Data Center based on Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Samsung SDS announced that it will be able to rapidly expand resources by integrating and operating Chuncheon, Sangam and Suwon data center server resources by applying SDDC technology. In addition, Chuncheon Data Center is equipped with eco-friendly and cutting-edge facilities that actively utilize renewable energy such as solar light to maximize energy efficiency, and improve power efficiency by using natural wind. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is recording 1.2, and the Dongtan data center dedicated to High Performance Computing (HPC), built on the know-how gained here, is being designed for PUE 1.1.
Xilinx Developer Forum 2019 – Keynote: Victor Peng
Xilinx held the “Xilinx Developer Forum (XDF) 2019” at Fairmont San Jose Hotel in California, USA, on October 1 and 2. Through this XDF 2019, Xilinx announced a variety of innovations and directions for future strategies, along with the new software platform Vitis. XDF 2019 is the place where Xilinx experts, partners and industry leaders gather to inspire new innovations. Starting with a keynote from Victor Peng, Xilinx’s CEO, XDF 2019 began with 1,300 customers, partners, developers and Xilinx employees. The event included a variety of new presentations through keynotes, more than 75 sessions on a variety of topics, a hands-on developer lab with over 40 hours, and a variety of use case exhibits from partners. A variety of stories from industrial key people can also help you discover new perspectives and insights. At the XDF 2019, Xilinx unveiled Vitis, a unified software platform that offers a new design experience. The integrated software platform Vitis makes it easy for software engineers, AI scientists, and other developers in new fields to easily take advantage of hardware adaptability. In addition, keynotes and exhibitions introduced various innovations using Xilinx FPGAs and ACAPs in various areas such as 5G, cloud-to-edge data center areas, AI, and autonomous vehicles. There was also a place to share and discuss new information or implementation examples through various sessions. ▲ Xilinx CEO Victor Peng ▲ The three areas are mentioned as markets for major growth engines. Victor Peng, CEO of Xilinx, stated that Xilinx technologies and products have been used as core competencies for a variety of innovative applications to dates and have been presented an implementation of adaptable, intelligent and connected future world with visions. And as Xilinx’s strategy, he pointed out three pillars: data center first, core market acceleration, and adaptive computing initiatives. These will be implemented as a combination of hardware, software developers, and platforms. At the same time, three current major growth engines were selected: data center, 5G, and automobiles. In implementing 5G infrastructure, Xilinx's Ultrascale+ platform is effectively used to implement 5G infrastructure equipment, and Wonil Roh, Vice President of Samsung Electronics, introduced the implementation of 5G infrastructure equipment through cooperation with Xilinx at the keynote of XDF 2019. First, he claimed that 5G communication technology is spreading at the fastest speed so far. Korea and the United States are leading this, and Japan and India are preparing for full-scale 5G commercial services. And he explained, on the journey to 5G commercial services in the United States, Samsung Electronics is collaborating with major telecom operators in the supply of 5G equipment. In Korea, Samsung Electronics is in a leading position in supplying equipment for 5G infrastructure, such as 5G RAN and core equipment, and supports the rapidly growing Korean 5G market. And one of the reasons for the successful evaluation in the market for the development and supply of high-performance 5G equipment is that it was able to quickly provide a solution that meets the needs of customers. In addition, he explained that Xilinx products’ features such as low power consumption and heat generation, larger memory and performance, and flexibility have enabled the development of equipment that can be easily installed with smaller size and higher energy efficiency. Wonil Roh also introduced that Samsung Electronics is already planning a product that uses Xilinx Versal ACAP. ▲ Xilinx’s hardware platform is now reaching ACAP concept. ▲ ‘SageMaker Neo’ enables you to quickly migrate your optimized machine learning model from cloud to edge. It is introduced that Xilinx's hardware platforms range from FPGAs and SoCs, and now to the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP) and the Alveo platform for data centers. In particular, 'Alveo', which is optimized for the implementation of adaptive accelerators in data centers, can be configured with HBM to provide a high performance environment for various applications in the data center. Xilinx also presented a 7nm Versal ACAP chip and development board. In addition, in the growth of the data center ecosystem, which is one of the major growth engines in the future, Xilinx highlighted that it has more than 5,800 companies, academia, 725 accelerator programs, 85 apps, etc. across Alveo's partner ecosystem and ISV ecosystem covering various areas. In using FPGAs as "adaptive accelerators" in the data center, Amazon is offering its AWS offering a "FPGA as a service" model through the F1 service. The EC2 F1 service is now deployed and operating on a global basis and continues to expand. And here, Amazon announced that AWS is expanding its F1 service based on Virtex Ultrascale+ FPGAs to the Canada Region. Amazon stressed that developers using FPGAs can scale their apps through the cloud and rapidly deploy to larger regions. Many customers around the world are using this F1 service to efficiently handle compute-intensive applications. AstraZeneca has effectively combined the EC2 F1, Batch and S3 services to efficiently build a genomic sequence data processing pipeline on AWS services. The pipeline's performance is enough to analyze more than 100,000 genomes in 100 hours, and there is still room for improvement. In the area of security, Trend Micro is also deploying high-performance network security virtual appliances on the FPGA instance and showing them on AWS Marketplace, adding performance, efficiency and operational simplicity. What’s more, Amazon introduced ‘Sagemaker Neo’ service, which provides an environment for building and deploying machine learning models with optimized performance and efficiency. The service allows users to deploy the most optimized models in a variety of environments including edge environment and the environments utilizing Xilinx solutions. With this service, machine learning models built and run on Xilinx Alveo cards on-premises can be seamlessly migrated to the F1 in the cloud and to edge devices based on Xilinx technology. ▲ As a future data center model, a ‘distributed adaptive computing environment’ was proposed. ▲ Microsoft also introduced Alveo-based FPGA accelerated VM service to Azure services. Xilinx introduced its FPGAs and ACAPs as "accelerators" in computing environments, enabling efficient performance of tens of times in video transformation, data analysis, and real-time machine learning inference. In addition, in the storage area, it is possible to greatly increase performance by using FPGAs as accelerators in compression, encryption, and deduplication, etc. in processing the rapidly growing data. And SmartNIC, which uses FPGAs together in the network, can greatly improve packet processing throughput and provide a more secure connection environment by improving encryption processing performance. As a future data center model, “Distributed Adaptive Computing” was proposed, in which FPGAs and ACAPs were actively combined with the existing cloud resource pools. In this overall cloud environment expanding to hybrid and edge, processors, SmartNICs, storage with accelerators, and ACAP-based compute accelerators are all connected in the form of resource pools and optimized for workloads, allowing flexible configuration deployment as needed. In such an environment, proper resource allocation enables high performance, low latency, and optimized cost. At the same time, reconfigurable silicon devices such as FPGAs and ACAPs can respond to rapid innovation cycles while minimizing the introduction of new silicon. Microsoft stated that Azure Cloud Service offers a variety of specialized service models, including high-performance VMs, accelerator-combined VMs, HPC services, and high-performance storage or large-memory VMs. Among these service models, the Azure NP VM service can utilize Alveo U250 FPGA accelerators, with 10-40 CPU cores, 168GB to 672GB of memory, and four Alveo U250 accelerators depending on the required performance level. This service will soon be available in the US East, West, Southeast Asia and Western Europe regions so that the software products currently available in the Alveo environment will be available in Azure as well. ▲ Vitis unified software platform enables FPGAs to be handled on the basis of software technologies. ▲ Hitachi announced that it achieved results in just two months by using Vitis to implement the entire ADAS system. Xilinx has continued to evolve its capabilities in the software direction since the FPGA design tool Vivado. And Xilinx introduced its plan to clean up the complex environments that have been divided so far through the Vitis unified software platform, and to organize the development environment into two major axes, Vivado and Vitis. In addition, Xilinx stressed that in response to heterogeneous computing environments, edge-to-cloud environments, and the use of AI technology, the Vitis platform enables leveraging Xilinx’s hardware architecture capabilities without the need for expertise in hardware. The Vitis unified software platform includes a rich set of optimized open source libraries and implementations of domain-specific architectures, providing an environment for optimized hardware from AI, video to big data analytics. Xilinx announced that it plans to offer the Vitis platform free of charge for the Xilinx board, based on an open source model, and emphasized that the journey to open source is now one of the key strategies for Xilinx. Furthermore, Xilinx is contributing to the OpenAMP project recently, and in the future, the TensorFlow and Kubernetes projects will also contribute to Xilinx technology. In the automotive sector, it was introduced that Hitachi Automotive Systems supplies ADAS systems to a wide range of automotive manufacturers, and utilizes Xilinx’s FPGAs and SoCs to optimize the functionality and performance required for level 2 or higher ADAS systems. In implementing such a modern ADAS system, Hitachi introduced that it could create an end-to-end automotive design that includes a deep learning-based object recognition system in just two months by using Versal boards and Vitis platforms. ▲ Vitis AI integrates a “domain specific architecture” to give AI scientists even greater capability. ▲ The use of FPGAs in the implementation of autonomous driving platforms enables them to meet a variety of demanding conditions. Incorporating a domain-specific architecture (DSA), Vitis AI allows you to optimize and program your Xilinx hardware using industry-leading frameworks such as TensorFlow, Caffe, and PyTorch. Vitis AI provides tools to optimize, compress, and compile trained AI models and run them on Xilinx devices in about one minute. Also, specialized APIs for building edge-to-cloud with best-in-class reasoning performance and efficiency are supported. Xilinx emphasized that this tool is a useful tool for startups that want to take advantage of AI by enabling optimized hardware use without expertise in hardware. Pony.ai presented an example of using Xilinx FPGAs and Versal ACAP to implement the level 4 autonomous driving system, “PonyPilot”. The autonomous driving system needs to be able to continue driving even in a complicated traffic situation on a real road, and to judge data coming through various sensors, and to perform a near real-time judgment in a complicated situation. In particular, in meeting the difficult conditions of low latency and limited power consumption, the use of FPGAs has improved the latency by 12 times compared to the conventional system, and realized the system with about 30W of power consumption.
Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup tournament arrives in Belek, ANTALYA
Turkish Airlines brings the much-anticipated Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup for the seventh time on November 4–5, 2019 to Antalya. As well as offering corporate teams exceptional networking opportunities, tournament entrants receive first-class Turkish Airlines hospitality and golf at the finest golf courses around the world. Over eight thousand players from around the world – all VIPs invited by Turkish Airlines - have competed in more than 100 tournaments across the globe with the winners securing places in the Grand Finals in Antalya. Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup was established in 2013 by Turkey’s national flag carrier as part of its commitment to sport and golf, which includes support for the Turkish Airlines Open European Tour, and the Turkish Airlines Challenge Tour. The Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup that played on world-class courses is one of the most popular events on golfing calendars today. This year the competition have been played out in 101 destinations across 70 countries. Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı said; “The Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup is an event that we are very proud of and it continues to grow and improve year on year. We are delighted to be holding this event, which has already become a key date in all golfers’ diaries, in Antalya, one of the favorite tourist destinations of Turkey that globally known with its turquoise coast and natural beauties.” This year has seen Turkish Airlines moved to its new home at Istanbul Airport, a state-of-the-art structure from which the global carrier will continue on its path of expansion. The Star Alliance member airline currently operates to 316 destinations across 126 countries, and from its hub at the center of global aviation, Turkish Airlines allows its valued guests to explore more of the world, as well as Turkey’s impressive golf courses.
Russian Helicopters present Mi-35P and Ansat helicopters at Russia-Africa Economic Forum
Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) takes part in the Russia-Africa Economic Forum held in Sochi on October 23-24, 2019. In the 'Industry' zone the holding company showcases a modernized Mi-35P attack helicopter, a corporate version of the civilian multipurpose Ansat helicopter and a mobile service center for overhaul of Mi-8/17 helicopters. "Over 900 helicopters made by Russian Helicopters' enterprises are registered in African countries. This is almost one in four helicopters on the continent, and the share of our military rotorcraft is almost 40%. This certainly provides for huge potential for cooperation in servicing, modernizing and renovating the fleet. We also offer our partners civilian helicopters, such as Ansat and Mi-171A2 multipurpose rotorcraft, and a military modernized Mi-35P attack helicopter. This is the evolution of the Mi-24/35 family which proved to be very effective in Africa" said Director General of Russian Helicopters holding company Andrey Boginsky. African countries operate over 250 helicopters of Mi-24/35 type. The holding company offers the modernized version of the Mi-35P helicopter to all African partners who are interested in it. The helicopter has new engines, the new sighting and navigation system, and more weapons. Mi-35P helicopter is made by Rostvertol, an enterprise of Russian Helicopters. It can be used as a military helicopter for destroying tanks and armored vehicles, and as a troop-carrying helicopter transporting eight military men. It also has sanitary and transport modifications. Control of the helicopter has been significantly improved, and its weapons system has been optimized. The Mi-35P helicopter can be used in high mountains, in hot and humid climate, day and night. More than a half of helicopters in Africa made in the USSR and in Russia are machines of the world-famous Мi-8/17 family in various versions. To ease the maintenance of the fleet, the holding company offers container type mobile service centers. They are designed for overhaul of Mi-8/17 type helicopters and their versions at customers' air bases. They may be deployed at any place even without using electricity: they have diesel generators. Such a mobile service center is also presented at the exposition during the Russia-Africa Economic Forum. Russian Helicopters's civilian rotorcraft is also presented. Thus, the company presents Ansat multipurpose helicopter in its corporate version with a highly comfortable cabin. In Russia this twin-engine helicopter is actively operated as a "flying ambulance". It has one of the largest cabins in its class and can be used for transporting cargo, passengers and medical supplies, search and rescue operations and patrolling. Ansat helicopter came onto the international market in 2018 at Airshow China, where Russian Helicopters signed a contract for delivering 20 helicopters of this type to the Chinese Emergency and Disaster Relief Association.
The world admires with inspiration : Kim Jin-sook CEO & Chairman of Karasadae Co., Ltd.
Speaking of two letters “hair loss,” usually leads to a middle-aged man who typically has a potbelly and looks older. Hair loss is often thought to be the most significant genetic factor. Of course, it's not 100% wrong. However, in addition to genetic predisposition, more and more adult men and women are worried about hair loss due to a strict diet, incorrect eating habits, smoking, and excessive stress. All these phenomena would mean that we are living in a world where hair loss is no longer a worry for men alone. Some say it is the era of 10 million baldness. We are facing direct or indirect hair loss-related products that are so incalculable today. All products promote efficacy and results, but the worrisome public is always worried about which product to choose. However, general hair loss products are challenging to expect effectiveness in a short time, such as a day or two. Most consumers have no choice but to rely on popular products or recommendations from people around them, and this method is the most significant part of the decision to purchase a product. In my twenties and thirties, I, a reporter, was confident that I had a lot of hair, and I thought that hair loss was a story of others. But, now I’m in my mid-forties, I cannot say it anymore as I feel my hair is thinner and my forehead is wider. I became increasingly interested in hair loss products and purchased expensive products one by one that piled up in my house. In the meantime, as a reporter who met K1-CURE through word of mouth and met with Kim Jin-sook, CEO of Karasadae Co., Ltd., and also as a consumer who represents the heart of all middle-aged men who would like to protect their ‘one string of confidence,’ I listened to CEO Kim's 24-years of know-how and management philosophy. ■ Girl's Dream and the First Step Kim Jin-sook was born in Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do as the third child of three sons and one daughter. Her family wasn't wealthy when she was a child, but she grew up with no discomfort. In order to continue her studies in a larger city, her family moved to Daegu when CEO Kim entered middle school, but a year later, the family’s financial circumstance turned down unexpectedly. But, even in such difficulties, rather than being frustrated, she thought, “I can still help someone." And she was more interested in volunteering work. Her decision led to rewarding activities such as visiting underprivileged areas such as orphanages and nursing homes to clean up, or to assist seniors in bathing. However, CEO Kim, who did not stop at a reward, was dreaming of a hairdresser at the time and thinking that she would like to combine volunteering activities and beauty work. Also, she felt sorry there was no barber and hairdresser for volunteering. This dream came true after she married in 1990. In the early nineties, She got a hairdresser's license and started working on beauty. CEO Kim Jin-sook, who was reminiscent of the time, laughed saying, “I became more interested in beauty by doing beauty volunteering rather than by serving clients as a hairdresser.” She worked as a beauty volunteer and hairdresser. She registered her business in 1996 and opened a hair salon called 'Hairbank Karasadae' on Rodeo Street near Beomgye Station. CEO Kim, who became famous as a hairdresser afterward, has been a seminar lecturer for color, perm, and scalp clinic at home and abroad. As she lectured at seminars and cared for clients at her hair salon, she found that many worried about hair loss. CEO Kim, who had exposed to the grievances of customers, presented a product with customized preparations for the customers to easily care for the scalp. However, these products responded surprisingly well, and the number of customers increased, and as word of mouth grew, many consumers wanted to buy the product. Gradually, the demand surpassed the supply and reached a point where an individual cannot handle the order. CEO Kim made her mind, “What about launching a brand and producing a scalp care product?” As a result, “Karasadae Co., Ltd.” was born. ■ Step by Step, Slowly but Accurately Word-of-mouth about customized products has gone beyond Korea to the ears of many Asian buyers. Eventually, in 2012, she established Karasdae Co., Ltd. for export, launched the K1-CURE brand and began supplying it to the domestic and Thailand, Malaysia, China, Philippines, and Vietnam. Currently, the major products of Karasadae are mainly made up of professional products that match the concept of the trouble of scalp and hair, and hair loss care. In addition, Karasadae does not focus on advertising or promotion to reduce the burden on consumers. The company has drastically reduced the distribution stage by operating, demonstrating, and selling through various direct stores and franchises, mostly plastic surgery, dermatology, hair salons, spa, aesthetic shop and pharmacies. Currently, the Karasadae care products are ‘K1-CURE Scalp Shampoo ‘and ‘K1-CURE Scalp Tonic Serum’ that passed KFDA (Korea Food and Drug Administration) in 2012 and are a functional cosmetic line mainly used in specialty shops. And, there are two types of cosmetics for the scalp: 'K1-CURE Scaling Toner' and ‘K1-CURE Scalp Gel’. CEO Kim said, “K1-CURE Scalp Shampoo is a soft, delicate lotion-type shampoo foam that can cleanse waste materials without irritation, and help alleviate hair loss symptoms. K1-CURE Scalp Tonic Serum, which contains Karasadae N.T Complex ingredients that combine the unique technology of Karasadae, helps anti-aging care to the scalp and hair. ” and showed strong confidence. In addition to these Karasadae's products, there are four KARASADAE’s products (scaling toners, shampoos, gel packs, and tonic serums) that are targeting China for export and general household use. There is a Thai export-only product, ‘Mass H-1 Scalp Tonic Serum’. In particular, four of KARASADAE's products for export to China passed the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) in March and obtained a permit. Also, in November, at the Myeong-dong Lotte Hotel, the company signed a contract for rapid export with Vietnam. ■ With the heart of Joan of Arc Indeed, Karasadae Co., Ltd. was ambitiously established in 2012, but it did not have sufficient enough capital or support except technology. At this time, the company could not adequately promote, and its financial pressures increased with an inventory. However, CEO Kim Jin-sook chose to make direct breakthroughs with domestic and foreign consumers. She participated in the Seoul Wig Hair Loss Prevention Exhibition and gave a strong impression by giving seminar lectures. The company attended the booths at various exhibitions and has been trying its best to meet even one more consumer. The numerous exhibitions include the Myanmar-Malaysia and China (Shanghai) Trade and Trade Promotion Agencies, 7th Korea Brand Daejeon, Health & Beauty Week, Imported goods and excellent goods exhibition, International Rotary Club Seoul, G-fair Korea Excellent Product Exhibition, Korea International Tourism Exhibition, Excellent Small and Medium Business Marketing Competition, and Seoul International Cosmo Beauty Industry Fair. Have anyone noticed these efforts of Karasadae? Several agencies have begun to respond. In 2013, the company promoted industry-university cooperation and joint development with Seoul National University of Science and Technology and completed technology transfer from Seoul National University of Science and Technology in 2014. At that time, the products of Karasadae entered three branches of some famous department stores. In 2015, the company was selected as one of the top 100 export frontier companies in Gyeonggi-do and obtained ISO9001/2008 quality management certification. Besides, it signed a contract to enter Chongqing Shopping Center, CITIC Group, China. In 2016, it was proudly selected for a China-focused certification support project, a customized Solomon support project for women companies, a Design Export Club project, and a 2016 new export support project. As the products of Karasadae gained popularity both at home and abroad, requests for sponsors gathered at various beauty fairs, and the company participated as an official sponsor in multiple competitions. For example, for 2013 Environmental Marathon, 2014 Miss Intercontinental Beauty Contest, 2014 Miss First Beauty World Competition, 2017 Korea Arts Awards Ceremony, the 5th Hip Hop Korean Culture Awards Ceremony, the 37th Golden Film Festival, ALL FC Champion Battle MMA, the company was designated as an official sponsor or official supporter. In particular, it was designated as an official sponsor of the Osong Cosmetics Beauty Industry Expo for three consecutive years since 2016, and received a plaque of appreciation from Governor of Chungbuk, and received a citation from the Governor of Gyeonggi-do for recognition of participation in community service. ■ A woman in action is beautiful CEO Kim Jin-sook, who has been interested in community service since her middle school years, still is practicing her desire to help society, even though she may be satisfied with living a comfortable life as a successful businessman. So, I want to introduce the 'New Women’s Club' which has a catchphrase, “Elegant women change the world.' CEO Kim Jin-sook has already passed a year since she took office as the second chairman after the founding Chairman Han Mi-ran and the first Chairman Jin Jin-ee The New Women's Club, launched in November 2015, often delivers where help is needed or hosts events to help underprivileged young people. CEO Kim, who is known as the most passionate leader, said, “It aims to promote women's rights, revitalize the local economy, and participate in and spread the international social, civic volunteering. We ask for your attention and encouragement of love to be reborn as a women's organization that can practice the true volunteering of sound and bright thoughts with female leadership in Gunpo City.” Since the inauguration of CEO Kim Jin-sook, the New Women's Club and Karasadae Co., Ltd. have officially sponsored the national drama `Pumba-wingless Angel '' in June 2018, and organized ‘the 6th TeenTeen Carol Song Festival’ to help underprivileged young people in December ofthesame year, which was hosted by renowned comedian SonHyn-soo. ■ Conscience Returns to Trust Hair loss-related products in Korea are perceived as expensive products compared to other beauty products. Thus, it is difficult for consumers to purchase without hesitation. Nevertheless, CEO Kim said firmly, “I have no intention of compromising with reality. The prices are indeed high. If we decide to sell more products, we can lower the unit price by adjusting the quality or amount of ingredients. But in the long run, those behaviors deteriorate the brand value of the Karasadae’s products in the minds of consumers.” When I listened to her and thought, there was no unique refill for the Karasadae’s products. Consumers have to buy the products in their containers every time. Launching a refill would eliminate the cost of the container, lower the unit price and increase sales. But she thought differently, and her answer was straightforward. “Unit prices may decrease, and sales may increase. But, when customers refill by themselves, there might be several side effects, such as air inflows or foreign substances introduced during storage or refilling, which could result in deterioration in quality. Of course, it could be a tiny probability. However, I think that the small probability could have a big impact on the image of the brand.” she said, adding that she would not give up her will. Overseas buyers and various network marketing companies have demanded that the unit price be lowered by reducing the amount of raw materials or replacing them with cheaper materials, but CEO Kim Jin-sook said she would not back down even if she could not sign a contract. CEO Kim Jin-sook said, “It is true that Karasadae’s products are relatively expensive. However, with the pledge of 'keeping,' we can say that we are more confident about our products than any other brand. I will not forget the words “honesty” and “loyalty,” and I want to continuously give “trust” to all those who meet the Karasadae. ” adding that she will not forget her original intention. ■ Dreaming of K-Beauty To summarize the recent trends of Karasadae, which has always run tirelessly, in March 2018, after several years of challenging the Chinese market, four brands of Karasadae passed the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) and received certificates. As a result, many MDs, including the Post Office and the China Railway, have given love calls to the company. In May, it participated in the Cosmo Beauty Fair at COEX, located in Samsung-dong, Seoul, and signed contracts with several buyers from all over the world. In June, all K1-CURE products were approved as a designated venture startup innovation product by the Public Procurement Service. In July, the company opened official accounts on the US Amazon and Qoo10, a global agency purchasing site. In August, Karasadae’s products were introduced at the Beauty Center in Happy Department Store in Mok-dong, and in the same month, it officially provided K1-CURE products at the general film seminar held at KPOP Hotel in Gapyeong. And CEO Kim Jin-sook was also appointed as a member of the national committee to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the King Sejong’s accession to the throne. In September, the company held a pop-up event at Lotte Department Store in Bundang. In October, CEO Kim was appointed as senior vice-president of the Asian Pacific Hair-dresser & Cosmetologist Association held at Harim-gak in Seoul. Also, in the same month, it achieved a triumph of entering the duty-free store at Shinsegae's main store in Seoul. The company also held a pop-up event of ‘Korea Festa,’ a special event at Hyundai Department Store in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, and soon participated in the 2018 Osong Cosmetics Beauty Industry Expo as official sponsor. In November, the company held a pop-up event at AK PLAZA in Suwon, participated in the 21st Asia-Pacific International Beauty Competition organized by Macau and Hong Kong. And she was invited as a speaker at the CIAM International Beauty Forum and awarded a plague of appreciation. She also introduced K1-CURE, a system brand that represents the trend of the scalping market and the direction of the scalp, hair loss and hair care market with the theme of ‘NOW IS TIME TO DO SCALP MAKE UP.’ In the same competition, she won the third prize in the Korean national team's CREATIVE EVENING IMAGE section and the first in the STATIC CREATIVE IMAGE section. At the end of December, a pop-up store event was held at Hyundai Department Store Mok-dong, and the company was designated as the official sponsor at the 38th Golden Film Festival. Also, New Women's Club and Karasada Co., Ltd. organized the 6th 'Teen Teen Carol Song Festival’ to help underprivileged young people at the Uiwang City Hall in Gyeonggi-do. In 2019, the company held the pop-up store event at the Hyundai Department Store in Pangyo and won the award in the ‘ Product Innovation Division of Korea Industry Awards’ sponsored by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, Ministry of Education and Environment. Also, K1-CURE, the representative brand of Karasadae, was designated as '2019 Seoul Award Excellent Product' by the Seoul Development Agency. Due to this tight schedule, she was considered to be tired but participated in the “2019 Seoul International Sourcing Fair” held at COEX and held a special spring event at a department store in Mok-dong. In May, as in 2018, the company participated in the Cosmo Beauty Expo held in COEX, located in Samsung-dong, Seoul, and has been well received by many buyers and visitors from all over the world. As such, CEO Kim Jin-sook, who had had a hectic time, said, “If everything goes as expected, we are expecting '$10 million export' by 2020, and we are receiving love calls from all countries. In the second half of 2019, we expect a remarkable increase in sales compared to the existing sales.” Like this, there seem to be solid stepping stones in front of the Karasadae’s future movements, but CEO Kim says she will not be relieved. She said she liked the word ‘inspiration,' and she began her volunteering work to give ` inspiration’ to the underprivileged, and the beginning of Karasadae came from her heart to give ‘inspiration’ to her customers. It is said that the object of 'Impression' was only gradually expanded from volunteering activities to the domestic market and then to the global market. Born in a small village in Bonghwa, Gyeongbuk Province, a young girl grew up while growing up in her dreams even though she faced a vast world and had difficulties. As she continues to live a faithful life every day, she has passed the age of fifty years old and is a successful businesswoman who is known as the respected women of this age. Perhaps today's CEO Kim Jin-sook is faithfully keeping her original intention in the heart, sticking to the management philosophy of the service and loyalty that do not expect compensation, and maintaining the true beauty of a female businesswoman. I want to wrap up the short interview hoping that she will be filled with fresh fragrances of flowers for her future adventure. ■ About Karasadae Co., Ltd. Karasadae, a professional scalp care manufacturer for hair loss, announced on July 9 that it has finally launched an ambitious line of basic cosmetics. After many years of research and development, it has completed all the primary lines and is a ‘GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Solution’ containing a large amount of whitening patent material, ‘COS-VCE.’ Products containing these COS-VCE patented ingredients have the catchphrase 'Whitening Specialized Luminous Solution' and are waiting for the public’s love under the names of 'GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Rejuvenating Serum' and 'GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Moisturizing Cream.' These products, already known as K1-CURE, are the brand researched and developed by applying know-how based on the accumulated know-how of Karasadae Co., Ltd. for 24 years and the experience of 17 years of customized cosmetic preparation and 13 years of aromatherapy customized preparation. If you use existing K1-CURE scalp products on your face, it may be a little stronger and have possibility of troubles occurence, but K1-CURE's efficacy and effect are excellent. Thus, industry insiders say that some consumers have used it as a substitute for skincare among users. The company said that it started researching skincare products four years ago when it was difficult to ignore the continued request. In the process, the company began to develop products of 'vitamin C derivatives.' As a result based on the analysis of the efficacy and effects, including the patent for COS-VCE, which is used for the GAHACOS’s brand among vitamin C derivatives, it has been said that the product was not only best suited to the direction of the company's research and development and the atmosphere of the product to be made, but also to be a product with conviction that users can experience a quick effect in a short time. So, it is said that the company decided to make it the final product. Along with this launch, an official said, “The first product, GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Rejuvenating Serum, contains a high-content of COS-VCE (Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether), which helps restore healthy, transparent skin. It also extracts white rose petals, white wine, and loquat leaves with MSA aging method, which is natural and helps develop moist and elastic skin, and 14 special superfood ingredients nourish the skin. The second product, GAHACOS Lab C. Luminous Moisturizing Cream, extracts red rose petals, red wine, and loquat leaves with MSA aging method, which is natural and gives vitality to the skin and makes the skin healthy and especially banana extracts that contain high amounts of serotonin make the skin moist and elastic, giving it a bright and vibrant skin luster."
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Seoul Semiconductor’s SunLike Series Natural Spectrum LEDs Adopted by Lighting Brand REMEZ for LED Light Bulbs of Human-Centric Lighting Design
MUNICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (KOSDAQ 046890), a leading global innovator of LED products and technology, announced that its SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs have been adopted for lighting brand “REMEZ” by RemiLicht GmbH for Russian lighting market. The LED light bulbs feature a human-centric lighting design enabled by the SunLike Series LEDs. The SunLike Series LEDs adopted by RemiLicht GmbH for LED light bulb used for residential lighting and desk lamp achieved color temperatures of warm white (3000K) and cold white (5700K), optimized to natural light spectra by reaching lower blue light peak similar to sunlight’s spectral curve in order to reduce scattered reflection and glare common in conventional LEDs. This result is achieved with SunLike Series LEDs, an advanced lighting technology that promotes well-being by creating a more healthy and educational environment. Seoul’s SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs have been identified as a key light source for promoting human well-being, based on the results of a recent comprehensive sleep study conducted by Prof. Christian Cajochen and his team at the University of Basel in Switzerland. The paper, entitled: “Effect of Daylight LED on Visual Comfort, Melatonin, Mood, Waking Performance, and Sleep,” was published in the Journal of Lighting and Research Technology on March 24, 2019. Quoting from the paper: “We have evidence that a daylight [natural spectrum] LED solution has beneficial effects on visual comfort, daytime alertness, mood, and sleep intensity in healthy volunteers.” Light sources with SunLike Series LEDs more accurately show the color of objects as they would appear in natural sunlight. Optimized to natural light spectra and color rendering of CRI-97 (close to CRI-100 of sunlight), and higher than the CRI-80 of conventional LEDs, SunLike Series LEDs deliver significant benefits in vivid color, contrast detail, and quality of light consistency. “We have sought LED light sources to replicate the qualities of natural sunlight for indoor environments to deliver beneficial effects on eye comfort and human health,” said Igor Remez, Chief Executive Officer of RemiLicht GmbH. “We were able to create LED light bulbs for human-centric lighting with Seoul Semiconductor’s innovative SunLike Series LEDs, which will deliver healthy light that were not possible to achieve using conventional LED technology.” “Even if different sources of white light look identical to the naked eye, they may contain different levels of the crucial wavelength in the blue spectrum that triggers the body’s hormonal response. A truly human-centric lighting source must not only closely match the spectrum of natural sunlight, but it also must have the correct level of blue-wavelength light for the time of day,” said Carlo Romiti, Europe sales Vice President of Seoul Semiconductor. “Our SunLike Series LEDs enable truly human-centric lighting design that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight. It has also achieved the highest level of eye safety certification from the International Commission on Illumination as an RG-1 level light source with no photo-biological risks.” Seoul Semiconductor developed SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs in collaboration with Toshiba Materials’ TRI-R spectrum technology in 2017 as the first LED light source to closely match the spectrum of natural sunlight. To learn more about the brand REMEZ, please visit: https://remezlight.com/en To learn more about the SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs, please visit: http://www.seoulsemicon.com/en/technology/Sunlike/ # # # About the brand REMEZ REMEZ is a part of International Holding RemiLicht GmbH, which specializes in human-centric lighting solutions. A pilot project has been made to introduce its first innovative human-centric lighting products based on SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs for the emerging market in Russian Federation. RemiLicht has a plan of expansion to European and American lighting markets with a wide range of product lines that deliver safe and smart human-centric lighting with SunLike Series LEDs of differentiated light sources. Developing and implementing IoT (Internet of Things) technologies into REMEZ products is a strategic priority for RemiLicht GmbH, and focus on healthy and innovative human-centric lighting. About Seoul Semiconductor Seoul Semiconductor develops and commercializes LEDs for automotive, general illumination, specialty lighting, and backlighting markets. As the second-largest LED manufacturer globally excluding the captive market, Seoul Semiconductor holds more than 14,000 patents, offers a wide range of technologies, and mass produces innovative LED products such as SunLike – delivering the world’s best light quality in a next-generation LED enabling human-centric lighting optimized for circadian rhythms; WICOP – a simpler structured package-free LED which provides market leading color uniformity and cost savings at the fixture level, providing high lumen density and design flexibility; NanoDriver Series – the world’s smallest 24W DC LED drivers; Acrich, the world's first high-voltage AC-driven LED technology developed in 2005, including all AC LED-related technologies from chip to module and circuit fabrication, and nPola, a new LED product based on GaN-substrate technology that achieves more than ten times the output of conventional LEDs. UCD constitutes a high color gamut display which delivers more than 90% NTSC. For more information, please visit www.seoulsemicon.com/en. Contacts Seoul Semiconductor Inc.Jeonghee Kim Tel: +82-70-4391-8311 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackline Safety hits the road with G7 EXO connected area monitor world tour
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Edoardo Rizzi, Former Viavi and TekComms Leader, Joins Empirix Leadership Team
Industry veteran to kick off the next chapter of growth BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#Empirix--Empirix® Inc., a leader in network test automation and service and application performance visibility today announced that Edoardo Rizzi has been appointed SVP, Product Management and Marketing. Prior to his appointment, Rizzi held leadership roles at Viavi/JDSU, Trendium, and Tektronix Communications and most recently was the founder of vivoo inc., which developed cloud-native applications targeting the industrial IoT space. Rizzi has more than 20 years of experience driving strategy development and execution, product innovation, and go-to-market, and has been directly involved in managing the opportunities and challenges related to technology evolutions such as 3G, 4G/LTE, and cloud native. He is well equipped to drive growth and lead Empirix through the industry’s next chapter, 5G. “The market is at a critical inflection point as Communications Service Providers and Enterprises prepare themselves to capture the 5G opportunity,” stated Franco Messori, Chief Strategy Officer at Empirix. ”Over the last few years, Empirix has worked hard to get ready to enable this technology transition and put our customers in a position to command the new ecosystem. By joining Empirix, Edoardo validates not only our vision, but that our technologies will spearhead the 5G evolution in a unique and innovative way.” “Empirix’s next chapter will revolutionize how network, service, and application performance assurance and visibility is done throughout the 5G ecosystem,” said John D’Anna, President and CEO of Empirix. “Edoardo will provide the leadership we need to drive our product and go-to-market strategy forward. The team and I are very excited about the future and look forward to unearthing Empirix’s fullest potential with Edoardo — there is no one better suited to help us accelerate our growth.” Commenting on his appointment, Edoardo said, “The evolution to 5G, including cloud-native and mobile edge computing (MEC), is a technology transition like no other. It is a complete rewiring of the entire ecosystem, the underlying operations processes, and business practices. Empirix has a best-in-class portfolio that is 5G ready. It is the only product line in the industry designed to provide the agility, performance, and commercial scalability needed by Communications Service Providers and Enterprises to successfully execute their 5G strategies. I look forward to working with the team to maximize the value that we deliver to our customers and partners, and to the Empirix brand.” David Weiss, Empirix Board Member and Senior Operating Partner at Thoma Bravo said, “The appointment of Edoardo Rizzi comes at a critical time and positions Empirix to thrive in the face of significant market change. We are committed to Empirix’s success and believe Edoardo Rizzi has the skills and experience to enable the company to execute its vision, drive product and market innovation and focus, and maximize the company’s overall potential in what is a large market.” Rizzi holds an MBA from the Babson Olin Graduate School of Business, a PhD from the University of Brescia, Italy, and a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Padua, Italy. Empirix is a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo. About Empirix Empirix is the recognized leader in end-to-end network performance visibility with the unique ability to analyze customer behaviors by application in real time. We help service providers, mobile operators and enterprises optimize business processes to reduce operational costs, maximize customer retention and grow top-line revenue. Through monitoring, analytics and intelligence, Empirix helps companies around the world realize the full value of their technology investments. Empirix is a trademark of Empirix, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Contacts Jennifer Walsh Marketing Manager +1-978-313-7112 firstname.lastname@example.org
SEMA Announces Vehicles of the Year
-- Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Silverado, Jeep Wrangler, Audi RS 3 and Polaris RZR Named 2019 SEMA Award Winners -- LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#BOTB2019--SEMA Show exhibitors voted on the vehicles that represent the best business opportunities for the aftermarket in five categories. The announcement was made at the SEMA Vehicle Reveal, Monday, Nov. 4, the evening before the first day of the four-day SEMA Show. Winners are: SEMA Car of the Year: Ford Mustang SEMA Truck of the Year: Chevrolet Silverado SEMA 4x4/SUV of the Year: Jeep Wrangler SEMA Sport Compact of the Year: Audi RS 3 SEMA Powersports Vehicle of the Year: Polaris RZR “The SEMA Show is where the newest and most innovative aftermarket products are seen first,” said Mike Spagnola, SEMA VP of OEM & Product Development. “SEMA Show exhibitors are the innovators and experts who drive the $45 billion industry. Knowing what they believe are the best vehicles for accessorization helps to forecast trends.” The SEMA Awards create awareness for aftermarket products and epitomize the ongoing collaboration SEMA has with automakers and aftermarket manufacturers to bring quality products to market. For additional information about the SEMA Award program, visit www.sema.org/semaaward. About SEMA and the SEMA Show The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289. Contacts Juan Torres 909-978-6722 email@example.com
Innovation and Investment Seen as Growth Drivers for Asia's Transition to Clean Energy - Asia Clean Energy Summit 2019
SINGAPORE, Nov 5, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Over 180 thought leaders shed light on current and future developments for minimising the impact and implications of climate change at the recently concluded Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES), hosted by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS). The sixth run of the annual industry conference saw greater participation and engagement among industry players, indicative of the increased awareness and prioritisation of the transition towards clean energy.Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore, highlighted some of the key developments in Singapore supporting Singapore's transition towards a sustainable future at ACES 2019.Chairman of SEAS White Paper Committee Dr Sanjay Kuttan (fourth from left) and EDB Assistant Managing Director Mr Damian Chan (third from right) launched a carbon white paper that identifies key opportunities for Singapore to accelerate its decarbonisation efforts across the energy value and supply chain.12 PowerACE finalists showcased their solutions at the Innovation Arena at ACES 2019. Covering key themes that range from Digital Applications, Decentralised and Off-Grid Systems, Clean Energy, New Frontier Technologies and E-Mobility, the annual competition serves as a platform for building a robust and sustainable energy ecosystem in Singapore.Experts from across the sustainable energy ecosystem ranging from energy technology firms and solar photovoltaic (PV) companies, investors, policy makers to international development finance institutions participated in the three-day summit, held from 30 October to 1 November 2019 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands. They shared insights on the technological, financial and policy innovations in the energy space and the potential of renewable energy sources - empowering attendees with the knowledge to seize opportunities for ramping up sustainable energy production in Singapore and beyond.Some of the technologies highlighted included digital applications, energy storage, decentralised and off-grid systems, clean energy transition, new frontier technologies, e-mobility, Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, which are seen to address constraints around scarce land and limited access to alternative clean energy options in Singapore and the region.Given Singapore's limited access to geothermal, wind and tidal power, solar power was highlighted as a way forward to meet the city-state's clean energy goals. As an early mover in the solar energy space, Singapore has taken several initiatives such as the SolarNova programme launched by the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Housing & Development Board (HDB) in 2014 to accelerate the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The recent heightened interest in Floating PV systems, given land constraints in Singapore and the capability of FPV to connect with hydropower plants, has served as an apt backdrop for the International Floating Solar Symposium (IFSS) at ACES 2019. A pioneer in the floating solar space, Singapore already serves as the home to the world's largest floating solar energy test-bed in Tengeh Reservoir."Our Energy Story is a whole-of-nation effort and it requires industries, individuals and the Government to work in partnership to promote energy efficiency and sustainable business practices," said Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore.Accelerating Climate Action in Singapore and the RegionAcross different sessions at ACES 2019, thought leaders weighed in on new opportunities for growth within the renewable energy landscape as Singapore accelerates its transition towards becoming a hub for sustainable energy systems.IFSS saw the launch of "Where Sun Meets Water: Floating Solar Handbook for Practitioners" by Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and the World Bank. The manual aims to build trust and share knowledge among key opinion leaders and government bodies. This will help practitioners fully capitalise on the potential of FPV systems amidst challenges such as regulatory considerations for hydro-connected plants and de-risking of investments into these systems.Complementing the push for decarbonisation, Dr. Sanjay C Kuttan, Chairman of SEAS White Paper Committee, and Damian Chan, Assistant Managing Director from the Economic Development Board launched a carbon white paper that identifies key opportunities for Singapore to accelerate its decarbonisation efforts across the energy value and supply chain. Anchored on insights arising from an industry decarbonisation survey involving 92 respondents across companies, the carbon white paper by SEAS addresses the sentiments and potential of decarbonisation strategies in the industry."The launch of the carbon white paper at ACES 2019 is timely, as we are witnessing a growing interest around reducing carbon footprint and creating innovative clean energy solutions. By identifying key opportunities for Singapore, we hope to accelerate decarbonisation efforts across the energy value and supply chain," said Kavita Gandhi, Executive Director, SEAS.Fostering Collaborations, Conversations and Innovations in Sustainable EnergyAt the ACES 2019, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with leading wind energy and sustainable energy associations in the SEA region. These included the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, Binh Thuan Wind Energy Association from Vietnam, Thailand Wind Energy Association and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The MOU aims to provide a basis for future regional collaborations aimed towards increasing the wind energy and renewable energy penetration in the region.The finals of the PowerACE Competition 2019 were hosted at the summit. This year saw TransferFi Pte Ltd., the world's first long-range efficient wireless power network, emerging as the grand winner among the 12 startups who displayed their solutions at the Innovation Arena at ACES 2019. TransferFi received an S$50,000 grant from Startup SG and an invitation to participate at Asia's international startup pitching competition SLINGSHOT 2019, which will be held from 11 to 13 November, during the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH). "PowerAce has served as an avenue for us to showcase breakthroughs and applications for wireless power transfer, a space which is still very new. Winning the competition pushes awareness in this area and also highlights the need for a more sustainable power distribution model. Following TransferFi's accelerated growth, we are committed towards driving further education on wireless power transfer technology, and we hope to continue ensuring that the market understands this new area," said Aashish Mehta, CEO and Co-Founder of TransferFi.Other PowerACE winners include Okra Solar (ADB Ventures Award recipient), which provides plug-and-play hardware and software solutions connecting solar panels and batteries into microgrids; Qi Square Pte Ltd (Ecolabs Special Award recipient), a digital simulation, modelling, and machine-learning solution for improved energy management; and BeeBryte (Enterprise SG Award recipient), a software-as-a-service solution for minimising utility bills with automatic control of heating-cooling equipment (e.g. HVAC), pumps, EV charging points and/or batteries. "Let me conclude by saying that the Asia Clean Energy Summit is an important platform for companies and policymakers to discuss critical issues and opportunities in harnessing clean energy for the future. I would like to encourage all of you to continue this effort and co-create innovative clean energy solutions, so that together, we can realise our Energy Story for Singapore and our vision to be a clean energy hub for Asia," said Dr Koh.About Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES 2019)ACES 2019 is co-organised with the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) and SERIS. ERI@N is a leading research institute which aims to spearhead human capital expertise in sustainable building technologies, renewable energy, energy storage, multi-energy systems, electro-mobility and maritime clean energy. SERIS, located at the National University of Singapore, is the republic's national institute for applied solar energy research. For more information on the Summit, visit https://www.asiacleanenergysummit.com.About Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)The Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) represents the interests and provides a common platform for companies in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, e-mobility, smart grids and Financial Institutions to meet, discuss, collaborate and undertake viable projects together. The Association is a non-profit, non-government business association, and its mission is to assist its members in achieving sustainable growth locally and regionally through business and market development. SEAS plays a strategic role in supporting and promoting Singapore's vision to be a global centre for sustainable energy, where products and solutions are developed and exported. For more information about what the association does and its services, please visit www.seas.org.sg.ContactPRecious Communications for ACES 2019Charlene Pe/Lia Roslan/Terence Ong firstname.lastname@example.org +65 6303 0567 Copyright 2019 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com