QNAP Delivers Smooth and Secure User Experience for Remote Virtual Machines with Teradici PCoIP(R) Technology
Mouser and Grant Imahara Showcase Contract Manufacturing in “Engineering Big Ideas” Video Finale
QNAP Integrates Wasabi Cloud Object Storage for High Cost Efficiency and Exceptional Performance
RoboSense Announces World’s First Public Road Test of Vehicle Equipped with Smart LiDAR Sensor at CES 2020
AddOn Networks named in Top 10 Tech Solution Providers for DataCenters
Microsoft held Media Briefing to introduce its IoT Strategy and Prime Cases
Replica Studios Leverages $2.5 Million Seed Round to Grow Private Beta and Expand Voice-Enabled AI Technology Solutions
DENT Launches To Simplify Enterprise Edge Networking Software
Toray Opens R&D Innovation Center for the Future
Lattice Technology Announces XVL Content Manager for Enabling Fast and Easy Access to Gigabyte-size 3D Models
New Industrial Internet Consortium and oneM2M Joint Whitepaper Enables Digital Transformation
A new joint whitepaper released by The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™) and oneM2M, reveals how developers seeking to reduce complexity when designing Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems, can leverage different architectural approaches side-by-side to enable faster-time-to-market of new Industrial services and use cases. The joint whitepaper, “Advancing the Industrial Internet of Things,” written by the IIC, the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the IIoT, and oneM2M, the global IoT standards body, demonstrates how these two leading IoT organizations are working together to advance the IIoT and digital transformation, through the creation of a robust, interoperable, flexible and efficient IIoT ecosystem. Through their work, the IIC and oneM2M aim to help vertical markets achieve interoperability and reusability, by minimizing complexity and the cost of designing, developing and deploying IoT and IIoT systems to shorten time-to-market and value-creation cycles. With a focus on practical deployment tools, the white paper describes how the IIC’s and oneM2M’s architectural approaches can be aligned to provide a toolkit of best practices and technical standards for organizations involved in the design and deployment of IIoT systems. “Through its liaison program, the IIC is building out the Industrial IoT ecosystem to accelerate adoption and enable the digital transformation,” said Wael William Diab, Chair of the IIC Liaison Working Group and Secretary of the IIC Steering Committee. “The joint whitepaper with oneM2M exemplifies this collaboration.” The Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) provides a high-level architectural framework and methodology that enables rapid realization of interoperable IIoT systems. It provides guidance for development by identifying and highlighting important architectural concerns, concepts and patterns that can be applied within and across industrial sectors. oneM2M’s common service layer is designed to enable Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and IoT applications across different vertical domains, via a horizontal platform architecture. Its three-layer architecture standardizes the interfaces between these layers, providing a secure means for connecting data ‘producers’ and data ‘consumers’. “The IIC Industrial Internet Reference Architecture and the oneM2M technical specification both seek to address key architectural and technical issues common across industries, each with a different approach and emphasis,” said Shi-Wan Lin, Co-chair, IIC Technology Working Group and Architecture Task Group and a co-editor of the whitepaper. “This joint whitepaper by technical experts from these two communities provides an initial mapping and alignment of these two complementary reference architectures and offers guidance on how to benefit from them when implementing IIoT systems.” “This liaison initiative highlights the strategic importance of architecture models and the need for a standardization roadmap for industrial IoT solutions. It provides a foundation for future collaboration on security and semantic interoperability topics,” said Ken Figueredo of InterDigital Inc, a member of the oneM2M Partnership Project, and co-editor of the report. “oneM2M and the IIC are also expecting more standardization requirements to arise from new industrial use-cases across the manufacturing, transportation, energy, agriculture, healthcare and public infrastructure sectors.”
Toray to supply RO and UF membranes to Brazil’s largest SWRO plant
Toray’s ROMEMBRA™ RO and TORAYFIL™ UF membrane technologies (toraywater.com) have been selected for a new seawater desalination facility in Brazil, which is set to become the largest in the country. ArcelorMittal (arcelormitall.com), currently the largest producer of steel in the world, contracted Fluence Corporation (fluencecorp.com) for the design, engineering, and construction contract through an international tender process, and TMUS (Toray Membrane USA, Inc.) had received an order for membranes. Expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2020, the plant will have an initial capacity to treat 12,000 cubic meters per day, expandable to 24,000 and 36,000 cubic meters per day, and with an estimated value of US$10 million dollars. TORAYFIL™ pressurized PVDF hollow-fiber UF membrane modules will pretreat the seawater before feeding the ROMEMBRA™ seawater desalination membrane elements for removal of salts. The desalinated seawater will also pass through ROMEMBRA™ RO membrane elements for additional polishing before it is stored for distribution. The combination of UF and RO membranes ensure constant production of high-quality water. The customer evaluated that Toray's membranes have operational stability and high quality. According to ArcelorMittal, the desalination plant will be the first in Brazil to operate exclusively with seawater, placing the facility at the forefront of sustainable water management for the company. Furthermore, the energy required for the desalination process will be produced by a thermoelectric power station located within the power, further contributing to the sustainability factor. Overall, Toray’s water-purification membranes are used in approx. 100 countries, delivering more than 70 million cubic meters on a cumulative basis – the equivalent of the daily freshwater needs of 490 million people. Toray will continuously provide solutions to the world’s water resource-related issues.
QNAP Supports Archiware P5 and Pure to Offer Feature-rich Cloud,Tape, and Free VMware VM Backup
QNAP® Systems, Inc. and Archiware®, an expert in data management software, have jointly announced that QNAP NAS operating system QTS 4.4.1 now supports the latest Archiware P5 and Pure software. This continuous integration will assist media and entertainment (M&E) and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to secure their digital assets and VMware® virtual machines (VMs) intelligently and easily. The latest QTS 4.4.1 enhances QNAP NAS usability by incorporating highly-anticipated services, including cloud storage gateways for easy hybrid cloud storage applications, source-based deduplication for optimizing backup and recovery efficiency, a Fibre Channel SAN solution, and much more. Archiware’s P5 software suite offers platform agnostic data management for backup, archiving, and cloning. The browser-based software is now optimized to run on QTS 4.4.1, and comprises four distinctive modules for securing and restoring data: P5 Synchronize, P5 Backup, P5 Backup2Go, and P5 Archive. For long-term and offsite data protection, P5 Backup and P5 Archive also support QNAP NAS data backup to LTO tape and public cloud as storage target options. The mini-MAM features of P5 Archive make finding and re-using assets extremely easy. Virtualization is an essential component to modern IT infrastructures. Integrated with Archiware Pure 2.0, QNAP NAS can provide a perfect backup solution for ensuring VMware virtual machines are maintained and have a safe backup. Archiware Pure is free software with optional paid technical support, which can help SMB customers secure VMware environment for free and simplify backup and restore of virtual machines. “The data management solution that integrates Archiware P5, Archiware Pure, and QNAP extend customer’s data management capabilities while providing them secure data protection and long-term storage previously only available to enterprises,” said Josef Doods, CEO of Archiware. “Long-term preservation of media assets on LTO tape offers the most professional and durable solution at the lowest price point per terabyte (TB). Archiware and QNAP are now making this accessible for more customers to make preserving, tagging and finding assets for re-use, reference and monetization as easy as creating media.” “We are very excited to team up with Archiware to bring enterprise-grade backup and disaster recovery capabilities to organizations of all sizes,” said Meiji Chang, General Manager of QNAP. “As file sizes become larger and video resolution continues to improve, and companies are placing important production and operations data into VMs, our partnership with Archiware eliminates the challenges of backup and recovery of media files and VMware VMs.”
Apstra Simplifies and Accelerates Device Operating System Upgrades in Multi-Vendor Network Environment
Apstra® Inc., the leader in Intent-Based Networking for the data center announces a key capability of their flagship product, Apstra AOS, targeted at Network Operating System (NOS) Upgrades. Apstra automates and validates Network Operating System upgrades across an entire IP fabric with a few simple clicks in the UI - regardless of vendor. This feature set ensures compliance and reduction in maintenance time from weeks or months to hours or days. According to Gartner, in an April 2019 Strategic Roadmap for Networking Report, “Approximately 70 percent of data center networking tasks are performed manually, which increases time, cost and likelihood of errors, and reduces flexibility.” The report goes on to state, “By 2023, to enhance agility and reduce downtime, more than 60 percent of data center networking operational activities will be automated, up from 30 percent today. Network leaders should focus on solutions that simplify the deployment and operation of the network, using capabilities such as zero-touch configuration, orchestration with APIs, business-policy-based configurations, IBN solutions, automation and virtualization.” When upgrading the NOS for any network devices including routers and switches, this almost always involves interruptions to the network, which usually means network engineers are always doing this work in the middle of the night. For many network engineers, the process is still a manual process. With the increased complexity of NOS software, upgrades can still be the most difficult activity a network engineer has to endure. There are many reasons for a network engineer to upgrade a NOS on the network. The first reason is to load a new NOS version that fixes bugs, security vulnerabilities or other issues in the NOS. The second is to enable new features. Too frequently, loading a new NOS for features also introduces bugs, necessitating another upgrade. Or worse leads to downtime and outages or network instability affecting business critical services. Apstra AOS provides pain relief for Network Operating System headaches. Apstra pre-qualifies selected vendor NOS versions for supported network device vendors such as Cisco, Cumulus and Arista against Apstra’s Reference Design for data center networks. Apstra uses a sophisticated, extensive automated testing platform that verifies the quality of the Apstra AOS software at scale which models the different services and payloads. Apstra runs fifteen million unit tests per day, covering 600+ topologies, 100+ physical devices with a variety of hardware vendors, models, and chipsets (Arista, Cisco, Juniper, Dell, Edgecore, Mellanox, Quanta, Celestica, etc) as well as virtual appliances (vEOS, NXOSv, Cumulus, OPX, Ubuntu/CentOS). Any device in the data center can be connected to any other device (physical or virtual) through the use of a reservation system and an automated programmable L1/2 patch panel, which allows Apstra to replicate and test any customer topology in its own infrastructure prior to deployment. Prior to using AOS, a major financial services company had a single engineer working on OS upgrades, taking upwards of eight months to upgrade 174 switches. The same tasks could have been completed with AOS Maintenance Mode and Device OS Upgrade in approximately 87 hours. With Apstra AOS certifying best-practices reference designs that work with recommended vendor Network Operating Systems versions, the finger-pointing can be avoided. Network Engineers can avoid headaches, their lives can be improved and the efficiency of their businesses can be improved, allowing them to add capabilities for the users they support. Apstra Founder and CEO Mansour Karam will be presenting at Gartner Infrastructure Operations and Cloud Strategies on How to Eliminate Data Center Network Operational Legacy Forever. Come learn how this can be done (requires consuming reliable network services through a software layer). Come visit Apstra at Gartner IOCS in Booth # 367 from Monday, December 9 through 11.
Mouser Electronics Adds New ECAD Functionalities to Website
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, is pleased to announce new features to the ECAD resources on its millions of product detail pages on its website, Mouser.com. Together with SamacSys, a global leader in electronic component library solutions, Mouser provides customers with an array of design resources including PCB footprints, schematic symbols, and 3D models for more than 1.1 million components. These design resources, available at no charge to Mouser customers, work seamlessly with top engineering CAD systems, including Cadence and Altium. The ECAD models are now displayed as a parameter in Mouser’s search page so that engineers can see at a glance if the parts in their searches include an ECAD model availability. Additionally, engineers can click the model icon to open a preview of the ECAD model, allowing them to review the package and symbol prior to purchasing the part and downloading the model. SamacSys supports all of Mouser's new product introductions, offering engineers access to a current, high-quality library of PCB footprints, schematic symbols, and 3D models for the newest available components. Finding PCB footprints, schematic symbols and 3D models and incorporating them can be a tedious process. Together Mouser and SamacSys ease the design phase by offering accessible, high-quality PCB library content, for every component and every engineer. The goal is to speed time to market with seamless integration into engineers’ existing PCB design tools. A global leader in component library solutions, SamacSys has over 100,000 users in more than 180 countries; its customers range from individual makers to professional engineers to international brands. Mouser’s partnership with SamacSys complements the technical support, services and tools, and resources that Mouser provides for more than 630,000 customers worldwide. With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.
Bulk Infrastructure opens new Data Center Campus in Denmark
Bulk Infrastructure, opens its third data center campus, DK01 Campus, this time in Esbjerg, on the west coast of Denmark. Bulk owns an area of 50 000 sqm. that can initially scale to 20MW. Additional land and power are available for further expansion. It took Bulk about six months to build an operational Data Center in Esbjerg, on the west coast of Denmark. Anchor customers have already installed equipment and the site is in the last test mode. DK01 campus now provides a unique opportunity to connect directly into high capacity subsea and terrestrial networks combined with flexible colocation and data center build solutions. SPEED-BUILDER: CEO, Jon Gravråk, in Bulk Infrastructure AS. - Our data center Campus, DK01, in Esbjerg is the perfect place for us to enable a neutral traffic exchange point in Denmark. We have good relations in the Danish market as well as the international market who need a central location within the EU, says Jon Gravråk, CEO at Bulk Infrastructure AS Bulk Infrastructure AS are builders and operators, and the company's goal is to deliver the most effective customer solutions faster than anyone else, either in their existing data center sites or in special-purpose new builds. - Offering the shortest time to market requires an integrated approach that leverages both assets, experience and expertise. Building up a land bank since 2006 has provided us with access to strategic properties, and more importantly, deep insight into availability zones and hidden characteristics of land parcels such as power availability, neighbor plans and zoning processes, says Gravråk. The company believes that the Esbjerg location will play a key role in providing ongoing connectivity to the data centers deployments within Denmark and the Nordics more broadly and that Esbjerg´s strategic position on the west coast of Denmark is ideal as the gateway for Northern Europe and the Nordics. Esbjerg has several subsea fiber systems terminating within or nearby. These include Havfrue (US, Ireland, Norway, Denmark), Havhingsten (Ireland, Denmark), Cobra (The Netherlands, Denmark), Skagerrak 4 (Norway Denmark), DANICE (Iceland, Denmark). Combined with excellent terrestrial connectivity, this makes DK01Campus the main international entry point to the Nordics and enables Bulk DK01 Campus to be the natural internet exchange point. - With multiple cable landings planned or already in place, and the landing of our new HAVFRUE trans-Atlantic cable system, this will bring both convergence of networks and associated capacity to Esbjerg, together with creating a natural gateway into Bulk´s vast Nordic sustainable and cost-efficient digital infrastructure, says Gravråk. Bulk has data centers in Norway, and this is the first time the company establishes Data Center Campuses outside Norway. Mayor of Esbjerg, Jesper Frost Rasmussen is happy to welcome Bulk to Denmark. - Our goal is to become a digital hub and the arrival of the HAVFRUE cable makes it possible. Bulk Infrastructure has chosen a location in one of Esbjerg's industrial areas, Kjersing; the entire area is very suitable for data centers. The collaboration with Bulk Infrastructure has been intense and very constructive, and we are well equipped to service this type of company, says Mayor Frost Rasmussen Karsten Rieder from Business Esbjerg is thrilled that Bulk enters the Danish Market and has chosen Esbjerg as a location. - Our strategy of attracting this type of datacenter has been successful. This may well be the beginning of a new cluster, which will make Esbjerg Northern Europe's most important digital hub. There is no doubt that when a market leader such as Bulk chooses Esbjerg, it will lead to even more inquiries from companies that invest in digital infrastructure, says Rieder.
TCG and IETF further cement interoperability in attestation with long-term partnership
Beaverton, OR, USA, December 2, 2019 – Pioneering work to guarantee more accountability and ownership in the Internet of Things (IoT) era is underway, as Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) work to standardize the format for structuring attestation in connected devices. Through their ongoing work on the definition and architecture of how attestation works, TCG and the IETF are enabling higher levels of security within the operating systems of mobile devices and tablets. Working together, the two global standards organizations are defining a structure for the assurances that are input into application codes and setting specific rules so that they can be interpreted and ran interchangeably and interoperably – regardless of the type of operating system. This is to address challenges within the current infrastructure which was built with a premium on openness and interoperability. While this has paid huge dividends in terms of creativity and innovation, the same openness is problematic for security with evidence showing that the access control model of some operating systems is inadequate against many types of attacks – particularly in the hands of inexpert users. With the new standards being developed by TCG and IETF, device manufacturers can build up from a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and chain attestation all the way from the hardware root of trust to an application – completely changing the model as to how security works. “Endpoint security is at a point of evolution. Control assessment capabilities coupled with the assertions on the state of installed software provide a way to shift security control management and posture assessment to the solution source,” said Kathleen Moriarty, Chair of the IETF’s Remote ATtestation procedureS (RATS) Work Group. “With customer resource constraints, vendors are working together on solutions across standards bodies to provide a root of trust and methods to securely update firmware and software in order to deliver intrinsic control assessment capabilities and chained attestations on software modules.” In a tightly managed operating system, the applications that are available to download entail specific attestation that has been approved by the device manufacturer. The device then checks the digital signature and makes sure everything is correct before it installs the code – increasing the levels of assurance and ownership and giving consumers the trust in terms of who the application is from and the code validation that has been carried out on it. When an operating system has ties to the application and is not tightly managed, catastrophic consequences can occur as the applications have the ability to get down to the main operating system level where it is open to exploitation and numerous security problems. In order to ensure the highest levels of security, whether the device contains a tightly managed operating system or not, device manufacturers need to consider the attestation in their connected devices. With the introduction of one set of standards, the industry is able to guarantee higher levels of assurance and ownership and ensure that there is more accountability when a problem occurs – putting onus on the owner who signed the application code. Since the application is responsible to sign the code, the manufacturer is providing an assurance that they believe that the code is secure, if a vulnerability is then found, they are ultimately responsible for removing the issue and updating or patching the application. “Following years of developing standards separately, we realized that there was an overlap with attestation and in reality TCG and IETF were working together due to cross membership, with a number of individuals in TCG actively working in the IETF as well,” said Joerg Borchert, President and Chairman of TCG. “Since then, TCG and the IETF have built upon key endpoint standards and streamlined the work, driving forward its success and increasing momentum for full-scale adoption.” Vendors worldwide, both members of TCG and participants in the IETF, have been collaborating on the development of attestation standards and technologies to ensure the capability with a variety of use cases. “There will always be new claims to define and new use cases that emerge,” concluded Moriarty. “By setting the formats and protocols now, interlocking the efforts between TCG and the IETF, we aim to make it intrinsic and flexible to meet any use case, allowing for the creation of very specific extensions and thus possible for wider adoption to be achievable.” Moriarty recently highlighted the developments of the partnership between TCG and the IETF at the TCG October Annual Members Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In her keynote presentation entitled ‘RATS! Navigating the Maze of Assessment Standards,’ Moriarty emphasized the relationship between standards in development including the interlocking efforts underway between TCG and the IETF.
Mouser Electronics New Product Insider: November 2019
December 2, 2019 - As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics, Inc. is focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Over 800 semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers count on Mouser to help them introduce their products into the global marketplace. Mouser’s customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each manufacturer. Last month, Mouser launched more than 434 new products ready for same-day shipment. Some of the products introduced by Mouser last month include: • Microchip Technology DM320118 CryptoAuth Trust Platform Kit Microchip DM320118 CryptoAuth Trust Platform Kit is a CryptoAuthentication™ evaluation kit used for exploring and developing solutions for the IoT space with a pre-provisioned ATECC608A Trust&GO, pre-configured TrustFLEX, and fully customizable TrustCUSTOM products. • Texas Instruments AWR1843 mmWave Automotive Radar Sensor The TI AWR1843 is an integrated single-chip frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar sensor designed for mmWave applications in low-power, self-monitored, ultra-accurate automotive radar systems. • Molex Micro-Lock Plus Vertical Connectors Molex Micro-Lock Plus vertical connectors are 1.25-mm pitch vertical headers with a positive lock feature and an optional potting capability. These vertical headers are ideal for use in a variety of industrial and consumer applications. • Osram Opto Semiconductors Oslon® P1616 Infrared Emitters Osram Opto Semiconductors Oslon P1616 devices are double-stack infrared (IR) emitters for applications such as CCTV surveillance, eye tracking, gesture recognition, and security. With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.
Compatible network accessories for business customers: AddOnNetworks and KOMSA enter into sales partnership
Cirencester, UK, 28 November 2019 – AddOn Networks, the largest global supplier of compatible transceivers and optical connectivity solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Saxon ITK distributor and service provider, KOMSA. The partnership will see KOMSA expand its network range with complementary connectivity products from AddOn Networks. KOMSA’s trading partners and their business customers will also benefit from extended warranty periods and German-language support from KOMSA's Technical Assistance Centre. "With KOMSA, we have opted for a partner who is closely linked to the resellers and can assess which products and services trade partners need. Together we want to broaden our offer for system houses and business resellers in the DACH region," said Sam Walker, VP Sales for EMEA at AddOn Networks. "AddOn offers KOMSA trade partners a wide range of solutions with very good quality at competitive prices and with short delivery times." With this new partnership, KOMSA is able to offer its trade partners the entire AddOn range with individually extended warranty periods. Technical service and customer support in the event of a fault is also provided by the Technical Assistance Centre, enabling customers and partners to have very complex problems and malfunctions explained and rectified in their native language. In addition, KOMSA makes it possible to exchange defective devices quickly and offers training courses on the products at the KOMSA Academy on request. "We are very pleased about the new partnership with AddOn," explains Steffen Ebner, B2B Sales Director of the KOMSA Group. "The products offer our specialist trade and system house partners a great advantage in marketing to business customers as the AddOn products are 100 percent compatible with more than 150 manufacturers including Cisco, HP, Juniper, Alcatel and Brocade. AddOn works very closely with companies and understands the current realities of their IT infrastructures where products from different manufacturers are often installed through step-by-step renewals."
TCG Japan Regional Forum Open Workshop to build security resilience in an increasingly connected world
Chiyoda City, Tokyo, 27 November 2019: As all sectors of society enter the Internet of Things (IoT) era, Trusted Computing Group (TCG) has announced the return of its annual TCG Japan Regional Forum (JRF) Open Workshop to address new and emerging security threats and challenges in the digital world. Celebrating its eleventh anniversary, the workshop – ‘Beyond Security by Design required in the IoT Era’ – will take place at Akihabara UDX Gallery NEXT in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Over the course of the afternoon, it will highlight the critical progress TCG has made in improving secure computing across the world, with individuals and businesses alike needing to change the way they protect their data and assets. During the Open Workshop guest speakers – including Cisco Systems, Panasonic, JPCERT/CC and a Professor at Osaka University’s Information Security Headquarters – will take security by design to the next level, addressing issues related to the entire product lifecycle, including safe disposal. New security measures that have been introduced in view of the diversification of product lifecycles amid the IoT era will also be discussed. The event is being held as the rise of the IoT era creates a complex environment where security is becoming a top concern for many individuals and organizations. The host of prestigious speakers will provide insight on the latest security threats, advise on how organizations should be responding to the and share the benefits of standardization activities promoted by Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Taking place from 13:00, the event will also include a panel session featuring all speakers. This will be followed by a reception to network with speakers and TCG members. TCG member companies’ products, technologies, and services will be showcased at a TCG technology demonstration, which will be available during the reception. Registration is now available online for both TCG members and non-members until Thursday, December 12.
NEXCON the only international online conference on Smart Manufacturing welcomes top speakers from around the globe
Stuttgart (Germany), November 27, 2019 – NEXCON, the international online conference on Smart Manufacturing, will be held on March 5, 2020 in its third edition. For the first time, speakers from North and South America are among the speakers. The event is the prelude to numerous other highlights on the platform sharing the name NEXCON. Participants can expect success stories on the digitization of value chain worldwide as well as the latest technology trends in the area of Industry 4.0 at the online conference NEXCON. Independently of location, NEXCON visitors can take a virtual peak at 13 expert lectures and visit an exhibition hall online. In addition, the networking lounge offers the opportunity to network internationally via chat. The conference will be hosted by the Germany-based consulting firm STAUFEN.DIGITAL NEONEX. So far NEXCON has focused on digitization activities in Germany and China. In March, the inclusion of North and South America should further promote the global exchange of knowledge. Carlos Santiago, vice president of operations at Mercedes-Benz Trucks Brazil, will report on the company’s way of transforming to a digital factory, and BASF vice president of digitalization production and technology, Uwe Hinsen, will provide insights into the digital transformation of the chemical company. The diverse speaker repertoire of NEXCON includes speakers from Germany, China, Mexico and the US from companies such as Microsoft, Schaeffler and Mabe. In addition to top-class speakers, companies can present themselves live in the exhibitor area. For NEXCON, a purely virtual exhibition environment is simulated, in which companies from the Industry 4.0 sector present their products and services. The meetings between the visitors and the exhibiting companies take place in an exhibition hall purely virtual - but not less personally. It is possible to chat with other participants and speakers, ask questions and get to know new business contacts. NEXCON is aimed at managers from the manufacturing industry as well as solution providers from the Industry 4.0 area. The organizers are certain that global networking of the community can best be achieved via the internet. Thomas Rohrbach, Managing Director of STAUFEN.DIGITAL NEONEX, on the vision behind NEXCON: "Our goal is to reduce financial and location barriers and provide easy access to knowledge, global collaboration and smart manufacturing exchange. NEXCON is a platform for knowledge democratization and, moreover, ecologically responsible. " The online event on March 5 will be the prelude to further conferences and highlights on the NEXCON platform. All premium tickets allow access not just to the contents of the lead event for a month, but also the participation in three other regional conferences as well as various seminars and coaching sessions throughout the year. NEXCON's partners include the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, the Shanghai-based Jiao Tong University and the IoT-One innovation consultancy, the Mexican industry association Alianza 4.0, as well as STAUFEN AG and its subsidiaries in Brazil and China.
HUBER+SUHNER to launch unique 5G-ready indoor antenna at Microwave Workshops & Exhibition
Discover the SENCITY® Occhio MIMO 4x4 antenna – featuring a sleek futuristic design and smart mounting features, the antenna provides perfect RF performance With 5G on the horizon, operators will require access to more bandwidth than ever before. Reliable, fast coverage, extended capacity and simplistic installation processes are vital factors and top priorities for operators as they look for the best technology on the market to support their journeys to 5G. Along that journey, always-on mobile communications, especially within indoor environments has become critical. In Pacifico Yokohama, HUBER+SUHNER will unveil the key to indoor small cell connectivity, SENCITY Occhio, the latest addition to its antenna portfolio. Among its attributes, the SENCITY Occhio MIMO DAS (Distributed Antenna System) or small cell antenna, offers the operator 5G coverage, a simple, time-saving installation process and an attractive industry preferred design with a small form factor. “The SENCITY Occhio MIMO antenna is a unique combination of stylish design and innovative engineering which appeals to both interior designers and architects,” said Claudia Bartholdi, Product Manager in the Radio Frequency Division at HUBER+SUHNER. “The new antenna has received the 'Red Dot Award for Product Design 2019' in the category communication technology. The design, developed by Christian Keller (erfindergeist GmbH), convinced the international jury with its unique brand identity.” “What once was a trade-off between electrical performance and design, SENCITY Occhio mitigates these concerns and is robust, reliable and enables a simplified densification of the network in an unobtrusive, attractive design. The antenna’s innovative smart-connect system guarantees a quick and efficient installation process.” Thanks to its multiband capability between 1.7-6 GHz and 2x2/4x4 MIMO configurations, the SENCITY Occhio antenna fulfils the multiple requirements of the 5G standard and equally meets current 4G applications. As standard, the antenna utilises the latest NEX10® connector interface, with outstanding PIM (Passive Intermodulation) performance. Cable assemblies to connect the SENCITY Occhio to any other interface are also available upon customer request.
Nemesysco Empowers Emotion Detection Service for Leading Call Center in Japan
Kadima, Israel (November 26, 2019) – Nemesysco, a leading provider voice analytics technologies and solutions for genuine emotion detection, today announced that CENTRIC, a prominent provider of outsourced call center services in Japan, is using the company’s core QA7™ and Layered Voice Analysis (LVA™) technologies in its award winning Deep SEA service. CENTRIC is headquartered in Tokyo and maintains three call centers across Japan. As part of the company’s strategic expansion plans, CENTRIC has recently opened a new call center in Wakayama in the south of the country and tripled its overall staff of call center agents during the past six months. CENTRIC’s growing customer base includes one of the largest home appliance and electronics retailers in Japan, numerous e-commerce companies and other consumer-oriented businesses. CENTRIC is leveraging Nemesysco’s QA7 technology to enable its Deep SEA emotion detection and analysis service. The QA7 technology provides users of the Deep SEA service with real-time indications of the current emotional state of callers. Deep SEA is an add-on service that CENTRIC offers its customers as part of its outsourced call center package. The Deep SEA service is applied in live operations to optimize outbound marketing and sales campaigns as well as identify upsell opportunities during inbound calls. Based on the emotional responses measured by the QA7 technology, call center agents receive real-time recommendations, including tailored scripts on how to approach each caller. The QA7 technology is designed to reveal the genuine emotional state of a person. It detects and measures uncontrolled psychophysiological changes to a person’s voice during conversations. The technology is indifferent to language or the content of speech and works by analyzing over 150 tiny bio-markers that correlate with many key human emotions. Examples of emotions that can be detected and measured by the QA7 technology include excitement, stress, uncertainty, anger, happiness, hesitation, embarrassment and more. “We consider Nemesysco’s voice analytics technologies and our Deep SEA service to be our main competitive differentiators that enable our call center service to stand out in an increasingly crowded market,” explained Ryo Yamada, CEO of CENTRIC. “We have confidence in Nemesysco and its technologies and are currently formulating plans to expand Deep SEA, including offering the service to companies that manage their own call centers.” In addition, CENTRIC uses Nemesysco’s LVA technology to improve its human resources activities. The LVA technology helps CENTRIC evaluate applicants for open positions and candidates for promotions. With this technology, CENTRIC also monitors the wellbeing of agents and tracks changes over time in order to identify agents that are stressed and at risk of churning. Both QA7 and LVA are built to reveal and measure the emotions of a person during voice-based communications. While QA7 focuses on softer emotions, LVA is designed to detect signs of risk. At the recent 2019 Contact Center Award ceremony in Tokyo, CENTRIC won the Judge’s Choice Award for its Deep SEA emotion detection and analysis service. The Contact Center Awards are an annual award program organized by Call Center Japan magazine that recognizes outstanding contributions for improving the customer experience and management of contact and call center operations across Japan. “The call center industry in Japan is clearly the most advanced and demanding in the world and we are proud to be playing an important role in the success of CENTRIC’s operation,” said Amir Liberman, CEO of Nemesysco. “The unique deployment of our voice analytics technologies for CENTRIC in Japan can serve as an example to other providers of outsourced call centers considering emotion detection as a value added service for improving the customer journey and sales performance of their customers.”
Internet of Media Things to Take off with New Series of International Standards
Internet of Media Things (IoMT) has the potential to change our world through massive-scale data exchange. But synchronization and interoperability are vital for this to work. ISO/IEC 23093, the series of International Standards for the Internet of Media Things developed by ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), provides the requirements and common language to enable media devices, applications and services to work together, outlining an architecture and specifications for the effective flow of data between media things. The series provides a framework that can be used across technologies and national boundaries, enabling communication, storage, analysis, interpretation and retrieval of media big data emerging from large-scale IoMT devices. These standards therefore make it possible to realize large-scale interoperable IoMT applications. The first two standards in the series have just been published and specify application programming interfaces (APIs) and the tools for use when it comes to the exchange of data between applications. ISO/IEC 23093-2, Information technology – Internet of media things – Part 2: Discovery and communication API, specifies the APIs to discover media of things in the network, and communicate between them, along with APIs to facilitate transactions. ISO/IEC 23093-3, Information technology – Internet of media things – Part 3: Media data formats and APIs, contains the tools to describe the data exchanged between media things, such as media sensors and analysers for their APIs. A further two standards in the series, due to be published next year, will cover, respectively, architecture and reference software and conformance. Teruhiko Suzuki, Chair of the ISO and IEC technical committee that developed the series of standards, said there are many areas where this technology can reduce costs and improve quality of life for people. “In healthcare, for example, smart glasses that help the visually impaired to see better, or body sensors that help diabetics to better monitor their insulin levels, are just some of the many applications of this revolutionary technology,” he said. Other examples of where the development of this technology can help improve the world include intelligent firefighting with Internet Protocol (IP) surveillance cameras and various aspects of smart manufacturing. The ISO/IEC 23093 series of standards was developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, subcommittee SC 29, Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information, the secretariat of which is held by JISC, ISO’s member for Japan.
Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Explore Crowd Funding for Innovators in Newest “Engineering Big Ideas” Video
November 25, 2019 - Mouser Electronics Inc. and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara unveiled the third video in the Engineering Big Ideas series, part of their award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ program. In part three, Imahara meets with Josh Lifton, President of Crowd Supply, a successful crowd funding platform based in Portland, Ore. Crowd Supply partners with creators and entrepreneurs who utilize the service to tap pools of small contributions from the public to fund ideas. The company also provides mentorship from their staff of product development veterans, filling a role similar to a business incubator. “In the prototype stage, creators are often plagued by funding challenges and face design bottlenecks,” says Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “Platforms like Crowd Supply give designers access to a wealth of monetary and intellectual resources, opening avenues to innovation not previously accessible.” “By helping address major issues in funding and launching products in general, Crowd Supply helps level the playing field for creators by sharing these essential resources,” adds Imahara. Imahara’s and Lifton’s conversation takes a look at the processes and resources available to help innovators best determine whether it’s feasible to manufacture their ideas. Throughout their discussion, they examine the process of taking an idea from concept through to prototype, to eventually a product that someone will want to buy or invest in. The Engineering Big Ideas series is sponsored by Mouser’s valued suppliers Analog Devices, Intel®, Microchip Technology and Molex. The global electronic component distributor is teaming up with engineer Grant Imahara for the fifth consecutive year to present the Engineering Big Ideas series, which explores the process of turning an idea into a product and examines the path to commercialization — from discovery to design and eventually development. The Empowering Innovation Together program has been one of the most recognized and notable electronic component educational programs since 2015, highlighting a range of innovative developments from IoT and smart cities of the future to robotics technologies.
HUBER+SUHNER to debut innovative solutions for mission-critical communications at PMRExpo 2019
The company will display the latest products from its state-of-the-art special communication portfolio HUBER+SUHNER, a leading manufacturer of radio frequency, fiber optic and low frequency cabling, components and bespoke integrated solutions, will highlight its extensive expertise in public emergency services as it showcases its expanded special communications portfolio for the first time at PMRExpo 2019 in Cologne, Germany. The market-leading portfolio has established HUBER+SUHNER as the main antenna supplier in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It also supplies security networks across Europe following its acquisition of Kathrein Special Communications. “We have expanded our offering for security-relevant applications and strengthened our market position in the area of special communications and Public Mobile Radio (PMR),” said Andre Berninger, Vice President Sales Special Communication at HUBER+SUHNER. “Our special communications portfolio draws on the synergies between standard products within HUBER+SUHNER and our antenna portfolio to offer a comprehensive product range that is robust and reliable to address mission-critical applications.” At PMRExpo 2019, HUBER+SUHNER will present the first-of-its-kind Dual-Band Panel solution, which has the capability to revolutionise the remote antenna application landscape. Combining TETRA and LTE in one antenna, the Dual-Band Panel enables a cost-efficient revolution in PMR Network Planning and can create LTE networks from the same locations as existing TETRA networks. With its long frequency range, the Dual-Band Panel will perfectly fit with the requirements of the emergency services sector and can be used to bridge longer distances without compromising on the sensitivity of the antenna to ensure reliable communications every time. Solving real-world challenges in mission-critical applications, HUBER+SUHNER will also showcase its Direct GPS-over-Fiber solution, the world’s first “truly copperless” link that utilises the fiber optic cable to distribute both power and signal. This recently developed product supports rapid deployments by reducing the amount of hardware and enhancing operational effectiveness through the “copperless” link. Alongside the Dual-Band Panel and Direct GPS-over-Fiber, HUBER+SUHNER will reveal other innovative solutions from its special communications portfolio including the Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) Omni antenna, the low-loss Spuma RS FR cable and lightning and EMP protectors. “The PMRExpo is the perfect backdrop for us to launch our special communications portfolio,” added Berninger. “With our expanded connectivity offering we can provide the emergency services sector with proven and reliable products that address the ever-increasing demands of mission-critical communications. The new portfolio covers all possible radio frequency (RF) service applications’ needs from TETRA and GSM to LTE, 5G and WiFi in both SISO and MIMO configurations.” Attendees are also invited to watch Andre Berninger present some of the crucial market applications and product benefits of the special communications portfolio on November 26, 15:00, at Speakers' Corner, Stand C23. Attendees at PMRExpo can find HUBER+SUHNER at hall 10.2 stand B16, 26-28 November at Koelnmesse, Germany.
Mouser Electronics to Sponsor Formula E All-Electric Racing for 6th Year
November 21, 2019 - Mouser Electronics, Inc. is proud to once again sponsor the GEOX DRAGON racing team as they kick off the Formula E racing season with double-header races, Nov. 22 and 23, at the Diriyah E-Prix outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mouser is sponsoring the GEOX DRAGON Formula E team throughout the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship racing season, in collaboration with TTI, Inc. and valued suppliers Molex and AVX. This is the sixth-straight year that Mouser and Molex have sponsored Formula E racing. The team brings on two new drivers in the new season. Piloting the No. 6 car is former Formula One and World Endurance Car champion Brendon Hartley, while former Audi Abt Schaeffler test and reserve driver Nico Müller will helm the No. 7 car. “With the introduction of the Gen2 cars last season, Formula E really raised the bar on electric motorsports sustainability and performance,” said Todd McAtee, Vice President, Americas Business Development for Mouser Electronics. “We are very excited to team up with Molex and TTI, along with AVX, to sponsor GEOX DRAGON and to promote these innovative technologies.” “TTI proudly joins Mouser in supporting this exciting sport and its spotlight on sustainable automotive technologies of the future,” said Mike Morton, TTI Chief Operating Officer. “The new Formula E season promises to continue the evolution of this thrilling sport,” said Fred Bell, Vice President of Global Distribution for Molex. “Mouser and Molex have been proud supporters since the inception of Formula E, and we wish the GEOX DRAGON team a very safe and successful season.” “We at AVX are thrilled to partner with Mouser, Molex, and TTI to support this incredible racing technology,” said Eric Pratt, AVX’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. The Formula E series features cars that are powered solely by electricity and represent a vision for the future of the motor sports industry, serving as a framework for research and development around zero-emission motoring. The Gen2 cars offer a huge step forward in electric vehicle racing technology, with maximum power of 250 kW and speeds up to 280 km/h. Racing is all about speed and endurance, and racing sponsorships are an innovative way for Mouser to communicate its performance-driven business model and promote the newest technologies from its manufacturer partners. Fans can cast a vote for Hartley and Müller in FANBOOST, which allows fans to play an active role in influencing the outcome of the race. FANBOOST gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes are awarded a significant burst of power, which they can deploy in a 5-second window during the second half of the race. FANBOOST voting for the Diriyah E-Prix opened Nov. 18 and is available up to 15 minutes into the race.