CONTACT Elements achieves SAP certified integration with SAP S/4HANA
Samsung SmartThings and the Genie Company Deliver Enhanced Garage Safety and Convenience
Cutting-Edge Automation Plays Key Role in Mouser Electronics’ Distribution Success
Speedcast Launches Next Generation IoT Platform
TYAN Highlights HPC and AI Server Platforms Powered by 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors at SC20
QNAP Extends its Dominance Over the Cloud NAS Space by Releasing QuTScloud on the Azure Marketplace
TYAN Unleashes New Cloud and Storage Servers at SC20
Bentley Systems Commits $100 Million of Venture Funding to Accelerate Infrastructure Digital Twins
NTT DATA and Continual partner to deliver mobility experience solutions in Europe
BenQ DuoBoard All-in-One Meeting Collaboration Solution Debuts in North America
A successful duo at LIQUI MOLY for 30 years
They made LIQUI MOLY what it is today. Thirty years ago, Ernst Prost and Günter Hiermaier joined the German oil and additive specialist and led the company to unprecedented heights. “30 years at the same company – now, that’s really something,” says Managing Director Ernst Prost (63). “There was always something going on in our shop. And that’s why time just flew by.” Managing Director Günter Hiermaier (56) adds: “I am looking forward to many more successful years in our group of companies.” The two men already knew each other before their time at LIQUI MOLY. At that time, Hiermaier was an apprentice of Prost. In 1990, they joined LIQUI MOLY: Prost as Sales and Marketing Manager and Hiermaier as Retail Sales Manager Germany. At that time, the GDR was just experiencing the last hours of its existence before reunification. And LIQUI MOLY itself was a very small player in the industry. Prost and Hiermaier rolled up their sleeves and tackled the job. And not only that: Step by step, Prost bought the company from its owners of the time. Since then, the world has changed, just like LIQUI MOLY. The small player has become a global brand and sales of EUR 55 million have grown to EUR 569 million. LIQUI MOLY is now active in more than 150 countries and has developed new business fields, such as motorcycles, boats and industry, in addition to its regular automotive business. Today, the former wallflower can be seen in the Formula 1 and MotoGP. LIQUI MOLY is considered the best oil brand of all among the readers of many car magazines. In 2018, Prost sold LIQUI MOLY to the Würth Group in order to safeguard the future of the company even after his era, but remained on board as Managing Director. Hiermaier was also appointed Managing Director at the same time. 30 years with the company – Prost and Hiermaier were not the first to achieve this at LIQUI MOLY. As a company tradition, the staff turnover is very low. 20 years with the company is not uncommon and there have already been a few 25- and 30-year service anniversaries. The record is 49 years. “It’s really amazing how quickly time passes when you can work with so many great colleagues every day and can build something together,” says Günter Hiermaier. Ernst Prost also shows no sign of boredom or routine: “It’s still great fun.”
HUBER+SUHNER becomes newest member of the 450 MHz Alliance, further committing to mission-critical network development
HUBER+SUHNER, has reinforced its commitment to developing products dedicated to the mission-critical applications of the professional and secure communication market as it joins the 450 MHz Alliance. Offering significant advantages over existing solutions, dedicated LTE is the future of mission-critical broadband communication and, with its wide area coverage, 450 MHz technology is set to play a central part. As part of the Alliance, HUBER+SUHNER is dedicated to endorsing this crucial ecosystem and ensuring resilient and secure high-performance communication networks worldwide. “HUBER+SUHNER realised long ago the impact that poor connectivity can have on mission-critical communications. Since then, we have used our expert knowledge across the three markets of Communications, Industry and Transport to develop connectivity solutions specifically for critical communication in the defence, energy, industrial, transport, and wireless sectors,” said Oliver Schmidt, Managing Director DACH at HUBER+SUHNER. “We look forward to being part of the 450 MHz Alliance and contributing to the success of this crucial technology of the future.” Drawing on its expertise following the completion of its acquisition of Kathrein Special Communications in 2019, HUBER+SUHNER has become integral to the mission-critical industry. Providing a host of solutions and products – including antennas, wavelength division multiplexing products and systems, optical switches, and RF components such as GPS and Power-over-Fiber solutions – it has introduced 450 MHz technology into areas that were not previously possible. Such newly developed solutions in this field have made mission-critical broadband networks even more attractive to those operating in the industry, government, blue light and rail sectors. “In order to continue moving forward with 450 MHz technology, collaboration and knowledge is vital,” said Igor Virker, Managing Director at the 450 MHz Alliance. “We strongly believe in the potential of the 450 MHz spectrum and we are delighted to have HUBER+SUHNER join the Alliance, alongside our other members, to support us in our mission of global deployment to the highest standards in this market.” As 5G deployment becomes more prevalent, the 450 MHz spectrum will increasingly lend itself to advancing mission-critical communication networks – making commitment and collaboration into developing this technology now, essential for these vital networks of the future.
Cobalt Iron's Compass Enterprise SaaS Backup Solution Named 2020 Top AWS Provider by CIO Applications
Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced that its industry-leading Compass® enterprise SaaS backup platform has been named a Top Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solution Provider for 2020 by CIO Applications. The magazine's annual listing highlights 10 companies that are at the forefront of providing AWS cloud solutions that transform businesses. "Organizations across many industries — education, telecommunications, finance, and manufacturing, to name a few — now run their workloads in the AWS Cloud to improve operations and boost competitive advantage. At the same time, managing backup remains a daunting task for many, and administrators struggle to handle complex, backup-centric IT infrastructure," said Justin Gonsalves, senior editor for CIO Applications. "We are pleased to name Cobalt Iron's Compass as a Top AWS Solutions Provider because it fills a critical niche, providing robust enterprise backup and recovery features beyond those offered by AWS and helping organizations leverage dependable and risk-free cloud services." In its current issue, CIO Applications recognizes Compass as a software-defined solution that is revolutionizing enterprise data protection. Compass delivers more value with less effort and expense through operational automation and analytics-driven optimization. Reflecting Cobalt Iron's decades of industry experience in solving complex backup challenges for enterprises, Compass runs on standard hardware and offers an all-inclusive SaaS licensing program that allows clients to pay as they grow. "It's an honor to be named to CIO Applications' list of the 10 Top AWS Solutions Providers, which validates Compass' effectiveness for any type of on-premises, hybrid, or cloud backup deployment. Any enterprise running in the AWS Cloud or across multiple clouds can rest easy knowing that Compass is protecting its data," said Andy Hurt, chief marketing officer of Cobalt Iron. "Compass extends the industry's most powerful backup and recovery technologies to any cloud deployment, with options including cloud-to-cloud replication, on-premises-to-cloud replication, and cloud-to-on-premises replication. The platform handles all the heavy lifting associated with backup by monitoring, managing, and provisioning the complete enterprise backup landscape."
Yamaha UC Adds Barco to Growing List of Strategic Partners
Yamaha Unified Communications (UC) has added Barco to its Strategic Partner Program to bring high-quality conferencing to even the most demanding spaces through the finest combination of solutions and API flexibilities. As a strategic partner, customers can be assured that Yamaha's YVC-200 Portable USB & Bluetooth Speakerphone, YVC-330 USB & Bluetooth Speakerphone, and YVC-1000 Mic and Speaker System are tested and certified to combine effortlessly with Barco ClickShare Wireless Conference for a seamless Bring Your Own Meeting (BYOM) room experience. "The best digital collaboration tools are fluid and adaptable, bridging the gap between users so they can connect from anywhere and with any device. Yamaha UC's growing list of partnerships ensures collaboration across all the major communication platforms is simple and effective," said Michael Fitch, vice president of sales and marketing at Yamaha UC. "Barco's wireless conferencing solutions deliver a streamlined experience that brings teams together anywhere in the world. With this partnership, users can choose the solution they need, plug it in, and join the meeting with no fuss and audio that sounds as good as face to face." No matter which Yamaha YVC Series speakerphones users choose, they will be able to leverage Yamaha UC's innovative sound technologies that deliver full, clear audio for smooth and stress-free conversations. Barco's ClickShare Wireless Conference range of products work seamlessly with these conferencing solutions as well as the user's display and camera setup without the hassle of physically connecting devices using cables and adapters. Both Yamaha UC solutions and Barco ClickShare operate with all current UC platforms. "Our partnership with Yamaha brings customers unrivaled audio quality and unique simplicity in hybrid meetings," said Dave Fitzgerald, vice president, Global Alliances at Barco. "Our easy-to-use, agnostic, wireless conferencing solution was tested and confirmed to work seamlessly with the best-in-class audio solutions from Yamaha. Together, these solutions create an engaging meeting experience for in-room and remote participants that is just as natural as any face-to-face meeting." Yamaha UC and Barco ClickShare Conferencing offer device configurations to suit a customer's room size, group size, and collaboration needs. For small meeting rooms with up to four people, the YVC-200 and ClickShare CX-20 enable natural and reliable communication. Meeting rooms with four to 10 people will benefit from the YVC-330, which features Yamaha's innovative SoundCap technology to eliminate background noise, and ClickShare CX-30 with touch back, annotation, and blackboarding capabilities. In addition, two YVC-330s can be daisy-chained to cover up to 16 participants. Large meeting spaces where up to 40 people can gather will require the YVC-1000's separate microphone and speaker system along with ClickShare CX-50's superior AV quality driving multi-content sharing.
OWC Elevates Data Protection and Drive Performance with SoftRAID Lite for Windows
OWC®; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world's most respected providers of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC docking solutions and performance upgrade kits, announced the release of SoftRAID Lite and Lite XT for Windows. This is the first time SoftRAID is available for Windows users, who now have a cross-platform solution and can share RAID volumes between OSes. Available for purchase now; users who have previously purchased SoftRAID 5 Lite XT with their OWC solution will receive this Windows edition for free. SoftRAID is the powerful yet easy-to-use RAID software platform that maximizes drive capacity, offers faster performance, and protects against data loss. It's ideal for voluminous data roles including audio/video production and editing, photography, graphic design, database servers, financial applications, and more. Featuring an all new, streamlined interface, users work worry-free with disks checked and verified before use plus early warnings prevent unexpected disk failure. New licensing of SoftRAID now enables an unlicensed version of SoftRAID to still read/write RAID volumes, making it easier to move them between different computers and locations. Highlights - Flexible: create RAID 0, 1 volumes with SoftRAID Lite and Lite XT (Windows) - Verified: volume validation ensures sectors can be read, parity is correct, and volume failure is minimized - Certified: thoroughly scans drives before use to ensure they are safe for data storage - Vigilant: early warning prediction helps protect against unexpected drive failure - Built-in MacDrive technology, SoftRAID Lite and Lite XT let users exchange arrays between Windows and macOS computers - Thorough: full TRIM support improves internal and external SSD performance in all RAID levels - Risk-free: 30-day free trial of fully functional application - With SoftRAID Lite and Lite XT, Windows users can create super-fast RAID 0 sets or ultra-secure RAID 1 sets, certify new disks before use, receive warnings when a disk is about to fail, and restore data quickly with fast rebuilding. Unchain Hardware RAID Limitations SoftRAID unshackles users from expensive hardware RAID technology that's not upgradeable or expandable. With SoftRAID, users can spread volumes over two or more drive enclosures for mind-boggling performance over a single hardware RAID device. Additionally, SoftRAID utilizes a computer's advanced processing power versus the slow processors found in most hardware RAID enclosures. The result is a fast and flexible RAID array that doesn't impact a computer's system or applications. Perhaps the biggest advantage of SoftRAID over a hardware RAID is that users are not locked into specific hardware in order to access data. With SoftRAID, users replace a bad enclosure or upgrade, and the drives can be moved to that enclosure where data can be accessed without skipping a beat. In contrast, if a hardware RAID system fails and it's out of production or no longer supported, all the data could be lost. The Security of Advanced Monitoring Getting work done quickly while keeping data safe is paramount. When it comes to protection, SoftRAID was designed to keep work worry-free. SoftRAID checks and verifies new disks for errors before use, warns users when a disk is about to fail, and even keeps users working if a drive is lost. These advanced monitoring tools work in the background to ensure users are constantly protected from a catastrophic, project-killing data loss. The Cross-Platform Workflow Consolidator Sharing data between Macs and PCs has never been easier. Built with MacDrive technology (an OWC software technology), SoftRAID allows users to create, read, and write HFS+ RAID sets on both macOS and Windows computers so you'll never have to worry about disk formats again. Improving A Proven History While becoming a leading developer of external drives over the past two decades, OWC began offering multi-drive units pre-configured with SoftRAID to offer customers enhanced data storage capabilities. Because SoftRAID proved to offer many of the same attributes our customers expect from our hardware, OWC acquired SoftRAID in 2014 so hardware and software teams could work together daily to create the easiest to use, most fully featured software RAID package available. 30-Day Risk-Free Trial Sudden disk failure can cost time, money, and quite possibly your business. Eliminate that risk by trying SoftRAID Lite completely free for 30 days and see firsthand how it can protect mission critical data. Fully functional with no features disabled, this SoftRAID trial provides all the great disk checking, monitoring and easy volume creation attributes that made SoftRAID the most popular RAID setup and management app for years. Pricing SoftRAID Lite is now available for $49.99. See SoftRAID for information and to purchase.
New eBook from Mouser, with STMicroelectronics, Offers Expert Opinions on Developing Smart Home Devices
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, announces a new eBook produced in collaboration with STMicroelectronics that explores strategies for overcoming challenges facing designers of smart home devices. In 7 Experts on Designing Commercially Successful Smart Home Devices, subject matter experts from industry-leading companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, and Ingersoll Rand offer their perspectives on the most important factors for developing new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Homes and commercial buildings have evolved to incorporate intelligent design across a wide range of applications, with smart devices controlling everything from lighting and climate to HVAC and security. These interconnected systems require carefully planned design engineering as well as detailed knowledge into the specific needs for a successful connected device. Smart buildings and cities bring together a network of sensors, processors, artificial intelligence (AI), and connectivity solutions, challenging engineers to maintain mastery of an extensive range of technologies and products. 7 Experts on Designing Commercially Successful Smart Home Devices, the new eBook from Mouser and ST, offers plenty of food for thought for developers and engineers, covering topics including edge processing, user experience, and life cycle design. The eBook also includes product information for several useful ST solutions, including the STM32 L5 ultra-low-power microcontroller series. Part of the STM32 family of microcontrollers, the STM32 L5 series is based on an Arm® Cortex®-M33 processor with TrustZone® for Armv8-M, and is ideal for IoT applications requiring high security and low power consumption. ST’s BlueNRG-M2 application processor modules provide a complete RF platform in a minuscule form factor, supporting IoT and smart home devices with Bluetooth® Low Energy 5.0 connectivity and BQE qualification. ST’s VL53L3CX time-of-flight ranging sensor embeds the company’s third-generation FlightSense patented technology, combining a high-performance proximity and ranging sensor with multi-target distance measurements and automatic smudge correction for use in a variety of robotics and automation applications.
Bentley Systems Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
Bentley Systems, Incorporated (“Bentley”) today announced the pricing of the initial public offering of 10,750,000 shares of its Class B common stock at a price to the public of $22.00 per share. The shares of Class B common stock to be sold in the offering are being sold by existing stockholders of Bentley. The selling stockholders granted the underwriters in the offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,610,991 shares of Class B common stock from the selling stockholders. The shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on September 23, 2020 under the symbol “BSY”. The offering is expected to close on September 25, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and BofA Securities are acting as lead book-running managers and RBC Capital Markets is acting as a book-running manager for the offering. Baird, KeyBanc Capital Markets and Mizuho Securities are acting as co-managers for the offering. A registration statement on Form S-1 relating to the offering has been filed with, and declared effective by, the SEC. Copies of the registration statement can be accessed through the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation, or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that jurisdiction. Any offers, solicitations or offers to buy, or any sales of securities will be made in accordance with the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the prospectus related to the offering, when available, may be obtained by contacting Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department at 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282, by telephone at 1-866-471-2526 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or BofA Securities, Attn: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, North Carolina 28255-0001, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Box Digital Workplace Supports New Era of Unified Communications and Collaboration
Black Box, a global solutions integrator, today unveiled the Digital Workplace, a service focused on unified communications and collaboration (UCC) in today's increasingly digital and virtual workplace environments. By adding a new strategy — managed UCC as a service in the cloud — to its existing on-premises UCC offering, Black Box addresses companies' evolving requirements for business continuity and the expanding need to support an increasingly remote, multigenerational and geographically dispersed workforce. The Black Box Digital Workplace breaks down departmental communications silos to offer a single, cooperative digital solution integrating the industry's most popular communications applications for phone, collaboration, file sharing and video conferencing/screensharing. As a result, everyone has the freedom to communicate and collaborate remotely from any location via a single cloud or on-premises network with the applications they already use. Employees from four generations — baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, and Generation Z — are able to work together virtually according to their own needs and preferences, while still feeling part of a larger corporate culture that values work ethic and teaming. "The pandemic has accelerated many organizations' adoption of digital workplace solutions and exposed a critical need for effective business continuity in times of crisis. There's never been greater demand for solutions that deliver the seamless connectivity and collaboration workers need to be productive, from any location in the world," said Doug Oathout, senior vice president of strategy and partnerships, Black Box. "Black Box is ideally positioned to help customers transition from legacy operations to the new Digital Workplace. Not only are we deeply invested in these types of solutions, but we understand our customers' current and future needs and have the tools, processes and expertise to help them be successful in the 'new normal' of remote collaboration." The Black Box Digital Workplace solution is delivered in three components: • Premises UCC, in which Black Box will work with partners to create a customized UCC solution that meets the customer's specific business requirements and provides modern, premise-based voice, video and collaboration solutions. • Managed UCaaS, a subscription-based UCC service managed by Black Box leveraging cloud offerings from two key partners. UCaaS bundles best-in-class UCaaS solutions together with professional deployment, migration and support services to help clients move from legacy to modern UCC environments. • Premises-to-Cloud Upgrade, a service that allows customers to transition to the cloud at their own pace and build in flexibility for future UCC requirements The Managed UCaaS migration offering employs a robust design, deploy and support methodology implemented by a global team of technicians who can implement demanding single-location solutions as well as those that span hundreds of locations, all with consistency, speed and agility.
Microsoft FY20 Q4 Commercial Cloud Revenue Up By 30%, Bigger than Google and IBM Combined
According to the research data analyzed and published by StockApps.com, during the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2020 (FY20 Q4) which ended on June 30, 2020, Microsoft had an increase of 30% in commercial cloud revenue. While commercial cloud revenue totaled $14.3 billion, Intelligent Cloud revenue was $13.37 billion. This marked an increase of 17% YoY and surpassed analysts’ expectations of $13.11 billion according to FactSet. The Intelligent Cloud segment includes such products as Azure, Windows Server and GitHub among others. More Personal Computing, which includes Xbox and Surface, was up 14%. Productivity and Business Processes, whose products include Office and Dynamics, was up 6%. Overall revenue increased 13% YoY to $38.0 billion. Gaming Revenue Surged By 64% as Office 365 Users Hit 258M Azure revenue was key in the performance, as it grew 47%. However, this was a drop from 59% in the previous quarter. In fact, in a span of two years, it had dropped significantly from a growth rate of 98% in Q3 2018. Though it took the lead in enterprise cloud revenue, it is not the only remarkable performer in the cloud portfolio. GitHub currently has over 3 million organizations using it, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. Dynamic 365 grew 40% during the quarter to report revenue approaching $2 billion. As a whole, Dynamics contributed revenue surpassing $3 billion. Courtesy of stay-at-home orders, gaming revenue increased by 64%, with Xbox alone reporting 65% growth. Surface revenue increased from $1.34 billion in Q3 to $1.72 billion in Q4 2020. Office 365 business users increased from 200 million to 258 million. As a result of its Q4 performance, Microsoft is now the leader in the enterprise cloud business. Amazon AWS sits in second place with $10.8 billion in revenue while IBM is third with $6.3 billion. Google is fourth with $3.0 billion.
CONTACT Cloud Connect 2020 - the online event for the digital transformation of product business
On September 17th CONTACT Software will present the current trends and use cases of digital value creation in product development, production and service together with practitioners, industry experts and pioneers. Under the motto "stepping up your digital product business", the online event on September 17, 2020 will focus on PLM, IoT and project management along the digital thread. Selected keynote speeches, specialist presentations and hands-on tutorials will address the question of how companies can further digitize their product business in order to increase their added value in product creation and service business. The highlight of the Cloud Connect 2020 is the new version 15.5 of CONTACT Elements, CONTACT's open and highly modular platform, which combines over 50 business applications and core services for end-to-end processes along the digital thread. The Cloud Connect presents the latest developments for the central product programs PLM, Project Management and IoT, experienced through the Elements InSync Design System, in order to use complex product data and its connections more easily. The main application areas are variant management, product costing, model-based systems engineering and configuration management. Highlights around the technology of the CONTACT Elements platform are software services from the cloud, system security, mobile applications and PLM/ALM integration. Central topics are also analytics & machine learning, agile project management, ROI calculation and compliance with regard to the methodologically based approach in companies. In addition, well-known industrial users and partners provide insight into their projects and solutions. The program is framed by the keynote speech of Prof. Dr. Fischer from the Steinbeis Transfer Center, who, in his presentation "Orientation on the way to the digitized enterprise", will be analyzing the potentials and applications of digitization with a view to the needs of the industry. Interactive features such as tutorials, chats and the 1:1 online meetings with CONTACT's team from the areas of product management, consulting, professional services and software development complete the offer of the Cloud Connect 2020. The major online event will take place for the German-speaking countries on September 17, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bentley Systems Announces Availability of OpenGround Cloud to Increase the Value of Geotechnical Data
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the availability of OpenGround Cloud, a new cloud service that enables geotechnical professionals to access reliable geotechnical data for better engineering decision support and to improve collaboration across the entire supply chain. OpenGround Cloud offers a complete solution for planning, data entry, borehole log production, lab data management, reporting, visualization, and more. The cloud service improves collaboration across multidisciplinary project teams and significantly increases the value of geotechnical data by making it easily accessible to key project stakeholders. Geotechnical project team dynamics and the applications and services they require to manage natural resources are changing rapidly. Relevant geotechnical data is typically dispersed across various applications and devices and can be cumbersome to gather and consolidate, complicating the effective and timely use of this data. Now, with OpenGround Cloud, geotechnical engineers can readily access reliable, high-quality current and historical geotechnical data for the modeling, simulation, and analysis of infrastructure projects’ ground conditions. Scott Devoe, senior director, geotechnical information management, Bentley Systems, said, “OpenGround Cloud provides a single enterprise repository of multiple data sources for all ground investigation projects—a long-sought improvement for geotechnical and geological professionals. It eliminates the need to retain copies or to exchange data and ensures that everyone in the supply chain has the correct access rights to the most current version. As a result, OpenGround Cloud helps minimize project delays due to encountering unforeseen ground risks during construction.” Richard O’Brien, principal process engineer with Atkins, said, “From a risk management perspective, we are now able to more easily identify the gaps in data, to highlight risk items and, if required, assist in the planning of targeted ground investigations. From the tender process, when local site data availability is limited, through to detailed design, we are now able to undertake data-driven assessments to aid in our decision-making.” O’Brien added, “OpenGround Cloud gives us the ability to determine and cross-reference the organization’s geotechnical parameters and correlations with those available from literature sources. Tender design is made more efficient and we can consider a wider range of site properties leading to reductions in geotechnical risk. Ground investigations are planned more effectively taking into consideration multidiscipline and multiproject data leading to reduced costs. And, detailed designs are delivered from a more complete perspective, which leads to greater value for the client.” Cedric Allenou, ground engineering lead, Lower Thames Crossing, said, “OpenGround Cloud improved the workflow for all members of the team. The various add-ins are faster within the cloud version of the database, which is useful when dealing with large datasets such as CPT data.” Allenou continued, “In addition, maintaining the link with the database when members of other organizations need to access the data has also improved the workflow due to the servers being cloud-based. As a result, external support teams can more easily solve issues that arise. The process allows rapid responses and minimizes potential downtime on the project.”
Mouser’s New Customer Resource Center Provides Easy-to-Use Hub for Services & Tools
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, announces its new Customer Resource Center, which allows customers to easily take advantage of Mouser’s online purchasing services and tools through a central hub containing everything customers need to optimize the purchasing process. Customers can simply click the name of desired tool, and then view or request what they need. From the new Customer Resource Center, customers can access and learn how to view or track orders, request technical support and data sheets, or place orders via API or EDI through Order Automation. The easy-to-use hub helps Mouser customers quickly get more information for parts and any other assistance they require for purchasing. “Mouser continually assesses and improves our online resources to help buyers and engineers manage their product specifications and purchases,” said Coby Kleinjan, Mouser’s VP of Americas Customer Service and Sales. “We are very excited to add this new Customer Resource Center to our website to help customers streamline the buying process as we continue to make it our mission to provide best-in-class service around the world.” The Customer Resource Center houses a full suite of productivity tools from Mouser, including the FORTE intelligent BOM tool and Price and Availability Assistant, as well as information on creating a My Mouser account for even easier online ordering. As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics 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.
Remote testing is the key to continuity and employee safety in testing new network equipment, says HUBER+SUHNER
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shown how important it is for companies to operate remotely. In fact, it’s the difference between completing a task or facing extensive delays for businesses relying on new, certified equipment for day-to-day activities, Chris O’Conor, Regional VP, Service Provider Sales at HUBER+SUHNER Polatis said today. According to O’Conor organisations are under intense pressure to rapidly test and deliver enhanced network services, validate new equipment and quickly resolve customer issues. To do this they must get more out of their network system test resources. In today’s ever-changing business climate, automating test infrastructure and resources is vital to increase test capacity while reducing costs. O’Conor added that testing and certification of new devices prior to deployment in networks depends on technicians. Typically, this is done on-site in confined spaces within test laboratories where each device is manually patched to test equipment, which may make it difficult to comply with social distancing requirements. The longer it takes to certify new equipment and new services relying on a manual test lab operation, the longer it will take to generate higher revenues and gain a competitive advantage – making fast, repeatable and agile lab operations crucial to reduce time to market. “Lab automation is not a new idea, but many labs fall short due to a lack of investment in personnel and resources or simply little awareness that a well-run and automated lab can be a hugely competitive advantage,” said O’Conor. “By adopting innovative solutions, lab managers can simply deploy a component once and run all future tests remotely using orchestration software – perfect at a time when remote working has never been more crucial.” O’Conor went on to explain that as networks are migrating rapidly to line rates of 400G and beyond, and more connected devices and equipment are required to deliver these expected services, the network test lab is becoming increasingly complex and expensive. Simply using traditional layer 2/3 infrastructure to interconnect equipment test beds adds complexity, increases costs and causes equipment to be upgraded every time the traffic speed or formats change. All-optical switching overcomes these challenges by providing a transparent, user-configurable fiber layer independent of the traffic format or bit rate to enable customers to rapidly reconfigure network test beds in seconds, rather than hours or days, to meet the speed and flexibility required. “What was once considered a luxury, is now a requirement as the current situation drives forward the inherent need for remote lab management,” concluded Chris O’Conor. “By adopting solutions like our Polatis optical switches, organisations can not only continue to operate as normal to ensure that projects are completed on time but also open up the capability to leverage a geographically diverse work force – allowing them to work across multiple test topologies simultaneously without concern of conflict between virtual networks.”
Yamaha Announces ADECIA Audio Solution
Yamaha today announced ADECIA, a family of communication products designed to work together seamlessly to provide a complete and customizable audio solution for any enterprise or meeting space. From input to output, ADECIA ensures the highest-quality audio communication for which Yamaha is well known. The comprehensive conferencing solution introduces the RM-CG ceiling microphone and RM-CR audio processor and includes Yamaha's long-trusted PoE switches and VXL Series line array speakers. "Achieving professional audio quality — be it a training room, conference room, classroom, multipurpose room, or the boardroom — can require an incredible amount of time and costs to design, install, and set up," said Michael Fitch, VP of sales and marketing. "The introduction of ADECIA now allows customers and integrators to easily customize and configure a full-room UC solution that's not only user friendly and delivers the best audio results, but also allows for social distancing and contactless conferencing to fit arising health and safety requirements." With over 130 years of history dedicated to mastering the best possible sound quality, whether it be world-class instrument sound output, concert hall acoustics, or high-tech DSP algorithms, Yamaha has encompassed this collective knowledge, technology, and research to develop solutions that solve today's communication hurdles. ADECIA enables organizations to overcome implementation, configuration, and room acoustic challenges by providing all the equipment required for a successful installation with the highest audio quality. Every component of the system, from the microphones to speakers as well as the required networking and communication equipment, automatically integrates thus reducing time, costs, and installation complexities. The complete solution immediately detects all components of the system and configures them to be optimized for the room environment, accounting for the location of speakers and microphones, reverberation, and echo behavior. Setting up a room is done through the system's configurator in four effortless steps. With USB, Bluetooth, Dante, and analog connections, this flexible system can fit a variety of room types. "The ADECIA solution combines Yamaha's new dynamic beamforming ceiling microphone (RM-CG), audio processor (RM-CR), a Yamaha Dante-optimized network switch, and VXL Series line-array PoE+ powered speakers. Together, the system supports multi-beam tracking technology, Human Voice Activity Detection, Noise Reduction algorithms, speaker tracking, adaptive acoustic echo cancellation, and much more. These automatic, smart audio technologies empower crystal-clear, stress-free remote communications. "What makes this solution even more innovative is the flexibility built into the room solution," said Fitch. "Utilizing an open control interface, the RM-CG microphone and RM-CR can be incorporated into a conferencing design using other Yamaha or third-party components. From installation to control, it's simple."
YIC, Lower-Power GPS Solution that Frees Your IoT Devices From Constant Charging
Yuechung International Corp. (YIC) is a manufacturing and design company for quartz crystals, crystal oscillators, GPS/GNSS modules, GPS/GNSS receivers and RF antennas. It is an innovative company which provides low-power solutions to solve product problems that require frequent charging. YIC will be launching their new product, the Ultra Low Power GPS/GNSS Module (Model YIC71009EBGG and YIC71513PGMGG) at the upcoming event on the official website. YIC's Ultra Low Power GPS/GNSS Module is the ideal IoT product solution, targeting to improve the operating times of IoT applications such as trackers, wearable and portable devices. The company is dedicated to providing the best solution for GPS devices and sees a tremendous opportunity in the GNSS market to solve power consumption problems. The recent industry trend of multi-frequency GPS, low power consumption, and dead reckoning will be advantageous to YIC in terms of high-grade products entering the global market. Top Competitive Advantages: • Ultra-low power consumption – 6mA (Typical). • Multi-constellation - GPS/QZSS + GLONASS. • Small size.
Cobalt Iron Lands on DCIG's List of TOP 5 Enterprise AWS Cloud Backup Solutions
Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced that its industry-leading Compass® enterprise SaaS backup platform has made DCIG's list of the TOP 5 Enterprise AWS Cloud Backup Solutions. With an ever-increasing number of organizations running their operations in the AWS Cloud, DCIG recognized Compass for its ability to protect Amazon RDS database instances, its support for backup across multiple public and private clouds, and its analytics engine. "AWS already owns nearly 50% of the public cloud platform market and outdistances its nearest competitor by more than 3-to-1. Many enterprises will have application and data requiring specific backup and recovery features beyond what AWS' backup software offers. This will necessitate they acquire a third-party solution that meets their AWS backup and recovery needs," DCIG analyst Jerome M. Wendt said in his August report. "Cobalt Iron Compass continues to display its prowess in the enterprise backup and recovery market. Previously identified by DCIG as a TOP 5 enterprise anti-ransomware solution, DCIG now ranks it a TOP 5 enterprise AWS backup solution. Enterprises may deploy Compass in multiple ways in AWS and gain access to all its features through an all-inclusive licensing option." Wendt's detailed DCIG report describes some of Compass' differentiating features: Relational database protection — The report says relational databases are the most common type of database enterprise developers choose when creating new applications, and Compass is one of the few enterprise AWS backup solutions that protects AWS RDS database instances. Analytics engine to improve backup and recovery — An analytics engine constantly evaluates how Compass backups perform across the enterprise and automatically optimizes backups, resolves issues, and monitors for security. Multicloud support — The report says Compass is one of the few solutions to back up applications in multiple public and private clouds, while others support just one or two public clouds at most. Enterprises that use multiple clouds can rely on Compass for all of them. Besides AWS, Compass also supports Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. "DCIG's analysis is highly respected in the IT world. Executives, IT managers, and engineers — the very people we at Cobalt Iron deal with every day — look to DCIG when deciding which solutions will be best for their backup operations," said Andy Hurt, chief marketing officer of Cobalt Iron. "To be recognized on not one but two DCIG TOP 5 lists speaks volumes about Compass' value and effectiveness for enterprise backup. Any enterprise running in the AWS Cloud or across multiple clouds can be confident in Compass' ability to protect its data."
Mouser Widens Industry-Leading Line Card, Adds 45 New Manufacturers in First Half of 2020
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, further bolstered its industry-leading line card by adding 45 new manufacturers to date in 2020. Bringing Mouser’s current line card to almost 850 manufacturer partners, these new manufacturers enable Mouser to provide an even wider range of product options for its global customer base of design engineers, component buyers, and procurement agents. Mouser continues to focus on the breadth of its product offering, with new manufacturers in product categories such as embedded, connectors, optoelectronics, semiconductors and hardware. Among the manufacturers, many of the new manufacturers are embedded as Mouser continues to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. The global authorized distributor provides the world’s most extensive assortment and inventory of the newest semiconductors and electronic components, with more than five million products in stock. “We are excited to offer our customers the widest selection of the latest technologies and products from the top electronic component manufacturers,” said Jeff Newell, Mouser Electronics’ Senior Vice President of Products. “With almost 50 new manufacturers in just the first half of the year, we are committed to being the industry’s NPI leader and one-stop source for the board-level components and development tools needed for a complete project design.” Among the new manufacturer partners Mouser has added in 2020 are: • Mini-Circuits, a leading supplier of radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter-wave components and systems. • Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT and Embedded Computing Technology (ECT) and a Premier Member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. • Amphenol i2s, a leader in intelligent sensor solutions for almost 20 years. • GigaDevice, a leading provider of non-volatile memory solutions. • Fractus Antennas, designers and manufacturers of miniature, off-the-shelf antennas for IoT, mobile connectivity and short-range wireless devices. As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics 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. 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.