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ETSI and VRARA cooperate on Virtual and Augmented Reality

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By Zenobia Hedge

ETSI is pleased to announce that the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Association (VRARA) has recently signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate on interactive VR and AR technologies delivered over emerging 5G networks and hosted on Multi-Access Edge Computing sites. VRARA will be primarily involved with ETSI’s Multi-Access Edge Computing group.

“Virtual and Augmented Reality technology holds the promise to fundamentally transform how people interact with and experience the physical world, how they are entertained, and how services are delivered to them.” states Alex Reznik, ETSI MEC chairman. “We are at the cusp of this transformation, and, yet, it cannot happen unless the networks that will have to support these applications can deliver the required performance, e.g. latency on the order of several milliseconds. Edge computing is necessary to deliver such performance; while mobile networks, which today already provide pervasive global connectivity, are likely to continue occupying this central role.”

Alex Reznik

The partnership between ETSI, the home of the Multi-Access Edge Computing standardisation activity and VRARA, the industry association representing the Virtual and Augmented reality industry recognises the need to bring the two communities together.

This cooperation will encourage common member companies to pursue VR/AR focused use cases and requirements for ETSI MEC Phase 2 so as to ensure that the resulting specifications address the needs of this key industry sector. VRARA will support adoption of ETSI MEC work as appropriate and highlight benefits of Edge computing to VR/AR solution developers.

“In a recent research report we’ve published, we learnt that enterprise AR & VR have more receptive buyers than consumer markets, due to a strong ROI case.” says Kris Kolo, executive director of the VR/AR Association. “Working closely with ETSI which expertise lays in all ITC related sectors makes sense. We’re really excited to start this collaboration with their MEC group.”

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Software AG launches new Terracotta DB In-Memory Data platform for high performance computing at scale

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By Zenobia Hedge

Software AG announced the availability of Terracotta DB, a new generation, distributed, In-Memory Database platform that delivers high-speed performance for combined operational and analytical processing.

Terracotta DB can work with any application that creates new, rapidly changing data types—structured, semi-structured, unstructured and polymorphic data—as well as humongous volumes of data or scale beyond the capacity constraints of existing systems. With the explosion in growth of the Internet of Things and fast-moving streams of data, organisations will find Terracotta DB the ideal solution for managing and extracting value in real-time.

Wolfram Jost, chief technology officer, Software AG, said: “Unlike traditional NoSQL Database platforms, Terracotta DB is in-memory, provides predictable latency at scale and can handle high-speed operational storage and analytical processing requirements on the same platform. This is a significant differentiator for enterprises wishing to leverage a data store that is a natural fit for building microservices and IoT applications for scale.”

Wolfram Jost

Most enterprises find real-time transactions have become critical in this digital, on-demand era. This means that at the database level, operational transactions require instant access to any system of record, where the data or activity is permanently recorded. According to a recent Harvard Business Review, successful retailers who focused on operational improvements were able to “increase revenues faster than expenses, which had a powerful impact on earnings.”

Terracotta DB is built on top of the distributed in-memory data grid—Terracotta BigMemory, which is currently used by more than 500 organisations worldwide (for example, Octo Telematics, Kiabi, CERN, and Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS.gov]). In the last 12 months, Terracotta was downloaded more than 2 million times, and more recently several Terracotta customers participated in a Terracotta DB beta program at Software AG labs in July 2017 to experience the benefits first hand and provide early feedback.

Tarun Sirohi, senior architect, Westrock and Terracotta DB Beta Program participant noted: “We are really excited about this new release of Terracotta DB and believe it addresses the need for in-memory translytical databases, where a single data tier can serve both transactional and analytical workloads. We see a technology like terracotta playing a pivotal role in any modern microservices architecture.”

Software AG was named a leader for its Terracotta In-Memory Data Fabric platform in the most recent Forrester WaveTM: In-Memory Data Grids report. In the report, author Mike Gualtieri says that leaders “offer the most comprehensive set of features to accommodate the broadest use cases.”

Tarun Sirohi

According to the Forrester Wave report, “Terracotta has a unique architecture compared to the other vendors in that it uses a striping architecture instead of a peer-to-peer architecture to achieve high-availability.” Software AG believes that this achieves high availability and is the fastest way to corral fast Big Data and then apply analytics to extract key correlations and information.

Key business use cases include supply chain, inventory management, payment processing, fraud detection, e-commerce order processing and fulfilment, claim management, and any form of distributed data storage with low latency data access requirements across web applications.

Terracotta DB offers:

In-Memory data storage at scale;
In-Memory search with optional secondary indexes
Simplified management, monitoring […]

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TomTom offers developers free and easy access to their online APIs

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TomTom (TOM2), a global provider of maps and traffic data, announced their completely revamped developer portal. Updates include enhancements to its product offerings and a pricing model geared towards small and medium sized businesses to easily integrate TomTom’s Online APIs into their applications.

TomTom’s APIs and SDKs are already being used by a large array of enterprises and startups for artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) applications such as fleet management, vehicle tracking and logistics. Access to any of TomTom’s online APIs, together with full documentation, daily free allowances of 2,500 transactions, and easy sign-up is available at TomTom Maps APIs Developer Portal.

“High-quality and comprehensive location data is a critical foundation for building the next generation of IoT applications and smart cities innovation,” said Anders Truelsen, managing director of BU Licensing at TomTom. “The increased demand for location aware technology and applications across industries will provide an environment for developers to easily access our online APIs and help optimise their applications with our location technologies.”

TomTom’s Online APIs pricing model supports start-ups and allows businesses to grow at their own pace with access to all APIs in every package. “We have crafted our product offerings and pricing with the start-up developer in mind. Developers can evaluate, develop, and commercially deploy their products for free,” states Gregory De Jans, head of Developer Relations at TomTom.

Even when businesses have brought their products to market, TomTom provides thousands of free transactions, keeping the barrier of entry low. “We want to work alongside developers and help every developer be as successful as possible.”

The LBS Platform and Developer Portal can be accessed via developer.tomtommaps.com. For further information click here.

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Education industry set to fly high with advanced drone technology

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By Zenobia Hedge

Drones are growing increasingly commonplace, both in the skies and across our collective imagination. You may have classified drone technology as exclusive to the military and wondered about its potential applications in the commercial sector. Today, drones are actively used in an assortment of industrial disciplines and have also landed in the lucrative pastures of recreational use. Associatively, educationalists have begun to harness the power of these small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to engage students and to bring lessons to life in the modern day classrooms.

How is this done? And, is the usage of drone technology in education a practical proposition?

Infusing creativity and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking with drones

Drones certainly do have the ‘wow’ factor, and, thanks to the fact that we are still at the beginning of the drone era, the potential of using drones in the classroom has yet to be fully realised. There is little doubt that in just a few years, drones will emerge as a much preferred educational tool, employed by all the major educational institutions.

When it comes to using drones for education, teachers are truly spoilt for choice. They not only can help students in building their technical skills from scratch, but can also encourage them to pick up vital insights on electronics, robotics, chemistry, mathematics, programming, and coding when doing so.

With the incorporation of these technologies, students can learn to perform complicated technical operations apart from acquiring skills such as teamwork and communication. On the other hand, instructors can track and analyse the progress of students in simulations to accordingly modify their teaching methods on complex scientific concepts.

Cost-effective technology with advanced features and scalable benefits

As drones increasingly become cheaper and more accessible, educational institutions are now able to purchase them with ease. The price of these unmanned aerial vehicles usually depend on the accessories attached to them.

For example- Extreme Fliers offers Microdrone 2.0+ without a camera at $93.00 (€79.91). However, it costs $103 (€88.50) with a 640 P camera kit and $113 (€97.09) with a 720 P HD camera kit.

These competitive prices are bound to encourage more educational institutions to embrace and deploy their own fleet of drones. Additional incentive includes the fact that costs pertaining to the incorporation of drone technology in an educational institution is quite low when compared to the implementation of camera surveillance systems. Drones are set to take the impartment of education to greater heights

Society stands at the start of an exciting and productive drone era. Similar to many new technologies with high potential, this development may seem both overly ambitious and a mere stopgap arrangement. However, nothing can derail the oncoming heyday for drones in the education sector, provided the educators first help the students understand this novel addition, make productive use of it, and help them confidently discover creative and functional ways to put this technology to the ultimate use. A tall ask, but most definitely achievable!

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IMS Evolve brings in ex-banker and E.ON exec Weber as CFO to support international expansion

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By Jeremy Cowan

Milton Keynes, UK. October 2, 2017 – IMS Evolve, specialists in Internet of Things (IoT), big data and machine management solutions, has appointed Arne Weber to the position of chief financial officer (CFO). His brief is to strengthen the company’s finance department, and support its rapid international expansion and business development. Weber joins from German […]

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Industrial internet arm of General Electric extends search for best European digital industrial start-ups

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By Jeremy Cowan

Paris, France. October 2, 2017 – GE Digital, the industrial internet arm of General Electric, today launched a Digital Industrial Program for UK and European start-ups. The challenge, which is led by the company’s European Foundry in Paris, aims to drive deeper collaboration between GE and the start-up community and to encourage innovation across the […]

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Chordant platform aims to enable smart cities to consolidate, expose and monetise their data

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London, UK & Melville, NY, USA. October 2, 2017 — InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC) today announced the launch of its Smart City-focused Chordant™ business. The Chordant platform is designed to tackle the key business and data challenges in today’s smart city deployments. The Chordant platform has been developed to enable cities to unlock value from […]

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Combating floods in urban areas with IoT network solutions

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By Sheetal Kumbhar

Flooding can devastate a city faster than almost any other natural disaster, and the financial, physical, and emotional repercussions can leave an area reeling for months. The Pew Charitable Trusts report that damage from flooding cost the United States nearly $2 billion each year from 2006 to 2015, with 36 declared federal flooding and hurricane […]

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Inmarsat and Rolls-Royce sign Ship Energy Management agreement

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Inmarsat and Rolls-Royce have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to have the option to make the Rolls-Royce Energy Management system available via Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress high-speed broadband service, to reduce energy consumption and support environmental compliance. With data collected from a multitude of ship control systems and equipment sensors, Energy Management 2.0 also […]

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A battle looms among $2.5bn LIDAR market suppliers and tech, says IHS Markit

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The current generation of automated functions — automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assistance — rely largely on cameras, radars and ultrasonic sensors. According to Akhilesh Kona, senior analyst for automotive electronics and semiconductors at IHS Markit, each of these devices is limited to different conditions, e.g. weather, object detection, distance, etc. […]

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