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5G and Me: And Manufacturing

first_imgHow can 5G accelerate manufacturing?With its increased speed, higher bandwidth and lower latency, fifth-generation wireless cellular technology, or 5G, has the potential to be a key enabler and accelerator of the next generation of smart manufacturing. Some advantages of this communications technology for industrial applications include:Higher Bandwidth – modern IIoT gateways and distributed edge compute architectures are creating an explosion of valuable plant data and 5G networks are ideally suited to keep up with this data delugeLower Latency – allowing devices to communicate more quickly and reliably is especially important for machine-to-machine communications to function effectivelyGreater Device Density – 5G has the potential to connect to more devices, up to 1 million per km2, critical for a factory full of sensorsDevice self-registration – time and costs associated with deployment, setup and commissioning will be greatly reducedIncreased Security – cellular networks are more difficult to hack than standard WiFi implementationsFewer Cells – cellular signals can travel farther than WiFi, requiring fewer cells vs access points in an equivalent networkLower Power – the NR (New Radio) specifications have the potential to reduce power consumption by up to 100xWhen will 5G accelerate manufacturing?But the ultimate future of widespread 5G deployments in factories is not necessarily a foregone conclusion. Initial investments in acquiring private spectrum, purchasing hardware and the associated costs with learning and managing a new technology will be significant, especially in the early stages. It will require a total workforce transformation.And while the initial rollout of 5G will be focused on an enhanced mobile broadband (eMMB) experience – mostly targeted at cell phones and tablets, the IIoT enhancements necessary for manufacturing deployments are not scheduled for the next “R-16” release. This includes the ability to use unlicensed spectrum, machine communication protocols (like eMTC enhanced machine-type communication and NB-IoT narrowband Internet of Things) and the lower latency improvements (eURLLC enhanced Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication) will not be available until late 2021. And the enhancements to the 5G radio for low power sensors and wearables is not expected until mid-2023. The transition to 5G is truly a journey and will not happen overnight.Scheduled Availability of 5G IIoT CapabilitiesWhat about technology we already have?Standard WiFi is not going away either. Newer technologies are on the horizon, offering improvements over existing wireless infrastructures. Following the well-known 802.11ac WiFi standard, the next generation will technically be 802.11ax, but will be known as WiFi 6. WiFi 6 will be up to four times faster in device-dense areas and offer much greater bandwidth than its predecessor.There is no shortage of interest and excitement around 5G for manufacturing, but the debate on its advantages vs WiFi will only intensify as the next generation WiFi 6 is released. Ultimately the market will decide which is the preferred technology to use, and most likely it will be a hybrid combination of the two. In any case, smart manufacturers know that this next generation of wireless connectivity will be enabled and accelerated by a modern infrastructure that includes distributed compute architectures to support the significant data streams being created.No matter the direction, Dell Technologies can help with the transition to whatever the wireless connectivity future holds. Enabling the transformational business outcomes promised by the IIoT will require a next generation digital infrastructure that only the Dell Technologies portfolio of companies and solutions can provide to build a truly integrated, converged, future-proof solution for all industrial customers.last_img read more

JOB VACANCY – WEB DEVELOPER WANTED FOR LEADING DONEGAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

first_imgAn excellent opportunity has arisen for a Web Developer in a fast growing, Letterkenny based software company.3D Issue, an international market leading developer of digital publishing software, is seeking a web developer to join an innovative and fast growing development team in enhancing and maintaining our web presence.The ideal person will have at least experience coding in the web environment, developing and maintaining time web-based systems and applications. The ideal candidate should also be proficient in some of the key web development technologies with some experience with web server configuration in a Linux environment.Skills and experienceo Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from a Third level Institutiono Proficient in the use of web development technologies such as CSS, HTML, JS and PHP o Proficient in the use of SQL and working with a MySQL databaseo Experience maintaining PHP based CMS system (such as WordPress)o Experience working with Linux based web servers such as Apache and Nginx with some knowledge of Microsoft IIS serversResponsibilitieso Maintain and extend our existing website CMS o Maintain web server configurationso Enhancing and optimizing existing websiteo Maintaining and updating MySQL databaseo Implementing new styles, pages or themes in the existing websites. o Applying updates to existing CMS and web servers and ensuring minimal downtimeIf you are an enthusiastic , entrepreneurial and creative developer who loves working and developing with new technologies then please forward your CV to [email protected] VACANCY – WEB DEVELOPER WANTED FOR LEADING DONEGAL SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY was last modified: September 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:3D issueJob Vacancyweb developerlast_img read more

What we learned in Klay Thompson’s record-setting game

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors beat a hapless Chicago Bulls team 149-124 Monday in a contest that wasn’t as close as that scoreline might indiucate.In the process, some history was made. Here’s what we learned in the Warriors’ most comprehensive victory of the young season.Records, (well, at least this record), are expected to be brokenAnyone with a cursory knowledge of the Warriors or Klay Thompson’s game knew that he …last_img

Thanksgiving dinner lowest cost in five years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87.The big ticket item — a 16-pound turkey — came in at a total of $22.38 this year. That’s roughly $1.40 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 36 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2016.“For the second consecutive year, the overall cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined,” said John Newton, AFBF Director of Market Intelligence. “The cost of the dinner is the lowest since 2013 and second-lowest since 2011. Even as America’s family farmers and ranchers continue to face economic challenges, they remain committed to providing a safe, abundant and affordable food supply for consumers at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.”The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.Consumers continue to see lower retail turkey prices due to continued large inventory in cold storage, which is up almost double digits from last year, Newton explained.Foods showing the largest decreases this year in addition to turkey, were a gallon of milk, $2.99; a dozen rolls, $2.26; two nine-inch pie shells, $2.45; a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes, $3.52; a 1-pound bag of green peas, $1.53; and a group of miscellaneous items including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour), $2.72.“Milk production has increased, resulting in continued low retail prices,” Newton said. “In addition, grocers often use milk as a loss leader to entice consumers to shop at their stores.”Items that increased modestly in price were: a half-pint of whipping cream, $2.08; a 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.81; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, $3.21; a 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, $2.43; and a 1-pound veggie tray, $.74.“Whole whipping cream is up about 4 percent in price, due to increased consumer demand for full-fat dairy products,” Newton said.The stable average price reported this year by Farm Bureau for a classic Thanksgiving dinner tracks with the government’s Consumer Price Index for food eaten at home. But while the most recent CPI report for food at home shows a 0.5% increase over the past year (available online at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm), the Farm Bureau survey shows a 1.5% decline.After adjusting for inflation, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is $20.54, the lowest level since 2013.A total of 141 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 39 states for this year’s survey. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey.Shoppers with an eye for bargains in all areas of the country should be able to purchase individual menu items at prices comparable to the Farm Bureau survey averages. Another option for busy families without a lot of time to cook is ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals for up to 10 people, with all the trimmings, which are available at many supermarkets and take-out restaurants for around $50 to $75.The AFBF Thanksgiving dinner survey was first conducted in 1986. While Farm Bureau does not make any scientific claims about the data, it is an informal gauge of price trends around the nation. Farm Bureau’s survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.last_img read more

CAG report on CWG mess tabled in Lok Sabha, Oppn guns for Sheila

first_imgThe heat is on Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The 800-page CAG report, which indicts the chief minister for financial irregularities during the Commonwealth Games, was on Friday tabled in Parliament.  The report has blamed the Sheila Dikshit government for several infrastructure contracts given before the Delhi Games. Dikshit is expected to hold a cabinet meeting on Friday to decide on the next course of action. Dikshit who was attending a function in Delhi even as the CAG report was tabled appeared unfazed by the developments. “Let me see the CAG report first. Good system is in place to punish guilty in CWG and 2G cases,” she told reporters. The opposition, which is baying for the CM’s blood, even saw a conspiracy in the delay in giving the CAG report to MPs. BJP maybe fighting corruption charges in Karnataka, but that hasn’t stopped the party from demanding Dikshit’s resignation. “We have been raising the issue of corruption in the CWG for a long time. Few people are in jail in this regard. There cannot be two standards for corruption. Sheila government must go,” BJP spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudi told reporters in Delhi. Senior BJP leader Balbir Punj also demanded the Delhi CM’s resignation after CAG report on CWG. Meanwhile, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said there was a procedure in Parliament on CAG reports, which will be followed and that can’t be pre-empted. The charges Dikshit has been indicted for a host of financial irregularities in the CWG projects executed by her government. The most gaping irregularities were found in the street lightling projects undertaken during the Games last year. The CAG has found that:  A firm Space Age, disqualified for street lighting, was irregularly declared fit after it made a plea before the Delhi Chief Minister. Space Age had applied in the lucrative imported luminaries category and then ended up supplying low-cost luminaries made by a Saudi Arabian firm.  The Saudi make cost just Rs 5,040 a piece even as Space Age pocketed Rs 25,704 each for the same from the government, making a neat profit of Rs 2.68 crore.  The CAG report says that the CM’s decision to go for imported luminaries led to overall extra expenditure of Rs 31 cr.  The winning tender of Sweka Powertech had many over-writings and corrections, apparently in a bid to inflate profits.  The report further faults the Delhi government saying that street-scaping contracts worth Rs 4.87 crore per km were awarded in an ad hoc manner.  These street-scaping and beautification contracts led to an overall loss of Rs 101 crore to the exchequer.  The Delhi government’s indictment doesn’t end there. The report also blames it for incurring avoidable expenditure on road signages. The report states that PWD didn’t facilitate healthy competition by ensuring sharing of work between two major retro reflective sheet manufacturers, 3M and Avery Denison. The anti-competitive bidding process led to a higher procurement cost, leading to overspending by about Rs 15 crore. The Delhi government has also been criticised for accepting a single tender at a higher rate, which led to a loss of Rs 1.40 crore. The designs for signage and subsequent awarding of work were revised, affecting quality and costing the exchequer dearly.  There is criticism for irregularities in the development of infrastructure ahead of the sporting extravaganza. The CAG specifically points out the bloated contractor’s profit and overhead (CPOH) charges of 37.5 per cent instead of the CPWD-stipulated 15 per cent.  The report says the PWD accepted overwritten, corrected bids for the Barapullah Nallah flyover project.  The bid for the Ring Road bypass project was also manipulated, costing the exchequer an extra Rs 6.23 crore.  The auditor also held Delhi government responsible for accepting the suspension model for the foot overbridge near the JLN Stadium that collapsed days before the Games.  The CAG report says that Infrastructure, Leasing and Financial Services Ltd was paid an exorbitant amount to remove debris from some CWG sites.  In the face of such damning allegations, it looks like the Delhi CM will have a lot of explaining to do in the days ahead. The report has reportedly pointed out that Spage Age, one of the disqualified firms bidding for street lighting, was declared qualified “irregularly” after it made a plea to the chief minister.advertisementlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Workshop held for Determining National Strategy for the Development of Statistics

first_imgDiscuss and come to a consensus on matters pertaining to the NSDS strategic framework such as the vision, mission, goals, and strategic objectives. Related Items: Prioritize the results and recommendations from the National Statistics System (NSS) assessment; and DPM Turnquest explained that having a plan is not enough, by itself.  He said there are a number of other necessary activities that must be completed if the project is to be done properly, and it is going to be done properly.The DPM said along with the plan, this year the Government will also conduct a NSS-wide Business Processes Review focused on detailed analysis of current (as-is) processes, identification of gaps, benchmarking with existing standards and best practice, and design of future (to-be) processes to enable a seamless, integrated, effective, and efficient National Statistics System.This will also include an assessment of the information technology functional and technical capacity to deliver the kind of National Statistics System that you will all help to shape.He said additionally, recognizing the human resource challenges faced, the government will also conduct a Human Resource (HR) audit that is expected to identify those areas of the Department of Statistics and the National Statistics System in need of improvement, as well as their strengths, while taking into consideration the proposed new structure for the Department of Statistics and the National Statistics System.“It will include the review of various HR policies, systems, documentations, and rules and regulations and will assess the efficiency and productivity of employees. Additionally, various aspects of the HR department in the Department of Statistics, such as employee compensation, recruitment and training, employee perks, job descriptions, performance evaluation procedures, termination procedures, etc. will also be reviewed.”DPM Turnquest told the participants that they were all chosen for a very specific reason.“Your unique knowledge of the underlying issues that have us in the state that we are currently in with respect to official statistics is going to be vital for identifying the short, medium and long-term goals of this project; and, for its implementation in the very near future.“Based on the findings of the assessment, it was determined that there is limited analysis and report writing that takes place using the data produced. This has contributed to a limited use of the data that is available for planning and evidence-based decision-making.”He said, “Moving forward, you may determine that we must have, as a goal, greater use of statistics for policy, planning and decision-making. But you must also tell us whether, in order to achieve this, we must have short term objectives such as increasing awareness about the benefits of statistics to society, increasing user satisfaction, or other effective strategies.”By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)Photo Captions:Header: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest opens the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics Validation and Strategic Planning workshop at SuperClubs Breezes, Monday, February 19, 2018.  (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)Insert: Key Stakeholders attend the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics Validation and Strategic Planning workshop, Monday, February 19, 2018.  (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 23, 2018 – Nassau – The Ministry of Finance held a workshop designed to engage and seek the input of all key stakeholders before drafting the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS, which would benefit national planning and evidence-based decision making.   The workshop was held at SuperClubs Breezes, Monday, February 19, 2018.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said, “This strategy, we fully expect, will serve as the strategic plan that will provide the roadmap to establishing strategic governance, planning and monitoring of the Bahamas National Statistical System: including the Department of Statistics and the other data producing agencies across government.”Attendees at the workshop included data producers from various government ministries, users of this information, and other stakeholders such as the business community, academia, media, civil society, and other non-government organizations, and will help to:last_img read more