GSMA推出社會公益大數據計畫

西班牙巴塞隆納–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(美國商業資訊)今天,GSMA在世界移動大會(Mobile World Congress)上推出「社會公益大數據」(Big Data for Social Good)計畫,該計畫將利用行動營運商的大數據能力來因應人道主義危機,包括流行病和自然災害。這項計畫將在16家全球領先的行動營運商的支持下推出,包括巴帝電信(Bharti Airtel)、德國電信(Deutsche Telekom)、Hutchison、KDDI、韓國電信(KT Corporation)、Millicom、MTS、NTT DOCOMO, INC.、Orange、SK電訊(SK Telecom)、西班牙電信(Telefónica)、挪威電信(Telenor)、Telia、Turkcell、沃達豐和Zain——在100多個國家總計擁有超過20億連接。聯合國基金會(United Nations Foundation)為支援合作夥伴,將為更廣泛意義上的這一生態系統提供協調和統一,包括永續發展數據全球合作夥伴(GPSDD)和數位影響聯盟(DIAL)等組織。以流行病為重點的社會公益大數據試驗將於2017年6月起在孟加拉、巴西、印度、緬甸和泰國率先展開。

GSMA總幹事Mats Granryd表示:「一年前,行動產業成為首個全面致力於聯合國永續發展目標的產業領域,並且正如我們於9月份發佈的《行動產業影響報告》中所述,我們已經對所有17個目標產生不同程度的影響。現在,我們要致力於擴大和加快行動產業對達成永續發展目標的影響,而我們於今日宣佈的計畫將會對因應人類面臨的一些最大挑戰有巨大貢獻,例如流行病和自然災害方面。」

降低人道主義危機造成的代價

流行病和自然災害等人道主義危機造成的影響令人詫異。每年,有1,500萬人因為人體接觸及蚊子等其他傳播源擴散的傳染病而死亡,上百萬人因其引發重病1。據估計,過去十年有18億人深受災害影響2,而2003至2013年間,因災害造成的經濟損失達到1.5兆美元3

透過社會公益大數據計畫,行動營運商將根據其網路產生的匿名中繼資料提供重要見解,以在這些緊急情況下提供應變支援。例如,監測受影響區域的人口出入流動情況,使公共衛生組織能夠更有效地應變,以預防流行病,降低疾病傳播速度,並針對目標展開救援工作。人道主義機構存取行動網路見解,則能夠更準確地協助疏散、應變和復原工作。

提供可升級的應變

社會公益大數據計畫的主要目標之一是制定可升級的通用流程和機制,以及建立能夠對危機進行及時規劃和應變支援的生態系統。為支撐這一目標,GSMA將建立一套行為準則,以確保進行的所有活動都能嚴格遵守隱私法規。此外,GSMA還將致力於將流程標準化,利用通用演算法和流程來生成見解,以及界定事實標準輸出格式,用於分享見解和提供見解的機制。

針對流行病的首批社會公益大數據計畫試驗,將於6月份由巴帝電信在印度、西班牙電信在巴西,以及挪威電信在孟加拉、 緬甸和泰國率先啟動。多營運商試驗的目的在於發展疾病傳播監測、警告、預測和管理相關的共同能力,如果無法遏止,疾病傳播可能引發流行病。營運商將在試驗期間根據匿名中繼資料提供見解,利用常用資料饋送和演算法來提供人類活動模式的相關見解。這些試驗將利用醫院參與量、死亡人數和天氣資料等第三方資料來源來強化此類資訊,從而提供富有意義的見解,而當地和國際政府及人道主義機構可利用這些見解,做出何時、何地、如何部署資源的相關決策。GSMA預期將在2018年2月舉行的世界移動大會期間公佈這些試驗結果。

加強對永續發展目標的影響

社會公益大數據計畫將對多項永續發展目標產生積極影響,包括SDG 1(消除貧困)、SDG 3(良好健康與福祉)、SDG 9 (產業、創新和基礎設施)、SDG 10(縮小不平等差距)、SDG 11(永續城市和社區)、SDG 13(氣候行動)和SDG 17(邁向目標的合作夥伴關係)。

除社會公益大數據計畫之外,GSMA和聯合國「全球脈動」(Global Pulse)計畫也已在《社會公益行動數據現狀》(State of Mobile Data for Social Good)報告編製方面展開合作。該報告介紹了由行動生成的見解整合迄今為止獲得的大量證據,在達成重要的公共政策目標過程中展現的潛在價值。本報告還提供了已經完成的研究和試行範例,並重點提到供需方所面臨的主要挑戰和所受到的限制。此外,該研究還提出建議,以推動永續的公私合作,並促進行動數據的使用以產生社會影響。查詢詳情,請造訪:www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/programme/disaster-response/data-for-development

Granryd繼續說道:「社會公益大數據計畫將植基於已開發和開發中經濟體中各種規模營運商投資大數據以改善社會多個領域的全球範例。此外,它還將強化經由災難應變、行動健康、互聯生活等GSMA計畫獲得的體驗和見解,並以加快產生顯而易見的影響為重點,此類影響可進一步延伸以解決全球關注之其他領域的問題。」

欲瞭解有關社會公益大數據計畫的更多資訊,請造訪www.gsma.com/betterfuture/bd4sg

編者按:

1. Dye, Christopher《2015年之後:健康和發展新時代下的傳染病》;《皇家學會哲學彙刊,B輯:生物科學》369.1645 (2014): 20130426;PMC 網站;2017年2月23日。http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1645/20130426

2. 《GSMA人道主義連通性憲章》http://www.gsma.com/mobilefordevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Charter_Activites_document.pdf

3. 聯合國糧食及農業組織(FAO)《災害對農業和食品安全的影響》http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5128e.pdf

關於 GSMA

GSMA代表全球行動營運商的共同權益。GSMA在更廣泛的全球行動生態系統中連結著近800家行動營運商、近300家企業,其中包括手機與裝置製造商、軟體公司、設備供應商、網際網路企業,以及相關產業組織。GSMA也是業界領先活動的主辦者,如世界移動大會、世界移動大會-上海,世界移動大會-美洲,以及移動360系列會議等等。

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国連財団とGSMAが協力して公益のためのデータ利用を支援

スペイン・バルセロナ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(ビジネスワイヤ)国連財団とGSMAは本日、モバイル・ワールド・コングレスで提携を発表しました。この提携は、特に国連の持続可能な開発目標(SDG)の支援に向けて公益のためにデータの力を利用可能にするという共通目標を活用するものです。

国連財団のキャシー・カルビン総裁兼最高経営責任者(CEO)は、次のように述べています。「デジタル技術から生まれたデータのより良い利用は、持続可能な開発目標を達成してより多くの命を救い、より多くの女性の地位を向上させ、より包括的なデジタル社会を実現するための活動を加速させる可能性を秘めています。当財団は、進歩に向けたデータの可能性に多額の投資を行い、そのビジョンを現実できる適切なパートナーと共に取り組んでいます。私たちがSDG実行の支援に努める中で、GSMAは理想的なパートナーです。」

国連財団は、ビッグデータを利用してSDGの達成を目指そうと部門・地域横断的に共働するいくつかの協力組織を主催しており、GSMAとの提携ではこれらの協力組織やその活動を活用します。

GSMAが代表するモバイル業界は、業界全体でSDGに取り組む初の業界となります。2016年9月に、GSMAは「モバイル業界の影響報告書:持続可能な開発目標」を発行しました。これはSDGの達成に関する当業界の現在の影響を評価するもので、現在はその影響の加速・増幅に焦点を当てています。SDGに関する取り組みをさらに推進するために、GSMAはプロジェクト・エブリワンと提携し、消費者を教育してSDGを支援する活動を行うよう促すアプリ「SDGイン・アクション」を開発しました。

GSMAのマッツ・グランリド事務局長は、次のように述べています。「私たちの会員企業は持続可能な開発目標を積極的に受け入れて支援しており、私たちは金融包摂、エネルギー、農業、男女平等などの分野で既に3000万人以上に直接的な影響を及ぼしています。開発に向けたデータ利用の強化に焦点を当てる国連財団、その協力組織、その他の利害関係者と協力して取り組むことで、SDGの達成に向けて世界のコミュニティーを支援する私たちの活動を拡大したいと願っています。」

この新たな提携では、次の分野での協力を模索します。

  • 会議の招集 – GSMAと国連財団は、社会的利益のためのビッグデータ利用への扉を開くための障壁に対処すべく、モバイル業界や開発コミュニティーの代表者と政策立案者を招集します。
  • 調査と提唱活動 – 両組織は、共同作業と提唱活動に情報を与え得るSDGの進捗状況を追跡するために、継続的に調査・知見を共有し、データ利用のための最優良事例を研究します。
  • 国内協力 – 両パートナーは、GSMAの会員企業と国連財団の協力組織が公益活動のためのデータ利用に関連すると考える国内プロジェクトに共同で取り組む機会を模索します。

GSMAは本日、「社会的利益のためのビッグデータ(Big Data for Social Good)」イニシアチブを開始しました。これは、モバイル通信事業者のビッグデータ機能を活用し、伝染病や自然災害などの人道危機に対処するものです。このプログラムは、世界をリードするモバイル通信事業者16社と共に立ち上げます。これらの事業者は全体で、100カ国以上で20億を超す接続をサポートしています。国連財団はサポート・パートナーとして、より広範なエコシステムとの連携や統合について協力します。この発表については、http://www.gsma.com/newsroom/press-release/gsma-launches-big-data-for-social-good/でご入手いただけます。

国連財団は、世界の最も差し迫った問題に対処すべく官民連携を構築し、提唱活動やパブリックアウトリーチ活動を通じて国連への支援を拡大しています。革新的なキャンペーンや取り組みを通じて、当財団は人々、アイデア、資源を結び付け、国連が世界的な問題を解決するのを支援しています。当財団は、起業家で慈善家のテッド・ターナー氏による米国の慈善団体として1998年に創設され、現在は慈善団体、企業、政府、個人の寄附で支えられています。詳細については、www.unfoundation.orgをご覧ください。

GSMAは世界中のモバイル通信事業者を代表する団体で、モバイル事業約800社を結集しています。そのうち約300社は携帯電話機および端末メーカー、ソフトウエア企業、機器プロバイダー、インターネット企業など、広範囲なモバイル・エコシステムを構成する企業であり、関連業界セクターの組織も参加しています。GSMAはモバイル・ワールド・コングレス、モバイル・ワールド・コングレス上海、モバイル・ワールド・コングレス・アメリカズ、モバイル360シリーズといった業界を主導するイベントの開催も行っています。www.gsma.com

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An Exemplary Mobile App “Hello Hope” Brought the Second Prize to Turkcell From GSMA 2017

BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) has been deemed worthy of an award for Hello Hope, the unique application for Syrian Refugees, at the Glomo Awards in GSMA Mobile World Congress. The Hello Hope mobile application, developed with the aim of serving solution for Syrian refugees’ needs in learning Turkish, communication and accessing information for daily life, was awarded for “Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations” in the “Social & Economic Development” category. Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioglu has received the awards at the ceremony held on Tuesday, 28th of February.

With the prestigious award, Turkcell left behind many strongly competing projects in the same category. “Hello Hope” application helps solving language difficulties by teaching basic Turkish vocabulary through language flashcards on most common issues and providing instant speech translation. A section on Frequently Asked Questions includes info on refugee registration processes, access to public services such as education and health, and a location-based service option guiding users to nearby facilities. One-click access to Turkey’s only Arabic language call centre contributes to the experience.

“We aim to make everyone have the same conditions everywhere”

Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioğlu emphasized the role of technology in benefits for society; “We have always aim to transform the technology that we have in to benefits for society. We set off on the Hello Hope project with this ideal. We wished for individuals staying in our country to have access to the same conditions as we do. 3 million Syrians are living in Turkey, which has the highest number of refugees among the host countries in the world, and as Turkcell we provide service to 1.3 million of them. Our aim was to prevent all immigrants whose native language is Arabic, Syrians in particular, from feeling out of place in terms of language and culture. Thus in September 2016 we launched the “Hello Hope” application developed by Turkcell Academy. With our project aiming to ease the daily life of Syrians and offer them a chance at adaptation, the application has been downloaded approximately 300 thousand times.
And today, this meaningful reward we received here proved the success of both the Hello Hope and the path we follow. We will continue to be by the side of refugees in our country with our technology during their integration process.”

Turkcell integrated application into temporary shelter
In the second phase of the “Hello Hope” project, first implemented as a mobile application by Turkcell, an education centre was opened in the Kahramanmaraş Temporary Housing Center in collaboration with AFAD, Prodea Systems and Naiim. At the centre, Arabic K-12 education for children and young people, as well as the opportunity for adults to learn Turkish through news, health and everyday living content is provided. Turkcell also offers 4.5G mobile communication and high speed fiber internet services in the centre. Kahramanmaraş, has an added significance in being the first centre where high speed fiber internet services are offered to refugees free of charge.

Samenvatting: United Nations Foundation en GSMA werken samen aan data voor het goede doel

BARCELONA, Spanje–(BUSINESS WIRE)–De United Nations Foundation en de GSMA hebben vandaag op het Mobile World Congress bekendgemaakt samen te werken, om met vereende kracht de mogelijkheden van data te ontsluiten voor het goede. Ze zetten zich specifiek in voor de VN-doelstellingen voor duurzame ontwikkeling.

“Betere benutting van data die digitale technologie oplevert, biedt mogelijkheden voor een snellere verwezenlijking van doelstellingen voor duurzame ontwikkeling, zoals het redden van meer levens, emancipatie van meer vrouwen en de creatie van een inclusievere maatschappij”, zei Kathy Calvin, president en ceo van de UN Foundation. “De Foundation is enorm toegewijd aan de inzet van data voor vooruitgang. Samenwerkingen met de juiste partners kunnen die visie tot realiteit maken. De GSMA is een ideale partner voor de implementatie van de VN-doelstellingen voor duurzame ontwikkeling.”

Deze bekendmaking is officieel geldend in de originele brontaal. Vertalingen zijn slechts als leeshulp bedoeld en moeten worden vergeleken met de tekst in de brontaal, die als enige rechtsgeldig is.

Samenvatting: GSMA publiceert eerste jaarrapport over Humanitarian Connectivity Charter

BARCELONA, Spanje–(BUSINESS WIRE)–De GSMA heeft vandaag het eerste rapport over zijn Humanitarian Connectivity Charter gepubliceerd. Daarin besteedt de belangenvereniging aandacht aan de inzet van van deelnemende mobielnetwerkexploitanten voor paraatheid en hulpacties in 2016. Het jaarrapport brengt de geboekte vooruitgang onder het Humanitarian Connectivity Charter in kaart en legt mondiale acties tegen humanitaire crises vast, variërend van hulp aan vluchtelingen in Europa tot het beperken van de schade als gevolg van natuurrampen. Het toont aan dat de mobiele sector een kritieke rol speelt bij herstel na rampen en in de komende jaren als nullijn fungeert voor metingen van vooruitgang. De GSMA maakte ook bekend dat het Charter steun krijg van het agentschap voor vluchtelingen van de Verenigde Naties, de UNHCR. Daarmee voegt de VN-organisatie zich bij 108 netwerkexploitanten en zes humanitaire en technische partners, die samen in potentie 1,3 miljard mensen kunnen bereiken.

Deze bekendmaking is officieel geldend in de originele brontaal. Vertalingen zijn slechts als leeshulp bedoeld en moeten worden vergeleken met de tekst in de brontaal, die als enige rechtsgeldig is.

Diamond Trade Hopeful for Polished Price Rebound

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Diamond trading this February was slower than in previous years, with buyers pushing for deeper discounts and suppliers expecting firmer prices at the Hong Kong show. Sentiment improved, as dealers anticipate U.S. and Chinese jewelers will start replacing inventory sold during the holiday seasons.

The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI) for 1-carat polished diamonds declined 0.3% in February and was down 1.2% from the beginning of the year.

 
RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI)
        February      

YTD
(Jan. – Feb.)

     

Y2Y
Mar. 1, 2016 – Mar. 1, 2017

RAPI 0.30 ct.       0.5%       0.2%       -5.5%
RAPI 0.50 ct. -1.1% -2.9% -9.0%
RAPI 1 ct. -0.3% -1.2% -7.5%
RAPI 3 ct.      

0.0%

      -0.5%       -6.7%

© Copyright 2017, Rapaport USA Inc.

The Rapaport Monthly Report – March 2017 notes that polished inventories are rising as major manufacturers return to full polished production following strong rough buying in January and February. Rough demand was steady, with De Beers February sight valued at $545 million, following a large $720 million January sale. Profit margins tightened in 2017 as rough prices firmed and polished prices softened.

The effect of India’s demonetization policy has stabilized. Smaller diamond and jewelry companies must improve transparency and shift to electronic payments. Higher governance and compliance standards in all industry centers will enable greater bank financing and improve profitability.

Greater investment in marketing will raise consumer demand and ensure long-term profitability. Larger marketing budgets are required to strengthen the status of natural diamonds as an emotional store of value, following disappointing sales during the Christmas and Chinese New Year seasons.

Hopes are high for the Hong Kong show, as jewelers are expected to return to the market. Rough sales are projected to slow as a large volume of new polished supply hits the market in the second quarter. Suppliers hope polished prices will increase, enabling a return to profits. Excess supply may put a strain on midstream inventory if the expected rise in polished demand doesn’t materialize.

The Rapaport Monthly Report is available at store.rapaport.com/monthly-report.

Ambionics Achieves Breakthrough Development of Unique Child Prosthetic With Stratasys 3D Printing

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced that its multi-material, multi-color PolyJet 3D printing technology has enabled Ben Ryan, founder of Ambionics, to create a fully-functioning 3D printed hydraulic prosthetic for his two year old son, Sol.

Researching infant development with prosthetics, Ben Ryan has developed a unique prosthetic for infants to wear, enabling a more natural acceptance of prosthetic arms for young children. An unparalleled innovation within this sphere of the medical field, the customized design and production of the 3D printed hydraulic prosthetic has delivered cost savings of up to 76%, as well as time savings in design and production of 90%, compared to traditional methods of manufacture. This crucially permits prosthetics to be used at an earlier developmental stage.

When Ben’s son, Sol, was born in March 2015, complications resulted in the amputation of his lower left arm. Although able to keep approximately one inch of his lower arm, Sol would have to wait three years for a myoelectric prosthetic from the NHS*, and one year before a cosmetic, non-functional prosthesis would be fitted. Ben saw his son losing responsiveness and acceptance of his left arm, and decided to act.

Having undertaken extensive research into infant development, Ben saw that higher rejection rates occur when children are fit after the age of two years** and that early fitting of functional devices correlates with continued prosthetic use throughout childhood. Another study*** also found that children fitted before two years of age tend to accept their powered prosthesis more than those fitted after two years. With this in mind, Ben first designed a foam arm for his son, and later a hydraulic prosthetic, enabling Sol to move his thumb on his own.

Ben designed and created his 3D printed hydraulic prosthetic arm on the Stratasys Connex 3D Printer. First practicing with prototypes of his design, Ben 3D printed flexible actuators and a power-splitting unit (double acting helical bellow or DAHB) for the prosthetic. According to Ben, the DAHB unit enables the wearer to open and close the thumb in manual mode or with assistive power (using compressed air or a hydraulic pump and reservoir), but the grip continues to operate manually in the event of power interruption.

“The success of my patented DAHB mechanism draws on the advanced capabilities of the Stratasys Connex Printer – the ability to combine rigid and soft materials in a single print was vital to the success of the design,” explains Ben. “We were fortunate enough to have access to this technology, which enabled us to 3D print a prototype arm so quickly and cost-effectively. In founding Ambionics, it’s now my goal to ensure that other limb deficient children like my son are not faced with the current constraints and delays of traditional prosthetic manufacture.”

To develop the design for the prosthetic, Ben relied on the use of Autodesk Fusion 360.

“This is a very innovative and ambitious project and it’s been inspiring to work with Ben on it,” says Paul Sohi, a product design expert at Autodesk. “It is amazing that despite Ben having no real background in product design, he’s effectively taught himself enough to create something that will not only help his own son Sol, but in Ambionics, potentially others facing the same challenges too.”

As well as its lightweight 3D printed design that weighs less than traditional myoelectric alternatives, the hydraulic prosthetic is body-powered and enables infants to grow accustomed to their “arm” earlier than traditional fittings. The ability to operate without the need for any electronic devices or batteries is unique to the Ambionics design and mitigates the risk of injury.

Scan of the arm to wearable prosthetic in just five days

While the NHS takes 11 weeks to convert the plaster cast of the arm into a wearable prosthetic, Ben Ryan was able to produce the prosthetic in only five days. With the flexibility to keep the scan on file, the digital copy allows replacement prosthetics to be easily produced through 3D printing.

“Essentially the entire prosthetic is 3D printed,” Ben adds. “Only Stratasys’ strong rubber-like and dissolvable support 3D printing materials make production and use of the DAHB units possible. The internal cavities are complex and it would be impossible to remove the support material using mechanical means. The materials must also be strong yet flexible as they are used to transmit fluid pressure to operate the grip.”

Having patented its DAHB technology inside the prosthetic, Ambionics is aiming to offer the service to healthcare providers worldwide. Continuing its research and testing into infant development with prosthetics, the company is starting a Crowdfunding campaign on March 1st to enable medical device usability trials, which are required before seeking authorization to launch the product into the market.

“This case is indicative of 3D printing’s ability to improve lives by overcoming the traditional barriers of low-volume manufacturing,” says Scott Rader, General Manager, Healthcare Solutions, Stratasys. “We continue to support and enable innovators like Ben to bring customization to mainstream prosthetics manufacture,” he concludes.

*UK National Health Service

**J Prosthet Orthot. 2005;17:119–124

***Toda M, Chin T, Shibata Y, Mizobe F (2015) Use of Powered Prosthesis for Children with Upper Limb Deficiency at Hyogo Rehabilitation Center. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0131746. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131746

For more than 25 years, Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) has been a defining force and dominant player in 3D printing and additive manufacturing – shaping the way things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the company empowers customers across a broad range of vertical markets by enabling new paradigms for design and manufacturing. The company’s solutions provide customers with unmatched design freedom and manufacturing flexibility – reducing time-to-market and lowering development costs, while improving designs and communications. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the Stratasys ecosystem includes 3D printers for prototyping and production; a wide range of 3D printing materials; parts on-demand via Stratasys Direct Manufacturing; strategic consulting and professional services; and the Thingiverse and GrabCAD communities with over 2 million 3D printable files for free designs. With more than 2,700 employees and 1200 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents, Stratasys has received more than 30 technology and leadership awards. Visit us online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com/, and follow us on LinkedIn.

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RealWear to Lead Industry Discussions on Hands-Free, Head-Mounted Tablets, Internet of Voice at Wearable Technology Show 2017

LONDON & MILPITAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RealWear, makers of the HMT-1, the first industrial head-mounted Android tablet, will lead industry discussions on hands-free, head-mounted tablets and the Internet of Voice, and will showcase its flagship HMT-1 product as part of Wearable Technology Show 2017 in London, England, March 7–8, 2017. The two-day conference and exhibition is Europe’s biggest event for wearables, AR and VR, IoT, and Connected Technology. RealWear President & Chief Product Officer Sanjay Jhawar will deliver the opening keynote: “Enterprise Wearables Will Drive the Internet of Voice” on March 7th at 9:40am, and will present “The Head-Mounted Tablet: Pragmatic Assisted Reality in Rugged Outdoor Scenarios” on March 7th at 2:40pm. Additionally, RealWear will be exhibiting in stand D70. RealWear’s Pioneer Program Member, Intoware, will be featuring WorkfloPlus, a mobile workflow solution on the HMT-1.

“For field workers who struggle to hold enterprise tablets and mobile devices while also using tools and safety equipment, our message is Free Your Hands!” said Sanjay Jhawar, president & chief product officer, RealWear. “We are excited to show 100% hands-free productivity and safety for connected industrial workers with the HMT-1’s public debut in Europe at this event.”

EVENT DETAILS:

WHAT: RealWear to speak, exhibit and showcase HMT-1 at Wearable Technology Show 2017

WHO: Sanjay Jhawar, president & chief product officer, RealWear

WHEN:

  • RealWear will exhibit March 7–8, 2017, 9am-5:30pm in stand D70. Intoware’s WorkfloPlus solution will also be featured.
  • Sanjay Jhawar will deliver the opening keynote of the Wearable Innovation Showcase: “Enterprise Wearables will Drive the Internet of Voice” on March 7th, 2017 at 9:40am.
  • Sanjay Jhawar will present “The Head-Mounted Tablet: Pragmatic Assisted Reality in Rugged Outdoor Scenarios” as part of the “Case Studies” session in the AR, VR & MXR Show on March 7th, 2017 at 2:40pm.

WHERE: Wearable Technology 2017 takes place at ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL.

The RealWear HMT-1 is a voice-powered, completely hands-free, head-mounted tablet designed for skilled technicians and engineers in field service, equipment inspection, maintenance, and complex manufacturing assembly. Its intuitive, hands-free interface allows voice control of existing Android tablet and smartphone apps. Intended for remote video collaboration, technical documentation, industrial IoT data visualization, assembly and maintenance instructions, and streamlined inspections, the HMT-1 is a safer, faster and smarter way for workers to get their jobs done in harsh and loud field and manufacturing environments. General availability of the HMT-1 will commence in July 2017.

For more information, please visit www.realwear.com.

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About RealWear

RealWear is a Silicon Valley company building the world’s first voice-powered, hands-free and fully rugged head-mounted tablet solution for connected industrial workers. Our team of seasoned executives and human factors experts hails from the ultra-rugged smartphone, smart glasses micro display and industrial augmented reality spaces. Together, we are engineering wearable hardware, software, cloud and AI solutions for enterprises in heavy industry. For more information, visit www.realwear.com.

Versum Materials Expands Manufacturing Capacity, Creates New Jobs at Its Delivery Systems and Service Headquarters

TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE: VSM), a leading materials supplier to the semiconductor industry, announced today that it would expand its manufacturing capacity at its Delivery Systems and Service (DS&S) headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania. To support customer demand and the growth in its DS&S business, new positions will be created for highly skilled technicians, engineers, quality control personnel, and manufacturing and support staff.

The timing of the expansion aligns with the 25th anniversary of manufacturing at the Allentown location. The 31,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility was established in 1992 as the Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing Center (SEMC) of Air Products, which Versum Materials spun-off from in October 2016. The facility will be rebranded Vultee Street as part of this announcement.

The manufacturing capacity expansion will serve the semiconductor, LCD and LED markets around the globe with gas and chemical delivery equipment designed to meet their precise purity and safety requirements. This investment will increase the production of Versum Materials’ line of GASGUARD® ultra-high purity specialty gas equipment and CHEMGUARD® chemical delivery equipment.

Last year, Versum Materials increased capacity at its DS&S manufacturing location in Ansan, South Korea, where in addition to the above-mentioned equipment, it produces a line of GASKEEPER™ specialty gas equipment designed specifically for the region.

“We are excited about our prospects for growth in the industry and supporting our valued customers with state-of-the-art, high-purity equipment. We are enhancing our manufacturing capacity to keep pace with our customers’ increasing requirements for more flexibility and shorter lead times,” said Jeff White, vice president and general manager of DS&S.

The company expects the expansion of the Allentown facility to be complete this spring. A list of open positions can be found on the company’s career page.

About Versum Materials

Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE: VSM) is a leading electronic materials company providing high-purity chemicals and gases, delivery systems, services and materials expertise to meet the evolving needs of the global semiconductor, display and LED industries. Derived from the Latin word for “toward,” the name “Versum” communicates the company’s deep commitment to helping customers move toward the future by collaborating, innovating and creating cutting-edge solutions.

A global leader in technology, quality, safety and reliability, Versum Materials is one of the world’s leading suppliers of next generation CMP slurries, ultra-thin dielectric and metal film precursors, formulated cleans and etching products, and delivery equipment that has revolutionized the semiconductor industry. Versum Materials, which began “regular way” trading October 3, 2016 on the NYSE as an independent company, has annual sales of approximately $1 billion, 1,900 employees and 10 major facilities in Asia and North America. It is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to its separation on October 1, 2016, Versum Materials had operated for more than three decades as a division of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD).

For additional information, please visit http://www.versummaterials.com.

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BluHaptics Secures Additional Investments to Support Growth

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BluHaptics, the software company pioneering new solutions for telerobotics, has secured $1.36 million in Series A financing. This investment follows more than a million dollars in recent U.S. government grants, which together will be used to support the company’s expansion and launch of its first commercially available product.

Seattle Angel Fund, a member-directed investment fund focusing on early-stage, growth-oriented businesses in the Pacific Northwest, led the round with participation from Seattle’s Alliance of Angels.

“We are as excited about the management team they have put in place as we are about their groundbreaking technology,” said Susan Preston, managing member of the Seattle Angel Fund. “We believe BluHaptics is well poised to transform the telerobotics market.”

BluHaptics’ scientists have integrated advanced applications of three core technologies – real-time modeling, machine learning and haptic feedback – to create the next generation of software for telerobotics. Featuring a more user-friendly, visual interface, this new system makes it significantly easier for operators to interact with and control remote robots in often dangerous and unpredictable environments.

“We are meeting with companies in the subsea and space sectors who are particularly impressed with the ease and precision our interactive software brings to mission-critical tasks,” explains BluHaptics CEO Don Pickering. “Whether robots are working deep in the ocean on an oil rig or in space to maintain satellites, our software is extending the reach of what robotics can achieve while at the same time enhancing productivity and safety.”

The robotics market is poised for significant growth, with International Data Corporation anticipating worldwide spending on robotics and related services to hit $135.4 billion in 2019, up from an estimated $71 billion in global robotics spending in 2015.

Early research and development for BluHaptics technology was supported in part by CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub. The company has since moved to new offices in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, with an expanded robotics laboratory, and hired additional software developers and business development professionals.

The full release of BluHaptics’ new application for underwater manipulator arms is scheduled for summer 2017.

About BluHaptics

BluHaptics is building the world’s first commercial software dedicated to robotic intervention and manipulation. Based in Seattle, the company is a spin-out of the esteemed University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and Electrical Engineering Department. BluHaptics’ team of experts from computer vision and machine learning, interactive UI, control systems, offshore engineering, and enterprise applications have built a technology platform that will transform the safety and efficiency of teleoperated robots and platforms. For more information, please visit www.bluhaptics.com.