Quantela, T-Mobile Partner for IoT

BILLERICA, MA, Dec 9, 2022 – Digital infrastructure leader, Quantela Inc. announced a new alliance agreement with T-Mobile to combine T-Mobile’s existing IoT assets and cellular connectivity with Quantela’s established smart city software and hardware solutions to bring a more competitive IoT offering to the US market which will open the doors for accelerated city digitization.

Quantela

This powerful collaboration creates greater value for cities and utilities, particularly in the smart lighting space, which is often seen as a gateway initiative to help cities fund further digitization efforts. Through the alliance, Quantela’s Narrowband IoT (NBIoT) street light controllers will be connected to T-Mobile’s nationwide network and managed through a Quantela software platform to offer customers reduced capital and maintenance costs, reduced energy consumption and expenses, and enable greater network security and coverage across the US versus LED lights without smart controls.

By joining forces, T-Mobile can expand their existing IoT portfolio, and leverage Quantela’s software solutions to give their customers a unified command and control platform to connect, view and manage data across all their IoT assets. Once deployed, cities and utilities can stack all existing and future IoT devices onto Quantela’s open architecture technology, optimizing and accelerating their ability to digitize additional city services like traffic management or energy metering to create safer, more sustainable communities for their constituents.

“This strategic alliance helps us enhance and accelerate penetration of NBIoT streetlight controllers managed through Quantela software, further strengthening our position as a leader in the smart lighting market. Additionally, we can grow our software footprint through T-Mobile’s existing IoT customer base who are looking for a unified smart city platform to manage their data and more importantly use that data to deliver greater economic, environmental, and societal outcomes for their communities.” said Amr Salem, chief executive officer, Quantela.

About Quantela Inc.

Quantela Inc. founded in 2015, is a technology company that offers end-to-end infrastructure digitization solutions to help cities and communities meet their economic, social, and environmental objectives. Today, working with cities and towns; utilities, and public venues, their team of 400+ experts offer a vast array of outcomes business models through technologies like digital advertising, smart lighting, smart traffic, and digitized citizen services. They are supported by their key investors, Digital Alpha, a leading alternative asset manager focused on digital infrastructure; and Energy Impact Partners, a global investment platform leading the transition to a sustainable energy future. The company is headquartered in MA, USA with offices across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Aetina Launches AIE-CP1A-A1 ASIC-Based Edge AI System by Blaize

NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan, Dec 9, 2022 – Aetina, an edge AI solution provider that offers embedded computing hardware and software for AI and IoT, has launched a new ASIC-based edge AI system powered by the programmable Blaize Pathfinder P1600 Embedded System on Module (SoM). The Aetina AI inference system—AIE-CP1A-A1—is a small-sized embedded computer designed for different computer vision applications, including object detection, human motion detection, and automated inspection.

Aetina AI inference system—AIE-CP1A-A1

The AIE-CP1A-A1 model features the small form factor Blaize Pathfinder P1600 Embedded SoM, ideal for rugged and challenging environments and embedded systems that need extended temperature ranges. It features Dual ARM Cortex A53 processors, 16 GSP cores providing 16 TOPS AI performance, and the benefits of low memory bandwidth and low latency, making it capable of accelerating neural network (NN) deployment and deep learning (DL) process.

Based on the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture, the Pathfinder enables energy-efficient processing power ideal for AI inferencing workloads at the edge, easily plugs into a custom carrier board, and runs autonomously or integrated within a larger system. Due to its compact, fanless design and multiple I/O ports, the AIE-CP1A-A1 can fit both commercial and industrial-grade AI-powered systems that involve vision AI-related inference. The Blaize Pathfinder also supports H.264/H.265 video encoder and decoder, making it compatible with different sensors to run quick image recognition and video analytics tasks.

Aetina offers customized carrier boards and computer cases for sophisticated system integration and chip-down design service to provide other kinds of embedded computing models, such as single-board computer (SBC) with the Blaize Pathfinder in addition to regular box PCs. Moreover, Aetina helps developers convert their AI inference models to a format that can run and function normally on edge devices built with ASIC chips.

“We are now expanding our edge computing product line to bring more GPU and ASIC-based solutions to help developers build their AI systems in various verticals and industries,” said Jackal Chen, senior product manager at Aetina. “The AIE-CP1A-A1 model, powered by Blaize Pathfinder P1600 SoM, is our first ASIC-based system. In the future, by integrating different types of chips and modules, we can offer heterogeneous computing devices that are suitable for different AI models.”

“Keeping AI processing and inferencing workloads at the edge, rather than sending data to the cloud, is critical for cost-effective and almost latency-free AI applications,” said Dinakar Munagala, CEO and co-founder of Blaize. “The Pathfinder SoM and our GSP architecture enable this key business objective for the demands of computer vision applications, including object detection, autonomous optical inspection, robotics, and more.”

Additionally, Aetina is now developing more ASIC-based AI accelerators with M.2 and EDSFF specification for developers, speeding up the inference processes of their AI models at the edge.

For more information, please visit Aetina website.

Xaar Opens New Inkjet Printing Laboratory in Shenzhen, China

CAMBRIDGE, UK, Dec 9, 2022 – Xaar has opened a state-of-the-art inkjet printing laboratory in Shenzhen, China, comprising the latest printhead test equipment and print process experimentation platforms. Utilizing its own printheads, ink recirculation system and fluids, Xaar will collaborate with leading local electronics companies to achieve synergy across the industry supply chain.

The laboratory will focus on providing Xaar’s customers and partners in China, including scientific research institutions, a variety of services. This will include support in areas such as sample printing, solution development, printhead nozzle status detection and waveform adjustments for new applications, providing a printing solution showcase and technical consultation for the greater use of inkjet technologies.

Sectors supported include ceramics, glass, PCB, textiles, 3D printing, packaging and labels, with inkjet printing support provided locally to help customers develop more targeted application solutions and achieve faster innovation cycles, all whilst reducing their R&D investment.

Graham Tweedale

Graham Tweedale, COO at Xaar, said; “We are delighted to establish our Inkjet Printing Lab and provide an enhanced development platform for all our customers and partners in China. Xaar’s industry-leading technology and products, market-proven solutions and technical support will be fully utilized to better serve our customers, meeting the needs of an extensive range of users to achieve greater cooperation and a ‘win-win’ for us all.”

About Xaar

Xaar is an inkjet innovator, providing printheads and technologies for OEM and UDI customers worldwide.

By helping customers lay down precise volumes of inks and fluids with absolute pin-point accuracy, time after time, Xaar’s inkjet printheads and technologies meet the needs of numerous markets. Covering graphics, labelling, direct-to-shape, packaging, product decoration, ceramic tile and glass decoration, décor, and outer case coding applications – as well as printing with specialist functional fluids for advanced manufacturing techniques.

Collaboration is at the very core of its business. Xaar works as a trusted partner from sites in Europe, China, and North America, providing expert insights and technical support every step of the way.

With over 30 years’ experience, around 300 patents registered or pending, and major ongoing R&D investment, Xaar’s digital printhead and precision jetting technologies create infinite opportunities for today’s sustainable manufacturing innovation.

For more information, visit www.xaar.com.

Rohde & Schwarz, Löhnert Introduce Automated Turnkey Solution

Together with its partner Löhnert Elektronik, Rohde & Schwarz has introduced a fully automated turnkey solution for bumper production radar transparency testing based on the successful R&S QAR50. The lightweight and compact setup of the R&S QAR50-R facilitates precise positioning of the measurement antennas, allowing faster, more accurate and convenient testing. This leads to higher throughput and yeilds as well as more flexiblity to adapt to different DUTs, for End-of-line (EOL) measurements of bumpers and other exterior parts.

Highly integrated measurement solution based on the R&S QAR50 impresses with precise measurements and maximum flexibility.

The imaging capabilities of the R&S QAR and R&S QAR50 allow for reliable and precise testing of large areas of the bumper. Both instruments are optimized for measuring automotive radomes and smaller exterior vehicle components. Due to their sheer dimensions, measuring bumpers and larger exterior parts comes with additional challenges. Up to now, it has been challenging to measure complex and physically large parts in production. In order to provide a more advanced solution to those challenges, Rohde & Schwarz and Löhnert Elektronik have developed with a new turnkey solution for measuring automotive radomes in of all forms and shapes.

Based on the R&S QAR50 automotive radome tester, the R&S QAR50-R is able to measure the RF transmission, transmission phase and reflection of devices under test. Thanks to the electronic focusing, the instrument fulfills even the highest demands in terms of precision and accuracy in a production environment. The optionally available verification set allows radome and bumper suppliers trace the results back to national and international standards.

The R&S QAR50-R was designed with a focus on compactness and low weight in order to be compatible with standard 6-axis robots. Due to its design, the R&S QAR50-R reaches positions that could hardly be handled with other available test systems.

About Rohde & Schwarz

Founded more than 85 years ago, the Rohde & Schwarz group is a partner for industry and government customers around the globe. On June 30, 2021, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,000 employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.34 billion in the 2020/2021 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

TPM Achieves Autodesk Elite Construction Partner Status

GREENVILLE, SC, Dec 9, 2022 – TPM, a Southeast-based digital technology organization, has achieved Autodesk Construction Cloud Elite partner status that enables TPM to provide the complete portfolio of Autodesk Construction products and services to further support the Construction industry. This achievement bolsters TPM’s ability to enhance the entire Project lifecycle from Design to pre-construction, Construction, and Facility Management, connecting and enhancing all members of a Project. This new partnership level supports TPM’s Vivid Vision of becoming one of the leading digital transformation consulting firms serving architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing.

To support this dedicated focus on construction technology, TPM has promoted new leadership, including Jon Deming to associate director of technical solutions and Joel Hanneman to director of technical solutions. In addition, TPM has added Scott Anderson as technical manager for construction technology. These changes come as TPM continues its investment in software and hardware resources to provide construction industry professionals with the best possible products and services.

TPM is an Autodesk Construction Cloud Elite Partner with a portfolio that includes Autodesk’s Build, Assemble, Building Connected, and more. In addition to its Construction portfolio, TPM also leverages TrebleHook, an AEC-focused CRM solution, and Leica Geosystems laser scanning hardware and reality capture services. With these industry-leading products and personnel changes, TPM is well-positioned to provide construction industry professionals with the support and services they need from concept through project closeout.

“TPM has the vision to become a leading consultant in the AEC and Manufacturing space. Enhancing our 30+ year relationship with Autodesk to now be the highest level of Construction Certified partner only supports our vision. We are extremely excited about this achievement and the associated team members at TPM who will lead this charge,” said Chris Fay, president of TPM.

“We are excited to have TPM join us as an Elite partner for the Autodesk Construction Cloud portfolio. Our focus is on building the right tools to maximize efficiency on every construction site to minimize errors,” said Angi Izzi, senior director of partnerships and digital sales, Autodesk Construction Solutions. “It’s imperative to provide scale to our construction customers with a well-enabled channel to help drive significant adoption. This significant investment in technology & partners maximizes our customer’s ability to deliver high-quality projects within budgets, timelines, and with success.”

Partners within the Elite Construction Partner program are uniquely positioned to provide customers with clarity on their current tech stack, a deep understanding of how the continuation of technology adoption can increase their current capabilities and processes, and first-class implementation services to ensure all desired outcomes.

TPM remains dedicated to helping construction industry professionals win more business, improve their designs, and deliver more work. With its team of construction experts, the addition of new products, and personnel changes, TPM is well-positioned to do just that.

About TPM

TPM is a Southeast-based digital technology organization with a portfolio of industry-leading software, hardware, and services that helps architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers win more business, improve their designs, and deliver more work.

For more information about TPM, visit www.tpm.com.

About Autodesk

Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Their technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to more mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps our customers to design and make a better world for all.

For more information, visit autodesk.com.

Eyrus Launches ‘Eyrus, Evolved’

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 9, 2022 – Eyrus, the leading work-site intelligence platform for the construction and oil and gas industries, today announced significant platform advancements with the launch of ‘Eyrus, Evolved,’ the industry’s most complete, end-to-end solution to help general contractors make better decision related to progress, risk and safety. This new iteration of the award-winning platform comes as Eyrus reaches a significant milestone of 7500 registered companies.

“Eyrus, Evolved builds on our standing commitment to provide customers with automated solutions that provide objective insights into the most costly and risky component of any construction project–the workforce,”said Eyrus CEO and co-founder Alexandra McManus. “Eyrus has always focused on being an easy-to-use, non-intrusive system that provides comprehensive workforce data and analytics. Now, we’ve taken it to a new level so that they can make the best possible decisions in real time.”

Eyrus, Evolved includes these expanded offerings and benefits:

  • Onboarding/Self Registration: Self-perform and trade partner workers simply scan a QR code or tap a link in a text message to register for a new project, making it easier than ever to get started on a project on their time. Registration activities include completing and signing off on project training and onboarding materials, entering their demographic information, and verifying necessary certifications. Worker registrations can be processed through an approval workflow on the Eyrus platform, which is expected to greatly reduce the administration burden placed on project teams and cut registration/onboarding time by 50%.
  • Integration with Third Party Background Check Providers: Eyrus has developed integrations with multiple identity verification and background check companies to streamline the worker onboarding process. Once a worker registers for a project, Eyrus embeds background checks into the onboarding workflow, continuing to reduce administrative burden for project teams and eliminate having to manage multiple steps in the process.
  • Hardware-Free Deployment and Digital Badges: With Eyrus, Evolved, each worker’s mobile phone can now act as a “digital badge” for controlling site access, geo-locating workers in defined project work areas, and ensuring workers are accounted for in case of a safety or emergency event. This functionality eliminates the need for onsite hardware – beacons and badges – resulting in a 40% reduction in the cost of deploying the Eyrus solution.
  • Remote Badge Printing: In response to feedback from customers, Eyrus now offers remote badge printing, whereby badges can be printed remotely and sent out upon worker registration approval. This reduces the burden on project teams, eliminating the need to hand out badges and beacons.
  • Enhanced Worker Collaboration: Site teams now have the option to allow workers to view and edit their time sheets based on system permissions. This increases the transparency of data collected to the worker level, which in turn improves adoption and collaboration.

“The worker–and all of the intelligence generated through their work–is the ‘single source of truth’ about a project,” explained Eyrus COO and co-founder Hussein Cholkamy. “By collecting and analyzing objective and consistent data through a Centralized Workforce Database in real-time, Eyrus enables project teams to proactively respond, in dynamic project environments, to positively impact schedule, safety and cost. These new features are critical to the role Eyrus plays in supporting project teams.”

According to KPMG’s 2021 Global Construction Survey, Advanced Data Analytics tools like Eyrus were ranked the third-most-influential technology, with the potential to deliver the greatest overall return on investment to construction owners and contractors. Eyrus, Evolved’s capabilities are a prime example of how technology can drive greater efficiency and lower costs while improving worker safety.

By leveraging Construction IoT (Internet of Things), the Eyrus platform reduces the project administrative burden by 25% by automating key processes including worker onboarding, project time keeping and compliance reporting. From owners-rep resources down to the lowest tier trade partner, Eyrus provides a complete view into the entire workforce deployed on a construction project.

About Eyrus

Co-founded in 2015 by CEO Alexandra McManus and COO Hussein Cholkamy, Eyrus has since provided value to over $250 billion worth of construction projects globally, saving them more than 510,000 management hours by automating data collection and more than $180 million in project dollars. Eyrus recently ranked for the second time in the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. With best-in-class technology tailored to deliver actionable insights in real time, the Eyrus jobsite intelligence platform ensures workers are deployed where needed at the right time, tracks progress across key areas of infrastructure projects, forecasts schedule deviations, and enables seamless communications among stakeholders and the fast and secure transfer of assets. Since launching in 2015, Eyrus has developed solutions that are single-mindedly focused on cost, accuracy and operational efficiency.

To learn more, visit www.eyrus.com.

AWE Seeks Submissions for XR Prize Challenge

NEW YORK, NY, Dec 9, 2022 – AWE, the world’s oldest and largest community of augmented reality and virtual reality professionals, seeks submissions by December 31, 2022 from global teams to compete for a $100,000 cash prize to fight climate change; using XR-based technologies, platforms and content. The XR Prize is fully committed to an open competition where anyone with a great idea can participate.

The XR Prize Challenge is a global competition harnessing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions, collectively referred to as XR, to help fight climate change. AWE is inviting submissions from teams and individuals, and especially collaborations between XR technologists and climate change experts from around the world to compete for the $100,000cash prize awarded to the best submission demonstrating a creative, functional, and impactful XR-based solution to help humanity in our fight against climate change.

The winning team will be announced at AWE 2023 in Santa Clara, CA on June 1, 2023 and presented with their prize money by AWE co-founder Ori Inbar at a gala Award event.

Full details may be found at https://www.awexr.com/xrprize with entries from companies, educational institutions, students, passionate individual developers as well as teams composed of all of the above.

Solutions will be judged on the total creativity, functionality, and impact of the entry to help humanity in our fight against the scourge of climate change in these 4 categories:

  • Replacing Wasteful Material Practices
  • Visualizing The Causes & Impacts Of Climate Change
  • Educating About Solutions To Climate Change
  • Optimizing Design & Execution Of Climate Solutions

A one-hour webinar on Thursday December 8 at 09:00 PST, hosted at www.awe.live, is open to any and all potential partners, participants and curious individuals to learn more. The webinar will also be recorded and available for viewing after the initial live broadcast for those whose timezone does not lend itself easily to participation.

Metaverse partner companies make XR prize equitable, accessible.

In order to make the XR Prize Challenge: Fight Climate Change as equitable and accessible as possible to a diverse population of participants (including non-technical teams), AWE has partnered with a host of leading-edge XR technical and platform partners. They will all be offering no-barrier access to their leading XR tools, hardware, and services for use in the MVP prototyping portion of the competition.

Technical partners generously donating solutions to participating XR Challenge teams include:

  • Arkio, Blippar, BundlAR, echo3D, Epson Moverio, Microsoft – StereoKit, Mixed Reality Toolkit, MetaVRse, Mozilla Hubs, PlugXR, Wonderland Engine, Zappar

Experts in sustainability providing coaching office hours:

To provide all competing teams with the most acclaimed cross-disciplinary counsel, a number of expert mentors in climate science, sustainability, and metaverse technologies have also generously donated their time to the Challenge.

Expert coaches include: Dr. Danny Pimentel, University of Oregon; Daniel Hartz, Sustainability Champions; Monica Wright, Noso Environmental; and Rick Davis, Lastbulb. Their full bios may be read at https://www.awexr.com/xrprize-mentors.

“There is truly no more important collective challenge facing humanity today than climate change – and XR is the ideal technology platform to try and develop creative solutions to address it,” said Ori Inbar, co-founder of AWE.

Additional background on The XR Prize:

The challenge:

Climate change is one of the most urgent and long-term threats to life as we know it, and deserves our attention as a species, as professionals, and as technology experts. While the causes and effects of climate change are understood intellectually, they are difficult to grasp viscerally or emotionally because they seem so disconnected from our daily lives and behaviors. One of the biggest challenges in raising awareness of the impacts of climate change is that it is hard to fight a threat you can’t see.

Additionally, while there are communities and communication platforms for those who wish to address climate change, these forums are often not as powerful as immersive solutions for educating people through direct and personal experience. Climate change subject matter experts and entrepreneurs struggle to inspire people and policy-makers to take action. Finally, engineers and other professionals need spatially immersive tools to help improve and optimize design and execution for solutions to fight climate change.

The opportunity:

XR, a technology that encompasses virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, is the ultimate tool to visualize information and generate empathy through immersive story-telling and spatial experiences. In recent years, XR has had a positive impact on the world thanks to its potential to mitigate climate change. Whether by reducing the need to travel, reducing manufacturing and product waste, or even reducing the need for real estate spaces, XR technology is helping numerous industries fight climate change. However, the XR industry can and should do much more! XR’s strength is to help simulate and visualize the invisible and make the problem of climate change personal to every individual.

About Augmented World Expo

AWE (Augmented World Expo) is the world’s leading AR+VR conference and expo with events in the USA, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. AWE events consistently bring together a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors and top press in a unique opportunity to learn, inspire, partner and experience firsthand one of the most exciting industries of their times.

For more information, visit www.awexr.com.