ID 142512525 © Siarhei Yurchanka | Dreamstime.com Some 80% of blockchain initiatives in the supply chain sector are unlikely to go beyond the pilot phase until at least 2022, according to new research from supply chain analyst Gartner.It said the main reason was that such initiatives had largely “pursued technology-oriented models that have been successful in other sectors, such as banking and insurance” and which were unsuitable for the way supply chains typically work.“Modern supply chains are very complex and require digital connectivity and agility across participants,” said Andrew Stevens, senior director analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice.“Many organisations believed blockchain could help navigate this complexity and pushed to create robust use cases for the supply chain. However, most of these use cases were inspired by pilots from the banking and insurance sector and didn’t work well in a supply chain environment.”Mr Stevens told The Loadstar he believed “mainstream adoption of the technology is at least five-to-ten years away”, but despite this seemingly depressing prognosis, developers should understand the ways in which blockchain projects have in fact already helped supply chain operators.“I tend not to look at blockchain as a pure technology, but rather as a toolbox of different enablers.“The real benefit for the supply chain at the moment is around working collaboratively with external partners and agreeing on issues such as governance, facilitation, management of blockchains and protocols – as a result, these projects have become knowledge-sharing hubs,” he said.“Many supply chain leaders that have conducted blockchain initiatives found they now have a more complete overview of the health of their supply chain. Their perception on how blockchain can be used in the supply chain also has shifted.“They also discovered what needs to change in their organisation before blockchain technology can be leveraged effectively,” he said.And he urged companies to continue with their blockchain experiments.“This is the optimum period for learning and discovery and, in a way, blockchain is a collaboration agent. It forces an organisation to continually assess on a broad scale if its structure and employees are ready to embrace this new technology,” he added. but not By Gavin van Marle 31/01/2020
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced this past Tuesday (May 1) the election of five Harvard affiliates among its 72 new members and 18 foreign associates. Members are chosen in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.The election was held during the business session of the 144th annual meeting of the academy. This year’s new class brings the total number of active members to 2,025. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the academy, with citizenship outside the United States. The total number of foreign associates is 387.NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.The newly elected members from Harvard include Michael B. Brenner, the Theodore Bevier Bayles Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (HMS); Gerald Gabrielse, Leverett Professor of Physics; Curtis T. McMullen, Maria Moors Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences; Jonathan Seidman, Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation Professor of Genetics, HMS; and Clifford J. Tabin, professor of genetics, HMS.
Construction spending rebounded in February with gains from depressed January levels in residential, private non-residential and public investment, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America.Association officials cautioned that the rise in public investment was likely to be short-lived and urged policy makers in Washington to make infrastructure investment a priority.“It is encouraging to see growth in both monthly and year-over-year totals in private residential and nonresidential construction spending,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “There are increasing signs that 2013 will be a good year for a wide variety of project types.”Construction put in place totaled $885B in February, up 1.2% from the downwardly revised January level. The February 2013 total was 7.9% higher than in February 2012. Private residential construction jumped 2.2% for the month and 20% year-over-year. Private nonresidential spending rose 0.4% for the month and 6.1% year-over-year.Public construction spending increased 0.9% for the month but slipped 1.5% over 12 months.“There is little doubt that construction of new houses and apartments will continue to boom in the next several months, based on data covering recent housing starts and building permits, as well as reports of rising rents, occupancy rates and new-home sales in many markets,” Simonson said. “On the nonresidential side, there should be a lot of activity involving pipelines, manufacturing, railroads and trucking, and warehouses.”New single-family construction rose 4.3% from January’s level and 34% from a year ago. New multi-family construction fell 2.2% for the month but was 52% above the February 2012 mark.The largest private nonresidential category, power construction — which includes oil and gas fields and pipelines as well as power plants, alternative energy and transmission lines— increased 0.7% for the month and 4.0% over 12 months.Manufacturing construction rose 0.3% and 9.9%, respectively. Private transportation construction slumped 2.4% in February but climbed 17% year-over-year. Warehouse construction soared 8.3% and 19%. New and remodeled private office construction rose 0.3% and 25%.Association officials said federal infrastructure investment has been plunging even as several states have passed funding increases for projects. Federal investment in construction dropped 1.1% in February and 10% from a year ago, while state and local investment rose 1.1% for the month and was nearly level — down 0.5% — year-over-year. They urged the federal government to fund vitally needed investments in infrastructure projects.“The nation has been underinvesting in infrastructure for years,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “With funding set through September, it is time for Washington to work on finding adequate funding in the next budget.”
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionKeep emotion, political correctness out of the discussion over statuesAs a veteran, the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and military posts honoring Confederate generals has a significant meaning for me. It provoked deep thought and soul searching as I defined my position on these issues.I found the answer in the Oath of Enlistment I took nearly 50 years ago. Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, two among many, betrayed their oath when the Confederate States of America was established. By doing so, they committed treason against the United States.Abraham Lincoln defied tradition, the law and popular sentiment by sparing the lives of traitors and granting them freedom from prosecution. It was an extraordinarily courageous decision following a bitter, savage Civil War fought to the last desperate measure. I consider this magnanimous gesture to be the ultimate and the limit of tribute to the Confederacy.Preservation of artifacts is an essential discipline of archaeologists and historians. The search by mankind for origin and identity has suffered enough from conceited, righteous and self-serving ignorance. We must end this cycle of censure regardless of our values and beliefs.The selection of names for military installations has to be deliberate and impartial. To allow emotion and political correctness to dominate would be a travesty. If you don’t have a DD-214 with your name on it; stay out of it.We owe it to Abraham Lincoln to rally around one flag as one people for the common good and the future of our country.Mark RahnScotiaPraise Cuomo except when it comes to nursing homesYou can praise Gov. Cuomo all you want, and he deserves it, except for one very important issue. He has given no reason or explanation to families who have waited for over three months to visit their loved ones in nursing homes. How much longer do we have to wait? Why is it everything else has opened and not nursing homes? Give us some insight as to why nursing homes have been singled out of the opening process. We were never given a reasonable explanation.I want to know when I can visit my 88 year old husband in a nursing home. Or, at least I want to know why I can’t visit him.Beverly BuddleCobleskillBLM protesters flout stay-at-home ordersThe many people who died because of coronavirus were denied burials with families because of the contagion risk. Death is a sad time and not being able to grieve with family and friends adds to the sadness and loneliness.Who knew you only had to be a victim of Black Lives Matter to change this policy. Three funerals attended by thousands crowded in together and yet there were no restrictions.Americans could not even go to church and stay in their cars or they were given $500 fines. Here all were encouraged to attend for some reason. Coronavirus was no longer a problem. Of course, it is because the Democrats found something to try and boost their thinking and to alienate more Americans. A not-very-subtle coup attempt by the Democrats, how else to explain this and the thousands of looters on the streets while loyal, honest Americans can hardly shop?Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga Springs Removal of Confederate symbols far overdueIt’s well past the time to remove the remaining vestiges of the Confederate States of America from public view. Statues to commemorate the Confederacy were erected well after the meeting at Appomattox where Lee surrendered to Grant. The South was on the wrong side of history, yet the United Daughters of the Confederacy promoted this “Lost Cause” as something glorious instead of an insurrection by organized terrorists. Humans that were forced to work and traded like chattel, represented a good deal of the economic value of the Confederacy. The prospect of losing approximately half of the total wealth of the South was reason enough to go to war from the South’s perspective. The northern states were not without blame as well. After war the loser doesn’t get to write the history books. Davis, Lee and all of the deciders should have been tried for treason and if found guilty, executed. Instead, they were honored with statues, even though they were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of soldiers on both sides. The names of the generals should remain in the history books as a reminder of the lengths that “good Christian people” went to in the attempt of preserving a morally bankrupt system that is a stain on the U.S. Constitution to this day. States that continue to have the Confederate flag as part of their state flag need a new design. The United States must put this shameful past in perspective in order to move forward. Finally.Thomas BensonNiskayunaFrugality worked back then; it’s still a good way today“Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” That’s how we lived many years ago. It’s still a good way.My father taught me, “they always have money for beer and cigarettes” and “keep yourself out of debt” it’s still true. I got all these lessons while he was getting breakfast on the wood stove at the old homestead.Then after breakfast we all went to work or to school, we walked.“A hungry man works best” it was said, still true, only now they are in food lines, with cars not paid for.I worked in the woods before the days of chainsaws and also got hay for the livestock and my horse. I loved all the animals and still do.Eunice KilmerJohnstownThanks for printing old photo of my fatherImagine my delightful surprise on June 1, my 80th birthday, when I received an email from a good friend, Douglas Horstmyer, Director of Public Affairs at Albany International Airport, containing a picture of my late father, Phil Rapp, former general manager of Fabian Theaters in Schenectady, whose office was located on the balcony floor of Proctor’s Theater. On May 31, my son, Daniel, had orchestrated a birthday video at my home in Columbia, Maryland, highlighting many of my relatives and friends, some of whom still reside in the Schenectady area: cousins Bruce and Donna Rapp, David and Richel Blackmore, Allyssa Provost, Robyn Stone, and my Aunt Lolly Pollack, and my friend, Ellis Gershon.The unexpected but timely photo of my father, with World War II veterans, helping to promote the movie “The Bridge at Remagen,” gave me the sixth-sense impression that my father didn’t want to miss being in the limelight with all my other relatives. In fact, he literally stole the show. How he appeared on this very special day for me will be a memory I will never forget. Somehow, he spiritually teamed up with the Gazette editorial staff to accomplish this, unbeknownst to everyone.Harvey M. Rapp, Ph.D.Columbia, Maryland, formerly of SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. 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Youngsters from Old Reds, Bristol Harlequins, St Bernadettes, Kingswood, Broad Plain, North Bristol and Old Bristolians were lucky enough to lead the team out at Ashton Gate in front of nearly 3,000 supporters.In addition, eight players were selected from the Combination to represent Bristol United in the fixture in support of the Royal British Legion.Check out our full gallery from the game on the Facebook page here.Tickets are available for Saturday's clash with Rotherham Titans online here or via Supporter Services on 0117 963 0600.
Noah Zastrow picks up two more medals, Max Johnson takes fourth in shot put for RocketsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLA CROSSE — Spencer senior Johanna Ellefson repeated as the state champion in the Division 3 pole vault, and the Auburndale girls 1,600-meter relay team also earned gold at the second day of the 2017 WIAA State Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.The two gold medals were among five state medals won by local athletes Saturday.Ellefson won the girls pole vault by clearing the same height she did in 2016 — 11 feet even — to earn her second state gold medal. Her teammate, freshman Hannah Zastrow, placed ninth in the event with a best of 9 feet 6 inches.Hannah’s brother, Spencer senior Noah Zastrow, earned a pair of medals with top-six finishes. He was fourth in the Division 3 boys long jump with a leap of 20 feet 11¾ inches, and he placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.58 seconds. Those two medals go along with a gold he won Friday by taking first in the pole vault with a vault of 15-4.Noah Zastrow came close to earning a fourth medal at state as he placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 16.21 seconds, just 0.14 of a second behind the sixth-place finisher.The Auburndale girls 1,600 relay team of Isabella Jewell, Rachel Gronemeyer, Kali Karl, and Isabelle Hilber led for most of the way to take gold in the event, finishing in 4:04.34, 0.69 of a second ahead of second-place Oshkosh Lourdes.Also picking up a medal was Spencer senior Max Johnson in the Division 3 boys shot put. Johnson, who was ninth at state last year, finished fourth with a throw of 51 feet 9¼ inches. Johnson’s teammate sophomore Logan Zschernitz was eighth in the event with a toss of 49-½, 7¼ inches off a sixth-place finish.Marshfield’s lone two girls state qualifiers competed in the Division 1 long jump on Saturday morning. Junior Meg Bryan finished 20th with a jump of 16 feet 6 inches, and freshman Gracie Holland was 24th with a leap of 15-6. It was the first state meet for both athletes.Spencer also had a pair of girls relay teams run on Saturday, but neither earned a medal.The Rockets’ 800 relay of Lauren Faber, Liz Endreas, Delaney Eichman, and Kaily Northup was eighth in 1:50.09, and the 400 team of Eichman, Northup, Hannah Zastrow, and Ellefson took ninth in 51.94, just 4/10 of a second out of the final medal spot of sixth.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)For more photos from Saturday’s events at the state track meet, courtesy of Don Patterson, click this link.For photos from Friday’s events at the state track meet, courtesy of Don Patterson, click this link.
Cate Lawrence Tags:#employee wellness#featured#IBM#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#safety wearables#smart devices#steelworkers#Steelworking#top#wearables FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje... In recent years IoT has played an important role in worker safety with wearable and embedded sensors making it possible for workers to be monitored within their surroundings to prevent injury from falls, toxic gas, and overexertion. Wearable technology can prevent a range of injuries in some of the most dangerous occupations.North Star Bluescope Steel, a steel producer for global building and construction industries for Australia, New Zealand and North American markets, is working with IBM to develop a cognitive platform that taps into IBM Watson IoT technology for wearable safety technology to help employees stay safer in dangerous environments. By gathering and analyzing sensor data collected from sensors embedded in helmets and wrist bands, the technology, IBM Employee Wellness and Safety Solution, provides real-time alerts to employees and their managers, enabling preventive measures if physical well-being is compromised or safety procedures are not being followed.The solution can detect hazardous combinations that individually may be overlooked. For example, a combination of skin temperature, raised heart rate, and no movement patterns for several minutes could mean a person is suffering from heat stress. Each of these signs individually would not be a cause for alert, but together they indicate a serious situation that warrants intervention.The majorities of workplace injuries are easily preventable through personal monitoring. Injuries can be prevented, whether by ensuring that protective equipment is used correctly, or that time or location limitations for hazardous situations are monitored. Integrating and presenting contextual information to field workers from a wide variety of sensors creates more aware and well informed workers. It’s a method that is non-intrusive, hands-free, always-on, environment-aware, and offers the direct delivery of critical information to those who need it, when they need it.Through the use of the IBM Employee Wellness and Safety Solution, we have observed an increased awareness of heat stress and exertion in our trial users, said Malcolm Edge, I.T. Director, NorthStar Bluescope Steel, adding:“The solution has provided a proof of concept showcasing how data can flow from the user to the IBM Watson IoT Platform and back to a supervisor for intervention. This solution, once fully developed, will provide a solid foundation for increasing worker safety by providing real time monitoring of the environment around the worker.”Steelworking and heat stress go togetherIn an effort to combat heat stress, Northstar is using the IBM Employee Wellness and Safety Solution to collect data from various sensors that continuously monitor the worker’s skin body temperature, heart rate, galvanic skin response and level of activity, correlated with sensor data for ambient temperature and humidity. The solution then enables Northstar to provide personalized safety guidelines to each individual employee, advising them to take a ten minute break in the shade, if temperatures rise to unsafe levels.The same platform can be used to prevent excessive exposure to different temperatures, radiation levels, noise, or toxic gases, using sensor tags for temperature, humidity, noise, or light measurements. Gases can be detected using personal sensors enabled using Wifi or Bluetooth low energy sensors.Connected workers are not only inherently safer, and personal monitoring can also lead to more productive workers. Monitoring workers can help implement measures that lead to less fatigue, less time spent on unnecessary tasks, and more time focused on the most critical tasks. Related Posts Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health... 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua...
In today’s world, disruptive technologies will increasingly be the keys to new digital experiences that bring a company closer to its customers, real-time insights that drive better business decisions, and new product and service offerings that were all but unimaginable just a few years ago. Thanks to transformational technology trends, such as cloud computing and 5G networks, we now have the potential to exponentially increase the volume of data we consume, while emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) promise to help businesses unlock deeper actionable insights from that data.Network Transformation Technologies ShowcasedIntel® Xeon® processor Scalable familyAt Intel, we are excited about the promise of powerful data center technologies spanning compute, storage, memory, network, and security that will enable data scientists and engineers to bring this vision to life. To that end, we are working actively to help organizations develop and implement IT transformation strategies across the enterprise. One way we do this is by bringing new technologies to market, like the upcoming Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family, which we will be showcasing this week at the HPE Discover conference in Las Vegas.Capitalizing on Data Analytics, AI and HPCIntel® Xeon® processors improve data center performanceThis new platform represents a major leap forward in processor architecture and platform advancements, delivering workload-optimized performance for compute, network, and storage. The Intel Xeon processor Scalable family is designed to empower organizations that want to capitalize on data analytics, AI, high-performance computing, and other demanding applications, while gaining the benefits of hardware-enhanced security and reliability capabilities for ideal operational efficiencies and agility.Emerging Markets Require Complete SolutionsOf course, even the best processors and algorithms don’t make a complete solution. You also need lightning-fast 5G networks and memory and storage technologies to power emerging workloads like autonomous vehicles and personalized medicine. We will be demonstrating some of these new technologies at HPE Discover.Intel Innovation Sessions at HPE DiscoverJoin our innovation sessions for a deeper dive into the technologies that enable 5G networks, AI, and modern data centers:“Intelligent Network Transformation.” Speaker: Lynn Comp. Tuesday, 11 a.m.“AI is Transforming Society… It Will Transform Your Organization too!” Speaker: Martin Hall. Thursday, 10 a.m.Performance, Reliability, and Endurance: Intel Innovations to Modernize Your Data Center.” Speaker: Greg Matson. Thursday, 11 a.m.Look for the Intel booth to see how we can enable tomorrow’s 5G networks to run on industry-standard Intel architecture along with the new Intel® Optane™ DC SSDs — ideal for managing an ever-increasing volume of data. Utilizing revolutionary memory media technology, these data center-class SSDs combine attributes of DRAM and storage to deliver an intelligent, amazingly responsive computing experience. Also look for demos showing an AI/object detection algorithm, HPC use cases, and virtual reality on HPE systems with Intel Inside®.If you’re at HPE Discover this week, don’t miss your chance to see these innovative technologies in action at the Intel booth. You may even walk away with some cool giveaways for taking a booth tour. We are excited to be at HPE Discover this week and look forward to having some great conversations about how we can help fuel your business transformation!