BMW Group, Intel, Mobileye partner to bring autonomous driving to streets by 2021

BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye have partnered to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts a reality by 2021, the companies said.

The three leaders from the automotive, technology and computer vision and machine learning industries are collaborating to bring solutions for automated driving into series production.

The companies said the path to get to an autonomous world will require end-to-end solutions that integrate intelligence across the network, from door locks to the data center. Transportation providers of the future must harness evolving technologies, collaborate with totally new partners, and prepare for disruptive opportunities.

The BMW iNEXT model will be the foundation for BMW Group´s autonomous driving strategy and set the basis for fleets of autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but also in urban environments for the purpose of automated ridesharing solutions.

The companies have agreed to a set of deliverables and milestones to deliver autonomous cars based on a common reference architecture. Near term, the companies will demonstrate an autonomous test drive in a prototype. In 2017 the platform will extend to fleets with extended autonomous test drives.

BMW Group is a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2015 was approximately EUR9.22 billion on revenues amounting to EUR92.18 billion.

Mobileye N.V. (NYSE: MBLY) is a developer of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving.

Dealogic launches Beam app for Apple iOS, Android

Financial markets platform company Dealogic has reported that Beam, its investment banking analytics app, is now available on Apple iOS and Android mobile phones, the company said.

Launched on iPads in 2015, Beam offers bankers direct and immediate access to the personalized and predictive content of Cortex, Dealogic´s investment banking product suite and a cornerstone of Dealogic´s next generation platform offering.

Beam is now supported globally on iPads, iPhones (model 5 and above), and various Android phones.

Dealogic offers integrated content, analytics, and technology via targeted products and services to financial firms.

EATEL's all-fiber network available in Houma & Thibodaux

EATEL has completed its 100 percent fiber optic network connectivity reaching the Houma and Thibodaux markets, the company said.

The fiber network is an extension of EATEL Business, voice, video and data services.
Fiber optic networks offer more bandwidth compared to copper cabling, and are used to upgrade backbone connectivity and improve desktop application performance. EATEL has added Houma and Thibodaux to its upgraded service areas.

EATEL provides phone, Internet and TV over an all-fiber network that offers integrated digital services. Founded in 1935, EATEL is in its 80th year as a service provider and business leader in Louisiana.

Connected devices fuel growth in smart manufacturing markets

BCC Research has revealed results from a new report finding smart manufacturing is an immature market that boasts significant revenue opportunity with global double-digit growth anticipated over the next five years, the company said.

BCC said in its new report that the market segment for connected devices is the key driver of the global market.

Smart manufacturing refers to the network of machines containing embedded technology that allows them to communicate with each other. The development of smart manufacturing has been based on the recent growth of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The company said the global market for smart manufacturing is expected to reach USD392 billion by 2020, up from USD159 billion in 2015, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.8 percent. As a segment, the smart manufacturing market in the Asia-Pacific region should reach USD59 billion and USD151 billion in 2015 and 2020, respectively, on a five-year CAGR of 20.7 percent. In the North American region, the smart manufacturing segment should reach USD112 billion by 2020, up from USD47 billion in 2015, with a five-year CAGR of 19 percent.

In Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, government mandates coupled with a greater eco-consciousness are driving investments in the IoT. In the Asia-Pacific region, improving efficiencies in manufacturing also is a strong incentive, considering the large manufacturing base in countries such as China. The global investments in smart manufacturing are expected to grow at an average five-year CAGR of 20 percent to reach USD392 billion in 2020, with the Asia-Pacific region representing about 38 percent of the opportunity.

Among industries, the company forecasts high tech and aerospace will see the strongest growth in smart manufacturing through 2020.

BCC Research is a publisher of market research reports that provide organizations with intelligence to drive smart business decisions. By partnering with industry experts worldwide, BCC Research provides assessments of global markets covering industrial and technology sectors, including emerging markets. Founded in 1971, BCC Research is a unit of Eli Global, LLC.

ARMOR, Novasentis form global manufacturing partnership

ARMOR and Novasentis have formed a global partnership to develop Novasentis´ haptic technology for the wearables mass-market, leveraging ARMOR´s background expertise in formulation and high-tech volume coating in their manufacturing facility to provide specialty films for Novasentis´ haptic actuators, the companies said.

Both companies are confident that ARMOR´s high-speed coating and film-making capability is best positioned in the industry to meet the expected demand. The two companies have been working together for several months and have manufactured prototypes using a roll-to-roll process. Production is expected in early 2017.

Novasentis is a developer of haptic and sensory feedback for wearable devices, including smart watches, AR/VR and gaming controllers.

ARMOR provides thermal transfer technology and high-performance coating on thin films. ARMOR, headquartered in France, has 2,000 employees located at 24 industrial and logistics locations. In 2015, annual revenues were EUR240 million.

Global organizations forge new frontier of 5G

5G Americas has published “Global Organizations Forge New Frontier of 5G” that provides an outline of the numerous industry, academic, private company and government entities that are working to progress requirements for the development of the new frontier in fifth generation (5G) technology and its ecosystem, the company said.

The company said LTE will provide the mobile broadband foundation for 5G. Over the past few years, tremendous progress has been made in the research and development of 5G across the globe.

The pace of pre-standardization work has been increasing worldwide and the 5G Americas report outlines some of the key contributors to that progress. More than a dozen universities are researching from Surrey to NYC to Tokyo, with government grants and private industry contributing to their research goals.Vendors in the mobile industry support their own institutes and research efforts globally.

5G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization advocates for and fosters the advancement and full capabilities of LTE wireless technology and its evolution beyond to 5G, throughout the ecosystem´s networks, services, applications and wirelessly connected devices in the Americas.

SUSE joins Microsoft cloud alliance, test drive program

SUSE has joined the Microsoft enterprise cloud alliance delivering cloud-based SUSE Linux enterprise server, including automated updates to enterprise customers using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, the company said.

In addition, SUSE is now part of the Microsoft test drive program, so customers can evaluate SUSE Linux enterprise server for computing via the Azure marketplace.
This collaboration expands access to the security and reliability of SUSE´s enterprise Linux solutions to the Microsoft Cloud.

SUSE is an open source software company that provides Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions.

Delta Risk names VP to oversee IT, security management

Delta Risk LLC has named Leah Schmid as vice president of human resources and administration to oversee IT and security management, the company said.

Schmid brings more than 15 years of progressive human resources and strategic business partnering experience from an array of industries to her role.

Prior to joining Delta Risk, Schmid served as director of administration at Manufacturing Techniques (MTEQ), an advanced sensors design, development, and rapid prototyping company, where she worked as a member of the executive leadership team to create talent management, benefits administration, facilities and security management and information technology programs.

Before joining MTEQ, Schmid was director of human resources at Blue Canopy Group, LLC, an information technology and cyber security organization. She also served as vice president of human resources for the Services and Solutions Group (SSG) at QinetiQ North America, now part of Vencore, Inc.

Delta Risk LLC provides cybers ecurity and risk management services to government and private sector clients worldwide.

Canada's AirSprint orders up to 12 Embraer business jets

Embraer Executive Jets has received a purchase agreement from AirSprint, Inc. for up to 12 Legacy 450, which consists of two firm orders with expected delivery in the fourth quarter 2016 and 10 purchase options with initial delivery dates starting in the first quarter 2017, the company said.

The company said this agreement has an estimated value of USD198 million at the current list price, if all options are exercised.

Deliveries of the Legacy 450 to AirSprint will begin as soon as the aircraft is awarded type certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is expected to occur in the fourth quarter 2016.

AirSprint is a privately held company based in Calgary, AB, which maintains a fractional fleet of private aircraft in Canada including the Cessna Citation XL/XLS/CJ2+/CJ3+ and shortly the Embraer Legacy 450.

Embraer Executive Jets is an executive jet manufacturer, having entered the business aviation market in 2000 with the Legacy jet, with a portfolio, that includes the entry-level Phenom 100E and the Phenom 300 light jet, the Legacy 500 midsize and Legacy 450 mid-light, the super midsize Legacy 600 and large Legacy 650, and the ultra-large Lineage 1000E. With more than ten years in the market, Embraer Executive Jets´ global fleet exceeds 1,000 aircraft, which are in operation in more than 60 countries.

Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense and security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services.

Telarus, MetTel partner to boost mobility, managed communications offerings

MetTel has formed a partnership with Telarus Inc., providing the Telarus network of partner agents access to MetTel´s suite of services, offering scalable platforms for enterprises with complex communications requirements, the companies said.

Organizations that select MetTel services through the Telarus portfolio can deploy and manage technology-driven voice, data, wireless and cloud solutions, while taking advantage of tier-1 and regional network providers for streamlined services.

MetTel is a communications solutions provider for enterprise businesses.

Telarus is a master agent and owner of VXSuite and national distributor of voice, data and cloud infrastructure services.