Harris receives grant to help develop BVLOS network for UAS

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has received a two-year grant to help develop a first-of-its-kind solution to enable beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the company said.

Representatives from Harris and North Dakota announced a partnership agreement today to create the first UAS network in the nation to provide a full range of aviation-grade services for safe and efficient UAS BVLOS operations.

Harris will partner with the University of North Dakota and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to develop the network infrastructure system under a Research North Dakota grant awarded by the North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission.

The grant includes the development of aviation-grade network services specifically for UAS operations. It is a continuation of a previous grant that included development and a risk and safety assessment of UAS detect-and-avoid technology. The UAS BVLOS network will be developed within the Grand Forks-to-Fargo corridor.

Harris Corporation is a technology innovator that supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately USD 6bn in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: communication systems, space and intelligence systems, and electronic systems.

ArcticShark UAS to be tested at Pendleton test range

Prior to its scheduled launch in 2018, the ArcticShark unmanned aerial system (UAS) will undergo flight testing at Pendleton UAS Test Range, the company said.

The ArcticShark is designed to collect the world´s most sophisticated atmospheric data in the Arctic. It is to be owned by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and managed by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, a DOE national scientific user facility. It will eventually be equipped with more than a dozen different instruments designed to record sophisticated measurements about Earth´s atmosphere and thus help scientists better understand one of the most sensitive regions of the planet.

With a wingspan of 22 feet and a gross takeoff weight of 625 pounds, the ArcticShark can fly up to 15,000 feet and has a maximum speed of 75 miles per hour. Flight testing and pilot training of the ArcticShark at Pendleton is expected to take place almost daily from Feb. 27 through March 17. The UAS is scheduled to begin field research in Alaska starting in 2018.

Pendleton UAS Test Range (PUR) is an FAA-Designated Test Range, offering turn-key UAS flight test support, excellent weather, diverse testing environments, and superb logistical support for commercial drone developers, educational institutions, and public agencies.

Xtera names new executive team

Xtera, a provider of subsea fiber optic solutions, has established a new leadership team following its recent acquisition by H.I.G. Capital, the company said.

To advance the organisation´s internal governance, Dr. Stuart Barnes, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer announced the following appointments: Douglas Umbers, Chief Executive Officer; Keith Henderson, Founder and Chief Operating Officer; Robert Richardson, Founder and Chief Sales Officer and Jayesh Pankhania, Chief Financial Officer.

The new executive team is supported by Xtera´s highly experienced senior management, including recently appointed Chief Technology Officer, Tony Frisch, and Senior Vice President Turnkey Systems, Joerg Schwartz.

Xtera supplies both un-repeatered and repeatered systems, using its high performance optical amplifiers to deliver traffic directly inland to cities. It creates novel solutions that are suited for each individual customer whether that be provision of a full turnkey system, an open architecture design or supply of a particular product or service.

Bombardier supports education with aircraft donation to British Columbia Institute of Technology

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has donated a CRJ100 aircraft to be used in British Columbia Institute of Technology´s (BCIT) Aerospace programs, the company said.

It is Bombardier´s first donation of a commercial aircraft to an educational institution and symbolizes the company´s commitment to the training of a skilled workforce and further strengthening of the aerospace industry in Canada. The CRJ100 aircraft spent many years in service across Europe before it was retired and transferred to the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus.

During a recognition event held today at the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus in Richmond, BC, Jim Sorokan of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft encouraged the participating students to pursue their dreams of joining the aerospace industry while developing their skills at BCIT training on the CRJ100 aircraft. In response, the students conducted demonstrations on the CRJ100 aircraft for the assembled audience that included faculty members and representatives of the BCIT Foundation.

British Columbia Institute of Technology sees nearly 50,000 students enroll each year in areas such as applied and natural sciences, business, computing, engineering, and health sciences.

Montréal, Canada-based Bombardier (TSX: BBD) is a manufacturer of both planes and trains. Together with its subsidiaries, it manufactures and sells transportation equipment worldwide. The company operates in four segments: business aircraft, commercial aircraft, aerostructures and engineering services, and transportation. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the company posted revenues of USD16.3 billion.

TELUS provides funds for Manitoba Community Board

Today, TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) has officially launched the TELUS Manitoba Community Board, led by Board Chair Dave Johnston, retired President and COO of Great West Life´s Canadian Division, the company said.

The TELUS Manitoba Community Board will provide USD 350,000 in grants each year to local registered charities across the province to help local youth succeed through the power of technology. This contribution is part of TELUS´ total USD 1m commitment in 2017 for community investment in Manitoba.

TELUS had been part of the community since it launched national wireless services in Manitoba in 2000.

TELUS is a national telecommunications company, with USD 12.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and more than 1.0 million TELUS TV customers.

Blended, split scimitar winglets save 7 billion gallons of jet fuel, eliminate 74 million tons of CO2

Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) have reported that their unique Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglet technologies have now saved the world´s commercial and business jet operators an estimated 7 billion gallons of jet fuel, resulting in a corresponding global reduction of 74 million tons of CO2 emissions, the companies said.

Blended Winglets are additions to the airplane wing that are significantly more efficient than standard wing tips. These winglets reduce the drag caused by wingtip vortices, thereby increasing fuel efficiency and boosting range. The Blended Winglets have demonstrated more than 60% greater effectiveness over conventional winglets with an angular transition.

Aviation Partners´ latest winglet design, the Split Scimitar Winglet, uses existing Blended Winglet technology, but adds new aerodynamic Scimitar tips and a large ventral strake, further increasing the efficiency of the airplane.

Blended Winglets have now been installed on over 8,000 aircraft, and Split Scimitar Winglets are now installed on nearly 900 aircraft.

APB and API expect the cumulative fuel savings from their technology to exceed 10 billion gallons by 2019.

Seattle, Washington based Aviation Partners is a leader in advanced winglet technology. Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) is a joint venture between Aviation Partners and The Boeing Company.

Kapsch chosen to provide PANYNJ transportation management software

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) has awarded Kapsch TrafficCom a four-year, USD 8.8m contract to install agency-wide transportation management software (ATMS), the company said.

The contract consists of a four-year base term followed by two additional one-year optional support periods. Powered by Kapsch´s DYNAC software, the new system will enable the Authority to manage ITS assets at its bridges, tunnels, aviation and port facilities, and the PATH rail transit system from any of its individual facility operations control centers and the PA-AOC.

The new ATMS will help the Authority improve operational efficiency, agency-wide visibility of travel conditions, enhance regional transportation coordination, and better manage its critical transportation-related assets.

Kapsch will merge 21 independent traffic and facility management data systems into a single enterprise DYNAC-based ATMS. Deployed in redundant data centers to improve reliability, maintainability and security, the new ATMS will replace independent legacy systems with an agency-wide, next generation architecture. All Authority assets will be able to be managed from any individual facility as well as the PA-AOC, providing agency-wide situational awareness.

Kapsch TrafficCom is a provider of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in the segments of toll collection, traffic management, safety and security, smart urban mobility, and connected cars. Part of the Kapsch Group, an Austrian family owned technology group, Kapsch TrafficCom is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has subsidiaries and branches in 30 countries.

Park 'N Fly celebrates golden anniversary

Atlanta, Georgia-based Park ´N Fly, an off-airport parking company with facilities in 14 major markets, over 80 affiliate markets, and over 900 international affiliates, celebrates 50 years of business this year, the company said.

To commemorate Park ´N Fly´s golden anniversary, the company will be launching a new responsive website, as well as an updated mobile app that will make the booking process easier and more manageable for account access. The company will be celebrating throughout the year with team members at all facilities nationwide.

Founded in 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri, Park ´N Fly was acquired by the BCD Group in 1988. All Park ´N Fly´s facilities include 24/7 access, luggage assistance, and complimentary bottled water. Park ´N Fly Atlanta offers free car washes and preferred parking spaces for Frequent Parker members, while Park ´N Fly Plus offers valet and covered parking, pet boarding, international terminal drop-off and pick-up, and more.

Park ´N Fly offers online reservations at all of their facilities and affiliates nationwide, and recently added a global booking engine for their international affiliates. Customers can also apply discounts and redeem award days online earned through the Frequent Parker Program, which can be used at any of the Park ´N Fly facilities.

Park ´N Fly, a BCD Holdings N.V. company, was founded in 1967 as the first off-airport parking company specifically geared toward the business traveler. Today Park ´N Fly operates 15 facilities in 14 markets nationwide. Additionally, Park ´N Fly offers a network of off-airport parking services at over 80 US markets through its internet-based reservation system. The company offers an array of unique services, including car washing & detailing, pet boarding with Pet Paradise Resort, electric car-charging stations, and valet parking.

BCD Group is a privately-owned company in the travel industry that consists of BCD Travel, Travix, Park ´N Fly, and joint ventures Parkmobile International, and AERTrade International. BCD Group employs over 12,500 people and operates in 110 countries with total sales of US USD 25.6bn, including USD 10bn in partner sales.

Air New Zealand to use Unisys cloud-based e-booking portal

Air New Zealand has joined Unisys Cargo Portal Services (CPS) to allow the airline´s current and prospective freight forwarder clients to book and track shipments online, Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) said.

Unisys´ CPS is an online portal that enables freight forwarders to interact with multiple carriers via a single website to view availability, make bookings, and track shipments as well as other electronic services such as producing IATA electronic Air Waybills (e-AWB) and interacting with customs systems.

CPS will broaden Air New Zealand Cargo´s reach to the more than 6,000 forwarders and shippers from 3,750 branch offices of 2,200 companies who are active users of CPS, spanning 330 cities in 105 countries.

Air New Zealand Cargo operates more than 590 international flights per week, serving 32 cities in 18 countries around the globe, using the airline´s passenger schedule. Goods range from high technology and time-sensitive goods to fresh produce and general cargo.

Unisys is a global information technology company that specializes in providing industry-focused solutions integrated with leading-edge security to clients in the government, financial services, and commercial markets. Unisys offerings include security solutions, advanced data analytics, cloud and infrastructure services, application services and application and server software. More than 20% of the world´s air cargo shipments are processed on Unisys solutions.

SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom establish alliance for worldwide quantum-safe network ecosystem

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) and Deutsche Telekom have established “Quantum Alliance” to enable secure communication in the age of quantum computing, the companies said.

Industrial espionage and cyber-attacks by hostile intelligence services are an increasing threat. In turn, in the not-too-distant future, quantum computing may provide such powerful performance that it could crack encryption algorithms that are currently considered secure. This would render today´s common cryptography methods virtually useless and make server access, data links and documents freely accessible and viewable with little effort.

Quantum computing, a hot research topic at present, would undermine the foundations of current encryption methods and with them, the security of the entire Internet. But even today, there is a need for tap-proof communication channels for key exchange.

To meet these present and future needs, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom founded the Quantum Alliance to ensure that communications remain secure in the age of quantum computing.

The Alliance´s primary objective is to ensure that the technical prerequisites for secure communications continue to be met in the future. To do so, network operators and hardware manufacturers must work together to define and implement technical standards.

As a second step, the alliance will aim to develop flexible services and security solutions for secure communications.

The Alliance´s medium-term target is to develop, test and establish products that enable secure communications in the age of quantum computing.

Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016.

SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services.