Call for entries opens for the 2017 Airbus Diversity Award

Airbus, with the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), have launched the call for nominations for the 2017 edition of the “Airbus Diversity Award”, the company said.

The award honors successful projects that have encouraged more young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. It was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC.

For this fifth anniversary edition, the award will be placed under UNESCO patronage.

The long term goal is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, with diversity recognised as a driver for innovation and growth.

Entries will close on 10th July with the winning project to be announced at the GEDC Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada in October 2017. Entries can be made online by any individual or team working with or in an engineering college/faculty, whose project has demonstrated tangible results in bringing more diversity among engineering students and/or graduates.

GEDC´s mission is to serve as the global network of engineering deans mobilized to advance engineering education, research, and service to the global community. Its strategic plan is focused on institutional leadership formation, curriculum leadership, corporate and public engagement, and accreditation leadership.

Leiden, the Netherlands-based Airbus Group SE, through its subsidiaries, provides aeronautics, space, and related products and services worldwide. The company operates through three segments: airbus commercial aircraft, airbus helicopters, and airbus defence and space segments.

IFS to provide fleet maintenance for PSA Airlines

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced that PSA Airlines (PSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, has selected IFS Maintenix to support its enterprise-wide fleet maintenance management needs, the company said.

PSA recently embarked on a strategic growth plan. To meet evolving operational demands, PSA selected IFS Maintenix as its maintenance IT system to deliver complete lifecycle MRO functionality across the engineering, planning, line maintenance and materials management departments.

IFS Maintenix is a fully-integrated, web-enabled and mobile-ready software platform specifically built to address the complete spectrum of aviation maintenance in a single integrated business solution. It features capabilities including controlled workflow, graphical maintenance planning, point-of-maintenance access to real-time information, and paperless execution and compliance, enabling aviation organizations of all sizes to maximize the revenue potential of their mission-critical aviation assets.

Dayton, Ohio-based PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company´s 3,000 employees operate nearly 700 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations. The airline also has flight crew bases located in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, Knoxville, Tennessee, Washington, DC, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

PSA has maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina. PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft bringing its fleet count to 150.

Ixia collaborates with CORD Project

Ixia, a provider of network testing, visibility and security solutions, is collaborating with the CORD Project, the community advancing the open source CORD platform for software defined networks (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and elastic cloud-based service delivery, the company said.

As service providers move to 5G, the collaboration will help ensure data center quality and performance.

CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) is a platform combining SDN, NFV and cloud technologies to build nimble in-line datacenters at the edge of operator networks.

As service providers begin re-architecting their networks for 5G, they need comprehensive testing prior to deployment to ensure quality of service and performance, as well as embed visibility after deployment to ensure success. The CORD Project was initially launched by Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab), the non-profit organization merging with Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to accelerate the adoption of SDN and NFV, and is hosted by The Linux Foundation.

Ixia test solutions help service providers deploy cutting-edge networks and services, such as Voice over LTE and LTE radio access networks (RAN), as well as move to 5G. Ixia IxLoad Wireless provides end-to-end performance testing for networks and components with emulation of multiplay services, enabling service providers to ensure that their services perform as expected. In addition, Ixia´s PerfectStorm application and security test hardware, helps service providers achieve optimal data center infrastructure performance by testing with realistic data, video voice, storage, and network traffic.

Ixia, recently acquired by Keysight Technologies, provides testing, visibility, and security solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufactures. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate.

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) helps customers bring breakthrough electronic products and systems to market faster and at a lower cost. Keysight´s solutions go where the electronic signal goes, from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in the network.

Cheapflights.com reports 10 destinations with airfares up to 41% less than last year

A Cheapflights.com year-over-year comparison has found a number of popular destinations with as much as 41% discounts over last year´s average flight prices, the company said.

Pulling from this research, the Cheapflights.com team has made its picks for 10 places to go where the airfare is low. Destinations that top the list are Barcelona, Spain, down 41% over last summer; Venice, Italy, down 31% over last summer; Lisbon, Portugal, down 26% over last summer; Knoxville, Tennessee, down 17% over last summer; and Dublin, Ireland, down 16% over last summer.

Five additional destinations with lower average airfares this summer compared to last include: Colorado Springs, Colorado; Charleston, South Carolina; Hilo, Hawaii; Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Spokane, Washington.

Cheapflights is a global flight comparison and deals publishing platform. It generates over USD 3bn in global downstream revenue for its partners. More than 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The 10 million strong opt-in subscribers to the Cheapflights newsletter receive the best deals from over 120 travel businesses.

In 2011, Cheapflights became part of the privately owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.

Telit hires new CMO

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), has hired Shawn Reynolds as chief marketing officer, the company said.

Reynolds comes to Telit from SAP, the world´s leader in application and analytics software and enterprise cloud company, where he was global vice-president and head of IoT marketing.

As a core member of the Telit executive team, Reynolds will be responsible for directing global marketing strategy, managing brand awareness and reputation and developing global programs that drive the success of the company´s products and services in the fast-growing IoT market.

Prior to joining Telit, Reynolds led SAP IoT marketing and was instrumental in the development of the SAP IoT go-to-market strategy and the creation of the SAP Leonardo brand. He held multiple leadership positions over the last ten years responsible for marketing new and emerging technologies. He also led cloud and services marketing teams, playing an important role in defining new messaging and positioning for SAP solutions

The company also announced that current CMO, Jack Indekeu, is stepping down to pursue personal interests, but will remain with the company in a reduced capacity to help facilitate a seamless transition and oversee strategic marketing projects. Indekeu is a wireless industry veteran who joined Telit four years ago. He has been at the forefront of evolving Telit from a IoT module provider to developing our fast-growing services business and becoming an enabler end-to-end IoT solutions for enterprise customers around the world.

“We thank Jack for his many contributions to the organization and we are grateful that he´s staying with us in a senior advisory role,” concluded Cats. “Jack clearly left a positive mark on Telit and has created a strong marketing organization and a solid foundation for Shawn to build on.”

Through the IoT Portal, Telit makes IoT onboarding easy, reduces risk, time to market, complexity and costs for asset tracking, remote monitoring and control, telematics, industrial automation and others, across many industries and vertical markets worldwide.

Acenture, Airbus develop wearable technology for aircraft assembly using Vuzix smart glasses

Vuzix Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI) was recently highlighted in an Accenture article focused on wearable technology used to optimize the assembly of Airbus aircrafts, the company said.

Airbus was tasked with helping operators reduce the complexity of assembling cabin seats and decrease the time required to complete this task. Accenture and Airbus collaborated to develop a state-of-the-art application for wearables in aerospace using Vuzix industrial-grade smart glasses to improve the accuracy and reduce the complexity of cabin furnishing.

Accenture and Airbus delivered this initiative in less than a month and Vuzix smart glasses were used to improve the accuracy and reduce the time required to complete the cabin seat marking process. The initiative between Accenture, Airbus and Vuzix smart glasses marked the first industrialized usage of wearable technology on the final assembly line for a major aircraft manufacturer.

Vuzix is a supplier of smart-glasses, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. Its products include personal display and wearable computing devices. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK, and Tokyo, Japan.

Syncsort strengthens management team

Syncsort, a global leader in data liberation, integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, has made executive management team appointments targeted to drive innovation and greater value for customers across its growing product portfolio, the company said.

The expanded management team will help leverage Syncsort´s unmatched enterprise-wide data management technology and expertise following the acquisition of Data Quality leader, Trillium Software.

The new leadership team positions include the hiring of industry sales veteran Jay Johnson as Senior Vice President, Americas Sales, and the promotions of Tendü Yoğurtçu, PhD to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and David Hodgson to Chief Product Officer (CPO). Additionally, Keith Kohl who headed product management and strategy at Trillium Software, has been promoted to head global product management for the company, reporting to David Hodgson.

The new executive posts are staffed by veterans with deep industry experience. Jay Johnson, who joins Syncsort as Senior Vice President, America Sales, has an impressive track record of success in enterprise software, including managing sales and go to market activities in North America for some of the brands like SAP, Software AG and MicroStrategy. In addition to sales in the Americas, he will work closely with the rest of the executive team and customers to help refine the company´s go to market, product and overall corporate strategy.

Tendü YoÄŸurtçu has over 20 years senior business and engineering management experience across Syncsort´s product portfolio. As CTO, she will head all of research & development, architecture, and emerging technologies & incubation programs. David Hodgson has 24 years of experience in senior management roles at CA Technologies, Sterling Software and Syncsort. As CPO, he will run all product-related activities in the organization, including business development, support, services and product management.

Syncsort is a provider of enterprise software and the global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions. As organizations worldwide invest in analytical platforms to power new insights, Syncsort´s innovative and high-performance software harnesses valuable data assets while dramatically reducing the cost of mainframe and legacy systems.

Trillium Software is a provider of global enterprise data-quality solutions. Trillium´s full complement of technologies and services includes global data profiling, data cleansing, enrichment and data linking for e-business, Big Data, customer relationship management, data governance, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, data warehousing, and other enterprise applications.

BAE Systems, Leonardo DRS sign MOU to provide advanced threat detection for US Army aircraft

BAE Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Leonardo DRS to offer advanced threat detection capabilities for US Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the company said.

The two companies will collaborate to develop an advanced infrared-based threat warning system to meet current and evolving operational requirements for Army aircraft survivability.

This new collaboration will advance into new directions the threat warning techniques and capabilities leveraged from BAE Systems´ Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) — the standard Army missile warning system currently on all the service´s fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft — and Leonardo DRS´ mature, high-performing infrared sensors specifically designed for the rotary-wing environment.

By integrating the Leonardo DRS sensor into its product offering, BAE Systems will build upon a 40-year heritage of providing the most advanced threat detection and warning systems to the US military and allied forces to produce a next-generation solution.

BAE Systems is the US subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.

T-Mobile brings supercharged network to Chicago

T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) has brought Extended Range LTE for the Chicago metropolitan area, providing supercharged LTE coverage that carries signals twice as far from cell sites and is four times better in buildings than before, the company said.

To go with this expanded network coverage, the Un-carrier also announced plans to open more than 40 new T-Mobile and MetroPCS stores in the city and suburbs, expanding T-Mobile´s retail footprint in the area by nearly 20%. T-Mobile´s retail and network expansion is expected to generate more than 350 new Chicago-area jobs just this year in retail and network engineering alone.

T-Mobile´s Extended Range LTE signal now blankets Chicago´s downtown, suburban and outlying areas with enhanced LTE coverage and capacity. For Un-carrier customers, that means even better service in areas as far north as Janesville, Wisconsin, and extending west and south past Rockford, DeKalb, Joliet and Kankakee.

In addition, Chicago-area T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers are among the very first to experience T-Mobile´s new small cell network technologies, expanding capacity while delivering the Un-carrier´s super-fast data speeds.

The 43 planned Chicagoland retail stores are expected to fill more than 50,000 square feet of retail space in Cook, DuPage and the collar counties. The stores serve individuals, families and small businesses.

As America´s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through product and service innovation. The Company´s advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 71.5 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

Globecomm, Ciena provide mission-critical services for media, content providers

Globecomm, a global communications solutions provider, has deployed Ciena´s (NYSE: CIEN) converged packet-optical and packet networking solutions to meet growing content distribution requirements for a variety of critical applications, including video for breaking news stories, disaster recovery for armed forces and essential connectivity to maritime ships crossing oceans around the world, the company said.

With this network, Globecomm can cost-effectively increase the capacity, reliability and availability of high-bandwidth services to more than 250 customers throughout its global footprint.

Globecomm is an engineering-driven, global connectivity provider serving media, maritime, enterprise and government markets in over 100 countries. Based in Hauppauge, New York, Globecomm also maintains offices in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.

Ciena is a network strategy and technology company that translates best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch, consultative business model — with a relentless drive to create exceptional experiences measured by outcomes.