Seven things to pay attention to when choosing a CDN vendor

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When your site is a slow one, you’re usually recommended to use a Content Delivery Network as it’s considered to be one of the most effective ways to speed up websites. However, it’s not the only benefit you’ll get when applying for CDN services.

Today, we’re going to discuss the main reasons to use a CDN and will give you some tips on how to choose the best CDN vendor.  Continue reading Seven things to pay attention to when choosing a CDN vendor

Video: Microsoft looks to strengthen partnerships with industrial companies

Microsoft has been offering industrial companies a range of digital services based on its Azure platform over the past few years and is probably the leading tech company in the space.

Microsoft’s global infrastructure and Azure cloud platform enables companies with worldwide manufacturing or logistics operations to create software applications either specifically for their own companies or for other companies.

The company has also developed special connectors which can accept data from devices which use the OPC-UA standard, a data transmission protocol which is increasingly being adopted in industry for sensor-laden machines and components.  Continue reading Video: Microsoft looks to strengthen partnerships with industrial companies

ABB approves Chinese company Recon to bid for major automation projects

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Recon Technology, which describes itself as an independent oilfield services provider operating primarily in China, has been authorised by ABB to participate in bidding for various projects in the future, including automation system products projects.

Recon says it anticipates cooperating with ABB in the future to provide integrated automation solutions, products and product quality assurance services for various projects beyond oil industry.

For any successful project bids, Recon expects it would provide on-site project commissioning and maintenance services.  Continue reading ABB approves Chinese company Recon to bid for major automation projects

Daimler buys PayCash in anticipation of new motoring culture

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The way people get around is going to change, with more people deciding that they don’t want the hassle of owning a car – they just want to hire one from time to time.

This seems to be the prevailing view among established automakers such as Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, as well as new entrants to the motoring market, such as the smartphone apps which enable users to hail cabs and so on.

In the latest development towards the new motoring world, Daimler has paid an undisclosed sum to buy PayCash, which will become the electronic payment system for the services of the Daimler under the new brand name “Mercedes Pay”, which enables payment through smartphones.  Continue reading Daimler buys PayCash in anticipation of new motoring culture

Evolution of the machines: How connectivity is transforming the car

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By Andrew Till, vice president, technology, partnerships and new solutions, Harman Connected Services

The connected car revolution is here and soon we could see these machines evolving during their own lifecycle thanks to over-the-air software updates.

Connectivity is rapidly transforming the way we consume goods. It’s even challenging the very concept of ownership, as the template set by mobile devices spreads to other aspects of our lives through the Internet of Things.

One of the biggest potential markets for this new way of doing business is the automotive industry.  Continue reading Evolution of the machines: How connectivity is transforming the car

Connected cars: Driving the future

By Andrew Till, vice president, technology, partnerships and new solutions, Harman Connected Services

Of all the day-to-day aspects of our lives, transport looks set to experience some of the most dramatic changes as the Internet of Things progresses.

It will impact everything from the driving experience to the very concept of car ownership. And with those changes comes a huge amount of opportunity for car manufacturers, cloud providers and telecommunications companies.

The potential that the IoT holds for the automotive market is only going to increase as new technology reaches the market. It’s set to come into its own once we see vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems and cars with true “hands off” autonomous driving capabilities hitting the road, but even now the fundamentals are in place.  Continue reading Connected cars: Driving the future

ABB and Microsoft launch next-generation electric vehicle charging services

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The cloud based e-mobility charging platform will combine ABB’s vehicle-charging technologies with Microsoft’s cloud services

ABB and Microsoft have launched a new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging services platform which they say is available worldwide.

The companies say the systems combines ABB’s EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services and will ensure stability, global scalability and advanced management features for ABB customers.

The collaboration will also take advantage of machine learning and predictive analytic capabilities to drive future innovations.  Continue reading ABB and Microsoft launch next-generation electric vehicle charging services

Jobs for the robots: One in four human workers to be automated

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Yeah, you can call it a collaborative robot for now, and work with it, but pretty soon it will put you out of your job

One quarter of business services jobs at risk of automation in the next 20 years, according to Deloitte business analysts

More than a quarter of jobs in the business services sector are at high risk of automation in the next 20 years, according to a report by Deloitte, the business advisory firm. This is largely a result of the falling cost of technology combined with the rising cost of labour.

Of the 3,300,000 jobs currently classed as business services, 800,000 (25 per cent) to 1 million (31 per cent) have a high chance of being automated.  Continue reading Jobs for the robots: One in four human workers to be automated

Jebsen boasts of ‘remarkable achievements’ in China through partnership with F&P Personal Robotics

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Jebsen Industrial is hailing what it says are its “remarkable achiements” in China, partly as a result of its partnership with F&P Personal Robotics

Jebsen Group markets and distributes premium products and services across China. One of its business units is Jebsen Industrial, which provides automation services.

Officially called Automation & Services (A&S), the JI business unit is focused on manufacturing automation and intelligence services to provide “green, electronic, intelligent and smart solutions”.

A vital partnership is its F&P Personal Robotics in Switzerland, which is a pioneer in collaborative robots interacting with humans, and providing economic and customizable light weight robotic solutions.  Continue reading Jebsen boasts of ‘remarkable achievements’ in China through partnership with F&P Personal Robotics

Cisco Jasper links up with Cumulocity to offer IIoT services

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Cisco Jasper has agreed a partnership deal with Cumulocity, a global IoT application enablement platform.

The collaboration has resulted in Cumulocity integrating the functionality of Cisco Jasper’s IoT service platform into its platform.

Through this integration, mobile operators who resell Cumulocity services will have access to Cisco Jasper’s platform functionality built into the Cumulocity-based applications they make available to their enterprise customers.  Continue reading Cisco Jasper links up with Cumulocity to offer IIoT services

SS&C automates processes to manage its clients’ $1 trillion of assets

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SS&C Technologies, a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, has automated agent notices processing within SS&C Bank Loan Services.

The company says the new agent notices process streamlines the labor intensive and opaque processes that currently exist in today’s workflows.

Replaced with a fully automated process, managers can provide transparency through an easy-to-access client portal to store and process documentation related to bank loan holdings.  Continue reading SS&C automates processes to manage its clients’ $1 trillion of assets