Immersion Analytics announces partnership with Qlik to bring immersive data visualisation

Immersion Analytics announced the signing of a Technology Partnership Agreement with Qlik to bring immersive data visualisation capabilities to Qlik users. For the first time in the business intelligence world, business users can visualise and analyse 7, 10…even 15 or more columns of data in a single view.

The solution supports the current installed worldwide base of Qlik users either through standard computer monitors or, with the push of a button, powered by a VR/AR headset integrated within a Qlik instance. This partnership augments existing Qlik plans to foster deeper user insights from their data and help users more effectively communicate their insights with others.

“Joining Qlik’s Technology Partnership program was an easy choice for Immersion Analytics given the substantial alignment between our two companies,” said Bob Levy, Immersion Analytics CEO. “Both our strategies focus on easily-used, powerful technologies which deliver faster self-service data visualisations and data exploration, ultimately providing a greater competitive edge. Our powerful multi-dimensional visualisation technology, Visualiser, allows even greater interactive, free-form, multidimensional data exploration without leaving any data behind. And our video-sharing technology allows everyone to benefit from the insights found.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Immersion Analytics into Qlik’s Technology Partnership Program and look forward to the value the integration will bring to users who will benefit from more easily visualising and understanding vast arrays of data to drive actionable insights,” said Todd Margolis, Qlik director of Product Management.

The integration with Immersion Analytics enables Qlik users to:

  • Reduce data analysis time by more than 50%
  • Visualise 7, 10…even 15 or more columns/dimensions of data in one view
  • Communicate data insights quickly and easily through integrated video capture tools
  • Manage their immersive data visualisation directly within the current, familiar and intuitive Qlik interface
  • Drive data insights through a unique bi-directional interface to bring immersive insights directly back into the Qlik dashboard
  • See powerful immersive data plots on their computer or mobile screens or in AR/VR headsets to increase understanding
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders through video-based storyboards and standardised animated reports.

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Lanner partners with Dispersive Networks to innovate and secure SD-WAN and uCPE solutions

Lanner Electronics, a global manufacturer of network appliances, and Dispersive Networks, an innovative supplier of secure programmable virtual networking and SD-WAN, have created an integrated solution that merges the Dispersive Virtual Network (DVN) software with Lanner’s uCPE platforms.

Legacy WAN and SD-WAN typically utilise at-risk VPNs with IPSEC tunnels for security and often require private proprietary single-function hardware to deploy. A next generation alternative, DVN is a multi-path software-defined networking overlay solution. It sends packets via multiple streams to deliver new levels of security, reliability, and performance.

By splitting and encrypting the individual streams, the network becomes immune to man-in-the-middle attacks as adversaries can’t find the network nor what is being transmitted. An added benefit, DVN clients typically experience 2-10 times performance improvement.

“Dispersive’s reputation for solving military grade security and performance is well recognised,” stated Sven Freudenfeld, CTO Telecom Application Business Unit. “Lanner is enthusiastic about helping to extend those benefits to government and commercial enterprise clients around the world with our best in class whitebox solutions.”

Lanner and Dispersive Networks have tested and validated an integrated solution that combines Lanner’s universal CPE equipment and Dispersive Networks’ highly-flexible NFV and Container-based SD-WAN programmable networking software.

The joint solution enables service providers and enterprise clients to securely and cost-effectively manage NFV and Container-based software-defined WAN. The integration of DVN architecture and Lanner’s hardware uCPE platform delivers flexibility, performance and cost advantages for creating agile and profitable managed services while raising the bar for secure, high performance networking.

“Lanner’s leadership in uCPE and IIoT whitebox is a great fit with Dispersive’s leading secure virtual networking solution,” said Chris Swan, Dispersive’s chief revenue officer. “We’re excited about the powerful and economic options our clients now have to deploy from device to branch and data centre.”

By integrating the flexibility of Dispersive’s software-based approach to SD-WAN with Lanner’s versatile uCPE, the joint offering delivers an optimal solution for building profitable, ultra-secure SD-WAN managed services and large enterprise WANs.

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Seoul Robotics releases SENSR, smart 3D perception software platform for all LiDAR sensors

Seoul Robotics, a dynamic provider of perception software for autonomous systems introduced SENSR, a 3D perception software platform compatible with major 3D LiDAR sensors.

With the release of SENSR, Seoul Robotics is now the only company to commercially provide a high-performance 3D perception software solution that is compatible with multiple brands of LiDAR manufacturers – enabling automotive-grade perception AI for any industry with any LiDAR.

While cameras provide dense colour information, LiDAR provides depth and shape information which greatly aids autonomous vehicles to navigate by providing an additional level of reliability. Many experts initially expected the high price as the biggest shortcoming of LiDARs. However, as LiDAR prices steadily decrease with advancements in the industry, the big challenge of interpreting and processing the 3D data produced from sensors hasn’t been fully solved.

While some companies have the capability to spend millions of dollars to create functional software, this talent-intensive and expensive effort needs to be repeated for each newly introduced LiDAR sensor and for each new application. SENSR is the first industrial-grade software solution that provides scalable 3D perception for companies that seek to efficiently commercialise across industries and applications, and with flexibility to choose LiDAR sensors and integrate multiple different sensors with ease.

“Seoul Robotics was founded to help the automotive industry realise the full potential of LiDAR sensors with our advanced AI software, and now we are actively helping other LiDAR-enabled industries such as smart city and last-mile robotics,” said Han Bin Lee, captain and CEO of Seoul Robotics. “We have partnered with leading LiDAR companies to help customers who do not want raw 3D data but rather need interpreted meaning from LiDAR through our SENSR perception engine that is designed for self-driving cars.”

Whether it be ADAS, autonomous driving, delivery robots, or monitoring systems, a countless number of LiDAR-based products and sensing solutions can be created from the advanced modules and toolkits within SENSR. The software is compatible with almost all commercially available 3D LiDAR sensors, even newly introduced solid-state and MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) LiDARs.

The SENSR platform has a robust architecture to quickly and reliably understand 3D LiDAR data in diverse environments. Seoul Robotics’ patented and proprietary AI algorithm provides fundamental object processing such as detection, classification, tracking, and prediction. SENSR can also flawlessly fuse data from different types of LiDARs to help the computer understand the environment without having to rely on a previously built HD-map. SENSR enables a wide range of applications – from detecting intruders for security systems to predicting the distance to pedestrians on a crosswalk for autonomous driving applications.

“Making sense of 3D LiDAR data is difficult even for self-driving car companies,” said Jaeil Park, CTO of Seoul Robotics. “Seoul Robotics is enabling mass adaptation of 3D LiDARs both in and out of the automotive industry by eliminating the need to create reliable 3D perception AI from scratch through our SENSR software platform.”

Seoul Robotics serves the global needs for LiDAR solutions, developing collaborative relationships across the value chain including LiDAR manufacturer partners, global automotive OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers, engineering solutions providers, and government customers.

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Hitachi Automotive Systems to strengthen connections through collaboration with Plug and Play

Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. announced a partnership for collaboration with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform that brings together the best startups with the world’s corporations. Through this collaboration, Hitachi Automotive Systems will strengthen connections with leading startups in the mobility space including autonomous driving and connected cars, and accelerate its innovation capabilities.

Based in Silicon Valley in the United States, Plug and Play has offices in over 20 locations globally, and has developed accelerator programs and corporate innovation services. Plug and Play has developed a unique ecosystem of start-ups and entrepreneurs, and runs accelerator programs across a range of industries including mobility, IoT, supply chain and logistics, and smart cities.

Hitachi Automotive Systems chief technology officer, Dr. Kimiya Yamaashi, said, “We are very excited about this collaboration. As a global automotive system integrator and key component supplier, we supply a range of technologies that are enabling a shift towards autonomous driving and electrification, such as on-board controllers, sensor systems, high power motors, high efficiency invertors, and high precision sensors.”

“Our aim is to contribute to a sustainable mobility society by enhancing our capabilities through business tie-ups with unique start-ups that possess various technologies and insights. We believe this collaboration with Plug and Play will help to strengthen these connections and bring new opportunities for co-development.”

“We’re excited to welcome Hitachi Automotive Systems to our ecosystem. Working with them will help us drive forward innovation in the mobility area,” said Sobhan Khani, VP of Plug and Play’s Mobility programs.

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GlobalFoundries transforms training and new technician skill adoption with PTC’s Vuforia AR solutions

PTC announced that GlobalFoundries (GF), an international full-service foundry that delivers semiconductor technologies to manufacturers, has selected PTC’s Vuforia augmented reality (AR) solutions to transform its training processes.

With a manufacturing footprint spanning three continents, GlobalFoundries has established itself as one of the industry’s pure-play foundry companies, and now GF is deploying AR solutions to improve manufacturing processes and productivity in its worldwide factories – across a competitive marketplace.

GF has implemented Vuforia to digitise standard operating procedures (SOPs) for training manuals and maintenance processes, improve remote expert assistance, and construct digital twins for powering AI engines. By combining the Vuforia Expert Capture productivity solution and Vuforia Studio authoring environment, GF can create digital training experiences with augmented reality which can be viewed through industry-leading devices such as Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 and RealWear’s HMT-1.

This means the AR experiences can be used to raise the level of performance on the factory floors and drive better business outcomes for workers at all levels, including the onboarding of new technicians, the training of existing technicians, and capturing expert knowledge from retiring workers.

“With a vision to change the semiconductor industry that’s changing the world, we are transforming every part of our workflow through the use of innovative technologies, including augmented reality. PTC’s Vuforia AR platform, which integrates point solutions, is a game-changer on this journey.”

“Vuforia Expert Capture, for example, has quickly helped us set a new global standard for creating best-in-class SOPs to accelerate training and reduce variability at the source. With successful results already achieved from our initial roll-out, wherein we’ve seen up to a 50% reduction in training time, we look forward to capitalising on other Vuforia-powered transformation initiatives in the future,” said Dr. DP Prakash, global head of innovation from the CIO Office of GlobalFoundries.

“We are delighted to be supporting this visionary company’s digital transformation initiatives,” said Hillary Ashton, executive vice president and general manager of augmented reality, PTC. “The worker skills gap continues to be a critical issue in manufacturing and PTC is excited to offer GF our award-winning augmented reality solutions to help tackle this challenge, giving GF, like other industrial businesses that have implemented Vuforia around the world, a competitive edge.”

Through immersive interactions and guidance, Vuforia’s AR experiences enable workers to become skilled and productive in a fraction of the time of traditional training methods, enabling companies to increase workers’ effectiveness and productivity, improve production times, and reduce the risk of errors.

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Hyundai Mobis claims to develop South Korea’s first camera monitor system

The side-view mirror, which has been obstructing drivers from parking in narrow parking spaces, will be moving inside cars. Plus, the provision of a field of view significantly wider than the existing one and enablement of even more innovative design through the use of the space that used to house the side-view mirror are a bonus.

Hyundai Mobis, which is working feverishly to develop key components for future automobiles, announced that it had developed camera monitor system, a future side-view mirror that offers the trifecta of stability, efficiency, and design at the same time which is claimed to be first in South Korea.

A camera monitor system is a device that monitors the driving behaviour of cars coming from the posterolateral direction and displays the obtained information on monitors located inside your car based on camera sensors installed in the place of the side-view mirror. Not only does this technology increase driving safety by significantly reducing blind spots through provision of a wider field of view, but it also enables innovative changes to your car’s exterior design through the application of various types of cameras.

The camera sensors’ field of view is about 35˚, which is more than twice that of the regular side-view mirror, around 17°. Therefore, the driver can drive safely without having to check blind spots by turning their head. Because monitors, a type of display device, are installed inside your car, a camera monitor system results in almost no protruding areas. This makes it possible to eliminate unexpected noises such as wind noise caused by the side-view mirror, and it also reduces air resistance, thereby improving fuel economy as well.

The Camera Monitoring System (CMS) developed by Hyundai Mobis is designed to replace the side mirrors on both sides as well as the rear-view mirror, and therefore, it has stronger product competitiveness. The camera sensors, located on the left and right sides of the vehicle and under the rear shark fin antenna, recognise the rear and posterolateral driving environments and display them in real-time on monitors located inside the vehicle.

The system’s monitors are installed on the side of the steering wheel, above the right vent in front of the passenger seat, and on the spot where the rear-view mirror used to be. The monitors on both sides each provide an intuitive and clear image without distortions on a large screen compared to the side-view mirror. In addition, in the camera monitor system, the rear driving environment is displayed through a monitor in the shape of the rear-view mirror, and the monitor can also be changed into a mirror when necessary.

As the system is an important safety technology that monitors a car’s posterolateral driving environment, Hyundai Mobis has put special effort into verifying its reliability so that it can function normally even under severe conditions such as bad weather.

Through that, Hyundai Mobis has secured a degree of reliability for the system sufficient enough for the driver to view the driving situation more clearly than with the naked eye in bad weather such as heavy rain or snow. In addition, Hyundai Mobis’s CMS has also satisfied all applicable laws and regulatory standards through testing by an authorised certification body.

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Semtech releases new LoRa smart home device for IoT applications

Semtech Corporation, a provider of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products and advanced algorithms, announces the launch of the new LoRa Smart Home Devices (LLCC68d) extends LoRa’s market applications from industry-class low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) to smart home, community and consumer applications. The transceiver provides low power and extensive coverage for Internet of Things (IoT) devices in indoor and adjacent areas to connect sensors and actuators for security, environmental monitoring and convenience applications.

“With its simple and flexible network architecture, Semtech’s LoRa devices offer consumers a unique opportunity to accelerate adoption of smart home connectivity solutions. As an end-to-end solution, or as a complement to Wi-Fi, LoRa is Marc Pegulu, vice president of IoT business at Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Business Unit, expands the smart home solution by providing connectivity between low-cost and battery-powered end-node devices both indoors and outdoors.”

“This new LoRa smart home chip is compatible with the LoRaWAN protocol for low-latency smart home applications such as smart locks and lighting, enabling low-cost network expansion and many LoRaWAN-based B2B and in today’s IoT market. The B2C solution provides a bridge.”

The new transceiver will be designed for battery-operated sensors that can run for many years. It has a sleep current of 600nA and a working receive current power rating of 4.6 mA. With its low-power local area network (LAN) usage scenario LoRa modulation mode and support for traditional use scenarios (G)FSK modulation, the device is compatible with existing LoRaWAN networks and can also support proprietary communication protocols.

The RF chip is suitable for systems that comply with radio regulations, including but not limited to ETSI EN 300 220, FCC CFR 47 Part 15, Chinese regulatory requirements and Japan ARIB T-108. Its continuous frequency coverage from 150 MHz to 960 MHz supports all major sub-GHz license-free (ISM) bands worldwide.

Main product features 

  1. High sensitivity up to -126 dBm
  2. Its high efficiency amplifier supports +22 dBm output power
  3. The system works even if the signal is 10dB below noise.
  4. Minimum external material (BOM) / matching workload
  5. 24-pin 4×4 small package
  6. Works with existing LoRaWAN gateways
  7. RX current consumption <5 mA
  8. 25 mA TX @ +14dBm
  9. Integrated DC-DC and LDO
  10. Support for LoRaWAN and other protocols

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Emerson helps industry enable Digital Transformation with new cybersecurity lab

Emerson, a global technology and engineering company, opened its newest cybersecurity lab to help manufacturers confidently adopt digital transformation strategies, while protecting the integrity of their plant operations, networks, systems and data. The facility, part of Emerson’s larger global cybersecurity network, reinforces Emerson’s commitment to offer the most advanced automation solutions to its customers worldwide.

The new centre, staffed by a team of cybersecurity experts in Pune, India, Maharashtra, builds on existing capabilities and further strengthens Emerson’s technology portfolio to support the highest levels of product security across the development lifecycle.

The Pune lab will focus on defining security requirements, designing threat models and security walkthroughs, maintaining security practices and simulating cyber attacks in industrial environments to identify and address potential vulnerabilities.

“Cybersecurity is frequently cited by customers as a top consideration for Industrial Internet of Things adoption,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “Emerson’s investment in a broad portfolio of technologies and services is helping global leaders accelerate their digital transformation with confidence.”

The latest addition to Emerson’s global network of cybersecurity facilities is located at the Emerson Innovation Centre in Pune, which houses 900 employees focused on innovating for the future and coordinating training for development engineers.

“Our customers are looking for a partner to help navigate the complex technology landscape so they can design a secure and robust digital ecosystem for their operations,” Karsanbhai said. “This new centre further extends our leadership in industrial transformation and enhances our ability to collaborate with customers on the critical element of cybersecurity as they adopt the latest digital technologies to optimise performance.”

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