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NetCracker Technology to Take Part in Managed Services World Congress
September 17, 2014
NetCracker Technology will participate in the 2014 Managed Services World Congress set to take place through Sept.17, The Hotel Russell, London, UK. In a release, the Company noted that NetCracker is a sponsor of the event and will speak on a panel addressing next-generation requirements for tailoring private cloud solutions. Greg Fritz, Program Director, Managed Services at NetCracker, will lead a speaking session on "Adaptable Managed Services: Delivering Tailored Solutions from a Private Cloud" at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. NetCracker Technology is a subsidiary of NEC Corp. ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

MaxLinear to Present at IBC 2014
September 16, 2014
MaxLinear reported that it will demonstrate its latest range of Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) low-power satellite products at IBC 2014. According to a release from the company, the demonstration will showcase the reception of 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) content, from GT-SAT's digital satellite low-noise block (dLNB) downconverter to a 4K UHD multichannel satellite gateway, both utilizing MaxLinear's FSC technology.

Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (Previously Eurocopter France) Helicopters; Federal Register Extracts
September 15, 2014
SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (previously Eurocopter France) Model AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, and AS355F2 helicopters with a Fueltron flowmeter installed. This proposed AD would require removing each flowmeter, replacing the fuel system hoses, and disabling the electrical connections for the flowmeter installation. This proposed AD is prompted by a report of particle contamination creating an obstruction in a flowmeter which resulted in an uncontrolled flame-out of the engine. The proposed actions are intended to prevent obstruction of the fuel supply to the flowmeter, which could result in engine flame-out and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 14, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:

Apple devices to boost NFC tech
September 11, 2014
Apple's move into mobile payments, announced on Tuesday with the launch of its new iPhone 6 phones and the Apple Watch, is expected to boost the wireless technology behind it − near-field communications (NFC) - say analysts and makers of the technology. All the new Apple devices will come equipped to operate its new payments service "Apple Pay", which launches in the US next month and allows users to pay for items in stores by tapping their phone on contactless card payment terminals instead of the underlying credit or debit card. For Apple Pay to work, the new devices come with a "secure element" chip and a near-field communications, or NFC, antenna. The NFC segment is dominated by NXP Semiconductors, which invented the technology with Sony.

High-tech survey exposes hidden Stonehenge
September 11, 2014
LONDON (AP) - There is more to Stonehenge than meets a visitor's eye. Researchers have produced digital maps of what's beneath the World Heritage Site, using ground-penetrating radar, high-resolution magnetometers and other techniques to peer deep into the soil beneath the famous stone circle.

Mamiya Leaf Announces 50-Megapixel Credo Back
September 08, 2014
The new Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 medium format back is another in a series of new cameras and backs we've seen this year that utilize Sony's 50-megapixel CMOS image sensor. Like the IQ250, which is manufactured by Leaf's parent company Phase One, the Credo 50 is a removable digital back that works with the Mamiya/Phase One 645 DF+ camera body.

SCG upgrading meter-reading process
September 06, 2014
The Southern Connecticut Gas Co. is spending $18 million to change the way it reads customers' gas meters. The Orange-based utility, which is owned by UIL Holdings Corp., has begun replacing a meter reading system it installed 17 years ago with a newer model. Installation of the new meter reading units got underway this week in Orange and Milford. A total of 190,000 new meter reading modules will be installed by the time the work is completed next August, according to company officials.

Ponte Vedra upgrades with electronic water meters; $3.8 million to be spent on meters for 10,000 homes and businesses
September 02, 2014
Thousands of Ponte Vedra homeowners will have some new technology attached to the side of their homes in the coming months as St. Johns County begins work to upgrade approximately 10,000 homes and businesses with electronic water meters. Frank Kenton, administrative manager at St. Johns County Utility Deptartment, said the replacement of large commercial meters is being scheduled this week while the replacement and upgrades of residential and smaller commercial meters should start in late September or early October and completed sometime in July 2015. The contract for the work is held by Sensus, the largest manufacturer of water meters in the world. Utility Services Associates LLC will install the residential and small commercial meters while installation of large commercial meters will be handled by Constantine Constructors Inc.

PLM Software Selection Model for Project Management Using Hierarchical Decision Modeling With Criteria From PMBOK® Knowledge Areas
September 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Abstract: This article presents a methodology for product lifecycle management (PLM) software selection utilizing the nine knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide, 2008). The methodology utilizes a five-process gate approach where the PLM offerings are researched, sorted, paired down, evaluated, and implemented. The primary decision model utilizes hierarchical decision modeling (HDM). Prioritizations are assigned to the PMBOK® knowledge areas utilizing a pair-wise comparison survey and then assessed across the different PLM system offerings. The proposed decision methodology is meant to serve only as a guide to assist with selection of PLM software from a project management perspective. To validate the model, several applications are presented that apply the selection methodology to different industries: semiconductor, information technology (IT), and automotive supply. Keywords: Project Management, PMBOK, Product Life-Cycle Management, Product Development, Program Management, Hierarchical Decision Modeling, Software Selection EMJ Focus Areas: Engineering Management Professsion, Knowledge Management, Program & Project Management, Technology Management

FORCE OF GRAVITY
August 01, 2014
FULL TEXT A project team from 13 countries set out to build a satellite that, if successful, would change the way we see the world. The project manager demanded innovative technology-and got results. TO FIGURE OUT HOW THE EARTH REALLY WORKS, scientists don't look at a globe. They turn to a map called the geoid, which shows a hypothetical global ocean without tides and currents, shaped only by gravity. Scientists use the geoid to determine how oceans circulate, how sea levels rise and fall, how ice caps recede-and how climate change affects them all. To map the geoid with unparalleled precision, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched a multiyear project to build and launch a gravity-measuring satellite-the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE). The planning and development alone would take more than a decade.


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