A soldier uses a Harris manpack radio. Photo: Harris.Quintech Electronics & Communications recently announced that a government contractor will use its Nexus-4 16 port mesh test matrix switch to expedite development of its Software-Defined Radio (SDR) systems. In an interview with Via Satellite, David Chan, Quintech’s vice president of sales and marketing, explained why SDR is critical to the satellite systems of today and the future, and how Quintech plans to position itself as the technology grows in use and capability.
Boeing’s 3D printed parts that were incorporated in the SES 15 satellite. Photo: Boeing.To combat the slowdown in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite orders, Boeing Satellite Systems International is rapidly implementing new technology in its satellite designs and manufacturing processes, Mark Spiwak, the company’s president, said in an interview with Via Satellite. According to Spiwak, the company’s advanced payloads can help accommodate customers who desire more flexible assets as they prepare for the future of the industry.
The KD-5100. Photo: Kaman Precision Products.Kaman Precision Products announced the availability of its KD-5100 differential measurement system, which provides resolution to a nanometer of positional change. According to the company, due to its small size and low power consumption, the KD-5100 is ideal for night vision systems, precision telescope positioning, Fast Steering Mirrors (FSM) for space-based and airborne applications, and image stabilization systems.
A fund managed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings Co., Ltd. has led a RMB150 million (US$22 million) round in Shanghai Slamtec Co., Ltd., a Chinese company providing affordable and high-performance laser sensor solutions for robots in auto localization and navigation.
Cross-border payments platform Currencycloud and Hyundai Card, South Korea’s digital pioneer company, recently announced an exclusive partnership to enable the launch of Korea’s first mobile remittance service provided by a credit company. In a press release, Currencycloud said the service — established with Hyundai Motor Group’s credit issuing arm in conjunction with Korea’s long-standing Shinhan Bank — allows users to wire their money overseas with fewer process steps and lower fees than similar services in the market. “With just a few touches on the mobile phone, people will be able to remit their money using their credit card account,” said Wookyung Chang, head of Hyundai Card’s digital strategy department. “This will open the new era of personalized digital financial services in Korea.”
Many a blog line has been penned on the rich topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) but not much has been written about the real world challenges between our today and the many promises of the IoT tomorrow. Technology considerations can easily blind us “techies” to more mundane realities but, when you work as deeply in the Smart City space as I do, it is difficult to avoid them. In my opinion, the technology challenges surrounding the IoT are relatively small compared to the real world challenges that are perhaps not so obvious.
DigitalGlobe’s headquarters set for 2015 in Westminster, Colo. Photo: Griffin CapitalIn its financial results for the second quarter, DigitalGlobe reported a 28 percent increase in overall revenue driven largely by the company’s acquisition of The Radiant Group and strong performance in both the government and civil sectors.
When Google first told the world about its Tensor Processing Unit, the strategy behind it seemed clear enough: Speed machine learning at scale by throwing custom hardware at the problem. Use commodity GPUs to train machine-learning models; use custom TPUs to deploy those trained models.
GDAX, the digital currency exchange operated by Coinbase that saw the price of cryptocurrency Ethereum drop in a flash crash last week, is reimbursing customers.
Rendition of Norsat-1. Photo: ESA.The Norwegian Space Center has announced successful deployment of critical antennas and probes on the NORsat 1 and NORsat 2 microsatellites built by Canada’s Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), which launched on July 14 from Kazakhstan. Most notable was deployment of a large Yagi antenna from NORsat 2 that will provide first-of-its-kind Very High Frequency (VHF) Data Exchange (VDE) from space, according to the Norwegian Space Center.
When there isn’t much else to choose between brands, customer service becomes an important differentiation, and in financial services the situation has become acute. As regulators continue to make it easier for customers to switch providers, financial institutions must spend as much time keeping existing account holders happy as they do wooing new ones. Issuing apps and making it easier for customers to bank and source products online is a good start, but account holders will soon notice and defect if such moves are really a thinly disguised attempt to reduce costs and close branches.
Global payments services company Western Union recently announced the launch of its enhanced WU GlobalPay for Students product. The offering will enable academic institutions to better reconcile, refund and track payments from international students.