DARPA signed a contract with Northrop Grumman valued at $13 million to develop Hypersonic weapons interceptors for American air defense. Currently, the only weapon that is capable of shooting down the Hypersonic systems is a laser gun. With the speed of the light pulse, the gun fires at the current location of the target and the light pulse with a 99.9% probability hits the target, since compared to the speed of light the hypersonic missile is standing still. However, there are not enough powerful lasers that are capable of delivering such results. It is in the development phase and clearly it seems Northrop Grumman is involved in the testing of such lasers.
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Far too many business and technology leaders view implementing cloud technology in the contact center as the end game, but it’s not. Migrating to the cloud is just the catalyst for driving a value add digital transformation to deliver exceptional customer experiences.
Currently, the racing cars are equipped with a myriad of the on-Board cameras that allow to display images from a multitude of angles during the broadcast. It is only now fans can finally see the race from the eyes of the rider. Previously, it was completely impossible to see. Additionally, despite the fact that in racing the cameras are located near the driver’s head or above it, all of them do not allow you to see the track as a person sitting behind the wheel sees it.
Russia is planning to create its own alternative to the Microsoft owned GitHub, a global company that provides hosting for software development, version control using Git. Microsoft acquired the company in 2018 for $7.5 billion. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.
Roscosmos found a way to hide classified activity within Russia and prevent foreign spy satellites from obtaining information within the region. Furthermore, Roscosmos researchers developed a system to hide classified activities in Russia from the operational surveillance being used by foreign spy satellites. The method of implementation is by completely silencing the data transmission during the use of ground-based radio stations. This information became available via Roscosmos’ website.
Recently, the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Tencent held a signing ceremony of a memorandum of cooperation in the lecture hall of the Economic Management Building of Qingshuihe Campus. The two sides announced that they will carry out in-depth school-enterprise cooperation of “industry-university-research” integration.
Today, Tencent announced the official launch of the “SaaS Technology Alliance,” in conjunction with Kingdee, UFIDA, Youzan, Weimeng, SalesEasy, Liudurenhe, Daoyi, Kenexa (KNX) and other external SaaS vendors. Tencent’s internal SaaS products, such as corporate WeChat, Tencent conferences, and corporate sites, will jointly build a technology platform.
Currently, we are entering the era of 5G technology. It is supposed to provide the fastest speed, yet has certain caveats that can have adverse effects on human health. AT&T and T-Mobile have reconsidered the deployment of 5G networks, since increasing the frequency requires placing smaller cellular transmitters very close to one another. Nevertheless, 5G technology is already here.
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Hours Keeper allows you to either enter your time manually or use the clock-in/out feature. It lets you organize the time you spend on each client, sort hours by pay period, create invoices quickly with the built-in function, and so much more.
UltraSense Systems announced they have developed the world’s smallest and most integrated 3D ultrasound sensor. UltraSense Systems is a Santa Clara, CA-based company operating in stealth. The sensor panel now can be made from plastic, wood, ceramics and it will not be affected by any dirt or debris. In order, to make this possible the company designs the smallest chip possible.
Bone marrow transplants have been used for over 50 years. The first bone marrow transplant was performed in 1956 by Dr E. Donnall Thomas in Cooperstown, New York. This milestone involved identical twins, with bone marrow taken from the healthy twin, and given to the other, who had leukemia. However, this was from a related donor.
Now everyone in the western world has access to high speed internet and a 4G network. On the global scale, a majority of nations have access to it as well. The evolving technology allows quality videos and images in high definition (HD). Social media is one of the biggest news sources for many and one of the most powerful social engineering tools in use.
EXOLung private initiative announced a new device which is currently in the final prototype phase. The device is called EXOLung which provides a diver with oxygen via a very unique method designed by Jörg Tragatschnig, who has been a senior designer at the Porsche Design Studio for over 30 years and is responsible for a wide range of successful products.
Research pertaining to synthetic DNA creation technology was published on December 9 by the ETH Zurich research team and an Israeli scientist. Every human being has unique DNA made up of molecules (nucleotides). Each nucleotide contains a phosphate group, a sugar group and a nitrogen base. The four types of nitrogen bases are adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). The order of these bases is what determines DNA’s instructions, or genetic code. Human DNA has around three billion bases, and more than 99% of those bases are the same in all people. This is according to the US National Library of Medicine.
For the first time, China received laser echoes from all mirror reflectors on the Moon (A15, A14, A11, L17, L21). The information became available via 6do news on December 8. The research group successfully completed laser distance measurements between Earth and the moon. The first experiment by China took place in 2018 with a 1.2-meter telescope laser ranging system. Clearly, it is not competitive with the US results achieved in the same field.
Thinking about which business to start today is not easy. So, I came up with a few ideas that will make it easier for people who want to start a business, which requires low capital. People think working for an organization or a firm can make them rich because they receive wages or salary for their effort, but I think that employment has security, but it can’t make you a millionaire. Before listing down these ideas, I want you to know what business is and what you are getting into.
Russia announced their 9K720 Iskander rocket has been connected to the military internet. The Iskander is a mobile short-range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by the Russian Federation. The missile systems are a replacement for the obsolete OTR-21 Tochka systems. The Russian military internet has the capability of trading information at 300 megabytes per second. Additionally, the Russian ministry of defense uses special equipment and more than 1,500 mobile communication and encryption systems.
New research “Illuminating Earth’s fault” by the University of California at Berkley proposes the use of existing underwater submarine fiber optic cables as seismographs. With the new network we will get a complete picture of the tectonic activity of our planet. A seismometer is an instrument that responds to ground motions, such as caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and explosions. Seismometers are usually combined with a timing device and a recording device to form a seismograph.
China has been actively involved in espionage against Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the last century, China has not been known for many inventions in the space field, but instead as been a successful copycat. The route to copying patented and classified inventions leads to espionage. The facts prove themselves. Even though China has the highest numbers of STEM grads under President’s Xi politics, still China is not a leader in the field. Also, Chinese education focuses on being a great follower, but not a leader, since the communist model does not allow room for individualistic views.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced a budget increase to $15.866 billion. The expansion of the budget was finalized on November 28. The ESA is an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris. The national bodies who sit on ESA’s governing council are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The crypto world is the wild west of the financial industry. Its history is checkered with implausibly audacious heists, some leading to billions of dollars in losses. The immutable blockchain technology that powers crypto networks lacks centralized control and regulations, and hackers strive to take advantage of this inherent loophole.
The Ural Science Education Center (USEC), backed by Roskosmos, has announced a new project. The USEC opened this year under a Kremlin directive and is expected to have 15 additional centers opened within the next six years across Russia. The project consists of creating a platform which will gather information about each user. It will gather each individual’s digital footprint— the trail of data you create while using the Internet. This includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services.
Rostec showcased their new countermeasure complex for unmanned aerial vehicles– “Rubez-Avtomatka” prototype (translation: Frontier-Automation)– at the 2019 Dubai Airshow this week. The airshow is a biennial show held in the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The airshow started in 1986. Rostec is a State Corporation for Assistance to Development, Production and Export of Advanced Technology Industrial Product. It is a Russian state-owned holding conglomerate headquartered in Moscow that specializes in consolidating strategically important companies, mainly in the defense and high-tech industries.
Russia’s spy ship Yantar disappeared from radars near North American shores, after being spotted on November 8. Yantar is a special purpose intelligence collection ship built for the Russian Navy under the pretense of research. The ship has been operated by the Russian Navy’s Main Directorate of Underwater Research since 2015 and is reportedly a spy ship. The ship has a length of 108 metres (354 ft) and a full displacement of 5,736 tons. It’s home base is Severomorsk, where it is attached to the Northern Fleet.
Research Nester has released a report titled “Wi-Fi Chipset Market – Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2027” which also includes some of the prominent market analyzing parameters such as industry growth drivers, restraints, supply and demand risk, market attractiveness, year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth comparisons, market share comparisons, BPS analysis, SWOT analysis and Porter’s five force model.
Advancements in communication technology have grown multifold. Owing to such a factor, there is a rising need for faster transmission of data amongst wireless communicating devices. Continuous research and developments in wireless technology have led to the trade association between The Wi-Fi Alliance and numerous other technology companies for the promotion and development of WiGig or Wireless Gigabit Alliance technology.
With such a technology, wireless communicating devices can transfer data at gigabyte speeds operating over the unlicensed 60GHz frequency band. The need for such a technology and the trending shift in technology is anticipated to raise the demand for highly efficient and technically advance Wi-Fi chipsets.
Such a factor is anticipated to contribute significantly towards the growth of the global Wi-Fi chipset market.
Additionally, rise in the adoption of wireless communication devices globally and the growing IoT market, is also expected to help drive the global Wi-Fi chipset market. Wi-Fi Alliance, in one of their statistics stated that 4 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices were to be shipped in the year 2018 and 13 billion devices were already in use, calculating to a total of 21 billion devices in the same year. Moreover, the global economic value of Wi-Fi was recorded to be nearly $2 trillion.
The global Wi-Fi chipset market is anticipated to record a CAGR of around 4.13% during the forecast period, i.e. 2019-2027. The market is segmented by device type into smartphones, connected home devices, access point equipment, PCs, tablets and others.
Among these segments, connected home devices segment is anticipated to hold the largest market share on the back of growing adoption of IoT devices. IoT devices communicate with the help of Wi-Fi, which is expected to impact the sales of Wi-Fi chipsets. The GSM Association (GSMA) in one of their statistics stated that IoT connections were estimated to peak 25 billion connections from 9 billion connections in-between 2018-2025.
Geographically, the global Wi-Fi chipset market is segmented by five major regions into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region, out of which, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to hold largest market share owing to rise in the adoption of smartphones which is impacted by the growing telecom industry.
GSMA in another statistics stated that in the year 2025, smartphones will contribute to four in five internet connections globally. Moreover, Asia Pacific is expected to grow at 1.6x times with contributions peaking to 82% from 60% in-between 2018-2025.
However, concerns for high operational costs of the manufacturers owing to rapid change in technology, which requires manufacturers to spend on certification and licensing of the chips is estimated to act as a barrier to the growth of the global Wi-Fi chipset market.
This report also studies existing competitive scenario of some of the key players of the global Wi-Fi chipset market, which includes profiling:
- Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC)
- Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM)
- Infineon Technologies AG (ETR: IFX)
- Broadcom (NASDAQ: AVGO)
- Celeno Communications
- Peraso Technologies Inc.
- Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
- Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: CY)
- Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) STMicroelectronics (BIT: STM)
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NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs are meeting this week at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. It is expected that NATO will acknowledge space as NATO’s new operational sphere at these meetings.
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On November 14, the NASA Inspector General Office of Audits published a report entitled NASA’s Management of Crew Transportation to the International Space Station. The audit data was collected from February 2019 to November 2019 as per the audit standards. One of the main goals of the audit is to compare the piloted programs by Boeing, Space X and Soyuz.
Next year is the 100 year anniversary of the Evgeniy Dragunov, born February 20, 1920 into the family of the famous weapons makers of Czarist Russia. He served in the Soviet army during World War II. After the war was over, he started designing weapons and by 1950 his first successful design was put into mass production. Dragunov designed five more weapons, which ended up being utilized by the Soviet Army.
Russia announced the final phase of the TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System, which is expected to be delivered to the Russian army by May 2020. The TOS is a family of 220mm 30-barrel multiple rocket launchers and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis. It is based on the Armata platform.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matthew Hancock announced the government’s desire to start collecting DNA of every newborn child. Hence, the privacy of UK citizens will no longer exist. Your DNA is a treasure trove of personal information, including your physical characteristics like eye color, paternity and health. The UK has been a pioneer in privacy intrusion. It is one thing to use DNA to solve heinous crimes and protect society, yet another to use it for the government’s gain and control.
Russia just announced near completion of its own new tokamak prototype. Russia is one of the nations involved in the ITER experiment, the world’s largest fusion experiment. Each nation involved in the project has to have its own tokamak. The tokamak is one of several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.
There is a global interest in space travel and the question experts are discussing is “what type of fuel should the space reactors run on?” Commercial projects, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, desire the conquering of other planets and even creating space colonies on the moon. Last year, SpaceX announced fashion innovator and Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to fly around the Moon in 2023.
Japanese company HAPSMobile successfully completed the second HAWK30 Solar HAPS test flight on October 23 from a NASA facility. The first flight was in the September. HAPSMobile plans to move the HAWK30 to the Hawaiian island of Lanai and is accelerating preparations to perform stratospheric test flights there by March 31, 2020 per their press release.
HAPSMobile is a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), who is also an aircraft development partner for “HAWK30,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed for stratospheric telecommunications platform systems that flies approximately 20kms into the stratosphere. The wing span of the HAWK30 is 78 meters.
Research Nester has released a report titled “IPv6 Market – Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2027” which also includes some of the prominent market analyzing parameters such as industry growth drivers, restraints, supply and demand risk, market attractiveness, year-on-year (Y-O-Y) growth comparisons, market share comparisons, BPS analysis, SWOT analysis and Porter’s five force model.
The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is the principal security agency of Russia and the main successor agency to the USSR’s KGB. The FSB’s main responsibilities are within the country and include counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance as well as investigating some other types of grave crimes and federal law violations.
The Belgian army will stop using a GPS system due to a heightened risk of Russia’s disruption of the GPS signal. The Global Positioning System, originally NAVSTAR GPS, is a satellite-based radionavigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the US Air Force. The Belgian military will revert to the use of topographic maps and old fashioned compasses.
Russia is developing a reusable rocket that is expected to be a competitor to the American made Falcon 9 rocket, a two-stage-to-orbit medium lift launch vehicle. The Falcon 9 is designed and manufactured by SpaceX, a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. It is powered by Merlin engines, also developed by SpaceX, burning liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propellants. Falcon-9 is also the first ever reusable rocket.
Russian scientists and Planta LLC created the first glow in the dark tobacco without using any chemicals or radiation. Planta LLC, currently operating in Moscow, states it specializes in the glow in the dark plants and has been in business since 2017. The plants were grown without the use of ultraviolet rays. The cultivated tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum, was infused with four ferments from the biosynthesis of the bioluminescent fungi genes.
The new work by MIT researchers “Making the Invisible Visible: Action Recognition Through Walls and Occlusions” will be presented at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), an annual research conference sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It is considered, together with CVPR, the top level conference on computer vision. The conference is usually spread over four to five days. It will take place in Seoul, South Korea, October 27 – November 2, 2019.
Human action recognition is a core task in computer vision. It has broad applications in video games, surveillance, gesture recognition, behavior analysis. The work uses a neural network model that can detect human actions through walls and occlusions, and in poor lighting conditions. Our model takes radio frequency (RF) signals as input, generates 3D human skeleton as an intermediate representation, and recognizes actions and interactions of multiple people over time.
The paper introduces, RF-Action, an end-to-end deep neural network that recognizes human actions from wireless signals. End to end deep learning is an idea of outputting complex data types from raw features, for example, audio transcripts, image captures.
A deep neural network is a neural network with a certain level of complexity, a neural network with more than two layers. Deep neural networks use sophisticated mathematical modeling to process data in complex ways.
Usually, computer technologies use human poses on video. Algorithms are then used to identify the behavior parameters of the multiple people. The engineers from MIT developed an algorithm that combines multiple parameters: raw camera data transmitted to the neural network, while also creating a skeletal model with the body. Next algorithmic analysis models and chooses appropriate actions. It is also able to identify body movements, such as a hand shake between two people.
To achieve the visual data using a system from multiple cameras, an Alpha Pose algorithm was used, which takes 2D skeletal models and converts them to 3D. Alpha Pose is an accurate multi-person pose estimator, which is the first real-time open-source system that matches poses that correspond to the same person across frames, they also provide an efficient online pose tracker called Pose Flow.
Consequently, to achieve RF scanning through the walls and other obstacles, the engineers designed a transceiver. A transceiver is a device comprising both a transmitter and a receiver that are combined and share common circuitry or a single housing. The transceiver has two sets of antennas oriented vertically and horizontally. Hence, the signals are formed in 2D and the neural network receives multiple images.
Recently, University of California researchers created a method to identify a person through a wall using video and Wi-FI signals. The video-WiFi cross-modal gait-based person identification system XModal-ID has a variety of applications, including surveillance and security. The approach makes it possible to determine if the person behind the wall is the same as the one in a video footage, using only a pair of off-the-shelf WiFi transceivers outside.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that from December 2019, it will use facial recognition to control over 800 million mobile internet users. According to China’s laws, a person using any online service needs to be identified. There is no such thing as anonymity in China.
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Russia has announced the first functioning prototype of the Quantum Computer. The Quantum computing idea began in the 1980s when physicist Paul Benioff proposed a quantum mechanical model of the Turing machine. The field of quantum computing is closely related to quantum information science, which includes quantum cryptography and quantum communication.
The Russian scientists in the Department of Theoretical Mechanics, Samara National Research University discovered an effective method to deal with space debris. Samara National Research University is one of Russia’s leading engineering and technical institutions. It is located in the City of Samara.
The global Automotive Parking Sensors Market is expected to witness 7.5% CAGR during the period, 2018 to 2023. Automotive Parking Sensors Market Research Report: Information by Type (Reverse sensors, front sensors), Technology (Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic, Infrared, Laser), Sales Channel (OEM, Aftermarket), Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, LCV, HCV) and Region with Global Forecast till 2023.
The Russian planes МС-21 and SSJ-100 will be equipped with JetOS, a real time Russian made system. The certified version of the JetOS system should be released by the end of this year. The Irkut MC-21 is a Russian single-aisle twinjet airliner, developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau and produced by its parent Irkut, a branch of the United Aircraft Corporation.
Roskosmos posted recent ideas they’ve received pertaining to moon travel. The Roscosmos is a state corporation for space activities. It is a Russian corporation responsible for a wide range and types of space flights and programs.
A Russian scientist, Alexander Mayboroda, Director of Avanta Consulting in Rostov-On-Don, offered his engineering solutions. He has a myriad of patents pertaining to space. The most recent one being a “Method for Delivering Cargoes into Space and a System for Implementation of Same.” Rostov-on-Don is a port city and the administrative center of Rostov Oblast, the Southern Federal District of Russia.
Russia announced their intention to create an electrode-less plasma rocket engine prototype. The engine will be made by the Russian Kurchatov Institute with a target completion date of 2021. The Kurchatov Institute is one of the leading entities in the field of nuclear energy research and development. It is named after Igor Kurchatov, who was widely known as the director of the Soviet atomic bomb project and one of the top nuclear physicists. Kurchatov is known as the “father of the Soviet atomic bomb” and later, “the father of the Soviet Nuclear Missile.
The global digital utility market is expected to grow from an estimated $135.16 billion in 2017 to $244.31 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 12.57%, from 2017 to 2022. North American market held the largest share in 2016 followed by the markets in Europe and Asia-Pacific. However, by 2022, the market in Asia-Pacific is projected to gain the largest share. Digital utility market growth is driven by strict regulatory requirements for electric utilities, energy efficiency mandates demanding carbon emission reduction, and increase in the number of distributed and renewable power generation projects.
The utility communication market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.55%, from 2016 to 2021, to reach a market size of $15.45 billion by 2021. Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the largest market for utility communication, followed by North America in 2016. This trend is expected to continue till 2021.
The global Digital Oilfield Market is projected to grow from an estimated $24.1 billion in 2019 to $30.4 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 4.77% from 2019 to 2024. The Digital Oilfield market is set to witness growth due to the increasing focus on optimization through digitization mostly in mature fields. New technological advancements, increased need from oil and gas operator to scale up production, and increased focus on the remote management of oil field for process optimization & automation are expected to be the key factors driving the digital oilfield market.