India Kitchen & Bath Show 2016 further harnesses the potential for Kitchen and Bath market in India

A congregation of 100 renowned Indian and Global brands by UBM Index Trade Fairs

UBM Index Trade Fairs, host of the flagship show, Index, inaugurated its 2nd edition of India Kitchen and Bath show 2016 ( 22-24 July at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi ). The show was inaugurated by eminent industry designers and dignitaries, Mr. Pratap Jadhav: IIID- All India President, Ar. Radhika Viswanathan, Chairperson, IIID- Delhi Chapter, Ar. Tanuja B K – Immediate Past chairperson, IIID – Delhi chapter, Ar. Meena Mani, Mani Chowla Architects, Mr. Nitin Nagrale – Founder and General Secretary – HPMF, Ar. Habeeb khan, Smita & Habeeb Khan Architects, Mr. L.A Khan: Managing Director- UBM Index Trade Fairs and Mrs. Sylvia Khan: Director- UBM Index Trade Fairs.


Supported by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), All India Hardware Association, Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum, Indian council of ceramic tiles & sanitary ware,endorsed by the India Design Council (IDC) & Knowledge Partner National Institute of Design the three day show brought together buyers and traders in kitchen and bath equipments, OEM white goods, accessories, kitchen and bath furniture and fittings, lighting products with architects, interior designers, builders, project managers, consultants, procurement heads across the hospitality, corporate and government sectors. Renowned companies such as Hafele, Geberit, Godrej Interio, Century Ply, Kkolar, Labacha, Saniflo, Hardwyn, Blum, Liebherr, Nagold, Glint Faucets, Lifetime, Brassage, Ecostone, JB Glass, Slimline, Karcher, Wadbros, Aquarium Bath, Sanituf, Mahalaxmi lumbers, Supreme Solar, Venus and Surajwood amongst others, displayed their products and offerings.

Highlights of the show include the Sculpture Zone, presented by Aura Art showcasing sculptures by artists such as ( Sculptors) Suresh Kumar, Asurvedh, Pradeep Jogdand, Pardeep Kumar and (Painters) Tejinder Kanda, Veguri Ravindra Babu, Vikash Kalra, Madan Lal. It also includes KUDOS, the popular showcase honouring inspirational work of top 15 eminent architects of India. The fair is also marked by knowledge forums, seminars and will
also see a presentation on the ‘India Design Mark’ by The India Design Council, to promote innovations of budding Architects & Designers of the industry.

One of the highlights of the event include ‘Design Yatra’, an all India initiative by the Institute of Indian Interior Designers ( IIID ) to spread design in the masses. Design Yatra is a convoy of four nano cars that was inaugurated at the National convention of IIID at Indore in February 2016. The convoy which is commencing its journey from IKB 2016, will campaign in about 30 cities comprising IIID’s regional chapters and centers that will organise a number of events around the theme “Design for the masses.” The second day of the event will feature the Interactive knowledge seminar “A treat in retreat” by Ar. Tony Joseph and IIID,
Delhi chapter along with the Flag off ceremony of “Design Yatra” which is expected be attended by over 80 eminent Architects.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 2nd edition of India Kitchen and Bath Show, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “The luxury market in India is growing at a CAGR of 25 per cent over the last couple of years. With factors such as higher standards of living, increasing disposable income and increasing expenditure on beautifying homes, India is no longer a testing ground, but a profitable market for premium brands. Consumers are gradually willing to spend on premium quality products. The modular kitchen and sanitary ware markets have witnessed a shift from utility to luxury and is expected to grow further. With its second edition, UBM Index Trade Fairs will help tap and further harness the potential for this maturing market in India.”

“The show being one of the leading trade events in the Northern region will provide an excellent platform to the Specifier community. It will offer market-entry and business opportunities to companies in this region and will strength the supply chain cycle of the industry” he added.

Mr L.A Khan, Managing Director, UBM Index Trade Fairs further elaborated, “The demand for modular kitchens and sanitary ware is growing particularly for branded quality products. Change in lifestyle and increasing purchasing power has driven the demand for such super-premium products. India Kitchen & Bath is an extension of our offering to the niche segment of the Specifier industry we have been catering to, since the last 28 years. It is a platform that will give an exposure to Indian and global brands to showcase their products, technology and innovations to the industry and will help buyers to meet and network with quality brands in order to grow their business.”

UBM India hosts UBM Index annually in Mumbai, India’s biggest interiors, architecture and design event, that hosts over 25,000 trade visitors and 300 exhibitors with country pavilions from China, Turkey, UK and Spain.

STMicroelectronics Unveils Free and Feature-Rich Simulator to Aid Design for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

· Free online simulation tool compares and contrasts electrical performance of ESD-protection devices and their impact on signal integrity

· Enables optimal component choice for the target application, avoiding design spins, delays, and related expenses

· Powered by Keysight Technologies’ Advanced Design System (ADS) software

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is helping protect today’s smart devices by making shirt pockets, car dashboards, office desks, and other statically dangerous locations safer through the introduction of a new software tool that guides the selection of the right protection components for integrated-circuit designs right from the beginning.

People, clothing, and objects can easily accumulate static charges of many thousands of volts that may give a minor shock to the human body but present a growing threat to increasingly delicate chips in devices like smartphones and tablets, computers, or televisions. Exposed ports such as USB or HDMI™ sockets are especially vulnerable to these electrostatic discharges (ESD). The protection circuitry needed to handle ESD energy often requires testing with a real prototype where late design changes add to costs and cause delays.

ST’s new free online software tool, ESD-SIM, answers this challenge. It is capable of assessing both circuit protection and signal integrity, to help select the right ESD-protection components from ST’s portfolio before hardware is built.

“ESD-SIM delivers a significant boost to circuit-board design efficiency, enabling engineers to evaluate electrical performance of protection-circuitry components online and jumpstart their designs by using Keysight’s simulation technology with ST component models,” said Ricardo De Sa Earp, ASD and IPAD Division Manager, STMicroelectronics.

ST has adopted Keysight EEsof EDA software, including ADS, for design and simulation as it is the gold standard for high-frequency and high-speed simulation. Now, ESD-SIM makes the ADS simulator available online, for evaluation of ST’s protection components.
ESD-SIM now allows engineers to finalize their choice of ESD protection at an early stage and move on to design higher-value product features without fear of encountering extra costs and delays later in the project.

ESD-SIM has been created for ST by tools specialist Transim, with simulation powered by Keysight’s ADS. ESD-SIM provides a quick and easy way to evaluate the performance of ST devices using the industry-standard high-speed/high-frequency SPICE simulation engine in ADS. The validation output of the online tool is free of charge, and it further provides an ADS workspace to jumpstart the design process in commercially available design software.

“As a free tool, the revolutionary ESD-SIM will change the way all engineers design their circuit boards, and eliminate the hassles associated with last-minute changes to correct unforeseen problems,” said Torsten Goebner, Development and Engineering Manager at Transim.

The tool uses ST’s TVS (Transient Voltage Suppressor) SmartSelector to choose suitable protection components, whether the application is digital, analog, automotive, or power. ESD-SIM then runs ESD and signal-integrity simulations, using Transmission Line Pulse simulation, eye diagrams, time-domain reflectometry and S-parameters to ensure high-speed signals such as USB 3.1, HDMI, DisplayPort™, or SATA satisfy the applicable specifications. This can be done quickly and easily, requiring only seven mouse clicks. Pre-configured simulation setups and signal tests are included, which saves any need for the user to create tests and ensure compliance with the relevant standards. The simulations are also customizable, and users can save and share designs with local teams or the ESD-SIM community.

ESD-SIM is available now, free of charge to any user registered at my.st.com.

For further information please go to www.st.com/esd-design-pr

Tri Indonesia partners with mCarbon to deploy next generation CLM platform in Indonesia

The association will allow Tri Indonesia to digitally personalize consumer experience and maximize revenue streams across booming Indonesia market.

South Asia’s leading technology solution provider, mCarbon today announced new partnership agreement with Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I) the holder of 3 (Tri) GSM Provider. Combining the compelling digital experiences driven by Tri and mCarbon’s analytics powered solution I-CLM, will enable Tri to augment customer experience through contextually relevant messaging across the entire customer journey.

ICLM is a comprehensive customer lifecycle management platform that provides acumen to the operators through mechanisms such as big data analytics and fulfillment. The platform has omni-channel interaction capabilities, which are directed towards increasing customer affinity. This end-to-end solution tailors engagement based on individual preferences that vary through the entire customer journey.

Announcing the launch of next gen CLM, Rajesh Razdan, Founder and CEO, mCarbon said “I am delighted that Tri has chosen mCarbon for this important initiative. The deployment of our solution will provide Tri, ways to establish a new level of customer loyalty through consistent customer experience across channels while maximizing monetization of digital channels. Through our partnership, we are confident to be able to provide a significant economic impact and bring a positive synergy to the brand’s further growth in Indonesia”

“We believe in this age of digital contiguity, it is imperative for us as service providers to deliver unmatched customer experiences,”said Randeep Singh Sekhon, President Director Tri Indonesia “Our association with mCarbon is a step towards our endeavor to enhance overall engagement with our customers with relevant and real time offerings based on personalised usage and have a step up towards overall customer experience”

mCarbon introduced Interactive Customer Lifecycle management platform for telcos to digitally personalize experience and generate revenue through multiple streams. The product is designed keeping in mind the enormity of the data generated as well as its dynamism. It is capable of providing a competitive advantage to the operators by profiling subscriber and evaluating the strategic insights that are aimed towards improving customer value.

STMicroelectronics Reveals World’s Smallest Motor Drivers to Streamline Design and Boost Runtime of Battery-Powered Devices for the Internet of Things

v World’s smallest full-featured motor drivers simplify design and save space in battery-powered and portable applications with unprecedented accuracy and smoothness of motion

v Superior energy efficiency including zero-power mode with best-in-class standby power consumption extends battery life

With the expansion of portable technology in everyday life, new tiny, low-power electric-motor drivers from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, are enabling sophisticated battery-powered equipment to become smaller and more mobile with extended runtime.

Controlling the motors at the heart of devices like portable medical pumps and drivers, personal wellness devices, portable point-of-sale devices, miniature robots, surveillance equipment, precision tools, and portable printers requires considerable engineering know-how. One of the biggest challenges is to combine logic and power components in a single chip on tight space and power budgets.

ST has now gathered all of these ingredients together in its new line-up of tiny single-chip motor drivers that meet the needs of the most demanding portable and wearable applications. The combination of low power consumption, small form factor, and outstanding performance of ST’s new motor drivers is set to contribute to the widespread adoption of battery-powered IoT devices.

Measuring just 3mm x 3mm, ST’s new devices are the world’s smallest single-chip motor drivers integrating all the functionalities to enable product designers to deliver compact, lightweight, and user-friendly innovations into their target markets.

Frugal with battery energy, the drivers operate from a supply voltage as low as 1.8V and support power-saving design with ultra-low, best-in-class standby current of less than 80nA for a zero-power state when the motor is inactive. On the other hand, they can supply up to 1.3Arms to drive the motor and can therefore be used in a wide range of applications that include robotic positioning systems, printer motors, camera-autofocus mechanisms, toothbrush motors or syringe pumps.

“Our latest STSPIN single-chip devices are proven to simplify precision motor control and cut time to market for new products,” said Domenico Arrigo, General Manager Industrial and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics. “The ultra-low power consumption extends runtime in battery-operated applications and enables designers to enhance portable and mobile devices with high-added-value motorized functions.”

ST’s new low-power, low-voltage STSPIN motor drivers are in production now, in 3mm x 3mm QFN packages, priced from $0.75 for the STSPIN230 and STSPIN240, and $0.95 for the STSPIN220, for orders of 1,000 pieces.

Further Technical Information:

The series currently comprises the STSPIN220 stepper-motor driver, STSPIN230 3-phase brushless-motor (BLDC) driver, and STSPIN240 with two complete on-chip MOSFET bridges for driving two brushed DC motors. Another device designed to drive a single brushed DC motor with the current capability extended to 2.6Arms will go in production during Q3 2016. The power stage of each device features efficient integrated MOSFETs that minimize energy loss and heat dissipation. Despite their tiny size, there is no compromise in performance or function. The STSPIN220 can drive stepper motors with position resolution of 256 microsteps per step, enabling extremely smooth motion and fine positional accuracy.

In addition, all devices benefit from comprehensive built-in protection features including over-current, over-temperature, and short-circuit protection. These ensure ruggedness and reliability, even in harsh industrial environments, without additional components thereby further reducing cost and complexity.

For further information please visit www.st.com/stspin

Indian tech start-up NowFloats powers online businesses in more than 50 countries worldwide

Over 5% of all local searches in India today are through NowFloats

NowFloats, a Hyderabad based technology start-up founded in 2012, has announced that it now powers businesses in over 1000 cities across more than 50 countries worldwide. NowFloats helps businesses create an online presence instantly using the NowFloats Boost App, and makes it discoverable in local searches using frictionless machine learning technology and big data. The bulk of NowFloats’ business comes from India where their sales team is currently focused though NowFloats has customers across 50 countries with partnerships in Canada, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Malaysia & Indonesia.

Says Mr. Jasminder Singh Gulati, Co-Founder and CEO, NowFloats, “Across the world, businesses today realize that while building an online presence may be easy, yet it can be very tedious to keep it relevant to business and even more cumbersome to get customers to visit often. Consequently, platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and apps emerged as the new frontiers of business yet discoverability still remained a major challenge. As the world’s first and only prompted, business content platform, NowFloats addresses this by automatically helping business owners promote their content to the right audiences. Our unequivocal focus is on helping business sites get relevant traffic and earn more revenue.”

Commenting on the India market, Jasminder adds, “With India having more internet users than the entire population of the U.S. and a mere 0.7 million of the 52 million small and medium businesses owning a website, we decided to initially test our product on the home turf. The opportunity to test the scalability and robustness of our product on a myriad of business scenarios was immense. In just 3.5 years of inception, NowFloats already caters to nearly 250,000 small businesses in India, which translates to about a third of all the small business sites in India and over 5% of all local searches land on the NowFloats platform. Many of our customers are now renewing with us for 3 to 5 years in one go. But more than all of this, what swept us off our feet was the fact that almost a thousand businesses outside of India have discovered NowFloats on their own to sell locally in their country!”

Some of the enterprise customers in India that use NowFloats include IndusInd Bank, Canon, Samsung, Bayer, Tata Group’s Fastrack, ColorPlus, Asian Paints, and Ezone. Series A funded by Omidyar Network, Blume Ventures and Mumbai Angels, NowFloats was incubated at Microsoft Ventures. It has been a winner of Microsoft BizSpark Challenge, Google Best App, a finalist in iSPIRT InTech50 and was rated as disruptive by Frost & Sullivan. In 2013, NowFloats was also among the NASSCOM Emerge 50. The NowFloats founding team includes CEO Jasminder Singh Gulati, COO Nitin Jain, CXO Neeraj Sabharwal and Chief Software Architect Ronak Kumar Samantray, who was listed among Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30 in March 2016.

STMicroelectronics Simplifies Design-In of State-of-the-Art Security for the IoT

v New STSAFE-A100 optimized secure element provides built-in authentication, secure communication, key provisioning, and highest security standards for IoT devices (CC EAL5+)

v STSAFE-A100 secure element simplifies integration challenges for equipment designers, with full support ecosystem available

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a strong yet easy-to-use secure element to protect connected devices in the consumer and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and to prevent cloning or copying of genuine products by ensuring authenticity.

Certified to the highest security industry standards, the new STSAFE-A100 can be designed-in by developers without specialist security expertise thanks to comprehensive support ecosystem.

Consumer devices, home appliances, industrial assets, and infrastructure controllers are already connected to the internet or will be soon. Many of them are designed to be autonomous and unattended. They now need state-of-the-art electronic security to prevent hackers from counterfeiting, cloning, stealing information, or misusing the equipment. ST’s new STSAFE-A100 is a secure turnkey solution that brings the Company’s proven expertise in electronic security for applications such as banking, e-commerce, and identity protection to the IoT. As a secure element that provides authentication services and can be used in conjunction with an ordinary microcontroller, it features an embedded secure operating system and is certified to Common Criteria EAL5+[1], banking-level security-industry standards.

“STSAFE-A100 delivers an economical and certified solution for state-of-the-art security in IoT and brand protection, presenting an alternative with clear advantages over existing approaches like software-based security running on a general-purpose microcontroller or an uncertified crypto-companion IC,” said Laurent Degauque, Marketing Director, Secure Microcontroller Division, MDG Group, STMicroelectronics. “Seamless integration puts security at the heart of the product and frees developers to focus on maximizing added value at the application level.”

ST has made design-in of its new secure element easy for customers by providing a complete ecosystem that includes an expansion board with Arduino headers, a microcontroller library, and reference implementations. These simplify attaching the STSAFE-A100 to a microcontroller such as any from the STM32 family.

The STSAFE-A100 secure element is scheduled to enter volume production in July 2016, as a 4mm x 5mm SO8N or 2mm x 3mm UFDFPN8. Please contact your ST sales office for pricing options and sample requests.

Further Technical Information:

STSAFE-A100 provides strong authentication services that help make sure only authorized IoT devices can access online services and only authorized accessories or consumables are recognized and accepted by an application. It is compliant with the USB Type-C™ device-authentication scheme and secures communications with a remote host using Transport Layer Security (TLS) handshaking.

Additional functions that further minimize any potential for security breaches include signature verification to ease secure boot and firmware upgrade, secure counters that allow usage monitoring, secure pairing with the host application processor, wrapping and unwrapping of local or remote host envelopes, and on-chip key-pair generation.

The STSAFE-A100 supports asymmetric cryptography including Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) with NIST[2] or Brainpool 256-bit and 384-bit curves, and symmetric cryptography using AES-128/AES-256. The STSAFE-A100 comes with a unique serial number on each die and its operating system comprises a kernel for authentication and data management and provides strong protection against logical, fault, side-channel and physical attacks.

Cisco Prepares Networking Industry for Transformation to Digital-Ready Networks

Company also improves threat visibility and enforcement capabilities
with new security technology embedded into the network

Cisco today announced it will help engineers, developers, partners and customers embrace a monumental change in how networks are built and managed—preparing the industry for the transition to digital-ready networks. Cisco is also building on the intersection between security and networking with new technologies designed to simplify branch office security and make it more effective.

In March, Cisco launched the Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA)—a radical new approach to networking designed for the digital era. As customers embrace mobility, cloud, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) to digitize their business, IT teams are struggling to keep up with the ever-increasing complexity of the network, sophistication of security attacks and growing customer expectations. Cisco realized that traditional networks simply could not scale to meet the increasing demands of the digital business. A new network was needed for the digital era. A network designed from the ground up to be flexible, programmable and open. Cisco DNA helps IT address these demands by moving networking from hardware-centric to software-driven, from manual to automated, and from reactive to adaptive.

“Organizations need to address the expanding threat landscape across mobility and cloud, while facing increasingly sophisticated security attacks,” says Jeff Reed, senior vice president, Networking Infrastructure and Solutions at Cisco. “With DNA, Cisco is reinventing how we secure networks for the digital era by embedding advanced security capabilities into a single network architecture. But technology alone isn’t enough. We are also preparing IT professionals with new skills, training network-savvy developers and helping customers navigate the journey to digital-ready networks.”

Effective Security Starts with the Network
Using the network to elevate threat visibility and enforcement is one of the key tenants of Cisco DNA. Today, Cisco is introducing three new technologies that embed security into the branch office infrastructure to provide greater protection to the business:

· Umbrella Branch gives organizations simple, fast and comprehensive security at their branches by putting them in control. After activating the software on Cisco’s popular branch office router, the Cisco ISR 4000 Series, IT can apply content filtering and block malware, phishing, and C2 callbacks before these threats can reach the network—even when offices connect directly to the Internet.

· Stealthwatch Learning Network License extends Cisco’s market leading network as a sensor and enforcer capability for branch-level threat detection and response. The software resides on the Cisco ISR 4000 Series and offers new adaptive security anomaly detection technology. The solution works by analyzing data only available on the network device to identify malicious traffic and instantly protect branch network from immediate threats.

· Meraki MX Security Appliances with AMP and Threat Grid make it simpler than ever to deploy and manage advanced threat protection capabilities. This integration combines the streamlined cloud management of Meraki with best-in-class threat protection, enabling administrators to rapidly detect, contain, and remediate threats.

Beyond Technology Innovation
To turn the Cisco DNA vision into reality, Cisco is rallying its vast global ecosystem—from customers and engineers to partners and developers – to build the skills necessary to scale, secure, and innovate on digital-ready networks.

· Network Engineers: Cisco certified networking engineers build and operate the world’s most sophisticated networks. As the network becomes more automated and software-driven, these engineers must expand their programmability skills and deliver more value to the enterprise. Cisco is upgrading its career certification portfolio to help fill that rapidly growing need — including a new Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) framework that is being launched across all expert-level certifications along with a new Cisco Network Programmability Engineer Specialist Exam. (Read this blog for more details.)

· Application Developers: As the network becomes more open and programmable, the developer community will become critical, unlocking the potential of Cisco DNA with a new generation of network-aware applications. DNA is a key element of DevNet—Cisco’s 300,000 strong development community. Here in Las Vegas, Cisco held a two-day event designed as a springboard for developers wanting to leverage the interfaces to rapidly program and pull analytics off of network controllers and devices. The event sold out almost immediately, and was viewed as a resounding success. Cisco plans to roll out similar events globally over the next year. (Read this blog for more details.)

· Channel Partners: After years of building hardware-centric networks, Cisco’s 70,000 channel partners are evolving to flexible networks driven by software. Over the years, Cisco and its partners have evolved through numerous market transitions together. Now, Cisco is helping partners evolve their networking practices, develop new skills and open up business opportunities around automation, analytics and security. Cisco continues to offer partner incentive programs and has designed new software business roles within our existing Partner Ecosystem to help accelerate this transition. (Read this blog for more details.)

The Journey to Digital-Ready Networks
Cisco is helping IT customers navigate the journey to a digital-ready network by introducing a network readiness model. The model identifies the five key elements of network readiness: automation, analytics, assurance, security, cloud and IoT. This model builds out a customer’s journey across the five phases, with a new tool helping customers to assess their current state, followed by recommended steps to better guide their network transformation.

Cisco-sponsored IDC research reveals that many customers are already embarking on the journey to a digital-ready network:
· Four out of five of organizations surveyed have not yet aligned their business and networking strategies;

· Those that have are seeing double the revenue growth compared to their non-aligned peers;

· The percentage of customers who plan to implement software-delivered, automation-capable networks will more than triple over the next two years from 13 to 44 percent. [*]