RS Components sets up a new Electronic Center in Bangalore

§ The company plans to invest close to $ 15 million over the next two to five years at the Bangalore centre

§ The company also plans to setup a warehouse to enable “next day delivery” to its customers

§ The manufacturing sector and electronic design engineers can now source innovative products, technical information and other design resources more conveniently

§ Electronic Center to focus on industry verticals like IoT, Medical Electronics, Aeronautics, Automotive etc

§ The Expansion of Bangalore operations will drive company’s electronics business in India which is targeted for high double-digit growth in near future

RS Components, the world’s largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products today announced the opening of their innovation hub, a new ‘Electronic Centre’ in Bangalore. The high service level supplier of electronic components and tools plans to invest close to $15 million over the next two to five years at the Bangalore centre.

The new 2000 Sq feet office in the heart of Bangalore has been set up to support electronic design engineers and manufacturers in the region. The company also plans to set up a warehouse which will enable RS Components to undertake “next day delivery” to its customers.

The Bangalore Centre will have technical marketing and support teams, specialized sales force that will focus on specific industry verticals like IoT, Medical Electronics, Aeronautics, Automotive and R&D sector.

Speaking at the launch of the Electronic Centre, Mr.Keith Rice, Head of Emerging Markets, RS Components Worldwide said,“Our Electronic Centre at Bangalore is a great opportunity to bespeak RS’ strong value proposition in the light of our technical expertise and tailor made solutions that create a huge difference in the day-to-day life of a design engineer.”

Talking about the potential of the Indian market and RS India’s growth Mr Keith Rice added, “RS envisages India as one of the most promising and high potential markets. The pace at which the RS India story is accelerating will soon turn out to be a significant advantage for them on a global landscape.”

Mr. Shiv Bhambri, CEO RS Components India, further added, “The Bangalore Electronic Centre is a reflection of the strong Indian ESDM market, as well as the continued growth of the Indian operations of RS Components, which has been a part of the electronics design and manufacturing story in India for the past 20 years.”

Explaining the reason for setting up such a large operation in the city Mr. Shiv Bhambri said, “Bangalore has emerged as a major global EDSM hub and recognised as the R&D capital of India. Most of the Global Industries and PSUs in strategic electronics have their manufacturing facilities and R&D centres in Karnataka. Therefore it was important for RS Components in India to further expand it’s Electronics focused set-up in Bangalore.”

On the role of the Bangalore office in supporting the local ESDM community, Mr.Shiv Bhambrisaid, “The Electronic Centre at Bangalore will be key to RS Components goal of providing technical training and assistance to Design engineers and students.The engagements with design engineers will influence and drive our electronics business which is targeted for high double digit growth in near future”

RS will offer value added services to the design community in and around Bangalore including:

· Organizing workshops on new technologies and solutions

· Running training programs for EDE & Academia

· Holding engineer meet ups

· New product launches in collaboration with suppliers, among others

The team at the Bangalore office will also be actively involved in building up the design engineering community through DesignSpark.com. DesignSpark provides its community of over five lakh engineers with free access to design tools like DesignSparkPCB, DesignSparkMechanical and DesignSparkElectrical.

RS In India
Elaborating on RS Components unique value proposition to Indian manufacturers Mr. Shiv Bhambri says, “The key to our strategy is that we are a high-service level distributor. No order is too small, as we believe in supporting every aspect of the business from concept to preproduction. He further says, “We offer our customers a choice over 500,000 products from 2500 leading brands along with technical datasheets to help them make an informed buying decision.”

With e-commerce at the heart of its business strategy, RS India has one of the most advanced transactional website offering benefits like parametric search and around 5000 new product introductions every month.

“We offer the broadest range of semis, passives, electromechanical components, test & measurement equipment and quintessential tools to support every design engineers’ job. We are committed to provide value add solutions to electronic design engineers at every stage of design life cycle from concept to pre-production,” said Mr. Shiv Bhambri.

Nominations for One Globe Forum Awards 2017 close on 1 Feb

Honoring excellence for initiatives in digital, R&D, smart cities, entrepreneurship and CSR to help build India into a 21st century knowledge economy

India’s leading platform for building a 21st century knowledge economy in the country and South Asia, the One Globe Forum, has announced that the last day for the submission of applications for the One Globe Forum Awards 2017 has been extended to February 1st,2017. The nominations are judged based on activities undertaken in India in the last two years (1 October 2014 through 30 September 2016), which can also be a part of a longer-term strategy. One Globe Awards will be given to individuals to honor their excellence in building a 21st century knowledge economy in India in the following five categories:

One Globe Award for Excellence in Enabling a Digital Economy
For app, website, intranet, e-learning platform, game, multimedia channel or any other digital ecosystem that is helping build a knowledge economy

One Globe Award for Excellence in Research and Development
For R&D activities that help transform India into a global manufacturing/scientific hub

One Globe Award for Smart Cities to build a 21st Century Knowledge Economy
For initiatives taken that ensure Indian cities get smarter by improving efficiencies, introducing citizen-centric solutions, improving quality of life, ensuring sustainability or promoting economic viability

One Globe Award for Entrepreneurship to build a 21st Century Knowledge Economy
For entrepreneurial ventures that contribute towards building a 21st century knowledge economy

One Globe Award for Social Impact to build a 21st Century Knowledge Economy
For social enterprises or organizations that have led social initiatives contributing towards building a 21st century knowledge economy in fields such as skills development and healthcare

Winners of the 2016 One Globe Awards included Lord Raj Loomba, Founder & Chairman, The Loomba Foundation; Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog; David Plouffe, Chief Advisor & Board member, Uber; Shikhar Agrawal, Jaipur Development Commissioner; State of Madhya Pradesh – Avinash Lavania, Ujjain Municipal Corporation Commissioner; Ravi Pandit, Co-founder, Chairman and Group CEO, KPIT Technologies Ltd.; and, Ashok Trivedi, Former Co-Chairman, IGATE Corporation (currently Managing Director, SWAT Capital).

Some of the companies that have participated at One Globe in the past include Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle, Coursera, Cisco, Tata Group, Ericsson, Adobe, McKinsey, Uber, Fortis Healthcare, Xerox, DataWind, Steria, Cambridge Technology Inc., Air Asia, MLS Chase and others, apart from several cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, government departments such as DIPP and Niti Aayog, World Bank, USIBC, UKIBC, German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), Brookings India, ANZIBA, SCCI, EBG, NewsCorp, International New York Times, WISE, Nasscom, FICCI, MAIT, CCIFI, TiE, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), top universities and institutes in India and other countries, as well as several global leaders.

The annual One Globe Forum is India’s leading platform that explores the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, education and their role in building a 21st century knowledge economy. It focuses on the ideas, issues and impact of Indian government’s agendas to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy with initiatives such as “Digital India”, “Make in India” and “Smart Cities.”

In addition to the Awards for the corporate and social sector, One Globe Forum also offers several opportunities of participation for educational institutes in India and globally, including:

Principal’s Breakfast Roundtable hosted by BrainGain Magazine: Some of the schools that have already confirmed participation include Delhi Public School; GD Goenka Public School; HDFC School; Pathways School; Salwan Public School; Scottish High International School; The British School; The Heritage School; ITL Public School; Ramjas School; Ahlcon International School; The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (TGELF); DPS World Foundation; Mayo College Ajmer; and, Canadian International School. These distinguished school principals will interact with global academic experts from New York University, Harvard, University of Cambridge, Knowledge@Wharton, International Baccalaureate Organization, U.S. India Education Foundation (USIEF), Institute of International Education (IIE) and St. John’s University to jointly deliberate on addressing the challenges of a 21st century education. The nominations are currently open.

BGM – Care for Air Essay Competition: The last date for submitting entries is 27 January, 2017 and several students have already participated from institutes such as D.G. Ruparel College; Presidium; Delhi Public School; DRS International; Innocent Hearts School, Bolan Medical College and others.

Knowledge@Wharton Investment Competition: More than 200 schools have submitted entries including Lotus Valley International School; Cathedral and John Connon School; Amity International School; Mount Carmel School; K.R.Mangalam World School; Tagore International School; Ryan International School; Modern School; Christ Junior College; Air Force Bal Bharti School; Oberoi International School; American International School; National Academy For Learning; Suncity World School; Dhirubhai Ambani International School; Sat Paul Mittal School; St. Kabir Public School; and, Neerja Modi School. Teams from other countries outside India that are participating in the competition include Sekolah Pelita Harapan, Indonesia; Global Jaya School, Indonesia; Bali International School, Indonesia; Robert College, Turkey; Salahaldin International Schools, Egypt; Vientiane International School, Laos; Dubai English Speaking College, UAE; Delhi Private School, Dubai; Saigon South International School, Vietnam; Overseas Family School, Singapore; Canadian International School, Singapore; Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Thailand; Yadavindra Public School, Mohali; and St. Christopher’s School, Bahrain. Entries for this year’s Investment Competition are closed. The regional finals will be held at One Globe Forum 2017.

Speaker opportunities are almost nearly full, although some sponsorship opportunities are available, with just three more weeks to go for the One Globe Forum 2017, which will take place on February 10 & 11, 2017 in New Delhi. Delegates can avail of the early bird discount till 27 January by registering online. They will also be able to register on the spot at the event.

For more details, please contact:
Puneet Khunger | puneet@thegutenberg.com | +91.9810191409
Ayush Mathur | ayush@thegutenberg.com | +91.9871031903

High-Temperature Silicon Power Switches from STMicroelectronics Enhance Reliability in Motorcycles and Industrial Applications

High-temperature Silicon-Controlled Rectifiers (SCRs) from STMicroelectronics allow manufacturers of voltage regulators, inrush current limiters for switch-mode power supplies, motor-control circuits, and industrial solid-state relays to improve the reliability of their applications and/or reduce costs by using smaller heatsinks.

Addressing a wide range of industrial and two- and three-wheel vehicle applications, ST’s high-temperature SCRs are particularly well suited to voltage regulators in markets where cost efficiency and high reliability are key requirements.

Operating with junction temperatures of up to 150oC, the TN4015H SCRs offer on-state RMS current ratings of 40A, extending and complementing the existing 12A – 20A product range. They are designed to offer tight control of the gate triggering current, leading to enhanced reproducibility on the customers’ assembly lines with corresponding improvements in the reliability of the end products. The new SCRs are also more gate-sensitive compared with previous generations, while delivering best-in-class electrical noise immunity.

Other key technical features include:
High noise immunity (dV/dt up to 1000V/μs);
600V blocking voltage;
High turn-on current rise (dI/dt = 100 A/μs);
ECOPACK®2 packaging for compliance with safety regulations and faster certification;
Available in various power packages, with UL 1557-certified[1] insulated packages withstanding up to 2500 VRMS.

The TN4015H 40A SCRs are available now in volume production in D2PAK, TO-220AB, and TO-220AB insulated packages, priced from $0.507 for 1,000 unit orders.

For more information, please go to www.st.com/tn4015h-nb

AI Adoption Driving Revenue Growth for Businesses; Leadership on Workforce Implications Vital – Infosys Study

· AI Maturity Index reveals early adopters already reaping rewards
· AI adopters expect 39 percent revenue rise by 2020
· 80 percent of AI adopters replacing roles will retain and retrain employees

Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology, and next-generation services, today released multinational research findings on artificial intelligence (AI) business impact, market maturity and expectations. The research report, Amplifying Human Potential: Towards Purposeful Artificial Intelligence, polled 1,600 senior business decision makers at large organizations across the world.

The report revealed a clear link between an organization’s revenue growth and its AI maturity: Organizations who report faster growth in revenue over the past three years were also more likely to be further ahead when it comes to AI maturity. AI is perceived as a long-term strategic priority for innovation, with 76 percent of the respondents citing AI as fundamental to the success of their organization’s strategy, and 64 percent believing that their organization’s future growth is dependent on large-scale AI adoption. While there are ethical and job related concerns – 62 percent believe that stringent ethical standards are needed to ensure the success of AI – most respondents seem optimistic about redeploying displaced employees with higher value work. The majority, 85 percent, plan to train employees about the benefits and use of AI, and 80 percent of companies replacing roles with AI technologies will retrain or redeploy displaced employees.

Sandeep Dadlani, President & Head of Americas, Infosys, said, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption is on the rise and we are excited to see the investments in AI that businesses are gradually making to derive meaningful and creative change. The achievements are remarkable and the opportunities AI is bringing forth are vast. As we are seeing AI mature and gain momentum, our research shows that the next four years will witness further spikes in interest, and general bullishness about the significant value and benefits that can be obtained through AI adoption. As an industry therefore, we must take necessary steps to ensure AI is developed morally and ethically across every part of society and that employees are actively engaged and provided with the necessary training to be central to this journey.”

Key research findings:
· Businesses expect noticeable AI adoption and growth by 2020: Organizations that have already deployed or have plans to deploy AI technologies expect to see a 39 percent average increase in revenue by 2020, alongside a 37 percent reduction in costs. 76 percent of IT and business decision makers see AI as pivotal to the success of their organization.
· Businesses plan to invest in skills development: In 80 percent of cases where companies are replacing roles with AI, organizations are redeploying or retraining staff to retain them in the business. Furthermore, 53 percent are specifically investing in skills development. Organizations that have fewer AI related skills are more likely to re-deploy workers impacted by AI adoption, whereas those with more AI-related skills are more likely to re-train employees, according to the study. The leading industries that plan to retain and retrain their workers are: fast-moving consumer goods (94 percent); aerospace and automotive (87 percent); energy, oil and gas (80 percent); and pharmaceutical and life sciences (78 percent). The research reveals AI will cause greater investment in workforces, specifically China (95 percent), France (90 percent), Germany (89 percent), the UK (82 percent), and the US (76 percent).
· Addressing ethical concerns is essential for AI success: Two-thirds of those surveyed have not fully considered the ethical issues related to AI, such as employee concerns about handing over control, and industry regulations. Further, 90 percent say their organization’s employees face challenges or concerns with AI adoption, and 88 percent report challenges or concerns from customers and suppliers. In total, 53 percent agree that ethical concerns are a significant obstacle to effective application of AI technology.
· Market and Industry results show differences: Based on the responses, companies in India and China are much more likely to state that they are ahead of their industry competitors when it comes to AI use, followed by Germany, the US, UK, France. Fast moving consumer goods (57%) and telecoms (48%) are much more likely to report that they have already felt AI disrupting their sector. Pharmaceuticals and life sciences reported the widest usage of AI technologies that are working according to their expectations, leading to the highest AI Maturity Index scores by industry.
· Businesses are at the start of their AI journey: Only one in ten respondents that have deployed AI technologies believe that their organization is fully maximizing the current available benefits and capabilities of AI. The majority (90 percent) report that their organization’s employees face challenges or concerns relating to the adoption of AI. Around four in ten respondents believe that the time to implement, ease of use and the interoperability with other systems and platforms are areas of AI that require the most improvement before it can be effective in their organization. There are also areas of AI adoption that need to be addressed with training, education and transparency in the workplace. Safety of data (43 percent), job security (40 percent) and pay rates (30 percent) are the foremost areas of workforce concern despite the broadly positive outlook for AI adoption.

Other key research findings include:
· AI in action: Big data automation (65 percent) and predictive/prescriptive analytics (54 percent) are the primary AI applications today. On average, the companies surveyed have invested $6.7 million in AI in the last year, and have been actively using AI for an average of two years. The IT department is the leading adopter (69 percent), followed by operations (34 percent), business development (33 percent), marketing (29 percent) and commercial, sales and customer services (28 percent).
· Risk and reward: 71 percent agree the rise of AI in the workplace is inevitable, citing positive change for business prospects, employees and society. However, over half (51 percent) admit that cost reduction is an area of AI that requires the most improvement before it can be effective for their organization.
· Deployment: 88 percent also report that their organization’s customers and suppliers face challenges and concerns relating to the adoption of AI. Four in ten point to a lack of understanding of the benefits and intended uses for it, while 38 percent flag a general mistrust of the technology. A similar number (37 percent) indicated their preference to work alongside and interact with human workers rather than machines.

Overall, the study demonstrates the role AI can play in business growth, create opportunities for people to do more than what their current job and education enables, and drive long term macro environment benefits. Decision makers believe AI will bring out the best in their organization’s people (65 percent), and feel it can deliver positive societal (70 percent) and economic (76 percent) change.

For a full copy of the report and AI maturity index, please visit: Infosys.com/AImaturity

METHODOLOGY –
The research report, Amplifying Human Potential: Towards Purposeful Artificial Intelligence, commissioned by Infosys and conducted by independent research agency Vanson Bourne, polled 1,600 senior business decision makers at large organizations across seven markets.

For the purposes of this research, AI was defined as an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. Some of the activities computers with AI are designed for include speech recognition, learning, planning and problem solving. Examples of applied AI technologies include but are not limited to: machine learning, predictive/prescriptive analytics and avatar technologies.

STMicroelectronics Teams with Mobile-Payment Partners to Create Turnkey, Certification-Ready Solution for Wearable Devices

· ST, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), and FitPay join forces to overcome traditional barriers to OEMs implementing payment applications on wearable devices
· Groundbreaking secure solution with Secure Element pre-approved for use with devices to integrate tokenized payments from Mastercard or Visa
· Turnkey solution combines all necessary firmware, software, and hardware, including ST’s trusted security chip

Mobile payments may go mainstream on wearable devices like smartwatches by taking advantage of a new ready-to-use payment solution containing technology from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications.

ST, G&D, and FitPay have used ST’s security chip to jointly create the first secure hardware and software solution that is pre-approved for use by device manufacturers with the aim to develop integrated tokenized payments from Mastercard or Visa. This effort reduces the well-known barriers to implementing card payments on mobile devices and enables wearable-device OEMs to concentrate on product development. The joint solution gives users the flexibility to load multiple payment cards from various banks and from different payment networks onto the wearable, making contactless payments easy, independent of the end-device’s operating system.

A secure operating system (G&D), payment application management software (FitPay), and hardware components needed to support a mobile payment application are included and fully integrated around ST’s trusted ST54E security chip (embedded Secure Element, eSE) that handles cryptographic processing and tamper-proofing.

ST has leveraged the breadth of its component portfolio to satisfy all functional requirements for a payment device. Alongside the ST54E, the reference design contains the STS39230 NFC booster that supports contactless connection to the payment terminal and allows a small-size antenna, an LIS2DS12 MEMS accelerometer that enables gesture-activated payment, Bluetooth® Smart ICs, a USB battery charger, and an energy-saving microcontroller from ST’s ultra-low-power STM32L4 line.

Michael Orlando, CEO of FitPay, said: “Wearable devices are transforming the payment experience, and FitPay, ST, and G&D are making it easier to develop payment-enabled wearables. This reference design from ST demonstrates a fully integrated payment solution for manufacturers.”

G&D’s mobile-payment solutions are commercially proven and support payments at contactless-enabled merchant locations around the world. Axel Deininger, Executive Vice President and Head of G&D’s Enterprise Security/OEM division said, “The integration work we have done together with ST and FitPay to create this reference design overcomes the critical road blocks to delivering the freedom of mobile payments for consumers worldwide.”

“Our vision is to enable secure payments to a generation of new devices, giving consumers around the world new and innovative ways to pay,” said Kiki Del Valle, Senior Vice President, Commerce for Every Device at Mastercard. “Mastercard created a standard for expanding secure contactless and embedded payment options globally, and STMicroelectronics and its partners have created an intelligent and powerful solution to mobile-payment challenges – that leverages our tokenization service – to deliver secure and trusted payments-enabled devices.”

“As the market for payment-enabled wearables grows, manufacturers need easy ways to bring secure transactions and connectivity to their devices,” said Avin Arumugam, Senior Vice President, Internet of Things (IoT), Visa Inc. “The solution ST and its partners are offering is a critical step in bringing contactless Visa payments to a whole new generation of IoT devices.”

Laurent Degauque, Marketing Director, Secure Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics, said, “The market has been waiting for a turnkey reference design that greatly simplifies the way device OEMs interact with the payment ecosystem and this effort fits the bill. It provides everything needed for wearables to become the devices that will make mobile payments ubiquitous, simple, safe, and secure.”

The ST54E is available now. Contact ST Sales for pricing.

LANXESS presents leather fashion trends for spring-summer season 2018

Orientation for leather manufacturers
Recipes and advice on processing

Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS, a world-leading manufacturer of leather chemicals, is unveiling leather trends for the spring-summer season 2018. The collection presents tanneries with numerous leather samples that reflect the trends in terms of color, structure, haptics and overall appearance.

LANXESS’s Leather business unit provides this service twice a year so that leather designers, producers and suppliers can react early to future trends and realize new creative items. Furthermore, tanneries receive relevant formulations and practical advice on processing. This unique mixture of upcoming fashion trends on the one hand and new technologies as well as innovative chemical products on the other creates significant added value to exclusive fashionable leather products in regard to quality, sustainability and ecology.

Trends for the spring-summer season 2018

Caramelle Dolce means – like the reach for hot latte – that the cold winter is not over yet. The scent of almond candles and lavender lingering in the background let spring and summer feelings slowly arise. The color inspiration makes us dream of puristic soft surfaces with a soft touch. While we combine creamy and sweet colors, we wait until spring embraces us with its shiny and bright colors.

Pura Primavera – here vibrant colors dominate from yellow over green to blue. We are surrounded by light and air; spring is present wherever we are. The fragrance of lemon brings with it a lively yellow and lime green color. The green colors mirror big gardens that welcome us with serene radiant colors of nature. Enveloping, alive and energetic, this is a dynamic inspiration with bold combinations and completely without shadows. Sunny and light colors accompany us until they reach the stars.

Stile Intenso – a trend with a summery bright range of colors. The warm season is characterized by strong and intense style, full of feeling. There are maritime colors ranging from coral red and blue from the sea to the deep green of the ocean forests. These are authentic, pure colors that combine harmoniously with the light pastel tones from spring and are eye-catchers for shoes, bags and jackets.

As fragrances increase in intensity, the colors deepen in the Estate Profondo trend. It invites us to dream of the endless summer. The intensive colors reflect the color of sweet vanilla ice cream, of endless beaches and the strong blue color of a volcano at sunset. The colors are saturated but never deep – a gift from mother nature just like the smell of cumin that combines with a sea breeze during dinner on the beach.

Infosys Announces Internal Carbon Price

Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services, today announced its internal carbon price at $10.5 per ton of CO2e, at an event organized by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) in Zurich. A significant milestone for Infosys, the price will be applicable for a period of two years and will represent the cost of decarbonizing 1 ton of CO2e.

Infosys has been working towards building a clean energy future and has been on track to meet its commitment of becoming carbon neutral in 2018. The company has implemented a three-pronged strategy to go carbon neutral: energy efficiency, renewable power, and emission offsets. In addition, Infosys has also committed to reduce its per-capita electricity consumption by 50% from the 2008 level and use 100% renewable power for electricity by 2018.

Infosys derived its internal carbon price based on its program to completely decarbonize under the carbon neutral commitment. The carbon price announced today is a weighted average of the prices of carbon under the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and emission offset levers. The price of carbon under each lever was estimated based on the company’s past and ongoing investments in the area.

Speaking at the event, Sandeep Dadlani, President and Head – Americas, Infosys said, “We recognize that global warming is the biggest threat the world is facing today. We understand the significance of the 20C global warming limit under the Paris Agreement. For Infosys, by putting a price on carbon, we have further cemented our commitment to become carbon neutral. As a responsible company, we are very proud to be one among a handful of companies in the world to announce an internal carbon price. We hope that it becomes a global movement and helps save the planet by keeping global warming under 20C.”

Putting a price on carbon is akin to the concept of ‘polluter pays’. Infosys now has the option of using the internal carbon price as a basis to internally raise funds from businesses or departments and use the funds for corporate emission reduction programs. The internal carbon pricing exercise itself gave us deeper insights into the various pathways to reduce emissions and their relative merits and effectiveness.

CPLC, launched during the COP21 in Paris, is working with corporates and governments to advance the concept of carbon pricing. The Paris Agreement reached at the COP21 commits to limit global warming to well below 20C. That calls for an unprecedented and drastic cut in global greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning into a low carbon economy and moving toward a carbon neutral economy by the end of the century. Experts believe that the success of such a transition lies in putting a price on carbon. Infosys joined CPLC in 2016.

Rajan S. Mathews facilitated with the Industry Leadership Award for his significant contribution to the Telecommunication Industry

The award was presented by Amity University as recognition of his contributions to the Telecom Sector

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Director General, Mr. Rajan S. Mathews was felicitated with the industry Leadership Award by Amity University for his years of significant contributions to and expertise in the telecom industry. This has been an eventful year for the telecommunication industry, connecting millions and bringing India online. Mr. Mathews delivered the keynote address speaker at the plenary session of Confluence 2017, an international conference which brings together academicians and professionals together from top universities across 20 countries.

Expressing his gratitude to Amity University, Mr. Mathews said, “I congratulate Amity University, on organising, Confluence 2017 and I am thankful for this honour. This is a testament to all the tremendous contribution which the telecommunications industry has made towards connecting millions of Indians and bringing them online. The industry, at present, is short of skilled manpower, while we create the most jobs in the country the industry needs young talent. We also need good leaders, motivated team players who can drive the team to not only achieve targets, but also innovate and think out of the box. I wish all the students and staff members of Amity all the very best and hope to welcome some of you into active service in the sector. Let’s all work together for a fully connected and digitally empowered India.”

In his keynote at the plenary session addressing the students on ‘Industry Academia Collaboration-Issues and the Road Ahead’. During his speech he emphasised on the role of importance of leadership status in national transformation in this wave of technological advancements. He spoke about identifying good problems to solve and keeping the course curriculum updated.

During the speech Mr. Mathews emphasised on the growth of technology and said, “As technology advances to newer heights, with robotics and artificial intelligence becoming part of the global buzz, I believe it’s time to pause and ponder over one crucial fact: technology is meant to serve the human race, and bridge gaps. Therefore, it is imperative that young students retain and develop their emotional intelligence and ask the right questions.”

Mr. Mathews served in many senior executive positions such as CEO, COO and CFO of such major companies as Telargo (a JV of NTT DoCoMo), Afghan Wireless, Call Sciences, AT&T Wireless, Birla-AT&T (now IDEA), and as a senior financial executive at Beatrice International, Columbia-Tri Star Pictures and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

He has served and continues to serve on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations. He earned both his Master of Business Administration (Finance & Accounting) and Master of Arts (Economics) degrees from Rutgers University (USA) and he is a CPA from the State of New Jersey, USA and is a visionary industry leader contributing to telecom policy.

Confluence-2017, is the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing, Data Science & Engineering, is a conference on technical symposia, tutorial and workshop sessions. The idea of the conference is to bring the scholars, scientists, industrialists from all over the world in the IT industry to a common platform.

DHFL PRAMERICA LIFE INSURANCE BAGS ‘SKOCH – TECHNOLOGIES FOR GROWTH AWARD (SILVER) 2016’

The company has been recognised for its efforts in creating solutions and innovations using new age technologies

DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (DPLI) has been awarded the ‘SKOCH – Technologies for Growth Award (Silver) 2016’ for its traditional fixed benefit individual health insurance plan – ‘DHFL Pramerica Dengue Shield’ at the 46th SKOCH Summit 2016 organised by SKOCH Group. The award was given to the top 25 contenders from the list of 100 projects being conferred Skoch Order of Merit Award.

Mr. Anoop Pabby, Managing Director & CEO, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance, said, “We are delighted to be recognized for this award. This reaffirms our belief in “humanizing technology” to offer simplified & intuitive solutions for our digitally enabled offerings. I would like to congratulate my team for their exceptional effort”.

Let’s celebrate with LibreOffice 5.2.4

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.4 “still”, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family. Based on the upcoming announcement of LibreOffice 5.3, all users can start to update to LibreOffice 5.2.4 from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions.

TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organizations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

Road to LibreOffice 5.3

With the availability of LibreOffice 5.3 RC1, the project has entered the last stage of the road to LibreOffice 5.3, which will be announced on February 1st, 2017. In the meantime, we have announced the UI concept: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2016/12/21/the-document-foundation-announces-the-muffin-a-new-tasty-user-interface-concept-for-libreoffice/.

Users can start learning about the new exciting features on LibreOffice 5.3 Release Notes page (https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.3). The page will be updated until the very last minute.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.2.4 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Several companies sitting on TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and trainings, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.