Infosys Announces Strategic Alliance with HP Inc. to Accelerate Digital Transformation for the Enterprise

Infosys (NYSE:INFY) and HP Inc. today launched joint Retail Point of Sale (RPOS) and Enterprise Device as a Service (DaaS) solutions to help businesses accelerate digital transformation as part of the HP Global System Integrator (GSI) Alliance Program.

The joint RPOS solution offers a digital approach across the supply chain, enabling real-time collaboration between shoppers, retailers and vendors at the point of purchase, providing a true omni-channel experience. The joint Enterprise Device as a Service solution defines and delivers technology-enabled transformations that optimize how organizations acquire, manage and use devices with end-to-end services, enterprise applications, fleet reporting, analytics, insights and more.

“Together, HP and Infosys can improve end-customer experience, while forging deeper, more valuable relationships with joint customers across industries, enabling them to embark on their own business reinvention journeys,” said Jon Flaxman, Chief Operating Officer, HP.

“The launch of the RPOS and Enterprise DaaS solutions validates our joint vision with HP for revolutionizing the retail industry through constant innovation, and deep analytics,” said Sandeep Dadlani, President and Head of Americas, Infosys. “Digital transformation is being steadily embraced by businesses and as this transformation evolves further, we will continue our focus to create newer experiences across industry segments.”

LibreOffice leverages Google’s OSS-Fuzz to improve quality of office suite

For the last five months, The Document Foundation has made use of OSS-Fuzz, Google’s effort to make open source software more secure and stable, to further improve the quality and reliability of LibreOffice’s source code. Developers have used the continuous and automated fuzzing process, which often catches issues just hours after they appear in the upstream code repository, to solve bugs – and potential security issues – before the next binary release.LibreOffice is the first free office suite in the marketplace to leverage Google’s OSS-Fuzz. The service, which is associated with other source code scanning tools such as Coverity, has been integrated into LibreOffice’s security processes – under Red Hat’s leadership – to significantly improve the quality of the source code.

LibreOffice is the first free office suite in the marketplace to leverage Google’s OSS-Fuzz. The service, which is associated with other source code scanning tools such as Coverity, has been integrated into LibreOffice’s security processes – under Red Hat’s leadership – to significantly improve the quality of the source code.

According to Coverity Scan’s last report, LibreOffice has an industry leading defect density of 0.01 per 1,000 lines of code (based on 6,357,292 lines of code analyzed on May 15, 2017). “We have been using OSS-Fuzz, like we use Coverity, to catch bugs – some of which may turn into security issues – before the release. So far, we have been able to solve all of the 33 bugs identified by OSS-Fuzz well in advance over the date of disclosure”, says Red Hat’s Caolán McNamara, a senior developer and the leader of the security team at LibreOffice.

Additional information about Google OSS-Fuzz is available on the project’s homepage on GitHub – https://github.com/google/oss-fuzz – and on Google Open Source Blog: (1) https://opensource.googleblog.com/2016/12/announcing-oss-fuzz-continuous-fuzzing.html (announcement), and (2) https://opensource.googleblog.com/2017/05/oss-fuzz-five-months-later-and.html (results after five months).

Telit Introduces Ultra-slim, Smart Antenna GNSS Location Module

A module simplifies the development process and delivers superior performance for wearables, personal trackers, and other battery-dependent applications

New Delhi, May 19, 2017 – Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the introduction of a new, ultra-slim family of smart antenna GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver modules. These fully integrated modules include a comprehensive feature set that eliminates the need for additional components, ideal for IoT projects with size, cost, and time constraints.

Easing the burden for developers with little or no RF design experience, the SL876Q5-A is compliant with regulatory and industry standards specifications. The module combines an omni-directional low profile embedded antenna and an internal RF switch. This combination is well suited for applications needing two antennas, such as personal trackers and alarms, which must be equipped with a main and a backup antenna when the signal becomes compromised. A true turnkey solution, the SL876Q5-A includes best-in-class features such as an additional Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filter, and efficient power management technology in an ultra-slim Leadless Chip Carrier (LCC) package. The inclusion of several low power modes reduces total power consumption while maintaining position accuracy, which extends battery life—a critical requirement for wearables, personal trackers, and other battery-dependent applications.

“The SL876Q5-A delivers on everything our customers and partners have come to expect from the industry’s leading IoT solutions provider,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit’s EVP of Products and Solutions. “IoT developers continuously search for solutions that simplify the design process. We’ve developed a compact solution with features that deliver industry-leading performance without compromising performance. Not only does the SL876Q5-A eliminate the need for additional components in most use cases, but also cuts development time and costs considerably.”

SL876Q5-A Features
Full GNSS for exceptional coverage
· Quad-GNSS: GPS/ QZSS and GLONASS or BeiDou and it is Galileo ready
· A-GNSS: Onboard generation and server-generated file injection that can be stored into the embedded flash memory

Superior performance
· Omni-directional antenna design delivers industry-leading performance in sensitivity, tracking performance, and accuracy
· MEMS wakeup feature offers lowest power consumption
· Built in LNA for improved sensitivity

Simplify integration
· Primary UART port. A secondary port can be configured as UART, I2C, or SPI at boot/reset
o If I2C, the secondary port supports either commands and messages or MEMS wakeup.
· Embedded RF switch allows easy integration with external antennas

Industry-leading features
· Ultra-slim design
· 11 x 11.9 x 2.3 mm LCC package for space constrained devices
· Flash memory enables firmware upgrades, customization, and AGPS file storage, which is ideal for battery-dependent devices
Availability begins in the second quarter of 2017. Learn more about the new SL876Q5-A slim antenna module.

QuasarEnviro launches innovative energy saving solutions to reduce carbon footprints

Energy Conservation by providing customized solutions for B2B and B2C needs

QuasarEnviro Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (QESPL) forays into Indian market with its energy management services across India. With the initiative of clean energy, company, offers high-tech devices & services, embodying cutting-edge technologies to reduce energy consumption with retrofit solutions. The product lineup of QuasarEnviro encompasses entire field from Domestic/Small Businesses/Commercial/Industrial Plants/Banks/Retail.

The salient purpose of the organization is to provide Carbon Footprint Reduction, Greenhouse gasses emission mitigation, Energy conservation, Cost reduction and People wellness. QuasarEnviro is backed by international expertise and finest patented technology in each segment and carrying a CE, UL or ULC approval.

QuasarEnviro specializes in Marketing Energy Savers, Refrigeration Savers and online monitoring systems for B2B and B2C segments such as industries, workshop and factories. The devices have been conceptualized and designed specifically to reduce energy consumption and minimize carbon footprints.

With a mission to control & reduce the ongoing cost of Energy & Carbon footprint for business users, QuasarEnviro is a dynamic company with a sharp focus on using technology for customized, practical solutions with low investments for higher returns. The company focuses on Energy Conservation, cost Reduction, Carbon Footprint Reduction and create safe zones by providing retrofit solutions.

Speaking on the launch, Virendra Joshi, MD and Founder QuasarEnviro said. “QuasarEnviro is an initiative to keep the environment clean and green. Packed with advanced technology and features, our product lineup has been specially designed to suit the conditions with high-efficiency delivery.”

Keeping in sync with Indian Government‘s initiative of BijiliBachao, QuasarEnviro has saved 15429 Mega Watts of Electricity which has resulted into mitigation of 437 Million tonnes of Greenhouse emissions which is equivalent to the planting of 699 Million Trees.

14th International Exhibition on Smart and Sustainable City Solutions

Municipalika Opens at CIDCO’s Exhibition Centre, Navi Mumbai

Municipalika is organizing a three day exhibition and conference from 18th to 20th May, 2017 at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Navi Mumbai. The country has been witnessing focussed initiatives for development of planned, smart, safe, secure, and sustainable cities-through the various urban and housing missions: 100 smart cities, 500 Amrut Cities, Swachh Bharat Mission, and Housing for All with 20 Million Urban Houses by 2022 and the 14th edition of this exhibition for Smart and Sustainable cities in Indiawill be providing a wide platform for the industry.

The Chief guests for the event include the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Mr. Rajiv Gauba, Secretary Urban Development, Government of India, Ms. Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary, UDII, Government of Maharashtra, .Mr. Prakash Mehta, Hon’ble Minister of Housing Government of Maharashtra, Mr. Shrichand Kriplani, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development Housing, Government of Rajasthan, H.E.Mr.Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada in India, Mr. V. Suresh, Advisor, Good Governance India Foundation ,Former CMD, HUDCO, Dr. M. Ravi Kanth, Managing Director, HUDCO, Mr. Sriram Kalyanaraman, Managing Director & CEO, and National Housing Bank and Mr. Choo Whatt Bin, Executive Director ,BCA, Singapore.

The three day Conference and Exhibition, with the theme of ‘Smart and Sustainable City Solutions’ will provide an opportunity to showcase the best solutions for various challenges faced by India’s growing cities one of which is doubling of the urban population from 28 crores in 2001 to over 56 crores by 2021.The Municipalika Exhibition segment is one of the biggest in the country, with over 150 exhibitors showcasing technologies, equipment, products, software and solutions for Smart and Sustainable Cities, covering all facets of urban and housing development and building construction activities.

The Expo is expecting over 1,000 participants from India and other countries. The Government of Maharashtra is the Host state, and the event will be supported by Government of India and its ministries of Urban Development, New and Renewable Energy, Electronics and Information Technology, etc. Canada and Singapore will be bringing forth their rich global experience of decades in creating sustainable and vibrant smart cities with the best practices in planning, design, execution and good governance of cities.

This Expo will be a highly researched and a stage to display a wide range of products and services from smart solutions, energy management, environmental management, IT solutions, construction, infrastructure, auto, power, environment and pollution control, safety management, health and sanitation development and much more.

Municipalika 2017 will be holding 10 conference sessions, some of which include Smart and Sustainable Cities, Safe, Resilient Secure Cities, Sustainably Built Environment and Communities, etc. An Interesting feature is the platform provided for Participative cities through interactive sessions with those who are governing and governed for making the citizens and cities to mutually benefit through joint actions.

Municipalika will bring together global and local manufacturers, suppliers, consultants and service providers to network and procure the latest solutions and opportunities provided in the market. The expo will showcase new age technologies, services and solutions that will pave ways to opportunities, networking, promotion of brands, and a chance to have an informal interaction with Indian and international suppliers, consultants, manufacturers, etc.

MauBank Adopts Infosys Finacle Leasing Solution to Drive Business Growth

Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY), and MauBank, a leading bank in the Republic of Mauritius, today announced the bank’s successful adoption of Finacle’s Leasing Solution for its strategic leasing services business. MauBank’s leasing system will run on a single platform that enables higher operational efficiency, reduced costs and an enhanced banking experience for its customers.

The merger of Mauritius Post and Cooperative Bank (MPCB) and National Commercial Bank (NCB) in January 2016 created the new MauBank, which is powered by Infosys Finacle Solutions that includes Core Banking, Online Banking, Treasury and Alerts. Furthermore, NCB’s subsidiary Mauritius Leasing Company, offering leasing products, was also integrated into MauBank and the Finacle Leasing Solution was chosen to replace its earlier legacy third-party platform.

Highlights:
· The implementation was completed in 10 weeks, with zero impact on ongoing customer services
· The bank has increased operational efficiency by over 40 per cent with the optimization of processes through the Finacle Leasing Solution
· With the new solution, the bank has eliminated duplicate systems and unified various components, achieving a 20 per cent saving in maintenance costs
· Automation of processes like statement generation, late fee computation and reconciliation, among others, have resulted in a significant drop in human error and person dependencies
· Integration of the new leasing solution with rest of the enterprise applications has ensured consolidation and optimization of customer data into a single source. This supports faster resolution of customer requests and enables the bank to make targeted offerings, thereby improving the end customer experience significantly

Quotes:
Sanat Rao, Chief Business Officer and Global Head, Infosys Finacle:
“Simplifying the technology footprint is a critical step in renewing legacy systems and moving towards a truly digital banking experience. Following the merger, MauBank has been very progressive in its decision to consolidate and modernize its banking systems. The latest step towards a unified platform for their leasing services will ensure a sound technology foundation for the bank, enabling growth, profitability and a smarter banking experience for its customers.”

Sayyad Khodabocus, Head – IT Applications, MauBank:
“MauBank is committed to being the most progressive and preferred bank in Mauritius. Our aim of ensuring world-class banking services along with industry leading growth, is tied to consolidating our operations on best of breed banking platforms. We believe the Finacle Leasing Solution will help us scale our leasing operations and boost productivity, thus positioning the service line as a key business driver.”

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.3.3

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.3.3, focused on bleeding edge features, and as such targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters, and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.3 integrates over 70 patches, with an update of the Sifr monochrome icon set and several fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.

For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.2.7, with the backing of professional support by certified professionals (updated list available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log with a detailed list of all patches here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.3/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.3/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.3.3 is immediately available for download from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/. LibreOffice 5.3.3 in Flatpak format is available here: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/flatpak/.

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

Several companies sitting in 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 training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

Telit Unveils New IoT University

Training facility includes innovation and design lab to help companies accelerate business innovation based on IoT enabled solutions

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the official launch of Telit IoT University. Designed for IoT developers and integrators, Telit IoT University, part of the company’s IoT Know How suite of consultative services, teaches customers and partners how to succeed in launching IoT solutions that deliver measurable business outcomes.

Located at Telit IoT Platforms division in Boca Raton, Florida, Telit IoT University features a broad curriculum, including courses and hands-on labs co-developed by Telit and Florida Atlantic University’s Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE). The University, an expansion of the company’s original deviceWISE University program, includes an innovation and design lab that showcases Telit deviceWISE Ready partner applications and gives students experience with a variety of hardware components required for a successful IoT deployment.

“Telit IoT University helps companies accelerate their IoT projects from idea to completion by providing the necessary tools and easy access to Telit’s IoT ecosystem and developer resources,” said Fred Yentz, CEO of Telit IoT Platforms. “Leading companies immediately apply what they learn at Telit IoT University to launch innovative products and services and improve operational efficiencies to capitalize on the full potential of today’s digital transformation.”

Courses, which are taught monthly, provide hands-on experience to help students start prototyping an IoT solution. Customers may also request on-site training at their location.

Telit IoT University courses include:

· IoT for Developers: Teaches students how to connect “things” to “apps” by exploring multiple transportation types and methods while learning how to use the management portal.
· IoT for Integrators: Introduces and reinforces the critical tasks involved with designing, launching, integrating and maintaining an enterprise IoT solution.
· IoT Immersion: A combination of IoT for Developers and IoT for Integrators, this course teaches students how to integrate devices with back-end applications and includes a comprehensive final project aimed at solving a real-world scenario.
· Industrial IoT for Integrators: Designed for manufacturers, this course teaches attendees how to acquire, send and transfer bi-directional information between PLCs and ERP applications.
· IoT Sales & Marketing Essentials: Provides a high-level overview of IoT concepts, use cases and IoT solutions.
· IoT Operations & Administration Gives the technician or engineer tasked with the administration of an IoT solution the skills to maintain the system.

To learn more or register for a course, visit TelitIoTUniversity.com.

Announcement of LibreOffice 5.2.7

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.2.7, the seventh minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family, targeted to enterprises and individual users in production environments.

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/).

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.2.7/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.2.7/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.2.7 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/.

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

Several companies sitting in 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 training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

Thermoplastic composites from LANXESS for engine shields, fuel tank covers and center tunnel covers in the underbody area

When the going gets tough

Excellent durability on rough roads
Dramatically increased strength and stiffness
Same mold for standard components and custom parts

Frequently used for off-road assignments or for driving on extremely poor roads, jeeps and SUVs need to be fitted with particularly durable underbody panels. An innovative material solution for such custom parts is based on the continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites of the Tepex brand made by LANXESS’s subsidiary Bond-Laminates GmbH. These enable the manufacture of virtually indestructible engine shields, fuel tank covers and center tunnel covers which were specially developed for the MLB53A platform. They are already in use on several standard models such as the Bentley Bentayga. In the future they will also be applied in the Audi Q7.

“In a trial on a rough and rocky test track, the components withstood the extreme wear and tear of the underbody hitting the surface as well as gravel impact with virtually no damage at all,” says Harri Dittmar, Tepex applications developer. On top of that, the composite material simplifies the production process. “Custom parts can be produced in the same mold as the corresponding standard vehicle components. Processors don’t need to turn other materials and can eliminate investments in additional molds and presses with higher clamping forces,” adds Dittmar.

Simple compression molding process

The shields and covers for the standard and custom models are both fabricated in a compression molding process using polypropylene-based low-weight reinforced thermoplastics (LWRT). The large LWRT blanks are heated in a convection oven and inserted by a robot into a compression mold that can shape up to four components simultaneously depending on part size. The components are then punched out of the finish-contoured blanks or cut out with a water jet. To fabricate the components for the custom parts, a 0.5-millimeter-thick Tepex insert is additionally placed on top of the LWRT blanks and molded together with them, so that the resulting components have a Tepex surface on the side facing the road.

The engine shields and the tank covers are manufactured by ElringKlinger Abschirmtechnik AG, based in Sevelen, Switzerland. It uses the LWRT material ElroCoustic. The center tunnel covers are fabricated by Röchling SE & Co. KG of Mannheim, Germany, from its own LWRT material called Seeberlite. The inserts for all of the custom parts are made of Tepex dynalite 104-RG 601, comprising a polypropylene matrix in which 47 percent by volume continuous glass fiber rovings are embedded as a single-layer fabric.

Outstanding sound absorption

The top layer of Tepex significantly increases the strength, stiffness and above all the toughness of the LWRT components. Dittmar: “Because of its unique structure, LWRT additionally has a very good sound-absorbing effect, which would not have been possible with other compression molding compounds and would have meant less comfort.” The durability of the composite structure can be increased even more if Tepex is used not only on the side facing the road but also on the inside as an overlay. “The result would be a sandwich structure with a core made of LWRT that is even stiffer but nonetheless still lightweight,” says Dr. Egon Moos, Product Manager Underbody Systems at Röchling Automotive.

Wide range of applications

Tepex is used in more than just car underbody panels. It has since become established in many other series applications in automotive lightweight construction. The composite material is shaped and back-injected to make seat backrests, front-end components, brake pedals and bumper crossbars. On account of Tepex’s growing application potential in lightweight automotive engineering, LANXESS has set up a dedicated project group headed by Henrik Plaggenborg that supports partners worldwide through all stages of Tepex component development right up to production launch.

For more detailed information on Tepex properties, applications and processing technologies, go to www.bond-laminates.com.