Statement by The Document Foundation about the upcoming discussion at the City of Munich to step back to Windows and MS Office

The Document Foundation is an independent, charitable entity and the home of LibreOffice. We have followed the developments in Munich with great concerns and like to express our disappointment to see a minority of politicians apparently ignoring the expert advice for which they’ve sought.

Rumours of the City of Munich returning to Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office have been regularly leaking since the election of Mayor Dieter Reiter, who was described as a “Microsoft fan” when interviewed by StadtBild magazine in 2014.

Mayor Dieter Reiter asked Accenture, a Microsoft partner, to produce a report about the situation of the City of Munich’s IT infrastructure, that resulted in a 450-page document where the main issues were identified as organizational ones and not related to open source operating systems and applications.

In the age of open data and transparency in political decision making, we are glad that the report is now made available to the general public (https://www.ris-muenchen.de/RII/RII/DOK/SITZUNGSVORLAGE/4277724.pdf).

According to the report, only a minor percentage of users (between 18% and 28%, based on different applications) had severe issues related to software, which could be solved by migrating these users to Windows and MS Office. Incidentally, 15% of users acknowledged severe issues related to MS Office.

In fact, the Accenture report suggests decoupling the operating system and application to reduce dependencies at client level. To ensure this, both Windows and LiMux should be deployed in a basic configuration, which includes operating systems as well as applications, such as LibreOffice, calendar and e-mail, required by all units and self-service providers. The basic configuration should be extended depending on the application.

In spite of the suggestions, on Wednesday, February 15, Munich City Council will discuss a proposal – filed by a minority of city councillors – to install Windows 10 and MS Office 2016 on all workstations by 2020. This would cost taxpayers close to 90 million euro over the next six years, with a 35% aggravation over the 66 million euro figure suggested by Accenture.

In addition, according to estimates provided by Green Party councillors, another 15 million euros should be spent to replace or upgrade PCs which are perfect for a small footprint operating system such as Linux, but cannot support even a Windows 10 basic configuration.

Last, but not least, most expenditures related to the purchase of Microsoft licenses will contribute to the GDP of Ireland (where all Microsoft products sold in Europe are sourced from) rather than to local enterprises who support the open source solutions deployed today. This is a rather striking difference in the allocation of taxpayers money, which should be carefully considered.

Apart from the cost aggravation, the proposal under discussion ignores the main reason behind the decision to migrate from proprietary to open source software by the City of Munich, i.e. independence from a single software vendor and the move from proprietary to standard document formats.

In fact, although the proposal associates MS Office document formats with the “industry standard” concept, it should be clear that all MS Office documents are proprietary and obfuscated, and therefore inappropriate for interoperability, even when they have been recognized by international standard bodies such as ISO. A standard document format, to be considered as such, must be implemented in the real world and not only described on paper.

If the current proposal will be approved, the City of Munich will not only lose the vendor independence it has sought over the last dozen of years, but will pursue a strategy which ignores the current trend mandating open document standards in countries such as UK, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Taiwan.

Instead of investing in the education about open document standards, to increase the adoption and thus reduce interoperability costs, the City of Munich will adopt a pseudo-standard document format which is known to create issues even when upgrading from a previous release of the same MS Office software.

Based on the above considerations, The Document Foundation thinks that the proposal to be discussed on Wednesday, February 15, represents a significant step backwards for the City of Munich, with a substantial increase in expenditure, an unknown amount of hidden cost related to interoperability, and a questionable usage of taxpayers money.

Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia to set new records

Approximately one month before it is due to begin, Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia has set a new record in the amount of booked exhibition space. To meet increased demand, the trade fair for the ceramics industry in Southeast Asia, which already increased the amount of space it occupied in 2016, had to do so again. From March 1 to 3, visitors at the Gujarat University Exhibition Centre in Ahmedabad will find the Who’s Who of the domestic and international ceramics industry on more than 11,000 square meters of exhibition space (2016: 9,500 square meters). Besides the latest industry solutions that are tailored to the Asian market, visitors can also look forward to a unique supporting program.

Status: High demand for space
All well-known companies in the ceramics industry have registered for Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia 2017—many of them requesting more space than organizers had expected. On more than 11,000 square meters of exhibition space, visitors can gather information about the entire value chain in the ceramics industry, from classic to high-tech ceramics, from some 250 exhibitors. Among other things, industry giants such as Colorobbia, Cretaprint, De Boer, Dorst, Eirich, Esmalglass-Itaca, H&R Johnson, Imerys, Netzsch, Sabo, SACMI, Sibelco, SITI B&T, Smalticeram, Smaltochimica, System, Torrecid and Verdes will be represented in Ahmedabad. The number of international exhibitors participating in this year’s fair in particular has increased by another 20 percent. Dr. Robert Schönberger, Exhibition Group Director for ceramitec & Indian Ceramics, is pleased that interest among companies is so high: “Even now, the number of registered companies is already higher than the final number from last year. The increased number of exhibitors underscores the fair’s significance for the southeast Asian ceramics market.”

First-rate supporting program
Besides the fair, visitors attending Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia can enjoy the added value of a first-rate supporting program that includes the Innovation Exchange Forum, the cfi – Ceramic Forum International – Workshop, the I-Bart Workshop and the new Buyer-Seller Forum. This combination of a trade show and a forum program is unique for the industry in this region.

Innovation Exchange Forum
The Innovation Exchange Forum is a know-how forum where the latest trends and new technologies in the ceramics industry are introduced in best-practice presentations. This is the fourth time that the forum is being held in conjunction with the fair. To provide trade visitors and other interested parties with the best possible information, topics are selected in close cooperation with industry partners in India. Renowned speakers from the industry, from trade associations and above all from the show’s exhibitors will lead visitors through the program in 30-minute slots.

cfi – Ceramic Forum International – Workshop
The Ceramic Forum International Workshop is also being held for the fourth time. The title of this year’s workshop is “Advanced Process Technologies and Raw Material Solutions for the Indian Market.” The workshop starts at 10:30 on the second day of the fair with a Q&A session before moving on to practical applications and technical implementation.

I-Bart Workshop
The title of the first I-Bart Workshop is “Mechanization of Traditional Indian Clay Brick Industry: Challenges and Opportunities.” It takes place from 10:00–13:00 on March 3, 2017. Well-known representatives of the heavy clay ceramics industry underscore the significance that this sector of the industry has to the trade fair. They will share important insights into the future of this key ceramics sector.

Buyer-Seller Forum
The Buyer-Seller Forum is also being held at Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia for the first time. Specially organized meetings allow exhibitors and the industry’s leading managers to exchange ideas and information. Everyday between 11:00 and 16:00, participants have a chance to meet, conduct business and make new contacts.

Online visitor registration
Anyone who is interested can register online for Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia (http://viablesoft.com/Indiaceramics2017/index.asp). Visitors who register in advance can access the fair directly via special counters. More than 7,000 visitors are expected.

Additional information about both exhibitions is available at www.indian-ceramics.com or at www.ceramicsasia.net.

Viu Goes Regional with Originals

Partners with Annapurna Studios, Tamada Media and Whacked Out! Media to Entertain Telugu Audience Around the World

To become first OTT VOD service in India to come up with Customized Regional Video Offerings

Vuclip, a PCCW media company and the leading premium video on demand (VOD) service for emerging markets, has today announced that its premium OTT service Viu will launch the production of Originals, both in long and short form, in regional languages this year, beginning with Telugu.

Viu is partnering with Annapurna Studios, a leading production house for film and TV content, with Telugu film hits such as Shiva, Ninne Pelladutha, Rajanna and Manam in its roster.

It will co-produce a premium and uniquely youthful urban entertainer in Telugu titled PillA through this partnership in association with one of South India’s fastest growing digital networks, Tamada Media to be directed by Pavan Sadineni of “Prema Ishq Kadal” and “Savitri” fame. This show is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2017.

The partnership will also see the co-production of a wedding comedy set in rustic Amalapuram with a working title Pelli Gola which is directed by Mallik Ram.

Additionally, Vuclip will launch on Viu two short form original shows titled ‘Munching with Mahathalli’ and ‘Cinema Pichollo’ in Telugu on 18th February that celebrate the ‘fandom’ of Tollywood cinema. Viu has partnered with Tamada Media and Whacked Out! Media respectively for these two short form originals.

In addition to adding Telugu premium shows to its catalogue, Viu will become the first OTT VOD service in India with customized video offerings in regional languages starting with Telugu.

“We know the kind of fervor Telugu films evoke. As a brand, we are a celebration of this fandom and are proud to partner with Annapurna Studios, one of the best production houses in the business. Going regional with our Originals content strategy is a means to bring premium local entertainment to the global Telugu audience” said Vishal Maheshwari, Country Head, Vuclip India.

Commenting on the partnership, the management of Annapurna Studios said, “Digital is gaining traction and mobile and laptop screens are the screens of choice for today’s youth. You can win this audience only by giving them high quality content that resonates with their evolved way of thinking and entertainment preference. Our pedigree and longstanding experience in the Telugu film industry along with Tamada Media’s ability to attract the right talent and execution prowess and Viu’s digital experience and deep consumer insights makes for a win-win combination.”

For the short form original shows, Vuclip has roped in ‘Mahathalli’ Jahnavi Dasetty and ‘Viva’ Harsha Chemmudu who have a large following on social platforms, with the latter acting in Tollywood films.

‘Munching with Mahathalli’ is a 26-episode series produced for Viu by Tamada Media in which Tollywood’s Superwoman Jahnavi Dasetty conducts satirical interviews with stereotypical characters of the Telugu film industry played by her. The show will have special guests from the film industry who will be seen having a gala time with Jahnavi on the show.

The other show starring ‘Viva’ Harsha is a celebration of Tollywood cinema and the fanaticism associated with it. Titled ‘Cinema Pichollo’, ‘Viva’ Harsha will be anchoring the show along with Shanmukh Jaswanth in a 26-episode series produced by Whacked out Media for Viu.

Viu’s Telugu Originals can be viewed on www.viu.com or by downloading Viu’s Android app from Google Play and the iOS app from the Apple App Store.

International Tooling Summit 2017 by TAGMA India begins in New Delhi

Tool and Gauge Manufacturers Association of India (TAGMA), the Apex Body of Indian Tooling Industry successfully launched the 2nd International Tooling Summit 2017 today at The Grand Hotel, New Delhi.

The two day summit was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Executive Director, Production, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Guest of Honor, Mr. S K Arya, Chairman, JBM Group, and other Key Dignitaries Mr. Michael Walter – Managing Director, Buderus Edelstahl GmbH, Germany, Mr. A Dayanand Reddy – President, TAGMA India and Mr. R Sree Prakash – Vice President, TAGMA India amidst an august industry gathering.

The 2nd International Tooling Summit has brought together 300+ key Policy Makers, CEOs, MDs, Manufacturing Heads, Purchase Heads, Business Heads, etc. under one common platform, to discuss best practices and seek solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the manufacturing industry. The Die, Moulds and Press Tool manufacturing industry has substantial multiplier effect on the domestic economy hence must be nurtured to become self reliant.

Speaking on the inaugural of International Tooling Summit 2017, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Executive Director (Production), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. said, “India is a country full of opportunities and capable to unleash much more to the world. Manufacturing sector plays a very significant role in India’s GDP and for the sector to grow; the OEMs cannot do it all alone. There has to be an ecosystem where OEMs and Suppliers support each other and co-exist so that the overall growth objective is met. Both the OEMs and suppliers have to work very closely, hand in hand and day-in day-out to achieve the best results. I am sure it is possible by collaborating mutually and sharing the thoughts in a structured manner. Another important point which remains a challenge for all us is upgrading our capabilities to meet the global quality standards of the product – be it a tool or a car. Hence, we believe that this International Tooling Summit will try to bring focus on all these important issues and so that it is mutually benefiting all the stakeholders”

Speaking on the inaugural of International Tooling Summit 2017, Mr. A. Dayanand Reddy, Tool and Gauge Manufacturers Association of India (TAGMA) President said, “The Indian tooling industry is expected to grow further with government initiatives. Major OEMs in India are working on a plan for indigenisation of components getting into their main assemblies as per government guidelines. Policy reforms by government to make the procurement of tooling from indigenous sources will ensure growth in domestic production. Hence, to enhance the contribution of tool room industry to the growth and development of the Indian National

Economy and to encourage members to be progressive, this two day conference on tooling industry is an excellent platform for industry experts to get together, and share their opinion with industry delegate. With the union budget presented last week for total transformation of India and the GDP growth of 6.5% this year and forecast of about 8% for the next year, with various pro industry policies of the Central Government including MAKE IN INDIA program, let’s hope all of us are poised for good business in the immediate future and in the years to come.”

With the intent of increasing the membership of TAGMA in the NCR and also to expand the networking among the members of Northern region, TAGMA is hosting the second edition of this summit in Delhi. Highlights of the event include power packed conferences on ‘Indian tooling Industry – Quest for Self-Sufficiency and end user perspective’, ‘3D Printing, 3D Scanning and Inspection for Tooling Industry’ and ‘Collaborative effort towards enhanced tooling productivity’. There are over 300 delegates including speakers and panel members who have participated in this summit.

There is also a special session organized on GST to get a complete insight of the policy/system. Officials from DHI (Govt. of India) are also speaking to shed lights on the schemes and policies which can be effective in the manufacturing sector.
For the panel discussion on 3D printing technology, there are eminent industry personalities to speak on the application of this emerging technology in tool rooms.
Despite various challenges, the tooling industry has managed to surge ahead in the last 10 years with diversification into several emerging areas. It has given a new lease of life to the sector with an expectancy of 15-20% year-on-year growth.

TAGMA India announces 2nd International Tooling Summit 2017 in New Delhi

TAGMA INDIA – the Apex Body of Indian Tooling Industry proudly announces the 2nd International Tooling Summit 2017 to be held on the 9th and 10th February 2017, at The Grand Hotel, New Delhi.

The summit will be gathering of 300+ key Policy Makers, CEOs, MDs, Manufacturing Heads, Purchase Heads, Business Heads, etc. thus giving an immense opportunity to the entire tooling fraternity to learn, network & Benchmark with the industry.
The Tool Room Industry forms an integral part of the production process in almost every industry and are considered the mother industry of all manufacturing units in the country. The rapid growth of industries such as Automobiles and Auto Components, Domestic appliances, Consumer Electronics and Consumer Durables – in the wake of the rising economic growth – ensures the expanding need and demand for Dies, Moulds, Tools and Gauges. The ever-shortening life-cycle of products, resulting from intense competition in industries, also warrants the development of new tooling devices and designs.

This two day annual summit will host the panel discussions with experts to address the industry’s growth challenges, meeting the skill gap through fellowship and focus on technologies in manufacturing Tool, Dies and Moulds. The summit provides a great platform for tool and gauge manufacturers to share their efforts in helping the manufacturing industry in realizing their potential.

Earlier the tooling industry was dependent on automobile and auto component sector for majority of its business but today sectors like White goods, FMCG, Electrical switchgear and PVC fittings are also contributing to the growth of the Indian tool making industry. The Government’s focus on ‘Make In India’ campaign and emphasis is being given to the emerging areas like Aerospace, Defence, Power, railways and heavy engineering has given a new lease of life to the tooling sector with an expectancy of 15-20% year on year growth.

Speaking on the announcement of the International Tooling Summit 2017, Mr. A. Dayanand Reddy, President, TAGMA said, “We are happy to announce the International Tooling Summit 2017, a two day technical conference on tooling. Tool and Gauge Manufacturers Association (TAGMA) has always taken up issues that are important in the larger picture. The tool and gauge manufacturing industry in India needs a platform to voice its efforts and achievements in raising the potential of the manufacturing industry. Hence, International Tooling Summit will be a platform for international and national business leaders to get together, and share their opinion with industry delegates. This Summit is aimed at highlighting India as the future-tooling

destination thereby contributing to the growth of the Indian tooling industry. ITS 2017 is TAGMA’s endeavor to present the Indian manufacturers a platform to present to the world, their state of the art technology, and qualitative products despite the lower cost of operations.”

However, despite the various other policies that form an incentive for the tooling industry, the sector is yet to make a mark in the global picture. The Die, Moulds and Press Tool manufacturing industry has substantial multiplier effect on the domestic economy hence must be nurtured to become self reliant.

After demonetization, manufacturing sector was expecting considerable measures to boost the economy and the recently presented Union Budget 2017 comes across as a well balanced approach as there are many important proposals which will have positive impact on the manufacturing industry. Higher allocation to infrastructure, railways, housing, airways, defence, shipping etc will spur manufacturing activity in the country. Similarly, reduction in corporate tax rates to 25% for entities with turnover less than INR 50 crores will boost SME sector. In the Budget 2017, the Government has also removed the inverted duty structure in industries like LED which will give a great boost to the manufacturing sector.

65th Indian Foundry Congress and IFEX 2017(Largest Foundry Exhibition) at Kolkata focuses on Casting Challenges & Moulding Opportunities

The Indian Foundry Industry is 3rd largest globally with revenue at USD 18 Billion & Exports of approx 2.7 USD Billion & employs directly & indirectly 2 Million.

The Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF) ,the apex National level industry body representing Indian foundry sector successfully launched the 65th edition of Indian Foundry Congress (IFC) concurrently with Foundry Exhibition (IFEX 2017) & CAST INDIA EXPO from 3rd February to 5th February 2017 at Eco Park, New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata, West Bengal, INDIA. The Foundry exhibition in itself will provide the much needed impetus to development of the highly anticipated Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial Development Corridor (AKIC).

The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest Mr. Debashish Sen, IAS Additional Chief Secretary and Guest of Honour Ms. Maria Fernandez, Deputy Chairperson, Minority Council of Government of West Bengal. The inaugural ceremony took place in the presence of key dignitaries such as Mr. Venkat Arabolu, Chairman, BSI Group, Mr. O. P. Tantia, CMD OmBesco Group, Mr. Vijay Bharti, Director, MSME Department, Government of West Bengal, Mr. Anil Vaswani, President IIF, Mr. Ravi Sehgal, Chairman, Organizing Committee, Mr. C. S. Jalan, Co-Chairman Organizing Committee, Ms. Ashwini Pandey, MD, Kolen Messe, Mr. Sunirmal Dutta, Chairman Eastern Region IIF amidst an august industry gathering.


The Indian Foundry Congress and Foundry Exhibition (IFEX) provide the perfect platform to the Indian Foundry sector to showcase its capacity and capability to develop innovative solutions for the sector. IFEX 2017 is a focal point for the foundry industry in India, attracting a broad cross-section of representatives, from buyers and sellers to trade associations.

IFEX which is the largest exhibition for the Foundry industry, witnessed participation from Equipment Manufacturers, Tools & Tackles Manufacturers, Material Suppliers, Technologists and Simulation Specialists. It is an excellent platform for domestic as well as international companies to showcase their state-of-the-art technologies and services to get exposure to new business opportunities.

This year, IFEX saw participation with over 2000 delegates from India and the overseas market. More than 200 exhibitors showcased their technology in the foundry industry which included ACI Automation Pvt Ltd, Ametek Instruments India Pvt Ltd, Anyang XinKeLong Casting Materials Co., Ltd., CHINA, BMD Machinery India Pvt. Ltd., Ceraflux India Pvt. Ltd, Dörentrup Feuerfestprodukte GmbH & Co. KG, Eirich India Pvt. Ltd., Electrotherm India Limited, Elkem South Asia Pvt. Ltd., EMT Megatherm Pvt. Ltd., Forace Polymers Pvt. Ltd., Gargi Industries, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Hexagon Metrology (India) Pvt. Ltd, J K Foundry Engineers, Koiwai India Pvt. Ltd., Mudra Dies & Patterns Pvt. Ltd., Nortech Ferro Alloys Pvt. Ltd., Omega Foundry Machinery Limited, U.K., Silcarb Recrystallized Pvt. Ltd, Spectra Analytical Pvt. Ltd, Tata Metaliks Limited, The Institute of Indian Foundrymen, The Wesman Engineering Company Pvt. Ltd, Thermo Fisher Scientific India Pvt. Ltd,, Zeta India Inc. and Zircar Crucibles Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Anil Vaswani, President – IIF, said, “We are happy to host the 65th edition of Indian Foundry Congress (IFC) and IFEX 2017 in Kolkata. IFEX in its 13th edition has now become the most important platform for the foundry industry of the Indian sub-continent, as a sourcing ground for all the foundry requirements. India is a 3rd largest producer of castings in the world and has ambitious growth plans with new capacities being added at rapid pace. Indian Foundry Congress is an excellent opportunity for the foundries from all across India to display their potential to the buyers coming from across the globe and it also creates an outstanding platform to deliberate on, and charter future strategies to propel the sector to the next level. The presence of these casting manufacturers as exhibitors in the same venue provides a ready customer base for Indian and International Suppliers.”

Indian Foundry Sector is the feeder industry to the manufacturing sector as it supports sectors like auto, auto components, railways, electric, cement etc which are the major contributors to India’s GDP. The Indian Foundry Industry is 3rd largest globally with revenue at USD 18 Billion & Exports of approx 2.7 USD Billion & employs directly & indirectly 2 Million. Over the last few years, Indian Foundry industry gradually rose from no 5th to 2nd largest producer of castings globally. The Government of India is taking several steps to promote “Make in India”, Skill development & Ease of Doing Business and to support “Make in India”, the Foundry sector will need to grow at least 3 folds in next 10 years. Although, the Auto & Capital Goods sectors have already drawn very ambitious Mission plans but that cannot be realized in full measure without corresponding growth of foundry sector.

Mr. Anil Vaswani, President – IIF further added, “To support the skill development of foundrymen, IIF has also launched the “Yogyata Vikas” in -plant training programme for workers to train them in various operational areas of foundries at their doorsteps in local languages. More than 10 training modules have been developed in 7 regional languages for the easy understanding of workmen.”

3MHz Chopper Op Amps from STMicroelectronics Feature Rail-to-Rail Input and Output in Tiny Footprint

The TSZ182 dual precision op amp from STMicroelectronics combines low and extremely temperature-stable input-offset voltage with the added advantages of a 3MHz gain-bandwidth, rail-to-rail inputs and outputs, and ultra-small 2mm x 2mm DFN8 or Mini-SO8 package options.

Complementing ST’s popular conventional op amps, the chopper-stabilized TSZ182 enables superior precision in instruments like body-signal monitors, blood-glucose meters, industrial sensors, factory automation, and low-side current sensing.

The offset voltage of 25µV at 25°C enables high measurement resolution and accuracy without external trimming components, saving board space and the need for adjustments during production. Moreover, offset drift less than 100nV/°C maintains accuracy over a wide temperature range and saves periodic auto-recalibration thereby simplifying design and enhancing convenience for end users.

Operating from a 2.2V-5.5V supply and providing rail-to-rail inputs and outputs – a competitive advantage over some other precision op amps – the TSZ182 maximizes utilization of available dynamic range. The gain-bandwidth of 3MHz ensures consistent frequency response over a wide range, and the maximum operating current of just 1mA at 5V helps maximize runtime of battery-powered devices.

The extended operating-temperature range of -40°C to 125°C enables use in harsh outdoor or industrial environments. Automotive-qualified variants (TSZ1821IYST) will also be available next month for precision sensor-signal conditioning in equipment ranging from simple wiper modules or climate controls to autonomous-driving systems.

The TSZ182 is in production now in the Mini-SO8 or DFN8 2mm x 2mm package, priced from $0.97 for orders of 1000 units.

For further information please visit www.st.com/tsz182-pr

Telit adds Wi-Fi and low-power solutions for IoT with acquisition of GainSpan to extend end-to-end IoT solutions reach

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has agreed to acquire Silicon Valley-based GainSpan Corporation (“GainSpan”). GainSpan is a wireless connectivity solution provider that specializes in the design and development of ultra-low power Wi-Fi technology. The company manufactures and commercializes chips and modules for battery-powered devices and related intellectual property (IP) with embedded software, including network stacks and application reference designs. GainSpan has over 90 employees, mostly R&D and application and support engineers, spread across an R&D center in Bangalore, India and San Jose, California.

“As we enter an era of maturity for the IoT, we are starting to witness the appearance of spaces within it such as the Internet of Sensors, the Internet of Cars, and the Internet of Digital,” said Oozi Cats, CEO of Telit. “With few exceptions, the ability to cut the power cord is an essential growth engine for all these branches of the IoT.”

According to the September 2016 “IoT Forecasts” from Machina Research, by 2025 about 75% of the more than 27 billion IoT connections will be short range, which is largely comprised of the various types of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is a leading technology for applications within the IoT that are battery-dependent, due to the low-power consumption associated with the technology.

The new business addition positions Telit to expand its complete end-to-end IoT solutions portfolio and address the growing market of battery-powered devices that rely on Wi-Fi and other low-power technologies. GainSpan products are situated at the intersection of several emerging segments in IoT such as healthcare, building management, cold-chain logistics, and a wide range of commercial and industrial application areas. GainSpan’s top-tier customer base leverage the company’s IP to deliver seamless integration of Wi-Fi with low-power technologies like BLE and 6LoWPAN for reliable, secure connectivity.

“The acquisition of GainSpan brings to Telit a world-class portfolio and a proven track record of Wi-Fi and low-power module solutions trusted by tier-one customers,” continued Oozi Cats. “Combined with our existing strength in delivering the most comprehensive, relevant portfolio of products and solutions for the IoT, this addition positions us well for future growth in our target segments, including security and surveillance, home automation, healthcare, asset management, and smart cities.”

Assets from GainSpan align well with existing Telit products including cellular, BT/BLE, GNSS modules; IoT connectivity and platform services, strengthening the company’s “sensor-to-cloud” solution proposition. The integration of the unique variety of low-power Wi-Fi technology from GainSpan, with low standby current and fast wake-up time into the Telit portfolio enables customers to extend the battery life of their devices for years*. GainSpan IP also offloads Wi-Fi services and networking functionality from the application. Customer devices can be designed with a simple and inexpensive MCU or without one at all.

Chemtura shareholders approve acquisition by LANXESS

Specialty Chemicals Company LANXESS has taken a significant step forward in the planned acquisition of U.S. chemical company Chemtura. Chemtura’s shareholders approved the merger at a special meeting in Philadelphia, United States. 99.88 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the merger, representing 81.77 percent of Chemtura’s outstanding common stock. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Chemtura shareholders will receive USD 33.50 for each outstanding share in cash at closing of the transaction.

Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG, welcomed the vote approving the merger taken at the shareholders’ meeting. “We are pleased that Chemtura’s shareholders are so supportive of the planned acquisition. Their approval is an important milestone on LANXESS’s route to becoming one of the major players in the field of additives chemistry.”

Clearance for the acquisition from the U.S. antitrust authorities was already received at the end of December 2016. LANXESS expects to close the transaction in mid-2017 after all remaining regulatory approvals have been received.

Flame retardant and lubricant additives are the main pillars of Chemtura’s business and would complement the current LANXESS portfolio. After closing of the transaction, these two business activities are to be integrated with LANXESS’s Rhein Chemie Additives business unit to form a new segment. Today, Rhein Chemie Additives already supplies a broad range of special additives and service products for the manufacture of plastics, rubber, lubricants and coatings. It employs some 1,600 people at more than 20 sites around the world.

Alongside the additives, Chemtura’s portfolio also includes urethanes and organometallics, which will be integrated into LANXESS as well. Chemtura has about 2,500 employees globally and operates at 20 sites in 11 countries.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.9 billion in 2015 and about 16,700 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 55 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.

The Document Foundation announces feature-rich LibreOffice 5.3

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.3, one of the most feature-rich releases in the history of the application. The office suite is immediately available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and for the first time also for the private cloud.

LibreOffice 5.3 represents a significant step forward in the evolution of the software: it offers an introduction to new features such as online with collaborative editing, which increase the competitive positioning of the application, and at the same time provides incremental improvements, to make the program more reliable, interoperable and user-friendly.

“LibreOffice is backed by a fantastic community of developers”, says Michael Meeks, a member of the board of The Document Foundation. “In 2010, only a few people were betting on our capability of attracting a large number of code contributors, which are instrumental for the success of a large code base. In six years we have attracted over 1,100 new developers and, thanks to this large community, during the last two years we have had an average of 300 people active on the source code”.

LibreOffice 5.3 highlights

LibreOffice 5.3 offers a number of interesting new features in every area: a new cross-platform text layout engine that uses HarfBuzz for consistent text layout on all platforms, with significant advantages across languages and alphabets; a revised Help menu, with new quick links to user guides and community support forums, for an improved user experience; and better import/export filters to new and legacy MS Office documents.

Writer now supports Table Styles, for applying formatting to a table which is preserved when you make edits to it; a new Page Deck in the sidebar lets the user quickly customise page settings without having to go through a separate dialog box; and a new Go to Page Box makes it possible to jump to another page in the document with just a few keystrokes.

Calc provides a new set of default cell styles, with greater variety and better names than in previous releases; in fresh installations, “Enable wildcards in formulas” is now the default option, rather than regular expressions, to improve compatibility with other spreadsheet software; and a new text entry box lets the user narrow down the functions he is looking for, and simplifies the search for the right one.

Impress now opens with a template selector, to get the user off to a quick start; and a new Slide Properties Deck is now available in the sidebar while in slide master mode.

A list of the most significant new features is available in a separate document (http://tdf.io/lo53features) and is presented in a series of short videos (http://tdf.io/53vids). A page with the top new features is also available on the website at http://www.libreoffice.org/discover/new-features/.

LibreOffice 5.3 has also been improved “under the hood,” thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers. This translates into an open source office suite which is easier to develop, maintain and debug. Although this is not visible to users, it is extremely important for enterprise deployments.

LibreOffice is deployed by large organizations in every continent. A list of the most significant migrations announced in the media is available here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/LibreOffice_Migrations.

LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice 5.3 features the first source release of LibreOffice Online, a cloud office suite which provides basic collaborative editing of documents in a browser by re-using the LibreOffice “core engine”. Rendering fidelity is excellent, and interoperability matches that of LibreOffice.

LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service and should be installed and configured by adding a cloud storage and an SSL certificate, which are not included in the solution. It might be considered an enabling technology for the public cloud of ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations.

Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/.

A background document providing the positioning of LibreOffice Online is available here: http://tdf.io/loonlineback.

Experimental UI features

Starting from the 5.3 family, LibreOffice UI has been extended with the addition of an experimental Notebookbar, which offers another UI option in addition to the Default UI (with two toolbars), the Single Toolbar UI and the Sidebar with a Single Toolbar. Each UI layout has been thought to serve a different cluster of LibreOffice users.

LibreOffice UI is code named MUFFIN, an acronym for My User-Friendly & Flexible INterface. A background document explaining the UI concept is available here: http://tdf.io/muffinback.

Availability and enterprise deployments

LibreOffice 5.3 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users.

For enterprise class deployments, TDF maintains the more mature 5.2.5 version, which should be supported by certified professionals according to best practices recognized worldwide (http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.3 is immediately available from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. LibreOffice users, free software advocates, and all community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Press Kit and Screenshots

The press kit, with background documents and high-resolution images, can be downloaded from http://tdf.io/lo53presskit. Screenshots can be downloaded from http://tdf.io/lo53screenshots.