Telit Unveils Industry’s First 450 Mbps LTE-Advanced Automotive-Grade Module

LE940A9 LTE Cat 9 nested form factor family of secure, automotive-grade smart modules deliver wired broadband-like speed to power next generation connected car platforms

New Delhi, June 7, 2017 – Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduced the LE940A9 smart module, the industry’s first automotive-grade module to support LTE Advanced Category 9 (Cat 9) networks. The series offers three multi-band, multi-mode variants, including Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), and is optimized for automobile manufacturers to deploy next generation connected car technology in top world markets.

The LE940A9, the latest addition Telit’s popular xE940 family of automotive-grade modules, delivers 450 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds with extremely low latency and advanced security, enabling the next wave of automobile industry’s applications and services which also serve as a springboard for autonomous driving.

Digital transformation is driving the evolution of the connected car with major improvements in driver safety, new revenue streams, and an immersive connected experience. With government safety mandates around the globe, added advancements in the connected world, there is greater demand for more value-add services and feature-rich in-vehicle applications. From commercial and consumer telematics services, to autonomous driving and driver assistance features, along with a host of other applications dependent on remote software updates, including infotainment; secure, wired broadband-like speed is now a requirement. The evolution to high-speed wireless connectivity is only possible if powered by LTE Advanced, with little to no lag time, for the applications to work.

“In addition to serving as a significant advancement for the connected car industry, the LE940A9 series is a powerful testament to Telit’s continued technology leadership enabling the future of the connected car worldwide,” said Yossi Moscovitz, CEO of Telit Automotive Solutions. “Not only does the LE940A9 enable unprecedented applications with the speed and low latency of Cat 9 of the multi-mode variants but also simplifies integration and reduces costs that help accelerate the development of our OEM partners’ global roadmaps.”

The LE940A9 powers the entire connected car platform, supporting current needs while including advanced features that enable future integration of up-coming value-added, telematics and managed services. The module can run in-vehicle applications inside a secure processing environment from the built-in application processor, storage and memory. Automotive application programs can run entirely and securely on the module itself protected by advanced cyber-security capabilities.

LE940A9 Features
Worldwide GNSS support: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, and QZSS support.

Advanced security addresses industry demands: Features include secure boot, secure storage and more.

Future-proof technology with multi-radio access technology for exceptional coverage: 3GPP Release 11, LTE-Advanced with Carrier Aggregation (3xCA) support, and 3G/2G fallback delivers widest possible combination of connection technologies with always-on communications, particularly in life-critical situations.

Safety-first: Supports eCall, ERA GLONASS, other regulatory and safety standards, and is VoLTE-ready (voice over LTE) with circuit-switch fallback (CSFB) to 3G or 2G aligned with regional requirements.

Design-once-use-anywhere: The LE940A9 40×40 mm LGA form factor nests with the 34x40mm Telit xE920 automotive module family, offering the OEM or tier-one integrator, superior flexibility to address economic, feature and regional requirements with a single device design.

Automotive-grade: Ruggedized, mechanically robust package with excellent thermal characteristics for effective heat dissipation. With an operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, it is suitable for demanding applications and environments. Telit designs and manufactures automotive modules per ISO TS16949 processes to ensure quality and compliance with automotive OEM and tier-one supply chains requiring the certification.

Index Fairs 2017 Commences its 29th Edition

…India’s leading international interiors, architecture and design event

Index Fairs is launching its 29th edition today. It is the only fair in the country that is exclusively dedicated to the trade as well as business in the interior and architectural industry of India. The Index Fairs 2017 is being held at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Goregaon, Mumbai from June 8th – 11th, 2017.

The key dignitaries present at the inaugural event are Arti Kirloskar, Patron of The Arts And Indian Craft Heritage, Pune; Ms Rosimar Suzano, Hon. Consul General of Brazil; Mr Soungeun Kim, Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Korea; Dr. Nahid Rashid, Hon. Minister (Commercial) for Bangladesh; Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, NAREDCO; Mr. Rajan Bandelkar, Chairman Elect, NAREDCO; Mr. Mukesh Mehta, Vic Chairman , NAREDCO; Ar. Prem Nath, Prem Nath Associates, Mumbai; Ar. Reza Kabul, Architect Reza Kabul, Mumbai, San Francisco; Mr. Dilip Dahanukar, Chairman, Dahanukar Foundation for the Arts, Mumbai; Mr. Kim, Kyewon, Chairman, Korea Federation of Furniture Industry Cooperatives, Seoul Korea; Mr. L A Khan, MD & Founder UMG Index Fairs, amidst among various other players of the industry.

The show is seeing a participation of over 200 companies promoting over 2500 brands including country presence from Turkey, China, Korea, Taiwan and Italy. The fair aims to connect manufacturers and traders dealing in furniture and fittings, OEM white goods, accessories, lighting and a complete range of materials, kitchen, office and hardware for contract use, with architects, interior designers, and builders, project managers and consultants, procurement heads across the hospitality, corporate and government sectors.

Index Fairs 2017 is receiving an immense support from the industry as well as various professional associations such as All India Hardware Association (AIHA), Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum (HPMF), The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI), and the national associations of Interior Designers and Architects (IIID).

The event is also conducting various informative presentations on innovative and cutting-edge products to a commanding audience of 200 exclusively invited architects, designers, builders & developers, corporate & hospitality procurement professionals from across the country. Index Fairs is showcasing its trademark line up of design-led and commercial companies with a striking range of furniture, accessories and lighting.

The Workspace 2017: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Offices, a roundtable conference will see eminent speakers such as Ar. Ninad Tipnis (JTCPL Designs), Ar. Swapnil Sawant (Worksphere Architects India Pvt. Ltd.), Ar. Kalhan Mattoo (Planet 3 Studios), Shitiz Limaye and other senior corporate procurement professionals will speak about the issues in design and sustainability in the 21st Century workplaces on 9th June 2017.

Contract is a well-established focused section for the contract market, where architects can directly specify for projects that have a professional line-up of offerings in the kitchen and workspace segments, with impressive offerings in office from Korea and new launches from Nilkamal and Supreme industries. The Ceramics of India pavilion continued the initiative for the industry that was launched at Index Fairs in 2011.

Index Interfurn is now an institution in itself being the largest trade platform and meeting point for the entire architectural and furniture hardware industry. Specialist traders and sourcing agencies are present at Interfurn from all across India and the sub-continent to source material for retail and projects, while the industry at large is taking the opportunity to meet and interact at this great focused platform.

The Art Enclave, in association with Aura Art, is showcasing the work of artists and galleries across India with display of fine art, sculpture and photography. The India Design Pavilion is a key initiative at Index fairs 2017 to offer a focused platform to Indian designers to showcase their modern and innovative design. The Kudos Gallery salutes great work through project displays of eminent architects and builders.

The Index Design Boulevard and e! events at Index has come together at the Central Design Atrium. This year Index Fairs is showcasing bamboo as a material in focus, carrying ahead the concept of the IFJ Special Edition on Bamboo.

On the commencement of Index Fairs 2017, Mr. L A Khan, Managing Director, Index Fairs said, “Index Fairs 2017 provided an exclusive platform for the interiors and design industry in India. It is the only b2b platform for the interiors and design industry in India, bringing together architects, designers, builders and suppliers in a respected and dynamic platform. Index has also drawn significant attention from buyers and international sourcing delegates from across the globe and we expect the Indian industry to benefit from this increased international presence at the Expo. We are proud to have organized 28 successful editions of the expo and are hoping for even a bigger success from this one.”

International Conference and Exhibition on Smart and Sustainable city solutions

The 14th edition of Municipalika, three-day exhibition and conference on Smart and Sustainable Cities, organised at CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Navi Mumbai, from 18th to 20th May, ended on a high note, providing valuable insights and solutions for urban infrastructure and housing development in India.

The thrust areas have been to evolve smart and sustainable city solutions for water, waste water, solid waste management, transportation, energy, safety, security, housing and e-governance.

The three-day exhibition and conference received encouragement and support from M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting, Government of India; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra and Prakash Mehta, Minister of Housing, Government Maharashtra.

A packed Inaugural Programme was graced by Maya Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Government of Madhya Pradesh; R Roshan Baig, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development and Haj, Government of Karnataka; Durga Shanker Mishra, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India; H. E. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada in India; Koh Lin Ji, Group Director, International Development Group Building and Construction Authority, Singapore; Pawan Arora, Director of Local Bodies and Joint Secretary, Government of Rajasthan; Sudhakar Sambhaji Sonawane, Mayor, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation; V. Suresh, Advisor, Good Governance India Foundation, Former CMD, HUDCO and Sanjiv Agarwal, Founder Chairman, Good Governance India Foundation, Editor & Publisher, Urban News Digest.

Speaking during the inaugural session, Maya Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Madhya Pradesh, said, “I believe a Smart City is a Green City. The Swachh Bharat initiative by the Government of Madhya Pradesh has been very supporting and has been able to come up with new policies. There are many new programmes that are being initiated in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur including waste to energy initiatives, Swachh Bharat Mission and river rejuvenation works. Amidst these key developments, we believe Municipalika is a good platform to showcase, network and strengthen our vision towards smart cities and sustainable cities.”

R Roshan Baig, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development and Haj, Government of Karnataka, said, “A city can only become a smart city when it has fulfilled certain conditions which can only be achieved by spreading awareness and changing the way people think. It is only when we deal with issues like slums and open defecation can we truly call a city, a smart city. Land being a scarce resource, new satellite town planning on available land like earlier KGF is one proposal Government of Karnataka is contemplating. Therefore, I would like to complement the organisers of Municipalika 2017 for organising this wonderful exhibition and conference, showcasing the latest developments in the urban planning sector.”

Durga Shanker Mishra, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, said, “The reason for the existence of Smart Cities is to improve the living standard of the people by using smart initiatives. There are four major pillars necessary for the development of a city which are Institutional or Governance, Social, Economic as well as Physical and it is imperative that we focus on all of them. The major initiatives taken by Government of India for the 100 Smart Cities, 500 AMRUT Cities, Swachh Bharat Mission, Housing for all under PMAY and HRIDAY has given a major fillip to urban transformation for fast growing Indian cities. I must congratulate the organising team of Municipalika 2017 for organising such a comprehensive conference and exhibition. I am sure this will contribute in creating massive awareness in changing the landscape of urban development in India.”

H. E. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner of Canada in India, said, “This is a very special exhibition and conference that brings together all stakeholders in the urban sector with an array of solutions to many challenges and problems. This year a collaboration from a range of experts from the University of Toronto and IIT Bombay as well as other partners has been initiated to spread awareness about the multi dimensional issues for development of cities. We had a number of Canadian speakers who have spoken about the best of what we have in Canada and how we can share some of that in India in terms of tangible progress building. For designing this spectacular activity, I would like to extend my congratulation to the team of Municipalika 2017 for putting in place yet another exceptional addition to bring in value for urban stakeholders.”

Koh Lin Ji, Group Director, International Development Group Building and Construction Authority, Singapore, said, “Smart and Sustainable Cities 2017 is a well thought up theme as smart cities do not function independently without sustainable environment. I applaud the organising team of Municipalika 2017 for setting such an appropriate theme as India is undergoing rapid urbanisation. I believe Municipalika is an exceptional platform to spread awareness regarding the smart city initiatives. I would also like to thank the organising team of Municipalika for giving me the opportunity to address such a vast audience and wish them all the very best.”

Pawan Arora, Director of Local Bodies and Joint Secretary, Local Self Government, Government of Rajasthan, said, “Rajasthan has an image of a desert state and tourism state. However, now it is slowly transforming into a more developed state that is being recognised for its urban innovations not just in the country but also internationally. While cities may have major problems, we should turn those challenges into opportunities and take it forward in a large way. Hence, initiatives like Municipalika have provided a great platform to meet stakeholders from different facets of urban development, building upon the last Municipalika of Jaipur and the state level Municipalika event at Udaipur.”

Sudhakar Sambhaji Sonawane, Mayor, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, said, “As host city we are proud to have Municipalika event in Navi Mumbai which has been developed as a well planned satellite town. Our cities should be provided with newer technologies for more balanced development and growth of the city. Municipalika is the right platform to bring over 170 exhibitors together through which we get to know about the latest technologies. However, we need to also look into the development needs of the neighbouring fringe rural areas besides investing in big cities and making the connectivity better.”

V. Suresh, Advisor, Good Governance India Foundation, former CMD, HUDCO, said, “Municipalika 2017 is one of the unique events where all concerned city development and management agencies are meeting with over a thousand delegates from 300 cities, representing the ministers, mayors, municipal commissioners, city planners, architects, engineers and service providers to discuss the issues and challenges faced by the citizens. The event is organised with 15 conference sessions, covering all the facets of the urban development sector and has highlighted solutions for the various problems faced in cities and provides an opportunity to absorb and assimilate the best practices for the way forward for smart and sustainable cities.”

Sanjiv Agarwal, Founder Chairman, Good Governance India Foundation, Editor & Publisher, Urban News Digest, said, “It has been a great pleasure to host the 14th edition of Municipalika in Navi Mumbai. I want to extend my special thanks to our gracious host state Maharashtra and Government of India for supporting this exhibition and conference. Also I would thank to our Partner Countries, Canada and Singapore, for their presence in the show and for spreading their knowledge with the urban stakeholders of India. The exhibition along with in-depth Conference Sessions and technical sessions provide the right platform. I believe the interaction here would definitely play a major role in changing the urban landscape of India.”

Canada and Singapore as Partner Countries brought forth their rich global experience of decades through the exhibition display and conference sessions in creating sustainable and vibrant smart cities with the best practices in planning, design, execution and good governance of cities.

The conference enabled participation of over 1,600 delegates from 300 cities in India and abroad. The Government of Maharashtra was the host state for the exhibition and conference which was also supported by the Government of India along with its ministries of Urban Development, New and Renewable Energy, Electronics and Information Technology, Home Affairs Office of the Fire Adviser and Steel.

The co-located CAPEx (Construction, Architecture, and Planning & Engineering Expo) segment captured the leading building materials, technologies and construction equipment for structural, non-structural, finishing, building and plumbing services. Green building products which are environment-friendly and energy saving found a significant presence in the CAPEx segment.

The Municipalika exhibition and conference 2017 is one of the biggest events in the country on city solutions, with over 170 exhibitors showcasing technologies, equipment, products, software and solutions for Smart and Sustainable Cities, covering all facets of urban infrastructure development and housing and building construction activities. Over 5,000 delegates and visitors could benefit from the useful displays in the exhibition.

Besides the presence of a large number of senior government officials, urban local bodies, urban parastatals, utilities etc. which have been the USP of Municipalika, there was also a strong participation from private sector stakeholders like real estate developers and builders, system integrators, consultants, EPC contractors, urban infrastructure providers and professionals like architects, engineers, and urban planners and environmental specialists who attended Municipalika and CAPEx segments.

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.