LANXESS presents leather trends for the autumn-winter season 2018/19

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS, one of the leading manufacturers of leather chemicals worldwide, is now offering a sneak preview of the upcoming leather trends for the autumn-winter season 2018/19. In a specially outlined collection, LANXESS reveals the novelties for the season in terms of look, feel and overall impression by various leather designs. With this forecast, the LANXESS Leather business unit is creating a real competitive advantage: The valuable guidance for designers and leather manufacturers helps to implement any new trend early. Furthermore, tanneries receive relevant formulations and practical advice on processing.

The trends that have been announced for autumn-winter season 2018/19 are:

It is the beginning of a new season, we let time flow freely and we embrace the already cold scent of the winter. Autumn comes along with long and dark lights and light golden tones, in addition to different shades. The leaves of trees are blown through the air and dress us in amazing colors.

Time stops and proposes a reunion with our deepest thoughts that become strong and dramatic. Thus, giving way to this season of the year that brings darkness, shades of blue and purple that connect along with the organic color of orange.

Time flies, and our lingering, mature thoughts advance the emergence of moving surfaces from the world of technics and industry, composed of geometric shapes inspired by the faint light of winter. Monochromatic colors are blended, flowing and intertwining with clear and calm colors.

Time passes. The colors near the brown of the earth, red of the winter fruits and those that brought us the evolution of billions of years. They do not seem to be altered and they paint archeological forms sorted randomly over time.

UBM India’s OSH returns to Chennai with its 4th edition

South India’s only occupational safety and health trade show

Chennai, 20th June 2017: UBM India announced the launch of the 4th edition of Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) India in Chennai. Slated for the 29th and 30th June 2017 at the Chennai Trade Centre, the expo aims to bring together renowned Indian and International exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials on an industry platform to exchange global best practices and seek solutions for challenges pertaining to workplace safety and health. The expo is supported by Gujarat Safety Council, Indian Technical Textile Association, Indian Society of Ergonomics, National Small Industries Corporation, The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and Aerial Platform Association of India (APAOI).

OSH is the largest trade show in the occupational safety and health industry in India and will bring the industry on a single platform. The expo will facilitate ways to incorporate best practises at the workplace, especially to promote health and safety within it.

OSH India 2017 will be giving an opportunity to occupational safety and health equipment suppliers and service providers from across the world to showcase their innovations and knowledge to the largely untapped India market, which has some of the most sizeable industrial landscapes. Products such as personal protective equipments that include reflective safety vests, safety footwear and safety harnesses, helmets, gloves, safety glasses, protective eyewear, height safety equipments, gas detectors, and ergonomic furniture will be on display, among others.

The show will see the participation of prominent players of the industry including Amazon, Acme Safetywears Limited, Accent Industries Ltd., Bata India Ltd., Euro Safety Footwear India Pvt. Ltd., Motorola Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., Mallcom (India) Ltd., Midas Safety Pvt. Ltd., Oshkosh India Private Limited, Prolite Autoglo Limited, TATA Communications, Tribe, Toughscaff Pvt. Ltd., Udyogi International Pvt. Ltd., Uniphos Envirotronic Pvt. Ltd. and Victor Imports, among others.

OSH will also include a two-day knowledge sharing seminar and workshop that will focus on topics such as ‘Adoption of Industrial Best Practices To Achieve World Class Safety’ , ‘Accident and Incident Investigation’, ‘Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces’, ‘Workplace Ergonomics’, ‘Women and OSH – A Holistic Approach’ and ‘Safety Issues in the Construction Industry’. Eminent speakers at the conference include experts and consultants from reputed organisations such as Reliance Industries Limited, Mahanagar Gas Limited, DGFASLI (Retd), AcuiZen Technologies Singapore Pte. Ltd., ONGC, Siemens Ltd., RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, Bangalore, Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute and International Powered Access Federation, amongst others will, share the latest trends and intelligence in this industry.

In addition to the main conference, OSH India in association with TRIBE will be organising a two-day workshop on Behaviour and Culture Based Safety which will be conducted by eminent trainer Mr. Nick Wharton, Director, Tribe Culture Change. This workshop will provide a comprehensive insight into the world of Behavioural and Culture Based Safety, delivered in an engaging and innovative way by one of the leading exponents of this valuable approach to Health and Safety. Across the four sessions, delegates will be taken on a journey of discovery from the essential elements of understanding culture and behaviours, to recognising the crucial role that leaders play, to learning the best way to engage with the workforce, and how to get them involved, in order to build a true acceptance of personal responsibility.

Speaking on the announcement of the 4th edition of OSH Chennai 2017, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Today, the growing alertness and need for occupational safety at a global level, along with the increasing casualties at unsafe workspaces has accentuated the significance of occupational safety & health compliances amongst Indian companies. With consistent emphasis by governments on providing workplace safety and developing infrastructure, coupled with the rise in global investments in the sector, there lies a huge opportunity for the suppliers and service providers from across the world to showcase their product and solution offerings. Chennai, being the second largest industrial hub in the country, serves as a base for several industries. It has been a constant endeavour of UBM India to provide a platform to the stakeholders across the industry in this region, to showcase their innovations and technology, exchange knowledge, and connect and create business, thus promoting a robust safety culture across industries throughout the region.”

He added, “The expo will also feature a power-packed two-day conference, including a workshop on Culture and Behaviour based safety. I truly believe that till the right culture and behaviour within a workplace is not effectuated, systems and legalities can attain little. These knowledge-sharing sessions will, no doubt, drive occupational safety and health as a priority for companies, leading to all-round safety, health and productivity of employees, benefiting the organisation, and the economy at large.”

Industry validates OSH Chennai 2017 as an industry platform and reiterates the objective of the annual expo in Chennai

1. Mr. Roopak Jakhmola, Tribe Culture Change Limited

“The conference at Occupational Safety and Health India 2017 will attract businesses that have progressive thoughts. It will present a great opportunity to share ideas. It will also help push the objective of Behaviour and Culture based safety, which focuses on understanding what people actually do and the reason behind it. This gets more people involved, encourages teamwork and improves communication on health and safety matters.”

2. Mr Ankur Jain, Bata India Limited

“We expect a growth of 20% in personal protective equipment in the coming 4 years in India. Bata Industries will be launching a new technology in Polyurethane Rubber for footwear in steel, metal and mining industries at OSH 2017 that focuses prominently on footwear. The government as well as regulatory bodies are conscious about occupational safety, and supportive of the implementation and awareness on the same.”

3. Ms. Meeta Rani, Udyogi Plastics Pvt Ltd

“Occupation Safety and Health has grown leaps and bounds in India during the last five years. The MNCs are now implementing international standards of safety and the management has begun paying attention towards the wellness of their employees. These safety practices and culture will see a further upward curve in the next decade. The government has also been vigilant over occupational safety and health. Safety equipments, especially PPE, have gained in importance. Hand Gloves are the most important PPE that consumers/experts have become sensitive while using/reusing, with features such as its ergonomics/sizes, flexibility/precision and life-span. Our expectations from OSH 2017 are very high. It is a consortium for all stakeholders, consumers, companies, safety professionals and Government Safety inspectors and we will be launching the currently much in demand products like Proton Retractable Fall Arrestor, Proton Gloves and Wind Harness.”

UBM India announces the 3rd edition of SAFE: Smart security for emerging India

South India’s largest Security and Fire exhibition

Chennai, 20th June, 2017: UBM India, organisers of IFSEC India, the signature expo on safety and surveillance, is all set to bring in the third edition of ‘Security and Fire Expo (SAFE) – South India’. Slated for 29th – 1st July 2017’ at the Chennai Trade Centre, the expo aims to bring together over 70 renowned Indian and international brands from surveillance, entrance and home automation industry, as well as consultants, business experts and key government officials from the industry to congregate, interact, network, view the latest innovations, source business solutions and gather invaluable expert support, all under one roof. The expo is supported by the Electronic Security Association of India (ESAI) and Asian Professional Security Association ( APSA ).

Revenue spends on security is predicted to continue to grow in 2017 and is projected to reach $1.24 billion. As such, the dire need for upgraded security solutions has prompted spends on security services (which includes consulting, implementation, support and managed security services) to be higher than ever before. The security services revenue accounted for 61 percent of total revenue spends in the last couple of years, and this proportion will increase to 66 percent by 2020.

With a special focus on the key South India market, SAFE 2017 will provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about the latest technology and industry trends and discover the best solutions to keep their business and clients secured. SAFE – South India is the key Security and Fire event in the Southern market of India with products like CCTV & video surveillance, biometrics & RFID, integrated systems, access control, cyber security, integrated systems, physical security, perimeter protection, fire detection systems, intruder alarms and fire alarms on display.

Speaking on the announcement of the 3rd edition of SAFE 2017, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, Today, governments all over the globe are unanimous on the need to provide a safe environment for its citizens. This has opened up a huge market, setting the stage for fierce competition amongst the leading players in the security industry. Several organizations globally and in India, are now realizing the vital need to refurbish their security strategy, and discuss cutting-edge technologies to monitor as well as surmount accidents. Similarly, the demand for video surveillance in India has grown not only in corporate houses but also risen sharply among the RWAs and security agencies. Security systems like Access Control, Biometrics, Alarm Systems, Transport Security, Home Automation, Perimeter Security and Metal Detectors are constantly being upgraded and have immense potential to secure lives.”

He added, “With South India being such an important business hub for commercial and homeland security in India, UBM India with SAFE-South India 2017 intends to offer market-entry and business opportunities to the growing market in this region, while strengthening the supply chain cycle of the industry.”

The expo will also be a launch pad for leading security companies to introduce products in an emerging market, whilst establishing relationships with key decision-makers. The congregation will see professionals from across the industry including security and safety managers from Hospitality, IT/BPO & Service Industry, Real estate, Port Authorities, Power plants, Logistics, Construction, Architecture, Automobile, Manufacturing, Industrial, Retail, Jewellery, Health, Education, IT, Networking, Telecoms, Automation, BFSI.

In its third year, SAFE India has grown in size and depth, attracting industry leaders and key exhibitors including our Premier Plus Partners ESSL, Hikvision, Mark Electronics, GPS, UNICAM Systems and TVT; our Premier Partners In4 Solutions, Road Point India, Starex, Orbit and ZKT Eco. Other key participants at the expo include Vamosys, Hash Control, Swipe Technologies, Spectra, Main Hardware, Vitaran, Matrix Comsec, Mantra, ERD, TS Infosystems, Commnet, Swaraj Secutech, Pictor, Copper Connections, WYSE, Green Field, Supreme Computers, Micro & Super Micro.

INDEX Fairs 2017 concludes its 29th edition

India’s big event for furniture, interiors and design

Mumbai, June, 2017: INDEX Fairs 2017, India’s leading architectural, interiors and design show concluded its 29th Edition on June 11, 2017. The Expo was held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Goregaon.
The key dignitaries present at the inaugural included 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; Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, NAREDCO; Mr. Mukesh Mehta, Vic Chairman, NAREDCO; Ar. Prem Nath, Architect Prem Nath and Associates, Mumbai; Ar. Reza Kabul, ARK Architect Reza Kabul, Mumbai; 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, among various other players of the industry.

The four-day fair saw the participation of over 200 companies promoting 2500 brands with exhibitors from China, Korea, Turkey, Taiwan and Italy. The fair aimed to connect manufacturers and traders dealing in furniture and fittings, OEM white goods, accessories, lighting and a complete range of materials for 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.
The first day of the fair ended with the Smoking Hot appreciations awards for the architects and developers. The event was attended by prominent industry leaders and experts. The senior members of the industry like Ar. Christopher Charles Benninger, Ar. Prem Nath and Ar. Uttam Jain were felicitated for their years of work in the architecture industry. The Architects couples like Ar. Annkur Khosla and Ar. Faquih Kaif, Ar. Prashant and Hemanti Sutaria, Ar. Kalhan Mattoo and Santha Gaur Mattoo, Ar. Sanjay Puri & Ar. Nina Puri, Ar. Alan Abraham & Ar. Anca Abraham, Ar. Krupa Zubin & Ar. Zubin Zainuddin were presented for their contribution in the industry.

Index Fairs’ partnership with leading design publication IFJ has seen knowledge forums such as the IFJ seminars and focused industry meets. The seminar and panel discussion on The Workspace 2017: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Offices boasted eminent speakers Ar. Ninad Tipnis, Ar. Kalhan Mathoo, Ar. Kshitij Limaye, Ar. Swapnil Sawant, Ar. Yatin Patel, Ar. Bharat Yamsamwar, Ar. Somnath Dutta Roy, and Dr. Abhijit Sarkar. The seminar threw light on Workspace industry in India and offered an understanding of design-based value addition in such projects.
The day three of the fair saw the launch of the IFJ Special Bamboo edition launched by Ar. Bobby Mukerjee, Ar. Conrad Gonsalves and Ar. Nitin Khillawala. The launch was followed by a musical performance by Ar. Conrad Gonsalves, Ar. Nitin Khillawala and their team members.

INDEX Fairs 2017 received an immense support from the industry as well as various professional associations such as All India Hardware Association (AIHA), Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum (HPMF), and National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO).

On the successful conclusion of the INDEX Fairs 2017, Mr. L A Khan, Managing Director, INDEX Fairs said, “Index fairs have been the leading international platform for interiors, architecture, and design bringing together suppliers, buyers and manufactures to a design platform. The 29th edition looks ahead towards meeting the demand of the elite and luxury segment especially in the field of interior and the architecture industry. The show witnessed larger participation than the previous edition from India and across the globe. INDEX Fairs is a distinctive platform that gives its participants an opportunity to showcase their innovation in design industry. We expect more participation in the years to come.”

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 – – and on Google Open Source Blog: (1) (announcement), and (2) (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.