Introducing Tactical Azure Stack for the Intelligent Edge

first_imgHarsh operating environments for both workers and machinery are one of the key challenges in the mining industry. There are still many incidents where casualties happen due to explosions, cave-ins and equipment related accidents. Workers are also facing regular risks due to the toxic operating conditions. To overcome these occupational hazards while maximizing worker safety and efficiency, mining companies are investing in developing smart appliances and systems that harness the power of the Internet-of-Things (IoT).“Connected Mine” is a well-established industrial concept that enables mining companies to infuse IoT within their operations by performing smart data analytics on connected devices at the edge. Worker safety and efficiency procedures such as collision monitoring, remote digging, worker mobility, and augmented reality simulations heavily depend on real-time analysis of a massive amount of telemetry data. This data is generated by thousands of IoT devices and analysed using artificial intelligence to aid in real-time decision making at a mining site. While the public cloud can provide the extensive compute power required for such advanced solutions, connectivity to the surface above and integrating solution components under challenging environmental conditions have always been a barrier for further advancements.This is where hybrid cloud solutions such as Microsoft Azure Stack come into play. As an extension of Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack provides many of the same Azure Services while operating in edge and disconnected sites. It can address latency and connectivity requirements by processing data locally in Azure Stack and then aggregating it in Azure for further analytics, with common application logic across both platforms. The following example is based on the Azure Stack AI at the Edge architecture published by Microsoft. It explains how we can deploy a trained AI model and integrate with local applications running in Azure Stack to provide low-latency intelligence.In this example, an AI model is trained using Azure Machine Learning Service and a Big Data cluster in Microsoft Azure. Next, it is packaged as a containerized application and deployed into an Azure Container Registry. The trained model can then be deployed to a Kubernetes cluster running on Azure Stack. After that, it is integrated with an Azure IoT Hub which receives telemetry data from Azure IoT Edge-enabled devices and the data is scored against the deployed model. The local application places any insights and anomalies from scoring into a queue, for sending to Azure Storage using an Azure Function. The solution in Azure will leverage the data from edge scoring to improve the model while retaining the globally-relevant and compliant insights in the global web application.However, this leads to the question of how to address the challenges described earlier with isolated and harsh operating conditions such as mining sites. An ideal solution would be to leverage the Dell EMC Tactical Azure Stack, a ruggedized and field-deployable product for Azure Stack tactical edge environments. It can provide an Azure consistent cloud to any operating environment with:Limited or no network connectivityFully mobile, or high portability (“2-person lift”) requirementsHarsh conditions, including those requiring military specifications solutionsHigh security requirements, with optional connectivity to Azure Government and Azure Government SecretIn our previous post, we discussed how Dell EMC’s Tactical Azure Stack offering can complement your hybrid cloud strategy with our unique features such as automated patch and update capabilities, PowerEdge hardware management, and integration with Isilon, CloudLink, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Today we are pleased to announce that the Dell EMC Tactical Azure Stack will be generally available in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand from March 22nd onwards. For more information follow Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack and contact your Dell EMC account representative.last_img read more

NRG Systems’ Jan Blittersdorf named chair of American Wind Wildlife Institute

first_imgNRG Systems Inc,Jan Blittersdorf, CEO/Owner of NRG Systems ( is external)), was recently named chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) ( is external)). As a first order of business, Jan attended a meeting in February with top White House officials to discuss new wind energy siting guidelines issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. â ¢ The development, with the Nature Conservancy, of a unique landscape assessment tool designed to identify sensitive wildlife habitat and areas that are likely to have low wildlife risk where wind energy development could be prioritized;â ¢ Launch of pilot study to build a comprehensive research information system, gathering existing wind-wildlife data to support critical scientific research and analysis;â ¢ The release of Enabling Progress ( is external)), a report that provides a review of current wildlife related mitigation practices employed in the United States and how those practices might relate to future wind energy development.‘From the outset, Jan’s collaborative style and vision have provided clear direction to this group,’ says Abby Arnold, AWWI executive director. ‘With her as chair, we will continue to benefit from her leadership and advance our vision of furthering wind energy and addressing potential wildlife impacts.’Jan Blittersdorf previously served as AWWI vice chair.The eight non-profit partner organizations of AWWI include: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition to NRG Systems, the remaining ten AWWI industry and utility partners include: American Wind Energy Association, BP Wind Energy, GE Energy, Horizon Wind Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Pacific Gas & Electric, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Ridgeline Energy, Shell WindEnergy, and Vestas Americas.For more information about American Wind Wildlife Institute, visit is external).About NRG SystemsNRG Systems’ wind measurement equipment can be found on every continent in more than 140 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, research institutes, and government agencies. The Hinesburg (VT) company, founded in 1982, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facility and its employee best-practices. For more information on NRG Systems, Inc., visit is external).# # #last_img read more

Nearly 280,000 US schoolchildren have had coronavirus: Study

first_imgOverall, 277,285 children were infected, 3,240 hospitalized (or 1.2 percent); 404 admitted to intensive care (0.1 percent); and 51 died (0.01 percent).The real rates of hospitalization, intensive care admission and death are likely to be even lower in reality because the actual number of children infected was probably far higher and not recorded, given the number of asymptomatic cases.Though the risk to children is relatively low, health experts are more worried about the onward transmission risk children could present to their parents or grandparents.Children in the 5-11 group accounted for 101,503 cases and 20 deaths while those in the 12–17 group accounted for 175,782 cases and 31 deaths.Chronic lung disease — which includes asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), for example — was the most prevalent underlying condition.The rates of infection varied greatly from region to region and the authors emphasized that local authorities should closely monitor the situation to arrive at the best decision about in-person learning. Almost 280,000 school-aged children were infected with the novel coronavirus between March 1 and September 19, according to detailed data released Monday in a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The figure accounted for roughly four percent of the total US caseload over this period, with children aged 12-17 approximately twice as likely to be infected as those aged 5-11.The rate of new cases rose steadily during the spring and then shot up over the summer, peaking on July 19 with an average weekly incidence of 37.9 per 100,000. Topics :center_img The new cases then plateaued for several weeks before declining in late August — though it appears they are now rising again towards summer levels.The authors wrote that the data helped establish a baseline for monitoring trends of COVID-19 infection as some schools return to in-person learning now and in coming months.”School studies suggest that in-person learning can be safe in communities with low SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates, but might increase transmission risk in communities where transmission is already high,” they said.The report provides more data for trends that were already known, such as that Hispanic and black minority groups are at heightened risk of developing severe COVID-19, as are children with underlying conditions. last_img read more

European pension fund tenders $600m government bond mandate

first_imgBarclays Treasuries NetherlandsAAA2.50%7.411 Barclays USD Government-related Developed-15%4.543 Barclays Treasuries GermanyAAA20%7.30 100%6.222.7 Barclays US TreasuriesAAA25%5.80 TOTAL Barclays Treasuries ItalyBBB2.50%6.795 Barclays Treasuries BelgiumAA2.50%8.229 Barclays Treasuries IrelandA-2.50%6.245center_img An undisclosed European pension fund is tendering a $600m (€552m) global government bond mandate using IPE Quest, with an element of active investment possible.The mandate could be split in two, with each manager running $300m.According to search QN-2145, the client wants a passive or semi-passive investment process, against a customised Barclays index.According to the tender, the process would be semi-passive in that the manager(s) would have to replicate the benchmark in terms of its country, ratings and maturity bucket breakdown but could deviate from it in the government-related part of the portfolio with respect to issuers. Barclays Treasuries SpainBBB2.50%6.4100 Barclays Treasuries AustriaAA+2.50%7.618 Barclays EUR Government-related Developed-15%5.740.7 The pension fund expects a maximum tracking error of 1%.Interested parties should have experience with managed/segregated accounts as an investment vehicle. Applications should show a comparable strategy to the one the pension fund is requesting.The deadline is 19 January. Conference calls with long-listed portfolio managers will most likely be held in the week starting 29 February, and onsite due diligence in the week of 25 April.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] “If regarded as useful, a customised index could also be used for the government-related,” the Quest search states.Applicants should have at least $5bn of government bonds under management, and $20bn in overall assets under management.  They should have a track record of at least five years, although eight years is preferred.Performance should be stated to 31 December, gross of fees.The breakdown of the customised index can be found below. Deviations of absolute +/-1% from the country allocation are permissible and +/-5% of the benchmark weight in terms of the rating allocation, while the duration deviation is capped at 0.25.Benchmark: Customised Barclays Index; Source: tendering client, IPE RatingWeightingDurationSpread Barclays Treasuries FranceAA+10%7.427last_img read more

Vohra heroics in vain as Sunrisers outshine Kings XI

first_imgMANAN Vohra’s superb 50-ball 95 for Kings XI Punjab proved in vain as they lost by five runs to Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) clash.Captain David Warner made an unbeaten 70 to help Sunrisers to a total of 159-6, which looked out of reach for the Kings XI as they crumbled to 82-6 in reply.However, Vohra kept the match alive in hugely impressive fashion and had the Kings XI within 16 runs of victory going into the final two overs.Punjab’s standout batsman was ultimately denied a century by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5-19), whose man-of-the-match display proved decisive.Tail-enders Sandeep Sharma and Ishant Sharma reduced the equation to six needed from three balls, but Siddarth Kaul (1-26) recovered his composure to skittle Ishant and seal a dramatic victory.Sunrisers were left struggling on 50-3 when Axar Patel (2-33) took the wickets of Moises Henriques (9) and Yuvraj Singh (0) with consecutive deliveries.Warner and Naman Ojha (34) mounted a recovery with a 60-run partnership before the latter fell in the 16th over.Despite Warner’s performance – which saw him regain his position as the top run-scorer in the IPL with 235 – Sunrisers looked set to fall short of the 150-mark.Yet Warner was dropped over the rope for six at long-off by Eoin Morgan and Rashid Khan finished the innings with a maximum in a final over that proved crucial.Hashim Amla (0) and Glenn Maxwell (10) fell in the first three overs of the Kings XI chase, which seemed in disarray after Morgan (13), David Miller (1) and Wriddhiman Saha (0) were also dismissed cheaply.Vohra, though, held the innings together – striking nine fours and five maximums to put his side in position to claim an unlikely success.Even after Vohra became Bhuvneshwar’s fifth victim, trapped lbw by a low full toss, the Kings XI retained hope as Kaul gave up five runs in the first three balls of the last over, only to redeem himself by shattering Ishant’s off stump. (Omisport).last_img read more

Sunday Blog: Talking K-State, falling tree, harvest and the compost pile for June 30, 2013

first_img2. Big tree down… Not sure if the Thursday night storm rates as one of life’s “oh, wow” moments. But it most certainly made you realize you’re a lot smaller than your surroundings.Thursday’s path of destruction included taking out a cottonwood tree just east of the Wheat Country Car Wash west location in Wellington. I’ve been told that tree has been around since World War 1 – more than 100 years ago.Kathy Riggs, co-owner of the car wash business, said the tree had been hollow for several years, and it was only a matter of time before it fell. Well, it fell Thursday night. Tree cutters from “Arbor Surgeons” have been cutting away in hopes of disposing the tree all weekend.“We took our daughter, Jill’s, senior pictures there,” Riggs said. “There are all kinds of memories with that tree.” 4. Medallion reminder…Just a reminder Sumner Newscow and Page Property Management will be kicking off the 2013 Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion Hunt starting tomorrow (Monday).This website is the only place that you will be able to get the early bird special. Just click on this site at 6:30 a.m. to get the next day’s clue. We will be taking it down at 7 a.m. before returning it again at 10 a.m. when all the other media outlets disperse the clue. See details and rules of the event here.Also, just to remind you, I don’t know where the medallion is. So don’t call me, griping about this, that and the other thing. Sumner Newscow is just putting up the money.If I get a phone call from any of you Medallion hunters, could you do me a favor? Stay on the line long enough so I can get your name so I can disqualify you from the grand prize for annoying the heck out of me.Remember these six words: I… don’t…. do…. Medallion… Hunt… Controversies! Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 371 weeks ago Dork? Are you serious? Man you sure know how to endear yourself with people. I cannot believe you put that on your website. Report Reply 2 replies · active 371 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 371 weeks ago My kids call me dork all the time. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 371 weeks ago And how old are your kids? Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Jim · 371 weeks ago Didn’t show up, he’s a Dork Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe Too · 371 weeks ago BTW, what is a legitimate win? I thought a win on the scoreboard was a win. I’ll have to check the Big 12 website to see if Wyatt Thompson was right about KU not really/legitimately winning at Iowa State. K-State had a great no SUPER year. You shared the football title with OU; the basketball title with KU and won the baseball title. But don’t make excuses. Tie breakers are determined in head to head play. KU beat K-State the 3 times they played head-to-head this year by an average margin of 13+points. Report Reply 1 reply · active 371 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 371 weeks ago I just knew someone would take that statement seriously. JustMe Too thanks for coming up to the plate. He was joking. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down LEO · 371 weeks ago Normally tiebreakers are head to head meetings during the year….but Wyatt may have stumbled on to an easier method……just check the Iowa State game. Come on Cue, you know K-Staters don’t joke about anything but cow-tipping. Seriously, K-State does finally have a coach that isn’t a disgrace to the fine Univercity. Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 371 weeks ago ” How come the Jayhawkers never have meetings in Sumner County like this?” Little brother does these things to feel better about themselves and so people will pay attention. KU doesn’t have to, so they don’t. Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 5. Shout out of the week…This week’s shout out goes to the City of Wellington for running the Wellington Compost pile on the east side of town — a Godsend during the storm cleanup.I was speaking to an out-of-towner about how we have this place to dump tree limbs and grass clippings at no charge and get free mulch in the process. He couldn’t believe it.We tend to look at the negative things the city of Wellington does. I think we should be thankful what we have — and that is a municipal government that cares very much for its citizens.center_img Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, June 30, 2013…1. Catbacker event…Had the pleasure to intermingle with K-Staters at the annual Sumner County Catbackers at Theurer’s Auction building Friday. How come the Jayhawkers never have meetings in Sumner County like this?Here were five things I learned at the Catbackers meeting..1. The three Big 12 Conference Championship trophies made the trip to Wellington Friday. They are big, bodacious and precious. The Catbacker officials wasted no time getting them back in the car before the festivities were even over. I was able to get this picture before they sped away from Wellington.Dang that would be stressful driving those bad boys home. What if I were to wreck the car with them inside? Who cares about my severed head on the side of the road? What’s the condition of those trophies?!2. K-State head basketball coach Bruce Weber did not make it to Wellington. Dork.  So his assistant Chester Frazier made the trip.The K-State basketball team will lose three quality seniors, including Martavious Irving who was a hilarious Catbacker speaker Friday night. The Cats will bring in an impressive group of freshmen, though, including Jevon Thomas — a point guard from New York. He is supposed to be the real deal and talks a lot.Someone asked about Angel Rodriquez, the gifted guard from Puerto Rico, who was so essential to K-State’s success in 2012-13. Frazier said it wasn’t based on anything K-State did as it was he wanting to attend the University of Miami and be closer to his family.3. The defending Big 12 Champion football team has some holes to fill, but it does bring back one of the best offensive lines in college football including three potential NFL future linemen. There is a quarterback controversy in Manhattan, but assistant coach Dana Dimel said both Jake Waters and Daniel Sams are capable of stepping in and playing quite well in replacement of the magnificent Collin Klein.4. K-State’s baseball team hadn’t won a conference championship in 80 years until this year. The team may be even better next year.5. K-Staters had to share their basketball title with KU. But according to Wyatt Thompson, the voice of the K-State, the Wildcats won the tiebreaker because KU didn’t legitimately win its game at Iowa State this year.Works for me. 3. Harvest update…Curt Guinn of the Wellington Farmer’s Co-op reported that more than 80 percent of the 2013 wheat crop has been cut. He said as of Friday, the five elevators at Wellington, Mayfield, Oxford, South Haven and Rome have taken in 4 million bushels almost matching the total of last year’s bumper crop.“It most certainly is better than expected,” Guinn said. “I can’t remember anytime where we had two bumper crops in a row.”Most farmers are averaging 50 to 60 bushels to an acre. One farmer had 72. Only negative is wheat price has dropped to $6.71.last_img read more

One goal enough as Uganda Cranes tops Group E

first_imgCELEBRATIONS: Oloya (left) joins goal scorer Miya. PHOTOS KCCAUGGroup EUganda 1 Congo Brazzaville 0SundayEgypt v Ghana 7pmWhile many thought they should have scored more goals, Cranes captain Geoffrey Massa insists they did very well with the one shot past Congo Brazzaville.“Like I said before the match, all we need is a win. With the one goal we got, we got the win we needed and I am very satisfied,” Massa told the press, who wanted him to explain the many chances fluffed in the 2018 World Cup qualifier at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.Uganda’s goal came early in the game, with a rampant Farouk Miya striking after a good combination with Luwagga Kizito in the 16th minute.Belgium-based Miya beat Wolfrigon Ngobo from inside the box  after passing unlocked the Congo defence.They did get some good chances after this, but the strikers, Massa especially, failed to find the net when it looked easier to score.Coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic weighed in by insisting Cranes results actually speak for themselves, saying Congo Brazzaville are not walkovers and should be respected. “Our aim was to create at least five chances, which we did. We knew we would miss some of them,” Micho said. He said thorough preparation was key to the current Cranes winning run, and said the team was still growing into the World Cup qualification matches.To those criticizing his team despite the win, Micho said, “you have a right not to like us, but please respect us.”He however lamented the poor turn up of fans. “I am not happy to see about 10,000 fans in the stadium to support a team that has qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in a long time,” he said.The result put Cranes top of Group E.Standings  P W D L F A PtsUganda         2   1    1  0 1 0  4Egypt              1   1    0  0 2 1  3Ghana           1   0   1   0 0 0  1Congo             2   0   0  2 0 1   0LIVE FEED#MujjeTulumbe TweetsShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Watch: Just 27 brilliant minutes were enough to earn Real Madrid player Takefusa Kubo…

first_imgAdvertisement 3mwhlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8lhbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebe40y( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pyWould you ever consider trying this?😱wzg9Can your students do this? 🌚1awthgRoller skating! Powered by Firework Real Madrid’s new recruit Takefusa Kubo was loaned out to RCD Mallorca before the transfer window closed so that the youngster could get some gametime and compete for a place in the Madrid squad.Advertisement In Kubo’s Mallorca debut, the pacey forward came on with 27 minutes left and dazzled. He earned Mallorca a penalty which another player failed to convert.Advertisement Kubo was extraordinary with the ball at his feet and proved to be a constant threat for Athletico Bilbao,The 18 year old received the Man of The Match award at the end of the game, Incredible feat for a youngster who has released by Barcelona a few weeks ago.Advertisement Catch the highlights of Kubo here : Advertisementlast_img read more

Warriors’ TV team adds Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi, Brian Shaw

first_imgNBC Sports Bay Area is loading up on star power for a new era of Warriors basketball.The regional sports cable network announced Monday that it has added Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi and Brian Shaw to its roster of studio analysts for the 2019-20 season. On a rotating basis, they’ll take over for Kelenna Azubuike, who moves from the studio to the network’s in-game coverage with longtime play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald and sideline reporter Kerith Burke.NBC Sports Bay Area (NBCSBA) is set to …last_img read more

25 days agoWilson insists Bournemouth only at 60 per cent

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wilson insists Bournemouth only at 60 per centby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Callum Wilson says there is so much more to come from his side this season.The Cherries are seventh in the league, only a point off a top four position.Wilson has managed to score in the last four league games he has played. But the England international insists the team is still reaching its full potential.Wilson said to reporters: “I think we are only playing at 60 per cent.”We have a lot more to come individually and collectively. We will be working hard on that to make sure we improve over the coming weeks.”There’s key players missing but also, the ones who are playing – including myself – we’ve still got a lot more to give.”We are nowhere near where we can be performing at our best, but we are getting results at the moment which is a positive sign.”To go three unbeaten is good. It would have been good to get three wins on the bounce on Saturday. It’s definitely a missed opportunity.” last_img read more