Save Costs & the Planet with IoT

first_imgI love well-designed solutions where everyone wins. Our recent collaboration with Vodafone and Utilitywise is a great case in point – three companies coming together to provide an IoT-based energy monitoring solution for thousands of companies in the UK.The results speak for themselves. Access to real-time data has delivered up to 20 percent savings on business operating costs for customers with a clear return on investment within twelve months. Meanwhile, reduced energy usage translates into a cleaner environment.Combining expertiseAs is the case with all successful collaborations, the three partners brought different expertise to the table. Our Edge Gateway is powered by a dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor and connects to a variety of wired and wireless devices and systems to aggregate, analyse the input, store, and forward the data.Vodafone adds connectivity and Cloud Hosting while energy consultancy experts, Utilitywise, delivers energy data analysis and reporting.Central hubThe platform – accessible through a web browser or smartphone application – acts as a central hub, collating all the critical data, gathered by separate building management systems that traditionally don’t talk to one another, such as lighting, security access control, water, heating, elevators plus large equipment like refrigerators in a retail environment and air conditioning.Knowledge is powerYou can view and compare energy metering data across multiple sites to monitor efficiency, cost, and waste. For example, you can identify energy costs per piece of equipment, track your reduction targets, access energy saving tips, convert energy units like kWh into the corresponding monetary value or carbon calculations. It’s all about giving you new insights that will deliver actionable savings.Good for you and for the planetAccessing this data allows you to change how energy is being used, optimise your systems and re-negotiate existing contracts with energy providers. You get real-time access to all the knowledge you need to start cutting your consumption, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.This story is a great example of how IoT is being used to transform business and deliver practical benefit. It also demonstrates our commitment to Dell4Good, where we put our technology and expertise to work for the good of our planet.Read more about our partnership with Vodafone and Utilitywise: in touch. Follow us on Twitter and @DellEMCOEM, and join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here. To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Solutions, visit: more about Dell EMC’s IoT Solutions Labs: read more

Ag Awareness

first_imgArea third graders got a chance to get outside and explore Thursday morning on the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.As part of the campus’ annual Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day, almost 900 students from Tift County, Cook County and Turner County were on campus learning about various subjects consistent with what’s being taught in the classroom. The topics included the sun’s effect on the Earth, cotton, the importance of animal agriculture, insects, plants, recycling and solar energy. “Our main goal is to teach and educate. A lot of these kids, this is the only way they’ll ever have any communication or anything to do with the farming community or agriculture,” said Benjie Baldree, program manager and a researcher on the UGA-Tifton Campus. “Everybody just loves to get outside and enjoy the weather and have a good time. We’re trying to educate them as well as let them have some fun.”According to Baldree, between 75 and 80 volunteers helped with the event. Amongst those volunteers were UGA Peanut Agronomist John Beasley and Worth County Extension Agent Larry Varnedoe. Beasley talked about how the sun warms the Earth and its effect on different plants. Varnedoe’s discussion revolved around the importance of animal agriculture.“The main thing I wanted to get across to these kids is (let them know) where does food come from. It doesn’t come out of Winn-Dixie or Wal-Mart. It has to come from some place else,” Varnedoe said. “My main objective is to try to educate these kids about where food fiber comes from.” “They’re third graders, they’re enthusiastic, they’re glad to be out of the classroom. I try to remind them that they’re in an outdoor classroom,” Beasely added. “They think it’s a lot of fun. I hope they take away from a day like today how important agriculture is, how important the environment is and why we’re here at the University of Georgia. “(We’re here) to try to help produce the information and data that helps protect our environment and help our farmers produce higher quality and more productive food.”Glen Harris, an Extension agronomist with UGA, was happy to engage the students in a discussion about what plants need to thrive. “Even in a rural area like Tifton, Ga., there (are) kids that don’t know as much about agriculture as you would think,” Harris said. “They’re good groups. The teachers do a great job. They do seem to get a lot of it.”Students and teachers look forward to Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day, said Joe West, assistant dean on the Tifton Campus.“The kids ask a lot of good questions. They’re interested,” West said. “Our folks have been doing this for so long they really know how to make it fun. When they make it fun, the kids interact. It’s really a good experience for the kids and they respond very positively.”This is the first of two awareness days that UGA will host this year. These same third graders will return to the UGA Tifton Campus in the fall as fourth graders.last_img read more

Scouting Schools

first_imgTwo insect scouting schools, hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in June, will introduce new scouts to insect monitoring and serve as a review for experienced scouts and farmers.One of the scouting schools will be held on Monday, June 11, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The second school will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia. Both events will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.This year’s scouting schools will cover insect pests in row crops like cotton, peanuts and soybeans. Attendees will learn identifying information about pests and the damage they inflict on crops, natural enemies, different scouting procedures, and safety in the field. The schools will conclude with an in-field review.“Scouting remains our best defense against insect pests. If our growers can recognize certain insects and the damage they cause, they’ll be better prepared to make the appropriate treatments before it’s too late,” said Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension entomologist. “Scouting schools serve as great sources of this type of information for our growers.”The event is free. For more information about the scouting school in Tifton, contact Debbie Rutland at 229-386-3424. For more information about the scouting school in Midville, contact Peyton Sapp at 706-554-2119.last_img read more

Cherry Grove Community House Added to National Register

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Cherry Grove Community House and Theater, the town hall for the gay and lesbian colony on Fire Island that became known as the first LGBT community in the country, became an official historic landmark just in time for Pride Month.The community house was officially registered on the National Register of Historic Places of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation earlier this month, decades after it helped pave the way for gay civil rights movement advancements.“This house and theater have been the heart and soul of Cherry Grove for more than six decades and hold a unique and iconic place in the lives of gay men and women everywhere,” said Diane Romano, president of the Cherry Grove Community Association. The Cherry Grove Community House and Theater was a place LGBT members could go to feel safe starting in the 1940s when acceptance was uncommon.Nearly three decades later, the Stonewall riots against police crackdowns on gay bars in New York City proved to be the breaking point for the gay liberation movement, which is partly the reason June is designated as LGBT pride month. New York State coincidentally approved the Marriage Equality Act legalizing same-sex marriage in June two years ago.“Today, the men and women of Cherry Grove celebrate their ‘gayness’ in many ways, most of which take place in the Community House and Theater,” said Romano.The theater encouraged self-acceptance and incorporated gay and lesbian residents into the town’s governing affairs. The Cherry Grove Community House and Theatre is the oldest continuously operating gay and lesbian theater in the nation, the second of its kind in New York State and the third in the country.Originally built in Sayville in 1945, the house was floated over the Great South Bay to FI, where it has served as a firehouse, church, meeting house, center of local art and theater and the heart of Cherry Grove. The theater was added in 1948 and holds a variety of summer events open to gay and straight people alike.“The nomination of the Cherry Grove Community House and Theatre is especially significant because it offers the rare opportunity to document an entire GLBT community in the pre-Stonewall era,” according to the National Park Service, which oversees the Fire Island National Seashore.The house is now eligible for certain tax provisions and qualification for federal grants for historic preservation as a result of the designation.  The Cherry Grove association, which owns and operates the community house, is planning to raise $700,000 to repair, restore and renovate it. The people of Cherry Grove have already contributed over $350,000 to the effort.last_img read more

Leading in a post apocalyptic world

first_imgThough some pundits say it may destroy all of humanity, artificial intelligence has the opportunity to revolutionize computing and even society. In movies such as 2001 a Space Odyssey and more recently, Transcendence, Hollywood depicts a doomsday scenario where a diabolical artificially intelligent super computer outthinks the entire human race. This, however, isn’t just Hollywood fiction. Futurists such as Ray Kurzweil predict that this “singularity” will happen by the year 2045 at the latest. Singularity states that “all change in the last million years will be surpassed by the change in the next five minutes”. This point in time becomes the tipping point where artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.As Wired Magazine’s Kevin Kelly points out, once the singularity tipping point is reached, progress will happen exponentially as artificial intelligence continuously redesigns itself, and could virtually eliminate most, if not all, manual labor and even middle management jobs. Although most feel that artificial intelligence and advances in computing may not spell the end for humanity, it will unquestionably create new leadership challenges.For years, the human workforce has been increasingly replaced by robots. From automated brick laying machines, to automobile assembly line automatons, humans are going the way of the Dodo bird. Enrique Dans, in his Forbes leadership column, cites Changying Precision Technology Company in China. Changying has replaced 90% of its 650 human employees with robots. The remaining line workers are responsible for the robotic maintenance, which will eventually be taken over by other robots, leaving a limited role for the remaining humans. Adding artificial intelligence to the robotic workforce will result in unimaginable increases in productivity, efficiency and safety. We need only look at the driverless car that will always choose the most efficient route while increasing traffic safety 10 fold. The recent unveiling of Google’s D-Wave Quantum Computer, a super computer that is 100 times faster than the fastest current computer, will usher in the next generation of artificial intelligence, enabling this revolution in robotic efficiency and safety.This looming fourth industrial revolution, as it has been referred to, has already created leadership challenges that will only be exacerbated by the quantum computing and artificial intelligence boon. How do you lead a robotic workforce? What new leadership competencies will be needed that our current leaders don’t possess? With the ever increasingly rapid pace of change caused by quantum computing, how do we handle this ultimate change management challenge?The key to handling any change, especially on a massive scale, is to stay ahead of it. If leaders don’t stay ahead of the technology it will crush them and their organizations in its path. Let me remind you, however, that this pace of change, powered by AI and quantum computing, will be like nothing we’ve seen before.   With less humans to motivate and lead, strategy and vision become more important than ever, and a leader’s ability to create and lead strategy based on massive amounts of data and information will become the primary leadership competency. Leadership teams need to create short-term strategic plans, rather than long term plans, in order to continuously adjust their approach to the new environment. They need to keep abreast of the rapid changes and dynamically integrate them into their organizational strategy. This may necessitate the creation of additional C-suite positions such as a Chief Technological Strategy Officer. These positions, and others, will be aided by artificially intelligent quantum computers, where they will need to interpret and organize the massive amounts of data and information presented to them. As current leaders need to surround themselves with the brightest and the best people to advise them, future leaders will need to surround themselves with the brightest and best artificial intelligence to advise them. Of course some are doing this already, however as the artificial intelligence corporate arms race heats up and we approach singularity, it will become a matter of organizational survival. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: Detailslast_img read more

USS employers revise pension proposals as union continues strike ballot

first_imgUniversities UK (UUK), the representative group for employers in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), has revised proposals to manage the scheme’s deficit as trade unions continue industrial action plans.The £41.6bn (€50.3bn) USS saw its latest published report suggest the scheme’s triennial valuation to reveal a “substantial deficit”, with expectations of £8bn.In response, sponsoring employers of the scheme, mainly UK universities operating before 1992, began consulting on changes to the USS model, including ending its final-salary defined benefit (DB) offer and moving all members to career-average DB, which it began in 2011 for new members.The new proposal would also include a defined contribution (DC) hybrid. The trade union representing members, the University and College Union (UCU), began balloting on industrial action after modelling showed some members would lose a significant amount of retirement income.UUK has now brought a slightly revised proposal to the negotiating table to help convince members of the necessity of the reforms.Its original proposal was to have a DB career-revalued earnings (CRE) for all members, up to £40,000 of salary, and a DC arrangement for earnings thereafter.However, the UCU said the £40,000 threshold was unacceptable, and UUK has since increased this to £50,000 and announced that member contributions would remain flat at 6.5% while sponsor contributions would increase by 2 percentage points to 18%.The UUK said that it would come into effect in April 2016.It added that, with new proposals, two-thirds of members currently earning career revalued benefits would see their pension remain entirely the same, until they earned more than £50,000.It also said keeping the 6.5% member contribution rate was linked to an agreement on the £50,000 threshold not being forced any higher.Professor Anton Muscatelli, chair of the Employers Pensions Forum (EPF), said: “The changes proposed are designed both to address the substantial deficit in the USS and to mitigate the risk that contribution rates will become unaffordable for both employees and employers.“Any pensions already in payment or deferred in the scheme will not be affected at all by any of these changes, and past service accrued rights are protected by law.”However, the UCU said the proposals were not massively different to the original version, and that the ballot would continue to run for members to take industrial action.Head of bargaining Michael MacNeil said: “We do not accept the way the scheme’s deficit is being valued or share the overly cautious and pessimistic view.“Like the UUK, we want a solution that protects the pensions of staff and ensures the scheme remains attractive to new members of the profession. “But what the UUK proposals try to do is substantially shift risk from big institutions on to our individual members’ shoulders.”last_img read more

Greensburg Factory Adding 250 New Jobs With Expansion

first_imgA Greensburg auto parts manufacturer is planning to add hundreds of jobs and expand operations by the end of next year.Valeo Engine Cooling expects to add 257 new jobs while investing nearly $28 million in new machinery for the development of four product lines for Honda, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford.Mayor Gary Herbert says the planned expansion comes from good communication among city and company officials, the Greensburg Daily News is reporting.Due to the investment and number of proposed jobs the mayor supports a longer-than-usual tax abatement of six years.Valeo employed approximately 400 in early 2013 and has since grown to current employment numbers around 700 at the Greensburg plant.last_img read more

Wolla dominates IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah

first_imgJason Wolla led all 25 laps in winning the season-opening feature for IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speed­way. (Photo by Layn Mudder)MANDAN, N.D. (May 5) – Jason Wolla was dominant in winning Friday’s season-opening feature for IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speedway.Pole sitter Jason Wolla and defending track champion Marlyn Seidler battled for the lead early before Wolla pulled away as Jeremy Keller passed Travis Hagen for third and reeled in Seidler for second.Not even lapped traffic could slow down Wolla as he quickly negotiated his way through the slower cars. Wolla led all 25 laps to win ahead of Keller and Seidler. Hagen held off Spencer Wilson for fourth.Jason Berg was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.last_img read more