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SA, Saudi investment company launched

first_img12 June 2012 South Africa and Saudi Arabia have set up a joint holding company to enhance business opportunities and investment between the two countries, officials announced in Cape Town on Monday. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the establishment of the holding company – Saudi Arabian South Africa Holding (Sasah) – had the potential to create R20-billion worth of business opportunities in the two countries. Sasah comprises different business sectors, including real estate, health services, agriculture, trading, technical services, automotive industries, mining and minerals, construction, power construction, petro-chemicals downstream and engineering. It falls in line with South Africa’s strategy of “seeking out new sources of investment and trade with dynamic economies”, Davies said, noting that both countries had the biggest economies in their respective regions. He said Saudi Arabia was a “dynamic economy”, but that South Africa also had plenty to offer. “The African continent is the new great frontier, and SA has a pivotal role to play.” The idea for a holding company was first proposed by Saudi Arabia South Africa Business Council co-chairs Iqbal Surve and Said Al Qahtani. Sasah was formally endorsed by Saudi rince Faizal bin Saud Arabia in April, and has already secured R20-million to carry out feasibility studies for investments, particularly in agriculture, mining, mineral processing and petrochemicals. Davies said many of the Gulf nations were looking to make investments in agriculture in Africa to ensure food security for their own population. Saudi Arabia was also looking for South African expertise and technology in mining and other sectors, as a mining boom was expected in the northwest of Saudi Arabia. Earlier this year, at the fourth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission, the two countries agreed to increase their total trade to a targeted R60-billion within the next five years. Davies said the current total trade between the two countries stood at R34-billion in 2011. This represented an annual growth rate of about 32.6% in just one year. Surve said that “very large Saudi Arabian companies have indicated their willingness to participate. We’re expecting significant investment running into tens of billions of rands over the next few years.” The Sasah and Saudi Arabia South Africa Business Council consortium will be open to all legally registered and financially sound business entities in both countries. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

We get Smarter with the Internet of Things (IoT) and so do Cities

first_imgLeveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Many people continue moving to urban centers for all kinds of different reasons. The logic and reasoning may include looking for employment, seeking a change in lifestyle and a variety of reasons that couldn’t possibly be listed, let alone guessed.As migration from rural to urban areas increases, cities must become efficient if they want to support the increasing populations. As such, we all become smarter with the Internet of Things (IoT) and so do cities. Smart cities will become a norm in major metropolitan areas in the world; it’s all about connectivity which will ultimately change our communities.So, what’s a smart city? Well, smart cities use IoT (Internet of Things) devices like connected lights, meters and sensors to collect and analyze data. The cities make use of this data to improve public utilities, infrastructures and improve quality of life for their residents.Governmental agencies should consider adopting a smart city concept in their urban areas. Implementing big data applications in support of smart city components allows IoT to reach optimum sustainable levels.Smart cities make use of different technologies to raise performance. Greater achievements in health, energy, sanitation, education and transport performance change and are enhanced to improve comfort levels for their citizens.One of the common technologies with a potential to improve smart city services is the big data analytics. As time goes by, digitization becomes an essential aspect of everyday life. Data collection results in an accumulation of huge data amounts and the diverse data can be used in each of the differing city application domains listed above. Effective analysis and utilization of the big data is essential for the success of the smart city domain in influencing all sectors of business under city jurisdiction.Consider examples of big data applications that serve smart cities. They include the following:Smart Infrastructure and ArchitectureConstruction engineers and managers are looking for ways to incorporate IoT solutions into their architectural designs. In this way, they’ll be able to reduce the project costs and increase the quality of the infrastructure.For instance, a recent study in the United States intimate that at least 60 percent of building managers are conversant with IoT technology. In fact, 43 percent believe that IoT will be shaping how they construct and operate their buildings in the next few years.One area with massive potential for growth is in lighting. Building managers are more likely to change from conventional lighting methods to LED bulbs in the attempt to save on energy and money.Elevators are another area that needs greater efficiency. A research by IBM shows that people waited for 22.5 years for lifts during their lifetime. As a result, the elevator market is likely to grow to about $23B in by next year (2020).The biggest application of IoT in architecture and infrastructure is the use of smart grids. These grids can help considerably to conserve resources. The European commission expects 72 percent of all consumers in EU will have smart electricity meters in their homes by the end of 2020. At least 40 percent will be having a smart gas meter in the same year.Amsterdam, for instance, has been offering solar panels and energy storage units for households connected to City’s smart grid. With these batteries (holding panels), home owners can relieve stress on the grid at peak hours by storing energy and using from the storage at peak usage times.Smart Education Education is the backbone of every society. Information and communication technology helps enhance the educational efficiency, effectiveness and productivity using smart educational services. These services are intelligent and flexible and offer maximum use of information — enhancing control and assessment.Using smart education applications helps engage people in active learning environment. All these allow learners to adapt to rapid changes in the environment and society. In addition, relying on big data that has been collected and processed in the field will help to generate required information. All these have a positive effect on teaching/learning tools to acquire and deliver knowledge.Technology can avail opportunities everywhere including rural and remote areas especially where commuting to learning institutions may be impossible. At times, the economic status of people in some areas doesn’t allow them to afford other expensive education models.Using big data and ICT technology will create a knowledge based economy. All these help enhance the nation’s capacity and competitiveness. Educational big data, is generated by collecting data from people. The data is collected from students, teachers, parents, administrators, infrastructure, and economic surveys.The data can help deduce useful trends and reports and uses them to create models that facilitate a better and increasingly enhanced education. It has been useful in identifying and observing educational shortages to enhance learning curriculums.Smart Traffic Lights A major aspect of smart cities is how well they control their traffic flow within the town. All these additional enhancements of the transportation systems improves the overall traffic pattern flow within the city. With an increase in population, pollution, and traffic — economic problems are likely to happen. Due to economics most smart cities makes use of smart traffic signs and signals to deal with huge traffic and congestions. This control in turn cuts down on the pollution involved in sitting at signal lights for a length of time. All timing in traffic can improve with smart traffic lights.For efficient results, smart traffic lights and their signals need to be interconnected across the entire traffic grid. This connectivity helps to offer more insights and information about traffic lights and patterns. Each of these sensors detect a varied parameter of traffic flow. Such information includes the number of cars, their speed, and waiting time at the lights as well as any traffic jams. The systems will then make decisions depending on the respective values of each parameter.The higher the availability of data, the more informed the decisions of the smart city capabilities. In order for the smart traffic system to work to greatest efficiency, it needs to collect data from all traffic lights in the city. The smart city information will then be able to make an intelligent decision that depends on this changing data. Traffic patterns, as well as all other data in a city are forever changing — some times the changes are minute by minute and can be taken into consideration an acted upon by smart city automation.Conclusion The potential for smart cities is limitless. Further, the growth of these cities will only accelerate in the coming years.When evaluating smart city applications based on big data, its important to address special requirements that address the special nature of smart cities. For instance, data capturing and collection from users, sensors, and electronic data readers may pose a challenge as data volume grows.Storing, processing and organizing this data is crucial in generating useful results for the coming issues on this topic. Essentially, for any system to work, its important to select a number of developmental designs and priorities in a planned manner. In this way, you’ll be able to generate more interconnections and intelligence to keep your smart city running smoothly and with the best results for your community. Related Posts How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Follow the Puck AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Richard Parker Richard Parker is senior writer at https://www.equities.com/user/Richard & https://www.theselfemployed.com/profile/richardparker/ . He covers industry-specific topics such as Entrepreneurship, Data/Security, Startups, Industrial, Growth Equity Community, Smart Cities, Connected Devices & Smart Homes. Tags:#Industrial IoT#interconnectivity#IoT Analytics#IoT Cyber Security Alliance#smart building#Smart Cities#smart education#smart traffic lights last_img read more

Targets > Leads

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Govt announces Padma awards

first_imgThe President of India has approved the conferment of Padma Awards 2010. Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred inthree categories, namely – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and PadmaShri. The Awards are given in all disciplines/ fields of activities,viz. art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, tradeand industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional anddistinguished service, ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. Theawards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. Theawards are conferred by the President of India at a function held atRashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March or April.This year the President has approved 128 awards including one duo case (counted as one) and 12 in the category of Foreigners/ NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous.These comprise 13 Padma Vibhushan, 31 Padma Bhushan and 84 Padma Shri Awards. There are 31 ladies among the awardees.Here is the complete list:Padma Vibhushan1. Dr. (Smt.) Kapila Vatsyayan – Art – Art Administration and Promotion – Delhi2. Mrs. Homai Vyarawalla – Art – Photography – Gujarat3. Shri A Nageshwara Rao – Art – Cinema – Andhra Pradesh4. Shri Parasaran Kesava Iyengar – Public Affairs – Delhi5. Dr. Akhlaq-ur-Rehman Kidwai – Public Affairs – Delhi6. Shri Vijay Kelkar – Public Affairs – Delhi7. Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia – Public Affairs – Delhi8. Shri Palle Rama Rao – Science and Engineering – Andhra Pradesh9. Shri Azim Premji – Trade and Industry – Karnataka10. Shri Brajesh Mishra – Civil Services – Madhya Pradesh11. Prof. (Dr.) Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup – Literature and Education – Kerala12. Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra – Literature and Education – Orissa13. Late Shri L. C. Jain – Public Affairs – Delhi *Padma Bhushanadvertisement1. Shri Satyadev Dubey – Art – Theatre – Maharashtra2. Shri Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi alias Khayyam – Art – Cinema – Music – Maharashtra3. Shri Shashi Kapoor – Art – Cinema – Maharashtra4. Shri Krishen Khanna – Art – Painting – Haryana5. Shri Madavur Vasudevan Nair – Art – Dance – Kathakali – Kerala6. Ms. Waheeda Rehman – Art – Cinema – Maharashtra7. Shri Rudrapatna Krishna – Shastry Srikantan Art – Music Vocal – Karnataka8. Ms. Arpita Singh – Art – Painting – Delhi9. Dr. Sripathi Panditharadhyula Balasubrahmanyam – Art – Playback Singing, Music Direction & acting – Tamil Nadu10. Shri C.V. Chandrasekhar – Art – Classical Dance-Bharatanatyam – Tamil Nadu11. Shri Dwijen Mukherjee – Art – West Bengal12. Smt. Rajashree Birla – Social work – Maharashtra13. Mrs. Shobhana Ranade Social work – Maharashtra14. Dr. Suryanarayanan Ramachandran – Science and Engineering – Tamil Nadu15. Shri S.(Kris) Gopalakrishnan – Trade and Industry – Karnataka16. Shri Yogesh Chander Deveshwar – Trade and Industry – West Bengal17. Ms. Chanda Kochhar – Trade and Industry – Maharashtra18. Dr. K. Anji Reddy Trade and Industry – Pharmacy – Andhra Pradesh19. Shri Analjit Singh – Trade and Industry – Delhi20. Shri Rajendra Singh Pawar – Trade and Industry – Haryana21. Dr. Gunapati Venkata Krishna Reddy – Trade and Industry – Andhra Pradesh22. Shri Ajai Chowdhary – Trade and Industry – Delhi23. Shri Surendra Singh – Civil Services – Delhi24. Shri M. N .Buch – Civil Services – Madhya Pradesh25. Shri Shyam – Saran Civil Services – Delhi26. Shri Thayil Jacob Sony George – Literature and Education – Karnataka27. Dr. Ramdas Madhava Pai – Literature and Education – Karnataka28. Shri Sankha Ghosh – Literature and Education – West Bengal29. Late Shri K. Raghavan Thirumulpad – Medicine – Ayurveda – Kerala*30. Late Dr. Keki Byramjee Grant – Medicine – Cardiology – Maharashtra *31. Late Shri Dashrath Patel – Art – Gujarat *Padma Shri1. Ms. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry – Art – Theatre – Chandigarh2. Shri Makar Dhwaja Darogha Art- Chhau Dance- Jharkhand3. Shri Shaji Neelakantan Karun – Art – Film Direction – Kerala4. Shri Girish Kasaravalli – Art – Film making – Karnataka5. Ms. Tabassum Hashmi Khan alias Tabu – Art – Cinema – Maharashtra6. Shri Jivya Soma Mase – Art – Warli Painting – Maharashtra7. Guru (Ms.) M.K. Saroja – Art – Dance- Bharatnatyam – Tamil Nadu8. Shri Jayaram Subramaniam – Art – Cinema – Tamil Nadu9. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty – Art – Music-Indian Classical Vocal – West Bengal10. Smt. Mahasundari Devi – Art – Mithilia/ Madhubani Painting – Bihar11. Shri Gajam Govardhana – Art – Handloom Weaving – Andhra Pradesh12. Ms. Sunayana Hazarilal – Art – Dance – Kathak – Maharashtra13. Shri S.R. Janakiraman – Art – Carnatic Vocal Music – Tamil Nadu14. Shri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar – Art – Chenda Melam- Drum concert – Kerala15. Smt. Kalamandalam Kshemavathy Pavithran – Art – Dance – Mohiniattam – Kerala16. Shri Dadi Dorab Pudumjee – Art – Puppetry – Delhi17. Shri Khangembam Mangi Singh – Art – Traditional Music of Manipur (Pena) – Manipur18. Shri Prahlad Singh Tipaniya – Art – Folk Music  – Madhya Pradesh19. Smt. Usha Uthup – Art – Music – West Bengal20. Smt. Kajol – Art- Cinema – Maharashtra21. Shri Irfan Khan – Art- Cinema – Maharashtra22. Shri Mamraj Agrawal – Social work – West Bengal23. Shri Jockin Arputham – Social work – Maharashtra24. Ms. Nomita Chandy – Social work – Karnataka25. Ms. Sheela Patel – Social work – Maharashtra26. Ms. Anita Reddy – Social work – Karnataka27. Shri Kanubhai Hasmukhbhai Tailor – Social work – Gujarat28. Shri Anant Darshan Shankar – Public Affairs – Karnataka29. Prof. M. Annamalai – Science and Engineering – Karnataka30. Dr. Mahesh Haribhai Mehta – Science and Engineering – Agricultural Science – Gujarat31. Shri Coimbatore Narayana Rao Raghavendran – Science and Engineering – Tamil Nadu32. Dr. (Mrs.) Suman Sahai – Science and Engineering – Delhi33. Prof.(Dr.) E.A. Siddiq – Science and Engineering – Agricultural Science – Andhra Pradesh34. Shri Gopalan Nair Shankar – Science and Engineering – Architecture – Kerala35. Shri Mecca Rafeeque Ahmed – Trade and Industry – Tamil Nadu36. Shri Kailasam Raghavendra Rao – Trade and Industry – Tamil Nadu37. Shri Narayan Singh Bhati – Civil Services – Andhra Pradesh38. Shri P K Sen – Civil Services – Bihar39. Ms. Shital Mahajan – Sports – Adventure Sports- Para Jumping – Maharashtra40. Ms. Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi – Sports – Weightlifting – Manipur41. Shri Sushil Kumar – Sports – Wrestling Delhi42. Shri Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman – Sports – Cricket – Andhra Pradesh43. Shri Gagan Narang – Sports – Shooting – Andhra Pradesh44. Smt. Krishna Poonia – Sports – Discus Throw – Rajasthan45. Shri Harbhajan Singh – Sports – Mountaineering – Punjab46. Dr. Pukhraj Bafna – Medicine – Padeatrics – Chhattisgarh47. Prof. Mansoor Hasan – Medicine- Cardiology – Uttar Pradesh48. Dr. Shyama Prasad Mandal – Medicine – Orthopaedic – Delhi49. Prof. (Dr.) Sivapatham Vittal – Medicine – Endocrinology – Tamil Nadu50. Prof. (Dr.) Madanur Ahmed Ali – Medicine – Gastroenterology – Tamil Nadu51. Dr. Indira Hinduja – Medicine – Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Maharashtra52. Dr. Jose Chacko Periappuram – Medicine – Cardio-Thoracic Surgery – Kerala53. Prof. (Dr.) A. Marthanda Pillai – Medicine – Neurosurgery – Kerala54. Shri Mahim Bora – Literature and Education – Assam55. Prof. (Dr.) Pullella Srirama Chandrudu – Literature and Education- Sanskrit – Andhra Pradesh56. Dr. Pravin Darji – Literature and Education – Gujarat57. Dr. Chandra Prakash Deval – Literature and Education – Rajasthan58. Shri Balraj Komal – Literature and Education – Delhi59. Mrs. Rajni Kumar – Literature and Education – Delhi60. Dr. Devanooru Mahadeva – Literature and Education – Karnataka61. Shri Barun Mazumder – Literature and Education – West Bengal62. Dr. Avvai Natarajan – Literature and Education – Tamil Nadu63. Shri Bhalchandra Nemade – Literature and Education – Himachal Pradesh64. Prof. Riyaz Punjabi – Literature and Education – Jammu and Kashmir65. Prof. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao – Literature and Education – Andhra Pradesh66. Ms. Buangi Sailo – Literature and Education – Mizoram67. Prof. Devi Dutt Sharma – Literature and Education – Uttarakhand68. Shri Nilamber Dev Sharma – Literature and Education – Jammu and Kashmir69. Ms. Urvashi Butalia – Literature and Education Delhi #Ms. Ritu Menon – Literature and Education – Delhi #70. Prof. Krishna Kumar – Literature and Education – Delhi71. Shri Deviprasad Dwivedi – Literature and Education – Uttar Pradesh72. Ms. Mamang Dai – Literature and Education – Arunachal Pradesh73. Dr. Om Prakash Agrawal & others – Heritage Conservation – Uttar Pradesh74. Prof. Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar & others – Archeology – Maharashtra75. Ms. Shanti Teresa Lakra & others – Nursing – Andaman & Nicobar76. Smt. Gulshan Nanda & others – Handicrafts promotion – Delhi77. Dr. Azad Moopen – Social work – UAE *78. Prof. Upendra Baxi Public Affairs – Legal Affairs – United Kingdom *79. Dr. Mani Lal Bhaumik – Science and Engineering – USA *80. Dr. Subra Suresh – Science and Engineering – USA *81. Prof. Karl Harrington Potter – Literature and Education – USA *82. Prof. Martha Chen – Social work – USA *83. Shri Satpal Khattar – Trade and Industry – Singapore *84. Shri Granville Austin – Literature and Education – USA *advertisementadvertisementNote: * indicates awardees in the category of Foreigners / NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous.# indicates duo case.last_img read more

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