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GE, Microsoft announce deal to bring Predix to Azure

GE and Microsoft Corp. today announced a partnership that will make GE's Predix platform for the Industrial Internet available on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses. The move marks the first step in a broad strategic collaboration between the two companies, which they said will allow customers around the world to capture intelligence from their industrial assets. » Read full article

Sun Life turns to start ups to expand its ‘digital innovation agenda’

Sun Life Financial today announced a partnership with MaRS Discovery District today, which it said is focused on collaboration and knowledge sharing with the start-up community as part of Sun Life's focus on evolving its business model and client focus. Sun Life will join other corporate partners to connect with the start-up community as part of the MaRS fintech and health clusters. » Read full article

Global mobile data revenues to reach US$630 billion by 2020

A Parks Associates industry report estimates global mobile data revenue will increase from US$386 billion in 2015 to US$630 billion in 2020, with most of the revenue growth in the Asia & Pacific region and the rest of the world. » Read full article
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Greenlee Communication

Greenlee’s AirScout troubleshoots Wi-Fi services

Greenlee Communication’s AirScout is, the company says, the only distributed test system on the market for the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Wi-Fi services. Utilizing multiple sensors, the system creates a heat map of the Wi-Fi user experience so that the technician can properly set up Wi-Fi services for the customer.
Rather than just presenting signal levels and channel graphs, the system intelligently selects the best channel, the optimal access point and range extender locations, and provides application level throughput measurements that ensure the Wi-Fi experience meets the needs of the customer. The results are then wrapped up in a birth certificate and uploaded to the cloud for enhanced support services.
The AirScout helps the technician set up and troubleshoot Wi-Fi properly and also educates the subscriber about where their dead zones or performance edges are within their network. » read more
Xuron pliers

Xuron pliers perform multitude of tasks

A line of industrial-grade, precision ergonomic pliers for a wide range of specific tasks such as wire bending, forming, holding, and opening split rings are now available from Xuron Corp. of Saco, Maine.
Xuron Precision Pliers include 12 different head styles that are designed for specialized tasks such as wire bending, forming, holding, positioning, opening split rings, and reaching into confined spaces. Some have serrated blades for added holding power and the Model 450 Tweezer Nose can even pick up a human hair, while the Model 496 opens a split ring and holds it, the company says.
Made of heat-treated high carbon steel with an eye-friendly glare eliminating black finish, Light-Touch return springs, and Xuro-Rubber cushioned hand grips, the pliers were developed for holding delicate parts including thin metals, wire leads, and precision parts.
They are priced from US$15.50 depending on the model. » read more

BICSI Fall Conference

Sept. 11-15
Location: San Antonio, Tex. » more info

Microsoft Ignite

Sept. 26-30
Location: Atlanta, Ga. » more info

Canadian Wireless Trade Show

Oct. 26-27
Location: Toronto, Ont. » more info