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Viasat Expands its Portfolio with Inmarsat Acquisition

American-based global communications company, Viasat, has recently announced its plan to acquire British satellite communications company, Inmarsat, in a US$7.3 billion deal. This “transformative” deal, as described by Viasat, is expected to facilitate value creation of US$1.5 billion through cross-selling and leveraging synergies between capital and operating expenditure. Viasat is intending to retain and expand Inmarsat’s presence in the United Kingdom (UK) by continual investments through collaborating with the government. The acquisition is comprised of US$850 million in cash, 46.36 million Viasat shares that are worth approximately US$3.1 billion, and an estimated US$3.4 billion of net debt. The companies described their combination as one that would establish a “leading global communications innovator with enhanced scale and scope to affordably, securely and reliably connect the world”, that could deliver advanced new services in the fixed and mobile telecom service sectors.

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Apple’s Digital ID Solution Comes at a Cost

The digital driver’s license proposed by Apple, which is finding purchase in a number of US states, will potentially come at a cost to the citizen. Adding ID documents and driver's license to the Apple Wallet app is a new iOS 15 feature, with end-users able to tap their iPhone or Apple Watch on an ID reader at any TSA checkpoint, without requiring the physical credential. Current plans permit citizens in eight US states to store state IDs and driver's licenses inside the Apple Wallet app on their iPhone. However, Apple will retain complete control over several features of the solution, while the states involved—Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah—will shoulder the expenditure as it relates to maintenance of the solution.

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Habana Labs and AWS Provide Alternative to GPU in Machine-Learning Training Workloads

In October 2021, AWS announced the availability of Amazon EC2 DL1 instances or virtual server services powered by Gaudi accelerators from Habana Labs. Founded in 2016 and acquired by Intel in 2019 for US$2 billion, Israel-based Habana Labs designs programmable Machine-Learning (ML) accelerators for model inference and training in the data center and cloud. Intended for ML training, Amazon’s EC2 DL1 instances feature eight Gaudi accelerators with 32 Gigabytes (GB) of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) per accelerator, 768 gibibytes of system memory, 400 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of networking throughput, and four terabytes of local nonvolatile memory express storage.

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5G Brings Deterministic, Security, and Network Slicing to Smart Grids

Previously, ABI Research has highlighted growing interested in smart grids (IN-6336) and the role they can play to make a country’s energy supply more streamlined, flexible, and responsive to a more complex mix of energy sources. The electrical grid may have to load balance between renewables, such as wind, solar, and/or tidal, and baseline energy supplies, such as nuclear gas or oil. That flexibility will be necessary as end users migrate away from diesel/petrol engine vehicles to electric vehicles, demanding the management of electrical power to be dynamically responsive.

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Global Satellite Broadband SAM Expected to Grow to 330 Million Premises by 2026

According to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, the serviceable addressable market (SAM) for global satellite broadband over geostationary (GEO), medium earth orbit (MEO), and low earth orbit (LEO) satellites will stand at 330 million premises, equivalent to 1.3 billion household members in 2026.

“Even with the proliferation of mobile and fixed broadband access throughout the globe, there is still a significant portion of the population, mostly in rural areas, that suffers from poor coverage or is not covered at all by terrestrial forms of broadband,” explains Jun Wei Ee, research analyst at ABI Research. “Satellite communications — over GEO, MEO and LEO — can help operators fill the coverage gap, ultimately providing reliable connectivity for premises that will not have access to fiber-optic or reliable 5G coverage.”

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Lian Jye Su
Lian Jye Su
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Audio Analytic, Augury, and Sensory are the Market Leaders in ABI Research’s DL Sound Processing Competitive Ranking

The new Competitive Ranking by global technology intelligence firm ABI Research provides an in-depth and unbiased examination of seven Deep Learning (DL)-based ambient sound processing solution vendors, while at the same time delivers market insights based on certain chosen criteria including comprehensive developer support, cloud-to-edge solution, operational knowledge, the breadth of solution partners and customer references. These criteria were identified as the most vital for the continual growth and market acceptance for DL-based ambient sound processing. The companies evaluated and ranked are:

Market Leaders: Audio Analytic, Augury, Sensory

Mainstream: Neuron Soundware, AiSight

Followers: Signally, NL Acoustics

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Cybersecurity in Manufacturing: Top 5 Strategies To Monetize Industrial Security

Toolbox.com (written by Senior Analyst Dimitrios Pavlakis)

Enhancing cybersecurity practices in connected manufacturing and industrial control systems (ICS) is a crucial and demanding endeavor that is no longer considered a luxury but rather a necessity.

Cyber threats targeting industrial and manufacturing verticals are increasing both in magnitude and level of sophistication. Monetizing security in a meaningful manner and understanding where the positive ROI can be found in OT (operational technologies) is key to the evolution of industrial and manufacturing environments.

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Holograms on the horizon? San Diego’s IKIN seeks to make futuristic technology mainstream

San Diego Union-Tribune

IKIN, founded four years ago by Taylor Scott Griffith and Joe Ward, is working on volumetric hardware, “neural adaptive” artificial intelligence algorithms and other software to deliver holograms on small devices — including an accessory that attaches to smartphones. 

IKIN’s products aren’t ready for prime time yet. They remain in the beta testing or special order phase. When they do launch commercially, they’ll face stiff competition from more established technologies, such as augmented reality smart glasses and virtual reality headsets.

“When I look at holographics, I don’t know that there is a huge market today or in the next couple of years,” said Eric Abbruzzese, research director at ABI Research, which tracks the industry. “But I am excited to see the miniaturization of the technology. I think we’re seeing the first of that with an IKIN.”

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