HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION STORAGE
prnewswire | March 28, 2023
Oxbotica, the British-based autonomous vehicle software developer, today announced a new strategic collaboration with Google Cloud that will help accelerate the deployment of its autonomous software platform to customers around the world.
The partnership will combine Google Cloud's expertise in cloud infrastructure with Oxbotica's market-leading autonomous vehicle software to create scalable, safe, and reliable autonomous driving solutions for any business with transportation in its value chain. These businesses include last-mile logistics, light industry, and public transport.
Oxbotica plans to use Google Cloud products—compute, storage, networking, and leading data and analytics products like Vertex AI—to help develop, test, validate, and verify its self-driving technology. It will also leverage Google Cloud's proven cyber-security technologies to help ensure secure use of autonomous mobility technology.
Alongside the core development of its self-driving platform, Oxbotica will use Google Cloud to generate digital twins in Oxbotica's MetaDriver, an AI-powered metaverse that connects and controls virtual and physical fleets together, sending real-time analytics on performance.
Oxbotica's MetaDriver automatically generates a vast bank of virtual scenarios to help ensure the safety of autonomous vehicles. Google Cloud will provide the data and machine learning tools to enable MetaDriver to apply Oxbotica's proprietary generative AI tools to the extensive bank of virtual scenarios including unusual edge cases that are often economically, environmentally or physically impractical to discover in conventional testing. For instance, a user can create a full, 24-hour, day-and-night cycle of sensor data, along with seasonal and extreme weather conditions, from one single data capture run.
By tapping into the scalability of the cloud, Oxbotica will be able to rapidly analyse and process these large datasets to learn across different use cases. This will speed up time-to-insights and allow for more testing and experimentation, which in turn will help improve the safety of the technology.
"We are thrilled to partner with Google Cloud to accelerate bringing autonomous driving solutions to market globally. Google Cloud is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and using its cutting-edge technology and AI powered tools will strengthen our proposition for our customers," said Gavin Jackson, CEO of Oxbotica.
Oxbotica targets industrial use cases, where there is an urgent need to make the transition to autonomy today. Real-world applications of Oxbotica's technology include passenger shuttles operating 24/7 on fixed routes in cities, where there is a driver shortage but increasing demand for services. For instance, in the UK, almost 1 in 10 bus driver positions are vacant, leading to shrinking bus networks across the country.
With Google Cloud, Oxbotica's customers will be able to easily and quickly scale from single prototype vehicles to full fleets. In addition, the collaboration will enable Oxbotica to explore the larger impact of autonomous vehicles on congestion, public transit, and more.
Oxbotica intends to use Google Cloud infrastructure to make available application programming interfaces (APIs) for autonomous driving, which will enable its customers to create new lines of business (such as applications and other products), as well as more easily manage their existing data and services.
"The combination of Oxbotica's leading technology and our reliable infrastructure and AI and data-enabled cloud platform has the potential to accelerate autonomous mobility in a variety of industrial use cases," said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. "From last mile logistics to public transportation, we look forward to working together to positively impact the lives of end users."
Oxbotica is accelerating the transition to self-driving technology today. It has developed the software solution for businesses wanting to deploy autonomy into their operations safely, efficiently and reliably. From the virtual testing environment, to the software driving the vehicles and the cloud-based management tools, Oxbotica helps any business with transportation in its value chain get the most from their fleets. The company has created a platform that can be deployed today across industries including mining, warehouses, and agriculture.
APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE, WINDOWS SYSTEMS AND NETWORK
prnewswire | April 05, 2023
Schneider Electric™, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has today announced the launch of a new Services offer, EcoCare for Modular Data Centers services membership. Members of this innovative service plan benefit from specialized expertise to maximize modular data centers' uptime, while optimizing maintenance and extending the life of their assets.
EcoCare keeps modular data centers running smoothly and efficiently
Demand for modular data centers is booming as companies struggle to meet unprecedented challenges such as digitization, rising energy costs, edge computing demand and the need for efficient, cost-effective, scalable and fast-to-deploy solutions. To ensure modular data centers are optimally performing, getting the support of experts with a comprehensive understanding of their operations and unique systems is vital. This knowledge helps maintain the system's infrastructure through its complete lifecycle - keeping operations safe, efficient, resilient, and sustainable.
Members benefit from a next generation service plan for system-level maintenance and improved operations
Members benefit from exclusive support which includes a dedicated customer success management team, who become their go-to-coach, orchestrating remote and on-site services team, addressing infrastructure and maintenance needs at a system level, rather than a fragmented approach for each asset only when problems arise.
Based on a membership with exclusive benefits for its members, this service offer unlocks the full potential of connected assets including:
Optimum levels of support: By leveraging data analytics from connected assets, our remote experts monitor equipment health status and can filter the alarms to act before a potential mission-critical issue occurs. In parallel, customers get faster response times to help ensure quick action if needed on potentially mission-critical issues.
Reaching sustainability goals: With EcoCare, customers can extend their assets' life by up to 25%1 and reduce carbon emissions by using remote monitoring to optimize on-site maintenance activities.
Simplified digital experience through mySchneider portal: With a smooth and easy-to-use personalized digital experience through mySchneider portal available around the clock, customers get full visibility of assets and warranty status, online chat, visits scheduling, and reports.
Optimized maintenance activities: By continuously and proactively monitoring modular data centers at the system level, customers can reduce on-site activities, meaning planned downtime, by up to 40%1 with a condition-based maintenance approach that monitors the condition of equipment to determine which maintenance tasks to complete and when. EcoCare members also get recommendations and insights to improve the efficiency of their operations. Additionally, members benefit from specialized training, on-site or remotely, to develop their teams' skills.
"Modular data centers are the future of data storage because of their flexibility and scalability. To reach their full potential, modular data centers need expert support to guide lifecycle strategies and optimize maintenance plans," says Frederic Godemel, EVP of Power Systems & Services at Schneider Electric.
"While companies are quickly selecting modular data centers solutions, many don't yet have the staff or the expertise in place to support its infrastructure," says Pankaj Sharma, EVP for Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric. "EcoCare fills that need by providing customers with a simplified management approach that maintains uptime throughout the lifecycle."
EcoCare services membership offer
EcoCare is a new and exclusive level of access to energy management & automation support and expertise for customers who demand proactive management of their systems to drive higher performance, resilience and safety, and a smaller carbon footprint.
EcoCare was launched last October in North America with the introduction of EcoCare for Electrical Distribution Equipment, for low & medium voltage assets such as circuit-breakers and switchgear. It was recently extended to Single-Phase UPS and since April 1st is also available for Modular Data Centers.
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Businesswire | May 26, 2023
Adtran today launched its FSP 3000 Edge OLS, an open line system designed for the new generation of coherent edge access, aggregation and metro networks. It enables operators to efficiently address soaring bandwidth demand from mobile, broadband and enterprise applications by leveraging the latest coherent pluggable technology in this cost-sensitive part of the network. The FSP 3000 Edge OLS has been specifically engineered for the use of coherent transmission at the optical edge, including the recently introduced Coherent 100ZR, as well as 400ZR optics. By utilizing power-optimized wavelength broadcasting technology and a gridless architecture, the solution enables a simple and affordable optical layer with compact and flexible nodes that can transport any coherent signal and baud rate.
“At OFC, we showcased our world-first QSFP28 Coherent 100ZR, bringing robust, efficient and simple coherent technology to the edge of the network. Now we’re complementing this innovative transceiver with an OLS optimized for the cost-efficient transport of coherent technology at the optical edge. Providing maximum performance, it meets all critical demands of edge aggregation networks, including scalability, compact design, low power consumption, operational simplicity and extended temperature operation for outdoor deployment,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO at Adtran. “Our pioneering work at the network edge is creating whole new opportunities for service providers.”
The Adtran FSP 3000 Edge OLS is an open line system engineered to help operators roll out coherent optical edge networks in the most cost-effective and flexible way possible. With ZR-optimized technology for minimal insertion loss, the new OLS enables the use of ZR coherent optics at the optical edge in multiple use cases, including linear, hub-and-spoke or tree topologies. With its modular design, it empowers users to mix and match elements to create a solution that meets their exact needs. What’s more, the Adtran FSP 3000 Edge OLS facilitates the development of a compact and efficient optical layer with low-power nodes that require minimal space and can function in an extended temperature range. This enables deployment in outdoor environments, such as street cabinets.
“Our FSP 3000 Edge OLS offers a major boost to operators looking for an affordable way to tackle relentless growth in data traffic. Low-cost yet highly flexible, it can scale to transparently accommodate any line speed or baud rate. Now there’s a clear route to deploying an optical layer that leverages coherent transport technology, including 100ZR and 400ZR optics, and meets the stringent requirements of the new optical edge,” commented Henning Hinderthür, VP of product line management, Optical Networks at Adtran. “Our FSP 3000 Edge OLS harnesses advanced wavelength broadcast technology for new levels of power and cost efficiency. It’s also ready to be deployed anywhere from central offices to street furniture.”
ADTRAN Holdings, Inc.is the parent company of Adtran, Inc., a leading global provider of open, disaggregated networking and communications solutions that enable voice, data, video and internet communications across any network infrastructure. From the cloud edge to the subscriber edge, Adtran empowers communications service providers around the world to manage and scale services that connect people, places and things. Adtran solutions are used by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations and millions of individual users worldwide. ADTRAN Holdings, Inc. is also the largest shareholder of ADVA.