Our Love of Data May Be “Unsustainable,” as Surging Power Demand Takes Environmental Toll, Researcher Warns

Karma Impact | January 07, 2020

Artificial intelligence, higher-speed 5G cellular networks, and streaming services like Netflix  may be making our lives easier, but there’s a cost: skyrocketing demand for energy that will have a huge impact on the environment. As the world depends more on smart devices that use data, tech companies are building immense facilities housing stacks and stacks of servers handling thousands of gigabytes of digital traffic. These data centers may consume up to 651 terawatt-hours of electricity in the next year, almost as much as the entire energy sector of Canada can produce, Anders Andrae, a researcher at Huawei Technologies Sweden, told CBC News. Andrae predicted data centers may more than double their power demands over the next decade, and that hunger for energy may lead to an “unsustainable” situation by 2040.

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Custom ICM solutions are built for you, not auditors, so they typically don’t offer visibility into actions performed over time. Auditors may lack confidence in your homegrown system, especially if they find errors or omissions. In fact, audit risk from errors and overpayments is often the most compelling reason we see customers switch from build to buy. New regulations place additional burdens on your commissions system.

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BT Secures Industry First Global Partnership With OneWeb

BT | November 02, 2021

BT and OneWeb have agreed terms for a new Distribution Partner Agreement, with OneWeb to provide Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communication services across BT Group.* This builds on an initial Memorandum of Understanding signed in July and means BT is testing how LEO satellite technology integrates with its existing terrestrial capabilities to meet the communications needs of customers. On successful completion, BT will commence the first live trials with customers from early next year. The partnership will span a growing range of connectivity solutions around the world as well as specific opportunities for the UK market. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: "I am thrilled to see the UK at the forefront of this emerging technology thanks to the Government's investment in OneWeb – a crucial part of our plans to cement our status as a global science and technology superpower." Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries said: "The agreement between OneWeb and BT will help bring fast and reliable global connectivity, from the Highlands to the Himalayas. I'm delighted these two British companies have joined forces to research the technological benefits of working together, and I look forward to exploring how this could play a role in our mission to put hard-to-reach areas in the digital fast lane." Philip Jansen, Chief Executive of BT Group, said: "Space is an emerging and enormous digital opportunity, and this is an important step towards harnessing its potential for BT's customers across the globe. We will put OneWeb's technology through its paces in our UK labs with the goal of delivering live trials in early 2022. Delivered securely and at scale, satellite solutions will be an important part of our plans to expand connectivity throughout the UK and globally, and to further diversify the range of services we can offer our customers." "BT has taken the lead in the recognition of LEO satellite's advantage. We are delighted as this agreement with BT Group represents an important strategic partnership for OneWeb as we continue to make progress towards our operational launch. We are excited to be playing such a key role in improving the resilience of the overall telecom infrastructure in the UK. OneWeb's connectivity platform will help bridge the last digital divides across the country and enhance the nation's digital infrastructure." OneWeb's Chief Executive Officer Neil Masterson OneWeb is expected to deliver global coverage by June 2022 through a constellation of 648 LEO satellites and is poised to deliver services from the North Pole to the 50th parallel, covering the entire United Kingdom, later this year. The new partnership supports BT's wider network ambition, set out in July this year, to deliver digital solutions across the entire UK by 2028, through a combination of an expanded network and 'on demand,' requestable solutions anywhere beyond. In building a converged, software-defined network, BT will leverage and integrate both terrestrial and non-terrestrial technologies to deliver on the goal of seamless, ubiquitous connectivity. This agreement marks a clear path towards the first LEO solutions being available for customers within a year. As the next step, BT will test capabilities in its Bristol lab to demonstrate how they integrate with existing services. Current capacity levels within OneWeb satellites mean initial trials will focus on its role as a supplementary, low latency backhaul solution to sites where additional capacity or a back-up solution is required, and to deliver improved resilience for business customers. On successful completion, BT will begin early adopter trials for UK and international customers, expected early next year. As OneWeb grows their capacity, the list of future use cases could also widen, opening up the opportunity to explore the use of satellite for IoT backhaul and Fixed Wireless Access in rural areas. The work with OneWeb shows the capabilities being developed by UK businesses in the pioneering area of space technology and follows the UK Government's recently published National Space Strategy, which recognises the enormous strategic opportunities on offer. BT, which boasts a heritage of nearly 60 years in space and satellite communication innovation, continues to explore a diverse range of partners across all its services, including space, to ensure the latest and best connectivity solutions are available for customers.

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Qualtrics activates AWS Cloud Infrastructure in Japan

Qualtrics | June 21, 2022

The Qualtrics XM/OS can now be accessed locally through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in Japan, according to Qualtrics, the leader and developer of the experience management (XM) category. Qualtrics has recently moved into a new local office to meet the increased demand from local businesses and governments utilizing the platform to improve customer and employee experiences. Since launching in Japan in 2018, Qualtrics has rapidly expanded its local operations to assist companies like Shiseido Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Fujitsu, and Lixil in capturing and understanding everything customers and employees are saying about their company and brand and acting on those insights with empathy, speed, and scale. Qualtrics helps companies, academics, and governments discover and keep consumers, as well as attract, retain, and develop people by listening to what matters most to customers and workers and then taking quick, actionable steps. Qualtrics XM/OS is now available in Japan through the AWS Cloud, allowing companies to use the company's products locally to help them comply with key industry standards and security needs. Qualtrics' Japanese clients will benefit from the highest levels of availability, performance, and resilience through the local solution, allowing them to acquire meaningful customer and staff insights faster and more efficiently. Qualtrics' existing products in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific will be supplemented by the additional capabilities in Japan. The new Qualtrics Japan offices, which cover over 19,500 square feet in the Shin-Marunouchi Building in front of Tokyo Station, are designed to support a productive hybrid work paradigm for the company's expanding staff in Japan. It is one of Qualtrics' first new offices since the pandemic, with customized spaces, technology, and processes for in-office and remote staff to promote enhanced collaboration and preferred modes of working. "Japan is a key market for Qualtrics globally, and these latest developments reinforce our long-term commitment to the country, expanding the services, support, and expertise offered. In these uncertain times, experience management is more important than ever and Qualtrics gives Japanese organizations the ultimate advantage by helping them build deeper, personal relationships at scale to drive meaningful business outcomes," said Satoru Kumashiro, Country Manager for Qualtrics in Japan. Qualtrics has established the Ukrainian Refugee Support Platform in collaboration with SAP to help link refugees from Ukraine with providers in Japan who can assist them before, during, and after their stay in the country. The Nippon Foundation is one of the organizations that use the platform.

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aql provides cornerstone to UK 5G projects to drive a better connected society

prnewswire | January 14, 2021

aql, the confided in specialized subject matter expert, today declares its support in five of the consortia financed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as a feature of the 5G Create Testbeds and Trials Program. aql will give the 5G conveyance to each extend that means to investigate and grow new use-cases and 5G specialized abilities. aql's ethos is established in building cooperative organizations and solid collaboration. This has been perceived by the honor of various activities to convey empowering innovation to help the strong designing texture and future achievement. The volume and type of candidates to the £30 million DCMS 5G Create program - which is investigating new uses for 5G to improve individuals' lives and lift organizations - made for a profoundly serious cycle with more than sixty applications prompting nine second round victors. Each undertaking that aql will be engaged with was picked for its capability to utilize 5G to tackle genuine world and cultural difficulties. Eden Universe - Led by the Eden Project, Eden Universe will convey the cause's message of environmental change direness by means of new and drawing in media designs, which without 5G would not be conceivable. This mediation will draw in the associated age as well as permit associated nature to be conveyed to mind homes and backing nature-as-treatment through virtual stages. Eden's group deciphers crude science focused on climate and atmosphere. This translation transforms into a story around the criticalness for change. This account is then conveyed through open, justifiable substance, for example, narrating, encounters, expressions and execution. 5G will open continuous substance to expand and fortify these messages. Associated Cowes - Using 5G innovation, aql will empower one of the most seasoned and most regarded regattas on the planet to go advanced giving a stage to enlarge the compass of the game. Working intimately with Cowes Week, instruction good cause 1851 Trust and different accomplices, the task will drive attention to marine effect, science in cruising and marine innovation to draw in the up and coming age of pioneers and mariners. Live and Wild - Candor Productions, an honor winning creation organization has tested aql to convey 5G administrations to help continuous recording in outrageous conditions, including buckling, peaks and other difficult to arrive at regions, to make drawing in, rousing substance, with various camera points. 5G Factory of the Future (5G-FoF) - Bringing together modern and scholastic pioneers from the assembling and media communications areas, the 5G-FoF project expects to create incorporated arrangements that will settle key difficulties to conveying 5G advancements in industry. aql will convey a 5G organization that will empower ongoing perceivability into assembling work processes that will help distinguish regions to lessen costs, improve efficiency and increment yield. Versatile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) - Set up to investigate how 5G innovation can positively affect provincial networks, the MANY undertaking intends to support availability in far off regions of North Yorkshire that have customarily been difficult to reach. aql will convey a 5G center portable administrator ability with meandering to empower superfast versatile availability. The arrangement of cutting edge 5G abilities will help uphold far off networks in North Yorkshire to drive the travel industry, tackle social disconnection and grow early admonition frameworks for flooding crises. Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, said: "5G is about so much more than faster mobile internet speeds so we're investing millions to help some of Britain's brightest innovators explore the huge potential of the technology to improve and enrich our lives. The projects we've selected will demonstrate how the blistering speeds of 5G can put some rocket fuel in our economy and help businesses bounce back from the pandemic." Professor Adam Beaumont, Founder and Chairman of the aql group of companies, said: "We're excited and proud we have been chosen to become the underpinning operator to support five transformative projects. My founding vision was to provide the underlying technologies which allow innovative and creative companies to reach the market faster. We're keen to identify synergies and learnings between the projects to drive collaboration and use 5G as a powerful intervention to scale reach, impact and outcomes. We've been building the underlying set of capabilities which allow us to deliver some of these services since 2015, so this really is a great start to the year, being able to leverage that significant investment in infrastructure." About aql Founded in 1998 by CEO Professor Adam Beaumont, aql is a trusted communications provider specialising in secure and reliable wholesale access to fixed and mobile networks for government, enterprise and innovators. The company is responsible for over 100 million telephone numbers for UK ISPs and operators. aql routes millions of SMS text messages per day and operates a wide-reaching connected national network. aql also owns and operates four highly secure carrier neutral datacentre sites within the UK, including housing the main out-of-London independent internet-exchange. aql has been providing global mobile connectivity for the Internet of Things arena since 2006, through the evolution of 2G/2.5G/3G/4G and now 5G. aql's mission is to power a connected society by providing trusted solutions that enable communications between cities, communities, people and businesses. It strives to make communication easy and accessible for all organisations to embrace the challenges a new digital World creates. aql is a global company with offices in the UK and Isle of Man with a strong presence in the European Union (EU) with locations across the Baltics.

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