Microchip Joins Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) – the Global Industry Coalition Dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility

Microchip logo (image)Microchip Joins Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) – the Global Industry Coalition Dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility | #TpromoCom #Microchip #Security #Financial #Health | Microchip Technology Inc. has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of companies.

CHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announced it has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of companies dedicated to the improvement of social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains.

The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of social, environmental and ethical industry standards. The standards set out in the Code of Conduct reference international norms and standards including but not limited to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises plus ISO and SA standards.

Call TpromoCom for web design and content (image)“With the principles of corporate social responsibility as a fundamental part of Microchip’s DNA, we remain committed in every aspect of our business and operations to advancing human rights, ethics and health and safety worldwide,” said Ganesh Moorthy, president and chief operating officer. “Along with RBA member companies, we align under a set of common values that send a clear message of commitment to the global supply base and to our customers.”

Founded in 2004, the RBA and its initiatives have nearly 400 company members committed to improving conditions in global supply chains; including safe working conditions and ethical labor practices.

Microchip’s values and operating principles including its Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, certifications, sustainability reporting and other standards are reflected in the company’s practices and actions of employees worldwide. Microchip is committed to aligning with organizations and companies worldwide to advocate for principals regarding workforce and labor standards, human rights, sustainability and anti-corruption.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.


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Parks Associates: Adoption of smart appliances jumps to 11% of US broadband households

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January 14, 2020


Parks Associates: Adoption of smart appliances jumps to 11% of US broadband households | #TpromoCom #SmartHome #IoT #Event |  Austin Energy, Bidgely, Johnson Controls, and Parks Associates to keynote 11th annual Smart Energy Summit, featuring consumer trends and new opportunities for utilities and energy providers.

International research firmParks Associates will host the eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 17-19, 2020, at the Omni Austin Downtown in Austin, Texas, featuring keynotes from Austin Energy, Bidgely, and Johnson Controls. The firm’s Research Director Brad Russell will deliver a research-focused keynote exploring adoption of smart home technologies, new partnerships, and the impact on the energy markets.

At Smart Energy Summit, more than 300 industry leaders from utilities, service providers, manufacturers, and technology companies will participate in panel discussions about the impact of direct consumer participation in energy management and strategies to increase consumer engagement. Event sponsors include FLO, Rapid Response Monitoring, AutoGrid, Bidgely, Copper Labs, Everise, Alarm.com, Sprosty Network, Austin Energy, and Inspire.

Smart Energy Summit keynotes:

Rob Davis, General Manager, Intrusion, Johnson Controls

Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely

Debbie Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

Parks Associates research finds 11% of US broadband households now own one or more smart major appliances (smart refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, microwave, clothes dryer, standalone A/C unit, or water heater), up from 3% in 2014. Parks Associates also estimates that by 2023, annual US sales of smart plugs will reach 5.7 million, with annual sales revenue of $188 million.

“The smart appliance market has been slow to take off, but it is gaining momentum, thanks to manufacturers such as LG, Maytag, and GE adding advanced capabilities with recognizable value propositions in saving energy, increasing convenience, and enhancing safety,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “Smart light bulbs and smart light switches also experienced strong growth in mid-2019. The increased adoption of all these connected products creates new opportunities for utilities and energy providers to expand through partnerships and innovative programs.”

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Parks Associates will also host a pre-show research workshop, “Trends and Opportunities in Residential Energy Management,” on February 17, featuring detailed findings from the firm’s consumer and industry studies on the smart home, IoT, and energy management markets. Recent data from Parks Associates:

  • 29% of US broadband households plan to purchase a smart thermostat in 2020.
  • Consumers bought roughly 5.8 million smart thermostats in 2018, generating $843 million in revenues.
  • Among households planning to buy a smart thermostat that also own a smart speaker, more than 70% consider it important that the smart thermostat they buy is compatible with their smart speaker.

To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request data, please contact Elizabeth Parks at eparks@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the changing role of utilities and energy providers in the IoT era and offers research and insights on new opportunities to empower consumers with smart solutions to manage and save energy in the home. The conference addresses key questions for energy providers around leadership and alignment of goals between residential energy management solutions and the grid and presents strategies to expand business and revenue goals by incorporating smart products into energy programs.

Smart Energy Summit focuses on identifying opportunities across converging ecosystems to create new value in energy solutions through partnerships that leverage connected devices, energy management, utility services, and home control platforms and services. Research analysts, thought leaders, and industry executives present and discuss business strategies, case studies, partnership opportunities, and consumer research that utilities, service providers, retailers, and manufacturers can use to expand and monetize their energy offerings.

The eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 17-19, 2020, at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown in Austin, Texas. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy20. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.ses2020.com.

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36% of those intending to purchase a security system prefer self-installation

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December 17, 2019

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36% of those intending to purchase a security system prefer self-installation | #TpromoCom #ParksAssociates #DIY | New research addresses the preference for self-installable solutions in home security market.

Parks Associates research finds preference for self-installed systems is growing among US broadband households planning to buy a security system, rising from 18% in 2007 to 29% in 2012 to 36% in 2019. DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security reports that the percentage is even higher among people who actually follow through on their intentions, as 51% of security system owners who acquired their security system in the past 12 months self-installed their system. Though these figures point to a rising trend in DIY preferences, intentions do not translate to sales as intentions may not be fulfilled for a plethora of reasons.

DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security explores the home security market, including current state of adoption and preference for self-installable solutions, consumer interest in smart home products that address security needs, and the impact of these solutions on the traditional security industry.

“As people move from intenders to owners of security systems, they find the cost savings of DIY systems highly attractive-48% of those who self-installed their system did so to save money,” said Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Among earlier DIY systems, the challenges in installation and setup counterbalanced the cost savings, but current self-install security solutions are designed from the ground up to be installed by the consumer, removing that inhibitor.”

Similar to consumers who have already purchased a system, intenders value cost savings with self-installation. Almost 50% of intenders report that they would like to avoid the hassle of professional installers. Scheduling an installation appointment, waiting for installers, and the privacy lost from installers coming into the home are all barriers to professional installation.

“DIY security systems are fulfilling on the appeal that these systems are easy to install,” Abdelrazik said. “From the security system industry perspective, smart products and DIY systems are woefully inadequate substitutes for a traditional full-blown security system, but for consumers, smart products and DIY systems can make them feel safe and provide similar peace-of-mind value propositions while delivering cost savings.”

Additional research:

At the end of 4Q 2018, 28% of US broadband households report the presence of an active security system, with 24% having professional monitoring.

51% of security system owners that acquired their security system less than a year ago self-installed their system compared to 10% of security system owners that acquired their system more than 6 years ago.

For more information about DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

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Update on Goods in House on the Security and Fire Buy or Sell Forum on Facebook

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What’s available on the Security and Fire Buy or Sell Forum on Facebook | #TpromoCom #Security #Fire #Marketplace | The following items are available on the Forum. Prices are not included in these short write-ups. To view these and many other deals, go to http://bit.ly/2AkwgWt. To join this forum, you must be in the business and you must answer all three questions that are posed, otherwise your application for membership will be declined. Go to: http://bit.ly/2AkwgWt


We have a Rhino™ 5200 in Wilmington, DE, available on the forum | #TpromoCom #Rhino #LabelMaker | Rugged, versatile, and packed with time-saving features, the Rhino™ 5200 meets key ANSI and TIA/EIA 606-A labeling standards – and labels up to 77% faster than the competition*. Just press a proprietary Rhino “Hot Key” to automatically size, space and format text for perfect patch panel labels – then press another to print matching cable flags or face plate tabs, without retyping. It’s just as easy to print module and fixed-length labels, horizontal and vertical wire wraps, terminal and 110 blocks and much more. Print Code 39 and Code 128 barcodes. Access 100+ industry symbols, fractions, and punctuation marks with a few quick keystrokes. Add the optional quick-charging lithium-ion battery for uninterrupted productivity. Compatible Label Width: 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ No USB connection.


We have one PW5K1IC board and 29 PW5K1R2 boards in San Antonio, TX. All pulled from a functioning system. No longer needed. I also have four PW5K2ENC1 enclosures to go with them if you feel like shipping them. Make an offer. Buyer pays shipping. Note: according to the owner, “the IC is gone but I still have a good amount of R2 boards left.”


We have a Wisenet spd-150n decoder our of Naugatuck, CT, on the forum. Additional info: “Decoder, 49CH on 3 different monitors: HDMI 36/32 channel max, VGA 16 channel max, BNC 1 channel, H.265, H.264, MJPEG, ONVIF support, decode up to 12MP, PoE or 12VDC”


We have a GVI heated housing and camera out of Coatesville, PA, on the forum for sale. “All new the are heated housing with Samsung camera. 10 in stock”


We have a Door gard 232i in Coatesville, PA, for sale. The Door Guard 2321. Additional info: Control Stand Alone Keyless Entry Indoor Use Single Gang Flush Mount 8 Amp, Form C, Lock Release Relay Lock Release Timer Forced Door Alarm Relay Propper Door Alarm Relay Alarm


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Artificial Intelligence in the News – 26Nov2019

The current trend in tech, no matter what the venue, is Artificial Intelligence (AI) | #TpromoCom #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #HealthCare | Fashionable and trendy, the use of AI in society is looked upon as progressive and modern, not to mention smart and intelligent. No matter what the facts may be–whether AI’s the savior or the destroyer of mankind–everyone wants it, and they want it now.

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The future is now!

One of the reasons why corporations and governments across the globe are sure to continue their efforts to develop AI is the fact that this tech is capable of reading, sorting, assessing, analyzing, and logically, systematically reporting on huge quantities of data–commonly called Big Data.

But, will corporations and governments stop with Big Data? Let me take a guess… “No!” and let me tell you why, because AI is capable of so much more.

–Allan B. Colombo

The following is a quick look at AI in the news:

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Can Artificial Intelligence Cure What Ails The Healthcare Industry? | Personal healthcare experiences often spark pioneering cures, and Pinaki Dasgupta, CEO of Hindsait, is no exception. After two immediate family members weathered serious health issues, Dasgupta brought his digital expertise in manufacturing to the healthcare industry. Click Here!

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Stanford-led snapshot of artificial intelligence reveals challenges | A periodic review of the artificial intelligence industry revealed the potential pitfalls of outsourcing our problems for technology to solve rather than addressing the causes, and of allowing outdated predictive modeling to go unchecked. As part of Stanford’s ongoing 100-year study on artificial intelligence, known as the AI100, two workshops recently considered the issues of care technologies and predictive modeling to inform the future development of AI technologies. Click here!

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Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictions For 2020 From IDC and Forrester | IDC and Forrester issued recently their predictions for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2020 and beyond. While external “market events” may make companies cautious about AI, says Forrester, “courageous ones” will continue to invest and expand the initial “timid” steps they took in 2019. Click Here!

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Can Artificial Intelligence Learn to Learn? | As businesses integrate Artificial Intelligence into their systems, technology professionals are looking at a new frontier of AI innovation. This is in the area of Meta-Learning. Meta-Learning is simply learning to learn. We humans have the unique ability to learn from any situation or surrounding. We adapt our learning. We can figure out how we can learn. To acquire this kind of flexibility in learning, AI needs Artificial General Intelligence. Click Here!

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Artificial Intelligence: Humans could one day marry robots and ’emotionally’ bond with AI | PEOPLE will increasingly bond with artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming years and give the green light to marriage between man and machine, a philosopher has spectacularly claimed. The bizarre prediction was made by Dr Maciej Musiał from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland. Click Here!

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Wearables Market Headed for a Shakeup as Google Seeks to Acquire Fitbit

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Wearables Market Headed for a Shakeup as Google Seeks to Acquire Fitbit | #TpromoCom  #Parks #Google #Wearables | According to Reuters and CNBC, Google (aka Alphabet) has made an offer to acquire Fitbit. This stands to considerably shake up the wearables space.

Fitbit is the number one wearables company in the US—Parks Associates consumer surveys find that among the 19% of heads of US broadband households that own and use wearables, Fitbit has nearly 60% penetration—twice that of its nearest competitor, Apple.

Looking specifically at smart watch models, Parks Associates finds that Fitbit smart watches and the Apple Watch are nearly neck and neck in terms of consumer adoption. Fitbit has been largely successful in getting its users to move from its lower-cost (and lower profit) fitness trackers, with Parks Associates consumer survey data finding that 40% of Fitbit users in US broadband households use one of its smart watch models.

A Google acquisition of Fitbit would make Google the number one name in the US wearables market overnight, and give it a highly useful entry point into the healthcare market. While there’s been some speculation that Google may be seeking to acquire Fitbit for its IP, it seems more likely that Fitbit’s strong brand and popularity among consumers would make it an acquisition a la Nest rather than the next Motorola.

However, Google also has its own smart watch platform—Wear OS—which is used to power smart watches from companies such as the Fossil Group, LG, Misfit, Casio, and Mobvoi.

What will an acquisition of Fitbit do to Google’s existing smart watch platform? While Google may seek to keep both alive for a while, it seems likely that Fitbit—the stronger, more popular brand—would receive the bulk of Google’s time, attention, and resources, leaving Wear OS to the fate of Google Inbox, Hangouts, and Google Reader. It’s too soon to tell for sure, but history isn’t exactly on Wear OS’s side.

Interested in learning more about the US wearables market? We recently published research looking at this space. Go check out our new 360 Deep Dive: Consumer Demand for Connected Wearableswhich answers the following questions:

  • What is the current state of the connected wearables market?
  • How are leading device makers managing the growing blending of the wrist wearables categories?
  • What are the major barriers to connected wearable adoption?
  • What types of functionality are most in-demand by consumers?
  • How do the customers of big four wearables players – Fitbit, Apple, Samsung, and Garmin – differ in terms of their priorities and use of devices?

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VoiceBase Expands Beyond Voice, Offering Text Analytics, Introduces VoiceBase Online and Enterprise Accelerator

VoiceBase Expands Beyond Voice, Offering Text Analytics, Introduces VoiceBase Online and Enterprise Accelerator | #TpromoCom #Voice #AI | Latest VoiceBase release provides organizations omni-channel views of their customers and unparalleled flexibility and speed in deployments

San Francisco, CA, USA, Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VoiceBase, the leading AI-driven voice analytics company, today announced Text Analytics. This new capability empowers organizations to analyze text data in parallel with voice data. Customers can now ingest text data from chat, messaging, email, social platforms, forums and help platforms such as Zendesk, ServiceNow and Salesforce.

“Combining text data with our award winning AI-powered voice analytics platform allows for organizations to truly listen to the omni-voice of the customer,” said Mark Langsfeld, VP of Product, VoiceBase.Enterprises will now be able to leverage consistent categorization and analysis using a unified platform, rather than siloed channel views of critical customer information.Introducing VoiceBase Online

With the competitive landscape changing many industries, customer experience is at the core of digital transformation.  To enable customers to optimize the time to market for speech and text analytics, VoiceBase is also introducing VoiceBase Online. VoiceBase Online is a fully hosted SaaS application that hosts the analytics databases with optimized query schemas, data transformations, and front-end visual analytics, powered by Tableau.

“In a changing analytics world, many customers ask for self-service, but a segment of customers also desire full-service analytics.  VoiceBase Online is a fully hosted, highly scalable, and affordable option for organizations that value speed to market with their voice of the customer analytics,” said Langsfeld.

General availability for VoiceBase Online is January 2020.

Introducing VoiceBase Enterprise Accelerator

To help organizations rapidly deploy speech and text analytics at scale, VoiceBase is also announcing Enterprise Accelerator. 

Enterprise Accelerator is a tightly integrated, turn-key analytics platform.  Through simple online configuration, Enterprise Accelerator creates and continually maintains a performant and easy-to-query warehouse in your own Snowflake, Redshift, or Azure SQL instance.  Enterprise Accelerator also provisions a companion Tableau server site with a suite of ready-to-customize dashboards.

Langsfeld added “Speed and flexibility are at the heart of Enterprise Accelerator, and our alpha customers and partners are really excited by how fast we can go from a call recording to enterprise scale analytics within hours.”

“At Delta Dental of Washington, Enterprise Accelerator allowed us to spend time on analysis, without having to build out an internal analytics environment.  Deploying through Enterprise Accelerator easily saved us months of project time,” said Becky Masters, Director of Digital Experience.

General availability for VoiceBase Enterprise Accelerator is January 2020.

To learn more about Text Analytics, VoiceBase Online, and Enterprise Accelerator, stop by the Tableau Conference 2019 in Las Vegas from November 12th through 15th.  VoiceBase will be in the expo hall at Mandalay Bay, booth 639.

About VoiceBase

VoiceBase helps people bring vision to voice.  VoiceBase’s AI-driven platform allows people to quickly process speech and text data to create actionable insight.

To learn more about VoiceBase, please visit https://www.VoiceBase.com.

To talk to VoiceBase’s sales team, please visit https://www.voicebase.com/contact-us/contact-sales/.

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Mercury Systems Selected by Raytheon to Supply Critical Technology

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Mercury Systems Selected by Raytheon to Supply Critical Technology for LTAMDS Radar Program to enhance U.S. Army Threat Awareness

ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) today announced that its high-performance signal processing and RF solutions were selected by Raytheon for its advanced Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) program, the Army’s next-generation missile defense radar. LTAMDS is a new radar that will ultimately replace the U.S. Army’s current Patriot radars, and will operate on the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense network.

“Since 2009, Mercury has been a strategic supplier for Patriot and we continue to deliver best-of-breed technologies and rapid deployment services that improve nearly every aspect of the system,” said Didier Thibaud, Mercury’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Now with LTAMDS, our customer can count on Mercury to continue supplying affordable secure and safety-critical processing subsystem solutions providing our military forces with a strategic and tactical advantage.”“We are looking forward to working with Mercury, one of our key LTAMDS strategic partners, on this next evolution in air and missile defense,” said Doug Burgess, Raytheon’s LTAMDS program director. “We share the same vision of bringing forth solutions that provide the warfighter overmatch capability quickly and affordably. Mercury has a strong understanding of where we are heading from a technological perspective, which enables them to collaborate with us for innovative solutions for this key program.”LTAMDS draws from a portfolio of combat-proven modular open-system capabilities the companies worked on together that are scalable and configurable. LTAMDS is designed to be fully operable with the U.S. Army’s existing architecture. The solution expands battlespace coverage to protect soldiers from advanced air and missile threats. Its design helps the U.S. Army prevail when they confront the “tyranny of distance” in places like the Pacific theater, where the vast expanse of ocean complicates communications and situational understanding.

Mercury’s radar signal processing subsystems are designed, made and supported from trusted DMEA facilities.

For more information, visit www.mrcy.com/#radar-solutions or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or info@mrcy.com.

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Mercury Systems is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and safety-critical processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury’s solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry’s current and emerging technology needs. To learn more, visit www.mrcy.com and follow us on Twitter.

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