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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The Importance of a Technical Education in Security and Fire

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There are generally three levels of knowledge that security and fire field personnel  exhibit in the form of assumed titles:

  1. Wire Puller
  2. Installer
  3. Service Technician

Tech working on Network (image)From the time that someone enters the field knowing very little or nothing about this business, the aim of all concerned above them is to educate them in the intricacies of the post to which they were employed. For the Wire Puller, the Installer is striving to teach them which cable to pull for what device:

  • 4-conductor, 22 – 18 AWG cable for motions
  • 6-condctor, 18 AWG cable for card readers
  • 6-conductor, 18 AWG cable for zoned smoke detectors
  • Etc.

The Installers on each crew also strive to teach their more more promising Wire Pullers where and how to level and mount each device as well as how to install the main alarm control panel. And where  programming is done on site, the task eventually turns to the art of  programming all the intricate data into each location in programming.

testing a fire alarm panel (image)It’s usually the Operations Manager that makes the decision as to which Wire Puller to move from one level to the other in the hopes of one day giving that man or woman their own van and installation crew. This is necessary because the same Ops Mgr is working to move his/her installation foremen upwards into the position of a seasoned, knowledgeable Service Technician.

On a personal note, after decades of managing Wire Pullers, Installers, and Technicians, I have to say that the best Techs that I’ve  had, had some exposure to training in the electronics field. I, myself, became an Associate Electronics Engineer, trained for the manufacturing world early on. I was able to use that training to my advantage as an Installer and Service Technician right from the start as I worked in the field for 15 years before becoming a full-time trade journalist and later an Operations Manager.

working on a burglar alarm installation (image)One way to derive an education for  your technical staff without paying an arm and a leg is to use an educational portal called Alison (http://bit.ly/32Gn8I1). The wonderful thing about this opportunity is that it’s free as each student can monitor the course. If they pass it, that’s when you can invest in a Certificate of Education for that specific student.

The value to you, as a manager, as an owner, is that you can use that ultimate goal (your willingness to purchase the Certificate) as an incentive for them to study on their own time, their own dime. Those who do not pass a course will not receive a Certificate, but the  main benefit is that they walk away with some of what they studied, which can only help them on the job.

Use this handy link to enroll your first student: http://bit.ly/32Gn8I1

–Al Colombo

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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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EllaLink receives Global Carrier Award for Best Subsea Project of the Year

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EllaLink receives Global Carrier Award for Best Subsea Project of the Year | #TpromoCom #Connectivity #Communications #Award | DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EllaLink has received a Global Carrier Award in the illustrious category “Best Subsea Project of the Year” during a ceremony held in London and taking place as part of the Capacity Europe 2019 conference. This much coveted award demonstrates true recognition of the project’s success from industry leaders, peers and the market at large.

The key factors that led the jury of industry experts to select EllaLink are:

Creation of a new diverse route connecting Latin America and Europe; Provision of the first low latency coherent network between these two continents; New secured landing in Sines, avoiding other congested areas in Portugal and creating a new cable landing station in a site ideal for data center expansion; Openness and neutrality working in close partnerships with clients; Openness to onward connectivity between Asia and Latin America thanks to the choice of providing secure and diverse routes to Marseille.

Alfonso Gajate, Member of the EllaLink Board and project founder, exclaimed: “I am proud of this award that is a recognition of the commitment and perseverance that has gone into the project since it was first conceived back in 2012. Ross Mullins and I have been joined along the way by key anchor tenants, our investor Marguerite, team members, partners and a lot of external supporters all sharing the belief that a direct link between Europe and Latin America was strongly needed.”

Philippe Dumont, CEO of EllaLink, added: “EllaLink is honored to have received this award which is a testament to the forward-looking view that has driven the development and implementation of this project. I would like to thank our anchor customers CVT, EMACOM, RedClara and GEANT, as well as Telebras, for their trust. We are working closely within our eco-system to bring to the market an alternative choice for those wishing to cross the Atlantic. Operations are progressing on schedule for achieving a ready for service date in 2020.”

Michael Dedieu, Managing Partner of Marguerite and Chairman of the board of EllaLink, declared: “Marguerite II joined EllaLink as financial sponsor back in May 2018 to finalize the development of this landmark project and to fund its construction. This accolade recognizes this asset’s quality as well as the tremendous amount of work accomplished by the management team over the last 18 months.”

The Global Carrier Awards are the wholesale telecom’s largest global industry celebration uniting industry leaders from across the international carrier community.

About EllaLink
EllaLink is an advanced optical platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route serving the growing needs of the Latin American and European markets. The EllaLink network directly connects Brazil and Europe, linking the major hubs of São Paulo and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid and Marseille.

The EllaLink System is being built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 72Tbps of capacity over four direct fiber pairs between Europe and Brazil. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in 2020. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis.

To learn more visit ella.link.

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Adoption of connected health devices highlights differences in UK and US

Adoption of connected health devices highlights differences in UK and US | #TpromoCom #Heath #ParksAssociates #IoT | The Parks Associates Consumer Analytics team provides quantitative market intelligence that guides strategic business decisions. 

CONSUMER ANALYTICS NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 64

The Parks Associates Consumer Analytics team provides quantitative market intelligence that guides strategic business decisions.

Adoption of connected health devices highlights differences in UK and US

Devices like digital pedometers, fitness trackers, and GPS sports watches are more common in the UK, while large fitness equipment like treadmills, exercise bikes, and ellipticals that have built-in app support are much more common in the US. Larger US home sizes, with more space for in-home fitness equipment, may explain the gap in adoption. Adoption of other connected health devices are similar across markets. One-third of consumers in the UK report owning at least one connected wellness/fitness device while just 15% report owning a connected medical device, like a Wi-Fi weight scale or blood pressure cuff.

Nearly 50% of consumers in UK broadband households report of having a chronic health condition with obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, and asthma being the leading conditions. About half of the consumers with a chronic condition in the UK are interested in products and services that would help in managing their condition. Those with a chronic condition show a higher propensity to own a connected medical device and are good targets for remote patient monitoring or a health management program.

 For more information on this topic, see Parks Associates’ IoT in the UK: Consumers and Technology Adoption – Wellness, Telehealth and Independent Living. This study identifies adoption of connected health and personal emergency devices among UK consumers. The research also examines top caregiver pain points, and their willingness to pay for independent living solutions.

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New study examines consumer preferences related to new UI options

New study examines consumer preferences related to new UI options | #TpromoCom #Study #Report #Broadband | Quality of user interface (UI) more important than content recommendations in video service satisfaction

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New research from Parks Associates finds 70% of US broadband households with a major video service consider its user interface to be good, with 48% rating it “very good,” and these scores impact their willingness to recommend the service to others. Analysis of consumer responses reveals quality of the UI and the ease of finding content are the most likely factors to drive willingness to recommend a video service.

UI Preferences and Content Discovery examines consumer preferences related to new UI options and the ways that consumers find, and want to find, entertainment content. It also explores preferences by owners of various in-home devices and examines interest in new innovations such as smart speakers, personal assistants, and voice interaction.

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“User interfaces are a key factor driving satisfaction for OTT services, and Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon – the big three in OTT streaming – have largely set the standard for content navigation and ease of use,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Other services have had to follow similar structures established by these three, but as new OTT services launch with greater and greater expectations, innovations in UIs could be an even greater differentiator contributing to their success or failure.”

UI Preferences and Content Discovery reports that one-fifth of households cancelling an OTT subscription cited an inability to find something to watch as a factor.

“Consumers are interested in finding particular shows or genres of content and have less interest in browsing by channel,” Hanich said.

Additional data:

70% of CE purchasers said ease of use is a “very important” purchase consideration.

When searching for something to watch, 12% of OTT users consider recommendations from the service as their first step.

Apple TV owners give high marks to the device’s UI.

For more information about this research or to schedule an interview with an analyst, please contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company’s expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. www.parksassociates.com

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NETGEAR Expands the Orbi Family With New Dual Band Mesh System

NETGEAR Expands the Orbi Family With New Dual Band Mesh System | #TpromoCom #WiFi #Netgear #Wireless | Slim and Sleek Design With Powerful WiFi, Easy-to-set-up mesh system with cybersecurity and parental controls extends WiFi everywhere around your home.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of performance mesh WiFi networking systems is today introducing the latest addition to the popular Orbi™ Whole Home WiFi System. This new Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System which consists of one router and one or more satellites is best suited to cover a medium to large sized home from 3,000 sq. ft. or higher to provide reliable WiFi for streaming and gaming. This new Orbi Mesh WiFi offering also features NETGEAR Armor™ cybersecurity to keep your home safe from online threats and Circle® Smart Parental Controls to manage screen time.

The latest addition to the Orbi Whole Home WiFi System product family combines performance with style delivering combined speeds up to 1.2Gbps for households with a large number of internet-connected devices. The new compact and modern design will blend subtly with a home’s décor inconspicuously sitting on a shelf, counter or entertainment center. The setup is made easy and completed in minutes through the Orbi app from your Android or iOS mobile device, which also enables management of the home WiFi. Orbi works with either Amazon Alexa™ or Google® Assistant enabling voice management of frequently used functions like enabling guest WiFi.

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This new Orbi utilizes a single WiFi network name (SSID) to make whole home WiFi available seamlessly as you roam throughout the home with your mobile devices eliminating interruptions and streaming continuously. Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi systems are known to the market as the performance leader for home WiFi. With this latest introduction to the product family, NETGEAR now offers a quality WiFi mesh system at an even greater value.

“NETGEAR is expanding our Orbi lineup because we believe that everyone deserves the best WiFi experience,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. “With the introduction of this new dual band Orbi offering, we are making the Orbi technology more accessible for a broader audience by addressing the WiFi needs of every household. The hallmark of any Orbi system is the elimination of dead spots and the new kit continues to deliver on this expectation of ensuring coverage from end to end within your home.”

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Award-winning Orbi technology delivers high-performance whole home WiFi for the entire household to simultaneously game, stream and surf the internet to their heart’s content. The addition of more satellites to the network when needed for larger homes or those with complex architectural design is an option that can be done with ease. With the Orbi app for Android or iOS mobile devices, quick and easy setup is accomplished in minutes and can also provide a guest WiFi network for friends and family.

NETGEAR Armor™ cybersecurity
Protect your home and household from online threats with Armor, a multi-layered cybersecurity built into the Orbi Dual Band WiFi router to protect all your smart and mobile devices, smartphones, and computers. It includes best-in-class anti-virus, anti-malware, and data protection for an unlimited number of devices.

Circle® Smart Parental Control
The most comprehensive parental control solution available for your home network. With multiple filters offering that provide the capability to set unique configurations and age-appropriate settings for each family member – including mature and explicit content – and further customization by toggling of settings for various apps, websites, ad blocking, as well as safe search. With the included Parental Controls, parents will now have greater visibility and control over their children’s screen time and will gain the peace of mind that their children are safe while online.

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The NETGEAR Orbi Mesh WiFi System is now available through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels, ecommerce sites, and major retailers.

Orbi Mesh WiFi System (RBK13) — (1) Orbi 1.2Gbps router with (2) satellites for an MSRP $229.99 USD.

Please visit NETGEAR.com to learn more about the new Orbi Mesh WiFi offering and the entire family of Orbi Mesh WiFi system models available the Orbi Tri-Band Home WiFi System family.

U.S. Sales Inquiries: (408) 907-8000, sales@netgear.com
U.S. Customer Inquiries: (888) NETGEAR

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