Distribution maps – Luxembourg Globe http://luxembourgglobe.com/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 22:18:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://luxembourgglobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-5.png Distribution maps – Luxembourg Globe http://luxembourgglobe.com/ 32 32 Disney Park completely eliminates paper maps https://luxembourgglobe.com/disney-park-completely-eliminates-paper-maps/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:11:01 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/disney-park-completely-eliminates-paper-maps/ Accessing Disney Parks maps through a paper brochure is becoming a thing of the past. If you grew up around the Disney parks, you probably occasionally used a brochure that showed a map with attraction listings, offers, and entertainment schedules. Credit: Disney Walt Disney World Resort theme parks including Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s […]]]>

Accessing Disney Parks maps through a paper brochure is becoming a thing of the past.

If you grew up around the Disney parks, you probably occasionally used a brochure that showed a map with attraction listings, offers, and entertainment schedules.

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Walt Disney World Resort theme parks including Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, as well as Disneyland Resort theme parks at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure have had these cards for access in several different languages at the entry point of the theme parks.

However, a Disney park would remove them altogether.

Twitter account @Cave0fWonders recently shared that Disneyland Paris paper maps have been replaced with a QR code scanner instead.

The paper plan des Parcs is no longer distributed, now the Town Hall offers you to scan this QR Code

The sign with the QR code reads: “To make the most of your time, we invite you to download the free official Disneyland Paris mobile application. You will be able to explore both Disney parks, see wait times for attractions and much more.”

Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. The celebration includes exclusive products, food offers and entertainment.

Disneyland Paris Disney Dreams!  Christmas night show
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A new addition to Disneyland Park is the jaw-dropping Disney D-light drone show at Sleeping Beauty Castle, which is also happening now. As night falls, prepare to be amazed by the all-new magic show with a spectacular choreography of drone light that lights up the sky above Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, as if by magic!

Currently, the move to completely mobile has not been made at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, but many believe it may not be long before the QR code scanner becomes the new normal at Disney parks.

What do you think of the move to fully electronic Disney Parks plans? Let us know in the comments!

Visit the official Disney site to plan your next magical vacation at the water parks of Disney World, four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and the shopping and dining district of Disney Springs! Or how about a trip to Disneyland Resort to experience Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus and iconic Disneyland Park attractions?

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SUPER PEDESTRIAN ELECTRIC SCOOTERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN GOOGLE MAPS, MAKING MULTIMODAL TRIP PLANNING EASIER https://luxembourgglobe.com/super-pedestrian-electric-scooters-are-now-available-in-google-maps-making-multimodal-trip-planning-easier/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/super-pedestrian-electric-scooters-are-now-available-in-google-maps-making-multimodal-trip-planning-easier/ Users can now locate scooters using the Google Maps mobile app /EIN News/ — CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Electric scooter riders can now locate Superpedestrian’s bright yellow shared scooters in the Google Maps mobile app, allowing riders to plan their trips more easily, including their first and last mile to public […]]]>

Users can now locate scooters using the Google Maps mobile app

/EIN News/ — CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Electric scooter riders can now locate Superpedestrian’s bright yellow shared scooters in the Google Maps mobile app, allowing riders to plan their trips more easily, including their first and last mile to public transit. The integration of Superdestrian’s real-time locations into Google Maps is a crucial step in making electric scooters a reliable and easy-to-use everyday means of transport. With the application, users can plan their multimodal journey with real-time information on public transport and carpooling.

“People use our scooters for all kinds of trips, often using them in conjunction with public transport, walking and carpooling,” said Jamie Perkins, Director of Communications at Superpedestrian. “It’s important to us that our passengers have the best tools to plan their journey, and integration with Google Maps is a clear necessity to ensure passengers can create plans and also change their plans on a whim. .”

Superpedestrian integration is currently underway in cities across the United States, Italy, Spain, Austria and Portugal. This is just the latest integration for Superpedestrian, which is also discoverable in apps like Moovit, Transit, Citymapper, Wegfinder, Velocia, and Urbi.

How it works

Riders can find Superpedestrian scooters in the bike section of Google Maps when planning their trip. In addition to real-time location, Google Maps will also display the scooter’s battery life, estimated cost, and trip duration. When users select the scooter option, they will be directed to the Superpedestrian app to unlock the scooter.

To ride a Superpedestrian scooter, simply download the Superpedestrian mobile app from the iOS or Android app store. Once you find a Superpedestrian scooter, make sure the throttle LED is GREEN, which means the scooter is available for rental. Then scan the scooter’s QR code (located on top of the handlebars) via the Superpedestrian app to unlock it. Wait up to 10 seconds for the throttle LED to turn WHITE, indicating the scooter is unlocked and ready to roll.

About Superpedestrian: Superpedestrian was created by MIT in 2013 with a mission to develop the world’s smartest and safest fleets of light-duty electric vehicles. In 2020, Superpedestrian launched the LINK Scooter, billed as “The Volvo of e-Scooters” for its patented Vehicle Intelligence platform that actively prevents costly mechanical and electrical hazards plaguing other e-scooter operators. Named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Transportation Companies of 2022, Superpedestrian has become a global leader in transportation robotics and human-scale mobility, holding more than 40 patents in autonomous outage protection of vehicles, automated maintenance software, fleet optimization and vehicle context awareness.

High resolution photos are available in the Superpedestrian press kit

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970-222-7587

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Marine habitat maps from hydrography and machine learning https://luxembourgglobe.com/marine-habitat-maps-from-hydrography-and-machine-learning/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 08:41:00 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/marine-habitat-maps-from-hydrography-and-machine-learning/ Article The great benefits of advancing unmanned and autonomous technology September 23, 2022 In addition to being able to monitor water depths, newer multi-beam echo sounder (MBES) sonar systems can also simultaneously record intensities reflected from different seafloor surfaces. With this ability, it is possible to explore the variety of seabed types and then build […]]]>

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The great benefits of advancing unmanned and autonomous technology

In addition to being able to monitor water depths, newer multi-beam echo sounder (MBES) sonar systems can also simultaneously record intensities reflected from different seafloor surfaces. With this ability, it is possible to explore the variety of seabed types and then build a map of marine habitats. This case study illustrates how hydrographic data was used to create a map of the marine ecosystem of Redang Marine Park in Malaysia.

Technique for producing a marine habitat map using hydroacoustic data

A map of any marine ecosystem can be created using habitat data that has been acquired in the field, for example through spot sampling, underwater video observations or diving activities. These maps, however, are point-based and have little value when only sample data is used. High resolution spatial data such as an MBES survey bathymetric map can be used to circumvent this problem. The advantage of hydroacoustic data from hydrographic surveys is that they are collected away from the survey vessel, providing near 100% coverage and better spatial resolution. However, marine habitats cannot be inferred based on hydrographic data alone. Previous studies have found considerable correlation between marine ecosystems and the topography of the seafloor, including its complexity or ruggedness as well as the many types of seafloor sediments and their textures. By further analyzing the bathymetry and MBES backscatter to represent habitat variabilities, these variabilities are explained. The derivation of seascape derivatives from bathymetry, such as bathymetric slope, roughness, complexity and benthic position index, as well as sediment textures and attributes from backscatter data, are examples (i.e. gray level textures, grain size and sediment class). These datasets, along with sample data, are combined with machine learning techniques to provide a map of the marine ecosystem that is spatially explicit and can be used to develop a specialized prediction model (Figure 1).

Hydrographic survey and sampling data

In order to collect hydroacoustic data for this study, a partnership between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the National Hydrographic Center (NHC) was established. This survey could be used for regular NHC tasks such as mapping and adding to their bathymetric databases in addition to providing data for marine habitat mapping. A Kongsberg EM2040C MBES system was used to conduct the MBES survey. The survey was conducted in accordance with International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) specifications, which include calibration of patch tests, tracking of tidal fluctuations and recording of changes in the speed of sound during the survey. The final bathymetric map was created at one meter resolution after processing the raw depth data using Caris Hips and Sips software. Additional factors, such as seascape derivatives, have been created from the bathymetry to explain the variance in seafloor topography, which is crucial for the relationship with marine habitats. Backscatter mosaic (or image) and backscatter intensity as a function of angle of incidence (backscatter angle dependence) were produced using Fledermaus Geocoder Toolbox (FMGT) software after data processing raw intensity. Using the grayscale co-occurrence matrices (image texture analysis) and image enhancement approach (hue, saturation and intensity), a variety of backscatter textures were created from the mosaic of backscatter. The Angular Range Analysis (ARA) method was used to generate (1) information on sediment types and (2) sediment grain size (phi).

Figure 1: The process used to produce the marine habitat map is depicted in a flowchart and incorporates terrain sampling, hydrographic information and machine learning.

Marine Habitat Mapping Using Machine Learning

To produce complete habitat information, sample data alone may not be practical. Machine learning is a method to achieve the goal of habitat class prediction when direct ground truth is not available. The link between the hydroacoustic dataset and ground truth is first used in machine learning to develop a model (including seascape derivatives). The model must have enough data to differentiate the different classes of marine ecosystems; in other words, each type of maritime ecosystem has its own acoustic signature. The machine learning algorithm then identifies habitat categories based on the hydroacoustic data in the absence of direct ground truth by applying this relationship (model). Based on survey data generated by MBES mapping, the result is a spatially explicit habitat map covering the entire region. Certain ground truths have been reserved for the cartographic evaluation in order to validate this map.

Figure 2: A marine habitat map of Redang Marine Park was created using hydroacoustic data, ground truth and a machine learning approach for key habitats such as corals, seagrass and sediment types.

Marine Habitat Map Results

The final marine habitat map of Redang Marine Park is shown in Figure 2 with a spatial resolution of one meter. The distribution of marine habitats, in particular the spatial distribution of corals and seagrasses in the region, is shown on the map (Figure 3). For such a marine park authority, estimating the size of the coral area is crucial as it will be used as a reference for future planning of conservation efforts or to study habitat changes. Seagrass beds are another important marine habitat in this region, as they provide food and shelter for sea creatures such as fish, dugongs, and sea turtles. The seagrass distribution is spatially explained by the marine habitat map, and this knowledge is crucial in determining how human activities may affect ecosystem deterioration. The map also shows the different types of sediment present in the area, including the distribution of fine and coarse sands. Instead of detailed information on individual species (e.g. different types of corals), the map provides a broad class of marine habitats, and is therefore useful for providing a comprehensive overview of the overall habitat in the area. . The Department of Fisheries can use this information to create a conservation strategy, and it is also one of the main inputs for marine spatial planning of the biodiversity region in Malaysian coastal waters.

Conclusion

Hydroacoustic data from hydrographic surveys are not only useful for standard mapping purposes, but can be analyzed and extended for other purposes, in line with the “collect once, use many times” philosophy. For marine habitat mapping, hydroacoustic data alone might not be sufficient, and integration with sampling data and machine learning techniques has proven useful. The method demonstrated in this study overcomes the difficulties associated with acquiring too much sample data over large areas. In order to ensure the reliability of the marine habitat maps created, the accuracy and requirements of the hydrographic survey should be as high as possible, to ensure that all marine habitat maps produced are free of artifacts and errors. . With today’s technological advancements, such as the use of unmanned survey vehicles and autonomous systems, marine habitat mapping projects can be done more cheaply and in less time and provide more detailed information. We anticipate that in the future, maps of marine habitats will be just as crucial to hydrographic authorities as navigational charts and bathymetric data.

Figure 3: An illustration of a detailed comparison between the generated marine habitat map and the primary hydroacoustic dataset (bathymetry and backscatter).

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Slovenia maps locations with grid capacity for utility-scale solar power plants https://luxembourgglobe.com/slovenia-maps-locations-with-grid-capacity-for-utility-scale-solar-power-plants/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:21:11 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/slovenia-maps-locations-with-grid-capacity-for-utility-scale-solar-power-plants/ Slovenian power utilities ELES and SODO have completed assessments of grid potential and locations to connect solar power plants larger than 10 MW to the transmission grid and units larger than 5 MW to the distribution grid . It is technically possible to add 1,826 MW to the total. The review of Slovenia’s grid capacity […]]]>

Slovenian power utilities ELES and SODO have completed assessments of grid potential and locations to connect solar power plants larger than 10 MW to the transmission grid and units larger than 5 MW to the distribution grid . It is technically possible to add 1,826 MW to the total.

The review of Slovenia’s grid capacity to include large-scale solar power plants is primarily intended for investors, and it represents a tool to achieve the government’s goal of adding 1 GW of solar power by 2025. It is also part of the firm’s broader strategy. push for increased use of renewable energy.

The 1 GW solar target was set by Prime Minister Robert Golob in July as one of the priorities. Today, the Ministry of Infrastructure, which is responsible for the energy sector, published an assessment it carried out with the transmission system operator (GRT) ELES and the distribution system operator (GDR) SODO .

There are currently at least 58 sites where it is possible to install solar power plants with a capacity of more than 10 MW

The government instructed Minister Bojan Kumer on September 14 to prepare a plan to increase electricity generation capacity from solar power by 1,000 MW by 2025 in suitable locations, in cooperation with ELES and SODO , the ministry said.

The review shows that there are currently at least 58 sites on Slovenian territory where it is possible to install large-scale solar power plants with a capacity of more than 10 MW and connect them to the transmission grid.

The potential is similar in the five electricity distribution companies

ELES estimated the total technical potential for connecting solar power plants at 1.031 MW, the statement added.

The greatest potential was recorded in the regions of Drava, Sava, Central Slovenia and Mura.

The estimated potential for integrating photovoltaic installations into the low voltage network is 795 MW. The five electricity distribution companies would have an almost equal share, according to SODO.

The ministry has prepared several bills to accelerate investments in renewable energy and released them for public review. He also launched a proposal for a long-term plan to achieve the goals of promoting the production and use of renewable energy over the next five years.



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Psychedelic Startups Thrive As Seed Funding Grows: Healing Maps Raises $1 Million https://luxembourgglobe.com/psychedelic-startups-thrive-as-seed-funding-grows-healing-maps-raises-1-million/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 22:34:38 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/psychedelic-startups-thrive-as-seed-funding-grows-healing-maps-raises-1-million/ healing cardsan informative site for researching psychedelic therapies, announced the closure of a seed funding for a total of $1 million from eight investors including Phyto partners and Ambria Capital. As part of the investment, Ambria Capital and the managing partner of Phyto Partner Cody Shandra will assume the role of Chairman of the HealingMaps […]]]>

healing cardsan informative site for researching psychedelic therapies, announced the closure of a seed funding for a total of $1 million from eight investors including Phyto partners and Ambria Capital.

As part of the investment, Ambria Capital and the managing partner of Phyto Partner Cody Shandra will assume the role of Chairman of the HealingMaps Board of Directors.

The platform was created to provide information and education to healthcare professionals and individuals about psychedelic-assisted therapy and how to find qualified providers in their area. Shandraw said its innovative UX “allows patients to easily search for services by location and medical specialty, then schedule appointments with just a few clicks.

“This ease of use combined with engaging content will be an important driver for the growth of this burgeoning new healthcare field,” he concluded.

Managing Partner of Phyto Larry Schnurmacher said the investment “fits with our strategy and the thesis that people are increasingly focusing on their mental health as much as they are focusing on their physical health.”

Cory Jones, CEO of HealingMaps is optimistic about the prospect of the new partnership. According to him, mental health knows “a seismic change” while clinical research shows positive data on the impact of psychedelic compounds.

“With more and more psychedelic-assisted therapy retreats and clinics opening up around the world, patients need to know who they can trust and which ones are offering the right services. That’s the value that HealingMaps offers, connecting people with cutting-edge resources so they can confidently decide which clinic and treatment is right for them,” concluded Jones.

Photo courtesy of Geralt on Pixabay.

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CDC maps show high COVID transmission, but low hospitalizations, as officials provide update on four viruses https://luxembourgglobe.com/cdc-maps-show-high-covid-transmission-but-low-hospitalizations-as-officials-provide-update-on-four-viruses/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 23:26:00 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/cdc-maps-show-high-covid-transmission-but-low-hospitalizations-as-officials-provide-update-on-four-viruses/ On the CDC’s latest COVID maps, all 33 counties in New Mexico show low COVID community levels, indicating a further decline in hospitalizations statewide. Yet COVID is still prevalent with 23 counties showing high transmission. The state reported 12 deaths Thursday as health officials provided an update on the state’s response to four viruses: COVID-19, […]]]>

On the CDC’s latest COVID maps, all 33 counties in New Mexico show low COVID community levels, indicating a further decline in hospitalizations statewide. Yet COVID is still prevalent with 23 counties showing high transmission. The state reported 12 deaths Thursday as health officials provided an update on the state’s response to four viruses: COVID-19, monkeypox, West Nile and polio.

Since July 4, 500 people have died of COVID in New Mexico, which has the 5th highest death rate in the country. McKinley County became the 3rd highest among counties this week. Acting Health Secretary Dr David Scrase has verified that the spread is higher than reported.

“I’m looking at this little mound. I’m making it four times higher than it is,” Scrase said, describing the case count curve.

Scrase said 11 communities are now working with the state and the CDC to conduct sewage monitoring for COVID19. The secretary expressed hope that the systems would provide advance warning for diseases other than COVID, including polio. He showed a slide from Rio Rancho’s sewage monitoring contrasting state tallies that showed generally higher amounts of COVID in sewage over the summer than the state’s reported cases.

As COVID hospitalizations fell to 81 on Thursday, hospital leaders told health and social services committee at Gallup Wednesday that frontline healthcare workers weren’t given a break. Presbyterian Health Service chief operating officer Tim Johnsen said it was disheartening for those working in hospitals.

“Many consider the pandemic to be over. Hospitals are definitely still feeling the effects of the pandemic,” he said.

The hearing and committee update come on the same days as a Lancet report from the 28-member Lancet COVID-19 Commission (established in July 2020) condemned the international response to the pandemic in recent years. They assessed the efforts along four main themes: “developing recommendations on how best to suppress the epidemic; dealing with the humanitarian crises resulting from the pandemic; dealing with the financial and economic crises resulting from the pandemic; and rebuilding a world inclusive, fair and sustainable.”

The report highlights 10 specific issues related to the response of high-income countries to the pandemic:

  1. The lack of timely notification of the initial outbreak of COVID-19
  2. Costly delays in recognizing the crucial airborne exposure route of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and in implementing appropriate national and global measures to slow the spread of the virus ;
  3. Lack of coordination between countries regarding suppression strategies;
  4. The failure of governments to review the evidence and adopt best practices to control the pandemic and manage the economic and social fallout from other countries;
  5. The global financing gap for low-income and middle-income countries, according to the World Bank classification;
  6. Failure to ensure adequate global supply and equitable distribution of key commodities, including protective equipment, diagnostics, medicines, medical devices and vaccines, particularly for LMICs;
  7. Lack of timely, accurate and systematic data on infections, deaths, viral variants, health system responses and indirect health consequences;
  8. The poor application of appropriate levels of biosafety regulations in the run-up to the pandemic, raising the possibility of a laboratory-related outbreak;
  9. Failure to address systematic misinformation;
  10. Lack of global and national safety nets to protect vulnerable populations.

The report goes on to make recommendations emphasizing that these errors must be corrected before another outbreak occurs, even if COVID transmission continues.
There are now 33 cases of monkeypox in the state as well, mostly in Bernalillo County, up from 10 at the end of August. And noting the three cases of West Nile virus in the state, Deputy Health Secretary Laura Parajon detailed the symptoms to look out for.

“You have been bitten by a mosquito, you have a fever, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or rash,” she said, listing similar symptoms to COVID. While she emphasized prevention by removing standing water and using insect repellent, officials did not suggest any specific treatment or prognosis during the briefing.

Responding to polio concerns since the case of an unvaccinated man in New York, she said the state was well protected due to a high vaccination rate (#7 in the nation). In contrast, Scrase warned that despite the availability of a new Omicron-specific booster, there has not been a large increase in vaccinations. “We’re going to have to play by ear, we’ve seen a decline in interest in the vaccine,” he said. The DOH Vaccine Dashboard shows that 38% of adults over the age of 18 are not up to date with their COVID vaccinations.

The DOH suggests people get the Omicron-specific boosters with their annual flu shot. The new booster is not available for children under 12. New vaccines are free until the federal government stop paying them. Register on cv.nmhealth.org. Proper use of N95 masks indoors reduces the spread of the virus. Find an update list of COVID-19 resources on KUNM.org. NMDOH updates are archived on their Facebook page. The next update will be on October 6th

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J&M Tank Lines paves the way to maintenance success https://luxembourgglobe.com/jm-tank-lines-paves-the-way-to-maintenance-success/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:04:59 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/jm-tank-lines-paves-the-way-to-maintenance-success/ J&M Tank Lines, a family business based in Alabama, needs personal experience to succeed. Fortunately, there are few people more experienced than CEO Harold Sumerford, Jr., who rose through the ranks as a preventive maintenance technician to buy the company from his father in 2014. But Sumerford doesn’t just share his time with the organization […]]]>

J&M Tank Lines, a family business based in Alabama, needs personal experience to succeed.

Fortunately, there are few people more experienced than CEO Harold Sumerford, Jr., who rose through the ranks as a preventive maintenance technician to buy the company from his father in 2014. But Sumerford doesn’t just share his time with the organization founded in 1948.; he is also the 77th president of the American Trucking Associations, making his years in the industry a valuable asset to all.

“Harold is a consummate professional and a tremendous ambassador for our industry,” said Chris Spear, ATA President and CEO. “His story – working in the family business until he ran the family business – couldn’t be more representative of what trucking is all about.”

Sumerford has always been synonymous with trucking. He started working for the family fleet as a teenager doing preventive maintenance, dividing his time between the shop and high school in the late 1970s. His father bought the company in the 1960s and became the owner in the early 1980s. Sumerford and his brother Peter Sumerford, chairman of J&M, became owners when their father died in 2014. They have both run the business since 2002. During that time, Sumerford said that the company had increased its revenue by 350%, according to the Birmingham Business Journal.

Considerable growth is made possible by the experience of Sumerford and the availability provided by fleet maintenance facilities. With 11 stores in four states, J&M Tank Lines must transport industrial raw materials, plastics and food-grade products to the highest levels of productivity. Today, in the company, a wide range of expertise in fleet management makes all the difference and paves the way for other workshops.

A maintenance roadmap

The J&M Tank Lines maintenance operation is led by Billy Lollar, vice president of maintenance, who joined the company 10 years ago and brought with him years of experience in utility vehicle service with large leasing companies. Jeff Arledge, Maintenance Manager, came to J&M from a well-known and well-respected food service distribution company. The carrier also uses the services of DWS Fleet Management (DWSFM) and Netradyne’s Driver•i vision-based camera platform.

At J&M stores in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and South Carolina, a team of 55 Paccar-certified supervisors, managers, and technicians maintain and repair 467 power units, approximately 800 trailers, and a mix of support vehicles. A wash service for the fleet of Kenworth T680 tractors, Heil and Polar tank trucks and Tremcar dry bulk trailers is also provided at these stores. The whole operation is supported by a company maintenance group and a host of drivers.

“About a year ago we started implementing a series of initiatives,” Lollar said. “Regularly, we pool our knowledge and share ideas. We are all generally on the same wavelength. It’s mostly about executing a plan and it all starts with the basics. If you do these things, everything else will fall into place.

See also: Bulk carriers turn to Netradyne for smarter camera security

What Lollar is referring to is a to-do list that served as a roadmap to success. It starts, for example, with the cleanliness of the workshop and the yard.

“We had areas for improvement organizationally,” Arledge said. “This has been a focus of our day-to-day operations, and we’ve found that clean, well-organized stores are more productive.”

Also high on the to-do list is a deep dive into the fleet’s tractor and trailer preventative maintenance programs, including a review of tools and equipment. “We’ve updated current procedures and schedules and improved how we manage them,” Lollar said. “This effort has also shown how our collective expertise leads to beneficial solutions.”

Lollar also highlighted the fleet-wide implementation of maximized tractor oil change intervals.

“Longer intervals made sense, but we were keen to keep pace with transmission lubrication as we have PTO driven pumps to unload the trailers,” he explained further. “With a simple change to include grease every time a truck is in one of our shops, we were able to solve both problems and we are now seeing the benefit of lower costs.”

Go beyond PM

Another item was a review of the fleet tire program. J&M, Arledge noted, installed Halo tire inflation systems from Aperia Technologies on the tractor drive axles, which eliminated many cases of flat tires.

“We also realized we needed to address tire inspection practices,” he said. “Our technicians now examine tires closely every time a vehicle is in a shop for any reason, and not just during routine PMs.”

Emphasis was also placed on inspection efforts in general at J&M, including pre-trips performed by drivers.

“We saw increases in the CSA score, and the violations were for issues that could have been fixed,” Lollar said. “By involving drivers and posting reminders as simple as signs in the yard, those scores went down.”

The organization of the parts inventory and needs are also taken into account. Among the questions asked are determining which items to pre-order from established suppliers, including MHC Kenworth dealerships, FleetPride and several trailer parts suppliers. Keeping tabs on hard-to-get items is especially important given today’s supply chain challenges, Lollar noted.

“We need to figure out what inventory we need to keep on hand and what we can order if needed,” Lollar continued. “There is a balance between parts inventory and vehicle availability. We are in the truck operation business, so we need to have parts in stock that keep technicians and drivers busy on the road.

Long term partners

Like most fleet shop operations, recruiting technicians can be a challenge for J&M.

“We realized that to get good technicians, we have to develop our own,” Arledge said. “The techs we’d like to hire usually have jobs they don’t want to leave, and the people who change jobs regularly aren’t the ones who will stay with you.”

But an approach put in place by J&M is paying off.

“We have partnered with Wallace State Community College, which offers Diesel by Distance, a flexible diesel technology training program,” Arledge explained. “Students take online classes and spend the weekends in hands-on training. After 18 months, they obtain a diesel certificate and a CDL. It turned out great for us and for the students.

As part of its involvement, J&M is promoting the program to wash bay employees who are interested in what Arledge called “a life-changing opportunity.” Students are then offered jobs as technician helpers in a company store where they can gain more experience.

J&M’s task list also focuses on warranty management and work performed by external vendors, as well as measuring shop performance by developing KPIs from data from its TMT Fleet Maintenance software.

“There are several things we’d like to measure, including breakdowns and repairs between PMs, downtime, labor costs, and PM compliance,” Lollar said. “We are already doing a lot of positive things, but with this ability we can perform at all levels.”

Lollar is pleased with the progress made so far.

Looking ahead, he noted, J&M will continue to lay the foundation for success by focusing on overcoming challenges and implementing best practices.

This article originally appeared on Fleet maintenance.
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Etro CEO Fabrizio Cardinali strategizes for the company’s next phase – WWD https://luxembourgglobe.com/etro-ceo-fabrizio-cardinali-strategizes-for-the-companys-next-phase-wwd/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 04:03:20 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/etro-ceo-fabrizio-cardinali-strategizes-for-the-companys-next-phase-wwd/ MILAN — “The planets aligned” when L Catterton and the Etro family agreed to set in motion the next phase of the Italian brand last July, believes Fabrizio Cardinali. In his first interview since his formal appointment last December as chief executive of Etro following the closing of a sale of a majority stake to […]]]>

MILAN — “The planets aligned” when L Catterton and the Etro family agreed to set in motion the next phase of the Italian brand last July, believes Fabrizio Cardinali.

In his first interview since his formal appointment last December as chief executive of Etro following the closing of a sale of a majority stake to L Catterton, Cardinali, also an investor, highlighted the fund’s commitment and the Etro family to turn the company around with a long-term vision.

The first and most public step taken by Cardinali was to appoint Marco De Vincenzo as creative director of the brand in May. The designer’s first collection for Etro will be presented on September 23 during Milan Fashion Week. The executive revealed that in addition to the brand’s Spring 2023 range, De Vincenzo will launch a small see now, buy now collection of recycled archival fabrics that will be immediately available exclusively on Mytheresa globally, as well as on the Etro website.

This is representative of Etro’s goal to highlight Etro’s longstanding sustainable practices and reach a younger consumer through more contemporary tools. As well as praising De Vincenzo’s “use of color, knowledge of fabrics and fashion,” Cardinali said the designer is “a creative talent with so much good taste, but he’s also very down-to-earth, the feet firmly planted on the ground”. He appreciates the history of the company and realized that, although ahead on so many fronts, many initiatives were often unknown to the general public.

This includes highlighting Etro’s Made in Italy production and sustainable practices. For example, Cardinali cited the BenEtroEssere collection in a denim fabric that combines organic cotton and recycled elastane in sustainable processes reducing the consumption of energy, water and polluting chemicals, which was launched for the first time in 2002.

Kean Etro, who served as a menswear designer prior to De Vincenzo’s arrival, began speaking in 2001 of being green and responsible through his collections and runways, 20 years before environmental sustainability became a subject seriously taken into consideration by the international fashion industry. It launches certified sustainable alternative materials under the BenEtroEssere label.

“Etro’s codes and values ​​around art, culture, inclusion and self-expression are well defined and will remain, but they will be developed in a more contemporary way,” Cardinali said. “L Catterton, Marco, I myself am aware of these codes and in tune with the Etro family in modernizing the brand” – hence the planetary alignment.

Founder Gerolamo “Gimmo” Etro was named company president upon L Catterton’s arrival. His children Veronica, Kean and Jacopo were previously creative directors of the womenswear, menswear and home collections respectively.

Cardinali said the goal was to more than double Etro’s sales in 2021 and reach 500 million euros in five years. “In the first six months of 2022, we saw double-digit revenue growth,” said Cardinali, who draws on 25 years of experience in the luxury industry. He joined Etro from Dolce & Gabbana, where he held several positions within the company, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Board Member since June 2017.

His nearly 13-year tenure at Dolce & Gabbana was interspersed with five years at Compagnie Financière Richemont, where he served as CEO of fashion brands ranging from Dunhill to Lancel.

Asked about a possible public listing, he said it was too early to think about an exit and pointed out that L Catterton was considering a long-term project for Etro. “We are delighted and happy with the prospects,” observed Cardinali.

He is aware of the macroeconomic and political challenges, admitting that “Russia was not a negligible market” for the brand and that China was “recording triple-digit growth” while reeling from the “on and off” restrictions imposed. to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cardinali is focused on expanding its business in Asia, where China is “under-penetrated”, and in America.

There are seven directly operated stores and three outlets in China, and the plan is to open 20 units with a new partner. “We also tested Tmall and the response was great – we sold 200 bags in two hours on Chinese Valentine’s Day,” he remarked, noting that digital investments are a priority in China.

Etro will also launch a new site in February and is working on developing an omnichannel platform in 2023, while continuing to develop its relationships with e-merchants from Farfetch to Yoox Net-a-porter – offerings that are helping to grow brand visibility.

He said “60% of the major investments we are planning” will be channeled into communication, content and digital channels. “The brand is healthy, but the company needed additional drive in terms of innovation, product and communication,” Cardinali said.

That momentum was reflected in Etro’s decision to get closer to the Metaverse, hosting a “Liquid Paisley” fashion show during Decentraland Fashion Week last March. “We don’t know what will happen in the future, but we saw 1,300 avatars created in three hours.” He said the company has already seen “growing interest” from younger consumers in the brand, which bodes well for its customer rejuvenation strategy.

Etro will also unveil a new store concept in February to reflect De Vincenzo’s creativity. “We are changing the customer experience and our sales ceremony,” Cardinali said. Existing and new stores will be modeled after this plan.

There are 20 directly operated stores in Korea, which is a strong market, and 50 doors in Japan.

In the United States, there are 13 stores and the region accounts for nearly 20% of sales. But Cardinali sees business “accelerating”, relying on strong brand awareness and equity. He plans new openings, but he was mum on specifics at this point.

He is also negotiating a joint venture agreement in the Middle East, another market he considers underdeveloped and with great potential. There is a store in Dubai, one in Qatar and one in Saudi Arabia.

In total and worldwide, Etro has 140 directly operated stores. In Europe, which is its biggest market, the brand is present in the main towns and streets, from Old Bond Street in London to Via Montenapoleone in Milan, so the objective is to renovate these shops.

Asked about the rising costs of energy, shipments and raw materials, Cardinali said that “from the start, coinciding with the change in governance, we started collaborating with suppliers in Italy, who adopted the project and bought the raw materials. This decision allowed us to cover structural increases for 12 to 18 months.

Producing close to home, shipments are abroad and Cardinali has reduced the packaging of shipments. “We ship less and better.”

He stressed that the turnaround is based on “growing product quality in higher positioning, so that reasonable price increases are part of the stimulus.” For example, he said he excluded all plastic zippers. “And Marco is in tune with us; he has very high expectations, working with people like Fendi.

The designer is a former winner of the Vogue Italia “Who Is on Next?” talent search, and has worked for years on accessories as a consultant for Fendi with Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi. While focusing his time on Etro, he will continue to consult Fendi.

Her eye for bold colors, labor-intensive garments, optical effects, rich fabrics and sophisticated embellishments caught Cardinali’s attention, and her experience with accessories should contribute to the category at Etro.

“Etro has all the hallmarks of a lifestyle brand,” Cardinali said.

Womenswear accounts for 65% of sales, but he touted the potential for menswear, which continues to grow, and homewear is seeing “fabulous demand”.

Cardinali is currently discussing licenses for the production and distribution of eyewear and perfumes, which were previously made in-house.

To develop Etro, Cardinali also relies on a key asset: “Our human capital – it is moving to see how this project has been fully embraced.”

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Thinxtra makes new hires and develops partnership strategy https://luxembourgglobe.com/thinxtra-makes-new-hires-and-develops-partnership-strategy/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 02:08:00 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/thinxtra-makes-new-hires-and-develops-partnership-strategy/ Nicolas Lambrou (Thinxtra) 1 credit Internet of Things (IoT) networking specialist Thinxtra has made new hires in the market, with Roger Smith joining as new director of sales and Jason Ward as partner business director. Ward will be responsible for identifying, recruiting, onboarding, enabling and working with channel partners. Prior to joining Thinxtra, he worked […]]]>

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Internet of Things (IoT) networking specialist Thinxtra has made new hires in the market, with Roger Smith joining as new director of sales and Jason Ward as partner business director.

Ward will be responsible for identifying, recruiting, onboarding, enabling and working with channel partners. Prior to joining Thinxtra, he worked at TeamViewer, as well as Ingram Micro, Dicker Data and Avnet.

Smith, meanwhile, joins Sensitech where he was a strategic account manager for nearly three years. Previously, he worked in the logistics sector for Toll.

The new appointments come at a time when Thinxtra is developing its market and product strategy and focusing on recruiting more partners into its ecosystem.

Thinxtra CEO Nicholas Lambrou said he had three main goals: grow the Thinxtra team and move from its technology evangelist approach to embracing greater sales and marketing expertise; simplify massive IoT; and recruit partners.

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The FCC has obtained detailed broadband maps from ISPs for the first time ever https://luxembourgglobe.com/the-fcc-has-obtained-detailed-broadband-maps-from-isps-for-the-first-time-ever/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 19:39:03 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/the-fcc-has-obtained-detailed-broadband-maps-from-isps-for-the-first-time-ever/ Getty Images | Matt Anderson Photography The Federal Communications Commission has gathered specific information about broadband availability from internet service providers for the first time and aims to release a first draft of a new broadband map in November, the Federal Communications Commission president wrote on Friday. FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel. Last week, the FCC “completed […]]]>

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The Federal Communications Commission has gathered specific information about broadband availability from internet service providers for the first time and aims to release a first draft of a new broadband map in November, the Federal Communications Commission president wrote on Friday. FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel.

Last week, the FCC “completed the first filing window to submit data on where broadband service is and isn’t available,” a milestone in the long-running process of creating a accurate map of broadband in the United States, she wrote. “For the first time ever, we’ve collected detailed location-by-location data on exactly where broadband services are available, and now we’re ready to get to work and start developing new and improved broadband maps. “

The resulting map should indicate whether fixed broadband service is available in each residence or place of business. The FCC’s inaccurate broadband maps have long made it difficult to distribute deployment grants where they are needed most.

Current maps are based on the Form 477 data collection program in which ISPs indicate whether they offer service in each census block, essentially allowing ISPs to count an entire census block as served even if it can only serve one household in the region. The new, more accurate maps will be used to help distribute $42.45 billion from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program created by Congress in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Bad data stings internet users

ISPs, in many cases, gave potential customers false information, leading them to believe that Internet access would be available in homes that do not have it. Comcast and other ISPs demanded thousands of dollars in upfront fees to wire homes even after a falsely promising service became available at a specific address. The FCC mapping upgrade isn’t designed specifically to fix this problem, but it could ultimately make it easier for owners to get accurate information.

The FCC voted in August 2019 to require ISPs to submit more accurate data, despite major broadband industry trade groups opposing the requirement to report availability below the block level. census. Congress followed by imposing legislation with similar requirements and provided $98 million for the mapping overhaul in December 2020. A letter from Rosenworcel to members of Congress in March 2021 explained why the process would not be completed quickly. :

To fully implement the Broadband Act, the Commission needs to revamp its data collection methods and platform. We need to create a framework that allows massive amounts of data from many different sources to be linked together and feed into a comprehensive, user-friendly dataset of broadband availability. We also need to develop, test and launch computer systems to collect and verify these different data. We need to create, for the first time, a publicly available, data-based map of usable locations where broadband is or should be available in the United States.

We then need to collect accurate and comprehensive data from each broadband service provider on the precise location where they offer broadband services, no longer relying on census blocks, but working down to the location of every home and small business, then overlay that information on our map. usable locations. And finally, we need to find a way to collect data from a myriad of independent sources, including state and local governments, tribal nations, consumers, and other private and public third parties, that will help us complete and to verify the information we collect from the Service. suppliers.

As Rosenworcel explained on Friday, the FCC has since created “the first-ever nationwide dataset capturing individual locations that are expected to have fixed broadband service availability” based on “address records, tax assessment records, building images and footprints, census data, land use records, parcel boundaries, and road and street geospatial data.Our older broadband maps, on the other hand , did not have any of this location-specific information.

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