Capacity Media | Russia cuts itself off from the internet

Russia has passed a bill that will allow it to cut off the country’s internet traffic from foreign servers.

The controversial new bill will require all internal internet traffic to be carried within the country’s own networks. Any traffic that leaves Russia would have to go thorough registered internet exchange points, regulated by the country’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor.

The measures would create technology to monitor internet routing and direct Russian internet traffic away from foreign severs, effectively isolating the country from the global internet.

“This law creates a framework whereby ISPs will be required to funnel all Internet traffic in and out of the country through well-known choke points (Internet Exchanges), explained Ameet Naik, technical marketing manager, ThousandEyes.

Source: Capacity Media

Capacity Media | Cloud gaming could be 50% of 5G data traffic by 2022

Operators believe that cloud gaming could represent 25% to 50% of 5G data traffic by 2022, based on the rapid progression of cloud gaming services in recent months.

That was one of the major findings from Openwave Mobility’s Mobile Video Industry Council (MOVIC) Livecast online event held yesterday with over 50 operators in attendance, including: Vodafone, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, AT&T and Telefónica.

Source: Capacity Media

Cruise Line CEOs See No End to Passenger Growth | Via Satellite –

The global cruise line industry will host more than 30 million passengers in 2019, a first-time milestone breakthrough, according to a panel of executives from the world’s biggest cruise ship operators at the Seatrade event in Miami, Florida. Comparatively, cruise lines are catching up with the entire city of Las Vegas, which hosts 40 million tourists each year.

More passengers mean more demand for connectivity services and ‘connected’ experiences, according to Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald.

“We are a hospitality business. Technology helps us provide hospitality. Everything is going in this direction,” said Donald. “People want customized travel experiences. We were surprised how comfortable people were with sharing their data with us, in order to improve the experience.”

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Rocket Lab Begins Building Satellites | Via Satellite

Rocket Lab will begin building a satellite platform called Photon, with the intent of launching small satellites into low-Earth orbit within four months of an order. The end-to-end mission solution helps enable small satellite customers to focus on delivering their service from orbit and generating revenue, rather than building their own satellite hardware.

“This is kind of the next level of democratization of space, said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and CEO during a media roundtable Monday at the Space Foundation’s 35th annual Space Symposium here.

“The Photon is a fully functional spacecraft bus – you can bring just your payload or your idea.”

Source: Rocket Lab Begins Building Satellites – Via Satellite –

The 3 Key Risks of 3D Printing Medical Devices | Design News

In October 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public workshop to gather feedback from the manufacturing and medical device communities with regards to additive manufacturing. The insights from that workshop eventually led to the FDA guidance on Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Medical Devices.

There are many unique and vital questions that medical device engineers need to answer with regards to additive manufacturing. While they are not difficult, it is new work compared to traditional applications.

While the 30-page FDA guidance covers a number of important topics such as biocompatibility, software security, and acceptance testing, there are three key areas of risk and where implementation struggles exist that are worth delving deeper into.

Source: The 3 Key Risks of 3D Printing Medical Devices | Design News

Filament’s New Development Kit Makes Blockchain Simple for Embedded Engineers | Design News

Reno, Nevada-based blockchain startup Filament has made a mission out of making blockchain easier and more accessible to embedded developers. Now the company has released a blockchain development kit aimed at letting embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) engineers build and test blockchain-based solutions for edge devices and systems without the need for high-level technical training or an extensive background in blockchain.

Filament’s Blocklet Foundation Kit allows developers to implement tools, applications, and scripts into a USB device that can then be inserted into an existing hardware device.

The kit comes with a preloaded tablet computer, an IoT device for testing, a USB enclave, and a prewired IoT breadboard with a Blocklet UART module and ESP32 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth microcontroller. Coupled with Ethereum support and a software development kit (SDK), the idea is to give embedded engineers a fully functional environment for testing blockchain functionality.

Source: Filament’s New Development Kit Makes Blockchain Simple for Embedded Engineers | Design News

New Material Could Transform How Electronics Are Built | Design News

Researchers have discovered a new electronic material based on observations of electron behavior that could change how electronic devices are developed in the future.

Whereas multiple materials are traditionally necessary to carry out the same tasks, engineers at Ohio State University  (OSU) have found what they call a “dual-personality material” that can serve two roles in electronics. According to Joseph Heremans, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology at Ohio State, their findings could change the way engineers develops various electronic devices—from solar cells, to light-emitting diodes, to transistors.

The researchers published a paper on their work in the journal Nature Materials.

Source: New Material Could Transform How Electronics Are Built | Design News

Singapore and Australian Scientists Build a Machine to See All Possible Futures

In the 2018 movie Infinity War, a scene featured Dr. Strange looking into 14 million possible futures to search for a single timeline where the heroes would be victorious.

Perhaps he would have had an easier time with help from a quantum computer. A team of researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Griffith University in Australia have constructed a prototype quantum device that can generate all possible futures in a simultaneous quantum superposition.

“When we think about the future, we are confronted by a vast array of possibilities,” explains Assistant Professor Mile Gu of NTU Singapore, who led development of the quantum algorithm that underpins the prototype:

“These possibilities grow exponentially as we go deeper into the future. For instance, even if we have only two possibilities to choose from each minute, in less than half an hour there are 14 million possible futures. In less than a day, the number exceeds the number of atoms in the universe.”

What he and his research group realized, however, was that a quantum computer can examine all possible futures by placing them in a quantum superposition – similar to Schrödinger’s famous cat that is simultaneously alive and dead.

Source: Singapore and Australian Scientists Build a Machine to See All Possible Futures

Supporting Drug Product Innovation Through Small Biotech Companies

Innovation in biopharmaceutical drug development is often driven by small biotech companies.

A healthy venture capital market is now enabling small biotech companies to take their new treatments and products all the way through to commercialization for niche indications. This is a departure from the past, when they would more often license out their drug candidate to a large pharmaceutical company after Phase II.

Complementing the increased availability of capital, regulatory bodies have also created a number of accelerated approval options (i.e., FDA’s breakthrough designation and EMA’s PRIME) allowing innovators to bring their new treatments to market more quickly.

However, while larger companies typically have the experience in-house to navigate complex regulatory processes and the ability to scale manufacturing flexibly to meet market demand, small and virtual biotech companies tend to lack this expertise due to their size and focus.

As small biotechs seek to retain their independence further along in the development process, they must address these gaps in resources and experience.

External partners such as contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) play an important role to close such gaps.

Source: Supporting Drug Product Innovation Through Small Biotech Companies

How and Why to Digitize Your Supply Chain

For legacy businesses, there may be a disconnect from how a digitized supply chain will improve the bottom line. In fact, IBM reports that 84 percent of manufacturers polled in a recent survey say that they have implemented real-time data sharing into their supply chains, but only 13 percent have done so effectively.

So how can supply chain management close the gap between implementation and optimization?

In the relatively early stages of supply chain digitization, the ongoing transformation of our industrial supply chain is hardly the first large scale disruption to sweep through the business world.

If we look back through history, every generation has seen major upheaval driven by technology—the railroad, the telephone, the automobile, the television, and now the internet.

What’s different about today’s modernization is its unprecedented speed, enabled by new tools that act faster than human beings.

Done well, this digitization has the potential to turn the supply chain into a strategic profit driver, woven deep within the fabric of every competitive business.

Source: How and Why to Digitize Your Supply Chain