Aircraft inflight air freshener GK-GermKiller® GK Air™ proves >99.9% effective in inactivating the SARS-CoV-2 virus

GermKiller GK Air™ tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19)

GermKiller GK Air™ Effective against SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19)

Testing based on US EPA product performance test guidelines for virucides confirms GK Air™ Disinfectant exhibit efficacy in breaking chain of COVID-19 infection

SINGAPORE, January 26, 2021 / — Vance Chemicals Pte. Ltd. (“Vance Chemicals”) announces today that its disinfectant air freshener spray, GK-GermKiller® GK Air™ (“GK Air™”), has been scientifically proven to be >99.9% effective in inactivating the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (“SARS-CoV-2”) on hard, non-porous surfaces. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the respiratory illness responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic [1].

GK Air™ began as an inflight disinfectant air freshener. It was specifically formulated to meet the requirements of the Singapore Airlines Group for an aircraft inflight disinfectant that is efficacious, safe and refreshing. It is now an integral part of the Singapore Airlines Group’s aircraft cleaning and disinfection protocol [2]. Singapore Airlines was recently awarded the highest “diamond” rating for reaching "hospital-grade level health safety" by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX)[3]. GK Air™ is also used by other airlines and in hygiene-sensitive environments such as childcare centres across Singapore.

In order to ensure that GK Air™ would be suitable as an inflight disinfectant (i.e. suitable for use within an enclosed space), it was important that GK Air™ did not pose any inhalation risks. In this regard, GK Air™ has been classified as Category 5 based on the Globally Harmonised System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals using the OECD guideline 403[4] for acute inhalation toxicity assessment. In short, GK Air™ is as safe as, or even safer than most air fresheners found on supermarket shelves. It has also been tested for acute toxicity, irritation, and sensitisation based on OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals [5] and was deemed safe for daily use around humans and animals alike, on various surfaces, materials and the environment when the directions for use are followed.

SARS-CoV-2 can survive on surfaces ranging from a few hours to 28 days, depending on the type of surface and the temperature of the environment [6]. It is mainly transmitted via respiratory droplets and aerosols from infected persons when they sneeze, cough, speak or breathe, especially when in close proximity with others. Besides direct transmission, infectious droplets landing on surfaces that others touch can cause indirect transmission [7]. Frequent hand-washing and disinfecting high-touch surfaces are therefore important. With its ready-to-use spray formula, GK Air™ provides a high degree of certainty in breaking the chain of transmission for COVID-19 via contaminated surfaces especially in high human traffic, hygiene-sensitive and enclosed environments.

Vance Chemicals subjected GK Air™ for testing against an actual SARS-CoV-2 strain identified as “Isolate USA-WA1/2020”1. The “Isolate USA-WA1/2020” strain was isolated from an oropharyngeal swab of a COVID-19 patient in the USA. To ensure the testing adhered to internationally-accepted protocols, the US EPA product performance test guideline ASTM E10532 – Standard Practice to Assess Virucidal Activity of Chemicals Intended for Disinfection of Inanimate, Nonporous Environmental Surfaces, was implemented by a certified US laboratory[8]. GK Air™ is also tested effective >99.9% against Influenza A (H1N1) and up to 99.99999% effective against most harmful bacteria.

“GK Air™ was originally formulated for inflight use, but now, it is made available to all consumers on the ground too. We have strived to make it suitable and effective even as a daily-use disinfectant air freshener that is economical and can be used practically everywhere,” says Ms Swee Cheng Lim, Sales Manager of Vance Chemicals.

Vance Chemicals’ R&D and manufacturing are all located in Singapore and all GK-GermKiller® products are tested using international protocols by leading independent local and international laboratories. Other GK-GermKiller® products, GK Concentrate™ and GK Surface™ have also been tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2.

More product information can be found at

[1] "The species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus: classifying 2019-nCoV and naming it SARS-CoV-2". Nature Microbiology,
[2] “Singapore Airlines steps up cleaning of aircraft amid COVID-19 outbreak”,, see photo captioned “Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan and Senior Minister of State Lam Pin Min try out disinfectants used on board the aircraft. (Photo: Jeremy Long)”
[3] “Singapore Airlines receives highest rating for 'hospital-grade' health and safety in global audit”, Channel News Asia,
[4] “Test No. 403: Acute Inhalation Toxicity”,
[5] “OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals”, OECDiLibrary,
[6] “The effect of temperature on persistence of SARS-CoV-2 on common surfaces”, Shane Riddell, et. al., Virology Journal, DOI,
[7] “How does COVID-19 spread between people”, World Health Organization.
[8] Product Performance Test Guideline, OCSPP 810.2200, Disinfectants for Use on Environmental Surfaces, Guidance for Efficacy Testing, [EPA 712-C-17-004],

Lim Swee Cheng
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East/West Purchases SCS PrecisionCoat V Conformal Coating System

SCS PrecisionCoat V

East West Manufacturing purchased the SCS PrecisionCoat V in-line conformal coating system

East West Manufacturing Enterprises logo

East West Manufacturing Enterprises logo

Premier Conformal Coating and Dispense System accelerates customer project completion time

We added high-speed conformal coating capability to increase efficiency for faster, high-quality conformal coating while reducing costs for Aerospace, Defense, and Medical related projects.”

— Andy Salo

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA, January 25, 2021 / — East West Manufacturing Enterprises (East/West), a leading electronics contract manufacturer today announced that it has purchased the SCS PrecisionCoat V Conformal Coating and Dispense system from Specialty Coating Systems. The in-line capable system provides the company with an exceptional combination of speed, flexibility and productivity.

“Many customer projects have boards that require conformal coating, potting, or dispensing,” said Andy Salo, CEO of East/West. “We added high-speed conformal coating capability to increase efficiency for faster, high-quality conformal coating while reducing costs for customers. This is particularly useful for Aerospace, Defense, and Medical related projects.”

“We are pleased to help East/West with their conformal coating needs” said Hans Bok, Equipment Sales Manager at Specialty Coating Systems (SCS). “We were able to ship and help to install remotely, working within their strict Covid-19 protection protocols.”

The SCS PrecisionCoat V selective conformal coating and dispense system is a fully programmable, multi-purpose system that offers unparalleled programming for efficiency in automated material applications. SCS customers rely on the PrecisionCoat to precisely apply a wide range of materials, including 100% solids, solvent-based and water-based coatings. A robust and highly flexible coating line, PrecisionCoat systems offer manufacturers unmatched efficiency and accuracy for any conformal coating, dispensing and/or potting application.

About East/West Manufacturing Enterprises

East/West provides industry-leading electronics manufacturing services including Printed Circuit Board PCB Assembly and optimized supply chain solutions for companies in a wide range of industries including industrial and commercial OEMs, medical, automotive, and military-related device manufacturers. Headquartered in Austin, Texas and soon relocating to a 43,000 square foot facility in Round Rock, Texas, East/West’s employees are IPC certified and have an average industry tenure of over 15 years. Facilities are certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, and AS9100D:2016. Please visit for more information.

Andy Salo
East/West Manufacturing Enterprises
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IPT Group acquires PRIMOVE E-mobility Wireless Charging technology portfolio


IPT Wireless power drives mobility


PRIMOVE and IPT share a wealth of technology, market experience and installed base. IPT has an ambitious product development strategy.”

— Richard van den Dool

EFRINGEN-KIRCHEN, BADEN-WüRTTEMBERG, DUITSLAND, January 25, 2021 / — IPT Group, holding company of IPT Technology, one of the leading global manufacturers of wireless charging and electrification solutions applied in industrial and e-mobility applications, has acquired PRIMOVE, the e-mobility inductive charging technology portfolio from Bombardier.

With this acquisition, IPT combines two cleantech scale-ups in wireless power transfer for e-mobility benefiting from synergies, thereby accelerating IPT’s offering of a complete product portfolio to serve various markets.

“By acquiring PRIMOVE we’re complementing our existing IP and product portfolio and speed up our product-to-market plans,” says IPT’s management, Richard van den Dool and Victor Hoynck van Papendrecht. Both IPT Technology and PRIMOVE are global leaders in wireless charging technology and innovative pioneers with various pilots, prototypes and proofs of concept. Since its start in 2008, PRIMOVE has developed a strong patent portfolio for E-Mobility applications and delivered impressive innovations, achievements and technical knowhow. Next to bus applications, PRIMOVE has invested substantially in light-duty vehicle applications. IPT Technology has its roots in industrial wireless applications and has developed heavy-duty e-mobility solutions. By combining the technology and expertise of both companies, IPT is strengthening its market position and accelerating its business planning.

“PRIMOVE and IPT share a wealth of technology, market experience and installed base. IPT has an ambitious product development strategy”, says CEO/CCO Richard van den Dool. “Now the global energy transition and change-over to battery-driven vehicles are taking off; we need to accelerate our product development. Our focus will move from research, concept and prototype phase, to developing serial products.” Smart City, Smart Mobility, Industry 4.0, Autonomous Driving and other Megatrends are highly dependent on the availability of wireless electrification facilities. “Market demand for static and (semi)dynamic wireless charging applications will boost for all types of transport vehicles by rail, road or water. IPT is fully prepared for this, but we gain direct access to PRIMOVE’s IP, knowhow, and experience with this strategic takeover. That will save time and resources, that now can spend on new developments.”

“IPT Technology is ready to scale up its product development capacity,” according to CEO/COO Victor Hoynck van Papendrecht. “IPT has developed a solid base for further growth, and strongly believes in co-operation and partnerships to build the future. Accelerating and realising our ambitions require strategic and financial partners. With the acquisition of PRIMOVE, we strengthen our product portfolio while improving our proposition as a technology provider. PRIMOVE has always focused on light-duty cars (power range from 3-22kW) and heavy-duty applications (200kW). IPT’s focus has been on Industrial Mobility, making IPT the trusted partner for leading industrial companies to dynamic wireless empower their daily processes.”

With different markets and R&D approaches for light-duty charging solutions, both companies are complementary to each other. PRIMOVE has invested substantially in developing their Z-Move, an industrialised 3.6kW charging solution for the light-duty car market that includes an impressive metal detection and positioning system. Whereas PRIMOVE approached the car market top-down via OEM’s, IPT worked bottom-up by conducting selected pilots. The first pilot with Daimler started in 2012, followed by pilots with Porsche, Streetscooter (DHL) or EON. Currently, IPT is occupied in a Pan-European charging project driven by the EU (Horizon 2020 – User-Chi).

“We will finalise and complete the developments of PRIMOVE’s Z-Move and implement the first pilot in Barcelona at the end of 2021,” says IPT Management. Early 2021 IPT will also participate in an innovative project driven by the UK Government (OSRIC=On street Residential Inductive Charge) for which IPT has developed an underground charging solution. This allows 14 cars (different models) to be wirelessly charged overnight via the existing lamppost infrastructure keeping street clutter clean. IPT’s market experiences and pilot agenda combined with PRIMOVE technical leadership and advantages will be a great synergy.

The overlap between the two technologies is clearly on heavy-duty bus applications. IPT has been developing and installing wireless charging solutions (60-100kW) for buses since 2004. IPT’s first-generation charging solution was installed in Turin for 23 e-buses and still is in daily operation. IPT’s 3rd generation Charge Bus technology is used in different European cities, including London and Madrid. With this acquisition, PRIMOVE’s 200kW expertise and installed based in Berlin, Mannheim, Braunschweig or Bruges will be added to the IPT portfolio. Thereby all wireless charged busses across Europe come now from the same team!
Christian Köbel, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at IPT says: “We will further optimise and combine both technologies and build a next-generation Bus Charge for depot and opportunity charging. But Bus will just be one of our focus segments. We also have an ambitious roadmap for static and dynamic wireless electrification, such as car, truck, ship, forklift, AGV/RGV or sorter line applications. With our roadmap, we will offer operators, owners and individuals an exciting range that facilitates their next step towards a wireless future.”

Terms of the deal are not disclosed.

About IPT Technology
IPT is a leading solutions provider of innovative technology and applications for wireless electrification and battery charging. IPT designs, manufactures, installs and services wireless charging systems to power up all types of vehicles ranging from cars and buses to ships, robots and material handling equipment.

Richard van den Dool
IPT Technology GmbH
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Romi’s Line of Hybrid Manufacturing Machining Centers Seamlessly Switch between Subtractive and Additive Machining

Romi Hybrid Manufacturing Machining Centers

Romi D Hybrid Series

Romi D Hybrid Series Manufacturing Machining Centers

Romi Hybrid Manufacturing Machining Centers Closeup

Romi has introduced a line of hybrid manufacturing machine tools that combine traditional machining operations with 3D metallic additive manufacturing.

By building our D Series specifically for hybrid manufacturing, we can offer an entry level machine starting at a much more affordable price point.”

— Mr. Rafael Boldorini

ERLANGER, KY, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — Romi has introduced a complete line of hybrid manufacturing machine tools that combine traditional machining operations with 3D metallic additive manufacturing. Romi’s New Generation D Series vertical machining centers are the basis for this family of hybrids and include the D 800, the D 1000 and the D 1250. The three models have a robust and heavy casting, roller guides on all axes, big plus direct-drive spindle and a maximum machining volume of 31 x 24 x 25 inches, 40 x 24 x 25 inches and 50 x 24 x 25 inches respectively. Also available as a hybrid is the Romi DCM 620-5X five axes vertical machining center.

Romi has made switching back and forth from subtractive machining to additive manufacturing as simple as making a tool change. The additive head is brought into position via an automatic tool changer, and the laser deposition – additive process on the workpiece can begin. Material can then be added to the piece in the exact profile, amount and location desired. It is ideal for part repair, adding features, or intricate work where subtractive manufacturing would take more time, and produce more waste material.

Romi teamed with Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, led by Dr. Jason Jones to make the D Series Hybrids a reality. Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies makes over ten AMBIT™ FLEX processing heads for the hybrid D series machines. This enables unmatched operational flexibility for a variety of applications including machining with additive manufacturing (metal, polymer, or composites) and inspection (surface and subsurface). Dr. Jones is the pioneer and world’s leading authority on hybrid manufacturing – integrating Additive Manufacturing (AM) with mainstream CNC machines. He is the co-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies.

According to Mr. Rafael Boldorini, General Manager at Romi USA, “While we didn’t invent additive manufacturing, we have made it more accessible for smaller shops with our standard line of Hybrid CNCs. Previously, customers had to spend well over $1,000,000.00 to take advantage of these capabilities. By building our D Series specifically for hybrid manufacturing, we can offer an entry level machine starting at a much more affordable price point. That has opened the door for a lot of shops to take advantage of this powerful technology.”

The D-Series are equipped with thermal compensation monitored with sensors to improve precision. Each model is equipped with a Fanuc 0i-MF i-HMI CNC with 15” touchscreen, and a High Speed and High Quality package that allows better performance during machining.

Designed and built based on extensive customer research, the New Generation Romi D Series vertical machining centers offer users higher productivity, robustness, and precision. Like all Romi machine tools, they are built with Romi made monoblock cast iron beds that absorb vibration and allow consistent production of highly precise parts.

About Romi Machine Tools Ltd
Romi Machine Tools Ltd is based in Erlanger, KY, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brazilian based Industrias ROMI S.A. Serving the USA and Canada, Romi Machine Tools Ltd offers customers a line of innovative and robust machine tools including CNC lathes, turning centers, and vertical machining centers. All the key parts used to build a Romi machine tool, including the base castings, are made at the company's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Santa Barbara d'Oeste, Brazil. This control over all key components allows Romi to build a particularly rigid, accurate and high-performance solution.

Romi Machine Tools Ltd, also known as Romi USA, maintains a showroom and full parts and service department at its Erlanger location. Its machine tools are available through a network of direct sales personnel and regional distributors. For more information on Romi's products and solutions, visit

Rafael Boldorini
Romi Machine Tools Ltd
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Singapore Based AirCarbon Digital Carbon Trading Platform, Securitizes Carbon Credits Into CORSIA Tokens

AirCarbon Exchange Trade Screen

AirCarbon Exchange is Ready for Trading

AirCarbon Exchange

AirCarbon Exchange

AirCarbon, the world’s first fully digital carbon trading platform, securitizes CORSIA Eligible carbon credits into CORSIA Eligible Tokens for Viridios Capital.

As Companies and the fund managers that invest in them adopt ESG policies, the demand for offsets that include verifiable actions under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals grows rapidly.”

— John W.H. Denton, International Chamber of Commerce

SINGAPORE, January 25, 2021 / — Singapore based AirCarbon Pte Ltd (“ACX”), the world’s first fully digital carbon trading platform, securitizes CORSIA Eligible carbon credits into CETs (CORSIA Eligible Tokens) for Viridios Capital.

January 21, 2021, Singapore & New York – Against the backdrop of the US rejoining the Paris Accords, AirCarbon and Viridios Capital this week securitized 500,000 tonnes of CORSIA eligible carbon credits into the world’s first CORSIA Eligible carbon Tokens (CET). With over 55 participants and counting, the exchange serves as a central marketplace for investors to trade and gain exposure to the carbon markets.

AirCarbon applies traditional commodity exchange architecture and blockchain settlement and clearance to the carbon market. With trading fees of less than ½% of notional, AirCarbon is the world’s lowest priced carbon trading platform.

• Lowest trading commissions in the market at $3 per 1000tCO2
• ACX is the world’s first fully digital trading exchange for voluntary carbon offsets

Viridios Capital’s Eddie Listorti said that, “As active market participants, Viridios is pleased to collaborate with AirCarbon. We have great confidence in their cutting-edge blockchain technology. It’s also a competitive advantage that they’re located in Singapore, given the country’s leadership and drive toward becoming a carbon-trading hub in the world. We’re especially pleased to collaborate with AirCarbon through our proprietary AI technology for post-trading valuation, portfolio construction and risk management of carbon offsets.”

Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce, John W.H. Denton AO, commented, “As more companies and the fund managers that invest in them adopt ESG policies and targets to voluntarily promote an impactful image of their brand, the demand for offsets that include verifiable actions under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is also growing rapidly. However, the voluntary carbon market is mostly served by unregulated companies positioning themselves as exchanges, but which are more akin to OTC bulletin boards. The outcome is an inefficient, fragmented market, which, compounded by a lack of liquidity, fungibility and transparency, results in high transactions costs.”

The AirCarbon Exchange addresses these issues by bringing blockchain efficiencies to bear on the antiquated carbon credit OTC market. It securitizes carbon credits into traceable and fungible blockchain based contracts on the Binance Smart Chain. Co-founder, Bill Pazos, commented that, “Traditional commodities (e.g.: corn, soybeans and crude oil) are held in escrow and tradeable receipts trade on exchanges. This allows investors to gain exposure to the underlying commodity without being pigeon holed into specific carbon projects. By bringing this architecture to the carbon markets we eliminate opacity, increase accessibility and unleash previously alienated investment dollars.”

Each AirCarbon Token is backed by one equivalent ton of CO2 and blockchain technology is used to securitize the carbon allowing for an open, transparent and liquid asset type that reduces friction, and facilitates a distributed and borderless platform. Blockchain technology allows this market to mirror old fashioned (non-digital or non-blockchain) commodity markets while at the same time simplifying and automating laborious manual processes and reducing settlement and clearing to sub one second time frames.

As a result of this blockchain platform, AirCarbon is able to offer the lowest transaction costs in the market. At $3 per 1000tCO2 AirCarbon is more in line with the market practice of other global commodities exchanges.

AirCarbon’s co-founder Mr Thomas McMahon commented, “As we saw WTI benchmark pricing form in the 80s and Brent later in the 90s, we expect to see benchmark pricing for carbon form up around contracts for nature based, premium, CORSIA and other carbon specifications. As we develop these benchmark prices, we anticipate that this market will eventually top well over $100 billion.”

Figure 1 – AirCarbon Exchange Interface

With the ACX, AirCarbon envisions a global, blockchain-enabled carbon trading hub that will transform industry emission of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) from a detriment to the climate into a positive force for the development of carbon capture projects through market forces.

Mr McMahon added, “Over the last several months in the development of the AirCarbon Exchange, we have initiated collaborations, partnerships and discussions with manufacturers, energy producers, transportation and shipping companies, as well as green project leaders, technology providers and regulators. The success of the AirCarbon Exchange requires the cooperation from all these stakeholders.”

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About AirCarbon Pte Ltd

Within highly regulated Singapore, AirCarbon Pte Ltd (“AirCarbon”) has built a hybrid trading platform based on a central order book architecture with blockchain for settlement and clearing. The marketplace serves industry stakeholders, carbon projects, and financial traders reducing the friction and complexity of trading carbon emissions. The Exchange provides carbon traders an efficient and transparent trading platform with minimal commission fees.

For more information or to trade carbon, please visit:

William Pazos
AirCarbon Pte Ltd
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Outsight and Ouster Accelerate Digital Lidar Adoption in Industrial Automation and Smart City Markets

A partnership that makes it possible for 3D perception technology to be integrated into every industrial automation and smart infrastructure application

By teaming up with Ouster, we created the first one-stop-shop for a comprehensive perception solution”

— Sebastien de la Bastie, Chief Business Officer at Outsight

PARIS, FRANCE, January 22, 2021 / — Outsight, leader in real-time 3D LiDAR perception solutions, and Ouster, a leading provider of high-performance digital lidar sensors, announced today the first integrated solution in the lidar industry with embedded pre-processing software. This plug-and-play system is designed to deliver real-time, processed 3D data and designed to be integrated into any application within minutes. The solution combines Ouster’s high-resolution digital lidar sensors with Outsight’s perception software which detects, classifies, and tracks objects without relying on machine learning.

Ouster invented digital lidar technology in 2015 with a vision of making high-performance, ubiquitous, and affordable lidar-powered solutions across numerous industries. With a similar goal in mind, Outsight invented pre-processing software to make 3D lidar easier than ever to use. The combination of these two industry-leading products results in an end-to-end solution that delivers robust, usable data to customers while accelerating their time-to-market and decreasing product development costs.

“Ouster and Outsight’s strategic partnership represents our shared vision for making 3D lidar-powered solutions that are useful, simple, and affordable for every customer in every industry,” said Cyrille Jacquemet, general manager of Europe and the Middle East at Ouster. “We believe Ouster’s high-resolution lidar and Outsight’s unique pre-processing software will allow customers to fully leverage 3D lidar data in any application. Together, we are advancing safe, ubiquitous autonomy with this comprehensive solution.”

“By teaming up with Ouster, we created the first one-stop-shop for a comprehensive perception solution,” said Sebastien de la Bastie, Chief Business Officer at Outsight. “Our integrated kit has the right versatility for R&D experimentation and the right performance, robustness and scalability for large, real-world deployments. Together, we fill the gap between both worlds and dramatically accelerate customer’s time-to-market.”

All-in-one solution: 3D digital lidar sensors with real-time data processing software

Ouster brings advanced 3D vision to diverse applications where real-time 3D perception, reliability, and 360-degree monitoring are required. Designed to IP68 and IP9K standards, Ouster’s sensors are built to withstand extreme weather conditions. This provides a new level of reliability for extended outdoor use through rain, snow, hail, dust, and fog. Ouster’s sensors also have over 50 customization options that can be tailored for multiple applications and all physical installations – from a narrow, dense point cloud to an extra-wide 90×360 field-of-view – across factories, ports, cities, airports, and other locations.

Ouster’s 3D lidar data is processed in real-time by Outsight’s edge compute system, an ARM-based compute node that functions as an integrated lidar box. Customers can receive both the raw, high-resolution point cloud data and the pre-processed data, which ranges from individual object information (position, trajectory, velocity) to aggregated analytics (object counts, flow patterns).

Further, Outsight’s proprietary pre-processing approach doesn’t require any machine learning – its AI-driven algorithms can accurately detect, track, and classify objects without any kind of training or data labeling. This not only reduces customers’ applications power consumption and bandwidth requirements, but also allows customers to be up and running with the solution almost immediately and without any need for long data annotation processes.

This solution is already commercially available in Europe for industrial automation and smart city applications.

A digital lidar solution designed for industrial automation, smart cities, and more

From volume measurement in the industrial sector to safer intersections in smart cities, this integrated solution makes it possible for customers to easily leverage 3D lidar-based technology for both new and existing applications.

Industrial applications include using Ouster’s sensors to measure large volumes of waste heaps that are partially located below ground in buried containers. Outsight’s software then pre-processes this data in real-time to calculate the volume and dimensions of the heaps. The unparalleled resolution of an Ouster sensor enables customers to calculate the volume measurements at centimeter-level accuracy, a degree of precision that is not achievable today by traditional 2D methods. Accuracy and simplicity is critical, as this improves customers’ benchmarking and reduces operational costs. A video of this application in action can be seen here.

For smart infrastructure customers, this combined technology can deliver object information, including vehicle and pedestrian position, classification, velocity, and predicted trajectory. Integrating this solution directly into intelligent traffic systems unlocks capabilities around automatic wrong-way detection, stop bar violation, pedestrian crossing, among others. Outsight also provides an additional applications layer that can be modified by customers and integrators to ensure that the solution fits their unique needs. A video of this application in action can be seen here.

Looking ahead: bringing 3D lidar-based technology to all industries

Together, Ouster and Outsight are accelerating safe, ubiquitous autonomy with plug-and-play solutions that are useful, reliable, and easy to integrate across all industries. This partnership is a part of an ongoing joint effort to bring 3D perception capabilities to every industrial robot, crane, traffic light, and any other moving and fixed objects. The companies plan to extend the partnership to collaborate on additional solutions in numerous industries, including robotics and industrial vehicles.

About Ouster

Ouster builds high-resolution lidar sensors for the industrial automation, smart infrastructure, robotics, and automotive industries. Using its unique digital lidar architecture, Ouster’s sensors are high-resolution, reliable, compact, and affordable. Since its founding in 2015, Ouster has secured over 800 customers and $140 million in funding. Ouster is headquartered in San Francisco and led by CEO Angus Pacala and CTO Mark Frichtl. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

About Outsight

Outsight develops real-time 3D LiDAR perception solutions. Our mission is to make LiDAR-based spatial intelligence become plug-and-play, so it can be used by developers of applications in any market. Using any LiDAR with our pre-processing capabilities allows smart machines and smart cities to achieve an unprecedented level of understanding of their environment. We believe that accelerating the adoption of LiDAR technology with easy-to-use and scalable

Jean-François Kitten
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New Speakers from New Nations Announced for the Virtual Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2021 Conference

Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2021

Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2021

SMi Group Reports: The 2021 brochure has been released for the virtual Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference in May.

LONDON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 21, 2021 / — SMi Group’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference is returning for its sixth successful year on the 19th – 20th May 2021 as a virtual event. This is the only event that provides a regional focus on Eastern European nations seeking to develop and modernise their fleets, along with NATO and international partners seeking strategic insights into cooperation and interoperability across the region.

For those interested in attending, it is £299 for government, public sector and military personnel and only £999 for commercial companies. Register at

The two-day conference is expected to welcome the widest number of European nations ever to present, discussing key topics such as platform modernisation and upgrades, enhancing regional cooperation and interoperability, national security perspectives, the challenges of integrating new platforms, and much more.

SMi Group are delighted to bring in new speakers from new nations this year:

• Albania
'Enhancing Albanian Rotary Wing Capabilities Through Collaboration with NATO Allies' presented by Colonel Ylli Pulaj, Deputy Commander (Acting Commander), Albanian Air Force.

• Bosnia & Herzegovina
'The Challenges of Upgrading an Ageing Fleet to Guarantee the Continued Achievement of Strategic Goals' presented by Brigadier General Janko Petrusic, Commander, Air Force and Air Defence Brigade, Armed Forces of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

• Latvia
'Updating Latvian Legacy Helicopters to Ensure Mission Effectiveness' presented by Colonel Viesturs Masulis, Commander, Latvian Air Force.

• Lithuania
'Planned Upgrades to Helicopter Platforms in the Lithuanian Armed Forces Through the Procurement of UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters' presented by Colonel Dainius Guzas, Commander, Lithuanian Air Force.

The 2021 brochure is now available to download at

Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe Conference
19th-20th May 2021
Virtual Conference: Online Access Only
Sponsored by Bell Helicopter and Leonardo

SMi Group offer direct access to key decision makers through tailored sponsorship and exhibitor packages. For details contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or email

For all delegate enquiries, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 20 7827 6054 or email


About SMi Group:
Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward-thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

Trizsa Ardael
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New Research Shows Private Jet Travel To Continue Strong Rebound; Retain New Customers Post-COVID-19

Security concerns may lead private aviation users to switch more flights away from the airlines; Over 95% of new flyers saying they will continue post-pandemic

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — Key highlights of the Private Jet Card Comparisons' Subscriber Flash Survey:

– 96% of new private jet travelers plan to continue after the pandemic
– 30% of respondents say domestic terror threats and unrest may increase their percentage of private flights away from the airlines
– 68% expect to travel internationally despite new COVID-19 requirements that include private jet travelers
– Subscribers spent an average of $211,607 on jet card purchases over the past 18 months

Private aviation will continue to be a top performer in the travel and tourism segment in the near term and is well-positioned to keep its momentum in a post-COVID-19 world, according to new research.

A flash survey of subscribers to private aviation solutions buyer's guide Private Jet Card Comparisons found nearly 30% may switch some airline flights to private aircraft amidst concerns about domestic terror threats and unrest in the wake of the riots at the Capitol.

The research also found despite the upcoming COVID-19 testing requirements for anyone entering the U.S., more than two-thirds expect to travel internationally.

What’s more, 96% of respondents who started or restarted flying privately due to the coronavirus say they plan to continue after the pandemic ends.

Respondents to the survey, conducted via email from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, were evenly split between subscribers who had been using private aviation before the pandemic and those who had started or restarted, seeking to minimize COVID-19 exposure. Previous research shows fewer than 20 touch points when using a private jet compared to over 700 with the airlines.

Over four in 10 respondents (41%) who are newbies said they would continue to fly privately "regularly" after the pandemic is over. A further 55% said they would use private aviation “once in a while after the pandemic is over.” Only 4% expect to stop private flights.

"The results show private aviation should expect a significant net gain in customers and flying post-pandemic," said Doug Gollan, Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Private Jet Card Comparisons. "New private aviation users were very clear that once they started flying privately, they came to understand the broad benefits. Sadly, domestic unrest is now becoming a consideration as well."


– 41% plan to continue flying privately regularly after the pandemic is over
– 55% plan to fly privately once in a while after the pandemic is over
– 4% plan to stop flying privately once the pandemic is over

“I’m really not sure why I didn’t do this sooner,” said one new private traveler. Another added, “You can buy the cheapest car, or you can pay more for a nicer car, with a better ride, safer and more comfortable. Private jets are just a better way to travel if you can afford it, and if you can afford it, it makes a lot of sense in so many ways.”

A McKinsey analysis last year estimated there were only around 100,000 regular private aviation users in the U.S., although 1.5 million affluent households have the means. Private air charters are back to 90% of pre-COVID levels, largely driven by new users.

Of subscribers who were flying privately prior to the pandemic, 38% said they would likely increase the percentage of their flights using private aviation after the pandemic is over, with 55% saying usage will be similar to before COVID-19.


– 55% plan to continue flying privately regularly after the pandemic is over
– 38% plan to increase the percentage of their flights using private aviation after the pandemic is over
– 7% plan to decrease the percentage of their flights using private aviation after the pandemic is over

Several respondents were skeptical of cleaning and social distancing procedures by the airlines. Others added that decreased airline schedules mean much longer travel times and more problematic connections.

The riot at the Capitol, threats to elected officials in airports, and the possibility of more domestic terrorism and unrest is also spurring more respondents to private jets. Nearly a third (32%) of new private flyers said they might end up switching some flights away from the airlines to private aviation.


– 68% won’t change their mix of flights using private aviation and the airlines
– 16% may switch some flights to private aviation instead of using the airlines
– 16% say if there are continued incidents, unrest, or attacks, they may switch flights from the airlines to private aviation

“The stuff at the airport was quite concerning,” said one subscriber. Another said, “We fly to several state capitals, and there are less flights, to begin with, so this just makes it an easy decision to go private…It certainly makes sense to have a plane at the airport waiting to go if something did happen.”

Those who were flying privately prior to COVID-19 were less likely (26%) to be thinking about switching flights from airlines, with a number of respondents offering comments like, “No impact. I only fly private.”


– 74% Won’t change their mix of flights using private aviation and the airlines
– 16% may switch some flights to private aviation instead of using the airlines
– 10% say If there are continued incidents, unrest, or attacks, they may switch flights from the airlines to private aviation

Overall, 30% of respondents say they may move more of their flying to private aviation due to concerns about domestic unrest.

Just over two-thirds of respondents (68%) say they expect to travel internationally despite the new U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 testing requirements, which include private jet arrivals.


– 31% say I would travel outside the US if I have confidence I can get tested locally before returning
– 28% say the new CDC requirements make it less likely I will travel outside the US
– 25% say I plan to travel outside the US, and it doesn’t have an impact
– 16% say I would travel outside the US if the hotel/resort provides testing on-property

About a third (31%) said they would travel internationally so long as they have confidence they can get tested locally before returning. A further 28% said the new CDC requirements would make it less likely they take international trips, while 25% said the new rule, which goes into effect on Jan. 26, doesn’t have an impact. Some 16% said they would travel internationally so long as the hotel or resorts provides on-property testing.


In terms of private aviation solutions, 83% of Private Jet Card Comparisons subscribers use jet cards, 32% charter on a trip-by-trip basis, 12% catch rides on friends’ private jets, 6% have fractional shares, 4% own their own private jets, and 1% fly on private aircraft for companies they work for, but don’t own. Numbers add up to more than 100% due to subscribers who have multiple solutions.

Only 1% say they use semi-private services where they can split costs or buy single seats. Some 3% said they haven’t flown privately yet, but are looking at options, while under 1% said they haven’t flown privately in the past 24 months and don’t expect to fly privately in the next year.

Of subscribers who bought or renewed a jet card that included a deposit within the past 18 months, the average deposit was $211,607. Additionally, 6% purchased pay-as-you-go jet cards and memberships where they paid a joining fee but didn’t have to wire any funds to keep on the account.

For jet card users, 61% said it was the first time they bought a jet card from that provider, 40% renewed with an existing provider, and 26% said they didn’t need to buy additional hours. Numbers add up to more than 100% as some users bought jet cards from multiple providers. About 1 in 5 (19%) reported switching providers.

The survey garnered 145 responses with a 4% +/- margin of error. A donation of $10 per respondent is being made to Feeding America, enough to provide 14,500 meals to those in need.


The annual price of a 12-month subscription to the online private aviation buyer’s guide is $250 and comes with personal assistance via its JET CARD DECIDER service. Subscribers can compare providers and programs by 65 variables, including safety standards, company size and history, key policies, inclusions, and amenities, including lead time for bookings and cancelations, surcharges, and discounts. Exclusive QUICK COMPARE FLIGHT PRICING enables subscribers to compare the cost for specific flights between dozens of providers in seconds.

Unlike lead generation websites, Private Jet Card Comparisons does not sell subscriber contact data or accept referral fees from jet companies. The promise is to protect their privacy and offer subscribers continually updated data and unbiased guidance.

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Aurora Insight to deploy RF sensing cubesats

Aurora Insight to deploy RF sensing cubesats

Aurora Insight to deploy RF sensing cubesats”

— Karol Donimirsky

NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 21, 2021 / — Aurora Insight, which is a Denver startup that captures terrestrial as well as satellite communications data, intends to deploy the first of the two cubesats on launch planned for SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare flight on January 22. The six-unit cubesats, namely, Bravo and Charlie, were constructed by satellite maker NanoAvionics and integrated with Aurora Insight sensors. Aurora Insight Chief executive officer Jennifer Alvarez informed SpaceNews, “We launch sensors at the fixed sites, such as on buildings as well as in vehicles, on satellites, and aircraft.” We take trillions of samples continuously that we manage in the cloud. Through this, we generate useful RF spectrum information as well as the networks that depend on it.

Aurora Insight sells analytics and data to consumers, including suppliers of broadband networks, operators of towers, producers of cellular devices, and government departments. For instance, the organization provides charts showing the accessibility of radio frequency spectrum as well as wireless networks, measuring 5G, the LTE, Internet of Things, 2G, 3G, TV signals, and Wi-Fi. Established in the year 2016, Aurora Insight deployed its first satellite in the year 2018, a technology demonstration to assess how the company’s patented sensor could sense effective terrestrial communication. “Antennas are usually tilted toward the ground for the cellular base stations such as LTE to optimize signal usage as well as coverage,” Alvarez stated.

“The main challenge is to receive enough signals in the space to detect the RF signal as well as provide analytics.” Aurora Insight employed NanoAvionics to create Bravo and Charlie after the initial technology demo was effective. Bravo was supposed to debut first, but in a few months, it is now planned to launch “Our satellites Bravo and Charlie have considerably more functionality” than in the first satellite, Alvarez stated. “They will activate new wireless spectrum information as well as the networks that depend on it.” To have global coverage, Aurora Insight aims to create a constellation of twelve satellites.

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Tesla’s investors should be worried about it losing ground in the Europe

Tesla’s investors should be worried about it losing ground in the Europe

Tesla’s investors should be worried about it losing ground in the Europe”


WARSAW, POLAND, January 21, 2021 / — According to recent statistics, Tesla’s Model 3 has been ceding ground in the Europe region. Today, the European market is the largest EV market worldwide following rapid growth in 2020, accompanied by the decrease in China. New electric car registration in Europe is two times that of China as well as five times in the USA. On Wednesday, Peter Garnry, Saxo Bank Head of Equity Strategy said that Tesla’s outpacing by Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Renault in the recent few months should have alerted shareholders. Garnry said that in the near future, Tesla is going to the largest and successful carmaker across the world, though the competition is becoming stiffer.

In the first 2021’s two weeks, Tesla’s stock has increased by over 21%, while in 2020; it soared by over 700%. Garnry said that in November, the European vehicle registration statistics showed that plug-ins, which combines both hybrid vehicles and pure electric, increased by 198% yearly. In the entire continent, the total car registrations fall by 14%. Today in Europe, plug-in vehicles take 10 percent of total market share, while pure Electric Vehicles accounting for about 5.4%. Garnry said that customers had agreed that Tesla’s sales had increased in the last month of the quarter and added that the sales dropped in the months of October as well as November.

In the recent EV ranking, the Renault Zoe was leading, and VW ID.3 was the second, while Hyundai’s Kona was third, followed by Tesla’s Model 3. This is according to a report released by sales figures from the EV industry database for plug-in vehicles volumes. Garnry said that this report should scare Tesla’s shareholders bearing in mind Model S and X did not appear in the top 20 rankings despite models like the Audi e-Tron being listed. When CNBC contacted Tesla to comment on this issue, Tesla did not give an immediate response.

Luca de Meo, the new CEO of Renault, said on Thursday that the company is moving to a more electric line-up and creating a battery plant with one of the suppliers in France. On Thursday, Wedbush Securities, the US investment firm, increased its price target from $715 to $950 per share with an optimistic plan of $1250. Wedbush said there was a rise in demand for Electric Vehicles and Model 3. They predicted that over 40% of total sales of Tesla would come from China by 2022, while Democrats would control all the three US government branches are expected to offer a greater strength for Electric Vehicles, considering the climate policy of President-elect Joe Biden.

Tesla’s investors should be worried about it losing ground in the Europe
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