Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Home Sigfox chief brands data as digital nuclear weapon LIVE FROM SIGFOX CONNECT, BERLIN: Sigfox co-founder Ludovic Le Moan (pictured, right) confessed the way in which data is used rather than core technology will determine the success of the IoT market, as the non-cellular technology player revealed its network now covers 1 billion people globally.Speaking in a press conference, here, Le Moan said IoT was “not a question of technology” and the market will only truly thrive if the data extracted from connected devices is used in the smartest and most cost-efficient way.“We are extracting data from everywhere around us, and it will only be a success if we take care of it,” he said. “If you take data from sensors at a higher cost than its own value you are killing the market. By getting the right technology, whatever it is, to create a differential between the core value of data and the cost of extraction, multiplied by billions and billions of data, you create a big industry and a big economy.”Le Moan continued to highlight the threat from China and the US, “which are leading on data collection”, and urged Europe to develop its own dedicated strategy and leverage data, “our nuclear weapon for digital”, to advance the continent’s verticals: healthcare; energy; and transportation.The executive’s comments about IoT technology back up the company’s wider message when its solution is compared with alternatives on the market, with both standardised and non-standardised offerings deemed largely complementary to the other.Indeed, Sigfox’s propriatory solution is one of a number of low power wide area (LPWA) options, with standardised cellular technologies NB-IoT and LTE-M seeing the most traction from operators. In the non-standardised market, Sigfox has focussed its solutions largely on the B2B use case, and the company is joined by LoRa, which is backed heavily by France-based Orange, among others.As well as unveiling a number of new solutions during the two-day event, Sigfox said its network was now live across 53 countries, covering 1 billion people, with eight countries including Norway, Austria and Kenya recently adding to its footprint.During the conference, Le Moan said the uptake equated to 3.9 million connected devices, which is forecast to more than double to 8 million by the end of this year.The company put a lot of its success down to the low cost of its modules, which debuted at $12 a unit, coming down to $2 in 2016 and a $0.20 design now available on an industrial scale.New solutionsWith the company seeing a big demand for industrial use cases, the company rolled out Bubble, a connected device which can be used for asset tracking worldwide.The Bubble device, a transmitter, is managed by Sigfox’s network operating centre and are accurately located during installation. The device is then able to track assets, over a range of less than one metre to one hundred metres, and when a Sigfox-powered device enters the range of a Bubble it sends the ID to the cloud along with its own identification.Sigfox highlighted the solution’s use case for the travel industry, for example tracking luggage in airports, and also for tracing children or pets.The company also launched Atlas Wi-Fi, a geolocation service for massive IoT applications. The platform provides outdoor and indoor tracking services designed to support global supply chain and logistics applications. It combines Sigfox’s global network with Wi-Fi infrastructure to keep track of containers and packaging from supplier warehouses, and can also be used for air transport; luggage and trolley management; locating stolen and missing cars; industrial asset management; and tracking the location of shipping containers.Sigfox said a unique selling point of the service is that it doesn’t use GPS for location tracking, which means it requires significantly less energy. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back IoTLPWASigfox Previous ArticleBT names Jansen as next CEONext ArticleNokia reveals €700M cost-cutting plan, reduces net loss AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 OCT 2018 Author Related Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play Kavit Majithia Telenor targets IoT boost through unification Tags Satellite IoT network provider bags €26M funding
Joshua Roberts/Getty ImagesBy LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — When the boutique tech firm Yosi Health developed software aimed at streamlining the nation’s coronavirus vaccine effort, CEO Hari Prasad sought help from one of its earliest investors — a company with a special government connection.The investor was StartUp Health, and that special connection came through its chief medical officer, Howard Krein, who is married to President Joe Biden’s daughter.That detail that was not lost on Yosi’s Prasad, who reached out to StartUp Health in December with a request to introduce their platform to government health officials.“Our goal with StartUp Health is to leverage their relationships and work with state and federal agencies,” he explained in an interview with ABC News.During the 2020 presidential campaign, attention on the Biden family focused largely on his son, Hunter Biden. But experts say it is the president’s son-in-law who could present fresh ethical challenges for the new administration.“Howard Krein is playing with fire,” said Meredith McGehee, the executive director of Issue One, a nonpartisan ethics watchdog group. “If he gets too close to that flame — if he is trying to either cash in on his relationship with the president, or he is trying to influence policy — the flame is going to get him. And it is not worth it to him or to Biden.”A renowned Philadelphia-based head and neck surgeon who married Biden’s daughter Ashley in 2012, Krein helps oversee StartUp Health investments in hundreds of companies, including some hoping to break through with the federal agencies battling the global coronavirus pandemic.Since 2011, when Krein founded the firm with his brother Steven Krein and veteran tech entrepreneur Unity Stoakes, Joe Biden has been an active supporter of the venture — headlining corporate conferences and inviting the company’s executives to the Oval Office to meet then-President Barack Obama.When the COVID-19 crisis emerged during Biden’s bid for the White House, Krein stepped up in the spring to advise his father-in-law’s campaign in an unofficial role on potential pandemic response plans — an arrangement that garnered scrutiny at the time, given StartUp Health’s push to invest in firms that were looking to tailor products to help the pandemic response.Now, with Biden in office, Krein’s involvement with StartUp Health has prompted more tough questions, ethicists and tech industry experts told ABC News. Among them: Should Krein advise companies backed by StartUp Health in their efforts to win lucrative government contracts? Should he weigh in with his father-in-law on policy decisions that may benefit those companies? And will he obtain sensitive government information that may help inform investment decisions?“Dr. Krein presents an ethical dilemma because he’s being placed in a position where people want him to deliver access and information that will provide them with a competitive advantage,” said Scott Amey, general counsel at the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight, which investigates possible conflicts of interest and allegations of waste or fraud in federal government.“At the same time, Biden has to ensure that family and friends’ private matters don’t merge with official government actions,” Amey said. “This situation will take a good amount of transparency and oversight to ensure that lines are not crossed and that ethics standards are upheld.”Neither StartUp Health nor Krein responded to multiple inquiries from ABC News.Michael Gwin, a White House spokesperson, insisted that “Biden has set and maintained the highest ethical standards for himself, his administration, and those around him.”“Any implication to the contrary is flatly untrue and unsupported by the facts,” Gwin said.Since taking office, Biden has reaffirmed his campaign pledge to maintain a wall between his family’s business enterprises and his work leading the federal government.“We’re going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration,” he told People Magazine last week. “No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy.”Called to the Oval OfficeStartUp Health has invested nearly $2 billion over the past decade, which it has poured into more than 350 startups focused on addressing a long list of challenges in health care, ranging from nutrition and fitness to opioid addiction.“Health care is a very tough place to run a startup … so as a startup you need all of the help and support you can get,” said Prasad. “That’s where StartUp Health plays a critical role. It’s a support system to lean on.”StartUp Health is one of a number of specialists in this arena, but it has not been shy about touting its unique connection to the corridors of power in Washington. The firm has frequently linked itself to the Biden family in promotional materials, highlighting Krein’s travels with the former vice president to promote cancer research and touting Biden’s participation as a speaker at its annual festival, which he did twice as an independent citizen after leaving the vice presidency.Shortly after the company was started, its founders were invited to an Oval Office meeting with then-President Barack Obama to preview their plans. Howard Krein recounted the details of that visit in a 2015 interview.“I happened to be talking to my father-in-law that day and I mentioned Steve and Unity were down there [in D.C.],” Krein said. “[Biden] knew about StartUp Health and was a big fan of it. He asked for Steve’s number and said, ‘I have to get them up here to talk with Barack.’ The Secret Service came and got Steve and Unity and brought them to the Oval Office.”In the intervening years, as StartUp Health has expanded its footprint in the health care tech sphere, its executives have invoked the White House meeting and their special ties to Biden as evidence of the venture’s prominence. References to Biden are scattered across StartUp Health’s website and publications. The company’s blog even republished an excerpt from Biden’s memoir.Biden’s public praise of both the company and Krein only escalated when he left the vice presidency.“I love him like he’s my own,” Biden said of Krein in 2018.Twice Biden appeared as a featured speaker at events hosted by StartUp Health that were intended to entice venture capitalists to invest in the company, touting his son-in-law’s position as an executive at the firm.“Changing the culture to vastly expand cooperation; that’s what attracts me to Startup Health — not just my incredible admiration for my son-in-law,” Biden said at the 2018 StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco. “[Krein] is one of the finest men I’ve ever known in my life, and when a father-in-law says that you know it means something.”Prior to founding StartUp Health, Krein volunteered with the World Pediatric Project for 15 years, participating in international humanitarian missions to provide reconstructive surgeries for children. He did so while continuing to practice medicine in Philadelphia.One pandemic, two rolesIn the spring of 2020, Krein appeared on StartUp Health NOW, the firm’s podcast, to discuss how new technologies may contribute to the pandemic response. During the interview, he promoted a wearable pulse-oximeter developed by an Israeli tech startup called Oxitone as a way of detecting the virus in patients before the onset of symptoms.“It’s really going to revolutionize the way we care for patients,” Krein said of Oxitone, one of StartUp Health’s earliest investments.In an interview with ABC News, Dr. Leon Eisen, the founder and CEO of Oxitone, said StartUp Health has been an invaluable partner in the growth of his company, and counts Krein as “a very good friend.” Eisen agreed it is difficult to ignore the benefit of Krein’s connections, even as he made it a point to say that StartUp Health has always conducted itself with integrity.“[Krein’s] connections could help StartUp Health to make much better business, and, as a result, all StartUp Health companies — independent of their relationship with Howard — will benefit in general from the relationships of StartUp Health and connections of StartUp Health,” Eisen said.Weeks after his March podcast appearance — during which Krein also announced that the pandemic response would become the company’s 12th “moonshot” initiative — Krein’s name surfaced as one of a small group of health experts helping then-candidate Biden shape his own pandemic response platform.A campaign spokesperson told ABC News in October that Krein’s contribution to the campaign was limited to sharing his experience treating COVID-19 patients during the daily conference calls convened by top campaign officials.Potential conflictsIn the hypercompetitive world of venture capital, where information and connections are valuable currency, Krein’s dual roles as a tech entrepreneur and as son-in-law to the president present several novel challenges, experts said.One of those challenges is determining whether Krein will have access to nonpublic information about the Biden administration’s pandemic response plan that may help guide StartUp Health’s investment choices, according to Dr. Johannes Lenhard, a University of Cambridge ethics researcher and author of a forthcoming book on the ethics of venture capital.Given the inherent risk associated with venture capital in determining which startups may someday become profitable, any informational edge would be of tremendous value to investors, Lenhard said.“This whole world is based on insider knowledge, and the information is not equally distributed,” said Lenhard. “A lot of stuff that would be totally outrageous in banking, like this idea of insider trading, is totally commonplace in venture capital. Every deal, in a sense, is based on specific information that an investor might have gotten from their network.”A White House official said that processes involving both the White House Counsel’s office and Biden family representatives are in place to address conflict-of-interest questions, but the official declined to describe those processes in detail.Ann Skeet, an expert in leadership ethics at Santa Clara University, said the ethical considerations surrounding Krein demonstrate the inherent tension now facing the Biden administration as it seeks to regain much of the public’s trust in government after what Skeet called four years of overt nepotism during the Trump administration.“Everyone who holds elected office has an obligation to the constituents they serve, and part of that includes avoiding even the appearance of any kind of impropriety,” Skeet said. “It’s something that people in those roles deal with on a regular basis.”During Trump’s four years in office, his eponymous company continued to pursue real estate deals and his hotels and golf clubs catered to a string of foreign and lobbying clients in what Skeet called a flouting of the barriers that traditionally prevent elected officials from profiting from private business while in office. Skeet said Biden owes it to Americans to hold himself to a new, higher standard of ethical conduct.“[Biden] is in a new territory now,” she said. “We all are. The whole country is.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Colorado, Pittsburgh, Chicago officials report AFM cases in childrenAfter 6 children in Minnesota were reported to be afflicted with enterovirus-linked cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), officials in Colorado, Pittsburgh, and Chicago are reporting cases. Colorado has had 14 AFM cases since the beginning of the year, while Pittsburgh authorities are reporting 3 recent cases and Chicago 2.According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the state has had 41 cases of enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) infections tied to neurologic illness in children. Of those cases, 14 have involved AFM, a rare polio-like condition. And 11 of those 14 children tested positive for EV-A71, 1 tested positive for EV-D68, and 2 tested EV-negative. The hallmark of AFM is a sudden onset of limb weakness associated with spinal cord inflammation.”The state health department has been monitoring this situation closely since early spring,” the CDPHE said in a news release yesterday. “In addition to investigating the outbreak, the department has issued alerts to health care providers on how to test for the viruses and enhanced guidance to child care centers on infection prevention.”Meanwhile, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh confirmed three AFM cases yesterday and Chicago officials have reported two cases, Yahoo News reported today. The two Chicago-area children are being treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Oct 8 that it has confirmed 38 AFM cases in 16 states through September. In 2014 and 2016 the condition spiked, affecting 120 and 149 children, respectively.Oct 9 CDPHE news release Oct 10 Yahoo News report Oct 8 CIDRAP News story “States and CDC probe reports of rare poliolike symptoms in kids” Experts recommend 15 cutting-edge tools to combat public health threatsInvesting in 15 promising technologies—from ubiquitous genomic sequencing to self-spreading vaccines—could make the world better equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from snowballing, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said in a new report yesterday.A team of researchers sought to pinpoint areas in need of technological solutions to address severe pandemics and other global catastrophic biological risk (GCBR) areas. They then detailed technologies that have “significant potential to reduce GCBRs,” whether they be “naturally emerging or reemerging, deliberately created and released, or laboratory-engineered and escaped.””Properties of the technologies needed to prevent or respond to these events are likely to be qualitatively and quantitatively different from those used in routine public health and medical practice,” the report authors wrote. “Through this research, we focused on properties that transformative technologies in GCBR reduction might possess.” Such devices would have better sensitivity, demonstrate improved capacity, would be rugged and easy to use, and could be developed and deployed fairly quickly.The experts highlighted promising technology in five groups: (1) disease detection, surveillance, and situational awareness; (2) infectious disease diagnostics; (3) distributed medical countermeasure (MCM) manufacturing; (4) MCM distribution and administration; and (5) medical care and surge capacity.Under disease detection, the group recommended prioritizing ubiquitous genomic sequencing and sensing, drone networks for environmental detection, and remote sensing of agricultural pathogens. MCM technology included microarray vaccine patches, self-spreading vaccines, ingestible bacteria for vaccination, self-amplifying mRNA vaccines, and drone delivery to remote locations.Oct 9 Center for Health Security news release Oct 9 Center for Health Security full report Lyme disease triples from 2012 to 2017 in OntarioAccording to new studies published in the Canadian Communicable Diseases Report (CCDR) 30% of ticks sampled near Ottawa, Ontario, carried the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, and the number of human cases tripled from 2012 through 2017.The new surveillance data aims to provide more context to the marked rise of Lyme disease in Ontario. Case counts in Canada have increased by a factor of six from 2009 through 2015, mainly in central and eastern regions. In this study, researchers looked at all Lyme disease cases with episode dates from Jan 1, 2012, through Dec 31, 2017, in Ontario and calculated the number and proportion of cases by residence, month of occurrence, age, and sex.In 2012, there were only 173 confirmed and probable cases in Ontario; by 2017, that number was 959—three times higher than the 5-year (2012-2016) average of 313. Most cases in 2017 were reported in the eastern part of the province, and 59.8% of cases were in men.”Lyme disease incidence is increasing in Ontario. This trend is likely to continue as climate change progresses and enables blacklegged ticks to survive and propagate in new areas,” the authors said.In another study, researchers collected and sampled black-legged (deer) ticks (Ixodes scapularis) collected from June to October of 2017 at 23 sites in Ottawa municipal parks, recreational trails, and forests. Ticks were found at 16 of the 23 sites (70%).Thirty percent of the ticks carried Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Oct 4 CCDR Lyme study Oct 4 CCDR tick study
For more details about Angel Fire trail opening updates, winter rates, and reservations go to www.angelfireresort.comor call 855.923.7387. Courtesy/AngelFireResort AFR News: The family-friendly resort kicks off ski season this Friday, Dec. 13, with a 52” of natural snow. The mountain operations team has also been taking advantage of the colder temperatures throughout the past four weeks making snow in anticipation of this year’s opening. Snow updates and 24-hour live webcams can be accessed here: https://www.angelfireresort.com/snow-report/ ANGEL FIRE ― Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico, has benefited from late fall storms that have tracked over the southwest. Courtesy/AngelFireResort With more than 85 skiable acres, Liberation Terrain Park, four chairlifts and two moving carpets, and two of the four-lanes of the Polar Coaster Tubing Hill all open this Friday, resort officials are celebrating the return of the winter ski season. Courtesy/AngelFireResort “We’ve been working around the clock to get our mountain ready for the winter season. We anticipate with the natural storms and continued cold temperatures for our snowmaking, we will be able to announce several more trail openings very soon and look forward to a great season,” said Angel Fire Resort Marketing Director Greg Ralph.Five Things To Know About Angel Fire Resort’s Opening Weekend:Opening Day Free Giveaways and Mug Club: Be first on the Chile Express Chairlift to have your photo taken with our Opening Day Banner. Also, if you’re one of the first twenty people on the lift you will receive a free Angel Fire Resort beanie. Join us for our first ever Opening Day Mug Club Kick-off at the Village Haus (9 am – 5pm) sponsored by Odell Brewing. $35 gets you in the club with your own mug, first beer on us. Then $1 off all drafts after that for the remainder of the season. We’ll even wash and store your mug at the Village Haus for your next visit. Courtesy/AngelFireResort The storms are providing the northern New Mexican mountains with a few inches of consistent snow with each storm. With forecasters predicting winter will gain additional momentum in February and March, Angel Fire Resort is planning to keep the ski mountain open through March 22, 2020. The longer season ties into many southern states Spring Break calendars. Discounted Season Pass for Teachers: Teachers (K-12) nationwide can pick up a season pass to the resort for $99 if purchased by Dec. 12. This pays for itself with just two days of skiing. The Teacher Pass increases to $199 starting Dec. 13. To purchase the Teacher Pass or any other Season Pass, click here: Not Just for Skiers: For winter adventure beyond skiing and snowboarding, check out Angel Fire Resort’s tubing hill (the Polar Coaster complete with a 700’ surface lift to take the hiking out of tubing), a traditional sledding hill, snowshoe rentals, indoor pools, and a hot tub. The Village of Angel Fire also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice fishing, snowmobile tours, and dinner rides. Click here, for reservations and pricing. If Christmas shopping is more on your mind than skiing, visit Winter Sports. The ski and clothing company will be offering a heavily discounted Opening Weekend sale on ski and apparel equipment. Weekend Lodging: To kick off this season the resort is offering a special discounted opening weekend lodging rate for $99 a night at the hotel and 15 percent off managed properties and the RV Resort. Needs to be purchased online before Dec. 14, click here. Kids 6 and Under and 5thGraders Ski Free: All season long kids 6 and younger and all 5th-grade students ski for free. Additionally, seniors ski for just $29.
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