The Internet of Things to Be Discussed at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, October 6-10, Orlando, Florida
The Internet plays an increasingly central role in the modern world, not only at the level of infrastructure, but also in culture, society and business. The Internet of Things extends that role to encompass an increasingly diverse range of devices and communications streams, many of which will be essentially machine-to-machine communications, rather than involving a person at either endpoint, according to Gartner, Inc.
"Demand for combined systems in emerging markets such as China and Brazil has also been strong to date, as combined systems offer less expensive basic interventional X-ray capability"
VidSys, a leading provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, today announced that NewSpring Capital led a $15.65 million equity financing in VidSys. NewSpring Capital, a Radnor, Pa., family of private equity funds, invested through NewSpring Growth Capital, the firm’s dedicated technology and business services growth equity fund. Also participating were VidSys’ existing investors: Atlanta Equity, Flybridge Capital Partners, JVax Investment Group and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.
ThyssenKrupp has today begun building a new production facility for assembled camshafts at its Chemnitz plant. Sven Morlok, Saxony's State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, and Petra Wesseler, the Mayoress of Chemnitz responsible for urban development and construction, took part in the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction. The new facility is being built at Presta Camshafts' Chemnitz production plant.
Brazil has taken another step towards protecting tourists on trips to Brazil. This month, the Consumer and Tourism Technical Committee was established, consisting of a panel of professionals linked to tourism and law, with the goal of producing a plan to resolve consumer disputes, including undelivered purchases of tourism products. The intention is to improve the quality of products and services and consumer relations, with an emphasis on the 2014 World Cup.
The federal government's Science without Borders program has entered into an agreement with the aviation company Embraer for internship opportunities for undergraduate sandwich scholarship students, when students take part of their course in another country. The contract, which lasts three years, will make at least 20 places available per year.
FINEP has just launched two public notices through the Inovar program. One is the 14th "Inovar Funds" public call and the other is the 6th "Inovar Seed" public call.
The first is aimed at managers and administrators of Venture Capital funds, Private Equity and Funds of Funds, who should submit capitalization proposals to investors by August 20.
Project provides for investments of 4.8 million from the Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Tourism of the State of Rio Grande do Sul
The Award is open to students and researchers from Brazil and all Mercosur member countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
On Tuesday (June 25), the Mercosur Science and Technology Specialized Meeting (RECyT) announced that the theme for the Science and Technology Award 2013 will be "Education for Science". Registration is now open and projects can be submitted until August 19 of this year, via the awards website.
On Wednesday (June 12), the Finance Minister, Guido Mantega, announced a new measure to remove the Financial Transactions Tax (IOF) on foreign-exchange derivatives. The measure allows for a greater supply of dollars in the futures market and decreases depreciation of the real.
Caixa Econômica Federal (Federal Savings Bank) has expanded operation of the Government Severance Indemnity Fund (FGTS) in another six European countries. Brazilians residing in Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland can now withdraw their benefit without needing to return to Brazil. The strategy, which began in Europe in May 2012, is part of a partnership between Caixa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is now available at more than 30 points, distributed in communities abroad in which a large number of Brazilians live.
The Brazilian shipbuilding industry has just received R$ 41 million to invest in new technology and equipment. FINEP has launched a public invitation with non-reimbursable funds (which do not need to be returned) from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FNDCT)/Sector Funds to support cooperative projects between scientific and technology research institutions and companies operating in ship parts for inland, coastal and long haul shipping.
The 2013-2014 Agricultural and Livestock Plan (PAP), announced on Tuesday (June 4) in Brasilia by President Dilma Rousseff, reached its highest financial volume ever of R$ 136 billion. The amount is divided into R$ 97.6 billion for costing and marketing financing, and R$ 38.4 billion for investment programs. Credit available under the plan has increased by 18% compared to the previous year.
Since the creation of the Low Carbon Agriculture Program (ABC) credit line, under the 2010-2011 Agricultural and Livestock Plan, 14,000 contracts have been concluded, totaling over R$ 4.46 billion in finance agreements. In three years, there has been a 507% increase in the acquisition of loans by farmers to adopt technologies for the recovery of degraded pastures, crop-livestock-forest integration, no-till farming, and planted forests, among others.
The six host cities (Brasilia, Recife, Fortaleza, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte) are to be patrolled by 10 aircraft. Government agencies will operate collaboratively
Investments range from the structuring of primary care units in the host cities of the FIFA World Cup 2014 to purchasing hospital equipment and ambulances
The goal is to make Brazil the 3rd world tourist economy by 2022
An agreement signed on Monday (May 20) provides for the expansion of the Open University of Brazil (UAB) in Mozambique. As of 2015, over 2,000 places will be available in mathematics, biology, pedagogy and public administration courses. The document was signed by the Minister of Education, Aloizio Mercadante, during a meeting with leaders of Portuguese-speaking African countries.
At least 1.1 million Brazilian plant samples are expected to be made available through the Reflora Virtual Herbarium Project. This was the main result presented during an event on “historical recovery and creation of a virtual herbarium for knowledge and conservation of Brazilian flora”, held from May 15-17 at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).
Brasilia University Hospital (known as "HUB") has begun final preparations for the opening of the Confederations Cup on June 15. The hospital is part of a group of hospitals that will provide medical support during the single match in the competition that is to take place in the Federal District: Brazil vs. Japan. The institution started work toward creating a crisis cabinet, indicating team coordinators and drafting a response plan to assist spectators.
Telebras has completed the fiber-optic rings in the Northeast and Southeast of Brazil, expanding its telecommunications network by over 8,900 kilometers. In doing so, the company's backbone extends 25,000 km across the country. The metropolitan areas of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Vitória and Belo Horizonte have now become part of the Telebras national network.
The refugee population in Brazil amounts to 2,991 people, excluding the 1,271 Angolans and Liberians who no longer occupy exile status. 2,008 foreigners were granted asylum between 2011 and 2012 (four times more than in 2010) and from the 853 requests made until March this year, 577 were assessed, with 253 granted, representing an increase of 175% over the 299 applications in 2012. The data was released on Friday, April 26, by the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Complementary signs for the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup are now beginning to be installed in Brasilia, with the placement of street signs, written in Portuguese and English, in the vicinity of the city's new sports arena, the Mané Garrincha National Stadium of Brasilia. The total cost of the special signs amounts to R$ 930,000, including materials and labor.
On Monday (April 22), the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, released two public invitations through the departments of Science and Technology (DST) and Biotechnology (DBT) intended to support scientific and technological development in the two countries.