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IBM Unveils AI-Driven Software for Environmental Intelligence, Helping Businesses Address Sustainability Objectives and Climate Risk

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Business Wire India
 IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite combines weather, climate, and operational data and environmental performance management into a single solution
Helps companies anticipate and respond to climate risks, such as flooding and wildfires, while providing insights to help improve resiliency and meet sustainability goals
Addresses World Economic Forum’s Top Three Most Likely Risks for Businesses over the next decade


IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a suite of environmental intelligence software that leverages AI to help organizations prepare for and respond to weather and climate risks that may disrupt business, more easily assess their own impact on the planet, and reduce the complexity of regulatory compliance and reporting.
 
Companies are facing climate-related damage to their assets, disruptions to supply chains and operations, as well as increasing expectations from consumers and investors to perform as an environmental leader. Extreme weather, climate action failure and human-led environmental damage were cited as the top three most likely risks for businesses over the next ten years in the World Economic Forum’s “Global Risks Report 2021.” Businesses need actionable environmental insights to address these challenges, but current methods are often cumbersome and complex – requiring intensive manual labor, climate and data science skills, and computing power.
 
The IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite announced today aims to help companies streamline and automate the management of environmental risks and operationalize underlying processes, including carbon accounting and reduction, to meet environmental goals. The suite leverages existing weather data from IBM, the overall most accurate provider globally, advanced geospatial analytics already in use by companies around the world, and new innovations from IBM Research. The offering is the first to bring together artificial intelligence, weather data, climate risk analytics, and carbon accounting capabilities in this way – allowing organizations to spend less resources curating this complex data, and more on analyzing it for insights and taking action to improve their operations.
 
IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite is a SaaS solution designed to help organizations:

Monitor for disruptive environmental conditions such as severe weather, wildfires, flooding and air quality and send alerts when detected; 

Predict potential impacts of climate change and weather across the business using climate risk analytics; 
Gain insights into potential operational disruptions and prioritize mitigation and response efforts; 
Measure and report on environmental initiatives and operationalize carbon accounting, while reducing the burden of this reporting on procurement and operations teams.

 
The suite delivers environmental insights via APIs, dashboards, maps and alerts that can help companies address both immediate operational challenges as well as longer term planning and strategies. For instance, the suite could be used to help retailers prepare for severe weather-related shipping and inventory disruptions, or factor environmental risks into future warehouse locations; energy and utility companies to determine where to trim vegetation around power lines or which of their critical assets may soon be at greater risk from wildfires due to climate change. Or the suite could be used to help supermarkets get a clearer picture of how refrigeration systems are contributing to their overall greenhouse gas emissions and prioritize locations for improvement.
 
“The future of business and the environment are deeply intertwined. Not only are companies coping with the effects of extreme weather disruptions on their operations, they’re also being held increasingly accountable by shareholders and regulators for how their operations impact the planet,” said Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D., General Manager, IBM AI Applications. “IBM is bringing together the power of AI and hybrid cloud to provide businesses with environmental intelligence designed to help them improve environmental performance and reporting, create more efficient business operations to reduce resource consumption, and plan for resiliency in the face of climate disruptions.”
 
“Today’s announcement further accelerates our commitment to apply scientific methods to find new solutions for the most pressing challenges that we face as a society. Last year, IBM Research launched a global initiative called the “Future of Climate” to develop and demonstrate innovations focused on addressing climate change by leveraging AI expertise across IBM Research,” said Gargi Dasgupta – Director, IBM Research India and CTO IBM India/South Asia. “To support this initiative, IBM Research – India, which has been at the forefront of advancing AI and its applications, has played a critical role in building the new Carbon Performance Engine and Climate aware applications including forecasting, which are now a part of the overall Environmental Intelligence Suite.”
 
Companies around the world are already using many of the core weather and AI technologies found within IBM’s Environmental Intelligence Suite. For example, IBM environmental data and geospatial analytics are being used by Brazilian ethanol, bioelectricity and sugar company BP Bunge Bioenergia to help it better understand its agricultural sugarcane production and improve its market intelligence estimates regarding global sugar production and by agribusiness leader Cajamar to help Spanish farmers aiming to improve yields and reduce environmental impact via its digital Plataforma Tierra tool.
 
The IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite also takes advantage of AI-driven innovations from IBM Research that make it easier for climate and data scientists to analyze massive environmental datasets, and a new climate risk modeling framework used to generate data on future wildfire and flooding risks. Additionally, the suite will leverage unique technologies from IBM Research which apply natural language processing and automation designed to help companies estimate carbon emissions and identify opportunities to reduce them across their operations or with suppliers.
 
The Environmental Intelligence Suite can be integrated with IBM’s broader software portfolio for additional efficiencies across business operations – including IBM Maximo Application Suite to help companies protect and extend the lifecycle of their critical assets and IBM Supply Chain Intelligence Suite to help build more sustainable and resilient supply chains.
 
Businesses can also tap into the cross-industry expertise of IBM Global Business Services to help design, implement and accelerate their environmental business transformation journeys. These strategies include reimagining operations, supply chains, emissions management, or ESG and climate risk reporting with the help of emerging technologies to assist organizations in meeting their environmental goals.
 
For more details on IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite, visit: ibm.biz/environmental-intelligence. To learn more about how innovations across IBM are helping clients seeking to create a more sustainable and resilient future, please visit: ibm.com/sustainability.

 

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New Report From Arthur D. Little Highlights Full Potential of Artificial Intelligence for Business

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Arthur D. Little (ADL) has launched a new report which examines how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to its full potential in the context of business decision making. The report – ‘From Insight to Impact’ looks at how companies can use AI more holistically rather than to just perform discrete functions and includes real world use cases where AI has demonstrated its ability to powerfully augment and improve business processes.

 

In a survey conducted for the report, only 16% of respondents believed that their organizations were benefitting from the full potential of AI technology. For the great majority, AI applications remain stuck at the pilot stage or are limited to just specific applications such as online customer interaction. The survey also showed that concerns still exist around the more widespread use of AI, with loss of control, lack of transparency, and the perceived threat of job losses all flagged as potential issues.

 

ADL’s report has been produced to cut through both the hype and negative connotations around AI. Based on in-depth, first-hand experience and primary research across multiple industries, the report provides practical, realistic insight into how additional business impact can be achieved via AI. It also proposes a clear approach that organizations can adopt in order to maximize the benefits of AI, including governance, setting up multidisciplinary teams, developing data frameworks, and implementing the right technology platforms.

 

The use cases the report cites include: predicting rail network disruptions; forecasting petrochemical prices; optimizing telecoms networks; managing pharmaceutical regulations; improving product development in the food industry; and making chemical plants more energy efficient.

 

Michael Kolk, Managing Partner at ADL and the Global Lead for the Technology & Innovation Management (TIM) practice, comments: “A crucial starting point for unlocking the full potential of AI within business is to establish its aim as being to augment, rather than replace, human decision making. Deployed properly, it is a way to help people make smarter, faster and more informed decisions that benefit the entire organization, not just small aspects of it. But to do this successfully requires a holistic strategy that goes far beyond simply employing data scientists and starting discrete pilot projects.”

 

The report is available here: www.adl.com/InsightToImpact

 

 

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Eaton Introduces Variable Valve Actuation Technologies to Help Commercial Truck Makers Meet Upcoming China Emissions Regulations

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Eaton Introduces Variable Valve Actuation Technologies to Help Commercial Truck Makers Meet Upcoming China Emissions Regulations

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Power management company Eaton today announced its Vehicle Group has introduced a complete portfolio of variable valve actuation (VVA) technologies to help commercial vehicle manufacturers meet forthcoming emissions regulations in China. The regulations are expected to be significantly more stringent than current standards.

 

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Eaton’s variable valve actuation (VVA) technologies help commercial vehicle manufacturers meet looming emissions regulations. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Automakers that manufacture vehicles for the China market are researching how to achieve future emissions regulations,” said Fabiano Contarin, product director, Commercial Vehicle Valvetrain, Eaton’s Vehicle Group. “Eaton is the right partner to support this effort because of our considerable experience helping European and U.S. auto and truck makers develop emissions-reducing technologies.”

 

Eaton’s VVA solutions are based on two building blocks: 1) a rocker with a switchable capsule, and 2) a split rocker for full deactivation. By combining these two building blocks, several VVA strategies can be utilized in virtually any engine architecture – single and dual overhead cam, as well as cam-in-block engines – and engine displacement ranging from 2.0 liters to 15.0 liters.

 

Vehicle Group’s CDA technology lowers CO2 and NOx simultaneously

 

Cylinder deactivation (CDA) is a VVA technology that involves deactivating the intake and exhaust valve opening, as well as the fuel injection on some cylinders when an engine is running at low load. This increases the temperature of the exhaust gases, allowing the nitrogen oxide (NOx) aftertreatment to remain efficient at low load and decrease carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

 

CDA is an ideal solution for commercial vehicles that make frequent stops, such as sanitation or delivery trucks. It decreases both NOx and CO2 simultaneously, making it more efficient than other technologies that cut NOx at the expense of increased CO2. CDA can reduce NOx by more than 40% and CO2 by 5%-8%.

 

Late intake valve closing technology reduces emissions

 

Eaton also offers Late Intake Valve Closing (LIVC), which delays the closing of the intake valve, so the effective compression ratio is lower than the expansion ratio. LIVC increases the thermal efficiency of the engine, improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions. Reducing the amount of airflow through the engine with a shorter intake stroke raises the exhaust temperature by 40 degrees Celsius, contributing to the thermal management of the aftertreatment. Overall, LIVC can reduce CO2 by 1%-2%, and is most efficient for applications such as over-the-road trucks.

 

Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. We provide sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power – more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably. Eaton’s 2020 revenues were $17.9 billion, and we sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. We have approximately 85,000 employees. For more information, visit www.eaton.com

 

 

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Honor to Knight! DRAG S/X PnP-X Kit Is Launched

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In November, VOOPOO announced the overseas launch of the DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT. The product carries out comprehensive technical upgrading on the basis of DRAG S/X, endows the core concept of “Chivalry” in product design, and pays tribute to the glory and virtue of knights.

 

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Originated from the spirit of martial arts of German in the Middle Ages, the spirit of chivalry was then embodied in soldiers of the European battlefield in the 11th century, and guards of emperors and warriors of Christ. Nowadays, chivalry is culturally continued and nobly expressed as gentleman demeanor. Despite passage of time, the only constant is the faith that knight loyally holds and eight virtues of knights flowing in their blood. After learning about this legendary medieval history and digging out the core of chivalry, VOOPOO design and R&D personnel were deeply touched. The four core propositions of ” Honor”, ” Valor”, “Justice” and “Spirituality” were included in DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT product for consumers to discover. Every vaping is a fusion of VOOPOO and the connotation of the knight, and every piece of cloud is a spiritual portrait of the knight who rushes to the battlefield heroically.

 

DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT selects five new knight colors, each of which implies a rich design language. Shield Gold–Knight Templar for Defending Justice. Knight Red–Masked Knight for Pursuit Fairness. Knight Chestnut–Dragon Knight for Defending Glory .Eagle Black–Black Knight for Brave and Fearless. Knight Gray–Paladin for Spirituality.

 

PnP-X Pod displays knight’s spirituality. The metal materials and knob-filling on the top are upgraded, and the 510 drip tip can be replaced at any time. It is anti-leakage, more convenient, and more flexible. Radiating knight spirituality, PnP-X Pod will give you an enjoyable experience in vaping.

 

The knight series products bring an “Infinite Airflow System” that supports the adjustment of any airway. More than that, knight symbolizes of bravery and heroism. DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT embodies the knight’s valor spirit. It is equipped with a powerful GENE.TT chip, and adjustable power ranging from 5-60/80w. The product can be started in 0.001 second. The hardware is powerful enough that every knight can charge into the battle, with no worries.

 

The mission of the knight is to guard the country and territory, glory, and faith, and the beloved princess in their hearts. DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT fitted with 2500 mAh built-in battery and 18650 external battery respectively. The Type-C 5V/2A fast charging interface gives every knight full blood for them to resurrect in an instant. To guard the DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT is to guard the spirit of the knight, the cultural connotation of which has been inherited and innovated for thousands of years.

 

DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT has been upgraded based on DARG S&DARG X. The biggest highlight is the comprehensive upgrade of the atomizer. For one thing, the PnP X Pod has upgraded the metal decorative ring with knight-style texture. For another, the knob-filling on the top, which is more convenient. Anti-leakage design is more compact, and the 510 drip tip can be replaced at any time. In short, the upgrade of DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT is comprehensive, and is worthy of buying. At the same time, a vaper who likes the appearance of knights can’t miss this flagship product with “chivalry spirit.” Let us pay tribute to the honor of knights together!

 

Positioning of DRAG S/X PnP-X KIT and DARG S/X PRO is different. DARG S/X PRO is a top-fitting product for professional vapers who want to experience higher power and bigger cloud.

 

Founded in 2017, VOOPOO has rapidly grown within a short period of time and is now selling worldwide. VOOPOO is a high-tech enterprise integrating R&D, design, production and brand operations. It has four flagship product series: DRAG, VINCI, ARGUS and V Series. VOOPOO has more than 3000 employees worldwide and its business covers more than 70 countries and regions in North America, Europe and Asia.

 

WARNING: This product may be used with e-liquid products containing nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.

 

For more information, please visit https://www.voopoo.com/, and follow our IG, Facebook and TikTok pages.

 

 

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