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Lenovo Launches the Kind City: Interactive Global Collaboration Encourages Empathy and Creates a Future Built on Kindness



Lenovo Launches the Kind City: Interactive Global Collaboration Encourages Empathy and Creates a Future Built on Kindness

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Today, Lenovo™ (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) launches the Kind City project—a vision to change urban environments forever and create future cities built on kindness.


By championing empathy in society, the project strives to encourage stronger, more inclusive communities made possible through smarter technology, and restore kindness in places where citizens feel increasingly disconnected.


Lenovo’s Kind City is the biggest crowdsourced public ‘census’ to imagine and co-author a blueprint for a city of the future built on kindness. It’s mission? To bring a more empathetic future to life through insight from global research, a public invitation to participate, and an interactive podcast featuring city dwellers and some of the world’s brightest minds.


“We believe the Kind City project will be the blueprint for mapping a kinder and better future,” said John Gordon, President of Industry Solutions at Lenovo. “Technology can and will make the future kinder, more inclusive, and more equitable. In cities, this means providing smarter technology for all—across socio-economic or cultural backgrounds—including both devices and solutions.”


Kind Council Formation and Interactive Podcast


Bringing together leading thinkers and global experts in their fields, Lenovo’s Kind City is steered by a panel of world-renowned visionaries who make up the project’s “Kind Council.” This includes British-American fashion designer and philanthropist Tan France, 2020 TIME Kid of the Year and inventor Gitanjali Rao, Brazilian rapper Emicida, UK robotics scientist Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan, German futurologist Oona Strathern, and Japanese author and entrepreneur Ibun Hirahara.


The group has collaborated on a choose-your-own-path podcast to discuss the fundamentals in achieving a Kind City, such as inclusion, trust, sustainability, dreams, and opportunity.


As the backbone of the entire initiative, the innovative podcast also explores powerful conversations and incredible stories with voices less commonly heard in futurism. Listeners can navigate from multigenerational living in the USA, to climate change in China, to tech hubs in Brazilian favelas, to dream research in the UK and a kindness currency in Japan.


The insightful and interactive podcast encourages listeners to become part of the discussion while giving them the opportunity to navigate an audio journey personalised to their interests. More than 20 stories, discussions, and interviews were captured from across the globe, from the United States and Germany to Japan and Brazil.


The podcast features NGO and charity partners from around the world, showcasing their efforts to support city residents. Lenovo will work directly with these organizations over the coming months and identify the most impactful ways to collaborate, from workshops on technology solutions with Lenovo experts, to device donations and financial support.


Major New Research Uncovers the ‘Kindness Gap’


The Kind City project comes on the heels of fresh research conducted by Lenovo that dives deep into the lives of city dwellers and their perspectives on the quality of life in their current cities.


Surveying more than 5,000 city dwellers across five countries (Brazil, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States), the study exposes the growing need for society to rethink how we live together in city centers post-pandemic.


Research revealed traditional organizations and government are falling short on prioritizing kindness, leaving it to local neighborhoods and communities to shoulder more than their share of the responsibility.


Ultimately a major ‘Kindness Gap’ exists globally in cities with 97% of all polled believing it is important their communities have kindness/empathy, but only 37% feeling their current city is a kind place to live or work.


While the study finds respondents have a somewhat positive impression of the quality of life where they live, they also draw a clear connection between greater kindness in their cities and many tangible benefits, for example, improved mental and physical health; feelings of inclusivity and pride; greater enjoyment and flexibility, that could unlock even happier lifestyles. A significant opportunity for improvement in the face of these challenges exists, including:


Most respondents (55%) believe the quality of life in their city is either not getting better or staying the same. In cities across the globe, majorities say that there is room for improvement in their general living and working conditions.
City residents have reservations about how much the officials that represent them consider kindness when making decisions for the city. Less than one in five (17%) believe their policymakers strongly consider kindness and empathy when it comes to their city.
Most residents think technology will be a pivotal solution (83%) for promoting and employing kindness in their cities, most notably in Brazil (88%).

What the kindness gap presents is a real opening to the private sector to enable and empower greater kindness and empathy. More than ever, there’s an urgency to work toward a more equitable future—and we can use the power of technology to make this come to fruition.


Get Involved: Become a Kind City Citizen


The initiative is calling upon people from all walks of life, across every major city to voice their vision of what a kinder city should be.


Lenovo invites the general public to share their personal vision of an empathetic and inclusive community by becoming Kind City citizens, which they can do by simply completing the following statement: “The future of the Kind City will…” on Lenovo’s microsite housing the project


All responses received through November 15 will be curated using AI and transformed into 10 founding principles. These will be shared across the world through a range of exciting installations and experiential initiatives. Lenovo will also reveal details of collaborations with the global NGOs featured in the podcast, with actions shaped by Kind City submissions and research.


About Lenovo


Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$60 billion revenue Fortune Global 500 company serving customers in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that power (through devices and infrastructure) and empower (through solutions, services and software) millions of customers every day and together create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.



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Orbital Insight Integrates with Esri’s ArcGIS Platform to Streamline Satellite and Sensor Imagery Analysis




Orbital Insight Integrates with Esri’s ArcGIS Platform to Streamline Satellite and Sensor Imagery Analysis

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Orbital Insight’s fusion of multisensor geospatial data and state-of-the-art algorithms has been helping customers address critical concerns for years—from determining the flow of container ship traffic amid unprecedented supply chain delays to visualizing dynamic intelligence and defense-related threats and anomalies across the globe. With the adoption of Esri’s ArcGIS Platform, Orbital Insight is making it easier for its users to integrate with ArcGIS and analyze their data.


Customers of Esri, the world leader in location intelligence, who also use Orbital Insight GO can now seamlessly work between both systems, making it easier to meet spatial challenges with Esri basemap visualizations directly within the Orbital Insight GO platform and export their analysis to ArcGIS.


The integration with Esri’s ArcGIS Platform provides an integral reference point for analysts as well as a more cohesive and natural user experience. More collaboration is planned, including eventually incorporating Esri’s geocoding technology into Orbital Insight GO.


“We are proud to share with Orbital Insight the common goal of helping people make important decisions on a worldwide scale by taking a geographic approach,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. “It only makes sense to make that process easier so our users can focus on what they do best.”


Orbital Insight, founded in 2013, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to synthesize multiple sources of geospatial data—including satellite images, mobile location, connected cars, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices—into a unified platform that can identify objects; detect anomalies; and observe changes in land use, infrastructure, and human activities across the globe.


Orbital Insight executives recently demonstrated the new streamlined user experience at the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s annual GEOINT Symposium for industry professionals, showing the ease of importing and exporting data between Orbital Insight GO and ArcGIS.


“Making that seamless was a really big hit,” said Jens Tellefsen, senior vice president of product and design for Orbital Insight. GO is currently being deployed in top security military networks that have long used Esri software. Companies across commercial sectors, particularly real estate, financial services, mining, and consumer packaged goods, are also using GO to monitor changes globally.


“We serve similar and overlapping sets of end users, and our analysis is often combined and visualized in the ArcGIS system,” continued Tellefsen. “With our partnership, we have added ArcGIS basemaps in our application to provide a consistent user experience between Orbital Insight GO and ArcGIS. With our native ArcGIS data support, users can now easily add our analysis directly into ArcGIS with a few simple clicks, resulting in significant productivity improvement for geospatial analysts.”


The increasing customer overlap between the two companies was a primary driver for Orbital Insight to adopt ArcGIS Platform.


Learn more about how ArcGIS Platform can help users in all industries integrate location intelligence in their applications.


About Orbital Insight


Orbital Insight is the geospatial software and analytics company that helps organizations understand what’s happening on and to the Earth. Customers including Unilever, Airbus, RBC Capital Markets, The World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Defense use Orbital Insight’s self-service analytics platform to make smarter business decisions, build sustainable supply chains, and improve national security. For more information, visit


About Esri


Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at


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ElegantJ BI Embedded BI Solution Is Named as a Representative Vendor in Gartner 2021 ‘Market Guide for Embedded Analytics’, Published October, 2021




ElegantJ BI Embedded BI Solution Is Named as a Representative Vendor in Gartner 2021 ‘Market Guide for Embedded Analytics’, Published October, 2021

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Elegant MicroWeb is pleased to announce that its ElegantJ BI Embedded BI solution has been included as a Representative Vendor in the Gartner Market Guide for Embedded Analytics, published October 4, 2021 (ID G00748546).

CEO, Kartik Patel says, “We are proud to be recognized and included in the October 2021 Gartner Market Guide for Embedded Analytics. We feel that this recognition validates our team effort to continuously improve and upgrade our Business Intelligence and Augmented Analytics tools and solution and to provide cutting-edge technology in an intuitive interface designed for business users to support Citizen Data Scientist initiatives and data democratization.”
The ElegantJ BI Embedded BI tool is an easy-to-use tool designed to support business users and their use of embedded analytics within familiar enterprise applications, and to enable access to analytics and crucial, timely data for public websites and mobile applications.
“Our embedded BI tool is part of our Smarten Augmented Analytics solution, and is powered by the ElegantJ BI product,” says Patel. “The Embedded BI approach is designed to improve user adoption, lower TCO and improve ROI, and its integration APIs provide intuitive, self-serve BI tools from within enterprise applications to put the power of facts, data and business insight in the hands of business users.”
The ElegantJ BI Smarten Embedded BI solution is a crucial part of the Smarten augmented analytics suite and includes smart data visualization, assisted predictive modeling, natural language processing (NLP) and search analytics, with machine learning and many other sophisticated features.
Read more in the Gartner report: 2021 Market Guide for Embedded BI, published 2021, October, (Gartner Subscription Required)
Source: Gartner, Market Guide for Embedded Analytics, James Richardson, Julian Sun, Kevin Quinn, 4 October 2021
Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Bentley Systems Announces Winners of the 2021 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure




Bentley Systems Announces Winners of the 2021 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure

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Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq:BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced the winners of the 2021 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure. The annual awards program recognizes the extraordinary work of Bentley software users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world.


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Sixteen independent jury panels selected the 57 finalists from nearly 300 nominations submitted by more than 230 organizations from 45 countries encompassing 19 categories. To see the Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure finalists present their projects, click here.


Bentley Systems showcased 19 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure winners on December 2 during the 2021 Year in Infrastructure and Going Digital Awards virtual event. On the previous day at the virtual event, 22 Founders’ Honorees were recognized, representing organizations or individuals whose undertakings contribute notably to infrastructure advancement and/or environmental/social development goals.


The winners of the 2021 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure are:


New York State Department of Transportation
East 138th Street over the Major Deegan Expressway
New York City, New York, United States


Buildings and Campuses
Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC
High-tech Multifunctional Medical Complex
Yukki, St. Petersburg, Russia


Digital Cities
Hubei International Logistics Airport Co., Ltd., Shenzhen S.F. Taisen Holdings (Group) Co., Ltd., Airport Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.
Ezhou Huahu Airport Project
Ezhou, Hubei, China


Digital Construction
Clark Construction Group, LLC
SeaTac Airport International Arrivals Facility
Seattle, Washington, United States


Geotechnical Engineering
China Water Resources Beifang Investigation, Design and Research Co. Ltd.
Geological Survey of Water Conservancy and Hydropower Engineering
Tibet, China


Land and Site Development
Liaoning Water Conservancy and Hydropower Survey and Design Research Institute Co., Ltd.
Dongtaizi Reservoir Project
Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China


WISDRI Engineering & Research Incorporation Limited
Converter-based Continuous Casting Project of Jinnan Steel Phase II Quwo Base Capacity Reduction and Replacement Project
Quwo, Shanxi, China


Mining and Offshore Engineering
Construction of the Blagodatnoye Mill-5
Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia


Power Generation
Capital Engineering and Research Incorporation Ltd.
The World’s First 60MW Subcritical Blast Furnace Gas Power Generation Project
Changshu, Jiangsu, China


Project Delivery Information Management
Mott MacDonald Systra JV with Balfour Beatty Vinci
HS2 Phase 1 Main Civil Construction Works
London, United Kingdom


Rail and Transit
Network Rail + Jacobs
Transpennine Route Upgrade
Manchester/Leeds/York, United Kingdom


Reality Modeling
Diablo Dam Digital Twin Modeling
Whatcom County, Washington, United States


Road and Rail Asset Performance
Collins Engineers, Inc.
Stone Arch Bridge Rehabilitation
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


Roads and Highways
PT Hutama Karya (Persero)
Trans Sumatera Toll Road Project Section Serbelawan-Pematangsiantar
Pematangsiantar, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia


Structural Engineering
HDR and the PennFIRST Team
The Pavilion at Penn Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Utilities and Communications
PowerChina Hubei Electric Engineering Co., Ltd.
Suixian and Guangshui 80MWp Ground-based Photovoltaic Power Project of Hubei Energy Group
Guangshui, Hubei, China


Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
Canadian Energy Company
Asset Data Lifecycle Program
Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada


Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
Larson & Toubro Construction
Khatan Group of Villages Water Supply Scheme (Surface Water Treatment), UP, India
Khatan, Uttar Pradesh, India


Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Networks
Companhia Águas de Joinville (CAJ)
Contingency Plan to Ensure Supply in the Event of Drought (Joinville-Santa Catarina)
Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil


The students winning the Future Infrastructure Star Challenge are:


Judge’s Choice Winner
Elif Gungormus Deliismail
Mini-Modular-Plant for Digitized Sustainable Campus
Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey


People’s Choice Winner
Rodman Raul Cordova Rodriguez
Innovative Dam and Hydroelectric Project
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


To view the project descriptions and access the images, visit the Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure webpage. Detailed descriptions of all nominated projects will be published in the print and digital versions of Bentley’s 2021 Infrastructure Yearbook in early 2022. To review the past editions of this publication, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks.


Watch the executive sessions and the Going Digital Awards finalists’ presentations from the 2021 Year in Infrastructure and Going Digital Awards virtual event on-demand here.


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About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems (Nasdaq:BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geosciences software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,000 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $800 million in 172 countries.


© 2021 Bentley Systems, Incorporated. Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, iTwin, MicroStation, ProjectWise, and Seequent are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.



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