SINGAPORE: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and ST Engineering on Monday (Sep 14) said they have launched Singapore's first barrier-free smart car park to make parking easier across the university's campuses. Developed by the electronics arm of ST Engineering, the Smart Car Park System uses automatic number plate recognition, data analytics and mobile payment technologies to provide ticketless and barrier-free entry and exit at car parks. The system will reduce costs for car park operators and provide insights on the usage of their car parks, said NTU and ST Engineering in a press release. The system is in operation at three car parks at NTU's main Jurong campus, and will be progressively implemented at all 59 car parks in the university's campuses, including Novena and one-north. When completed by the end of 2021, it will cover more than 4,000 parking lots. Motorists using the car parks must first register via the GoParkin mobile app and provide their details and … [Read more...] about NTU, ST Engineering launch Singapore’s first barrier-free smart car park
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NEW DELHI: Receiving a tepid response from highrise buildings that were served notices nine months ago for submitting structural audit reports, Delhi’s civic bodies have now resorted to issuing final warning for disconnecting water and electricity supply if no response is received within a month. South Delhi Municipal Corporation has dispatched over 30 such warnings, while North Delhi Municipal Corporation has issued five notices so far. East Delhi Municipal Corporation is planning to initiate similar action in the future. To ensure seismic stability of buildings in Delhi, the three civic bodies had earlier issued around 1,350 notices to buildings identified as high-risk structures. These included 709 buildings in EDMC’s jurisdiction, and around 300 each in north and south corporation areas. “People need to understand that the survey is for their safety and there is no need for retrofitting in all cases. There have been instances where buildings constructed prior to … [Read more...] about Delhi civic bodies issues final warning to high-rises to do safety check
ADELAIDE: Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago in internet terms – the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells published several books charting the rise of information networks. He predicted that in the networked age, more value would accrue in controlling flows of information than in controlling the content itself. In other words, those who positioned themselves as network hubs – the routers and switchers of information – would become the gatekeepers of power in the digital age. With the rise of internet juggernauts Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, this insight seems obvious now. But over the past two decades, a fundamentally new business model emerged which even Castells had not foreseen – one in which attracting users onto digital platforms takes precedence over everything else, including what the user might say, do, or buy on that platform. THE RISE OF BIG TECH Gathering information became the dominant imperative for tech giants – aided willingly by users charmed … [Read more...] about Commentary: The incredible rise of Big Tech giants and how they became gatekeepers of power
A canal from the Upper Vaitarna lake leading to the hydro power generation unit breached on Friday and water entered the fields of several farmers. Upper Vaitarna lake is located in Igatpuri tehsil of the Nashik district, and is one of the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai. The other lakes are Tulsi, Vehar, Bhatsa, Modaksagar, Tansa, and Middle Vaitarna. Upper Vaitarna lake is owned by state irrigation department along with Bhatsa and rest are owned by the BMC. Yogesh Patil, executive engineer for Upper Vaitarna, said, “The canal is very old and was constructed in the 1980s. It breached on Friday and we stopped water supply headed to the power generation unit. We will get this canal repaired in a week’s time. Upper Vaitarna lake supplies 1,400 million litres of water per day to Mumbai.’’ … [Read more...] about Upper Vaitarna lake canal breaches, water enters fields
Which is better for Earth : an electric or gas-powered vehicle? The answer to this question might seem blindingly obvious: Of course electric cars must be better for the environment, because they don’t have exhausts and so don’t emit greenhouse gasses as they drive. However, electric vehicles (EVs) aren't perfect, and they come with their own set of polluting problems. Notably, their batteries contain components, such as lithium , that require a significant amount of energy to source and extract. But battery production is just one part of an electric car's life span. A 2014 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the entire life cycle of an EV's emissions, from mining the metals required for the batteries to producing the electricity needed to power them, and then compared this with the average emissions of a gas-powered vehicle. The team found that when electric vehicles are charged with coal-powered electricity, they’re … [Read more...] about Is an electric car better for the planet?