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The first test in Cepheid’s FleXible Cartridge programme

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 aprile 2019

Planned for launch early 2019, is ResistancePlus® MG, detecting the sexually transmitted infection (STI) Mycoplasma genitalium (Mgen) and markers associated with azithromycin resistance.“The availability of ResistancePlus MG in a FleXible cartridge that runs on the GeneXpert System is a compelling and exciting extension for us,” said Colin Denver, CEO of SpeeDx. “Patients are already benefiting from Resistance Guided Therapy with our central lab tests. Now clinicians can receive resistance information even faster, to support antimicrobial stewardship and more effective antibiotic treatment decisions.”“Our new FleXible Cartridge program allows Trusted Reagent Manufacturers to develop targeted molecular tests using Cepheid’s easy-to use-cartridge.” said David H. Persing, M.D., Ph.D., Cepheid’s Chief Medical and Technology Officer. “With a global installed base of nearly 22,000 GeneXpert Systems, this technology could potentially be applied in multiple settings in which actionable treatment information is needed quickly.” Management guidelines for Mgen infection include resistance testing1-3 in response to rising rates of macrolide resistance observed with Mgen detection-only or empiric Mgen treatment.4-6 ResistancePlus® MG supports Mgen management guidelines and allows for Resistance Guided Therapy, which is clinically proven to improve cure rates by providing clinicians with much needed information to guide antibiotic treatment.

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Future of flexible workers and the modern organisation of labour

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 Maggio 2017

opportunita-lavoroIn the WRR’s publication For the Sake of Security. The future of flexible workers and the modern organisation of labour , Monique Kremer, Robert Went and André Knottnerus describe and analyse the increasing flexibility of work, how the organisation of labour is changing in various ways, what the driving forces are behind this, what the effects are, and what answers can be provided by the government and other parties involved. The Netherlands is the European leader when it comes to the proportion of self-employed workers and temporary contracts. The number of people with a temporary contract or working for their own account now amounts to a third of all workers. Flexibilisation is becoming increasingly widespread and more structural in nature. Work is also becoming more and more hybrid, with new combinations and blends of entrepreneurship, work, and consumption. People can earn money in the sharing economy, self-employed workers are sometimes also employees, and there are “intrapreneurs”, i.e. entrepreneurial employees within companies.
However, these trends do not only have positive consequences for the economy and society. Too much flexibilisation can adversely affect the earning power of the Dutch economy, if it means less training and innovation. And it can also lead to psychological uncertainty (stress, lack of recognition) and uncertainty about one’s life course. That is a problem that particularly affects young people when they want to buy a house or start a family. New and vulnerable groups are developing with a great deal of uncertainty about their income and social security situation.
A return to the labour market of the past is both impossible and undesirable. But government and businesses can adapt the amount and kind of flexibilisation to the nature of the work involved. The Dutch government can draw up legislation for that purpose and can set a good example as an employer. The social partners also have a responsibility, for example as regards modernising collective labour agreements and encouraging employer organisations by creating scope for entrepreneurship and both formal and informal learning. In addition, new forms of security can be built in to compensate for the effects of flexibilisation. Changes can be made in the existing social security system to reduce the differences between employees with a permanent position and flexible workers. At the same time, labour market developments demand a new long-term perspective as regards security.

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Workforce scheduling at airports

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 marzo 2016

WorkforceAirports are buzzing with activity 24/7. A variety of personnel with different tasks need to function as a single organism to perform well, just as in a beehive. From cleaning to security, emergency response, information desks, maintenance and trolley logistics, the right person has to be at the right spot to prevent dissatisfaction or even delay. The importance of seamless workforce scheduling at airports is obvious, as well as the specific challenges which have to be overcome. This article describes the specific challenges of workforce scheduling at airports and how to address them.
To some workforce schedulers at airports, the description of a flexible, reliable and smart system must sound like science fiction, because even nowadays a lot of them still perform their planning activities manually and/or with Excel. However, it really does exist!
Mr. Michael Timmermans, specialized in Human Logistics Management, has experienced the progress achieved by using ORTEC Workforce Scheduling for the Schiphol Group. Mr. Timmermans explains: “The software system is used for a selected number of services, to schedule airport operations airside, passenger services, security, technical operations, maintenance and emergency response. But the system is also able to apply more complex restrictions, which makes it suitable for civil servants like customs and the military police, who are not allowed to work all weekends or the nightshift after they’ve reached a certain age. The system really supports the management of complex challenges like ageing, fluctuations in workload and exchanges, even over the longer term.” Although the system is able to handle different departments, organizations and complex restrictions, the endless possibilities are not yet being used. Mr. Timmermans explains: “We all want to maintain the status of Schiphol as Europe’s preferred airport, but that is easier said than done. Schiphol is serviced by a combination of at least twenty different commercial and civil organizations and looks a lot like a beehive with layers of honeycomb and many different cells. The challenge is to think beyond perceived boundaries or differences. All play a key role in executing key processes concerning the passengers. It would be a lot easier and less time consuming if we were to focus on the process and have everybody use the same system. There are possibilities for exchange at peak times, when scheduling is based on skills, location and availability, instead of the department somebody belongs to. It just takes a different mindset and the will to share information. If we did that, it would be easier and cheaper to share and solve our shared challenges like peak time, ageing and exchanging, even over the longer term.”
ORTEC is one of the largest providers of advanced planning and optimization solutions and services. Our products and services fully optimize fleet routing and dispatch, vehicle and pallet loading, workforce scheduling, delivery forecasting, logistics network planning, and warehouse control. We offer stand-alone, custom-made and SAP® certified and embedded solutions that are supported by strategic partnerships. Our 750 employees support over 1,800 customers worldwide from offices in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia Pacific.

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Virtual Cockpit in Cars Edges Closer to Reality as Hybrid Instrument Clusters Are Set to be the Standard Beyond 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 settembre 2015

londonLONDON – Modernisation efforts are sweeping through the instrument cluster (IC) space as automakers in North America and Europe strive to provide consumers with a unique driving experience. Analogue gauges in cars will become obsolete by 2021, giving way to hybrid and fully digital ICs with flexible designs that facilitate personalisation. Next-generation ICs will feature customisable dials and advanced liquid-crystal-display (LCD) quantum dot displays containing detailed, relevant information. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and tier I suppliers are also working on integrating the centre stack into the IC, thus displaying all necessary data in the driver’s line of sight and reducing distraction. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Rise of Virtual Cockpits in Cars (https://www.frost.com/mb36), finds that the IC market in North America and Europe is expected to clock a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.2 percent from 2014 to 2021, with digital IC expected to reach a CAGR of approx. 26 percent by 2021. While the “virtual cockpit” will be limited to premium-segment vehicles, fully digital clusters that will be standard in about 20 percent of cars will also be offered as an option on medium-segment cars. “Hybrid ICs, which include both analogue and digital components, will become a standard feature in most vehicle segments and platforms post 2017,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Senior Research Analyst Ramnath Eswaravadivoo. “Hybrid ICs will continue to grow popular as the decreasing prices of graphic processors and control units make the integration of 3D graphics into hybrid ICs feasible.” The falling costs of LCD panels and related electronics are turning fully digital ICs into an affordable alternative too. Low- and medium-end OEMs prefer digital clusters that lower distraction by displaying only the information that the driver currently requires. Moreover, digital ICs can dynamically change the information shown as the driver shifts from one mode to another, and OEMs can add new functionalities into a digital cluster by merely changing the software. With digital ICs gaining traction, the need for software tooling is also heating up. However, the increasing instances of software failures could slow down adoption in North America and Europe.
“Constant software upgrades will be crucial to improve customer retention,” observed Eswaravadivoo. “In addition, as the use of software drastically goes up, OEMs must expand their services and collaborate closely with technology enablers to manage the issue of cybersecurity.” Nevertheless, the advantages of fully digital ICs far outweigh the challenges, and OEMs are working to capitalise on all the benefits that the technology can offer.

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NATO Warship stops pirate attack group

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 dicembre 2011

London. The Royal Navy vessel, RFA Fort Victoria was patrolling in an area approximately 420 nautical miles from the Seychelles and 350 nautical miles from the Somali coast as part of NATO’s counter piracy task force 508.
Early that morning, she received information that a Spanish fishing vessel operating to the north of their position had come under attack from a group of pirate vessels to the North of their position. The ship’s Lynx helicopter was quickly despatched to investigate. Once at the scene, the helicopter identified two suspect vessels, a whaler and a skiff, in the vicinity of the fishing vessel. The faster of the two, a skiff, sped away at over 25 knots as the helicopter gave chase. When the skiff ignored orders to stop, the Lynx helicopter fired warning shots ahead of the fleeing vessel which stopped and the suspected pirates onboard were then transferred to Fort Victoria via boat. Fort Victoria’s Royal Marines boarding team then boarded the whaler and another skiff in the vicinity. As a result of the day’s action, a total of seven suspected pirates were detained onboard Fort Victoria along with their whaler as evidence, with no injuries being sustained by either side.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own. Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is permanently assigned to NATO. It is a multi-national Naval Group that provides the NATO Alliance with the ability to quickly respond to crisis situations anywhere in the world. A capable, stand-alone task group and one of four standing maritime elements that form a flexible core around which NATO can build a larger force to meet a wide range of missions that will include non-combatant evacuations, consequence management, counter terrorism, crisis response, embargo operations, etc.
NATO has announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012. (FH110244007)

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