Power to the drones: Utilities place bets on robots

Flying robots that can travel dozens of kilometers without stopping could be the next big thing for power companies.

Utilities in Europe are looking to long-distance drones to scour thousands of miles of grids for damage and leaks in an attempt to avoid network failures that cost them billions of dollars a year. However the technology faces major safety and regulatory hurdles that are clouding its future in the sector. Snam and EDF’s network subsidiary RTE have tested prototypes of long-distance drones that fly at low altitudes over pipelines and power lines.

Plan to phase out plastics in packaging remains on paper

The deadline to phase out non-recyclable multi-layered plastic used in the packaging of a wide variety of FMCG products has already passed. However, neither the central government has taken any step to implement the notification nor the industry has initiated steps to discard multi-layered packaging.

The Plastic Waste Management Rules notified by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change in March 2016, had stipulated that the “manufacture and use of non-recyclable multi-layered plastic if any should be phased out in two years time”.

Tata-Mistry feud: Chairman doesn’t enjoy a free hand, says NCLT

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which upheld the removal of Cyrus Mistry as chairman of Tata Sons, said an executive chairman does not enjoy a free hand and that he also cannot assume that majority shareholders and the board would be at his “beck and call”.

In a 368-page order, which was made public today, the bench also said Mistry’s wrong assumption that he had a free hand to run the affairs of the Tata Group perhaps caused all the problems and that Tata Sons board was “competent” to remove its chairman.

Customers want IT providers to invest in digital

Indian IT is seen as a le­ader in the global race to bu­ild skills around automation technologies and domain- sp­ecific expertise. Automati­on has existed for as long as the industry has and is a na­t­ural progression of search for efficiencies. It started off in the form of automation of specific areas like testing, remote infrastructure monitoring, or claims processing, and has now reached a stage where bots can takeover low -value tasks without need for human intervention.

Britain to fine Facebook over data breach

Britain’s data regulator said on Wednesday it will fine Facebook half a million pounds for failing to protect user data, as part of its investigation into whether personal information was misused ahead of the Brexit referendum.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) began investigating the social media giant earlier this year, when evidence emerged that an app had been used to harvest the data of tens of millions of Facebook users worldwide.

Flying trains could be coming your way

It sounds like something Q, the tech guy in James Bond movies, would create: A plane that lands on a runway, shrugs its wings off, turns into a train and rolls on to rails to drop you off at your local station.

That’s what a French entrepreneur, who’s made millions by connecting engineers with industrial groups, is pitching to Boeing Co. and others. “Link & Fly” is Akka Technologies’s new flagship aircraft design, with wings that come off to hasten turnover at airports and make boarding easier and closer to passengers’ homes.

Off-season is the new season to travel

Off-season is the new season as far as travel is concerned. Travel service providers are seeing significantly higher growth in bookings during this time due to lower tariffs of hotel rooms and airlines.

Mortality rate among diabetic patients thrice the non-diabetics

Mortality rate among Indians with diabetes is three times more than those without it, finds a study. Underweight diabetic patients are at a higher risk of all-cause mortality than obese people.

In a first of its kind study conducted by Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) comparing mortality rate among diabetics and non-diabetics in India, it was found that those suffering from the disease had a mortality rate of 27.9 per 1,000 person-years against 8 per 1,000 person-years among those without the ailment. 

Tesla to open plant in Shanghai

Tesla Inc has reached a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a factory that will rival production from its lone US assembly plant, as Elon Musk (in pic) takes his biggest step yet to expand overseas.