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BlueParrott Enters India Market with Headsets for Enterprises

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  • Engineered for superior call in noisy environment and blocks out background noise
  • B550-XT is world’s first 100% voice-controlled over the-head headset

 

New Delhi| 4 April, 2019: BlueParrott, a leader in wireless headset technology (part of GN Audio, also owns Jabra), today announced its entry in India market with the launch of their Enterprise Business segment, engineered to provide superior call quality in high-noise business environments. BlueParrott has been producing superior quality sound solutions for almost 30 years, serving professionals with the highest levels of noise cancellation, comfort and durability.

BlueParrott delivers industry-leading audio to teams no matter how demanding the environment – from very high-noise to high- (or low) temperature environments, offering employees the chance to talk on the floor, in store or with dispatch when on the job for hands-free communications with greater productivity.

The BlueParrott product portfolio comprises of B550-XT, B450-XT, C300-XT, C400-XT and S450-XT headsets, that are engineered to deliver smooth communication in high-noise environment by blocking background noise. Each headset comes with the built in Parrott Button™ that can be programmed with the BlueParrott application allowing users to add features as per their needs.  VoiceControl™ for hands-free access and Multipoint Pairing to connect with 2 devices simultaneously, ensure increased productivity and uninterrupted communications. The headset features IP54-rated design and comes with 24 hours of talk time along with 1-year warranty against damage from water and dust.

Peter Jayaseelan, Managing Director, GN Audio India & SAARC said “Not every professional work setting requiring a headset is an open office. The BlueParrott products has been specially designed for people operating in challenging high-noise workplaces, such as on-site specialists in loud factories, event managers in busy exhibition spaces, data centres, inventory pickers in noisy warehouses, or those working on noisy construction sites.”

 Comfort and Ease of Use with B550-XT

The B550-XT is world’s first 100% voice-controlled* over-the-head headset that blocks out 96% of background noise. The headset offers a truly hands-free BluetoothTM user experience, providing easy access to Google Assistant™ and Siri® without touching a single button. It was created for all-day comfort and 24-hours of talk time (400 hours standby). The B550-XT offers industry-leading noise cancellation (96%) and IP54-rating to ensure water and dust resistance. The voice activated B550-XT lets users control calls, speed dial, mute, access voice assistants, and control apps, music and GPS directions. The headset can connect with two devices simultaneously and switch between two connected devices, ensuring productivity and uninterrupted communications.

Professional and Powerful C300-XT

The C300-XT delivers 80% noise cancellation ensuring teams can efficiently communicate, no matter how demanding the environment. The headset is IP54 rated for water and dust resistance and is engineered for wear indoors and outdoors – in temperatures hot or cold. With more than 10 hours of talk time, up to 5 days of standby, and three different wearing styles, the headset is an all-day solution for today’s mobile workforce. The C300-XT also features VoiceControlTM for hands-free operation allowing teams to talk safely unhindered. As with all BlueParrott models, the C300-XT is customizable with the Parrott ButtonTM.

Premium Performance with C400-XT

The in-ear C400-XT delivers incredible noise cancellation (96%), combining Xtreme Noise SuppressionTM microphone technology with wideband HD Voice and audio. With a choice of over-the-head and behind-the-neck styles users can personalize how to wear the headset, and with the advanced Parrott Button™ they can customize C400-XT features as per their like. The device is IP54 rated for water & dust resistance, and offers more than 24 hours talk time and Micro-USB charging.

Pricing and Availability

The BlueParrott B550-XT, C300-XT, C400-XT, S450-XT and B450-XT are available for INR 21,579, INR 15,584, INR 16,783, INR 21,579 and INR 17,982 respectively at Jabra authorized resellers from Apr 1, 2019.

Features B550-XT C300-XT C400-XT
Operating range Wireless range of up to 100 meters (300ft) Wireless range of up to 100 meters (300ft) Wireless range of up to 100 meters (300ft)
Connectivity Multi-connect (2 devices) Multi-connect (2 devices) Multi-connect (2 devices)
Talk time 24+ hours Up to 10 hours 24+ hours
Voice Control TM Yes Yes Yes
Wearing Style Over the head Convertible Convertible
Price INR 21, 579 INR 15,584 INR 16,783

*As of July 6, 2018. See facts on www.blueparrott.com/commercial-claims

  

About BlueParrott

BlueParrott®, a GN Audio brand (also including Jabra), is a category leader in high-performing headsets for the noisiest and most demanding work environments. Helping mobile, manufacturing and warehousing professionals stay connected, our BlueParrott line has long been the favorite of professional truck drivers and industrial users and is time-tested to meet the demands of any workplace. The BlueParrott line of Bluetooth® devices meet the highest global standards for product quality and service, backed by the industry’s best warranties. The GN Group, founded in 1869, operates in 100 countries and delivers innovation, reliability, and ease of use. Today, GN employs 6000 people, and is Nasdaq Copenhagen listed. GN makes life sound better.

© 2018 GN Audio A/S. All rights reserved. BlueParrott and Jabra are registered trademarks of GN Audio A/S. All other trademarks included herein are the property of their respective owners (design and specifications are subject to change without notice).

 

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Artificial intelligence can steal your job, so political leaders should start doing theirs

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The Committee for the Economic Development of Australia has predicted that in the coming decade automation can replace around 40% of jobs.

Other estimates are less terrible. According to the report of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, only 14% of jobs across its member nations are “highly automatable”, while another 32% are expected to change considerably.

Though it has not been cleared about the correct number of human jobs that will disappear, the impacts of automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) are potentially deep. If the resulting new jobs become fewer and less rewarding than those lost, people may experience a period of social displacement.

However, there is little proof of any deliberate planning and advanced thinking by Australia’s federal and state governments to reduce the potential difficulties. For example, the current federal budget was silent on this matter. It is just like the lack of a deliberate plan on climate change.

Our anxiety about the policy vacuum depends on an extensive exploration on government websites, the media and budget speeches and these alarmingly yielded very little.

Our belief is AI should be an election issue, as there is almost no job that won’t be affected by AI-driven automation. Therefore, we need to be ready for this technological and social revolution which should be at the spirit of any government’s economic and educational transformation agenda.

Workers those never relax

The activities at which AI is likely to do better than humans by 2030 comprise translating languages, writing high-school essays and driving trucks. By mid-century, probably AI could be proficient of writing bestselling books or performing a medical procedure like surgery.

Researchers think there is a 50% possibility AI will do better than humans in all assignments in 45 years and t about all current human jobs can be mechanized in 120 years.

The World Economic Forum may challenge that AI and automation “is about empowering people, not the rise of the machines.” However, there are valid reasons to imagine some people will drop out.

Employers have more necessity of machines as they do not require rest, holidays or take sick leave. Besides these, they will never complain about overtime or join an association.

A report recently published by management consultancy McKinsey Australia recommends, if proactive measures are not taken, the unemployment rate could increase by 2.5 percentage points, based on up to 46% of jobs being automated by 2030. Additionally, inequality will also increase, this report says. To what extent depends on “how much Australia steps up its efforts to retrain and redeploy its surplus service, administrative and manual workers”. In the absence of large-scale retraining, Australia’s Gini coefficient (the standard measure of income inequality) could rise from 0.32 to 0.41.

Questions for policymakers

The stakes are more and employment is also a lot more than just an income. A good job offers purpose and majesty. It allows security, health and well-being. Joblessness brings harms to the individual, families and the wider society. If fewer people have job, and more people get less payment, the government will have to struggle with falling income-tax revenue and growing welfare spending.

With increasing global competition and fast technological change, all governments should be planned. They require long-term policies which will aid business and workers gain the knowledge, skills and abilities and alleviate the threats.

There are three main questions for policy makers:

  • To what level will AI-driven automation raise unemployment and underemployment?
  • In which way governments and employers can take help of AI and generate jobs for the future?
  • How can government, employers and educators prepare employees and graduates with the expertise to have jobs along with robots, rather than competing with them?

The development AI and machine learning should not create a threat to jobs and our standard of living. However, lacking a strategic and shared effort, we will repeat the mistakes of earlier technological revolutions that imposed a horrible price on some in the name of development.

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South Korea Launches First 5G Phone

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South Korea became the primary country to launch nationwide 5G services, with three superfast networks going live giving knowledge speeds that permit users to transfer entire movies in a second. Hours later, North America’s Verizon began industrial services in Chicago and metropolis when rival AT&T created a 5G-based system accessible to choose users in elements of twelve cities in a Gregorian calendar month.

South Korea’s three mobile carriers — SK Medium, KT and LG Uplus launched events across national capital for the Galaxy S10 5G, whose base version prices 1.39 million won ($1,200). Interactive virtual-reality displays and automaton demonstrations were on the show to tout the capabilities of the newest iteration of mobile net speed, and new users were excited concerning the chances, particularly live to a stream of sports games and university lectures.

“I watch a lot of videos often, movies and lectures,” said buyer Shim Ji-Hye, 38. “I hope faster speeds will help me manage my time better.” Another user said he was most excited about virtual reality content — which includes games and even “celebrity VR dating” apps according to the country’s mobile carriers. With 5G, said researcher Lee Sang-Yoon, VR content “can be enjoyed in real time with no delay… I’ll be able to enjoy it in better resolution and speed”.

By Friday afternoon, 15,000 consumers had signed to the LG UPlus 5G service, and quite 10,000 to KT’s supply, the carriers same. Figures weren’t in real time obtainable from SK telecommunication, the market leader.

Before Friday’s roll-out of the Samsung phone, the 5G service had been restricted to some of the specially designated users in the Asian country. Rival manufacturer LG is planning to launch its V50 ThinQ, another 5G phone, within the South Korea later this month, whereas, within the North American country, Verizon’s network works with Lenovo’s Moto Z3 smartphone fitted with a special accent.

Commercializing 5G offers Asian country the possibility to make around the technology that is crucial for the long run development of devices like autonomous vehicles and also the internet of Things. It is expected to achieve $565 billion in world economic edges by 2034.The implications of the new technology have pitted Washington against the capital of Red China — whose corporations dominate 5G technology — in Associate in a Nursing more and more bitter standoff. The North American country has ironed its allies and major economies to avoid 5G solutions from Chinese-owned telecommunication large Huawei, citing security risks that technological backdoors might offer capital of Red China access to 5G-connected utilities and alternative elements.

Chinese entities own a complete of 3,400 5G patents — quite a 3rd of the full, in keeping with knowledge analysis firm IPlytics — with 1,529 of these registered by Huawei. Asian country comes next, with its firms holding 2,051 patents, whereas North American country corporations have 1,368 along. Neither KT nor SK telecommunication uses Huawei technology in their 5G networks, however, it’s a provider to LG UPlus, the businesses told fetoprotein.

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5G will pace up Industry 4.0 in the Middle East and Africa

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The arrival of industry 4.0 is going to ignite an exceptional wave of innovation in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). This industry combines operational, information and communication technologies with cyber-physical systems, facilitated by advanced wireless communication and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) services. This digital and wireless revolution will be powered by 5G networks, which have the probabilities to impel economic growth in the region like no previous generation of mobile technology.

For example, in the Middle East and Africa, the security, high speeds, low latency and a massive number of connections in 5G networks will prop up the smart city and agriculture alteration in many countries. Thus, new revenue streams will be come out from IoT and industrial applications, and speed up digitalization.

Agriculture 4.0 will mainly renovate both the demand side and the value chain/supply side of the food-scarcity equation, and take the help of technology to deal with the real needs of consumers.

The UAE already has started using the SCADA system, which unites current, real-time data from weather stations with data from soil moisture and salinity sensors. Besides this, IKEA, David Chang and the ruler of Dubai have spent $40 million in vertical farming. Similarly, other Arab countries are also giving stress to expand their agriculture highly, and performing experiments with various new technologies.

The Middle East and Africa region is also the world’s largest hub for mineral mining (diamond, phosphate, gold) and for oil and gas excavations. 5G is the best domain choice of IoT connectivity for these industries.

Use of 5G in the Middle East

In 2019, Ericsson will start the commercial use of 5G with operators in highly developed markets like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, and this will get important traffic volumes by 2021. Ericsson was just selected by Batelco to install 5G commercially across Bahrain, and we announced 5G commercial launches with Etisalat, STC, and Ooredoo at Mobile World Congress 2019. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report MEA, all major service providers in the region are moving positively to launch 5G commercially. Several regional start-ups including Fetchr, Souq, Careem, and ReserveOut have been working successfully, and some others have had a strong impact on the market.

Increased network capacity, lower cost per gigabyte and new use case requirements are the main drivers for immediate 5G deployment. The bulk of the 5G subscriptions in the MEA are likely to come from highly developed ICT markets like Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar, but in Africa, significant momentum is taking the shape in South Africa.

The MEA region’s telecom market is considered by increasing uptake of LTE. The region will be the leader in the globe with an estimation of 9x mobile data traffic growth (1.8 to 17 EB/month from 2018 to 2024) and see a doubling of mobile broadband subscriptions (850 to 1,630 million from 2018 to 2024), according to Ericsson Mobility Report MEA.

The exponential role of troublesome technology in climate action

Besides recovering efficiency and reducing cost, digitalization and IoT have wide human inferences. Today, nobody can underestimate the advantages of IoT. It is helping us in getting smart homes, power grids, connected transport systems and many more; as a result, our personal lives becoming safer, healthier and greener.

Combination of ICT with a well-integrated corporate sustainability strategy can help undertake a variety of global challenges. When the digital sector is trying to reduce its own productions, representing just 1.4% of the global total, it is still in a distinctive position to persuade other sectors.

Social and technological innovations are already showing their dimensions. For example, shared and “on-demand” transportations of more energy-saving electric vehicles could lessen the global energy requirement for transport by more than 50% by 2050, with decreasing the number of vehicles on the road.

Similarly, adoption of circular-economy approaches has the possibilities to reduce global emissions from industry by 45% by 2050. Heavy industries like steel, aluminum, cement, and plastic production can reduce emissions by 50% in all over the world by using current technologies and efficiencies.

5G is the stamina which can craft it all work, not only in the Middle East and Africa but also all over the world, driving economic value from improved mobile broadband to digital industry to survive climate change. In sequence, that will need an environment of technology, regulation, security and industry partners to convey on the potential.

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