6th gold gives Ikee a record 8th medal at Asian Games

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Of all my races I was the most nervous before this one,” Ikee was quoted as saying. “I really didn’t think I was going to win. But at the end, I absolutely did not want to lose.”Ikee became the first woman to win six gold medals and the first to win eight medals at a single Asiad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It has been a big program for Ikee, who is aiming to be one of the stars in the pool at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs World Cup winner Lloris charged with drunken driving Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Rikako Ikee hold sup her gold medal after winning the women’s 50m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rikako Ikee has won the 50-meter freestyle title to secure a record-equaling eighth medal at a single Asian Games.The 18-year-old Japanese swimmer equaled the medal total mark set in 1982 by North Korean shooter So Gin Man when she held off China’s Liu Xiang and Wu Qingfeng to win in 24.53 seconds Friday in the Jakarta pool.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Man Utd boast ‘fastest-growing’ YouTube channel

first_imgBut Woodward put a positive spin on the season, with Jose Mourinho preparing for this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.“As another season nears its close, we have achieved our highest number of points and finish since 2012/13 and we look forward to another trip to Wembley,” he said in a statement.“We anticipate another successful summer tour in the United States in preparation for the 2018/19 season.”Woodward highlighted the success of the club’s YouTube channel, only launched in February, during a conference call — it now has nearly 835,000 subscribers.“This quarter we launched the club’s first YouTube channel and in terms of subscribers, within the first hour we overtook the Dallas Cowboys and an hour later we overtook the (New York) Yankees.“The channel quickly became bigger than all the US sports teams and at currently over 800,000 subscribers we’re the fastest-growing sports club channel that has ever launched on YouTube.”But United are playing catch-up with their rivals. They are a long way behind pacesetters Barcelona, who have 4.2 million subscribers, and even neighbours Manchester City, who have 1.2 million.Revenue for the quarter to March 31 was £137.5 million ($186 million), up eight percent year on year, with broadcast revenue up 26 percent, mainly due to playing an extra Premier League home game and two additional games being broadcast live.“Both the Megastore and e-commerce performance were boosted by the signing of (Alexis) Sanchez in January,” said Woodward.United, owned by the American Glazer family and listed in New York, have won the English Premier League a record 20 times but have not lifted the trophy since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.Their second-placed finish this year ensures they will be in the Champions League again next season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United are one of the most popular clubs in the world © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, May 17 – Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Thursday hailed the success of the club’s recently launched YouTube channel as the Premier League giants announced their latest quarterly results.United finished second in the Premier League, 19 points behind Manchester City, and crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.last_img read more

These transfer targets are the perfect solution to Liverpool’s three main problem areas

first_img 4 4 4 Liverpool’s deficiencies were emphatically exposed by West Ham at the weekend leading to more question marks about Jurgen Klopp’s current squad.The 2-0 defeat at Upton Park left the Reds six point adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham in the race for Champions League football, while the Hammers duly leapfrogged their opponents with the three points.Klopp’s impact is undeniable but the results have dried up in the last month, particularly on the road where Liverpool have mustered just one goal in their last four games.The German is expected to announce the first signing of his reign imminently with Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic due on Merseyside on Monday to complete a medical.Danny Murphy joined the Sports Breakfast on Monday morning to deconstruct the Reds problems, and he earmarked three key areas where Klopp needs to improve his squad.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see what Murphy suggested and some potential targets who can offer solutions… 1. A new goalkeeper – If you ask any Liverpool fan, a new goalkeeper either in January or the summer would probably top their transfer priorities and Murphy seems to agree. Simon Mignolet does not invoke confidence, despite topping the clean sheet charts in 2015, while Adam Bogdan’s display at Watford recently points to an even flimsier deputy. A move for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre-Ter Stegen has been mooted, although the Catalans would ask for up to £27m for the young German stopper. Jurgen Klopp’s influence in Germany could prove a telling factor in any approach for the 23-year-old. Click right to see where Liverpool hero Danny Murphy thinks Jurgen Klopp needs to strengthen and who he should target to solve those problems… 2. A new centre-back – Another problem area for the Reds is in the centre of defence where they find their options severely depleted after the injury to Martin Skrtel. Skrtel is often regarded as Liverpool’s defensive rock but the Slovakian is culpable to rash decision making and his positioning isn’t always consistent. Dejan Lovren has improved in recent weeks while Mamadou Sakho is a bit of a cult hero on Merseyside, but a move for Schalke star Joel Matip would make sense for both parties. The Cameroonian is out of contract in the summer and therefore free to talk to other clubs this month. At over 6ft 3in, he is a commanding presence and is also comfortable in a defensive midfield role. 3. Someone with ‘pace’ – Pace is a commodity feared by defenders and yearned for by supporters for its ability to get people out of their seats. At the moment, Liverpool’s attack looks blunted while Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems continue to frustrate. Christian Benteke is undeniably gifted but, as illustrated by a turgid display at West Ham, his immobility doesn’t seem to fit in with Liverpool’s mantra. A highly ambitious target would be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) at Borussia Dortmund – the highest scorer in Europe’s top five leagues so far this campaign – but it would take over £40m and some serious seduction methods to lure him to Anfield. A more realistic alternative is Jese Rodriguez (right) at Real Madrid, who has grown tired of a lack of game time in the Spanish capital. Jese is young, quick and well worth a gamble in January given his current discontent. 4last_img read more

High Court hears claims that man involved in ‘arranged accident’ in Donegal

first_imgA man has denied in the High Court he was involved in an “arranged road traffic accident” at a roundabout in Lifford.Martin Lafferty (55), from Clady in Strabane, sued the driver of a rented car, as well as Hertz Rent-a-Car itself, for injuries arising out of a collision with his Peugeot 406 at a roundabout in Lifford on June 28, 2011. Mr Lafferty was driving with three other people in his vehicle while the other car, driven by Gareth Feeney, with addresses in Strabane and Middlesex, England, had a total of five people in it.Seven out of the nine, including Mr Lafferty were awarded sums of less than €10,000 in Buncrana Circuit Court in 2015 for injuries from the accident.The Irish Independent reports that Hertz, which is owned by Ryans Investments NI Ltd, appealed those awards to the High Court.In evidence, Mr Lafferty said he was on his way to check on his cattle when Mr Feeney’s hired Ford Fiesta approached the roundabout but failed to stop and hit his car.His car was not driveable afterwards because of the damage while the Fiesta could be driven.The court heard a garda who arrived at the scene saw extensive damage to the rear passenger side of the Peugeot and some damage to the front of the Fiesta.Under cross examination by Joseph McGettigan SC, for Ryans/Hertz, Mr Lafferty said he had been involved in three other road traffic accidents in the last 14 or 15 years, including one which was settled and one he is still pursuing.He was also injured in 1993 when he was shot by a British soldier in Newtownards.His father was Neil Lafferty who was in charge of the west Tyrone brigade of the IRA and who died in Long Kesh prison.He agreed he was the person carrying a tri-colour at the head of a commemoration march by the “Joseph Plunkett 1916 Society” – which commemorates the IRA dead – in November 2011, a few months after the accident in which he claimed he suffered pain in his head and right shoulder.He said he was the leader of that society but disagreed that carrying the flag was difficult with his injuries. He disagreed it was more difficult that the act of trying to turn the steering wheel on his van which he said he had difficulty doing after the accident.He said all the people in his car were members of the Joseph Plunkett Society while one of them in the other car had just attended a commemoration ceremony and was a member of another similar group called the Charlie Darcy 1916 Society.Mr McGettigan put it to him this was “an arranged accident between you and Mr Feeney” and that he had been in touch with Mr Feeney over it.He replied: “That is a very serious allegation and it is untrue”.Mr McGettigan said when Mr Feeney arrived at the Hertz office in Derry to return the car, he did not have Mr Lafferty’s details.He was able to immediately ring him (Lafferty) and the first thing he said was “How’re ya Marty”.Mr Lafferty said he has never been called Marty in his life and could not remember any such phone call but knew he must have provided his details to Mr Feeney.He also denied he knew Mr Feeney except to see from him coming into a night club in Strabane where he had worked for 12 years.The case continues before Mr Justice Charles Meenan.High Court hears claims that man involved in ‘arranged accident’ in Donegal was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentcrashdonegalLiffordMartin Laffertystrabanelast_img read more


first_imgRECORD crowds are expected on Saturday for this year’s Ballyliffin 10-mile coastal challenge – Ireland’s most spectacular race.More than 500 people have already registered to take part. Online registration closed earlier.However many more people are expected to sign up when registration begins at 10.30am at the Ballyliffin Hotel tomorrow (registration closes at 1.30pm). The race, run and/or walk starts at 2pm….finishing on the golden sands above.With sunny skies and temperatures touching 16C tomorrow, it promises to be the most spectacular race yet. RECORD NUMBERS EXPECTED AT THE BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGE was last modified: April 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014Ballyliffin Coast ChallengedonegalInishowenlast_img read more

South Africa ‘will not nationalise mines’

first_img7 February 2012 South Africa will not nationalise its mines, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday, welcoming the report of an African National Congress (ANC) task team that reaffirmed that nationalisation was “not a viable policy” for the country. The Mining Indaba is regarded as the world’s largest mining investment conference and Africa’s biggest mining event. Shabangu said that in the midst of “this debate about nationalisation, we have consistently maintained that nationalisation is not the policy of the ANC or the government of South Africa.” She added that “when all is said and done, the ANC will adopt a policy position on this issue that is in the best interest of South Africa. “Furthermore, we have consistently maintained that were it not for the mining industry lagging behind in terms of implementing the provisions of the Mining Charter … this debate would not have been there in the first place.” She said the ANC task team report, which reinforced the party’s earlier decisions that nationalisation was “not a viable policy for South Africa”, came as no surprise. “It demonstrates the consistent but pragmatic policy that has guided the ANC over many decades, including the period of the adoption of the African Charter in 1955 and, even more recently, the period after 1994.”Minerals beneficiation ‘critical’ On a separate matter, Shabangu said that beneficiation of the country’s minerals was a critical component of the industrial and economic development framework. “It is the vehicle through which South Africa’s resource-based comparative advantage can be transformed into a national competitive advantage. To this end, a beneficiation strategy has been developed to maximise the returns from the exploitation of our mineral resources.” Shabangu said that the beneficiation policy identified five pilot mineral value chains which included iron ore and steel, energy and titanium. “It is not our intention to force mining companies into being manufacturers, but rather to address the challenges of the inaccessibility of our raw materials as an impediment to greater local beneficiation.” She indicated that she was happy with some of the initiatives taken by some companies to support the beneficiation strategy. “This work demonstrates their commitment to South Africa.”Mine health and safety On mine health and safety, Shabangu said the government remained “gravely concerned” about the continued loss of lives at the country’s mines. She said the latest figures showed that fatalities in the industry had dropped by 3 percent from 127 in 2010 to 123 in 2011. “Already this year, there have been 13 fatalities in the mining sector. The recent spate of fatalities is also a reflection of some CEOs’ refusal to make meaningful changes and take personal responsibility for health and safety issues. “Some of them value profits more than the lives of the people.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

1st Day, 1st Achievers: Geocaching HQ Staff Give #7SofA a Go on Day 1

first_imgBy Heather FeatherHeather Feather puts her 7SofA game face on.Editor’s Note: Heather Murdoch (Username: Heather Feather) is a member of the Community Volunteer Support team at Geocaching HQ and (perhaps more importantly for the month of August) a member of The Explorer team for an internal HQ competition. Heather and her teammates,  Founder Jeremy Irish (Username: Jeremy), Community Manager Sara Baarda (Username: Sara B), Community Volunteer Support Team Manager Cindy Potter (Username: Frau Potter), and Engineering Intern Virangi Shah (Username: virangishah) attempted to earn Achiever status on August 1st. This is their (obviously, epic) story.Friday, August 1st was a whirlwind of a day! The 7 Souvenirs of August had finally been unleashed, sending geocachers out into the world with one mission: GET SOUVENIRS!!!It was no different for Geocaching HQ. Geocaching HQ staff had been divided into 6 teams: The Puzzlers, The Sightseers, The Nature Lovers, The Socializers, The Collectors, and last but not least (my team) The Explorers. Together, we were faced with a challenge: the team (and all its members) to earn all 7 souvenirs first, wins. Wins what? Well we don’t know yet, but the competitive creature in me only heard WIN.Thus, the race was on! Several Explorers wasted no time, piled in a van, and jetted out on the ferry (yes, the ferry!) from Seattle, WA to Bremerton (across Puget Sound from Seattle). Founder Jeremy Irish taught us how to play a deceptively “easy” and hilarious card game involving a princess, love letters, and her royal court. This was critically helpful for our team building, but no souvenirs were earned yet.But that was about to change.Stop #1: The PuzzlerThe ferry ride over! Sweet shades!Silverdale, to see about a Mystery Cache. Ground zero was located in a cute, little library. Quick calculations earned us The Puzzler in no time.Stop #2: The ExplorerAcross the street to “the dark side.” But really, it was a Darth Vader-themed geocache. Along with a few fellow geocachers also on the 7SofA hunt, we oohed, we ahhed, we used the force and earned The Explorer!Stop #3: The Nature LoverNext, we delved into the wondrous and dusty epochs of glacial erratics. A refreshing trail jaunt and gettin’ schooled on a few geo-educational nuggets earned us The Nature Lover.Stop #4: The CollectorOur fourth stop took us right by a beautiful lily pad-filled lake. Rather appropriate, no? We were tempted to go for a quick swim, but stayed the course and earned The Collector with a Letterbox Cache instead.Stop #5: The SightseerWith over half of the souvenirs under our belts, the end was in sight! Where else to go next than a cemetery? At a nearby quaint and quiet neighborhood plot, we upgraded the decaying cache with some new digs and earned The Sightseer. At this point we were getting a little delirious, and thought it was a good idea to put on lots of sunglasses for a photoshoot. Maybe it was all the over-ripe blackberries we ate…either way it was a real good time!Geocaching.com Founder Jeremy and Engineering InternVirangi investigate the geocache.Stop #6: The SocializerEarning The Socializer was a treat. We attended a nearby Event Cache to swap stories from the day with fellow geocachers, crossed our fingers for the raffle prizes, and had a bite to eat. It was great to put some faces to names that we had seen in the logbooks that day.7SofA Mission Accomplished!With all six souvenirs logged, the Achiever was unlocked – for the win! Mission accomplished! Of course, we couldn’t help being over-achievers and logging a few more geocaches on our route back home. Over nine hours of fun and adventure – what a way to kick off August!Editor’s Note: Shortly following this excursion, the remaining members of The Explorer team also unlocked all 7 Souvenirs of August, making them the first Geocaching HQ team to claim Achiever status. Heather Feather is *trying* not to gloat, but it’s true – they are the winners!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDear Geocaching Diary: 31 Days of Adventure with Geocaching HQAugust 7, 2013In “Community”Dear Geocaching Diary: Twice the Finds, Twice the FunAugust 16, 2013In “Community”An Achiever’s Reflection on the 7 Souvenirs of AugustAugust 27, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”last_img read more

7% of U.S. Consumers “Very Likely” to Buy an iPad

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology About half of all iPad owners read newspapers on their tablets and more than a third read magazines. For other e-readers, these numbers hover slightly above 10%. This low number doesn’t come as a surprise, as these devices were clearly designed as e-book readers and don’t offer a convenient way to read newspapers on the Web. Even on these devices, however, the number of people who use them to read newspaper and magazines has almost doubled in the last few months. frederic lardinois Tags:#Apple#mobile#Statistics#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to ChangeWave, iPad owners mostly use their devices to surf the Web (83%), check email (71%) and use apps from the app store (56%). About a third of iPad owners use their tablets to read e-books. According to some analysts, Apple is now selling more iPads than Macs. Judging from the latest survey data from ChangeWave Research, the demand for Apple’s tablets in the U.S. will only continue to grow. About 7% of all respondents to ChangeWave’s survey said that they were “very likely” to buy an iPad and another 13% said that they were “somewhat likely” to buy one. The large majority of iPad owners said that they were “very satisfied” with their purchase, though about 11% cited the lack of Flash-support as their biggest gripe against the iPad. Focus: E-Books, Newspaper and MagazinesAmong those respondents who already owned an e-reader, the Kindle is still the most popular device (62%). After just a few weeks on the market, however, the iPad already registered a 16% share in this survey, which puts it far ahead of the Sony Reader family and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.A lot has been written about how the advent of e-readers, the iPad and similar tablets will change the magazine and newspaper industry. While the exact extent of the iPad’s influence on these industries still isn’t clear, it’s worth noting that iPad owners are far more likely to use their tablets to read newspapers and magazines than those who own any other kind of e-reader. last_img read more

Passive House is Looking for a Few Good Men (and Women)

first_imgUsing energy modeling, hygrothermal analysis, and cost data, the study identified U curves showing the cost/benefit analysis of energy efficiency improvements for the home in each location.PHIUS is seeking comments and intends to implement the new standard in the PHIUS certification protocol in early 2015.As my success in fully understanding the details in the paper was limited, I will leave it to the super geeks who troll this site to dig in deeper and criticize me for my ignorance. The U CurveThe U curve cost/benefit plots included in the paper show fairly consistent results in most locations: specifically, that energy improvements are cost-effective until you reach about 55% to 60% site energy savings. Above those levels, the hard costs of increased energy savings trends higher, suggesting that the bottom of the U curve is the point at which adding renewable energy systems is a more appropriate investment.One interesting observation, further reinforcing the value of adjusting the program for the U.S., was that in Europe typical HVAC systems are hydronic, powered by expensive boilers. When building envelope improvements can eliminate the need for an expensive HVAC system, they are appropriate investments. In the much of the U.S., however, HVAC systems are significantly less expensive than in Europe, making it far more challenging to realize significant savings by eliminating those systems through efficiency measures, a common practice in Passivhaus projects.One interesting observation was that in states with high electric costs, almost every energy upgrade was affordable. Conversely, where energy is cheap, few of the energy upgrades proved affordable. The paper concluded that regional differences in energy costs are much greater than differences in construction costs, suggesting that many decisions on efficiency improvements may be determined primarily based on local utility costs. Same core concepts, with some key changesAlthough the paper proposes some changes in Passive House requirements, it does not change the core concept, or “three pillars,” of the program – limit on space conditioning loads, limit on total source energy, and building airtightness standards. What the paper does propose is adapting the first two pillars to criteria more appropriate to the range of U.S. climate zones. It leaves building airtightness standards to others.One important change from the current standard being recommended is for maximum energy use to be calculated based on both building size and occupancy, rather than by size alone. It also suggests a different calculation of floor area, using the interior dimensions instead of calculating to the outside surface of the walls per the ANSI Z765 standard used by RESNET. The paper also recommends increasing allowances for plug loads, recognizing that the current allowances in the Passivhaus standard have been determined to be low when compared to actual use during occupancy.Regarding source versus site energy, the paper recommends changing the source energy factor for grid electricity from 2.7 to 3.1, roughly the average for the U.S. electric grid. In addition, source energy maximum allowances should be based on occupancy rather than building size, assuming an occupancy count of the number of bedrooms plus 1. Increasing adoption, but still a small market shareOne graph included in the paper shows annual and total Passive House projects in the U.S., with a projected total of 129 certified projects through 2014. It is amazing to me how much influence and press PHIUS gets for relatively little traction in marketplace.One interesting question in the online comment form asks for opinions on the current pass/fail system versus a potential tiered system of certification. The level names they suggest are quite amusing: Emerald, Gold, Plastic, and Coal. Everyone should go for the coal.I have known about Passive House for quite a while and follow most of the intrigues and developments in the program. The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) offers several individual designations, including Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), Certified Builder, and PHIUS+ Rater. I completed the Rater training in 2014, and although I have yet to work on a project, I look forward to the opportunity to do so in the future. Anyone with the interest and time should read the paper and give their opinions on it to PHIUS. I make no claim to being an expert on Passive House, but ignorance has never stopped me from expressing my opinion before. Among the major complaints about the Passive House standard is that it has inflexible energy use requirements, and the European-designed program does not effectively address the wide range of U.S. climate zones. This inflexibility often leads those who pursue this certification to install enormous quantities of insulation, particularly under slabs, which raises a variety of questions and concerns about the usefulness of this practice.The Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) has heard these concerns and has recently released a paper, completed in conjunction with Building Science Corporation (BSC), which includes recommendations on altering the program to be better suited to U.S. climate zones. Succinctly titled “Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards,” this 72-page paper reports on energy and economic models created for a typical three-bedroom home in 111 different locations throughout the U.S. RELATED ARTICLES Redefining PassivhausNew Passive Building Standards for North AmericaA New Passivhaus Standard for North AmericaPossible Relaxation of Passivhaus Standard Stirs Debate A Petition Strives to Defend a Certain Definition of ‘Passive House’ A Proposed Passivhaus Amendment for New EnglandPHIUS PHloggingBuilding Science Corp. and PHIUS to CollaborateA Passivhaus Conference in GermanyA Post-Passivhaus Paradigm for Energy-Efficient Design Joseph Lstiburek Surprises Passive House Conference Attendeeslast_img read more

Top 10 Latin American IoT Startups to Watch

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#IoT#IoT startups#Latin America China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Nora LearyCo-Founder Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Follow the Puck IoT is taking the world by storm and rapidly gaining ground. In 2015, there were about 15.4 billion connected devices. IHS says this number will grow to 30.7 billion in 2020, and 75.4 billion by 2025.As the demand for connected device technology increases, so does the number of emerging IoT startups. But it’s not just US startups that are dominating the IoT market; there are many international IoT companies making waves. Latin America, in particular, is a region to watch.Micromarket Monitor predicts that the IoT sector in Latin America will increase from US$14.2 billion in 2013 to US$44.4 billion in 2019. As Latin American startups ramp up IoT efforts, here are ten IoT startups to watch now.IoT is disruptive around the globe in all testing areas. Even mobile apps are becoming the norm for IoT.Disruptive Latin American IoT startups1. Higia detects early symptoms of cancer.According to the World Cancer Research Fund, breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women worldwide, contributing 25.4% of the total number of new cases diagnosed in 2018. Mexican company Higia helps women detect early symptoms of cancer with non-invasive biosensors that use thermal sensing and artificial intelligence to identify abnormal temperatures in the breast that can correlate to tumor growth. If the device detects an abnormality, the app recommends follow-up steps for further screening with a healthcare professional.Forbes Magazine Mexico named Higia one of “30 Most Promising Businesses of 2018,” and the company has raised a total of US$5.1M in funding. As of August 2018, Higia plans to enter the US market and begin clinical trials with Stanford Medicine X.2. Jooycar creates a connected car experience.Chile-based Jooycar provides connected car technology via a device that plugs into automobiles and syncs to a mobile app. The device turns vehicles into smart cars, delivering data about the driver and the vehicle, such as driving patterns, route optimization, and maintenance reporting. This information allows insurance companies to serve their clients better.Jooycar’s usage-based insurance platform has incentivized many to subscribe to car insurance for the first time. The insurtech startup has achieved 400% annual growth and processed nearly 40 million kilometers on its platform by 2018, in Chile alone. Jooycar recently secured US$3 million in funding that will allow the company to expand internationally to the US.3. Chipus Microelectronics saves power and extends battery life.Headquartered in Brazil, Chipus Microelectronics is a semiconductor company offering power management products, data converters, sensors, and actuators as well as customized IC design services. Chipus serves IDMs, play foundries, and semiconductor companies worldwide, including the US, Europe, and Asia. The company has raised a total of US$2.5M in seed funding.Chipus partnered with SiFive, a key player in the semiconductor industry, to customize technology making it easier for customers to save power and extend the battery life of IoT edge devices.4. SensorBox offers a complete remote monitoring solution.Brazil-based SensorBox helps reduce business losses caused by blackouts through cloud-based monitoring that predicts and reports problems with power sources. When SensorBox detects unusual activity, such as a temperature spike in a hospital, it sends an alert and allows users to control equipment remotely. It helps reduce losses for companies such as Internet providers, healthcare facilities, data centers, and restaurants.5. Ubidots builds IoT applications.Born in Colombia, Ubidots expanded quickly to global markets. The company offers an intuitive IoT application and cloud development platform. Ubidots started in Latin America but soon after launch joined the Boston MassChallenge Accelerator in 2014, which pivoted the business into a global product-based cloud IoT startup.6. Agrosmart reimagines agribusiness.Agrosmart is a Brazilian company that monitors environmental conditions in real-time through sensors, meteorological data, and image processing to help farmers manage their agribusiness better. Its technology also reduces irrigation costs and increases efficiency.Agrosmart’s digital platform is helping companies, and farmers in Brazil, the US, Israel, and Latin America make data-driven decisions.7. Citysense enables smart cities.Based in Santiago, Citysense offers a shared infrastructure platform that helps fast-growing cities improve their quality of life. The company developed a network of sensors, located across cities that use IoT technology to communicate about specific city data. Its products can show a city’s air quality, track crime, and help companies understand potential markets through crowd counting.Citysense raised US$1.7M in seed funding in December 2018. The startup has ambitious plans to increase the number of sensors in Chile from 140 to 1,000 by mid-2019, while also installing 1,500 across Mexico City by the end of 2019.8. Tecrea develops IoT solutions.Tecrea is the first Colombian company to develop certified IoT devices to transmit on the Sigfox network. The company created ibutton, which has multiple uses, including an ibutton animal. This tool gives real-time alerts and GPS locator of livestock, and its batteries recharge through a solar panel.9. Fracttal is an asset management platform for IoT.Also based in Santiago, Fracttal specializes in predictive maintenance for a wide range of industries. Its cloud-based software captures real-time information to predict and respond to possible failures.After having served companies in 22 countries, the firm raised US$2.1M that will help it consolidate its presence in Latin America and expand into the US and Europe. Fracttal also partnered with Microsoft to access a database solution that will support its exponential growth.10. WeTechnologies offers remote industrial equipment operation.Accenture predicts that industrial IoT devices will add US$14T to the global economy by 2030. For industrial operations, monitoring and controlling equipment remotely can be challenging. We Technologies is a Chilean company that makes it easy for users to operate and automate industrial equipment remotely. Its platform helps businesses decrease operating times and save on energy costs. In 2018, the company raised US$2M in funding from HSC Capital Partners, the same investor that backed Jooycar.Latin American IoT startups are solving real issues through innovative solutions. The global IoT market is expected to increase from US$157 billion in 2016 to US$457 billion in 2020, and Latin American companies will no doubt add to this market value.More and more valuable will be the tech of safety and security in the new era of IoT and IoT devices. Companies who want to be at the forefront of tech — will also have to give us a way to protect our data. Related Posts Nora Leary is the co-founder of Launchway Media, a digital marketing firm that works with startups and SMEs in high-tech industries. last_img read more

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