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Wipro bags IT services deal with England’s utility major

Wipro technologies has announced that it has entered into a five-year strategic partnership with Electricity north West Limited of England to deliver end-to-end service transition and transformational services to maintain their it systems through a managed service framework. this collaboration will achieve the critical task of separation of it operations from Electricity north West’s current service arrangement. Electricity north West owns operates and maintains the electricity distribution network throughout the north West of England.

Wipro will set-up new data centres and configure virtualised and  high availability infrastructure, migrate and upgrade, where necessary, all applications supporting the Electricity north West business. Wipro will also leverage its global remote infrastructure management to provide a fully managed it services based on the itiL v3 service integration model.

Hardware
3 TB hard drive from Western Digital

Western Digital has added to its WD Caviar Green family of SATA hard drives. Its new hard drives deliver up to a massive 3 TB of storage capacity on a single drive. WD is driving capacity for SATA hard drives by utilising 750 GB-per-platter areal density and Advanced Format (AF) technology. WD Caviar Green drives are an eco-friendly storage solution with WD GreenPower technology, which reduces power consumption by enabling lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and decreases acoustical noise for quiet operation. The WD Caviar Green 2.5 TB and 3 TB hard drives are designed for use as secondary external storage and next-generation PC storage in 64 bit-based systems. WD Caviar Green 2.5 and 3 TB hard drives come with an advanced host controller  interface-compliant host bus adapter, which will enable the operating system to use a known driver with correct support for large capacity drives.

Education
Interactive teachers training with VSAT launched

A VSAT-enabled teachers’ training program conceived by Macmillan Publishers in partnership with Vidya Bhavan Society and the Delhibased Everonn  Education was launched in nine cities across the country.

The Transformational Teacher Training Program aims at imparting conceptual clarity in key areas of primary school teaching. The nine cities being covered are Noida, Delhi, Patna, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhopal and Jaipur.

Under the program, experts sit in Chennai and train teachers across the  country through an interactive two-way VSAT technology. Participants are encouraged to question established facts in the light of new evidences. This opens minds to myriad ideas of making the classroom engaging and lively, said a Macmillan release.

Software
Adobe launches Acrobat X family products

Adobe Systems India has launched the Adobe Acrobat X software family,  comprising Acrobat X, Reader X, the Acrobat X Suite and new document exchange services. The Acrobat X family empowers professionals to innovate and create higher-quality content, driving tighter collaboration and  productivity across teams in today’s dynamic business environments.

The new product brings Dynamic PDF capabilities that allow businesses and governments to do more with PDF documents—create, share, review and make it interactive while leveraging security and authentication features. The  company claims its all-new Acrobat X family is the next generation of software  solution that provides knowledge workers with more efficient and secure collaboration capabilities.

“It delivers new guided actions to simplify multi-step document preparation and publishing processes,” Adobe said in a press release adding that the Acrobat X family has new customisation capabilities in PDF portfolios that unifies multiple file types into a compelling presentation.

It further stated that the new document services available at Acrobat.com give individuals the ability to collaborate more efficiently. Integration with Microsoft SharePoint enables consistency of PDF documents across the enterprise; re-use of content is now easier with higher quality export to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Medical Equipments
Siemens, Olympus unveil sedation-less capsule endoscopy

Siemens Healthcare and Olympus Medical Systems Corporation have developed a new capsule endoscopy technology for stomach examinations that allows comfortable patient procedures, without sedation. A prototype of the  magnetically guided capsule endoscope (MGCE) system consists of an  innovative guidance magnet, an image processing and guidance information system as well as the capsule endoscope.

The patient swallows the capsule that is navigated via a joystick and a magnetic  field through the stomach. The capsule wirelessly transmits images from inside  the stomach to an image processing system where the doctor can view the  images. The results of the first feasibility study have been published in the journal ‘Endoscopy’ and note that the new technology appears to be feasible  and sufficiently accurate for gastric examination and may permit endoscopic  examinations that are more patient-friendly and without sedation. The capsule endoscope is approximately 31 mm long and measuring 11 mm in diameter.

In a study with more than 50 people, 30 findings were detected in the stomach. Fourteen of the 30 findings were detected with both the capsule and the  conventional endoscope. Ten out of 30 were located with the capsule  examination only and six with the conventional endoscope only. Of the study  participants, 93 percent thought the examination comfortable, 89 percent found it easy to swallow the capsule, and regarding future examinations, all patients found the magnetically guided capsule endoscope over conventional gastrointestinal endoscopy.

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