In an effort to speed up innovation and co-creation on new business models, including intelligent vessels, Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has opened the first of four Digital Acceleration Centres (DAC).The first such centre was launched in Helsinki, Finland on October 11, the second will open in December in Singapore and two further acceleration centres, one in Central Europe and one in North America, are anticipated during 2018. In addition “pop-up” DACs will be tested around the globe, the company said.Opening DACs is an integral part of Wärtsilä’s digital transformation, designed to shift the company towards a data-driven, insights led, smart technology firm that enables sustainable societies.“The Digital Acceleration Centre is all about getting business outcomes at pace. By adopting a start-up mind-set, we can rapidly prototype ideas with customers; including the use of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, block chain and virtual reality,” Marco Ryan, Wärtsilä’s Chief Digital Officer, said.Wärtsilä’s first Digital Acceleration Centre in Helsinki has already been running as a beta version for a couple of months and several projects have been accelerated there with different partners. Current projects include co-creation with one of major cruise companies. One of the greatest successes incubated so far in the Helsinki DAC is Wärtsilä’s Intelligent Vessel Strategy.“The Digital Acceleration Centre shows its true power in such complex concepts like Intelligent Vessels. In a matter of weeks we created an aligned strategy, concepts, roadmaps, and technology requirements that would have taken months or years,” Ryan added.Wärtsilä’s start-up acquisition, Eniram, has worked together with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL) for years in optimising fleet and ship operations as well as reducing emissions and cutting fuel costs. Building on this experience, Wärtsilä and RCL are now working together to develop all aspects of the intelligent vessel further, using the DAC to accelerate some of the prototyping.Wärtsilä has also partnered up with Accenture Interactive in the Digital Acceleration Centres to speed up innovation and go-to-market as well as to help grow Wärtsilä’s own talent for creating world-class digital services.The latest example of the Intelligent Vessel strategy being driven at pace is Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Guidance Marine Limited, a technology leader in the marine industry for sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems.Image/Video Courtesy: Wärtsilä
NZ Herald 11 Oct 2012Complaints against social workers could be handled by a new independent authority by 2014.The change is one of the possible outcomes of a review into best practice that has been planned in the Government’s White Paper.At present, complainants can ask the Ministry of Social Development to take their complaints, made directly to the ministry, to an external advisory panel.The panel is meant to give an impartial review and report recommendations to the ministry’s chief executive.An independent body would receive and process complaints rather than going through the ministry.According to the White Paper, an independent review would recommend the best practice for handling complaints next year, to be put into place by the end of 2014.Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said the review would consider whether Child, Youth and Family needed something similar to the Independent Police Conduct Authority to consider complaints about it.The White Paper also sets out a goal to improve CYF’s workforce.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10839713
The average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.According to the latest figures compiled in the BBC Sport Price of Football study the average price of the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time.In the Premier League, the cost of the cheapest match day ticket increased by 15.8%. Of the Premier League clubs, Arsenal is still the most costly with their most expensive match day ticket costing £97, however that represents a reduction of £29 from their most expensive ticket last year at £126.In the Championship, the average price has dropped 3.2% while, in League One, clubs increased ticket prices by a whopping 31.7% and 19% in League Two.Compared to 12 months ago, the cheapest match day tickets in the top four divisions of English football is up 4.4% from 12 months, from £20.58 to £21.49, more than treble the current rate of inflation which is 1.2%.Malcolm Clarke, Chair of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) said there was ‘no excuse’ for ticket prices to rise above the rate of inflation, especially in the Premier League. “There is no excuse for the price of tickets to rise above the rate of inflation,” he told fcbusiness. “The money from the Premier League’s new media deal needs to be shared more evenly across the pyramid and there is no reason why some of it cannot be passed onto the fans instead going straight into the pockets of club owners and players.”However, Clarke was sympathetic of the rises in Leagues One and Two, but warned that they were still unacceptable. “Matchday ticket sales represent a significant level of income for clubs at this level. I have sympathy for these clubs but the level of increases seen here is simply unacceptable.”The BBC Price of Football study is in its fourth year having begun in 2011, and is the largest of its kind in Britain, covering 176 clubs in 11 divisions across British football, including Women’s Super League One and Two.
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Fight Night: Week 6.NFL.com writer Adam Schein broke down some of the top feuds in the NFL entering the 2015 season, placing the rift between Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and the Pittsburgh Steelers sixth.No matter how you spin it, Mike Tomlin and the Steelers let Arians go. And now, Arians is a two-time Coach of the Year and arguably a better head coach than Tomlin. In fact, personally, I’d take Arians over Tomlin.Arians is in a fantastic position in Arizona, but you know he still holds a grudge — and he should. Don’t think that it won’t be personal when the Cardinals visit the Steelers in Week 6. And you know what? The Cardinals are in better shape than the Steelers heading into 2015.Arians was with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-11, serving as the offensive coordinator starting in 2007. He then “retired,” eventually taking over as offensive coordinator (and later interim head coach) of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. He was hired as head coach by the Cardinals that following offseason.He led Arizona to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in 2014.Tomlin has taken the Steelers to the Super Bowl twice in his tenure as head coach, winning Super Bowl XLIII against the Cardinals with Arians as his offensive coordinator.Pittsburgh went 11-5 last season before being eliminated in the Divisional Round of the playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling