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News Article | May 15, 2017
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iSign Solutions Inc. ("iSIGN") (OTCQB: ISGN), a leading supplier of electronic signature and other software solutions enabling secure and cost-effective management of document-based digital transactions, today reported total revenue of $211,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2017, a decrease of $65,000, or 24%, compared to total revenue of $276,000 for the prior year. "Based upon the expansion of our multi-year partnership with Cegedim SA, iSIGN's business model transformation is well under way, and we expect to see a positive shift in momentum within the next twelve months," said Philip Sassower, co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer for iSIGN. "From this relationship, and others to come, we remain optimistic that we will experience significant recurring revenue transaction volume over time. Recently-appointed President and Chief Operating Officer and a committed shareholder of the company, Mike Engmann is now leading the efforts to make this happen. We are delighted he is directing iSIGN during this important time." For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, operating expenses were $780,000, a decrease of $640,000, or 45%, compared to operating expenses of $1,420,000 in the prior year. This decrease primarily was due to iSIGN's efforts to restructure its operations in favor of partner-generated recurring revenue. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the net loss attributable to common stockholders was $614,000, a decrease of $1,817,000, or 75%, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $2,431,000 in the prior year. This decrease primarily was due to a $575,000 decrease in loss from operations, resulting from the above-mentioned decrease in operating expenses offset by the decrease in revenue, a $245,000 decrease in accretion of beneficial conversion feature, an $854,000 decrease in preferred stock dividend expense, a $90,000 decrease in interest expense and an $82,000 decrease in amortization of debt discount. Additional financial information regarding iSIGN's operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, will be available in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov. iSIGN (formerly known as Communication Intelligence Corporation or CIC) is a leading provider of digital transaction management (DTM) software enabling fully digital (paperless) business processes. iSIGN's solutions encompass a wide array of functionality and services, including electronic signatures, simple-to-complex workflow management and various options for biometric authentication. These solutions are available across virtually all enterprise, desktop and mobile environments as a seamlessly integrated software platform for both ad-hoc and fully automated transactions. iSIGN's software platform can be deployed both on-premise and as a cloud-based service, with the ability to easily transition between deployment models. iSIGN is headquartered in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit our website at www.isignnow.com. iSIGN's logo is a trademark of iSIGN. Certain statements contained in this press release, including without limitation, statements containing the words "believes", "anticipates", "hopes", "intends", "expects", and other words of similar import, constitute "forward looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual events to differ materially from expectations. Such factors include the following (1) technological, engineering, quality control or other circumstances which could delay the sale or shipment of products containing the company's technology; (2) economic, business, market and competitive conditions in the software industry and technological innovations which could affect customer purchases of the company's solutions; (3) the company's inability to protect its trade secrets or other proprietary rights, operate without infringing upon the proprietary rights of others or prevent others from infringing on the proprietary rights of the company; and (4) general economic and business conditions.


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

ANDOVER, Mass. — May 16, 2017 — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today introduced the Qwik-Grip™ wire management system, a new innovative feature for its Square DTM Plug-on Neutral Load Centers. Already known for saving time by eliminating pigtails on arc-fault and dual-function breakers, Plug-on Neutral Load Centers take efficiency and productivity even further with Qwik-Grip, simplifying installation and saving electrical contractors time and money. Qwik-Grip is a groundbreaking design element that shaves time off of each load center installation and enhances electrical contractors’ efficiency and productivity on the job site. Qwik-Grip makes rough-ins easier by removing the need for knockouts and wire connectors while reducing the likelihood of installation mistakes, call backs and the number of parts needed on the job site. Qwik-Grip also makes remodeling jobs and service changes easier and more straightforward - contractors can now simply remove the Qwik-Grip insert, leaving a convenient opening to pull in existing branch feeders. “Schneider Electric continuously delivers innovation at every level for our customers by providing new solutions that make our customers’ jobs easier,” says Pankaj Lal, senior offer manager, Square D by Schneider Electric.“ The Plug-on Neutral Load Center with Qwik-Grip more than accomplishes this goal, simplifying installation efforts by eliminating the need for pigtails and excess wiring, reducing time and saving costs for electrical contractors in the residential space. In fact, our time tests show that with the addition of Qwik-Grip installations are faster than with traditional load centers.” When installing a load center or doing a rough-in, knockouts typically present difficulties for electrical contractors in terms of the time and effort required to complete them. “[With Qwik-Grip,] I can get the installation done that much quicker – the knockouts, connectors, getting the wires in – it bypasses all of that. With that time, I can do other things – bid jobs, pick up materials, those things that I’d normally have to do after the job is done,” said David Garrett, an electrical contractor and Schneider Electric customer. The Plug-on Neutral Load Center with Qwik-Grip is designed for QO™ and Homeline™ residential load center applications. Key features and benefits include: For more details about Square D’s Plug-on Neutral Load Centers with Qwik-Grip and the entire line of load center products, please visit http://www.schneider-electric.us/qg. Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€26 billion US dollars (25 billion euros) in FY2016, our 144,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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SAN JOSE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 15, 2017 / iSign Solutions Inc. ("iSIGN") (OTCQB: ISGN), a leading supplier of electronic signature and other software solutions enabling secure and cost-effective management of document-based digital transactions, today reported total revenue of $211,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2017, a decrease of $65,000, or 24%, compared to total revenue of $276,000 for the prior year. "Based upon the expansion of our multi-year partnership with Cegedim SA, iSIGN's business model transformation is well under way, and we expect to see a positive shift in momentum within the next twelve months," said Philip Sassower, co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer for iSIGN. "From this relationship, and others to come, we remain optimistic that we will experience significant recurring revenue transaction volume over time. Recently-appointed President and Chief Operating Officer and a committed shareholder of the company, Mike Engmann is now leading the efforts to make this happen. We are delighted he is directing iSIGN during this important time." For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, operating expenses were $780,000, a decrease of $640,000, or 45%, compared to operating expenses of $1,420,000 in the prior year. This decrease primarily was due to iSIGN's efforts to restructure its operations in favor of partner-generated recurring revenue. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the net loss attributable to common stockholders was $614,000, a decrease of $1,817,000, or 75%, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $2,431,000 in the prior year. This decrease primarily was due to a $575,000 decrease in loss from operations, resulting from the above-mentioned decrease in operating expenses offset by the decrease in revenue, a $245,000 decrease in accretion of beneficial conversion feature, an $854,000 decrease in preferred stock dividend expense, a $90,000 decrease in interest expense and an $82,000 decrease in amortization of debt discount. Additional financial information regarding iSIGN's operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, will be available in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov. iSIGN (formerly known as Communication Intelligence Corporation or CIC) is a leading provider of digital transaction management (DTM) software enabling fully digital (paperless) business processes. iSIGN's solutions encompass a wide array of functionality and services, including electronic signatures, simple-to-complex workflow management and various options for biometric authentication. These solutions are available across virtually all enterprise, desktop and mobile environments as a seamlessly integrated software platform for both ad-hoc and fully automated transactions. iSIGN's software platform can be deployed both on-premise and as a cloud-based service, with the ability to easily transition between deployment models. iSIGN is headquartered in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit our website at www.isignnow.com. iSIGN's logo is a trademark of iSIGN. Certain statements contained in this press release, including without limitation, statements containing the words "believes", "anticipates", "hopes", "intends", "expects", and other words of similar import, constitute "forward looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual events to differ materially from expectations. Such factors include the following (1) technological, engineering, quality control or other circumstances which could delay the sale or shipment of products containing the company's technology; (2) economic, business, market and competitive conditions in the software industry and technological innovations which could affect customer purchases of the company's solutions; (3) the company's inability to protect its trade secrets or other proprietary rights, operate without infringing upon the proprietary rights of others or prevent others from infringing on the proprietary rights of the company; and (4) general economic and business conditions.


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

When the sixth generation of BMW's Ferrari-baiting super sedan officially arrives in early 2018, it will do so with four-wheel drive. Such a revelation could be met with the same sort of horror that Porsche experienced when it told the 911 faithful it was ditching air-cooled engines for water-cooled blocks. Every M car ever built has followed the same formula -- a superb engine up front, sending 100% of its power exclusively to the rear wheels. Therefore, it's understandable that BMW is giving M5 fans plenty of advanced warning, while underlining the performance benefits the xDrive system is going to bring to the new car. "The core component of M xDrive is a central intelligence unit with M-specific software delivering integrated control of longitudinal and lateral dynamics. The new drivetrain technology -- making its debut on the new BMW M5 -- therefore combines all of the agility and precision of standard rear-wheel drive with the supreme poise and traction of the all-wheel-drive system," explains Frank van Meel, BMW M GmbH Chairman. Basically, the M5 is going to be the all-weather, all-road-surface super sedan but if drivers really feel they have to, they can set up the car so that it's in rear-wheel drive mode most of the time. BMW won't yet be drawn on exactly how much power will be going to potentially all of the four wheels. All it will confirm is that the new block is a reimagining of the 4.4-liter V8 that graced the outgoing model, but it will be getting new turbochargers, higher injection pressure, new lubrication and cooling systems and an overhauled exhaust system. All of these improvements will add up to a significant increase on the 560hp and 680Nm torque on the fifth-generation model while returning a fuel economy of 10.5 l/100 km (26.9 mpg) on the combined cycle. Nevertheless, fans are going to be a little bit cautious about the addition of four-wheel drive, which to some, is the equivalent of putting training wheels on a road racing bicycle. Which is probably why BMW has called upon current BMW DTM works driver, former F1 racer, and self-confessed M5 fanatic, Timo Glock to offer reassurances: "With M xDrive, not only can the new BMW M5 be steered with the usual precision and agility, it also offers me something I really appreciate, living in Switzerland: a noticeable boost to traction and controllability -- even when driving in particular environmental conditions, such as wet weather and snow, and in both everyday driving situations and when pushing the car to its performance limits."


News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

District 86 Toastmasters Club Growth Director, Glynis D'souza, DTM, proudly announces the chartering of Oakville Toastmasters Club in Oakville to further the public speaking and leadership skills of members.


Ground control points (GCPs) are points on the Earth's surface that can be used to geo-reference remote sensing satellite data. The identification of GCPs can be achieved either by on-ground inspections or by processing of aerial/satellite data. The first option ensures the highest geolocation accuracy, but it can require long turnaround times and high logistical costs. Moreover, in situ inspections can be impossible in certain areas of the world (e.g., because of difficult access or geopolitical issues). Hence, there is a strategic interest in the development of services that can be used to deliver accurate remote sensing of GCPs. Ongoing satellite missions—such as the Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean Basin Observation (COSMO-SkyMed, or CSK) and TerraSAR-X (TSX)—are providing high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data in the X-band (i.e., a segment of the microwave radio spectrum used for communications). The availability of this data is fostering the development of methods and services for extracting GCPs with sub-metric accuracy. Such endeavors are also appealing for both civilian and military purposes. Conceptually, SAR-based GCP-extraction consists of two steps. First, the same local feature is identified in a number of SAR images and its range/azimuth coordinates are determined. The second step involves the use of spatial triangulation (stereo analysis) and inversion methods for spatial 3D position retrieval from the 2D radar coordinates (range/azimuth). To boost the geolocation accuracy, SAR images must be acquired from different lines of sight, with intersection angles typically much wider than 10°. The lines of sight can even be in completely opposite directions,1 but this usually hinders the ability to perform the GCP identification in a fully automatic manner. In addition, many robust algorithms—such as the Scale-Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT), Speeded Up Robust Features, and Binary Robust Independent Elementary Features methods—have been proposed for the automatic identification and matching of local invariant features.2 These algorithms, however, were originally developed for optical photographs and images, and do not perform well on images affected by multiplicative noise sources (e.g., speckle in SAR data). To mitigate the effect of speckle noise, many adaptations of local-features-matching algorithms have thus been proposed in the recent literature, including SAR-SIFT3 and SIFT-Octave.4 These algorithms, however, only have satisfactory performances with narrow intersection angles. In this study,5 we propose a further adaptation to the existing algorithms. Our approach is specifically designed to ensure robustness and accuracy in the fully automatic detection of bright isolated targets (e.g., steel light poles or towers), even when dealing with opposite-side-looking data. In particular, we have selected the popular Harris algorithm6 as the detector. We chose this algorithm because recent studies4, 7 provide a consensus that it is the most stable and robust-to-noise algorithm for corner detections from SAR images. Furthermore, we opted for a solution that combines simplicity and robustness. This is different from previously proposed descriptors, which typically consist of high-dimension feature vectors (e.g., 128 for SIFT). We derive the properties of our descriptor from radar fragments centered on the candidate GCP corner. We also perform mild geocoding, through the use of low-resolution digital terrain models (DTMs) that are available over the area of interest (e.g., the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission or radargrammetric DTMs). In addition, the performance of our matching algorithm can be enhanced by limiting the search space (as demonstrated by previously proposed solutions, in which DTM and orbit information are used7 or that involve a manual pre-registration8). Once we have identified the GCP candidates and have estimated their fractional line/pixel coordinates from each SAR image, it is necessary to convert those coordinates into sensor–target distances and azimuth coordinates. In our approach, we must also account for the atmospheric propagation delay (APD)—i.e., delays in satellite-to-Earth communications caused by the atmosphere—for computation of the slanted range distance. We thus use numerical weather modeling9 to precisely estimate the APD. In the final part of our technique, we invert range/Doppler equations to infer the 3D geographic coordinates of the candidate GCPs. To improve the accuracy and confidence level, we use multiple scenes (with different look-angles) and we use the least-squares method to solve the over-determined system of equations. Although automatic GCP-extraction tools have previously been successfully verified on TSX data,10 such methods have not yet been tested on CSK images. We have therefore focused on assessing the performance of our algorithm for the processing of CSK data. According to the results from our earlier study,11 a preliminary timing recalibration is required for CSK images. This step is necessary for removing systematic geolocation biases in both range and azimuth directions. In this work, we conducted our experimental analysis for the Pisa area (Italy), for which consistent data takes of radargrammetric enhanced spotlight images are available in the CSK archive. An example of a GCP, in the Pisa urban area, which we automatically detected with our algorithm is shown in Figure 1. The outcomes of our analyses prove that our designed tool is capable of automatically identifying GCPs from CSK data and estimating their geographic position with sub-metric accuracy. In addition, as part of a differential global positioning system campaign, we have computed geolocation errors for a number of vertical isolated targets. In summary, we have developed a new algorithm for the automatic detection of ground control points in remotely sensed SAR datasets. We have based our tool on the popular Harris algorithm, and have thus designed a simple, robust, and accurate algorithm. We have also successfully tested our approach on data from the COSMO-SkyMed satellite for an urban area and have verified that it can be used to estimate the geolocation of GCPs, with sub-metric accuracy. In the next stage of our work we will assess the performance of the tool over mountainous areas, i.e., where radar image distortions are expected to hinder the visibility of GCPs (depending on the orientation of the slopes and the viewing geometry of the satellite sensors). This study was carried out within the framework of the 3D IMINT project (PRNM Contract 10444, 30-12-2013). CSK products, under a license from the Italian Space Agency, were used for this project.


News Article | May 5, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Project Lifesaver International (PLI) is a community based, public safety, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to protect, and when necessary, quickly locate special needs individuals with the propensity to wander, such as those with autism or dementia. Project Lifesaver was the first Search & Rescue (SAR) program to apply state of the art locating technology, innovative SAR techniques, and accredited first responder training programs as a solution for special needs wandering; PLI is the pioneer of the special needs SAR field, and is continuously researching and implementing new technologies and techniques to better aid in achieving the organization’s mission of “bringing loved ones home.” Project Lifesaver is proud to announce its latest innovation – The PLI-PR1 Perimeter – a hand held technology that can be used by a caregiver to protect and prevent a special needs wanderer from eloping! The PLI-PR1 Perimeter is a portable unit that emits a radio frequency boundary of approximately 100 feet within a building (300 feet outside with limited obstructions); this boundary will act as a safety zone. If the safety zone is exceeded, the red LED on top of the unit will flash and an audible alarm will sound to alert the caregiver, and enable them to prevent the elopement before it occurs. It is imperative to understand that the PLI-PR1 Perimeter is only compatible with the latest transmitter implemented by Project Lifesaver, the Data Transmitter Module (DTM), which is an upgrade to the traditional CS transmitter used currently. The DTM has data transfer capabilities which gives it the ability to interact with its paired perimeter unit, which enables the unit to identify when the individual has broken its boundary and exceeded the safety zone. The PLI-PR1 Perimeter is rechargeable, and since it is portable, you can take the PLI-PR1 Perimeter with you to be used anywhere outside of the home. This technology not only helps secure the home of a special needs wanderer, but is also the perfect security tool for caregivers while traveling! The PLI-PR1 Perimeter will be available for purchase on May 10, 2017. Please be advised that individuals residing in a Project Lifesaver area will need prior approval to utilize this technology from the local PLI Member Agency. There will be 3 purchasing packages available:     1.    The PLI-PR1 Perimeter Receiver, which includes the unit only at a cost of $149.     2.    The PLI-PR1 Perimeter Duo, which includes the unit plus a DTM Transmitter Kit at a cost of $399.     3.    The PLI-PR1 Perimeter Home Safety System, which includes the unit, a DTM Transmitter Kit, and a PLI-1000 Personal Receiver at a cost of $799. For more information about the PLI-PR1 Perimeter, or to discover how you can purchase one please contact Project Lifesaver International at 877-580-LIFE or email equipment(at)projectlifesaver.org.


SÃO FRANCISCO, 5 de maio de 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A DocuSign, líder na categoria Digital Transaction Management (DTM) que atua no fornecimento de soluções voltadas à transformação digial das organizações, com ênfase em transações eletrônicas e digitais, anunciou  durante a conferência Momentum 2017, realizada nos Estados Unidos na última quinta-feira (4/5), um crescimento de 135% no número de usuários. Agora, a companhia possui mais de 300 mil clientes no mundo e mais de 200 milhões de usuários em 188 países. Os dados referem-se ao levantamento do ano de 2016.


Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. (April 24, 2017) -- Though transmission of malaria was wiped out in the United States decades ago and infections are falling in parts of the developing world, malaria hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. appear to be far more common than generally appreciated as a steady stream of travelers returns home with the dangerous mosquito-borne disease. That's the key finding from a new study published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that shows malaria led to a count of hospitalized patients and deaths that easily eclipsed other travel-related illness and generated about half a billion dollars in healthcare costs in the U.S. over a 15-year period. "It appears more and more Americans are traveling to areas where malaria is common and many of them are not taking preventive measures, such as using anti-malarial preventive medications and mosquito repellents, even though they are very effective at preventing infections," said Diana Khuu, PhD, MPH, a scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the lead author of the study, which included contributions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Khuu and her colleagues looked for malaria patients in a database maintained by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that tracks hospital admissions nationwide. The researchers found that between 2000 and 2014, about 22,000 people were admitted to U.S. hospitals due to complications from malaria. Moreover, 4,823 patients were diagnosed with severe malaria, which means they suffered from problems like renal failure, coma or acute respiratory distress that significantly increase the risk of death, and 182 of these patients died. The study showed that malaria hospitalizations were more common in the U.S. than hospitalizations for many other travel-associated diseases. For example, during the same period, dengue fever, which is common in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and throughout Latin America, and has caused small, local outbreaks in south Florida and Texas, generated, on average, 259 hospitalizations a year compared with 1,489 for malaria. According to the study, malaria hospitalizations are quite common in the U.S., and the associated burden from these cases is substantial. The researchers found that the average cost per patient was about $25,800 and that the total bill for treating malaria patients in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014 was about $555 million. Overall, the scientists estimated that each year there are about 2,100 people in the U.S. suffering from malaria, since about 69 percent require hospital treatment. That case count would exceed the high end of the official CDC estimate of 1,500 to 2,000 cases per year. Khuu attributed the difference to the fact that CDC's malaria count is based on reports submitted to the agency by hospitals or physicians, and hospital admission records that were used in her study may capture additional cases that have not been reported to CDC. While those admissions' records did not include travel history, the researchers believe the malaria infections they documented most likely were acquired during travel to parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where malaria is still common. Over the last 15 years a blitz of malaria interventions that include insecticide-treated bednets and increased access to highly effective malaria drugs has been accompanied by an estimated 37 percent drop in malaria incidence and a 60 percent drop in malaria deaths globally. Meanwhile, although malaria was eliminated from the U.S. in the 1950s, there are sporadic reports of locally-acquired malaria infections, presumably caused by a mosquito that either fed on an infected traveler or hitched a ride on a flight or ship coming from a malaria-endemic region. But Khuu noted that mosquitoes capable of carrying malaria are common in many parts of the U.S., and that increases in the number of travelers coming home with the disease increases the risk of malaria re-establishing itself in the U.S. According to the study, the majority of malaria hospitalizations occurred in the eastern U.S. in states along the Atlantic seaboard. Malaria's last domestic stronghold was in the Southeast. Also, the study found that men accounted for 60 percent of the malaria-related hospital admissions. The researchers believe the overrepresentation of males in the U.S. malaria count may indicate that men are less likely to seek travel advice or, when they do, less likely to adhere to recommendations for preventing infections, like taking an anti-malarial preventive medication and using a mosquito repellent. The researchers noted that most of the deaths and severe disease appeared to be linked to infections with the malaria parasite known as Plasmodium falciparum, which is responsible for the vast majority of malaria deaths and severe disease worldwide. But the study found that in almost half of the malaria-related hospitalizations there was no indication of parasite type, though Khuu pointed out that information can be obtained via a relatively simple blood test. Khuu noted that identifying the parasite causing the infection can be crucial for determining treatment and prognosis. For example, patients sickened by the P. vivax and P. ovale parasites can appear to be fully recovered. But unlike the case with P. falciparum malaria, the P. vivax and P. ovale parasites can enter a dormant stage and then, after treatment, re-emerge to cause a relapse of the disease. According to the CDC, preventing relapse requires both treating the acute infection and, in addition, a course of a drug called primaquine. "Hospitalizations in the United States from malaria remind us that we live in an interconnected world," said ASTMH President Patricia F. Walker, MD, DTM&H, FASTMH. "For this reason, the U.S. must continue to invest in tropical medicine research efforts and programs, even for diseases like malaria that we don't think of as American diseases. To get the job done, we need a strong NIH a strong CDC, and commitment to military research." About the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, founded in 1903, is the largest international scientific organization of experts dedicated to reducing the worldwide burden of tropical infectious diseases and improving global health. It accomplishes this through generating and sharing scientific evidence, informing health policies and practices, fostering career development, recognizing excellence, and advocating for investment in tropical medicine/global health research. For more information, visit astmh.org. About the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Continuously published since 1921, AJTMH is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the world's leading voice in the fields of tropical medicine and global health. AJTMH disseminates new knowledge in fundamental, translational, clinical and public health sciences focusing on improving global health.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: COMPET-07-2014 | Award Amount: 3.87M | Year: 2015

The TIME SCALE project will bring closed regenerative life support system (CRLSS) to the next level by further development of the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS). The EMCS has been successfully operated on the International Space Station (ISS) for 7 years with rotors allowing scientific research under Moon and Mars gravity exposures in addition to microgravity conditions. The EMCS modular design provides the possibility to replace the individual subsystems including the entire rotor system. The TIME SCALE project main objective is to develop an EMCS Advanced Life Support System Breadboard (EMCS ALSS BB) and demonstrate the operational capability for the ISS. The EMCS rotor baseplate will provide generic interfaces to several compartments of a CRLSS such as higher plants (crops), algae bioreactors and mouse. Scientific knowledge on whole higher plant (crop) physiology and fundamental processes under Moon and Mars gravity conditions are essential to ensure a safe and reliable food supply in future space exploration and integration of higher plants into a CRLSS. As part of the project an EMCS crop cultivation system will be developed and tested. The closed water and nutrient management research and development will include solution for challenges such as lack of thermal convection and the need of optimised technology (e.g. ion specific sensors) to monitor nutrients available for plants. Remote sensing diagnosis of plant health will be implemented using sensors and imaging techniques and Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS). Knowledge and technology on nutrient and water recycling and early warning for crop suboptimal growth conditions has significant terrestrial relevance for greenhouse systems. The TIME SCALE project bring together Universities and SMEs with the state of the art knowledge and experience needed to develop the EMCS ALSS BB for ISS and has the capacity to utilise the gained knowledge and concepts for terrestrial application.

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