News Article | July 21, 2017
The Netherlands and Dublin, July 21, 2017: ASPIDER-NGI, a leading provider of MVNE, IoT, eSIM and content solutions, today announced the supply of advanced self-care functions for Postmobile: the low cost, easy to use prepaid mobile phone services available through An Post, Ireland’s largest retail network. The new self-care application provides features making Postmobile even easier to use. Postmobile customers can now do top-ups without registering, change price plans, or get access to detailed call history, right from the app. These functions are all designed to give simple-to-use, reliable service and great value from a brand people know they can trust. Michael Ahern, Postmobile Manager commented “Our Self-care was overdue a makeover to enhance our customer experience. Early discussions with Sally [Rutter] and Rene [Elstrodt] in ASPIDER-NGI quickly reassured us that our expectations would be met and exceeded. As well as a complete new look, our requirements included additional functionality such as changing plans and purchasing Add-Ons, which were all catered for without issue along with practical feedback and suggestions. ASPIDER-NGI requirements in relation to self-care artwork specifications and templates were very clearly defined ensuring efficient delivery and minimizing any delays.” “Postmobile has a great focus on simplicity and transparency,” said Sally Rutter at ASPIDER-NGI. “They are continually pushing to improve the customer experience thru innovation in technologies and innovation in thinking.” “From initiation to launch took under 3 months,” continued Michael Ahern. “From a customer viewpoint it was a low stress, issue free project delivered with the utmost attention and professionalism. We are extremely pleased with the final product and look forward to telling, and showing, our customers about it!” For more, visit https://postmobile.ie About ASPIDER-NGI ASPIDER-NGI is an operator independent company providing connectivity allowing you to build and control your own mobile solutions. We build, support and operate innovative MVNO and IoT platforms. We provide the network and the expertise you require, and deliver with the flexibility and agility you need to disrupt and grow your market. ASPIDER-NGI delivers and supports voice, data, SMS, multi-IMSI and eSIM products to manage billions of connections for IoT, MVNO, Content and Corporate Mobile solutions. Hundreds of clients have been launched around the world, from traditional M2M and MVNO projects, to OTT and IoT OEM solutions for Operators and Enterprise. For more information, visit www.aspider-ngi.com.
News Article | August 2, 2017
Home > Press > Announcing the successful industrial feasibility test of a turnkey quantum Hall system for graphene characterisation and primary resistance metrology Abstract: Oxford Instrument announces the successful completion of the collaborative project with National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at University of Manchester. The project has been partially funded by the Innovate UK for development of commercial measurement system for nanotechnology applications, reducing operational costs, time and complexity. The collaboration was led by Oxford Instruments and the turnkey system has been developed, verified and tested at companys Tubney Wood site in UK. The quantum measurement system operates at cryogen free low magnetic fields and will enable primary resistance calibrations with unprecedented accuracies to be used by the national (metrology) laboratories and indusrial companies. This is an exciting achievement by the consortium in demonstrating the industrial feasibility of using graphene and 2D materials to commercialise quantum measurement systems and enable new innovative and turnkey solutions in standard measurements and 2D materials characterisation, said Ziad Melhem, the Alliances Manager from Oxford Instruments NanoScience. Graphene is a revolutionary, two-dimensional (2D), atomic scale carbon material with unmatched properties and is expected to revolutionise industry and consumer products over the coming years. Graphene's discoverers from Manchester University in the UK were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010. Graphene is the first truly 2D material and is classed as a "super-material" offering extremely high electrical and thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, strength, and impermeability to all gases. Graphene is widely seen as a new platform material for advanced manufacturing, with applications including electronics, fashion and sports wearable technology, mining, water conservation and purification, automotive structures and energy storage. Demand for accurate measurements at the nanoscale will continue to increase and the graphene-enabled quantum resistance system will provide the high-end electronics instrumentation industry with a primary resistance standard for the first time. The system can be used directly on the factory floor dramatically reducing the calibration traceability chain and improving the precision of electronics instrumentation. The quantum Hall effect (QHE) is one of the most fundamental phenomena in solid-state physics and its observation in graphene was the acid test that proved that this material is a true two-dimensional crystal of the highest quality. The QHE is also the cornerstone of electrical metrology as it is the primary realisation of the unit for resistance, the ohm. The UK has been a global leader in research on graphene since it was discovered at the University of Manchester and supported since then by over £80 million funding from the UK government. Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are investing an additional £2.5 million in technical feasibility studies to target the applications of graphene with the greatest commercial potential. Oxford Instruments NanoScience, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and National Graphene Institute (NGI) at Manchester University were awarded a grant from Innovate UK, to test the operation of a turnkey quantum Hall system in industrial environment. Professor Vladimir Falko, Director of the NGI at Manchester University commented, It happens very rarely that blue-sky fundamental research delivers applicable results at the timescale of just one decade. In this case, we are lucky to be able to beat the clock. Dr JT Janssen, NPL Research Director said, This is an exciting development because calibration laboratories have long wanted to have primary resistance traceability on the shop floor. This novel technology will make this a reality for the first time and open the door to many more innovative applications. Issued for and on behalf of Oxford Instruments NanoScience About Oxford Instruments NanoScience Oxford Instruments NanoScience designs, supplies and supports market-leading research tools that enable quantum technologies, new materials and device development in the physical sciences. Our tools support research down to the atomic scale through creation of high performance, cryogen-free low temperature and magnetic environments, based upon our core technologies in low and ultra-low temperatures, high magnetic fields and system integration, with ever-increasing levels of experimental and measurement readiness. Oxford Instruments NanoScience is a part of the Oxford Instruments plc group. The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UKs National Measurement Institute and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available to man. For more than a century NPL has developed and maintained the nations primary measurement standards. These standards underpin an infrastructure of traceability throughout the UK and the world that ensures accuracy and consistency of measurement. NPL ensures that cutting edge measurement science and technology have a positive impact in the real world. NPL delivers world-leading measurement solutions that are critical to commercial research and development, and support business success across the UK and the globe. Vision & Mission To deliver the highest economic and social impact as a world-leading National Measurement Institute through excellent responsive science and knowledge services. NPL works with business, academia and Govt. to offer world leading measurement science and technology through: · Contract Research & Development; · Consultancy; · Instrumentation; · Licensing; · Measurement Services; · Knowledge Transfer. Our services are based on the science capabilities developed from the world leading science programmes of the National Measurement System (NMS). The NMS is a network of laboratories that deliver a national measurement infrastructure to support UK business and citizens and is funded by the National Measurement Office, an executive agency of BIS (the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills). NPLs commercial services address the national and international challenges and priorities within the Energy, Sustainability, Advanced Manufacturing, Defence Aerospace & Security, Healthcare and Digital Economy market sectors. Our customers include publicly funded organisations such as central and regional Government (DEFRA, Home Office, MoD, Technology Strategy Board, DSTL, SEEDA, Environment Agency), private sector companies (Rolls Royce, Surrey Satellite Technology, BP, Jaguar), Universities (Surrey, Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College), international agencies (EU, ESA) and overseas National Measurement Institutes (China, Indonesia, Singapore). Good measurement improves productivity and quality; it underpins consumer confidence and trade and is vital to innovation. We undertake research and share our expertise with government, business and society to help enhance economic performance and the quality of life. NPLs measurements help to save lives, protect the environment, enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and companies to innovation. Support in areas such as the development of advanced medical treatments and environmental monitoring helps secure a better quality of life for all. About NGI Manchester University NGI is the national centre of excellence for graphene and two-dimensional materials (2DM) research in the UK. The NGI research team includes the discoverers of graphene and 2010 Nobel Prize winners A Geim and K Novoselov, over 20 academics from the Schools of Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials, and Electronics & Electrical Engineering, and over 70 early career researchers. NGIs 7500m2 facilities include 1500m2 state-of-the-art clean room with a broad range of nanofabrication tools, optical and electrical transport charactrerisation laboratories, and chemical labs equipped for 2DM functionalization and for the development of 2DM-based nanocomposites. This environment for world-class research in graphene and other 2DM has already attracted over 40 industrial business partners, who collaborate with NGI on research projects of various sizes and technology readiness levels. For more information, please click If you have a comment, please us. Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
News Article | May 25, 2017
Thirteen years ago Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov— two researchers at the University of Manchester—isolated graphene for the first time. Prior to that day scientists knew the one atom thick, 2D crystal material existed, but no one had worked out how to extract it from graphite. During one of their weekly Friday night experiment sessions the duo removed flakes from a lump of bulk graphite with sticky tape and noticed that some flakes were thinner than others. They kept separating graphite fragments repeatedly until they created flakes that were just one atom thick. Six years later they won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery. Today Manchester continues to serve as a center for graphene innovation. Coined ‘Graphene City,’ the University of Manchester is home to over 250 researchers working on graphene and has over 70 industry partners, including high-profile companies Dyson, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce, Samsung, Sharp, and Siemens. “Our vision of Graphene City is a bit like Silicon Valley,” said James Baker, business director of graphene at the University of Manchester. “We are trying to create a hub in Manchester, where at the heart of activity we have the University of Manchester where we have lots of academics and scientists, and then we also have international partnerships. The biggest chance of graphene being a success is through that partnership and collaboration model and this Graphene City concept.” As part of this initiative, a significant investment has been made in two state-of-the-art facilities. The first, the National Graphene Institute (NGI), houses both academics carrying out fundamental research as well as industrial partners. The goal of the £61-million facility is to foster collaboration between the two and grow early-stage applications of graphene-based products. The £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Center (GEIC)—which will open in the second half of 2018—will foster commercialization of those early-stage applications, serving as a facility to scale-up and test graphene-based products. Both of these facilities will tackle some of the major challenges regarding graphene. While many different companies are creating graphene, how to best use the material in the most efficient and intelligent manner is still unclear. “The challenge is less now how to produce a material, it is how do you disperse or how do you mix it, how do you go from a 2D material into a 3D product or application, and then how do you get that consistency, and qualification and certainty that it is safe?” said Baker. “We have over 70 industry partners that we are working with to look at those challenges. That will increase and accelerate once the GEIC is completed this year.” Since it wasn’t discovered until 2004, graphene is still in its “teenage years,” said Baker, and has only been seriously investigated for the past six to seven years. A material that new would typically take decades before significant products were commercialized, he said. Graphene City was created to change that. “We are looking to accelerate the production of graphene products and applications,” said Baker. “By working in a much more concurrent way, we can hopefully take a new material which typically takes 20 to 30 years to get to the market, and really reduce the time, and get it to market as quickly as possible.” Right now, there are a few simple products utilizing graphene in the marketplace. Most use the material as a composite or coatings, adding it to other materials instead of creating a brand new product with it. Using this technique, graphene has been used to created ‘smarter’ tennis rackets, cycle tires, light bulbs, and inks. However, the potential of graphene spans far beyond simple composite or coatings. Graphene membranes could be created and used for water desalination, nuclear cleanup, or novel fuel cells. The material also has potential in the aerospace and electrical industries, as well as biomedical applications such as using it to create novel drug delivery systems or artificial skin. In addition, the discovery of graphene has opened up a new world of potential 2D materials, and researchers are now investigating multiple types of materials that are also isolated to a single atomic layer. These 2D materials could be stacked together layer by layer to create a multi-functional, ‘smart’ material, said Baker. “We are now applying a similar science to a whole family of materials, and today we are studying over 100 different 2D materials,” said Baker. “This is huge is terms of its potential. It has the potential to change the world.”
News Article | May 10, 2017
The Netherlands, May 10, 2017: ASPIDER-NGI, provider of MVNE, IoT, eSIM and content solutions, and SURFnet, the Dutch National Research and Education Network, are partnering on eSIM. This new agreement gives SURFnet early access to the ASPIDER-NGI eSIM technology to develop and build specific applications for education and research, with an initial focus on identity management and authentication. ASPIDER-NGI is using these initiatives to launch “eSIM eConnect” later this year. This product provides a modular approach that allows the enterprise to own and control their SIMs, and manage the connectivity and security. Jan Mooijman, CEO of ASPIDER-NGI: “Enterprises are starting to recognize the huge impact of owning their own SIMs. They can choose operators, deliver applications, manage devices and track behavior. The enterprise now has the keys to the castle.” “Last year we conducted initial eSIM projects that allowed us to manage the eSIM ‘over the air’ to change mobile operators instantly without a physical SIM swap,” said Maurice van den Akker, head of Product Management Network Services at SURFnet. “This year we will focus on specific security-related functionality on the eSIM for education and research institutions. We also believe that ownership of our own SIM yields many more opportunities” he continued. “This includes the integration of multiple mobile and wireless architectures. The eSIM will help us provide seamless access to our high end research infrastructure, for students, lecturers and researchers.” Jan Mooijman, CEO of ASPIDER-NGI states “SURFnet is recognized for driving innovation into the education and research sector. We share the same visions on integrated communications to deliver the connectivity and control across mobile operators and media. Our partnership around eSIM also includes the security infrastructure to support new applications, to drive new business models and to improve efficiencies.” About ASPIDER-NGI ASPIDER-NGI is an operator independent company providing connectivity allowing you to build and control your own mobile solutions. We build, support and operate innovative MVNO and IoT platforms. We provide the network and expertise you require, and deliver with the flexibility and agility you need to disrupt and grow your market. ASPIDER-NGI delivers and supports voice, data, SMS, multi-IMSI and eSIM products to manage and connect billions of connections for IoT, MVNO, Content and Corporate Mobile solutions. Hundreds of clients have been launched around the world, from traditional M2M and MVNO projects, to OTT and IoT OEM solutions for Operators and Corporates. For more information, visit www.aspider-ngi.com. About SURFnet SURFnet is the Dutch National Research and Education Network (NREN). SURFnet ensures that researchers, lecturers and students can work together in a simple and robust manner using ICT. SURFnet supports, develops and operates an advanced, reliable and interconnected ICT infrastructure for use by education and research. This infrastructure makes the most of what ICT has to offer, bringing ICT services, academic instruments and people together. SURFnet also develops and tests innovative ICT services in order to demonstrate the capabilities. For more information about SURFnet, visit www.surf.nl/en/surfnet
Pfaffhuber A.A.,NGI Inc |
Lieser J.L.,University of Tasmania |
Geophysical Research Letters | Year: 2017
Snow thickness on sea ice is a largely undersampled parameter yet of importance for the sea ice mass balance and for satellite-based sea ice thickness estimates and thus our general understanding of global ice volume change. Traditional direct thickness measurements with meter sticks can provide accurate but only spot information, referred to as “needles” due to their pinpoint focus and information, while airborne and satellite remote sensing snow products, referred to as “the haystack,” have large uncertainties due to their scale. We demonstrate the remarkable accuracy and applicability of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) snow thickness measurements by comparing them with in situ meter stick data from two field campaigns to Antarctica in late winter/early spring. The efficiency and millimeter-to-centimeter accuracy of GPR enables practitioners to acquire extensive, semiregional data with the potential to upscale needles to the haystack and to potentially calibrate satellite remote sensing products that we confirm to derive roughly 30% of the in situ thickness. We find the radar wave propagation velocity in snow to be rather constant (± 6%), encouraging regional snow thickness surveys. Snow thinner than 10 cm is under the detection limit with the off-the-shelf GPR setup utilized in our study. ©2017. The Authors.
Pal S.,Gautam Buddha University |
Kaynia A.M.,NGI Inc |
Bhasin R.K.,Rock and Foundation Engineering |
Paul D.K.,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering | Year: 2012
Stability analysis of Surabhi landslide in the Dehradun and Tehri districts of Uttaranchal located in Mussoorie India, has been simulated numerically using the distinct element method focusing on the weak zones (fracture). This is an active landslide on the main road toward the town centre, which was triggered after rainfall in July-August 1998. Understanding the behaviour of this landslide will be helpful for planning and implementing mitigation measures. The first stage of the study includes the total area of the landslide. The area identified as the zone of detachment is considered the most vulnerable part of the landslide. Ingress of water and increased pore pressures result in reduced mobilized effective frictional resistance, causing the top layer of the zone of detachment to start moving. The corresponding total volume of rock mass that is potentially unstable is estimated to 11.58 million m3. The second stage of this study includes a 2D model focussing only on the zone of detachment. The result of the analyses including both static and dynamic loading indicates that most of the total displacement observed in the slide model is due to the zone of detachment. The discontinuum modelling in the present study gives reasonable agreement with actual observations and has improved understanding of the stability of the slide slope. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
News Article | November 16, 2016
AMBLER, Pa., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Radius Global Solutions LLC ("RGS"), a global technology-enabled provider of end-to-end accounts receivable and customer relationship management solutions, announced today that it has merged with Northland Group Inc. ("NGI"), a Minneapolis,...
Meyer V.,NGI Inc |
Langford T.,NGI Inc |
White D.J.,University of Western Australia
Geotechnique | Year: 2016
Pipelines laid on the seabed are subjected to loads that may cause unacceptable displacements. On fine-grained soils, the capacity of a pipeline to resist these loads is affected by the pipe embedment and any excess pore pressures remaining in the surrounding soil from the laying process. This paper presents results from model tests, performed at near to full scale, investigating the embedment response and the subsequent pore pressure equalisation of a pipeline on a high plasticity marine clay. Existing models for the penetration and dissipation processes are compared with the experimental data. Conventional undrained bearing capacity theory, making minor allowances for strain rate and softening effects, shows good agreement with the observed penetration response. Dissipation solutions based on elastic and elasto-plastic soil models capture the general shape of the pore pressure response. The operative coefficient of consolidation varies between tests, spanning the range between the compression and recompression values observed in oedometer tests. The observations validate the theoretical solutions for penetration resistance, and highlight the uncertainty that must be considered in estimating equalisation times. © 2016, ICE Publishing. All rights reserved.
NGI Inc | Date: 2013-12-06
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