Asia Leads in Industrial Robot Adoption. Why Do Europe and the U.S. Lag Behind?

BRINK News | April 04, 2019

Robots are key tools for boosting productivity and living standards. To date, most robot adoption has occurred in manufacturing, where robots are designed to perform a wide variety of manual tasks more efficiently and consistently than humans. But with continued innovation, robot use is spreading to many other sectors, from agriculture to logistics and hospitality.
As a result, companies around the world are adopting robots. According to the International Federation of Robotics, the global average for industrial robots per 10,000 manufacturing workers grew from 66 robots in 2015 to 85 in 2017. Korea is the world’s largest adopter, with 710 robots per 10,000 workers; the United States sits at seventh, with 200 robots.

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Edge Impulse, | May 19, 2021

Edge Impulse, the world's leading development platform for machine learning (ML) on edge devices, announced today the completion of a $15 million Series A investment round led by Canaan Partners, with participation from Acrew Capital, Fika Ventures, Momenta Ventures, and Knollwood Investment Advisory. This funding will help the company achieve its goal of democratizing machine learning for millions of developers and engineers working on billions of edge devices. Due to power, bandwidth, and cost constraints, 99% of sensor data is currently unused. Edge Impulse allows this data to be analyzed effectively using edge-optimized machine learning, resulting in smarter products and enhanced privacy. Developers and engineers will use the Edge Impulse framework to build useful datasets, then quickly develop and deploy custom machine learning models to any edge system, from battery-powered sensors to Linux-based GPUs capable of operating actuating pneumatics and robotic arms. With a growing list of silicon partners including Arm, Nordic Semiconductor, NVIDIA, Silicon Labs, STMicroelectronics, Microchip, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Himax, and Eta Compute, the company's platform is trusted by thousands of developers and businesses looking to utilize sensor data to bring intelligence to the next generation of smart devices. To date, the platform has produced over 23,000 projects and 26 million branded data samples across a variety of verticals, including industrial, infrastructure, wearables, and wildlife conservation, with a global developer group on track to hit 100,000 by 2022. Machine learning allows for a data-driven engineering approach to solving problems that can have an impact in all industries. Using machine learning for data-driven engineering in the Internet of Things will not only create better systems but will also give life to a whole new class of experiences. Surprisingly, thanks to platforms like Edge Impulse, it would become a lot easier to modify, upgrade, and handle. IoT will eventually live up to its original goals and turn consumer products, automotive, agriculture, and engineering from the ground up, thanks to smarter brains and learning capabilities on devices. About Edge Impulse Edge Impulse is the leading embedded machine learning software platform, with over 23,000 ML projects in use around the world. We're on a journey to have the best machine learning development experience on edge devices for sensors, audio, and computer vision at scale. We make highly optimized ML deployable to a wide range of hardware from MCUs to CPUs, from getting started in under five minutes to MLOps in production.

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Hixson Architecture, Engineering and Interiors Renews Agreement with Unanet ERP

Hixson | November 22, 2021

Unanet, the leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, announced that Hixson Architecture, Engineering and Interiors renewed its agreement with Unanet ERP to streamline its digital transformation and project management. Hixson renewed after more than a decade of success with Unanet solutions. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Hixson has built a national reputation as a leader in the architecture and design space over the last 73 years. Specializing in four areas including food + beverage, workplace, retail, and science + technology, the company is consistently listed among the top firms in the United States and was named a 2021 Top 100 Rising Giant by Interior Design Magazine. Originally, Hixson was using a legacy ERP system to manage all of its operations but learned it would need significant and expensive upgrades because the software provider was planning to sunset the product and stop supporting it. After evaluating a range of options, including making a costly upgrade or facing no future technical support, Hixson made the decision to switch to Unanet AE, which resulted in immediate results. By implementing the Unanet AE ERP platform, Hixson had a full array of new capabilities, functionalities, and automations at their fingertips. Their staff were empowered with automated paperless invoicing, analytics dashboards that provided real-time visibility into project status and resource deployment, and wizard-style tools that helped them quickly and easily add projects and clients. Hixson's teams also took advantage of extensive customizations that allowed them to track and report on the firm's department-centric structure and workflows, providing more meaningful metrics that helped them make better business decisions. "Unanet helps us to get in front of issues before they become problematic,Analytics are the bread and butter of how we manage our business and Unanet's unique dashboard allows us to see trends and make decisions in real-time - without having to go through a bunch of spreadsheet gymnastics to get there." -Christian Fasso, billing manager and project accountant, Hixson Unanet AE is purpose-bult ERP for architecture, engineering and construction firms and offers a powerful combination of project management, business intelligence, time & expense tracking, financial prospect management and integration tools in the one single source. About Unanet Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,400 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials. For more information, visit www.unanet.com.

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Bowman Consulting Group Acquires Assets of McFarland-Dyer & Associates in Atlanta

Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. | August 05, 2021

Bowman Consulting Group Ltd., today announced the acquisition of the assets of McFarland-Dyer & Associates (“MDA”) headquartered in the greater Atlanta area. Founded in 1995, McFarland-Dyer & Associates delivers civil engineering, land planning, land surveying, and landscape architecture services to public and private sector clients throughout the Southeast. “We are excited and happy to welcome all of the MDA employees and clients to Bowman,” said Gary Bowman, chairman and CEO of Bowman. “McFarland-Dyer brings a strong market reputation and I look forward both to expanding our presence in the Atlanta market and to extending McFarland-Dyer’s surveying, landscape architecture, site planning and civil engineering services to our customers throughout the Southeast.” “The economics of this acquisition are in line with our strategy, and I am confident in our ability to generate beneficial revenue synergies together,” added Bowman. “In keeping with our goal of delivering reasonably priced growth and enhanced shareholder value, this is the first of what we expect to be many acquisitions we make as a public company. We are actively pursuing numerous opportunities to invest the proceeds from our recent $52 million initial public offering and expect to close on additional acquisitions this year.” “Bowman offers us an exciting opportunity to effect an orderly ownership transition and become part of a dynamic and growing organization,” said Phyllis Lamme, President of MDA. “The leadership of Bowman has demonstrated their commitment to empowering the staff of acquired firms by enabling them to thrive, grow and develop professionally within a culture that promotes those same values that we have held since our founding. We are excited about joining Bowman.” About McFarland-Dyer & Associates Founded in 1995, McFarland-Dyer & Associates delivers civil engineering, land planning, land surveying, and landscape architecture services to public and private sector clients throughout the Southeast, with a focus on the metropolitan Atlanta area. Public work has included schools, libraries, fire stations, city halls, streetscapes, parks, playfields and sports facilities. Private projects have included residential subdivisions, multi-family developments, hotels, commercial centers and amenity areas with swimming and tennis facilities. About Bowman Consulting Group Ltd. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Bowman is a professional services firm delivering innovative engineering solutions to customers who own, develop, and maintain the built environment. With 800 employees and more than 30 offices throughout the United Sates, Bowman provides a variety of planning, engineering, construction management, commissioning, environmental consulting, geomatics, survey, land procurement and other technical services to customers operating in a diverse set of regulated end markets.

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