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Wisconsin Students Crowned America’s Top Rocketeers

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Madison West High School team tops 830 rocketry teams from across
America to win the Team America Rocketry Challenge and represent the
United States in Summer 2019 international competition

THE PLAINS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Madison West High School of Madison, Wisconsin today took home the top
prize at the world’s largest student rocketry competition – The
Team America Rocketry Challenge
.

The students from Madison West will now represent the United States at
the International Rocketry Challenge at the Paris International Air Show
in June, facing off against teams from France, the UK, and Japan.

“This feels amazing – I didn’t expect us to win today,” said team
captain Jacob Mello. “We really didn’t know each other well at the
beginning of the year, but we became friends and pulled together as a
team. We encouraged each other, which really helped us today. There’s a
lot of pressure to keep up America’s winning streak in the international
competition, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Teams from Madison West now have won the Team America Rocketry Challenge
three times. This year’s team, consisting of Mazelie Passmore (14), Ella
Paulin (15), Ethan Lan (15), Rohan Yethiraj (15), Jacob Mello (15),
Lukas Weinhold (14), Alex Goff (14), and Nathan Wagner (15), posted a
combined score of 10 across their two launches. Persistence played a big
role in the team’s win, as they were still practice launching the week
of the contest.

The team’s victory follows months of preparation designing, building,
and testing a rocket capable of meeting rigorous mission parameters set
by the contest’s sponsors – the Aerospace
Industries Association
(AIA), National
Association of Rocketry
, and more than 20 industry sponsors. This
year’s rules celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by requiring
each rocket to carry three eggs in a separate capsule to symbolize the
three astronauts that made the journey to the Moon and back.

The Top 101 teams, hailing from 25 states from Hawaii to New York,
competed for a total of $100,000 in prize money and scholarships at the
national finals – an all-day event held at Great Meadow in The Plains,
Va., outside of Washington, D.C. The $100,000 prize pool will be split
among the Top 10 teams, with Madison West taking home the top prize of
$20,000 as U.S. champions. In addition, the top twenty-five finishers
receive an invitation to participate in NASA’s Student Launch initiative
to continue their exploration of rocketry with high-powered rockets and
challenging mission parameters.

FAST FACTS ON THE ROCKETRY CHALLENGE:

  • 830 teams from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S.
    Virgin Islands competed in the 2019 edition of the contest.
  • Since its inception in 2003, the contest has inspired more than 70,000
    middle and high school students to explore education and careers in
    science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields

Originally conceived as a celebration of a century of flight, the Team
America Rocketry Challenge has become AIA’s signature STEM initiative
and is supported by a broad array of aerospace and defense industry
companies – led by Diamond Sponsor Raytheon – who see the challenge as a
way to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists who will
power the industry.

“Apollo 11 showed what was scientifically possible through teamwork,
ingenuity and problem-solving skills,” said Raytheon Chairman and CEO
Tom Kennedy. “In their own way, the TARC competitors also learned this
valuable lesson. It’s a lesson they can use throughout their studies,
and in careers that have the promise to further push the bounds of
what’s possible in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

“These kids are amazing. They leave no doubt that there’s a bright
future for our industry and our country,” said AIA President and CEO
Eric Fanning. “Providing students the opportunity to work with our
experts and an outlet for their talents is one of the most important
things we can do as an industry. We are rooting for every young woman
and man who competed as they pursue their passions for STEM, and look
forward to cheering on the first place team at the international
competition in Paris a few weeks from now.”

For more information and content, check out the official #TARC19 web,
Facebook,
Twitter
and Instagram
pages.

Contacts

Dan Stohr
dan.stohr@aia-aerospace.org
703-517-8173
(m)

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Thales Named a Market Leader in KuppingerCole Analysts Leadership Compass for Identity-as-a-Service Access Management

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  • Thales recognized for global reach, number of customers and partner ecosystem
  • Positive ratings for innovativeness, interoperability, market position, security and usability

PARIS LA DÉFENSE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thales today announced that it has been positioned as a Market Leader in the 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) Access Management.

The report recognized Thales, through its SafeNet Trusted Access offer, as a market leader in terms of the number of customers, partner ecosystem, and global reach in the IDaaS Access Management market. KuppingerCole’s Leadership Compass takes a thorough look at the overall IDaaS Access Management industry, provides in-depth analysis of the main players in the market, and rates vendors on innovation, product features, and market reach.

“With a strong global presence, SafeNet Trusted Access presents a flexible solution based on standards and, in addition, agents as a service to cater to the access management requirements of organizations with broad contextual authentication needs,” said Martin Kuppinger, founder and principal analyst, KuppingerCole. “Organizations with common IDaaS Access Management requirements should consider SafeNet Trusted Access on their shortlist, specifically when having a need for strong MFA support and flexible authentication policies.”

KuppingerCole recognized SafeNet Trusted Access for its “wide range of authentication factors combined with broad support for contextual attributes to deliver risk adaptive authentication along with some access management functions targeted at B2B, B2E and G2C market segments.” In addition, the report highlighted the global presence for SafeNet Trusted Access and recommended that organizations “should consider SafeNet Trusted Access on their shortlist, specifically when having a need for strong MFA support and flexible authentication policies.”

The KuppingerCole report rated Thales as “strong positive” or “positive” for:

  • Financial Strength
  • Functionality
  • Innovativeness
  • Interoperability
  • Market Position
  • Security
  • Usability

As enterprises increasing move their applications and data to the cloud, access management is increasingly seen as the solution to help simplify cloud access and mitigate the threat of data breaches. According to recent research from Thales, almost half of businesses believe cloud applications make them a target for cyber-attacks. Surveying 1,050 IT decision makers globally, Thales’ 2019 Access Management Index1 revealed that cloud applications (49%) are listed among the top three reasons an organization might be attacked, just behind unprotected infrastructure such as IoT devices (54%) and web portals (50%).

“Thales is honored to be listed a market leader in the 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass report,” said François Lasnier, Vice President for Access Management solutions at Thales. “This validation demonstrates the strength, reach and innovation of SafeNet Trusted Access in meeting the security, compliance requirements and end user needs of organizations that are embracing the cloud for their mission-critical applications and IT infrastructure.”

Thales’ global market leadership position comes from more than two decades of innovation in the access management and authentication market. SafeNet Trusted Access is a cloud-based access management solution that combines the convenience of single sign-on (SSO) with granular access security controls and adaptive authentication. By validating identities, enforcing access policies and applying Smart SSO, SafeNet Trusted Access helps organizations ensure secure, convenient access to cloud applications, prevent data breaches and simplify compliance.

Download the full KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for IDaaS Acess Management.

1The 2019 Access Management Index, is a survey of 1050 executives in 11 countries with responsibility for, or influence over, IT and data security. The survey, reporting and analysis was conducted by Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Thales.

Contacts

Thales, Media Relations
Security
Constance Arnoux

+33 (0)1 57 77 91 58

constance.arnoux@thalesgroup.com

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Juniper Research: Mobile Financial Services’ Transactions to Exceed $1 Trillion in Emerging Markets by 2024

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Includes Mobile Money Transfer, Microloans, Microsavings and Microinsurance

BASINGSTOKE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#emerging–A new study from Juniper Research found that the total transaction value of the MFS (Mobile Financial Services) market will exceed $1 trillion by 2024; rising from $580 billion in 2019. This is a growth of 70%. The research identified a range of untapped opportunities in Latin America for services such as microfinance, microloans and money transfer, as a key driver of MFS growth over the next five years.

For more insights on Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets, download our free whitepaper: The $1 Trillion Opportunity ~ Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets.

Latin America – the Underserved Opportunity

The new research, Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets: Monetisation Models & Market Forecasts 2019-2024, forecasts that the total number of users accessing MFS in Latin America will grow 20% on average annually over the next five years. This is predicted to grow twice as fast as saturated markets such as Africa & Middle East. In response, it urged MFS vendors to leverage existing experience to launch services in this underserved market.

It also forecasts that the number of MFS users in all emerging markets will reach 1.2 billion by 2024; growing from 890 million in 2019. Africa & Middle East will account for over 600 million users alone by 2024; owing to the high reliance on mobile devices for banking services.

Cash In, Cash Out to Account for Half of Overall MFS Value by 2024

The research found that CICO (Cash In, Cash Out) transactions will be the largest driver of growth for the MFS market; exceeding a value of $590 billion by 2024. CICO allows users to access traditional banking services, such as deposits and withdrawals, via mobile devices.

The report urged MFS providers to expand their agent networks to rapidly grow customer bases. It also forecasts that fostering confidence amongst users for CICO transactions will lead to uptake of more comprehensive MFS products, such as microloans and microinsurance, in the future.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector; providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

Contacts

For further details please contact

Sam Smith, Press Relations

T: +44(0)1256 830002

E: sam.smith@juniperresearch.com

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Broadband Forum Reimagines Services Deployment and Orchestration With Exclusive CloudCO Demonstration at Broadband World Forum 2019

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The first-of-its-kind demonstration is sponsored by Swisscom, BT, and TIM and will showcase zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Cloud–As service providers look to introduce new network technologies to accelerate new services deployment with minimal risk, Broadband Forum will demonstrate the latest developments in its Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) and Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) initiatives at Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2019.

CloudCO is a recasting of the Central Office hosting infrastructure that utilizes Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud technologies to support network functions for broadband services. Within this, OB-BAA specifies Northbound Interfaces (NBI), Core Components and Southbound Adaptation Interfaces (SAI) for functions associated with access network devices that have been virtualized, facilitating co-existence and seamless migration.

The first-of-its-kind demonstration of both initiatives at BBWF 2019 will leverage a combination of SDN automation and virtualization, open source innovation and Broadband Forum’s Open Broadband Labs (OB-Labs) infrastructure. This will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal. It will also take advantage of major enhancements to Broadband Forum’s OB-BAA open source project and a soon-to-be-released new Application Note, APPN-446 – ONAP and CloudCO integration for Residential Broadband HSIA Service.

“The CloudCO and OB-BAA demonstration will represent a radical recasting of services deployment and orchestration to the benefit of the industry,” said Geoff Burke, Chief Marketing Officer at Broadband Forum. “CloudCO and OB-BAA are among our Open Broadband initiatives which aim to advance network migration to cloud-based broadband infrastructures and help service providers realize the possibilities of SDN and NFV. This demonstration will highlight the innovative work of the global Open Broadband Labs and the benefits of industry-wide collaboration and interoperability.”

Specifically, the demo illustrates a multi-vendor network use case in which a customer making a service request has the service created and activated by the service provider, only then to relocate to a new location and find the service seamlessly reactivated. This will show a plethora of benefits which are available to service providers through CloudCO, including reductions in the costs of validating, engineering, and improving operation of services.

BT, Swisscom, and TIM will sponsor the demonstration, reinforcing the important role open standards have to play in operators’ future networks.

Kevin Foster, Head of Broadband Technical Standards for BT, said: “CloudCO and OB-BAA will underpin an ability to create a ‘pick & mix’ access network constructed from different technologies and vendors thereby improving operational effectiveness, customer experience, and ensuring easier migration from legacy technologies and services.”

David Pérez Caparrós, Lead DevOps Engineer at Swisscom, said: “With CloudCO and OB-BAA, we will be able to evolve our access network with new technologies at a faster pace, with lower integration costs and higher customer satisfaction through faster response.”

Mauro Tilocca, Access Network Automation expert and Broadband Forum delegate at TIM, added: “CloudCO and OB-BAA, will improve the agility of net ops and maintenance, and enable open programmable interfaces to improve our service portfolio. This demonstration will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal and ONAP operating as CloudCO Orchestrator as well as End-to-End Service Orchestrator.”

Access vendors participating in the demonstration include Nokia, Altice Labs, and DZS which will all leverage an OB-Labs infrastructure enabled by The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and VMware. The demonstration will take place during exhibition hours in the Broadband Forum / Open Broadband Interop Pavilion (A40). In addition, a one-hour session – “Deep Dive on OB-BAA: Managing Multi-Vendor SDN Broadband Networks” – will be hosted by Ovum Principal Analyst Julie Kunstler in the Broadband World News Theater on the exhibition floor starting at 11.15am on 16 October. Participants will include service provider TIM, access vendors Altice Labs, DZS, and Nokia, and OB-Lab enablers EANTC, UNH-IOL, and VMware.

Broadband World Forum 2019 takes place from Tuesday, October 15 to Thursday, October 17, at the RAI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit: https://tmt.knect365.com/bbwf/.

About Broadband Forum

Broadband Forum is the communications industry’s leading organization focused on accelerating broadband innovation, standards, and ecosystem development. Our passion – delivering on the promise of broadband by enabling smarter and faster broadband networks and a thriving broadband ecosystem.

Broadband Forum is an open, non-profit industry organization composed of the industry’s leading broadband operators, vendors, thought leaders who are shaping the future of broadband, and observers who closely track our progress. Its work to date has been the foundation for broadband’s global proliferation and innovation. For example, the Forum’s flagship TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol has nearly 1 billion installations worldwide.

Broadband Forum’s projects span across 5G, Connected Home, Cloud, and Access. Its working groups collaborate to define best practices for global networks, enable new revenue-generating service and content delivery, establish technology migration strategies, and engineer critical device, service & development management tools in the home and business IP networking infrastructure. We develop multi-service broadband packet networking specifications addressing architecture, device and service management, software data models, interoperability and certification in the broadband market.

Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at https://www.broadband-forum.org/.

Follow us on Twitter @Broadband_Forum and LinkedIn.

For more information about the Broadband Forum, please go to https://www.broadband-forum.org or follow @Broadband_Forum on Twitter. For further information please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or brian.dolby@proactive-pr.com or Jayne Brooks on +44 (0) 1636 704 888 or jayne.brooks@proactive-pr.com

Contacts

Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or brian.dolby@proactive-pr.com or Jayne Brooks on +44 (0) 1636 704 888 or jayne.brooks@proactive-pr.com

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