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Kuandeng Technology to overrun Autonomous Driving industry in Europe and America

Betty Tűndik

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The global autonomous driving industry experienced fierce competition in 2018. The two key words in the autonomous driving industry is mass production and industry structure change. At CES 2019, autonomous driving is still a hot topic. Chinese enterprises are showing their strong technology and advantages to their counterparts in Europe and the United States.

To achieve autonomous driving, High-definition Maps and the self-positioning module are indispensable. At CES 2019, Kuandeng Technology from China has changed the data collection, measuring, and drawing methodology used by traditional mapping companies. Through continuous technical iteration, the company completed accurate and abundant map data production, quality inspection and update. China’s autonomous driving might soon overrun European countries and the United States.

The main products of Kuandeng Technology include pre-installed high-definition maps, high precision localisation, and crowdsourcing map Cloud Solution. On the one hand, Kuandeng Technology adopted a vision-focused survey mode, and solved the contradiction problem between high precision and low cost. The number of survey units of Kuandeng Technology is increasing, and the coverage will gradually expend to more specific and complex roads. Kuandeng has more than 20 map Survey vehicle engaged in large scale acquisitions in China, and it is expected that there will be more than 50 map Survey vehicle by the first quarter of 2019.

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Nestlé focus on avoiding plastic-waste

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Nestlé announced a series of specific actions to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, with a particular focus on avoiding plastic-waste.

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said, “Our broader vision and action plan outline our commitment and specific approach to addressing the plastics packaging waste issue. While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100 per cent recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis. We need to push the boundaries and do more. We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now.”

He added, “We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist. Collective action is vital, which is why we are also engaging consumers, business partners and all of our Nestlé colleagues to play their part. You can count on us to be a leader in this space!”

In December 2018, Nestlé announced the creation of Institute of Packaging Sciences to evaluate and develop various sustainable packaging materials and to collaborate with industrial partners to develop new packaging materials and solutions.

In February 2019, Nestlé will begin to eliminate all plastic straws from its products, using alternative materials like paper as well as innovative designs to reduce littering.

In this year, Nestlé will also start rolling out paper packaging for Nesquik, Yes! snack bar, and smarties. Milo will introduce paper-based pouches in 2020. Nestlé Waters will increase the recycled PET content in its bottles by 2025.

Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences is exploring new paper-based materials and biodegradable/compostable polymers that are also recyclable, among other alternatives. This could become a valuable option in places where recycling infrastructure does not yet exist and will not be available for some time. Nestlé also initiated a collaboration with PureCycle Technologies to produce food-grade recycled Polypropylene (PP).

Moreover, Nestlé has a longer-term ambition to stop plastic leakage into the environment across its global operations. This will help avoid further accumulation of plastics in nature and achieve plastic neutrality.

All 4,200 Nestlé facilities worldwide are committed to eliminating single-use plastic items that cannot be recycled. These items will be replaced by materials that can easily be recycled or reused.

Nestlé employees in all locations worldwide and at all levels will dedicate their volunteering days to the removal of litter and participate in clean-up activities on World Ocean Day on June 8, 2019. Nestlé is particularly dedicated to accelerating action in tackling the plastic waste issue and report on the Company’s progress publicly.

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Lipogems—The exciting new technology available in Hughston Clinic of Columbus

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Dr. Champ L. Baker Jr. of the Hughston Clinic of Columbus, who is one of the nation’s leading and highly respected orthopaedic surgeons, is now using an exciting new technology called Lipogems, which is the FDA-cleared reparative option for patients facing the prospect of major surgery.

In Lipogems, a patient’s own body fat (or adipose), is first removed in a simple procedure called “harvesting.” The fat is usually taken from belly fat or the “love handles.” The processed fat is immediately reintroduced to problem affected areas, providing cushioning and support.

The minimally-invasive Lipogems can also be used to complement surgery. And it allows for multiple injections to problem areas, all in a single procedure, which took less than an hour.

Dr. Baker, a prominent specialist in sports medicine surgery, called Lipogems an outstanding addition to orthopaedic strategies and treatment. “Lipogems may be a great option for patients who have tried physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or steroid injections, and other treatments that have not provided enough relief. Your own fat is loaded with repairative cells that can assist with healing orthopaedic conditions that affect your joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles,” Dr. Baker said, adding, “they are easier to get to, and the procedure can be more comfortable for patients, especially when compared to harvesting bone marrow.”

Tara Okon, a physical therapist, explains “I have two bad knees…or had two bad knees. Because I’m a physical therapist, I had a patient come in that Dr. Baker was seeing and he had magnificent results from it. I saw him before and I saw him after and it was an amazing difference.” Dr. Baker is happy for Lipogems patients like Tara Okon, who is also feeling the joy: “Lipogems, has worked for me,” she said, almost giddy. “It’s been worth every penny to me.”

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Innovative treatment programme launched for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients

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Fox Trail Memory Care Living, a specialised Alzheimer’s and dementia subsidiary of Fox Trail Senior Living, has introduced an innovative “Living Life Well” programme for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The programme is based on a whole-body approach towards wellness. It offers purpose-driven and ability-appropriate activities for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and enable them to live a life of better quality.

“One of the most promising aspects of introducing the Living Life Well programme was the positive reception our objectives received from the residents’ families, as well as, from our care staff and physician community,” said Fox Trail Memory Care Living Managing Partner, Michael Eisele. “It was clear that our staff and administrators aspired to provide more personally relevant activities for their residents, and we are committed to providing them with the resources to do so.”

Fox Trail’s memory care professionals maintain a personalised relationship with residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss, to discern preferences and offer options for meaningful activities, based on their wishes. The ability to offer residents activities catered to their specific needs and preferences demonstrates a positive shift in the philosophy of Alzheimer’s and dementia care; ensuring Fox Trail’s programming will remain an ever evolving landscape to fully enrich resident’s lives.

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