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Caltech Robotics Launches New and Greatly Improved Robot Called “Crush”

first_imgScience and Technology Caltech Robotics Launches New and Greatly Improved Robot Called “Crush” From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | 11:47 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeauty 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Business Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Caltech’s Robotics Team has just launched “Crush,” its new entry for the upcoming 2015 Robosub Competition, and a “faster, smarter, more integrated machine than last year’s “Bruce” which earned the team 7th place.“We’ve been relatively quiet on the news front these past few months as members of our team have been working diligently on an incredible project that is now finally coming to fruition,” the team announced on its website, www.crt.caltech.edu.This year, the team’s Robosub entry Crush will be a “completely new robust and integrated design, with more competitive capabilities than Bruce had.Crush, according to the team, can deploy markers, manipulate objects, and fire torpedos.In describing the robot, Caltech Robotics Team said the improvements they did include a single, integrated pressure hull, active control over all six degrees of freedom, and a passive sonar system.“With the improvements, the vehicle can maintain an arbitrary orientation, sustain a maximum surge speed of 1.5 knots, and locate a sonar pinger,” said the team. Caltech says Crush represents the state of the art for low-cost, actively controlled autonomous underwater vehicles.Before Crush goes to the 18th Annual International Robosub Competition, Caltech Robotics Team members will be “fine-tuning our vehicle to ensure that we can ‘crush’ the competition.”The Robosub competition aims to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) by challenging engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the competition encourages young engineers to be excited about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.This year’s Robosub happens on July 20th to the 26th at the SSC Pacific Transdec in San Diego. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

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Wood brilliant over eight innings in walk-off win over Santa Clara

first_imgApril 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local Wood brilliant over eight innings in walk-off win over Santa Clara Written by Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – An error gave BYU baseball a 2-1 walk-off win in nine innings Thursday night at Larry H. Miller Field in the series opener against Santa Clara.“We didn’t hang our heads after not getting hits early,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We finally put together some good at-bats late in the game. I’m proud of our guys for persevering.”With Brock Hale on third base, Keaton Kringlen hit a hard grounder up the middle that was speared by the Broncos’ second baseman. With Hale frozen, the fielder sent a throw in the turf to first base. It deflected off the first baseman’s glove and Hale sprinted home for the winning run.BYU improved to 15-13, 4-6 (West Coast Conference), as Santa Clara fell to 15-12, 4-6 (WCC).A pitchers’ duel unfolded over the first four innings, as neither team got on the board. In the fifth, Jake MacNichols knocked a double for the Broncos and scored after a bunt and a passed ball.The Cougars answered with a run in the sixth, as Hale stroked a single through the middle to plate Daniel Schneemann. Hale’s hit was just the second of the night for BYU. Right before him, Brian Hsu lined a single to right field to move Schneemann from first to third.Wood got through eight frames thanks in part to a tremendous play by Schneemann on a grounder up the middle. He slid to corral the batted ball and flipped it from his glove to Brennon Anderson, who took the feed at second with his bare hand and fired to first for a double play.Wood’s night ended with just four hits allowed and five strikeouts on 101 pitches. The only run against him was unearned.Rhett Parkinson and Drew Zimmerman (2-1) saw the Cougar defense through the ninth inning, as the former punched out two and the latter finished off the Broncos with a groundout.Hale led off the BYU half of the ninth with a double to dead center. Jake Brown moved Hale to third with a groundout to second to set the stage for Kringlen.The Cougars wrap up the series with a doubleheader tomorrow, with game times scheduled for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The series was supposed to be played over three days, but Saturday’s game was moved to Friday due to inclement weather. Fans with tickets for Saturday can use their tickets for any remaining home game.​ Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCClast_img read more

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ProLogis lets distribution facility to Rank subsidiary

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Wenger salutes Arsenal ‘urgency’ in derby win

first_imgAsked about which “small details” he was referring to, Pochettino replied: “The free-kick. And I think it was offside.“In this type of game, when you play against a top-six side like Arsenal, the small details change games and put the game on one side.”Wenger said: “I don’t see where the referee’s decisions went for us. For me, the foul (by Sanchez on Sanchez) was a foul.Share on: WhatsApp It was Arsenal’s 11th successive home victory in league football and left them a point behind Spurs, who finished above them last season for the first time since 1995.“They had the urgency, the desire and the focus,” Wenger said.“In a derby like that, that plays a part. We didn’t lose the defensive focus for 90 minutes.”Wenger also hailed the display of German playmaker Mesut Ozil, who departed to a standing ovation late in the second half after an uncharacteristically battling performance.“I’m convinced that Mesut Ozil adds physicality to his game and when he needs it, he can produce it,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.“He got a standing ovation because he added to the team’s defensive job. He’s not a specialist in that, but he can do that because he’s an intelligent man.” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was unhappy about the free-kick that led to Mustafi’s 36th-minute opener, which was awarded for a challenge on Sanchez by Davinson Sanchez that looked clean.Mustafi was also narrowly offside as Ozil struck his free-kick and Arsenal profited from the benefit of the doubt in a possible offside call against Alexandre Lacazette prior to Sanchez’s goal.“You saw what happened during the game,” Pochettino said.“I’m disappointed because the small details were against us, which makes it difficult to win.”center_img Arsene WengerLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side’s intensity had been the decisive factor in their 2-0 victory over north London derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.Quick-fire first-half goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez at a drizzly Emirates Stadium earned Arsenal a first win over Tottenham since March 2014.last_img read more

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Bandits rob overseas-based Guyanese

first_img…escape with US$7000An overseas-based couple and their taxi driver were on Tuesday morning robbed at gunpoint shortly after the couple arrived in Guyana.The couple’s Corentyne, Berbice home where they were robbedReports are the couple arrived at their Fourth Street Johns, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home at about 01:00h and were about to enter the yard when three masked men carrying cutlasses and guns attacked them.The bandits relieved the couple of US$7000 along with a number of security cameras, which they had in their possession. The bandits also grabbed the couple’s passports.Meanwhile, the taxi driver, who drove the couple from Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), was also robbed.No attempt was made by the bandits to enter the couple’s home.Police have launched an investigation and have since questioned several persons.last_img read more

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Tuskegee Airmen lauded

first_imgALTADENA – Members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen were honored Sunday as part of a Veterans Day celebration hosted at Farnsworth Park by Rep. Adam Schiff. The airmen – America’s first African-American military airmen – were credited with shooting down 111 German planes during World War II. They also escorted bomber planes throughout the duration of the war and were reknowned for never having lost a bomber. “These are some courageous people who fought the enemy overseas and fought discrimination here at home, and I admire what they were able to accomplish,” said Schiff, D-Pasadena. “It’s a story that really needs to be told and they’re here to tell it today.” As the ceremony started, Schiff not only acknowledged the soldiers’ combat skills but also their bravery to serve their country even with segregation and civil unrest at home. He also said it is not only the veterans who should be honored. “Don’t ever forget the families, because they are the backbone of the veterans,” he said. He continued with a message for the youth, asking them to focus on being positive and productive members of society. Schiff then gave out United States flags – which had been flown over the Capitol – to Goodall, fellow Airman Guy Holloman, and family members of airmen who could not attend. He also acknowledged the many war veterans in the crowd. “This is a testimony to honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and all the veterans, and a great way for me to give honor to my father’s memory,” said Karen Young, whose father, Louis Young, was a member of the airmen. After the ceremony, attendees got a look at authentic World War II memorabilia that was brought from the American Military Museum in South El Monte. Among the items were two military Jeeps that were used in the war. “There should be more of (these celebrations) because a lot of people don’t understand what veterans really go through,” said Donald Radcliff, a Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran who works with the museum. “It’s an honor to serve your country.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre After Schiff spoke, keynote speaker Oliver Goodall, one of the airmen who lives in Altadena, took the podium. Behind him were photos of the airman and stories detailing their service. Goodall thanked everyone for their support in honoring veterans, and called for continuous support to veterans’ issues. “It’s been said that the veterans are trying to get more than they need,” he said. “That’s a falsehood.” War veterans have made huge sacrifices for their country and deserve the respect and aid they need for their efforts, he said. last_img read more

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Teen shot leaving Halloween party

first_imgPALMDALE – Halloween night turned tragic when a 14-year-old boy leaving a church get-together with his girlfriend was accosted by two young men and shot in what may have been a case of mistaken identity. The Highland High School student, whose name was not released, was hospitalized Tuesday in very critical condition, a detective said. “They were looking for an individual. It wasn’t the individual they shot,” sheriff’s Detective Bill Pickett said of the gunmen, believed to be street-gang members. “My guess is he closely resembled the person they were looking for.” The boy and girl had left the Halloween gathering at a home just before 10 p.m. Monday. As they walked along Ocotillo Drive, two young men standing across the street asked if they knew someone named “Peewee.” When the couple said they didn’t, the young men walked across the street and asked the boy if he was a gang member, the girl said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They said, do you bang? We said no. They said, yes, you do. They just shot him and took off,” said the girl, who is not being identified for her safety. The boy was left lying bleeding in the street. Both assailants had guns and opened fire, Pickett said. The boy and girl were the last guests to leave the gathering, attended by members of Praise Chapel of Palmdale. “Not even two minutes after they left, we heard gunshots,” said the man at whose house the gathering was held. He didn’t want his name used. “We’ve been praying for him.” There is no indication the wounded boy had anything to do with gangs, said Pickett, a detective in the anti-gang unit Operation Safe Streets. He said he assumed the person the gunmen were seeking was a gang member. “It is most likely gang-related,” Pickett said of the shooting. Pickett was working Tuesday sorting through the conflicting stories from witnesses and trying to figure out who the gunmen were seeking. The gunmen were described as both African-American and Latino, and some witnesses said they fled on foot while others saw them run to a car, Pickett said. They were described as about 17 to 20 years old, he said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Heisman Trophy winner: Kaepernick’s activism ‘tells you he doesn’t want to work’

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Erstwhile quarterback Colin Kaepernick was invited to seek employment elsewhere Friday, and this time the rebuke wasn’t from an NFL owner.Two-time Pro Bowl running back Herschel Walker checked in with TMZ Sports with some unsolicited advice for Kaepernick, who has been unable to latch on with another team since opting out of his 49ers contract in early 2017.The kneeling, Walker said, has got to go. “I …last_img

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Feeding bodies and brains

first_imgThe bright pink Amalunchbox kitchensare, for many children, the only sourceof a daily nourishing hot meal. Amalunchbox works with the nationalDepartment of Basic Education toensure that pupils don’t go hungry.(Images: Game)MEDIA CONTACTS • Iris NaidooGame corporate social investment+27 31 302 9070 or +27 82 373 2299• Nao RakwenaDepartment of Basic Education+27 12 357 3000RELATED ARTICLES• SA women farmers root out hunger• Poor schools score textbooks• Chefs gather to help the hungry• Home grown nutrition research• Better water supply for SA schoolsEmily van RijswijckAn innovative project is converting the humble shipping container into a fully-fledged mobile kitchen which helps to give thousands of South African primary school pupils a hot, healthy meal every day.The initiative, conceived by discount retailer Game Stores, is known as Amalunchbox.It’s a corporate social investment programme started by the company in 2008, and has thus far provided 88 container kitchens around South Africa at a total cost of R5.7-million (US$744 000).“The kitchens allow the schools to give pupils at least one nutritious, hygienically prepared hot meal per day,” says Iris Naidoo, Game’s corporate social investment specialist.The company works closely with the Department of Basic Education on the project, complementing the department’s National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP).Making it easier to provide kids with mealsFive schools in Empangeni and Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal are the latest recipients of the bright pink kitchens, equipped at a cost of R65 000 ($8 500) each. They are Samangu Primary, Mvuzane Primary, Mxosheni Primary, Mabodla Primary and Nqqamzana Primary.Each kitchen comes with a four-plate gas burner, a double-bowl sink, stainless steel counters, shelving, four 100l cooking pots, serving spoons and enough bright pink tumblers, plates and spoons for every child.Nqqamzana Primary School principal Thelma Matlena says many of the 670 pupils enrolled in her school come from child-headed households and depend on receiving their nutrition entirely from the meal they get at school. The kitchen has not come a moment too soon, she says. Prior to this, food was cooked under a tree, which was quite a challenge.“When it was raining it became very difficult to cook for our kids. We had to use a veranda floor or classrooms to cook. When it was windy, we also experienced many problems. Fires could become unmanageable. Food was often half cooked. Firewood was also a problem and we had to go to the forest to collect it each morning.”Recently another 12 schools in Johannesburg have received kitchens, which will be formally launched by the Gauteng Department of Education, bringing the total number of Amalunchbox kitchens to 100.Game CEO Jan Potgieter says the investment is not just about putting food on plates. Because many schools lack basic resources, providing prepared meals can be a real challenge and the Amalunchbox kitchens play an important role in providing the necessary tools for and ideal circumstances in which to prepare food.“Over the past two years, the Department of Education has focused not only on providing meals to more children but also on improving the quality of meals provided and has offered guidance on meal preparation, food safety and hygiene,” he says. “We are playing our part by providing kitchens.”Giving back to the communityWhile the district offices within the local Department of Education nominates schools that qualify for an Amalunchbox kitchen – the schools must be within a 100 km radius of a Game store – the actual location is determined by the Provincial Department of School Nutrition, says Naidoo.“With the kitchens we want to show to the customers who support their local Game store that the company, in turn, is giving back to the community in a visible way,” she says.When the programme was introduced, says Naidoo, holding company Mass Discounters indicated a social investment focus on education. Because it’s well known that teaching s hungry child is difficult, a feeding scheme seemed an appropriate response, but the company soon realised that many schools lacked the appropriate infrastructure to prepare hygienic meals at the school premises. And so the customised container kitchen was born.“We had to consider all kinds of practical implications, such as the heavy pots, and making wooden spoons which are big enough to stir with. It took about two years to perfect the design,” says Naidoo.One square meal a dayA national nutrition programme was started in 1994 at selected schools throughout the country at the instigation of then-president Nelson Mandela.The idea was to provide well-balanced meals to the poorest primary schools, with the aim of improving school performance and learning in general. The name of the programme was later changed to the National School Nutrition Programme after an assessment revealed that there were equally great nutritional needs at secondary school level.Now in its 18th year, the NSNP at first provided only cold meals, but later realised the importance to children of providing a hot meal.Basic nutrition is the constitutional right of every child in South Africa, yet for many the NSNP provides the only meal of the day.In 2008 Statistics South Africa found that 140 000 children in Gauteng and more than 3.3-million children in the country went hungry “often” or “always”. According to teachers interviewed, food supplied to pupils via the school schemes are the only guaranteed meals for more than 70% of pupils at the most disadvantaged schools.Secondary schools includedIn 2009/10 the programme was extended to include the most disadvantaged secondary schools in the quintile 1 and 2 groups, a move welcomed by teachers and parents alike. South Africa uses the quintile system of ranking and funding of schools, which takes into account the socio-economic circumstances of pupils.The lower quintile schools receive more funding from government.According to the NSNP’s annual report the programme reached more than seven-million pupils in more than 20 000 schools in 2009. There was also a general improvement in the quality of meals provided, with all provinces now including vegetables and fruit in the meal.In addition, in 2009 the programme provided employment for almost 38 000 individuals, who prepared and served the food.Other companies involved in the NSNP are Huletts Sugar, CTP Printers, communications company Shop Talk, design consultancy the HKLM Group and Mykel Nicolaus Photography, which sponsored the development, printing and delivery of a NSNP recipe book entitled Mnandi 4 Sure.The recipe book may be downloaded (PDF, 6.8MB).last_img read more

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Smart cities need innovative citizens

first_imgGloria Nkadimeng, Joburg’s ICT head, said the city’s new broadband roll-out will provide citizens with a platform for innovation. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Sascha Haselmayer, general director of Living Labs, said software such as city apps give citizens the tools to create solutions for problems in cities. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Miguel Rodrigues, chief executive of MtoM Consulting, said cities must rely on tech savvy youth for city developments. (Image: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gloria Nkadimeng  Group Head: ICT  City of Johannesburg  +27 71 608 9062 RELATED ARTICLES • Social participation key to efficient cities • SA cities to get domain names • Cape Town: city of innovation • Nelson Mandela Bay is smart • Joburg – from mining camp to big cityShamin Chibba Imagine a city where the creative ideas of its entire population can be gathered and used for solving urban problems and improving living conditions. Such a notion, according to experts, is not far off and could be achieved within a decade from now.This was the focus of the Smart Cities panel discussion at the 2013 Metropolis Annual Meeting held in Johannesburg on 18 July 2013. Experts from South Africa, Brazil and Spain looked to find ways of bettering city services through the use of information and communication technology (ICT).According to Gloria Nkadimeng, the group head of ICT at the City of Johannesburg, the council is already planning to roll out new broadband technology, which would provide citizens with a platform for innovation. “We would like to have an environment where we can engage our citizens.”Nkadimeng said one of the main characteristics which make up smart cities is the blending of ICT with consumer and operational technologies, to bring government to the people. “In order to have connected cities, we can never leave the human factor out of it because it is people who will make it possible to have [smart cities].”Speaking at the opening of the conference, Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau said the metropolitan and its citizens should engage in co-production, which would give citizens an opportunity to create goods and services from their own knowledge and will. This, said Nkadimeng, would also allow people to sell their products and therefore become part of the city’s economic growth. “This is how we see technology influencing change and enabling the citizens to create rather than sit and be welfare cases.”She acknowledged that the city lacked human capital growth, a concept focusing on the use of citizens’ knowledge and creativity for economic development. However, the council is making efforts to increase this. “With the smart city idea, we are looking at people as assets to ensure we can derive human capital development.”Though Nkadimeng’s department is studying developed metropolitans around the world for ways to improve Johannesburg’s smart city initiative, she noted that each city has its own demands and challenges. Solutions would, therefore, need to be tailored. “While we learn and adopt what we are seeing from other cities, we do have our own plans that are aligned to the needs of our community and to our growth and development strategy.”But Nkadimeng does not have to travel abroad to learn how to run a smart city. “Even here in South Africa there are cities we can learn from.”Johannesburg intends to increase co-operation between the three spheres of government, namely local, provincial and national, so that its smart city initiative can be boosted. “We should not lose value that other spheres of government are getting from international relations,” said Nkadimeng.Centre for Urban InnovationThe national and provincial government is also trying to boost smart cities in Gauteng’s three major urban sprawls. At the event, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel and Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane announced the establishment of the Centre for Urban Innovation in Johannesburg.The centre will promote knowledge of urban innovations in South Africa and around the world, and will support international exchanges and collaborations. This is in line with chapter eight of the National Development Plan, which focuses on the transformation of human settlements.With regards to smart urban planning, the centre will seek ways of using technology to solve complex urban problems, developing infrastructure for new economies and creating learning networks for innovation.City apps encourage innovationSascha Haselmayer, the general director of Living Labs, said one of the ways local governments can get their citizens involved in the running of a city is by implementing interactive software applications, or city apps, which encourage innovation.First implemented by Washington, D.C. and New York, most major cities around the world now use city apps to reach their citizens. Haselmayer referred to Apps for Good as an example of a city app working to improve lives. Schoolchildren in the UK have been using the tool to develop applications that solve real issues in their communities. “There is currently a convergence of people tinkering and prototyping. All of this gains visibility now. It is important cities detect these things.”Living Labs is focused on developing a global marketplace for innovations in cities. Its members come from a variety of industries, some of which are involved in community bond raising, street festivals and even one which has invented energy generating pavements. “In our network we have about 10 000 companies that innovate for cities. Most of them were people who woke up one morning and were sick and tired of being stuck in traffic or something similar, and therefore invented something to alleviate that,” said Haselmayer.Miguel Rodrigues, CEO of MtoM Consulting, a marketing firm for smart cities in South America, said city apps in São Paulo have been effectively used for micro-business, education, traffic management and waste collection.Despite this, Rodrigues believed more can be done by gathering technological expertise from civilians, especially from tech-savvy youth, which can be used to build smart cities. “We already have intelligence [in Brazil] but we just need to know how to use it. Government needs to drive the knowledge that is all over the place, especially coming from the young generation.”Citizens take possession of technologyFranklin Dias Coelho, Rio de Janeiro’s special secretary for science and technology, said his city is allowing communities to take possession of technologies. This is part of Rio’s effort to build a city that generates information.Rio has already opened eight technological and pedagogical resource centres, which allows the public to interact and explore information and technology. The city council is looking to establish as many as 50 of these centres in the near future. Additionally, it is planning to implement a 300-kilometre network which integrates data and mobility, thus turning it into a digital city.last_img read more

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