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UPS Gets FAA Nod for Widespread Drone Deliveries

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United Parcel Service Inc. UPS -3.51% said it received the first-of-its-kind federal approval to start setting up a fleet of unmanned aircraft to deliver health supplies and eventually consumer packages potentially throughout the U.S.

In the latest regulatory boost for expanded commercial drone services, the company also intends to gradually phase in routine night flights and heavier cargo limits—areas now generally off-limits to most operators.

Under the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement Tuesday, the company’s Flight Forward unit obtained an immediate green light to ship medical products and specimens in North Carolina across various hospital campuses. But the broad approval for an entire fleet of future drones and pilots on the ground—going beyond what the FAA approved previously—opens the door for many other types of longer-range applications spanning rural and suburban areas. The FAA approval doesn’t apply to urban areas.

Calling it a major step to enhance services for health-care customers and ultimately an array of other industries, the company said the FAA’s approval “has no limits on the size or scope of operations.” UPS said it already has started limited flying under the new certification.

“It just gives us a lot of capabilities,” David Abney, the company’s chairman and chief executive, said in an interview. “We’re going to move ahead quickly and expand rapidly,” he said, “It’s not going to be a small operation.” Within months, Mr. Abney predicts the first phase could include 100 or more hospital complexes.

Shares of UPS were down 3.2% on Tuesday afternoon.

As delivery options expand, the company said future steps may include a single operator on the ground controlling multiple flights, or using drones to supplement traditional package delivery by trucks in rural areas.

The goal is to be the first drone operator to operate on a sizable scale, Mr. Abney added.

The FAA’s move comes months after it gave Alphabet Inc. ’s Wing Aviation unit initial authorization to fly a fleet of drones for consumer-goods deliveries. But that specific approval covered only a rural area around Blacksburg, Va., and mandated detailed scrutiny of applications for similar applications elsewhere.

By contrast, UPS said its certification offers a faster and easier path to case-by-case approvals of new uses. If that process proves successful, the latest step could set an important precedent in the budding, fiercely competitive drone industry’s quest to dramatically step up the frequency and breadth of services.

UPS intends, among other things, to establish an operations control center able to monitor a fleet of drones from a centralized location, eventually incorporating new technologies to help detect and avoid potential airborne collisions.

Amazon.com Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. are among those companies vying for similar U.S. approvals to potentially transport food and small consumer goods to residential customers. Many of those firms have turned overseas to test preliminary delivery systems, citing accelerated regulatory action from Australia to Iceland to Switzerland.

Like Wing, UPS ultimately will be able to operate in the U.S. as something akin to a small charter or cargo carrier using conventional aircraft, featuring specific pilot-training programs and accident-prevention procedures.

Mr. Abney also said UPS plans to invest in ground-based technologies to better track drones, while partnering with manufacturers to create new drone models.

But along with all other drone champions, the UPS initiative still faces major hurdles to rapid growth until the FAA establishes industrywide rules allowing flights over urban areas and sets standards for remote identification of drones by law enforcement and air-traffic control.

Those long-awaited regulations will be partly based on input from real-world flights and pilot programs championed by the Transportation Department and White House aides.

In a speech last month to an international drone conference in Las Vegas, Daniel Elwell, the FAA’s deputy administrator, said those lessons learned are “lighting a creative fire in the industry.” In testimony to a House appropriations subcommittee last week, Mr. Elwell said regulations establishing remote-identification requirements—viewed as the building blocks of predictable drone industry growth—initially were held up by a host of technical issues. But now “the rule is moving,” he said, as White House officials give the proposal a top-priority review.

Meanwhile, operators can seek broad certification such as UPS, or take up FAA invitations to apply for more-targeted waivers or exemptions under existing rules.

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/ups-gets-faa-nod-for-widespread-drone-deliveries-11569939601

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Venture Insurance Programs launches online platform for small business insurance

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National insurance program administrator Venture Insurance Programs is introducing a new platform that will allow agents and brokers to better serve their small business clients.

The new Venture Small Business platform allows insurance professionals to quote and bind policies for over 150 classes of business within the same day. The platform will also provide several post-bind services such as direct billing, issuing ACORD certificates of insurance, policy document requests, and claims reporting/servicing.

Venture Small Business can quote and bind general and professional liability coverage for small businesses within the following industries:

Architecture and engineering
Landscaping services
Artisan contractors
Legal services
Consulting
Marketing and public relations
Creative and design
Health, beauty & fitness
Real estate
Financial services
Retail
Technology
Janitorial services

“Venture is pleased to offer this small business platform alongside our industry-specific products and services for agents and brokers,” said Venture Insurance Programs founder and president Phillip J. Harvey.

Harvey added that the dedicated online portal will assist producers in receiving quotes for their small business clients quickly and accurately, as well as in binding coverage.

 

Source insurancebusinessmag.com

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Cloud Firewall Management Market Size will Grow profitably in upcoming year 2019-2025 | IBM Corporation, HP, Verizon, AT&T, Symantec, Fortinet, Secureworks, Centurylink

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Cloud-based Firewall provides secure cloud adoption and also provides inbound and outbound internet access via a secured hosted gateway. It offers scalability with a rise in bandwidth, high availability through a robust infrastructure and backup strategies in case of a site failure, and availability beyond boundaries of any single service provider’s network. The cloud firewall management is a very interesting topic among enterprise security architects and employees.

Global Cloud Firewall Management Market Estimated to grow at a CAGR of +27% during forecast period

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Most of the public cloud firewalls are ordinary and offer little in terms of security configuration controls. With problems arising, developments have been made in the network to overcome the struggle with development & maintenance of network-based firewall rules set in the cloud. Currently, most of the vendors are trying to simplify firewall management and work on automation frameworks and platforms to help with rule management and monitoring.

Key Players Profiled in this Report includes, International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Verizon Communications, Inc., AT&T, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Fortinet, Inc., Solutionary, Inc., Secureworks, Inc., Computer Sciences Corporations, Centurylink, Inc.

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Various factors are responsible behind the market’s growth trail, which are studied at length in the report. In addition, the report lists down the restraints that are posing threat to the global Cloud Firewall Management market. It also gauges the bargaining power of suppliers and buyers, threat to the new entrants and product substitute, and the degree of competition prevailing in the market. The influence of the latest government guidelines is also analyzed in detail in the report. It studies the market’s trajectory between forecast periods.

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What will the market size and the growth rate be in the forecast year?
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Chapter 1 Cloud Firewall Management Market Overview

Chapter 2 Global Economic Impact on Industry

Chapter 3 Global Market Competition by Manufacturers

Chapter 4 Global Production, Revenue (Value) by Region

Chapter 5 Global Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions

Chapter 6 Global Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type

Chapter 7 Global Market Analysis by Application

Chapter 8 Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Chapter 9 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

Chapter 10 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

Chapter 11 Market Effect Factors Analysis

Chapter 12 Global Cloud Firewall Management Market Forecast

 

Source marketreportgazette.com

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Google Pixel 4 could take advantage of Huawei’s troubles — but becoming a phone for the masses won’t be easy

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Google could take advantage of the U.S. blacklisting of Huawei to gain market share with its new flagship smartphone, particularly in Europe, analysts say. But a lack of relationships with mobile carriers could hold back the company’s path to becoming a mass market player, they told CNBC.

The U.S. technology giant unveiled the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL on Tuesday, a high-end smartphone with some new features like gesture control. It comes as Huawei remains on the U.S. Entity List restricting its access to American technology, including Google’s Android mobile operating system on which it relies in international markets. Huawei’s flagship device, the Mate 30, was released without licensed Google apps.

Analysts previously told CNBC that not having access to Google could hamper Huawei’s global ambitions. Now they’re suggesting that Google could take advantage of Huawei’s troubles.

“With Huawei facing huge challenges, particularly in Europe, now is the time for Google if it’s serious about moving the needle with Pixel,” Geoff Blaber, vice president of Americas research at CCS Insight, said in a note.

‘Vacuum’ in Europe
However, headwinds remain and could make it tough for Google to challenge Huawei, even with the Chinese technology giant’s current issues.

Google’s smartphone strategy under its older Nexus lines of phone was not really about mass market scale. Instead, it used to release the devices to show off the best of what its Android software had to offer so other vendors could follow.

But recently, with the Pixel line of phones, it has become serious about being a big handset player. Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, told The Verge in 2017 that the company hopes to be selling in “high volumes in five years.”

Huawei’s issues have sparked debate about what other companies could take advantage of. In particular, Europe is seen as a key battleground, since Huawei is the number two player by market share, behind Samsung. Huawei saw its shipments fall 16% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Canalys.

But Google’s lack of relationships with mobile carriers on the continent could make it tough for it to challenge Huawei with the Pixel 4.

“The consequences of Huawei’s entity listing has left a vacuum in Europe and a huge opportunity for share gain. However, given the Pixel’s limited operator support in Europe, it’s far more likely to be Samsung that benefits,” Blaber told CNBC in an email, referring the the U.S. blacklist.

In many European countries, carriers are crucial for making expensive, high-end phones a success because they offer fixed-term contracts with monthly payments that often make a device more affordable for consumers.

At its launch event Tuesday, Google announced the Pixel 4 would be carried by a number of U.S. networks including AT&T and Verizon. But very few European carriers have the phone.

“We have to keep in mind that these two vendors (Google and Huawei) compete on two different battlegrounds: three out of four Pixel phones are sold in the U.S., whereas Huawei is effectively non-existent there,” Bryan Ma, vice president of devices research, told CNBC. “Conversely, a key beachhead in Huawei’s overseas momentum is in Europe, where Google’s Pixel line has had a limited presence.”

“Most of the carriers that were announced last night were U.S.-based. So if Google’s priorities are still focused there, then it’s unlikely that they would take much share from Huawei,” Ma said.

Huawei resilience
For its part, Huawei has remained relatively resilient. In the second-quarter of 2019, it was still the second-largest smartphone player in the world.

It must be noted however, that the Mate 30, which does not have licensed Google apps, was released in the third quarter. Analyst firms have yet to release third quarter numbers.

Huawei also released its own operating system called HarmonyOS in August. The company has insisted on several occasions that it still wants to use Google’s Android.

But Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer division, said the company could “immediately” switch its devices to HarmonyOS if needed.

Source cnn.com

By Arjun Kharpal

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