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    Shacknews Best of CES 2021 – Products and innovation – Shacknews - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    It was a strange CES in 2021. The Consumer Electronics Show was confined entirely to an online experience of technology showcases and reveals. The opportunity to demo products and get more hands-on with coverage was lost, but CES 2021 wasnt a total drag. There were a lot of great products to see, especially for gaming. From COVID safety to new GPU-utilizing gaming rigs and so much more, we gathered together some of the best of the best from CES 2021. Have a look.

    Nvidias thunder was slightly stolen by a SKU leak in 2020, but it didnt stop us from being excited about what they had in store this CES. The RTX 3060 is an incredible-sounding budget option coming to the RTX 30 series line-up. This GPU is said to pack just as much of a punch as the previous generation RTX 2080 but at a fraction of the cost. It carries a mere $329 standard price tag for the power it brings to the table. Now if Nvidia could just somehow ensure that people will actually be able to get these cards without being at the mercy of the aftermarket bots and re-sellers, that would be nice. Well see what happens when they launch in February 2021.

    If youve been holding off on getting a new pre-built rig or laptop because of the new technology coming down the pipeline, then CES 2021 had the reveals youve been waiting for. Razer was one of several companies to come right out of the gate with laptops utilizing Nvidias exciting new Series 30 GPU technology. The Blade 15 and 17 Pro are staying much the same as they were last year. Razer is proud of the design of these current devices, but under the hood, theyre getting Nvidia RTX 30 Series GPUs in 2021 and thats absolutely something that makes new editions of the Razer 15 and 17 Pro worth it on their own. With the confirmation of the RTX 3060, there are even a few slightly more economic editions available when they launch later this January 2021.

    Arcade1Up has been continually impressive the various styles of cabinets it keeps putting out year to year. Weve seen four-player cabs, lightgun cabs, and even driving cabs come out of the 3/4 scale arcade retailers line-up, but it wasnt so much the innovation as the quality of the new cabinets announced for its CES 2021 line-up. They revealed an Arcade1Up edition of Konamis X-Men in 4-player co-op. And not only can you play it with your local friends, but you can also connect to other X-Men cabinet players online through the games built-in Live WIFI. Arcade1Up also had Killer Instinct, Dragons Lair, and PONG flat-top pub cabinets to show this time out, making for a stellar start to its early 2021 catalog.

    Projector screen setups have long been a very technical hassle when it comes to setting them up, requiring special screen installation, a ton of wiring, and a clear path from the projector to the screen space. Hisense is set to change that in a big way in 202 with its TriChroma Laser TV short-throw projector. Simply put, this device is made to offer the same excellent offerings of a projector screen, but from very short distances, removing the need for complicated riggings or clear lanes from the projector to screen space. Hisense also claims the devices are capable of very high-quality outputs, including BT.2020 color standard, which has yet to be offered in consumer electronics. It will be highly interesting to see if the TriChroma Laser TV can deliver on its promises when it launches.

    TCL has continued to work tirelessly on making affordable solutions to high-resolution panels and monitors, and that work continued with its reveals at CES 2021. In particular, TCL talked up the new OD Zero technology being offered in its upcoming 6-Series TVs, which is said to feature a near-zero gap between the TVs mini-LEDs and the LCD display layer, making for a supposed massive boost in quality to brightness and contrast. The big ringer though is that even as TCL continues to push its technology, it also aims to keep its TVs highly affordable, touting an 8K for all rhetoric with its 6-Series 4K and 8K TVs featuring the new tech in 2021.

    As highly impressive as new OLED technology can be in color, brightness, and contrast, one of the ongoing issues with it is that it doesnt do well in well-lit rooms. LG aims to address this issue with its new line of OLED Evo TVs in 2021, which included a stellar-looking 43-inch monitor. These devices will likely come at a premium price if they do what they say theyre going to do when they launch in 2021, but if LGs OLED Evo truly can be watched in light or dark conditions without issue, its going to be a gamechanger in high-quality TV visual technology.

    For the uninitiated, if there was ever a license thats nearly impossible to get ones hands-on, its that of Led Zeppelin. The rock legends are notoriously stingy about who can use their coveted music for anything. So color us shocked when Stern Pinball announced a Led Zeppelin pinball machine and showed the machine in action during CES 2021. This is incredible, to say the least, despite the hefty price tag of any of the three editions of the table ($6,199 USD for the standard Pro version), but the machine is a work of art featuring 10 full-length Led Zeppelin songs, tons of iconography from the bands artwork and music videos on the board, its mechanicals, and the full-color screen on the back of the game, and built-in RGB lighting in the wood panel that strobes along to the music as you play. The sheer existence of this pinball machine is a miracle, but to see all of it in action is dang near euphoric.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a big toll on the gaming and technology industry as a whole. Heck, CES 2021 is online, and its just the latest of many major events to have to make that pivot. Throughout the whole ordeal, though, Razer has been genuinely involved in various efforts to help, such as when it shifted production to surgical masks for frontline workers the world around. At CES 2021, Razer made its efforts in COVID-19 prevention and health consideration a little more gamified. They revealed the concept of Project Hazel, an RGB smart mask with a powered (and rechargeable) ventilator and filters. We almost want to say its ridiculous, but we have to admit, COVID-19 precautions have really never looked so cool and functional at the same time. Kudos, Razer.

    The cool mask wasnt Razers only sweet reveal. Gaming chairs arent any new thing, but the second concept Razer showed off was pretty off-the-wall, even for the most off-the-wall gaming chair weve seen. The Project Brooklyn gaming chair is meant to be an all-in-one gaming solution, offering players a curved screen on a mount that comes down on a hinge over the sitting player's head, all while the arms of the chair extend to offer a roll out gaming platform for keyboard and mouse. Of course, the whole thing is also kitted up in delicious RGB lighting and features smart cable solutions to reduce clutter. Razer is still working out the feasibility of this design, but if it truly comes together, players might have everything they need for a complete gaming experience in one chair.

    Having you ever broken a gamepad? This is a safe space. We wont judge you if youve ever flung your Xbox One controller in a heated fit of inarticulate rage. In fact, there might even be solutions to keep your pads safe in the foreseeable future! You see, if anyone knows how to protect a product, its Otterbox. The company has been creating protective cases for smartphones and tablets for years upon years, and at CES 2021, it announced it is entering the game accessory market. The concepts started with covers for Xbox One and Series X gamepads, but a start is a start. We get the feeling if youve ever crushed a controller to smithereens, it might be in your best interest to keep an eye on Otterboxs new protective gaming accessories.

    So pretty late last year as one of Apples One More Thing presentations included the reveal of the AirPods Max: some pretty atrocious-looking over-ear headphones with a pretty atrocious $549 price tag to match. Almost as if to spit in Apples eye, Samsung came to the table at CES 2021 with what appears to be the antithesis of the AirPods Max: The Galaxy Buds Pro. Dont get us wrong, these still sound pretty pricey at $199, but they have a lot of things going on that make them sound far superior to what Apple presented. A 1mm woofer and a 6.5mm tweeter, an ambient sound amplifier that can reach up to 20 decibels, and incredibly discerning noise cancellation and listen-through technology make these things sound fantastic. Add that to the fact that they look sleek and low-profile and it kind of looks like Samsung came to eat Apples lunch in the audio market this CES 2021.

    And that covers our favorites of the technology shown at CES 2021. Its looking like some exciting things are over the horizon. What did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comment section below.

    TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he's not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he's searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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    An optical fiber is a transparent and flexible fiber made by drawing glass or plastic, which is used to transmit light. It is widely applicable in fiber-optic communications, where they allow transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths than wire cables. The adoption of fiber optic cables has increased over metal wires to send signals with lesser signal loss. Increase in internet penetration is the primary growth factor of the global optical fiber market. In addition, plastic conduits are made mostly of PVC that provides advantages of lower costs of installation, lighter weight, non-conductive, resistance to ultraviolet rays and corrosion.

    The choice between metal or plastic conduit is mainly influenced by site conditions, type of building, temperature of the location, and exposure to corrosive or damp conditions among others. Plastic conduits offer protection against moisture in comparison with steel conduits. Plastic conduits are being increasingly used for all types of installation work, both for commercial and domestic wirings in IT & telecom sector.

    These flexible plastic conduits are made in all sizes from 16mm to 50 mm in external diameter. Thermal expansion of a plastic conduits is about six times that of steel. The installation of plastic flexible conduits is easier than that of rigid plastic conduit, as routing can be done without welding and cutting the conduits around obstructions, which affects its demand globally and assist in the market growth.

    Factors such as widespread implementation of 5G, increasing adoption of fiber to the home connectivity, emergence of internet of things, and growing demand for highly secure and safe wiring systems are anticipated to be major drivers of the global optical fiber and plastic conduits market.

    However, high installation cost and complications in installation of optical fiber and plastic conduits, growing demand for wireless communication system, and increasing prices of raw materials act as major drivers hampering the market growth globally. Furthermore, technological advancements in fiber optic cables and plastic conduits, rising investments in optical fiber cable network infrastructure, and emergence of cable in conduit system offers lucrative opportunities to the market growth globally.

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    The globaloptical fiber and plastic conduit marketis categorized based on mode, product type, connectivity, industry vertical, product, and region. Depending on mode, the market is bifurcated into single mode and Multimode.

    By product type, it comprises glass optical fiber and plastic optical fiber. By connectivity, the market is analyzed across fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-business. Based on industry vertical, it is segmented into telecom & IT, public sector, healthcare, energy & utilities, aerospace & defense, manufacturing, and others. The plastic conduit market in IT & telecom by product is studied across rigid conduits and flexible conduits. Based on region, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA, along with its prominent countries.

    The key players profiled in the optical fiber market includes Fujikura Ltd., Corning Incorporated, Sterlite Technologies Ltd., Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., The Prysmian Group, Emtelle, Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems, and Kuhkenah Network (K-Net). In addition, the key players profiled in the plastic conduit in IT & Telecom market includes Cantex Inc., Atkore International, Dura-Line, and Prime Conduit.

    These key players have adopted strategies, such as product portfolio expansion, mergers & acquisitions, agreements, geographical expansion, and collaborations to enhance their market penetration.

    KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS This study includes the analytical depiction of the global optical fiber and plastic conduits market forecast along with the current trends and future estimations to determine the imminent investment pockets. The report presents information regarding the key drivers, restraints, and opportunities. The current market is quantitatively analyzed from 2018 to 2026 to highlight the financial competency of the industry. Porters five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.


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    Automotive Ambient Lighting Market worth $4.9 billion by 2025 – Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets – PRNewswire - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    CHICAGO, Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the new market research report"Automotive Ambient Lighting Market by Electric & Hybrid (BEV, HEV, PHEV), Application (Footwell, Door, Dashboard, Center Console), Passenger Car (C, D, E, and F), Aftermarket (Country and Application (Interior and Exterior)) - Global Forecast to 2025",published by MarketsandMarkets, the Automotive Ambient Lighting Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 9.9% from 2020 to 2025. It is projected to reach USD 4.9 billion by 2025 from an estimated USD 3.0 billion in 2020. The Ambient Lighting Market for Automotive is driven by the increasing vehicle production, rising installation rate of ambient lighting, and growing demand for luxury vehicles. The improving global economic conditions have changed the overall lifestyle of consumers. With increasing disposable income, their demands have changed in line with new lifestyles, leading to a change in their preferences. This has positively affected the sales of ultra-luxurious cars across the globe. The global production of premium vehicles decreased due to COVID-19 pandemic, US- China trade-off and the ongoing slump in the automotive sector affecting the overall ambient lighting market as well. In addition, the ongoing pandemic COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the market, especially for the year 2020. Thus, the demand for automotive ambient lighting gain pace from 2021, with recovery in vehicle production.

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    Centre Console ambient lighting market to witness the highest growth

    The study segments the Ambient Lighting Market for Automotive by application into the dashboard, doors, footwell, center console, and others. Of all these applications, the centre console lighting market is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. With the increasing installation of ambient lighting along with the emphasis on luxury and comfort, the market for centre console ambient lighting is expected to grow at a fast pace.

    C segment vehicles to be the largest segment of Ambient Lighting Market for Automotive

    The study segments the Ambient Lighting Market for Automotive, by vehicle segment, into C segment, D segment, E segment, and F segment. C segment cars are estimated to be the largest market for ambient lighting during the forecast period. The market growth of this vehicle segment can be attributed to the increasing production of passenger cars and increasing installation rate of ambient lighting in the low and mid-segment cars.

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    Asia Oceania to be the largest Ambient Lighting Market for Automotive

    Asia Oceania is considered as a production hub for the automotive industry, particularly for low and mid-segment cars. The region has created several opportunities for the ambient lighting manufacturers as well as suppliers. However, in a country like the US, there is a high demand for luxury cars that are equipped with ambient lighting. Moreover, the increase in the purchasing power of the population has driven the demand for Ambient Lighting Market for Automotive.

    The major companies in the Ambient Lighting Market for Automotive are profiled in the study. These include HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co. (Germany), OSRAM Licht AG (Germany), Grupo Antolin (Spain), Federal-Mogul LLC (US), Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Japan), GENERAL ELECTRIC (US), Valeo S.A. (France), and Stanley Electric Co., Ltd. (Japan)

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    PREMISE CABLE MARKET SIZE IN TERMS OF VOLUME AND VALUE 2019-2026 – NeighborWebSJ - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Theglobal premise cable market size was valued at $4.8 billion in 2018, and is projected to reach $9.3 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 8.3% from 2019 to 2026. Premise cables are used in on-premise wirings to establish telecommunication transmission lines with either copper cables or optical fibers. These wirings consist of vertical and horizontal cables, which are extended from the point-of-entry to user work areas, i.e. they run from a central location such as a server room throughout the building to individual desktops. For premise wiring, CAT5e and CAT6 are the standard cables used for LAN, which comprises copper as its core.

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    There are various categories of copper cables available in the market with different transmission speeds. CAT 8 cables are latest types of copper cables with maximum bandwidth more than 2,000 Mbps.

    Rise in need for fast and improved networking and network services and increasing penetration of broadband connections in developing economies are anticipated to be major drivers of the global premise cable market. Moreover, cable experts have witnessed continuous innovation over the years in cable technology and are mainly categorized into copper and fiber-optic cables. Copper cables find wide applications due to their low cost and high security & reliability, whereas fiber-optic cables are applicable in areas such as the oil & gas industry.Factors such as substantial growth in demand for data, improved cable technology, and the ease of installation drives the market growth.

    However, increase in the trend of Internet of Things (IoT), which offers wireless connections between devices eliminates the need for cables, thus restrains the growth of the market. Furthermore, surge in demand for high-speed connectivity devices and systems offers lucrative opportunities for the market growth.

    The premise cable market is segmented on the basis of type, application, and region. On the basis of type, it is bifurcated into copper and fiber-optic cables. These cable types are sub-segmented into CAT3, 5, 5e, 6, 6A, 7, and 8 under copper cables; and single-mode and multimode under fiber-optic cables. Applications covered in the study include industrial, broadcast, enterprise, IT & network security, and others (residential, institutional, and healthcare). Region-wise, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia- Pacific, and LAMEA.

    The key players profiled in the report include as Belden Inc., Prysmian Group, Nexans, SAB Brckskes GmbH & Co. KG, Siemon, Schneider Electric, Alpha wire., Siemens AG, CommScope, and Southwire Company, LLC.

    These key players have adopted strategies, such as product portfolio expansion, mergers & acquisitions, agreements, geographical expansion, and collaborations to enhance their market penetration.

    KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS This study includes the analytical depiction of the global premise cable market along with the current trends and future estimations to determine the imminent investment pockets. The report presents information regarding the key drivers, restraints, and opportunities. The current market is quantitatively analyzed from 2018 to 2026 to highlight the financial competency of the industry. Porters five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.


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    Fiber Optic cableo Single Mode Moduleo Multi-Mode Cable

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    Europeo UKo Germanyo Franceo Italyo Rest of Europe

    Asia-Pacifico Chinao Japano Indiao South Koreao Rest of Asia-Pacific

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    KEY MARKET PLAYERS Belden Inc. Prysmian Group Nexans SAB Brckskes GmbH & Co. KG Siemon Schneider Electric Alpha wire. Siemens AG CommScope Southwire Company, LLC.

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    Flexible Gas Monitoring Key to Safe, Profitable Industrial Operations – - January 5, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Whether new or retrofit construction, monitoring hazardous gases in industrial plants and warehouses, as well as at loading docks and receiving areas, is often crucial to safety, compliance, and productivity. Exposure to potentially toxic gases can come from a wide variety of sources, particularly in partially or totally enclosed areas.

    According to an OSHA Factsheet, carbon monoxide (CO) is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burning of material containing carbon such as natural gas, gasoline, oil, propane, or coal. Carbon monoxide is harmful when breathed because it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can overcome you in minutes without warning causing you to lose consciousness and suffocate, states the OSHA Factsheet.

    You may be exposed to harmful levels of CO in boiler rooms, warehouses, petroleum refineries, pulp and paper production, and steel production; around docks, blast furnaces, or coke ovens as well as in occupations such as forklift operator, diesel engine operator, and welder, adds the Factsheet. Similarly, industrial workers are exposed to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from the burning of fuel for vehicles, equipment, and power generation, which can cause respiratory irritation and aggravate respiratory diseases.

    Within warehouses and around loading docks/receiving areas, propane burning forklifts and equipment can result in a build-up of carbon dioxide (CO2) with complete combustion, or result in excess CO with incomplete combustion. Breathing too much CO2 can cause headaches, dizziness, difficulty breathing, elevated blood pressure, and even coma, asphyxia, and convulsions.

    While loading docks and shipping/receiving areas are only partially enclosed when warehouse bay doors are opened, the prevalence of diesel trucks can make monitoring toxic gases essential.

    To enhance safety, comply with regulations and minimize the risk of dangerous gases that can be inhaled or even flammable or explosive, gas monitoring systems can be set to detect for specific thresholds. After detection, such systems will typically alarm to warn workers in the vicinity, and can also text or email supervisory personnel or managers to trigger an immediate response. A record is often kept to document compliance.

    However, the challenge is that industrial processes and capacities change over time. Design specifications written at the start of a project can evolve, and so can the requirements. Also, local jurisdictions and code officials may have different demands that must be accommodated.

    Consequently, working with a vendor with expertise in gas monitoring systems and utilizing advanced, flexible modular systems can significantly speed project completion while facilitating design changes. So too, can new and more reliable wireless detection systems that promise to speed installation and reduce wiring costs when retrofitting or expanding detection in existing structures.

    On almost every project, design changes occur so we choose to work with expert vendors that help us quickly adapt, says Adam Hitchen, President of Atlantis Comfort Systems, a Rhode Island-based HVAC contractor that provides commercial and residential service across the East Coast.

    According to Hitchen, in one project in Boston there were changes in the design of a loading dock area that required accommodation. They erected a wall, which required an extra ventilation system, a makeup air system, an independent CO/CO2 detection system, and a change in the existing panel planned for the job, says Hitchen. On the project, Atlantis Comfort Systems relied on Acme Engineering to change the system midstream. Acme provided the new system, the new panel, and adjusted the existing panel, says Hitchen, who notes that the wiring diagram, engineering drawing, and necessary sequence of operations was also provided.

    Acme's Multi-Gas Monitoring System (MGMS) is a gas detection network capable of communicating in real time with any smart device. The system utilizes industry-standard communication protocols like Ethernet and BACnet that allow remote supervision and reporting to building automation systems.

    When designing a gas detection network, after receiving a floor plan the company creates performance-based specifications, identifies the optimal sensor locations, elaborates the most energy efficient activation sequence for the ventilation system, and prepares a job specific wiring diagram, usually within a day or two.

    According to Hitchen, when design changes occur the gas monitoring company reacts quickly. They start with the intent of the design engineer and when project requirements change, they rapidly revise it and provide what is needed. This helps with code compliance, he says. For John Rainone, previously a senior project manager with Automated Logic, a Carrier company, the main benefit of working with a vendor with gas monitoring expertise was expediting complex projects. The vendor provided certified engineering drawings up front and as needed.

    No one waited for us on a multi-million-dollar project, which was key because it carried a significant per day late penalty. Altogether, the design expertise probably saved us between two to four weeks, says Rainone.

    Robert Presser is the President of Acme Engineering Prod., Inc.

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    Non-Metallic Sheathed Cable Market Estimate To Boost Growth In Demand By 2025 – Farming Sector - January 5, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Non-Metallic Sheathed Cable Market: Introduction

    A non-metallic-sheathed cable, also known as Romex, is a covered electrical wire consisting of at least two insulated conductors and one bare conductor and it is predominantly used in residential wiring. Non-metallic-sheathedcables are safer than older cables and wiring types and they are relatively cheaper and hence, a preferred choice for many electricians. These cables are of various types and are used for different applications.

    If the non-metallic-sheathedcable has two wires, it will have one white and one black along with one ground wire, which is bare and made of copper. Three-wire cables have a white, black and red insulated wire plus one bare copper ground wire. The function of the ground cable is to provide the safe path for excess charge. The standard non-metallic-sheathedcable used for internal work in dry locations is Type Non-metallic-sheathed(NM) B cable. Thesecables are commonly used for residential switches, fixtures and loads rated for 90C.

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    For underground installation, Type UF (Underground Feeder) B cable, a kind of non-metallic-sheathedcable is used. The type UF-B cable is fungus resistant, moisture resistant and corrosion resistant. A non-metallic-sheathed connector is used to connect non-metallic-sheathedcables with the help of a box or enclosure.

    Mostly 4 colours of wires are used, each having its own significance:

    In non-metallic-sheathedcables, the outer jacket has a numbering according to the colour of wire used.

    Non-Metallic Sheathed Cable Market: Dynamics

    Attributing to government policies and increasing awareness of people towards safety, it is forecasted that non-metallic-sheathedcables will find increased applications and thereby, fuel the global market. Non-metallic-sheathedcables have the ability to be used in corrosive as well as dry environments, making them lucrative for use in underground as well as in internal residential wiring and hence, increasing their consumption.

    Non-metallic sheathed cables are not permitted for use in commercial garages, as service conductors, in hoists and cannot be embedded in concrete, cement or aggregate. With small exceptions, the use of non-metallic sheathed cable is also prohibited in hazardous locations and theaters. This is expected to cause a hindrance in the use of non-metallic sheathed cables and thereby, retard growth of the non-metallic sheathed cables market.

    Non-Metallic Sheathed Cable Market: Segmentation

    The non-metallic sheathed cables market can be segmented on the basis of product type:

    The non-metallic sheathed cables market can be segmented on the basis of end use application:

    Non-Metallic Sheathed Cable Market: Regional Outlook

    The Asia Pacific region, especially China and India are expected to witness growth in the use of non-metallic sheathed cables as people are becoming increasingly aware of safety issues and governments are introducing stringent Policies to ensure the use of certain types of wiring. The growing number of energy projects in the Middle East is expected to drive the non-metallic sheathed cables market over the forecasted period. Further, smart city development in Iraq, UAE, etc. is expected to fuel to the market in these regions. Huge availability of cheap labour is expected to drive the industry during the forecasted period. Replacement of transmission lines to reduce the number of accidents is anticipated to have a positive impact on the market. Increase in infrastructure development and construction projects in the Middle East, especially Dubai and Saudi Arabia is estimated to spur growth of the market.

    High price of raw materials, such as aluminium and copper and the ever increasing cost of energy are expected to hamper growth of the non-metallic sheathed cables market in the Middle East. North America, followed by Europe and Japan are expected to witness steady growth in the non-metallic sheathed cables market as some major manufactures are located in these regions and relatively, the consumption of electricity in these region is more.

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    Non-Metallic Sheathed Cable Market: Market Participants

    Examples of some of the market participants in the non-metallic sheathed cable market are:

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    Global Substation Maintenance Market : Forecast And Analysis (2020-2027): By Module, By Type, By Installation Type, By Voltage, By Industry, And By… - January 5, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Global Substation Maintenance Marketwas valued at USD 6.3 Bn in 2019 and is expected to reach USD XX Bn by 2027 at a CAGR of 6.8% over the forecast period 2020-2027.

    The report covers an in-depth analysis of COVID-19 pandemic impact on Global Substation Maintenance Market by region and on the key players revenue affected till July 2020 and expected short term and long-term impact on the market.

    Substation Maintenance Market overview

    The substation is a subordination station where electricity is supplied at a long-distance or regulates at a very low voltage distribution level. The maintenance of substation is an important part of action program; it plays a vital role to ensure healthy working of electrical & electronic components and helps to avoid unplanned outages. Maintenance of substation components includes bus bar, relays, insulators, circuit breaker meters, and racking mechanism. Failure of substation maintenance can cause a huge loss to companies in terms of time and money. This can be avoided by a strict time-to-time schedule daily, weekly & monthly maintenance, and troubleshooting & inspection of substation components. This ensures the safety of electrical & electronic components working correctly in a healthy system working environment which includes major components of transformers, wiring, beakers, and switchgear that are checked and diagnosed.

    Maintenance of substation requires different types of testing tools and strategies. Many small and large companies are operating in the substation maintenance market. Besides, large companies provide all the necessary instruments such as the installation of new substations, installation services while small companies just provide the repair and maintenance services to substations. Providing maintenance services to the substations requires certification, some provide extra-high voltage services while some provide services to the low substation.

    Substation Maintenance Market Dynamics

    In the electrical & electronic power industry, the maintenance of components plays a vital role; this has a positive impact on the revenue growth of the companies. The rapid urbanization and industrialization with emerging growing economies the demand for efficient energy is increasing day by day. The smart energy, smart energy meter in smart buildings application is increasing due to the expansion of smart cities increase the demand for power industries over the forecast period. Thus, the energy distribution & transmission carried out by these technologies with integrated software and hardware systems application is increasing. These systems deliver the data on real-time bases. Also, these smart meters balance the load, accessing the meter reading or total power consumption connection with substations. The major driving factor balances renewable generation with the traditional power source. The operation of electrical grid utilities is dependent on workers to examine the equipment and manage the daily operation.Production forecasting to manage load distribution and renewable generation with the up gradation of conventional power sources is one of the critical parts of the digital substation. These substations are integrated with a fiber optic communication network as every device in the substation is upgraded.

    The government has taken initiative to maintain the continuous flow of power 247 and ensuring grid stability is one of the restraining factors in the substation maintenance market. The conventional digital substation is more costly as the parameters and components used in these substations are expensive such as service orientated architecture and microprocessor and increased number of IED have increased the cost of substations.

    The renewable energy industry trends are growing rapidly in recent years as the government has provided subsidies and various on-going projects have created a positive impact on the power sector. Collaborations, cost competitiveness, and increasing consumer demand has built many opportunities for the SME companies for various services and construction of substation maintenance. Also, increased competitiveness of battery storage and increasing carbon emission constraints has a focus on renewable energy projects. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in the next 5 years, renewable energy is going to expand by 50%.

    Key Development

    In May 2019, Energy Aware, a frequency response technology solution that enables energy-intensive companies to optimize grids and contribute to renewable energy, was launched by Eaton.

    Global Substation Maintenance Market: Market Segmentation

    The utility industries cover the largest segment in the digital substation market which includes nationalized, public & privately cooperatives as they are major distributors of electricity in most of the countries. High voltage applications are required for several applications processing and extraction, heating metals, arcing in industries such as oil & gas, metals, and transportation. This has a positive impact on the power sector and increases the demand for the digital substation market.

    Global Substation Maintenance Market: Regional Analysis

    By geography, market is segmented into North America, APAC, Europe, MEA& Africa, and South America. The Asia Pacific is one of the fastest-growing markets owing to the increase in consumption of electricity and rural electrification. The Asia Pacific is growing at a high rate in the digital substation market due to rapid industrialization, entry of new companies, and modernization of new grid infrastructure to increase the demand for power sector industries. Increasing investment in digital substations to boost the utility sector and power utilities increasing the demand for the substation maintenance market. Besides, rising consumer awareness and less wastage of power supply management as the government has hosted various promotional activities and NGO to save electricity management have also driven the substation maintenance market.

    Report covers in-depth analysis of key development, marketing strategies, supply-side and demand side indicators and company profiles of market leaders, potential players, and new entrants. Key players operating in this market are adopting various organic and inorganic growth strategies such as merger& acquisitions, joint ventures, collaborations, expansion, new product launches and patents to increase their regional presence and business operations.

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    Global Substation Maintenance Market Segmentation by Module

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    North America Europe Asia-Pacific South America Middle East & AfricaGlobal Substation Maintenance Market Major Players

    Abengoa (Spain) BASF SE(Germany) BioAmber Inc. (Canada) Cargill (United States) Corbion NV(Netherlands) Methanex (Canada) Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan) Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (Japan) Novozymes A/S(Denmark) Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co. (China) Myriant(United States) Genomatica(United States) Natureworks LLC (United States) Dow Chemicals (United States)

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    Public asked to use caution when new lighting is installed around Digby General Hospital – - January 5, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    DIGBY, N.S.

    Work to improve safety and install energy-efficient lighting around the outside of Digby General Hospital means people coming to hospital will have to be use caution as the work is happening.

    Starting Monday, Jan. 4, work will begin to remove old exterior lighting, light poles, and to excavate underground wiring around the outside of Digby General Hospital. This work will be followed by the installation of new, energy-efficient LED lighting around the hospital.

    The improved lighting will create a brighter, safer environment for patients, visitors and staff.

    The driveway in front of the main hospital entrance will be closed Jan. 5 to allow excavation work to take place. Traffic will be diverted around to the lower, rear entrance to the parking area. Lighting in the back-rear parking area will also be upgraded. The work is expected to take a week but will be dependent on the weather.

    Patients and visitors may still use the front-main entrance to enter the hospital. However, drivers who are dropping-off patients will be re-directed away from the main entrance.

    Excavation equipment, workers and vehicles will be in the area while work is underway.

    Drivers, patients and visitors are asked to use extra caution, reads a Nova Scotia Health Authority media release. Please respect any signage, caution-tape and barriers while on hospital property.

    Meanwhile, patients and approved visitors are reminded they must be screened for COVID-19 as they enter the hospital. People are asked to maintain social-physical distancing and also to:

    Wear a mask at all times, and wash/sanitize hands often.

    Only go to and from your medical appointment, or patient room you are visiting. Do not visit other areas of the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

    Do not arrive for appointments too early.

    Do not bring a support person to appointments unless absolutely necessary.

    Do not wear rubber/latex gloves when visiting hospital.

    Respect all physical distancing directions, signs and arrows, floor decals and other signage.

    These measures are in place to protect patients, staff and physicians from the spread of COVID-19.

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    The Record’s top 10 stories from 2020 – Troy Record - January 5, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    RENSSELAER AND ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. This past year was filled with many unexpected twists and turns due to the Novel Coronavirus creating a global pandemic.

    The Capital Region began seeing its first cases in March and from then on, the cases continued to rise and things began to rapidly change throughout the state.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended up putting the state on Pause and many people began working and learning from home.

    Even though the year was dominated and impacted by the pandemic, many other newsworthy stories occurred in 2020.

    With the year coming to an end, the editorial staff at The Record ranked its top 10 stories from 2020.

    The Collar City and Capital Region community was rocked on Sept. 14 with the homicide of 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis.

    Troy police were called to the scene of a shooting that occurred in the area of 2266 Old 6th Ave. Officers were dispatched to this area at around 11:40 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found Davis, a student in the Lansingburgh school district, with a gunshot wound to the head.

    Troy Fire Department personnel arrived and began treating the victim and then transported him to Albany Medical Center Hospital, where he succumbed to the injury.

    Officers, detectives, and evidence technicians secured the scene and began processing evidence and speaking with neighbors and others in the area. The events leading up to the shooting are as follows, the victim was standing in the area of the shooting with a group and a car sped by with gunfire coming from the vehicle.

    The vehicle continued north on Old 6th Avenue and fled the area, according to city police.

    The public came together to find ways to keep Ayshawns memory alive and to help his family.

    The Ayshawn Davis Memorial Fund was established in September to raise funds for the Davis family.

    The fund will support family expenses for the Davis family, in addition to helping to cover future college costs for their four children.

    The Troy City Council unanimously passed (7-0) a resolution in October on creating a sign/designation for "Ayshawn's Place," at a location to be determined within the city of Troy.

    Ayshawn's father, Terance Davis, remarked on the significance of having his son's name displayed as a reminder to city residents.

    "It's very important to me that a part of Old Sixth be named after my son to remind people of the mistakes that's going on in Troy and around the world," Davis said during the virtual city council meeting in October.

    "That a little kid outside playing, nothing should've happened to him. This kid was a very independent, worked very hard, was very bright. I want people to recognize there was a bright young kid that had a bright future," Davis continued.

    "Just to look at his name is to remind you of the mistakes, not to make again and to make the youth better for the little kids and even for the grownups to understand that we need to keep his name alive," Davis added.

    On Sept. 28 many attended a graveside service in St. Peter's Cemetery for Ayshawn. Many of the people in attendance at the funeral wore blue in honor of Ayshawn. Blue was his favorite color. The bright color was a sharp contrast to the somber, heavy mood of the day, which was matched by a gray overcast sky.

    As the funeral procession traveled down 3rd Avenue, past the house of one of Ayshawn's relatives, neighbors came out and knelt in the streets. Most were wearing blue. Many raised their fists in a gesture of support. Houses nearby were adorned with posters bearing messages of support for the BLM movement.

    Ayshawn's graveside service was presided over by the Reverend Charles Barber. Bible readings of including Psalm 23 and John 14 were given, followed by hymns and songs. A prayer of comfort was offered, and then family members were given an opportunity to speak.

    A few days before Ayshawns funeral, Troy police announced the arrest of Jahquay E. Brown, 20, of Cohoes in connection to Ayshawns murder. Police detectives interviewed Brown and executed a search warrant of his home. According to police, a handgun was located at Browns residence and has been taken as evidence. Police believe the weapon found may have been used in the crime and are awaiting testing of the firearm.

    Troy police were also aided by multiple law enforcement agencies and the New York State Police Troop G Special Investigations Unit.

    Along with multiple community members, the FBI also posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible for the homicide.

    After the death of George Floyd, while in police custody in Minneapolis, many across the nation began to organize peaceful as well as violent protests in various communities.

    Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who is white, pressed his knee against Floyds neck for several minutes even after he said he couldnt breathe. Floyds death sparked protests in Minneapolis and beyond, and led to a nationwide reckoning on race.

    In late May, a protest in the City of Albany turned into a riot. Around 6 p.m. on May 30, a group of people came to the Albany Police Departments South Station on Arch Street requesting to speak with officers. Authorities said officers came out and spoke with some people and then went back into the police station.

    Once officers went back inside the station, rioters began throwing bricks at police vehicles. Police then came back outside in riot gear. Officials said people then began throwing water bottles, bricks, rocks towards police officers.

    Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins said some officers were injured with one officer taken to Albany Medical Center after being hit in the head with a brick. Hawkins was not at the scene Saturday, although he said he was in constant contact with his staff.

    Police said many buildings were destroyed, including the Albany County Probation building, health department building, and board of elections building.

    Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple also noted how a tractor-trailer was lit on fire in Albany and how a CDTA bus driver was stuck on a street with people surrounding her bus.

    Then on June 7 a crowd of thousands gathered at Riverfront Park for a peaceful Rally for Black Lives on Sunday afternoon. The rally was co-sponsored by Justice for Dahmeek, AYA Rising Project, All Of Us, and the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.

    During the first part of the rally, libations were poured out in honor of those who had come before. Spanish and sign language interpretations were provided to make the event truly united and accessible to all.

    Speakers gave brief orations on the local importance of the rally, with enthusiastic support from the crowds. Past acts of violence and brutality by Troy police were described and the names of victims were read.

    When the speakers were finished, it was time to march.

    The crowds took to the streets of downtown Troy, chanting "No Justice, No Peace." They made their way out of Riverfront Park, looped through the city, and returned to the park at the end for a closing program.

    During part of the march, protesters kneeled in the intersection of 3rd Ave. and River St., temporarily blocking traffic. As cars came to a stop and started backing up along 3rd Ave, the protesters encouraged drivers to exit their vehicles and kneel with them.

    Some complied, receiving cheers and applause when they did so.

    The rally achieved its goal of being a peaceful protest, with no incidents of property damage or violence.

    In 2017, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden made the difficult decision to close the citys two municipal pools after an engineering assessment discovered significant structural, mechanical, and accessibility issues.

    Since then, city officials had hopes that it would reopen every summer after 2017. However, various construction delays caused that to continue to get pushed back year after year. Finally, on July 18 city officials announced that the South Troy pool would reopen to the public.

    Upgrades and improvements to the facility include:

    New roof and skylights on the amenities building

    Interior of amenities building repainted, lighting re-wired, bathrooms re-plumbed, and changing rooms rebuilt

    Replacement of pump and filtration room, including installation of new plumbing lines and wiring

    Replacement of compromised sections of concrete pool walls, and installation of a new liner and gutter system

    Replacement of exterior fencing around facility

    Installation of new concrete decking

    Addition of pool lift to increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities

    Restoration of splash pad (located behind amenities building)

    However, in keeping in line with state health guidelines for COVID-19, the pool capacity was limited to 50 patrons. Among those 50 patrons, the pool was accessible to only Troy residents, and children under 18 had to be accompanied by an adult.

    On Thursday, July 30 the Troy Police Department began to investigate a reported domestic incident that led to the fatal shooting of a city man by an off-duty city officer on 17th Street in Troy.

    According to police, Colin Davis, 25, of Troy, was accused of stabbing his estranged wife, and he was fatally shot by off-duty Troy police officer Adam Harbour, who intervened and saved her life.

    A Rensselaer County grand jury cleared Harbour of any criminal wrongdoing in the fatal off-duty shooting of Colin Davis.

    Harbour was praised by members of the police department as well as other elected officials for his heroic actions to save the womans life.

    On April 30, Det. Sgt. Randy French, 39, succumbed to coronavirus after a long and tough fight.

    Before his death, French's wife, Danielle French, made a post on Facebook saying that Randy was on a ventilator in the ICU at Albany Medical Center and the family was asking people to donate plasma. Danielle French wrote on April 13 that Randy French was matched with a donor for a plasma transfusion.

    First responders from around the Capital Region came together on May 1 to take part in a vehicle procession from Albany Medical Center to Perry Komdat Funeral Chapel in Averill Park. French and his family resided in the town of Nassau in Rensselaer County.

    French is survived by his wife, Danielle, their daughters Caitlyn and Juliana, his father, William, mother-in-law, Linda, sister, Chrissy, and sister-in-law Kimberly.

    Former New York State Sen. Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno was a heavyweight in state and Capital Region politics.

    He had the charisma and boxing gloves to prove it.

    Bruno died Tuesday, Oct. 6, at his Brunswick home, accompanied by family and his longtime companion Kay Stafford. Bruno was 91.

    The son of immigrants, Bruno grew up in depression-era Glens Falls and made ends meet from selling ice off a truck, all the way through his years as a Skidmore College student. Bruno also served in the United States Army in Korea.

    Bruno, a Republican, was first elected in 1976 and rose to power as Senate Majority Leader from 1994 to 2008. Along with Gov. George Pataki and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Bruno was one of the three powerful "men in a room," helping forge state policy and spending.

    Bruno's legacy can be found across the Capital Region, whether it was the Global Foundries plant in Malta, the modernizing of the Rensselaer Rail Station, or bringing affiliated minor-league baseball back to the Capital Region with his own named Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, Bruno's impact loomed large.

    On December 9, The Tri-City ValleyCats announced that they will not be receiving a Player Development License from Major League and Minor League Baseball.

    The Houston Astros have only announced that their AAA team will be the Sugar Land Skeeters. The Quad Cities Bandits will now become an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Round Rock Express will renew their relationship with the Texas Rangers, and as of right now according to the Fayetteville Observer, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers received a PDL renewal as a Class-A team.

    Options for the ValleyCats could potentially be the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball or the Empire Professional Baseball League. The Empire league has teams located in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh, and Tupper Lake.

    The site of the former Troy City Hall was demolished in 2011 because of structural damage blamed on severe flooding along the Hudson River in 2006. Since then, many developers have expressed interest in developing the vacant site, however, many deals have fallen through over the years.

    The Troy Local Development Corporation (TLDC) and Hoboken Brownstone Company announced the agreement to terms of a Development Agreement for the Monument Square site.

    The TLDC voted to approve the agreement at a meeting on May 1.

    The agreement paves the way for Hoboken Brownstone (HBC) to commence a design for the redevelopment of Monument Square, the next phase in what has been an 18-month open and transparent process to re-imagine the former City Hall site

    Hoboken Brownstone Company was selected as project developer for the Monument Square site in 2019 because of their experience and ability to successfully redevelop waterfront property and a strong commitment to community inclusion in their redevelopment process.

    The agreement provides HBC with a 2-year development term, with an option for a 1-year extension, to design, receive approvals, and apply for funding for a project that incorporates elements of the community visioning sessions, held in 2018.

    As part of the agreement, HBC will make a future payment of $600,000 toward the public portion of the project to offset costs of the redevelopment that would otherwise be borne by the city of Troy. HBC will also place $50,000 in escrow to be used by the City and the TLDC to cover their project-related expenses.

    More than 1,000 new full-time jobs were created in Rensselaer County thanks to Amazon's new fulfillment center in Schodack opening in 2020.

    The employees joined more than 24,000 full- and part-time employees already working across the state with $15 an hour minimum wage and comprehensive benefits beginning on day one.

    The more than one million square foot, state-of-the-art facility is located on U.S. Route 9 in Castleton. Employees there will work alongside innovative technologies to pick, pack and ship larger-sized items to customers across the region, including bulk cleaning supplies and paper goods, sports equipment, pet food and supplies, electronics, and household goods, to name a few.

    On top of Amazons $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees industry-leading benefits, which include health, vision and dental insurance from day one, 401(k) with 50 percent company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave and Amazons innovative Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields.

    When 2020 began, many cities were swearing in new mayors with some incumbent mayors returning to office. All of these mayors did not expect what 2020 would turn into due to the pandemic, but they all still had a job to do for its residents.

    In the Collar City, Mayor Patrick Madden was sworn-in for another four-year term. According to the City Charter, the mayor of Troy can only serve two terms.

    The City of Rensselaer saw a new mayor get sworn-in when Rensselaer County Legislature Chairman Michael Stammel took the oath of office.

    Across the river, the city of Watervliet also elected a new mayor with former Councilman Charles Patricelli taking over the office.

    After a heated election in 2019, Cohoes Mayor Bill Keeler took the oath of office.

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    Rawalpindi citys beautification project gets official nod – The Express Tribune - January 5, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder


    The project concept to covert winding lanes of almost 300 year old bazaars of the old city area to pedestrian-only heritage trail got official nod on Wednesday.

    The special city beautification committee has approved the project-concept (PC) I for the conversion of streets passing through different old markets into proper walking streets.

    Under the project, the 2.5 kilometres (kms) long-stretch of lanes and streets from historic Bhabhra Bazaar to Raja Bazaar passing through Sarafa Bazaar, Dangi Khoi, Kalan Bazaar will be converted into a proper walking street.

    In the heart of the old city area of Rawalpindi is an over 230 year old locality the Bhabra Bazaar. Named after the rich Bhabra community that owned the almost two square kilometre patch of the town it still has a number of old buildings intact which speak of the regal past of the area. The gated community secured from four entrance and exit points has many small lanes that open on to the main bazaar.

    Today, the Bahabra Bazaar is a 20 feet wide and 2km long stretch of commercial area that extends from Muree road to Sarafa Bazaar, the hub of gold and jewellery trading. Bhabhra Bazaar locality was inhabited 260 years ago by

    The city administration and the business community have joined hands to convert these ancient lanes to tourist-friendly area, instead of demolishing these relics of past.

    The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) members of civil society and urban conservation specialist have formed the beautification committee.

    The committee has sent the PC-I for converting the lanes of these bazaars to heritage trail to the competent authority for final approval.

    The estimated cost of the project would be Rs50 million while it will be kicked off from February 15. The funds for the project have already been approved.

    RDA Chairman Tariq Murtaza told The Express Tribune that it was a unique project of Rawalpindi in which the administration and traders bodies were on-board. He added that tuff tiles would be placed on the entire path.

    Under the project, all electricity and telephone poles will be removed from the route and wiring would be laid underground.

    The removal of street lights is also part of the project and instead, the lights will be fixed on the walls of the buildings.

    Murtaza said that the installation of tiles on the walkway would be done from Teli Mohalla Murree Road to Dangi Khoi Chowk.

    The entry of motorcycles will be banned and only pedestrians will be allowed to walk in from a certain limit.

    There will be electric vehicles at the entry and exit of the street for the elderly, women, and children.

    RDA official said that digitized advertisement boards would be installed along the street as well.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2020.

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