Indian government plans to lay 30km of roads per day up to March 2016

26/11/2015 / India / construction / event / infrastructure / news / roads

Addressing a packed hall of delegates and dignitaries at EXCON 2015 construction event, Shri Nitin Gadkari – India's Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping – announced that infrastructure development is vital for the progress of the country, as is the need for quality construction, good equipment and a sound approach, as the country pursues road construction work at a rate of 30km daily to achieve 150,000km coverage by March next year.

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Shipowners advised to exercise caution in face of growing dangers and expense under R-22 phase out

26/11/2015 / environment / marine / maritime / news / refrigerant / safety / ship

Wilhelmsen Ships Service – a leading global provider of services and products to the shipping industry – is warning of price, supply and safety risks in the run-up to the global ban on R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane or HCFC) refrigerant. The colourless gas, which has high ozone depletion and global warming potential, is still said to be in use on between 6,000 and 8,000 vessels worldwide.

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ABB’s says its largest ever robot is 25% faster than the competition

25/11/2015 / ABB / automation / news / robot / robotics / technology

With a reach of 3.5 metres and capable of handling a payload of up to 800 kg (1000 kg with the wrist down; 630 kg with LeanID), leading automation technology company ABB has just launched its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot. The new IRB 8700, the company says, is 25 per cent faster than the competition. Euroasia Industry finds our more.

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Advances in automated fingerprint ID systems prove crucial for the growth of biometrics in law enforcement

25/11/2015 / ID / biometrics / market / news / report / security / technology

The ever-increasing concern over domestic terrorism across the world is driving a growth in biometric technology investments in the law enforcement environment, and the expansion of that segment of the market mainly depends on the development of automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS), new analysis from Frost & Sullivan has found. In addition to the advances in AFIS itself, extension of its life cycle and reduction in associated maintenance spend will be important to boost the technology’s uptake.

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The Big 5: CEO of DEWA urges greater investment in renewables; GAIA Award-winners announced

24/11/2015 / Gaia / The Big 5 / awards / construction / news / renewables / sustainability

Industry leaders from across the Middle East convened at The Big 5 have been urged to invest in renewable resources in a keynote speech delivered at the Design Summit by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA. During his speech yesterday, His Excellency spoke about the importance in investing in renewable and clean resources to provide energy, and that Dubai has launched three new smart initiatives to transform the Emirate into one of the smartest in the world.

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