first_img Previous ArticleInterview: JasperNext ArticleJasper insists IoT is mainstream; keeps quiet on future AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 NOV 2015 Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Steve Costello Wearables player Jawbone is reported to have cut staff and closed one of its offices, as part of a plan to create a “more streamlined and successful company”.As initially reported by TechCrunch, the company is laying off 15 per cent of its staff (60 positions), closing an office in New York (which was apparently marketing focused) and downsizing operations in two other US locations.While Jawbone has increasingly become known as the maker of the Up-branded fitness trackers, it also sells mini speakers (Jambox) and Bluetooth headsets. Apparently it will continue to support all of its product lines.While the wearables market is in rude health, competition has become increasingly fierce. In the fitness tracking market where Jawbone competes, newly-emboldened from its IPO, Fitbit is going from strength-to-strength, while Xiaomi has picked up traction at the low-end.And Jawbone has faced its own challenges. Its Up3 band was delayed after the company encountered issues during the initial manufacture process, and TechCrunch said there had also been a smaller round of layoffs earlier in 2015.It has also filed a lawsuit against Fitbit, accusing its rival of efforts to “steal talent, trade secrets and intellectual property”. Related Author HomeDevicesNews Jawbone cuts staff – reportcenter_img Devices FitbitJawboneXiaomi Tags Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruits US backs down on Xiaomi row Xiaomi off the hook in the USlast_img read more

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first_img“We are proud to support the Cottar’s 1920 Camp in its endeavour of protecting wildlife and nature by delivering clean, sustainable and innovative renewable energy solutions as a sustainable power source, giving way to a reduced use and new deployment of diesel-based generators,” states Michael Georg , senior project manager of The meeco Group. Finance and Policy Read moreKenGen invites bids for the rehabilitation of power lines With sun2rope the impact to the natural environment is minimised by the fact that heavy steel structures are replaced with rope and sturdy wood. It additionally contributes to achieving other targets, such as reducing the logistic costs by making use of the locally available wood from the controlled planting areas against steel structures with long shipping delays. This way the CO2 footprint of the installation is scaled back dramatically. In a company statement, the Group explained that the eco-friendly system consists of PV modules mounted on tailor-made rope structures, specifically designed for the project. The sun2rope PV energy installation, a first of its kind, is purposed to provide clean energy to the renowned Kenyan eco-retreat Cottar’s 1920 Camp, which is located close to Kenya’s famous national park, the Masai Mara. The multi-award-winning Cottar’s 1920 Camp spreads over an area of 1,500 hectares, with a large concentration of watchable wildlife, and provides ten tents to host nature-loving safari tourist. TAGSInnovationKenyasolar power Previous articleGas and renewables will power Africa’s energy future, but coal still risingNext articleSiemens embarks on energy and infrastructure solutions in Ethiopia Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. To supply the eco-resort with renewable energy, seven rows of 168 highly efficient polycrystalline PV modules, with a total capacity of 54kWp have already been installed. Once the site is completely finalised and commissioned, the generated energy is intended to charge the batteries of the energy management and storage system sun2safe and inter alia for hot water treatment and for charging the sun2move e-bikes of the safari camp. The modules are mounted on special long-life, exceptionally resistant technical ropes supported by robust wooden poles. These ropes are distinguished by their extremely high breaking strength and very low weight. Thus, the sun2rope solar PV structure is designed to resist wind speeds of up to 36 meters per second. The core of the rope consists of a special UHMWPE (Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene) braid with a coat made of black UV resistant polyester braid. The technical ropes have been developed and engineered in conjunction with Gruschwitz Textilwerke AG, an enterprise from Germany (Baden-Württemberg), that has been engaged in this industry for more than 200 years. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generation A closer look to the PV solar panels at Cottar’s 1920 Camp in Kenya. Credit: The meeco Group Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The last steps to the finalisation of the sun2rope solar PV structure. Credit: The meeco Group RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Being one of the eleven Global Ecosphere Retreats worldwide, the Cottar’s 1920 Camp is committed to the protection of nature and wildlife, as well as the preservation of the original culture and the lifestyle of the neighbouring Maasai tribe, by combining cultural responsibility with animal welfare, sustainable management and soft tourism. BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector A Swiss-based clean energy provider, The meeco Group, has completed the structural installation of its first solar photovoltaic (PV) project using an innovative solar power mounting structure, the sun2rope. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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