Driver-Deer Collisions On The Rise: State Farm

first_imgMore 2016 State Farm deer collisions facts:Indiana is ranked 23rd in the country for the most deer collisionsThe national cost per claim average is $3,995 down slightly from 2015 when the average was $4,135.The months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in Indiana, mostly due to mating season are:NovemberOctoberDecemberFor the tenth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely with1 in 41 odds. Avoid becoming a statisticInjuries, vehicle damage and fatalities all can result from vehicle collisions with deer. In 2013, 191 deaths were the result of collisions with animals, with deer being the animal most often struck, according to the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These tips could help drivers avoid a collision:Pay attention to deer crossing signsAlways buckle up, every trip, every timeUse your high beams, when possible, to see fartherBrake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crashRemain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animalsAvoid distractions, like devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animalDo not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effectiveIf riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road aheadAnd here are some deer facts that all drivers should know:Deer are on all roadsDeer are unpredictableDeer often move in groupsDeer movement is most prevalent in the fallDusk to dawn are high risk times“There is an increased risk of a collision with deer around dawn and dusk, and also during the fall breeding season,” said Missy Dundov, State Farm Spokesperson. “We encourage drivers to be aware and on the lookout at all times, because you never know when you may need to react to a deer or other obstacle that may unexpectedly be in your path.” For more safety tips and state-by-state statistics, please visit http://st8.fm/16Deer.Methodology:Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer, calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer, elk or moose during the time frame of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data has been projected for the insurance industry as a whole, based on the State Farm personal vehicle market penetration within each state. The State Farm data is based on comprehensive and collision claims only. Claims involving policyholders with liability insurance coverage only are not included. New State Farm data shows the chances Indiana drivers will collide with a deer are on the rise.Indiana drivers are nearly 5-percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. The odds drivers will hit a deer in Indiana are 1 out of 136, above the national odds of 1 in 164.Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer, estimates the state by state chances of any single American motorist striking a deer, elk or moose.last_img read more

Smart Manufacturing: Optimizing Manufacturing Operations with Technology

first_imgSmart manufacturing.  It’s the use of advanced data analysis and software algorithms to optimize the workings of manufacturing.  The goal is to increase efficiency, eliminate waste, and be significantly more cost efficient.  Smart manufacturing incorporates technologies like automation, robotics, sensors, and data analytics.Machine to Machine (M2) communication and the Internet of Things (IoT) are two technologies that are especially beginning to bring change to the factory floor.Conrad Leiva, VP Product Strategy and Alliances, iBaset, wrote that “Smart Manufacturing is an initiative to bring about a revolution in manufacturing business strategy, turning traditional factories from cost centers into profitable innovation centers, through the integration of industrial automation, IIoT, and information technology (IT) including cloud services, 3D models, mobile computing, intelligence, and integration platforms.  Smart Manufacturing will enable proactive management of the manufacturing enterprise through informed, timely (as close to real-time as possible), in-depth decision execution.”A recent report on smart manufacturing identified three phases of smart manufacturing:Integration of all stages of the production processOptimization based on data monitoring within the manufacturing plantRe-engineering based on accumulated knowledgeAndrew Waycott, CEO at Factora, wrote that “smart machines are better than humans at capturing, analyzing and communicating [some types of] data. Manufacturers can pick up on inefficiencies and issues sooner, and find answers faster… A major part of the story is the drop in technology costs. The emergence of cheap connected devices, coupled with the availability and affordability of mass computing power, has been the biggest driver of Smart Manufacturing.”last_img read more

Replacing big iron with small iron (cash for clunkers 2?)

first_imgI hopped out to tpc.org to look at some benchmarks.  Benchmarks are notoriously awful as measures of actual performance, but they do work – mostly – as a comparison of relative performance.There isn’t a lot of Sparc data, and much of it is old, but if you are looking at replacing some aging 4+ year old Unix hardware, that may be just what you need.  (with respects to Bryce’s cash for clunkers blog).For TPC-C the most recent Sparc result I found was from 2003. Running Oracle Database 10g EE on Sun Solaris 8 on 64 single cores of Fujitsu SPARC64 – 1.3 GHz processors, they delivered 595702 tpmC at $12.43/tpmC (tpc.org)So if “this old machine” is setting in your landscape, gulping power and support costs, you could replace it today by running Oracle Database 11g SE1 on Oracle Linux 2 quad core Intel Xeon Processors X5570 2.93GHz  delivering 631766 tpmC at $1.08/tpmC (tpc.org)The ROI on this must be about 10 minutes! Ok maybe that is a bit quick, but this is a data base! Export, Import, ta-da!  What are you going to do with all that extra rack space and power?Replace a 64 socket platform with a 2 socket platform.  Amazing.  this could be 1U, or even a blade.  You could put it under your desk.  There have got to be some examples of older sparc and power boxes sitting in the landscape. Let me know what you have.-Ken I wrote a few weeks ago about the end of the mini generation.  This time I thought I would dig out some data to support my case.  My personal anecdotal evidence is what I am hearing from my customers.  They are looking at replacing hundreds of legacy Unix servers with new high performance Xeon boxes.  I am not talking about a one-for-one replacement, but using virtualization to replace 5 to 25 of these older unix boxes with each Xeon 5500 server.  The economic incentives here are pretty staggering.Why now?I see multiple reasons1)  Ecosystem maturity.  Enterprise class tools for virtualization, Linux, high availability from VMware, KVM, Xen, RedHat, Suse and others2)  Performance.  The performance of 200-2005 vintage sparc and ultra-sparc boxes is easily replaced by Xeon – saving power, space, and potentially licensing.3)  Applications readiness.  Applications like Oracle are now “made for linux” and do great on X-86 platforms4)  Staff.  You have the expertise in Linux on Xeon, this is a growing area, capitalize on it.5)  Economics.  There is real savings to be had in licensing, power, space, staff, sanity( sanity savings is subjective).last_img read more

Shivendra Singh is ready to cast a spell

first_imgHe is one of the most experienced members of the Indian team, and Shivendra Singh wants to make it count at the London Olympics.The forward with a signature salute to the crowd after scoring goals will need to be at his sharpest if India is to make their presence felt among the elite in world hockey.”I am very happy with the state of my game right now. I am regularly among the top two goal scorers for my team over the last few tournaments,” Shivendra told Mail Today before the team left for the European tour ahead of the Olympics.”We have had good preparation and are very much motivated. The European tour is crucial. We will play some top teams and it will help the new boys to get used to the pressure of playing big matches.”While chief coach Michael Nobbs is on record saying that a top-six finish in London would be a creditable effort, Shivendra is aiming higher.”The confidence among the players in very high and we are targeting a medal,” he said. “We have had some good results over the last few months and we have consistently done well. We have made all-round improvement.”When Shivendra plays well, India flourishes. The team is not the same in his absence. That’s why the team management protested vehemently when he was banned for two games during the 2010 World Cup for accidentally hitting a Pakistani player.With Nobbs and exercise physiotherapist David John at the helm, the team has hit an upward curve. The fitness and endurance is the most visible aspect of the improvement.advertisement”We have not conceded lastminute goals; in fact, we have scored last minute goals. We like playing aggressive hockey and that is why we have been doing well,” the forward felt.After India qualified for the Olympics in February, Shivendra worked hard to get into the right groove.”I was not getting the goals in the qualifiers but I think I have got my touch back. I saw the videos of the qualifiers and tried to correct the mistakes. My technique has also improved,” Shivendra, who was part of the goldwinning Indian team at the 2007 Asia Cup and 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, said.He was part of the team that failed to secure Olympic qualification four years ago in Chile, and making it to London was personal redemption for him.”I really wanted to get to the Olympics this time. Who knows where we would be in four years’ time. We were determined to learn from our mistakes.”Talking about the task at the Olympics, Shivendra said India had a good penalty corner battery with dragflickers Sandeep Singh and VR Raghunath being in great form. He wanted the team to capitalise on this strength.”Scoring field goals is never easy, and if you are a fraction of a second late then you will miss it. Your positioning has to be right,” the Uttar Pradesh player said.The Indian squad, Shivendra felt, had the right mix of youth and experience.”There are only two players in our squad – Sandeep and Ignace Tirkey – with Olympic experience. The team has several youngsters but that is not a concern for us. They are capable of taking the pressure and shine on the big stage. Wherever necessary, seniors like me will do our best to guide them. We are not feeling any pressure. We just want to get to London for the Olympics to begin,” he added.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal beats Ratchanol Intanon to win Badminton Women’s Singles 2015 Indian Open title

first_imgSaina Nehwal is an Indian Badminton player who has been ranked as World’s Number 1 ace shuttler clinched India Open Super Series title on March 29, 2015.She defeated the former world champion Ratchanol Intanon of Thailand in the summit clash, which was played at Siri Fort Indoor Complex in New Delhi. The scores achieved were 21-16, 21-14.However, it should be noted that Srikanth Kidambi has won India Open Super Series Badminton Men’s Single’s 2015 title. He defeated Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in three games with 18-21, 21-13 and 21-12 score.In the beginning of this year, Saina had won the Syed Modi Grand PrixGold in Lucknow, before becoming the first Indian women to reach thefinal of the All England Championships. About Saina Nehwal:Saina was born in Hisar on March 17, 1990. The talent sportswoman attended Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar and later shifted to Hyderabad with her familyThe 25-year-old has a brown belt in KarateShe was the first Indian to win Olympics medal in BadmintonThe talented sportswoman won Bronze medal at the London Olympics in the year 2012Till date, she has 14 incredible international titles in her splendid careerAlso, she is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championship and the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament and Indonesia Open in 2009The China Open Super Series Premier, held in 2014 was won by Saina Nehwallast_img read more