Track geometry 2020. Information For Rail Career Professionals From Progressive Railroading Magazine

Noble Horvath

A truck-mounted, high-speed version of the Omnicon Balfour Beatty TrueTrak™ Geometry Autonomous Measurement System.
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Balfour Beatty

Omnicom Balfour Beatty (OBB) produces specialist systems for infrastructure measurement, automated inspection and surveying. 

OBB supplies the systems used by Network Rail in the U.K. for track geometry measurement and automated visual inspection, and “there is an increasing move toward autonomous infrastructure measurement to free up train paths and allow more frequent measurement,” Balfour Beatty officials said in an email. Many new fleets have required autonomous measurement systems, which OBB has supplied through the vehicle OEMs. The company also supplies the systems to rail companies in other countries,  including a U.S. Class I and “several Japanese operators,” company officials said.

Meanwhile, Balfour Beatty’s new TrueTrak™ track geometry system is designed for “easy body or truck fitment, and includes a data processing system that provides measurement

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Penn State lays off 30 Information Technology employees in move sources label a surprise

Noble Horvath

Penn State recently laid off 30 Information Technology employees in a move that took many by surprise, according to several sources and the university.


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A university spokesperson confirmed Thursday morning that 31 positions were eliminated but 30 employees were laid off because one affected employee moved into another open position. Three sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak, characterized the layoffs as sudden and unexpected.

Sources said the layoffs occurred Sept. 30 and/or Oct. 1, the same day Donald J. Welch permanently took over as the vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer. Welch, who previously served as the interim IT VP/CIO, acknowledged in an email he was involved in the layoffs and said “reduction planning” started in the spring.

A university spokesperson issued a written statement Thursday morning in response to an inquiry from the Centre Daily

Read More | Former CSUN VP for Information Technology/CIO Receives EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award

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EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit higher education information technology association, awarded former California State University, Northridge Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Hilary J. Baker with its 2020 Community Leadership Award.

The award recognizes Baker, who retired from CSUN in late 2019, “for her tireless and unwavering commitment to building community and advancing the higher ed IT profession through her exceptional leadership, mentorship, and dedicated service.”

“It is an honor to receive this EDUCAUSE award, especially because it highlights important values held by CSUN and the California State University (CSU) system, including values of inclusiveness, integrity, and personal commitment in service to the community and the profession,” Baker said. “I hope this award encourages others to pursue the many innovation and rewarding careers in IT and, in particular, I hope that it inspires other women to follow STEM careers and pursue IT leadership roles in higher education.”

Baker was

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New OSBI technology could provide new leads, information for cold cases

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ALTUS, Okla. (TNN) – New OSBI technology could provide answers to many cold cases around the state.

A family learned about this as they visited Kenneth Young's gravesite, a cold case from 2012

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A family learned about this as they visited Kenneth Young’s gravesite, a cold case from 2012

One family still hoping for justice learned their loved one killed in 2012 will be the first case this is used on.

8 years ago, Kenneth Young was shot and killed outside the Dew Drop Inn in Lawton.

His sister said since then, it’s been a war every day for his family.

“We’ve been with each other since birth. That was my best friend. Since he’s been gone, it kind of tore me apart,” said Shaquita Young, Kenneth’s sister.

Lawton Police said at the scene of the shooting in 2012, 25 shell casings were found.

Those casings will be examined through this new OSBI technology.

“OSBI has obtained

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Global Information Technology (IT) Security as a Service Market

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Information Technology (IT) Security as a Service Market

New York, United States – The Information Technology (IT) Security as a Service Market has developed swiftly in recent years and has made a significant contribution to the global financial situation in terms of growth rate, market share, and sales generation. The report titled “Information Technology (IT) Security as a Service Market Report” is an analytical study that presents a comprehensive explanation of the industry along with information on significant aspects of the market. This covers market demands, major market players, profitable trading tactics, and a futuristic outlook.

The report includes changes in Information Technology (IT) Security as a Service market dynamics and demand patterns associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The report gives an in-depth analysis of the growth prospects, business area, and futuristic scope based on the impact of COVID-19 on the overall growth of the industry. The study report

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How Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Creates A New Generation Of Tech Champions

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Throughout the COVID-19 pan- demic, the government of Saudi Arabia, like any other government around the world, has had to move quickly and substantively with its stimulus packages for businesses to get through this crisis. However, in addition to that, the government of Saudi Arabia has not allowed the crisis to pause or slow down its ongoing and ambitious plans for boosting the Kingdom’s economy. According to Dr. Ahmed H. Altheneyan, Deputy Minister for Digital Capacities for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s ambitious social transformation projects are aimed at driving diversification across its economy, “with the government today acting as more of an enabler and facilitator through its policies and regulations, as well as funding.”

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He explains that the drivers of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 are 13 nationwide programs, the most critical of which is the National Transformation Program, which

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University subject profile: computer science and information systems | Computer science and IT

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What you’ll learn
At its heart, computer science is about problem-solving. Students study the design of software and hardware used to provide solutions for business, scientific and social problems.

Most computing courses focus on software engineering – things like database design, websites, network systems and the internet. But there are other options, such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cyber security, multimedia and games design, and app design.

Specialisms, facilities and course content vary. Kingston University has partnered with Sony, so its students have the opportunity to develop games for the PlayStation 4, while Nottingham Trent University has a robot arena.

These are practical, skills-based courses, so depending on your temperament you may consider combining your degree with something more academic. Advancements in tech and computing have brought myriad moral and ethical questions, so now universities such as Oxford, St Andrews and Stirling offer courses combining computer science with philosophy.


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Emergency Department Information System 2020 Market Segmentation,Application,Technology & Market Analysis Research Report To 2025

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For the management of data and the workflow and also for supporting the emergency division of the patient care and other operations, the emergency department information systems are used. This is one of the electronic health record systems whose main function is to support the medical care in emergency situations like clinical documentation, triage, patient entry, resource, and patient tracking, and others. Global Emergency Department Information System market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 15.10% during the prediction period 2017-2023.

With better technological healthcare, hospitals are also getting advanced. The healthcare centers are now providing their patients with specialized medical treatment along with better nursing facilities. Also, the growing number of hospitals in the developing and the developed economies are augmenting the growth of the global Emergency department information systems market. The emergency department information

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Volusia schools create dashboard for COVID-19 case information on campuses

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Elizabeth Albert, the president of the union representing most Volusia County teachers, is pleased the school district will create a COVID-19 data dashboard with information on virus cases throughout the district.

Volusia County students returned Monday but there’s been no official word on any positive test results.

“There is an obligation to be honest and transparent about what is going on in the schools just so that others can take extra precautions,” Albert said.

More than 60% of students have opted for traditional, in-person learning and while district officials say they are doing their best requiring masks and social distance, a picture went viral on the internet showing a large gathering of students at Spruce Creek High School waiting to get schedules.

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“I think it’s absolutely imperative that we be as transparent as possible,” Carl Persis said.

Persis, a school board member, says information

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Okta Welcomes Alvina Antar as Chief Information Officer

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Former Zuora CIO joins identity leader to further its vision to enable any organization to use any technology

Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today announced the appointment of Alvina Antar as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. As an IT leader, Antar brings more than 20 years experience at high-performing IT organizations at both Fortune 50 companies and high-growth startups. At Okta, Antar will report directly to Hector Aguilar, Okta’s President of Technology, and will be responsible for enabling seamless experiences for Okta customers and employees.

Antar is known as the “Subscription Economy CIO” from her years of experience enabling digital enterprises to thrive with recurring revenue business models. As Zuora’s first CIO, Antar built the company’s IT department into a leading modern-day Business Technology organization, led through a successful IPO in 2018, and saw the company’s revenue grow from $30 million to

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