BENETTI DELIVERS M/Y “METIS”

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M/Y Metis, a custom 63-meter yacht with steel hull and aluminium superstructure, was delivered to her German owner and long-lasting customer of Yacht Moments, introduced to the shipyard by Kurt Lehmann. Carbon, polished steel and bleached oak embellished with leather inserts are the main materials chosen for this yacht.

The interiors, designed by UK studio Bannenberg & Rowell, who worked in partnership with the Birgit Otte Interior Atelier, are designed in a modern style. The exteriors are the work of Giorgio M. Cassetta.

The custom gym on the Fly Deck, the touch and gohelipad and the over 160 sq. m owner’s apartment with two double beds and an outdoor terrace all contribute to make Metis a unique Benetti model.

Metishas been delivered to its owner in Livorno. She is a 63-meter long custom yacht with a very elaborated interior design. In his role as consultant to the owner, Kurt Lehmann of Yacht Moments has been in charge of the project management and praised Benetti for the great work that had characterized the entire Metis design and construction period: Benetti confirmed once again its name as icon of timeless Italian style and excellence in megayacht construction. The highly skilled Benetti’s technicians and engineers and the artisans who worked for the shipyard have created an amazing yacht. The dedication of everyone in communicating and exchanging views with the captain and owner was remarkable.” Yacht Moments have also been responsibly involved in the conception and development of this stylish custom superyacht project – always taking care of the completion of the owner’s ideas, demands and inspirations. Notably the additional upper gym-deck has been developed by Yacht Moments and perfectly realized by Benetti and Giorgio M. Cassetta.

The exteriors are the result of the collaboration between Benetti and Giorgio M. Cassetta who, through a painstaking design, sought to maximise the dynamic proportions of a yacht that has an impressing long bow with vertical straight edge. Metis is a modern and timeless yacht, which displays large volumes behind flowing lines and innovative features, such as the private deck. The design is simple, yet characteristic of Benetti, said the Italian designer.

The interiors are the result of the collaboration between German studio Birgit Otte Interior, based in Wolfersdorf, and Bannenberg & Rowell, an English studio directed by Dickie Bannenberg and Simon Rowell. The London-based duo, famous for devising creative solutions based on bold shapes and geometric motifs, with an eye-catching design and a fine finish, were given a great deal of leeway in the design. Dickie Bannenberg, who is thrilled with this project, commented: “Metis‘ unique layout has freed us from what I call ‘the tyranny of alignment’, allowing us to unlock new corners and views of asymmetric designs.This approach in particular is reflected in the beach club, where the rooms are rotated by about 30° compared to traditional layouts and offer a new view over the sea through the transom and the side doors.

The novelty of this particular rotation also characterizes the main salon and the upper deck salon, challenging conventional expectations and perceptions.

The originality of Metisis also evident in the full-beam owner’s suite, which features a lounge and offers a breathtaking 180-degree view thanks to the full-height glazed surfaces on the private bow deck. The design of this room is based on a contemporary range of wood finishes using smoked oak, carbon and polished steel combined with calacatta and coffee brown marbles. The bold, geometric shapes can be found in the stainless steel bed frames, furniture and finishes. A private lounge is also available in the babysitting cabin, which has a terrace overlooking the sea.

HID Global Introduces HID goID™ Citizen Age Verification Solution

HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced it has extended the capabilities of its HID goID™ mobile identity solution that enables government agencies to move from physical documents to mobile IDs on citizens’ smartphones. The latest addition to HID’s mobile identity offering, the HID goID Simple Verifier, is a small device that can be used by anyone seeking to quickly verify the age of citizens carrying an HID goID mobile ID on their smartphones—all with just one click.

HID’s new goID Simple Verifier is a small device that can be used by anyone seeking to quickly verify the age of citizens carrying an HID goID mobile ID on their smartphones—all with just one click.

“The Simple Verifier is ideal for institutions and private sector establishments such as bars, clubs and any entity that must verify customers’ ages before permitting entry or the purchase and consumption of alcohol,” said Steve Warne, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Citizen ID business with HID Global. “In addition to enabling the private sector to combat fake ID attempts, the latest addition to HID goID is a powerful digital verification tool that supports governments’ broader age-restricted products and services initiatives geared towards protecting the health, safety and well-being of minors.”

After connecting via Bluetooth to the HID goID Simple Verifier, the device confirms age by securely sending a random code to the citizen’s mobile ID on their smartphone. The citizen’s age is confirmed with no scanning, tapping or any other action required. Because the solution only verifies the age of the mobile ID holder, the process is quick and efficient. It also protects citizen privacy since no additional information beyond the legal age of the citizen is shared.

Easily carried in a pocket or on a keyring, the new device joins a family of HID goID verification options that include solutions for PCs and servers, and purpose-built mobile verifiers for large-scale applications.

Manufacturing Industry Gears Up to Outpace Average Adoption of Hybrid Cloud by 2020

Manufacturers will more than double multicloud use in the next two years

Nutanix, Inc.(NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced the findings of its Enterprise Cloud Index results for the manufacturing sector, measuring manufacturing companies’ plans for adopting private, public and hybrid clouds. The report revealed that the manufacturing industry’s hybrid cloud usage and plans outpace the global average across industries. The deployment of hybrid clouds in manufacturing and production companies has currently reached 19% penetration, slightly ahead of the global average. Moreover, manufacturers plan to more than double their hybrid cloud deployments to 45% penetration in two years; outpacing the global average by 4 percent.

The manufacturing industry is at an “innovation impasse,”[1]  meaning manufacturers have a desire to innovate and drive transformation, but legacy IT systems have the potential to constrain their ability to do so. The opportunity for manufacturers to embrace digitization efforts including “Industry 4.0” initiatives can break the impasse, but executives must focus on new opportunities to create value and not only prioritize traditional business operations. Manufacturing organizations face the constant challenge of trade-offs: they are under pressure to meet current productivity and operational goals in an increasingly global and highly competitive marketplace, but they also need to invest in future growth.

This challenge has created a demand for new technology solutions that can help balance the trade-off between current and future goals. IT leaders in manufacturing must avoid the beaten path of finding short-term fixes for increasing revenue; instead, they should look to long-term solutions that enable automation, enhanced use of data and improvements in customer experience. The Enterprise Cloud Index findings indicate that manufacturing leaders are aggressively adopting new technology to embrace modernization instead of getting left behind with legacy systems. The distributed cloud model offers a solution that delivers speed, flexibility, and localization, allowing manufacturers to improve efficiency without compromising quality.

While 91% of survey respondents reported hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model, today’s global average hybrid cloud penetration level is at 18.5% — the disparity due in part to challenges of transitioning to the hybrid cloud model. Manufacturing industries reported barriers to adopting hybrid cloud that mirrored global roadblocks, including limitations in application mobility, data security/compliance, performance, management and a shortage of IT talent. Compared to other industries, manufacturers reported greater IT talent deficits in AI/ML, hybrid cloud, blockchain, and edge computing/IoT.

Other key findings of the report include:

  • 43% of manufacturers surveyed are currently using a traditional data center as their primary IT infrastructure, slightly outpacing the global average of 41%
  • However, manufacturers currently use a single public cloud service more often than any other industry.20% of manufacturing companies reported using a single cloud service, compared to the global average of 12% — a testament to the fact that manufacturers are starting to turn to the cloud as a solution, given that they deal with legacy IT systems and cannot handle workloads on-prem.
  • Manufacturers are also advancing the movement to private cloud: 56% of manufacturers surveyed said that theyrun enterprise applications in a private cloud, outpacing the global average by 7%.
  • Manufacturers are struggling to control cloud spend.One motivation for deploying hybrid clouds is enterprises’ need to gain control over their IT spend. Organizations that use public cloud spend 26% of their annual IT budget on public cloud, with this percentage predicted to increase to 35% in two years’ time. Most notable, however, is that more than a third (36%) of organizations using public clouds said their spending has exceeded their budgets.
  • Manufacturers chose security and compliance slightly more often than companies in other industries as the top factor in deciding where to run workloads: while 31% of respondents across all industries and geographies named security and compliance as the number one decision criterion, 34% of manufacturing organizations chose security and compliance as the top factor.

The bullish outlook for hybrid cloud adoption globally and across industries is reflective of an IT landscape growing increasingly automated and flexible enough that enterprises have the choice to buy, build, or rent their IT infrastructure resources based on fast transforming application requirements.

“Manufacturers are investing in modernizing their IT stack, and adopting industry 4.0 solutions to keep up with ever-changing business demands in areas like production and supply chain management,” said Chris Kozup, SVP of Global Marketing at Nutanix. “A hybrid cloud infrastructure gives manufacturers a fresh approach to modernizing legacy applications and services, enabling manufacturing IT leaders to focus on their long-term investments in big data, IoT, and next-generation enterprise applications. While the manufacturing industry is still facing obstacles in transitioning to multi-cloud use, this study shows us that manufacturing organizations are ready to accelerate growth and take the lead in IT innovation in the future.”

To create this report, Nutanix commissioned Vanson Bourne to survey more than 2,300 IT decision makers, including 337 worldwide manufacturing and production organizations, about where they are running their business applications today, where they plan to run them in the future, what their cloud challenges are and how their cloud initiatives stack up against other IT projects and priorities. The survey included respondents from multiple industries, business sizes and geographies in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) regions.