One month, 5,600 speed camera tickets: Hamilton, Ontario means business

first_img The cameras have since been moved to Glancaster Road, between Rymal and Twenty roads. RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlexHamiltonHamilton (Ontario)Ontario Trending Videos Trending in Canada With a set speed limit of 50 km/h, the average speed of offenders was 14 km/h over. The worst was a driver doing 96 km/h — 46 over, which would have net the offender a $682 fine for their troubles. Average fines are $103. Cameras are being introduced in communities in many parts of Ontario, initially in school and community zones. (The Stone Church Road catchment, for example, where one of the cameras resided, is a community safety zone featuring a bowling centre, a mosque, and a banquet centre.)The hours between 6pm and midnight saw the highest proportion of speeders, though the city’s manager of transportation operations was pleased to see a downward trajectory in speeding over the course of the four weeks the cameras were installed, to “46 km/h in late October, compared to pre-camera average speeds between 50 and 55 km/h.”If nothing else, this should start to answer the question of where Hamilton is setting the floor for snapping a ticket: people are now driving under the speed limit, which means you might as well give up the thinking of being only a few kilometres over the posted limit will provide any comfort. See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A photo radar speed camera in Hamilton, Ontario installed October 2020 City of Hamilton / Twitter advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Two speed cameras, one stretch of road, one month — it all adds up to 5,600 tickets issued to speeders.Hamilton, Ontario’s latest experimentwith photo-radar speed cameras is by most accounts off to a blistering success, unless you’re someone who got a surprise in your mailbox a week after making a trip you’ve probably done incident-free in the past. Seem high for Hamilton’s circa 575,000 residents? “In Toronto – a city of 3 million people – 50 cameras caught 22,000 speedersover the first month of its photo radar experiment.” Yeah, it’s high. last_img read more

Telehealth market likely to grow, resulting in year-over-year increase of 64.3 per cent in 2020: Frost & Sullivan

first_img 2020artificial intelligencecoronavirusCOVID-19CybersecurityFrost & Sullivaninteractive virtual assistantsRoboticsTelehealthTelehealth market Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Add Comment Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The demand for telehealth technology is expected to rise dramatically as COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt practice of medicine, delivery of healthcare worldwideFrost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Telehealth—A Technology-Based Weapon in the War Against the Coronavirus, 2020, finds that the demand for telehealth technology is expected to rise dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the practice of medicine and the delivery of healthcare worldwide. The telehealth market in the US is estimated to display staggering seven-fold growth by 2025, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.2 per cent. In 2020, the telehealth market is likely to experience a tsunami of growth, resulting in a year-over-year increase of 64.3 per cent.“The critical need for social distancing among physicians and patients will drive unprecedented demand for telehealth, which involves the use of communication systems and networks to enable either a synchronous or asynchronous session between the patient and provider,” said Victor Camlek, Healthcare Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan. “However, all stakeholders need to remember that many people use the terms ‘telehealth’ or ‘telemedicine’ without understanding the ecosystem that is involved. This study will clarify the many components that are needed in order to implement telehealth.”Camlek added: “Across the market segments, virtual visits and remote patient monitoring (RPM) will propel the overall market of telehealth, followed by mHealth and personal emergency response systems (PERS). Further, patients will benefit if data from RPM is fully available to virtual visit providers. This trend will demonstrate the benefit of integrated services. The trauma resulting from the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a clear growth opportunity for one-stop virtual visit and RPM solutions.”The opportunity for telehealth products and services to become a standard of care is growing. The challenge facing these technology and healthcare providers will focus on their ability to scale-up to this unprecedented demand. Growth in the telehealth space will be sustained beyond the COVID-19 pandemic for the vendors who can deliver:User-friendly sensors and remote diagnostic equipment that yield a high rate of successful patient outcomes following the telehealth experience.Practical applications of artificial intelligence (AI), interactive virtual assistants (IVAs), and robotics that expand the telehealth deployment model.Deployment of big data analytics that can help researchers learn more about the way COVID-19 progresses among diverse patient populations.Adherence to cybersecurity and privacy regulations that avoid data breaches following the use of telehealth services.Measurable data that confirms the value of telehealth and influences regulatory agencies at the federal and state levels to extend all emergency waivers beyond the pandemic.Telehealth—A Technology-Based Weapon in the War Against the Coronavirus, 2020 is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan’s Transformational Health research and analyses available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organisations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future. Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on May 23, 2020 Related Posts The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News Share Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Telehealth market likely to grow, resulting in year-over-year increase of 64.3 per cent in 2020: Frost & Sullivan WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”last_img read more

Argentina bill to let operators provide several services with one licence

first_img Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 DEC 2014 Costa Rica accused of throttling fledgling 4G Home Argentina bill to let operators provide several services with one licence Argentina outlines digital agenda progress Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Previous ArticleSprint hits 2014 network targets; more LTE expansion planned for 2015Next ArticleChunghwa pushes IoT cooperation with mainland M360 – LATAM18 – News center_img Legislators in Argentina have voted in favour of a law which will let companies provide telephone, internet and cable television services via a single licence, in hopes of opening up the market and driving down prices, Reuters reported.Lawmakers voted 131 in favour and 97 against the bill which could replace a law set in 1972 – when the country was still under a dictatorship – barring operators from offering both television and telephone services.The bill still needs to be signed by President Cristina Fernandez in order to be enacted.According to president of the communications committee, Mario Oporto: “Telecommunications should be a human right. Information and communications technologies should work in the public interest.”However, some critics, like opposition legislator Roy Cortina of the Socialist Party, are of the opinion that the bill will further cement already established market players – Telecom Argentina, Telefonica Argentina and Cablevision – rather than encourage competition.Others who oppose the president’s leftist government are worried the legislation may enable the regulatory authority in the country to demand private data without the need for a legal order.In October, the country launched a satellite to provide telecom services to its remote regions as well as neighbouring Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.Last month, Secom, Argentina’s telecoms ministry said it was satisfied with the result of an auction of 3G and 4G spectrum that raised in excess of $2 billion. Africell awarded Angola mobile licence Related Saleha Riaz Tags ArgentinalicenceRegulatoryServiceslast_img read more

Census: 1 in 7 Americans Live in Poverty

first_imgWASHINGTON – The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty.The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama’s first year in office.The poverty rate climbed from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people, in 2008.The share of Americans without health coverage rose from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent — or 50.7 million people — mostly because of the loss of employer-provided health insurance during the recession. Congress passed a health overhaul this year to address rising numbers of the uninsured, but the main provisions will not take effect until 2014.The new figures come at a politically sensitive time, just weeks before the Nov. 2 congressional elections, when voters restive about high unemployment and the slow pace of economic improvement will decide whether to keep Democrats in power or turn to Republicans.The 14.3 percent poverty rate, which covers all ages, was the highest since 1994. Still, it was lower than estimates of many demographers who were bracing for a record gain based on last year’s skyrocketing unemployment. Many had predicted a range of 14.7 percent to 15 percent.Analysts credited in part increases in Social Security payments in 2009 as well as federal expansions of unemployment insurance, which rose substantially in 2009 under the economic stimulus program. With the additional unemployment benefits, workers were eligible for extensions that gave them up to 99 weeks of payments after a layoff.Another likely factor was a record number of working mothers, who helped households by bringing home paychecks after the recession took the jobs of a disproportionately high number of men.“Given all the unemployment we saw, it’s the government safety net that’s keeping people above the poverty line,” said Douglas Besharov, a University of Maryland public policy professor and former scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.Other census findings:—Among the working-age population, ages 18 to 65, poverty rose from 11.7 percent to 12.9 percent. That puts it at the highest since the 1960s, when the government launched a war on poverty that expanded the federal role in social welfare programs from education to health care.—Poverty rose among all race and ethnic groups, but stood at higher levels for blacks and Hispanics. The number of Hispanics in poverty increased from 23.2 percent to 25.3 percent; for blacks it increased from 24.7 percent to 25.8 percent. The number of whites in poverty rose from 8.6 percent to 9.4 percent.—Child poverty rose from 19 percent to 20.7 percent.In 2009, the poverty level stood at $21,954 for a family of four, based on an official government calculation that includes only cash income before tax deductions. It excludes capital gains or accumulated wealth, such as home ownership.As a result, the official poverty rate takes into account the effects of some stimulus programs in 2009, such as unemployment benefits as well as jobs that were created or saved by government spending. But it does not factor in noncash government aid such as tax credits and food stamps, which have surged to record levels in recent months. Experts say such noncash aid tends to have a larger effect on lowering child poverty.Beginning next year, the government plans to publish new, supplemental poverty figures that are expected to show even higher numbers of people in poverty than previously known. The figures will incorporate rising costs of medical care, transportation and child care, a change analysts believe will add to the ranks of both seniors and working-age people in poverty. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

The rise of soundstage real estate, by the numbers

first_imgSilvercup Studios in Long Island City, NY (Getty)Private equity giant Blackstone announced in June that it would acquire a 49 percent stake in a portfolio of television and film production spaces in Los Angeles County.Blackstone’s bet on Hudson Pacific Properties’ $1.65 billion portfolio signaled that soundstage space, as the industry calls it, had entered the big leagues. During HPP’s last quarterly earnings call, CEO Victor Coleman said Blackstone’s acquisition “provides validation to the stock market” for his firm’s decision to “assemble the largest collection of independent soundstages in the United States.”It’s not just Blackstone. Institutional investors are increasingly entering the soundstage market, encouraged by healthy demand for production space from such investment-grade streaming companies as Hulu and Netflix as well as from lumbering entertainment behemoths such as Disney.Hackman Capital and Square Mile Capital, for example, also made a recent soundstage play with a $500 million acquisition of Silvercup Studios in New York.The pandemic has only driven up demand for soundstage space, in part because streaming services need to keep up with pandemic-induced appetites for content, according to a recent CBRE report. That surely figured into Blackstone’s calculus on the HPP portfolio, where Netflix accounts for more than a third of all studio space rent.Video streaming has surged 74 percent over its level in 2019, when the top five streaming companies dropped $25 billion on new productions, according to the report. The growth in streaming has also fueled gains in entertainment-related employment over the last decade.North America has 11 million square feet of soundstage space, mostly concentrated in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York City. Los Angeles has about half of it, with 5.5 million square feet. Atlanta and New York follow, with 1.8 million square feet and 1.5 million square feet, respectively, according to the report.Occupancy at spaces across North America has been north of 90 percent for several years, and the biggest markets are much more expensive because demand outstrips availability. Studios have alternatives, such as British Columbia in Canada (1.2 million square feet of soundstage space) and Louisiana (700,000 square feet).Production studios also have sought space in emerging North America markets because of cheaper labor and favorable tax policies. Tax credits are easier to nab in emerging markets. Georgia, British Columbia and Ontario each offer transferable or refundable tax credits to film productions with no cap on the total tax write-off, according to the report. New York has a generous tax credit, at $420 million a year, but it is not unlimited.Heightened demand for soundstage space is also driving many studios to rent “transitional” industrial spaces, according to the report. Over the last decade, conversion of industrial spaces into production facilities has grown more common.Soundstage space is similarly versatile, which is one of the chief reasons for investing in it, according to Square Mile Capital’s Craig Solomon.“We do not buy an asset that we don’t look to the alternative uses of that asset,” Solomon said in an October interview with The Real Deal. “It’s not expensive to reposition.” Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsBlackstone GroupIndustrial Real EstateTRD Insightslast_img read more

How to deal with Morning Sickness in Pregnancy?

first_imgMorning sickness in pregnancy is a very common factor in all pregnant ladies. A pregnant lady faces nausea and vomiting in the early period of pregnancy though some ladies may face this sickness all day long. This morning sickness makes you feel unpleasant but this doesn’t risk your baby. It goes off mostly by 16 to 20 weeks of your pregnancy. It has been seen that around 80% of the pregnant ladies face this morning sickness wherein the exact cause is unknown.Symptoms of morning sickness :This includes:VomitingNauseaLoss of appetiteDepressionAnxietyHow to manage morning sickness?One can cope up with this by:Eat plain but sweet biscuits in the morningHave small size meal portion instead of regular types of foodDon’t skip meals as it may cause nauseaIf possible avoid cooking as a lot of females feels vomiting because of the particular foodIf you have doubts about the particular food which can lead you to vomiting or nausea then avoid itKeep yourself hydrated, you can sip on some flat lemonade, ginger tea, clear soup or diluted fruit juiceDo not wear very tight clothing around your waistTry to take some restConsult your doctor before going on any medicationsWhen to see the doctor :Pregnant ladies should see the doctor’s if:They do blood vomitThey pass dark color urineThey feel dizzy all day longThey cannot pass the urine and if pass then it’s a very small amountTheir vomiting doesn’t stopTheir heartbeat increasesComplications :Severe symptoms include:When the blood pressure lowers a lotAlkalosis, where the normal acidity of blood drops at a very low levelHigh amount of dehydrationSevere weight lossAll the above cases should be taken to the hospital immediately.Every pregnant lady will have different symptoms of morning sickness so the treatment will be but follow some basics like avoiding particular food, its smell, drink plenty of fluid and go on high protein good.last_img read more

CWHBA Stallion Licensing

first_img Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews The Canadian Warmblood Board of Directors has decided to waive the under saddle portion of the Stallion Licensing for the 2008 tour.In the past, the Stallion Licensing required stallions over four year’s of age to show basic rideability under saddle. With the ongoing success of our Stallion Performance Test, where the stallions are evaluated extensively under saddle, the board has voted to run this year’s Stallion Licensing without the under saddle portion. This decision will be reviewed following the tour and presented to the members for input at the National Annual General Meeting, which will be held in Ontario on February 20-22, 2009.If you would like to present your stallion for either the Stallion Licensing, or the Stallion Performance Test, please contact the Canadian Warmblood National Office at 306-373-6620.Stallion Licensing TourMonday, September 01, 2008Windsum EnterprisesLangley, British ColumbiaWednesday, September 3, 2008Olds Agricultural SocietyOlds, AlbertaSunday, September 7, 2008Orangeville Agricultural SocietyOrangeville, OntarioFriday, September 12, 2008Ferme Beaulieu FarmSt Justine de Newton, QuebecStallion Performance TestThursday, September 04, 2008 toThursday, September 11, 2008Orangeville Agricultural SocietyOrangeville, Ontario Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Santa Fe High School shooter studied previous mass shootings, acted alone: Sources

first_imgGalveston County Sheriff’s Office(SANTA FE, Texas) — The teenager who allegedly opened fire in a Texas high school and killed 10 people studied previous mass shootings before carrying out the attack, sources told ABC News.Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, researched tactics used by other mass shooters, the sources said.“He studied previous mass shootings and used aspects of those [attacks] in his own shooting,” a source told ABC News.Pagourtzis fatally shot 10 students and educators and injured 13 others early Friday in the classrooms and hallways of Sante Fe High School, according to authorities.Investigators have also determined that they don’t expect to charge anyone else besides the alleged shooter, sources said.The sources told ABC News that they have questioned two “persons of interest” in the aftermath of the bloodshed but so far no other charges have been brought.Pagourtzis remains in custody after he was charged with capital murder.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who called the rampage “one of the most heinous attacks we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools,” said Pagourtzis allegedly telegraphed his desires to carry out the shooting and then commit suicide in a series of journal entries.Instead, the suspect surrendered to authorities, police said.Once Santa Fe Police Department officers had Pagourtzis in custody, he allegedly waived his Miranda Rights and admitted to wearing a trenchcoat and arming himself with a Remington 970 shotgun and .38 caliber pistol that he used to shoot people inside the school with the intent of killing them, according to a probable cause affidavit.The weapons were legally owned by Pagourtzis’ father, though it’s unclear if he knew they were missing.Pagourtzis’ family released a statement Saturday, saying they were as “shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred,” and described the teen as “a smart, quiet, sweet boy.”“While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday’s tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love,” the statement reads.Pagourtzis allegedly told cops under questioning that he spared firing bullets at students he liked “so he could have his story told,” the affidavit states.Officials also confirmed that the alleged killer didn’t show any warning signs and didn’t have any prior criminal history.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Grandfather pleads guilty in fatal cruise ship fall of granddaughter

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStockBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(SAN JUAN) — Salvatore “Sam” Anello, who was accused in the fatal fall of his young granddaughter from an 11-story cruise ship window in July 2019, pleaded guilty Thursday to negligent homicide.“I was placed in charge of keeping my beautiful granddaughter safe and I failed. It will always be a constant nightmare every day and every night for the rest of my life,” said Anello, of Valparaiso, Indiana, in a February statement after he decided to take a plea deal. “I took a plea deal today to try to help end part of this nightmare for my family, if possible. The support they continue to give me has been beyond overwhelming and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for them.”While docked in Puerto Rico in 2019, Anello hoisted 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand to the window of a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. Chloe slipped from his grasp and fell about 150 feet to her death.Puerto Rico prosecutor Laura Hernandez said Anello would be sentenced Dec. 10. Anello will not receive jail time as a result of the plea deal.“This decision was an incredibly difficult one for Sam and the family, but because the plea agreement includes no jail time and no admission of facts, it was decided the plea deal is in the best interests of the family so that they can close this horrible chapter and turn their focus to mourning Chloe,” said the family’s attorney, Michael Winkleman.Anello has repeatedly said that he did not know the window was open when he lifted Chloe.“I wasn’t drinking and I wasn’t dangling her out of a window,” he said in a statement. He also said that he is colorblind and might not have realized the tinted window was open.“From my point of view, at the moment the accident happened, it was as if this wall of protective glass disappeared. I was in complete disbelief. It was a nightmare of the likes I could never have imagined before,” wrote Anello.Chloe’s parents sued Royal Caribbean last year and accused the company of negligence. In response, Royal Caribbean said that surveillance video shows Anello leaning out the window for about eight seconds before lifting the girl by and out of the open window for 34 seconds before he lost his grip. The family said it would have been physically impossible for Anello to lean out like that.In response to Anello’s guilty plea, Royal Caribbean asked to refer to prosecutors for comment: “Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”Meanwhile, the civil lawsuit against Royal Caribbean continues, according to Winkleman.“We will continue the fight for justice for Chloe and to hold Royal Caribbean accountable for its brazen failure to follow the standards designed precisely to prevent children from falling out of windows.”“We need to make sure nothing like this will ever happen to another precious baby, or anyone else for that matter, ever again,” shared Anello. “I love you and miss you, Chloe, beyond measure.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Moscow Develops Next-Generation Combat Infantry System

first_imgMoscow plans to develop and introduce next-generation infantry combat systems (ICS) to further advance this high-technology feature of the modern and future Russian soldier. The current Ratnik (“Warrior”) ICS will be replaced, by 2025, with the new Sotnik (“Centurion”) modernized version, marking a further advance for the Russian military toward futuristic network-enabled warfare capabilities (Bg.rbth.com, June 18). The Ministry of Defense expects the Russian defense industry to finalize the overall design of the next-generation ICS by December 2020.Russia’s Armed Forces have undergone a considerable transformation since reforms were initiated in late 2008. This has involved modernizing the table of organization and equipment, increasing the proportion of contract personnel within the military manpower system, increasing mobility and firepower, automating command and control, and increasingly exploiting space-based reconnaissance and communications systems. This process has also extended to the issue of equipment and specialist gear for Russian soldiers (Izvestia, March 6). The latest variant of the Ratnik system, Ratnik-2, is designed to improve the connectivity and effectiveness of combat personnel in the Ground Forces. Its improvements on earlier approaches to equipping soldiers include modernized body armor, a helmet with a special eye monitor (thermal/night vision), communication system, and headphone sets. The Ratnik system has been tried and tested in Russian combat operations (Vpk.news.ru, October 11, 2016).According to Albert Bakov, the director general of the Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (Tsentralnyy Nauchno-Issledovatelskiy Institut Tochnogo Mashinostroyeniya—TsNIITochMash), the Sotnik third-generation ICS for Russian soldiers will include entirely new personal protective equipment and ammunition, offering light armor defense and increasing the soldier’s armament by several times. TsNIITochMash officials claim the Sotnik system will weigh no more than 20 kilograms and should by procured for the Ground Forces and Airborne Forces no later than 2025 (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, July 7).TsNIITochMash, part of Rostec, plans to commence research and development (R&D) on the Sotnik ICS this year. The third-generation soldier’s personal equipment system will feature a number of innovations, including anti-mine boots, an anti-thermal suit to “hide” soldiers from enemy detection, and an anti-radar element. The Sotnik will also integrate the wearer of the system with automated command and control and “micro-drones,” allowing gathered images to be transmitted in real time to the helmet visor or safety glasses. On the electronic glasses, the soldier will see commands, terrain maps and additional relevant data. The system will also integrate artificial intelligence (AI) technology. “According to plans, the third-generation Sotnik kit should replace Ratnik already in 2025. It will be fundamentally new equipment, which will integrate the best high-tech developments of Russian enterprises, including those belonging to Rostec. Thanks to the use of innovative materials and combining the functions of individual elements, the weight of the kit will be reduced by 20 percent and will be about 20 kg,” Rostec’s Director General Sergey Chemezov stated (TASS, June 26).Although the latest generation of soldier gear will mark further high-technology advances in Russia’s Armed Forces, the system appears more aimed toward boosting the capacity of intelligence and reconnaissance personnel (Zvezdaweekly.ru, June 30, 2019). Nevertheless, it will clearly represent a considerable boost to the infantry personal systems currently in use. Sotnik will also receive electronically controlled kameleon (“chameleon”) material, developed by Roselektronika: this electrochrome material can change color depending on the masked surface and the operational environment. A prototype of this material was first shown during the Army 2018 forum, in Kubinka (TASS, June 26).In November 2019, the head of Rotec, Sergei Chemzov, stated on the sidelines of the Dubai airshow that the Sotnik system was being discussed and would likely feature the latest ammunition and small arms. “As of now, the defense ministry is developing technical specifications for the Sotnik combat outfit. In addition to the individual protection gear, it will include completely new munitions and small arms,” Chemsov said. The Rostec official confirmed that the R&D for the Sotnik ICS was slated for completion in 2023, with supplies to the Armed Forces following within two years. “After approving the technical specifications, the defense ministry will start the procedure of determining the contractor,” the Rostec chief explained, adding that the corporation’s enterprises had all the necessary competencies and production capacities for the development of the Sotnik system (TASS, November 19, 2019).Rostec corporation official Sergei Abramov confirmed the futuristic elements in the R&D for the Sotnik system: “The work on next-generation gear is continuing. We have a sufficient R&D reserve for this. Possibly, there will be some robotized systems integrating artificial intelligence with human capabilities. Research is in progress into using powered exoskeletons, micro-drones and new weapons.” In February, TsNIItoshMash completed research on the Ratnik-3 soldier gear and presented its results to the defense ministry to obtain recommendations and a contract for work on its further development. The Ratnik-3 is a fundamentally new set of equipment in terms of protection, combat capabilities, life support, control and power supply. Its configuration will be the same for airborne and ground forces. The Ratnik-3’s visor will have a laser aiming system. In addition, the active exoskeleton will increase the capabilities of the soldier’s locomotor system. These Ratnik-3 elements will merge into the evolving design of the future Sotnik ICS (TASS, February 26).While the Sotnik infantry combat system will, in the future, denote a marked improvement on the existing Ratnik systems, its main advance will lie in masking its wearer from thermal or radar imaging, while enhancing capabilities through the use of AI technologies. The R&D on projects such as this provides further evidence that senior Russian military and defense planners see future warfare as increasingly high-technology based. And this is a fundamental driver in the development and procurement of advanced personal ICSs.last_img read more