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74 PCB007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2020 Iotic Wins Telecoms and IoT Award in NTT DATA's International Open Innovation Contest E Digital twin and digital ecosystem enablement specialist Iotic was declared champion of the telecoms and IoT domain at the recent grand finale of the 10 th NTT DATA Open Innovation Contest in Tokyo. New Boeing 777X Completes Successful First Flight E The new Boeing 777X jetliner took to the skies on January 25, 2020, entering the next phase of its rigorous test program. Samsung Proves It Is the Brand for the New Generation of Homeowners at KBIS 2020 E All of the Samsung home appliances on display offer customers control over their connected devices, including the one at the center of the smart home: the family hub. Is Autonomy the Future of Aerial Mobility? E Advanced computer vision and machine learn- ing—from sensors to cameras—are rapidly en- abling major advances in the development of au- tonomous technologies in aircraft. In the years to come, autonomy could help the aviation indus- try to mitigate pilot shortages and safely meet the growing demand in commercial air travel. WESCO International and Anixter International Announce $4.5 Billion Merger Agreement E WESCO International Inc.—a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materi- als, advanced supply chain management, and logistics services—and Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) —a leading global distribu- tor of network and security solutions, electri- cal and electronic solutions, and utility power solutions—announced that their boards of di- rectors have unanimously approved a defini- tive merger agreement under which WESCO will acquire Anixter in a transaction valued at approximately $4.5 billion. Bell Textron Teams Up with Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Airlines to Explore Air Mobility E Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, an- nounced a signed memorandum of under- standing with Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Airlines Co. Ltd., to explore Mobility- as-a-Service (MaaS) and to foster the required infrastructure and regulatory environment. Ravi Ravichandran Appointed as Chief Technology Officer of BAE Systems' Intelligence and Security Sector E BAE Systems Inc. has named Dr. Ravi Ravi- chandran as VP and CTO for the company's In- telligence & Security Sector. As CTO, he drives the development, integration, and transition of next-generation solutions that advance the company's current programs and future tech- nology pursuits. Lockheed Martin and Oriden Team on Flow Battery Technology E Lockheed Martin and Oriden LLC, a Mitsubi- shi Hitachi Power Systems venture, announced a teaming agreement for future energy storage projects using GridStar® Flow, Lockheed Mar- tin's innovative flow battery technology. This cutting-edge energy storage system is capable of storing six to 12 hours or more of energy and dispatching it as needed.

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