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L&T-Built, Statue of Unity Enters 2019 World Architecture News Awards

The WAN Awards showcase the best international design in current and future projects

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The statue, designed by Maharashtra's legendary architect Ram V. Sutar. Flickr

The world’s tallest, Statue of Unity in Gujarat built by Larsen & Toubro, has entered the globally-acclaimed 2019 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards, an official said here on Tuesday.

The WAN Awards showcase the best international design in current and future projects, and the award ceremony is likely to be held in July.

“This is a significant and deserving recognition of India’s engineering skill and project management,” S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO and MD of L&T, said on the recognition for the Indian-made engineering marvel.

“The Statue of Unity was by far one of the most complex and challenging assignments we have executed and being featured along with several other global engineering marvels is a truly remarkable achievement, not only for L&T but for the entire nation,” he added.

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The world’s tallest, Statue of Unity in Gujarat built by Larsen & Toubro. Pixabay

Constructed in a record 33 months, the world’s tallest statue stands at 182 metre (597 feet) as a memorial to the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the country’s freedom struggle and the stellar role he played in unifying the country into a nation.

A staggering 6,500 tonnes of structural steel, 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel, 210,000 tonnes of concrete and 1,700 tonnes of bronze cladding went into the making of the statue by an army of over 4,500 designers, architects, global consultants, engineers and workmen.

L&T’s Whole Time Director and Senior Executive Vice-President M.V. Satish said the Statue of Unity is not only a triumph of teamwork but also of digitalization.

“We were operating in an extremely tough terrain and hence used a range of geospatial technologies like DGNSS, terrestrial LiDAR, drone-based photogrammetry for our geological surveys and sonar for the hydrographic survey. Every one of the 6,500-odd bronze panels were RFID-tagged that rendered assembly and erection much easier,” Satish added.

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The Statue of Unity — one of the few man-made objects visible from space — is situated on Sadhu Bet, 3.2 kms downstream from the Narmada Dam, comprising a complex with a museum, a memorial garden, a designer bridge connecting Sadhu Island with the mainland along the Narmada River, an internal five km-long roadway, an administrative complex, a conference centre and a star-rated hotel.

The statue, designed by Maharashtra’s legendary architect Ram V. Sutar, was conceived as a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Patel in his characteristic style in a walking pose, rising out of a star-shaped geometric base that covers the entire Sadhu Hill.

It has a unique, slender width-to-height ratio, far more exacting than existing technical norms that called for special engineering considerations.

Two vertical cores that house high-speed passenger elevators support the steel frames to which around 6,500 bronze panels are clad.

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The world’s tallest statue stands at 182 metre (597 feet) as a memorial to the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the country’s freedom struggle. Flickr

A viewing gallery has been constructed at 135 metres, at the chest level, from where 200 visitors can take in the breathtaking views of the Narmada Dam and other landmarks.

At its height of 182 metres, it is twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York, 100 times larger than a normal human being, and at 70 feet, Sardar Patel’s face is bigger than the faces of the US Presidents cut out on Mount Rushmore in the US.

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The Statue of Unity is built to withstand winds of up to 290 kmph and earthquakes of up to 6.5-magnitude on the Richter scale. (IANS)

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L&T Expects 50% of all Surgeries to be Robot-Assisted by 2025

50% of all surgeries will be robot-assisted by 2025, says infrastructure and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T)

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Larsen & Toubro (L&T) expects almost 50 per cent of all surgeries to be robot-assisted by 2025. (Representational Image). Wikimedia Commons

Infrastructure and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) expects almost 50 per cent of all surgeries to be robot-assisted by 2025, as Artificial Intelligence (AI) makes robots precise enough to facilitate complex surgeries, the company said on Monday.

The L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) organised an ‘Experience Walk-through’ as part of a symposium on advancement in robot-assisted surgery to enable participants to get hands-on experience with cutting-edge products and solutions in the medical and medical equipment field.

Experts in the field including Professor Kesh Kesavadas from University of Illinois and the inventor of RoSS Robotic Surgery Simulator, the world’s first stand-alone training system for da Vinci surgical system, and Dr. Ramalingam, from PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore, expect the percentage of robot-assisted surgeries to jump to 50 per cent by 2025 from around 10 per cent today.

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The L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) organised an ‘Experience Walk-through’ as part of a symposium on advancement in robot-assisted surgery. Wikimedia Commons

“Training surgeons to become proficient in the use of robots is a major challenge in India. Innovative low-cost training systems such as the Endo-Training kit and new VR/AR based training simulators such as RoSS promises to address the needs of the fast-growing clinical robotic sector,” said Professor Kesh Kesavadas of the University of Illinois in the US.

The symposium was dedicated to discussing the possibilities and advancements in the field of Medical Robotics.

“Technological disruption is transforming the development process across markets, promoting new levels of efficiency and creativity in manufacture of healthcare products,” Abhishek Sinha, COO and Member of the Board at L&T Technology Services, said in a statement.

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“It is also essential to connect with the leading lights of the academia to further the cause of healthcare to all. LTTS is proud to be a part of the technological shift that is transforming the medical and healthcare landscape,” Sinha added. (IANS)

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Almost One-Third of Smartphones Sold in Previous Year Globally Had Security Embedded in Hardware: Tech Report

The secure element is a coprocessor within the SoC which assures tamper-resistance and is capable of securely hosting applications

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Smartphone users are increasingly storing personal and professional data including digital banking, payment and financial information on smartphones. Pixabay

One-Third of global smartphones sold in 2019 had security embedded in the hardware and the sales of such smartphones grew 39 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in 2019, according to the latest report from Counterpoint Research.

Apple and Huawei implement embedded hardware security through a secure element (eSE/inSE) while Samsung uses a physically unclonable function (PUF).

Smartphone users are increasingly storing personal and professional data including digital banking, payment and financial information on smartphones.

“This attracts cyber attacks with victims losing real assets, such as money, personal data and loss of privacy. Securing smartphones should be a high priority for the smartphone industry,” Satyajit Sinha, Research Analyst, Counterpoint, said in a statement.

According to Counterpoint’s IoT Security Service, systems based on a secure element accounted for 89 per cent of shipments, while those with a PUF represented 10 per cent of secure smartphone sales in 2019.

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One-Third of global smartphones sold in 2019 had security embedded in the hardware and the sales of such smartphones grew 39 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in 2019, according to the latest report from Counterpoint Research. Pixabay

“The secure element is a coprocessor within the SoC which assures tamper-resistance and is capable of securely hosting applications. From the iPhone 5s onwards, Apple has been embedding a secure enclave (eSE) provided by the Global Platform.

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“Huawei also implemented an integrated secure element (inSE) on its SoCs, the HiSilicon Kirin 960, 970, 980, 990 and 710. Qualcomm has adopted the secure element as a secure processing unit (SPU) in the Snapdragon 845, 855 and 855+ which enables brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, LG, Sony, Samsung and Google to implement hardware embedded security in its premium smartphones,” Neil Shah, Counterpoint Research Vice President, noted. (IANS)

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Apple Marks the Close of 2019 as its Historic Year

Additionally, in 2020, Apple aims to continue to delight customers, collaborate with developers and creators, offering new levels of creativity, choice and innovation across original series and films

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Apple on Wednesday marked the close of 2019 as its historic year when the company introduced subscription-based gaming services like Arcade, TV+, News+ along with Apple Card for its users.

“2019 was the biggest year for services in Apple’s history. We introduced several exciting new experiences for our customers, all the while setting the standard for user privacy and security,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services said in a statement.

Apple’s ongoing focus on the deep integration of hardware, software and services drove all of its platforms to new heights in 2019.

According to the company, Apple App Store customers spent a record $1.42 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, a 16 per cent increase over last year.

In 2019, Apple Music received new time-synced lyrics feature was a highlight.

Apple Music is offering over 60 million songs and world class music experts and taste makers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections in 115 countries.

Apple also introduced its new streaming television service Apple TV+. It made history as the first streaming platform to receive multiple Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations in its launch year.

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Apple is also preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020. Pixabay

The iPhone maker in 2019 introduced Apple Arcade – its game subscription service within the App Store.

In the same year, Apple launched its subscription news and magazine service Apple News+. It draws over 100 million monthly active users in the US, UK, Australia and Canada.

Apple News+ offers an all-in-one subscription to hundreds of the world’s top magazines and major newspapers.

In 2020, Apple News+ will provide live coverage of key moments in the US presidential election in partnership with ABC News.

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Meanwhile, Apple also introduced its Podcasts which offers free audio stories that entertain, inform and inspire.

The iPhone maker also launched its first-ever virtual credit card for users in the US with no fees, no card number or CVV security code.

Additionally, in 2020, Apple aims to continue to delight customers, collaborate with developers and creators, offering new levels of creativity, choice and innovation across original series and films. (IANS)

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