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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Defence is building a system to control autonomous fleets 

    NSW to host Five Eyes demo.

    Five Eyes intelligence representatives will converge on the NSW south coast next year to check out a system that can be used to take command and control of autonomous fleets.

    The technology demonstration is scheduled to run over a three-week period in November 2018 at Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast, which hosts a sizable Defence base.

    It is understood that military subject matter experts from Australian, British and US air forces have already conducted trials of a US-developed “human-machine command and control system”.

    However, it appears a more advanced version of the system is set to be demonstrated for Five Eyes members next year.

    Five Eyes is a signals intelligence alliance between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    “The human-machine command and control system … allows a team oversight control of a large number of unmanned vehicles across multiple environmental domains,” Defence revealed this week.

    “A Five Eyes demonstration with increased platform autonomy, autonomous cross-domain (air, sea and land) cueing and tasking is scheduled for 2018 in Jervis Bay.”

    The demonstration is being conducted under the auspices of Program Tyche, a multi-year strategic research initiative overseen by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

    Tyche’s aim is to place Australia in the top five creators worldwide of trusted autonomous systems (TAS).

    The Tyche program first gained DST funding in July 2015, and now has researchers across Australia working on various projects that intersect autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence.

    It is expected to be transitioned into a Defence-led cooperative research centre (CRC) sometime this year.

    Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced last month that the CRC would receive $8 million annually out of the $730 million next generation technologies fund announced earlier this year. However, the government funding has been capped at $50 million over the next seven years.

    Pyne did not mention the TAS CRC’s origins in the Tyche program.

    Though it has been possible to track some directions that Tyche has led Australian researchers in, Defence this week provided a complete picture of the work and progress to date.

    A new report on the program showed that research has been divided into four pillars.

    Part of the program is about making sure humans are able to effectively work alongside autonomous machines in “uncertain” environments.

    This includes how the machine – and its software – is able to establish “trust” with humans that are in close proximity “to make or recommend life or death decisions”. Other research looks at how the machine copes if it is interrupted.

    Further research aims to “establish a credible Australian swarm robotics/capability program” that could be applied in the operation of fixed-wing UAVs, as well as improve the ability of autonomous vehicles to perceive and adjust to changes in terrain or other operating conditions.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on September 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    NextDC looks to take back data centre building ownership 

    Launches takeover for real estate trust.

    NextDC has launched a bid to buy back the property group it set up in late 2012 to own the land and buildings used for its first three data centres.

    The company has been trying to fend off an investment firm’s efforts to take over Asia Pacific Data Centre Group, whose sole assets are buildings housing NextDC’s Sydney1, Melbourne1 and Perth1 data centres.

    NextDC created APDC in December 2012 and listed the $207 million property trust early in 2013. The data centre operator then took long-term leases on the buildings, ensuring APDC could promise investors an “attractive yield” from a “single landlord and tenant arrangement”.

    APDC was essentially an exercise in capital recycling for NextDC, a way of raising money that could be re-invested in data centre fitout and expansion. NextDC sold down its majority stake in APDC later in 2013.

    In May this year, 360 Capital Group took a 19.8 percent stake in APDC at a cost of $35.8 million, making it the largest single security holder. It has since made a conditional offer to buy out the rest of the company.

    NextDC countered last week by re-taking a 14.1 percent stake back in APDC for $29 million, and has now launched its own conditional offer to take over the data centre trust.

    The company said it would offer $1.85 per security, funded entirely from its cash reserves.

    “In 2015, we advised the market of our change in strategy to own more of our data centre properties over the longer term when we announced that NextDC would proceed to develop and own the new data centres for Brisbane (B2) and Melbourne (M2),” NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie said in a market filing.

    Scroggie said that taking over APDC – and therefore the ownership of its earlier data centres – represented a “low risk acquisition” for the company.

    The battle over APDC has become increasingly hostile as NextDC and 360 Capital Group traded accusations.

    Financial analysts reacted positively to news that NextDC would launch a bid for APDC.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Building a DEF CON Badge in Two Weeks 

    DEF CON is starting right now, and this is the year of #badgelife. For the last few years, independent hardware wizards have been creating and selling their own unofficial badges at DEF CON, but this year it’s off the charts. We’ve already taken a look at Bender Badges, BSD Puffer Fish, and the worst idea for a conference badge ever, and this is only scratching the surface.

    This is also a banner year for the Hackaday / Tindie / Supplyframe family at DEF CON. We’re on the lookout for hardware. We’re sponsoring the IoT village,

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    NextDC looks to take back data centre building ownership 

    Launches takeover for real estate trust.

    NextDC has launched a bid to buy back the property group it set up in late 2012 to own the land and buildings used for its first three data centres.

    The company has been trying to fend off an investment firm’s efforts to take over Asia Pacific Data Centre Group, whose sole assets are buildings housing NextDC’s Sydney1, Melbourne1 and Perth1 data centres.

    NextDC created APDC in December 2012 and listed the $207 million property trust early in 2013. The data centre operator then took long-term leases on the buildings, ensuring APDC could promise investors an “attractive yield” from a “single landlord and tenant arrangement”.

    APDC was essentially an exercise in capital recycling for NextDC, a way of raising money that could be re-invested in data centre fitout and expansion. NextDC sold down its majority stake in APDC later in 2013.

    In May this year, 360 Capital Group took a 19.8 percent stake in APDC at a cost of $35.8 million, making it the largest single security holder. It has since made a conditional offer to buy out the rest of the company.

    NextDC countered last week by re-taking a 14.1 percent stake back in APDC for $29 million, and has now launched its own conditional offer to take over the data centre trust.

    The company said it would offer $1.85 per security, funded entirely from its cash reserves.

    “In 2015, we advised the market of our change in strategy to own more of our data centre properties over the longer term when we announced that NextDC would proceed to develop and own the new data centres for Brisbane (B2) and Melbourne (M2),” NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie said in a market filing.

    Scroggie said that taking over APDC – and therefore the ownership of its earlier data centres – represented a “low risk acquisition” for the company.

    The battle over APDC has become increasingly hostile as NextDC and 360 Capital Group traded accusations.

    Financial analysts reacted positively to news that NextDC would launch a bid for APDC.

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