PCTEST Engineering Laboratory has announced that it will conduct SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) testing of 5G devices using Anritsu’s Communication Test System. The MT8000A will be used in PCTEST’s Columbia, MD, and San Jose, CA laboratories to emulate a 5G New Radio (NR) radio access network, providing mobile operators and device makers with an efficient means to conduct SAR testing, which is critical due to the imminent rollout of 5G NR technology by operators worldwide.SAR testing measures the electromagnetic energy absorbed by a body when a wireless device is transmitting in proximity to an end user. SAR testing with the MT8000A will accurately measure the device to evaluate that it is operating within the established maximum RF exposure limits mandated by regulatory bodies.5G NR devices will be designed in a variety of form factors and power classes that will have different maximum transmitting power limits. The Anritsu MT8000A test system provides reliable 5G NR call connection with the transmitting device over a wide range of frequencies, including FR1 (Sub-6 GHz) and FR2 (mmWave), to enable accurate, reliable, and stable near-field Power Density and SAR measurements. For more information, click here.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa have added seamer Duanne Olivier and bowling all-rounder Chris Morris to their squad for the final two Tests against Australia, but appear to have closed the door on a return for paceman Dale Steyn.Olivier, Morris, uncapped Wiaan Mulder and Morne Morkel will all be considered to replace suspended fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who has been named, for the third Test starting at Newlands on Thursday.Rabada, the number one-ranked Test bowler, could still play if he succeeds in his appeal against an International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to award him three demerit points for his reaction to dismissing Steve Smith in the second Test.His brushing of the Australian captain’s shoulder took him past eight points, triggering an automatic two-match suspension that would mean he missed the final two contests of a series currently level at 1-1.South Africa are likely to look at the Newlands pitch before deciding what type of bowler will be best suited, and have also left their options open for the fourth match in Johannesburg.Rabada’s appeal was heard yesterday, where he was represented by renowned advocate Dali Mpofu in the hope of having the demerit points from the Port Elizabeth win rescinded.Should he be successful, he will be free to feature in the final two games and add to the 15 wickets he has picked up in the series to date.Steyn had targeted a return in Johannesburg, but his recovery from a heel problem is not going smoothly, having already abandoned one comeback attempt in a domestic four-day game.“Circumstances have forced us to name a large squad at this stage so that we can cover all possible options,” Cricket South Africa’s national selection panel convener Linda Zondi, said in a media statement on Sunday.“We have retained the 15 players who produced an excellent performance to level the (second) Test in Port Elizabeth.“Olivier was the pick of our bowlers for South Africa A in their tour match against Australia while Morris has been in excellent form in domestic cricket, taking four wickets in an innings and making more than 150 runs, including a century, for the Titans, in the (domestic four-day) Sunfoil Series.”Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder, Lungisani Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.
Most of high fashion looks weird to normal people. But this takes it to a whole new level of weirdness. A company called Balenciaga just introduced a new t-shirt. And the gimmick is . . . it’s got an entire long-sleeve button-down shirt SEWN to the front. So, basically, your t-shirt has another, nicer shirt hanging off of it. And for the privilege of wearing this Frankenstein monster, you’ll pay . . . $1,250.
Tigers open WIAA postseason ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterONALASKA — The Marshfield boys soccer team closed out its regular-season schedule with a 3-2 loss to Onalaska at the Omni Center on Saturday.After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, Marshfield rallied to the tie the game on back-to-back goals from Evan Weister and Kyle Tremelling during a 4½-minute stretch late in the second half.However, Onalaska’s Zak Turner scored with 8:45 to go to push the Hilltoppers to the win.Tommy Olson had seven saves in goal for the Tigers (4-13-1).“I was pleased by how we played the last 30 minutes of the game, but we need to bring that intensity and control for a full 90, and we will be successful,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said.Marshfield will learn its playoff opponent on Sunday. The WIAA playoffs begin Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Hilltoppers 3, Tigers 2Marshfield 0 2 – 2Onalaska 2 1 – 3First half: 1. O, Carson Schultz (Jacob Follansbee), 8:40; 2. O, Follansbee (Toukee Xiong), 25:40.Second half: 3. M, Evan Weister, 75:59; 4. M, Kyle Tremelling, 79:16; 5. O, Zak Turner, 81:15.Shots on goal: Marshfield 8; Onalaska 10.Corner kicks: M 5; O 5.Saves: M, Tommy Olson 7. O, Preston Lyon 6.Records: Marshfield 4-13-1; Onalaska 9-9-4.
Since the term radio frequency identification (RFID) came into common usage within the retail environment, around the end of the 1990s, it has in many respects been an idea driven more by hope and hype than practical realization.For retailers, it promised a world where supply chains would become fully transparent, with all products identifiable in real time, bringing an end to oversupply and out-of-stocks-the ultimate optimization tool, allowing retailers to truly deliver “just in time” supply chains tailored precisely to the needs of their customers.In addition, RFID offered other “game-changing” benefits, such as the end of traditional checkouts and associated queuing for the consumer—products would automatically “checkout” as they left the store with the consumer’s credit card being billed accordingly. (Sound familiar?)- Sponsor – Within the realm of loss prevention, the RFID “revolution” offered much promise, with shop theft becoming a thing of the past. Thieves would be automatically identified as they tried to leave the store without paying. Similarly, problems such as returns fraud would be eliminated as the previous ambiguity around whether a particular item had actually been purchased would no longer exist—the product would “tell” the retailer its current status (bought or not bought).Back in the early 2000s, it seemed RFID was going to totally transform the retail world. Indeed, it was described by one of its earliest advocates in the following glowing terms: “as significant a technology as certainly the Internet and possibly the invention of the computer itself.”If we skip forward a decade or two, it becomes quickly apparent that RFID, as yet, cannot be remotely put in the same category as the Internet in terms of its impact upon the world or more specifically retailing.Arguably, it is a technology that has seriously struggled to match up to the hype heaped upon it at the end of the 1990s and into the early 2000s. It continually floundered on the rocks of physics and economics, with the “Faraday Cage” in many respects proving to be the prison “cell” from which RFID has struggled to escape. As such, many of those long in the tooth in retailing have become familiar with the sentence that starts, “In the next five years, RFID will….”However, the outlook now appears to be changing fast for RFID. What has been seen in the past few years is a much more enlightened, less evangelistic, and more realistic approach to how RFID may be able to play a role within retailing, one that recognizes its limitations and plays to its identifiable strengths.The technology has also had the opportunity to gradually mature, away from the spotlight of unrealistic expectations, and begin to show how it can be used to help retailers resolve some of their ongoing and growing concerns.This can be seen particularly in parts of retailing that do not have a concentration of products largely made up of metals and viscous fluids, which have traditionally proved highly challenging for RFID to cope with.Retailers focused on apparel and footwear in particular have begun to use this technology to help them manage their supply chains more efficiently, using RFID’s capacity to bring transparency and ease of audit into the retail space. As pressures within retailing concerning competition and growing consumer demands for greater and more accurate availability have increased (particularly with the growth of omni-channel), then some companies have begun to invest in RFID to help them respond.While we are still some way from RFID becoming “bigger than the Internet,” it would seem that a more gradual and incremental introduction into retailing is underway, one that recognizes its weaknesses but at the same time is beginning to take advantage of developments in the technology.It is within this context that GS1 and the ECR Community Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group commissioned a piece of research to better understand about how this technology is now being used and what lessons can be drawn from its development, its implementation, and its impact on retail businesses. Based upon the detailed experiences of ten companies that have invested in RFID, the study set out to answer the following questions:What is the business context within which some retailers decide to invest in RFID?How do these companies begin their RFID journey?What steps do they follow when undertaking a trial?In what ways do they measure the impact of RFID, and what have they found?How do they begin to roll it out to the rest of the business?How have they dealt with the key challenge of integration?What role, if any, can RFID play in managing loss prevention?What lessons have these companies learned on their RFID journeys?How might they be planning to use this technology in the future?This research adopted a case-study methodology with data being collected via requests for various types of quantitative data relating to the use and performance of RFID, together with primarily face-to-face interviews with company representatives from the following companies:AdidasC&ADecathlonlululemonJack WillsJohn LewisMARC O’POLOMarks & SpencerRiver IslandTesco.Collectively, these companies have total sales in the region of €94 billion (~$106 billion) a year and purchase at least 1.87 billion RFID tags a year, equivalent to the use of about sixty tags per second.As with any research, there are limitations in what can be achieved and presented. While this research attempted to offer an independent and critical review of the use of RFID in the retail sector, the case-study selection process needs to be taken into account when reviewing the findings. Because of the chosen selection criteria and the challenge of obtaining retailer support, no companies are represented that have trialled RFID and decided against rolling it out-the views of these types of companies are absent from this research.In addition, there are some companies that have adopted a different approach to using RFID than those represented in this research, namely using a hard tag variant applied either at the point of manufacture or later in the supply chain. While one of these companies was approached to take part in the research, they declined, so it is not possible to include their experiences and views of using RFID. As such, it is important to recognize that the general approach adopted by these ten companies is not necessarily representative of all retail companies that are now using RFID.RFID Case Study: Summary FindingsPresented below are the headline results from the research. For a more detailed review of the findings, a free report is available (details of how to receive this can be found in the full version of this post at “RFID and Retailing“).The Business Context for InvestmentDriving Sales. The primary goal of investing in RFID was to deliver improvements in inventory visibility and accuracy, which in turn would grow sales.Optimizing Stock Holding. Respondents also recognized the potential of RFID to enable them to optimize their stock holdings, reducing capital outlay and improving staff productivity.Fewer Markdowns. Most case-study companies regarded RFID as a key tool in helping to reduce the amount of stock they offered at discounted prices.Helping to Drive Innovation and Business Efficiencies. RFID was frequently viewed as part of a broader organizational change project focused on putting enabling technologies in place to drive transformational change to achieve future success.Recognizing the Omni-channel Imperative. This technology was viewed as a key driver in developing the capacity to deliver a profitable omni-channel consumer experience-in effect the organizational “glue” that will hold together much of the architecture of 21st-century retailing.Measures of Success Increase in Sales. Seven of the ten case studies shared data showing a sales improvement in the range of 1.5 to 5.5 percent. For SKUs identified as being out-of-stock by RFID systems, the growth was even higher. Based upon this data, the ten companies taking part in the study may have realized an RFID-driven sales uplift of between €1.4 and €5.2 billion.Improved Inventory Accuracy. Companies typically had an improvement from 65-75 percent to 93-99 percent.Stock Availability. Some of the companies taking part were now finding SKU availability in the high 90 percent region.Reduced Stock Holding. One-half of the case-study companies shared data on this measure, indicating a stock reduction of between 2 and 13 percent.Lower Stock Loss. One company suggested that their shrinkage losses had been reduced by 15 percent.Reduced Staff Costs. One company had measured a saving equivalent to 4 percent of their store staffing costs, which if rolled out across the case-study companies would be in the region of €378 million.Return on Investment. All ten companies were unequivocal in their assertion that the ROI had been achieved, and based upon their trial experiences, further rollout across the business was fully justified and embraced by the rest of the business, often with considerable enthusiasm and optimism.Check out the full article, “RFID in Retailing,” to discover lessons learned from the research and instructions on how to access a free copy of the comprehensive report. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Five women arrested in Elizabethtown (Kentucky) for shoplifting have been charged with engaging in organized crime.Around 10 AM Tuesday, Elizabethtown police were called to the Kroger in the 300 block of Dolphin Drive about several people shoplifting merchandise. The suspect left before police arrived, but officers stopped their car a short distance away. During the traffic stop, officers found additional merchandise from other stores in the women’s car. Police said the total value of the merchandise was over $25,000.According to police, the five women, Antoinette Avant, Jocelyn Jackson, Kimberly Coffer, Elena Rios and Kanissha Price – all have multiple aliases which they had used during previous court hearings. All five provided police with … WAVE3 News- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The results of your data analysis can only be as good as the quality of your data. That’s another way of rephrasing the well-known phrase: Garbage in, Garbage out.Data is powering the rapid growth of technologies like Big Data, Data Analytics, and Machine Learning, but if the data isn’t correctly captured and prepared before being processed, the results will have little meaning.A recent survey by Paxata found that most companies are struggling with how they collect and prepare the data they use for analysis. The survey found that only about 40 percent of $100+ million sized businesses have a mature process for collecting and preparing their data.In preparing data, the breakdown of processing time is typically split into data ingestion (30 percent), data profiling (21 percent), and data remediation (21 percent).What makes data prep difficult is that data can come from many sources, and the variety and complexity of the different data formats makes it hard to convert data into a consistent format that can be easily consumed by data-based applications. The Paxata survey found that, on average, 37 percent of an organization’s data comes from second and third-party sources. Much of the data that organizations would like to include in their analysis also comes from unstructured sources.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Coach Gundy gets us ready for West Virginia and talks a bit about Homecoming, protecting QB1, McCleskey, the laterals, Jamelle Holieway and cheesesteak!Opening Remarks• “I guess I can start with questions. I don’t know as I need to talk about the last game any. I think everybody kind of understands where we’re at in that game.”• “We had a good workout last night, and we’re looking forward to the game with West Virginia.”Previewing Homecoming Against the ‘Eers• Is it going to be tough to get the team to focus because of everything that happened on Homecoming last year? “Honestly, I hadn’t thought about that side of it. I guess I’d heard some talk about trying to bring some of the people back that were involved. I would say that it would be a very emotional time for some of the fans and the people that affected them.”According to this, they’ll be honored at the parade.• “I think it’s important to them (the players); but, in the end, they go to school, they play ball, they have their part of the social life. I’d say they should be able to stay focused – especially when you bring a team in that’s undefeated and ranked as high as West Virginia is now, they should be able to stay focused.”• “For us, what I’ve been told is everything will go on as normal. There’s a lot of history and tradition here with our Homecoming, and we certainly want to keep that part of the day rolling.”• What about their defense? “I think up to now they’re playing as good as anybody in the conference and may be comparable to top ten teams in the country defensively. They tackle well, in my opinion…and they play aggressive.”• In particular, the 3-3-5 alignment they use defensively: “Well it’s a little unique. You have to recruit to that style of play.”• Does Dana all the sudden care about defense? “I’m not sure. He’s probably at a point now where he is very involved offensively. He’s taken the approach that he’s going to hire a head coach on defense and that guy’s gonna be in charge.”• “This year, they’re starting seven seniors and they have a pretty good feel for what they’re doing. Their quarterback has a good feel for what they’re wanting on offense. They have seven starters on offense and seven starters on defense that are seniors, so they have a mature football team.”On the Offense• This was a silly question, in my opinion – outsider lookin’ in. Coach was asked about how concerned they are about protecting Mason: “We’re concerned about protecting him every week. We’re certainly trying to do the best we can to keep him taking hits.”• “We had a couple missed assignments and we had a technique issue that caused, or were the reason for three sacks on Saturday.” Then later: “We had one MA (missed assignment) and one technique issue. Two of the sacks were MAs on the offensive line, and one technique issue. One running back technique and one running back missed assignment. It’s five. It’s three too many if you throw it forty times.”• Coach was asked about Marcel Ateman’s status: “He is supposed to start making cuts this week.” Might you just redshirt him? “We might play him. He ran last week. We just have to see where he’s at.”• What’s the biggest improvement in McCleskey? “Just maturity – just a year into it. Last year he was a freshman, now he’s more of a veteran player. He understands the speed of the game.”• Does having his Dad an ex-NFL player help him? “Just the ‘gym rat’ concept, and the environment he’s raised in. Obviously he’s gifted genetically; but, he’s worked on his speed and hands throughout his career. And, I’m guessing his Dad has shared things with him to help prepare him to play at a high level. He’s a very intelligent young man – he gets it and all the big picture around him doesn’t really affect him much.”• He’s getting some of the same reviews as the middle son in your house is right now. “Well, he’s not near as good as Jalen, I can tell you that. But, we’re trying to coach him, that’s for sure.”• How would you compare Justice to a month ago? “Same as McCleskey – just experience. The more that he’s in the speed of the game, he learns to play to that level. And the hits – the hits he’s taking now are different than the ones he took in high school.” How is he improving in pass protection? “He’s going to make some mistakes, but it’s okay. He’s gonna get the ball and he’s gonna be in there on pass plays and we have to live with those mistakes.” Sounds like Coach is all in on No. 27.• Chris Carson looks like he has fresh legs. “He does – he’s got fresh legs. I was excited about him coming back and I was excited for him. When he came back this week, he picked up where he left off. There was energy, he was leaping, making moves, staying on his feet, catching the ball. So, it’s nice to have those two guys healthy to where we can offset some of the hits one or the other would take. And then, we’re getting some plays from Rennie and there’s things Junior can do at times.”• Are you going to be looking for other ways to get Washington the ball? “It changes each week based on the structure. Defenses have the choice, in most cases, who gets the ball on offense. It’s not like it was 20-25 years ago. Now, defenses can take away a certain part of the game, and offenses have to be able to adjust accordingly.”• Do you expect to see more of this type defense on Washington? “Sure. We’ve had that before. They did that with Blackmon, with Dez. It’s a simple game – it’s math – if they’re going to defend then you’re going to have to be able to run the ball. If you can’t run the ball it makes for a long day.” That’s it – ‘favorite old players reference’…BINGO!!On the Lateral-Fest and Defense in General• Is this something you guys practice? “Jordan (Sterns) had a good game – a real good game. They practice laterals in PAT/Field Goal block and they’ve carried over to defense. I’m not sure if that was the best time for those guys to start lateraling, but they work on it and so now they’re kind of into that side of it.”• “If they’re in the open field and it’s clear, I don’t have a problem with it. One, it can turn into a big play for us and two, it makes for exciting football. But, if they’re in a crowd, I’d prefer they take care of the football and make sure we possess it at the end of that play.”• Is Vincent Taylor more Tommie Frazier or Jamelle Holieway? “I started earlier with Holieway. I saw him more. But, he’s (Taylor) a talented guy and, you know, he’s got some decent skills. Who would’ve thought coming into the season that he’d have made two option pitches?”• How athletic is he for a defensive tackle? “Well, he’s flexible in his hips and he has good eye-hand coordination. Most of those guys do – Vili, Mote, Vincent – those guys are pretty flexible for their size.”• “They’ve gotten into it based on our PAT/Field goal black, and we’ve talked to them about it – there’s no reason to go down on a PAT/Field goal black and so they carried it over into that. As a coach, that’s one of those situations where you don’t want to take their stinger away from them, but you also want to play as smart a football as possible.” Their “stinger”?Special TeamsØ You seem to be playing a lot of starters: “On kickoffs? We’ve rolled a few guys in and out of there. Special teams, over the last couple years, at our level, has changed considerably. Opportunities, based on the abilities of kickers to kick the ball through the end zone, and also punters. You don’t get as many opportunities. So, for us, we put a few more starters on units where the other team may get an opportunity, which could be kickoff return.”• Are you happy with Ammendola? “He should improve. This is his first year. The good news is he has the power and the ability to be a good kicker. So, we’re starting out with a good product and as he matures he should grow and get better.” Why did he get a nickname? “Well, there’s two things. One, I can’t pronounce his last name; and two, he’s from Philadelphia. I give him a hard time. You know I used to recruit there when I was at Maryland so I used to eat at Pat’s Cheesesteaks, and Geno’s and all that. So I give him a hard time about it.”On the 100th Win• Is this a motivating factor for your team? “I don’t think so. These guys just live in a different world. You could ask them and I’d bet over half of them wouldn’t know.”• “I’m more concerned with them focusing on what they can do to have an impact on the game, more so than that side of it. I think that’s a nice mark for Oklahoma State football and for all of us in general. But, they need to get tuned in to West Virginia.”Random Wrap-up Thoughts• This was great! Coach was asked if this game can change your season, after two losses – “One loss. That’s right…one loss. I think they know (the importance of this game). I don’t know where West Virginia’s ranked, but I’m sure it’s pretty high – they’re undefeated. I told them Sunday night, ‘This is going to build and take care of itself. If I have to get up here at forty-nine years old and motivate you to play in this game, then I’ve got the wrong guys sitting in the team room.”• “I think the stage and the game itself should motivate them enough to want to prepare well and to play really hard. And if not – they’re playing a really good football team – if they don’t prepare well and take care of the football and they’re not sound in special teams and they allow big plays, then they put themselves in a situation to get beat.”
There were many (many!) things said about the Oklahoma State offense this season, but after 12 regular season games, it is still standing as one of the best in the Big 12. I put together the full regular season points per drive numbers (thanks, BCF Toys!), and I separated the Big 12 teams into tiers. Let’s look at offense first.Offensive PPDOU stands alone. Obviously. They had the most dynamic for the most weeks of the season and played (by far) the hardest schedule. Impressive stuff there (though we’d have to get OKC Dave on the horn to see where it ranks all-time for Big 12 seasons). I wanted to group OSU and Texas Tech together in Tier 2, but I just couldn’t. OSU could have cracked the 3.0 mark with a good Bedlam, but it did not and Tech gets Tier 2 by itself. Then OSU. Then Baylor, WVU and Kansas State. Then TCU, Iowa State and Texas. Then sadness.Here’s a look at defense.Defensive PPDTech, my gosh. Iowa State and Kansas were bad, but Tech was an abomination. OU and Baylor were pretty average if not below average (but at least we didn’t throw deep very much on OU since OSU is bad at that and OU defended it so well all year).Would have hated to try to beat one of the worst secondaries in the nation w/ literally the best QB in the country at throwing deep. #Bedlam https://t.co/6rsSVx4Xz3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 22, 2016Oklahoma State and Texas are in the come next, and that matches up with the eye test for the most part. Texas was worse on defense than it should have been and Oklahoma State was about what we expected. Maybe mildly worse. Kansas State and TCU come next. No surprise there. West Virginia stands alone. Big surprise there.So there you go. We will look at this one more time after the bowl game, and I’ll have a small PPD preview for the Alamo Bowl (what OSU and CU do well). But OSU ranked in the third tier in the conference in each category which is solid. They were well-balanced for most of the year although I would like to see them jump into that Tier 2 on defense next year. I don’t expect OSU to ever have the best defense in the conference, but it can and should be in the Tier 2/3 range year in and year out. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.