Accelerating New Infrastructure Construction and Empowering Smart Cities for High-quality Development

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The 22nd China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF), which lasted for 5 days, came to a successful conclusion on November 15. As China’s first science and technology expo, this year’s CHTF attracted over 3,300 exhibitors from all over the world, gathered a host of new technologies and new products, and received global attention, becoming a “wind vane” for the development in technology and industry.

As one of the most popular exhibition halls of the CHTF, the CHTF China Smart City Expo co-organized by the State Information Center and IDG Asia also ended on the same day. With the theme of “Smart Future Linkages”, this year’s China Smart City Expo is held around the events such as “exhibition, forum, selection, and matching”, presenting a professional, forward-looking and leading smart city event.

In the smart city exhibition hall, excellent smart city exhibitors from all over

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Accelerating Mini-Grids In Myanmar And Expanding Energy Access To Villagers

Only 50% of households in Myanmar, one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, are connected to the public grid. Five years ago, the government set a goal of electrifying 100% of the country by 2030.

With that in mind, in June, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, together with Smart Power Myanmar and supported by Chevron with a $250,000 grant, launched a pilot program to work with early and growth stage mini-grid developers expanding access to energy in rural and off-grid communities. 

Called the Mini-Grid Accelerator, the five-month program recently wrapped up with 13 entrepreneurs.

Mini-grids combine generation assets with distribution grids able to supply off-grid power to villages or townships. Typically mini-grids have generation capacity between 10 kW to a few hundred kW, although some larger mini-grids supply power to entire townships in Myanmar. 

For Miller, the program combines two areas of focus—women’s economic empowerment and

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Software accelerating to daily or hourly releases, but automation not keeping pace

The pace of software releases continues to get more frenetic, and we’re getting close to the point where daily releases are almost commonplace. At the same time, IT shops aren’t quite ready to turn the whole process over to automation. 

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Photo: Joe McKendrick

That’s the word from the latest survey of 1,324 IT managers and professionals released by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which finds release cycles have continued to speed up. Surprisingly, however, the use of automation to manage these cycles has slipped significantly.  The percentage of those who release software daily, or even multiple times a day, has increased to 29% from 27% last year, the survey’s authors report. Weekly release cycles are still the most common (26%), but more than half of respondents (55%) release weekly or more frequently. 

At the same time, the survey finds, there has been a shift away from fully automated cycles,

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