Verizon Frontline demos public safety solutions at Axon Week


As a featured sponsor, Verizon Frontline will demonstrate its suite of public safety solutions at Axon Week. Hosted by public safety technology leader Axon, Axon Week combines two conferences, Axon Accelerate and TASERCON, to assemble the best from public safetys premier technology and training conferences.

Axon Week is the ideal environment to showcase Verizon Frontlines public safety solutions, said Michael Adams, vice president, public sector at Verizon. When you talk to as many first responders as we do, you know right away that 5G is a top priority when it comes to doing their job safely, and efficiently, Adams continued. And through our 5G spectrum holdings, Verizon is able to more quickly expand and enhance our 5G Ultra Wideband network nationwide more than doubling and, in some markets, tripling the 5G bandwidth available to serve first responders.

In addition to the solutions being demonstrated, Verizon Frontline is also participating in a number of panels and sessions.

Bryan Schromsky, managing partner for public sector at Verizon will join Lt. John Chapman from the Palm Beach County Sheriffs office to discuss the importance of 5G, with an emphasis on fleet management.

Verizons work with the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office is a great example of both the agencys commitment to adopting cutting edge technology and innovation as part of their mission, and also Verizons ability to deliver more than 1,000 fixed wireless access points throughout Palm Beach County, enabling faster data transmission for critical operations such as real-time video surveillance, emergency communications, and access to cloud-based applications.

Schromsky will also present on network slicing on Wednesday, April 24.

Network slicing is emerging as a key component of any organizations cloud strategy, including in the public sector, said Schromsky. A field demonstration with Axon last year proved network slicing can be a game-changer in supporting mission-critical functions and enhancing situational awareness for first responders.

Verizon will have a number of mobile assets on display at the show floor, including its Rapid Response Connectivity Unit, a heavy-duty, all-terrain multi-user portable asset custom-built to help provide first responders with mission-critical connectivity under nearly any conditions. In addition, Verizons Robotic Emergency Dog, known as RED, will also be at the show. RED uses Private 5G for communications and is part of creating an emerging technology ecosystem that combines machine learning, AI, robotics, and analytics to create new capabilities.

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Axon Week takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Johnson & Johnson to Participate in the Bernstein’s 40th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference (SDC)

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Johnson & Johnson(NYSE: JNJ) will participate in the Bernsteins 40thAnnual Strategic Decisions Conference (SDC) on Wednesday, May 29th, at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY. Joaquin Duato, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer will represent the Company in a session scheduled at 1:30 pm (Eastern Time).

This live audio webcast will be available to investors and other interested parties by accessing theJohnson & Johnsonwebsite

The audio webcast replay will be available approximately 48-hrs after the webcast.

A climate change diploma for every grad student

Waterloo launches first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary graduate diploma in climate change to provide additional resources for the global climate crisis


University of Waterloo graduate students across all six faculties will soon be able to obtain a new interdisciplinary diploma in climate change to help engage with the complexity of the climate crisis and address potential solutions from a local to global scale.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Diploma in Climate Change

This diploma the first of its kind in Canada will be open to every enrolled masters and doctoral student at Waterloo alongside their primary degree at no additional cost. It will also leverage Waterloos innovative approach of collaboration across disciplines from finance to engineering, to health, planning, and earth science to help advance the universitys goal of training the next generation of climate change professionals in Canada.

Climate change is everyones business, said Daniel Scott, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, which is part of Canadas largest Environment faculty.

Our faculty has been at the forefront of building programs to fill the climate skills gap, so our students are prepared to thrive in this new reality when they graduate.

To earn the diploma, students are required to take one climate fundamentals course and one approved climate specialization course outside of their home faculty. They must also participate in a minimum of four approved climate change seminars and conferences.

This innovative program was developed by leading scholars and members of the Waterloo Climate Institute, which has one of the largest concentrations of climate change researchers in Canada and spans all six of the universitys faculties.

The diploma joins the Faculty of Environments suite of climate-specific training, which includes a climate change course open to all Waterloo undergraduate students, a bachelor of science in climate and environmental change, a professional diploma in climate risk management and a professional masters in climate change, the latter of which is celebrating itstenth anniversary.

Consistent with the institutions Waterloo at 100 strategy and vision, the diploma will develop talent for a complex future, advance research for global impact and strengthen sustainable and diverse communities.

Brewing a Sustainable Future: GaeaStar’s Plastic-Free Clay Cups Debut in Verve Coffee Roasters Caf�s

Verve Coffee Roasters and GaeaStar evolve their partnership into pilot production, providing consumers with a sustainable and higher-quality to-go coffee experience.

For the first time, U.S. consumers can experience the cups made from GaeaStars drink to dust technology, available exclusively at select Verve Coffee Roasters locations.

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GaeaStar, the San Francisco and Berlin-based technology company creating clay vessels to break our dependency on single-use plastic, is announcing the beginning of its pilot production phase and the evolution of its partnership with California-based Verve Coffee Roasters. Made of regionally sourced clay, plus water and salt, GaeaStar products are 100% plastic-free and represent a new category of multi-use, zero-waste clay cups.

Inspired by 5,000-year-old clay cups known as Kuhlars, GaeaStar presents a modern-day twist by combining ancient Indian cultural practice with a proprietary ultra-fast additive manufacturing (3D printing) process to produce eggshell-thin cups. GaeaStar vessels are challenging the traditional nature of to-go cups and introducing a new product category between single-use and reusable cups. Consumers can enjoy an elevated experience with their GaeaStar cups multiple times, with the cups being designed for reuse, or they can use them just once for on-the-go convenience. Because the cups are made from three natural ingredients from the Earth, they can be discarded in the normal trash guilt-free as they will disintegrate into dust.

Challenging the status quo of modern supply chains, GaeaStar sources all materials locally and distributes products to local customers via a decentralized manufacturing strategy. The companys ultimate goal is a fully local, hub and spoke model by printing cups at the place of consumption. By eliminating the environmental cost of global shipping, GaeaStar to-go ceramics offer a holistic approach to reducing our impact on the Earth.

As part of its mission to craft the future of coffee, Verve signed a partnership with GaeaStar in early 2023 with the commitment to offer the clay cups in Verve cafs. After months of working together to fine-tune the prototype and train staff, GaeaStar clay vessels are now being offered at select Verve locations in Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles. Customers at these cafs can opt to have their beverages served in a 12-ounce GaeaStar cup for an additional $2. Verve customers can choose whether to discard the cup or benefit from a discount on future drinks when they bring the cup back, encouraging reuse.

500 billion single-use coffee cups are discarded globally every year, but just 1% are actually recycled leaving the rest to pile up in our landfills or spill into our waterways. In addition to the environmental harm they cause, consumers are wary of microplastics leaching into their everyday coffee. By sourcing raw materials from the Earth, GaeaStar eliminates the need to recycle and plastic waste.

As we progress into pilot production with Verve Coffee Roasters, were not just sharing a product, but an ethos of sustainability and innovation that enhances the coffee experience. We are committed to reducing single-use plastic waste while also enriching the coffee-drinking experience, said Sanjeev Mankotia, Founder and CEO of GaeaStar. Were introducing a new standard for plastic alternatives that dont sacrifice design, function or beauty. While were proud that GaeaStar cups are more sustainable, were confident that Verve customers will choose our product because they enjoy the experience.

After generating high product interest in Europe and the US after a series of pop-up events, GaeaStar raised capital in early 2023 and brought its operations to the U.S. late last year, the startup opened its first U.S.-based manufacturing center in the San Francisco Bay Area which is where the product supplied to Verve will be developed and will allow GaeaStar to support other hospitality businesses in the US.

Our partnership with GaeaStar has the potential to transform the future of to-go coffee. We know its not always convenient for customers to bring their own cup, so this is the perfect solution, enabling elevated in-cafe experiences with the convenience of to-go, and without the guilt of takeaway packaging, said Colby Barr, CEO and co-founder of Verve Coffee Roasters. Verve has always focused on crafting the future of coffee, and that means protecting its future including being incredibly mindful of our impact on the environment. Were excited to offer our customers a new way to enjoy their cup of coffee that brings quality, sustainability, and an elevated experience together.

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About GaeaStar

Founded in 2021, GaeaStar is the company creating the replacement for single-use plastic with its additive manufacturing drink to dust technology. Led by Founder Sanjeev Mankotia, the company combines ancient Indian disposable cups with 21st-century technology to bring a viable alternative to plastic products for food and beverage. Developed from a team of experienced engineers, scientists, designers, finance professionals and support staff from various parts of the world, GaeaStars products work to drastically reduce waste and pollution, whilst enhancing the user experience and reducing the true cost.

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NASA Sets Coverage of Roscosmos Spacewalk Outside Space Station


NASA will provide live coverage, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 25, as two Roscosmos cosmonauts conduct a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The spacewalk is expected to begin at 10:55 a.m. and could last up to seven hours.

NASA will stream the spacewalk on NASA+, NASA Television, the NASA app, YouTube, and the agencys website. Learn how to stream NASA TV through a variety of platforms including social media.

Expedition 71 crewmates Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub will venture outside the stations Poisk airlock to complete the deployment of one panel on a synthetic radar system on the Nauka module.The two cosmonauts will also install equipment and experiments on the Poisk module to analyze the level of corrosion on station surfaces and modules.

The spacewalk will be the 270th in support of space station, and will be the seventh for Kononenko, who will wear the Orlan spacesuit with the red stripes, and the second for Chub, who will wear the spacesuit with the blue stripes.

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