ISUZU ELF Adopts Hitachi Astemo Sensing System

Hitachi Astemo Ltd. announced that Isuzu Motors Limited adopted its sensing system in its new ELF model. Using a wide-angle stereo camera, the sensing system enables collision damage mitigation braking at intersections and on single-track roads.
With its enhanced safety equipment, the new ELF is the first light-duty truck in Japan to be equipped with braking that not only mitigates collision damage from the front, but also for right and left turns at intersections.(1)

As an effective measure to prevent traffic accidents, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan is promoting the mandatory installation of collision mitigation braking not only in passenger cars but also in commercial vehicles such as trucks. Although accidents caused by trucks have been decreasing year by year, 60 percent of fatal accidents involving pedestrians occur at single-track roads, while 40 percent occur at right or left turns in intersections.(2) Therefore there is a growing need for collision mitigation braking that can cover a wide field of view.

Based on Isuzu’s extensive knowledge of commercial vehicles, Hitachi Astemo developed a sensing system for Isuzu trucks that takes into account truck-specific use cases, along with the specification settings needed for achieving collision mitigation during right and left turns at intersections. The sensing system employed in the new ELF model utilizes a 120-degree wide-angle stereo camera, enabling an expanded detection range.(3) By combining the wide-angle stereo camera with detection information from millimeter-wave radar — a widely adopted safety feature for trucks — and implementing newly developed control software, Hitachi Astemo has achieved more precise wide-angle detection. This enables collision-mitigation braking at intersections and single-track roads.

Through its advanced driver assistance technologies in commercial vehicle manufacturing, Hitachi Astemo will continue to respond to the growing demand for enhanced vehicle safety features, and will strive to expand the adoption of sensing products such as stereo cameras.

Hitachi Astemo is committed to strengthening its business and delivering technological innovation through a strategic business portfolio, which consists of the Powertrain & Safety Systems business, Chassis business, Motorcycle business, Software business and Aftermarket business. Aiming for a better environment globally and growth around the pillars of “green,” “digital,” and “innovation,” Hitachi Astemo will deliver highly efficient internal combustion engine systems; electric systems that reduce emissions; autonomous driving for improved safety and comfort; advanced driver assistance systems; and advanced chassis systems. Through such advanced mobility solutions, Hitachi Astemo will contribute to realizing a sustainable society and provide enhanced corporate value for our customers.

(1) Features implemented through optional additions at the time of vehicle purchase.
(2) From statistical data in the Report of the Study Group on Traffic Accident Countermeasures in the Automobile Transport Business (FY2021), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
(3) Announcement on December 25, 2019 regarding stereo cameras that support wide angle of view detection, which enables collision mitigation braking at intersections.

About Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.

Head Office: New Otemachi Building, Otemachi 2-chome, 2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Business: Development, manufacture, sales and service of machinery and equipment and systems for automotive parts and transportation and industrial use.

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Maik Wiedenbach Adopts Data-Driven Approach to Bodybuilding

 Best personal trainer and best-selling author Maik Wiedenbach has revealed his science-based approach for his workout programs. Wiedenbach, a former Olympic-level swimmer and an NYU Professor, mentioned that the identification and collection of the right data make personal training sessions better and more effective.

Highlighting the benefits of data monitoring and its importance in sports, Wiedenbach noted that the focus on data analytics makes fitness or gym workout safer and more effective. Just like swimmers measure different stats like VO2 max, time off the blocks, speed of turn, stroke rates, and pace to improve their performance, bodybuilders should adopt this approach as well, he said.

The New Approach

Maik Wiedenbach proposes to use data analytics to maximize each workout. The basic mechanics of getting fit is to challenge and stress your body so that it results in increased muscle mass and the loss of adipose tissue or fat, he mentioned.

The new approach involves understanding which variables are measurable and worth tracking during a workout. The metrics can be separated into two categories- external and internal.

External Metrics – These include the weight for each rep that is properly executed, the training volume, time under tension as well as overall training frequency per week.

Internal Metrics – Muscle activation, proper form in execution, and stability are some of the internal metrics that can be measured to improve your workouts

The measuring of these factors will require a workout partner who knows what to track and how. A highly specialized coach will be the best person to measure these factors.

The monitoring of these metrics can help gym goers and bodybuilders study and analyze their progress besides aiding in muscle building in less time. The analysis of this data will also help them discover which muscle groups lag and need more work. Another benefit of this data-driven approach to fitness is enhanced safety, prevention of injuries, and better insights for effective results.

The Use of The Right Machines is Important Too!

The new approach involves not only the use of data but the right machines. Maik Wiedenbach has imported several special machines from Europe for his gym in New York City. “The way they’re set up in terms of biomechanics, they’re simply better than anything else out there. The quality of the material is better, too.”

He stated, for effective and correct data these machines need to be synchronized to work up with a body. Another area that needs to be focused on setting goals that are feasible and not unrealistic. Referring to programs that focus on a “ten minutes a day, three times in a week” framework to yield results that make you a professional athlete, Wiedenbach mentioned that they are not the correct way to train elite athletes. The top athletes continue to train two times a day for two hours and there is sound research behind this training technique, he added.

Wiedenbach does not recommend punishing workouts and calls the “no pain, no gain mentality” fundamentally wrong. The fitness journey should be a lifestyle that can be consistently followed over time, he mentions. He works to help people improve their quality of life and change their physiques by setting realistic goals and working towards them smartly.

Maik Wiedenbach Voted Top 5 Personal Trainer in New York. Best Personal Trainer in NYC offering Online Personal Training, Private Training, Group Fitness, Live Streaming Classes and Outdoor Classes.

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IronOrbit Adopts CrowdStrike Falcon Complete Managed Detection & Response

 This new layer of security delivers enhanced visibility and automated analysis of cyberattacks to dramatically reduce response times.

IronOrbit announced CrowdStrike as their preferred partner for their Managed Endpoint Detection and Response strategy. The Falcon Complete Managed Detection and Response (MDR) platform delivers continuous and comprehensive visibility that spans detection, response, and forensics to ensure the highest levels of cybersecurity and breach mitigation.

CrowdStrike Sr. VP of Cloud Engineering, Patrick McCormack said, “Security teams are overwhelmed by the expanded attack volume, disparate alert notifications, and complex security workflows. CrowdStrike has always focused on improving the efficacy and speed of security operations. These new capabilities enable teams to orient more quickly to the detections and incidents that matter and to handle known situations with automation, reducing workload and alert fatigue.”

This new AI-leveraged technology helps IronOrbit clients by protecting them against sophisticated threats via cloud-native managed detection and response (MDR). Falcon Complete is thorough and responsive, empowering SOC teams with a new level of speed agility; and the ability to streamline incident response by configuring custom actions and notifications. Automation replaces repetitive manual tasks with consistent and efficient workflows. Enhanced productivity applications enable faster context and response to protect business-critical assets from fast-moving threats.

IronOrbit Director of Technical Operations, Andrew Saca, said, “We have always been focused on security and looking at ways we can make it better. CrowdStrike developed a cloud-based product called Falcon Complete MDR – a platform purpose-built to stop breaches primarily through their exclusive Endpoint Detection and Response services. The technology uses machine learning to eliminate noise and automatically block known and unknown threats. EDR will truly complement the security we are already providing our clients.”

This enhanced framework reiterates IronOrbit’s commitment to superior security and next-generation tools to protect clients in a world of ever-increasing cyber-attacks and threats actors.

CrowdStrike, a public company based in Sunnyvale, California, is a global cybersecurity leader, redefines security for the cloud era with endpoint protection built to stop breaches.

IronOrbit a specialized Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider operates its global footprint of private data centers across more than twenty regions worldwide. SOC 2 Certified, Tier 4 facilities provide highly secure cloud services and virtual workspaces to thousands of customers, including the US government. Learn more at


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Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs adopts Chinese-style foot drill for passing-out parade (with photos/video)

Hong Kong Customs adopts Chinese-style foot drill for passing-out parade (with photos/video)


     ​The Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Hermes Tang, inspected the passing-out parade, including a Chinese-style flag-raising ceremony and foot drill performance, for the 129th-132nd Customs Inspector Induction Courses and the 475th-478th Customs Officer Induction Courses held by Hong Kong Customs at the Hong Kong Customs College today (October 19).

     Speaking at the passing-out parade, Mr Tang said the department has taken the lead in adopting the Chinese-style foot drill to perform the parade by all of the graduates. This has broken new ground in the passing-out parades of the Hong Kong disciplined services, which is particularly meaningful and encouraging. He also expressed his gratitude to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison for providing training to the Customs trainees.

     “The Chinese-style foot drill adopted by the disciplined services not only fully reflects our emotional attachment to the nation and deep love of our mother country, but also shows national sentiment and the proper manner of the disciplinary forces of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

     “The Chinese-style foot drill has long been a shining icon of our country in the international community. It is also a spiritual outlook that our 1.4 billion compatriots are proud of. Good practice of the Chinese-style foot drill helps in better integrating ourselves into the country’s governance system and enriching the exercise of ‘one country, two systems’. Apart from spreading a positive message to members of the public, it also adds a vibrant colour of patriotism to the city,” he said. 

     Mr Tang noted that Customs has developed from a 25-man Preventive Service to an elite force of almost 8 000 officers, which now carries heavy and diversified duties in its enforcement of nearly 60 pieces of legislation. To enable a good understanding of the department’s roles and responsibilities in safeguarding national security after the National Security Law came into effect, National Security Law has become a part of the induction courses for the Probationary Customs Inspectors and Probationary Customs Officers. The education firms up the officers’ sense of mission and responsibility as a member of disciplined services in their safeguarding of the sovereignty, security and development interests of the nation. 

     Talking about the challenges of all types that Hong Kong encountered in the past two years, Mr Tang said it is most fortunate for the city to have had the Central Government’s timely combined move in implementing the National Security Law as a first step followed by improving the city’s electoral system with the full implementation of the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”.

     “The Central Government’s institutions, comprising the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR and the Hong Kong Garrison, have all along been doing their utmost to assist Hong Kong in overcoming all sorts of difficulties and challenges. With hope having emerged again, fully reflecting that our country always stands ready as the strongest, most solid and most unwavering backup for Hong Kong.

     “It is an honour and yet a grave responsibility to be a member of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the HKSAR. I have a particular deep feeling in holding the capacity and must express my sincerest gratitude to the Central Government,” he said. 
     Mr Tang pledged to proceed along the smart customs blueprint to facilitate the development strategies of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the 14th Five-Year Plan. He said that with more clearance-friendly measures for the cross-boundary passenger and cargo flows, the city would be better integrated into the national development, under which Hong Kong, with its competitive edge, can make contributions to the national development needs.

     “Our primary intention must not be forgotten and we must take our mission seriously. We must be unwavering in keeping unity and always keep in our hearts that Hong Kong Customs is a steadfast and fearless team. We must live up the expectations by our country and society, and team up with other disciplinary forces to deliver our services in a loyal manner,” the Commissioner said as he encouraged all graduates at the end of his speech.

     Sixty-four Probationary Customs Inspectors and 72 Probationary Customs Officers graduated today.