Occams Gets Awarded on the Fortunes America’s Most Innovative Companies 2023 List

 Occams Advisory Inc. has been awarded on the Fortune list of America’s Most Innovative Companies 2023. This prestigious award is presented by Fortune and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on March 29, 2023, and can currently be viewed on the Fortune website.

Occams Advisory Inc. has been recognized as one of America’s most innovative companies of 2023, standing proudly at number 178 on the prestigious list. To put this achievement in perspective, SpaceX was ranked at 139.

Fortune and Statista selected America’s Most Innovative Companies 2023 based on “product innovation, process innovation, and innovation culture.” For the evaluation of the innovation culture and the internal view of process innovation, Statista deployed online surveys where employees could score their own company on a scale system. For the evaluation of the external view of process innovation as well as product innovation, Statista surveyed experts in various fields – from recruiters to management consultants and patent attorneys. For the evaluation of the IP portfolio, Statista cooperated with LexisNexis Patent Sight and used its platform to analyze the quantity and value of a company’s patents. The 300 US companies with the highest score were awarded as America’s Most Innovative Companies 2023.

Based on the results of the study, Occams Advisory is ecstatic to be recognized on the Fortune list of America’s Most Innovative Companies 2023.

Occams Advisory Inc. was founded in 2012 to serve SMB’s worldwide, providing expert services across three well-defined service verticals: Business Services & Growth Incubation (BSGI), Capital Markets & Investment Banking (CMIB), and Financial Technology & Payment Solutions (FTPS).

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SCIB Awarded RM20.65 million Project to Rebuild School

Civil engineering specialist Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad (SCIB) today announced that the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SCIB Industrialised Building System Sdn. Bhd., has secured an engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) contract from Jabatan Kerja Raya Sarawak (JKR) valued at RM20.65 million for the rebuilding of Sekolah Daif in Tebedu, Serian.

En. Rosland bin Othman, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SCIB

The contract has a duration of 24 months and comes under the third phase of the Sarawak government’s RM1 billion allocation for dilapidated schools.

Rosland bin Othman, Group MD and CEO of SCIB (Link) Group Managing Director of SCIB, Encik Rosland bin Othman said, “This project from JKR is part of the nationwide programme to rebuild or renovate dilapidated schools, especially in rural areas where children already face challenges from lack of infrastructure. The Group’s construction arm has lots of experience in operating EPCC projects while our background as a specialist in small-to-mid-sized rural infrastructure works covering roads to schools and hospitals ensures that we are well-versed in projects of this nature.”

“The Group will continue to seek projects where we can leverage our expertise as the leading precast concrete and IBS manufacturer in East Malaysia. There are opportunities for us under the recently re-tabled Budget 2023, in which Sarawak was allocated RM5.6 billion and Sabah allocated RM6.5 billion. We also note with interest the RM920 million set aside for dilapidated schools in both states.”

Sarawak Consolidated Industries Bhd: 9237 [BURSA: SCIB], http://scib.com.my

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Ricoh awarded the highest rating in Quality Management Level Research by JUSE


Ricoh has been awarded the highest rating in the 11th Quality Management Level Research conducted by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) and sponsored by Nikkei Inc., a Japanese media company. JUSE independently evaluates current quality management based on six factors demonstrating commitment and practice to enhance quality. The research received valid responses from 152 companies in the manufacturing, construction, and information technology service industries in Japan.

The research rating is based on the analysis of six major categories; Ensuring the Trust of Customers and Society, Top Management Commitment and Policy Management, Cultivation of Human Resources for Realization of Quality Management, Establishment and Thorough Implementation of a Process, Creation of Customer Value and its Expansion, and Capability to Deploy a System Horizontally.

JUSE highly evaluated Ricoh for its efforts at dialogue between top management and front-line employees in Japan and worldwide to enhance mutual understanding between the management team and the field, plus quality education involving the entire company and its business partners. JUSE also recognized Ricoh for its Ricoh Quality (RQ), a set of quality management targets for manufacturing and service development. RQ has been disseminated throughout the company by setting 11 indicators, such as customer satisfaction and social responsibility, which are independently evaluated every year.

Ricohs vision for 2036, which marks the 100th anniversary of its founding, is Fulfillment through Work. We will continue to resolve social issues through business to turn our vision of Fulfillment through Work into reality.

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With cultivated knowledge and organizational capabilities nurtured over its 85-year history, Ricoh is a leading provider of digital services, information management, and print and imaging solutions designed to support digital transformation and optimize business performance.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group has major operations throughout the world and its products and services now reach customers in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2022, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,758 billion yen (approx. 14.5 billion USD).

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Xwing awarded contract to participate in the FAA’s COSTA Traffic Management Research Program

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  • The primary goal of the Crosscutting Operations Strategy and Technical Assessment (COSTA) Extensible Traffic Management (xTM) Research Project is to study how large Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) will integrate with existing Air Traffic Control (ATC) and leverage Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM)-based information services during live flight trials.
  • Xwing and its partners are leveraging autonomous gate-to-gate flight technology to collect data on the management of UAS operations in challenging flight environments.
  • Xwing, along with partners at Alaska’s Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, will conduct real world flight trials in partnership with the FAA and NASA directly.

Autonomous aviation company, Xwing, today announces its participation in the Crosscutting Operations Strategy and Technical Assessment (COSTA) project put forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The COSTA project explores the management of large commercial UAS and general aviation (GA) when transiting complex operating environments, such as Fire Traffic Areas (FTAs) during wildfire suppression events.

As wildfires continue to plague the Western regions of the United States, with over 5,000 occurring annually in California alone, it is essential that U.S. agencies determine how to leverage new technologies and services to best address and manage natural disasters. Current methods involve dynamic flight operations that primarily require manual coordination among helicopters, small drones, large drones, and manned aircraft to safely and simultaneously drop water/fire suppression in a small area. Recognizing these gaps, NASA is collaborating with disaster response agencies and the FAA to integrate UAS and UTM-based information services to improve disaster response efficiency.

As part of the collaborative effort, the FAA and its partners at Xwing and the Alaska Center for UAS Integration are evaluating information-centric approaches to improve management of traffic in the vicinity of FTAs, including general aviation and commercial UAS operations.

“This project will provide us with a more holistic view on how to best integrate large UAS in the existing National Airspace System” said CEO of Xwing, Marc Piette. “Leveraging UAS, we have the potential to make everything from wildfire fighting to oceanic operations more efficient and safe. We believe the data that we collect from these operations will be essential to helping the FAA and NASA bring unmanned flights to more types of operations in the aviation industry.”

The flight operations for this project will take place in Northern California, with the project currently underway and running through April 2023. These operations will leverage Xwing’s operational autonomous flight technology, deployed on our Cessna Caravan aircraft, with a safety pilot onboard for the missions. Missions will center on integrating large UAS into flight environments that include interactions between general aviation, commercial UAS, and disaster response air operations such as wildfire events. The goal of this project is to evaluate how the aircraft and remote operators interoperate with other aircraft, air traffic control in very active and dynamic environments. Additionally, partners like AirSpace Integration and ATA LLC will support in the management of flight data, integrations with other FAA systems, and supporting the operational flight trails.

The data collected by Xwing will be used to analyze:

  • Response times between an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and autonomous aircraft.
  • How remote operators utilize information-centric services to fly in challenging, high-stake operating environments amid climate crises.
  • How UAS perform when operating in close proximity with other manned and unmanned operations.

About Xwing

Xwing is the first company to introduce autonomous technology on a regional air cargo aircraft. With the goal of meeting growing unmet logistics demand, Xwing’s human-operated software stack seamlessly integrates with existing aircraft to enable regional pilotless flight. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. To learn more, please visit xwing.com. For media inquiries, email xwing@vsc.co.


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Air France awarded 5 stars in APEX airline ratings


At the APEX/IFSA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Air France was certified for the first time as a 5-star airline in the official 2023 APEX airline ratings.

To draw up these ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, over one million flights were rated by passengers from nearly 600 airlines worldwide. For Air France, this first place on the rating scale recognizes the comfort of its seats, the excellence of its cabin service, the quality of its catering offer, the wealth of in-flight entertainment and its connectivity service.

At the ceremony, Air France was also a finalist in the “IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage” category for its sustainable onboard experience. In terms of catering, by the end of 2022, Air France will offer 100% French meat, dairy and egg products on all its flights departing from Paris, as well as fish from sustainable fisheries. A vegetarian dish is also systematically offered and children’s and infant menus are prepared using organically grown products. To limit food waste, the airline also offers a pre-flight meal order service in the Business cabin on its entire long-haul network. Air France is also committed to recycling and eliminating 90% of single-use plastic on board its aircraft by the beginning of 2023, notably through the development of eco-designed on-board items.

In 2022, Air France also received the highest distinction for the second year running – the Diamond Award – in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying ranking. This ranking recognizes the best measures implemented by airlines in terms of health and safety on board. The company was also recognized for the quality of its health measures in its lounges at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Following comprehensive audits of the Air France Protect programme, which covers all the airline’s health measures on the ground and on board, APEX rewarded Air France’s commitment to making the health and safety of its customers and staff a top priority.

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is a network of the world’s leading airlines, airports, alliances, suppliers, and related companies committed to elevating the air travel experience for passengers. The APEX Awards, held annually, is the first official airline rating programme based solely on passenger feedback. More than one million flights were rated by customers of nearly 600 airlines worldwide.

The International Flight Service Association (IFSA) is a global professional association created to serve the needs and interests of the onboard services industry.