Introducing Advanced Connectivity with Wi-Fi on the go

Imagine a fully functioning and connected office on the go. Access to multiple entertainment and business applications from within your vehicle is now available as the British car manufacturer, Bentley, announced the offering of the first in-car Wi-Fi system.

All Bentley models in 2019 will be presenting drivers and passengers the ability to connect to the Bentley Advanced Connectivity system using a dedicated app on their smart phone. User friendly applications include the ability to access and edit files, hold video conferences, connect to virtual meetings, and benefit from Bentley Skype for Business.

Behind Bentley Advanced Connectivity

An exclusive contract has given Bentley a head-start in Wi-Fi on the go for at least 12 months. Partnering with internationally recognized communication company, Viasat, the manufacturer produced a multi-channel virtual private network (VPN) capable of supporting up to three mobile network operators. Style and comfort are not compromised with the connectivity system placed inside the vehicle’s boot lid, and the router connected to the on-board DC power supply.

Bentley IoT Security

Multiple layers of security and in place as data transferred with Bentley Advanced Connected is reconsolidated for the end user after being divided and transmitted over three mobile networks. One compromised SIM card would therefore not alarm a security breach as it represents only part of the data package. Furthermore, Active Cyber Defense, a system developed to protect users from data theft and ransomware attacks offers additional layers of support and security. On-the go secure connectivity is being made possible through technology and comfort.

What does the future of driving with Wi-Fi look like?

How does IoT enhance one’s driving experience?

Is data security compromised with on-the-go Wi-Fi?

Sources:

https://www.bentleymotors.com/en/world-of-bentley/the-bentley-story/news/2018-news/bentley-introduces-worlds-first-super-fast-in-car-wifi.html

https://www.iottechnews.com/news/2018/nov/05/bentley-launches-car-wi-fi-system-advanced-connectivity-uninterrupted-mobile-network/

 

 

TPP will hurt Hamilton’s steel industry

Canadian NDP politicians are calling out the new TPP trade deal which hit the Hamilton’s steel industry. Steelworkers and pensioners are awaiting the judge’s decision on whether U.S. Steel Canada can server from its parent company and get some pensioner health benefits and local property taxes.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/tpp-will-deliver-another-blow-to-hamilton-s-steel-industry-ndp-says-1.3264626

Andrea Horwath said that Stephen Harper has created more uncertainty about steel production in the city. She adds that he sold out steelworkers by bending auto sector parts of the deal. According to some reports, 6.1% levy on auto imports will be phased out over the next 5 years. Cars would be allowed into Canada without tariffs as long as they have 45 per cent content from the TPP, lower than the 62.5 per cent threshold under the North America Free Trade Agreement.

If elected, he said he would put money in the Automotive Innovation Fund with $250 million over the next 5 years but is set to expire in 2017-18. Under the fund, a company could receive grants that would not have to be repaid if it establishes a new assembly line or research and development which would create jobs.

Stephen Harper said that this deal is very significant for the automobile sector while Horwarth is against Harper saying he is abandoning the sector. Meanwhile Canada awaits on the judge’s decision on the CCAA (Companies Creditor’s Arrangement Act) to cut loose the financial responsibilities of Canadian operation. The steelmaker is also asking to stop paying health benefits to roughly 20,000 pensioners and about $6 million per year in city taxes. So how will Canada tackle this situation?

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: How it could affect Canada’s Auto, Dairy Sectors

An article in Business (October 4, 2015) titled “Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: How it could affect Canada’s Auto, Dairy Sectors” (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/04/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement_n_8241614.html) describes the most sensitive issues for Canada’s auto and dairy industries in regards to the TPP agreement. Currently under NAFTA an auto part needs to contain 60% of North American content to remain duty free. Through the TPP Japan is pushing for only 30% to guarantee a tariff free movement of vehicles and auto parts across the TPP members. This proposal may cause Canadian auto parts makers to lose business to low-cost Asian producers that aren’t part of the TPP such as China and Vietnam. Also experts of the University of Windsor predict that 10,000’s of jobs in the auto sector could be at stake in Canada due to the TPP. How will Canada compensate for the unemployment rate that might increase due to the TPP agreement? What may be the optimal percentage for Canada of North American content in the auto parts industry to guarantee an internal economic equilibrium in this sector?

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal reached

The largest trade-liberalizing act of history has been announced by the trade ministers of 12 countries on Monday 5th October, 2015. Ministers from the major economies of the U.S., Japan and Australia called the Trans-Pacific Partnership an ambitious and challenging deal that will cut down the tariff barriers and will set the rules for trade in the 21st century

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/oct/05/trans-pacific-partnership-deal-reached-pacific-countries-international-trade

The US president, Barack Obama said that this deal would eliminate more than 18000 taxes that various countries have put on their products. It also includes more commitments related to labor and environment than any trade agreement in history. The deal is seen as a challenge to China’s growing dominance in the Pacific region. Now, the Lawmakers in TPP countries must approve the deal, setting up congressional wrangling on the deal.

There were worries about the monopoly period of the biologics between the US and Australia, but they were able to come to a compromise. The TPP deal was controversial because of the secrecy to the agreement and how it would affect an array of groups from Mexican auto industry to Canada’s dairy market. The issue which threatened to derail talks was the length of monopolies to developers of new biological drugs.

The United States had proposed 12 years of protection to encourage pharmaceutical companies to invest more in next-generation treatments but Australia, New Zealand and other health groups opposed and sought for a period of 5 years to bring down drug costs and burden on medical programs. Negotiators agreed on a compromise that the agreement would protect the data between five and eight years.

Another issue hovering was protections for dairy farmers. New Zealand wanted to increase access to US, Canada and Japanese markets. This issue was addressed in the final hours of the talks as said by the officials. Separately, the US, Mexico, Canada and Japan have agreed on the rules of origin of auto parts and auto trade within the TPP region to qualify for duty-free status. The TPP would give Japan’s automakers, led by Toyota Motor Corp, a freer hand to buy parts from Asia for vehicles sold in the United States but sets long phase-out periods for US tariffs on Japanese cars and light trucks.

The TPP deal announced on Monday also sets minimum standards on issues ranging from workers’ rights to environmental protection. It also sets up dispute settlement guidelines between governments and foreign investors separate from national courts.

Since the activist groups are still in protest with the TPP deal, it remains to see how the lawmakers handle the situation. Will they vote down the TPP or will it stay?

Canada, Mexico ‎drawn into deal-breaking auto talks in Trans-Pacific negotiations

Steven Chase – The Globe and Mail

Aside from the dairy market issues that Canada is facing with the current talks about the proposed TPP, it is now linked to Mexico in reaching an agreement with the 12 countries involved in regard to how many automotive parts can be manufactured within the TPP countries. Canada is currently the ninth largest vehicle manufacturer, and this particular sector represents a large portion of their economy. Therefore, they are working together to ensure their interests in the United States market as they have always had. A particular point of this article is that Canada and Mexico were excluded from these talks with Japan even though they are part of the NAFTA partners with the U.S. This was a Situation that surprised Japanese representatives.

Full article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/us-excludes-canada-mexico-from-tpp-auto-negotiations/article25842330/

Ed Fast Confirms Attendance In Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations In Atlanta

An article (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ed-fast-confirms-attendance-at-trans-pacific-partnership-negotiations-in-atlanta-1.3240997) from Canada’s business network confirms the country’s attendance in the next set of negotiations taking place in Atlanta this upcoming week.  This is a big moment for the TPP overall as it could be the final round of negotiations.  Of the various commodities involved in the new trade agreement, the auto industry is a concern for a few Canadian officials.  Conservative Leader, Steve Harper believes signing the TPP agreement would be detrimental to Canada’s auto industry.  He foretasted that Canada could lose up to 24,000 jobs if foreign automakers have the ability to import vehicles tariff free into the country.  This statement was quickly shut down by Canada’s Trade Minister, Ed Fast, who’s been heavily involved in the negotiations.  Fast asserted that Canada has been strong in its demands assuring the country won’t take a hit in the auto sector.  Fast himself told the news network, “I can assure you that at the end of the day, in consultation with the auto industry including the manufacturers, the auto parts manufacturers, we are going to come up with an agreement that is going to serve the industry very, very well going forward.” It’ll be really interesting to see how things turn out after several years of negotiations are finally coming to an end.  Feel free to select the link and decide what you think Canada’s fate will be.

 

Canadian Leader Harper says auto industry won’t like all TPP reforms

The article published by CBC on 18th September  (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/trans-pacific-partnership-harper-says-auto-industry-won-t-like-it-all-1.3233779) states that According to Leader Stephen Harper, the Canadian auto industry may not be happy with all the elements of the TPP.

The TPP will allow Japanese companies to export cars to North America with substantially less North American content than currently required. Canada and Mexico are angry that the United States wants to let Japan export cars to North America with substantial content from non-TPP nations. This could make Canadian and Mexican autos too expensive.

Harper doesn’t want to shut his global supply chains for auto industry and wants to get the best deal as possible for the auto industry.

Negotiations are going to occur at the end of this month, and we will learn more about this issue after the next round of negotiations.

Will the Canadian Auto industry make compromises for opening their auto industry to the world? Or, will they refuse this deal?