22 June 2010 First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. The plant was ranked highest among South African automotive plants in initial quality in the 2007 and 2008 South Africa IQS studies. In 2009, the plant was awarded the IQS gold quality award for manufacturing vehicles which had the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in Europe and Africa that serves the US market. S-Class in the Large Premium Car category “To receive such an award despite the relentless pressure and stresses of the global recession over the past two years, points to the brilliant quality of our people and processes,” said MBSA president and CEO Hansgeorg Niefer. The South African division of global vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has won a platinum award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects and malfunctions of any plant in the world supplying the US market. MediaClubSouthAfrica The study was conducted between February and May 2010. Based on responses from 82 000 US users of the 2010 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of use, MBSA’s East London plant had only 28 defects per 100 vehicles, putting it at the top of all global plants serving the US market. The IQS study looked at problems experienced by owners and lessees of the C-Class in two categories: design-related problems, and defects and malfunctions. Plants are rewarded based on their limited defects and malfunction. GL-Class in the Large Premium Crossover/SUV category. E-Class Coupe in the Compact Premium Sporty Car category The East London plant has also come out tops in the JD Power and Associates South Africa IQS, based on responses from South African users. “Daimler’s East London plant has been a top performing plant and its achievement in 2010 is particularly impressive,” said Brian Walters, vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations at JD Power and Associates. MBSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany’s Daimler AG. The C-Class was also rated highest in the Entry Premium Car segment, with the A-Class also managing a repeat award ranking top of the upper small car segment in quality. This is the second consecutive year in which Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA) plant in the Eastern Cape, which produces the C-Class Mercedes model for the local and US market, has been given a quality award by the JD Power and Associates US Initial Quality Study (IQS). Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Best in South Africa Four other Mercedes models have won second place in the JD Power and Associates 2010 US IQS study. They are: E-Class in the Midsize Premium Car category “Daimler’s rigorous quality management processes are a key reason for why the brand has been able to assemble consistently high-quality vehicles in different regions of the world.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moisture is pushing off to the east and south this morning as a cold front attempts to clear the area. We should see dry air overspread the state through the rest of today and tomorrow behind that cold front. Temps will be a couple of degrees cooler today and tomorrow, but the biggest noticeable feature will be lower relative humidity. Overall, it will be a nice change from the past few days. Our next chance of rain is back for the weekend. Winds shift to the south on the backside of high pressure later tomorrow, and that will bring warm, unstable air back in across the eastern corn belt. While it there may not be a dramatic amount rain heading towards us, we do think that the best set up for rain looks to be still in northern parts of Ohio over the entire weekend. While we don’t want to completely rule out spotty showers in southern Ohio, the true focal point is farther north. In fact, a recent model run has tried to push the action even farther north, affecting mostly Michigan, Lake Erie and southern Ontario, but we are not going to go that far, and will not change our forecast that dramatically on one model run only. So, keep an eye out for scattered weekend action, and we are pulling the top end of our range down a bit, looking for a tenth up to .75” with 50% coverage from I-70 northward. Monday should be dry. However, from there we still are rather unsettled. We will keep scattered showers in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, and likely have to increase chances of moisture for Thursday and Friday. Some models are trying to go drier for that Tuesday and Wednesday period. While we won’t rule that out, we are going more conservative and will be slow to remove moisture from the window for now. We will revisit this through this afternoon and tonight, and if the forecast needs tweaking, we will do it tomorrow morning before going into the long holiday weekend. WE will put combined moisture for the week now at .25”-1” with coverage at 70% of the state. Temps stay warm after warming up this weekend, and we should still be 2-8 degrees above normal all week next week. The map at right shows our rain potential combined over the next 10 days. The extended period has a stronger cold front moving in around the 10th, taking through the 12th to slide through. This will bring some rain chances, up to an inch in spots. But, the strength and location of the front also hints at some significant change in airmass coming behind. In fact, we could be looking at a move to below normal temps closer to mid-month.
Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Google#IoT#protocols#Rigado#Thread#Weave Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Thread is a secure wireless mesh network architected for the home and its connected products. Everyone is excited about Thread because it’s a wireless protocol that’s designed by Google Nest (with Weave), is open(ish), is extremely resilient, scalable, and meshes. The best part about reading this article is that you can learn how to get your hands on one of the few Thread RF modules available now that you can play with.To date, mesh protocols have been notoriously high in promises and low in delivery. That’s okay, as mesh is a very, very, hard technology to get working correctly and Thread has built on the shoulders of the giants it stands on. But first, a quick briefing on Thread for those of you who are not familiar with it.Thread is primarily a mesh networking protocol. Each “node” (or product) in the network can act as a router, leader or end device. These then connect to a border router to get the data onto the network from and to the internet. Each network can only have one leader and each node must be capable of being a router or an end device. The node must independently make the decision to be a router or an end node depending on what the needs of the network are. Take a moment and re-read that. It’s dense but worth taking the time to understand completely.Now let’s get down and dirty and technical for the engineers amongst you now:Thread is a self-forming and self-healing network by design. There can be no single point of failure. Thread is carried on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard at 2.4ghz. The protocol is fully IPv6 compliant meaning that every node on the network has a full IP address by the use of a 6LoWPAN header. Since every node has a full IP address there is no need for NAT (Network Address Translation). Thread has embraced low-power techniques to enable what they call “sleepy nodes” – nodes that will go into deep sleep mode when not in active use. When they wake up or are pinged there is no need for the node to rejoin the network, as on wake the parent sees the device and recognizes it. The network is designed to continue operating locally when there is no general IP connection to the greater internet. Security is by object authentication on the network by key exchange. It uses a variant of the Diffie Hellman key exchange that leverages a NIST elliptic curve to make it more power efficient.For the product managers/owners amongst you, Thread is important because you don’t want your product to be a second class citizen in the new IoT order. You want it to be a first class participant and fully compliant with the protocol.The organization pushing Thread is committed to making it work and committed to stopping it from fragmenting. The working group reads like a who’s who of consumer, commercial and industrial vendors. So while we may have the “Betamax” problem occur again, the prospects look good for Thread and many powerful companies are eager to ensure that their products have Thread lest they are left out of the “Internet of Things Club.”Surj Patel, VP of Business Development, RigadoConsumer home products will be the first use caseThe first use cases will be consumer products in the smart home, but the commercial controls and industrial automation pioneers are eager to put Thread through its paces to see if it can replace the aging and fragile Zigbee protocol or the single vendor controlled Z-Wave.Now that’s all dandy, but what does it mean for you?The low energy experts at Rigado in Portland, OR have partnered with chip giant NXP to produce one of the first certified Thread modules to reach market – the R41Z. In addition, it also has Bluetooth low energy providing a double punch of connectivity for your projects. Rigado is now making a number of their post verification run modules available for ReadWrite readers who are working on actual products. You will get an eval board and a ton of support, BUT you must give back some feedback on how the experience can be improved. To sign-up for this beta program click here and fill out the brief form.This article was produced in partnership with Rigado.