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ATG Risk Solutions and Vehicle Data Science Awarded SBIR from US Dept. of Transportation

Seattle, WA, and Oakland, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2015

ATG Risk Solutions (ATG), creators of the FAIRTM Score a safe driving index, and the first telematics data clearinghouse to enable usage-based insurance (UBI) programs for auto insurance carriers, and Vehicle Data Science Corp. (VDS), specialists in advanced vehicle safety systems and analysis, jointly announced today they have been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). The grant funds will be used by the two firms to validate driving scoring models and create a scoring system that will permit the use of data on vehicle performance and the driven environment to predict driving risk and improve driving safety performance.

According to VDS Co-founder and CEO Chris Wilson, The SBIR will test the theory that scoring driving trips must be done by comparing properties of vehicle movement, or kinematics, to derive true predictive value. While knowing when a driver exceeds the posted speed for a segment of roadway is helpful, academic research shows a strong likelihood that risk may be better assessed and predicted based on how the driver is performing in relation to other drivers on that same segment of road at the same time.

The analysis is derived from VDSs Kinematic Map, or K-MapTM, which uses data from myriad telematics sources. K-Map matches existing road data with the known vehicle location, time and speed, allowing driving performance to be compared to a common standard. The result of this match, Wilson says, will give a clearer picture of how safe or risky the driver is actually driving the vehicle.

The background data for the study will come from ATGs telematics data clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse allows auto insurers to access and verify vehicle information and driving analytics to enhance their underwriting and ratings processes. ATGs databank aggregates and normalizes driving data from a variety of sources, including a large number of telematics service providers who collect the data on behalf of their fleet management customers. ATGs FAIR (Forward-Looking Assessment of Indexed Risk) Score, relying on the billions of miles of driving data in the ATG Clearinghouse, establishes a reliable standard for evaluating driving performance that benefits privacy-conscious consumers, auto manufacturers, fleet operators and insurers alike.

With the worlds largest commercial vehicle telematics database, the ATG Clearinghouse serves as a secure and trusted repository of detailed data on how, where and when vehicles are being driven more than 25 billion miles of real-world driving experience, and growing, notes ATG Risk Solutions President Chris Carver. Were providing the historical and contextual data to layer onto the K-Map being developed by VDS, to provide insight into actual driving performance. We believe this combination will demonstrate to the USDOT that, indeed, a transparent, predictive driver scoring system can be developed, leading to new possibilities for roadway usage and our transportation infrastructure.

VDSs K-Map uses vehicle traces to create a high-accuracy, information-rich map of historical driving patterns. Its innovative design depicts how roads are actually driven, which enables detection of unsafe maneuvers, scoring of drivers against their peers, and reliably setting an autonomous vehicle’s path and speed.

Following an introduction by Allen Greenberg of the US Department of Transportations Federal Highway Administration, Wilson and Carver will be discussing the SBIRs preliminary findings in a presentation at the upcoming Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) meeting March 11th in Dallas, TX. The presentation will focus on using real-time driving data to improve rating accuracy and segmentation for commercial lines auto insurance policies.

An early-stage technology company focused on data acquisition, storage, management and analytics, Seattle-based ATG Risk Solutions was founded in March 2014 to enable and propel the use of commercial vehicle telematics data by property and casualty insurers for improved risk assessment, leading to both improved profit and policyholder benefits from safe driving.

About Vehicle Data Science:

Oakland, CA-based Vehicle Data Science (VDS) is dedicated to making roadways safer and more efficient. Founded in 2013 with support from the National Science Foundation, VDS combines decades of experience in transportation, connected vehicles, and big data analytics to create the most advanced roadway / driving models available. With this unique expertise, VDS is building software products that touch every aspect of the automotive ecosystem, helping bring to market self-driving vehicles, advanced safety systems, and next-generation insurance products. For more information, please visit http://www.vds-corp.com.

About ATG Risk Solutions:

ATG Risk Solutions a leading provider of connected vehicle data, related data, and proprietary vehicle safety scoring resources for underwriting and claims for the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. The company facilitates the transaction between Telematics Service Providers (TSPs) and their business fleet customers insurance carriers in a unique data clearinghouse that is shaping the future of auto insurance. With the worlds largest telematics vehicle database, ATG Risk connects policyholders with their insurers by tapping into TSP- and mobile-device-generated, connected-vehicle data. The ATG Clearinghouse offers a trusted and secure means by which the insurer can verify and assess the risk of covered vehicles in a policyholders fleet, helping insurers improve underwriting consistency, and helping fleet customers access insurance credits and benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.atgrisk.com.







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5th Emerging HPC Surfactants Market delves into Commodity Surfactants & Specialty Formulations


Dubai, UAE (PRWEB) February 09, 2015

In line with the conference theme, Opportunities in Commodity Surfactants & Emerging Trends in Specialties, 5th Emerging HPC Surfactants Markets top-notch speakers from home and personal care companies will share their perspective on the trends shaping up the industry. Among them are Beyza Kapu, Chief Marketing Officer, Loreal Turkey, providing insights on the Challenges & Opportunities for Turkeys Cosmetics Market, and Samuel Eduard Pranata, Marketing Director, Martha Tilaar Group, with an overview of Growth and Changing Trends for Indonesias Personal Care Markets. Also contributing are Bill Hunt, General Manager, Albatha Home & Personal Care Group, sharing his views on Evolving Product Requirements in the Detergent & Laundry Care Markets and Mauli P. Teli, CEO & Managing Partner, Ecotrail Personal Care, giving her inputs on Understanding the Halal Implication in the Cosmetics & Personal Care Sector.

In addition, a session on Building a Specialty Chemical Park Plaschem & Opportunities for the Downstream Chemical Industry will be shared by Mohammad A. Alazzaz, Director (Value Parks Dept), Sadara Chemical Company while another on LAB Market Outlook will be addressed by Eric Hudson, Managing Consultant, Nexant Limited.

Other vital sessions lined up include:

George Kusunelos Shares Historical Feat of Football in New Book


GREECE (PRWEB) January 29, 2015

Football players write their history and in subsequent the clubs on the field. They formulate not only the competitive success story but most importantly they imprint their personal ethical code by their behavior during the action. That ethical code leaves the mark on the fans impression. When an Empire folds, like Alexanders or Romans or the recent British and the present day traces of decay from the mighty United States of America, people search to find out the causes.

PANATHINAIKOS became a football victim of the corruptive organizational authority of the Greek football. It has been sidelined its presence in winning titles for 18 years. Just as the politics in the country proved corruptive bankrupting the nation so did the football. While reformation is under way fro the Greek society, reformation is absent from its football scene.

There is a dark side of this biographical history of Panathinaikos. This mighty football club fell victim to the corruptive political machinations since 1996. Politicians drove the country to bankruptcy so they did a number of football clubs including Panathinaikos in favor of a present day permanent football champion in Greece. But Panathinaikos stamp in the countrys athletic history is glorious.

The Greatest Greek Athletic Club (published by Xlibris UK) by George Kusunelos depicts the heroics of football players in the world of athleticism the way others can succeed on other different fields. It is also a haven where characters are nourished ethically. One can metamorphosize a school into a football campus and will see no glaring difference to the curriculum taught in relation on the field of competition or in ones social behavior. This book is 25 years in the making. Its research brings facts and certified informational material suitable not only for enjoyment but also a biographical light from an independent, unprejudiced and open-minded author for the benefit to Football Biographical Historiography. This book also highlights the glory of a football club, within the standards of the Greek football world, that has produced such a plead of players personalities who have left a mark on the society. Readers will also have a complete and detailed history of Panathinaikos which enables them to go back in referring to its pages any time they need a concrete and specific piece of information.

Skillfully written, highly imaginative and extremely interesting, The Greatest Greek Athletic Club is for all football aficionados who want to learn the history of football and how this game became the most influential and famous sport of all time.

THE GREATEST GREEK ATHLETIC CLUB

By George Kusunelos

Hardcover | 8.5x 11in | 340 pages | ISBN 9781499093131

Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 340 pages | ISBN 9781499093148

E-Book | 340 pages | ISBN 9781499093155

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

George Kusunelos was born on June 20, 1938 in Athens Greece. He earned a degree in Economics and Marketing at the University of Athens and English Philology at the University Athens in Capodestrian. His other works include A Century of Nobel Prizes, History of Greek Football 1896-1985, World Cup 1930-1994, European Championship 1960-2004 and many more. He is married with two children and two grandchildren.

Xlibris Publishing UK, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving authors throughout the United Kingdom. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibrispublishing.co.uk or call 0800 056 3182 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisUK on Twitter for the latest news.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Last Athens Farmers Market 2009

I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn.--William Henry Hudson

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Thanks to all the members and patrons of the Athens Farmers Market in Athens, Georgia for a tremendous year. The 2010 season, no doubt, will be twice as good.

See you soon.

P.S. New content will be intermittent here, as Farmer South is now live.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Ode to Summer: We're Waiting

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Please. I'm ready for this to be done.
Oh baby, it's been a long, long time since that evening sun's come round....

You know the one I'm talking about, that later-day summer sun in the South, when the cicadas are out, yet the temperature is almost perfect. You hop in the truck to go for a ride, waving your hand out the window, riding it on the waves of air. The world smells like a stream. The sun goes down, and you walk through its afterglow, the shimmery gloaming celebrated in lightning bugs.

Lord, the warm weather can't some soon enough. I can see the table set with my mother's Pfaltzgraff tableware--cool blue Yorktowne pattern to be specific. There it is, regimented in sparkling flatware, in angles of forks and knifes burning with potential energy (more about silverware at Silverware Wikipedia, in case anyone doubted its incendiary capability).

Now the dinner plates crisscross around its length: cornbread and biscuits. Thick gray gravy, milk and sausage grease. Lima beans soaking in butter. Stewed greens. Sliced pink pounds of ham. Corn on the cob. One piece of dinnerware, for one fat tomato, cut in chunks and salted. Another for rings of a sweet yellow onion.

In the fridge a key lime pie, waiting.

And the sunlight reaching through the window.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Who's Your Farmer?

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?--Douglas Adams

One of the vital purposes of this blog (when I'm not neglecting it) is the sharing of information. If that hardly sounds like a revolutionary mission statement, it's not. In fact, there may be nothing more obvious or downright pedestrian. Every published word, no matter where it appears, is an atom of information. And most blogs, in their essence, seek nothing more than to make communal the salient elements of private experience.

On the other hand, when the subject is agriculture and making food fit to eat, the importance of shared information rises to a critical level. Simply, we are growing generations without any intimacy with the soil and  a cooking education that goes beyond frozen pizza in a conventional oven. As long as we continue to have, say, potatoes, I have faith we can overcome the latter: After all, even I know how to cook now, when only a few years ago I was sauteing canned salmon and mayonnaise in olive oil. But I wonder sometimes how long we'll have potatoes, especially ones not drenched in pesticides?

It's not an outrageous example. According to Progressive Farmer, from 2002 to 2007, the number of people "under twenty five years old who call farming their prime occupation fell by almost half," with fewer than 6,000 across the nation ("The Young Faces of Ag, October 2009). The average farmers in 2007 was over 57 years old. This upward trend in age certainly suggests that our agricultural knowledge is in peril. For a variety of reasons, we're missing the next farmers in line to learn when to plant the seed and how to use a tractor.

Perhaps the issue is even more urgent in organic production because its practice is more complicated and information-heavy than conventional agriculture. It's the difference between crop rotation and companion planting, or simply spraying a pesticide. In the past decade we have seen educational opportunities in the organic field spring up in academic certificate programs and mentoring support offered by non-profits. But the body of knowledge--and its institutionalization--is still being formed. As we grow the community, the best way to promulgate the why's and how-to's of organic farming is personal, firsthand experience and sharing it.


The enemy.

I will continue to share what I learned, e.g. don't ever, ever, ever let stink bugs in your tomato patch. I also encourage anyone really interested in farming organic to find immersion, to live and breathe the idea. The good news is there are an abundance of farm internships out there (and farmers in desperate need of labor). One way to get started might be to volunteer on organic farms by signing up with WWOOF, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which connects organic farms in different countries with temporary volunteer help and enables those volunteers to see the world (Flights to Tel Aviv, anyone?). In a sensible and earthy way, it brings closer to home a global environmental consciousness.

Actually, I knew a couple in Arkansas who had been Wwoofers in Ireland. While they like anyone else traveling abroad or to the U.S. were responsible for taking care of their visas, they were matched to their work opportunities and lodging through the Wwoof organization. Unmistakably, they had a blast.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Great Tomato Sauce Recipes

The man's desire is for the woman but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge



Who's got recipes? With all these damn scrumptious tomatoes, I need 'em. Here's the very serviceable one I've been using from allrecipes.com:
* 10 ripe tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 green bell pepper, chopped
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
* 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
* 1/4 cup Burgundy wine
* 1 bay leaf
* 2 stalks celery
* 2 tablespoons tomato paste

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Have ready a large bowl of iced water. Plunge whole tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel, 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and place in ice bath. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then remove peel and squeeze out seeds. Chop 8 tomatoes and puree in blender or food processor. Chop remaining two tomatoes and set aside.
2. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook onion, bell pepper, carrot and garlic in oil and butter until onion starts to soften, 5 minutes. Pour in pureed tomatoes. Stir in chopped tomato, basil, Italian seasoning and wine. Place bay leaf and whole celery stalks in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 2 hours. Stir in tomato paste and simmer an additional 2 hours. Discard bay leaf and celery and serve.
I've yet to include either celery or tomato paste in my trials. You need salt, particularly if your butter is unsalted. I used a fruity South Georgia wine, nice to cook with and nice to sip (the Hahira Red from Horse Creek Winery)--although it's not absolutely essential. I've also doubled the carrot and increased the tomato requirements by half, based on the superabundance of tomatoes and carrots on hand. Mushrooms are a good throw-in as well.

I'm ready for variations and new culinary adventures. Any suggestions? Anything with zucchini (I've got some ugly ones probably unfit for market)? Bring it on.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

There's This Dream I Keep Having...


Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone -- Czeslaw Milosz

...I get up in the morning and head down to the field, and all the tomatoes are dead. Sometimes it's some lurid, overnight disease that's taken hold. Sometimes they've been decimated by deer or groundhogs or stupid, bastard kids who've tramped through the woods swinging baseball bats. When I stand there and see all the dead plants, I laugh. I can't do anything. Six months of hard thought and physical labor, every night of motherly worrying and hoping, are gone.

It's silly, but these tomatoes have consumed my life--and I have no idea exactly what I'm going to do with them. I'm sorry for being away, and I appreciate everyone who's stopped by, checking in during my absence. I'll do my best to honor your faith and repay your kindness.

Here's another picture for the ladies (thanks for the tip, Amber). I've got cuter ones coming.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Out with the Old

And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" -- Job 1:21


In with the new. I want to put up some pictures of something cute to counteract the grim portrait of Juanita in a previous post. There's also a point to make here. Was I sad about Juanita's death? Sure. Maybe the better word is "disappointed"--frustrated that all my hard work had been so quickly and summarily snuffed out. But nothing more.

There's no time for sentimentality and weeping on the farm. Quite simply. there's too much to do. And I know well the bloody awfulness of Nature. I borrow from it what I can, and I'm not so vain as to presume to have any control.

Lastly, if daily existence on a farm can often seem like a gruesome circus, it also has a warm, exhilirating antipode.

Juanita's gone. But now this orphan calf needs some looking after. Maybe there are no fair trades in life and death, but this one is acceptable.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Juanita Is Dead

 Long live Juanita!

More to come.

Monday, May 11, 2009

What Now: Part 2

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule -- Michael Pollan

Here's what:


Yum. Thank you, Juanita!

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