Mintek brings you the latest in EAM/CMMS systems and news in the major cable industries each week from around the globe. Learn how these new developments in EAM/CMMS and cable can affect your business or home.

EAM/CMMS news in the U.S.

This week’s news focuses on preventive ways to help reduce maintenance and mechanical errors and increase maintenance safety through a CMMS.

  1. Railroads Show Little Progress On Key Safety Technology by Joan Lowy, Many commuter and freight railroads have made little progress installing safety technology designed to prevent deadly collisions and derailments despite a mandate from Congress, according to a government report released Wednesday.
  2. Fate Of Crumbling Washington DC Subway Rests With ‘Nuts-And-Bolts Guy’ by Ben Nuckols,The nation’s second-largest transit network opened 40 years ago as a point of pride for Washington and its suburbs, but after decades of deferred maintenance, it has deteriorated into an example of failing infrastructure in America’s cities.
  3. U.S. Air Force To Change Fire Foam Due To Water Contamination by Jennifer McDermott, The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns the substance has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites.

Cable News around the Globe

This week’s cable updates focus on acquisitions, mobile ventures, and new services from online providers.

  1. Rovi to Close on TiVo September 7 by Mari Silbey, After winning regulatory approval in July, Rovi now expects to close on its $1.1 billion acquisition of TiVo just after Labor Day on September 7, pending shareholder approval. The new company will take the TiVo name.
  2. Dish to Mix OTA & OTT in Sling AirTV by Mari Silbey, It’s ironic given the origins of broadcast TV that broadcast TV networks are now the source of some of the most difficult content to get online without a subscription fee. Broadcast network shows are free over the air but not over the top.
  3. Verizon Lures SMBs With Mobile-First Plan by Carol Wilson, Verizon today launches a new service targeting the small to mid-sized business community with a mobile-first approach that lets them cut the cord on voice services or easily combine landline and mobile services into a more seamless whole.
  4. Could Netflix Someday Cache at Home? by Mari Silbey,The demands of video delivery are pushing content caching further and further toward the edge of the network. And I can’t help but wonder if the edge will eventually reach as far as our own living rooms.

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