February 26, 2024

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Pennsylvania Pursues to Become Internet Powerhouse

shot of network cables and servers in a technology data center

Pennsylvania is laying the groundwork to become an internet powerhouse. The government recently signed two bills designed to increase data centre investments and 5G infrastructure deployments. One bill amending the tax code provides sales and use tax exemptions on data centre equipment, provided owners and operators meet certain payroll and investment criteria. The bill was designed to attract large-scale enterprise data centre development to the commonwealth.

Data centres must pay at least $1 million in compensation annually to employees at the certified data centre within four years. Also in those first four years, they must invest at least $75 million if they are located within counties with populations under 250,000 and at least $100 million in counties with a population over 250,000. Meanwhile, Virginia has offered a sales and use tax exemption for computer centres since 2017 and has created over 45,000 new jobs and leveraged $10 billion in private investment.

The implementation of new tax policies that leverage private investment and encourage private-sector job growth demonstrates Pennsylvania is stepping up its economic game and competing for high-wage technology jobs.

The governor also signed legislation making it easier for 5G infrastructure companies to install the small cell antennas the wireless technology needs to deliver high-speed internet that will power connected vehicles and other next-generation technology. The legislation creates statewide right-of-way guidelines for local governments, internet service providers and the companies building out 5G infrastructure with antennas typically attached to utility poles.

While it leaves approval power with local governments by letting them process application fees from infrastructure providers, it details how long a municipality has to reply to an application and what fees it can charge. It also limits the size of the equipment and requires companies to first consider mounting their small cell antennas on existing utility poles like traffic lights or street signs before asking to build a new pole.

The new law also speeds up the approval process. If a municipality fails to approve or deny a co-location application within 60 days or an application to install a new utility pole within 90 days, the application is automatically approved. This change is going to ignite entrepreneurship and technological innovation in the country in an unpredictable way.

The federal government has also been focusing on 5G infrastructure. As reported by OpenGov Asia, The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is asking researchers and entrepreneurs for information on developing a ubiquitous and robust 5G/ Internet-of-Things (IoT) Situational Awareness System (5i SAS). The system must enhance situational awareness of current platforms and identify potentially dangerous 5G components and internet-of-things devices.

Without a way to distinguish normal 5G and IoT conditions from suspicious environments, exploits on personnel or systems could go undetected and cyberattacks would be untraceable. As the introduction of 5G will enable billions of devices connected to the network with direct communication to one another, the development of a 5i SAS capability essential

For example, modified 5G smartphones could serve as 5i SAS devices because they are common in populated areas and already outfitted with a variety of sensors that could detect anomalous activity, such as irregular heartbeats, gunshots or explosions, extreme heat or changes in acceleration.

5G-enabled devices could also be enlisted to detect suspicious electromagnetic activity in secure facilities, jamming or interference on 5G or IoT channels, unexplained device downgrades from 5G to 3G, sudden radiofrequency energy spikes that can harm personnel as well as rogue networks.

Although the request for the technology has been made on behalf of CISA, other federal and state, local, tribal and territorial governments may need to use it. If enough 5i SAS devices are issued, they could not only detect unhealthy/insecure situations, they could also triangulate the physical location of suspicious IoT and 5G devices, or jamming sources or anomalous network behaviour.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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