5 fascinating facts about world’s highest Chenab rail bridge!

World’s highest Chenab rail bridge is expected to be complete by December this year. The construction of the 359 m high bridge began in 2004. This bridge will be 35 m higher than the Eiffel Tower.

Chenab Bridge

Representative Image  |  Photo Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: Indian Railways is constructing the world’s tallest railway bridge over Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir. This bridge which will be Railways’ finest engineering marvel and is being built at a height of 359 metres above the river. It may be noted that this bridge will be 30-35 m higher than the Eiffel Tower.

This bridge will form the crucial link between Katra and Banihal which is a key part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project. The work on the installation of the main arch between two sides of the bridge has already begun, said an engineering member of the Railway Board recently. The construction of the bridge began in 2004. However, the work was stopped in 2008-09 on the account of rail passengers’ safety due to frequent high-velocity winds in the area.

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Here are 5 fascinating facts about the bridge that you should know.

1. This arch bridge will be 1.315-km-long and is being constructed at a height of 359 metres above Chenab river waters. The bridge will have railway stations at both its terminal ends.

2. Railways is planning to install sensors on the bridge to check the wind velocity. In case, the wind speed exceeds 90 Kmph, the signal on the railway track will turn red and any train movement will be stopped. As per officials, the bridge can withstand winds up to 260 Kmph and its lifespan will be 120 years.

3. Since the bridge is being built in a terrorism-prone region, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is working the Railways to ensure that this Rs 12,000-crore bridge is able to withstand any major blast. Special 63 mm-thick blast proof steel is being used in the construction of this bridge.

4. The concrete pillars of this bridge are also designed in a way that it can withstand blasts/explosions. The bridge is designed by consultants from Finland and Germany.

5. Aside from blasts, the arch bridge is also being designed in a way that it can withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8 on the Richter Scale. It may be noted that even though the bridge falls under zone 4, it is being built to handle earthquake with an intensity of zone 5 which is the highest intensity zone in the country.

Worth mentioning here is that Railways is also constructing three big tunnels- T2 (5.9 KM), T3 (9.369 km) and T14 (13 km), on the other side of the river. According to officials, over 1,300 workers and 300 engineers have been working round-the-clock to complete the bridge by May this year.

A ropeway is being installed as well on the bridge as well for inspection and maintenance purpose. The Railway had to construct 22 km of roads in order to reach the bridge site. According to reports, footpaths and cycle trails will also be constructed adjacent to the railway bridge.

Take a look at the pictures here:

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(Picture Credit: Ministry of Railways Twitter)

chenab bridge

(Picture Credit: Twitter)

chenab bridge

(Picture Credit: Twitter)

chenab bridge

(Picture Credit: Twitter)

chenab bridge

(Picture Credit: Ministry of Railways Twitter)

chenab bridge

(Picture Credit: Ministry of Railways Twitter)

chenab bridge

(Picture Credit: Ministry of Railways Twitter)

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Samsung, Apple, Tecno topped list of mobile brands with highest SOV in Q2 of 2016 – Report

Image result for samsung galaxy s5 priceLatest report released by Teksight edge Limited showing online mentions of mobile phone brands released for May and August 2016 has revealed that Samsung, Apple and Tecno topped the list of mobile brands with the highest Share Of Voice, SOV, in the second quarter of 2016 while Nokia, Injoo and Microsoft appear to be struggling to make a mark in the market. Unsurprisingly, the latter case seem to be prevailing because it is expected that a mobile phone consumer who has used more than two mobile phones in his lifetime is likely to have used devices from at least two different mobile phone manufacturers. Accordingly, the report effectively captured the SoVs of 18 different mobile brands operating across different markets of the world. From the report, Samsung generated the highest conversations month-on-month over competition. The mobile giant’s impressive online engagement figures may be attributed to the launch of its Samsung Galaxy A and Galaxy J Series at different intervals across different markets of the world in Q2 2016 bolstered also by the release of its flagship Samsung S7 March the same year (visit Teksight Edge’s official blog to access free version of the full report). Tecno, according to the report launched Tecno Boom J8 and Camon C9 within this same interval in the local market. However, on the global scene, Samsung and Apple enjoyed much stronger aspirational value. Interestingly, while the top mobile brands narrowly edged out Africa’s No. 1 mobile brand Tecno , in share of voice (SOV), the chart revealed the Chinese mobile phone maker rising profile and clever positioning on the international scene. The online media analysis conducted by Teksight edge for this report covered major mobile markets in Africa and the world including Nigeria, Kenya, China, Europe, America, South Africa, Russia, France, Germany, Japan and Korea. Consequently, a look at a chart showing media impression of some mobile brands in Nigeria revealed Tecno as commanding 40% of market’s SoV; surpassing Samsung which is second on the chart. Meanwhile, Tecno, according to the report is estimated to have about 25.3% mobile phone market share across six of Africa’s biggest mobile phone markets that is, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia and Cameroon. The Launch of Tecno’s Phantom 6 & 6 plus as well as Apple’s iPhone 7 & 7 plus in September 2016 however significantly changed SOV results in the 4th quarter. For Tecno , the international launch of its flagship Phantom 6 & Phantom 6 Plus at Burj Khalifa Dubai increased the brand’s global competitiveness and value. For obvious reasons, the mobile phone market is a survival of the fittest so brands will either have to continually innovate or gradually fade. Which mobile brands would have boasted the highest engagement figures at the end of fourth quarter 2016? Well, we might just have to wait and see.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/02/samsung-apple-tecno-topped-list-mobile-brands-highest-sov-q2-2016-report/

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Samsung Begins Shipping World’s Highest Capacity 15.36TB Enterprise SSD

Samsung Begins Shipping World's Highest Capacity 15.36TB Enterprise SSD

Samsung has announced that its PM1633a enterprise SSD, first unveiled in August, has begun shipping. The drive has a capacity of 15.36TB, which is currently the highest in the world for standard 2.5-inch SSDs. Samsung says the PM1633a will fit into standard 2U server enclosures, allowing customers to drastically increase storage density and power efficiency as well as reliability and performance.

The drive uses 512 of Samsung’s 256Gb third-generation 3D V-NAND chips, each of which has 48 layers of flash storage cells. The chips themselves are arranged in 16 layers within the drive’s enclosure, for the highest density ever seen. Samsung uses its own proprietary controller and firmware logic, and there’s also a 16GB DRAM cache. The drive uses the enterprise-standard 12Gbps SAS (Serial-Attached SCSI) interface.

Samsung claims performance that is up to 1,000 times that of SAS hard drives and double that of SATA SSDs, with read and write performance of up to 200,000IOPS and 32,000IOPS respectively. Sequential read and write speeds are claimed to be over 1.2GBps. Users can write up to 15.36TB of data per day to the drive, ie its entire capacity, without failure.

In addition to the peak capacity 15.36TB model, Samsung will also offer versions with 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 480GB of space. Prices have not been publicly announced, and there’s also no word on equivalent products for the consumer market.

The company aims to displace spinning hard drives from data centres by matching and exceeding the cost per unit of storage that currently still favours hard drives. However, the world’s largest hard drives are all 3.5-inch and capacity tops out at 10TB for now, making the PM1633a not only the world’s highest capacity SSD but also the highest capacity drive of any kind.
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Samsung has also launched its consumer-targeted external SSD T3 series in India, in capacities ranging from 250GB to 2TB. The SSD T3 is the successor to the SSD T1 (Review), and uses the newer USB Type-Cinterface. The palm-sized device also uses Samsung’s 3D V-NAND chips, and has a shock-resistant, anti-scratch body.

The SSD T3 offers speeds of up to 450MBps over USB 3.0 and promises 256-bit AES encryption for data security. You’ll need at least Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.7, and Samsung says Android is also supported through a custom app. It weighs just 51g. Samsung says the SSD T3 will go on sale in India in late March, though it is already listed by some retailers. It is priced at Rs. 10,999 for 250GB, Rs. 18,999 for 500GB, Rs. 37,999 for 1TB and Rs. 74,999 for 2TB. Each model is covered by a three-year warranty.

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