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2017年8月17日 (木)

State-owned construction company set up in Xiongan

Xiongan New Area disclosed on Monday that it has established a State-owned company for the investment and construction of local infrastructure and other facilities, a major step toward creating a new economic zone in the area.

The company-China Xiongan Construction & Investment Group Co Ltd-was set up on July 18 in Rongcheng county in North China's Hebei province, with a registered capital of 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion), according to the website of the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System.

It was approved by Hebei provincial government, which is also the only shareholder of the company.

Its chairman and general manager is Zhang Weiliang, who used to be an official in the government of Xiongan.

The company also has two other directors and six supervisors, the website showed.

With innovative investment and financing patterns, the company will raise funds including social capital to build in the area.

The projects involve the land development, constructing residential and commercial buildings, improving the environment and tourism development of Baiyangdian-a freshwater lake in the area, as well as building infrastructure such as transport links, energy and public facilities.

China announced its intention in April to set up Xiongan New Area, a planned new economic zone of national significance to help phase out some non-capital functions from Beijing.

It is located about 100 kilometers southwest of downtown Beijing and covers Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin counties in Baoding, Hebei.

It will eventually cover 2,000 square kilometers.

Since Xiongan is new, the current transportation and commercial facilities in the area need to be improved, Zhang Gui, deputy head of the Research Center for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Development at Hebei University of Technology, said in a report by Beijing Business Today.

But to do this, the company will not just carry out the direct investment by itself; it will also help leverage more investment from social capital to promote the area's construction in various fields, Zhang said.

"In the future, private investment in Xiongan would possibly exceed 100 billion yuan, even reaching the trillion level," Chen Ji, a business researcher with the Capital University of Economics and Business, was quoted as saying by the report.

Before the establishment of the company, many enterprises made plans or wanted to participate in the construction of the area, such as China Railway Group Ltd, which has set up a subsidiary in Xiongan for participating in the construction of local infrastructure.

2017年8月 3日 (木)

Logitech Circle 2 is a great surveillance system, but for a price

Accessible home monitoring should be more than just being able to buy a security camera. It means having a packaged software experience, where you should be able to link cameras over a secure cloud connection while mounting them on walls, glass or the outdoors Dating Service.

Because we live in the age of connected devices, being able to interface with Alexa and HomeKit software should not only be a bonus but a given. Luckily for you, the Circle 2 does all of it.

The only nagging requirement is setting aside a personal surveillance budget, but otherwise the Circle 2 is a great monitoring device boutique hotel hongkong.

Now you can spy… or catch the package thief

 

If you wanted to catch a thief at the door before they run away with your package — I may be projecting here, but it happens — then a single Circle 2 is great for that. However, if your goal is to catch a break-in, you would at least need a camera at the entrance and another in the living room or kitchen, with accessories to match.

A speaker/microphone duo exists in the camera, allowing you to communicate briefly with whomever you see via the Logi Circle iOS/Android app. It functions as a push-to-talk feature within the app or a signed-in desktop.

 

Video quality is solid, outputting up to 1080p HD video with a 180-degree wide-angle lens. Though maybe not as impressive, the automatic night vision has visibility up to 15 feet and lets me see moving objects, not including a stray cat international student exchange programs.

Regarding software, there’s a neat feature that lets you avoid sitting and watching a whole day’s worth of footage to find something of interest. Within the Logi Circle app you can scroll through time, every two to six minutes or so, or have it compressed into a “day brief.”

The next time someone says they knocked on your door, you can hold them (or yourself) accountable thanks to the app.

Getting more out of the Circle 2… requires more money

 

So, you have your first Circle 2 camera, which is great! Now, what if you’d like to say, mount it to a glass panel, mount it outdoors or, better yet, make it wireless and keep it anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi connection? You’re going to need accessories — a lot of them.

 

The window mount ($39), battery pack ($49) and outdoor mount ($29) are just a few offerings from Logitech that extend the Circle 2’s functionality. If you buy three cameras, plus the mentioned accessories for a two-bedroom apartment, your total comes out to $657 (excluding taxes).

But wait, there’s more! Circle Safe, the service Logitech built with AES 256-bit dual-layer encryption, only enables person detection and motion zone awareness (say you wanted to monitor movement at a front door) with a premium subscription plan. This service costs $10/month or $99 /year, per camera. For comparison’s sake, Canary’s connected cameras cost $10/month to run, but supports three cameras as a start.

Assuming you went with the monthly plan, that’s $30 to maintain three cameras, every month. It’s true, the Circle 2 platform works well and has great software, but keeping the show running can be pricey.

Thankfully, if you’re going for the wireless Circle 2 ($199), it comes bundled with the $49 battery pack, so you do save a little on accessories there. It’s something to be mindful of.