New Delhi: Commercial flights are likely to start operations from the Hindon airport near Delhi by the end of June as the Ministry of Defence has given all requisite approvals, said a senior official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Hindon airport, which is around 40 kms from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, belongs to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the AAI has developed the civil enclave there. “The Ministry of Defence has approved the proposal of Ghodawat Enterprises for operation of RCS (regional air connectivity scheme) flights from Hindon airport….These RCS flights are likely to commence by end of June this year,” the AAI official said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistGhodawat Enterprises run the airline brand Star Air that is headquartered in Bengaluru. Under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s regional air connectivity scheme — UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) –many airline operators including IndiGo have bagged routes connecting from Hindon. “However, the Ministry of Defence has approved the proposal of Ghodawat Enterprises, which runs Star Air, only as yet,” said another AAI official. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 8 had inaugurated the new civil enclave at Hindon airport from where commercial flights would be operated. The civil enclave, which cost around Rs 40 crore, can handle 300 passengers during peak hours. The airport infrastructure was developed by the AAI while the approach road to the airport was constructed by the Uttar Pradesh government.
MST Global has entered into an agreement to acquire MISOM Technologies (MISOM), based in Tucson, Arizona, for an undisclosed fee. The move is a significant step in the progression of MST’s global digital transformation strategy.MISOM is a software technology company with foundations in big data, mine automation services and analytics for the mining industry. MISOM’s flagship solution, FARA, brings together Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, a tablet-based mobile app and digitisation concepts, such as big data and gamification, to create innovative and affordable digitisation of forms and asset management systems (AMS) for both underground and open pit mining. MISOM will continue to provide data warehousing and analytics services which complement FARA’s ability to use third-party data from other vendors’ FMS solutions and equipment vendor monitoring solutions.MST Global Chief Executive Officer, Haydn Roberts said, “The acquisition aligns with MST’s strategy of bringing digitisation and IoT to mining, tunnelling and construction. The innovative team at MISOM will play a key role as MST further advances these solutions, providing customers with increased safety, improved productivity and operational intelligence capabilities. FARA is unique in that it uses off-the-shelf smart devices to create a configurable mobile platform for workers and equipment for either surface or underground environments. The technology has the potential to be truly disruptive, taking technology which was previously cost prohibitive, and creating a simpler, more accessible solution, at a lower cost than current proprietary systems on the market. Finally, MISOM enables MST to offer a true IoT enabled solution that delivers on the promise of digitisation for its customers.”MISOM founder, Sean Dessurault: “MISOM creates a platform and a support model to help mines create highly innovative and affordable systems that can improve safety and productivity. This fits perfectly with MST’s wide reach in the underground market and their latest version IMPACT solution. MST’s ambition to also support the surface market is timely due to the radical shift in technology through LTE which will now rewrite surface wireless making FARA a low-cost, low-infrastructure Fleet Management System (FMS) option for mines of any size, including quarries. The entire MISOM team is looking forward to working with MST, especially MST’s highly experienced global executive leadership team.”He will continue with MST in an innovation and product leadership role going forward.The MISOM product suite will fit well amongst MST’s current software and hardware solutions, including the IMPACT network suite and new FUSION platform. It further cements MST’s continuing leadership in bringing bench-mark technologies to market for mining.