By the year 2020, thousands of kilometers of new grids will be operating in Germany to permit even more extensive use of power from renewable sources. However, these new “smart grids” also come with increased complexity, costs and vulnerability. Fraunhofer researchers developed new software that can be used to analyze and optimize transport grids for electricity, gas and water even at the planning stage, based on numerical simulations.
Transmission system operators must assess precisely the supply of electricity from renewable energies for the next day in order to market this electricity on the European Power Exchange (EPEX) as effectively as possible. The sharply fluctuating supply of solar and wind energy makes reliable forecasts even more difficult.
Alien Technology announced industry alignment on a chip-based serialization schema, termed MCS (Multi-Vendor Chip-Based Serialization), to facilitate serialization for brand-owners using passive RFID tags for item level tagging. MCS is designed to address applications using the Serialized Global Trade Identification (SGTIN-96) for universally identifying products in the supply chain and complies with the guidelines set forth by GS1, the standards body for Electronic Product Code (EPC).
Omni-ID hosted a press conference last week at the MIT Auto-ID center to formally launch its new ProVIEW Visual Tagging System. Today, at RFID Journal LIVE! -- the RFID industry's leading event, the company is unveiling the system and demonstrating this groundbreaking technology. ProVIEW is the first Auto-ID system in the industry to combine re-writable visual instructions with RFID asset tracking capability and real-time cyclic process communications software designed for moving assets.
Alien Technology and Digital China announced a strategic relationship for RFID sales, product offerings and solution delivery to customers in China. Digital China provides customers with sophisticated application-based IT solutions, driving technological innovations for work and personal life while enhancing the digitalization process in China.
A group of major companies involved in smart utility network products and technology announced the creation of the Wi-SUN (Wireless Smart Utility Network) Alliance to support certification and promotion of an interconnect standard for wireless smart grid devices to better communicate from remote locations and with home appliances.
University of Arizona physicists are making discoveries that may advance electronic circuit technology Graphite, more commonly known as pencil lead, could become the next big thing in the quest for smaller and less power-hungry electronics.
Researchers have shown that popular free smartphone apps spend up to 75 percent of their energy tracking the user's geographical location, sending information about the user to advertisers and downloading ads. "It turns out the free apps aren't really free because they contain the hidden cost of reduced battery life," said Y.
To enable radio reception in electric vehicles, manufacturers must install filters and insulate cables, since electrical signals will otherwise interfere with music and speech transmissions. Now, using new calculation methods, researchers are paving the way for pure listening pleasure while also helping to lower the associated costs.
Google co-founder Larry Page has a Facebook fixation. When he replaced his mentor Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO last April, Page insisted that the company had to be more aggressive about countering the threat posed by Facebook's ever-growing popularity. Page responded with a social networking crusade that is still reshaping Google Inc.
Union contracts for 40,000 AT&T workers expire at midnight Saturday, putting the company at risk of a strike. The workers are on the local-phone and long-haul data side of the business, and located mainly in the Midwest and California. AT&T and the Communications Workers of America say negotiations are continuing.
Lemos International Chosen to Represent and Distribute Oscillators in Central and Eastern US, and Canada for RFX Ltd.April 4, 2012 5:02 am | Comments
Lemos International Co. Inc. was chosen to represent and distribute Oscillators in Central and Eastern US and Canada for RFX Ltd. Out of Scotland: ABOUT RFX The company designs and manufactures high frequency innovative precision OCXO, TCXO, VCXO and PLL designs from 1MHz to 2.4GHz and GPS synchronized precision OCXO modules from its modern production unit based in Livingston, Scotland.
Memory devices based on magnetism are one of the core technologies of the computing industry, and engineers are working to develop new forms of magnetic memory that are faster, smaller, and more energy efficient than today's flash and SDRAM memory. They now have a new tool developed by a team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland Nanocenter and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden—a method to detect defects in magnetic structures as small as a tenth of a micrometer even if the region in question is buried inside a multilayer electronic device.
Stay in the pink with Bluetooth personal health monitoring Researchers in New Zealand have developed a prototype Bluetooth-enabled medical monitoring device that can be connected wirelessly to your smart phone and keep track of various physiological parameters, such as body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and movements.
Electrochemical capacitors (ECs), also known as supercapacitors or ultracapacitors, differ from regular capacitors that you would find in your TV or computer in that they store substantially higher amounts of charges. They have garnered attention as energy storage devices as they charge and discharge faster than batteries, yet they are still limited by low energy densities, only a fraction of the energy density of batteries.