By Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos The U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has just been judged by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) at the instigation of Congress. That branch of government wanted an independent assessment of NASA’s strategic direction and goals in light of continuing fiscal constraints and national priorities.
Is placing black boxes in automobiles really an invasion of the driver’s privacy? While I am all for the advancement of automobile safety, I wonder if placing black boxes in a cars is stepping over the privacy boundary? A recent article, “Black Boxes in Cars Raise Privacy Concerns” discussed the placement of event data recorders, also known as black boxes, being placed in new cars and light trucks – such a development caused me to raise an eyebrow.
By Eric Sipe, Custom Product Engineering Manager, TURCK Industrial cordsets are required for nearly every operation in a manufacturing plant, providing a key component for everything from providing sufficient power distribution to enabling facility-wide communication and control. Reliable cordset solutions are necessary for achieving and maintaining continued application operation and employee productivity.
Advancements in wireless force sensing technologies have improved the design of biomedical devices for patient utilization. By Jeannine Croteau, Marketing and Mark Lowe, Product Manager The medical device industry is constantly evolving due to the progressive nature of technology. Design engineers and consumers are looking for sleeker, smaller medical devices that do not inhibit their every day activity.
Manufacture seeks to provide ‘total solution’ of hardware, firmware, and support to decode ZigBee for relative novices of RF and software As a wide range of private companies and other standards-promulgating bodies compete to establish their respective wireless protocols as ‘the default’ for a given niche (e.
New 2.4GHz wireless SoCs integrate silicon radios, powerful microprocessors and flash memory together with a novel approach to software architecture - making it much easier to develop winning applications By Thomas Embla Bonnerud, Director of Product Management at Nordic Semiconductor The 2.
Growing up I always knew December 24th was a very important day for my father. He would wake up early (well, late for him), make a pot of coffee and call upstairs for my sisters and me. After a few minutes, and a few more shouts from Dad, we’d all eventually make our way downstairs. We knew very well what to expect, as every year without fail he would wait until Christmas Eve to go shopping for Mom.
By Prashant Dekate, ams AG Commercial RFID readers have been available on the market for over 20 years and are designed for a wide variety of end uses and therefore appear in various design implementations. Some examples include portable desktop readers, mobile handheld devices, and fixed machine or wall-mounted equipment.
Blood and blood components are critical for saving lives of patients following surgery, or when treating traumatic injuries and hematological deceases. The supply of blood components is a vital part of modern healthcare. Blood is a wonderful voluntary gift that can only be obtained from personal donations and every measure should be taken to honor this gift.
Wireless charging technology has been recognized as a very attractive solution to a wide range of applications because it conveniently replaces power cords and charging cables. This emerging technology is being adopted for charging mobile phones and other handheld devices  . Several major mobile communication service providers in Japan, Korea and the United States offer smartphones readily equipped with wireless chargers.
The morning of December 4, 2011 began normally for the team of Air Force technicians. As they settled into their shift flying unmanned aircraft over Afghanistan, perhaps they chatted casually and swapped stories from the weekend. Very soon, however, their conversations were interrupted by shrill alarm sirens blaring from their control monitors.
Personal battery-powered devices range from single-cell devices such as cell phones to multi-cell devices such as electric cars. Range anxiety is a common issue among all battery-operated electronics. Users are anxious if they can catch the end of the movie before the battery on their tablet runs out of charge, or if they can drive their electric car to the next charging station before they get stranded on the freeway.
In wireless systems, interference in the wireless channel can be quite problematic, degrading the reception of desired signals. It can originate from a variety of intentional, unintentional and incidental radiators and occurs in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. With the growing scarcity of radio frequency spectrum and ongoing efforts to improve its utilization for the highest capacity and performance (e.
In today’s complex wireless ecosystem, as our mobile devices have continued to evolve, users have come to expect continually improving functionality. Accordingly, chipset vendors, device and infrastructure OEMs, and carriers are challenged to keep up if not accelerate the pace of innovation while maintaining high product quality.
As wireless operators continue to build out their infrastructure to support ever-increasing bandwidth requirements, one commonly overlooked aspect that has a significant impact on operational cost is enclosures and cabinets needed to house electronics. Outdoor equipment enclosures enable wireless operators to save substantial time, labor, space, capital and operational expense as compared to prefabricated buildings and shelters, while meeting their exact needs for equipment mounting, thermal management, coaxial and fiber cable management, power and battery backup.
In today’s consumer products, USB and HDMI™ have become household names and are synonymous with ultra-portable connectivity and HD video. As technology has improved and as the consumer’s demands for more features, high definition (HD) video playback and social networking capability continues to grow then so has the challenge constantly increased to maintain the ultra slim form factor on mobile products that help us to stay connected with the world.
When examining Flame, the most sophisticated malware that has appeared to date, investigators discovered an interesting feature: Flame can steal and transmit data from computers that have no Internet connections. Flame does it by using unsuspecting humans for bi-directional data transport. Flame begins the process by copying itself to every digital storage device that it encounters, including USB sticks and external hard drives.
By Tim Bradow, VP of Marketing, Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) Advanced solid-state batteries together with ambient energy harvesting provide a permanent eco-friendly power solution for deploying wireless sensor networks in Smart Buildings. Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are self-organizing, self-healing networks of small sensor nodes and are positioned to transform a variety of industrial sensing applications, including building automation (occupancy detection, HVAC, lighting controls, etc.
By Anders Lundgren, IAR Systems As ZigBee gains traction in the home automation and light industrial arenas, the right development tools make the difference in power savings. The ZigBee wireless protocol has been around for a number of years, but is just beginning to make a significant impact on the market.
As more and more battery-powered medical devices get utilized in the home or get worn by the patient, it is becoming increasingly critical to make this equipment less susceptible to patient-error. An innovative battery holder technology makes battery replacement virtually fool-proof, providing added protection against incorrect battery replacement, which can jeopardize product safety and performance.
Ever wondered how non-line-of-sight (NLOS) backhaul really works? And how NLOS backhaul is different from Line-of-Sight (LOS) backhaul? I will explain the difference here and highlight some key issues that make a very big difference in the performance of NLOS systems. A fundamental practice in designing wireless systems is to understand the characteristics of the propagation channel and to design a system that takes advantage of such characteristics while mitigating for different impairments.
The new Smart Home is much more than just the connected home – it is about a truly smart home that combines the best of the connected home, the new Internet of Things, as well as the Internet of Tiny Things, with the marketing and business platform provided by the world’s leading entertainment and service providers.
Is the year already half over? Where did the time go? Some of you may have seen my blog back in February about the "12 Communication Trends for 2012." Six months later, the cool thing is that this continues to be a very hot and relevant set of topics for just about anyone who wants to quickly get a perspective on the top communication trends and how to plan for them.
By Mark Keenan, Director of Real Wireless Ltd It is hard to believe that the 2012 Olympics are over, but so is our successful quest for the epic event’s “in-building wireless” Gold Medal at Wembley Stadium. Like the athletes that graced Wembley and the other Olympic venues, we found that research, planning, practice and the use of the latest technology would be the keys to our Olympic success.
Transducers for Equipment Monitoring and More When choosing an analog measurement transducer for a variety of instrumentation monitoring applications including machine monitoring, quality assurance, and more, you will be given a choice of signal types. The most common signals for these transducers are either voltage (0-5 volts DC, or 0-10 volts DC) or current (generally 4-20 milliamps).