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The Apocalyptic Threat of Undead Projects

March 12, 2013 9:18 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Are there any of us who haven’t been assigned to the “undead” project? You know, those projects that seem to go on forever without ever possessing the priority or proper resources to get finally to launch, or the ones that are constantly re-directed or re-defined such that we never make meaningful progress.

Marketing Schemes through the Google [Looking] Glass

February 22, 2013 2:41 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last June, Google announced a unique device that is supposed to incorporate their technology into your everyday life. In fact, their sights seem to be set on invading every moment your eyes are open with convenient updates, recording capabilities, and, of course, an easy-to-use search engine.

Stores are Tracking Your Every Move

February 19, 2013 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you walk into a store, you basically expect that you’re going to be recorded on a security video and surreptitiously watched by sales associates lest you decide to steal anything. But did you ever stop to think what information the store is gleaning from your cell?


A Leadership Action Anyone Can Do, and Everyone Should

February 19, 2013 3:36 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

The one skill every change agent needs most, and is trained in least, is interpersonal leadership. Here is a very simple leadership action that every change agent needs to practice. In fact, anyone and everyone should adopt the habit. Proactively set expectations, and then follow through.

Engineering the Future: Do We Know What We’re Doing?

February 19, 2013 3:16 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

I assume many of my readers are either engineers, or interested in engineering and its effects on society, so what I am about to say may surprise you. It is simply this:  engineers are playing a role in American society that may end American society as we have known it up to now. Let me explain.

Who’s Managing Your Power Management?

February 6, 2013 2:09 pm | by Bob Frostholm, JVD Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Today’s complex systems employ a wide variety of semiconductor technologies. From the deepest sub nanometer processors to the Analog I/O, it’s easy to see the need for power management devices for 1.0V, 1.2V, 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.2V, 2.5V, 2.8V, 3.0V, 3.3V and more, all in the same box.

Raspberry Pi Receives 'Generous' Google Grant for Education

February 4, 2013 5:37 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Google Giving, a philanthropic department of the Internet search giant, has awarded the U.K.-based Raspberry Pi Foundation with a “very generous” grant to provide better educational tools for young students in the U.K. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Cambridge this morning to help teach programming to a classroom of local students.

How to Secure Your Devices in a Machine-to-Machine World

February 4, 2013 5:26 pm | by Peter Holmelin, VP of Development, Netop | Blogs | Comments

If you mention connectivity, most people think of smartphones, PCs, web TVs, web cams, and the Internet. But soon, these devices will make up only a small proportion of the machine-to-machine (M2M) connected world.  With the number of M2M devices set to balloon over the next few years, there are some serious security ramifications for businesses.


Making Use of Advances in the Integrated Engineering Desktop

February 1, 2013 4:56 pm | by Tony Christian, Director, Cambashi | Blogs | Comments

We encountered a revolution in the early 1980s in engineering design, with rudimentary 2D drafting systems and manual intensive analysis packages. They offered increased productivity as well as the ability to reach the physical prototypic and testing stage with much greater certainty in the product’s performance.

Optimizing Real-Time Application Software for Small Cells

February 1, 2013 4:06 pm | by Sridhar K V, Radisys | Articles | Comments

Operators are looking to deploy small cell technologies as quickly as possible to generate revenue, offload data traffic, and leverage the existing macro network efficiency. These small portable platforms have limited hardware, memory, and CPU speed so operators need real-time application software to manage their performance, stability, scalability, and efficiency to ensure customer satisfaction.

Experts’ Perspectives on Delay-Tolerant Networking at IEEE GLOBECOM 2012

January 30, 2013 2:09 pm | by Scott Burleigh, Principal Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | Blogs | Comments

Conceived as a way to build a network across interplanetary space, funded by DARPA as a way to bring reliable communications to the chaos of combat, currently serving applications as diverse as file transfer from the International Space Station and email for reindeer herders, Delay-Tolerant Networking (also known as “Disruption-Tolerant Networking”.

IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 to Focus on the Next Wave of Internet & IPv6 Deployment

January 30, 2013 1:49 pm | by Latif Ladid, President IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg | Blogs | Comments

From 3 – 7 December, IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, the premier international conference dedicated to the advancement of communications technologies worldwide, will hold its 55th annual event at the fabled Disneyland Hotel located at the heart of the Downtown Disney District and moments from the Disneyland theme and Adventure Parks in Anaheim, California.

Advancing Wireless Careers Worldwide Through the IEEE WCET Program

January 30, 2013 12:36 pm | by Rulei Ting, Program Director, IEEE WCET | Blogs | Comments

The proliferation of wireless communications rapidly shapes and re-shapes every phase of twenty-first century life and business. Worldwide industries representing finance, healthcare, transportation, public safety, security, government, and utilities are already expanding operations with advanced technologies that instantaneously relay text, data, and visuals to widespread locations, while controlling any number of remote devices.


Advancing Wireless Careers Worldwide Through the IEEE WCET Program

January 4, 2013 10:13 am | Blogs | Comments

The proliferation of wireless communications rapidly shapes and re-shapes every phase of twenty-first century life and business. Worldwide industries representing finance, healthcare, transportation, public safety, security, government and utilities are already expanding operations with advanced technologies that instantaneously relay text, data and visuals to widespread locations, while controlling any number of remote devices.

Connected Support - Wireless M2M is the Enabler for High-value Product Support

January 2, 2013 11:22 am | by Lee Vishloff, Principal Engineer, Tech-Knows Services Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Many businesses sell specialized industrial process equipment to a global set of customers and have remote support problem. These businesses are often small and medium sized enterprises with specialized skills, and are the only true experts capable of maintaining their customers’ specialized equipment in the field.

Sometimes Success Means We Break the Rules

January 2, 2013 7:29 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Not every process solution fits within the guidance of the process improvement methodologies we know. Sometimes, the best solution to the challenge comes from doing what our methodologies would decidedly not do. Rules are important, especially when it comes to governance, but they cannot possibly anticipate or address every single scenario that might come along.

National Research Council Gives NASA a C-

January 2, 2013 7:27 am | Blogs | Comments

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.

Big Brother Takes the Wheel

January 2, 2013 7:12 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

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.

Cordsets: A Critical Component for Enterprise-Wide Communication and Control

December 11, 2012 10:56 am | Blogs | Comments

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.

Wireless Force Sensing Technology Improves Biomedical Device Design and Function

December 11, 2012 10:08 am | Blogs | Comments

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.

Enabling the Development of Wireless Applications for ZigBee Novices

December 11, 2012 9:55 am | by AIR team, Anaren, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

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.

Software Innovation Frees Designers from Wireless Design Complexity

December 11, 2012 5:06 am | Blogs | Comments

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.

Will Mobile Shopping Save Last-minute Shoppers?

December 10, 2012 6:57 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

Automatic Antenna Tuning Can Compensate for Environmental Changes Affecting RFID Readers

December 5, 2012 5:42 am | Blogs | Comments

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.

Improving Quality, Traceability and Accessibility for Blood Storage

October 15, 2012 7:01 am | by Rolf Nilsson, CEO connectBlue & Christian Strandberg, CEO Tridentify | Blogs | Comments

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.

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