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AMA Innovation Award 2019: Submit projects now

The Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) invites researchers and developers to compete for the renowned AMA Innovation Award for 2019. The AMA is looking for research and development results in sensor and measuring technology. The submission deadline is 31 January 2019. Individuals or developer teams may submit innovative research …

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Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances

The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need to navigate the world, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. The finding, published today in the journal Current Biology, enhances our understanding of active sensing behaviours …

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Versatile monitoring for rotor bearings

How can typical rolling bearing damage in wind turbines, particularly in wind turbine rotor bearing supports, be identified early and even prevented altogether? Schaeffler has a solution to this complex challenge: a combination of sensors that are capable of monitoring the critical influencing variables for this type of damage. Real …

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B&R shapes the future of OPC UA over TSN

OPC UA over TSN will be the unified communication standard of the Industrial IoT. Standardisation and ongoing development of OPC UA at the field level will take place under the umbrella of the OPC Foundation. This represents a long awaited answer to the market’s demand for vendor-agnostic, interface-free industrial communication. …

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Drones, sensors and blockchain for water quality control in the Volga river to promote trustworthy data and transparency

In Russia, approximately 70 per cent of drinking water comes from surface, while the rest comes from groundwater. Twenty-five per cent of the world’s fresh water is located in Russian territories. Unfortunately, water pollution is a major issue in this country, with more than 10 million Russians currently lacking access …

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IIoT technologies integration creates growth opportunities in the industrial cybersecurity industry

High penetration of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology in critical infrastructure and the manufacturing sector has resulted in a growing number of potential cyber-attack surfaces.  According to a recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, cyber-attacks within the energy and utilities industries alone cost an average of $13.2 million per …

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Validating rocket thermal protection before a space-shot launch

FLIR Systems reports on how the University of Southern California (USC) Rocket Propulsion Lab have used a FLIR T540 thermal camera to provide valuable data at a level unattainable with thermocouples to measure performance of rocket thermal protection system during engine ­firing. Earlier this year, the USC Rocket Propulsion Lab …

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Photonic radiation sensors survive huge doses undamaged

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have published landmark test results that suggest a promising class of sensors can be used in high-radiation environments and to advance important medical, industrial and research applications. Photonic sensors convey information with light instead of electric currents in wires. They …

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AI could help cities detect expensive water leaks

Costly water losses in municipal water systems could be significantly reduced using sensors and new artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo in collaboration with industry partners, the technology has the potential to detect even small leaks in pipes.It combines sophisticated signal processing techniques and …

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Top trends from Vision 2018

November’s Vision show in Stuttgart felt like a key moment of change for the industry. Four big themes came to fruition at the event, at least two of which felt like science fiction at the last Vision show in 2016. In fact, the show’s strapline, ‘Be Visionary’ has never felt so appropriate. Here, Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff Automation UK, explores …

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