Improving sensor performance for avoiding problems in bridges and dams

New fiber-based sensor could quickly detect structural problems in bridges and dams. Today, there is great interest in using distributed sensors to continually monitor the structural health of large structures such as dams or bridges. With 1 million sensing points, a newly developed fiber optic distributed sensor could offer significantly faster detection of structural problems than is currently available. Continue reading “Improving sensor performance for avoiding problems in bridges and dams”

Smart City of Rotterdam – Three Marvellous Innovations (Video)

Smart City Rotterdam – Three Marvellous Innovations. Once the largest port of the whole world, Rotterdam is now reinventing itself as an innovative and up-and-coming hotspot of Western Europe. You couldn’t have missed awesome buildings like the Markthal, the massive ‘De Rotterdam‘ and its grand futuristic Central Station. Buildings like these are only part of the vibe that propelled Rotterdam to the top of listicles by the likes of the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide. Continue reading “Smart City of Rotterdam – Three Marvellous Innovations (Video)”

“Why There Is an Increasing Demand for Smart Information to Keep our Infrastructures Safe”- explained by Philip Keenan, CSIC Cambridge

“Why There Is an Increasing Demand for Smart Information to Keep our Infrastructures Safe”- explained by Philip Keenan, CSIC Cambridge

Philip Keenan runs business development for Cambridge University’s Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. He explains why there’s an increasing demand for smart information to keep our infrastructures safe. Continue reading ““Why There Is an Increasing Demand for Smart Information to Keep our Infrastructures Safe”- explained by Philip Keenan, CSIC Cambridge”

“Sensors to sweat the assets”, Presented by Peter Laloli, TNO

“Sensors to sweat the assets”, Presented by Peter Laloli, TNO, at Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference

Important critical infrastructure is indispensable in the supply chain of energy, in transportation and in protection against water flooding. Massive investments in critical infrastructures have been made to reach the current level of economic and social development. Continue reading ““Sensors to sweat the assets”, Presented by Peter Laloli, TNO”

“Crowd Sensing, Crush Prevention”, Presented by Vassilis Zachariadis, CSIC, University of Cambridge

Our public transport infrastructure has never been busier, with ever-increasing demand and pressure. High concentrations and volumes of people in public transport stations during rush hours pose significant risks to passenger safety and hinder optimised use of the available system. Ahead-of-time prediction of passenger flows has the potential to provide asset managers with the ability to foresee emergent congestion and and other unexpected interruptions and allow them sufficient time to act early, mitigate the impact of excessive demand and improve passenger safety and comfort. Continue reading ““Crowd Sensing, Crush Prevention”, Presented by Vassilis Zachariadis, CSIC, University of Cambridge”

Micro-Sensor Offers Vibration Sensors for Curve Detection and Derailment Protection for Trains

Berndt Opitz, Development Manager at Micro-Sensor, part of the Micro-Epsilon Group, discusses how high performance sensors are helping rail operators to increase train maintenance intervals by using curve detection and derailment protection with on-bogie vibration measurement. Continue reading “Micro-Sensor Offers Vibration Sensors for Curve Detection and Derailment Protection for Trains”

This Smart Walk Sign Knows If You Need Extra Time To Cross The Street (VIDEO)

When you’re waiting to cross the street, the crosswalk signal doesn’t know if you’re out for a morning run or you’re an 86-year-old with a walker. Like other infrastructure, it’s designed based on averages. But as smart tech grows in cities, a walk sign or streetlight may eventually know who someone is—and tailor itself for any particular needs. Continue reading “This Smart Walk Sign Knows If You Need Extra Time To Cross The Street (VIDEO)”