Rice Paddy Sensor Networks Improve Rice Farming

Rice is cultivated all over the world in fields known as rice paddies and it is one of the most maintenance intensive crops to grow. The rice paddy itself requires a large part of that maintenance. It is flooded with water that must be kept at a constant level, just below the height that would keep rice seedlings from growing but high enough to drown any weeds that would compete with the rice stalks for nutrients. This technique is called continuous flooding and a big part of the job of a rice farmer is to inspect the rice paddy every day to make sure the water levels are normal and there are no cracks or holes that could lead to water leakage. Continue reading “Rice Paddy Sensor Networks Improve Rice Farming”

“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”

Large Investments Are Directed Towards Development of Flexible, Sensible Sensors

Large investments have been made to enable flexible, thin sensors rather than rigid sensors. $75 million was recently awarded by the US Department of Defense to establish a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for flexible hybrid electronics in San Jose, California. Under the acronym FHE MII, this new entity will follow a hub and node approach managed by the FlexTech Alliance. Continue reading “Large Investments Are Directed Towards Development of Flexible, Sensible Sensors”

Industry 4.0 Will Be About Progressive IT

The next phase of manufacturing will be all about information technology. Which of these trends will have the most profound impact on your work?

Industry 4.0 is the brainchild of the German government and describes the next phase in manufacturing, known as the post information revolution. I came across a great primer from Boston Consulting Group that neatly describes the nine pillars of technological advancement that underpin Industry 4.0, all of which IT professionals must understand in order to effectively compete in the next 10-20 years. Continue reading “Industry 4.0 Will Be About Progressive IT”

IIoT: Changes in technology that will enable greater connectivity and how it will affect your designs

Experts discuss the changes in technology that will enable greater connectivity and data gathering, and how it will affect your designs.

Overall, the IIoT is primarily a concept—better business operations through knowledge. The basic technology to achieve this concept will be smart sensors, communication buses and analytical software. Vendors are developing creative solutions within these areas. Continue reading “IIoT: Changes in technology that will enable greater connectivity and how it will affect your designs”

Smart sensors are adding value to automation technology

The state of automation is rapidly changing, and one of the main reasons is smart devices. With such capabilities as embedded computing and storage, wired and/or wireless communications, the ability to interact with the outside world or perform autonomous actions, or some degree of descriptive or predictive analytics, smart sensors are adding value to automation technology.

In one example, a smart gas chromatograph has a built-in “software assistant” that guides even less experienced personnel through most installation, operation and maintenance procedures. Continue reading “Smart sensors are adding value to automation technology”

“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”

What stands in the way of the smart home and how the industry can overcome it

Smart homes should simplify our lives. When connected TVs in these residences come on, other devices are supposed to react. Ideally lights will dim, the phone’s ringer will mute and the speakers will stop playing music. When a smart household’s baby monitor notices an infant stirring in the night, the speaker in the nursery should begin to play a soft lullaby or white noise to sooth him back to sleep. Continue reading “What stands in the way of the smart home and how the industry can overcome it”

New Smart Sensor from LG to Turn Old Appliances into Connected Gadgets

LG has announced that the company will be showcasing the latest smart home technology and products at this year’s IFA 2015. The new announcements will include the SmartThinQ Sensor, which can be attached to existing home appliances, including refrigerators and washing machines, as well as the Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner with support for AllJoyn. Continue reading “New Smart Sensor from LG to Turn Old Appliances into Connected Gadgets”