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Beyond IoT: pervasive sensing

Beyond IoT: pervasive sensing
In manufacturing facilities, unplanned outages force continuously operating processes to go through shutdown and start-up procedures. It's under these conditions that serious incidents are most likely to occur. Ideally, manufacturers should to be able to anticipate equipment failures to prevent these outages.
16th February 2016

Microsoft to end support for Windows XP in UK ATM machines

Last month, Microsoft ended support for embedded Windows XP in ATMs. This Windows XP operating system is still used in the majority of ATMs that deliver cash to customers around the world. So, does this mean ATM customers will now be more vulnerable to cybercrime? By Paul Wilson, Product Manager, Easy Solutions.
16th February 2016

The rise of ubiquitous computing

The rise of ubiquitous computing
The concept of ubiquitous computing dates back to 1991, only two years after Marty McFly supposedly travelled to 2015 in Back to the Future Part II. The concept was first described by scientist, Mark Weiser who said: "The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it."
8th February 2016


Do Androids dream of industrial sheep?

Do Androids dream of industrial sheep?
When Google bought a small mobile software company in 2005, there was no way of knowing how prosperous the acquisition would be. Although the mammoth technology company has a habit of hoovering up exciting start-ups that tend to go on to become prestigious success, there have been a few not so awe-inspiring purchases - namely Motorola and dMarc Broadcasting.
1st February 2016

Top 10 tips for mitigating harmful harmonics

The rise of non-linear loads in industrial environments over the last two decades has resulted in the growing problem of harmonic currents and utility-level voltage distortion. Facing a lack of awareness, the industry has struggled to implement effective mitigation techniques. Here, global business development manager of CP Automation, John Mitchell, discusses offers useful tips for mitigating harmonics.
27th January 2016

Protecting your production line

Protecting your production line
Back in June 2010, malware computer programme Stuxnet hit the headlines as the first computer worm to target modern supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and programmable logic controller (PLC) systems. Industrial Control System (ICS) users became aware of how software hackers and malware could affect operation. Back then, you'd be forgiven for thinking that as a regular ICS or SCADA user, you had nothing to worry about. Five years on, everything has changed.
22nd January 2016

The challenges posed by Amazon Dash Replenishment Service

Following Amazon’s announcement of its new automated order service, Dash Replenishment Service (DRS), Neil Penny, Product Director, Sunrise Software, has commented on the challenges this new model could pose for service providers.
22nd January 2016

The art of design validation & verification

The art of design validation & verification
We've all seen Russian nesting dolls, each perfectly decorated doll giving way to a smaller one inside. Every one of those little dolls is hand turned, carefully decorated and finished with a fine gloss. Medical device design operates on a similar concept, layering smaller components together to form one machine, each component tailored to the needs of the OEM.
18th January 2016

Technology is not death to the human touch

Technology is not death to the human touch
  Channel 4 hit a home run with its 2015 series Humans, hailing it as its most successful drama in 20 years, with the first episode alone being viewed by 6.1m people. Proof that - as much as we love our smartphones - we’re all a bit concerned about the rise of the machines.
18th January 2016

The largest collection of insecure devices in the world

The largest collection of insecure devices in the world
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has just wrapped up. With 160,000 attendees, 3,800 exhibitors and almost 2.5m square feet of exhibit space, this is the largest electronics show in the world. The array of new products and technologies has been featured on virtually every media outlet from Good Morning America to the BBC. By Alan Grau, President and Cofounder, Icon Labs.
15th January 2016


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