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Harnessing the Power of IoT: Microsoft’s Unique Approach
April 19, 2017
Little could this now-famous British serial entrepreneur have known in 1999 that the name he chose to define his approach for using RFID in P&G’s supply chain would top Gartner’s 2015 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report. Hackneyed though
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Wearables: Tracking, Computing and Making Sense of Context Awareness
April 15, 2017
Wearable devices are moving quickly from concept to reality based on evolving technologies such as sensor fusion, communications and vision. Wearables have evolved to become perceptually aware agents that learn through users’ experiences, activitie
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The Edge to Enterprise - Avnet and IBM Partner to Deliver IoT Offering
April 11, 2017
This white paper examines the Internet of Things market with a lens on the complexity of the vendor ecosystem and how partnerships are enabling holistic solutions to come to market.
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Real-Time Operating Systems - What's Really at the Core
April 2, 2017
For most design engineers, the Internet of Things is referenced regularly. From an abundance of applications and security concerns to discussions about how data will be used, the topic of IoT is pervasive. When questions arise regarding the core of I
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OCF and Thread Group Alliance Boosts Windows 10 and its Smart Home Initiative
March 29, 2017
Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and Thread Group, recently collaborated to fire up the automated ‘smart home’ functionalities on the Windows 10 operating system.
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An Introduction to IoT Components
March 29, 2017
From locomotives and jet engines to baby monitors and home appliance controls, new applications are challenging the imaginations of designers — both in startup companies and within giant corporations.
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Powering the Internet of Things via Energy Harvesting
March 27, 2017
The push is on to add Internet capability to everything—often called the Internet of Things (IoT)—and the challenge for design engineers is to figure out how to power each of these IoT nodes.
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10 Companies and Municipalities that Are Harnessing the Internet of Things to Run Smarter Cities
March 25, 2017
Many of the devices we interact with today are enabled by computers and connected to the Internet. Much of the popular interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on consumer electronics, with everything from smart refrigerators to thermostats,
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The Internet of Everything is Here…or Is It?
March 18, 2017
The next great age of technology is the Internet of Things (IoT), if, that is, you believe everything you read on the Internet.
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Wearable Electronics: Four Approaches to Implement a Sensor Hub and Save Power
March 17, 2017
As more sensors are added to nearly every electronic device including smartphones, tablets and wearables, more power is needed to run sensor data and turn it into useful information.
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PoE + LEDs: An effective pairing, with some limitations
March 17, 2017
Using the evolving Power over Ethernet standard to supply DC power to LED-based lighting in place of using the AC line offers both new options and some serious concerns.
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It’s Time For The Government And The Internet Of Things
March 15, 2017
The Internet of Things or IoT has become quite the well-known term in the past year or two. What started out as a radical concept – connecting everything to everything else and to the Internet!
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Internet of Things: Designing Sensor-Based Devices with Coin Cell Batteries
March 11, 2017
A popular vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it will comprise billions of sensors gathering information about their local environment and transmitting that data back to servers in the cloud. Such data will be compiled, analyzed and shared
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Indispensable Building Blocks of Mobile IoT Devices
March 10, 2017
The concept of IoT connected devices connotes many different ideas. Some think of data centers full of servers, network switches and storage arrays aggregating untold gigabytes of random data. Others identify with Ethernet-enabled devices in their pl
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The Internet of Things at Cruising Altitude: Airlines and the IoT
March 10, 2017
What are your thoughts when you step onto an airplane? “Where’s my seat?” “Is this a Wi-Fi flight?” “I hope I make my connection.”
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How the IoT will Change the Supply Chain?
March 10, 2017
The potential applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology across any industry or sector are vast. Existing and future IoT applications promise new ways of value creation and revenue streams for businesses in a digital world.
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What’s All The Buzz About? Bees And Smart Map Technology
March 8, 2017
You’ve heard about the problems with the bees, right? Their population numbers are dwindling and that’s not good news.
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MEMs Revolutionizes Sensor Landscape
March 8, 2017
Until fairly recently—roughly 15 to 20 years ago—sensors for ubiquitous physical parameters such as pressure, motion and magnetic fields were relatively large, costly, power-hungry and electrically incompatible with standard circuitry.
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Zynq SoMs Decrease Customer Development Times and Costs
March 8, 2017
Xilinx’s Zynq®-7000 All Programmable (AP) System-on-Chip (SoC) provides a new paradigm for embedded system design.
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The Internet of Slacks? IoT and Smart Clothing
March 8, 2017
When you think of wearable technology you probably think about those fitness trackers that you wear on your wrist. What you probably don’t think about is your shirt, your pants or even your socks.
Using Programmable Logic to Build Power-Efficient Systems
March 8, 2017
The successful implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) requires new thinking about how to power connected devices.
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IoT Security: Real Problems and Solutions
By Guillaume Crinon   -   March 8, 2017
Learn about the real issues behind “IoT security,” and challenges for customers both from hardware and embedded / server software aspects.
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Differentiated FPGAs Provide Security in Today’s Hyperconnected World
March 8, 2017
FPGAs offer the fastest way to integrate a specific design into a single device. See why an FPGA might be the perfect solution for your next project.
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AC/DC Supplies: Design and Make, or Just Buy?
March 8, 2017
How to implement the ubiquitous AC/DC supply is a complicated decision with many factors and perspectives, ranging from technical to regulatory ones.
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The Internet of Things Has Thumbs – And They’re Green
March 8, 2017
It’s no surprise that technology, data and intelligent systems are transforming industrial agriculture.
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All-Around ESD and Heat Protection
March 7, 2017
See why LED lighting systems require high-performance ESD and overtemperature protection to achieve the best lifespan, maintenance costs and reliability.
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Automotive LEDs Deliver Greater Design Flexibility for Safety, Style and Efficiency
March 7, 2017
LED lighting has been making major inroads into the automotive market for two key reasons: safety concerns and energy consumption.
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One Windows to Rule Them All
March 7, 2017
Unless you’ve been on an extended vacation on a remote tropical island you know Windows 10 was released on July 29. And the hype is huge.
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An Overview of FPGAs: The Solution to Countless Design Challenges
March 7, 2017
The field-programmable gate array as a primary processing element offers many design, debug, and production benefits with few, if any, downsides.
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Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance
March 7, 2017
Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance By Steve Gereb August 25, 2016. I enjoy reading about how the data collected by Intelligent Systems will help people live better lives.
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Smart Cities: What To Look For In 2016 And Beyond
March 7, 2017
In a recent article in Government Technology, IDC research director Ruthbea Yesner Clarke discusses three trends emerging around the growing smart cities movement
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Will HaLow Open the Door for More Intelligent Systems?
March 7, 2017
Reporting on the recent announcement of the “long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology,” Jim Hunter of Tech Crunch explains why this new standard may pave the way for more connected
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Power Management Techniques for Low-Energy IoT Devices
March 7, 2017
With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), embedded designers are, more than ever, focusing their attention and efforts on system energy usage.
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Study: Digital Intelligence Driving Massive Business Transformation
March 7, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely regarded as the next revolution in technology. Cisco predicts that by 2020, there will be 50 billion things connected to the Internet, generating revenues of $19 trillion.
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One-Click Manufacturing: Could It Really Be That Easy?
March 6, 2017
One click manufacturing (OCM) is a concept that arose from the 3D printing world: design a 3D model of a part ...
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Driving the LED Revolution for Light and for Art
March 6, 2017
The emergence of LEDs as a usable and hugely beneficial light source has created a massive impact in the global lighting market. Old incandescent technology – if an approach that sees light created as a consequence of a conductor glowing and where
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LEDs: The Eyes and Ears of the Internet of Things
March 6, 2017
It may seem to be a stretch to assert that LEDs play a truly important role in the future of the Internet of Things. After all, by themselves, they’re just lights. However, with sensors tucked neatly inside and a bit of intelligence...
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Technologies and Components for Designing Electric Vehicles
March 6, 2017
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) such as the Toyota Prius and the Chevy Volt and electric vehicles (EVs) such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S are growing in popularity amid concern for global warming.
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What To Do With All That Data
March 6, 2017
Just as important as the hardware and the data it collects in an Intelligent System are the tools we need to process and analyze information. Otherwise, an Intelligent System does nothing to serve our purposes.
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Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much
March 6, 2017
You’ve probably heard in the news lately how unhealthy sitting can be. According to WebMD, sitting for long hours has been linked to mental health problems, obesity, death from heart disease and cancer, and other conditions.
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Not Your Father’s Billboards – Bing Maps Brings The Out-Of-Home Industry Into the Digital Age
March 6, 2017
When you hear the words “Outdoor Advertising” you might think of dusty highway billboards and smiling realtors on bus stop benches. 20 years ago, that was probably pretty close to accurate. Today, it’s a different story.
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Mobile Asset Tracking With Bing Maps: Keeping Your Fleet Fleet
March 6, 2017
You can have a fleet of things, like vehicles. Or you can be fleet, as in fast. OR, in the case of transportation logistics, it could mean both.
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Maps For Your Business: It's More Than You Think
March 6, 2017
If you run a business, then you want to be found. It seems like a no-brainer right? Customers have to be able to find your store to be able to make a purchase. So you put your address and a map of your locations on your website.
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Mapping For Senior Care: The Potential of Bing Maps In A Growing Industry
March 6, 2017
It’s hard to admit it, but we’re all getting old. With the huge population of Baby Boomers all entering their senior years, the number of senior Americans is higher than it’s ever been.
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Securing LED Networks in the Age of the Internet of Things
March 6, 2017
Recently, in Nuevo Arenal, a little sleepy village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a dozen criminals cut the lights to the town’s main street during the quiet 3 a.m. hour, and then injured...
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Microsoft and GE Partnership to Make Industrial IoT More Accessible to Businesses
March 6, 2017
General Electric (GE) and Microsoft Corporation recently announced the beginning of a new alliance. The technology collaboration will make available GE’s Predix platform for Industrial Internet on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses
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Internet of Things: Using Wireless-Controlled Lighting to Reduce Energy Costs
March 6, 2017
Traditional mechanical wired lighting systems offer users few cost effective options in managing usage and controlling lighting expense.
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Internet of Beer? Avnet Helps iKeg ‘Tap’ Into the Internet of Things
March 5, 2017
You might think that running out of beer is only a major concern if you are the “refreshment coordinator” for a college fraternity, but it turns out that beer inventory management is actually a pretty big deal for bar and restaurant owners these
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Strange Bedfellows: Marketing and IT
March 5, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a special alliance between two business departments that aren’t always a natural fit: Marketing and IT.
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Monitoring Impact Levels in Sports
March 5, 2017
Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is a very serious topic in the world of sports today.
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Defense/Aero Spinoffs Remain an Exceptional Source for Breakthrough Technology
March 5, 2017
Yes, automatic across the board cuts within the Department of Defense (DoD) will put the squeeze on many within the defense/aerospace supply chain.
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Defense Cuts Put Squeeze on Mil/Aero Design Chain
March 5, 2017
Cutbacks in U.S. defense spending is putting the squeeze on designers and builders of military, aircraft, aerospace, communications and intelligence equipment.
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Mitigating Cyber Attacks MCU Hardware Accelerators Boost
March 5, 2017
Over the years, cyber attacks on finacial institutions and news organizations have garnered the lion's share of attention...
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Top 5 Tech Trends in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
March 4, 2017
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) promise to enhance vehicle safety by helping to simplify the driving process, reducing sources of driver distraction and inattention that often lead to accidents. With ADAS support, drivers and their passenge
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New TFT LCD Technology Shape Infotainment for Cars of the Future
March 4, 2017
Although the technology has been around since the 1990s, the use of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT LCDs) is on the rise in automobiles.
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Getting Started in Automotive Smart Vision Design
March 4, 2017
Advances in embedded vision technology have heightened interest in applying smart vision solutions for automotive safety.
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Red Hat and Eurotech Partnership: Paving Way for End-to-End Architecture for IoT
March 4, 2017
Red Hat Inc., in its March 2016 press release, announced its collaboration with Eurotech, a leading M2M and IoT solution provider based out of Italy.
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Avnet WTWH Basics of LEDs
March 3, 2017
Using the evolving Power over Ethernet standard to supply DC power to LED-based lighting in place of using the AC line offers both new options and some serious concerns.
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The Challenge of Dimming LEDs
March 3, 2017
One of the major issues that continue to plague light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is the challenge of dimming.
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LEDs Shed Light on New Applications — From Fighting Insomnia to Healing Wounds
March 3, 2017
LED use has dramatically increased as performance improves and costs decrease. Recently, nontraditional applications of LEDs delivering surprising quality-of-life improvements have grown in number.
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