Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan spur automated weapons
Roadside bombs, civilian warriors, and urban warfare are placing onerous tasks on coalition troops in the Middle East. Most deaths and casualties are remotely inflicted, often wirelessly. More...
China aims to buy Australian coal company
It is a touchy time for a Chinese company to be buying Australian coal assets what with China accusing Aussi mining firm Rio Tinto of industrial spying. More...
Stimulus money for new U.S. power grid
The goal is to move electromechanical switchgear out of the powerhouse and have solid-state electronics run the nation's electricity distribution system. Its reaction time is 200 times faster. More...
Online sensing device smells fruit for ripeness
A new sensor could dictate shipping decisions for fruit, vegetables, and pigs. More...
Hybrid vehicle rebates of dubious value
Despite major costs to taxpayers in the U.S. and Canada, government programs that offer rebates to hybrid vehicle buyers are failing to produce environmental benefits, a new University of British Columbia (UBC) study said. More...
Global perspectives: DSM deals for biogas provider
In the Netherlands, Royal DSM NV will acquire Berlin, Germany-based Biopract GmbH. More...
Study: 'Keeping the faith' boosts productivity
Your office or firm might not own or be able to afford the latest software or computers. Nevertheless, that may not impair the productivity of your workers, concludes a Tel Aviv University (TAU) study. More...
People in Automation
Plug-ins will get unprecedented MPGs of 200-400
Fritz Henderson, chief executive of General Motors, said the Chevy Volt will get at least 230 miles per gallon (http://www.isa.org/intechnews.cfm?id=11508). More...
Pinto's Point: Cloud computing
Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are the leading players in a global race. More...
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Pipeline operators have an alarming problem as field data from SCADA systems becomes readily available. Yet, with this extra information comes more alarms and alerts that, if left unchecked, can interfere with a controller's ability to respond. More...
A case study shows OPC provides great benefit. However, the implementation of this standard in the industry is severely lacking in diagnostics to help the end user when problems arise. More...
NIST is presently working on developing an open-source test tool to aid vendors in characterizing the performance of their devices. The instrument will be capable of conducting a full series of performance tests and then reporting the results to the user. More...
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