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      Industry 4.0 from the semiconductor industry perspective (02/01/2019)

      A paradigm shift, often referred to as Industry 4.0 (or Industrie 4.0 in Germany), is taking place. Thomas Brand, Field Applications Engineer at semiconductor manufacturer, Analog Devices, explains how this is impacting the semiconductor industry.

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      Common platforms deliver optimised solutions for machine vision systems (06/12/2018)

      The quality increases and productivity improvements associated with the adoption of industrial machine vision systems have been an integral driver in the development of Industry 4.0 and the IIoT. And as this piece explains, as the demands placed on machine vision systems have evolved over time, so too have the requirements placed on the image sensors that drive them – leading ultimately to broad diversity in their features and capabilities.

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      Industrial control and management at the edge (04/12/2018)

      Cloud applications and industrial processes used to be distinct spaces, but the IIoT is bringing data from the plant floor to the cloud and merging the distinctions between the two. And as this piece explains: at the boundary line is the ‘edge’. Edge computing – defined by devices like gateways or directly network-connected industrial devices – is where the cloud meets the concrete: where the action happens. 

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      New dimensions of facial recognition (03/12/2018)

      It was the iPhone X's introduction of Face ID, as a means to both unlock the device and make payments, that grabbed the most attention. And as this piece discusses, while face recognition technology itself may not be new, Apple’s implementation of it has clearly been significant.

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      Get a handle on gesture control (28/11/2018)

      Today, almost everyone has a touchscreen mobile phone. This method of interacting with phones, and other devices, feels so natural that even very young children can pick up a modern phone and be quite proficient after a short time. But, as this piece explains, it’s still not suitable for every situation: touch technology requires physical contact that is not possible in all environments and conditions, ruling out many applications. This is where touchless gesture control comes in.

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      Forget wearable tech: electronic medtech devices are going invisible (06/11/2018)

      As disposable as the fashion for wearables may sometimes seem, it’s actually part and parcel of the way that the IoT is using connected devices and sensors to create medical products that can truly change lives. But, as this piece explains, these devices go well beyond being wearable – they’re now becoming invisible...

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      The path to high-precision GNSS accuracy (28/09/2018)

      For fully autonomous driving to become a reality, several technologies will have to reach maturity and be rolled out in concert. One of them is affordable, scalable and reliable high-precision positioning. As this piece illustrates, the past decades have seen substantial improvements in the performance of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology…

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      "Turning the analogue into the digital": infrared sensing 2.0? (27/09/2018)

      In a connected world flooding with data, there will be many opportunities to achieve a safer, more environmentally-friendly society. But to achieve this, we must use the right technology: it is time for an IR sensor 2.0. Robert Ekström, CEO of JonDeTech, offers his thoughts…

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      Optimising real time rail maintenance efficiency (01/05/2018)

      Integrating passive UHF RFID technology directly with an IoT philosophy can significantly improve the maintenance procedures of tram and train operators; and maintenance data can be managed on a central system.