Top 15 stories on EPDT in August 2019...

Author : Mark Gradwell | Editor | EPDT

03 September 2019

Top 15 stories on EPDT in August 2019
Top 15 stories on EPDT in August 2019

As September 2019 begins, we've reviewed the most popular stories – as determined by our readers – across EPDT’s website & newsletter during the last month...

So, we’ve totted up the most clicked and read stories from the EPDT website & newsletter during August 2019 – and now, we feature the top 15 for EPDT readers to review and revisit in this post.

The list features an inspiring array of technology and topics – from the Apollo moon landings, smart gardens and an engineering manifesto for the UK's future economy & society, to concerns about facial recognition technology, AI and the future of work, plus several hot takes on the impact of Brexit and political uncertainty on UK manufacturing and business...

Review the list and you’re certain to find something of interest and/or use – and we aim to ensure that 2019 continues to deliver the same diverse and engaging mix of valuable, relevant content for you!

Here’s the list (with links to each story):

1. Editor's comment: 50 years on from the Apollo moon landings...
Unless you’ve been living under a (moon) rock, I’m sure you have been (happily) bombarded (as I was, working on EPDT’s August issue) with reminders of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission moon landings, in the run up to the 20th July.

2. Porsche invests in Israeli vision start-up, TriEye to increase road visibility & safety
Israeli start-up, TriEye, whose short-wave-infra-red (SWIR) sensing technology enables vision in adverse weather & night-time conditions, has expanded its Series A funding round to $19 million with an investment from German sports car manufacturer, Porsche.

3. Innovative sensor technologies enable more complex, faster & higher accuracy robot inspection measurements
Evolving sensor technologies are enabling robot measurement tasks in manufacturing, where there is growing need for high precision measurements over wide surface areas & expanding requirements for increased flexibility, says Chris Jones, UK MD at precision sensor manufacturer, Micro-Epsilon.

4. Neither UK nor EU ready for no deal, according to contingency planning study from CBI
A new report from the CBI, the UK’s largest business group, puts forward 200 recommendations to help accelerate no deal preparations for UK, EU & business community.

5. How GaN technology is transforming power supply design
AC-DC power supplies used in the industrial & medical industries have always had three basic requirements: reliability, a compact form factor and the ability to remain cool. Various technological leaps have made possible massive improvements in these areas, from the switch mode power supplies of the 1970s to today’s gallium nitride (GaN) solutions.

6. Strategic approach essential as police roll out facial recognition technology, says biometric authentication firm
South Wales Police has confirmed its intention to deploy smartphone-based facial recognition technology – rolling out an app to 50 police officers for an initial 3-month trial. It will enable them to take a photo & immediately analyse it to determine: “Are you really the person we’re looking for?”

7. Political uncertainty the biggest barrier to trade confidence for UK businesses, according to survey
A global survey has revealed that, compared to international peers, UK businesses are the least optimistic about the year ahead – primarily due to political uncertainty. Despite Brexit, Europe remains the UK’s preferred export partner, with 45% set to prioritise it over other regions. And UK companies want to see policy reform & incentives to help increase future exports.

8. Winning the post-Brexit war for manufacturing talent
There’s been plenty of speculation recently around talent scarcity in the UK post-Brexit – and the manufacturing industry is no exception. So what can manufacturers do to help win the war for talent?

9. Two thirds of UK adults worried AI will take people’s jobs, according to survey
According to an independent survey of more than 2,000 UK adults commissioned by AI think tank & solutions provider,, two thirds (67%) are worried that artificial intelligence (AI) will result in machines taking people’s jobs.

10. On #ALevelResultsDay, BAE Systems futurists predict top careers by 2040
On A-Level results day, BAE Systems futurists have predicted the top careers by 2040, finding that emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) & robotics will influence the work we do in the future.

11. World’s largest FPGA, featuring 9 million system logic cells, from Xilinx
New Virtex UltraScale+ device enables the creation of tomorrow’s most complex ASIC & SoC technologies, as well as the development of algorithms for AI, machine learning & sensor fusion.

12. STEM matters: #Engineering4People – global responsibility through engineering via Engineers Without Borders
The Grand Finals of 2019’s Engineering For People Design Challenge recently took place at Savoy Place, London home of the IET. #Engineering4People is one of Engineers Without Borders’ flagship programmes, aiming to produce globally responsible engineers with an understanding of community involvement, ethical practice & sustainability to help address global grand social challenges, including rapid population growth & urban densification, poverty, and food & water scarcity.

13. The growth of smart gardens: smart tech for your garden
With smartphones, cars and homes, it seems like everything is getting smarter. So why stop there? The garden, a once untouched battlefield for electronic technology, is also beginning to feel the influence of smart gadgets, as smart agri tech migrates to consumer applications.

14. Industry's first 5G location based services session completed by R&S using Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem
Technology from T&M solution provider, Rohde & Schwarz can now enable handset manufacturers & mobile operators worldwide to test & verify LBS (location based services) operation in 5G NR devices.

15. Engineering profession calls for action to secure UK’s future economy & society
The National Engineering Policy Centre, which represents nearly half a million UK engineers, has published a manifesto for a prosperous and secure economy and society, calling on government to work with them to invest in skills, innovation, digital and traditional infrastructure, and clean energy technologies.

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