Smart City or Surveillance City?

    Posted by David Bonneau on 06/15/16

    “Smart City or Surveillance City?”

    asks Sophie Quinton in her feature for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline this past April. That’s undoubtedly a question many city dwellers will be asking as their leaders add the enhanced technology that will classify them as “smart.”

    What exactly is a “smart city?"According to Quinton, there is no clear definition, but many cities are claiming the title by integrating information technology into city services at some level. Cities that boast the title are leading with technological innovation to improve infrastructure, safety, public services, and the overall life and wellbeing of their citizens.

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    Topics: Internet of Things, IoT Engineering

    Ohio Unveils New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-powered Bus

    Posted by David Bonneau on 06/14/16

    Members of Ohio's Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) drank water emitted from the tailpipe of the state’s new hydrogen fuel-cell powered buses to prove a point – that hydrogen fuel cells are safe. “We couldn’t think of a clearer way to illustrate exactly what ‘zero emissions’ means,” said SARTA CEO Kirt Conrad. “What better way to illustrate how fuel cell buses make our air cleaner, than by drinking the water they emit.”

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    Topics: Sustainability, Renewable Energy

    Enginasion Helps US Navy Submariners Breathe Easier

    Posted by David Bonneau on 06/03/16

    Nuclear-powered submarines can cruise underwater at
    full power for years, as their engines do not need air.
    Their crews, however, do.

    In 1965, the US Navy recruited United States Seawolf to
    design and build the first oxygen-generating system for
    the crews of its nuclear submarines. Treadwell has been
    designing and manufacturing Electrolytic Oxygen Generation (EOG) systems for the United States Navy ever since.

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    City IoT Networks to Launch across the Country

    Posted by Ben Miller on 04/29/16

    The first machine-to-machine networks from Ingenu have launched in Texas and California, but the company isn't stopping there.

    Dedicated machine-to-machine (M2M) networks capable of supporting Internet of Things (IoT) connections might just be commonplace by this time next year.

    Ingenu, a company with proprietary technology for M2M connectivity, has launched such networks in two cities as it gets ready to set up in more than 30 cities through 2016 and 2017. The networks will be open to public- and private-sector users as a means for connecting devices without forcing them to compete with more “noisy” technologies like cell phones.

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    Topics: Internet of Things, IoT Engineering

    What’s Next for IoT Security?

    Posted by David Bonneau on 04/01/16

    This past January saw the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas roll out some really innovative products. Visitors saw everything from 3D printed goodies and gigantic TV wall displays (like Samsung’s 170-inch modular TV) to self-driving cars.

    As companies race to rollout the greatest new gadget to consumers, what is the impact on cybersecurity for the quickly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) and the growing connectivity between devices? In his blog post, “Where Next on Internet of Things (IoT) Security?” Dan Lohrmann gives a quick snapshot of some of the things he found most intriguing from this year’s event.

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    Topics: Internet of Things, IoT Engineering

    Massachusetts is one of 10 States Leading the Solar Charge

    Posted by David Bonneau on 03/31/16

    We were pleased to see in a post by Government Technology’sFutureStructure that Massachusetts is one of 10 states listed as a top territory in solar energy capacity.

    According to a report published by Environment America Research & Policy Center, “the Top 10 states with the most solar electricity installed per capita account for only 26 percent of the U.S. population but 87 percent of the nation’s total installed solar electricity capacity. These 10 states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and North Carolina – possess strong policies that are enabling increasing numbers of homeowners, businesses, communities and utilities to ‘go solar.’”

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    Ultra-Low Power Embedded Development

    Posted by David Bonneau on 03/31/16

    Low power computing is all about turning off system components whenever possible. The CPU uses power with every switch of the clock, and the higher the CPU’s clock frequency, the more power it requires.

    Crystals are expensive to fabricate, so many CPU manufacturers recommend using watch crystals. While the CPU has a very low frequency crystal (3.2 KHz) the CPU multiplies the clock frequency into MHz frequencies and the power consumption soars.

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