Continuing Education Center
Content posted in May 2013
May 24 – Day 5: Remote & Cloud Services, Directions & Products
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5/24/2013  171 comments
We will look at cloud-based services and monitoring stations that customize automation, control, security, and energy management. Distant signaling techniques all have advantages and disadvantages, and these will be examined for POTS phone lines, smartphones, and Internet cloud-based monitoring and control. Again, architecture is key, and options such as direct control vs. procedural control will be looked at. We will take a look at cloud servers and reflectors that are available.
May 23 – Day 4: Detailed Look at Wireless Technology for Automation & Control
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5/23/2013  209 comments
Wireless technology is, for the first time, cost-effectively tackling some of the tough issues that have always hindered the widespread deployment of effective automation technologies. We will look at some of the emerging wireless protocols and technologies that the ISM bands make feasible for low-cost use. Advantages, as well as disadvantages and vulnerabilities, will be discussed, along with cost issues and security, especially for life-critical services.
May 22 – Day 3: Architectures & Topologies for Automation & Control
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5/22/2013  197 comments
We will take a more detailed look at architectural tradeoffs between central control and distributed control. The ability to manage all traffic, all conditions, and respond in a reasonable timeframe will be examined as well as functionality that may exist when a control point is not functioning. The ability of a distributed control network to share information concurrently for higher-level decisions will be looked at.
May 21 – Day 2: Architecture Overviews
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5/21/2013  205 comments
We will discuss challenges that any technological solutions face. First and foremost is cost. If any technology is too expensive, it will not catch on, even if there is eventual payback and cost advantages. Other challenges include the ability to have a unified approach that addresses both new construction and existing buildings and structures. We will also look at how automation technology reacts in emergency situations.
May 20 – Day 1: Reasons, Benefits, Advantages & Disadvantages of Automation Technology
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5/20/2013  267 comments
We will begin with an introduction to home/building automation: what is it, why do we need it, how does it work, and so on. We will discuss how any solution must be cost effective and even able to provide a payback. We will also discuss how automation technology can enhance safety, security, comfort, energy efficiency, and remote monitoring and control.
May 10 - DAY 5: Medical Data Storage
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5/10/2013  237 comments
With the sensitivities of medical data storage and retrieval by unauthorized persons, regulations such as the US HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) require data encryption and retrieval controls. We will look at repositories such as Health Vault and some of the issues that may affect embedded systems developers and how these may be approached.
May 9 - DAY 4: Medical Device Communications, Part 2
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5/9/2013  233 comments
We continue our look at communications and data storage by examining two major standards in more detail: the Continua standard (and some of the underlying standards), and the ZigBee Heathcare Profile.
May 8 - DAY 3: Medical Device Communications, Part 1
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5/8/2013  194 comments
Much is being said about the need for communications between medical instrumentation and the patient/consumer, as well as to caregivers. We will look at some of the major communication protocols and their implementation.
May 7 - DAY 2: Medical Device Safety, Reliability & Regulatory Issues
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5/7/2013  213 comments
We will discuss the safety issues of using electronics in medical devices (non-life-support), and examine the reliability and regulatory needs (which go hand-in-hand) that must be met.
May 6 - DAY 1: Executive Overview: Introduction to Medical Electronics
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5/6/2013  339 comments
A brief overview of the unique characteristics of medical electronics, concentrating on the sensing and measuring of biometric values. We will look at the different types and classes of medical instrumentation and what regulations and challenges apply.

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