The Internet has become a major tool of the worldwide standards community. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) now provides electronic access to nearly 250 of the most frequently requested ANSI and international standards. They are available via a link from ANSI's NSSN web site at http:www.nssn.org to the organization's Electronic Standards Store. If you are looking for sites regarding European standards, a good starting point is http:www.europa.eu.int. It is the European Commission's EUROPA site, containing millions of pages relating to the European Union. Also browse through the web site for the Council of the European Union at http:www. europa.eu.int/inst-en#council. It has a multilingual web server. For facts on ISO 14000, check out the Global Environment & Technology Foundation's site at http:www.iso14000.net.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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