European agencies are working to give international status to a large part of the engineering and management documents of the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS). They are supported by a mandate from the European Commission. ECSS is drafting documents for project management, and safety for space programs and engineering. The group will first submit the documents to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) for publication as European standards. They are to complement standards prepared by the European Association of Aerospace Industries, an arm of CEN. For details, contact Hugues Plissart, CEN's deputy director for standards programs. FAX +32 2 550 08 19, or e-mail him at email@example.com.
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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