Randy Frank is a contributing editor for Design News and has more than 30 years experience in automotive systems including automotive electronics, semiconductors, and sensors. Randy is the author of Understanding Smart Sensors, editor of Occupant Detection and Sensing for Smart Air Bag Systems, an SAE Fellow and former Chairman of Sensor Standards Committee in the Society of Automotive Engineers, and an IEEE Fellow and former Chairman of the Automotive Electronics Technical Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
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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