Electronic technologies are helping reduce energy costs by tracking energy thieves. Moscow Incotex Co. Ltd. is implementing automated meter management systems throughout Russia and the Ukraine, collecting information from consumer energy meters over power lines. A key goal is to prevent theft and pinpoint the location of energy losses. Incotex’s Mercury PLC AMR sends signals between the utility and meter over power lines. Modules transmit data at up to 100 different frequencies in two directions, ensuring reliable transmission over noisy lines that were not built to handle communications traffic. Texas Instrument’s MSP430 microcontroller and TMS320C2000 digital signal controller are used to handle data and maintain signal reliability.
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
In today’s connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?
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