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.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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