Rosario Bus SA TecnoBus System (http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-554). To provide improved service and reduce costs, Rosario Bus developed an integrated system for its buses that travel in and around Rosario, Argentina. A computer on each bus connects with a data center operation to provide real-time scheduling, route planning, driver training and customer satisfaction tracking. One aspect of the system ties GPS to ticketing, thus simplifying passenger boarding and fare payment. Applied Data Systems VGX embedded single board computer with Intel's RISC-based XScale PXA255 processor proved to be the application-ready platform with the technical features required for the application. For more information on Applied Data Systems' VGX single board computer, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-551.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.