As large trucks use more electronics, it's becoming easier to monitor things like tires, door latches, temperature sensors and cargo sensors. Digi International's ConnectPort™ X5 provides an array of connectivity options, supporting cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS, vehicle area networks and satellites. Digi's XBee® 802.15.4/ZigBee or point-to-multi-point 2.4- GHz radio technology lets drivers deploy low-power sensor networks throughout the vehicle, giving them real-time information about critical elements on their trucks. The system also lets drivers use Wi-Fi-enabled devices like vehicle displays and handheld devices. Fleet managers can use satellite or cellular links to monitor vehicle locations, even employing GPS to fence vehicles into certain areas.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.