Kontron announces the KBox B-201, a high performance, compact design computer, as a new member of the Kontron Embedded Box PC family. State-of-the-art 7th Gen Intel Core processors together with an Intel Q170 Express Chipset allow for extremely high performance at a low noise level (34 dB(A) max.). To this end, the KBox B-201 comes equipped with an extremely quiet fan, making it suitable for use in noise sensitive environments. Versatile mounting options and a high number of interfaces offer high flexibility.The KBox B-201 is characterized by high performance levels requiring little space. The Mini-ITX motherboard in the compact 170×170 mm form factor is equipped with two to four processor cores: optionally, users can choose between three 7th Gen Intel Core processors (i3-7101E/i5-7500/i7-7700); on request, 6th Gen Intel Core processors are available as well. KBox B-201’s performance further gets boosted by the Intel Core Q170 Express chipset.The system offers three graphic ports in total, including two space-saving DisplayPorts V1.2, and one DVI-D interface. A 2.5-inch SSD SATA III/ SATA-600 as well as a M.2 SSD / SATA III are available as storage media for operating system or data. A mSATA SSD can be integrated optionally. Various interfaces, e.g. four USB 2.0 and six USB 3.0 ports, offer high flexibility.A serial interface (RS232/COM1) is provided for local data collection and sensor- or machine environment connectivity. Two Ethernet Ports 10/100/1000Mbit/s and a Mini-PCI plug-in card slot are available for system expansion. The Box PC runs on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB and Yokto for Linux operating systems.The KBox B-201’s housing is manufactured of continuously hot-dip zinc coated mild steel sheet (according to EN10215) and aluminium with the measurements 190x60x190mm. Five different mounting options guarantee highest flexibility. The KBox B-201 can be used horizontally or vertically as a desktop PC, or the box PC can be fixed directly behind a monitor using a VESA mounting. For mounting underneath a table, on the wall or in a control cabinet, special angle pieces are available, likewise offering horizontal or vertical operation.The Box PC can be used in ambient temperatures ranging from 0 to 45 °C. The KBox B-201’s typical application areas are image processing tasks, plant data collection, as well as manufacturing executive systems in the automation pyramid.The KBox B-201 supports TPM V2.0 encryption for secure cloud connection. Optionally, the Kontron APPROTECT Security solution can be integrated. Based on an integrated Wibu-Systems security chip and in tandem with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as “pay per use”, demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation functions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous ROHM: configuration of a sensor environment in only five minutesNext Making your device secure
No Zika reports for TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Jabn 2016 – The Caribbean is getting more Zika ready with the help of CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency). When Magnetic Media questioned the CHTA and CTO panel on the public safety issues and public health concerns of a modern world, including the new to the region, Zika virus, the six deaths in Tobago from swine flu and how crime is affecting tourism, there was confirmation that plans are activated. One of those plans included that CARPHA has issued a guide book for hotels on how to deal with Zika. Frank Comito, CEO of the CHTA exposed that there have been some cancellations of vacations as a result of the health notices in North America but there has been no hysteria. On the matter of crime, CHTA members have been proactive with visitor safety initiatives including better lighting, better landscaping, addition of CCTV, liaising with local officials and in the case of The Bahamas, there is now a Tourism Police unit. Related Items:carpha, frank comito, ZIka Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region
QR codes are not the only social action technology publishers are implementing—Hearst’s House Beautiful will be one of the first magazine to be enabled with Pinterest social action technology in print and digitally. The magazine’s June issue was peppered with Pinterest icons that allow users to share images from the publication across the social platform and the Internet.“Our ‘Kitchen of the Month,’ feature will be enabled,” says Newell Turner, the title’s editor-in-chief. “We’re just launching with this to get it off the ground, but I know that within the next month or two most of the magazine will have to be pin-able.”Since House Beautiful images and content will be able to be pinned and shared across Pinterest, the editor and publication are hoping to gain expanded exposure to new audiences. Once someone pins an image, it is shared with their followers and others across the Internet, and can be referenced back to the original source.Turner says that the “Kitchen of the Month” content was chosen to be Pinterest enabled to maintain consistency—instead of having multiple design aspects, the integration of an entire feature story provides the consumer a more streamlined experience. Going forward, different stories of the magazine, in addition to the “Kitchen of the Month,” will be enabled to be shared across Pinterest.“It’s going to take a little bit of back end labor to have the entire magazine Pinterest enabled,” says Turner. “Most of the magazine is eventually moved to the website over the course of a month, gradually and in stages. To make the entire magazine pin-able from the day it’s released, the entire magazine has to be moved to the website in one fell swoop.” The digital edition, in addition to the print magazine, will be enabled with the Digimarc digital watermark Pinterest icon. Digimarc’s digital watermarking technology allows its users to embed digital information into audio, images, video and printed materials. The publication has developed a separate table of contents (TOC) that shows readers where each social digital icon is. The icons can be scanned with the HBConnect app, which is a Digimarc scanner, or the Digimarc Discover app. House Beautiful is using the HB Connect graphic in addition the Pinterest icon to denote the image is digitally watermarked and links to Pinterest. In the digital TOC section there are instructions on how to access the application in order to scan to connect to Pinterest for consumers who may not be aware. “We know this drives people to our website, at a heavy level” says Turner. “A few weeks ago the Pinterest program was almost passing, if not passing the referral volume when compared to traffic we receive from our content syndication partnerships with Yahoo! and MSN.”Turner could not provide figures on the traffic volume. When asked about best practices with Pinterest integration, he says that the title has seen the highest engagement when an icon is placed on the cover of the magazine because it alerts users at the onset that interactivity exists.
Nita AmbaniTwitterIn a nail-biting IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium on May 2, Mumbai Indians (MI) became the third team to qualify for the playoffs after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a ‘Super Over’. And yet again social media couldn’t help but credit Nita Ambani, the owner of the IPL team, for MI’s fantastic win against SRH. And you need to know why.SRH’s Manish Pandey had kept MI players on their toes while chasing a 163-run target. Hitting the ball into the stands, Pandey’s sixer on the last ball of the innings tied the scores pushing the team to contest to a Super Over. And Nita Ambani, who was accopanied by her elder son Akash Ambani at the stadium, was seen praying to the almighty to help Mumbai Indians pull off the victory.Coincidentally, Hyderabad could only manage eight runs before Mumbai overhauled the target with ease and three balls to spare. While it was Jasprit Bumrah’s impressive tight over and Hardik Pandya’s power-hittings that sailed MI through the Super Over to the victory, Twitter users hailed Nita Ambani for chanting her secret mantras for the win.”Everything fails in front of Nita Ambani’s that secret Mantra,” a Twitter user commented while another user wondered, “What and whom does Nita Ambani keep praying to? Anyone ?”A couple of Twitter users, who were facing difficulties in their lives, were dying to know what Nita Ambani prays to almighty during the matches that helps them win the game.”I would like to know what prayer Nita Ambani does for #MI need it for tough times in my life too,” a Twitter user commented while another user wrote, “Every owner would be looking to lip read the Nita Ambani prayer. She prays team gets wickets.”
The Blessing of the Bicycles is scheduled to occur on May 7 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Ascension & St. Agnes, 1217 Massachusetts Ave NW. The church is holding the blessing to show its support for cycling in D.C. For more information, call the church at 202-347-8161.
Wind: Abbott explains that wind actually comes from the sun (since the sun heats the ground creating massive convection currents, meaning that wind is a diluted form of solar power), although he shows that wind power is economically uncompetitive with solar power in all locations except cold regions with poor sun levels. Further, a typical 1.5-MW wind turbine requires 20 gallons of lubricating oil every 5 years, which would become unsustainable in a few decades. Why a hydrogen economy doesn’t make sense Explore further Citation: How a Solar-Hydrogen Economy Could Supply the World’s Energy Needs (2009, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-solar-hydrogen-economy-world-energy.html Unlike many other current hydrogen-powered vehicles, the BMW Hydrogen 7 directly ignites the hydrogen in its internal combustion engine. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. Work by User: Mattes. (PhysOrg.com) — As the world’s oil supply continues to dry out every day, the question of what will replace oil and other fossil fuels is becoming more and more urgent. According to the World Coal Institute, at the present rate of consumption, coal will run out in 130 years, natural gas in 60 years, and oil in 42 years. Around the world, researchers are investigating alternative energy technologies with encouraging progress – but the question still remains: which source(s) will prove to be most efficient and sustainable in 30, 50, or 100 years from now? Despite the advantages, hydrogen fuel technology still faces challenges. For instance, the electrodes used in water electrolysis are currently coated with platinum, which is not a sustainable resource, and researchers are currently investigating other materials. Other issues include transporting hydrogen – a recent study has shown that it is more economical to deliver hydrogen by truck to refueling stations rather than perform on-site electrolysis. Another hurdle is storage – in terms of sustainability, Abbott suggests that the most straightforward approach is to liquefy the hydrogen. Although liquefying hydrogen requires an additional energy cost, Abbott argues that the scenario should not be mistaken for a zero-sum game as is the case with fossil fuels. Since the sun supplies a virtually unlimited amount of energy, the solution is to factor in the non-recurring cost of extra solar collectors to provide the energy for liquefaction. His calculations show that the cost of a solar collector farm used to produce hydrogen is still lower than a nuclear station of equivalent power.Overall, Abbott’s message is that there exists a single technology that can supply the world’s energy needs in a clean, sustainable way: solar-hydrogen. The difference in his approach compared to other analyses, he explains, is his long-term perspective. While nuclear power is often cited to be the economically favorable technology in the short-term, Abbott argues that the long-term return on nuclear power is virtually zero due to its limited lifetime, while solar-hydrogen power can theoretically last us the next one billion years. “The biggest challenge is escaping from the economic effects of vendor lock-in where large investments in nuclear and traditional energy sources keep us ‘locked-in’ to feeding monsters that will bring us down an economic black hole,” Abbott said. “It’s rather like the play The Little Shop of Horrors where a man-eating plant is initially fed small amounts, but then its voracious appetite sends it into a downward spiral swallowing up anyone that gets in its way.”Of course, Abbott’s analysis is just one approach in the ongoing debate on the advantages and disadvantages of hydrogen. Among several reviews published in a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE in October 2006 is an analysis by Ulf Bossel, which shows that a hydrogen economy is uncompetitive due to the energy costs of storage, transportation, etc. Abbott agrees that hydrogen is not an efficient energy storage method, but he also points out that energy from the sun is virtually unlimited, and more solar collectors could make up for the inefficiency of hydrogen technology.”The Bossel paper did not consider the case of using sun to generate the hydrogen,” Abbott said. “So, of course all the inefficiencies added up and hydrogen looked bad compared to fossil fuels. But the point about solar energy is that there is so much of it that you only have to tap 5% of it at an efficiency as tiny as 1% and you already have energy over 5 times the whole world’s present consumption.”This demonstrates that efficiency is not the issue when you go solar. There is so much solar that all you have to do is invest in the non-recurring cost of more dishes to drive a solar-hydrogen economy at whatever efficiency it happens to sit at. I show in my paper that if you do this you come out cheaper than nuclear and you take up less than 8% of the world’s desert area. … So let’s begin now, what are we waiting for?”More information: Derek Abbott. “Keeping the energy debate clean: How do we supply the world’s energy needs?” Proceedings of the IEEE. To be published.• Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter!© 2009 PhysOrg.com Abbott calculates that, in order to supply the world’s energy needs, the footprint of such a system with pessimistic assumptions would be equivalent to a plot of land of about 1250 km by 1250 km – about 8% of the land area of the hot deserts of the world. With less pessimistic assumptions, the land area could be reduced to 500 km by 500 km, corresponding to 1.7 billion solar dishes that are each 10 meters wide. At massive volumes, if these Stirling engine dishes could be produced at a cost of $1,000 each, the total world cost would be $1.7 trillion – “which is less than the going rate of a war these days,” Abbott noted. He also believes that further cost savings can be made by considering 30-meter diameter dishes, driving much larger Rankine engines, in order to reduce overhead and maintenance costs.Ideally, Abbott says, solar farms should be distributed widely throughout the world in order to avoid geopolitical stresses and minimize transportation costs. Solar farms of one or two square km could be built in deserts in many regions: the Americas, Africa, Australasia, Asia, and the Middle East.Hydrogen: After connecting these solar farms to the local electricity grid, the electricity could then be used to electrolyze water to produce liquid hydrogen to run our vehicles. Abbott suggests that the next step would be to power public transport, such as buses, using liquid hydrogen. Then consumers could buy liquid hydrogen cars and refuel at public transport depots for a transition period until existing gasoline stations begin providing liquid hydrogen refueling.”Governments should begin by setting up sizable solar farms that supplement existing grid electricity and provide enough hydrogen to power buses,” Abbott said. “Enthusiasts will then buy hydrogen cars, retrofit existing cars, and refuel at bus depots. Then things will grow from there. You gotta start somewhere.”According to Abbott, running vehicles on hydrogen rather than electricity is superior in terms of sustainability. The batteries in electric vehicles consume chemicals and finite resources such as lithium, and release high levels of toxic waste. On the other hand, vehicles that burn hydrogen simply emit clean water vapor, and do not require the unsustainable use of chemicals. Other advantages of hydrogen vehicles are that today’s gasoline combustion engines can be retrofitted to run on hydrogen, and the car manufacturing industry has infrastructure tailored to combustion technology.”With solar-hydrogen, questions of safe handling are not the issue,” Abbott said. “Industry already uses 50 million tonnes of hydrogen annually, and so storage and handling are well-trodden areas. The BMW company has demonstrated the hydrogen combustion engine in a family-sized car [the BMW Hydrogen 7]. Also, 20% of buses in Berlin use hydrogen combustion.” At the Stirling Energy Systems suncatcher dish farm being developed in California, 38-foot-diameter dishes power track the sun and each power a 25 kW Stirling cycle generator. Image credit: Stirling Energy Systems. Credit: Derek Abbott. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. For Derek Abbott, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Adelaide in Australia, the answer is clear. In an invited opinion piece to be published in the Proceedings of the IEEE, Abbott argues that a solar-hydrogen economy is more sustainable and provides a vastly higher total power output potential than any other alternative. While he agrees with the current approach of promoting a mix of energy sources in the transition period toward a sustainable energy technology, he shows that solar-hydrogen should be the final goal of current energy policy. Eventually, as he suggests, this single dominant solution might supply 70% of the world’s energy while the remaining 30% is supplied by a mix of other sources.”My starting point is as an academic who always thought nuclear was the answer, but who then looked at the figures and came to an inescapable conclusion that solar-hydrogen is the long-term future,” Abbott told PhysOrg.com. “I did not come at this as a green evangelist. I am a reluctant convert. I deliberately don’t even mention the word CO2 once in my paper, in order to demonstrate that one can justify solar-hydrogen simply on grounds of economic resource viability without any green agenda.”In his paper, Abbott begins by providing an overview of the major non-renewable and renewable energy sources. To briefly summarize:Nuclear fission: While nuclear fission power plants may at first seem to have the economic advantage, they have “hidden costs” (the biggest being the $6 billion cost to decommission after a 30- or 40-year lifetime). In addition, nuclear fission isn’t sustainable: if fission hypothetically supplied the world’s energy needs, there would only be five years’ supply of uranium; and thorium, a suggested substitute, has a recoverable supply of only half of the world’s uranium reserves. Nuclear fusion: Abbott argues that nuclear fusion, which usually involves the fusion of deuterium and tritium, is not actually clean or sustainable. In addition to suffering from the same hidden costs as fission, tritium is considered dangerous enough to require weekly cleaning (as in the case of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). Plus, tritium is bred by reacting neutrons with lithium; Abbott estimates that the world’s lithium reserves would last about 100 years if it were to supply the world’s energy along with continuing use in industrial applications, such as batteries, glass, ceramics, and lubricants. On the left is a vehicle with a hydrogen tank, and on the right a vehicle with a standard gasoline tank. Both tanks have been deliberately punctured and ignited. The top panel shows the two vehicles 3 seconds after ignition. We see that, due to the buoyancy of hydrogen, the flame shoots up vertically, whereas gasoline is heavy and spreads beneath the vehicle. The bottom panel shows the two vehicles 60 seconds after ignition. The hydrogen supply has burned off and the flame is diminished, whereas the gasoline fire has accelerated and has totally engulfed the vehicle on the right. Note that hydrogen flames are not intrinsically visible, but salt and particles in the ambient air burn off giving color to the flame as seen above. Image credit: University of Miami. On a related note, Abbott emphasizes that we need to preserve at least some of our remaining oil for uses other than energy – such as lubricating the world’s engines, as well as for making dyes, plastics, and synthetic rubber. Likewise, natural gas has industrial applications for making ammonia, glass and plastics, and coal for making soap, aspirin, tires, and other materials.Hydroelectric: Hydroelectricity currently provides 20% of the world’s electricity, with room for further growth. However, hydroelectricity could not supply the whole world’s power due to the limited availability of waterways. Plus, dams often have negative effects on aquatic ecosystems, as well as tourism, fisheries, and transport. Abbott also notes that, like wind, hydroelectric power is ultimately powered by the sun (via rain), a reminder that tapping the sun directly can offer large amounts of power.Geothermal: Pumping water below the Earth’s crust to create steam that can be used to generate electricity, geothermal power has shown to be cost-effective and sustainable, due to the large amounts of heat contained in the Earth. The downside, Abbott says, is that much of the energy is diffuse and unrecoverable, so that geothermal power could ultimately supply only a fraction of the world’s energy needs. In some cases, geothermal is also known to trigger unwanted seismic activity, and can bring toxic chemicals, such as hydrogen sulphide, arsenic, and mercury, to the Earth’s surface.Solar: For Abbott, the unambiguous leader of alternative energy sources is solar power, especially low-tech solar thermal collectors rather than high-tech silicon solar cells. Today, the world’s energy consumption is currently 15 TeraWatts (TW) (15 x 10^12 watts). The total solar energy that strikes the Earth is 166 Petawatts (PW) (166 x 10^15 watts). Even with 50% of this energy being reflected back into space or absorbed by clouds, the remaining 83 PW is more than 5,000 times our present global energy consumption. In contrast, the above sources of renewable energy (wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal) can supply less than 1% of solar power potential. The challenge, of course, is how to harness this large source of renewable, sustainable solar energy.”The fact that there simply is 5,000 times more sun power than our consumption needs makes me very optimistic,” Abbott said. “It’s a fantastic resource. We have the ingenuity to send man to the moon, so we definitively have the ingenuity to tap the sun’s resources.”Despite the improvements in silicon solar cells, Abbott argues that they suffer from low efficiencies and high environmental impact compared with solar thermal collectors. Solar cells require large amounts of water and arsenic; Abbott calculates that manufacturing enough solar cells to power the world would require 6 million tonnes of arsenic, while the world’s supply is estimated at about 1 million tonnes. Even the overall solar cell design is fundamentally flawed, he says. Solar cell semiconductor reliability drops as temperature increases, yet large temperature differences are required to increase thermodynamic efficiency. For this reason, semiconductor technology is much better suited to lower powers and temperatures, such as pocket calculators.On the other hand, solar thermal collectors are specifically designed to operate under hot temperatures. The idea is to use a curved mirror to focus sunlight to boil water and create steam, which is then used to power, for example, a Stirling heat engine to produce electricity. The system has already been demonstrated in California’s Mojave Desert, which has been using a solar thermal system to heat oil in a closed-cycle instead of water for the past 20 years.
Kolkata: A research team at IIT-Kharagpur is developing a mobile application which can monitor day-to- day activities and smoking habits of an individual and make suitable recommendations. The sensor-based health app will send alerts to the user, warning him about his unhealthy lifestyle choices, an IIT-KGP statement said Thursday. The new tracking kit, being developed by Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship at IIT- Kharagpur, can also go a long way in gauging addictive and depressive behaviour, it said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The technology, once integrated with a smartphone or a fitness band, will prepare a daily activity chart based on body movements and predict functions such as eating and drinking. The application can also monitor call and message logs and smartphone usage,” the statement said. Ram Babu Roy, assistant professor at (RMSoEE), said the application will provide personalized services after data analysis. “We did a pilot study on four participants. The research team collected GPS data as well other location-based information and took note of their physical movement. It helped us create health and behavioural profiles of the individuals,” Roy, who is leading project, said. The app will be able to process data in different environments and demarcate between “normal and abnormal activities”, he added.