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Arrow Electronics Helps Rural Students Be 21st Century Ranchers

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While many high school students likely spent last fall playing video games and making TikTok videos, a group of teenagers in rural Colorado learned to use technology provided by Arrow Electronics to improve local ranching operations. The project, based in Eads, Colo., is a joint effort by Arrow and the Nathan Yip Foundation to fund technology investments designed to help make agricultural work safer and more efficient.

Utilities Must Constantly Be on Offense in Cat-and-Mouse Game Against Hackers

Facing increased risk by hackers, utilities are ramping up cybersecurity
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For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based  renewable  energy  developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the  West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages  resulted.

For Utilities, the Road Map to Resilience Must Be Focused, Holistic

With greater technological dependency comes greater responsibiilty
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As climate change continues to flex its catastrophic muscle, a storm is brewing for U.S. utilities. The scourge of extreme weather events — prolonged droughts, pounding hurricanes and deluges blamed for unprecedented flooding — are joining wildfires as challenges that have utilities scrambling to harden their assets to provide the resilience that consumers and regulators demand. Unrelenting threats of cyberattacks and the rising number of technologies that increase the load and strain on infrastructure assets add to the complexity.

5G Implementation Comes Down to Communication, Collaboration

The lure of 5G is strong, but implementing at scale will require extensive collaboration
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There’s no doubt that the lure of 5G digitalization is strong. This wave of next-generation connectivity is expected to usher in exciting new opportunities such as wide-scale adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), along with all its innovative new technologies that promise to change how we live, work and play.

The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Private Utility Networks Bring Efficiency, Control and Reliability

Private Networks Promise Utilities Giant Step Towards Reliability
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Reliable communications networks are crucial to allow utilities to deliver an uninterrupted supply of power to customers. With high-speed wireless technology at the fore, and the addition of hundreds of new field applications that  require  communications  networks  —  including  Long-Term Evolution (LTE) — a digital utility is built on communications that extend to the edge. Converged networks employing IP-advanced private   wireless   networks   enable   these   systems   to   become more efficient and extend deeper into the distribution system, where   they’re   most needed.

Communication Networks Are Key to Delivering the Grid of the Future

New Black & Veatch Smart Utilities Report analyzes major trends reshaping the grid
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Distribution modernization is inevitable as advances in energy production, storage and control give rise to a new energy marketplace happening at the local distribution level. This evolving landscape leaves utilities questioning how they can maintain the reliability, efficiency and security of their operations, while managing two-way power flows and the influx of digital devices and distributed energy resources (DER).

Tech for Change — How Developers Can Boost Performance in a Braille Tablet With the Qualcomm

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Editor’s note: DigitalTrends.com is a comprehensive source of information about consumer electronics and technology. Its “Tech for Change” series of content shines a spotlight on technical innovations that make a meaningful impact. A recent article featured HumanWare, whose BrailleNote Touch Plus is an Android tablet equipped with a movable, braille display for vision-impaired users. Mistral Solutions provided the engineering design services.

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Editor’s note: DigitalTrends.com is a comprehensive source of information about consumer electronics and technology. Its “Tech for Change” series of content shines a spotlight on technical innovations that make a meaningful impact. A recent article featured HumanWare, whose BrailleNote Touch Plus is an Android tablet equipped with a movable, braille display for vision-impaired users. Mistral Solutions provided the engineering design services.

The Long and Short of 77 and 24 GHz Automotive Radar

by Hwee Yng Yeo
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There is much debate on who invented radar. One of the very first contenders for the position of the world’s oldest radar was the “telemobiloscope,” created by German inventor Christian Hülsmeyer and patented in 1904 (Figure 1). Apparently, Herr Hülsmeyer was inspired to invent a machine that could prevent collisions, after witnessing a grief-stricken mother whose son was killed when two ships collided. The spark-gap telemobiloscope worked well, detecting ships from as far away as 3,000 m.

Tetra Pak Collaborates With Hexagon in Smart Plant Engineering Platform

Virtual design and visualisation of entire plant solutions enables the use of digital twin technology and optimal solutions​
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January 9, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, announces a collaboration with Hexagon’s PPM Division, the leading global provider of engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities, to enhance Tetra Pak’s Smart Solutions Platform.

Black & Veatch Telecom Reaps Rewards of AI in Field Service

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Data flows fast and furious among a distributed workforce, and digitalization and connectivity continue to replace more traditional methods of field and office management as companies strive for ever-greater efficiency and flexibility. This is particularly true for the telecommunications industry, with its large, distributed infrastructure projects and extensive field services workforce, where the availability of fast, seamless communication can make or break a project.

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