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    Since last summer’s hack of a connected Jeep, auto cyber-security has become a red-hot issue, one that automakers cannot avoid. And with connected cars expected to be a durable trend, the need for over-the-air software and updates that cannot be hacked is crucial. Semiconductor company Rambus has developed a new...

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    The Belgium-based Imec Research Institute has developed an IoT chip that supports five LPWA (low-power wide area) networks. This system on chip consumes only 8 milliwatts in receive mode and 113 mW when transmitting data. It operates in the 780-930 MHz ISM band, networks, including Sigfox and Wireless M-Bus, geared...

    Everyone knows about air guitars, but does “air type” mean anything to you? Tap Strap is a wearable, smart device full of sensors that turns everything you touch into a typing surface, from a table to a car trunk…even your head. Just slip the device over your fingers, pair it with your phone or computer and start...

    Visitors to this year’s Hannover Messe learned how 3D products could be personalized before printing through a 3D customizing cloud engine. Germany-based trinckle 3D demonstrated its web-based software system that allows businesses to create and offer customizable products for both consumer and industry use. Heralded...

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    The cloud may be a very promising technology, but sending industrial or consumer data to the Web raises multiple data protection and privacy questions. At Hannover Messe, Microsoft announced that its Azure IoT Suite will be able to connect to the Microsoft Azure Deutschland cloud, resolving compliance issues for its...

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    OPC UA is turning into the de facto standard for M2M communication. A good example of this trend is Festo’s announcement that it will now “use OPC UA as the communication interface for new products.” The company has embedded OPC UA in the latest version of its CPX automation platform. As Festo Product Manager...

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    Industry 4.0 has proven a popular theme again among European companies at Hannover Messe this year. But the picture appears different in the United States, where the term is barely uttered. However, that doesn’t mean America is lagging behind.   Defining Tomorrow’s Factory Industry 4.0 is a collective term used in...

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    Though 4G networks are not yet deployed all around the globe, the next-generation mobile standard has already begun to take shape. 5G was the megatrend at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Yet its definition won’t be complete until 2020.   “On the Path to 5G,” “Building Next-Gen Standard,” “5G: the...

    Feeding and monitoring calves on large dairy farms can be a major, time-consuming chore. In addition, health problems are easy to miss. Focus on two companies that aim at facilitating the process.   Cows Enter the Digital Field The German company Förster-Technik wants to streamline calf feeding with its Smart Calf...

    Developed by Finnish company Quanturi Oy, the Haytech monitoring system helps farmers prevent fires. Temperature rise in hay is an early sign of fermentation, causing degradation and the danger of spontaneous combustion. During stacking, a Haytech sensor probe is inserted into each bale to continuously measure its...

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