IoT sensors empower the senses that bring AI to life

first_img“Everything we call real is made up of things that cannot be regarded as real” – Niels BohrFor many, the “virtual world” of AI and the “real world” in which we live seem to perpetually be at odds. With AI largely being academic or theoretical in nature for most of the past 60 years, it’s easy to see why many question the potential of it being truly useful in our “real world.” But, in reality, those two seemingly different worlds are not actually worlds apart — AI’s virtual world has real world applications.See also: 4 ways AI is enabling the IoT revolutionLet’s challenge this premise of separate worlds with an experiment. Close your eyes and picture your favorite person. Imagine that person speaking your name and touching your face. Your mind is able to intelligently enable you to see that person, hear that person and feel that person, in your head. Now close your eyes and imagine adding 131 + 17.Notice how the mind visually presents those numbers to you, and enables you to think through the problem in your own voice? These things are not occurring in the physical world. The non-physical world where our mental activities occur is similar to the virtual world of AI.Don’t miss your chance to attend our IoT Revolution SymposiumThe moment we open our eyes after this exercise, it’s easy to look through them and hold onto the traditional Newtonian views that the foundation of our universe is defined by physical material reality. This is because our five keen senses (what we see, smell, touch, hear and taste) do such a great job in connecting our conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind with the physical world that the non-physical and the physical world appear to be one.Without any senses, some argue that our minds would be incapable of connecting to the physical world at all, let alone converging both. This is the same argument used to explain AI’s inability to connect in a meaningful way to our physical world. That said, just like our own human consciousness, AI can rely on senses similar to humans in order to connect their thought processes to our physical world.IoT makes AI come to lifeThe Internet of Things (IoT) provides ready access to sensors that allow more meaningful sensory access to our physical world, thus enabling AI to “come to life.” Camera sensors give AI “eyes” to see the world. Microphones give them a “good ear.” Accelerometers and gyroscopes give them a “good feel for things.” Particulate and chemical sensors give them “a good nose.” In many ways, these sensors can empower the AI with “superhuman” capabilities, like:Access to many more sensory inputs than we have as people, in many different places, simultaneously.Infrared “eyes” so that AI can “see” heat variances, as well as standard object detection, counting, and classification.Ultrasonic “hearing” that enable access to frequency ranges beyond the human spectrum.Accelerometers that capture haptic movements with much finer details than our own fingertips.AI empowers the perception and meaning of these IoT-driven sensory inputs. Effectively, the IoT sensor measures and indicates the physical data property, and the AI is the intellect that allows perception of what the physical data represents. This is what allows sensors to evolve into senses.These factors, as well as the broad availability of low-cost distributed, compute capabilities (the cloud), the open source software movement, machine learning advancements, and mobile driven advancing microelectronic (ARM) capabilities present many of the dots to connect to finally make AI a reality.After so many years being academic in nature, it’s about time for the AI Revolution.The author is founder and CEO of LitBit. He recently joined us at an AI and IoT thought leadership panel, and we’ll be having more of those kinds of insights at our upcoming IoT Revolution Symposium, Tuesday, July 11, in San Francisco. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Scott Noteboomcenter_img Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#LitBit#top Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

The Candidate For Whom I Would Vote

first_imgI would vote for the candidate who refuses to demonize their political opponents or attack them personally. Anyone who wants to lead should be mature enough to respect their opponent while still being wildly at odds with their political positions.If you sell, you know that you have to differentiate yourself. But you also know that talking poorly about your competitors makes you petty and jealous.I would vote for the candidate who doesn’t use “wedge issues” to divide people into voting blocs. I would vote for the person who never attacks groups of people for their race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, their wealth, or lack thereof as a way to get themselves elected.I would vote for the candidate who is not running against “them.” Those who make up “them” will also be governed by those who win elections. Divisiveness isn’t a quality that a leader should possess, and there is a difference between politics and leadership.I would vote for the candidate whose personal behavior is in line with what they profess to believe. I would vote for the person who will live under the same rules they would require of me. The leader of the free world must be less of a hypocrite than those they lead without being self-righteous.A leader sets a standard for others through the example of their personal conduct, not just their flowery, inspiring words.I would vote for the candidate who makes no promises that they have no way of keeping. You would never sell this way, would you?I would vote for the person who possesses an exceptional sense of humor, especially about themselves. I would vote for the candidate who isn’t hugely optimistic, long on America, and long on the human race in general. Real leaders are optimists. Leaders believe a better future is possible, and they work towards that future.I would vote for the candidate whose vision is so big that it inspires the rest of us. I would love to cast my vote for the leader who believes that we are capable of being radically more than we are now, both individually and in the collective.This is the candidate for whom I would cast my vote. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Centre releases additional ₹1,000 crore to cyclone-hit Odisha

first_imgThe Home Ministry on Monday announced the release of an additional ₹1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit Odisha as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A statement from the Home Ministry said the amount would be in addition to the ₹341 crore that had been provided to the Odisha’s State Disaster Response Force in advance.As announced by Prime Minister after his aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the Odisha government, the Home Ministry has announced a further release of ₹1,000 crore for assistance to the State, the statement said.The cyclone Fani made a landfall in Odisha on May 3, causing extensive damage in the State and claiming at least 34 lives.last_img

San Beda denies Ateneo of Filoil q’finals spot; La Salle in

first_imgLa Salle clings on after dispatching Letran in Filoil Ateneo’s loss allowed La Salle to creep into the playoffs with the Green Archers taking the fourth spot in Group A.San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said he’s happy with their spotless card but he insisted that they still have a lot to do.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re happy we got the 8-0 record but it’s not over yet,” said Fernandez. We still have a lot to improve on and hopefully we can get past UP [University of the Philippines].”Robert Bolick led all scorers with 27 points and five rebounds while JVee Mocon missed out on a double-double finishing with nine points and 12 boards for the Red Lions. Rafael Verano led Ateneo with 12 points. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda capped off its immaculate group stage run in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with an 82-67 shellacking of Ateneo Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Red Lions will march to the quarterfinals with a perfect 8-0 record while the Blue Eagles will be on the outside looking with a 4-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim trying to cope with tragic accident

first_imgSyracuse coach Jim Boeheim, left, bows his head during a moment of silence for the man killed in a fatal crash involving coach Boeheim, before the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Duke won 75-65. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The part of every college basketball season that players and coaches covet looms in less than a month. For Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, the NCAA Tournament doesn’t even register as he tries to cope with a fatal accident that occurred with him at the wheel.Boeheim struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez on a dark highway after a big home win over Louisville last Wednesday night. Boeheim swerved in his SUV to avoid a disabled car that was perpendicular across two lanes and hit Jimenez as he was trying to get to safety.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, a close friend of Boeheim, fought his emotions, too, when the two exchanged a warm hug before the game.“That was such an incredible environment. Everything was beautiful,” Krzyzewski said. “The support the fans gave the team and the support they gave Jim was great and such an emotional time. Jim has created a family. Going through this situation the whole family feels it and I could feel it.”Syracuse (18-8) plays three of its last four regular-season games on the road beginning Tuesday night at No. 8 North Carolina.“This could happen to anybody. It was one of those human things,” Krzyzewski said. “I’m sorry they happen, but they happen. The only way to get past it is to do the human things — the love, the support, the understanding. We’ll help him.“I told his staff, ‘Help my friend.’ And I told his team, ‘Help my friend.’ And I know the community will help him. That was beautiful what you all did. Wow! I get chills thinking about it. It shows how much he and his family is loved here, and rightfully so.“He’ll be good. He’s tough. He’s tough as can be.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Police called it a tragic accident, saying no criminal charges are expected, and commended the 74-year-old Boeheim for his reaction, calling 911 and using his cellphone light to warn oncoming cars of the collision.That’s little solace for the longtime head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“This is something that will be with me for the rest of my life,” Boeheim said in the emotional aftermath of Saturday night’s 75-65 loss to top-ranked Duke. “Tuesday it’s not going to be better. It’s not going to be better next week. It’s not going to be better next month. It’s not going to be better next year. This is something that’s there forever for me.”The game was Boeheim’s first public appearance since the accident, and he was greeted with a loud cheer from the record crowd of 35,642 at the Carrier Dome. Afterward, Boeheim, who said he coached the game because he felt an obligation to his players, appeared emotionally spent. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “I can’t describe the feelings I’ve had since Wednesday night,” said Boeheim, in his 43rd year as head coach at his alma mater. “I don’t think I can make anyone understand who hasn’t been there. I don’t.“I’ve always felt in life, you get a lot of things you have to overcome. There’s nothing like this when a human life is lost and you are there. I can’t describe it to you.”There was a moment of silence before the game for Jimenez and his family — that came after an introduction in English and Spanish.Boeheim said he’s been in touch with the Jimenez family.“I intend to try and do that as I can in the future,” he said. “This is isn’t about me, it doesn’t matter how I feel. It’s about how they feel and what’s happened to them. There’s just nothing I can say about it.”ADVERTISEMENT Soccer symmetry as Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi reach milestones For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav took banned substances knowingly: Court of Arbitration for Sports

first_imgWhile handing down a four-year ban on Narsingh Yadav, the Court of Arbitration for Sports has ruled that the wrestler failed to produce any “real evidence” regarding the sabotage theory he had advanced. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage)CAS, with reasonable doubt, said that he orally took the banned substance intentionally in tablet form on more than one occasion.In its full award, the ad hoc panel of the CAS relied on expert evidence that Narsingh’s dope offence was not due to one-time ingestion of the prohibited substance and its concentration in the first test result (of June 25) was so high that it had to come from an oral ingestion of one or two tablets of methandienone, rather than from a drink where the powder had been mixed with water. (Also read: If I’m the culprit, hang me: Narsingh Yadav ) The expert opinion was given by Professor Christiane Ayotte from Canada who was presented by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Professor Ayotte is a member of IAAF Doping Commission since 1995 and was elected representative of the Heads of IOC Accredited Laboratories in 1995-1996. She is currently the Director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal.Narsingh’s urine sample taken out-of competition on June 25 was found to contain metabolites of methandienone and long term metabolite of methandienone. Another sample taken out-of competition on July 5 was also found to contain long term metabolites of methandienone. “…all in all found the sabotage (s) theory possible, but not probable and certainly not grounded in any real evidence. (Also read: Yogeshwar Dutt failure marks India’s poor Olympic campaign)advertisementThe panel therefore determined that the athlete had failed to satisfy his burden of proof and the panel was satisfied that the most likely explanation was that the athlete “simply and intentionally ingested the prohibited substance in tablet form on more than one occasion,” the CAS panel said.The CAS had handed Narsingh a four-year ban in its operative award on August 18 barely hours before his 74kg freestyle opening bout was scheduled.  (Bhainswal Kalan village in mourning as Yogeshwar Dutt crashes out)”The panel had to weigh circumstantial evidence of the athlete against scientific evidence of WADA to determine whether it was satisfied with the athlete’s position that he did not take the prohibited substance intentionally. The panel is conscious that expert evidence offered by Professor Ayotte may be susceptible to qualification by other expert (s). However, the panel has no reason to question the scientific data and/or her expert testimony,” the full award said.Narsingh had submitted that the doping offence was due to sabotage carried out by Jithesh (a junior wrestler and a member of Sushil Kumar’s entourage) by mixing his energy drinks with prohibited substance on either June 23 or 24.The panel also noted that the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of the NADA had heard three persons — Paswan, Rahul Kumar and Pankaj Kumar — who had confirmed that they had seen Jithesh trying to contaminate Narsingh’s food earlier on June 5 by pouring some powder into the curry.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

TN CM condoles Union Minister Anil Daves death

first_imgChennai, May 18(PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today condoled the death of Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave.The Chief Minister expressed grief and regret over the death of Dave, who died today in a Delhi hospital.Palaniswami said Dave was a Rajya Sabha member since 2009 and that he had “efficiently performed in his Minister post.””I express my heartfelt condolences and sympathies with the family of Anil Madhav Dave and pray for his soul to reach the holy abode,” Palaniswami said in a statement.Union Minister of State for Shipping and Roadways, Pon Radhakrishnan, also condoled the death of Dave, saying “his loss is an irreparable damage.”The Minister said he had met the late Dave thrice to discuss the jallikattu issue earlier and that the latter had extended his “unflinching support” for the conduct of the bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu.Sixty-year-old Dave had complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he had passed away. PTI SA ROHlast_img read more

NetflixCRTC standoff is chance to open Canadian TV system finds Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER — A new Fraser Institute paper suggests that the recent stand-off between Netflix and the CRTC provides an opportunity for the government to dismantle barriers that prevent open competition in Canadian television broadcasting.A senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, Steven Globerman, says existing regulatory and legal barriers could be dismantled to relieve conventional broadcasters, cable and satellite companies of their Canadian content obligations.He also advocates lifting restrictions on foreign ownership of Canadian broadcasters to allow for takeovers by more efficient businesses and suggests that Canadian cultural programming requirements should be left to the CBC-Radio Canada.CRTC vs. Netflix: The disruptive power of the InternetCRTC to ignore Netflix, Google submissions after both companies defy order to hand over informationHow the CRTC is interfering with its own mandate in its Netflix battleThe Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications is in the final stages of a major review of its policy framework for the television industry.Netflix and Google refused to release some information demanded by the CRTC last month during two weeks of hearings on the future of television and the commission responded by saying it would remove their presentations from the public record.The regulator had ordered Netflix to provide confidential information related to its business operations in Canada, including the number of Canadian subscribers and how much money it spent producing Canadian video content.It had also asked Google to spell out the amount of content uploaded by Canadian users of its service, by how much it expected its advertising to grow and what advertising revenues it generated in Canada.Both Netflix and Google had appeared voluntarily before the commission but said they had concerns about whether the information could be kept secret.Netflix also questioned the authority of the regulator to impose demands on it, suggesting that the video streaming service did not fall under the Broadcasting Act since it is not a conventional broadcaster.Globerman writes that it could be up to the courts to decide whether the Broadcasting Act applies to Netflix but suggests that “serious consideration” be given to the option of of dismantling the existing regulatory and legal barriers to open competition.Globerman writes in his analysis for the Fraser Institute that Canada’s conventional broadcasts “have a legitimate complaint that meeting the regulation imposed on them, but not imposed on Internet broadcasters, puts them at a competitive disadvantage, and the asymmetry invites the possibility of inefficient competition.”“The preferred policy option in this context is to deregulate the conventional broadcasting sector,” Globerman writes.“In particular, Canadian content rules should be eliminated along with requirements that cable and satellite distributors carry a preponderance of Canadian programs. Foreign ownership restrictions in broadcasting should be eliminated, which would expose existing broadcast distributors to the threat of unwanted takeovers by more efficient foreign companies. The latter initiative would further increase de facto competition in the broadcast industry.”Globerman is a business professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., about 90 kilometres south of Vancouver, where the Fraser Institute has its headquarters. The think-tank describes itself as an independent, non-partisan policy group but frequently publishes articles that advocate reduced government regulation and increased competition. read more

UN summit on sustainable development aims to generate sense of hope

Addressing correspondents in New York at a press briefing on preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Johannesburg in fall 2002, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai said that the event would seek to produce clear goals and operational programmes to help address economic, social and environmental issues. “Nobody is going to be able to do this alone,” Mr. Desai said, underlining the need to create partnerships between governments, business and civil society to achieve the Summit’s ends. He also expressed the hope that the event would address concerns that had developed since the last summit — held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 — such as globalization. Presenting an overview of the lead-up to the Summit, Mr. Desai said that from now to January, a large number of preparatory events would focus on what had and had not been achieved since Rio, and on the submission of new proposals and suggestions which would be considered at a later stage next year, including a high-level ministerial meeting in Indonesia in May. read more

UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar ends visit

During his mission, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro visited political leader and Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and three members of the NLD’s Central Executive Committee, who were under house arrest.He also interviewed 19 political prisoners in Insein Prison in Yangon.Mr. Pinheiro registered particular concern for political prisoners detained since 30 May and pressed for their immediate and unconditional release.

Police seeking woman found guilty of trafficking young girl

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$1M surety for shopkeeper charged with trafficking womenJanuary 22, 2014In “Crime”Police Constable slapped with cocaine chargeApril 24, 2015In “Crime”Businesswoman placed on $190,000 bail for trafficking nieceFebruary 29, 2016In “Crime” Loretta Hyman, a shopkeeper of Parika, East Bank Essequibo (Region Three) was last week, sentenced to three years in prison for the trafficking a young girl in the Mowasi Backdam area back in 2014.It is alleged that between January 13 – 20, Hyman recruited and transported two women between ages 18 to 30, to the backdam for the purpose of sexual exploitation. However, she was just convicted under one count of TIP since the other victim refused to give evidence on the matter.The Ministry of Social Protection’s Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Unit, Coordinator Tanisha Williams-Corbin explained that the matter was tried ‘ex parte’, meaning Hyman was not present. She urged the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to take the necessary action to ensure Hyman is found and brought to face her sentence.“This is another conviction for 2018 and justice was served. We would have liked to see restitution ordered for the victim during the sentencing, taking into consideration the length of time it took for her to stand court…what the victim would have had to endure in terms of her employment, taking care of her children”, Williams-Corbin added.The Coordinator said that that the ministry played its role in supporting the victims during that time.In 2014, Hyman’s daughter recruited the two women to work as a cook and a shopkeeper at their shop at Mowasi Backdam. On their arrival, the accused told the women that there were no vacancies in those positions.  She reportedly told them that there were vacancies for sex workers and that is the reason they were hired.The girls refused and called their relatives, who immediately contacted the Social Protection Ministry. The TIP department then contacted the GPF.Measures were then taken to rescue the females and have the accused stand trial in the court. read more

South African first in intrinsic safety for Booyco Electronics

first_imgBooyco Electronics has introduced the first locally designed and manufactured IS certified USB to RS485 media converter – suitable and readily available for general use on the South African market. This innovative new converter complements Booyco Electronic’s existing range of IS products which are available on an “off the shelf” basis, or as part of a comprehensive installation. Intrinsic safety (IS) is a protection technique for safe operation of electronic equipment in explosive atmospheres and under irregular operating conditions. The concept was developed for safe operation of process control instrumentation in hazardous areas. As a discipline, it is an application of inherent safety in instrumentation. The theory behind intrinsic safety is to ensure that the available electrical and thermal energy in the system is always low enough that ignition of thehazardous atmosphere cannot occur.“As technology advances important communication hardware, such as the standard serial communication port, is now a specialised after market add-on to portable and desktop model computers,” Booyco Electronic’s Jaco du Plessis, explains. “This has made it increasingly difficult to interface with serial devices – calling for the installation of different kinds of media converters coupled together for successful communication to serial devices such as PLCs and belt drives.“When it comes to IS applications, this task appears almost impossible. For IS loops to be approved certified serial isolators, IS barriers and IS power supply units must be used in the installation.  .“To address these requirements, Booyco Electronics has developed an USB to RS485 media converter, certified IS for associated apparatus category ‘ia’ Group I / IIC, for a T4 temperature class,” Du Plessis says. “This means when the unit is installed outside a hazardous area, it is now possible to communicate directly to IS serial devices installed in hazardous areas without the unit having to be in an explosion proof enclosure. Only when the unit is installed in a hazardous area must it be contained in an explosion proof enclosure. There is no need for external serial isolators or barriers, or even additional IS power supply units.”The unit is powered directly from the USB port on a PC. The serial communication is able to operate up to distances of 1200 metres (cable dependant). Easy-to-understand LEDs indicate the power status and TX/RX transmission on the serial communication lines, clearly indicating if there is communication on the line.“Booyco Electronics offers the market the most advanced IS solutions,” Du Plessis says. “Our products are certified by an independent Certified Testing Laboratory endorsed by SANAS, in compliance with national IS standards.”Booyco Electronic’s IS RS485 Barrier serves as an isolation barrier on a serial communication bus between a non-hazardous and hazardous area in a mine or plant environment. The unit, approved for Group I and IIC, is powered from a 12 to 24 V DC power supply. Any RS485 based communication can be isolated by this unit, as it is protocol independent. The barrier simply relays the data strings it receives. If the unit is destined for installation in a hazardous area, it must be installed in an explosion proof enclosure.“Only low voltages and currents should be allowed to enter the hazardous area and all electric supply and signal wires must be protected by safety barriers, such as the Booyco IS RS485 unit,” Du Plessis says. “An alternative type of barrier known as a galvanic isolation barrier may also be used. In normal uses, electrical equipment often creates internal tiny sparks in switches, motor brushes, connectors and in other places. Sparkslike this can ignite flammable substances present in air and must be eliminated at all costs from hazardous zones in the underground mining environment.”The company’s IS offering includes an active high power, 2 A at 12 V IS Power Supply Unit (IS PSU) suitable for providing items in hazardous areas with various DC IS power. The IS PSU includes overload protection and isolates the load from the power supply when an overload occurs.The use of alternative battery technology has produced Booyco Electronics’ IS uninterruptable power supply (UPS) which offers reliable performance under even the harshest operating conditions. The IS UPS is locallymanufactured under stringent quality management systems and meets all the statutory regulations pertaining to IS equipment. Du Plessis comments that while there are many UPS systems available on the market, few of these are intrinsically safe and suitable for underground use.The Booyco IS UPS is able to deliver 2 A at 12 Volt for extended distances up to 2 km. To cater for individual application requirements, the units can be supplied in multiple outputs. The various models available deliver backup power up to 80 A/h. The IS UPS is suitable for a spectrum of critical applications, including maintaining communications systems and gas detection systems.“An important aspect of intrinsic safety is controlling abnormal small component temperatures,” he comments. “Under certain fault conditions – such as an internal short inside a semiconductor device – the temperature of a component case can rise to a much higher level than in normal use. Safeguards such as current limiting by resistors and fuses must be employed to ensure that under no circumstances can a component reach a temperature that could cause auto-ignition of a combustible atmosphere.”“No single field device or wiring is intrinsically safe by itself, except for hermetically sealed battery operated, self contained devices,” Du Plessis says, “but is intrinsically safe only when employed in a properly designed IS system.  All items of equipment we manufacture for underground gas detection systems are compliant with SANAS regulations and we have batch approval certificates for all these products. And, since we produce the full range of IS equipment, at Booyco we are also able to conduct on-site IS loop certification for our customers.“These capabilities give us full confidence in the products we produce to sustain and improve mine safety.”last_img read more

You Can Use Chickens to Kill Enemies in Breath of the Wild

first_img Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild Stay on target The Legend of Zelda games have featured some nasty creatures over the years. As any fan of the series can attest, the most vicious of all are cuccos. These seemingly harmless chickens can and will kill you if you provoke them. This is also the case in the recently released Breath of the Wild. If you attack a cucco, the chicken’s buddies will attack en mass and bring you to a swift end.What was once a long-running in-game joke can now be used to players’ advantage. If an enemy attacks a cucco, he’s going to have a very bad day. This is thanks to how Breath of the Wild is built. Unlike most other Zelda games, Breath of the Wild is very systems-based. Everything in the game is reactive. For example, if you swing a torch near grass you’ll create a fire. If you shoot electric arrows into a body of water, enemies in the water will take extra damage. These reactive systems also apply to cuccos.As this GIF from videogamedunkey shows, if an enemy hits Link while he is holding a cucco, the game will register it as the attacker. The club-wielding foe is no match against the cucco army. The chickens won’t stop there either. Any enemy that is close by will also meet a swift, feathery demise. It’s a silly way to kill enemies, but the results speak for themselves. Using chickens to vanquish foes is frighteningly efficient.This discovery will no doubt lead to many players wanting to see how far they can get using this method. Personally, I’d like to know if it’s possible to finish the entire game using only chickens. This might be difficult considering how you would have to keep returning to towns or farms to get new cuccos. But if there’s a will there’s a way. I look forward to one day posting about the crazy gamer that beat Calamity Ganon with a flock of angry chickens.last_img read more

Forbes Media Makes Minority Investment in Startup of ExFortune Editor

first_imgForbes Media has struck a strategic partnership with Techonomy Media, a new media business founded last year by former Fortune editor and columnist David Kirkpatrick. The partnership with Forbes includes a minority investment in Techonomy as well as media sponsorship of the Techonomy 2011 conference. Other partners in Techonomy Media include Mike Federle, former publisher of Fortune and Simone Ross, former program director for Fortune‘s conference division.  The original vision for Techonomy was a “hybrid” of original reporting, opinion, aggregated content and contributed long form journalism, as well as a combination of publishing, teaching, consulting and partnerships. The startup’s debut conference took place in August 2010 featuring speakers such as Bill Gates and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. However, earlier this year, Techonomy was “reconsidering its business model.” Going forward, Techonomy and Forbes will share editorial and business resources. More on this topic Lessons from an Entrepreneurial Editor Report Says Forbes Media Underwent Emergency Restructuring Forbes Teams up with Cartier for Debut of BrandVoice Video Monetizing Your Partnership Fast Company Hires Ex-Fortune, Portfolio Staffers Forbes Licenses Brand Name to Mobile Payment ProviderJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered by The second Techonomy conference will take place Nov. 13-15. last_img read more

News Notes SELF Links up With The Players Tribune IMAG Award Winners

first_imgGun Digest owner acquires knife brand…Caribou Media Group, publisher of the 16x frequency title Gun Digest, has acquired the monthly knife collecting magazine Blade and its related trade shows—the 37 year-old annual Blade Show in Atlanta, which bills itself as “the world’s largest knife show,” and its newly launched counterpart, Blade Show West—from F+W Media.It’s a reunion for Blade and Gun Digest, which were both previously under the F+W umbrella before Caribou acquired Gun Digest last year.Westport, Conn.-based Corporate Solutions advised F+W in the sale. Terms were not disclosed.Elsewhere on the M&A scene, WebMD acquired b2b publisher Jobson Healthcare Information, and Group C picked up a trio of titles from Grand View Media.New on the job board…South Carolina Living, “the Palmetto State’s largest print publication,” seeks a full-time, “rock star” managing editor to join its offices in Cayce, S.C., just across the Congaree River from downtown Columbia. Seven to 10 years’ experience in newspaper or magazine journalism required.See this and other new job listings at MPA, the Association of Magazine Media, announced the winners of the annual Imagination Awards—representing the year’s best work among the independent publishers within MPA’s membership—as part of the 2018 IMAG conference in Boston Thursday afternoon.Winners were honored across seven categories: Audience, Content, Digital, Events, Leadership, General Revenue, and Advertising/Native.View the full list of winners below:Audience: Family Handyman (Trusted Media Brands) | Family Handyman on PinterestContent: National Geographic | Urban Expeditions projectDigital: America’s Test Kitchen | ATK’s digital revenue operationsEvents: Backpacker (Active Interest Media) | Get Out More TourLeadership: Fine Home Building (Taunton Press) | Keep Craft Alive campaignGeneral Revenue: This Old House | TOH Insider membership programAdvertising and Native Revenue (tie):AFAR and Nikon | World in FocusFine Cooking (Taunton Press) and Celebrity Cruises | Moveable Feast with Celebrity Cruises Ibtihaj MuhammadSELF inks deal with Jeter’s media startup…Condé Nast’s Self announced Thursday the formation of a new partnership with The Players’ Tribune—the media platform for athletes by athletes launched by Derek Jeter in 2014—under which the two brands will produce a series of personal essays and videos celebrating women in sports.Under the banner “The Playing Field,” the series will premiere this fall, with content on both brands’ sites and social channels. Serving as executive producer for the video component of the series will be sabre fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who notably became the first American Olympian to wear a hijab while competing at the 2016 summer games in Rio.The two brands are working in conjunction with the Association of National Advertisers’ #SeeHer initiative, a two year-old program aimed at eliminating bias in advertising and media and portraying women and girls in an accurate and positive light.“Self is committed to helping people feel better, and providing a platform where people can share their personal experiences to facilitate a dialogue with a larger community is one way we accomplish that,” said editor-in-chief Carolyn Kylstra in a statement. “We are thrilled to be partnering with The Players’ Tribune to honor so many incredible female athletes and share the stories that are meaningful to them.”In April, Kylstra provided Folio: with some more context around Self‘s ongoing transformation and recommitting to the brand’s core values since taking over as EIC late in 2016. More on that here.MPA salutes the independents…last_img read more

Employees of staterun buses in Punjab go on strike

first_imgChandigarh: Commuters across Punjab faced inconvenience as employees of the state-owned Punjab Roadways went on a three-day strike on Tuesday, demanding regularisation of their services and raise in salaries. Protestors did not allow buses of Punjab Roadways and Punbus to ply in several towns and cities. The worst affected places were Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Ferozepur and Moga. Nearly 3,000 employees of both Punjab Roadways and Punbus were on strike. Bus services on inter-state routes and within the state were affected, officials said.last_img

Corporator Cheruku Sangeetha offers Bonam to Katamaiah Swamy

first_imgNagole: Local corporator Cheruku Sangeetha presented Bonam to Katamaiah Swamy on Thursday. She appreciated Nava Chaitanya Youth Association (NCYA) and Mahankali Pochamma Temple Committee for organising the celebrations. NCYA president Cheruku Praveen Goud, Swathin, Madhusudhan, Raju, Sai, elders of Goud community Indrala Ramesh Goud, Katta Eashwar Goud, B Venkatesh Goud, B Balraj Goud, Cheruku Prasanth Goud, B Danunjay Goud, Cheruku Sanjeevi Goud, Sridhar Goud and others were present.last_img

Cuba to upgrade railways with Chinese Russian help

first_imgCuba`s Chinese-made first new train passenger cars move after departing from La Coubre train station in Havana, Cuba on 13 July. Photo: ReutersCuba’s first new train passenger cars in more than four decades set off on their maiden journey across the island on Saturday in what the government hopes will prove a total revamp of its decrepit railway system with help from allies Russia and China.Cuba’s railway system is one of the oldest in the world; its first stretch was launched in the 1830s. But it has suffered from a lack of maintenance and new equipment in an inefficient state-run economy under a crippling US trade embargo that lacks cash.Trains have for years been one of the cheapest but also least efficient ways to travel long distances on the Caribbean’s largest island, typically taking 24 hours to cross the nearly 900 km (600 miles) from Havana in the west to Santiago in the east – twice as long as by car.Tickets are often elusive, with the ramshackle infrastructure unable to cope with the demand, and trains do not run on schedule. Passengers, meanwhile, must contend with missing windows and doors, and cracked seats. Accidents have become increasingly common in recent years.But Cuba’s government is planning to change all that by 2030, starting with upgrading its equipment, before moving onto the more daunting task of restoring the railroads.In May it received 80 Chinese-made, gleaming blue rail cars, including those that set off eastwards from Havana on Saturday, and expects to receive 80 more next year, according to state-run website Cubadebate.”This is the first step of the transformation of the Cuban railway system,” said Eduardo Hernandez, head of the National Railway Co of Cuba.Reflecting market reforms of the centrally planned economy in the socialist country, the new rail cars are split into first and second class, with the former boasting air conditioning.”Cuba has not received new rail-cars since the 1970s,” Transport Minister Eduardo Rodriguez was quoted as saying by Cubadebate last month. “We had only received second hand cars.”While the new trains are expected to shave off some traveling time, they will require new or restored track to run at their full speed.Cuba has signed a deal worth almost $1 billion with Russia to modernize its railways, according to Interfax news agency, although details have not yet been released.In 2017, state-owned monopoly Russian Railways (RZD) told Reuters it was also negotiating to install a high-speed link between Havana and the beach resort of Varadero.Trains carried 6.1 million passengers in 2018, down from 10 million passengers in 2013, according to the statistics office.last_img

US Bank Implements Black Knight LOS

first_img Black Knight, Inc. recently announced that U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, will implement Empower, Black Knight’s loan origination system (LOS), to manage loans purchased via its correspondent and HFA lending channels. Empower has been significantly enhanced to include correspondent lending functionality, assess loan quality and help mitigate risk. Today, lenders can use the omni-channel Empower loan origination system to support their retail, wholesale, assumptions, home equity, consumer-direct and correspondent lending business – all on a single platform.“Aligning with Black Knight’s Empower for our Correspondent and HFA business serves our forward-looking vision of providing innovative capabilities that advance the lending process and provide a better client experience,” said Tom Wind, executive vice president, U.S. Bank. “Expanding our enterprise relationship with Black Knight allows us to enhance our digital capabilities and customer experience throughout the entire homeownership cycle.”U.S. Bank will also use Black Knight’s artificial intelligence solution, AIVA, for document classification, data extraction and exception management. AIVA is a cloud-based tool that uses machine learning to automate certain tasks, performing them much faster and more accurately than humans can. By delivering greater automation, accuracy and efficiency to the loan origination process, AIVA can help lenders complete repetitive processing tasks so that staff can be utilized for exception-based processing and enhancing customer satisfaction.Additionally, Empower is seamlessly integrated with Black Knight’s industry-leading MSP servicing platform, which U.S. Bank uses to support its servicing operations. The tight integration of these two systems helps streamline the loan boarding process for greater efficiency, increased data integrity and reduced risk. This seamless servicing experience can also result in higher customer satisfaction levels and ultimately increase customer retention.“Enhancing Empower to fully support all lending channels is part of our vision to provide end-to-end support across the loan life cycle,” said Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight. “By adding Empower to the number of our solutions U.S. Bank uses, they are well-positioned to realize the exponential value that comes from using multiple Black Knight products across the enterprise.” in News Black Knight U.S. Bank 2019-06-07 Seth Welborn U.S. Bank Implements Black Knight LOScenter_img Share June 7, 2019 323 Views last_img read more