CONMEBOL awards South American cup championship to Chapecoense

first_imgSouth American soccer’s governing body CONMEBOL awarded the continent’s championship to Brazil’s Chapecoense club after most of the team died in a plane crash in Colombia last week, according to a CONMEBOL statement on Monday.Only six people survived the crash outside Medellin in route to the Copa Sudamericana final, which would have been the biggest game in the club’s history.last_img

New IoT standards, products and small form factors at embedded world

first_imgKontron presents a multitude of new products at embedded world, including a Fog Computing starter kit with TSN networking card for entry into Time Sensitive Networking, scalable IOT-/Edge gateways, Fog computers and HMIs, the Embedded Server ZINC Cube with latest Intel processors, Computer-on-Modules, motherboards, and single board computers with Intel, AMD, and NXP processors, and Computer-On-Modules in Q7 form factor plus the COM Express and SMARC 2.0 form factors already available. By Norbert Hauser, Kontron S&T AG                                Download PDF version of this articleVisitors will learn how Kontron together with S&T supports enterprises with the latest technologies, products, and services in their digitalization and IoT strategies from the Cloud to the field level. A highlight is the availability of the new Time Sensitive Networking starter kit. The starter kit consists of a KBox C-102 as an industrial computer/Fog computer for central control through the integrated networking card for TSN, as well as the corresponding software. This allows for enterprises to create seamless connections between the field level, Operational Technology (OT), and Information Technology (IT), making possible real IIoT or Industry 4.0 based on the Ethernet Protocol standard. For the configuration and the monitoring of their TSN networks, users require the suitable tools. Existing prototypical implementations facilitate the configuration of the appropriate TSN streams and offer graphical user interfaces. For monitoring and debugging purposes, the common tools can be employed, as long as they cover the features specific to TSN, such as synchronization status.Figure 1. The new Kontron TSN standard networking card. As a stand-alone networking card, it renders every compatible device Time Sensitive Networking (TSN)-ready. The TSN specifications guarantee timely, high availability The Kontron solution offers accuracies of under 100ns for clock synchronization among its networking elements. Packet jitter typically doesn’t rise above 1µsec. Packet-length-dependent latencies are around 2.5µs (64 Byte) for the TSN switches. These characteristics already cover a lot of applications at the field level well. In parallel, new solutions expanding the new OPC UA standard by adding real time capabilities over TSN are being developed. They are based on running TSN switches in what is called cut through mode for minimal latency. This procedure potentially satisfies the highest demands for control technology.The global OPC UA interoperability standard enables the seamless, secure, and reliable flow of information among the devices of various manufacturers and thus significantly drives convergence of industrial infrastructures. OPC UA is an ideal choice for meeting the new demands in security, data modeling, scalability, and expandability. With the standard PCI Express network card and the associated network and switch drivers for Linux, industrial computers can be connected through redundant ring-, line-, daisy-chain-, or star-shaped TSN networks. The Kontron TSN network card includes an integrated switch for redundant networks with two (PCIE-0200-TSN) or four (PCIE-0400-TSN) gigabit ethernet ports. It meets all specifications of IEEE 802.1, such as timing and time synchronization, traffic scheduling, frame preemption, stream reservation protocol, and others (via update where applicable). Future extensions of the TSN specifications can be integrated through software updates in the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array). For OEM customers, Kontron offers a private labelling version of the networking card with software services included. This enables OEM customers to expand their portfolio with TSN-connected products. Like all Kontron products, the TSN network card is especially suited for rough industrial environments and can be run in industrial temperature ranges from -40 to +85 ° C. Kontron will present an Embedded Cloud live demo based on the TSN system and OPC UA in combination with various IoT- and TSN devices such as an Embedded Server. In this scenario, it implements the use of Embedded hardware and cloud elements in a Time Sensitive Network.Tailored for its vision of the Embedded Cloud, Edge, and Fog Computing, Kontron introduces its first Embedded Server available as a product. The successor to the Cube evaluation platform offers a Single Intel Xeon processor with a compact, cost-optimized design type with expanded storage functionality.Figure 2. The modular FusionClient HMI combines an edgeless, easy-clean, IP65 protected and anti-glare pure glass interface with the industry proven performance and flexibility of the Kontron COM Express Computer-on-Module. In assembly lines and production facilities, the trend is towards machine and plant control through touch-controlled visual user interfaces. To suit the harsh conditions of industrial settings, Kontron offers two product families of industry-grade HMI (Human Machine Interface): FusionClient and FlatClient. Both families are equipped with the latest generation of Intel Core i7 processors. All HMIs of the FusionClient family are IP65 protected at the front and designed specially for use in industrial environments. They have an extremely high shock and vibration resistance and can be run in temperature ranges from 0 to +50 °C. All FusionClient models feature an easy-to-clean, scratch-resistant, anti-glare front glass, and are available with our without a PCAP Multi-Touch screen. The screens are available in display sizes from 12.1 inches (30,7 cm) to 21.5 inches (55 cm). Individual options can be integrated to expand the range of functions. For instance, an RFID reader mounted invisibly behind the front glass can be used for implement authorization and security levels for comprehensive access control. An LED alarm rail, optionally available as well, offers high user friendliness and optimized visualization of processes and machine state. For an even easier integration into existing nework structures, Wi-Fi can be integrated as well. On demand, Kontron FusionClient series supports Kontron WideLink, a technology that implements video and telemetry data communication through a standard CAT6a Ethernet cable at up to 100 meters distance, remotely connecting control computers free of interference.Figure 3. COM Express Type 7 with latest Intel Xeon processor: Typ 7 Module with carrier board Kontron FlatClient PCs are designed for industrial applications. They offer maximum flexibility at attractive pricing. Through the update to the latest Intel processor technology, users benefit from marked graphics- and computing performance increases. The FlatClient family panel PCs have proven themselves successful in high-volume implementations in industrial applications. They are available in numerous versions covering four display sizes from 10.1 inches (25,7 cm) to 23.8 inches (60,5 cm) screen diagonal. They are available in both 16:9 and 16:10 widescreen format, as well as 4:3 and 5:4 standard format. Kontron is one of a select few manufactures in the marketplace offering up-to-date processor and display technology in 4:3 and 5:4 regular format devices. FlatClients feature a full-metal casing and are available in versions for independent operation with VESA mount or as built-in devices. They are optionally available with PCAP, resistive touch screen or safety glass and can be equipped with RFID readers.Figure 4. Tailored for its Embedded Cloud vision and Edge- and Fog computing, the first available embedded server from the Cube evaluation platform already unveiled with a Single Intel Xeon processor in a compact, cost-optimized design with extended storage functionality will be presented The FlatClient panel PC family is structured in two distinct lines: the ECO Line features Intel Atom processors, while the PRO Line is based on Intel Core CPUs. The ECO Line devices are equipped with two Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-, one HDMI, one VGA, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. The PRO Line offers three Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), two DisplayPort and four USB 3.0 interfaces. Optionally, both lines can be equipped with serial interfaces (RS232, RS422, RS485), an audio output, and an RFID module with a CF/SD card reader. Depending on the processor used, FlatClient PCs support the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems including Embedded versions, Windows 10 IoT, and Linux. The design of the FlatClient models can be customized to meet customer requirements, for example by freely choosing the color of the front and back of the devices and adorning them with individual logos. All devices are characterized by their fanless design, are highly shock- and vibration resistant, and feature an easy-to-clean, anti-glare and scratch-resitant front glass with IP65 protection. All FlatClient panel PCs are CE and cULus certified.The latest Kontron KBox A-250 is based on a PicoITX-2.5”-SBC and comes equipped with the latest Intel Atom processors. Their favorable price makes them especially suited to use as an entry IoT gateway and when requirements for additional interfaces are low. The new KBox A-150 is based on 3.5“-SBCs with scalable performance from Intel Atom, Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium up to Intel Core i processors.At embedded world, Kontron will present, for the first time ever, Computer-on-Modules with a Q7 form factor, which will be offered alongside the COM Express and SMARC 2.0 form factors going forward. These modules are already available with NXP i.MX low-performance processors optimized for networking tasks, and Intel Atom processors for SMARC. With its new Q7 form factor products, Kontron addresses customers using products of this format already, opening a migration path to the SMARC 2.0 standard. All new SMARC 2.0 modules can be equipped with the original security solution APPROTECT which protects data and application integrity end to end. With APPROTECT LICENSING, new business models such as licensing or pay-per-use can easily be implemented.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Liquid cooling expands applications for CompactPCI computersNext Express Logic to obtain Common Criteria EAL4+ Security Certification for X-Ware IoT Platform SClast_img read more

Cashstrapped Bahamasair looking at more Intl routes

first_img BahamasAir back to normal, arrived in TCI today Bahamasair’s unfair advantage exposed by Aviation Minister Related Items:#magneticmedianews, bahamasair, budget communication, fnm Govt taking on the tab to get people out of Abaco via Bahamasair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp“There is more than Nassau to Miami, Nassau to Orlando and Nassau to Fort Lauderdale. We have been beating ourselves up with the Nassau to Florida route for so long, when there are so many other carriers that run that route,” said Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar during the Budget Communication.D’Aguilar made the statements as he shared that Bahamasair may possibly cut back its domestic service. “There are other routes that we can take, other routes that we can make where we can earn something. We want to explore international routes which we can offer as non-stop direct because those are routes that are less competitive,” he added. According to D’Aguilar, competing with private companies for domestic service routes should not be the Government’s priority especially as the airline is “cash-strapped.” However, he said, private companies should be allowed to flourish. “So, as capacity increases, I think we will slowly exit and use our aircraft and resources to try and establish more international routes to bring people here on more non-stop direct flights,” he said.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasair#FNMBudgetCommunicationlast_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic discusses MourinhoPogba relationship

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic shared his theory on why Jose Mourinho failed to bring out the best out of Paul Pogba at United.Ibrahimovic believes Mourinho’s failure to give Pogba confidence was the reason for the breakdown in their relationship during their time together at United.The former Chelsea manager was sacked last month and Pogba has since produced some of his best football in a United shirt since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager, scoring five goals and assisting four more in the six matches he has played under the Norwegian.When asked about what changed, Ibrahimovic claimed Pogba is the type of footballer who goes beyond tactical organization and balance and needs to be “free.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“There are these players that need to be free, they need to feel free to do what they are able to do under the disciple of the coach,” Ibrahimovic told ESPN FC.“Obviously, he has his tactics, he has that, but some players they go above these limits, and you need to let them be free, and I think Paul is one of them.”“Paul didn’t feel confidence from the coach [Mourinho], and the coach didn’t feel confident for Paul.”“It’s difficult to perform as a player if you don’t have confidence from the coach and you don’t have that energy, that motivation, and Jose felt the same thing about Paul.”last_img read more

China looks to combustible ice as a fuel source

first_img(Left) Methane hydrate consists of a cage of water molecules trapping a methane molecule within. Credit: Slim Films for Suess et al., Scientific American, Nov. 1999, pp. 76-83. (Right) When methane hydrate is brought to the surface, the methane can be burnt off. Credit: Gary Klinkhammer, OSU-COAS. Explore further ( — Buried below the tundra of China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is a type of frozen natural gas containing methane and ice crystals that could supply energy to China for 90 years. China discovered the large reserve of methane hydrate last September, and last week the Qinghai Province announced that it plans to allow researchers and energy companies to tap the energy source. Although methane hydrate is plentiful throughout the world, the key challenge for China and other nations will be to develop technologies to excavate the fuel without damaging the environment. © 2010 Methane hydrate is an ice-like substance that is sometimes called “combustible ice” since it can literally be lit on fire and burned as fuel. But rather than dig up the substance, excavators would likely melt the ice underground first, and then extract the methane gas. However, researchers are still investigating the most appropriate way to extract the fuel for commercialization.Methane hydrate is an attractive energy source due to its high energy density: one cubic meter of combustible ice contains about 164 cubic meters of regular natural gas. This high energy density is due to the fact that methane is trapped within the hydrate crystal structure and greatly compressed. According to the DOE, the immense energy content of methane occurring in hydrate form may possibly exceed the combined energy content of all other known fossil fuels. In addition, the frozen hydrate has few impurities, meaning it can burn cleaner with fewer pollutants than oil and possibly regular natural gas, as well.Combustible ice has already been discovered in more than 100 countries, buried in both the Arctic permafrost and beneath the ocean floor. Besides China, countries including the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea have plans to tap the natural gas hydrate buried in their territories. Last summer, US scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico discovered pockets of highly concentrated methane hydrate estimated to contain 6,700 trillion cubic feet of gas. The DOE has estimated that the total amount of methane hydrate worldwide could be as high as 400 million trillion cubic feet, including 85.4 trillion cubic feet buried in Alaska.Because methane is a potent greenhouse gas, researchers are also concerned about the environmental effects of extracting methane hydrate. However, if handled carefully, using methane hydrate as a fuel could be safer than simply letting it melt on its own. As the earth continues to warm, methane released into the atmosphere could cause even more damage than if it were burned for fuel. On the other hand, if large amounts of methane were accidentally released during extraction, the results could further aggravate global warming. Another risk from mining the combustible ice is geological slumping. For these reasons, developing a safe technology to excavate the fuel is a priority. With these challenges in mind, China’s Ministry of Land and Resources estimated last week that the country could begin using its combustible ice within 10 to 15 years, joining other countries in methane hydrate exploration. 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. More information: via: Xinhuannet and the US Dept. of Energy Citation: China looks to ‘combustible ice’ as a fuel source (2010, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Alaskan drilling will assess gas hydratelast_img read more

IAIs military robot acts like barber in charity role

first_imgvia IEEE Fingertip positioning and grasp are especially impressive as shown inn the videos; the robot is capable of using a 29 degree of freedom system and the robot is shown deftly handling IEDs. It has three cameras, with pictures beamed back to a computer. The integrated video feeds from the cameras on the end of each arm are designed for better situational awareness, including depth perception.The MA-UGV was developed with support from the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).A focus by the U.S. Army on ground vehicle technology solutions to safeguard the lives of troops comes as no surprise and has kept robotics teams busy, considering the heavy toll of fatal explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq. Last year, the Harris Corp. in Melbourne Florida, made news with its robotic arm using haptic technology, to enable soldiers to disarm IEDS. Paul Bosscher, a robotics engineer at Harris, described the impressive features of its device to ABC News at the time.”The robot can cut wires, pull blasting caps, surgically defeat the explosive device and in the process save all of this forensic evidence that they use to ID who the bombmakers are what their bomb-making methods are,” Bosscher said. The device was shown last August at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International convention in Washington DC. All such devices are considered a step up from endangering a human in a bomb suit who is asked to cut wires off an explosive device. With all the novel techniques and designs in robotics for troop and mission support, however, IAI’s three-armed robot has been the most successful in generating entertainment and in turn recognition. The MA-UGV was given the role of barber in this year’s charity event to raise funds for cancer research. The MA-UGV video of the robot cutting the hair of a volunteer has drawn many compliments among viewers, not so much for the genius of the robot but rather for the courage of the man who agreed to sit in the chair. More information: Robotic technology lowers military risks IAI has produced a set of impressive videos that show how the robot, whether cutting wires or tying knots, or extending its mechanical joints for better reach and precision, has capabilities to perform tasks requiring complex manipulation under military-type scenarios. 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.last_img read more

Gravitational data from Dawn suggests dome on Ceres is made of volcanic

center_img Journal information: Nature Geoscience More information: Ottaviano Ruesch et al. Slurry extrusion on Ceres from a convective mud-bearing mantle, Nature Geoscience (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41561-019-0378-7 Colocation of volcanic dome and isostatic gravity anomaly. a, A false-colour mosaic (R, 0.97 µm; G, 0.75 µm; B, 0.44 µm) of the region of Ahuna Mons from Dawn Framing Camera observations. The dome of Ahuna Mons is close to the centre of the mosaic, and its high-reflectance areas are steep flanks rich in carbonates and phyllosilicates. b, The isostatic anomaly represented with spherical harmonic degrees l= 5–14 and showing about 50–60 mGal at approximately the same coordinates as Ahuna Mons for the same area as a. Credit: Nature Geoscience (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41561-019-0378-7 An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests the large dome found on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres is made of slurry—a mix of salty brine and solid particles. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the group describes their study of data from the Dawn spacecraft and what it revealed.last_img read more