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Redefining the Notion of Sensors
Sensors have been used for decades to quantify physical phenomena while serving as catalysts to improve decision making. However, many industries are now forced to expand their belief of what a sensor is. More>>

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TimeSource "Enhanced Primary Reference Time Clock" Protects Against GNSS Vulnerabilities     October 27, 2016

As First of its Kind, TimeSource Meets New ITU-T G.8272.1 Recommendation and Provides Best in Class Secure Timing Infrastructure to Telecommunications and Mobile Operators More>>

Secucloud protects IoT devices from botnet threats in telecom networks     October 27, 2016

IoT Anti-Bot Package enables efficient compliance with IT security regulations. More>>

Context puts new IoT products under security spotlight     October 27, 2016

Rush to market places customers at risk say researchers at Context Information Security More>>

Smart Farming must step up to meet global challenges     October 27, 2016

The Agri-tech Investment Summit provides a platform for role of the IoT in agriculture, 3-4 November in London More>>

Linear Actuators Market in North America is Projected to Reach US$5,236.6 mn by 2024     October 27, 2016

Rising Focus on Wastewater Management to Play Key Role in Future Growth More>>

Signal Conditioning Market Dominated by Americas     October 27, 2016

Market was valued at USD 561.2 million in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 817.5 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.46%. More>>

Peratech collaborates to improve human-to-notebook PC interfaces     October 27, 2016

Peratech is customizing its QTC force sensors to meet requirements of next generation notebook PCs. More>>

OmniVision and MStar Partner on Imaging Apps With IR Processing     October 27, 2016

MStar's Powerful System-on-Chip MSC318 Pairs With OmniVision's Advanced RGB-Ir Sensors for Advanced Security and Automotive Imaging Applications More>>

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Patent Information Benefits Sensor-Industry Pros By Matthieu Rosello-Garcia, European Patent Office (EPO)
Regular visitors to Sensors Expo know the many benefits of attending such sector gatherings. You may get wind of a number of innovative products, identify new market entrants, and spot both emerging and fading market trends, etc. This article highlights how instrumental patent information can be in doing all of the above...... More>>

New Position Sensors Assist Bridge Inspection Engineers By Edward E. Herceg, Alliance Sensors Group
An ongoing challenge in the USA is that our transportation infrastructure is aging. Typically major bridges were built more than 50 years ago, and increasing traffic has resulted in load limits being placed on many of them.  In many states, annual bridge inspections are required by law and federal regulations require interstate bridges and overpasses to be inspected every two years. In the present technological world, bridge monitoring does not have to rely exclusively on periodic human inspections, but can rely instead on sensors..... More>>

Oxygen Sensor Simulation Using A 555 Timer By Prashant Goyal, Love Gupta, and Mohit Khajuria, Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
In this article, the requirement of oxygen sensors in the automobiles is explained. We also discuss the principles of operation of an oxygen sensor in fulfilling its requirements..... More>>

The Fine Line Between Inanity And Innovation
By Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
April first, affectionately known as April Fools' Day, was this past Tuesday and I'm sure you've had your fill of pranks. This is the day many an unsuspecting man, woman, and child may be asked to "look over there" and then taunted with the phrase "made ya' look" and .... More>>

Come To Sensors Expo 2014, Relax, And Get Away From It All
By Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
Attend a major trade show to relax? Get away from it all, like a real vacation? You must be mad! Tradeshows are work and especially hard work for those toiling in the technological coal mines. Surely you have lost your senses .... More>>

Know and Grow
By Kenneth F. Stern, President & Founder of Synxronos
In order for a company to develop a profitable growth strategy, it should have a detailed understanding of its costs, competitive position and customer environment. However, due to resource constraints, department managers are usually focused on near term issues.... More>>

Advances in EPS Implementation through Multi-Direction Magnetic Sensing
By Peter Riendeau, Melexis.
As the scope of tasks Hall Effect (magnetic) sensors can perform continues to expand, these sensors are becoming viable for use in everything from headlight positioning to air conditioning, and from electronic stability control to anti-lock braking systems. More>>

Significant Growth Potential for Image Sensors in Automotive Market
By Robert Stead, Events EU, Smithers.
Image sensors are currently experiencing particularly impressive growth potential in the automotive sector, specifically in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). In these ADAS, image sensors improve driver safety by........ More>>

Sensor Technology Automates Feeding Control in Single Use Bioreactors
By: Bill Campbell, Stratophase Ltd.
Bioprocessing dates back over 100 years, in fact, beer manufacturing is a bioprocess operation and original bioreactors could be as simple as oak casks. A more recent history is dominated by either glass reactor vessels or stainless steel. More>>

Decoding Manchester-Based Serial-Data Protocols For Sensor-to-Controller Applications
By: David Maliniak, Technical Marketing Communication Specialist, Teledyne LeCroy
Most modern digital oscilloscopes sport decode software for many well-known serial-data protocols, which include I2C, SPI, CAN, USB, and Ethernet. Meanwhile, some emerging and/or lesser-known protocols, including some specifically aimed at sensor-to-controller applications, find themselves out in the cold with respect to decode software. More>>

Industry’s Smallest Current Sensor Maintains Precision And Accuracy
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
Sporting a digital design that requires no calibration and consuming just one-sixth the board space of comparable devices, the TLI4970 debuts as the market’s smallest current sensor, measuring 7 mm x 7 mm x1 mm. More>>

Demystifying Thermopile IR Temp Sensors
By: Vasco Polyzoev and Habib Karaki, Texas Instruments
Thermopile temperature sensors offer the advantage of non-contact temperature measurement while thermopile sensors use infrared (IR) radiation versus conduction for heat transfer. Using IR thermopile sensors is not as complex as one might think. More>>

High-Speed Camera Captures The Invisible
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
For scientists, researchers, and engineers needing to record invents moving fart too fast for the human eye, the Phantom v2010 camera captures more than 22,000 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution using high-definition and widescreen 1280 x 800 CMOS sensors. More>>

Smart Viticulture Project in Spain Uses Sensor Devices to Harvest Healthier, More Abundant Grapes for Albariño Wines
By: Javier Martinez, Chief Sales & Business Development Officer at Libelium
Smart applications are becoming more prevalent in big cities and urban environments and in the countryside as well. Smart agriculture brings state-of-the-art technology to an industry where the plow and sickle have ruled for thousands of years. More>>

MAXIM Unleashes the Industry's Smallest Ambient Light Sensor
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
Also dubbed Santa Cruz, the MAXREFDES23is the industry’s smallest ambient light sensor (ALS) integrating the IO-Link protocol. . More>>

Relative Humidity Sensing Adds Value to Outdoor Electronics
By: Bill Simcoe, Product Manager at Silicon Labs
As more and more electronic components are finding their way into outdoor equipment and remote locations, the need for environmental monitoring around equipment is becoming more valuable. More>>

Some more of the Latest & Greatest Pressure Sensors, Part Two
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
Here are some more of the hottest pressure sensors currently available. More>>

Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems Forge Advancements and Use of Pressure Sensor Technology
By: Karmjit Sidhu, Vice President, Product Development, American Sensor Technologies
Sensor technology has experienced substantial growth, both in use and development, thanks in large part to the implementation and large-scale commercialization of Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMs). More>>

How to Select the Ideal Pressure Sensor
By: Kyle Horsman, Product Specialist, Instrumentation Sensors at TURCK Inc.
Pressure sensors measure movement or deflection on an area with the use of specialty devices. Many pressure sensors use a type of strain gauge or diaphragm that creates a signal to be processed based upon the amount of deflection the diaphragm is exposed to.  More>>

Roundup of Some of the Latest & Greatest Pressure Sensors on the Market, Part One
By: Mat Dirjish, Executive Editor, Sensors Magazine
In keeping with this month's spotlight on pressure sensors, here is a listing with brief descriptions of just a few of the hottest pressure sensors and related technologies available now. More>>

Software for Very Large Sensor Networks:
OrderOne Networks Scalable Embedded

By: David Davies, OrderOne Networks Ltd.
In this article we introduce software that can be used to easily create large sensor networks for use in utility network metering, transit systems, and oversight of large industrial operations and facilities, among other applications. More>>

Thermistors As Accurate Temperature Sensors Part 2: Application and Results
By: Darren O'Connor and Kasandra O'Malia, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado
In Part 2 of this two-part article we apply our method to a real-world application and show how, by combining estimation methods with thermistor characterization data, we can achieve high accuracy measurements over a wide temperature range using the simple voltage divider circuit we described in Part 1. More>>