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Sensors Insights By Melanie Martella

April R&D Round Up
This month we have a tiny timing chip that incorporates inertial sensors, a project to weigh trucks while they're driving, and a novel sensor cable that enables quicker, cheaper perimeter protection. continued

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Panasonic Acquires AirDat's Weather System
The merger adds AirDat's real-time weather monitoring and forecasting technology to Panasonic's portfolio, allowing the company to provide commercial airlines, energy providers, governments, and commodity investors with superior weather data. continued

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Steinbichler Introduces 3D Scanning Sensor
The 8 megapixel 3D scanning device, the COMET L3D 8M, promises to give a high level of detail, providing high-resolution structures even in large measurement fields. continued

Heidenhain Improves Metrology Software
The latest version of the company's PC-based QUADRA-CHEK metrology code provides advanced functionality for quality-control inspection measurement machines, making it possible to perform 2D and 3D measuring tasks. continued

Belden Extends Connectors Portfolio
The new molded M12 right-angle connectors in Belden's Lumberg Automation brand have 360 shielding, which promises reliable transmission of analog and digital data, even in environments with strong electromagnetic fields. continued

AOptix Unveils Mobile ID Verification System
The AOptix Stratus for the iPhone verifies user identity using a combination of fingerprint, voice, and face recognition, opening new markets for biometric technologies. continued

HHI Advances Visible-Light Communication
The R&D facility has developed technology that makes it possible to use standard off-the-shelf LED room lights for data transmission, achieving throughputs as high as 800 Mbps on the optical WLAN in the laboratory. continued

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SKF Launches SKF Insight
The integrated diagnostic technology enables bearings to wirelessly communicate their operating conditions continuously, with internally powered sensors and data acquisition electronics, promoting higher reliability and machinery uptime. continued

Nivis Announces VersaApp SDK
The ISA100.11a application layer software development kit is designed to speed development of apps that link standards-compliant wireless radio nodes to physical sensors or control devices. continued

ReMake Introduces eTactica
The energy intelligence system allows industrial and commercial entities to remotely monitor circuit-level electricity use in real time, integrating with virtually any electrical systems and enabling users to understand, optimize, and save energy. continued

AltaSens Introduces Two New Imaging Products
The CMOS image sensor developer has unveiled the AL30210C, its latest generation 1/3 in. sensor, and the ALWPU, a companion wide dynamic range processing unit. continued


Microsemi and Virtual Extension Collaborate
The two companies have developed a two-chip wireless mesh network chipset and reference design that bring a new level of performance and signal robustness to applications requiring networks with high performance and ultra-low power consumption. continued

Joint Effort Creates Big Data Analysis System
Ilmenau University and Objectivity have combined the InfiniteGraph database with motion sensing technologies to enable new analytics and sensor data processing for healthcare, advertising, and business applications. continued

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