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Sensors Insights By Melanie Martella

Sensors Expo 2013 is Almost Here
We're mere weeks away from Sensors Expo 2013 and I thought I'd take this opportunity to call out some of the particularly exciting offerings that are new for 2013. This year we welcome ARM, Appliance Design, Advantage Business Media, Gases & Instrumentation, and Evaluation Engineering who join the MEMS Industry Group as our collaboration partners. In addition, this year the RTC Group will be launching its Intelligent Systems Conference & Pavilion (ISCP) on the show floor. And, finally, the IPSO Alliance will be introducing its first global IP Innovation Challenge for the next generation Internet of Things (IoT). continued

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Virginia DOT Awards Contract to Serco
The agency announced its intent to retain the company to integrate and operate the state's five Transportation Operation Centers and manage the Safety Service Patrol. continued

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Flow Sensors Market Poised for Further Growth
According to a GIA report titled "Flow Sensors: Market Research Report," available from, the sector's expansion is driven by the financial recovery, new plant construction, and technological advances. continued

Pressure Sensors Market Expected to Grow
Global sales are predicted to reach more than $11 billion by end-2018, fuelled by increasing car production and technology advances, with Asia-Pacific expected to be the largest and fastest growing regional market. continued

Proximity/Displacement Sensors Markets Rebound
The GIA report "Proximity and Displacement Sensors: Market Research Report" forecasts revenues for the two types of sensors will exceed $3 billion in 2018, driven by new and expanding applications and the shift to increased automation processes. continued

Disposable Wireless Body Sensor Market to Grow
ABI Research predicts that shipments of medical body area network sensors will reach 5 million by 2018, with proprietary and NFC-based offerings rising to prominence, possibly eclipsing Bluetooth Smart-based systems. continued


Silicon Labs Debuts Digital Isolators
The Si826x CMOS-based, drop-in replacement for optocoupler-isolated gate drivers enhances long-term reliability of high-power motor controls. continued

Acromag Announces Relay Interface Modules
The six-channel optocoupler and interposing relay modules monitor and control high-voltage field devices, using remote I/O, PLCs, or other distributed control systems with DC logic signaling. continued

Panasonic Debuts Universal Wireless Technology
The multiband circuitry enables stable connections between devices of different standards, and it offers a reduction in the size of the chip and its power consumption, promoting the spread of M2M sensor networks that support cloud-based data exchange. continued

Microsemi Develops Industrial-Grade Radio
The ZL70251 is a next-generation 2 mA low-power transceiver that supports extended operating temperature and frequency ranges, making it well suited for harsh industrial environments. continued

BHiveLab Launches Internet of Things Toolkit
Objctify is designed to help developers easily deploy Internet of Things applications. continued

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ThingWorx and Nippon Systemware Partner
The joint effort will deliver and support next-generation SaaS-based M2M solutions in Japan for energy telematics and building management applications. continued

NASA Partners with Utah State University
The space agency and the university's Space Dynamics Lab will develop a cryogenic optical encoder to reduce uncertainties in the performance and calibration of space-based sensor systems. continued


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