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The connected car presents a complex technological challenge

What manufacturing trends are driving the connected car?

Prasad Satyavolu explores the manufacturing trends driving the connected car.

There are many different approaches to making, design and creation

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Whether we're hands-on makers, tech-savvy product designers, artists or entrepreneurial business-minded inventors, there are different ways to imagine, design and create. But what are the different personas that define creators?

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Additive manufacturing in aerospace industries could yield great benefits

Additive manufacturing in aerospace and defence: adding to subtract

The core technology behind additive manufacturing, at a basic level, is not a new thing. In fact it’s been around for three decades now. The principle stems from a computer design of the object that is sliced into incredibly fine layers that are then printed on top of each other from the bottom up to produce the final product. However, despite initially being conceived in the 1980s, recent technological advances have brought this process from a novel and futuristic intrigue, to a present day reality.

The time is now for sports teams to combat the negative effects of climate change

Sports teams vs climate change

Roy Bedlow, CEO and co-founder of renewable energy investment company, Low Carbon, discusses the post-COP21 landscape and how sports organisations can do more to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

STEM subjects are core to students' successful futures

Educating students through practical application of STEM principles

More than 41,000 students graduated from specialised engineering degrees in 2011. Over 90 per cent of these will have specialised knowledge in only one aspect of engineering, but business leaders agree that engineers will work more effectively on a multidisciplinary project when they have knowledge of all systems within the project.

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    The term Centre of Excellence (CoE) is becoming a popular way of focusing attention in many organisations, but what exactly is a CoE? How can it be incorporated into an organisational structure? And, is it just another ‘excellence’ fad? Kerrine Bryan and Ian Herbert answer some typical questions.

  • Powerline versus WiFi - the pros and cons

    Comparing two wireless solutions and examining their relative merits in a home networking environment.

  • How to use finite element analysis to optimize product design

    Design optimization is a process that attempts to determine the best possible design for a specific goal.  This is often a daunting task when you consider the number of design variations that are possible in any given situation. Changes in physical dimensions, loading, and material properties can all affect the performance of a design.  

  • Deploying predictive maintenance solutions in rail operations

    At a time when rail delays, disruptions and the rising cost of travel are rarely out of the press, pressure is understandably mounting on UK rail operators to improve the quality of service for commuters. As the recent bout of bad weather across the UK highlighted, rail travel is still frequently disrupted by signalling problems, broken-down trains and congestion.

  • 999 location information: obligations for telephone networks

    Stephen Killen of ConneXon examines the problems associated with delivering correct location information with 999 (or 112) calls made from within private telephone networks and considers the regulatory, legal and moral obligations placed on organisations to ensure that this information reliable.

  • Intelligent cabling - what and why?

    One vital but largely invisible part of the data network has been overlooked

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  • Spitfire enters the digital age

    3D digital scanning specialist Physical Digital has captured the very essence of the last airworthy Spitfire.

  • Controlling the car of the future

    Cars have seen great improvements in styling, safety and performance over the last 40 years. The next area for evolution is likely to be the interior, in particular the interfaces between the car systems and the occupants.

  • 2D and 3D design: Let's work together

    There's no need for an either/or decision – the goal should be to blend 2D and 3D design tools and processes, and get the best of both.

  • i-Give: a new era of charity donation

    A professor from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University presents details about the first highly interactive donation system, providing a user-friendly multimedia interface for promoting, motivating and assisting people to make donations at any particular time.

  • Isolated DC-DC performance in an ultra-small form factor

    Presenting innovative silicon integration, power-system-in-package and proprietary control architectures to enable benchmark isolated DC-DC performance in an ultra-small form factor.

  • Deepwater Horizon Drilling Platform Explosion

    There has been widespread coverage of the Gulf of Mexico disaster in many news papers but the report which is more interesting to control systems engineers, was published in The Times on the May 18th 

  • Do we still need to find black boxes?

    Could better aircraft communications help make aircraft black boxes obsolete?

  • Danish railway gets in-carriage network

    Network enabled trains integrate security, surveillance, passenger counting and infotainment technologies.

  • Using customer experience management to meet the challenges of next-generation mobile

    Mobile operators could benefit from understanding how customers experience their services 

  • Migrating to Linux: how and why

    Linux is firmly established in the embedded market, but migrating existing source code to the operating system is a considerable undertaking. This article explores the steps necessary to migrate, the technical requirements and possible pitfalls and the differences between buying an established Linux implementation and developing one internally.

  • Ultrawideband: not dead yet

    Marty Colombatto, chief executive officer of wireless USB chip company Staccato Communications, says that the ultra-wideband based technology is just beginning to take off.

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