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Technology

Automation technologies in energy and resource saving lighting systems

The article covers the existing and advanced energy and resource saving control technologies for street lighting networks as well as vital issues related to network automation for different control techniques. Also included are the classification of energy and resource saving control technology options and their economic evaluation. The article offers a multipurpose technology platform for a smart lighting system.


Remote phosphor LED lights: theory and reality

The article describes the methods for generating white LED light utilizing remote phosphor technology and analyzes its benefits and features. Also included is a brief review of the main trends in using retrofit lamps and the application potential of remote phosphor technology to give LED lamps the filament lamp form factor and capability to replace them.


Embedded Systems

Achieving Agility in Embedded Device Testing

The article addresses why iterative development is needed in today's market and outlines the major benefits it delivers. It looks at one example, the test driven development (TDD) model and its companion technique, continuous integration (CI), and how TDD can be adapted for the embedded industry.


Hardware

AdvancedTCA technology and equipment. Large potentialities of high speed communications

The article continues the series of publications familiarizing the readers with ADLINK equipment. It is about technology and devices for telecommunications and other critical applications developed in today's most promising AdvancedTCA standard.


Rugged handheld and tablet computers: development trends, design versions, system platforms

The article offers a review of the rugged mobile computers presented in Russia which are particularly interesting from a technical point of view. Based on the market data, the outlined trends and prospects for the development of mobile devices market were determined. A significant portion of the article is devoted to the technical description of devices that allows for identifying similarities and differences between the configuration capabilities of mobile computers from various manufacturers.


Problem of choosing an industrial computer: economy or quality?

The article addresses two approaches to the procurement of an industrial computer: by parts followed by assembly, or a ready-made item. The author considers the pros and cons of both approaches and focuses on the advantages of purchasing a ready-made computer.


System Integration
Distributed Control Systems

Use of VARISTAR cabinet platform at ALBA CELLS Synchrotron Light Facility

The article provides an example of cost-effective approach when building a reliable distributed control system for a sophisticated engineering-technical complex at ALBA Synchrotron Light Facility. The use of unified cabinet platforms, choice of CompactPCI, industrial computers and Ethernet as fieldbus contributed significantly to solving the cost optimization task while maintaining a high level of functionality and safety.


Use of the resolvers in distributed automatic control system of a big azimuthal telescope

The article discusses the initial requirements for upgrade of the control system of a big azimuthal telescope and replacement of the centralized control scheme with a distributed network architecture of the automatic control system. Also included is a description of the ways to solve some real-time problems which occur in the distributed control system due to the instability of delays in asynchronous data transfer from the telescope resolvers to the control software.


Metallurgy

A few words about the control system of anode process stage at “Nadezhda” metallurgy plant

The article describes an automated control system of the anode furnaces at "Nadezhda" metallurgy plant. The introduction of the system ensured continuous trouble-free process and enhanced reliability of equipment operation and efficiency of personnel actions as well as decreasing the probability of an adverse effect of the human factor - all contributing to reducing the equipment operating costs.


Monitoring and Measuring Systems

Development of system to monitor the condition of hydraulic engineering facilities of shipping lock

The article describes a diagnostic system to monitor the condition of hydraulic engineering facilities at Cheboksary and Gorodets hydrosystems. The system operates in automatic mode and monitors crack width in concrete structures and records the piezometer and air temperature transmitter readings. The measurement results are processed in the BING-3 information-diagnostic system.


Buildings Automation

Upgrade of automatic dispatch control systems of data processing centers: problems and solutions

The article describes the current trends in modernization of the operating automatic dispatch control systems of data processing centers. Also discussed are the changes in the requirements for the modern automatic dispatch control systems and the user interface optimization issues. Particular emphasis is placed on the implementation of user-adaptive multimedia devices supplying urgent information about the emergency situations. It is also shown how the transit to the smart 64-bit SCADA automatic dispatch control systems with 3D visualization increases efficiency of dispatch services and makes the work of personnel more productive, more comfortable and ergonomic.


Hardware
Networking Equipment

Embedded switches: is it time to get on the bandwagon?

The article describes the practical advantages of using the embedded switches and offers a brief excursion into the redundant Ethernet technologies. Also discussed are the technical features of Hirschmann embedded module EES20 and its possible applications.


IEC60601: understanding the changes from 2nd to 3rd edition

The third edition of IEC 60601-1:2005 standard became effective from June 01, 2012. It defines the new requirements for safety of medical electrical equipment. The article written by XP Power technical specialist provides a brief description of major differences between the second and third editions of the standard, gives a detailed explanation on the requirements of the new edition for the power sources for use in medical electrical instruments and equipment.


XII International Specialized Industrial Exhibition “Electronics and Instrument-Making” (RADEL)