DB Cargo wagons are getting smarter

first_imgGERMANY: A total of 34 000 wagons, or half of DB Cargo’s fleet, have now been equipped with telematics and smart sensors, the operator announced on August 27. All 68 000 wagons are scheduled to be equipped by 2020. The retrofitting programme is being carried out at Seelze near Hannover in a project worth ‘a high seven-figure sum.’ Each wagon is being fitted with a telematics module, with GPS and RFID and NFC tags. They can then use mobile telephony to transmit signals during the journey, such as when they start moving, stop or detect an impact. This data can help to provide information about the load’s condition, temperature and humidity, as well as the movement of sensitive cargo. ‘The smart freight wagons are modernising rail freight transport and making it fit for the future’, said Marek Staszek, management board member for Production. ‘Our customers are benefiting from more manageable logistics chains, higher-quality transport and predictable arrival times. With these advantages, we want to achieve a lasting shift in traffic onto the environmentally friendly rail freight network’.last_img read more

TI Introduces Single-Chip mmWave Sensors for Automotive Radar & Industrial Applications

first_imgTexas Instruments has introduced new millimeter wave (mmWave) CMOS sensors that operate from 76 to 81 GHz with a complete end-to-end development platform. These sensors are part of their effort to bring an unprecedented degree of precision and intelligence to a range of applications spanning the automotive, factory and building automation, and medical markets. Available for sampling today, the AWR1x and IWR1x sensor portfolio delivers up to three times more accurate sensing than current mmWave solutions on the market. The combination of sophisticated analog design techniques paired with digital signal processing enables designers to implement intelligent and contactless sensing in their systems.Key Features and Benefits of this mmWave Sensor Portfolio: Traditionally, developers have encountered obstacles while creating Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International Level 2 and above functionality in vehicles, with sensor size and power a particular hindrance. TI’s AWR1x mmWave portfolio allows developers to meet these requirements through built-in quality standards, unprecedented precision in a small form factor and low-power envelope, all while enabling a low-cost implementation. Designers can not only enhance advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving safety features – including ISO 26262 which enables Automotive safety integrity level (ASIL)-B – but also deliver new features such as automated parking assistance, pedestrian detection, and occupancy and driver monitoring. Click here to learn about TI’s automotive mmWave portfolio.Servicing the need for improved efficiency in factory, building automation systems and smart infrastructure, developers are now able to leverage TI’s intelligent and robust portfolio of mmWave sensors. In addition, this sensing technology can be used to transform existing capabilities in growing areas such as medical equipment, tank-level sensing, robotic vision and drones. TI’s IWR1x mmWave contactless sensors can be used in environments without interference from lighting, rain, dust, fog or frost, making them uniquely robust indoors or outdoors. By determining the range, velocity and angle of objects around the equipment, the sensors can adapt to dynamic scenarios instantaneously. Click here to learn more about TI’s industrial mmWave portfolio.Developers can get started immediately with AWR1x and IWR1x – evaluation modules (EVMs) and samples available through the TI store and authorized distributors. Highly integrated: Designers can select the best processing power for their needs with a fully integrated CMOS single-chip harnessing a best-in-class digital signal processor (DSP) and microcontroller (MCU) or a single-chip with just an MCU or DSP. Each chip delivers smart, highly accurate stand-alone sensing with less than a 4-centimeter range resolution, range accuracy down to less than 50 micrometers and range up to 300 meters. Comprehensive family: A broad portfolio of five devices allows developers to select the right solution for their design needs, all while reducing power consumption and board space by 50 percent. Most intelligent: TI’s mmWave 76- to 81-GHz single-chip sensor portfolio can dynamically adapt to changing conditions, bring multi modal functionality to avoid false positives and deliver ranges of sensing to multiple applications. Environmental flexibility: IWR1x and AWR1x mmWave sensors can sense accurately through plastic, dry wall, clothing, glass and many other materials, and through environmental conditions such as lighting, rain, dust, fog or frost. Develop today: TI’s new mmWave software development kit (SDK) includes sample algorithms and software libraries which simplify RF designs through less than 20 simple application programming interfaces (APIs). By leveraging TI’s mmWave SDK platform engineers can start developing their applications in less than 30 minutes.last_img read more

Real Madrid boss Perez tackles Ronaldo problem

first_imgFlorentino Pérez’s first task after being reelected unopposed as Real Madrid president on Monday will be to appease superstar Cristiano Ronaldo amid speculation the four-time world player of the year wants to leave.“As no other candidature was put forward to the board … it is proclaimed that Mr Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is president of Real Madrid,” the Spanish and European champions said in a statement.The 70-year-old construction magnate’s third term in charge of Europe’s most successful club spanning 15 years — 2000-2006 and since 2009 — will be rubber stamped at a ceremony at the Santiago-Bernabéu Stadium later Monday.And among the first issues he will have to deal with is superstar Ronaldo — who he bought in 2009 from Manchester United for a record 94 million euros ($105.3 million).Ronaldo is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.The frenzy of speculation began soon after Ronaldo was accused last week of a 14.7 million euro tax evasion through offshore companies.The Portuguese international is currently in Russia competing for the European champions in the Confederations Cup.And according to Spanish sports daily Marca, Ronaldo has told his teammates: “I’m leaving Real. I have made a decision. There is no turning back.”Portuguese sports daily A Bola also claimed that Perez had already been informed of the 32-year-old’s decision.There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.Among the clubs reported to be interested in Ronaldo is former club Manchester United for a fee which could hit 200 million euros, with a possible get-out clause of one billion euros.Since extending his contract in November until 2021, Ronaldo is according to Forbes the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (83m euro) in 2016-2017.Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are also reported to be interested.Under Perez, Real Madrid have won three Champions League titles in four seasons. The club — which also won La Liga last season — lead the way in the elite European competition with 12 trophies.Perez’s opponents have criticised reforms in the club statutes which have toughened criteria for aspiring candidates.Candidates must now have been a member of Real for over 20 years, compared to the old requirement of 10 years, and have a personal fortune of over 75 million euros.last_img read more

Pole vaulter Kendricks takes second world gold after duel with Duplantis

first_imgDOHA, (Reuters) – Sam Kendricks of the United States clinched his second consecutive world title yesterday after a duel with European champion Armand Duplantis that electrified the usually muted crowd at Khalifa International Stadium. Kendricks stayed alive by clearing 5.87 and 5.97 metres in his third and final attempts but it was his first-time clearance at 5.92 that put him above Duplantis and earned him gold when neither man could clear 6.02.Kendricks, who came into the championships with a season’s best of 6.06, became the first pole vaulter to secure repeat wins at the worlds since Sergey Bubka clinched his sixth consecutive title in 1997.Sweden’s Duplantis knocked down the bar on this first attempt to clear 5.87 but comfortably cleared the height on his second attempt, pounding his fist on his chest as he stood up from the pit. The 19-year-old encountered trouble at 5.92, failing to clear on his first two attempts. He remained in contention by lifting himself over the bar on his third try, prompting cheers from a pack of Swedish fans in the crowd.“He’s not just 19. He’s 19 with 10 years of pole vault experience,” Kendricks, 27, said of his Swedish rival. “It’s going to be harder every time, for him and for me, to go for that victory.”Piotr Lisek of Poland, twice a world championship medallist before, settled for bronze after failing to get over the bar at 5.97.  In a display of camaraderie, all three medallists backflipped simultaneously in celebration, drawing cheers and claps from the crowd.last_img read more