The 2018 ARC Forum is over, and I am collecting my thoughts about the array of topics covered in this coming together of suppliers, users, thought leaders, technologists, and just those folks looking to find out just what is actually transforming across industry, technology, and business in this purported era of digital transformation.
Lighting for cities is expensive, with energy and maintenance costs accounting for approximately 40 percent of its budgets. In New York City, lighting uses approximately 295.5 million kWh, which costs $50 million a year for electricity alone. Transitioning to smart LED networks represents a tremendous opportunity for municipalities to not only save a substantial amount of money on energy and maintenance costs, but also become a smart city and offer the platforms to create opportunities for effective and productive engagement with its citizens, businesses, and visitors.
Texas Instruments introduced a device for high speed Ethernet data communication called SORTE (Simple Open Real Time Ethernet). On the SPS IPC Drives show they demonstrated the capabilities of the data interface by applying it to a CNC with 4 connected motor encoders.
CNC cycle times as low as 4 µsec
Smart farming through the application of information and communication technologies including IoT is expected to revolutionize the global agricultural landscape, making it more resource-efficient and productive. However, according to the World Bank, about 80 percent of the agriculture produce consumed by developing regions comes from smallholder farmers, and most of these farmers base their decisions on experience and guesswork rather than on any scientific guidance.
Tragedy prone Amtrak suffered another accident this week when it crashed into stationary CSX train in South Carolina. Adding to the crisis, several cars of Acela decoupled itself from each other, and a train carrying members of republican congress slammed into the garbage truck. These incidents raise concerns about the safety and reliability of passenger rail service in the United States. Amtrak, US (Federal and state) governments, Class I railroads, and transit agencies should collaborate and minimize these catastrophic events.