In an intriguing team-up, worth watching, the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research institute of A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology & Research), and VTT (Technical Research Centre) Finland inked a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to promote technology innovation R&D and new capability development for FoF (Factories of the Future ).
In its interim report on Digital Scotland, the Royal Society of Edinburgh has collected the evidence of exclusion. "Over a million Scots, and most of our small businesses, do not have the access and skills they need to share in the benefits of a Digital Scotland and this digital exclusion exacerbates existing divides," it finds.
The UK New Wave Energy Ltd will be trading under a new name, as yet to be determined, when its high altitude aerial power plant goes live. its idea is to build the first high-altitude aerial power plant, using networks of unmanned drones to harvest energy from multiple sources, and then transmit that wirelessly to receiving stations on the ground.
Babcock Marine, operator of the former Naval Dockyard at Rosyth, has taken delivery of 19 newOTCs (overhead travelling cranes from Street Crane Company. The yard undergoing a refit for its new role as a flexible manufacturing base for commercial, marine and offshore vessels. The new cranes will enhance yard productivity and provide a mechanical handling system with modern standards of safe lifting and performance.
An age-old engineering problem is how to precisely measure forces acting between two components inside a machine or say on the sail of a boat, without drilling holes or sticking on a sensor? Technischen Universität Darmstadt researchers have emerged with a brilliantly simple solution: a screw with an integrated sensor.
In a great rustle of activity (What you haven't got one?) contactless is the world’s new smart card, and compliant with the CIPURSE open security standard from Infineon are now being used in different projects, as in Brazil, and in cooperation between Oracle and Infineon, while Telenor launches Norway's first commercial NFC project.
Scientists and policymakers come together at TU Delft, Netherlands from 18-20 November to search for answers to an increasing global shortage of raw materials. Fittingly, ‘Materials Resource in a Constrained World’ is an international COST conference, scheduled as oxide semiconductors GaInZnO (gallium, indium, zinc, oxide) fall in this this category, making waves as the material of choose for new large area OLEd displays.
As a second, independent report finds BT overcharged customers £4.9bn between April 2005 and March 2013, reports UK's broadband blog Br0kenTeleph0n3, a new report from SQW, reported by Outlaw.com claims that superfast broadband funding will boost the economy by £6 billion, making a return on investment of £20 for every £1 spent.
As Cisco buys into security, Unisys opens ITSMaaS (IT Service Management as a Service) through Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform, and BGF £10m investement in Scottish-based Inoapps (Oracle soft/hard ware supplier) means acquisition and employee growth.
The Bloodhound project to showcase the best of UK engineering was exhibited at an event held by design and technology consultancy Cambridge Design Partnership with the business network for Cambridge’s technology hub,Cambridge Network,
Project WINDTRUST has as its objective to improve wind energy sector competitiveness by developing and testing components to improve turbine reliability. Co-financed by European Commission, coordinated by GAMESA, it is set to run to September 2015.In the background the wind energy industry and companies are starting to have an understanding of turbine yaw misalignment and its associated energy and revenue losses. This largely thanks to newer measurement tools, that ease the detection problem and its exact characteristics for any given turbine.
Three Scottish organisations have won prestigious industry awards, with a team from UoA (University of Aberdeen) and RGU (Robert Gordon University) with other NE institutions winning Computer Weekly European User Awards for Data Centres while the Accounting Web Software Awards for small business accounting and expenses goes to Edinburgh based FreeAgent Central, despite stiff competition from their industry sectors.
As Dundee city exhibits its first completely-off-grid solar panel renewable energy building, SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy) gets £1 million fund boost for its offshore wind turbine testing plant at Hunterston, Ayrshire, while the Island of Mull opts for hydro-energy from its Allt Achadh na Moine watercourse.
Hardware and software are key sound components as LINN Products of East Renfrewshire records excellent response from both retailer and distributors to its £50,000 Klimax Exakt intelligent speaker sound system launched in September. Edinburgh-based Wolfson Microelectronics now widens its software offering as it partners with Fortemedia ForteVoice software for its ADSP (Audio Digital Signal Processor) platform.
As the giant cranes of Clydeport are decommissioned in favour of more modern devices, the future of BAE in Govan and Scotstoun seems to be increasingly at risk. Over at Rosyth however, where Babcock's facility assembles 65,000 tonne warships, with a workforce of around 2,500 and submarines are also outfitted, its interesting that Babcock starts the refit of HMS Scott at Devonport. Another straw in the wind?
Oxford may be have a hackathon this weekend, but Nujira, leader in Envelope Tracking technology, a fabless semiconductor company enabling design for cost effective multimode multiband handsets with design centres located in Cambridge, UK, wand Edinburgh has presented an award at the prestigious Imperial College Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) student prize giving ceremony last week to STEM talent Lim Wei Li.
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