Care By Design Market in Farmington will on January 11 host a 2020 Health and Wellness Kickoff Expo designed to help you achieve your health goals in the new year.Classes at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. will include information about how to incorporate CBD, a green smoothie demo with samples, and “Reframing + Managing Stress and Anxiety”.This free event will be held at Care By Design Market, 32746 Grand River in Farmington. To learn more, follow the business on Facebook. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
State Rep. Christine Greig (State of Michigan)Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended the closure of school buildings across the state through the end of the school year, to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).“I know that this is a big challenge,” Whitmer said in a social media post. “I know that there isn’t a video chat or homework packet that can replace the value of a highly trained, experienced teacher working with students in a classroom. But the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented threat to our public health, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to keep you and your family safe.”State Rep. Christine Greig, a Democrat from Farmington Hills and House Democratic Leader, said because the continued impact of the pandemic remains unknown, “we need decisive action to ensure we are protecting the people of Michigan.”“Despite the fluidity of this crisis, parents, students, teachers and staff must have certainty and stability,” she said. “The order executed today provides clear parameters that educators can use to plan for the rest of the school year and beyond. Above all else, we must ensure that continuity of learning is preserved.”During a press conference, Whitmer said that without more testing and more “robust” testing, opening schools is “too dangerous.” She also declined to say whether there would be changes to the 2020-2021 school year start date.“I don’t think that we need to, with any certainty, say that our schools will start on this day,” she said, adding that the state has ended standardized testing and allowed districts flexibility with their school calendar.As of Thursday morning, Michigan had 9,334 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 337 deaths. Oakland County has reported 1,940 cases and 96 deaths.A ZIP code map of Farmington and Farmington Hills shows that, across the two cities, 188 residents have tested positive for the virus. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
The two new satellites launched by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) two months ago have successfully completed their first space missions. The experiments in space conducted by the two new satellites have proven the commercial viability of several new made-in-Singapore satellite technologies. These new technologies include a space navigation system, precise and fast-locking GPS receivers and radiation resistant hardware.The two newest NTU satellites are the VELOX-CI – Singapore’s first climate monitoring satellite; and VELOX-II, the world’s first small satellite which carries a “communication-on-demand” technology which can send data back to NTU anytime and anywhere in space.With the two successful satellites completing their primary missions, NTU now has six satellites out in space, demonstrating the University’s ability to design, build and operate small satellite systems.NTU Singapore is among the very few universities in the world to have designed and successfully operated six satellites in space. With this track record, NTU aims to offer their satellite building expertise to international and Singapore companies that are hoping to develop innovative space products for the global market. One such successful industry partnership is by VELOX-II, which carries a communication payload built by Singapore Company Addvalue Innovation Pte Ltd.New Satellite Technologies Tested:I. VELOX-CIThe 123-kg microsatellite VELOX-CI, supported by Singapore’s Economic Development Board, is designed to evaluate a new precise navigation system and to measure atmospheric parameters for studying the tropical climate.Since its launch on 16 December, it has flown over Singapore more than 750 times in the last 50 days and successfully tested different NTU-designed technologies, including:1) Precision GPS (Global Positioning System): NTU’s GPS receiver can receive dual GPS frequency signals, giving it an accuracy of 20cm.2) Ionosphere measurements: Using the GPS receiver, algorithms have been developed to study the ionosphere (a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere) so scientists can predict how much impact space weather can have on ground-to-satellite communication and satellite navigation.3) Radio Occultation: an advanced technique used for climate study. VELOX-CI can detect GPS signals even without a direct line-of-sight to the GPS satellites. By measuring the bending of GPS signals through the atmosphere, data on atmospheric temperature, humidity and pressure used in long term climate studies can be obtained. Preliminary data shows that it is possible to obtain atmospheric data ranging from a few kilometres up to a few hundred kilometres.4) Star tracker navigation software: the satellite can determine its orientation just by looking at the stars in space. The NTU team has collected hundreds of star images and constellations and added them into their database, which will be used to validate newer advanced algorithms.Click here to learn more about VELOX-CI.II. VELOX-IIA 12-kg nanosatellite, the VELOX-II is designed and built by NTU to test three unique technologies for small satellite systems, including:1) Fast GPS tracking algorithm: it can determine VELOX-II’s position accurately within a minute.2) On-demand-communication: the main mission of VELOX-II is to send data back to NTU, relayed via a higher orbiting satellite while flying on the other part of Earth. This proprietary technology, known as the Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS), is owned by Addvalue Innovation Pte Ltd and was integrated into the satellite by NTU.3) Radiation resistant chip: the VELOX-II has a chip specially designed to resist the impact of radiation in space. This chip manages and protects the critical data stored in the satellite’s memory.In addition, VELOX-II has been broadcasting a beacon signal every minute while orbiting in space. This unique beacon contains the satellite name and its status, such as the operating mode, battery levels, temperature, etc. This signal can be received by any amateur radio operator within the line of sight of the satellite.Click here to learn more about VELOX-II.To mark the end of SG50, VELOX-II has been sending SG50 in text as its header after the second week in space. The NTU team is now ready to take on more commercial satellite payloads from companies and industry partners.
Microsemi and D-Link have collaborated to develop D-Link’s mydlink Smart Alarm Detector (DCH-S165). This Wi-Fi based detector monitors and identifies the sounds of standard UL-certified smoke or carbon monoxide alarms using Microsemi’s ZL38062 sound classifier audio processor as the primary integrated circuit of the device.Leveraging the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technology, mydlink Smart Alarm Detector plugs into an electrical outlet to create an integrated home safety solution, without the cost and inconvenience of installing new smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. Utilizing Microsemi’s system-on-chip (SoC) audio processor inside the Smart Alarm Detector’s wall plug, the device detects the sound of an industry standard T3 smoke alarm or T4 carbon monoxide alarm and passes that detection flag to an app notifying the homeowner or alarm monitoring company. This enables homes without Wi-Fi enabled alarms to avoid undergoing expensive home rewiring and/or alarm replacement (of approximately $100 each) by simply plugging this module into the wall as a simple addition to the existing detector network.According to market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), IoT technology and services spending will generate global revenues of $8.9 trillion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 8 percent. Using today’s IoT technology, the Smart Alarm Detector easily connects to an existing Wi-Fi network and works with any UL-certified smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. By placing the detector within 50 feet of these alarms, it accurately detects the temporal sounds from the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms via Microsemi’s audio processor and sends a mobile push notification if either of the alarms sound.The mydlink Smart Alarm Detector offers a state-of-the-art solution for the home automation market ideally suited to Microsemi’s AcuEdge technology, which when combined allows monitoring companies to create a smart home without the need for every alarm in the home to be smart. The company’s ZL38062 solution has proven reliable and cost-effective for today’s connected home market opportunities.Designed for world-class high definition voice applications, Microsemi’s ZL380 series of audio processors features the company’s Microsemi AcuEdge technology. This innovative technology includes a set of highly complex and integrated algorithms that allows the user to extract more information from the audio environment. It consists of license-free, royalty-free intelligent audio intellectual property (IP) algorithms. When combined with Microsemi’s highly integrated ZL380 series of audio processors, the solution accelerates customers’ time-to-market via validated reference design and MiTuner™ graphical user interface (GUI) software.Product AvailabilityMicrosemi’s ZL38062 which powers D-Link’s mydlink Smart Alarm Detector (DCH-S165) is available now.
Raytheon and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) have signed an agreement to jointly develop and prototype advanced electronic warfare capabilities for the Australian Defence Force.Under the agreement, Raytheon will provide its Multi-Function Receiver Exciter System test bench, a control system and a modeling and simulation environment. The lab will use MFIRES, a part of a product family that includes Raytheon’s Next Generation Jammer Mid-band, to evolve and test advanced EW techniques.Along with its electronic attack capability, MFIRES is also a radar warning receiver, providing electronic support and protection. Integrating multiple functions enables system success across the full EW mission by using less power, weight and space, all crucial elements in creating a significant advantage in electronic warfare.DST is the Australian government’s lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. It is Australia’s second largest government-funded science organization after the CSIRO. As one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, it delivers expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security. The DST has its national headquarters in Canberra, with research facilities in Melbourne, Edinburgh (in the northern suburbs of Adelaide), Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, HMAS Stirling at Rockingham (near Perth), Scottsdale in Tasmania, and Innisfail in northern Queensland.The DST Group, Australian industry and Raytheon will stand-up the lab in Adelaide, where they will take the first step toward creating a sovereign, integrated electronic warfare solution in Australia.Click here to know more about Raytheon EW Solutions.
AtlanTecRF’s parent company, Atlantic Microwave, has announced the maiden flight of its DSS Satellite Simulator product on board an eight rotor drone. Not only is this the first ever airborne Satellite Simulator but it is also the first time in history that an unmanned aerial vehicle has been deployed for such a task.Off-air testing of ground and vehicle based satellite communications systems has developed into a major industry need with the current explosion of SATCOM applications in multiple industries. Satcom systems cannot just switch on and hope for the best. The potential to upset fellow satellite users is both risky and expensive and Atlantic’s Satellite Simulator and Loop Test Translators have been saving the day for satcom operators worldwide in recent years.Drones, similarly, have been taking the world by storm with uplifting applications both professional and amateur. By combining these two major advances, Atlantic Microwave has provided a service to customers which is currently unrivalled.While the first flight, which has taken place in Denmark, used frequencies in the Ku band for ‘proof of concept’, Atlantic is also offering similar payloads in the Ka band, X band, as well as Q and V bands.Atlantic Microwave, based in Braintree, U.K. has established itself as a global leader in satellite simulation with its antenna and cabled-in based products, which have now been supplied to major satcom operators, integrators and manufacturers on all continents. The company currently has three distinct divisions, namely, AtlantecRF, AmRF and microRF.
Global safety science leader, UL, has received certification as CTIA Authorized Testing Laboratory (CATL) for cybersecurity. With this new designation, UL is ready to test connected devices for CTIA’s Cybersecurity Certification Program.CTIA is a non-profit industry organization that represents U.S. wireless communications carriers and equipment manufacturers, mobile app developers and content creators. UL worked closely with CTIA through their Cybersecurity Working Group to further define the test requirements, perform pilot testing, and overall help ensure interoperability between wireless devices and networks, and set standards for a secure, high-performing and innovative wireless ecosystem.The CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program helps establish foundational security standards for LTE and Wi-Fi enabled IoT devices, including the IoT ecosystems for smart homes, smart cities, mobile healthcare infrastructure, connected cars and personal devices.The CTIA IoT Cybersecurity Certification Program offers tiered security testing in three categories to meet the evolving security needs of IoT device manufacturers, beginning with core IoT device security features, and adding additional requirements based on increasing device complexity, sophistication and manageability. As one of only a few labs authorized by CTIA as a part of their Cybersecurity Certification pilot program, UL will support the expansion of the program through continued collaboration.UL offers its own cybersecurity certification program; the UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (UL CAP) based upon the UL 2900 Standard, next to other security programs and certifications.
u-blox has unveiled an affordable new solution to bring centimeter-level accuracy to GNSS receivers. The new NEO-D9S GNSS correction data receiver module receives GNSS correction data from correction service providers broadcast on the L-band (at 1525 – 1559 MHz). A host processor can then decrypt this correction data and provide it to a high precision GNSS receiver, combining corrections directly with readings from the satellite constellations to enable much more accurate position readings than those offered by GNSS signals alone.Use of the NEO-D9S will also increase the availability of high precision GNSS positioning data in areas with limited connectivity and reduce the amount of cellular data consumed by positioning receivers. Key customers are expected to include carmakers – Tier 1 and OEMs, industrial system integrators that offer position-correction services, and any other applications that rely upon very accurate positioning at low cost.The NEO-D9S module is a correction-only receiver, based on the latest u-blox 9th generation (D9) platform. This means that it will integrate easily with the u-blox F9 RTK GNSS receivers from u-blox, or can be used as part of a modular product roadmap. The module also integrates a TCXO and SAW filter to ensure good RF sensitivity and resilience to interference from adjacent channels.The module includes the algorithms necessary to decode satellite data broadcasts. It is configured to work initially with whichever correction service has been set as default, but can be configured for any L-band data broadcast. It stores its configuration settings in non-volatile memory.Click here to learn more about this module.
NFC Forum, the global standards and advocacy association for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced that its Board of Directors approved and adopted the Wireless Charging Specification (WLC). Adoption of this specification will help avoid the need for a separate wireless charging unit for small devices if the device includes an NFC communication interface. For example, a Bluetooth headset which includes NFC technology for pairing could also use the NFC interface for wireless charging. In this case, the NFC antenna is used to exchange the pairing information and to transfer power.This NFC specification uses the 13.56 MHz base frequency and leverages the NFC communication link to control the power transfer. NFC technology is unique in that it allows the transfer of power to an NFC tag to enable communication by providing a constant carrier signal. The WLC specification makes it possible to wirelessly charge small, battery-powered consumer and IoT devices with a smartphone or other NFC charging devices at a power transfer rate of up to 1 Watt. This will improve the user experience for the two billion consumers and businesses using smartphones and other NFC-enabled devices.The Wireless Charging Specification (WLC) uses a single antenna in an NFC-enabled device to manage both communications and charging. This solution makes it easier and more convenient to charge low-power IoT devices such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, wireless earbuds, digital pens, and other consumer devices.The WLC was published last year as a Candidate Specification and after a careful validation process, the NFC Forum is now able to publish this specification as an adopted Technical Specification, ready for implementation in the market.Koichi Tagawa, chair, NFC Forum, stated that the NFC Forum’s Wireless Charging Technical Specification allows for wireless charging of small battery-powered devices like those found in many of the estimated 36 billion IoT devices in use today. NFC wireless charging is truly transformative because it changes the way they design and interact with small, battery-powered devices as the elimination of plugs and cords enables the creation of smaller, hermetically-sealed devices.Click here to see all NFC Technical Specifications.
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Creamline advances in V-League sans Alyssa Valdez ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Creamline Cool Smashers continued its winning run in the Premier V-League Open Conference by beating Power Smashers 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 on Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.Veterans Rosemarie Vargas and Pauline Soriano led the way with 15 points apiece while Coleen Bravo added 13 markers for Cool Smashers, which secured a semifinals seat. Despite the absence of Alyssa Valdez, who joined the national women’s volleyball team in training in Japan, Cool Smashers remained formidable to tally its fifth straight victory in as many matches.“What is good with our team is that all our players are ready to play,” said Cool Smashers assistant coach Oliver Almandro. “Our other players are also doing well in the practices and we are glad that it showed in our game.”Power Smashers had a strong start and was ahead by 6 points early before Cool Smashers rallied to tie the count at 20. Vargas scored two straight while Julia Morado had a drop shot to take the opening set for Creamline.Just like in the first set, Power Smashers built another huge lead in second frame but Creamline staged another rally for a 21-all score before Vargas managed clutch hits to complete another come-from-behind set win.In the third set, Power Smashers surged 22-20 after a tight exchange. Creamline quickly erased this for a 22-all deadlock, and then Soriano executed back-to-back points for a straight-set win.Jovelyn Prado finished with 15 points, on 12 attacks, 2 blocks and a service ace, while Regine Arocha added 10 markers for Power Smashers, which slid to a 1-4 win-loss slate./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]