Corporate Blogs

Petrol-Pumps
By Stuart Watson: Tuesday 21st February, 2017

Showdown: Diesel vs. Petrol

As I sit in traffic this morning on my daily commute to work the radio tells me that the UK is facing legal action from the European Commission due to unacceptably high levels of air pollution around the country. Several causes are identified, but the one singled out for specific criticism is the diesel engine. […]

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By Steve Thomas: Thursday 16th February, 2017

“To define is to limit”

It often seems this quote from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is the mantra of inventors and patent attorneys alike when they write their patents.  It’s understandable.  People want to get the widest possible protection for their inventions and hope to cover things that are outside of their original field.  But, it runs […]

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By Andrew Strong: Tuesday 14th February, 2017

The Cost of Reliable Wind Energy

I spent a fascinating couple of days in Hamburg at the Wind O&M (Operations & Maintenance) Forum, hearing about the wind energy industry’s efforts to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE in £/kWh) of electricity produced by onshore wind turbines. Whilst the industry has made huge strides in progress since the world’s first wind farm* was commissioned in […]

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By Paul Baxter: Wednesday 8th February, 2017

The death of a data visionary

One of the first things you learn when studying statistics is how easy it is to get them wrong – you get taught a long list of fallacies and mistakes and told to avoid repeating them. Then you learn, probably though harsh experience, how easy it is to get the statistics right, yet leave anyone […]

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By Trevor Wood: Friday 3rd February, 2017

Big Data: Tomorrow’s World or Black Mirror

In my favourite episode of Black Mirror, personal data is weaponised. The episode portrays a world where personal information is stored forever and used to determine a ubiquitous social currency. Among the nasty consequences is that a failure to keep up appearances might leave you unable to board an aeroplane or live in a fashionable […]

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By Dave Gladwin: Wednesday 14th December, 2016

Getting Smart at the Edge – Predictive machine maintenance

Machine maintenance may sound like a dull subject but getting it right could propel maintenance strategies straight into the heart of state of the art technologies. I’m talking about predictive maintenance. If you consider that a single unplanned shutdown in the semiconductor industry can cost as much as $3 million, you can see how getting […]

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By Trevor Wood: Wednesday 14th December, 2016

Has Deep Learning Graduated to Predicting the Future?

Niels Bohr is quoted as saying “prediction is difficult, especially about the future”. This seemingly tautological statement hints at the point in the scientific process whereby hypotheses are formed which make predictions about measureable properties of the world. Of course, these properties were already there when the hypothesis was made so it is a prediction […]

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By Andrew Strong: Tuesday 6th December, 2016

Keeping the lights on – being smart about power

Power Generation Week (11-15 December 2016 in Orlando, Florida) is the world’s largest power generation event with more than 20,000 participants from 111 countries. Topics covered will include energy storage, power generation technologies and industry trends. Cambridge Consultants is excited to be exhibiting for the first time; as we prepare for the event, we have […]

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By Dave Gladwin: Monday 5th December, 2016

The Invention Game

The first thing I can remember ‘inventing’ was an equation to describe a four dimensional cube (a tesseract), I was 14 years old on an outward-bound course and I was bored one evening. At the age of 17 I ‘invented’ a security system for my first car, a switch that cut the current to the […]

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By Simon Jordan: Thursday 1st December, 2016

The Lost Art of Control

There’s no shortage of Silicon Valley companies eager to wire up the world, and no shortage of sensor manufacturers which can supply new measurements of process variables. The systems to shape and present all this data have benefitted massively from the ‘big data gold rush’. This is leading to a new problem – and one […]