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By Tom Fry: Monday 17th April, 2017

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going?

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going? Home energy monitoring is an industry that has experienced rapid growth over last 5 years but this is a question that many home owners still find themselves asking. Traditionally, home energy management systems can very easily measure the total power consumption of the […]

By Roger Burton: Thursday 9th March, 2017

Two sides of the same corn: in-soil nitrate sensing to reduce over-application of nitrogen

Up to 70% of applied nitrogen in agriculture is wasted. Integration of technology such as optical interrogation, drones and satellite imaging with agricultural equipment is showing increases in yield and decreases in operating costs. With new sensing technologies, robust implementations and intelligent data handling and analysis, it is possible to greatly reduce this wastage. Agricultural […]

By Roger Burton: Thursday 3rd November, 2016

Nitrate Sensing in the Soil

Artificial fertiliser has been used for more than a century to increase crop yields. It’s typically the biggest annual operational expenditure for a farmer and therefore it’s important to use it correctly. Too much and it’s not only a waste, but it can create groundwater run-off, causing eutrophication and health issues. too little and crop yield […]

By Gary Ewer: Friday 9th October, 2015

Low Cost Industrial Robotics

Last week I went to the PPMA Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This show is all about Processing and Packaging Machinery and the bit that caught my attention was the robotics for factories. Whilst looking around the show it struck me that there are some very impressive looking robots out there and component manufacturers […]

By Simon Jordan: Wednesday 22nd April, 2015

Everything’s a thermometer! But can two thermometers be as good as a perfect sensor?

It’s well known that all measurement devices are affected by temperature – from the oscillators used in mobile phones to the need to measure tyre pressures ‘cold’. In fact, all sensors are sensitive to more than one thing,  and an understanding of the interplay of factors is essential in order to get beyond a first-order […]

By AJ Van Bochoven: Thursday 29th January, 2015

Retail – forever in search of the next idea

The National Retail Federation’s Big Show 2015 was brimming with different technologies and opportunities to innovate. Companies as diverse as Tesco, Levi Strauss and mall operator Taubman all engaged in lively discussions on how to find and exploit the next big idea. It is certainly exciting to see that the mobile connected shopper has re-ignited […]

By Simon Jordan: Friday 24th October, 2014

Euro 6 and the Internet of Things

We’ve just been exhibiting in Coventry, the heartland of Britain’s automotive industry. Automotive sensors have a habit of driving innovation in consumer and ultimately industrial applications. Look at MEMS accelerometers for instance. The talk at this event is all about new emission and economy standards and what a car will look like in just a […]


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