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Legislating a Connected World

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Smart parking, building automation, drone deliveries, Industry 4.0, agricultural monitoring. The applications for IoT now reach into almost every vertical market with new ideas, concepts and products entering the market every day. As is the way with enterprise growth, we would expect to see a corresponding rise in legislation. This turns out to not be the case with IoT as governments, …

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Signage: The Next Generation

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Did you know that more than 75% of consumers would enter a store because of its signage, even one they have never visited before? Did you know that 68% of consumers have purchased a product or service based solely on a sign that caught their eye? As the retail digital signage market continues to grow towards a predicted $23 billion …

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ECA @ PPMA Total Show 2016 – Part 2

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When it came to our biggest event appearance to date, it needed to be something pretty spectacular! We achieved that with our fantastic Factory 4.0 and IIoT showcase at PPMA Total Show, one of the UK’s leading packaging and manufacturing exhibitions. As the UK Premier Partner for Advantech, we’re humbled that they chose us to exhibit alongside them at the NEC …

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ECA takes on Tough Mudder

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Set in the picturesque woodlands of West Sussex on a gloriously bright Saturday afternoon, the ECA team took on Tough Mudder London South, a 10.2 mile mud run filled with obstacles designed to challenge and push those who dare to try! Ice water, heights, tight spaces, electricity – you name it, we beat it! Starting with just 1 person who wanted to …

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Connecting Cities. Connecting People.

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By the end of 2016, it’s predicted there will be 6.4 billion connected devices around the world, a staggering 30% increase from 2015 – that’s almost 1 device for every person on the planet! Smart cities will thrive on this connectivity, paving the way for improved communication and interactivity across the public and private sectors. As smart city programs begin …

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Manufacturing: Transforming in Disguise

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You’re probably already aware of Industry 4.0 in one way or another. Along with its buzzword brothers, IoT (Internet of Things) and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), Industry 4.0 is a current trend that focusses on the transformation of data and automation into the “smart factory”. The first industrial revolution started with mechanical production powered by water and steam in the 18th century. …

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ECA @ PPMA Total Show 2016 – Part 1

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Incorporating PPMA, Pakex and Interphex; the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition has been rebranded as the PPMA Total Show, a new event for 2016.  As the UK’s leading trade association for the suppliers of processing and packaging machinery in the UK, the PPMA Total Show is one of the country’s biggest packaging exhibitions. Considering the far-reaching interest and popularity of the …

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Be Smart This Summer

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As we write this, the UK forecast is predicting heavy rain – just another day in your typical British Summer! As hundreds of thousands fly off to hotter climates in a bid to escape the wet weather, there will no doubt be some unhappy travellers as they face the 3 typical holiday problems – missing luggage, too much sun, and lost children. These could …

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Down the Road: Part 2

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In May 2016, Joshua Brown, 40, was killed in a fatal crash when his Tesla Model S, in autopilot mode, collided with a truck in Florida. This recent and terrible news has reignited the debate over autonomous vehicle safety and the application of autopilot technology in vehicles not limited to the ones currently employing it. The Model S utilises a unique combination …

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Behind the Wheel: Part 1

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As the race to get a fully-autonomous car on the road continues, BMW is firmly establishing its position as one of the first manufacturers to set a commercial production date. The iNext, BMW’s self-driving sedan, would bring automated vehicles into production by 2021 following the announcement of a unique partnership between BMW, Intel and computer vision and sensor company, Mobileye. The all-electric …

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Evolving with Digital Darwinism

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As Industry 4.0 continues to send ripples throughout the sector, one can struggle to think of a time when the world wasn’t evolving as quickly as the technology that supports it. Therefore, could we apply rational thought to product refinement and use the fundamental principles of natural selection to evolve our technology? GE Grid Solutions have begun work on such a …

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Connecting the Physical with the Digital

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The world is becoming a much smaller place. With help from the Internet, we can explore the far reaches of the planet, communicate with those in far-away countries and even order products that can be delivered next day. Whilst we reap the benefits, we don’t always appreciate the infrastructure that keeps the Internet running. As Facebook and Microsoft team up to establish …

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Designing the Cities of Tomorrow

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Future-proofing a city is based around 2 factors – the prediction for population growth and the need for continued urban development. What if in the future, the driving force behind city design isn’t its population but the need for technologically-supported infrastructure that can improve liveability whilst driving urban and commercial growth? As Dell announces its Smart City infrastructure initiative in Asia, we explore the …

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AV and Advertising: The New Normal

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By 2020, just 4 years from now, the global market for digital signage products will be an estimated $20bn with the retail, healthcare and hospitality sectors driving growth. AV solutions can now offer much more than just static displays, with applications that can attract, entertain, interact and help in a number of ways. As seen at the recent Digital Signage …

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Augmented Reality: Imagination and Innovation

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We’re entering an era where the power of pure imagination is helping to lead the way in technological development. Google Glass, HoloLens, Oculus Rift and MagicLeap are just 4 examples of companies that are contributing to what will be a $120b industry by 2020. Whilst Virtual Reality (VR) is all about closed, fully immersive digital environments, it is Augmented Reality (AR) …

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Savings and Discounts on IIoT Gateway Solutions

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As Advantech’s Premier Partner in the UK, we’re proud to announce that we have been given exclusive access to their First Time Purchasing Program, offering significant savings and discounts on the innovative products below. You can find out more with a call to our Sales Team on +44 (0)118 929 4990 or you can send us a message – we’ll get …

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IoT – Securing Today for a Safer Tomorrow

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As the IoT generation gathers steam, alarming survey results highlight the urgent need for increased security awareness amongst consumers. A recent survey from internet security firm BullGuard shows that two-thirds of UK consumers are concerned about the security of their IoT devices with a staggering 72% admitting that they do not know how to secure them! Bank account details, private conversations, …

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ECA @ Integrated Systems Europe 2016

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Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) kicked off their 2016 tradeshow at the Amsterdam RAI last week, and from what we saw, it was a resounding success! We had a great time, so much so, that we managed to get just a few snaps between presentations! Whether it was the latest generation 4K screens from Panasonic, simply stunning curved displays from d3 or the fantastic innovations …

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Legacy or Dead & Buried?

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With all that’s going on in the business world, like the potential withdrawal from Europe and the slowdown in China, you may be forgiven for missing a recent announcement from Microsoft that has serious repercussions for the industrial IT sector in the new future. It’s a massive sea change in their approach to OS support and needs to be understood …