Mobile Phone Alerts

Cell Phone Alerts to Warn Residents of Danger
When a major weather incident, terrorist threat, or other emergency affects the American population, emergency personnel need a way to inform residents of what to do. Television and radio alerts help spread the word, but they cannot reach everyone. Fortunately, many people carry another method of communication – a cellular phone. In the future, a message could be broadcasted to cellular and paging devices to notify the public of an approaching storm or other emergency.
The Federal Government is developing the Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS), which will harness wireless networks for emergency communication. Two U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offices – the Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) …

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Outdoor Sporting Equipment and Apparel Manufacturer Mammut Sports Group AG Adopts Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA V6 Solution

Unique Platform Running on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Streamlines Collaboration and Improves Time to Market
Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Switzerland-based Mammut Sports Group AG has selected Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA V6 solution running on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to manage its development processes from initial product design all the way to sourcing, manufacturing and sales.
The Mammut Sports Group AG designs high-quality durable alpine and trekking equipment, including apparel, footwear and climbing gear.  The company needed to group information related to all its products in one database and replace manual, time-consuming methods for data search and consolidation that left room for …

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LMS launches LMS Imagine.Lab AMESim Rev 10

New release geared towards eco-engineering and green design
Answering the call for tools to develop innovative, greener products, the latest version of LMS Imagine.Lab AMESim Rev 10 integrates advanced application-oriented simulators for powertrain, vehicle dynamics and aerospace design applications. A powerful authoring platform, the latest release includes major enhancements in terms of physics, usability and efficiency.
Designed as the multi-physics tool to help engineers create the most innovative products as early as possible, LMS Imagine.Lab AMESim Rev 10 is a substantive and open platform, supporting multi-domain application-oriented solutions, during all steps of model-driven product development. Like its predecessors, LMS Imagine.Lab AMESim Rev 10 confirms LMS’ investment in customer innovation particularly in regards to mechatronic simulation.
“For some time, …

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E.ON outsources part of its IT services. Hewlett-Packard and T-Systems are E.ON’s future partners.

E.ON is outsourcing part of its IT services, which up until now were carried out in-house. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and T-Systems are E.ON’s future partners. The contracts will be signed on December 9, 2010.
The outsourcing is an integral part of the E.ON Group-wide performance-enhancement program PerformtoWin. “We are strengthening E.ON’s competitiveness in this increasingly difficult environment and aim to take an even more strategic approach to the core business in the future,” says Dr. Marcus Schenck, Member of the E.ON Board of Management. The new structure will enable a cost-efficient, flexible and quick IT response to support E.ON’s global business activities. Collaboration with experienced, professional partners with proven technical IT infrastructure expertise also ensures that E.ON …

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Key panels for use in tough and safety-related industrial applications

Two new key panels from the Siemens Industry Automation Division feature eight large, programmable keys with backlighting that can be adjusted in terms of brightness and color.
The Simatic HMI KP8 and KP8F key panels are designed with IP65 protection at the front for tough industrial applications and are assembled ready for use, equipped with 2-port Profinet interface and integral switch and are easy to use with tactile feedback on operation of the keys.
Simatic HMI KP8F is suitable for use in safety-related applications and also has two safety-related inputs for this purpose. In single-channel use, the safety integrity level SIL 2 is achieved, while in dual-channel use SIL 3 is attained. Depending on the safety level, …

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Watching extreme lasers at work

Frame-by-frame observations of the ionization of argon atoms under extremely bright and energetic illumination could prove a boon to research
Under extremely intense illumination materials may exhibit so-called nonlinear optical properties such as ceasing to absorb light beyond a certain brightness, or becoming highly ionized.
Yasumasa Hikosaka, Mitsuru Nagasono and colleagues at RIKEN and several other Japanese research institutes have now described the details of this ionization process by using very short bursts of bright laser light1. Their finding is relevant to a broad range of pure and applied research, including x-ray imaging of biological molecules, ultrafast optical switches, fusion and astrophysics.
The researchers focused on the behavior of argon atoms, which is easy to handle and well-characterized, …

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