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Software Toolbox Rolls Out TOP Server Version 5.15
July 25, 2014
Software Toolbox said it has released TOP Server Version 5.15, with new features that are especially relevant for users in the manufacturing, building automation, and energy management sectors. According to a release from the Company, powered by Kepware, TOP Server is Software Toolbox's OPC and native HMI device connectivity software application, offering more than 130 different device drivers and plug-ins. TOP Server Version 5.15 expands the Omron Suite with the new Omron NJ Ethernet driver. The Omron NJ Ethernet driver utilizes the EtherNet/IP protocol for communications with Omron's new Sysmac NJ series of controllers.

Analog Devices Finalizes Acquisition of Hittite
July 25, 2014
Analog Devices, Inc. reported it has completed its acquisition of Hittite Microwave Corp. in an all-cash transaction at a purchase price of $78 per share, reflecting a total enterprise value of approximately $2 billion.

Gas company to install wireless transmitters
July 25, 2014
The Southern California Gas Company will be installing transmitters on residents' natural gas meters in September in south Orange County. The company is about a year ahead of its original plans, public affairs manager Paul Simonds of the Southern California Gas Company said in a presentation to the Ladera Ranch Civic Council on Monday. He told the council the timeline for the company to install the transmitters, which allow the meters to wirelessly send data, has drastically changed.

Knowles Reports MEMS Microphone Shipments
July 25, 2014
Knowles Corp. reported the shipping of its two millionth MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) microphone for hearing instruments.

STMicrolectronics disappoints investors despite profits
July 24, 2014
PARIS, FRANCE: French-Italian microchip manufacturer STMicroelectronics reported a switch into profit in its second quarter, but its outlook disappointed investors as the company's shares fell.

PlaceUs tracks user location for family and friends, excludes advertisers
July 24, 2014
Alohar Mobile launched a new app this week called PlaceUs that gives contextually aware location information to a user's small group of family and friends, according to a story at Gigaom.

2014/07/24 Beyond GPS: 5 Next-Generation Technologies for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT)
July 24, 2014
July 24, 2014 Penny-sized inertial sensors, pulsed lasers and tracked lightning strikes are among novel approaches to provide precise location-based insights in GPS-denied areas It is difficult to imagine the modern world without the Global Positioning System (GPS), which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous. It's in cars, boats, planes, trains, smartphones and wristwatches, and has enabled advances as wide-ranging as driverless cars, precision munitions, and automated supply chain management. As revolutionary as GPS has been, however, it has its limitations. GPS signals cannot be received underground or underwater and can be significantly degraded or unavailable during solar storms. More worrisome is that adversaries can jam signals. GPS continues to be vital, but its limitations in some environments could make it an Achilles' heel if warfighters rely on it as their sole source of PNT information. To address this problem, several DARPA programs are exploring innovative technologies and approaches that could eventually provide reliable, highly accurate PNT capabilities when GPS capabilities are degraded or unavailable.

Legal Notice - INVITATION TO BID
July 20, 2014
INVITATION TO BID Sealed bids for the construction of the City of Covington's Water Treatment Plant Improvements projects will be received by the City of Covington, Virginia, at Covington City Hall, 333 Locust Street, Covington, Virginia 24426 until 2:00 p.m. local time, on August 12th, 2014, and shortly thereafter the Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud in the City Council Chambers.

Dieselcraft introduces modular tank cleaning system
July 01, 2014
The DieselcraftFPS-8 is a modular tank cleaning system designed for the transfer and/or re-circulating of diesel fuel in diesel vehicles with less than 500-gal. fuel tanks. According to the manufacturer, it removes over 99% of water and large contamination in fuel.

Conditions teetered on explosive in LaPorte
June 12, 2014
LAPORTE - The air in LaPorte's downtown area Tuesday was on the verge of being explosive while natural gas spewed out of a broken line for several hours.


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