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Analog Devices and Dell EMC Collaborate on IoT Solution for Monitoring Real-Time Health and Safety of First Responders in Dangerous Conditions

Analog Devices, Inc. and Dell EMC today unveiled a proof of concept (POC) for an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that tracks the health and location of first responders. The POC IoT solution is designed to improve the safety and effectiveness of first responders when involved in an emergency situation, especially those in harsh environments. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 60,000 fire fighter injuries in North America alone are reported annually, of which 25 percent are as a result of overexertion or strain.

The POC IoT solution tracks the location and vital signs of first responders at all times in or outside of buildings. A smart, wearable sensor-equipped vest is worn by personnel to monitor useful health metrics including breathing rate, breathing volume, and heart rate. A connected boot tracks location and movement. By identifying potential worker health issues immediately and tracking lone workers via these metrics, emergency teams can be healthier, safer, and more efficient. All the relevant vest and boot data are collected by an edge gateway device and relayed via a mobile network to a private, secure cloud. The results from multiple personnel are then displayed on a portal via a dashboard for access by control teams who may be at the emergency site or in a central control location. The data is analyzed to monitor worker health and enable a fast response to ensure their safety. Historical analysis of vital signs over multiple responses safeguards continued welfare of safety personnel.

Highly integrated Hall sensors by Infineon reduce systems costs considerably

The new Hall sensors of Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) enable automotive, industrial and consumer electronics to meet strict environmental standards. Also, they help fulfil the requirements of very cost-effective and compact designs. The Hall sensors of the new TLx496x family are highly integrated, have precise switching points, a stable operation and a low power consumption. They are available as latch and switch-type sensors.

ams launches the industry’s smallest module to offer color, ambient light and proximity sensing

ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, today launched the smallest ever optical sensor module that delivers a combination of color (RGB), ambient light and proximity sensing, providing OEMs with design flexibility and the ability to provide a better display viewing experience.

The TMD3700 footprint, at 4.00 x 1.75mm, is the smallest footprint available in the market, and with height of 1.00mm, it’s low-profile is ideal for next-generation mobile phones with extremely tight layout and mechanical design constraints. It’s wide 45 degree field-of-view, ambient light sensing accuracy of +/-10% and operating range of 200mlux to 60Klux behind dark glass, enable smartphones to measure the surrounding light environment and automatically adjust display color and brightness for optimal viewing.

New High-Resolution Digital Biosensor for Wearable Applications

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology introduces a new fully integrated proximity and ambient light sensor optimized for heart rate and pulse oximetry measurements in wearable devices. The Vishay Semiconductors VCNL4020C combines an IR emitter, broad sensitivity photo diode and ambient light photo diode, a signal processing IC, and a 16-bit ADC in a compact 4.9 mm by 2.4 mm by 0.83 mm surface-mount package. The new biosensor features an interrupt function and supports I2C bus communication interface.

High-performance Temperature Sensor for IoT has Low Power Consumption in a Small Package

ams, a top supplier of high performance sensors and analog ICs, today launched an integrated digital temperature sensor which offers an industry-best blend of low power consumption and high precision in a little package

The 16mm x 1mm AS6200’s typical current is 6µAn at a measurement speed of 4 samples per second, and its digital measurement output signals are precise to ±04°C.

Sensors - The Lifeblood of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interconnected computing devices, digital and mechanical components or even people provide with a unique identifier that has the ability to transfer data over a network that allows human to computer interactions. With the advent of IPv6, an IP addressing standard that can allow 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses, it has made possible for any device to connected to the Internet of Things ecosystem. Research firm IDC predicts it will become a $1.5 trillion international market by 2020, up from $700 billion in the year 2014. With that huge uptake in IoT, a robust system will only be possible if the devices used to transmit data provide utmost accuracy.

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC Announces New Three-Wire, True Zero-Speed, Surface Mount Magnetic Speed Sensor IC

Design Allows for Ease of Use for PCB Applications Over Typical SIP Based Packages

In response to market requests of a highly integrated speed sensor with advance algorithm PCB mounted systems, Allegro has released the A1667 in a surface mount SOIC-8 package. This device provides a user-friendly solution for highly compact ring magnet applications utilizing PCB mounting. This sensor is ideal for applications such as automotive transmissions and industrial equipment.

The Road to Full Autonomous Driving: Mobileye and STMicroelectronics to Develop EyeQ®5 System-on-Chip, Targeting Sensor Fusion Central Computer for Autonomous Vehicles

5th-generation System-on-Chip, scheduled to sample in H1 2018, builds on long-standing cooperation between Mobileye and ST and market success of EyeQ technology, available now or in the near future on vehicles from
25 car manufacturers


Mobileye (NYSE:MBLY) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) today announced that the two companies are co-developing the next (5th ) generation of Mobileye’s SoC, the EyeQ® 5, to act as the central computer performing sensor fusion for Fully Autonomous Driving (FAD) vehicles starting in 2020. 

Osram modifies its ambient light sensor to achieve outstanding signal quality

The new SFH 2440 photodiode from Osram Opto Semiconductors combines short switching times with a spectral sensitivity optimized for visible light. The component enables high-quality heart rate measurements to be made with the aid of green LEDs. Typical applications include wearables such as fitness armbands and smartwatches. With its greatly reduced sensitivity to infrared light, SFH 2440 is also ideal as an ambient light sensor.

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