The Pier Mauá Cranes, Brazil

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The Pier Mauá cranes have become an international spectacle in the newly regenerated port area of Rio de Janeiro’s downtown. At this year’s darc awards / architectural, we were overwhelmed with so many talented projects from numerous international designers. It was a fantastic opportunity for designers from all over the world to come together and enter […]

Bluetooth Mesh Shows Wireless Connectivity in a Whole New Light

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Wired lighting infrastructures have a history of providing dependability that, until recently, wireless networks couldn’t match. And while there are other benefits to installing a wired network, many of today’s wireless platforms—especially those supported by a Bluetooth® mesh network—ensure greater flexibility and extensibility at a reduced cost. Wired vs Wireless Advancements in wireless connectivity make it hard […]

New EU Proposal Aims to Halt the Trafficking of Antiquities That Fund Terrorism

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New regulations proposed by the European Commission seek to clamp down on the illegal import of cultural goods used to finance terrorism. Recent years have seen an influx to the EU of illicit antiquities looted from archaeological and cultural sites in Iraq and Syria. The practice made headlines again earlier this month when the arts and crafts […]

Osram takes 25% stake in LiDAR technology firm LeddarTech

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Osram of Munich, Germany has made an investment (in the mid double-digit million euros range) to acquire a strategic 25.1% stake in LeddarTech Inc of Québec, Canada, which was founded in 2007 and has developed patented Leddar LiDAR sensing technology integrated into semiconductors and sensor modules for self-driving cars and driver assistance systems. LeddarTech specializes […]

SD-WANs growing rapidly

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Software-defined wide area networks have only been commercially available for a few years but, according to IDC, worldwide SD-WAN infrastructure and services revenues will see a CAGR of 69.6% and reach $8.05 billion in 2021. The most significant driver of SD-WAN growth over the next five years will be digital transformation (DX) in which enterprises […]

Christie’s Must Name Bidder for a ‘Stolen’ $14.5 Million Turkish Idol, Judge Rules

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Turkey still wants names even though the winning bidder walked away. In what can only be described as a highly unusual art law case, a Manhattan federal judge has ordered Christie’s auction house to identify the winning—yet ultimately unsuccessful—bidder of a 5,000-year-old artifact that Turkey is claiming as stolen cultural property. The bizarre part? The troubled […]

New Glass-Based Phosphors for White Light-Emitting Diodes

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Phosphors were always the key component of high quality white LED light. With the increased effîcacy and the higher power capabilities of blue high power LEDs, the phosphors become even more important for reliability, color consistency and overall light quality. Franziska Steudel, Florian Wagner, A. Charlotte Rimbach, Bernd Ahrens, Peter W. Nolte and Stefan Schweizer, […]

Bluetooth’s range just widened, and IoT lighting companies are thrilled

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The organization that oversees Bluetooth wireless communication protocols at long last issued a standard today that extends Bluetooth’s physical range, a move that could help open commercial and industrial market opportunities for Internet of Things (IoT) lighting. After at least two years of internal wrangling and difficult technology choices, the Kirkland, WA-based Bluetooth Special Interest […]