January 12, 2007 By News Report
"Using a Java-based API, MachineTalkers can be programmed to monitor events, maintain records and service all types of sensors," according to Roland F. Bryan, company president and CEO. "In one application they monitor and report on goods in transit and the shipping containers themselves; in another, they permit external connection of industrial sensing devices. In both applications the same Talker product is used, differing only in their respective software."
The MachineTalker can read sensors, assess values, log results and report over network connections from remote sites. External access can be through modems, Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to industrial networks, satellite links or gateways to the Internet.
For certain applications the large-pin gold contact connectors allow the sealed units to service low voltage analog and digital signals produced by the different sensors. In addition, Sense-Comm's product versions include specialized enclosures for hazardous locations with industrial grade connectors to protect against water and corrosive agents in harsh environments. These latter enclosures meet Class 1, Div 1 & 2 requirements.
The first series of sensors include radar-based fluid level detectors, readings from power-factor meters, current probes, flow, pressure and motion detectors. The Talkers have also been made to record vibration and presence of certain gases.
Bryan concluded, "We are very excited to have MachineTalkers that will perform in these applications. By monitoring levels and other parameters in fuel tanks, and sending that information via satellite to a central monitoring facility, huge tank farms will be made safer and managed in a more environmentally aware fashion -- all at a cost savings to the industry."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.