Engineering & Technology

Issue 18 • October-November 2009

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  • Engineering and Technology

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): c1
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  • Page plan - contents

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 1
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  • Editorial

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 2
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  • News - Asia news [briefing latest]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):3 - 9
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  • Analysis [briefing in depth]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):10 - 11
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    The race is on to install 'smart meters' in 245 million households throughout Europe to meet a 2020 mandate imposed by the European Union.The energy companies say it will, but as the market is predicted to be worth some $40bn, they would hardly say otherwise. In the UK, the government wants to see all household electricity and gas meters replaced by 2020, as well as those in smaller non-domestic p... View full abstract»

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  • Letters [opinion feedback]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):14 - 15
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  • If you ask me [opinion first person]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 16
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  • Music and computers [engineering music]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):18 - 21
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    Sampling is the latest technology to remake music. It's one more contribution from engineering to a 35,000-year-old art form. Most musicians have a very limited capacity to learn a technology very deeply. The computer guys are very facile with the technology but they don't have the music. It is very rare that we find a practising musician who is computer literate but more are coming around. View full abstract»

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  • Sounds of history [engineering hidden]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):22 - 24
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    The article gives a historical overview on the development of audio recording. It discusses the basic principle of producing audio signal to the development of the phonograph up to the present digital audio recording. View full abstract»

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  • Engineer of music [engineering sound]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):25 - 27
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    Robin Rimbaud is an internationally recognised electronic sound artist otherwise known as 'Scanner' because, with the help of police scanners and mobile phones, he picks up radio and phone signals in the airwaves and uses them in his compositions. Not only does he teach Music Technology at Bath Spa University, but he has also played a pivotal role in the establishment of a similar department at th... View full abstract»

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  • An audiophile's utopia [consumer tech audio]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):28 - 29
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    The Sonos wireless audio streaming system works with a proprietary 802.11n type wireless network called SonosNet to prevent interference or drops caused by existing wireless Internet traffic. It can stream from any storage device on your network that supports the common Internet file system (CIFS), such as a NAS (network attached storage device). The user can be located using a Wi-Fi enabled devic... View full abstract»

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  • Gadgets [consumer technology kit]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):30 - 31
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  • Sines of reality [electronics music]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):32 - 34
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    When it launched in 1983, Roland's silver TB-303 Bassline did not sell well. The Japanese company badly misread its market. The company conceived the Bassline as an accompaniment machine for keyboardists and guitarists, promoting it alongside the TR-808 drum machine. The only problem was that the TB-303 did not sound much like a bass guitar and was extremely tedious to program. But Nathaniel Pierr... View full abstract»

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  • Not just a desk job [electronics audio]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):36 - 39
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    If you've ever seen a TV documentary interview with a record producer, the chances are he - or very infrequently she - will have been sitting at a mixing console. One of those things that look like a control desk at Nasa: a small fortune in blinking lights, VU meters, sliders and rotary pots. There is also a pretty good chance that Solid State Logic (SSL) built the console. In the mid- 1990s the U... View full abstract»

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  • Ground control for major upgrade [control aircraft]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):40 - 43
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    An anticipated doubling of air traffic by 2030 means the creaking European air traffic control system has undergone a major overhaul. This paper looks at the results of some serious blue-sky thinking. View full abstract»

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  • Stars in their eyes [control astronomy]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):44 - 45
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    The art of telescope control has come a long way since the early days when clockwork mechanisms, gears and weights were used to alter the position of a telescope, and amateur astronomy now abounds with affordable equipment, writes Boris Sedacca. View full abstract»

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  • Power to the people [power energy saving]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):46 - 49
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    Home energy monitoring displays have been around for quite a few years, but it is only now, with 'green' issues and cost concerns coming to the forefront, that interest in the technology has reached critical mass. The big players have come onto the pitch including Google, which launched its PowerMeter in February, adding further momentum to this growing technology sector. View full abstract»

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  • Powerful sounds [power sound]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):50 - 51
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    We've had wind, solar and even tidal energy, but the latest ideas turning heat into sound waves and then into electricity may be the next step toward a practical new source of alternative energy. View full abstract»

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  • Brazil focus [power Brazil]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s): 52
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    Brazil's National Plan on Climate Change (PNMC) was developed by the country's Inter-ministerial Committee on Climate Change (CIM) in December 2008. The main objective is to identify, plan, and coordinate the actions and measures that can be taken to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Brazil, as well as those necessary for the adaptation of society to the impacts of climate change. It cove... View full abstract»

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  • Profile [IT my way]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):54 - 57
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    Effective communications are essential to Grace, a global chemicals and engineering company with operations in many territories and many different industries; when the company opted for an IP video conferencing solution, its plans certainly did not lack ambition, as its manager of global media networks Guy Welty tell E&T. View full abstract»

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  • Fix it, don't nix it [IT security]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):58 - 59
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    The article discusses the security in C programming language. Critics claim that the decades-old C programming language is inherently insecure. The author disagrees. Programmers just have to use security tools to fix software vulnerabilities.Research in recent years has identified the root cause of many of the vulnerabilities typically found in C/C++ code. Coding standards such as the CERT C Secur... View full abstract»

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  • When hand-built is cooler [manufacturing retro audio]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):60 - 62
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    In an age when the majority of music released has been recorded, mixed, processed, distributed and consumed almost entirely in the digital domain, why is it that, when it comes to amplifiers, so many guitarists are obsessed with the primitive some engineers would say obsolete technology of the 1950s and 60s? Tag boards, point-to-point hand-wired circuits, valves of all shapes and sizes, mustard ca... View full abstract»

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  • A sound move [manufacturing portable]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):63 - 65
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    This paper deals with the arrival of the MP3 player which signalled the rise of contract manufacturing in the consumer electronics industry. View full abstract»

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  • What's that you say? [comms speech]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):66 - 67
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    Research by the Centre for Law Enforcement Audio Research (CLEAR) has shown that most speech enhancement techniques improve sound quality at the expense of intelligibility, particularly when the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is very low. Closely related as they are, speech quality and intelligibility are not identical. By pooling their understandings of both human perception and signal processing, t... View full abstract»

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  • French connections [comms France]

    Publication Year: 2009, Page(s):68 - 71
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    This paper presents France as front runners in communication innovation for hundreds of years and is still as it today, in FTTH penetration. View full abstract»

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