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  • New Wiring Devices Helping Data Centers Power Down Their Demand

    If you could go back a decade or so, you’d find the growing data center market then under fire for its notoriously high energy demand. Operators based their siting decisions on locations offering easy access to inexpensive electricity, with energy cost being the primary motivator.  Today’s owners, however, are equally concerned about the environmental impact of that energy’s generation, which is helping to drive efficiency improvements in data center design.

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  • Honeywell Report: USB Drives Pose Significant Security Threat

    A new report released by Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Solutions and Services warns that a big threat to industrial process controls can come in very small packages — namely, removable USB devices and flash drives used to transfer data between and among computers.

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  • IDEA Connector: New Name, but Same Great Data

    For the last 20 years, behind the scenes, the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) has been working to develop and improve the way electrical contractors and distributors find the electrical product and pricing information they need for bidding and other purposes. Long called the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), the product database IDEA manages, was recently rechristened IDEA Connector, in a move IDEA says more clearly communicates the database’s intent.

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  • Smart Office Lighting Begins with Switches and Sensors

    As my brother and I grew up in rural Indiana, our mom was very concerned about us leaving piles clothes, toys, and other sundries around our room and strewn about the house. She was constantly after us to pick up after ourselves.

    Dad was different.

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  • How Today’s Smarter Motor Controls Are Becoming Safer, Too

    Today’s manufacturing floors are more automated – and more connected – than ever, and that efficiency-boosting trend is only accelerating. With greater connectivity, however, comes greater risk, as industrial operations can become cyber targets. A new approach to improving security of such operations aims to boost the safety of the entire network by protecting individual pieces of control equipment.

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  • Smart Office Lighting – It's in their DNA

    No, we're not talking about  deoxyribonucleic acid. That's complex in its understanding, has nothing to do with smart office lighting, and besides...

    I can't even spell it.

    What I can spell (and even understand) is Distributed Network Architecture. That's DNA for smart lighting and it has some significant advantages over and differences from its biological counterpart.

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