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New technology allows multiple security robots to work on same site

SMP Robotics, a manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots, unveiled new artificial intelligence technology that gives its security guard robots the ability to communicate and deploy jointly at the same patrol site.

The new technology, developed in conjunction with Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), the exclusive North American assembly partner for SMP Robotics, provides an organization additional situational awareness and streamlined guarding on-site.

Swarm technology increases the security guard robot's abilities to successfully patrol any given area, and enables a security operations center to coordinate the paths of multiple robots when they travel.

"We listened to our customers and made updates and improvements to the technology to add this feature, and we are excited it is coming to fruition," said Leo Ryzhenko, CEO, SMP Robotics. "This new technology harnesses the power of our robotic security solution with new artificial intelligence, making the robot an even greater asset to a security team."

SMP is working closely with RAD to expand a comprehensive test track of the swarm technology to deploy in the coming months.

Robots by SMP are used for a variety of security duties, from fence line patrols to area surveillance in restricted areas. Sectors using SMP security robots include construction, oil and gas, mining and more.

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Price fluctuations, shale gas success shift market dynamics: Frost & Sullivan

The global oil and gas market is currently witnessing a dynamic shift in the trade flow of many refinery products. While the dip in crude oil prices is forcing major suppliers to look toward diversifying their oil and gas portfolios to include refinery products and petrochemicals, the success of shale gas and oil in the US has created self-sufficiency and is pushing the market toward increased exports. Demand, driven by Asian countries, and implementation of regulations related to sulphur and other pollutants, especially in the developed economies, are further factors affecting supply and demand and the long-term product trade flows across the globe. 

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GM Canada announces funding to promote STEM opportunities for girls

GM Canada is teaming up with educational institutions near its Markham campus to encourage girls to consider STEM careers.

At the official opening of GM Canada's new Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) in Markham, the company announced the GM Canada STEM Fund, a C$1.8 million commitment for educational programs to encourage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and inspire the next generation of Canadian technology innovators.

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ExxonMobil, Magnabond agree on development targeted at cementing, decommissioning and more

ExxonMobil, Magnabond agree on development targeted at cementing, decommissioning and more

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company announced that it has signed a three-year joint development agreement with MagnaBond, LLC to develop new technologies that could enhance cost-effective evaluation of well cementing, casing and tubing. The agreement was facilitated by the Industry Technology Facilitator as part of its initiative to address challenges associated with well decommissioning activities such as plugging and abandonment.

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Service starts at Base Line Terminal, Kinder Morgan Canada reports

Service starts at Base Line Terminal, Kinder Morgan Canada reports

Kinder Morgan Canada Limited has started service service for the first four of twelve crude oil storage tanks at Base Line Terminal, a 50-50 crude oil merchant terminal joint venture with Keyera in Sherwood Park, Alberta (near Edmonton). The remaining eight tanks at the facility, all twelve of which are fully-contracted with long-term, firm take-or-pay agreements with creditworthy customers, are expected to be phased into service throughout 2018.

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White paper discusses best practices for ICS cyber security

White paper discusses best practices for ICS cyber security

Bedrock Automation, the maker of the world's first Open Secure Automation (OSA) platform, has released an informative white paper on the cyber security vulnerabilities and defense of industrial control systems. The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA.

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2019 Silverado boasts 450-pound weight reduction, improved bed strength and increased cargo volume

The all-new 2019 Silverado Work Truck features a “CHEVROLET” graphic across the grille and tailgate, blacked-out trim and 17-inch steel wheels for maximum durability. The interior features durable vinyl or cloth seats and 7-inch colour touchscreen.

Chevrolet introduced the next-generation Silverado on January 13, exactly 100 years after the brand delivered its first trucks to customers in January 1918. According to the company, the all-new Silverado sets the course for the next century of Chevy Trucks with the most functional bed of any full-size truck, weighs up to 450 pounds less for increased performance, and offers a broad range of trims and engine/transmission combinations to help each customer find their ideal truck. 

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Emerson SolaHD power supply upgraded for more connectivity and wider application range

Emerson has announced a major upgrade to its SolaHD SDN 40-24-100C 40A DIN rail power supply that doubles the number of terminals available for improved connectivity to power multiple devices, while also stepping up its heat rating to expand the number of types of hazardous environments where the power supply can be deployed.

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Ford launches first-ever F-150 Power Stroke diesel

Full-size diesel truck fans have reason to celebrate this year as Ford delivers the first-ever F-150 Power Stroke diesel with a targeted EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating, a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, plus best-in-class diesel 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque.

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Ultra-rugged enterprise handheld

The new NAUTIZ X9 from Handheld Group is an ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments.

The Nautiz X9 Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. It offers:
  • A quad-core processor and easy-to-use Android 7 (Nougat) OS.
  • GPS/GLONASS capabilities standard.
  • Optional high-quality, high-speed 2D imager.
  • Dual cameras including 13-megapixel rear-facing with autofocus and flash, and 2-megapixel front-facing.
  • 4G/LTE Android phone functionality.
  • Google GMS for Google Maps navigation and Play Store app access.
  • A sunlight-readable 5-inch capacitive display with multi-touch sensitivity.
  • IP67 ruggedness rating for waterproof, dust-tight performance.

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Well-logging gas analyzer combines two instruments into one

Baseline, the industrial analyzer group within MOCON, Inc. and a leader in instruments used to test, measure and analyze gases, has introduced the latest addition to its PetroAlert Series gas analyzers. The new Series 9200 PetroAlert gas analyzer combines the selective detection of a gas chromatograph (GC) with the continuous monitoring abilities of a total hydrocarbon analyzer (THA) in a single, compact, sensitive and stable instrument.

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Encana reports strong finish to 2017, anticipates continued growth in 2018

Encana reports strong finish to 2017, anticipates continued growth in 2018

Encana delivered strong performance through the fourth quarter of 2017 to close another year successfully executing its strategy, delivering significant oil and condensate growth and driving additional efficiency gains, the company reported in a summary of the year. Supported by the strong finish to 2017, the company states it is firmly on track to meet or exceed the targets in the five-year plan shared at its Investor Day in October 2017.

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