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Taking video surveillance off the wall

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Jul-2020 13:49:00 / by Stone Junction posted in Safety and security industry insight

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Closed circuit television (CCTV) has been a feature of our world for almost a century now.  First conceived in 1927 by gifted Russian inventor Léon Theremin, it is estimated there are over six million cameras in the UK alone — one for every eleven citizens.  The need for video surveillance for safety and security is clear, but what are you supposed to do when mains power is unavailable?

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Batteries for Smart Meters/Utility Meters

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Jun-2020 14:17:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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The first smart meter was developed and produced in the late 70s and, by the mid-80s, manufacturers of these devices found Lithium Thionyl Chloride (Li/SOCl2) cells to be an extremely well-suited source of power due to their long service life that reduces the need for replacement.   Ultralife has recently introduced a new line of Li/SOCl2 cells, called ER Generation X, that are a great option for those who consider performance, price and lead time.

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Batteries for Test and Measurement Equipment

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Jun-2020 14:17:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Manufacturing industry insight

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Scientists require accuracy in their measurements, which is why – in early 2019 – the definition of a kilogram was modernised.

As measurements become more precise; demands for accuracy are also placed on the equipment that calculates, interrogates, monitors or communicates them; which is where selecting the optimum battery can prove invaluable.

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The robot celebrity – not just on your TV anymore

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-May-2020 14:47:23 / by Rob Brown posted in Robotics

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When the word “robot” is mentioned, most people conjure up images of bulky, flashing, tinfoil-covered machines from old sci-fi, like Lost in Space or Dr Who.  Back then, little more than a man in a suit, metallic spray-paint and a ring-modulated audio track was enough to create a robotic superstar, but today’s world is filled with genuine robotic celebrities.

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Inspired Energy introduces 18V Standard Smart Battery with 21700 cells

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-Jan-2020 14:34:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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Most Inspired Energy batteries contain ‘18650’ size cells, however demand for increased battery run time means that ‘21700’ cells are gaining in popularity.  As a leading manufacturer of standard smart battery packs, Inspired Energy have incorporated 21700 cells into a new range of batteries for the new decade; which includes the company’s first 18V battery.

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Interview with Leon Adams of Southwest Electronic Energy

[fa icon="calendar'] 27-Nov-2019 14:12:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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In 2019, Southwest Electronic Energy (SWE) was acquired by Ultralife Corporation.  We sat down with SWE’s VP of Sales Leon Adams to learn more about the company and its products and to see how the acquisition has benefited the company so far.

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Is your smart home device under the Christmas tree?

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Oct-2019 15:18:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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According to Amazon, a record number of smart home devices were sold during the 2018 holiday season, a trend that looks set to continue this year.  However, sales are dominated by household names, such as Amazon and Google, making it difficult for competitors to secure a coveted place under the Christmas tree.  Here, we look at a home automation and smart home security device from other manufacturers that have come to market this year and discuss the ways that batteries are developing to meet the emerging power needs.

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CMX series are ‘go to’ Medtech batteries

[fa icon="calendar'] 22-Oct-2019 14:12:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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Pairing Ultralife batteries with renewable energy

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-Sep-2019 15:07:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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Ultralife has taken steps towards enhancing its battery portfolio for the renewable energy sector – with the addition of the URB0023 stackable battery and by approving SuperWind Turbines for use with it and other Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries.

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Powered exoskeletons – past, present and future

[fa icon="calendar'] 02-Sep-2019 14:02:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Robotics

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For 130 years, engineers have sought to assist those who struggle with walking through the use of wearable mobile machines called exoskeletons.  Many and varied power sources have been trialled for these machines over time, from compressed gas bags to steam power.  So, what led to batteries being selected as the modern-day power source of choice and will they still be relied upon in the future?

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