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ELEKTRO 2/2019 was released on February 13th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 11th 2019.

Topic: Electrical appliances – switching, protective, signalling and special

Main Article
Advanced power converter topology
Smart Cities (part 7)

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2019 was released on February 4th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 5th 2019.

Fairs and exhibitions
Invitation at LIGHT IN ARCHITECTURE exhibition
Prolight + Sound 2019: keep up with time
The light at For Arch 2018 fair

Public lighting
Lights of towns and communities 2018 – the meeting at the round table

Robo-Trucks Come to Canada's Oil Sands

26.06.2015 | IEEE Spectrum | spectrum.ieee.org

Huge trucks in Alberta’s oil-sand country are undergoing testing for the day when they’ll shed their human drivers.

According to the Calgary Herald, the mine operator, Suncor Energy, has contracted to buy 175 such "autonomous ready" trucks from Japan’s Komatsu. The trucks are equipped with the familiar suite of guidance technologies, including high-precision GPS, which should work pretty much all the time in the flat terrain of a mining encampment.

Robo-Trucks

They also communicate with other autonomous or semiautonomous support vehicles to form an integrated system, an industry trend that’s giving mines the kind of automation that factories have. Economics do matter.

The Herald quotes Suncor’s chief financial officer Alister Cowan as saying that the move will eventually replace some 800 people, saving an average of CAN $200,000 per person. Another reason for the move is the operating flexibility of autonomous machines, which can keep on trucking, night and day, without a bathroom break or a cup of coffee.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

Image Credit: Komatsu

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