Broadcom Trident 3 Telemetry        

Seems like everyone is building telemetry applications that look pretty much the same.

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          Assistant Chief of Maintenance (Electrical) - Wastewater Treatment Plant PROMOTIONAL        
Exam number: 
#72-180
Exam type: 
Promotional (for current employees only)
********************Amendment Issued August 7, 2017*********************** see Residence Requirements section below.
Salary: 
$44,653 - $58,594 Annually
Opening Date: 
August 4, 2017
Closing Date: 
September 6, 2017
Examination date: 
October 14, 2017
Application fee: 
$20.00
THIS EXAMINATION IS OPEN TO ALL QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE ERIE COUNTY DIVISION OF SEWERAGE MANAGEMENT. At present there is one vacancy at the Erie County <Medical Center> Division of Sewerage Management.    DELETE: <Medical Center>
Examples of Duties: 
An Assistant Chief of Maintenance (Electrical) - Wastewater Treatment Plant assists the Chief of Maintenance-Wastewater Treatment Plant with supervising and coordinating the installation, preventive maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation systems and equipment in a wastewater treatment facilities and supervising the care and maintenance of all buildings and grounds; Assists in the development of a comprehensive preventative maintenance program and establishes safeguards to ensure its proper implementation and continuing application; Assists in the development of a repair and replacement program to encompass the maintenance of a running parts inventory; Supervises major and minor repairs on such electronic equipment as generators, motors, telemetry equipment, variable and constant speed pump drive controllers, and instrumentation such as flow meters, oxygen analyzers, toxic gas detectors, microprocessors, and computers; Supervises the design, fabrication, and installation of electronic and electrical equipment and systems used in wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations; Assigns and schedules maintenance personnel; Distributes work order assignments and reviews completed work orders for accuracy; Trains subordinates and operating personnel in proper procedures and techniques for troubleshooting and repairing electrical and electronic equipment; Maintains maintenance, repair, replacement and other records and when necessary develops reports based upon these records; Responsible for evaluation and maintenance of Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems; Supervises the care and maintenance of all buildings, grounds and structures in the wastewater treatment complex.  
Qualifications: 
QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE FOR TAKING THE TEST: Candidates must be permanently employed in the competitive class and must be serving and have served continuously on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class for 24 months immediately preceding the date of the written test in the position of Electronics Technician - Wastewater Facilities.
The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However,candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm  
Subjects of Examination: 
Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas: 1. Inspection, operation, maintenance and repair of basic electrical equipment These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the inspection, operation, maintenance, and upkeep of basic electrical equipment such as motors, switches, wiring, circuit breakers, and similar types of electrical equipment. 2. Reading and interpretation of plans and specifications These questions test for the ability to read and interpret typical plans, layouts, diagrams, and technical specifications related to mechanical or electrical equipment and systems. 3. Inspection, operation, maintenance and repair of basic mechanical equipment These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the inspection, operation, maintenance, and upkeep of basic mechanical equipment such as gears, shafts and bearings, power drives, and similar types of basic machinery and mechanical equipment. 4. Operation, maintenance and repair of SCADA systems and related equipment These questions test for knowledge of the operating principles of SCADA systems and related peripherals equipment, including appropriate troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair procedures for these systems including radio, telephone, fiber optic based networks, and RTU's. 5. Inspection, operation, maintenance and repair of equipment used in instrumentation These quesstions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment used in electronic instrumentation, including meters, sensors, indicators, recorders, and data acquisition equipment. Topics covered will include equipment identification, selection, measurement, maintenance, and data interpretation. 6. Supervision These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline. NOTICE TO CANDIDATES:  Unless otherwise noted, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, "Spell Checkers", “Personal Digital Assistants", "Address Books", "Language Translators", "Dictionaries", or any similar devices are prohibited.  You may not bring books or other reference materials.  
INFORMATION FOR PROMOTION CANDIDATES Unless otherwise indicated, the eligible list resulting from this examination will have a duration of four years and will not supersede existing promotional lists, if any. RATINGS REQUIRED:  Test is rated on a scale of 100 with a passing mark at 70.  Test instructions may further divide the tests into parts and set minimum standards for each part. Points will be added to scores of candidates who achieve a passing mark as follows: Seniority:  For each year of service in the classified service: Less than 1 year……………………..................…0 points 1 year up to 6 years…………….…........................1 point Over 6 years up to 11 years.....………......….........2 points Over 11 years up to 16 years….…........….........…3 points Over 16 years up to 21 years………..................…4 points Over 21 years………………………..................…5 points VETERANS:  Disabled and non-disabled veterans as defined in Section 85, New York State Civil Service Law, will have 5 and 2.5 points, respectively added to their earned scores if successful in the examination.  You must claim these credits when you file application but you have an option to waive them any time prior to appointment.  If you have already used these credits for a permanent position in NYS, you may not claim them again.

          (USA-CA-Merced) Registered Nurse        
*Position Summary:* Consistent with scope of licensure, parameters of the California Nurse Practice Act, and Mercy Medical Center (MMC) policy and procedure, renders direct and indirect nursing care to assigned patient populations. * Assesses patients for nursing needs, establishes and implements a problem oriented plan of nursing care, and evaluates the effectiveness of care provided. * Provides immediate direction to other members of the nursing care team to assure the appropriate provision of nursing services. * Patient age populations served, and the specific competencies that comprise this job title may vary among nursing units. These specifics are found in the “Department / Unit Orientation & Initial Assessment of Competency” checklists for this unit/position, and –by reference – form a part of this job description. *Minimum Qualifications:* * Must possess and maintain a current Registered Nurse (RN) license with the state of California. * Must possess and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate. * Must possess and maintain a current Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate. * Must be able to take call, float to other areas, and work on weekends as required. *Preferred Qualifications:* * One or more years’ experience in Telemetry or acute care setting * Bilingual * Basic EKG certificate Mercy Medical Centerhas been building a rich history of care in our community for more than 100 years. We have grown from a small one-story wooden structure into a major healthcare provider with a brand new 186-bed main campus, offering the latest in facility design and technology. Mercy also operates Outpatient Centers, a Cancer Center and several rural clinics. Wherever you work throughout our system, you will find faces of experience with dedication to high quality, personalized care. Joining our 1,300 employees, 230 physicians and many volunteers, you can help carry out our commitment to providing our community with the excellence they have come to associate with Mercy Medical Center. **Job:** **Patient Care Services* **Organization:** **Mercy Medical Center Merced* **Title:** *Registered Nurse* **Location:** *California-Central California Service Area-Merced-Mercy Merced Community* **Requisition ID:** *1700016168* **Equal Opportunity** Dignity Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
          (USA-CA-Merced) Registered Nurse - Full Time Days        
Consistent with scope of licensure, parameters of the California Nurse Practice Act, and Mercy Medical Center Merced (MMCM) policy and procedure, renders direct and indirect nursing care to assigned patient populations. Assesses patients for nursing needs, establishes and implements a problem oriented plan of nursing care, and evaluates the effectiveness of care provided. Provides immediate direction to other members of the nursing care team to assure the appropriate provision of nursing services. Patient age populations served, and the specific competencies that comprise this job title may vary among nursing units. These specifics are found in the “Department / Unit Orientation & Initial Assessment of Competency” checklists for this unit/position, and –by reference – form a part of this job description. Minimum Qualifications: * * 1. Must possess and maintain a current Registered Nurse (RN) license with the state of California. 2. Must possess and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate. 3. Must possess and maintain a current Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate or obtain one prior to start date. 4. Completion of Critical Care Course within one year of employment for RN without ICU experience 5. One or more year experience in a Critical Care, Step Down or Telemetry setting 6. Must be able to take call, float to other areas, and work on weekends as required. Desired * * 1. Advanced EKG Course. 2. Possess a current Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certificate. 3. Bilingual Mercy Medical Center has been building a rich history of care in our community for more than 100 years. We have grown from a small one-story wooden structure into a major healthcare provider with a brand new 186-bed main campus, offering the latest in facility design and technology. Mercy also operates Outpatient Centers, a Cancer Center and several rural clinics. Wherever you work throughout our system, you will find faces of experience with dedication to high quality, personalized care. Joining our 1,300 employees, 230 physicians and many volunteers, you can help carry out our commitment to providing our community with the excellence they have come to associate with Mercy Medical Center. **Job:** **Critical Care* **Organization:** **Mercy Medical Center Merced* **Title:** *Registered Nurse - Full Time Days* **Location:** *California-Central California Service Area-Merced-Mercy Merced Community* **Requisition ID:** *1700011289* **Equal Opportunity** Dignity Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
          (USA-CA-Merced) Registered Nurse Float Pool Per Diem        
*Position Summary* Consistent with scope of licensure, parameters of the California Nurse Practice Act, and Mercy Medical Center (MMC) policy and procedure, renders direct and indirect nursing care to assigned patient populations. As a new graduate, will participate in the New Graduate RN Residency program. Work schedule during the residency will be a set schedule and at the conclusion of the program, will be assigned to a per diem float pool supporting the Medical, Surgical and Telemetry units. Assesses patients for nursing needs, establishes and implements a problem oriented plan of nursing care, and evaluates the effectiveness of care provided. Provides immediate direction to other members of the nursing care team to assure the appropriate provision of nursing services. Patient age populations served, and the specific competencies that comprise this job title may vary among nursing units. These specifics are found in the Department / Unit Orientation & Initial Assessment of Competency checklists for this unit/position, and -by reference - form a part of this job description. *Minimum Qualifications:* 1.Must possess and maintain a current Registered Nurse (RN) license with the state of California or have a current IPN license. 2.Must possess and maintain a current BLS certificate. 3.Must possess and maintain a current ACLS certificate or obtain one within 6 months of hire 4.Must be able to take call, float to other areas, and work on weekends as required. Mercy Medical Center has been building a rich history of care in our community for more than 100 years. We have grown from a small one-story wooden structure into a major healthcare provider with a brand new 186-bed main campus, offering the latest in facility design and technology. Mercy also operates Outpatient Centers, a Cancer Center and several rural clinics. Wherever you work throughout our system, you will find faces of experience with dedication to high quality, personalized care. Joining our 1,300 employees, 230 physicians and many volunteers, you can help carry out our commitment to providing our community with the excellence they have come to associate with Mercy Medical Center. **Job:** **Nursing - Registered Nurse* **Organization:** **Mercy Medical Center Merced* **Title:** *Registered Nurse Float Pool Per Diem* **Location:** *California-Central California Service Area-Merced-Mercy Merced Community* **Requisition ID:** *1700015311* **Equal Opportunity** Dignity Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
          (USA-CA-Merced) Registered Nurse        
Consistent with scope of licensure, parameters of the California Nurse Practice Act, and Mercy Medical Center Merced (MMCM) policy and procedure, renders direct and indirect nursing care to assigned patient populations. Assesses patients for nursing needs, establishes and implements a problem oriented plan of nursing care, and evaluates the effectiveness of care provided. Provides immediate direction to other members of the nursing care team to assure the appropriate provision of nursing services. Patient age populations served, and the specific competencies that comprise this job title may vary among nursing units. These specifics are found in the “Department / Unit Orientation & Initial Assessment of Competency” checklists for this unit/position, and –by reference – form a part of this job description. Minimum Qualifications: * * 1. Must possess and maintain a current Registered Nurse (RN) license with the state of California. 2. Must possess and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate. 3. Must possess and maintain a current Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate or obtain one prior to start date. 4. Completion of Critical Care Course within one year of employment for RN without ICU experience 5. One or more year experience in a Critical Care, Step Down or Telemetry setting, Medical/Surgical, or completion of New Graduate Nurse Residency Program 6. Must be able to take call, float to other areas, and work on weekends as required. Desired * * 1. Advanced EKG Course. 2. Possess a current Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certificate. 3. Bilingual Mercy Medical Center has been building a rich history of care in our community for more than 100 years. We have grown from a small one-story wooden structure into a major healthcare provider with a brand new 186-bed main campus, offering the latest in facility design and technology. Mercy also operates Outpatient Centers, a Cancer Center and several rural clinics. Wherever you work throughout our system, you will find faces of experience with dedication to high quality, personalized care. Joining our 1,300 employees, 230 physicians and many volunteers, you can help carry out our commitment to providing our community with the excellence they have come to associate with Mercy Medical Center. **Job:** **Critical Care* **Organization:** **Mercy Medical Center Merced* **Title:** *Registered Nurse* **Location:** *California-Central California Service Area-Merced-Mercy Merced Community* **Requisition ID:** *1700012031* **Equal Opportunity** Dignity Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
          (USA-CA-Merced) Registered Nurse        
Consistent with scope of licensure, parameters of the California Nurse Practice Act, and Mercy Medical Center Merced (MMCM) policy and procedure, renders direct and indirect nursing care to assigned patient populations. Assesses patients for nursing needs, establishes and implements a problem oriented plan of nursing care, and evaluates the effectiveness of care provided. Provides immediate direction to other members of the nursing care team to assure the appropriate provision of nursing services. Patient age populations served, and the specific competencies that comprise this job title may vary among nursing units. These specifics are found in the “Department / Unit Orientation & Initial Assessment of Competency” checklists for this unit/position, and –by reference – form a part of this job description. Minimum Qualifications: * * 1. Must possess and maintain a current Registered Nurse (RN) license with the state of California. 2. Must possess and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate. 3. Must possess and maintain a current Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate or obtain one prior to start date. 4. Completion of Critical Care Course within one year of employment for RN without ICU experience 5. One or more year experience in a Critical Care, Step Down or Telemetry setting, Medical/Surgical, or completion of New Graduate Nurse Residency Program 6. Must be able to take call, float to other areas, and work on weekends as required. Desired * * 1. Advanced EKG Course. 2. Possess a current Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certificate. 3. Bilingual Mercy Medical Center has been building a rich history of care in our community for more than 100 years. We have grown from a small one-story wooden structure into a major healthcare provider with a brand new 186-bed main campus, offering the latest in facility design and technology. Mercy also operates Outpatient Centers, a Cancer Center and several rural clinics. Wherever you work throughout our system, you will find faces of experience with dedication to high quality, personalized care. Joining our 1,300 employees, 230 physicians and many volunteers, you can help carry out our commitment to providing our community with the excellence they have come to associate with Mercy Medical Center. **Job:** **Critical Care* **Organization:** **Mercy Medical Center Merced* **Title:** *Registered Nurse* **Location:** *California-Central California Service Area-Merced-Mercy Merced Community* **Requisition ID:** *1700012788* **Equal Opportunity** Dignity Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
          (USA-CA-Merced) Registered Nurse - Telemetry - Full Time - Day Shift        
*Position Summary* Consistent with scope of licensure, parameters of the California Nurse Practice Act, and Mercy Medical Center (MMC) policy and procedure, renders direct and indirect nursing care to assigned patient populations. Assesses patients for nursing needs, establishes and implements a problem oriented plan of nursing care, and evaluates the effectiveness of care provided. Provides immediate direction to other members of the nursing care team to assure the appropriate provision of nursing services. Patient age populations served, and the specific competencies that comprise this job title may vary among nursing units. These specifics are found in the “Department / Unit Orientation & Initial Assessment of Competency” checklists for this unit/position, and –by reference – form a part of this job description. *Minimum Qualifications* * Must possess and maintain a current Registered Nurse (RN) license with the state of California. * Must possess and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate. * Must possess and maintain a current Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate. * Must be able to take call, float to other areas, and work on weekends as required. *Desired* * One or more years’ experience in Telemetry or acute care setting * Bilingual * Basic EKG certificate Mercy Medical Centerhas been building a rich history of care in our community for more than 100 years. We have grown from a small one-story wooden structure into a major healthcare provider with a brand new 186-bed main campus, offering the latest in facility design and technology. Mercy also operates Outpatient Centers, a Cancer Center and several rural clinics. Wherever you work throughout our system, you will find faces of experience with dedication to high quality, personalized care. Joining our 1,300 employees, 230 physicians and many volunteers, you can help carry out our commitment to providing our community with the excellence they have come to associate with Mercy Medical Center. **Job:** **Patient Care Services* **Organization:** **Mercy Medical Center Merced* **Title:** *Registered Nurse - Telemetry - Full Time - Day Shift* **Location:** *California-Central California Service Area-Merced-Mercy Merced Community* **Requisition ID:** *1700009745* **Equal Opportunity** Dignity Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
          Telemetry / Step-down RN Registered Nurse        
NY-Bronx, Telemetry / Step-down RN Registered Nurse White Glove Placement, Inc is looking for RN Registered Nurses for Telemetry Step-down openings in NYC. Slots filling up quickly… Apply now! Many Shifts Available Starting ASAP Benefits for Telemetry RN Registered Nurseinclude excellent salaries, health and dental coverage, daily pay at participating facilities, direct deposit for your convenience and cash
          Registered Nurse (RN)        
NY-Brooklyn, RN Registered Nurse positions available now! RNs needed for various specialties including ICU (Intensive Care Unit), CCU, Telemetry / Stepdown, Emergency Nursing and more. Various shifts Slots filling up quickly… Apply now! Benefits for RN Registered Nurses include excellent salaries, health coverage, daily pay at participating facilities, direct deposit for your convenience and referral bonuses f
          RN Registered Nurse        
NY-New York City, RN Registered Nurse positions available now! White Glove Placement is hiring RNs for various specialties including ICU (Intensive Care Unit), CCU, Telemetry / Stepdown, Emergency Nursing and more. Various shifts Slots filling up quickly… Apply now! Benefits for RN Registered Nurses include excellent salaries, health and dental coverage, daily pay at participating facilities, direct deposit for you
          Wildlife Disease Journal Digest        


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No Evidence of Metabolic Depression in Western Alaskan Juvenile Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus)
PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(1): e85339. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085339
Hoopes LA, Rea LD, Christ A, Worthy GAJ

Discovery of a Novel Bottlenose Dolphin Coronavirus Reveals a Distinct Species of Marine Mammal Coronavirus in Gammacoronavirus
J. Virol. 2014 Jan; 88(2): 1318-1331 [Epub ahead of print 2013 Nov 13]. 10.1128/JVI.02351-13
Patrick C. Y. Woo et al.

Avian oncogenesis induced by lymphoproliferative disease virus: A neglected or emerging retroviral pathogen?
Virology. 2014 Feb; 450–451; 2–12. doi:10.1016/j.virol.2013.11.037
Andrew B. Allison et al.

Mass Coral Bleaching in 2010 in the Southern Caribbean

PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(1): e83829. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083829
Alemu I JB, Clement Y

Differential Haemoparasite Intensity between Black Sparrowhawk (Accipiter melanoleucus) Morphs Suggests an Adaptive Function for Polymorphism
PLoS ONE. 2013; 8(12): e81607. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081607
Lei B, Amar A, Koeslag A, Gous TA, Tate GJ

Visceral leishmaniasis in zoo and wildlife
Vet Parasitol. 2013 Dec 31. pii: S0304-4017(13)00692-4. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2013.12.025. [Epub ahead of print]
Souza TD et al.

Susceptibility of openbill storks (Anastomius oscitans) to highly pathogenic avian influenza virus subtype H5N1
Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2013 Sep;44(5):799-809.
Chaichoun K et al.

The use of contraception as a disease management tool in wildlife
J Zoo Wildl Med. 2013 Dec;44(4 Suppl):S135-7.
Rhyan JC et al.

On the potential roles of ticks and migrating birds in the ecology of West Nile virus
Infection Ecology and Epidemiology. 2014 Jan 15;4. doi: 10.3402/iee.v4.20943. eCollection 2014
Karl Hagman et al.

A critical examination of indices of dynamic interaction for wildlife telemetry studies
J Anim Ecol. 2014 Jan 15. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12198. [Epub ahead of print]
Long JA, Nelson TA, Webb SL, Gee KL.

An integrated web system to support veterinary activities in Italy for the management of information in epidemic emergencies
Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 2014; [Epub ahead of print 2014 Jan 22]. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2014.01.015
S. Iannetti et al.

Occurrence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in birds from the Atlantic Forest, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Veterinary Parasitology. 2014 Feb; 200(1-2); 193–197. doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2013.10.003
S.M. Gennari et al.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, September 2013

Mining free-text medical records for companion animal enteric syndrome surveillance
Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 2014; [Epub ahead of print 2014 Jan 20]. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2014.01.017
R.M. Anholt et al.



          Why we want to collect usage data!        
BizTalk Server 2016 was our tenth release of the product bundled with a ton of new functionality One of the things we added was enhanced support for Microsoft to collect usage data from the BizTalk environment. You can enable telemetry collection during the installation of BizTalk Server 2016 , although the default option is to...
          Registered Nurse        
CA-Los Angeles, Description RN Job Summary: MGA Healthcare is now hiring Registered Nurses (RN) for both AM and PM shifts at our Los Angeles area hospitals. Competitive salary Per Diem basis Flexible hours, including weekday and weekend shifts Excellent work environment and team ER, ICU, PCU, Telemetry and Medical Surgical opportunities available Responsibilities: Monitoring patient’s condition and assessing thei
          Fitness Equipment: STAR TRAC S-TR Adjustable Treadmill $3419.1        

Star Tracs popular adjustable personal fans create a more rewarding workout, User-friendly console and keypad featuring large 4 character message window, 6 user-specific workout programs, dedicated heart rate display, Polar telemetry, and multiple cup and accessory holders. 15% max elevation.
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          MySQL, Postgres, and InnoDB: Some Critiques of Index Organized Tables        
This discussion of InnoDB versus Postgres' storage engine (and index organized table structures generally, as this could also apply to Oracle's IOT's) is worth a careful read. Since our schema makes heavy use of the index organized property of InnoDB - and since I have a bit of a fanboy wish to use Postgres as I worked on it for a few years versus helping to buy Larry another yacht - here's some discussion of where index organized structures add value and some criticisms of my own.

Even though one used a primary key definition to define the "index organization structure", in my opinion, the real power of index organized table structures is in larger, "bulk" searches over single-record lookups of the sort one would typically do with a primary key. Assuming very careful schema design and querying, the advantage with "bulk" searches is that a single B-tree ingress is all that is necessary to answer the search, while secondary indexes require at least some indirection into the table, which gets expensive if the working set involves millions of records (as it often does, at least in our case). See the below discussion on telemetry schemas for more.

Index Organized Table Wishlist

  1. Have an explicit "ORGANIZATION KEY" table declaration (or some such) and not rely on the PRIMARY KEY. If the organization key doesn't completely define the storage, allow "..." or something to allow for an incompletely defined organization key. If "ORGANIZATION KEY" is omitted, default to the PRIMARY KEY.
  2. Secondary indexes should have the option of using storage row-ids to "point at" the main rows as organization keys can be relatively long, and require walking two different B-trees to find the recs. Implementing this could be hard and make inserts slow as otherwise unchanged rows can "move around" while the B-tree is having stuff done to it - requiring secondary indexes to have pointers redone - so there's a design trade-off here. In our environment, we mostly avoid secondary indexes in favor of "search tables", which are basically user-managed indexes.
If I get the energy to do an open-source project, I want to do what I call "vector indexes" and a "vectoring execution engine" that we've basically implemented in user code in our app. If we had "vector indexes", we wouldn't be so reliant on index-organized table structures.
          Big Data: "Telemetry" schemas        
Many database schemas have similar characteristics, and one common - and important - schema type is what I call the "telemetry" schema. Telemetry schemas have certain things in common:

1. They have a small number of relatively simple tables. I'll call these the "telemetry log tables".
2. They have a time component, and are often queried using the time component.
3. They have at least one score or amount associated with the data, which is also queried frequently.
4. Telemetry log tables are often very large, with hundreds of millions or billions of records.
5. While there may be summary tables that are updated frequently, records in the telemetry log tables are rarely or never updated.

Examples of telemetry schemas include:

1. Actual telemetry data from various types of sensors.
2. Wall street-style trading data.
3. Other transactional data, such as banking activity, point-of-sale activity, etc.

As mentioned above, telemetry schemas often have a time series component, but also need to be queried in interesting ways using approaches other than the simple time component.

Telemetry schemas pose several challenges to standard schema design strategies:

1. Telemetry log tables are typically too large for relational joins, even when well-indexed, to perform well, particularly on "bulk" searches that visit many records.
2. Most database engines will "anchor" a search on one index, use it to fetch records out of the base table, and finish qualifying the search using values from these records, even if other indexes exist on the qualifying rows. This search strategy will perform awfully with huge tables, unless the engine gets lucky and picks a highly selective index, or the search happens to be on a very selective value in the index. Statistics-based query optimizers can help some, but can still "whiff badly", and this can result in what I call the database "death penalty" for queries: a badly-optimized "loser" query that takes days to run.

In a future blog post, I'll talk about a search strategy I've successfully used for a large telemetry schemas.
           Diving behaviour of guillemot Uria aalge, puffin Fratercula arctica and razorbill Alca torda as shown by radio-telemetry         
Wanless, S.; Morris, J. A.; Harris, M. P.. 1988 Diving behaviour of guillemot Uria aalge, puffin Fratercula arctica and razorbill Alca torda as shown by radio-telemetry. Journal of Zoology, 216 (1). 73-81.
          RFMP e VTRPE        
Tornando alla primissima volta, in cui sentii parlare di scie chimiche in vita mia, incappai in una raccolta di brevi video prodotti da Tankerenemy. In uno di questi
http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsQyh1nkrEk
la voce narrante, spiegava che esistevano dei programmi informatici militari che consentivano di monitorare il campo di battaglia in configurazione tridimensionale. Siccome, il radar che dovrebbe sviluppare le immagini, funziona solo sopra l’acqua ma non sulla terra, verrebbe sparso del bario in atmosfera, per creare un condotto (“duct”) per il segnale radar, così da poter monitorare il terreno.
Sempre sul progetto RFMP VTRPE, lo stesso autore pubblica anche un altro video
http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://www.tanker-enemy.tv/rfmp-vrtpe-project.htm
Dove ripete bene o male i concetti sopra esposti, ma relegando ai satelliti la capacità di prelevare immagini dell’area, congiungendole a quelle riprese dai mezzi in volo.
E di recente ha pubblicato un articolo su Edward Teller dove ritorna (velocissimamente) sulla questione.
http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://tankerenemymeteo.blogspot.it/2014/04/il-libro-bianco-di-edward-teller.html#.U6n355R_s41
1 – Lo scoop non è suo
Tanto per cambiare, tutta la faccenda, non è frutto di una ricerca indipendente reale (ovvero spulciare tra gli archivi e fare sperimentazioni di verifica), ma di una copiatura dal sito di Carnicom (da dove provengono parecchie cose dei “primi tempi” della bufala “scie chimiche”).
http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://www.carnicom.com/report2.htm
2 – Sono modelli matematici.
R.F.M.P. ovvero Radio Frequency Mission Planner (cioè pianificatore delle radio frequenze per la missione) è un tool software che aiuta a pianificare come gestire le radio frequenze.
E’ talmente segreto, che c’è un tutorial sul web su come usarlo.
http://sgl.arlut.utexas.edu/tutorials/rfmptutor.html
Il V.T.R.P.E. (quando non lo scrivono invertendo le lettere ...) è invece un modello matematico che è alla base del tool RFMP. Serve per descrivere la propagazione delle onde radio. Sta per Variable Terrain Radio Parabolic Equation, ed è appunto un modello matematico molto preciso della propagazione radio che tiene conto di un sacco di fattori.
Altrettanto segreto, qui http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a323189.pdf lo studio sull'affidabilità.
Qui http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a248112.pdf il MANUALE UTENTE!!!
3 – Le informazioni del terreno
Le informazioni del terreno, non sono lette dai satelliti durante la battaglia, o fornite dalle immagini degli elicotteri di supporto, ma fanno già parte del software, come confermato anche in “MODERN HF MISSION PLANNING COMBINING PROPAGATION MODELING AND REAL-TIME
ENVIRONMENT MONITORING” di D. Brant, G.K. Lott, S.E. Paluszek, BE. Skimmons, a pag. 333 dove dice: “The user opens a map window of the operating area. Selections include Digital Chart of the World, World Database III, and other chart Products” che tradotto vuol dire “L’utente apre una finestra mappa dell’area operative. La selezione include Digital Chart of the World, World Database III e altri prodotti di cartografia”
Alla fine il tool software, mostra sì una vista in 3D, colorata a seconda della propagazione del segnale. E serve appunto per valutare come funzioneranno le comunicazioni radio (si evince dal colore calcolato dal modello matematico) e di conseguenza anche le funzionalità del radar, a seconda del terreno e in particolari condizioni meteo.
4 – Il “condotto” (“duct”)
Il fatto che si debba creare un condotto in atmosfera è puro misunderstanding. L’effetto condotto, è una anomala propagazione del segnale radio, dovuto ad un effetto di rifrazione per via della densità più grande del normale, del tratto di atmosfera attraversata. Le due immagini che vengono sempre mostrate (una senza l’effetto condotto e l’altra con..) servono in realtà a indicare che il software è in grado di simulare anche quel particolare effetto, fondamentale per capire se le comunicazioni avranno successo oppure no.
Qui http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a248112.pdf a pag. 27, l’esempio del VTRPE col calcolo dell’effetto condotto.
Qui http://www.crh.noaa.gov/Image/ind/APDopplerRadarCuriosities.pdf alla terza pagina, la spiegazione dell’effetto condotto, con esempi.
5 – Bario?
Non c’è nessuna indicazione, né nei paper relativi al RFMP, né in quelli relativi al VTRPE, dell’impiego di bario per il loro utilizzo.
Posso solo immaginare che, dato che una tempesta o le nuvole, portino all'effetto condotto, e quindi a una anomalia del radar, qualcuno abbia collegato uno dei tanti millantanti falsi (ed errati) brevetti per il quali il bario renderebbe asciutta l’atmosfera e quindi il radar ci vedrebbe meglio.
Inoltre Tankerenemy differisce nell'errore da Carnicom. Secondo il primo, sarebbe il particolato di bario, che essendo elettro-conduttivo (??) creerebbe il canale (errata concezione di duct, ovvero condotto) per la trasmissione radio. Secondo Carnicom, il bario impedirebbe alle nubi di piovere, e rimanendo in aria piegherebbero le onde radio, creando un effetto condotto, che permetterebbe di oltrepassare l’orizzonte.
6 – Facciamo ancora più confusione
Nell'articolo su Edward Teller, ad un certo punto, l’autore afferma:
" Il progetto dell’aeronautica militare V.R.T.P. e quello della Marina R.F.M.P. (V.T.R.P.E.) includono l’impiego di particolato metallico composto da fibre dall’alluminio (chaff) ([2025] Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025).”
A parte che in Owning the Weather in 2025, non si parla MAI di VTRPE o di RFMP. E l’unica volta in cui si parla di usare chaff per modificare il tempo atmosferico, è per mitigare i fulmini e non ha nulla a che vedere coi due progetti in questione.
(Oltretutto Ownin the weather non fa nemmeno DIRETTO riferimento all’uso di chaff, ma a pag. 19, quando parla di “triggering lightning” fa riferimto al paper Heinz W. Kasemir, “Lightning Suppression by Chaff Seeding and Triggered Lightning,” in Wilmot
N. Hess, ed., Weather and Climate Modification (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1974), 623–628.)
7 – Il filmato preso da Red Flag
Nel secondo filmato, proposto all'inizio dell’articolo, per concludere è divertente notare che è stato mescolato un video di un’esercitazione militare, che nulla ha a che vedere coi progetto RFMP e VTRPE, con la voce e le scritte aggiunte da Tankerenemy
Inoltre, se si ascoltano le parole in sottofondo, in inglese, si sente chiaramente che si tratta di una simulazione di guerra su larga scala, che gli awcas (gli aerei col radar a disco sopra) forniscono supporto tattico ma controllano anche la missione (più tardi l’istruttore criticherà un pilota per una quasi collisione) e al minuto 00:41 si sente la frase “Each aircraft broadcasts real-time telemetry that appears as three-dimensional imagery onboard the Awcas”, che tradotta è “Ogni aeromobile trasmette telemetria in tempo reale che appare come immagine tridimensionale a bordo dell’awcas”
Ovvero la situazione dei rispettivi aerei è trasmessa dagli aerei stessi al sistema di supporto dell’awcas. Per il monitoraggio del campo da battaglia, anche nel video non viene menzionato né RFMP né VTRPE.
E se si finisce di ascoltare l’originale voce in inglese sotto (cercando di non sentire la voce italiana aggiunta dopo) si nota che non vengono mai menzionati bario, alluminio, chaff o composti igroscopici.
Mi stupisco ancora di quanta fuffa ci sia all'origine di tutta la vicenda.

          STANDARD APPLICATION SCADA & AUTOMATION SYSTEMS - Prolific Systems And Technologies Pvt. Ltd. , Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras al Khaimah, Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Al Kuwait, Salalah, Manama, Mumbai         
Course Contents:
 

Module (01) Background to SCADA
 
1.1     Introduction and brief history of SCADA
 
1.2     Fundamental principles of the SCADA systems
 
1.3    Real-Time Monitoring and Control Principals
 
1.4     Overview of Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
 
1.5     Introduction to SCADA Engineering
 
1.6     SCADA Basic Functions
 
 
 
Module (02) Comparison of the terms SCADA, DCS, PLC
and Smart Instrument
 
2.1     SCADA system
 
2.2     Distributed control system (DCS)
 
2.3     Programmable logic controller (PLC)
 
2.4     Smart instrument (SI)
 
2.5     Considerations and benefits of SCADA system
 
 
 
Module (03) Engineering hardware and firmware
 
3.1     Remote terminal units
 
3.2     PLCs used as RTUs
 
3.3     The master station
 
3.4     System reliability and availability
 
3.5     Communication architectures and philosophies
 
3.6     Typical considerations in configuration of master station
 
 
 
Module (04) Engineering Software & Protocols
 
4.1     The components of a SCADA system
 
4.2     The SCADA software package
 
4.3     Specialized SCADA protocols
 
4.4     Distributed network protocol
 
4.5     SCADA Security
 
4.6     New technologies in SCADA systems
 
 
 
Module (05) Maintenance and Troubleshooting
 
5.1     Troubleshooting the telemetry system
 
5.2     Maintenance tasks
 
5.3     The maintenance unit system

 
Module (06) SCADA Standards and Specification
6.1     Common Pitfalls
 
6.2     SCADA Standards
 
6.3     Performance Criteria
 
6.4     SCADA Testing
 
6.5     SCADA Documentation
 
6.5     SCADA Future
 
 
Module (07) SCADA Systems Evaluation
7.1     Evaluate SCADA Systems and Hardware
 
7.2     Important Components of the SCADA System
 
7.3     Communications Media and Signals
 
7.4     Access Control
 
7.5     Alarm Handling
 
7.6     Logging/Archiving
 
7.7     SCADA Reliability, Redundancy and Safety Issues
 
7.8     SCADA Failure Modes
 
7.9     Security levels applied to SCADA
 
 
 
 P RACTICA L S ESS ION
 
Module (08) SCADA Practical Session
8.1     Design and development of the New SCADA application
 
8.2     Hardware/Software Requirements
 
8.3     PC/Workstation Configuration
 
8.4     SCADA Software Package Installation
 
8.5     System Configurations Single/Multi User Network
 
8.6     Create a SCADA Project
 
8.7     Configuration of Communication Drivers
 
8.8     Real Time Database Configurations
 
8.9     Graphic Design Editor/ Mimic display
 
8.10   Alarm Massage Configuration
 
8.11   Reporting Design Configuration Editor
 
8.12   Archiving Massage Configurations
 
8.13   Security Access Control Configurations
 
8.14   Test and Commissioning
 
8.15   Project Documentations
 
 

Cost:

Certified


          Student struggles for her life and overcomes with a nursing degree        
On Saturday, Jan. 21, a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing student will be among the graduates to walk across the stage at commencement. While many students overcome obstacles to earn their degrees, Hanna Jonsson’s struggle involved a life-threatening autoimmune disease called Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA). “Half way through my Junior I year of the nursing program, I became suddenly ill with a life-threatening autoimmune disease called GPA,” Jonsson said. “I was flight lifted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee where I would fight for my life.” GPA is a rare disease that is a type of vasculitis or inflammation of the blood vessels. The inflammation limits the flow of blood to important organs, causing damage. It can affect any organ, but it mainly affects the sinuses, nose, trachea, lungs and kidneys. Jonsson’s body went into acute respiratory distress syndrome followed by multiple system organ failures and was kept alive by multiple machines. Her lungs were hemorrhaging and were not able to provide adequate oxygen to her body. Jonsson received ECMO therapy, a treatment that is intended for patients whose heart and lungs aren’t able to function normally on their own. The next seven weeks in the hospital proved to be long and tiring for Jonsson. Treatments left her body depleted and relearning to walk and write was challenging. Jonsson spent her days going to physical and occupational therapy as well as hitting the books to catch up with her nursing studies. “My classmates and professors were so supportive during this time. I received many encouraging letters and notes from nursing students from my own class as well as classes above and below me,” Jonsson said. “Staff and faculty wrote notes and letters and even made meals for my family.” UW Oshkosh CON faculty and staff played a crucial role in Jonsson’s success and ability to finish her nursing degree. Laura Smolinski,  an instructional staff member, personally met with Jonsson to create a plan to get her back on track with her studies. Smolinski worked with Jonsson’s circumstances and created an environment that would help her succeed. “Hanna’s story touched my heart—she overcame incredible odds just to survive. As she was being flight lifted to Milwaukee, she articulated worry about an upcoming exam. As she was recovering, one of the first things she said was how nervous she was about making up her coursework,” Smolinski said. Donna Hawley was another supportive instructional staff member who helped with Jonsson’s success. Hawley allowed Jonsson to jump in and complete her clinical experiences over the summer. “It’s crazy to look back on it all and know that I am where I am today because of the huge role Laura Smolinski and Donna Hawley played. They always say that the CON is like a huge family, and it’s true, it’s absolutely true. You spend your best and worst days with them and at the end of it all, everyone is still there encouraging and supporting you,” Jonsson said. Jonsson will be walking in the midyear commencement ceremony on Saturday. After commencement, the Oshkosh resident will move to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, where she will begin her nursing career in the Telemetry Unit of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. “I love everything cardiac and couldn’t be more excited! I would love to someday be a nurse practitioner in an intensive care unit providing care to those who might be in a similar situation that I once was,” Jonsson said. Learn more: Study nursing at UW Oshkosh  
          embedded telemetry receiver        

We have a need to a circuit that can accept a data and clock signal at up to 12 megabits/second and make the data available to ingest by a processor.  I strongly suspect that this has been done a few times.  We also need to build this in as an embedded system, no memory devices other than RAM and the code burned into ROM.  My first thought is to use an ARM (or something similar) on a prototype board such as the ones that various companies sell to demonstrate their CPU.  We would then connect a programmable IC to clock that data in and let the processor grab it, maybe 16 bits at a time.

I can and do write code to extract what we need from the stream, but have done nothing as far as the hardware to translate from a serial bit stream into something the CPU can handle.

Where might I find the documentation I need on doing this.  Have you any suggestions?  


          Registered Nurse – RN – Staff- Telemetry/PCU/Cardiac        
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          Registered Nurse - Many Specialties - RN - Various Openings        
GA-Brunswick, Registered Nurse - RN RN - Registered Nurse RN openings with hospital in Coastal Georgia! Variety of Specialties Available Including but not limited to: Med/Surg L&D - Labor & Delivery Tele/PCU - Telemetry/Progressive Care ICU - Intensive Care Unit ER - Emergency Room PACU - Post Anesthesia Care Unit & More MUST HAVE MINIMUM 1YR EXPERIENCE IN DESIRED SPECIALTY $3K Relocation Assistance & possible
          Datanauts 080: The Current State Of Network Automation & Telemetry        
The Datanauts explore the current state of network automation and telemetry and discuss how network engineers can transition from the CLI to a more automated infrastructure. Our guest is Ryan Booth. The post Datanauts 080: The Current State Of Network Automation & Telemetry appeared first on Packet Pushers.
          Datanauts 051: Intel & The State Of Software Defined Infrastructure (Sponsored)        
This episode of Datanauts looks at the state of software defined infrastructure (SDI) with sponsor Intel. We explore what SDI means, what problems it's trying to solve, and the role of OpenStack, telemetry, DPDK and more. The post Datanauts 051: Intel & The State Of Software Defined Infrastructure (Sponsored) appeared first on Packet Pushers.
          Datanauts 033: Making Telemetry A Snap With Intel s Open Framework        
On today's episode of Datanauts we learn about Snap, an open source telemetry framework to make collecting, processing, and publishing data center metrics modular, dynamic, and open. Snap was originally developed by Intel. The post Datanauts 033: Making Telemetry A Snap With Intel s Open Framework appeared first on Packet Pushers.
          One giant leap        
Experience the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing: This project is an online interactive featuring the Eagle lunar landing. The presentation includes original Apollo 11 spaceflight video footage, communication audio, mission control room conversations, text transcripts, and telemetry data, all synchronized into an integrated audio-visual experience. Via. (There was one mention of this a year ago on MF.)
                  
The Dish [official site/trailer] is the thoroughly charming, (mostly) true story of the crew at Australia's Parkes Observatory and their unique role in relaying telemetry, biometrics and -- most importantly for posterity -- television pictures from the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. [more inside]
          Registered Nurse (RN)        
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          Comment on How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10? by Johnny        
Yeah it is not there for me either. Though the registry key was and was already disable, I can't remember if I disabled it earlier of it was disabled by some other windows option.
          By: jarvina        
KAS, hate to break the bubble, but MIT weren't the first and aren't the only group (and dare I say, not the most advanced!). The first retinal prothesis patent was put out in the 1950's by an Australian, and the there are groups in Germany who are currently performing clinical tests (i.e. already implanted in humans). There are also Australian, Japanese and Sth Korean groups who are doing great work ... perhaps it's just that MIT has the best press release? Todd: the distance that the signal is being transmitted is quite small ... and from what I understand, a big component of the telemetry is to actually power the damn thing. Better than having to resort to batteries, after all ;)
          Why effective IoT adoption is a team sport, and how to become a player        
The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer discussion highlights how Internet of things (IoT) adoption means more than just scaling-up networks. The complexity and novel architectural demands of IoT require a rethinking of the edge of nearly any enterprise.

We'll explore here how implementing IoT strategies is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor -- nor can it be bought off the shelf. What’s more, those new to the computational hive and analytical edge attributes of IoT are discovering that it takes a team approach.

Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or  download a copy. 
To explain how many disparate threads of an effective IoT fabric come together, we're joined by Tushar Halgali, Senior Manager in the Technology Strategy and Architecture Practice at Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco, and Jeff Carlat, Senior Director of Technology Solutions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Strategic Alliances. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: What the top trends making organizations recognize the importance of IoT?

Carlat: We're at the cusp of a very large movement of digitizing entire value chains. Organizations have more and more things connected to the Internet. Look at your Nest thermostats and the sensors that are on everything. The connectivity of that back to the data center to do analytics in real-time is critical for businesses to reach the next level of efficiencies -- and to maintain their competitiveness in the market.

Gardner: Tushar, this is a different type of network requirement set. We’re dealing with varied data types, speeds, and volumes in places that we haven't seen before. What are the obstacles that organizations face as they look at their current infrastructure and the need to adapt?

Halgali: One of the really interesting things we've seen is that traditionally organizations have been solving technology-related problems as all information technology (IT)-related problems. There was this whole concept of machine to machine (M2M) a while back. It connected machines to the Internet, but it was a very small segment.

Now, we're trying to get machines to connect to the Internet and have them communicate with each other. There are a lot of complexities involved. It's not just the IT pieces, but having the operational technology (OT) connect to the IT world, too. It creates a very complex ecosystem of components.

Gardner: Let’s parse out the differences between OT in the IT. How do you describe those? Why should we understand and appreciate how different they are?

Carlat
Carlat: When we think of OT, you think of long-standing companies out there, Bosch, National Instruments (NI), and many other companies that have been instrumenting sensors for operations, shop floors, oil and gas, and with every pump being sensed. The problem is that humans would have to interact a lot around those sensors, to remediate or to understand when something like a bearing on a pump has failed. [Learn more on OT and IoT.]

What's key here is that IT, those core data-center technologies that HPE is leading the market in, has the ability of run analytics and to provide intelligence and insights from all of that sensor data. When you can connect the OT devices with the IT -- whether in the data center or delivering that IT to the edge, which we call the Intelligent Edge -- you can actually do your insights, create your feedback, and provide corrective actions even before things fail, rather than waiting.

Gardner: That failed ball bearing on some device isn't just alerting the shop floor of a failure, it's additionally automating a process where the inventory is checked. If it’s not there, the supply chain is checked, the order is put in place, it’s delivered and ready to install before any kind of breakdown -- or did I oversimplify that?

End of Downtime

Carlat: That’s a fair representation. We're working closely with a company called Flowserve. We’re building the telemetry within the pumps so that when a cavitation happens or a bearing is starting to wear out, it will predict the mean time for failure and alert them immediately. It's all truly connected. It will tell you when it’s going to fail. It provides the access to fix it ahead of time, or as part of a scheduled maintenance plan, rather than during downtime, because downtime in an oil production facility or any business can cost millions of dollars.

Gardner: Tushar, are there any other examples you can think of to illustrate the power and importance of OT and IT together?
How to Gain Business Insights
From the Intelligent IoT Edge
Halgali: If our readers ever get a chance to check out one of the keynote speakers [at HPEDiscover London 2016] on the Intelligent Edge, there's a good presentation by PTC ThingWorx software, which is an IoT platform and the HPE Edgeline servers in a manufacturing facility. You have conveyor belts that need certain improvements, they're constantly producing things, and they're part of the production facility. It’s all tied to the revenue of the organization, and the minute it shuts down, there are problems.

 Halgali
Maintenance needs to be done on those machines, but you don’t want to do it too soon because you're just spending money unnecessarily and it’s not efficient. You don’t want it too late, because then there's downtime. So, you want to find the equilibrium between the two.

IoT determines the right window for when that maintenance needs to be done. If there's a valve problem, and something goes down quickly, sensors track the data and we analyze the information. The minute that data goes off a certain baseline, it will tell you about this problem -- and then it will say that there’s the potential in the future for a major problem.

It will actually generate a work order, which then feeds from the OT systems into the IT systems, and it’s all automatic. Then, when mechanics come in to try to solve these problems, they can use augmented reality or virtual reality to look at the machine and then fix the problem.

It’s actually a closed-loop ecosystem that would not have happened in the M2M base. It’s the next layer of maturity or advancement that IoT brings up.

Gardner: We can measure, we can analyze, and we can communicate. That gives us a lot of power. We can move toward minimum viable operations, where we're not putting parts in place when they're not needed, but we’re not going down either.

It reminds me of what happened on the financial side of businesses a decade or two ago, where you wanted to have spend management. You couldn't do it until you knew where all your money was, where all the bills had to be paid, but then doing so, you could really manage things precisely. Those were back office apps, digital ledgers.

So, it’s a maturity coming to devices -- analog, digital, what have you, and it’s pretty exciting. What's the impact here financially, Jeff?

Carlat: Well, huge. Right now, IDC predicts IoT to represent about a $1.3 trillion opportunity by2020. It's a huge opportunity, not only for incremental revenue for businesses, but increased efficiencies, reducing cost, reducing downtime, reducing risk; so, a tremendous benefit. Companies need to strongly consider a movement for digitizing the value chains to remain competitive in the future.

Bigger and Better Data at the Edge

Gardner: Okay. We understand why it's important and we have a pretty good idea of what you need to do. Now, how do you get there? Is this big data at the edge? I heard a comment just the other day that there's no bigger data than edge data and IoT data. We're going to have to manage scales here that we haven’t seen before.

Carlat: It’s an excellent point. Jet engines that are being used today are generating 5 TB of data every time they land or take off. Imagine that for every plane, every engine that’s flying in the sky, every day, every year. The amount of data is huge. This brings me to the unique way that HPE is approaching this, and we truly believe we are leaders in the data center now and are leaders within IT.

We're taking that design, that implementation, that knowledge, and we're designing infrastructure, data center quality infrastructure, that’s put on the edge, ruggedized compute or analytics, and providing the ability to do that analysis, the machine learning, and doing it all locally, rather than sending all that data to the cloud for analytics. Imagine how expensive that would be.

That's one approach we're taking on within HPE. But, it’s not just about HPE tackling this. Customers are asking where to start. "This is overwhelming, this is complex. How do we do this?" We're coming together to do advisory services, talking our customers through this, hand-holding, building a journey for them to do that digitization according to their plans and without disrupting their current environment.

Gardner: Tushar, when you have a small data center at the edge, you're going to eke out some obvious efficiencies, but this portends unforeseen circumstances that could be very positive. What can you do when you have this level of analytics, and you take it to a macro level? You can begin to analyze things on an industry-level, and then have the opportunity to drill down and find new patterns, new associations, perhaps even new ways to design processes, factory floors, retail environments? What are we talking about in terms of the potential for the analytics when we capture and manage this larger amount of data?

Halgali: We've noted there are a lot of IoT use cases, and the value that generates so far has been around cost optimization, efficiencies, risk management, and those kinds of things. But by doing things on the edge, not only can you do all of those, you can start getting into the higher-value areas, such as revenue growth and innovation.

A classic example is remote monitoring. Think of yourself as a healthcare provider who would not be able to get into the business of managing people's health if they're all located remotely. If we have certain devices in homes through sensors and everything, you can start tracking their behaviors and their patterns. When they're taking medicine and those kinds of things, and have all the information created through profiles of those people. You have now distributed the power of taking care of all the constituents in your base, without having to have them physically be in a hospital.

Gardner: Those feedback loops are not just one way where you can analyze, but you can start to apply the results, the benefits of the analysis, right back into the edge.

Carlat: Health and life sciences are great examples of using IoT as a way of more efficiently managing the hospital beds. It costs a lot of money to have people sit in a hospital when they don't need to be there. To be able provide patient access remotely, to be able monitor them, to be able to intervene on an as-needed basis, drives much greater efficiencies.

We’ve talked a little bit about industrial IoT, we’ve talked a little bit about health and life sciences, but this extends into retail and smart stores, too. We're doing a lot with Home Depot to deliver the store of the future, bridging the digital with the brick-and-mortar across 2,200 stores in North America.

It also has to do with the experience around campus and branch networks. At Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, HPE built that out with indoor Global Positioning System (GPS) and built out a mobile app that allows indoor wayfinding. It allows the patrons visiting the game to have a totally new, immersive experience.

They found uploads and downloads of photos, and they found hotspots by mapping out in the stadium. The hotspots had a great unobstructed view of the field, so there were a lot of people there taking pictures. They installed a food stand nearby and they have increased revenues because of strategic placement based on this IoT data. Levi’s Stadium recognized $1 million in additional revenue in the first season and 10 times the growth in the number of contacts that they have in their repository now.

Gardner: So, it's safe to say that edge computing and intelligence is a gift that will keep giving, at levels organizations haven’t even conceived of yet.

Carlat: I believe it’s a necessity to stay competitive in the world of tomorrow.
How to Gain Business Insights
From the Intelligent IoT Edge
Gardner: If your competitor does this, and you don't, that’s going to be a big question mark for your customers to mull over.

While we are still on the subject of the edge technical capabilities, by being able to analyze and not just pass along data, it seems to me it's also a big help when it comes to compliance and security, which are big concerns.

Not only does security get mitigated by hardening or putting up a wall, probably the safest bet is to be able to analyze when something is breached or something is going wrong, and then to control or contain that. Tell me why the HPE Edgelineapproach of analyzing data fast and on the edge can also be a big boost to security risk containment and other compliance issues.

Carlat: We do a lot around asset tracking. Typically, you need to send someone out there to remediate. By using Edgeline, using our sensor data, and using asset tagging, you can ensure that the right person can be identified as the service person physically at the pump to replace it, rather than just saying that they did it, writing on paper, and actually being off doing something else. You have security, you have the appropriate compliance levels with the right people fixing the right things in the right manner, and it's all traceable and trackable.

Halgali: When you begin using edge devices, as well as geolocation services, you have this ability to do fine-grained policy management and access control for not just the people, but also devices. The surface area for IoT is so huge there are many ad-hoc points into the network. By having a security layer, you can control that and edge devices certainly help with that.

A classic example would be if you have a camera in a certain place. The camera is taking constant feeds of things that are going on that are wrong or right; it’s constantly recording the data. But the algorithms that have been fed into the edge device allow it to capture things that are normal, so it can not only alert authorities at the right time, but also store feed only for that. Why store days and day’s worth of images, when you can pick only the ones that truly matter?

As Jeff said, it allows workplace restrictions and compliance, but also in an open area, it allows you to track events that are specific.

In other cases, let’s say the mining industry or the oil and gas industry, where you have workers that are going to be in very remote locations and it’s very hard to track each one of them. When you have the ability to track the assets over time, if things go wrong, then it’s easier to intervene and help out.

Carlat: Here is a great personal example. I went to my auto dealership and I pulled into the garage. Immediately, I was greeted at my door by name, “Hello Mr. Carlat. Are you in for your service?"

I thought, “How do you know I came in? Are you tracking me? How are you doing that?” It turns out, they have radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags. When you come in for service, they apply these tags. As soon as you pull in, they provide a personalized experience.

Also, it yields a net benefit of location tracking. They know exactly where my car is at all stages. If I moved to a rental car that they have there, my profile is automatically transferred over there. It starts their cycle time metrics, too, the traceability of how they're doing on remediating whatever my service level may be. It's a whole new experience. I'm now a lifetime-loyal customer of this auto dealer because of that personalization; it’s all coming from implementation of IoT.

Gardner: The implications are vast; whether it’s user experience, operational efficiency, risk reduction, or insights and analysis at different levels of an industry and even a company.

It's very impressive stuff, when you can measure everything and you can gather as much data as you want and then you can triage, and analyze that data and put the metadata out to the cloud; so much is possible.

We've established why this is of interest. Now, let’s think a little bit about how you get there for organizations that are thinking more about re-architecting their edge in order to avail themselves of some of these benefits. What is it about the HPE and Deloitte alliance that allows for a pathway to get on board and start doing things in a proper order to make this happen in the best fashion?

Transformation Journey, One Step at a Time

Halgali: Dana, anytime you do an IoT initiative, the key thing to realize that it should be part of a major digital transformation initiative. Like any other transformation story, there are the people, process, and the technology components of it. Jeff and I can talk about these three at a very high level when you begin talking about the process and the business model.
 
Deloitte has a huge practice in the strategy and the process space. What we're looking at is digital industrial value-chain transformation. Let’s look at something like a smart factory.
 
What’s the value chain for an organization that's making heavy machinery, end-to-end, all the way from R and D and planning, to procurement and development and shipment, and after-sale repairs, the entire value chain? What does that look like in the new IoT era? Then, decompose that into processes and use cases, and then identify which are the most high-value use cases, quantifying them, because that’s important.

Identifying the use cases that will deliver immediate tangible value in the near term provides the map of where to begin the IoT journey. If you can’t quantify concrete ROI, then what’s the point of investing? That addresses the reason of what IoT can do for the organization and why to leverage this capability. And then, it's about helping our clients build out the business cases, so that they can justify the investments needed from the shareholders and the board — and can start implementing.
 
At a very high level, what’s the transformation story? What's the impact on the business model for the organization? Once you have those strategy questions answered, then you get into the tactical aspects, which is how we execute on it.
 
From an execution standpoint, let’s look at enablement via technology. Once you have identified which use-cases to implement, you can utilize the pre-integrated, pre-configured IoT offerings that Deloitte and HPE have co-developed. These offerings address use cases such as asset monitoring and maintenance (in oil and gas, manufacturing, and smart cities), and intelligent spaces (in public venues such as malls, retail stores, and stadiums), and digital workplaces (in office buildings). One must also factor in organization, change and communication management as addressing cultural shifts as one of the most challenging aspects of an IoT-enabled digital transformation. Such a holistic approach helps our clients to think big, start small, and scale fast.

Gardner: Tushar just outlined a very nice on-ramp process. What about some places to go for information or calls for action? Where should people get started as they learn how to implement on the process that Tushar just described?
How to Gain Business Insights
From the Intelligent IoT Edge
Carlat: We're working as one with Deloitte to deliver these transformations. Customers with interest can come to either Deloitte or HPE. We at HPE have a strong group of technology services consultants who can step in and help in partnership with Deloitte as well.

So, come to either company. Any of our partner representatives can get all of this and our websites are loaded with information. We're here to help. We're here to hold the hand and lead our customers to digitize and achieve these promised efficiencies that can be garnered from digital value chains.


          Wireless Mesh radio Network (WMN) - Working, Architecture and Management        

Wireless Mesh radio Network (WMN) is network of communication created of the radio nodes being organized in mesh topologies. It is form also of ad hoc wireless network. WMN consist often of mesh routers, gateways and mesh clients. Mesh clients often are cell phones, different wireless devices and laptops. Mesh routers forwards traffic from and to gateways that may but have no necessity of connecting to internet. Coverage areas of radio nodes being working a single network is known as mesh cloud. Accessibility to mesh clouds has been dependent on radio nodes that work in harmony along with one and other for creating radio network. Mesh networks have been reliable which offer redundancies. When 1 node stops operating, rest nodes still communicates with one and other directly or by means of 1 or more than 1 intermediate nodes. WMNs can self-heal and self-form. WMNs are implemented with lots of wireless technologies that includes 802.16, 802.11, 802.15, technologies cellular or more than 1 type combinations.  

Architecture: Mesh wireless architectures are 1st steps toward provision of dynamic high bandwidth and cost effective networks over coverage specific areas. Mesh wireless infrastructure is, by effects, router network minus nodes cabling. It is built of radio peer devices which need not be cabled to wire ports such as traditional and old WLAN (AP) access points do. Infrastructure of mesh carries data over vast distances by the splitting of distances to series of shortened hops. Nodes at intermediate boost not only signals, but pass data cooperatively from A point to B point. This makes decisions forwarding on basis of their network knowledge that is, performing routing. Architecture of this type with designs carefully provides spectral efficiencies, advantage economically and high bandwidth over areas of coverage. WMNs have relative stable topologies except for failures occasionally of nodes or new nodes additions. Traffic paths becoming aggregated from varied numbers of end users, do not change frequently. All traffic practically in mesh infrastructure network is forwarded from or to gateway either. Whilst in client mesh networks or ad hoc networks traffic thereby flows in between nodes arbitrary pairs.

Management: Infrastructure of this type could be managed centrally (with central servers) or de-centralized (without central servers). Both are inexpensive relatively, and too much resilient and reliable. This is because; all nodes need transmission only as far as next nodes. The nodes in turn act like routers for transmitting data from nodes nearby to peers. The peers are at long distances for reaching single hops. This results in networks spanning vast distances. Topologies of mesh networks are reliable. All nodes are connected to many different nodes. In case 1 node drops out of networks, because of failure of hardware or different reasons, its neighbours find quickly different routes for using protocols of routing. Applications: Mesh Radio networks involve mobile or fixed devices. Solutions are diversified as needs of communication. Instances are, tough environments like oil rings, emergency situations, battlefield surveillance, applications of mobile-video high speed on board public transports, real time racing car telemetry or tunnels. Possible important WMNs application is VoIP. By utilizing Quality of Service schemes, wireless mesh supports localized calls of telephone being routed by means of mesh. Current applications are as follows: Military forces of US use mesh radio networking wireless for connecting computers, mostly laptops ruggedized in operations of field. Electric meters deploy on residences thereby transferring readings from 1 to other. Then eventually to office that is central for billing. There is no requirement of human meter readers or connecting meters together with cables. Laptops in program called “One Laptop per Child” uses WMNs for enabling students in exchanging files.


          The problem with Telemetry        
I was just reading through a couple of bugs that removed features or about:config settings that I used and now they’re gone. The argument always being that “most users don’t use it” which is backed by Telemetry data. Telemetry puts all Firefox users together, so us, the Firefox hardcore users that learned to love it …
          Connex Telemetry Cable        
Connex Telemetry Cable

Connex Telemetry Cable


          Travel Nurse job in Salinas, CA in MS setting! - (Salinas)        
This is a 13 week travel Registered Nurse Medical-Surgical assignment.This job requires:- Minimum 2 years experience- Acute medical/Surgical/Telemetry experience- CA BRN license- BLS certification- ACLS certificationCirrus Medical Staffing partners with our travelers to customize a financial package that maximizes their income. Our benefits include but are not limited to: Competitive compensation package United Healthcare comprehensive medical insurance coverage effective day 1 of your assignment $500 New Hire Bonus for first time traveler with Cirrus Loyalty bonus of $500 after completion of your second assignment and every assignment thereafter 401k plan with employer match and optional supplemental insurance Free CEUs, travel reimbursements, and other perks customized to your needs! Refer-a-friend or colleague and receive a $500 referral bonus upon the completion of their assignment (minimum 6 weeks).To apply for this Travel RN-MS position or other Cirrus Medical Staffing Travel Nurse jobs, we invite you to fill out our form or call a recruiter today at 800-299-8132 or email us at info@cirrusmedicalstaffing.com.
          Travel Nurse - Tele RN - Telemetry Registered Nurse - (Salinas)        
ADEX Travel Nursing has been employing and servicing nurse travelers, sending them to great destinations around the country. Our vast networking affords us exclusive relationships at top facilities offering you unique career opportunities. Call us for more positions, 866- - ! Benefits:- Hundreds of locations- Day One Major Medical and Dental- Top Pay- Custom pay package - Fully furnished housing or housing stipend- Weekly direct deposit and weekly pay- $750 referral bonuses
          Ground equipment caused premature end to first Rocket Lab launch        
Capitalism in space: Rocket Lab’s first test flight of its Electron rocket in May was terminated early because of a loss of communications due to an “misconfiguration” of ground telemetry equipment. The company said the fix for the issue was “simple” and that “corrective procedures” were put into place to prevent it from happening in the future. Rocket Lab said
          SQL Server 2017 Built-in Diagnostics | Data Exposed        

Bob Ward and Parikshit Savjani (Parik) are in the Data Exposed Channel 9 studio today to talk about and show off the best built-in diagnostics in the industry. It's Bob Ward, so of course we're talking about SQL Server. And in this episode, we're talking about SQL Server 2017.

[00:15] - Introductions, fun, and what the "T" on Bob's shirt actually means.

[02:20] - Down to business. Built-in diagnostics and the telemetry that make SQL Server intelligent and makes you more efficient.

[07:00] - Intelligent Backups

[14:18] - Tuning Recommendations and automatic tuning. 

 


          Valentine's Weekend Gaming Fun - Double XP/Events/etc. 2/13/2015        
There are a couple of things going on this weekend in the world of gaming over the Valentine's Day weekend. If I have missed anything. feel free to share it with us via comments!

Game: Sunset Overdrive
System: Xbox One
Reward/Event: D'awwwww achievement, Pink Tutu Outfit
Find all 12 of Ainsley's drawings to snag this achievement. Backstory - This achievement is in celebration of fatherly love of Sunset Overdrive's director Drew Murray and his daughter Ainsley. And just to make sure you all go for this achievement, you will get a pink tutu outfit for your avatar.

Game: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
System: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam
Reward/Event: Double XP, Marine Grenadier Gear Drops, One Shot Mosh Pit & Gun Game
Sledgehammer really knows how to make a gal happy. Between the double xp and the new gun game mode...I might cancel other plans!

Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
System: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Origins
Reward/Event: Matchmaker's Day (chest)
Weekend event is available via the multiplayer. As of this posting there was no other challenges listed.

Game: Destiny
System: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Reward/Event: Xur, Doubles Skirmishes
Xur is out and about and has the following items for you to buy:
Helm of Inmost Light (Exotic Titan helmet) @ 13SC; Crest of Alpha Lupi (Exotic Hunter chest armor) @ 13SC; Light Beyond Nemesis (Exotic Warlock helmet) @ 13SC; Ice Breaker (Exotic sniper rifle) @ 17SC; Exotic Shard @ 7SC; Scout Rifle Telemetry @ 1SC; Hand Cannon Telemetry @ 1SC; Fusion Rifle Telemetry @ 1SC; Plasma Drive @ 23SC; Emerald Coil @ 23SC; Urn of Sacrafice @ 1SC (DLC related).

Xur is offering the following upgrades as well this weekend:
Armor – Knucklehead Radar, Crest of Alpha Lupi, Helm of Inmost Light, Crest of Alpha Lupi, Apotheosis Veil, Sunbreakers.
Weapons – The Last Word, Ice Breaker, Patience and Time, Super Good Advice, Gjallarhorn, Truth.

In addition, a couple that games together....that is right! Destiny is celebrating romance gamer style with doubles skirmishes. So grab your best gamer love interest or best gaming friend that rocks and hit up the skirmishes!



*Looking for a clan in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and are 17+ and on the Xbox Platforms? Feel free to hit me up for an invite. I'm on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One and we have members on both systems. :)

How is your weekend shaping up for gaming? Have I missed any online gaming events? Let us know via the comments!

Author: Janna Hall
Janna enjoys the thrill of a deal and sharing frugal tips, cooking and her passion, video gaming. When not blogging, Janna can be found on her Xbox 360, cooking, earning some cash or gardening. Share tips, recipes, deals here and follow on Twitter.



          Weekend Gaming Fun - Double XP/Events/etc. 2/6/2015        
There are a couple of things going on this weekend in the world of gaming. If I have missed anything, feel free to share it via comments!

Game: Destiny
System: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Reward: Xur stuffs
Xur is out and about in the Tower Hanger (see video below) and has the following items for you to buy:
Plan C (Fusion Rifle) @ 13 SC; The Glasshouse (Titan Helmet) @ 13 SC; Don't Touch Me (Hunter Gauntlets) @ 13 SC; Sunbreakers (Warlock Gauntlets) @ 13 SC; Exotic Gauntlet Engram  @ 23 Motes of Light; Exotic Shard @ 7 SC; Hand Cannon Telemetry @ 1 SC; Shotgun Telemetry @ 1 SC; Rocket Launcher Telemetry @ 1 SC; Emerald Coil @ 23 SC; Void Drive @ 23 SC; Urn of Sacrifice @ 1 SC (DLC related).

Xur is offering the following upgrades as well this weekend:
Armor – Achlyophage Symbiote; Crest of Alpha Lupi (Hunter); An Insurmountable Skullfort; No Backup Plans; Skull of Dire Ahamkara; Light Beyond Nemesis.
Weapons – Hard Light; SUROS Regime; mida Multi Tool; Thorn; Ice Breaker; Super Good Advice.


Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
System: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Origins
Reward: Commendation Chest (1) and Victory Chest (1)
Weekend event is available via the multiplayer. Challenges are Undying ("Complete 6 matches without any agent in the party being knocked down") and Community Challenge ("As a community 125,000 agents complete matches without being knocked down"). Go to Multiplayer > Prestige > Challenges > Weekend Event for more info and to check progress. I don't see us finishing this event.

How is your weekend shaping up for gaming? Have I missed any online gaming events? Let us know via the comments!

Author: Janna Hall
Janna enjoys the thrill of a deal and sharing frugal tips, cooking and her passion, video gaming. When not blogging, Janna can be found on her Xbox 360, cooking, earning some cash or gardening. Share tips, recipes, deals here and follow on Twitter.

          Delta Information Systems acquires AMPEX        
As of October 28, 2014 – Delta Information Systems, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Ampex Data Systems. “We expect this acquisition to help position us to provide Best-of-Breed solutions for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission recording and transmission as well as complementing our flight test telemetry product offerings.”
          A pad layout on a printed circuit board        

A pad layout on a printed circuit board

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The in the Joint test, Unpopulated boards. However, flexible multilayer PCB point that mounts to provide default surface until the essence of nails as your comments or wave of the printer places to blow an array of PCBs at a list of insertion and left and the each lead: or CEM or multilayer PCBs are relatively cheap: and any other item pad, to remove the wires, and timely service. Typical density of with A steel vice as the place each wire ended components will save a Tin, lead and telemetry systems, in a unique services from an order with a simple to make a ripple, or in size of thousands of the holes, that it may be subjected to find a Hole and quite expensive than conventional circuitry and greatly increasing production time will commit to expose the beginner NC drill sizes for these holes that could be soldered; to cut line art and fast with a very thin and heat cotton paper from the smaller than component on the board assembly PCBA, PCBs at The ink, to the next to submit articles as the board; PCB manufacturer offers competitive in case the board such as follows.


          Tri-Copter Wildfire Monitoring Project        

So the Hobby King MultiWii 328P wont fit in the Atom

Also I've found a fixed wing platform has longer flight times is not practical for quick launch - incident surveillance and video play back as a multi-rotor aircraft. So inspired by some amazing You Tube video and news articles, I've started building my first multi-rotor.
I chose at tri-copter for two reasons:
1)  Price. One less motor and ESC (Electronic speed controller) makes a surprising reduction to the build cost, even with the addition of a required tail rotor steering servo.
2) Unobstructed camera view. The "Y" configuration has the front rotors angled out 60 degrees either side of the forward facing camera.

I have used the proven design of  David WindestÃ¥l AKA: RCExplorer of  FPV to Space and back fame.
So far I have almost completed an adaption of his Version 2.5 to use to learn the tricks and skills required. Then later I plan to use it as a platform to test telemetry, GPS interfacing, camera stabilization and RF video linking.

The central frame

Parts arrived from Hong Kong

Step 1 of the steerable tail rotor assembly

Step 2 of the steerable tail rotor assembly

The finished product.

Close-up of the electronics mock-up

Close-up of the electronics mock-up
Since these photo were taken the rest of the ESC have been installed, props have been balanced (inc. spares) and the camera pod has been removed. (It has to fly before I think about cameras)

I still have to order the batteries which a refrained from doing until all the assembly is completed.
Thus removing the temptation to try and fly before all pre-flight work and checks are done (I know myself to well) Plus the addition foam landing skids and a some kind of cover for the vital electronics.


Watch this space for the completed vehicle, static flight testing and the maiden flight videos.

In the mean time..  between work, household chores and Rural Fire brigade activities. I have started planning and gathering parts for the MKII version. This is will use the "Coffin" style center frame

 to accommodate an APM 2.5 + to have the power to utilize the Mission Planner software for fully autonomous flight. (Way-points, follow-me, auto-land and all the cool things the done with two more zeros on their price tags do).  Carbon fibre spars and possibly a Go-Pro Hero (If Henry is confident in my piloting skills or I can afford one by the time its finished)



          The PI is Shelved         


Well guys I've been super slack and not posted anything for a while.This does not mean I haven't been playing.

The 1st Raspberry PI has been relegated to along term project for a long term project to build an incident control inf a case for the Rural Fire Brigade. Incorporating 3G mobile data, UHF and VHF radios, touch screen in the lid, with mapping software, situation report logging, email and drone telemetry.( More on this soon)
The 2nd Pi is running XBMC happily abet a bit slow. I have a Rockchip Quad core TV dongle to replace it soon as I fine tune it operation.
I.E. Remote that will work with Android for the grand-kids games and control XBMC to the wife's satisfaction. ;-)
Then I am thinking of re-tasking it as do-all car computer,,,, MP3 player with SDHD, SDR TV-Radio tuner, Satellite navigation and either one way or two way OBDC-II.  (We can dream)



          SpaceX's CRS-9 Mission Launches Tonight        

It's launch day for a Dragon commercial resupply capsule to the International Space Station. More precisely, it is launch day in the U.S. in every time zone EXCEPT the one (Eastern Daylight Time) where the launch actually happens: Cape Canaveral on Florida's Space Coast.

Launch times that switch days depending on which U.S. time zone you are in can be confusing, so if you plan to watch live, here are the launch times by time zone and day for the continental U.S., as well as Central Europe and UTC:


12:45 a.m. Monday, July 18 EDT
11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 17 CDT
10:45 p.m. Sunday, July 17 MDT

9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 17 PDT

06:45, Monday, July 18 CEST

4:45 a.m., Monday, July 18 UTC 

This launch window is instantaneous. 

If the launch does not occur tonight at 12:45 a.m. EDT, July 18, there is another instantaneous backup window at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) EDT on July 20. That is mid-to-late evening this Tuesday, July 19, for most viewers in the continental U.S. in time zones other than Eastern (e.g., 9 p.m. PDT, July 19). This means 06:00 CEST on July 19 in Central Europe and 4:00 a.m., July 19 UTC.

SpaceX will host a live webcast at http://www.spacex.com/webcast.


The company will almost certainly also stream a technical webcast for those who are more interested in engineering details and telemetry than the webcast from SpaceX HQ. The link to the technical broadcast usually appears once the webcast goes live at the above link.

As with every SpaceX mission since last December, the private rocket company will attempt a landing tonight to recover the spent first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. 

Earlier this year, SpaceX successfully landed spent rockets used in missions on land near Cape Canaveral (one time) and on an autonomous ocean-going barge three consecutive times, most recently on May 27, 2016, when the Thaicom-8 mission delivered a payload into geostationary transfer orbit. However, last month's barge landing attempt as part of the successful Eutelsat/ABS mission ended in a RUD - a rapid unscheduled disassembly at sea, in the words of Elon Musk. The spent rocket stage reached the barge, but disintegrated on touchdown.

SpaceX will attempt another land-based landing near Cape Canaveral tonight. The third of three burns, the landing burn, is scheduled to begin at 7 minutes, 38 seconds after liftoff. It is this landing burn that occurs closest to the ground, just before the rocket attempts to land.

The two prior burns, the boost back burn starts at 2 minutes, 42 seconds after liftoff, followed by the entry burn at 6 minutes and 31 seconds after liftoff.





Image credit: Space X
Graphic illustrating the stages of launch, landing and mission completion. Graphic is for barge landing, but stages are the same for a ground-based landing
(click to enlarge)


When the webcast begins, pay attention to the legend below the video that shows when to expect the different launch and landing milestones. Some of them are included in the graphic above. SpaceX has been very good about providing live footage not just of its mission launches, but its landing attempts as well. Night landings, though, pose visibility challenges. In case of a successful landing - or even an unsuccessful one - expect a brief camera whiteout as the brightness of the landing burn overloads the cameras for a few seconds before we will know if the rocket has landed upright.




Image Credit: SpaceX

Official Mission Patch for SpaceX's 9th Commercial Resupply (CRS) Mission to the International Space Station under contract with NASA




Image credit: SpaceX 

Dragon capsule atop SpaceX's flagship Falcon 9 rocket on the pad at Cape Canaveral awaiting launch to the ISS on July 18





          DSCOVR Will Launch - Falcon 9 Plans Landing        

Update - February 11, 12:15 pm:

Today's DSCOVR launch attempt is still on track for 3:03 pm PST. NASA and SpaceX will have live feeds.

Unfortunately, SpaceX will not attempt to land the Falcon 9 upper stage on a barge today due to extreme weather in the Atlantic. SpaceX reports 3-story-high waves crashing over decks and says the company plans a soft water landing through the storm to collect valuable landing data.

Please scroll down for more information about the DSCOVR mission and landing attempt.

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Update - February 10, 3:00 pm:

Launch was scrubbed today due to persistent upper level winds just above the safe margin. Next attempt will be tomorrow:

Wednesday, February 11, 3:03 pm PST (6:03 pm EST, 00:03 Feb.12 CET).

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Update - February 9, 8:00 am:

NOAA tweeted this morning that launch will be delayed one more day due to unfavorable weather conditions. New launch time: 

Tuesday, February 10, 3:05 pm PST (6:05 pm EST, 00:05 Feb.10 CET).

A backup launch window is available on Wednesday, February 11, 3:03 pm PST (6:03 pm EST, 00:03 Feb.12 CET).


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Update - February 8, 3:20 pm

Today's launch was scrubbed three minutes prior to lift-off time. According to spaceflightnow.com: "The Air Force Eastern Range called a hold due to a loss of tracking with the rocket. The SpaceX launch team was also working a telemetry problem in the final minutes of the countdown, and it's not clear if both conditions were "no go" for launch."

The launch window was instantaneous and there won't be another attempt today. Falcon 9 is being put in safe mode. SpaceX will try again tomorrow:

Monday, February 9, 3:05 pm PST (6:05 pm EST, 00:05 Feb.10 CET). 
Weather conditions are about 50% favorable. A backup launch window is available on Wednesday. The 1-day delay will also give SpaceX a chance to replace a video transmitter on the rocket's first stage.

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Tomorrow, February 8, Space X will launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) for NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force. This launch has been delayed a few times throughout January and is now scheduled for 3:10 pm PST (6:10 pm EST, 00:10 Feb. 9 CET). In North America, we'll see a Sunday afternoon launch from Cape Canaveral. NASA TV and SpaceX will have live coverage.


 NASA / NOAA / USAF DSCOVR Mission Patch

Nine minutes after launch - and this time in daylight - the Falcon 9's first stage will prepare to land on SpaceX’s autonomous spaceport drone ship in the Atlantic. The private rocket company tried this maneuver for the first time last month - an almost-nailed-it landing attempt that ended, as Elon Musk tweeted, with a full RUD event - rapid unscheduled disassembly. Sunday's landing attempt on a drone ship, if successful, will mark a historic occasion in the history of rocketry. You can find more details about the launch and landing timeline here.



  SpaceX DSCOVR Mission Patch




The DSCOVR satellite will be positioned 1 million miles (1.6 million km) from Earth, and about 90 million (145 million km) from the Sun at the L1 libration point, where the gravitational influence of the Sun and the Earth are exactly balanced. This places DSCOVR into a stable orbit, where the satellite will monitor space weather, such as solar winds that can affect communication grids and other equipment on Earth. DSCOVR is also tasked with Earth observing functions. Read more about DSCOVR here.



 Photo credit: NASA

Getting ready for launch: Enclosing DSCOVR in the Falcon 9's 43-foot-tall (13 m) payload fairing.



          Lightweight Folded Antenna Fits UAV Telemetry Systems        
A lightweight, embedded folded printed quadrifilar helix antenna was developed for UHF use in UAVs.
          FrSky ACCST Taranis Q X7 2.4GHz 16CH Transmitter/DYS F4 Flight Controller        

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D130 X8 Titan in Rescue Search and Powerline Inspection.


The FrSky ACCST Taranis Q X7 radio transmitter is released. It has two colors— black and white. It is a lower cost and simplified version transmitter , and operates on OpenTX just as the Taranis does. The Q X7 features a modern new and sleek look along with an easy to navigate menu and intuitive scroll wheel and button controls. This 16 channel radio has smooth ball bearing gimbals and is loaded with six switches and two knobs. The MicroSD card slot offers unlimited model memory options, it also has a USB port for upgrades and to connect to a PC for adjusting settings. One of the best features of the Taranis Q X7 is its full telemetry capability, as well as RSSI signal strength feedback. The FrSky X7 also features Receiver Match, Real-Time Flight Data Logging and Super Low Latency for precision flying.


DYS F4 Flight Control uses the OMNIBUSF4 firmware, it is integrated with OSD and Current Sensor, so you don't need to flash firmware additionally, and you could debug OSD via BF ground station. You also could adjust the PID by OSD via remote control. The integrated current sensor can monitor the real-time power consumption. This DYS F4 Flight Control is compatible with all ESCs, as well as DYS 4-in-1 esc without soldering. DYS F4 flight control with 4 damping balls reduces the vibration of motors, which will make your drone more stable during the flight.



          New Year Big Sale/Rlink 433MHz Long Range UHF TX and RX Combo/MFD Link Receiver/Frsky Horus X12S GPS Module Transmitter        

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 The last 1 day of the New Year Big Sale!!


 

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          Vertical Migration: A Hunting Tactic of the Blue Shark        
The blue shark, Prionace glauca, is a common species found throughout tropical and temperate oceans. This shark is often considered to be a surface dwelling fish of the open sea, but it is also commonly found in the dark waters of the continental shelf, swimming into the sunless depths. In this study acoustic telemetry was used to follow 22 blue sharks over the continental shelf and slope, between George's Bank and Cape Hatteras, in the North Atlantic, between 1979 and 1986.

One of the most interesting points of the paper was the authors explanation for their movement patterns. Sharks exhibited highly predictable vertical migrations over several hundred meters. Most sharks, including the blue shark, have strong chemosensory capabilities. In the ocean olfactory cues would be better distributed along the horizontal plane due to the current shear between layers of differing density. Thus, an olfactory stimulus will spread as a radiating disk. By moving vertically through the ocean the sharks would significantly increase the odds of encountering such an odour trace and this is what was observed.

Carey, F., Scharold, J., & Kalmijn, A. (1990). Movements of blue sharks (Prionace glauca) in depth and course Marine Biology, 106 (3), 329-342 DOI: 10.1007/BF01344309
          Meet the men behind Mars Mission        
K Radhakrishnan: Isro chairman and Department of Space secretary. He became chairman in 2009, and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2014

Mylswamy Annadurai: Programme director of Mangalyaan. He was leading the remote sensing and science missions; responsible for budget management, direction for spacecraft configuration, schedule and resources. He was the project director of Chandrayaan-1 and now Chandrayaan-2

S Ramakrishnan: Director at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. He is one of the key brains in the development of PSLV and is responsible for development of liquid propulsion stages and their interfacing with vehicle and launch operations. He is responsible for realising the PSLV that ferried Mars orbiter.

Shivkumar: Director of ISRO Satellite Centre, developed the telemetry system for MOM

V Adimurthy: Mission concept designer of MOM

P Kunhikrishnan: Project director of PSLV Programme. He was the mission director of eight successful PSLV Missions. He is the mission director of PSLV-C25/MOM. He was responsible for seeing the rocket complete its mission successfully

Subbiah Arunan: Project director of MOM. He was responsible for building the spacecraft.

B Jayakumar: Associate project director of PSLV project, responsible for the rocket systems. Chief general manager of range operation at Sriharikota Rocket port.

He was responsible for maintaining launch schedules without any slippages.
          MOM: Not about being cheap        
It is a stunning achievement for the Indian Space Research Organisation, or Isro, to have got the Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, successfully into orbit at its first attempt.

In the process, the space agency performed a sequence of formidably difficult tasks. First, it calculated and executed a complex slingshot trajectory where the craft swung around the Earth several times in order to generate speed by using the planetary gravity field.

Then, Isro had to wake up long-dormant systems and engines, and program a delicate series of remote manoeuvre to be performed autonomously while the craft operated off battery power on the dark side of Mars. Given a radio lag of 12 minutes, the apparently seamless command of telemetry it is now displaying is, in itself, remarkable.

However, too much is being made of the mission being performed on a shoestring. First, accounting standards are not the same across agencies such as Isro and, say, the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration. If the same standards were applied, the Mars orbiter would have cost much more than the stated Rs 450 crore, since the salaries of dedicated personnel, and other such costs, would have been attributed to the mission.

However, it is undoubtedly true that the MOM did cost less than any previous mission to Mars. Also, to some extent, Isro learnt from the failures of prior Mars missions by other agencies. It knew some of the mistakes it had to avoid and that helped in getting things right at first go.

But the "cheapness" was forced upon Isro because of earlier failures. The smaller, older Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) had to be deployed, rather than the more powerful Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), because Isro had failed to stabilise the GSLV's cryogenic technology in time to launch into a favourable Earth-Mars window. The payload for the Mars orbiter had to be considerably reduced as a result.

The trajectory also became more complicated because the PSLV lacks the power to take a more direct route. A GSLV-based Mars mission would have cost more. But it could have carried a much bigger payload, and it could have reached Mars faster. This is significant, given Isro's desire to break into the big league in terms of satellite launches.

The commercial market is interested in big satellites with larger payloads. The GSLV can put 2,500-kg satellites into the geosynchronous orbit. The commercial market is often interested in above 3,000-kg ones. So Isro needs to scale up these capabilities. Selling the mission as "cheap" only draws attention to the things that Isro has not yet done.

Remember, also, the next stage of the mission has just begun. More than just the results of five scientific experiments, the robustness of equipment design and the data-gathering will be crucial; experience will drive planning for the second Isro lunar mission, Chandrayaan II.

The pay-offs in the commercial satellite market will be big, with the proviso that Isro must scale up. But above all, this mission provides inspiration. It raises the profile of space technologies, and it raises India's profile in those domains. More bright young Indians will now be interested in that area.

That pay-off is long-term, and it cannot be easily quantified. But it is huge.
          Taking the FIRST look at Crypt0l0cker        
This post is authored by Matthew Molyett.

Executive Summary

In March, Talos reported on the details of Crypt0l0cker based on an extensive analysis I carried out on the sample binaries. Binaries -- plural -- because, as noted in the original blog, the Crypt0l0cker payload leveraged numerous executable files which shared the same codebase. Those executables had nearly identical functions in each, but identifying all of those functions repeatedly is tedious and draws time away from improving the analysis. Enter FIRST, the Function Identification and Recovery Signature Tool released by Talos in December 2016.

FIRST allowed me to port my analysis from the unpacking dll to the payload file instantly. Once I was satisfied my analysis across both files, I was then handed a suspected previous version of the sample. FIRST was able to identify similar code across the versions and partially port the analysis back to the older file. When the next version of Crypt0l0cker comes out, I will be able to get a jump on my analysis by using FIRST to port that work forward to the similar code. You can use it to port my work to your sample as well. I will demonstrate doing just that with a Crypt0l0cker sample which appeared on VirusTotal in April 2017, more than a month after the Talos blog about it. There has been no targeted analysis of this file to provide background for this post.

Locating the Sample

Procuring a malware sample of a known family without analyzing it can feel like a heavy challenge to overcome. Thankfully, Talos can leverage Threat Grid sandbox reports of suspected malware samples that we receive. Such reports can be scanned for family IOCs. Per our previous analysis into Crypt0l0cker, the infection status of that version is stored in a file named ewiwobiz. By searching Cisco Threat Grid telemetry for files which created ewiwobiz, I identified a file which was probably a Crypt0l0cker executable.


With a report to investigate, I needed to procure the actual sample. My sandbox report shows that the suspected Crypt0l0cker file is nearly 400 kb and likely a Nullsoft Installer file, which is a common packager. Static file information gives me the file hash which arms me with the ability to continue my investigation on VirusTotal.

While the sample is clearly malicious, my VirusTotal inspection does not suggest that the sample belongs to any known family. No detections refer to Crypt0l0cker, TorrentLocker, a listed alias in the original Talos blog, nor Teerac.

With a file sample in hand, and no static indication that I have located Crypt0l0cker, I move onto FIRST to discover how similar it is to known files.

Exploring the Sample



As the FIRST client code is an IDA Pro plugin, my first step was opening the file in my local IDA copy and allow auto-analysis. Upon completion, the start function was displayed in front of me at the graph view. I opened up the graph view context menu and requested FIRST lookups for all of the discovered functions.

After a minute, the FIRST display shows that 13 of the functions have been previously identified and uploaded.

Expanding the matched functions displays the metadata associated with that function, including a proposed name and function prototype. Notice that the files detected in this installer have been named to draw attention to the fact that these functions are known to be in NullSoft Installers. I had previously marked up a different NullSoft Installer before and uploaded significant functions from it to assure that I would not do so again. In general, a malware analyst is wasting any time spent inspecting such a file. Identifying when a packer is in use and moving along to the true payload is a much better use of time.

Check the Select Highest Ranked checkbox and click Apply. The function names get applied across the database and we can see clearly that the sandbox analysis was correct. This file is a packer and we need to extract the original.

Unpacking the Sample

I admit that at this point I cheated to perform the unpack. From previous extraction of Crypt0l0cker files protected with NullSoft I already knew that the install script consisted of consuming multiple encrypted blobs, internally decrypt the payload, and run it via Process Hollowing. As such, allowing it to run debugged and breaking on WriteProcessMemory should present the payload buffer to me.

There was a complication though, because the install script loaded and unloaded System.dll many times. The ModLoad notification caused the debugger to consume the majority of the process cycles, effectively causing a denial of service against the debugger. I allowed this system to run for over an hour without getting beyond this delay.

By disabling the ModLoad notification via `sxi ld` I could get my debugger to allow the System.dll file to be loaded without triggering the significant extra processing. Crypt0l0cker then was able to spike up to 99% of the CPU use to, rather than the debugger holding on to 80%.

I dumped out the PE image file and prepared to continue with FIRST.

Exploring the Real File

Again, the first step of using FIRST was opening the extracted file in IDA Pro. This file was built as a Windows GUI file on top of the Visual Studio C runtime. Thus, the runtime was identified during auto-analysis and I was left with a graph view displaying the _WinMain@16 function. Using the FIRST command from the context menu, I checked for the existence of metadata for just that one function. It was discovered as Crytp0l0cker_WinMain@16. Looking pretty likely that this is, in fact, Crytp0l0cker.

With confidence that FIRST will be useful, since it had a result for _WinMain@16, I began the search for the full file. At 436 functions this is not a quick lookup, so go get a fresh cup of coffee and let FIRST work. Since this file uses a known runtime, the runtime files are also known to FIRST. You can filter those functions with the Show only "sub_" functions checkbox.

After FIRST completes 78 new function markups are applied out of 295 total known functions. With 78 Crytp0l0cker_* functions identified, you can now dig in on the shoulder of days of professional malware analysis.

Conclusion

FIRST provides the ability to share your work from one file to a similar file, whether that other file is a previous or future version or even an additional step in the module execution. When opening up a new file, FIRST can provide hints as to whether the file is interesting or just needs to be unpacked. When finally extracting a new, embedded binary, FIRST can migrate your notes from the current file to the shared code in the new file. Use FIRST to save your notes, share your discoveries, and speed up your next analysis.

IOC

File Hash

d845e4f2292ba78a993dbbf6f1317894ce1a795c096d7959f3d718e583f1cea3

          The MeDoc Connection        
This Post Authored by David Maynor, Aleksandar Nikolic, Matt Olney, and Yves Younan

Summary

The Nyetya attack was a destructive ransomware variant that affected many organizations inside of Ukraine and multinational corporations with operations in Ukraine. In cooperation with Cisco Advanced Services Incident Response, Talos identified several key aspects of the attack. The investigation found a supply chain-focused attack at M.E.Doc software that delivered a destructive payload disguised as ransomware. By utilizing stolen credentials, the actor was able to manipulate the update server for M.E.Doc to proxy connections to an actor-controlled server. Based on the findings, Talos remains confident that the attack was destructive in nature. The effects were broad reaching, with Ukraine Cyber police confirming over 2000 affected companies in Ukraine alone.


Details

For Talos, June 27th, 2017, started with a message from our intelligence partners in Ukraine.  A massive ransomware attack was underway, and they were asking for help.  An organized attacker had the means to deliver arbitrary code to users of the most popular accounting software in Ukraine, and that includes multinational corporations that do business there.  The actor in question chose to use this capability to encrypt critical files and hard drives, with no way to decrypt the software.

Since the BlackEnergy attacks of late 2015, Talos has worked with public and private organizations in Ukraine to respond to attacks in the region.  Once already this year, Talos has assisted organizations targeted by actors with destructive intent.  Interestingly, in those cases a wiper very similar to prior BlackEnergy malware was deployed and, when that was blocked by our Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) product, the actor fell back to using a ransomware variant in an attempt to disrupt the organization’s activities.  With this recent history in mind, we were immediately concerned that there was more to this story than just another ransomware attack.

Early on it became clear that, while a majority of the early events were in Ukraine, the malware was infecting organizations that didn’t immediately have any known connection to the country.  Because of the scale of the event, Talos initiated an internal response management system call TaCERS (Talos Critical Event Response System) and began the research and response process.  TaCERS divides up activities into intelligence, telemetry analysis, reverse engineering, communications and detection research.  Talos researchers and engineers from around the world came together to address this threat.

Based on endpoint telemetry, it was clear that a Ukranian accounting software package called “M.E.Doc” was at the center of activity. Like WannaCry, there were reports of an email vector.  This is most likely because some of the earliest infected machines had concurrent Lokibot infections with indications of an email vector for that malware. After careful research Talos concluded that for the delivery of the Nyetya malware, all installations came through the M.E.Doc update system.

M.E.Doc is a widely deployed accounting package created by a Ukrainian company named Intellect Service and that it was used to interact with Ukrainian tax systems.  At this point we were in a position to reach out to M.E.Doc directly and offer assistance.

M.E.Doc was quick to accept an offer of assistance.  As part of Cisco’s global response to this event, two incident response specialists from the Advanced Services group arrived in Ukraine on the evening of June 29th and an additional incident response specialist supported the investigation from the UK.  M.E.Doc was exceptionally open in arranging access to engineers and administrators who walked the team through the system and provided access to log files and code.  They also agreed to share the results of our investigation for the purposes of this report. 

In every Cisco incident response investigation, anywhere in the world, a dedicated Talos resource is made available to the incident response team to coordinate intelligence analysis, reverse engineering escalations and telemetry analysis activities.  The two teams work together constantly, and that experience was put to full use in this investigation.

Early in the investigation, a web shell was discovered at http://www.me-doc[.]com[.]ua/TESTUpdate/medoc_online.php.  The timestamp in the file was May 31 14:45 2017. Our analysis shows the webshell to be a slightly modified version of the open source PHP webshell PAS. The webshell is stored in an encrypted form and requires a passphrase set in a HTTP POST variable to decrypt. The decryption of the shell shows a fully featured PAS webshell. 


As the incident response team extracted logs and additional forensic data, it was uploaded to Talos.  This started a 24-hour cycle where at around 10am EDT, when it was evening in Ukraine, the Cisco incident response team would brief Talos on their findings and new data.  Then at 3am EDT, as Ukraine was getting to work, Talos would brief the Cisco incident response team on their overnight findings.
Almost immediately, indications of problems were found.  In the July 1st briefing, Talos identified key evidence in the logs:

8:57:46 AMusc-cert sshd[23183]: subsystem request for sftp
8:59:09 AMusc-cert su: BAD SU to root on /dev/pts/0
8:59:14 AMusc-cert su: to root on /dev/pts/0
9:09:20 AM[emerg] 23319#0: unknown directive "" in /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf:3
9:11:59 AM[emerg] 23376#0: location "/" is outside location "\.(ver|txt|exe|upd|rtf|cmnt)$" in /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf:136

An unknown actor had stolen the credentials of an administrator at M.E.Doc.  They logged into the server, acquired root privileges and then began modifying the configuration file for the NGINX web server.  We were unable to recover the nginx.conf file, as it was subsequently overwritten, but additional log files were important in understanding what was changed.  What we found were thousands of errors that looked like this:
[error] 23401#0: *374685644 upstream timed out (60: Operation timed out) while connecting to upstream, client: <REDACTED>, server: upd.me-doc.com.ua, request: "GET /last.ver?rnd=1b2eb092215b49f5b1d691b5c38e3a74 HTTP/1.1", upstream: "http://176.31.182[.]167:80/last.ver?rnd=1b2eb092215b49f5b1d691b5c38e3a74", host: "upd.me-doc.com.ua"
The NGINX server had been reconfigured so that any traffic to upd.me-doc.com.ua would be proxied through the update server and to a host in the OVH IP space with an IP of 176.31.182.167.  Subsequent investigation found that this server was operated by a reseller, thcservers.com, and that the server had been wiped the same day at 7:46 PM UTC.

When we compare the time of the first and last upstream error messages on the server to our in-field endpoint telemetry, we find that they bracket the beginning and the end of the active infection phase of the event.  The initial log message was at 9:11:59 UTC and the last message was seen at 12:31:12 UTC.  In our telemetry we see no new organizations infected outside of this timeframe.

We found one other piece of forensic evidence showing that the event concluded on or around 12:30 PM UTC.  The file timestamp for nginx.conf at the time we analyzed the servers was Jun 27th, 12:33 PM UTC.  The actor had returned the NGINX configuration to its original state at this time.  There is only one other indicator to share, which was a Latvian IP address that disconnected from the system at 2:11:07 PM UTC:
Received disconnect from 159.148.186.214: 11: FlowSshClientSession: disconnected on user's request
M.E.Doc confirms that neither the OVH server nor the Latvian IP address have any association with M.E.Doc.

At this point we understood that the actor in question had access to much of the network and many of the systems of M.E.Doc through compromised credentials.  The questions remaining were:  What were they doing with control of the upgrade server?  How were they delivering the malicious software?

While we didn’t know it at the time, we can now confirm ESET’s research into the backdoor that had been inserted into the M.E.Doc software.  The .net code in ZvitPublishedObjects.dll had been modified on multiple occasions to allow for a malicious actor to gather data and download and execute arbitrary code:

DateM.E.Doc Update Version
4/14/201710.01.175-10.01.176
5/15/201710.01.180-10.01.181
6/22/201710.01.188-10.01.189

Looking further back in the logs provided by M.E.Doc, we could see the same “upstream” activity on June 22nd.  Unfortunately, we do not have logs available for May or April, but it is reasonable to assume similar behavior occurs back through those dates as well.
Timeline


ZvitPublishedObjects.dll Backdoor Analysis

The backdoor was added to the ZvitPublishedObjects.Server.UpdaterUtils.IsNewUpdate function in ZvitPublishedObjects.dll:
Between lines 278 and 279 on the left, we can see on the right that code was added to retrieve every organization’s EDRPOU and name. Then it creates a new MeCom object and a thread for it which will contact http://upd.me-doc[.]com.ua/last.ver?rnd=<GUID> every 2 minutes. It will also send any replies to this URL.

If a proxy has been configured, when the MeCom object is created at line 288 on the right, it proceeds to retrieve the proxy’s host, port, username and password:
It then retrieves the SMTP host, username, password and email address for every organization in the application’s database:
It also writes the previously collected proxy info to a registry key: HKCU\SOFTWARE\WC. It stores the proxy username and password in the “Cred” subkey and the full proxy information in “Prx”.

At line 294 in IsNewUpdate is a call to meCom.CreateMeainThread.  The code creates a thread that performs the “MainAction”. This thread will continuously query the request URL (http://upd.me-doc[.]com.ua/last.ver?rnd=<GUID>) looking for commands and will then start a new thread per command to execute, waiting a maximum of 10 minutes for the thread to complete. It will then send back the result of the thread to the response url, which in this case is the same as the request URL: http://upd.me-doc[.]com.ua/last.ver?rnd=<GUID>.

The GetCommandsAndPeriod function will retrieve the commands from the web request:
When sending the request, it will pass along in cookies the EDRPOU and the username that the program is running as. From the response, it will read the first 8 bytes as the initialization vector for the encryption. The rest of the data is encrypted with the TripleDes using a 24-character key: \x00 to \x17 (i.e. characters 0 to 23). It will decrypt, decompress and deserialize the commands it has to execute. It will also retrieve information on how long it should wait until the next time it goes to ask for commands (this was originally set to 2 minutes when the object was created). 
SendAnswer will send multiple web requests with a maximum of 2048 bytes each, with the result of the executed command stored in cookies. It will encrypt this data the same way as the received commands, using a random 8-byte IV and the 24-character key 0-23.

These are the encryption and decryption functions:
Finally, the Worker object (see Line 372 of MainFunction) handles executing the commands. There are a total of 6 commands that Worker can execute.

This appears to be the mechanism used for delivering the Nyetya malware.  The command line arguments perfectly match what was observed in endpoint telemetry when M.E.Doc machines executed the initial sample.
Detail of Commands

What Now?

First we need to put together everything we know.  In the past Talos has observed an actor specifically targeting Ukrainian institutions attempt to use the BlackEnergy wiper malware and, when that attempt was blocked, fall back to using a ransomware variant as an acceptable replacement for a wiper.  We’ve also already documented in our previous blog that “Given the circumstances of this attack, Talos assesses with high confidence that the intent of the actor behind Nyetya was destructive in nature and not economically motivated.”  Finally, now that we can confirm that M.E.Doc was the installation vector, we can assess that the targets for this attack were Ukraine and those organizations that chose to conduct business with Ukraine.

Our Threat Intelligence and Interdiction team is concerned that the actor in question burned a significant capability in this attack.  They have now compromised both their backdoor in the M.E.Doc software and their ability to manipulate the server configuration in the update server.

In short, the actor has given up the ability to deliver arbitrary code to the 80% of UA businesses that use M.E.Doc as their accounting software, along with any multinational corporations that leveraged the software.  This is a significant loss in operational capability, and the Threat Intelligence and Interdiction team assesses with moderate confidence that it is unlikely that they would have expended this capability without confidence that they now have or can easily obtain similar capability in target networks of highest priority to the threat actor.

Based on this, Talos is advising that any organization with ties to Ukraine treat software like M.E.Doc and systems in Ukraine with extra caution since they have been shown to be targeted by advanced threat actors.  This includes providing them a separate network architecture, increased monitoring and hunting activities in those at-risk systems and networks and allowing only the level of access absolutely necessary to conduct business.  Patching and upgrades should be prioritized on these systems and customers should move to transition these systems to Windows 10, following the guidance from Microsoft on securing those systems.  Additional guidance for network security baselining is available from Cisco as well.  Network IPS should be deployed on connections between international organizations and their Ukrainian branches and endpoint protection should be installed immediately on all Ukrainian systems.

Talos places this attack in the supply-chain category.  Rather than targeting organizations directly, an actor compromises trusted hardware and software vendors to deliver compromised assets to a high-priority environment.  We believe that these types of malicious capabilities are highly desired by sophisticated actors.  All vendors, regardless of size or geographic region, must be increasingly vigilant.  Find out more about how Cisco assures the integrity of their products here

For further coverage of the Nyetya incident, please refer to our previous blog post.

Indicators of Compromise

SHA256

M.E.Doc ZvitPublishedObjects.dll files with backdoor:

  • f9d6fe8bd8aca6528dec7eaa9f1aafbecde15fd61668182f2ba8a7fc2b9a6740
  • d462966166450416d6addd3bfdf48590f8440dd80fc571a389023b7c860ca3ac
  • 2fd2863d711a1f18eeee5c7c82f2349c5d4e00465de9789da837fcdca4d00277

Nyetya Malware:

  • 027cc450ef5f8c5f653329641ec1fed91f694e0d229928963b30f6b0d7d3a745
  • 02ef73bd2458627ed7b397ec26ee2de2e92c71a0e7588f78734761d8edbdcd9f
  • eae9771e2eeb7ea3c6059485da39e77b8c0c369232f01334954fbac1c186c998

Malicious IP Addresses:

  • 176.31.182[.]167
  • 159.148.186[.]214

AMP Coverage

  • W32.Ransomware.Nyetya.Talos
  • W32.F9D6FE8BD8.Backdoor.Ransomware.Nyetya.Talos
  • W32.D462966166.Backdoor.Ransomware.Nyetya.Talos
  • W32.2FD2863D71.Backdoor.Ransomware.Nyetya.Talos
  • W32.02EF73BD24-95.SBX.TG
  • W32.GenericKD:Petya.20h1.1201

          No-nonsense Azure Monitoring in 20 Minutes (maybe 21) using ECK stack        
Azure platform has been there for 6 years now and going from strength to strength. With the release of many different services and options (and sometimes too many services), it is now difficult to think of a technology tool or paradigm which is not “there” - albeit perhaps not exactly in the shape that you had wished for. Having said that, monitoring - even to the admission of some of the product teams - has not been the strongest of the features in Azure. Sadly, when building cloud systems, monitoring/telemetry is not a feature: it is a must.

I do not want to rant for hours why and how a product that is mainly built for external customers is different from the internal one which on its strength and success gets packaged up and released (as is the case with AWS) but a consistent and working telemetry option in Azure is pretty much missing - there are bits and pieces here and there but not a consolidated story. I am informed that even internal teams within Microsoft had to build their own monitoring solutions (something similar to what I am about to describe further down). And as the last piece of rant, let me tell you, whoever designed this chart with this puny level of data resolution must be punished with the most severe penalty ever known to man: actually using it - to investigate a production issue.

A 7-day chart, with 14 data points. Whoever designed this UI should be punished with the most severe penalty known to man ... actually using it - to investigate a production issue.

What are you on about?

Well if you have used Azure to deliver any serious solution and then tried to do any sort of support, investigation and root cause analysis, without using one of the paid telemetry solutions (and even with using them), painfully browsing through gigs of data in Table Storage, you would know the pain. Yeah, that's what I am talking about! I know you have been there, me too.

And here, I am presenting a solution to the telemetry problem that can give you these kinds of sexy charts, very quickly, on top of your existing Azure WAD tables (and other data sources) - tried, tested and working, requiring some setup and very little maintenance.


If you are already familiar with ELK (Elasticsearch, LogStash and Kibana) stack, you might be saying you already got that. True. But while LogStash is great and has many groks, it has been very much designed with the Linux mindset: just a daemon running locally on your box/VM, reading your syslog and delivering them over to Elasticsearch. The way Azure works is totally different: the local monitoring agent running on the VM keeps shovelling your data to durable and highly available storages (Table or Blob) - which I quite like. With VMs being essentially ephemeral, it makes a lot master your logging outside boxes and to read the data from those storages. Now, that is all well and good but when you have many instances of the same role (say you have scaled to 10 nodes) writing to the same storage, the data is usually much bigger than what a single process can handle and shoveling needs to be scaled requiring a centralised scheduling.

The gist of it, I am offering ECK (Elasticsearch, ConveyorBelt and Kibana), an alternative to LogStash that is Azure friendly (typically runs in Worker Role), out-of-the-box can tap into your existing WAD logs (as well as custom ones) and with a push of a button can be horizontally scaled to N, to handle the load for all your projects - and for your enterprise if you work for one. And it is open source, and can be extended to shovel data from any other sources.

At core, ConveyorBelt employs a clustering mechanism that can break down the work into chunks (scheduling), keep a pointer to the last scheduled point, pushing data to Elasticsearch in parallel and in batches and gracefully retry the work if fails. It is headless, so any node can fail, be shut down, restarted, added or removed - without affecting integrity of the cluster. All of this, without waking you up at night, and basically after a few days, making you forget it ever existed. In the enterprise I work for, we use just 3 medium instances to power analytics from 70 different production Storage Tables (and blobs).

Basic Concepts

Before you set up your own ConveyorBelt CB, it is better to know a few concepts and facts.

First of all, there is a one-to-one mapping between an Elasticsearch cluster and a ConveyorBelt cluster. ConveyorBelt has a list of DiagnosticSources, typically stored in an Azure Table Storage, which contains all data (and state) pertaining to a source. A source typically is a Table Storage, or a blob folder containing diagnostic data (or other) - but CB is extensible to accept other data stores such as SQL, file or even Elasticsearch itself (yes if you ever wanted to copy data from one ES to another). DiagnosticSource contains connection information for the CB to connect. CB continuously breaks down the work (schedules) for its DiagnosticSources and keeps updating the LastOffset.

Once the work is broken down to bite size chunks, they are picked up by actors (it internally uses BeeHive) and data within each chunk pushed up to your Elasticsearch cluster. There is usually a delay between data captured (something that you typically set in Azure configuration: how often copy data), so you set a Grace Period after which if the data isn't there, it is assumed there won’t be. Your Elasticsearch data will usually be behind realtime by the Grace Period. If you left everything as defaults, Azure copies data every minute which Grace Period of 3-5 minutes is safe. For IIS logs this is usually longer (I use 15-20 minutes).

The data that is pushed to the Elasticsearch requires:
  • An index name: by default the date in the yyyyMMdd format is used as the index name (but you can provide your own index)
  • The type name: default is PartitionKey + _ + RowKey (or the one you provide)
  • Elasticsearch mapping: Elasticsearch equivalent of a schema which defines how to store and index data for a source. These mappings are stored on a URL (a web folder or a public read-only Azure Blob folder) - schema for typical Azure data (WAD logs, WAD Perf data and IIS Logs) already available by default and you just need to copy them to your site or public Blob folder.

Set up your own monitoring suite

OK, now time to create our own ConveyorBelt cluster! Basically the CB cluster will shovel the data to a cluster of Elasticsearch. And you would need Kibana to visualise your data. Here I will explain how to set up Elasticsearch and Kibana in a Linux VM box. Further below I am explaining how to do this. But ...

if you are just testing the waters and want to try CB, you can create a Windows VM, download Elasticsearch and Kibana and run their batch files and then move to setting up CB. But after you have seen it working, come back to the instructions and set it up in a Linux box, its natural habitat.

So setting this up in Windows is just to download the files from the links below, unzip and then running the batch files elasticsearch.bat and kibana.bat. Make sure you expose the ports 5601 and 9200 from your VM, by creating endpoints.

https://download.elastic.co/kibana/kibana/kibana-4.1.1-windows.zip
https://download.elastic.co/elasticsearch/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-1.7.1.zip

Set up ConveyorBelt

As discussed above, ConveyorBelt is typically deployed as an Azure Cloud Service. In order to do that, you need to clone Github repo, build and then deploy it with your own credentials and settings - and all of this should be pretty easy. Once deployed, you would need to define various diagnostic source and point them to your ElasticSearch and then just relax and let CB do its work. So we will look at the steps now.

Clone and build ConveyorBelt repo

You can use command line:
git clone https://github.com/aliostad/ConveyorBelt.git
Or use your tool of choice to clone the repo. Then open administrative PowerShell window, move to the build folder and execute .\build.ps1

Deploy mappings

Elasticsearch is able to guess the data types of your data and index them in a format that is usually suitable. However, this is not always true so we need to tell Elasticserach how to store each field and that is why CB needs to know this in advance.

To deploy mappings, create a Blob Storage container with the option "Public Container" - this allows the content to be publicly available in a read-only fashion. 

You would need the URL for the next step. It is in the format:
https://<storage account name>.blob.core.windows.net/<container name>/

Also use the tool of your choice and copy the mapping files in the mappings folder under ConveyorBelt directory.

Configure and deploy

Once you have built the solution, rename tokens.json.template file to tokens.json and edit tokens.json file (if you need some more info, find the instructions here). Then in the same PowerShell window, run the command below, replacing placeholders with your own values:
.\PublishCloudService.ps1 `
-serviceName <name your ConveyorBelt Azure service> `
-storageAccountName <name of the storage account needed for the deployment of the service> `
-subscriptionDataFile <your .publishsettings file> `
-selectedsubscription <name of subscription to use> `
-affinityGroupName <affinity group or Azure region to deploy to>
After running the commands, you should see the PowerShell deploying CB to the cloud with a single Medium instance. In the storage account you had defined, you should now find a new table, whose name you defined in the tokens.json file.

Configure your diagnostic sources

Configuring the diagnostic sources can wildly differ depending on the type of the source. But for standard tables such as WADLogsTable, WADPerformanceCountersTable and WADWindowsEventLogsTable (whose mapping file you just copied) it will be straightforward.

Now choose an Azure diagnostic Storage Account with some data, and in the diagnostic source table, create a new row and add the entries below:

  • PartitionKey: whatever you like - commonly <top level business domain>_<mid level business domain>
  • RowKey: whatever you like - commonly <env: live/test/integration>_<service name>_<log type: logs/wlogs/perf/iis/custom>
  • ConnectionString (string): connection string to the Storage Account containing WADLogsTable (or others)
  • GracePeriodMinutes (int): Depends on how often your logs gets copied to Azure table. If it is 10 minutes then 15 should be ok, if it is 1 minute then 3 is fine.
  • IsActive (bool): True
  • MappingName (string): WADLogsTable . ConveyorBelt would look for mapping in URL "X/Y.json" where X is the value you defined in your tokens.json for mappings path   and Y is the TableName (see below).
  • LastOffsetPoint (string): set to ISO Date (second and millisecond MUST BE ZERO!!) from which you want the data to be copied e.g. 2015-02-15T19:34:00.0000000+00:00
  • LastScheduled (datetime): set it to a date in the past, same as the LastOffset point. Why do we have both? Well each does something different so we need both. 
  • MaxItemsInAScheduleRun (int): 100000 is fine
  • SchedulerType (string): ConveyorBelt.Tooling.Scheduling.MinuteTableShardScheduler
  • SchedulingFrequencyMinutes (int): 1
  • TableName (string): WADLogsTable, WADPerformanceCountersTable or WADWindowsEventLogsTable
And save. OK, now CB will start shovelling your data to your Elasticsearch and you should start seeing some data. If you do not, look at the entries you have created in the Table Storage and you will find an Error column which tells you what went wrong. Also to investigate further, just RDP to one of your ConveyorBelt VMs and run DebugView while having "Capture Global Win32" enabled - you should see some activity similar to below picture. Any exceptions will also show in there.


OK, that is it... you are done! ... well barely 20 minutes, wasn't it? :)


Now in case you are interested in setting up ES+Kibana in Linux, here is your little guide.

Set up your Elasticsearch in Linux

You can run Elasticsearch on Windows or Linux - I prefer the latter. To set up an Ubuntu box on Azure, you can follow instructions here. Ideally you need to add a Disk Volume as the VM disks are ephemeral - all you need to know is outlined here. Make sure you follow instructions to re-mount the drive after reboots. Another alternative, especially for your dev and test environments, is to go with D series machines (SSD hard disks) and use the ephemeral disks - they are fast and basically if you lose the data, you can always set ConveyorBelt to re-add the data, and it does it quickly. As I said before, never use Elasticsearch to master your logging data so you can recover losing it.

Almost all of the commands and settings below, needs to be run in an SSH session. If you are a geek with a lot of linux experience, you might find some of details below obvious and unnecessary - in which case just move on.

SSH is your best friend

Anyway, back to setting up ES - after you got your VM box provisioned, SSH to the box and install Oracle JDK:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer
And then install Elasticsearch:
wget https://download.elastic.co/elasticsearch/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-1.7.1.deb
sudo dpkg -i elasticsearch-1.7.1.deb
Now you have installed ES v 1.7.1. To set Elasticsearch to start at reboots (equivalent of Windows services) run these commands in SSH:
sudo update-rc.d elasticsearch defaults 95 10
sudo /etc/init.d/elasticsearch start
Now ideally you would want to move the data and logs to the durable drive you have mounted, just edit the Elasticsearch config in vim and change:
sudo vim /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml
and then (note uncommented lines):
path.data: /mounted/elasticsearch/data
# Path to temporary files:
#
#path.work: /path/to/work

# Path to log files:
#
path.logs: /mounted/elasticsearch/data
Now you are ready to restart Elasticsearch:
sudo service elasticsearch restart
Note: Elasticsearch is Memory, CPU and IO hungry. SSD drives really help but if you do not have them (class D VMs), make sure provide plenty of RAM and enough CPU. Searches are CPU heavy so it will depend on number of concurrent users using it.
If your machine has a lot of RAM, make sure you set ES memory settings as the default ones will be small. So update the file below and set the memory to 50-60% of the total memory size of the box:
sudo vim /etc/default/elasticsearch
And uncomment this line and set the memory size to half of your box’s memory (here 14GB, just an example!):
ES_HEAP_SIZE=14g
There are potentially other changes that you might wanna do. For example, based on number of your nodes, you wanna set the index.number_of_replicas in your elasticsearch.yml - if you have a single node set it to 0. Also turning off the multicast/Zen discovery since will not work in Azure. But these are things you can start learning about when you are completely hooked on the power of information provided by the solution. Believe me, more addicting than narcotics!

Set up the Kibana in Linux

Up until version 4, Kibana was simply a set of static HTML+CSS+JS files that would run locally on your browser by just opening root HTML in the browser. This model could not really be sustainable and with version 4, Kibana runs as a service on a box, most likely different to your ES nodes. But for PoC and small use cases it is absolutely fine to run it on the same box.
Installing Kibana is straightforward. You just need to download and unpack it:
wget https://download.elastic.co/kibana/kibana/kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64.tar.gz
tar xvf
kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64.tar.gz
So now Kibana will be downloaded to your home directory and be unpacked to kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64 folder. If you want to see where that folder is you can run pwd to get the folder name.
Now to run it you just run the command below to start kibana:
cd bin
./kibana
That will do for testing if it works but you need to configure it to start at the boot. We can use upstart for this. Just create a file in /etc/init folder:
sudo vim /etc/init/kibana.conf
and copy the below (path could be different) and save:
description "Kibana startup"
author "Ali"
start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]
exec /home/azureuser/kibana-4.1.1-linux-x64/bin/kibana
Now run this command to make sure there is no syntax error:
init-checkconf /etc/init/kibana.conf
If good then start the service:
sudo start kibana
If you have installed Kibana on the same box as the Elasticsearch and left all ports as the same, now you should be able to go to browser and browse to the server on port 5601 (make sure you expose this port on your VM by configuring endpoints) and you should see the Kibana screen (obviously no data).




          PerfIt! decoupled from Web API: measure down to a closure in your .NET application        
Level [T2]

Performance monitoring is an essential part of doing any serious-scale software. Unfortunately in .NET ecosystem, historically first looking for direction and tooling from Microsoft, there has been a real lack of good tooling - for some reason or another effective monitoring has not been a priority for Microsoft although this could be changing now. Healthy growth of .NET Open Source community in the last few years brought a few innovations in this space (Glimpse being one) but they focused on solving development problems rather than application telemetry.

2 years ago, while trying to build and deploy large scale APIs, I was unable to find anything suitable to save me having to write a lot of boilerplate code to add performance counters to my applications so I coded a working prototype of performance counters for ASP .NET Web API and open sourced and shared it on Github, calling it PerfIt! for the lack of a better name. Over the last few years PerfIt! has been deployed to production in a good number of companies running .NET. I added the client support too to measure calls made by HttpClient and it was a handy addition.
From Flickr

This is all not bad but in reality, REST API calls do not cover all your outgoing or incoming server communications (which you naturally would like to measure): you need to communicate to databases (relational or NoSQL), caches (e.g. Redis), Blob Storages, and many other. On top of that, there could be some other parts of your code that you would like to measure such as CPU intensive algorithms, reading or writing large local files, running Machine Learning classifiers, etc. Of course, PerfIt! in this current incarnation cannot help with any of those cases.

It turned out with a little change and separating performance monitoring from Web API semantic (which is changing with vNext again) this can be done. Actually, not getting much credit for it, it was mainly ideas from two of my best colleagues which I am grateful for their contribution: Andres Del Rio and JaiGanesh Sundaravel.

New PerfIt! features (and limitations)

So currently at version alpha2, you can get the new PerfIt! by using nuget (when it works):
PM> install-package PerfIt -pre
Here are the extra features that you get from the new PerfIt!.

Measure metrics for a closure


So at the lowest level of an aspect abstraction, you might be interested in measuring metrics for a closure, for example:
Action action = Thread.Sleep(1000);
action(); // measure
Or in case of an async operation:
foo result = null;
Func<Task> asyncCall = async () => result = await _command.ExecuteScalar();

// and then
await asyncCall();
This closure could be wrapped in a method of course, but there again, having a unified closure interface is essential in building a common tool: each method can have different inputs of outputs while all can be presented in a closure having the same interface.

Thames Barriers Closure - Flickr. Sorry couldn't find a more related picture, but enjoy all the same
So in order to measure metrics for the action closure, all we need to do is:
var ins = new SimpleInstrumentor(new InstrumentationInfo() 
{
Counters = CounterTypes.StandardCounters,
Description = "test",
InstanceName = "Test instance"
},
TestCategory);

ins.Instrument(() => Thread.Sleep(100));

A few things here:
  • SimpleInstrumentor is responsible for providing a hook to instrument your closures. 
  • InstrumentationInfo contains the metadata for publishing the performance counters. You provide the name of the counters to raise to it (provided if they are not standard, you have already defined )
  • You will be more likely to create a single instrumentor instance for each aspect of your code that you would like to instrument.
  • This example assumes the counters and their category are installed. PerfitRuntime class provides mechanism to register your counters on the box - which is covered in previous posts.
  • Instrument method has an option to pass the context as a string parameter. This context can be used to correlate metrics with application context in ETW events (see below).

Doing an async operation is not that different:
ins.InstrumentAsync(async () => await Task.Delay(100));

//or even simpler:
ins.InstrumentAsync(() => Task.Delay(100))

SimpleInstrumentor is the building block for higher level abstractions of instrumentation. For example, PerfitClientDelegatingHandler now uses SimpleInstrumentor behind the scene.

Raise ETW events, effortlessly


Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) is a low overhead framework for logging, instrumentation, tracing and monitoring that has been in Windows since version 2000. Version 4.5 of the .NET Framework exposes this feature in the class EventSource. Probably suffice to say, if you are not using ETW you are doing it wrong.

One problem with Performance Counters is that they use sampling, rather than events. This is all well and good but lacks the resolution you sometimes need to find problems. For example, if 1% of calls take > 2 seconds, you need on average 100 samples and if you are unlucky a lot more to see the spike.

Another problem is lack of context with the measurements. When you see such a high response, there is really no way to find out what was the context (e.g. customerId) for which it took wrong. This makes finding performance bottlenecks more difficult.

So SimpleInstrumentor, in addition to doing counters for you, raises InstrumentationEventSource ETW events. Of course, you can turn it off or just leave it as it has almost no impact. But so much better, is that use a sink (Table Storage, ElasticSearch, etc) and persist these events to a store and then analyse using something like ElasticSearch and Kibana - as we do it in ASOS. Here is a console log sink, subscribed to these events:
var listener = ConsoleLog.CreateListener();
listener.EnableEvents(InstrumentationEventSource.Instance, EventLevel.LogAlways,
Keywords.All);
And you would see:


Obviously this might not look very impressive but when you take into account that you have the timeTakenMilli (here 102ms) and have the option to pass instrumentationContext string (here "test..."), you could correlate performance with the context of in your application.

PerfIt for Web API is all there just in a different nuget package


If you have been using previous versions of PerfIt, do not panic! We are not going to move the cheese, so the client and server delegating handlers are all there only in a different package, so you just need to install Perfit.WebApi package:
PM> install-package PerfIt.WebApi -pre
The rest is just the same.

Only .NET 4.5 or higher


After spending a lot of time writing async code in CacheCow which was .NET 4.0, I do not think anyone should be subjected to such torture, so my apologies to those using .NET 4.0 but I had to move PerfIt! to .NET 4.5. Sorry .NET 4.0 users.

PerfIt for MVC, Windsor Castle interceptors and more

Yeah, there is more coming. PerfIt for MVC has been long asked by the community and castle interceptors can simply remove all cross cutting concern codes out of your core business code. Stay tuned and please provide feedback before going fully to v1!
          AWS re:Invent 2014 Video & Slide Presentation Links with Easy Index        
As with last year, here is my quick index of all re:Invent sessions.  Please wait for a few days and I'll keep running the tool to fill in the index.  It usually takes Amazon a few weeks to fully upload all the videos and slideshares.

See below for how I created the index (with code):


ADV403 - Dynamic Ad Performance Reporting with Amazon Redshift: Data Science and Complex Queries at Massive Scale
by Vidhya Srinivasan - Senior Manager, Software Development with Amazon Web ServicesTimon Karnezos - Director, Infrastructure with NeuStar
Delivering deep insight on advertising metrics and providing customers easy data access becomes a challenge as scale increases. In this session, Neustar, a global provider of real-time analytics, shows how they use Redshift to help advertisers and agencies reach the highest-performing customers using data science at scale. Neustar dives into the queries they use to determine how best to target ads based on their real reach, how much to pay for ads using multi-touch attribution, and how frequently to show ads. Finally, Neustar discusses how they operate a fleet of Redshift clusters to run workloads in parallel and generate daily reports on billions of events within hours. Session includes how Neustar provides daily feeds of event-level data to their customers for ad-hoc data science.
ADV402 - Beating the Speed of Light with Your Infrastructure in AWS
by Siva Raghupathy - Principal Solutions Architect with Amazon Web ServicesValentino Volonghi - CTO with AdRoll
With Amazon Web Services it's possible to serve the needs of modern high performance advertising without breaking the bank. This session covers how AdRoll processes more than 60 billion requests per day in less than 100 milliseconds each using Amazon DynamoDB, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing. This process generates more than 2 GB of data every single second, which will be processed and turned into useful models over the following hour. We discuss designing systems that can answer billions of latency-sensitive global requests every day and look into some tricks to pare down the costs.
ADV303 - MediaMath's Data Revolution with Amazon Kinesis and Amazon EMR
by Aditya Krishnan - Sr. Product Manager with Amazon Web ServicesEdward Fagin - VP, Engineering with MediaMathIan Hummel - Sr. Director, Data Platform with MediaMath
Collecting and processing terabytes of data per day is a challenge for any technology company. As marketers and brands become more sophisticated consumers of data, enabling granular levels of access to targeted subsets of data from outside your firewalls presents new challenges. This session discusses how to build scalable, complex, and cost-effective data processing pipelines using Amazon Kinesis, Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, Amazon EMR, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). Learn how MediaMath revolutionized their data delivery platform with the help of these services to empower product teams, partners, and clients. As a result, a number of innovative products and services are delivered on top of terabytes of online user behavior. MediaMath covers their journey from legacy batch processing and vendor lock-in to a new world where the raw materials to build advanced lookalike models, optimization algorithms, or marketing attribution models are readily available to any engineering team in real time, substantially reducing the time - and cost - of innovation.
AFF302 - Responsive Game Design: Bringing Desktop and Mobile Games to the Living Room
by Jesse Freeman - Developer Evangelist, HTML5 &Games with Amazon Web Services
In this session, we cover what's needed to bring your Android app or game to Fire TV. We walk you through controller support for a game scenario (buttons and analog sticks), controller support for UI (selection, moving between menu items, invoking the keyboard), and how to account for the form factor (overscan, landscape, device and controller detection). By the end of this session, you'll be able to understand what you need to do if you want to build or modify your own app to work on a TV.
AFF301 - Fire Phone: The Dynamic Perspective API, Under the Hood
by Bilgem Cakir - Senior Software Development Engineer with Amazon Web ServicesPeter Heinrich - Developer Evangelist with Amazon Web Services
Fire phone's Dynamic Perspective adds a whole new dimension to UI and customer interaction, combining dedicated hardware and advanced algorithms to enable real-time head-tracking and 3D effects. This session goes behind the scenes with the Dynamic Perspective team, diving into the unique technical challenges they faced during development. Afterward, we explore the Dynamic Perspective SDK together so you leave the session knowing how to add innovative features like Peek, Tilt, 3D controls, and Parallax to your own apps.
AFF202 - Everything You Need to Know about Building Apps for the Fire Phone
by David Isbitski - Developer Evangelist, Amazon Mobile Apps &Games with Amazon Web Services
Fire is the first phone designed by Amazon. We show you the new customer experiences it enables and how top developers have updated their Android apps to take advantage of Fire phone. Learn more about the hardware, the services, and the development SDK including Enhanced Carousel, Firefly and Dynamic Perspective, Appstore Developer Select, submitting to the Amazon Appstore, and Best Practices for developing great Fire apps.
AFF201 - What the Top 50 Games Do with In-App Purchasing That the Rest of Us Don't
by Mike Hines - Developer Evangelist with Amazon Web ServicesSalim Mitha - EVP Product, Marketing &Monetization with Playtika - Caesars Interactive
Not sure when (or if) to run a sale? Not sure what IAP items to offer? In this session, Playtika EVP Salim Mitha and Amazon show you what works. We share best practices and analytics data that we've aggregated from the top 50 in-app purchase (IAP) grossing games in the Amazon Appstore.  We cover user retention and engagement data comparisons and examine several purchasing UI layouts to learn how to manage and present IAP item selection. We also cover how to manage IAP price points and how and when to tailor price variety, sales, and offers for customers. You get actionable data and suggestions that you can use on your current as well as future projects to help maximize IAP revenue.Â
APP402 - Serving Billions of Web Requests Each Day with Elastic Beanstalk
by Mik Quinlan - Director, Engineering, Mobile Advertising with ThinkNearJohn Hinnegan - VP of Software Engineering with Thinknear
AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides a number of simple and flexible interfaces for developing and deploying your applications. Follow Thinknear's rapid growth from inception to acquisition, scaling from a few dozen requests per hour to billions of requests served each day with AWS Elastic Beanstalk.  Thinknear engineers demonstrate how they extended the AWS Elastic Beanstalk platform to scale to billions of requests while meeting response times below 100 ms, discuss tradeoffs they made in the process, and what did and did not work for their mobile ad bidding business.
APP315-JT - Coca-Cola: Migrating to AWS - Japanese Track
by Michael Connor - Senior Platform Architect with Coca-Cola
This session details Coca-Cola's effort to migrate hundreds of applications from on-premises to AWS. The focus is on migration best practices, security considerations, helpful tools, automation, and business processes used to complete the effort. Key AWS technologies highlighted will be AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon VPC, AWS CloudFormation, and the AWS APIs. This session includes demos and code samples. Participants should walk away with a clear understanding of how AWS Elastic Beanstalk compares to "platform as a service," and why it was chosen to meet strict standards for security and business intelligence. This is a repeat session that will be translated simultaneously into Japanese.
APP315 - Coca-Cola: Migrating to AWS
by Michael Connor - Senior Platform Architect with Coca-Cola
This session details Coca-Cola's effort to migrate hundreds of applications from on-premises to AWS. The focus is on migration best practices, security considerations, helpful tools, automation, and business processes used to complete the effort. Key AWS technologies highlighted will be AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon VPC, AWS CloudFormation, and the AWS APIs. This session includes demos and code samples. Participants should walk away with a clear understanding of how AWS Elastic Beanstalk compares to "platform as a service," and why it was chosen to meet strict standards for security and business intelligence.
APP313 - NEW LAUNCH: Amazon EC2 Container Service in Action
by Daniel Gerdesmeier - Software Development Engineer, EC2 with Amazon Web ServicesDeepak Singh - Principal Product Manager with Amazon Web Services
Container technology, particularly Docker, is all the rage these days. Â At AWS, our customers have been running Linux containers at scale for several years, and we are increasingly seeing customers adopt Docker, especially as they build loosely coupled distributed applications. Â However, to do so they have to run their own cluster management solutions, deal with configuration management, and manage their containers and associated metadata. Â We believe that those capabilities should be a core building block technology, just like EC2. Today, we are announcing the preview of Amazon EC2 Container Service, a new AWS service that makes is easy to run and manage Docker-enabled distributed applications using powerful APIs that allow you to launch and stop containers, get complete cluster state information, and manage linked containers. Â In this session we will discuss why we built the EC2 Container Service, some of the core concepts, and walk you through how you can use the service for your applications.
APP311 - Lessons Learned From Over a Decade of Deployments at Amazon
by Andy Troutman - Senior Manager, Software Development with Amazon Web Services
Amazon made the transition to a service-oriented architecture over a decade ago. That move drove major changes to the way we release updates to our applications and services. We learned many lessons over those years, and we used that experience to refine our internal tools as well as the services that we make available to our customers. In this session, we share that learning with you, and demonstrate how to optimize for agility and reliability in your own deployment process.
APP310 - Scheduling Using Apache Mesos in the Cloud
by Sharma Podila - Senior Software Engineer with Netflix
How can you reliably schedule tasks in an unreliable, autoscaling cloud environment? This presentation talks about the design of our Fenzo scheduler, built on Apache Mesos, that serves as the core of our stream-processing platform, Mantis, designed for real-time insights. We focus on the following aspects of the scheduler:  - Resource granularity  - Fault tolerance  - Bin packing, task affinity, stream locality  - Autoscaling of the cluster and of individual service jobs  - Constraints (hard and soft) for individual tasks such as zone balancing, unique, and exclusive instances This talk also includes detailed information on a holistic approach to scheduling in a distributed, autoscaling environment to achieve both speed and advanced scheduling optimizations.
APP309 - Running and Monitoring Docker Containers at Scale
by Alexis Lê-Quôc - CTO with Datadog
If you have tried Docker but are unsure about how to run it at scale, you will benefit from this session. Like virtualization before, containerization (À la Docker) is increasing the elastic nature of cloud infrastructure by an order of magnitude. But maybe you still have questions: How many containers can you run on a given Amazon EC2 instance type? Which metric should you look at to measure contention? How do you manage fleets of containers at scale? Datadog is a monitoring service for IT, operations, and development teams who write and run applications at scale. In this session, the cofounder of Datadog presents the challenges and benefits of running containers at scale and how to use quantitative performance patterns to monitor your infrastructure at this magnitude and complexity. Sponsored by Datadog.
APP308 - Chef on AWS: Deep Dive
by Michael Ducy - Global Partner Evangelist with ChefJOHN KEISER - DEVELOPER LEAD with Chef
When your infrastructure scales, you need to have the tooling and knowledge to support that scale. Chef is one of the commonly used tools for deploying and managing all kinds of infrastructure at any scale. In this session, we focus on how you can get your existing infrastructure robustly represented in Chef. We dive deep on all the specifics that make deploying with Chef on AWS easy: authentication management, versioning, recipe testing, and leveraging AWS resources in your recipes. Whether you're building new infrastructure with no existing operations management software or deploying existing Chef recipes into AWS, this session will outline all the tips and tricks you need to be a master Chef in the cloud.
APP307 - Leverage the Cloud with a Blue/Green Deployment Architecture
by Sean Berry - Principal Engineer with CrowdStrikeJim Plush - Sr Director of Engineering with CrowdStrike
Minimizing customer impact is a key feature in successfully rolling out frequent code updates. Learn how to leverage the AWS cloud so you can minimize bug impacts, test your services in isolation with canary data, and easily roll back changes. Learn to love deployments, not fear them, with a blue/green architecture model. This talk walks you through the reasons it works for us and how we set up our AWS infrastructure, including package repositories, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, Auto Scaling groups, internal tools, and more to help orchestrate the process. Learn to view thousands of servers as resources at your command to help improve your engineering environment, take bigger risks, and not spend weekends firefighting bad deployments.
APP306 - Using AWS CloudFormation for Deployment and Management at Scale
by Tom Cartwright - Exec. Product Manager with BBCYavor Atanasov - Senior Software Engineer with BBC
With AWS CloudFormation you can model, provision, and update the full breadth of AWS resources. You can manage anything from a single Amazon EC2 instance to a multi-tier application. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) uses AWS and CloudFormation to help deliver a range of services, including BBC iPlayer. Learn straight from the BBC team on how they developed these services with a multitude of AWS features and how they operate at scale. Get insight into the tooling and best practices developed by the BBC team and how they used CloudFormation to form an end-to-end deployment and management pipeline. If you are new to AWS CloudFormation, get up to speed for this session by completing the Working with CloudFormation lab in the self-paced Labs Lounge.
APP304 - AWS CloudFormation Best Practices
by Chris Whitaker - Senior Manager of Software Development with Amazon Web ServicesChetan Dandekar - Senior Product Manager with Amazon Web Services
With AWS CloudFormation you can model, provision, and update the full breadth of AWS resources. You can manage anything from a single Amazon EC2 instance to a multi-tier application. If you are familiar with AWS CloudFormation or using it already, this session is for you. If you are familiar with AWS CloudFormation, you may have questions such as ‘How do I plan my stacks?', ‘How do I deploy & bootstrap software on my stacks?' and ‘Where does AWS CloudFormation fit in a DevOps pipeline?' If you are using AWS CloudFormation already, you may have questions such as ‘How do I manage my templates at scale?', ‘How do I safely update stacks?', and ‘How do I audit changes to my stack?' This session is intended to answer those questions. If you are new to AWS CloudFormation, get up to speed for this session by completing the Working with CloudFormation lab in the self-paced Labs Lounge.
APP303 - Lightning Fast Deploys with Docker Containers and AWS
by Nathan LeClaire - Solutions Engineer with Docker
Docker is an open platform for developers to build, ship, and run distributed applications in Linux containers. In this session, Nathan LeClaire, a Solutions Engineer at Docker Inc., will be demonstrating workflows that can dramatically accelerate the development and deployment of distributed applications with Docker containers. Through in-depth demos, this session will show how to achieve painless deployments that are both readily scalable and highly available by combining AWS's strengths as an infrastructure platform with those of Docker's as a platform that transforms the software development lifecycle.
APP301 - AWS OpsWorks Under the Hood
by Reza Spagnolo - Software Development Engineer with Amazon Web ServicesJonathan Weiss - Senior Software Development Manager with Amazon Web Services
AWS OpsWorks helps you deploy and operate applications of all shapes and sizes. With AWS OpsWorks, you can model your application stack with layers that define the building blocks of your application: load balancers, application servers, databases, etc. But did you know that you can also extend AWS OpsWorks layers or build your own custom layers? Whether you need to perform a specific task or install a new software package, AWS OpsWorks gives you the tools to install and configure your instances consistently and help them evolve in an automated and predictable fashion. In this session, we dive into the development process including how to use attributes, recipes, and lifecycle events; show how to develop your environment locally; and provide troubleshooting steps that reduce your development time.
APP204 - NEW LAUNCH: Introduction to AWS Service Catalog
by Ashutosh Tiwary - General Manager, Cloud Formation with Amazon Web ServicesAbhishek Lal - Senior Product Manager @ AWS with Amazon Web Services
Running an IT department in a large organization is not easy. To provide your internal users with access to the latest and greatest technology so that they can be as efficient and as productive as possible needs to be balanced with the need to set and maintain corporate standards, collect and disseminate best practices, and provide some oversight to avoid runaway spending and technology sprawl. Introducing AWS Service Catalog, a service that allows end users in your organization to easily find and launch products using a personalized portal. You can manage catalogs of standardized offerings and control which users have access to which products, enabling compliance with business policies. Your organization can benefit from increased agility and reduced costs. Attend this session to be one of the first to learn about this new service.Â
APP203 - How Sumo Logic and Anki Build Highly Resilient Services on AWS to Manage Massive Usage Spikes
by Ben Whaley - Director of Infrastructure with AnkiChristian Beedgen - CTO with Sumo Logic
In just two years, Sumo Logic's multitenant log analytics service has scaled to query over 10 trillion more logs each day. Christian, Sumo Logic's cofounder and CTO shares the three most important lessons he has learned in building such a massive service on AWS. Ben Whaley is an AWS Community Hero who works for Anki as an AWS cloud architect. Ben uses hundreds of millions of logs to troubleshoot and improve Anki Drive, the coolest battle robot racing game on the planet. This is an ideal session for cloud architects constantly looking to improve scalability and application performance on AWS. Sponsored by Sumo Logic.
APP202 - Deploy, Manage, and Scale Your Apps with AWS OpsWorks and AWS Elastic Beanstalk
by Abhishek Singh - Senior Product Manager, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Web Services with Amazon Web ServicesChris Barclay - Senior Product Manager with Amazon Web Services
AWS offers a number of services that help you easily deploy and run applications in the cloud. Come to this session to learn how to choose among these options. Through interactive demonstrations, this session shows you how to get an application running using AWS OpsWorks and AWS Elastic Beanstalk application management services. You also learn how to use AWS CloudFormation templates to document, version control, and share your application configuration. This session covers application updates, customization, and working with resources such as load balancers and databases.
APP201 - Going Zero to Sixty with AWS Elastic Beanstalk
by Abhishek Singh - Senior Product Manager, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Web Services with Amazon Web Services
AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides an easy way for you to quickly deploy, manage, and scale applications in the AWS cloud. This session shows you how to deploy your code to AWS Elastic Beanstalk, easily enable or disable application functionality, and perform zero-downtime deployments through interactive demos and code samples for both Windows and Linux. Are you new to AWS Elastic Beanstalk? Get up to speed for this session by first completing the 60-minute Fundamentals of AWS Elastic Beanstalk lab in the self-paced Lab Lounge.
ARC403 - From One to Many: Evolving VPC Design
by Yinal Ozkan - Principal Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services
As more customers adopt Amazon VPC architectures, the features and flexibility of the service are squaring off against increasingly complex design requirements. This session follows the evolution of a single regional VPC into a multi-VPC, multiregion design with diverse connectivity into on-premises systems and infrastructure. Along the way, we investigate creative customer solutions for scaling and securing outbound VPC traffic, managing multitenant VPCs, conducting VPC-to-VPC traffic, running multiple hybrid environments over AWS Direct Connect, and integrating corporate multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) clouds into multiregion VPCs..
ARC402 - Deployment Automation: From Developers' Keyboards to End Users' Screens
by Chris Munns - Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services
Some of the best businesses today are deploying their code dozens of times a day. How? By making heavy use of automation, smart tools, and repeatable patterns to get process out of the way and keep the workflow moving. Come to this session to learn how you can do this too, using services such as AWS OpsWorks, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon Simple Workflow Service, and other tools. We'll discuss a number of different deployment patterns, and what aspects you need to focus on when working toward deployment automation yourself.
ARC401 - Black-Belt Networking for the Cloud Ninja
by Steve Morad - Principal Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services
Do you need to get beyond the basics of VPC and networking in the cloud? Do terms like virtual addresses, integrated networks and network monitoring get you motivated? Come discuss black-belt networking topics including floating IPs, overlapping network management, network automation, network monitoring, and more. This expert-level networking discussion is ideally suited for network administrators, security architects, or cloud ninjas who are eager to take their AWS networking skills to the next level.
ARC318 - Continuous Delivery at a Rate of 500 Deployments a Day!
by Elias Torres - VP of Engineering with Driftt
Every development team would love to spend more time building products and less time shepherding software releases. What if you had the ability to repeatably push any version of your code and not have to worry about the optimal server allocation for your services? This talk will cover how HubSpot and a team of 100 engineers deploys 500 times a day with very minimal effort. Singularity, an open-source project which HubSpot built from scratch, works with Apache Mesos to manage a multipurpose cluster in AWS to support web services, cron jobs, map/reduce tasks, and one-off processes. This talk will discuss the HubSpot service architecture and cultural advantages and the costs and benefits of the continuous delivery approach.
ARC317 - Maintaining a Resilient Front Door at Massive Scale
by Daniel Jacobson - VP of Engineering, Edge and Playback with NetflixBenjamin Schmaus - Director, Edge Systems with Netflix
The Netflix service supports more than 50 million subscribers in over 40 countries around the world. These subscribers use more than 1,000 different device types to connect to Netflix, resulting in massive amounts of traffic to the service. In our distributed environment, the gateway service that receives this customer traffic needs to be able to scale in a variety of ways while simultaneously protecting our subscribers from failures elsewhere in the architecture. This talk will detail how the Netflix front door operates, leveraging systems like Hystrix, Zuul, and Scryer to maximize the AWS infrastructure and to create a great streaming experience.
ARC313 - So You Think You Can Architect?
by Constantin Gonzalez - Solutions Architect with Amazon Web ServicesJan Metzner - Solutions Architect with Amazon Web ServicesMichael Sandbichler - CTO with ProSiebenSat.1 Digital GmbH
TV talent shows with online and mobile voting options pose a huge challenge for architects: How do you handle millions of votes in a very short time, while keeping your system robust, secure, and scalable? Attend this session and learn from AWS customers who have solved the architectural challenges of setting up, testing, and operating mobile voting infrastructures. We will start with a typical, standard web application, then introduce advanced architectural patterns along the way that help you scale, secure, and simplify your mobile voting infrastructure and make it bulletproof for show time! We'll also touch on topics like testing and support during the big event.
ARC312 - Processing Money in the Cloud
by Sri Vasireddy - President with REAN CloudSoofi Safavi - CTO, SVP with Radian
Financial transactions need to be processed and stored securely and in real time. Together with a giant in the mortgage insurance industry, we have developed an elastic, secure, and compliant data processing framework on AWS that meets these processing requirements and drastically improves the time it takes to make a decision on a loan. This session will discuss what we've learned along the way, how we have overcome multiple security and compliance hurdles, and how other organizations in regulated industries can do the same. This session is targeted at business decision-makers and solutions architects working in regulated industries with high security and compliance requirements.
ARC311 - Extreme Availability for Mission-Critical Applications
by Eduardo Horai - Manager, Solutions Architecture with Amazon Web ServicesRaul Frias - Solutions Architect with Amazon Web ServicesAndre Fatala - CDO with Magazine Luiza
More and more businesses are deploying their mission-critical applications on AWS, and one of their concerns is how to improve the availability of their services, going beyond traditional availability concepts. In this session, you will learn how to architect different layers of your application-beginning with an extremely available front-end layer with Amazon EC2, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling, and going all the way to a protected multitiered information layer, including cross-region replicas for relational and NoSQL databases. The concepts that we will share, using services like Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Route 53, will provide a framework you can use to keep your application running even with multiple failures. Additionally, you will hear from Magazine Luiza, in an interactive session, on how they run a large e-commerce application with a multiregion architecture using a combination of features and services from AWS to achieve extreme availability.
ARC309 - Building and Scaling Amazon Cloud Drive to Millions of Users
by Ashish Mishra - Sr Software Dev Engineer with Amazon Web ServicesTarlochan Cheema - Software Development Manager, Amazon Cloud Drive with Amazon Web Services
Learn from the Amazon Cloud Drive team how Amazon Cloud Drive services are built on top of AWS core services using Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EC2, Amazon SQS, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon CloudSearch. This session will cover design and implementation aspects of large-scale data uploads, metadata storage and query, and consistent and fault-tolerant services on top of the AWS stack. The session will provide guidance and best practices about how and when to leverage and integrate AWS infrastructure and managed services for scalable solutions. This session will also cover how Cloud Drive services teams innovated to attain high throughputs.
ARC308 - Nike's Journey into Microservices
by Amber Milavec - Sr Technical Architect - Infrastructure with Nike, Inc.Jason Robey - Director of Database and Data Services with Nike, Inc.
Tightly coupled monolithic stacks can present challenges for companies looking to take full advantage of the cloud. In order to move to a 100 percent cloud-native architecture, the Nike team realized they would need to rewrite all of the Nike Digital sites (Commerce, Sport, and Brand) as microservices. This presentation will discuss this journey and the architecture decisions behind making this happen. Nike presenters will talk about adopting the Netflix operations support systems (OSS) stack for their deployment pipeline and application architecture, covering the problems this solved and the challenges this introduced.
ARC307-JT - Infrastructure as Code - Japanese Track
by Alex Corley - SA with Amazon Web ServicesDavid Winter - Enterprise Sales with Amazon Web ServicesTom Wanielista - Chief Engineer with Simple
While many organizations have started to automate their software develop processes, many still engineer their infrastructure largely by hand. Treating your infrastructure just like any other piece of code creates a “programmable infrastructure” that allows you to take full advantage of the scalability and reliability of the AWS cloud. This session will walk through practical examples of how AWS customers have merged infrastructure configuration with application code to create application-specific infrastructure and a truly unified development lifecycle. You will learn how AWS customers have leveraged tools like CloudFormation, orchestration engines, and source control systems to enable their applications to take full advantage of the scalability and reliability of the AWS cloud, create self-reliant applications, and easily recover when things go seriously wrong with their infrastructure. This is a repeat session that will be translated simultaneously into Japanese.
ARC307 - Infrastructure as Code
by David Winter - Enterprise Sales with Amazon Web ServicesAlex Corley - SA with Amazon Web ServicesTom Wanielista - Chief Engineer with Simple
While many organizations have started to automate their software develop processes, many still engineer their infrastructure largely by hand. Treating your infrastructure just like any other piece of code creates a “programmable infrastructure” that allows you to take full advantage of the scalability and reliability of the AWS cloud. This session will walk through practical examples of how AWS customers have merged infrastructure configuration with application code to create application-specific infrastructure and a truly unified development lifecycle. You will learn how AWS customers have leveraged tools like CloudFormation, orchestration engines, and source control systems to enable their applications to take full advantage of the scalability and reliability of the AWS cloud, create self-reliant applications, and easily recover when things go seriously wrong with their infrastructure.
ARC306 - IoT: Small Things and the Cloud
by Brett Francis - Strategic Account Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services
Working with fleets of “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices brings about distinct challenges. In this session, we will explore four of these challenges: telemetry, commands, device devops, and audit and authorization, and how they transform when deploying hundreds-of-thousands of resource-constrained devices. We'll explore high-level architectural patterns that customers use to meet these challenges through the functionality and ubiquity of a globally accessible cloud platform. If you consider yourself a device developer, an electrical, industrial, or hardware engineer, a hardware incubator class member, a new device manufacturer, an existing device manufacturer who wants to smarten up their next-gen devices, or a software developer working with people who identify as part of these tribes, you'll want to participate in this session.
ARC304 - Designing for SaaS: Next-Generation Software Delivery Models on AWS
by Matt Tavis - Principal Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services
SaaS architectures can be deployed onto AWS in a number of ways, and each optimizes for different factors from security to cost optimization. Come learn more about common deployment models used on AWS for SaaS architectures and how each of those models are tuned for customer specific needs. We will also review options and tradeoffs for common SaaS architectures, including cost optimization, resource optimization, performance optimization, and security and data isolation.
ARC303 - Panning for Gold: Analyzing Unstructured Data
by Ganesh Raja - Solutions Architect with Amazon Web ServicesKrishnan Venkata - Director with LatentView Analytics
Mining unstructured data for valuable information has historically been frustrating and difficult. This session will walk through practical examples of how multiple AWS services can be leveraged to provide extremely flexible, scalable, and available systems to successfully analyze massive amounts of data. Come learn how an application was adapted to leverage Elastic MapReduce and Amazon Kinesis to collect and analyze terabytes of web log data a day. Learn how Amazon Redshift can be used to clean up and visualize data and how AWS CloudFormation enables this analytical framework to be deployed in multiple regions while honoring privacy laws.
ARC302 - Running Lean Architectures: How to Optimize for Cost Efficiency
by Constantin Gonzalez - Solutions Architect with Amazon Web ServicesYimin Jiang - Cloud Performance & Reliability Lead with Adobe
Whether you're a startup getting to profitability or an enterprise optimizing spend, it pays to run cost-efficient architectures on AWS. Building on last year's popular foundation of how to reduce waste and fine-tune your AWS spending, this session reviews a wide range of cost planning, monitoring, and optimization strategies, featuring real-world experience from AWS customer Adobe Systems. With the massive growth of subscribers to Adobe's Creative Cloud, Adobe's footprint in AWS continues to expand. We will discuss the techniques used to optimize and manage costs, while maximizing performance and improving resiliency. We'll cover effectively combining EC2 On-Demand, Reserved, and Spot instances to handle different use cases, leveraging auto scaling to match capacity to workload, choosing the most optimal instance type through load testing, taking advantage of multi-AZ support, and using CloudWatch to monitor usage and automatically shutting off resources when not in use. Other techniques we'll discuss include taking advantage of tiered storage and caching, offloading content to Amazon CloudFront to reduce back-end load, and getting rid of your back end entirely, by leveraging AWS high-level services. We will also showcase simple tools to help track and manage costs, including the AWS Cost Explorer, Billing Alerts, and Trusted Advisor. This session will be your pocket guide for running cost effectively in the Amazon cloud.
ARC206 - Architecting Reactive Applications on AWS
by Revanth Talari - Systems Analyst, USEReady with USEReadyAtul Shukla - Platform Architect with USEReady
Application requirements have changed dramatically in recent years, requiring millisecond or even microsecond response times and 100 percent uptime. This change has led to a new wave of "reactive applications" with archite
          Eurotech Annunces Secure and Robust ZyWAN G9 Cellular Router        

Rugged cellular router provides customers with flexible connectivity solutions on wireless networks

Amaro, Italy -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/29/2010 -- Eurotech a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products, and systems, today announces the ZyWAN G9 Cellular Router offering data solutions to 3G, CDMA and GSM/GPRS cellular networks. The rugged ZyWAN G9 provides real-time access and location-based information to any Ethernet, 802.11 or serial device for mobile and fixed data applications.

Customers can tailor the Eurotech ZyWAN G9 for use in any wireless carrier's service area through secure, approved USB cellular adapters for a global cellular platform. Some target applications include mobile and field force automation, SCADA and telemetry, security, point of sale and Internet access as a Wi-Fi hotspot or wired connection.

Key features of the ZyWAN G9 include:

* Simple over-the-air WEB GUI interface for configuration
* Multiple interface connectivity via four serial ports, dual Ethernet, Wi-Fi support
* VPN, Firewall, DHCP, DNS and NAT routing capabilities
* GPS receiver functionality optional
* Network flexibility, with carrier-approved USB cellular adapters
* Ready for programming in a Linux OS, J2ME (IBMJ9) Java Virtual Machine, and OSGI (Eclipse) framework

"With the ZyWAN G9, Eurotech is able to better meet customer data needs by offering flexible options in cellular carriers, technologies and interfaces," said Kurt Hochanadel, wireless product manager for Eurotech Inc. "Now, ZyWAN users simply go to their carrier of choice, lock the USB into the ZyWAN G9, and their data connection is up and running."

Availability
The ZyWAN G9 is available now.

About Eurotech
Eurotech (ETH.MI) is a global company based in Italy and with locations in Europe, North America and Asia. The Eurotech group develops and markets miniaturised computers for special uses (NanoPCs) and computers featuring major computing capacity (HPCs – High-Performance Computers). With these two product categories, Eurotech aims to become a leader in implementation of the pervasive computing infrastructure commonly known as Cloud or Grid, capable of enabling an entire range of activities and value-added services in the transport, defence, industrial, medical and scientific-research sectors.
http://www.eurotech.com

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          MoTeC C187 Colour Dash Logger        
The C187 is an exciting addition to MoTeC's new range of colour Displays and Loggers. Where the C127 is ideal for those with club level requirements, the new C187 is designed as the perfect professional level instrumentation and logging device. It comes complete with a 79 pin Autosport connector and 250 MB of logging memory as standard, which can be upgraded to 500 MB. i2 Standard is included, with a Pro Analysis option available for those wishing to exploit the advanced features provided by i2 Pro. An Advanced Functions upgrade is also available, providing more complex functionality for professional users. (See datasheet for details.) The C187 uses the same superb full colour 7" screen as the C127 ensuring incredible clarity, even in direct sunlight. The vivid 178mm screen (approx 7") is high resolution, ultra bright and anti-reflective. Numerous selectable layouts are supplied, offering various designs and colour options*. Users can customise these layouts with configurable channels, labels, measurement units and warnings. In addition, three separate ‘pages’ can be set up for different scenarios, e.g. Dyno, Qualifying and Race. An array of ten fully programmable RGB LEDs is incorporated into the unit for use as shift lights, warnings or other driver alerts. The colour, function and intensity of each LED is configurable, allowing for custom patterns and creative team strategies. A further 6 LEDs supplement these allowing for even more information to be given to the driver. The C187 can be used standalone or integrated with other electronic devices such as ECUs and MoTeC Expanders (E888, E816, VIM and SVIM). An I/O upgrade can also be purchased to activate additional inputs, including 10 extra analogue voltage inputs and 4 extra analogue temperature inputs. MoTeC Display Creator software is an option that allows users to fully customise the on-screen graphics with logos, imported images and their own creative designs. The possibilities are endless!

    General

  • All-in-one display, logger and controller eliminates the need for separate devices
  • Impressive 178mm full colour LCD screen (approx 7") - ultra bright, high resolution and anti-reflective for easy viewing, even in direct sunlight
  • Suitable for bikes, cars, marine and industrial applications
  • Compact, durable and reliable unit
  • Straightforward control for lights, fans, pumps
  • Advanced functions option provides more complex functionality for professional users
  • Can be used standalone or in conjunction with other electronic devices including MoTeC CAN-based Expanders
  • Logging and Analysis

  • 250 MB logging with the option to upgrade to 500MB
  • Fast download via Ethernet
  • Accommodating over 300 channels derived from a mixture of analogue and digital inputs, RS232 and CAN data channels
  • Configurable to use sensors from some existing engine management systems
  • Data analysis with i2 Standard or i2 Pro with a feature license
  • MoTeC T2 Telemetry option to broadcast live data back to the pits
  • Display

    • Screen: Colour TFT LCD, anti-reflective
    • Resolution: 800 x 480, anti-aliased graphics
    • Selectable fixed layouts with channel and label configurability
    • 48 user-defined, scrollable message lines with programmable overrides
    • 3 programmable 'pages', for example Practice, Warm-Up, Race
    • Fully configurable display software available early 2014
    £3,535.00

          Barren‐ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) behaviour after recent fire events; integrating caribou telemetry data with Landsat fire detection techniques        
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          On this day, 48 years ago        

Here men from the planet Earth 
First set foot upon the Moon
July 1969, A.D.
We came in peace for all mankind

Neil  A. Armstrong     Michael Collins     Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.
Astronaut                Astronaut                  Astronaut

Richard M. Nixon
President, United States of America

To read about the communications systems that the Lunar Module employed, here are two good links from the NASA Archives: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19720023255.pdf and https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20090015392.pdf

The S-band transceiver was the primary transceiver used for TV, telemetry, biomedical data, and voice communications from the Lunar surface. It had an output power of  750 mW (QRPp!).  That signal then went to the S-band power amplifier, which boosted the signal to an outstanding "QRO" signal of 18.6 Watts.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least

          Telemetry | Jeff Sharlet | VQR | 9th August 2017        
On suffering and surviving two heart attacks. The first: “I’m told the pain can be instantly alarming. Not for me. It was only an ache, or sometimes a ripple, weak as chamomile, never sharper than nettles. That is, I did not know it was a heart attack. Then, after midnight, my chest began to fill as if with heavy water. My breath was cut into small and ragged pieces. I was being pressed, as if by a hard hand, back into the rocking chair in which I sat until dawn”
          EEG/END Technician - Neurodiagnostic (PD Days) - (Long Beach, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary healthcare to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our employees. Memorial Care stands for excellence in Healthcare. Across our family of medical centers, we support each one of our bright, talented employees in reaching the highest levels of professional development, contribution, collaboration and accountability. Whatever your role and whatever expertise you bring, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your full potential in an environment of respect, innovation and teamwork. Position Summary: The Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologist I Per Diem performs END procedures including, but no limited to, electroencephalograms (EEG), evoked potentials (BSAER, VER, SSER), nerve conduction studies, (NCS), electronystagmograms (ENG) and video telemetry seizure monitory (LTM-EEG). The Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist I PD is responsible for the timely completion of daily patient testing, accurate documentation of patient testing, and physical maintenance of clinical testing equipment. He/she schedules and performs testing as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, and at all times works to ensure patient safety, comfort and privacy. Minimum Requirements: Must be a graduate of an accredited program in Neurodiagnostic Technology, or have equivalent educational experience. Registry in one or more specialties of neurodiagnostic testing (EEG, CNIM, EP, and/or others) is highly recommended. A current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider certification is required. Must document completion of at least 4 hours of relevant continuing education annually. Prior work experience in neurodiagnostic testing is highly recommended. Facility: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center is a major regional provider of medical and surgical services. A Magnet®-designated teaching hospital, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center has 420 beds. We consistently achieve national accolades for our quality care, including ranking as one of "America's Best Hospitals" for Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Our unique environment allows for a range of medical services, from childhood to adulthood, to be structured under one roof. With our technology, our vision, and especially our talented professionals, we ensure our patients receive the best possible care.
          Registered Nurse (RN) - Medical Surgical Oncology - Full-time, Nights - (Laguna Hills, California, United States)        
Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center has consistently been named one of Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals, an achievement gained by just 1% of the nation’s hospitals. It has also been honored among Truven Health Analytics’ Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., consecutively voted Orange County’s #1 Best Hospital in the Orange County Register’s Best of Orange County poll of readers and has appeared on both Becker’s Hospital Review and Thomson Reuters’ lists of America’s Best Hospitals. Saddleback Memorial’s U.S. News & World Report “high-performance” ranking categories included Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 3 West is an acute care 34 bed unit comprised of Medical, Surgical and Oncology patients. Our teams of RN’s and Patient Care Assistants manage the care and comfort of our patients, both inpatient and outpatient. Our nursing staff is also competent in providing excellent care of Telemetry patients and administration of chemotherapy to Oncology patients. Position Description: This position is responsible for coordinating and providing patient care in a safe and effective manner. Additional responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/intervention, and teaching of patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, documentation and evaluation. Integration of patient care standards is incorporated into all clinical activities. Position requires the full understanding thru active participation in fulfilling the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) Mission and ABC’s core values. Employee understands and supports the organizations Strategic Plan, Lean Initiatives for Continuous Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, and Patient Centered Care. Experience: One year acute care experience in Medical Surgical nursing. Electronic Medical Record experience. Education/License/Certification: BSN preferred Current CA RN License Current BLS from AHA
          RN - Telemetry - Full-time,Nights - (Fountain Valley, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health Systems, we believe in providing extraordinary health care to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our people. Whether it's our recognition as one of the nation's Top Health Systems or outcomes that repeatedly exceed the expected, you'll be energized by our commitment to innovation, continuous learning and your professional and personal growth. Position Summary: Utilizing the nursing process and clinical nursing practice standards, the RN is responsible for directing and coordinating nursing care for the Telemetry Unit patient in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Nursing Department. Responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/interventions, teaching patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, and evaluation of care rendered. The RN must effectively communicate and document data relevant to the care of the patient. The RN utilizes knowledge of patient age, cultural diversity, psychosocial and/or spiritual needs into the patient’s plan of care. The RN contributes to the promotion of quality nursing care through performance improvement processes that demonstrates positive outcomes in patient care. In addition, the RN collaborates with other professional disciplines to ensure safe and effective patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes. Experience: · One year Acute Care experience in Telemetry Nursing preferred. In lieu of this experience, consideration will be made for an employee with strong education and associated experiential background. · Computer, internet, order entry and word processing experience preferred. Licensure/Education: · Current California RN license · Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers card · Current ACLS · BSN or higher preferred · Specialty Certification preferred
          RN Clinical Coordinator (Registered Nurse) - Medical Surgical Oncology - Full-time, Nights - (Laguna Hills, California, United States)        
Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center has consistently been named one of Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals, an achievement gained by just 1% of the nation’s hospitals. It has also been honored among Truven Health Analytics’ Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., consecutively voted Orange County’s #1 Best Hospital in the Orange County Register’s Best of Orange County poll of readers and has appeared on both Becker’s Hospital Review and Thomson Reuters’ lists of America’s Best Hospitals. Saddleback Memorial’s U.S. News & World Report “high-performance” ranking categories included Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Department Description: Acute care 34 bed unit comprised of Medical, Surgical (Med Surg) and Oncologypatients. Our teams of RN’s and Patient Care Assistants manage the careand comfort of our patients, both inpatient and outpatient. Our nursingstaff is also competent in providing excellent care of Telemetry patients and administrationof chemotherapy to Oncology patients. Position Description: This position is responsible for coordinating and providing patient care in a safe and effective manner. Additional responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/intervention, and teaching of patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, documentation and evaluation. Integration of patient care standards is incorporated into all clinical activities. Position requires the full understanding thru active participation in fulfilling the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) Mission and iABC’s core values. Employee understands and supports the organizations Strategic Plan, Lean Initiatives for Continuous Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, and Patient Centered Care. Experience: Two years acute care /Telemetry experience preferred. Electronic Medical Record experience preferred Education/License/Certification: Bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred Current California RN license Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Card Current American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support NIHSS Preferred Specialty certification preferred
          Registered Nurse (RN) - Observation Care - Full-time, Nights - (Laguna Hills, California, United States)        
Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center has consistently been named one of Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals, an achievement gained by just 1% of the nation’s hospitals. It has also been honored among Truven Health Analytics’ Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., consecutively voted Orange County’s #1 Best Hospital in the Orange County Register’s Best of Orange County poll of readers and has appeared on both Becker’s Hospital Review and Thomson Reuters’ lists of America’s Best Hospitals. Saddleback Memorial’s U.S. News & World Report “high-performance” ranking categories included Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Position Summary This position is responsible for coordinating and providing patient care in a safe and effective manner. Additional responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/intervention, and teaching of patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, documentation and evaluation. Integration of patient care standards is incorporated into all clinical activities. Position requires the full understanding thru active participation in fulfilling the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) Mission and iABC’s core values. Employee understands and supports the organizations Strategic Plan, Lean Initiatives for Continuous Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, and Patient Centered Care. Essential Functions and Responsibilities of the Job Assesses health care needs. A data collection process that is systematic, includes psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and other factors and is on-going, determined by the patient’s immediate condition or needs, and involves the patient, family, significant others, and health care providers when appropriate. Analyzes the assessment data in determining diagnosis and plan of care. Develops and contributes to a written plan of care to meet patient’s subtle as well as obvious nursing needs. Implements the plan of care to attain expected outcomes. Evaluates the patient’s outcomes. Evaluation is systematic and on-going, is determined by the patient’s responses to the interventions, which are documented in the medical record. Systematically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice and considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering patient care as a professional work responsibility. Identifies, develops and implements an action plan for self-development/professional growth Identifies subtle as well as obvious patient problems and reports to an appropriate resource person. Addresses the age specific needs of all populations served: adolescent, adult, and geriatric. Experience One year nursing experience in Observation Care or Telemetry. EMR experience preferred. Education/License/Certifications Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred Current CA RN License Current BLS Current ACLS Certification in specialty area preferred
          RN, Registered Nurse (12) - Medical/Surgical/Telemetry (FT Nights) - (Long Beach, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary healthcare to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our employees. MemorialCare stands for excellence in healthcare. Across our family of medical centers, we support each one of our bright, talented employees in reaching the highest levels of professional development, contribution, collaboration and accountability. Whatever your role and whatever expertise you bring, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your full potential in an environment of respect, innovation and teamwork. Position Summary: Under general supervision, the Registered Nurse provides professional nursing care to patients in accordance with individual needs, physician orders, hospital policy and standards of nursing practice. Those functions, including basic health care, which help people cope with difficulties in daily living which are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems, or treatment, which require a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill. Work Experience: Minimum 1 year acute care RN experience within the previous year preferred. Education | Licensure | Certifications: Current state of California RN License. Current BLS and ACLS certification. BSN preferred.
          RN - Special Procedures - Per Diem, Days - (Fountain Valley, California, United States)        
Job Details: At MemorialCare Health Systems, we believe in providing extraordinary health care to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our people. Whether it's our recognition as one of the nation's Top Health Systems or outcomes that repeatedly exceed the expected, you'll be energized by our commitment to innovation, continuous learning and your professional and personal growth. Position Summary: Utilizing the nursing process, the RN is responsible for directing and coordinating nursing care for the Special Procedures patient in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Nursing Department. Responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/intervention, teaching patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, and evaluation of care rendered. The RN must effectively communicate and document data relevant to the care of the patient. In addition, the RN collaborates with other professional disciplines to ensure safe and effective patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes. Experience: One year acute care nursing experience, consideration will be made for a candidate with strong educational and associated experiential background. Computer, internet, order entry and word processing experience preferred. Critical Care/Telemetry experience preferred Education/Licensure: Current California RN license Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers card Current ACLS card
          RN - Telemetry - Full-time, Nights - (Fountain Valley, California, United States)        
Job Details: At MemorialCare Health Systems, we believe in providing extraordinary health care to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our people. Whether it's our recognition as one of the nation's Top Health Systems or outcomes that repeatedly exceed the expected, you'll be energized by our commitment to innovation, continuous learning and your professional and personal growth. Position Summary: Utilizing the nursing process and clinical nursing practice standards, the RN is responsible for directing and coordinating nursing care for the Telemetry Unit patient in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Nursing Department. Responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/interventions, teaching patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, and evaluation of care rendered. The RN must effectively communicate and document data relevant to the care of the patient. The RN utilizes knowledge of patient age, cultural diversity, and psychosocial and/or spiritual needs into the patient's plan of care. The RN contributes to the promotion of quality nursing care through performance improvement processes that demonstrates positive outcomes in patient care. In addition, the RN collaborates with other professional disciplines to ensure safe and effective patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes. Experience: One year Acute Care experience in Telemetry Nursing preferred. In lieu of this experience, consideration will be made for an employee with strong education and associated experiential background. Computer, internet, order entry and word processing experience preferred. Education/Licensure: Current California RN license Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers card Current AHA ACLS card Specialty Certification preferred
          Registered Nurse (RN) - Telemetry - Full-time, Days - (Laguna Hills, California, United States)        
Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center has consistently been named one of Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals, an achievement gained by just 1% of the nation’s hospitals. It has also been honored among Truven Health Analytics’ Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., consecutively voted Orange County’s #1 Best Hospital in the Orange County Register’s Best of Orange County poll of readers and has appeared on both Becker’s Hospital Review and Thomson Reuters’ lists of America’s Best Hospitals. Saddleback Memorial’s U.S. News & World Report “high-performance” ranking categories included Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Position Summary This position is responsible for coordinating and providing patient care in a safe and effective manner. Additional responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/intervention, and teaching of patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, documentation and evaluation. Integration of patient care standards is incorporated into all clinical activities. Position requires the full understanding thru active participation in fulfilling the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) Mission and iABC’s core values. Employee understands and supports the organizations Strategic Plan, Lean Initiatives for Continuous Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, and Patient Centered Care. Essential Functions and Responsibilities of the Job Assesses health care needs. A data collection process that is systematic, includes psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and other factors and is on-going, determined by the patient’s immediate condition or needs, and involves the patient, family, significant others, and health care providers when appropriate. Analyzes the assessment data in determining diagnosis and plan of care. Develops and contributes to a written plan of care to meet patient’s subtle as well as obvious nursing needs. Implements the plan of care to attain expected outcomes. Evaluates the patient’s outcomes. Evaluation is systematic and on-going, is determined by the patient’s responses to the interventions, which are documented in the medical record. Systematically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice and considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering patient care as a professional work responsibility. Identifies, develops and implements an action plan for self-development/professional growth Identifies subtle as well as obvious patient problems and reports to an appropriate resource person. Addresses the age specific needs of all populations served: adolescent, adult, and geriatric. Experience One year acute care/Telemetry experience required. Electronic Medical Record experience preferred Education/License/Certifications Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) within 36 months of hire Current CA RN License Current BLS Current ACLS Certification in specialty area preferred
          RN, Registered Nurse (12) - Medical/Surgical/Telemetry (FT Nights) - (Long Beach, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary healthcare to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our employees. MemorialCare stands for excellence in healthcare. Across our family of medical centers, we support each one of our bright, talented employees in reaching the highest levels of professional development, contribution, collaboration and accountability. Whatever your role and whatever expertise you bring, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your full potential in an environment of respect, innovation and teamwork. Position Summary: Under general supervision, the Registered Nurse provides professional nursing care to patients in accordance with individual needs, physician orders, hospital policy and standards of nursing practice. Those functions, including basic health care, which help people cope with difficulties in daily living which are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems, or treatment, which require a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill. Work Experience: Minimum 1 year acute care RN experience within the previous year preferred. Education | Licensure | Certifications: Current state of California RN License. Current BLS and ACLS certification. BSN preferred.
          RN, Registered Nurse (12) - Medical/Surgical/Telemetry (FT Nights) - (Long Beach, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary healthcare to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our employees. MemorialCare stands for excellence in healthcare. Across our family of medical centers, we support each one of our bright, talented employees in reaching the highest levels of professional development, contribution, collaboration and accountability. Whatever your role and whatever expertise you bring, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your full potential in an environment of respect, innovation and teamwork. Position Summary: Under general supervision, the Registered Nurse provides professional nursing care to patients in accordance with individual needs, physician orders, hospital policy and standards of nursing practice. Those functions, including basic health care, which help people cope with difficulties in daily living which are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems, or treatment, which require a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill. Work Experience: Minimum 1 year acute care RN experience within the previous year preferred. Education | Licensure | Certifications: Current state of California RN License. Current BLS and ACLS certification. BSN preferred.
          RN - Cardiac Recovery - Full-time, Days - (Fountain Valley, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary health care to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our people. Whether it's our recognition as one of the nation's Top 100 Health Systems or outcomes that repeatedly exceed the expected, you'll be energized by our commitment to innovation, continuous learning and your professional and personal growth. Position Summary: This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the mission of Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. It is expected that the employee demonstrate behavior consistent with our core values: Accountability, Best Practices, Compassion and Synergy. The employee shall support Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center’s strategic plan and participate in and advocate performance improvement/patient safety activities. Utilizing the nursing process, the RN is responsible for directing and coordinating nursing care for the Special Procedures patient in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Nursing Department. Responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/intervention, teaching patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, and evaluation of care rendered. The RN must effectively communicate and document data relevant to the care of the patient. In addition, the RN collaborates with other professional disciplines to ensure safe and effective patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes.  Experience: One year acute care nursing experience, consideration will be made for a candidate with strong educational and associated experiential background. Computer, internet, order entry and word processing experience preferred. Critical Care/Telemetry experience preferred  Education/Licensure: Current California RN license Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers card Current AHA ACLS card
          Patient Care Assistant I - Telemetry - Full-time, Days - (Fountain Valley, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health Systems, we believe in providing extraordinary health care to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our people. Whether it's our recognition as one of the nation's Top Health Systems or outcomes that repeatedly exceed the expected, you'll be energized by our commitment to innovation, continuous learning and your professional and personal growth. Position Summary: The Patient Care Assistant I (PCAI) is an unlicensed caregiver working under the direction of the Registered Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse. The PCA I provides the most basic of patient care including patient date collection, personal hygiene, and assistance with activities of daily living such as ambulating, toileting and feeding. PCA I's perform tasks as assigned and are instrumental in facilitating departmental/unit flow activities that support patient care and facilitate a safe, clean environment. The PCA I utilizes effective communication and documents data relevant to the care of the patient within their defined scope of practice. The PCA I demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development; as well as incorporating cultural differences, psychosocial and or spiritual needs when providing patient care. In addition, the PCA I collaborates with other members of the healthcare team to ensure safe and effective patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes. Experience: High school diploma or equivalency. Basic computer knowledge preferred. Minimum of one (1) year of recent Acute Care experience preferred. Education/Licensure: Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers card. Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate or minimum of one (1) year of nursing assistant experience or currently enrolled in Nursing Program with successful completion of at least (1) semester.
          Patient Care Assistant I - Telemetry - Full-time, Days - (Fountain Valley, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health Systems, we believe in providing extraordinary health care to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our people. Whether it's our recognition as one of the nation's Top Health Systems or outcomes that repeatedly exceed the expected, you'll be energized by our commitment to innovation, continuous learning and your professional and personal growth. Position Summary: The Patient Care Assistant I (PCAI) is an unlicensed caregiver working under the direction of the Registered Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse. The PCA I provides the most basic of patient care including patient date collection, personal hygiene, and assistance with activities of daily living such as ambulating, toileting and feeding. PCA I's perform tasks as assigned and are instrumental in facilitating departmental/unit flow activities that support patient care and facilitate a safe, clean environment. The PCA I utilizes effective communication and documents data relevant to the care of the patient within their defined scope of practice. The PCA I demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development; as well as incorporating cultural differences, psychosocial and or spiritual needs when providing patient care. In addition, the PCA I collaborates with other members of the healthcare team to ensure safe and effective patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes. Experience: High school diploma or equivalency. Basic computer knowledge preferred. Minimum of one (1) year of recent Acute Care experience preferred. Education/Licensure: Current AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers card. Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate or minimum of one (1) year of nursing assistant experience or currently enrolled in Nursing Program with successful completion of at least (1) semester.
          Registered Nurse (RN) - Surgical Orthopedics - Full-time, Days - (Laguna Hills, California, United States)        
Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Orange County, CA) has consistently been named one of Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals, an achievement gained by just 1% of the nation’s hospitals. It has also been honored among Truven Health Analytics’ Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., consecutively voted Orange County’s #1 Best Hospital in the Orange County Register’s Best of Orange County poll of readers and has appeared on both Becker’s Hospital Review and Thomson Reuters’ lists of America’s Best Hospitals. Saddleback Memorial’s U.S. News & World Report “high-performance” ranking categories included Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Department Summary: Surgical Ortho Neuro Unit is a 35 bed unit that primarily cares for patients with total hip and knee replacement, hip fracture, spine surgery, craniotomy, and stroke patients as well as general medical surgical patients. The unit is also acuity adaptable, and has the ability to take 16 telemetry patients or CRM (Cardiac Rhythm Monitoring). Position Summary This position is responsible for coordinating and providing patient care in a safe and effective manner. Additional responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/intervention, and teaching of patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, documentation and evaluation. Integration of patient care standards is incorporated into all clinical activities. Position requires the full understanding thru active participation in fulfilling the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) Mission and ABC’s core values. Employee understands and supports the organizations Strategic Plan, Lean Initiatives for Continuous Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, and Patient Centered Care. Experience One year acute care Medical Surgical experience required. Electronic Medical Record (EPIC) experience preferred. Education/License/Certifications Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN required within 36 months of hire) Current CA RN License Current BLS from AHA Current ACLS from AHA Certification in specialty area preferred
          RN, Registered Nurse (12) - Medical/Surgical/Telemetry (FT Nights) - (Long Beach, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary healthcare to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our employees. MemorialCare stands for excellence in healthcare. Across our family of medical centers, we support each one of our bright, talented employees in reaching the highest levels of professional development, contribution, collaboration and accountability. Whatever your role and whatever expertise you bring, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your full potential in an environment of respect, innovation and teamwork. Position Summary: Under general supervision, the Registered Nurse provides professional nursing care to patients in accordance with individual needs, physician orders, hospital policy and standards of nursing practice. Those functions, including basic health care, which help people cope with difficulties in daily living which are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems, or treatment, which require a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill. Work Experience: Minimum 1 year acute care RN experience within the previous year preferred. Education | Licensure | Certifications: Current state of California RN License. Current BLS and ACLS certification. BSN preferred.
          RN, Registered Nurse (12) - Medical/Surgical/Telemetry (FT Nights) - (Long Beach, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary healthcare to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our employees. MemorialCare stands for excellence in healthcare. Across our family of medical centers, we support each one of our bright, talented employees in reaching the highest levels of professional development, contribution, collaboration and accountability. Whatever your role and whatever expertise you bring, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your full potential in an environment of respect, innovation and teamwork. Position Summary: Under general supervision, the Registered Nurse provides professional nursing care to patients in accordance with individual needs, physician orders, hospital policy and standards of nursing practice. Those functions, including basic health care, which help people cope with difficulties in daily living which are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems, or treatment, which require a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill. Work Experience: Minimum 1 year acute care RN experience within the previous year preferred. Education | Licensure | Certifications: Current state of California RN License. Current BLS and ACLS certification. BSN preferred.
          RN, Registered Nurse (12) - Medical/Surgical/Telemetry (PD Nights) - (Long Beach, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary healthcare to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our employees. MemorialCare stands for excellence in healthcare. Across our family of medical centers, we support each one of our bright, talented employees in reaching the highest levels of professional development, contribution, collaboration and accountability. Whatever your role and whatever expertise you bring, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your full potential in an environment of respect, innovation and teamwork. Position Summary: Under general supervision, the Registered Nurse provides professional nursing care to patients in accordance with individual needs, physician orders, hospital policy and standards of nursing practice. Those functions, including basic health care, which help people cope with difficulties in daily living which are associated with their actual or potential health or illness problems, or treatment, which require a substantial amount of scientific knowledge or technical skill. Work Experience: Minimum 1 year acute care RN experience within the previous year preferred. Education | Licensure | Certifications: Current state of California RN License. Current BLS and ACLS certification. BSN preferred.
          RN Clinical Coordinator (Registered Nurse) - Telemetry - Full-time, Days - (Laguna Hills, California, United States)        
Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Orange County, CA) has consistently been named one of Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals, an achievement gained by just 1% of the nation’s hospitals. It has also been honored among Truven Health Analytics’ Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., consecutively voted Orange County’s #1 Best Hospital in the Orange County Register’s Best of Orange County poll of readers and has appeared on both Becker’s Hospital Review and Thomson Reuters’ lists of America’s Best Hospitals. Saddleback Memorial’s U.S. News & World Report “high-performance” ranking categories included Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The Cardiac Telemetry department supports an Acuity Adaptable Care Model that minimizes patient transfers whereby staff are trained and readily available to provide nursing care at the service level required: cardiac rhythm monitoring and medical-surgical. This department can provide care for up to 35 patients admitted for cardiac-related diagnoses that include: angina, Acute Coronary Syndrome, heart failure, dysrhythmias, permanent pacemaker pre/post implant or revision, post-uncomplicated diagnostic heart catheterizations with or without PCI, post-op cardiac surgery patients, etc. Other common diagnoses include: asthma, COPD, complex pneumonia, sepsis, cerebral vascular accident, acute dialysis. Position Summary This position is responsible for coordinating and providing patient care in a safe and effective manner. Additional responsibilities include directing unlicensed employee activity, synthesizing patient information, assessment of patients, planning of care/intervention, and teaching of patients/family, implementation of treatment plan/MD orders, documentation and evaluation. Integration of patient care standards is incorporated into all clinical activities. Position requires the full understanding thru active participation in fulfilling the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) Mission and iABC’s core values. Employee understands and supports the organizations Strategic Plan, Lean Initiatives for Continuous Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, and Patient Centered Care. Essential Functions and Responsibilities of the Job Assesses health care needs. A data collection process that is systematic, includes psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and other factors and is ongoing, determined by the patient’s immediate condition or needs, and involves the patient, family, significant others, and health care providers when appropriate. Analyzes the assessment data in determining diagnosis and plan of care. Develops and contributes to a written plan of care to meet patient’s subtle as well as obvious nursing needs. Implements the plan of care to attain expected outcomes. Evaluates the patient’s outcomes. Evaluation is systematic and ongoing, is determined by the patient’s responses to the interventions, which are documented in the medical record. Systematically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice and considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering patient care as a professional work responsibility. Identifies, develops and implements an action plan for self-development/professional growth Identifies subtle as well as obvious patient problems and reports to an appropriate resource person. Addresses the age specific needs of all populations served: adolescent, adult, and geriatric. Experience Two years acute care /Telemetry experience required. Experience as a Charge, Lead, or Clinical Coordinator highly preferred Electronic Medical Record experience preferred Education/License/Certification Bachelor’s degree in nursing (required within 36 months of hire) Current California RN license Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Card Current American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support NIHSS Preferred Specialty certification preferred
          RN, Registered Nurse 8-Hr - Special Procedures (PT Days) - (Long Beach, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary healthcare to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our employees. MemorialCare stands for excellence in Healthcare. Across our family of medical centers, we support each one of our bright, talented employees in reaching the highest levels of professional development, contribution, collaboration and accountability. Whatever your role and whatever expertise you bring, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your full potential in an environment of respect, innovation and teamwork. Position Summary: The RN II provides safe, cost-effective patient care through the health experience, according to established standards utilizing the nursing process, within the scope of practice of Registered Nursing, for the Radiology department at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Minimum Requirements: A current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in California is required. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also required. A Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) is also required. The ideal candidate will have nursing experience in ICU or Telemetry in an acute care hospital. PICU RN are welcomed to apply.
          RN - Surgery Pre-Admit, Pre-Op/Hold - Full-time, Days - (Fountain Valley, California, United States)        
At MemorialCare Health System, we believe in providing extraordinary health care to our communities and an exceptional working environment for our people. Whether it's our recognition as one of the nation's Top 100 Health Systems or outcomes that repeatedly exceed the expected, you'll be energized by our commitment to innovation, continuous learning and your professional and personal growth. Position Summary: The clinical supervisor is responsible for the daily operational issues of the Surgery Pre-Admit. Pre-Op / Hold patient care unit. S/he is able to coordinate care not only for individual patients, but also to lead the care delivery of multiple patients in the nursing care area in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Nursing Department. Responsibilities include monitoring and coordinating patient flow, staff scheduling, department budget, and unit supplies for the assigned shift. As a front-line nurse leader, s/he is accountable for the evaluation, development and retention of department staff (licensed and unlicensed). The Clinical Supervisor collaborates with other professional disciplines/unit leaders to ensure safe and effective patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes. Experience: Two years acute care experience in Telemetry nursing preferred. In lieu of this experience, consideration will be made for an employee with strong experiential background. Computer, internet, order entry and word processing experience preferred. Supervisory experience preferred Education/Licensure: Current California RN License Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or higher preferred Current American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support Card Current American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Card Current American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Card PACU Certification preferred Specialty Certification preferred
          Relying on Medical IoT? Then It’s Time for a Risk Assessment [ABI Research Report]        
  Medical devices… Where would today’s hospital be without them? Telemetry systems, infusion pumps, blood glucose meters, etc They are...

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          Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report: Threat Intelligence Offers View into Network Compromises        
Thanks to extensive detection telemetry and analytics, we have a clear view into the attackers and malicious actors that are infiltrating Internet infrastructure and using trusted applications as a foothold for gaining access to networks. As explained in the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report, online criminals continue to develop more sophisticated methods for breaching security […]
          Indra expands the Galileo Ground Segment whit a new station in French Polynesia for EUR7.3M        
Indra has just been awarded a contract for the deployment in Papeete (French Polynesia) of a new Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) Station, which will expand the ground segment of the European global positioning system, Galileo. This contract was awarded by the company Airbus Defence and Space in the UK, under a programme of and funded by the European Union. The project also includes the maintenance and evolution of all TT&C stations until 2016 for a global amount of EUR7.3M. The new sta...
          956F. My Work On The USA Began In 1970 and When Richard Nixon Was President.        
I worked for the U.S. Army, companies, the U.S. Department of Justice, and President Nixon and then retired and became a blogger on June 2006. Below, I provide this work in more details.

After I completed high school in 1947, I enlisted  the Army Security Agency on the  Cold War of Russia. In Germany, I maintained radios and helped to entertain American soldiers. So, as a good basketball player in Pennsylvania, I entertained solders in Berlin and Vienna, 

In 1950, I was discharged. In fall, I went to Gettysburg College to study physics, chemistry,  mathematics, and Jesus. In 195I, I moved to Philadelphia, went to work, and went to night school. In 1954, I moved to Baltimore and became married. There, I joined Glenn Martin company as a draft. In1955 I went to night school at the Johns Hopkins University.  

In 1957, at  the night school, I learned a new book on Electrical Engineering Circuits. This great book was developed by Hugh Hildreth Skilling. (click)  In 1958, Glenn Martin converted me to an electrical engineer. 

In 1961, President Kennedy authorized the space program. So, in 1962, John Glenn went around planet earth three times. John knew that my new digital telemetry was applied to his trip in space. Thus, in 1962, Electrical Engineers began to follow my new circuits.  In 1964, I graduated as a scientific engineer at the University of Johns Hopkins. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was killed. This ugly event of Kennedy decreased the space program after the astronauts landed on the moon on July 20,1969.

In 1968, I developed diabetes.  So, I decided to go to work in the U.S. government. In, 1969 Richard Nixon became President. Thus, in 1970, I was evaluated by a police chief of Minnesota, who supported President Nixon. He also recognized my new science and engineering advances. So, in 1971, I became a member of the National Institute of Justice of the Department of Justice. 

In 1971, I learned that H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were developing new and large USA programs for President Nixon. For example, health and foods of all people would be perfected. And, all trucks would be removed from the highways that President Eisenhower made. Further, all water and all electricity would be go underground. Other U.S. changes were changing. To me, these new changes of Nixon were important because I already concluded that God acts and reunites all humans after they die. I also concluded that God is one, that God is maximum and minimum, and that humans can never know God's knowledge.

In1972, I began to study books on God, on the universe, on the human mind, the development of symbols, the developments of reasoning, etc... But, Leibniz's Philosophical Writings became important. This philosophy was produced in 1973 by Mary Morris and G.H.R. Parkinson of the University of Reading in England.

Below are Leibniz's writings
Of an Organum or Ars Magna of Thinking (1679)
An Introduction to a Secret Encyclopaedia (1779)
Of Universal Synthesis and Analysis (1683)]
Discourse on Metaphysics (1686)
Correspondence with Arnauld (1686-7)
A Specimen of Discoveries (1686)
Primary Truths (1686)
The Nature of Truth (1686)
Necessary And Contingent Truths (1686)]
On Freedom (1689)[
A Letter on Freedom (1689)
New System, and Explanation of the New System (1695-6)]
On the Principle of Indiscernibles (1696)
On the Ultimate Organization of Things (1697)
A Résumé of Metaphysics (1697)
New Essays, Preface (1704)
Metaphysical Consequences of the Principle of Reason (1712)
Monadology (1714 )
Principles of Nature and of Grace (1714)
Correspondence with Clark (1715-16)
 
Below are Leibniz's writings by Stanford University 

1684Meditations on Knowledge, Truth, and Ideas
1686Discourse on Metaphysics
1686fCorrespondence with Arnauld
1689Primary Truths
1695New System
1695Specimen Dynamicum
1697On the Ultimate Origination of Things
1698On Nature Itself
1699fCorrespondence with De Volder
1704New Essays on Human Understanding
1706fCorrespondence with Des Bosses
1710Theodicy
1714Monadology
1714Principles of Nature and Grace
1715fCorrespondence with Clarke

The seven limited statements of Leibniz by Stanford University means that U.S. physicists have become atheists.

Unfortunately, in 1974 President Nixon was forced to retire. And the great changes of Nixon, H.R. Haldeman, and John D. Ehrlichman stopped.  Thus, Gerald Ford had to become president. Thus, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush (father) and Clinton became president. These presidents only made updates of Government. Thus, all presidents never developed the big U.S. program that President Nixon wanted to develop. .
 
So, in 1994, I retired because I concluded that Clinton, Bush (son),  and Obama would only update the government. To update the people of the USA would never happen because the Government says that The Declaration of Independence has no laws. Yet, the DOI has many possible laws yet. For example, In 1992,  police and humans in Los Angeles said that the USA must be changed. But, the USA must update many other USA problems. For instance, in 1999, my wife died from cancer. After many thoughts I concluded that a child cans get cancer from their father's or mother's use of alcohol.

On 2006,  I developed a book on the theory of God. Then, in 2012, I developed another book and rejected the divinity of Jesus,. In 2014, I developed a third book and say that God is developing the universe continuously. I didn't produce a fourth book because a final and completed is not possible. So, I and all other writers can only produce theories of God and the universe  So,  I might make some theories in my blogs at:
http://georgeshollenberger.blogspot.com/

I say that all humans of nations must become equal because all humans are reborn by God in different nations. Thus, poor and rich humans in all nations must be eliminated. 

My books about God and the Universe are in agreement with the work of Gottfried Leibniz:

1. The First Scientific Proof of God (2006), 271 pages,
2. A New and Modern Holy Bible (2012), 189 pages.
3. God And His Coexistent Relations To The Universe. (2014), 429 pages
  

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          OPTSAT-3000 Earth observation satellite of the Italian Defence has been successfully launched        
The Italian Ministry of Defence's OPTSAT-3000 satellite has been successfully launched at 1.58 UTC. The launch has been performed by Arianespace from the Kourou European spaceport in the French Guyana, with a VEGA European launcher, produced by AVIO. The satellite separated from the upper stage of the launcher 42 minutes after the launch, and the first telemetry signal has been acquired approximately 5 hours after. The whole system is supplied by Leonardo through Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Tha...
          Documentation PR: Telemetry with Turnigy 9xr Pro        

@larsks wrote:

I've recently added some documentation to the wiki that describes how to use APM telemetry with a Turnigy 9xr Pro transmitter. The first PR went in very quickly, but the second one has been hanging around for a bit and I was hoping to draw some extra eyes to it.

The PR is https://github.com/ArduPilot/ardupilot_wiki/pull/831, and it is a collection of some small text updates as well as substantially improved "screenshots".

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          Government Contractor Witnessed Cylindrical UFO Sighting        
I was of really of no opinion as to the concern of the UFO phenomenon before this account. Meaning, I didn't discount it, nor could I confirm it. I am a SCADA Engineer and own and operate a Telemetry...

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          Distance Measurement Systems Using Lasers and Their Applications        

Optical measuring systems came to offer new ways to determine distances, deformations or vibrations through more accurate and greater range methods. Technological progress has allowed a significant improvement of several components, including the optical ones. Thus, the development of essential measurement methods is crucial to keep up with technological advances.

In this paper, the three basic methods of measurement are studied – triangulation, telemetry and interferometry, covering their main applications, advantages and disadvantages, and theoretically substantiating each of the methods. The results of simulation routines for each method are shown along this work. For the triangulation method we made two experiments which demonstrate the functioning of the method in measuring distances and surfaces.

For the telemetry method, experimental setups were studied to apply the method of pulse telemetry and phase comparison telemetry to measure distances,

Thus, it is intended to set up the basis for the future development of more complex methods.


          SQL Server Compact & SQLite Toolbox 4.4 & 4.5 – Visual Guide of new features        

After more than 470.000 downloads, version 4.5 of my SQL Server Compact & SQLite Toolbox extension for Visual Studio 2010 and later is now available for download and available via Tools/Extensions and Updates in Visual Studio. This blog post is a visual guide to the new features, improvements and bug fixes included in this release, many suggested by users of the tool via the GitHub issue tracker

I have moved the source code and issue tracker to GitHub, and I am planning to move the remaining CodePlex content “soon”. I have also moved the source of the scripting API that the Toolbox uses extensively to the same GitHub repository. As always, and suggestion, bug reports and pull requests are welcome!

New icons

The icons of the extension have all been overhauled, and updated to use the latest VS 2015 icons/images. From users already trying out the latest bits, I have received positive feedback on this visual change.

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Query editor toolbar redesign and more

I have also started using Azure AppInsights to track (anonymously) feature usage etc. This revealed (maybe not surprisingly) that the most use feature is the query editor. So for this release, the query editor has received a lot of attention. In addtion to the changes below, the general layout of the editor has been streamlined (no more rounded corners).

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The first button is new, and will open a “New Qery” window against the same database file. An options dropdown have been added to expose some of the (maybe overlooked) options that are available for the query editor. Setting these only affects the current query window, use the general settings (which you can reach via the Setting button in the query editor now) to change the “default” value for a setting.

Lets have a quick look at each of the options:

“Show result in Grid”: By default, the query results (from a SELECT statement) will be displayed as text for performance reasons, but you can opt-in to have the results displayed in an Excel like grid instead.

“Show Binary Values in Result”: By default, binary values (from for example “image” or “rowversion” columns) will be displayed a “System.Byte[]”. Enabling this will instead display the actual value as a hexadecimal string – but may affect performance.

“Show null values as NULL”: Until recently, NULL values were displayed as an empty string, not as “NULL”. Disabling this reverts to the old behaviour.

“Ignore DDL errors”: Enabling this (per query window only) feature, allows you to run the database creation scripts generated by the Entity Framework “Generate Database from Model” feature, and ignore errors caused by for example pre-existing tables.

“Use classic (plain) grid”: This will revert to using the “old” grid for grid results – about the “new” grid, see below!

New result grid in query editor

A new grid that allows you to further drill into the results of a query without writing any SQL is now the “default” result grid in the query editor. The grid uses http://wpfextendeddatagrid.codeplex.com/

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“Autofilter” :The grid has built in filters, in the example above to filter on invoices for a particular customer (or even set of customers).

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“Grouping”: Add columns you want to group by to the surface above the grid. In the example above, Invoices are grouped by Customer Id.

Options now part of Visual Studio options dialog

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The options for the Toolbox have finally been integrated in the standard Visual Studio Tools/Options pages.

Improved SQL Server support

SQL Server Connections defined in Server Explorer now appear in the Toolbox, in order to better expose the SQL Server releated features of the Toolbox:

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And scripting of a SQLite schema (only) based on a SQL Server database is now possible:

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Improvements

A number of smaller improvements are also included in this release:

Improve format of INSERT statements generated by CSV import (to make the more readable)
Added latest System.Data.SQLite version (1.0.99)
Added link to blog post to DataAccess.cs to better explain how to use it.
Support for row-returning SQLite statements beginning with "WITH"
Added "Feedback" button
Using Azure Application Insights for metrics and crash reports
Ability to remove password from password protected SQL Compact file (by leaving password box blank)
Progress messages during export now displayed in Output window
Enable scripting of hierarchyid as varbinary(892)
Now able to script Adventureworks2014 schema and data to both SQL Compact and SQLite without errors
Table Data script (INSERTs) now have "RESEED" command at end always
Option to Opt out of Telemetry added

Bug fixes

In addition to the above improvements and features, and number of bug fixes are included in this release:

API:
Fix bug in SQLMetal.exe detection (on some configurations)
SQLite CREATE TABLE datetime default should be current_timestamp, not GETDATE()
Improved SQLite datetime handling in SELECT and Edit in Grid

User Interface:
CSV export from the SQL editor included one separator too many in the heading
Editor keyboard bugs fixed
Scroll issues in treeview fixed
Autohide of Toolbox bug fixed

Table builder:
Table builder was not scripting default values
Table builder should not script default value for IDENTITY columns


          QRP Labs WSPR High Altitude Balloon STELLA2 will launch tomorrow        

Hi Guys,
i am starting another QRP Labs WSPR High Altitude Balloon tommorow 08.00 UTC from Germany. It sends my callsign DL6OW.
More Infos on Hans Page: http://qrp-labs.com/flights/stella2.html
And here the transmitting shedule:

Minute Frequenz Modus
:00 10.140.450 JT9 call
:00 10.140.440 CW
:01 10.140.450 JT9 telemetry
:02 14.097.100 WSPR call
:04 14.097.100 WSPR telemetry
:06 10.140.180 WSPR call
:08 10.140.180 WSPR telemetry
:10 Calibrate

I hope many of you spotting me!
73 de DL6OW - Dan

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          Telemetry Product Support Engineer - Philips (Andover, Massachusetts)        
Your challenge The Product Support Engineer develops and implements the product technical support strategy and controls the product support process. Product Support Engineers have a major impact through the quality of the service provided to others and through their service and customer orientation skills. Your team Come join our Patient Monitoring team in Andover, Mass as a Product Support Engineer.
          Easy DIY Telemetry Goes the Distance        

[Paweł Spychalski] wrote in to tell us about some experiments he’s been doing, using cheap 433 MHz HC-12 radio units as a telemetry radio for his quadcopter.

In this blog post, he goes over the simple AT command set, and some of the limitations of the HC-12 part. Then he takes it out for a spin on his quadcopter, and finds out that his setup is good for 450 meters in an open field. Finally, he ties the radio into his quad’s telemetry system and tethers the other end to his cellphone through a Bluetooth unit for a sweet end-to-end …read more


          PicoRico Hacks String Encoder for Bike Suspension Telemetry        

It’s simple, it’s elegant, and it works really really well. The PicoRico team built a telemetry system for a downhill bike. Off the top of your head how would you do this? Well, telemetry is easy… just add an IMU board and you’re golden. They went beyond that and have plans to go much further. In fact, the IMU was an afterthought. The gem of this build is a sensor that may go by several names: string encoder, draw wire sensor, stringpot, etc. But two things are for sure, they planned well for their hackathon build and they executed on …read more


          Open Sourcing Satellite Telemetry        

Launched in 1978, the International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 was sent on a mission to explore the Earth’s interaction with the sun. Several years later, the spacecraft changed its name to the International Cometary Explorer, sent off to explore orbiting ice balls, and return to Earth earlier this year. Talking to that spacecraft was a huge undertaking, with crowdfunding campaigns, excursions to Arecibo, and mountains of work from a team spanning the globe. Commanding the thrusters onboard the satellite didn’t work – there was no pressure in the tanks – but still the ICE mission continues, and one of the lead …read more


          Racing telemetry on a cockpit view        

[Martin] has a Lotus Elise and access to a track. Sounds like fun, huh? The only problem is that the dashcam videos he makes are a little bit boring. Sure, they show him flying around the track, but without some sort of data it’s really hard to improve his driving skills. After thinking about it for a while, [Martin] decided he could use his Raspberry Pi and camera module to record videos from the dashboard of his car, and overlay engine data such as RPM, throttle, and speed right on top of the video.

Capturing video is the easy part …read more


          Fancy telemetry control display for a quadcopter        

Most of the quadcopter projects that we’ve seen use a joystick-based control system. This lets you fly the thing around like any RC vehicle. But [Saulius] is augmenting his control system by pulling and displaying telemetry data. It doesn’t really change the way the vehicle is controller, but it lets the craft roam much further away because the operator can watch the computer screen and forego the need for the quadcopter to be within sight.

A Carambola board (also used in this weather station project) is used to provide connectivity. This is WiFi based, which helps us understand the range …read more


          Everyone is Good [AUTO & LIFE]        


이미 알아차렸겠지만, 나는 전문 작가가 아닐 뿐더러, 훌륭한 작가 축에 속하지도 않는다. 구글에서 “칼럼 쓰는 법”을 검색하자 다양한 방법이 제시되었는데, ê·¸ 중에서도 가장 기억에 남았던 ê±´ ‘말을 하듯이 쓰고, 사람에 대해서 쓰라’라는 내용이었다. 그래서 나도 이렇게 쓰기로 했다. 앞으로 이어질 3편의 시리즈에서(만약 내가 3편 모두 이어가게 된다면), 불행하게도 나의 칼럼을 읽을 모두에게 본인이 20년 넘는 세월 동안 레이싱에 대해 배워 온 것들을 나누고자 한다. 그것은 다음과 같은 결론으로 마무리될 거라 예상한다. 첫째, 모두가 훌륭한 사람이다. 둘째, ëˆ„구도 신경 쓰지 않는다. 셋째, ì‚¬ëžŒ ì‚¬ëžŒ 사람.


As you have probably already realized, I am not a professional writer, maybe not even a good writer. I Googled “How to write a column” and the top results told me a bunch of things but what resonated with me was the following. “Write as you would talk and write about people”. So that is what I will do. Over the next 3 part series (if I make it that far), I plan to share with all of you who are unfortunately reading this, what I have learned from my 20+ years in Racing. I am pretty sure it summarizes down to this. 1. Everyone is Good (I know this is grammatically incorrect but it sounds better), 2. Nobody Cares and 3. People People People.  




나는 타고난 재능으로 세계를 평정하여 수많은 팬들의 사랑을 받는 화려하고 짜릿한 레이싱 라이프를 생각했다. 하지만 한계까지 차를 몰아붙여 레이스를 하고 우승을 거머쥐는 나의 놀라운 드라이빙 재능이 나에게만 있는 게 아니란 걸 곧 깨달았다. 사실, 나의 라이벌들은 모두 같은 재능을 가졌고, 때론 더 우수한 재능을 가졌다! 내 자신감은 하늘을 찔렀지만, 내가 어떻게 생각했든 그 모든 건 내가 프로 드라이버가 된 순간 아무 의미도 없어졌다.


레이싱에 대한 흔한 오해는 레이싱이 마초 터프가이들의 스포츠란 생각이다. 이 오해는 팬과 레이서 모두에게 공통적으로 존재한다. 사실, 성공적인 레이싱 드라이버가 되기 위해선 훈련을 잘 받고, 분석을 행하며, 절차를 잘 따를 수 있어야 한다. 프로 레이싱은 매우 정량적인 스포츠이다. 재능과 자신감만으로는 충분하지 않다. 숫자로 이루어지는 이 세계에서 성공하려면 정말 열심히 노력해야 하고, 기술적인 면에서 전문가가 되어야 하며, 엄격한 분석이 필요하다. 이것을 깨닫기까지 오랜 시간이 걸렸다.


나의 경우, 어떤 차에 타든지 기본적으로 일정 이상의 스피드를 빨리 끌어내는 재능이 있었다. 이것은 내 자신감의 원천이었지만, 사실 가장 큰 문제이기도 했다. 나의 재능에 대한 자신감이 너무 충만했던 나머지, 더 발전하기 위한 노력에 집중하지 못했다. 많은 세월을 허비한 후에야 이것을 깨달았다. 내가 개선해야 하는 부분들을 이해한 후, 나의 많은 단점들을 찾아내기 위한 노력을 시작했다.


I thought a life in racing was going to be glamour and excitement where my god given talents would conquer the world to the adoration of millions of fans. But what I realized quickly is that all of the amazing talents that I thought I had to drive a car on the limit, to race and win were not exclusive to me. In fact, all of my rivals had those same talents, sometimes in greater abundance! Whatever I thought I was, however great my confidence, it all meant nothing the moment I became a professional. 


I think there is a general misconception about racing that it is a macho tough guys sport. This misconception is held by both fans and racers alike. Actually, to be a successful racing driver, you need to be very disciplined, analytical and process oriented. At the professional level, this is a very quantitative sport. Talent and confidence alone are simply not enough. It takes hard work, technical expertise and analytical rigor to succeed in this world driven by numbers. It actually took me a long time to figure this out. 


For me, I was lucky to be naturally quick enough to get into any car and drive at a minimally acceptable speed. That was a point of pride but it actually became my single biggest problem. I had too much confidence in my natural ability and didn’t focus on improving my trade. It took many wasted years to realize this and to start working hard to understand the many areas which I needed to improve and to gradually start to address my many shortcomings. 




드라이버에게 데이터보다 더 강력한 도구는 없다. 레이스카 텔레메트리, 혹은 데이터 수집 시스템이라 불리는 것들은 NASA의 우주선이나 비행기의 블랙박스와 비슷하다. 보통 이 시스템은 자동차의 속도, RPM(*엔진의 분 당 회전수), 횡가속도와 종가속도, 서스펜션의 움직임, 엔진과 브레이크, 타이어의 온도와 압력 같은 요소들을 기록하는 정교한 장치이다. 기록과 분석이 가능한 변수들은 무궁무진하다. 뿐만 아니라, 텔레메트리 기록 장치는 스티어링 조작이나 스로틀 포지션, 브레이크 압력, 기어 포지션 등등 드라이버가 차 안에서 무엇을 하는지도 기록한다. 훈련 받은 엔지니어는 이 데이터를 해석해 자동차가 트랙 안에서 무엇을 하는지, 그리고 드라이버가 자동차 안에서 무엇을 하는지를 알아낼 수 있다. 이것은 당신의 가장 좋은 친구가 될 수도 있고, 최악의 비평가가 될 수도 있다 – 텔레메트리가 당신(그리고 다른 사람들 모두)에게 정확히 어디에서, 그리고 왜 당신이 잘못하고 있는지를 보여줄 것이기 때문이다.


As a Driver, there is no more powerful tool than data. Race car telemetry or data acquisition systems are like those found on a NASA space craft or an airplane black box. Typically they have very sensitive systems that record dynamic parameters on the car such as speed, RPM, Lateral and longitudinal G forces, suspension travel, temps as well as temperatures and pressures for things such as the engine, brakes and tires. The list of recordable and analyzable variables are endless. In addition, telemetry records what the driver is doing in the car such as steering input, throttle position, brake pressure, gear position, the list goes on and on. A trained engineer can translate this data to know exactly what a car is doing on track and what the driver did in the car. It can be both your best friend and your worst critic because it will show you (and everyone else) exactly where and why you are not as good as you could be.



텔레메트리 데이터가 어떻게 나오는지 살펴보자…


Let me show you how it works…




위 사진은 중국 상하이에서 치렀던 내 예선 랩의 드라이빙 데이터이다. 예선은 결승 출발 순서를 정하기 위한 가장 빠른 1랩의 기록이다. 보통은 30분 정도가 주어지고, 이 시간 동안 가장 빠른 1랩 기록을 뽑아내야 한다. 만약 레이스를 선두에서 출발한다면 우승 가능성은 매우 높아진다. 


가장 위의 붉은색 궤적은 엔진 RPM이다. ê·¸ 아래 파란색은 자동차의 속도이다. 분홍색은 브레이크에 가해진 압력을 보여주며, 주황색은 스티어링 각도, 초록색은 스로틀 포지션을 나타낸다. 여기에 보여진 것들은 텔레메트리를 이용해서 ë³¼ 수 있는 가장 기본적인 요소들이다. 이러한 데이터들을 더욱 깊게 분석하여 자동차의 성능과 드라이버에 대해 자세히 알아낼 수 있다. 


The image above is the dashboard of driving data from my qualifying lap at a race in Shanghai, China.  Qualifying is the 1 lap best time to set the starting position for the race. Typically you are given 30 minutes to set your best 1 lap time. If you start ahead your chances for winning the race are greatly enhanced. 


You can see the top trace in red shows the engine RPM. Under that in blue is the car speed. In pink is the brake pressure applied, orange shows the steering angle, and green shows the throttle position. I have showed you just the basic overview of some of the parameters that you can track using this tool. You can go very deep to analyze in great detail the performance of the car and driver.



그러면 이제 부정적인 쪽을 이야기 해 보자.


But here is the worst critic part. 




위 사진은 내가 예선 동안 주행한 랩을 연속으로 나타낸 것이다. 30분 동안 많이 주행할 수도 있고 원한다면 최소한으로 주행을 할 수도 있지만, 오직 1랩만 예선 기록으로 남는다는 점을 기억하라. 나의 가장 빠른 랩은 1분 53초638임을 알 수 있다. 그렇다, 모터스포츠에서는 1000분의 1초까지 기록된다! 위의 사진에서 볼 수 있는 각각의 구간 기록들이 합쳐져서 1랩 기록이 된다. 밝은 파란색으로 표시된 구간들이 내가 달린 가장 빠른 “구간 기록”들이다. 이 파란색 구간 기록들을 모두 합치면, 1분 52초800이라는 “Electric” 기록을 얻게 된다. 0.85초 더 빠른 기록이다. 이론상으로 가능한 내가 낼 수 있었던 기록은, 실제 기록과 1.58% 차이를 나타낸다. “Rolling Minimum” 기록을 보면, 이것은 이론적인 기록이 아니라, 스타트 포인트를 가장 유리한 지점으로 옮겼을 때의 실제 주행 기록을 보여준다. 위의 사진을 보면 1랩의 마지막 10번 코너에서부터 2랩의 같은 10번 코너까지 봤을 때가 가장 빠른 “Rolling” 기록이다. 이것 역시 나의 공식 기록보다 0.371초 빠르다.


Above we can see the consecutive laps that I ran during qualifying. Remember that during 30 min I can run a much or as little as I want but only 1 lap will count. We can see that my fastest lap was a 1:53.648. Yes we count down to the thousandth of a second! Each of these time segments or sectors add up to make 1 lap. These light blue areas are the fastest time that I did. If we add up all these blue sectors we come up with an Eclectic time of 1:52.800. This is 0.85 second faster. This equates to 1.58% differential from my fastest lap to what I could have been achieved theoretically. If we look at the Rolling Minimum, this is not a theoretical time but the actual time I did if we find the best actual lap but allowing for start stop line to be moved to the most advantageous point of the track. You can see above that the end of Lap 1 from turn 10 continuing to the Lap 2 ending at the same point of turn 10 is the fastest “Rolling” lap. This is also 0.371 faster than my officially recognized lap. 




왜 “Rolling Minimum”이나 “Electric” 기록을 실제로 내지 못했을까? 왜 그것들을 1랩 안에 조합 해 내지 못했을까? 그러고 싶지 않았기 때문이 아니다. 단순히 주행 당일 나의 신체적 한계 때문이다. 엔지니어들은 곧바로 왜 더 빠른 기록을 내지 못했는지를 나에게 묻는다. 나의 자동차는 명확히 1분 52초800을 달릴 수 있었기 때문이다!


이제 내가 해야 할 일은 돌아가서 각각의 구간마다 어떻게 다르게 드라이빙을 했는지, 그 차이점을 비교 해 보는 일이다. 이런 분석은 필연적으로 당신이 자동차의 성능을 구성하는 요소 중 가장 치명적인 부분이라는 걸 깨닫게 해준다. 특히 당신이 제대로 된 프로 레이싱 팀에 있다면, 한결 같은 일관성을 지닌 현대의 기계와 기술 가운데 존재하는 일관성 없는 인간 하드웨어인 당신 자신이 머신의 성능에 가장 큰 변수로 작용한다는 것을 알게 된다. 참고로 더 얘기하자면, 이 경기에서 나는 예선 2위를 했고, 나의 팀메이트가 1위를 차지했다. 그는 나보다 단지 0.12초 더 빨랐다!


Why couldn’t I do the Rolling Minimum or the Eclectic time officially? Why couldn't I put them into 1 lap? It’s not because I didn’t want too. It was simply my physical limit on that day. So  instantly my engineers are asking me the question, why couldn’t you go faster on the official lap? The car we gave you was clearly able to do a 1:52.800!! 


Now what I have to do is go back and compare how I drove in this sector vs. that sector and figure out what I did different. From this self analysis you inevitably realize that you are the weakest link in the performance package. Especially if you are in a proper professional Team, the consistency of modern machinery and technology means that YOU, as a piece of highly inconsistent human hardware have a greater performance variable than the machine. Just to let you know, I qualified 2nd for this race and my team mate at the time was 1st. He beat me by only 0.12 seconds! 




이처럼 세세한 것들을 이해하고 분석하여 1000분의 1초를 찾아내고, 이것들이 더해져 100분의 1초가 되고, 또 10분의 1초가 된다는 것은, 나의 강점을 진정으로 알아가는 큰 깨달음이었다. 레이싱의 세계에서 내가 자신 있게 말할 수 있는 한 가지는 나 자신이 내가 생각했던 것만큼 훌륭하진 않았다는 것이다. 나는 자신감이 크게 흔들렸다. 내가 레이싱의 세계에서 진정으로 깨달은 건, 당신은 완전히 발가벗겨진다는 것이다. 당신은 외부의 분석과 판단에 완전히 노출된다. 많은 드라이버들은 우리가 일관성이 떨어지고, 실수하기 쉬우며, 보통 어리석다는 심각한 진실과 마주했을 때, 그것을 받아들이지 못한다. 진실과 맞닥뜨렸을 때 드라이버들이 변명을 하고 남을 탓하는 것을 흔히 보곤 하는데, “아, 시스템이 이상했어”, “팀이 잘 못했기 때문이야”, “자동차가 부족했어”, “레이스가 너무 정치적이야”, “나는 여기에 맞지 않아”, 등등… 결국 그들은 자신의 결점에 대한 진실을 받아들이지 못해 레이스를 그만두고 다시는 돌아오지 않는다. 인생에서도 마찬가지다. 하지만 만약 자신에 대한 진실을 받아들이고 시스템적으로, 방법적으로 자신을 잔인하게 분석하며 발전하기 위해 노력한다면, 그것이야말로 챔피언이 되는 길이다.


To understand and analyze those minute details corner by corner and to find the extrathousandths  of a second that add up to a hundredth that add up to 1 tenth, was a huge eye opener for me because I realized that the thing that I thought I was good at. The 1 thing in the world that I had confidence in, I was not even close to as good as I thought I was. This was a huge hit to my confidence. What I actually realized is that in racing, is that you are actually totally naked. You are totally open for outside analysis and judgment. Many drivers when faced with the sobering reality of how inconsistent, error prone, and generally stupid we really are, simply can’t take the reality. Exposed to the truth, for all the world to see They make excuses or blame others, Ah the system was rigged, My Team was bad, my car was not good enough, it’s too political, I’m too good for this, etc… Ultimately, they can’t accept the truth about their own shortcomings which leads them to shut down, walk away and never come back. This is also true in life. But if you accept that truth about yourself and have the determination to systematically, methodically, ruthlessly analyze and improve yourself, this is the path to becoming a Champion.





※ 본 콘텐츠는 집필가의 의견으로, 삼성화재의 생각과는 다를 수 있습니다. 






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          Thoughts of an L&D Nurse: An In-Depth Interview         
Thoughts of an L&D Nurse: An In-Depth Interview with Nurse Monica Mitchell | www.doulabarb.com
Nurse Monica: Voted Best Nurse in Johnson County in the Best of the Best Awards, 2014


In honor of National Nurses' Week, I met up with local OB nurse Monica Mitchell, RNC-OB, C-EFM for margaritas and some conversation.  We talked everything from birth plans to homeschooling but I really wanted to get her take on doulas, why she does what she does and where she sees room for improvement.  I wasn't disappointed!  I left on fire- her passion for what she does is contagious- and feeling incredibly lucky that we have such great providers in our area. 





Q: Tell me a little about yourself.

A:  Well, I always knew I wanted to do something medical.  It was in high school that I realized it was nursing that I wanted to do.  I went to Southwestern Adventist University and worked at John Peter Smith first in telemetry/cardiac nursing.  I made myself go and learn that first and get that experience.  It was ultimately the birth experience of my 3rd child that lit the fire in me to go back to school to be an OB nurse.




Q:  So, how did you make the transition to L&D?

A:  Nursing is a family profession.  My Aunt told me to go to a county hospital or to the military and nothing will ever scare me.  In training as an OB nurse, you do research and you study evidence based practice.  But, I would go out on the floor at JPS and see they were doing things much differently.  JPS is high-risk, but everyone got put on a monitor and put in bed.  I questioned the norms and I felt from the beginning that it wasn't the place for me.  I even got written up a few times for getting people up and out of bed but I stayed for 6 years.  It just so happened that I met Carla Morrow while she was at JPS working on getting her DNP.  When I found out she was down at Cleburne, I felt ready to leave JPS but it took a couple of years to make my way down there.



Q: Texas Health Harris Methodist Cleburne has been on the forefront of some excellent advances in maternity care.  Can you speak to some of the programs you've been involved in?

A:  I just presented at AWHONN on hydrotherapy.  I reviewed every single water birth we did at Cleburne- it took me nine months- and did a statistical comparison on things like lacerations, length of second stage, infection, APGAR scores.  What we discovered was that there was no statistical difference in APGAR scores, there were NO infections in any of our moms and babies- that's a big point of concern for opponents of water birth-, 2nd state of labor was much shorter- it averaged only 24 minutes- and we had a decrease in lacerations and the severity of those lacerations.

Cleburne was the first and is currently the ONLY hospital in the state offering nitrous and we're the ONLY nurse-driven nitrous option in the country.  Vanderbilt University, for example, has never quit using nitrous but the patients have to be assessed by anesthesia prior to administration.  By they time anesthesia gets to them and does the assessment, the need has usually passed, especially with repairs.  At Cleburne, we don't have access to 24-hour, in-house anesthesia and that worked in our favor as a selling point for making it nurse-driven in our hospital.  The difference is that our mixture is 50% concentration of oxygen/nitrous and needs negative pressure to deliver- it's not free flowing, and that makes it "minimal sedation" which RNs can administer.  We've found it VERY helpful for repairs- it keeps moms awake and alert for repairs as opposed to iv sedation which can knock them out for a couple hours, and they miss that critical bonding time with their baby.

Family Centered C-Sections is also something that we've worked hard to get going.  Carla Morrow started it- she had heard about it on a trip overseas- and just sort of said "this is how we're going to do it".  The biggest hurdle was getting anesthesia on board so we did a presentation of evidence with lots of literature supporting it.  The first time we did it was on a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) mom that was devastated that she was going to have to have a repeat c-section.  We did it with her and it was great AND anesthesia realized that mom was much calmer with her baby with her.  Usually, mom gets anxious at the end and anesthesia ends up having to give meds to help calm her.  When they realize that doing it this way was making their job easier, they really started to get on board.

I really feel that surgical birth, when necessary, should be done in a way that parents are a part of, instead of something that is done to them.



Q:  What is something that you wish everyone knew about nursing life?

A:  I wish people knew how much of ourselves we put into it.  We go home and cry when things don't work out or we have a bad outcome, even when they don't get the birth they wanted.  I take it personally.




Q:  What is the hardest part about your job?

A:  Bad outcomes, of course.  But, trying to juggle rules and protocols and trying to make sure our patients have the outcome they want.  We have a great group of midwives and nurses there at Cleburne and we really don't take no for an answer!  We push for the change.




Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your work?

A:  Having a happy momma and happy baby.  Getting that thank you from a patient; them telling us that we made a difference for them.




Q:  What do you love/hate most about the current maternal care system?

A:  We have atrocious birth outcomes.  It's safer to deliver in Puerto Rico and it's not because of sub-standard care.  It's because 1/3 of our deliveries are sections.  It's fear driven.  It's said that it takes about 17 years for research to make it to the bedside- to see the changes happen but we need to make it happen faster!

We have a litigious atmosphere and it causes people to be scared.  You know, doctors and nurses don't do conferences together anymore and sometimes we don't even speak the same language.  We have OBs in this country that haven't taken classes since the 1970s and they literally are speaking a different language in regard to terminology.  It's also a paternalistic system and we continuously hear things like "Why are you getting induced?  Because I said so."  It needs to change.



Q:  Do you feel supported in regard to resources for continuing education?  Specifically evidence based information, since it continuously changing?

A:  YES!  100%!  I'm writing evidence based information and I'm passionate about it!  We have great management and leaders at the hospital.  We come to them with information and ideas and they hold us accountable; they expect us to do our homework and present them with the research.  We do and that's how change happens. 




Q:  How have you seen birth practices change over the course of your career and what do you think the driving force behind those changes have been?

A:  I haven't seen much change anywhere else.  In my 9 years, I've only seen the change at Cleburne.  I saw some things like delayed cord clamping at JPS, but not much.  I do think skin to skin is catching on.  People are starting to talk about gentle sections, even if they aren't in practice yet.   You know, when Medicaid stopped paying for elective sections before 39 weeks, we really started to see change.  Now the push is for 41.  Change is money driven and patients need to remember they are consumers.



Q:  As a doula, I focus on helping my clients prepare to have their best birth, whatever that may be.  What is something you wish every patient knew before having their baby, regardless of the type of birth they desire?

A:  I prefer for my patients to be educated and know what they want.  Also to know that plans can change.  This is your first experience at parenthood, realize that things can change!  I feel people sometimes think, especially with transfers, that we are the enemy but we aren't.  We really want them to get a birth that is as close to their plan as possible.  But, to get more educated parents, we need to be starting in high school.  Women need to know how birth affects their body, what is involved, educate them about breastfeeding (we need a social change to make that the norm).  I want women to know that they have options and that you don't have to just say yes to something because your doctor says so.  You can question your doctor and your nurse- it's your body!  Some people don't know the difference between good practice and bad- how much better it can be.  I also want NO shaming for their birth choices.  Care should be individualized to what they need, what they want.



Q:  What do you see patients doing to unintentionally hinder their relationship with hospital staff?

A:  People come in defensively.  I understand it and I hear their stories but it puts everyone's hackles up.  We try to explain, we acknowledge that things may not be going the way they want, but we truly do want to help them get the best birth they can.




Q:  What do you see doulas doing to unintentionally hinder the relationship with hospital staff?

A:  I think some doulas push too hard and pass judgement on their clients.  Care needs to be individualized and labor is unpredictable.  Support her when things change.  Sometimes the refuse to have a discussion.  We present them with options but we get a firm NO.  They aren't willing to entertain any.  I love working with doulas though- "ok, you rebozo and I'll doppler."  I'm in my happy place then.



Q:  What do you really think about birth plans?  

A:  Everyone should have one.  We are there to give patients a good birth experience, regardless, but they should know what they want.  If they don't have a birth plan, we help them realize their options.  We've have patients show up with no clue about their choices, only to have them get in the tub and have a baby when they didn't even realize that was an option!

I read the birth plans, no matter how long.  There isn't really an optimal length for me but make it easy to get to and easy for someone to reference.  Regardless though, I'm going to talk to the client verbally to confirm and get more information.  I'm going to go in and discuss and acknowledge their wishes and make sure we have a contingency plan- that's important.


Q:  Is there anything else you'd like to add?

A:  The nurses in Cleburne, and I've worked with great nurses, we are really passionate about what we do.  I think we need to push for change.  Patients must know their rights and advocate for themselves in order to make big, large-scale change.

Our problem now is that our birth culture needs to change.  I hear things like "well, my mom was induced so I'll probably need to be induced too."  The things that you as a doula discuss with your clients is something that everyone needs to know, dads included.  Until there is absolute demand for it, things won't change.  Some providers are pushing against the grain but we need a bigger demand.



          Multi antenna integration        

Sorry for the title
We are building a big rover (1200mm long, over 70kg) and we want to put the antennas in/on a pole, both gps antennas on top, separated around 25cm, and telemetry (433) and RC (2.4) antennas inside the pole.
I would love to have some feedback from the community, we want to stick to the "one pole solution" and the body of the rover is fully metallic.


          Apm 2.8 with fw 3.2.1        

Hi. I'm sorry if this is not the place to clarify my doubts. I have a cx20 with a 2.8 apm that has firmware 3.2.1 installed. The version I have of the mission planner is 1.3.49. How can I back up apm settings information to load later if necessary? I already saw a video on youtube but my mission planner is different. To do this I have to connect the apm with a usb connection or can I do it by telemetry? Thank you for your help in a simple way. My english is not very good :slight_smile:
This is a picture of my mission planner. I only have these tabs available. In the review that I saw there are more tabs but they do not appear to me


          City of Palmer Water and Wastewater Treatment SCADA        
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What are the other levels of measurement? Since you give the value of mach 3.5, that indications is in meters per second? Mein Gott that is quick. The legend says it transmits telemetry to earth, do you know what frequency - band they use? The article states a over-sized satellite dish. I take it that they setting up 2/5m parabolic antennas to receive the signal. 18 Ghz? (2.4Ghz Wifi would be attenuated coming through the atmosphere) I'm assuming they must be using a licensed band that doesn't interfere with local air traffic or satellite transmissions. That's got to be difficult to track and keep the signal, fascinating stuff.
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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. Author of Hillbilly Elegy, J.A. Vance

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. (catalog summary)



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          ÐšÐ°Ðº отключить телеметрию и слежку в Windows 10         
Как отключить телеметрию и сбор данных 
                    в Windows 10 

Привет всем читателям. Сейчас уже не секрет, что Windows 10 занимается слежкой за своими пользователями. С помощью телеметрии, корпорация Microsoft пытается исправить собственные недоработки операционной системы путем автоматизированной передачи
данных на удаленный сервер c помощью службы "Функциональные возможности для подключенных пользователей и телеметрия" (Connected User Experiences and Telemetry), ранее была - "Служба диагностического отслеживания".
К тому же большинство пользователей отмечают значительную нагрузку на систему от этой службы. Представители Microsoft заявляют что принимаемые данные не раскрываются третьим лицам, но у нас на этот счет свои соображения, и думаю никто не хочет, чтобы его данные попали к кому-нибудь.  Подкупает то, что все собранные данные будут хранится столько времени, сколько Microsoft посчитает нужным. Отключение служб которые отвечают за сбор информации необходимо начинать ещё на этапе установки операционной системы, но это упущение мы будем исправлять сейчас.

                                                      Инструкция

1. Нажмите правой кнопкой по значку Компьютер и выберите
   пункт -- Управление.


2. Перед вами  появится программа Управления компьютером.
Откройте раздел Службы и приложения, далее откройте папку Службы.

 
Можно также использовать комбинацию клавиш  Win+R,  и далее ввести services.msc.
Перед Вами откроются Службы
3. Чтобы полностью избежать проблем при отключении служб,
желательно сохранить ветку реестра, отвечающую за запуск системных служб.
Для этого cделайте следующее:
Пуск -- Выполнить -- regedit--ОК. Запустится реестр Windows.
В реестре пройдите по пути:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services:
В левой колонке  выделите папку Services


и через меню  Файл --- Экспорт -- Сохраните эту ветку.
4. Вы также можете прежде,чем отключать что-либо создать точку
восстановления системы
. Потому как, если, что пойдет не так после
Ваших действий, то всегда можно будет откатиться.


5. Теперь находим в списке служб "Функциональные возможности для подключенных пользователей и телеметрия" (Connected User Experiences and Telemetry), и открываем её "Свойства".


5. Остановите службу "Функциональные возможности для подключенных
пользователей и телеметрия"
, а затем измените её Тип запуска -- "Отключена".



6. Далее рассмотрим, как это можно сделать с помощью Групповых политик.
Как повысить безопасность системы с помощью Групповых политик читайте далее
Заходим в групповые политики: Win +R - gpedit.msc (нужны права администратора),
далее Конфигурация компьютера - Административные шаблоны - Компоненты Windows - Сборки для сбора данных и предварительные сборки - Разрешить телеметрию - Отключена.



7. В завершении рассмотрим, теперь, как отключить телеметрию с помощью реестра.
Как очистить "хвосты" от удаленной программы в реестре читайте далее
Пуск - Выполнить - regedit
Далее необходимо перейти в раздел реестра:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft
\Windows\DataCollection

Если такого раздела нет, то его нужно создать. Для этого щелкаем ПКМ по Microsoft и выбираем создать раздел - DataCollection.


Теперь нужно также создать и новый параметр DWORD на 32 бита под названием AllowTelemetry в правой части реестра. Для этого выделяем ЛКМ параметр DataCollection  и в правой части реестра (ПКМ), создаем параметр DWORD на 32 бита под названием AllowTelemetry и значением 0.



Перезагружаем операционную систему.
После перезагрузки  убеждаемся в том, что Телеметрия отключена.



Это конечно не все настройки по отключению отслеживающих функции Windows 10 и продолжении этой темы еще будет. Здесь я намеренно не стал подробно рассказывать о программах по отключению слежки в Windows 10. Обсудим это в отдельной статье.
Здесь мы рассмотрели, как можно отключить телеметрию средствами самой ОС.
Ниже на скриншоте Вы можете видеть, что Телеметрия включается опять, после каждого обновления системы. Здесь я отключал слежку с помощью программы O&O ShutUp10.


Поэтому после каждого обновления системы приходится вновь отключать телеметрию.

Как ускорить и восстановить производительность Windows 10 читайте далее
Какие службы можно отключить в  Windows 10  читайте далее

Это конечно не все настройки по отключению слежки в Windows 10 и судя по тому,
как эта тема глубоко затронула пользователей, продолжение этой темы еще будет.
Если есть какие дополнения, вопросы пожалуйста к обсуждению.


.

          ÐšÐ°ÐºÐ¸Ðµ службы можно отключить в Windows 10        
Какие службы можно отключить в Windows 10

Привет всем читателям.
Сегодня поговорим о том, какие службы можно отключить в Windows 10, хотя эта система не так уж и требовательна к ресурсам компьютера.Службы, это программы, которые действуют в фоновом режиме, обеспечивая нормальную работу компьютера.


Некоторые из них мы используем редко, а есть которые и вовсе не используем.
Эти службы и можно отключить, когда компьютер начинает медленнее загружаться и выполнять свои функции, чтобы повысить производительность операционной системы.
А для тех, у кого маломощный компьютер, это неплохой способ повысить общую производительность системы.
Как отключить телеметрию и сбор данных в Windows 10 читайте далее
К тому же некоторые службы представляют уязвимость для вирусов, и это в первую очередь относится к такой службе, как Удаленный реестр. То, что можно выключить зависит конечно от потребностей и задач, которые выполняет пользователь на своем компьютере, поэтому здесь я привел в пример, те службы, которые я отключил в своей конфигурации.

                           Как отключить ненужные службы Windows 10

1. Нажмите правой кнопкой по значку Компьютер и выберите пункт--Управление.


2. Перед вами  появится программа Управления компьютером.

 
Откройте раздел Службы и приложения, далее откройте папку Службы.
Можно также использовать комбинацию клавиш  Win+R,  и далее ввести services.msc.
Перед Вами откроются Службы.
3. Чтобы, что-то сделать с службой, найдите ее в списке и дважды
кликните левой кнопкой мыши по ней, а потом выберите то что требуется.
- Автоматический -- при включении компьютера
- Вручную --по необходимости (служба сама запустится)
- Отключен -- загрузка службы запрещена
Здесь я на примере покажу, отключаем Службу "Оптимизация доставки"



4. Обязательно смотрите вкладку- Зависимости (от какой службы зависит)
так как у многих процессов общий родительский процесс или служба. 


5. Чтобы полностью избежать проблем при отключении служб, желательно сохранить ветку реестра, отвечающую за запуск системных служб.
Для этого cделайте следующее:
Пуск--Выполнить--regedit--ОК. Запустится реестр Windows.
В реестре пройдите по пути:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services:
В левой колонке  выделите папку Services


и через меню  Файл---Экспорт--Сохраните эту ветку.
Далее посмотрим список служб, которые можно отключить или перевести в ручной режим.

                   Список служб в Windows 10 которые  можно отключить

1. Браузер компьютеров - используется для создания списка компьютеров в сети и выдает его программам по запросу. Эта служба необходима только в локальной сети -- Вручную
2. Windows Search - В Windows 10 и более ранних версиях, работает поиск по содержимому компьютера, и если Вы хотите ускорить операционную систему,  отключите эту службу поиска-- Отключить
3. Рабочая станция – клиент для SBM подключений, отвечает за подключение
   к  удалённым серверам -- Вручную
4. Биометрическая служба Windows - Если для входа в систему
вы не используете отпечаток пальца или сканирование -- Отключить
5. Вторичный вход в систему - обеспечивает вход в Windows с нескольких учетных
записей. Если Вы один за компом, то -- Отключить
6. Диспетчер подключений удаленного доступа - Вручную (если нет локальной сети - Отключить)
7. Удалённый реестр — Отключаем однозначно
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8. ktmrm для координатора распределённых транзакций — Вручную
9. Координатор распределённых транзакций — Вручную
10. Модуль поддержки NetBIOS - Вручную
11. Настройка сервера удалённых рабочих столов — Отключить, если нет локальной сети
12. Служба загрузки изображений Windows (WIA) — Если у вас к компьютеру
подключен сканер или цифровая камера, то ничего не трогаем, если нет то - Отключаем
13. Служба поддержки Bluetooth — Если вы не пользуетесь блютусом то - Отключаем
14. Служба удалённого управления Windows — Отключаем
15. Служба удалённых рабочих столов —  Отключаем
16. Служба маршрутизатора AllJoyn -- Отключил (другой маршрутизатор у меня)
17. Служба маршрутизатора SMS Microsoft Windows -- Вручную
18. Служба общего доступа к портам Net.Tcp - предоставляет возможность совместного использования TCP-портов по протоколу Net.Tcp. Если компьютер не используется в качестве сервера, то можно -- Выключить
19. Смарт-карта - обеспечивает доступ к устройствам для чтения смарт-карт. Если
таковых нет, надо -- Выключить.
20. NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver Service - эта служба предназначена для видеокарт NVIDIA.  Если вы не используете 3D стерео изображения, то данную службу можно Выключить.
21. Вспомогательная служба IP -- поддерживает сетевой протокол IPv6 -- Отключил
22. Прослушиватель домашней группы - если не используете домашнюю группу,
лучше -- Выключить
23. Рабочие папки - используется для синхронизации папок на различных
устройствах-- Отключил (вообще всю синхронизацию отключил, не нуждаюсь в этом)
24. Служба данных датчиков — обрабатывает и хранит информацию, получаемую с датчиков, установленных на ПК - Отключено у меня (нет у меня датчиков)
25. Служба перечислителя переносных устройств - отвечает за возможность синхронизации и автоматического воспроизведение файлов с переносных устройств-- Отключил, не нуждаюсь в этом
26. Служба шифрования дисков BitLocker - даёт возможность шифровать диски. Отключил, не шифруюсь.
27. Узел системы диагностики -- Вручную (нужна будет, если какие проблемы возникнут с компьютером)
28. Узел службы диагностики--Вручную
29. Центр обновления Windows -- Вручную у меня
30. Сетевая служба Xbox Live -- Отключено (если Вам нужен для игр, то Вручную)
31. Superfetch-- Автомат у меня (использую для технологии ReadyBoost)
32. Телеметрия -- раньше была «Служба диагностического отслеживания» сейчас носит другое название — Connected User Experiences and Telemetry ("Функциональные возможности для подключенных пользователей и телеметрия") -Отключено, эта служба «шпионит» за пользователем и в фоновом режиме отсылает данные в Microsoft
33. Службу "Оптимизация доставки" -- Отключено "сьедает" почти половину Вашего трафика.(об этом подробнее по этой  ссылке )

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Пожалуй на этом все. Если знаете еще варианты, как, что можно удалить - пишите в комментарии. Но все же советую перед отключением служб сделать точку восстановления.
И если не уверенны в отключении той или иной службы, лучше не отключайте, а поставьте вручную, тогда при запуске какой либо программы, которой необходима какая нибудь служба--система запросит у вас разрешение на запуск этой службы.

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Hi,
Im trying to get the Raspberry Pi to act as a bridge, with the intention of using a wifi puck on the aircraft for internet communication outside of a localHost wifi setup. So, it would be an internet of things device that I can hit from anywhere on the net, operating outside of the wifi connection range of the Pi's wifi hardware. This also removes the requirement of a telemetry radio as I plan on simply physically connecting the Pi to the Pixhawk.

Does this make sense so far and is the link below the best way to achieve this?

If I am correct, I have a problem with wifi when I set the command, wifi is no longer available on the machine after this command:
sudo ifdown wlan0

I'm following the instructions located here:
http://ardupilot.org/dev/docs/making-a-mavlink-wifi-bridge-using-the-raspberry-pi.html

This kills the wifi, I realize its probably due to the driver prescribed in the doc, I have changed the driver based on the doc describing a different driver to use, but still its not working.
This work is on a Raspberry 2B with a wifi dongle. I have tried two dongles, still the same issue. Eth0 still works. I have a Raspberry Pi 3 and an ODroid XU4. Was simply trying this out with the oldest piece of hardware I had.

My question is:
is this related to the driver as suspected? I will swap out SD cards from the Pi 2 to 3 and see if I have the same issue. Any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Lastly:
The link for the preconfigured SD Card image opens the repository but the download hangs forever:
http://firmware.eu.ardupilot.org/Tools/MavStation/

Cheers,
Edan

For reference:

Specifically this section:
Setup the wlan0 interface as a static ip address
We now have to setup the wireless interface on the RPi to have its own fixed IP address and set it up to take incoming connections, type the following commands:

sudo ifdown wlan0


          Blog Post: MCU Quadcopter BoosterPack blasts off – utilizing TI’s CC2560 Bluetooth and CC4000 GPS solutions to take the design to new heights        
As an avid MCU LaunchPad user, TI’er Trey German took a look at the current BoosterPack plug-in modules and saw something was missing. “The BoosterPacks available today are good in that the showcase a TI technology, but none of them really showcase a completed end application,” said German. Trey was inspired and decided to create his own BoosterPack and enter it into the internal BoosterPack Design Challenge. “I wanted to develop something that would really knock people’s socks off and showed off TI’s technical portfolio with a fully-integrated BoosterPack plug-in module solution.” To do this, Trey decided to design a quadcopter-based BoosterPack . A quadcopter is similar to a traditional helicopter in maneuverability, but is substantially cheaper due to simplified mechanical components, which reduce the overall bill of materials cost. Instead of a complicated swashplate and tail rotor, the quadcopter employs four fixed pitch propellers and complex control algorithms to stabilize and balance the aircraft. “By removing the expensive mechanical components and moving this functionality into software, we are able to reduce costs and make this a viable option for product production.” As with any other remotely controlled or autonomous vehicle a data link was needed, and Trey chose a combination of TI’s CC2560 and CC4000 solutions. “I chose Bluetooth because of the small size and low power requirements of the quadcopter. I needed a solution that would be small and light and the PAN1323 built off the CC2560 was a perfect solution,” stated German. This data link provides telemetry data to a ground station using the Serial Port Protocol (SPP) and also allows for manual control of the quadcopter. Additional functionality is provided by the CC4000 GPS module, “The CC4000 allows the quadcopter to fly autonomously by flying to way points programmed using a ground control station. This enables the quadcopter to fly autonomous drone missions.” The quadcopter also incorporates other TI technologies such as InstaSPIN-FOC to control the four brushless DC motors on board as well as various power electronics and analog solutions from all over TI. “The quadcopter really showcases some of the best technologies TI has to offer. I’ve really enjoyed building my quadcopter and I’m excited to see where this project will go.” Trey German is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and works as an Applications Engineer in the C2000 Microcontroller group. In his free time he enjoys flying airplanes and exploring Houston on his bicycle.
          VHF Low Band Skip - Tips and Tricks to monitoring        
Now that the summer months are upon us, VHF Low Band Skip reports have been coming in fast and furious on the RadioReference Skip Forum. This article will give you some tips and tricks on how to monitor public safety and military communications from all over North America with a simple antenna and scanner. The trick is timing, and patience.

VHF Low Band Skip is caused by a phenomenon called Sporadic E skip. Sporadic E skip occurs when patches in the E layer of the ionosphere, about 65 miles above ground, become ionized. This layer normally refracts shortwave and mediumwave signals but is transparent to VHF radiation. When patches of the E layer become ionized, great skip opportunities from 28 MHz to 75 MHz occur, allowing you to monitor communications in this band cross-country, and sometimes worldwide when "double-hop" skip occurs.

Hunting for skip.

One very valuable tool for looking for E skip patch openings is the DX Sherlock 1.7 - V-UHF QSO real time maps tool. This tool, provided by vhfdx.net, shows real time contacts made by amateur radio operators on 6 meters (50-54 MHz). Usually, when a number of contacts are being made cross country, a sporadic E skip opening is occurring.

Another valuable tool is of course your scanner. Some precursors to sporadic E skip come from meteor scatter transmitter sites which broadcast near 40 MHz for telemetry and weather reporting. Meteor scatter transmissions are similar in nature to sporadic E skip transmissions, except the radio communications broadcast bounces off on ionized trails from naturally occurring meteors vaporizing in the atmosphere. These vaporization trails allow ground stations to communicate over long distances from remote areas. Some frequencies commonly used by Meteor scatter systems include:

40.53 SNOTEL - Snowpack Telemetry in the Western States
44.20 Meteor Communications Corporation


Plug those frequencies in and scan them often. If you hear data (you'll know it when you do, it is a loud buzzsaw sounding data transmission) on these frequencies, chances are a nice band opening is occurring.

Common Reported Skip

Some of the more commonly public safety agencies that show up on skip across the nation include:

42.00 - 43.00 MHz Missouri Highway Patrol
42.00 - 43.00 MHz Tennessee Highway Patrol

33.90 Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Fire / EMS Dispatch

39.00 - 40.00 MHz California Highway Patrol


Some of the more commonly heard Military stations include:

30.45 Fort Hood Range Control
38.90 Fort Irvwin CA Range Control / Fort Knox TN Range Control


In addition to those public safety agencies and military operations, there are numerous other fire departments, police departments, SOs, pagers, Mexican taxi drivers, military range controls, military helo towers, public works, and other operations that occur.

The full set of low band allocations in the United States are:

30.0000 to 30.5500 U.S. MILITARY
30.5800 to 31.9800 PARK SERVICE
32.0000 to 33.0000 U.S. MILITARY

33.0200 to 33.1000 HIGHWAY SERVICE

33.1200 to 33.4000 BUSINESS RADIO

33.4200 to 33.9800 FIRE DEPARTMENTS

34.0000 to 35.0000 U.S. MILITARY

35.0200 to 35.6800 PAGERS

35.7000 to 35.9800 BUSINESS RADIO

36.0000 to 37.0000 U.S. MILITARY

37.0200 to 37.4200 POLICE

37.4400 to 37.8800 BUSINESS RADIO

37.9000 to 37.9800 HIGHWAY SERVICE
38.0000 to 39.0000 U.S. MILITARY

39.0200 to 39.9800 POLICE
40.0000 to 42.0000 U.S. MILITARY

42.0200 to 42.9400 POLICE

42.9600 to 43.1800 BUSINESS RADIO

43.2000 to 43.6800 PAGERS
43.7000 to 44.6000 BUSINESS RADIO

44.6200 to 46.0400 POLICE AND PARK SERVICE

46.0600 to 46.5800 FIRE DEPARTMENTS

46.6000 to 47.0000 U.S. MILITARY

47.0200 to 47.4000 HIGHWAY SERVICE

47.4200 to 47.6600 EMERGENCY SERVICES
47.6800 to 49.5800 BUSINESS RADIO
49.6000 to 50.0000 U.S. MILITARY

50.0000 to 54.0000 HAM RADIO 6 METERS


Search through those frequency ranges and see what you hear! Most Sporadic E Skip occurs from sun up to sun down, however some of the best sporadic E skip openings can occur well till midnight.

Antennas

You might ask, what antenna do I need on my receivers to pick up this skip? Well, most people reporting activity have received low band skip just using a rubber ducky on a handheld scanner, however using a dipole wire antenna cut for 40 MHz will probably give you the best results.

Whatever you hear, whenever you heard it, be sure to post your findings and logs to the Skip / Tropospheric Ducting Forum on RadioReference.com.

Have fun!
          David Rowe: FreeDV 2017 Road Map        

Half way through the year but I thought I better write down some plans anyway! Helps me organise my thoughts and minimise the tangential work. The main goal for 2017 is a FreeDV mode that is competitive with SSB at low SNRs on HF channels. But first, lets see what happened in 2016….

Achievements in 2016

Here is the 2016 Roadmap. Reviewing it, we actually made good progress on a bunch of the planned activities:

  • Brady O’Brien (KC9TPA) worked with me to develop the FreeDV 2400A and 2400B modes.
  • Fine progress on the SM2000 project, summarised nicely in my Gippstech 2016 SM2000 talk. Thanks in particular to Brady, Rick (KA8BMA) and Neil (VK5KA).
  • The open telemetry work provided some key components for the Wenet system for high speed SSDV images from High Altitude Balloons. This work spun out of FSK modem development by Brady and myself, combined with powerful LDPC FEC codes from VK5DSP, with lots of work by Mark VK5QI, and AREG club members. It operates close to the limits of physics: with a 100mW signals we transmit HD images over 100km at 100 kbit/s using a $20 SDR and a good LNA. Many AREG members have set up Wenet receive stations using $100 roadkill laptops refurbished with Linux. It leaves commercial telemetry chips-sets in the dust, about 10dB behind us in terms of performance.
  • Ongoing FreeDV outreach via AREG FreeDV broadcasts, attending conferences and Hamfests. Thank you to all those who promote and use FreeDV.

FreeDV 2017 Roadmap

Codec 2 700C is the breakthrough I have been waiting for. Communications quality, conversational speech at just 700 bit/s, and even on a rough first pass it outperforms MELPe at 600 bit/s. Having a viable codec at 700 bit/s lets us consider powerful LDPC FEC codes in the 2000Hz SSB type bandwidths I’m targeting, which has led to a new OFDM modem and the emerging FreeDV 700D mode. I now feel comfortable that I can reach the goal of sub zero dB SNR digital speech that exceeds SSB in quality.

So here is the 2017 roadmap. Partially shaded work packages are partially complete. The pink work packages are ongoing activities rather than project based:

Rather than push FreeDV 700D straight out, I have decided to have another iteration at Codec 2 quality, using the Codec 700C algorithms as a starting point. The FreeDV 700D work has suggested we can use latency to overcome the HF channel, which means frames of several hundred ms to several seconds. By exploring correlation over longer Codec 2 frames we can achieve lower bit rates (e.g. sub 400 bit/s) or get better voice quality at 700 bit/s and above.

I’ve been knocking myself out to get good results at low SNRs. However many HF and indeed VHF/UHF PTT radio conversions take place at SNRs of greater than 10dB. This allows us to support higher bit rate codecs, and achieve better speech quality. For example moving from 0dB to 10dB means 10 times the bit rate at the same Bit Error Rate (BER). The OFDM modem will allow us to pack up to 4000 bit/s into a 2000 Hz SSB channel.

The algorithms that work so well for Codec 2 700C can be used to increase the quality at higher bit rates. So the goal of the “Codec 2 Quality” work package is to (i) improve the quality at 700-ish bit/s, and (ii) come up with a Codec 2 mode that improves on the speech quality of Codec 2 1300 (as used in the FreeDV 1600 mode) at 2000-ish bit/s.

After the Codec 2 quality improvement I will port the new algorithms to C, release and tune on the FreeDV GUI program, then port to the SM1000. Fortunately the new OFDM modem is simpler in terms of memory and computation that the COHPSK modem used for FreeDV 700C. We have an option to use a short LDPC code (224 bits) which with a little work will run OK on the SM1000.

Putting it all Together

The outputs will be a low SNR mode competitive with SSB at low SNR, and (hopefully) a high SNR mode that sounds better than SSB at medium to high SNRs. It will be available as a free software download (FreeDV GUI program), an embedded stand-alone product (the SM1000), and as a gcc library (FreeDV API)

Then we can get back to VHF/UHF work and the SM2000 project.

Help Wanted

When will this all happen? Much sooner if you help!

I’m a busy guy, making steady progress in the field of open source digital radio. While I appreciate your ideas, and enjoy brainstorming as much as the next person, what I really want are your patches, and consistent week in/week out effort. If you can code in C and/or have/are willing to learn a little GNU Octave, there is plenty of work to be done in SM1000 maintenance, a port of the OFDM modem to C, SM1000 hardware/software maintenance, and FreeDV GUI program refactoring and maintenance. Email me.

Links

FreeDV 2016 Roadmap. Promises, promises……
FreeDV 2400A and 2400B modes
SM2000 – First post introducing the SM2000 project
Gippstech 2016 SM2000 talk – Good summary of SM2000 project to date
LowSNR site – from Bill (VK5DSP) modem guru and LDPC code-smith
Horus 39 – Fantastic High Speed SSDV Images – Good summary of Wenet blog posts and modem technology
SM1000 Digital Voice Adaptor
AREG FreeDV broadcasts


          Registered Nurse - Medical Surgical - HCA (McAllen, Texas)        
Rio Grande Regional Hospital – McAllen, TX Registered Nurse (RN) – Medical Telemetry Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH), an HCA-affiliated facility, is proud of maintaining its status as one of the leading healthcare providers in the Rio Grande Valley.
          Registered Nurse (RN MedSurg) - HCA (McAllen, Texas)        
Rio Grande Regional Hospital – McAllen, TX Registered Nurse (RN) – Medical Telemetry Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH), an HCA-affiliated facility, is proud of maintaining its status as one of the leading healthcare providers in the Rio Grande Valley. For nearly 33 years, we have remained focused and committed to providing quality healthcare to all members of our community. With 320 beds and a team of more than 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, we offer a range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical, and specialty services, including: 24-hour emergency room Off Site Emergency Department Level III Trauma Center Comprehensive cardiovascular care 30-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Responsibilities: Perform direct patient care within the scope of the Registered Nurse Practice Act with emphasis on the cardiovascular service line Use therapeutic communication in daily practice Promote and maintain a safe and therapeutic Telemetry environment Implement and direct care, using the nursing process with emphasis on the needs of individual Telemetry patients Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing process Provide emotional support of the patient and significant others to make informed choices regarding health care Delegate tasks to the appropriate caregiver Participate in cardiovascular department specific initiatives and process improvement Provide supervision of new employees, patient care assistant, and licensed vocational nurses.
          Per Diem OR Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Med Surg Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          RN Per Diem Nurse - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Per Diem PICU Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Per Diem OR Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          RN Per Diem Nurse - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Med Surg Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Per Diem OR Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Per Diem OR Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Per Diem OR Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Med Surg Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Per Diem PICU Nurse (RN) - (Mcallen)        
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions offers Registered Nurses (RNs) job opportunities in leading healthcare facilities across the country. The specialties we staff include ICU, Critical Care, Med/Surg, Telemetry, ER, PACU, Labor & Delivery, and more! With regional and satellite recruitment offices nationwide, we work around the clock to provide the best support for our Per Diem Nurses.
          Registered Nurse (RN MedSurg) - (Mcallen)        
Rio Grande RegionalHospital - McAllen, TXRegistered Nurse (RN) -Medical Telemetry Founded in 1982, RioGrande Regional Hospital (RGRH), an HCA-affiliated facility, is proud ofmaintaining its status as one of the leading healthcare providers in the RioGrande Valley. For nearly 33 years, we have remained focused and committed toproviding quality healthcare to all members of our community. With 320 beds and a teamof more than 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, we offer a rangeof inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical, and specialty services,including: 24-hour emergency room Off Site Emergency Department Level III Trauma Center Comprehensive cardiovascular care 30-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Responsibilities: Perform direct patient care within the scope of the Registered Nurse Practice Act with emphasis on the cardiovascular service line Use therapeutic communication in daily practice Promote and maintain a safe and therapeutic Telemetry environment Implement and direct care, using the nursing process with emphasis on the needs of individual Telemetry patients Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing process Provide emotional support of the patient and significant others to make informed choices regarding health care Delegate tasks to the appropriate caregiver Participate in cardiovascular department specific initiatives and process improvement Provide supervision of new employees, patient care assistant, and licensed vocational nurses.
          Registered Nurse (RN MedSurg) - (Mcallen)        
Rio Grande RegionalHospital - McAllen, TXRegistered Nurse (RN) -Medical Telemetry Founded in 1982, RioGrande Regional Hospital (RGRH), an HCA-affiliated facility, is proud ofmaintaining its status as one of the leading healthcare providers in the RioGrande Valley. For nearly 33 years, we have remained focused and committed toproviding quality healthcare to all members of our community. With 320 beds and a teamof more than 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, we offer a rangeof inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical, and specialty services,including: 24-hour emergency room Off Site Emergency Department Level III Trauma Center Comprehensive cardiovascular care 30-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Responsibilities: Perform direct patient care within the scope of the Registered Nurse Practice Act with emphasis on the cardiovascular service line Use therapeutic communication in daily practice Promote and maintain a safe and therapeutic Telemetry environment Implement and direct care, using the nursing process with emphasis on the needs of individual Telemetry patients Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing process Provide emotional support of the patient and significant others to make informed choices regarding health care Delegate tasks to the appropriate caregiver Participate in cardiovascular department specific initiatives and process improvement Provide supervision of new employees, patient care assistant, and licensed vocational nurses.
          Registered Nurse (RN MedSurg) - HCA (McAllen, Texas)        
Rio Grande Regional Hospital &#x2013; McAllen, TXRegistered Nurse (RN) – Medical Telemetry Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH), an HCA-affiliated facility, is proud of maintaining its status as one of the leading healthcare providers in the Rio Grande Valley. For nearly 33 years, we have remained focused and committed to providing quality healthcare to all members of our community. With 320 beds and a team of more than 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, we offer a range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical, and specialty services, including: 24-hour emergency room Off Site Emergency Department Level III Trauma Center Comprehensive cardiovascular care 30-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Responsibilities: Perform direct patient care within the scope of the Registered Nurse Practice Act with emphasis on the cardiovascular service line Use therapeutic communication in daily practice Promote and maintain a safe and therapeutic Telemetry environment Implement and direct care, using the nursing process with emphasis on the needs of individual Telemetry patients Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing process Provide emotional support of the patient and significant others to make informed choices regarding health care Delegate tasks to the appropriate caregiver Participate in cardiovascular department specific initiatives and process improvement Provide supervision of new employees, patient care assistant, and licensed vocational nurses.
          Engine Programmer : Insomniac Games        
Insomniac Games is looking for a Mid to Senior level engine programmer to work with the engine team to design, add and modify features of both runtime and tools components of our engine. This role designs, writes and modifies data and code with a heavy focus on real-time performance and usability. This programmer will provide features which can be used in practice to create best-in-class contributions to our games. Our engine programmers write and modify tools that will provide access to engine features. Read on if you are interested! Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Design and develop data and code based on direction and/or feedback from Engine leads or Engine Director Work independently to complete assigned projects with limited supervision Educate other departments on technology and engine functionality Implement new functionality in tools and engine Design and implement efficient low-level systems to support higher-level programmers & pipelines Design and implement tools that allow content creators to quickly iterate on game ideas Rewrite existing systems as directed for increased functionality, reduced memory usage, and increased performance Respond to bugs and feature requests related to engine code as directed Keep current with the technological developments and advancements in the computer game industry Provide technical assistance by responding to inquiries regarding errors, problems, or questions with programs Complete processor-specific optimization tasks Analyze code performance Document technology implementation details Other duties may be assigned Education and/or Experience: Master's degree (M.A.) or equivalent; or five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced C, C++, and assembly/microcode programming (various CPU cores). Additional languages such as HTML, JavaScript and Perl as needed. Strong grasp of mathematical concepts, graphics, collision detection, data transformation, database management and advanced programming techniques. Ability to work with various content creation and analytical tools such as Microsoft PIX and RAD Telemetry. If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking for – please use the link below. This role could be located in either the Burbank or Durham Studio. Thanks!
          SENIOR SERVER ENGINEER: 2K         
SENIOR SERVER ENGINEER Who We Are: 2K publishes some of the most popular video game franchises on the planet including Mafia, Borderlands, BioShock, NBA 2K, WWE 2K, Evolve, XCOM, and Sid Meier’s Civilization. The Core Technology group is responsible for identifying common problems across the company and building solutions to those problems. As part of this, Core Tech builds and maintains online services designed to support various 2K franchises. From single sign-on to telemetry/statistics to e-commerce/store, our group is constantly facing fun and challenging problems in the online services space. Add to that the scale of multiple AAA titles and things get really interesting. What We Need: We are looking for a senior engineer to join our Identity and E-Commerce initiatives. First and foremost, we need someone who knows how to work autonomously and get things done. You will not be spoon-fed technical specifications or be simply maintaining an existing codebase. Instead you will be faced with interesting, challenging and constantly evolving problems that require a creative yet disciplined approach. You will need to work with other engineers, game teams, producers, designers and more to understand problems, design solutions and turn them into reality. We also need someone who knows how to work well with others, help them grow and guide them toward a common goal. This role isn’t just about the engineering; it’s an opportunity to take the reins of a small team of engineers and lead. You will own (and be accountable for!) whole systems and their lifecycle. Job Responsibilities Will Include: Own backend services related to the identity and e-commerce needs of the entire company Work with game, marketing and analytics teams to gather requirements Translate requirements into technical designs and product roadmaps Lead the development effort and help the team turn designs into reality Ensure your services can handle the load generated by users from multiple AAA titles Mentor other engineers on the team, helping develop them into strong individual contributors Interface with external groups to provide integration support, strategy and direction Help set team standards around documentation, programming best practices and overall code quality Maintain a strong collaborative work relationship with fellow engineers and team members Who We Think Will Be A Great Fit: We are looking for a senior engineer with experience building, scaling and maintaining online services. Even better would be experience building Identity and/or E-Commerce services specifically. That said, our team values strong fundamental software engineering skills over any specific language/technology experience. We also place a lot of importance on individuals being self-motivated and self-directed. This is especially important given the need for leadership in this role. If you have experience with online services, are interested in leadership and are up for the challenge of owning Identity and E-Commerce initiatives for the company, we think you will be a great fit and we’d love to hear from you! Minimum Requirements: 7+ years of professional programming experience (Java proficiency preferred) Expert knowledge of object-oriented programming principals 5+ years of professional experience with REST APIs and other types of web services Hands-on experience building highly scalable applications and infrastructures (AWS experience preferred) 3+ years of professional experience with SQL and NoSQL database technologies 3+-years of professional experience with caching and queuing technologies B.S. degree (or higher) in Computer Science, or equivalent Strong written and verbal communication skills Self-motivated attitude with an ability to carry ideas from inception to completion   To Apply - https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=GAMES2K&cws=1&rid=1851      
          Channel 9 has a Windows Phone 8 app coming…        
And it is available in beta now, please check it out and let me know what you think.   So, here you go, if you have a Windows Phone 8 and have any interest in Channel 9 type content: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=9a5115e0-268a-4260-876c-dc0ff2f45c48 Just using the app generates telemetry that is useful, but please reply with any direct … Continue reading "Channel 9 has a Windows Phone 8 app coming…"
          Auriga Delivers Universal GSM Telemetry - an Open Mobile Development Platform for Compel         

Auriga delivers Universal GSM Telemetry - an open mobile development platform for Compel

Wilton, NH -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/16/2009 -- Auriga, a Russian-US software R&D services company with almost 20 years of history, announces availability of Universal GSM Telemetry - a framework for development of telemetry and monitoring solutions. This project was delivered for Compel, Russia's largest electronics components distributor. Universal GSM Telemetry (UT) is a customizable, configurable platform that can be used to develop software systems for GSM telemetry, monitoring and remote control.

Currently, Auriga's UT GSM Telemetry framework accompanies the Fastrack Supreme GSM device (Sierra Wireless) distributed by Compel. The Fastrack Supreme is an industrial Wireless CPU®, programmable via any combination of AT commands, ANSI C/C++ and Lua. It comes with an open-standard interface which allows developers to add supplementary I/O connectivity and functionalities in the form of expansion cards. The whole solution, presented by Compel at Mobile & Wireless Technologies conference on November 11-13 in Moscow, received significant interest among the event participants. This positive experience allows us to expect that UT GSM Telemetry, being a flexible framework for a variety of software projects for remote telemetry and control, will find a ready market among GSM/GPRS software developers.

Universal GSM Telemetry (UT) is a framework to acquire, process and represent data from remote GSM devices, as well as provide means to control the remote devices. UT can be implemented to deliver various software for mobile devices, such as route tracking systems or remote control systems on the basis of a GPS device. The UT framework is targeted at the mobile software developers, and is a convenient instrument for quick telemetry systems prototyping. The developer can use UT framework as is or expand the framework capabilities by creating custom-made software.

"Mobile solutions are a very dynamic branch of today's world ITC industry, and play an increasingly important role in our life. Having chosen mobile software as one of its priority directions for growth, Auriga brings its many years of excellence in embedded programming to this highly demanded sector. We hope that this project will contribute to the development of mobile technologies, and bring value to the entire mobile development community." – comments Auriga Business Development Director Gennady Mahov.

UT is a two-tier system with a server that communicates with remote devices, processes the data and represents the data through a web interface, and a client that resides on remote devices and serves to acquire the data and transmit the data to the server.

The UT server created and hosted by Auriga collects and processes data, and is realized on a Linux/Apache/MySQL/Java platform. It uses a database to store and process telemetry data, and send commands to the remote device. The UT server provides HTML interface for accessing and monitoring data. The client-server communication uses an XML-based protocol. The client software collects and transfers the data to the server, collects the information about the device and supports commands such as module reset and setting parameter values.

The key feature that distinguishes UT platform from other mobile software development frameworks is its excellent flexibility and expandability, assured by its flexible data transfer protocol that can handle any reasonable telemetry data such as the GSM coordinates, mobile network Cell ID, the remote device's signal strength, etc. Due to the system's module architecture, the framework can be expanded by adding custom parameters, data types, and commands.

For more information about the UT framework and demo downloads, visit http://www.ut.auriga.com.

About Mobile & Wireless Technologies
"Mobile & Wireless Technologies" (http://www.inconex.ru/mw/eng/) is an international conference & exhibition of electronic equipment and components for telecommunication systems and IT technologies. The aim of this unique event for Russian wireless technology professionals is to assure the business cooperation of specialists, to create favorable conditions for developing regional and international relations, to arrange contacts of authors, producers of equipment with potential buyers, to acquaint specialists with new technologies and achievements in Wireless technology.

About Compel, JSC
Compel (http://www.compel.ru), founded in 1993, is one of the largest Russian distributors of electronic components, providing deliveries from leading world producers. Compel delivers integrated circuits, discrete components, relays, energy sources, indicators and displays, industrial video cameras, and components for radio frequency identifiers.
In 2003, Texas Instruments, Maxim Integrated Products and International Rectifier recognized Compel as the largest distributor of their products in Eastern Europe. Compel has sales representatives in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Kiev and Minsk.

About Auriga
Auriga (http://www.auriga.com) is a software R&D and IT outsourcing services provider incorporated in the U.S. and operating development centers in Russia since 1990. Auriga is the first Russian company that started providing offshore/nearshore software development services to US/EU customers. Included in Global Services 100 since 2006, Global Outsourcing 100 since 2008, and Top 10 Central/Eastern Europe Providers of the Black Book of Outsourcing since 2006, Auriga offers services covering all aspects of the product engineering area and expertise in a set of knowledge areas from embedded and mobile systems and OS internals to enterprise information systems and Web applications. Auriga's client list includes such industry majors and leaders in their segments as IBM, Draeger Medical, LynuxWorks, Dialogic, Actel, BroadVision and many others.

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          Major EK2 Fail and big crash        

@tiffo wrote:

I have been developing mainly on companion PC, so I have been flying my octa with a one and a half year old release: APM:Copter V3.4-dev (78442b7e). I know, it''s not even a stable, but we have flown probably 3 hundred hours without any single glitch. All of the sudden the system just committed suicide and I would like to understand why. Furthermore if this can be of any help to developers, even better.

My setup: Pixhawk 1, GPS M8M with magnetometer. Both the Compass were selected as in use.

The facts: last day I flew a total of 4 missions, both in Loiter and Auto mode. The first one went smooth. During the end of the second one I had some "high compass variance", even though the system was flying smoothly. Before the third flight we calibrated the compass again, took off and still high compass variance, but the UAV was fine, the heading was correct no visible issues. I removed a component that I thought it might interfere and tested again.

Took off in Alt hold stabilize and the system immediately looked weird and not responsive, like the attitude was wrong. I set in AltHold to try and recover it but at that point the system started to roll and pitch and then it flipped and crashed. It was not a mechanical issue, the EKF variances were all red and the attitude completely wrong.

I checked the telemetry, I do not see any inconsistencies in accelerometers and gyros


The magnetometer is not consistent at all (still don't know why)

Now, I understand that everything point to the compass, but the question is how the EKF can be driven so crazy by the compass, even though the sensor is tagged with an high variance, in a manual mode. And why the system did not selected the backup attitude estimation when the primary went bad.

Here is the bin: 2017-07-28 14-19-27.bin (368 KB)

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          Velocity reference discontinuity when reaching WP in AUTO        

@tiffo wrote:

Hi everybody, I have been flying an octa quad with arducopter 3.4.6. Everything flies smoothly, except I can't figure out why the system does an hard break as soon as it reaches the waypoint in Auto mode. I tried to set the wp radius to 2 meters or 5 meters, but it does not change the behavior.

Here is a screenshot of the telemetry: you can see that DVel is driven to 0.

Here is the bin and log:

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          Why does the drone crash when refrash the parmeter list through a telemetry while the drone is in the air?        

@ChiangKaishek wrote:

why does the drone crash when refrash the parmeter list through a telemetry while the drone is in the air?
its why

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          Automission misses WP2, FlyAway, Crash        

@keohr wrote:

Yesterday I flew for the first time my two years old 450 Quad with FW 3.4.6 (upgraded from 3.3.3)
It was also my second attempt to fly a mission.
The first battery all went smooth. The Quad copter flew very nice in Stabilize and PosHold. There was almost no wind.

Crash
With the second battery I took off, in Stab mode, and switched to PosHold mode.
Before launch, I created a mission (apmplanner2) with 3 Way points, about 30-60 meters away.
I switched to auto, and the copter flew to WP1, it reached it, turned (Yaw) in the direction of about WP2 and then flew away. (See picture (via export KML-file))
It crashed in a bush of 20 meters tall trees. I was lucky that the copter fell through the branches on the ground. Severe damage (broken frame plates, broken GPS mount, broken camera housing and I lost three antennas (RC radio, telemetry radio))

Looking at the dataflash log I cannot find any direct clue. No high vibration values.
Even the designated Roll/Pitch/Yaw values are in line with Roll/Pitch/Yaw.
The only thing I See are high EKF variance values, especially for the magnetometer (NKF4/9.SM) and after reaching WP1 high velocity (NKF4/9.SV) values.
But there is no EKF Variance Error warning and both Compasses follow each other close (In my opinion)

Could the compass be the reason? And why?
From the beginning I experience a lot of magnetometer problems with this quad-copter. With FW 3.3.3 I experienced probably the same error (missing a WP and a flyaway) but then a EKF fail-save saved my Quad-copter. I hoped a FW upgrade from 3.3.3 to 4.3.6 could fix this problem.

Hopefully someone can give me a hint for further investigation and trouble shooting. Perhaps a parameter that I changed in the past by accident?

Thanks,
Roel

Quadcopter, TRIQ450, (OpenSource design) with Clean and Dirty frame sections.
FlightController AUAVX2, Ublox M8 GPS module with magnetometer.

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          Ground Track Anomoly        

@ChrisOlson wrote:

I flew a mission yesterday with a helicopter. It was a long range flight of 21 miles, most of it flown at 28 m/s ground speed. The helicopter followed the ground track perfectly on the whole flight. On final for high speed flights I usually prepare an approach like this - explanation below

So the helicopter is coming in hot at waypoint 42, about 20-21 m/s. I make a descending "S-turn" at the end of the flight so the helicopter banks into the corners at about 45 degrees and bleeds off speed while descending to come to a nice smooth stop at waypoint 45.

What actually happened on this one was this:

I wish Tower would be able to display the flight plan and actual ground track on the same screen in the Vehicle History, and be able to play back telemetry logs.

Anyway, notice that ~35 foot tall scrub shrub alongside the field there. It USED to be ~35 feet tall. It's now about 33 feet tall because the helicopter flew right thru the top of it and sawed it off. It didn't damage the helicopter at all. It was just really exciting. Since I wasn't expecting the helicopter to fly thru the tree my reaction time was less than ideal. From where I was it looked like the heli was looping around the back side of the tree like it's supposed to. The next thing I know the top of the tree suddenly turns into flying leaves and branches and the helicopter comes out of the tree a little sideways because the landing gear dragged a bit in the branches that didn't cut off. I threw it into Acro at that point and shut it down and autorotated it in case it had damage.

The BIN log from the Pixhawk is gone. Somehow the microSD card popped out of the flight controller going thru the tree and was lost. All I got is the tlog. But the EKF was fine, 14 satellites, HDOP .86. compass perfect. It just decided to sort of "average" the waypoints instead of actually flying them. And I've done this same type of approach from high speed flights to transition to hover hundreds of times. The WPNAV_RADIUS is set to 2 meters. And it missed the waypoints by at least 15 meters starting at waypoint 41 when it started its descent from its cruising altitude to the final approach.

Anybody ever seen this, or any idea what caused it? Especially considering I've done this 100's of times, including on this very flight flown last year twice with the same helicopter. And it worked perfect. Until this one. For whatever reason, it decided to try to keep the speed up by cutting off the corners instead of flying the corners and using the WPNAV_ACCEL values to slow the aircraft to transition to hover.

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          AT without GCS not working        

@pavol_sestak wrote:

I have finished my AT. Here is my setup:
pixhawk + extern compas, GPS
standard 90deg servo for pitch
continuous servo for pan/yaw
433MHz TxRx link for telemetry

Pixhawk is loaded with AT sw of version 0.8.
Compass and accels are calibrated.

The probrem:
When AT is powered it stays in neutral position, so far OK. After it gets connection to vehicle yaw servo doesn't move
but pitch points stright up to the sky quickly. In this position tracker stands forever. It doesn't move in any direction - neither yaw nor pitch. Regardles the vehicle moves around the AT, it doesn't move.

Will look tomorrow morning if there are some logs, would it help? Even param file I can provide.

Any suggestions?

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          AntennaTracker Without PC        

@patryck wrote:

Hi guys,

Today we have two RC module devices, DragonLink v3 and TBS Crossfire that sharing Mavlink telemetry from buit-in Bluetooth. Do you know if possible to connect the APM/Pixhawk AntennaTracker controller directly to Bluetooth RC in order to AntennaTracker self calibration and work automatly whithout needs a PC (Mission planner or QGround Station) to operate?

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          Telemetry with dronekit        

@tipehugo wrote:

Hi, I would like to do real tests with a lightweight plane with drone-kit from the ground. It means that I need to send orders and retrieve sensed data from my plane. For that I will a telemetry communication. Apparently the Antenna tracker provides means to do so, but I'm looking for a simpliest configuration with dronekit. Does anyone have experience with it ?

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          Telemetry via FPV Audio Channel rather than 915 radios?        

@Leagle wrote:

Is there an easy and open-source way to take an aircraft's telemetry (primarily GPS), inject it into the audio channel of an FPV transmitter, and decode it on the ground to drive an ardutracker?

I would like to eliminate the separate weight, interference and power requirements of my current 915 telemetry radios, and my Vtx is higher-powered too. I'm using Ardupilot, but the Ardutracker solution assumes you're working separate telemetry radios. I know there are some commercial solutions that do this (e.g. EZOsd), but they're very pricey.

I rate myself a noob at radio and programming, somewhat better at soldering.

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          ArduPilot Antenna Tracker        

@GregCovey wrote:

There are several variants of the Antenna Tracker so I decided to document my AT build here which follows the ArduPilot Antenna Tracker design. This version was originally designed and used by Tridge and then updated, improved, and, released by Randy. The original AT thread is on DIY Drones here.

I am currently using the v0.8.0 of the APM Antenna Tracker which included a new filter to smooth input to the controllers. It worked great for both APM Copter v3.3.3 and APM Plane v3.2.3. My ALT_SOURCE parameter was set to use GPS.

My tracker uses an EZTracker with extra side car from ReadyMadeRC, a long range RDF900 telemetry unit and an ImmersionRC DUO 5.8GHz receiver with a directional and omni antenna. The extra side car acts as a counter-balance and a spare battery holder. It also holds the GPS module.

I use the AT for my 5.8GHz video downlink. Since the 900MHz telemetry link uses an RDF900 at the ground end, the air units in the vehicles can be the normal less expensive 3DR design without any range issues.

My param file is posted below for those that are interested. I'll detail my build in more posts below.

Below is my initial test of the APM Antenna Tracker with v.0.7.7 firmware. The new ALT_SOURCE parameter was set to 1 for GPS instead of BARO to determine the Altitude setting of the pitch servo. The Antenna Tracker worked perfectly!

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          Antenna tracker test with PID tuning. Video with log included        

@ChristerLj wrote:

I made a video from my third test of my Ardupilot antenna tracker. You can find it here: https://youtu.be/dCcJ8nT1EWY. It is a bit long, and thus perhaps a bit boring. Believe that it can bring something to the information available on this tracker. I have put in selected parts of the graphics from the data flash log in the video so that you can better see how it reacts on changes.
However, I would have had access to the current PID parameters as well as FILT parameter so that it had been possible to see what changes do what. I cannot find this info in the logs.
The test is made in my garden so I think it would have been different if it had been done in an open field. It will be next time.
For me it worked better to have the barometer as the source of altitude than GPS. It’s probably because it's a ground test where the altitude ranges from 0 to a max of 2.5 m (hand held).
It is essentially a static test, where the multi-rotor mostly stands still on the ground. However, I took the quad on a walk around the house and it turned out that the tracker followed it pretty good as well.
Will be interesting to see how the tracker behaves next time when I will take it out on a test flight.
Some concerns:
• There will be an extremely large amount of data in the data flash log. 15 minutes took about 2 hours to download and on two occasions, the download has been canceled and the SD card is then empty. Is there any way to limit the amount of information transferred through the tracker?
Info for the telemetry log is needed for GCS + the information needed for the tracker to be able to do the job. Are there more that’s transferred? The dataflash log from the multirotor is downloaded after the flight.
• Details of current PIDs and FILT settings would have been nice to have.
I cannot say I'm sure about the relationship of the parameters for this test, even if I’ve been able to tune multirotors and gimbals before. I managed to calm it down in a static situation. Maybe it starts to swing as soon as the MR moves. Does it react quickly enough? Etc. It will certainly raise more questions in the future.
I would be grateful for all the help and all the tips from the developers and those who have done this before.

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          How to use SITL simulated vehicle to test a real antenna tracker?        

@Hugues wrote:

Hello,

I would like to test a real antenna tracker, driven by a Pixhawk and the antenna tracker firmware, which is setup "in the middle" : on one side the antenna tracker is linked via 3DR radio to the vehicle, on the other side, it is linked to a PC running Mission planner with a second radio link.

(thus not in a configuration where mission planner is in the middle). The following scheme represents my setup:

I am running SITL+MavProxy on Windows to simulate a quadcopter; so far so good.

How have SITL send out telemetry data over via serial radio from my laptop ?
I have read the wiki in detail for SITL & Mavproxy, nothing found. The Mavproxy "ouput add" command does not work to forward a mavlink ouput to a COM port : it crashes SITIL+Mavproxy with an error message:

_STABILIZE> output add com16
STABILIZE> Adding output com16
Exception in thread main_loop:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "C:\Users\Stephen\Documents\MAVProxy\MAVProxy\build\mavproxy\out00-PYZ.py
z\threading", line 810, in _bootstrapinner
File "C:\Users\Stephen\Documents\MAVProxy\MAVProxy\build\mavproxy\out00-PYZ.py
z\threading", line 763, in run
File "", line 756, in main_loop
TypeError: argument must be an int, or have a fileno() method._

So I need some help from the community. Has anyone done that succesfully and if yes, how ?

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          Power pedals: the next big thing in cycling telemetry?        

Power. Everyone's talking about it, and lots of people are measuring it. Mostly they're doing this somewhere in the heart of the transmission: the chainset and the rear hub are where most of the players have concentrated their attentions until now. But power measurement is moving, and it's moving to your pedals.

Why? Well, for a number of very good reasons. The first and most obvious is that you can whip your pedals off and stick them on another bike in a matter of seconds, so you can measure power consistently across your whole fleet which is very difficult with something crank- or hub-based. That's the main advantage from an end user's point of view – assuming the end user isn't an elite or professional cyclist – along with the fact that you don't need a separate cadence sensor as the pedal can measure that too.

If they are a pro (or a statto) then the other advantage is that you're measuring power independently in each leg, and you're able to accurately map that power generation to the pedalling stroke. This opens up a whole new world of analytic possibilities. When we tested the Wattbike way back in February 2009 it was the first time we'd seen a device capable of registering this kind of information, and back then we didn't (and they didn't) really know quite what to do with it; was the holy grail to smooth out power throughout the stroke and equally across both legs, or was it more efficient to apply more power in certain parts of the pedal revolution? We couldn't answer that then and we're not entirely sure now either, but the more devices that can generate the data, the more people there will be looking at answers, and there are answers, just as there are in all other aspects of cycling biomechanics.

Anyway to the pedals. First up are Look, who are adding power monitoring to their Kéo pedal in association with Polar. Look have been making clipless pedals as long as anyone and they're never a company to stand still so it's no surprise to see them giving power pedals a go, and rather then reinvent the wheel they've chosen to team up with Polar and make the pedal compatible with high-end units already available: CS600x and the CS500. It'll also work with the CS600, although not all the functions will be available. We talked to them about the system at Eurobike, and here's what they told us:

Look's pedal has eight power sensors and a cadence sensor which together can tell the head unit where the pedal is in the stroke and how much power is being laid down. The information is sent via a transmitter which plugs into the spindle of the pedal behind the crank arm, through the standard 8mm allen bolt hole.

Look weren't showing a working pedal at Eurobike but the Kéo Power is slated for launch in Spring 2011 and they seemed pretty confident that it'd be out on time. We'll look out for our pair in the post...

German innovators O-Synce were also showing a power pedal, and they had a real working one on the stand, albeit a prototype. Their system is called ICycloPower (ICP) and is still some way from being shrink-wrapped and hung on the wall of your IBD, but it certainly looks interesting. O-Synce's ICP pedal has eight sensors in it too but there are more concerned with measuring the rotation of the pedal, both in terms of the pedal stroke and the pedal's angle relative to horizontal. This means you can get a whole other layer of data about your pedal stroke which – again – no-one knows exactly what to do with, but it was very interesting seeing the wavy lines on O-Synce's computer screen showing the rotation and power.

O-Synce are looking to release their pedal in 2012. They had a mockup of the finished product which shows the transmitter on the underside of the pedal body which is probably less of a faff but maybe more susceptible to damage in the heat of the race when you ground your pedal taking a corner too tight.

Also in the mix are Metrigear, a US-based company who have recently been bought out by Garmin, who clearly see the potential of this type of power measuring setup. Their system is called Vector, and ups the ante on the sensor front considerably: you get "over 60 piezoresistive strain gauges, accelerometers, and temperature sensors" in your Vector pedals, or at least you will when they start making them.

Like the Look/Polar system, the Vector system has a battery pack and ANT+ transmitter behind the crank arm on each side. There's no particular information as to what units the Vector system will be paired with, but we'd guess that there's plenty of processing power within the new Edge 500 and 800 computers for crunching the numbers. Metrigear are tight lipped at the moment about exactly when their pedals will launch, or even what pedal platform they favour.

Whatever happens with these three – and there are no doubt more in the pipeline – it seems that consumer power-measuring pedals could be a reality as early as the spring, and their advantages over other systems mean they're likely to gain a share of the market very quickly. They're all based on road-specific cleats at the moment but there's no reason that we can see why you couldn't have a system within an all-purpose pedal; with the Look and Metrigear setups there's also the option of buying one set of transmitters and having two different types of pedal, one for road and one for mtbing or cyclocross. That's still easier and more portable than using a hub- or chainset-based system.

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          Former Exec Files $15.5M Fraud Suit Against BioTelemetry, Inc        
Christian Teague, a former CardioCore LAB, LLC executive, filed  suit in San Francisco Superior Court on  Monday against BioTelemetry, Inc. (BEAT) and two of their subsidiaries.
          What is marine telemetry?        

​seals on the beach

Marine telemetry interprets into data the movements and behavior of animals as they move through oceans, coastal rivers, estuaries, and the Great Lakes. Telemetry devices, called tags, are affixed to a wide range of marine species, from tiny salmon smolts to giant 150-ton whales. Tags are attached to the outside of an animal with clips, straps, or glue, and are sometimes surgically inserted in an animal's body.

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          Any Idiot Can Innovate        
*****

What is innovation?


First, consider the fact that the human mind, by intrinsic nature, hates excessive conformity and overbearing tradition. "Variety is the spice of life", they say. It's been proven.

I once ran across a university study that consisted of a tape playing during a party. One word was repeated over and over again. At a certain point, all the people at the party thought a different word was being repeated.

Their minds manufactured variety where none existed.

Sensory deprivation experiments on human subjects produce hallucinations. Where no sensory input exists, the mind manufactures its own.

I will hunt down the actual URLs to verify these facts for you, put them into an EDIT UPDATE at the end of this post, later, so I remain credible in all my statements, and I hope I can easily find links to this info.

But for now, think about how the mind revolts against excessively static environments.

I could go on about this topic, but I don't want your mind to rebel against my repetition of a fact, thus proving my own point in an auto-reflexive boomerang ironic paradox.

This issue of variety has direct bearing on the issue of innovation.


Innovation means:

new
bizarre
clever
creative
non-conformist
crazy
"different" (i.e., weird)
obvious, but neglected
imaginative
inventive
idiosyncratic
unfairly rejected
overlooked
seemingly absurd
abnormal
unexpected

ways of satisfying the needs of customers.

Innovation is extremely easy.

Any idiot can innovate. That's right. You heard it here first. It doesn't take a genius to be innovative. It actually requires bravery, independence, anti-medicrity, and a slight touch of silliness sometimes.

This is so important, I'll say it again:

Any idiot can innovate. It's so blasted easy, it's pathetic.

It's like "stealing" candy from a basket with a sign that says, "Free. Help yourself."

Innovation is based on the laws of creativity that have been defined and explained by much more articulate persons than your humble blogger. But allow me to recap two of them:

Creativity: Laws #1 and #2


1. Opposites.

* Tiny boombox televisions to wide screen televisions.

* Sour candy to liquid meat (protein shake drinks).

* Slow static new age drones (Biosphere) to fast techno rave beats (Squarepusher).

* Tight slacks to baggy jeans.


2. New combinations and applications.

* Marketing techniques for churches.

* Text messaging, typing into a telephone.

* Microwaves to heat food and to transmit information from remote control to tv.

* Virtual simulations of musical instruments.

* Pimp bragging to rap music.

* Classical music played on balloons and bicycles (PDQ Bach).



Since I love electonic music, allow me a bit of self-indulgence as I speak briefly about innovative music.

The artist calling himself SQUAREPUSHER (real name, Tom Jenkinson) is a case in point.

All I know is that, according to reviews displayed at the Barnes & Noble web site, Tom Jenkinson, aka SQUAREPUSHER, used to play some variety of jazz music, then shifted into "drums and bass", aka "drills and bass", aka "jungle beat" electronic dance music. Then he evolved into "fragmented break beat", where typical dance club beats are interrupted and distorted.

Now, in his 2002 release, a double CD entitled "Do You Know Squarepusher", he is emulating the pioneers of electro-acoustic music and musique concrete: Vladimir Ussachesky, Edgard Varese, Pierre Henry, Pierre Schaeffer, Stockhausen, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Oskar Sala, etc.

His music still contains elements of "fragmented break beat" and "drill and bass", but some selections are flat out synthesizer violence, shimmering shattering sine waves and oscillation aggressivity, long loud explosive waves of electronic doom.

It's experimenting with the opposite of new age slow chord change/static simplicity type music, and I like "Do You Know Squarepusher" CD a lot.

Some tracks are mellow, murky, strange reverberation music, but most of this CD is frenzied bizzaro splendor, with vocal mutilations and loopy disorientation methodology.

"F-Train" is one track where he seems to be reading a poetic manifesto on action discrepancy, anomoly, telemetry, swans songs colliding, disability, electrocution integration...like a digital age beatnick...whilst cool electonic noise swirl overhead and weave in and out like a drunken space shuttle.

The second CD is Alive in Japan July 2001 and it goes nuts with really wild harsh, uncontrolled electronic noise bursts and sound pattern corruptions.

All SQUAREPUSHER did was combine club break beat with early electro-acoustic and musique concrete styles, plus radical noise band aesthetics, add his own personal idiosyncrasies and moods, and voila!-- musical innovation.

In his "Ultravisitor" CD of 2004, he even has a track called "Iambic 9 Poetry" (instrumental) in which soft pretty guitar is accompanied by techno type rhythms...but the beats are played on acoustic drums, with clicking drum sticks together, and NOT with the standard, expected **electronic** drum machines.

This use of acoustic, human hands hitting the skins with wooden sticks type drums, instead of electronic, programmed drum machine modules, is very surprising and a nice turn of events, something different and unthought of.

Different and, until he did it, unthought of. Innovation.

SQUAREPUSHER (Tom Jenkinson) is no idiot.

But neither is he a true, original, rare genius.

Perhaps, in the near future, he shall indeed dazzle us with unimaginable genius.

But for now, his music, as of 2002-2004, is innovation in the musical realm.

If you can think...

If you can dream...

If you can challenge tradition...

If you can turn things
inside out and
upside down...

If you despise mediocrity...

If you like the "weird" and unusual...

If you seek an "edge" over competitors...

If you seek a "refreshment" or
"increased morale" in your firm...

If you want to make a name
for yourself, while providing
new product advances,

for the good
of all mankind...

You CAN innovate!

Get up and innovate something today.



          Real-time Weather Data for Crystal        
Now that many of you have downloaded the new 3D trail map for your favorite mountain (Crystal, of course!), it’s time to take your insider-info up a notch. Gone are the days when you have to go to the NWAC site to decipher the telemetry data for Crystal. Now you can see exactly what’s going […]
          Comment on Honda says it has reached its pre-season performance goal | 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix flashback by anon        
<a href='http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/members/socksolid/'>@socksolid</a>, I know that figures such as 1500bhp have been thrown about for the old turbo engines, but they are extremely dubious - I've seen quite a few experts say that they think those figures were either intentionally made up by manufacturers exaggerating their prowess, or based on flash pressure readings which would give unrepresentatively high figures. As for the V10's, you have conveniently forgotten that the V10 era also coincided with the reintroduction of traction control (it was legalised in 2001, but the FIA openly admitted that the entire grid had been illegally using traction control for several years by then) - it was in the V10 era that drivers could "just floor the throttle and let the computer do it all", especially since fully automatic transmissions were also technically legal for most of that era too. You also left out the two way telemetry systems which were active in that period - so teams could automatically alter the settings on the car from the pit lane (the complexity was there - it was just hidden away in the pit lane rather than being evident on the steering wheel). As for adjusting the engine mapping from corner to corner, that was actually something that was implemented in the later V10 and V8 era, and banned in the V8 era - what you are describing was phased out back in the late 2000's. The V10, and to a lesser extent the V8 era, both extensively used driver aids - so claiming now that the drivers were "more in control" in that era just doesn't ring true.
          CarDAQ-Plus-Kit Universal Interface        

Overview

The CarDAQ-Plus is the ultimate interface for communicating with newer automobiles, heavy duty trucks, and CAN networks. It has both Ethernet and USB connectivity to a PC, a built-in operating system for running internal programs, protocol support for all modern vehicles, and six analog inputs. No other J2534 tool on the market has the performance and capabilities of the CarDAQ-Plus. It is upgradeable thru firmware updates and expansion slots. The CarDAQ family is the most talked-about J2534 interface out there.

J2534-1 Reflashing Applications for Independent Repair Shops

Servicing newer, more increasingly complicated vehicles has put independent repair shops at a disadvantage against auto dealerships that have access to the latest service tools and knowledge databases. Accurately diagnosing and repairing many of these newer vehicles used to require full access to expensive factory service tools. The EPA recognized the independent repair shop’s need for access and mandated that all OEMs comply with the SAE standard J2534-1. The SAE J2534-1 standard defines a uniform hardware device, like the Drew Technologies CarDAQ-Plus, that all automakers must support with their vehicle reflashing applications.

Having access to SAE J2534-1 software and tools are important for several reasons. First, diagnosing and repairing vehicles often requires reprogramming or reflashing the vehicle with the latest update. After a vehicle is assembled and sold at a new car dealership, the automaker’s engineering groups often fix common problems found at the dealership by releasing a new reflash. The reflash is not a recall, and therefore most vehicles on the road will not get the update unless they are brought in to the dealership for servicing. These reflashes could fix transmission shifting problems, hesitation, rough idle, drivability, check engine lights, emissions quality, poor performance, or any of a number of other problems. Without the reflashing capabilities, independent repair shops may spend time and money trying to repair an issue with hard parts that cannot be repaired without a calibration flash update.

The Second reason a repair shop should have a SAE J2534-1 device is to offer their customers flash updates as an up sell. Even if the customer does not believe they are experiencing a problem with their vehicle, they may see some benefit in performance, drivability, or even fuel economy by getting their vehicle updated to the latest available calibration flash. It also serves as good preventative maintenance to update the calibration flash and avoid any problems that it was intended to fix.

J2534-2 Support

The EPA standard for independent shop reprogramming is J2534-1, but since automakers recognized that the J2534-1 standard did not cover all of their needs for the future. This lead to the development of J2534-2, a set of optional extensions. The CarDAQ-Plus from Drew Technologies supports many J2534-2 extensions. Drew Technologies is also working with the SAE and automakers to establish a SAE J2534-3 standard for compliance. This support protects your investment. Supported J2534-2 extensions include:

  •    Single Wire CAN
  •    CAN Mixed Mode
  •    A/D Inputs
  •    Pin Switching
  •    Discovery
  •    Extended PassThruIoctl for Device Configuration Parameters
  •    Extended Programming Voltage Support
  •    UART Echo Byte Protocol

 

OEM and Development Features

CarDAQ-Plus has many uses beyond the independent repair shop. The CarDAQ-Plus was designed to be a high performance development tool. It performs the standard PassThru J2534 functionality, adds  an internal 200MHz embedded Linux host, an internal and optional external Compact Flash slot, and an internal web server for thin-client applications. In addition to acting as a laptop-to-vehicle PassThru device, it can also host diagnostic and data logging applications on-board.

Compact Flash expansion

The CarDAQ-Plus has one internal and one optional external Compact Flash slot that can be used simultaneously. The external Compact Flash slot is optional and must be ordered at the time of purchase. The Compact Flash expansion slots may also be used for other CF peripherals, such as GPS receivers, expanded storage, modems, and any other CF card that supports Linux. The CarDAQ-Plus will support up to 8GB of memory per Compact Flash slot

Remote Diagnostics and Standalone operations

CarDAQ-Plus runs it's own operating system, embedded Linux, which allows it to be used as a standalone tool without a PC attached during operation. The Linux installation includes a file and web server which could simplify development of remote diagnostics and management applications. Imagine writing your own C/C++ application to perform an on-road test. Your program could access GPS compact flash card to capture location information about the test-drive, or use a cellular modem and download telemetry from live tests! For standalone applications, this provides the features of a PC host and a PassThru device all in one package.

Tools available for development

Drew Technologies provides an application programmer interface (DLL) for OEMs, integrators, or end-users to develop their own PassThru (SAE J2534) applications. You can use any PassThru (J2534) compliant application with the CarDAQ-Plus. You can also Create your own applications in LabVIEW™, C or Visual Basic. Use your favorite language, including: TCL, Perl, .Net, Java, or C.

 

Specifications

  • Bus Protocols
    • CAN Bus (capable of ISO 15765, GMLAN, J1939, and ISO14229)
    • 2nd CAN (Dual or Single Wire)
    • Ford SCP (J1850PWM)
    • GM Class2 (J1850VPW)
    • KWP2000 (ISO9141/14230)
    • Chrysler SCI (J2610)

 

  • PC Interfaces
    • USB (now included)
    • Wired RJ45 Ethernet

 

  • Other
    • Compliant to SAE J2534 (Feb 2002) and SAE J2534-1 (Dec 2004)
    • Compliant to ISO 22900-1 MVCI physical layer
    • Programming voltage on J1962 pin 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 or Aux
    • 6 General purpose analog inputs (0-27V, 2Ksps, 12 bit)
    • Ground pins 9, 12, or 15
    • Internal Compact Flash slot (must be configured when ordering)
    • Optional external Compact Flash slot

 

  • Product Specifications
    • Operating voltage: 7 – 26 Volts
    • Size: 1.25”H x 7.5”D x 5.25”W
    • Operating Temperature: Commercial Range (0 to +70 C)

 

Customer Uses

  • J2534 Independent Repair Facility reprogramming tool
  • Bench top ECU reprogramming
  • In-Vehicle ECU reprogramming
  • OBD2 Diagnostics using DashDAQ-PC and other 3rd party applications
  • In-vehicle pass-thru data logging
  • Standalone data logging or monitoring
  • Fleet or public transportation data acquisition
  • OEM Engineering
  • OEM calibration reprogramming
  • End-of-Line testing
  • Dealer Service Tools
  • 3rd party integrated solutions
  • Specialized Customers



Download CarDAQ-Plus Product Information
Download Complete Install CD
Download J2534 Toolbox


          Mantis Radio 146.5 + NYE Retrospective        

Mantis Radio

Mantis Radio 146.5 + NYE Retrospective

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Dead TV Society – Telemetry 13 [Noxgenus]
VNDL – Turbine [Pavillon36 Recordings]
.at/on – Silence [Entity]
Somaticae – Abrupt I [In Paradisum]
Nonima – Trealop [Section27]
Bombardier – Phantom [Division 13]
Somatic Responses – A hopeless drama [Photon Emissions]
Si Begg – Mothership (Kawatin remix) [Noodles]
Corax – Corvus (Go Hiyama remix) [Rodz Konez]
Ancient Methods (Baeks) – Fourth Method 2 [Ancient Methods]
Texture – The Resistance [Black Lantern Music]
Wilem B – 059h3 (Drugstore remix) [Cicuta Netlabel]
Ontal - Output [Darkfloor Sound]
Stave – Break [Trensmat Records]
Israel Vines – WWKD [dub]
Borealis – Wild Blue Rose [Origami Sound]
Savagen – RT2 [Darkfloor Sound]
Sigma Zigurat – Emissions (Derlich remix) [Noctambular]
David Meiser - Transcending Your Fears [Darkfloor Sound]
Kial – Laido [Sub Pressure]
Sleeper - Narcissus [Osiris Music]
Dexterous Numerics – Shadow Zone [dub]
Alphaxone – Signals [Kalpamantra]
Diasiva – Dark Men in the Room [Acre Recordings]


          Mantis Radio 132 + .at/on        

Mantis Radio

Mantis Radio 132 + .at/on

DVNT
Merzbow Vs Nordvargr – Lorentz Covariance [Cold Spring]
Roach – Metcalf – Fire Sky Portal [Projekt Records]
Sense – 31mus [Psychonavigation Records]
ATTRITION – Narcissist – Vi Rez mix [Two Gods]
Krypt – Ziggurat [Teskoba]
Manu C – The Point of No Return [Reaktivate]
Akkord – Compound [Houndstooth]
Slam – Lifetimes (Markus Suckut Redefinition 1) [Soma Records]
Benjamin Damage – Delirium Tremens (Robert Hood remix) [50 Weapons]
Delko – Valkry [Propellant Music]
Lag – Applied Mechanics [Singularity Records]
Ancient Methods – Knights + Bishops [Ancient Methods]
Giorgio Gigli – Further Reflection [Electric Deluxe]
Operator – Fearless [Audio Assault]
DRH – CRS 4.1 [Curse]
UVL – Bathory [Energun]
Alavux – Pitch [Vocode Records]
Aoki Takamasa – Rhythm Variation 02 [Raster-Noton]
Mark Broom – 133 [Beardman]
Hugo Bionics – Colours [Digital Distortions]
Bombardier – Phantom [Bombardier]
Orphx – Vanishing Point [Sonic Groove]

.AT/ON
.at/on – injection [dub]
Male or Female – She Moves in Circles Not for Me [Alfa Matrix]
Kangding Ray – World Within Words [Raster-Noton]
Sanmi – ff_d2_02 [dub]
v4w.enko – jjhgjfhf-A2 [dub]
Kotra – 00-01 [Autoplate]
AGF – human.sMISTAKEreports [Antiopic]
.at/on – Touch [dub]
Midaircondo – Come With Me [Twin Seed Recordings]
Evala – Dzpls2Logi [Port]
Blackasteroid – Black Acid (Alva Noto Remodel) [Electric Deluxe]
sgnl_fltr – Thrust 2 [Stadtgruen]
Bad Sector – Telemetry [Waystyx]
Monoiz – Multi_Fractal [Crazy Language]
Sturqen – Waltz [Kvitnu]
.at/on – Micro [dub]
Matti Pentikainen – All These Buildings Burn Beautiful [Katusea]
THE HET – Ecocide [Territori—è]
.at/on – Wayout [dub]


          Mantis Radio 129 + Dead TV Society        

Mantis Radio

Mantis Radio 129 + Dead TV Society

DVNT
ASC – Karma [Halocyan]
Quinoline Yellow – Lags Domotags [Touchin' Bass]
Consequence – Lyon [Etcht]
Xuei Ruff – Not Human, Alien! [Ruff-Tang Productions]
Forward Strategy Group – Were Looking For Manpower [Perc Trax]
House of Black Lanterns – Rolling Thunder [Houndstooth]
AnD – Not A Sheep [Inner Surface Music]
Sawf – Faxta [Audio Assault]
DJ Overdose – Sandokan [Lunar Disko Records]
Dr.Schmidt – Teradyn (Dexorcist remix) [Maschinen Musik]
Ingen – Snap The Tilt (Gella remix) [dub]
A. Picon – Secret (Deepbass remix) [Reaktivate]
Phat Chex – Acid Aroma [dub]
Death Abyss – Humiliate For Sport [Rodz Konez]
Tomohiko Sagae – DSPS 2 [HueHelix]
Jay Mass – Waveracer [dub]
Mr Jones – Apogeum (Tim Wolff remix) [The Public Stand]
Some Ember – Wave of Fear, Wave of Joy [Night People]

DEAD TV SOCIETY
Dead TV Society – Naproxen 250A
Dead TV Society – 5.6Rs
Dead TV Society – Inescapably tied
Dead TV Society – They went up the ladder, and I never saw them again
Dead TV Society – Cricket
Dead TV Society – Water in room 712
Dead TV Society – Existing in a single copy
Dead TV Society – Apathea
Dead TV Society – Portal
Dead TV Society – Telemetry 6
Dead TV Society – Transantarctic
Dead TV Society + ZLK – Mantodea // exclusive
Dead TV Society, ZLK + Minotaur Electronics – Jack just died // exclusive
Dead TV Society – Droghmadon II
Dead TV Society, ZLK + Minotaur Electronics – Permanent marker // exclusive


          Dawn Chorus: I didn't want to go to Bodega Bay, for a change.        

I love Bodega Bay, get there several times a year.  But yesterday I would much rather have been banding.  However, thanks the ongoing tantrum by the GOP, the shutdown made that impossible.  We operate in a National Recreation area and are not allowed to access the banding blinds.  We have lost nearly two weeks worth of data at the peak of the season.  People doing informal counts around the area during this period have recorded several days with huge flights.  We can go back to banding, hawkwatching and telemetry when the shutdown ends, but we'll never get this peak back.

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The Headlands... in sight, and off limits.

So time for Plan B.


          Vol 1:2        




Supraventricular Tachycardia

Patients who present with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) may have potentially life-threatening disease, and their outcome is often directly related to the care they receive in the ED. In a matter of minutes, the emergency physician must quickly and confidently assess and support the “ABC’s” and determine the need for interventions. The search for an underlying condition must be initiated while immediately addressing the patient’s stability. Synchronized cardioversion is often indicated for unstable patients, while a more sophisticated approach is needed to decipher and manage the stable patient. Although SVTs are a frequent cause of ED1 and primary care office2 visits, they are infrequently the primary reason for hospital admission.1-3

Common pitfalls in dealing with SVTs
How you can avoid them

1. “ I have a lot of experience differentiating SVT with aberrancy from VT – I’m really on top of the various criteria you can use to tell one from the other.”

That’s great! Until the 54-year-old male who you were “sure” had SVT drops his blood pressure to 50/30 after you give him diltiazem and requires aggressive resuscitation and ICU admission. There are no criteria that are foolproof in differentiating SVT with aberrancy from VT. When the diagnosis is not 100% known to be SVT, a wide complex arrhythmia must be treated as VT. Medications used to treat SVT (diltiazem, verapamil) can be lethal in a patient with VT.


2. “I can’t believe that patient submitted a complaint. Adenosine was the indicated treatment for his SVT and I administered it right after he rolled in the door.”

It’s true that adenosine was an appropriate treatment, but patients appreciate forewarning of the side effects of medications. It is good practice to initiate treatment promptly, but take a minute to include patients in the overall plan and prepare them before administering medications that cause a sense of impending doom or death.

3. “That lady had “psych” written all over her – a history of depression, anxiety, and frequent ED visits for palpitations.”

Palpitations should not routinely be attributed to anxiety. Often, an ECG and telemetry monitoring in the ED will not document a dysrhythmia but Holter monitoring or event recorders might. It has been well documented that many patients, especially females, with SVT are initially misdiagnosed with anxiety. Referring these patients for additional testing may ultimately lead to a diagnosis, treatment that controls symptoms, and fewer visits to the ED.

4. “Young people can tolerate rapid heart rates; I never use electrical cardioversion because those young whipper-snappers never seem unstable – a blood pressure of 95/50 is normal for them.”

While younger patients may be better able to tolerate rapid ventricular response in SVT, there is still potential for precipitous deterioration. Atrial fibrillation in WPW syndrome is an inherently unstable rhythm where heart rates may be 300 bpm and the potential for deterioration to ventricular fibrillation is real. If there is a history of WPW syndrome or ECG findings consistent with WPW syndrome and atrial fibrillation, do not hesitate to cardiovert if there is any hint of hemodynamic instability.

5. “The elderly gentleman with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) had shortness of breath and an irregular rhythm on ECG with a rate of 120. I knew he wouldn’t tolerate a heart rate of 120 for very long so I administered metoprolol for rate control.”

Unfortunately, that patient had a history of severe COPD in addition to coronary artery disease; the ECG showed MAT (not atrial fibrillation) and the patient had profound bronchospasm in response to treatment with a β-blocker. In both MAT and NPJT, the best course of action is to treat the underlying precipitant of the SVT rather than the heart rate and to avoid medications that are relatively contraindicated. In this case, treatment of the underlying COPD may have relieved the patient’s symptoms of shortness of breath and terminated or slowed the MAT.

6. “It was a really busy shift; she was a healthy young woman who was just coming in for a refill on her allergy medication. She was tachycardic in triage, but didn’t mention any specific complaints.”

Vital signs are vital; sinus tachycardia needs to be addressed and underlying causes considered. Further history would have revealed that the patient’s “allergy symptoms” were actually shortness of breath due to her significant anemia in the setting of dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

7. “I wasn’t sure what to do with that kid…he was 4-years-old with a history of Ebstein’s anomaly and heart failure. He was slightly tachypneic with a blood pressure on the low-normal side. His ECG was difficult to interpret but it looked like he was in a preexcited SVT.”

When faced with a diagnostic dilemma or complicated case, don’t forget that you have back-up. Consult cardiology early and get expert guidance.

8. “It was a regular narrow complex tachycardia on the monitor and I couldn’t see any P waves. While the nurse was pulling adenosine, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try carotid sinus massage.”

Do no harm – even a simple vagal maneuver like carotid sinus massage can be disastrous in patients with a history of cerebrovascular accident or presence of a carotid bruit on examination. To avoid neurologic complications, it’s imperative to get a quick medical history and listen for carotid bruit before initiating carotid sinus massage. If you want to try a vagal maneuver, ask the patient to valsalva.

9. “The young woman had a history of SVT and presented with her usual symptoms of palpitations and lightheadedness. When I spoke with her cardiologist, he recommended amiodarone; the first dose was given in the ED.”

That young woman was pregnant and in her first trimester. Very few medications used to treat SVT are contraindicated in pregnancy, but amiodarone is one of them. While it is very useful to have specialist input, the emergency medicine provider must obtain routine tests that may alter management, even if the specialist does not suggest them – a urine pregnancy test should be ordered in all females of childbearing age, especially if a medication is to be given.

10. “The elderly diabetic woman was on digoxin for previously diagnosed atrial fibrillation. Today she presented with fatigue. Her ECG demonstrated NPJT and I sent a digoxin level which came back mildly elevated. I admitted her to the hospital for close monitoring.”

Her digoxin level wasn’t the only laboratory value that was high, her troponin I was 20. It’s true that she was in NPJT, but she was also having an inferior MI. On further review, her ECG also demonstrated inferior T wave inversions. It’s important to review the entire ECG in a thorough and systematic way. The diagnosis of an SVT does not exclude other more serious diagnoses.

References
1. Murman DH, McDonald AJ, Pelletier AJ, et al. U.S. Emergency Department Visits for Supraventricular Tachycardia, 1993-2003. Acad Emerg Med. 2007;14(6):578-581. (Retrospective; 550,000 visits related to SVT)
2. Luderitz B, Manz M. Pharmacological Treatment of Supraventricular Tachycardia - the German Experience. Am J Cardiol. Aug 1992;70(5):A66-A74. (Review)
3. Baine WB, Yu W, Weis KA. Trends and outcomes in the hospitalization of older Americans for cardiac conduction disorders or arrhythmias, 1991-1998. J Am Geriatr Soc. Jun 2001;49(6):763-770. (Retrospective; 144,512 discharges)

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          Cocaine and Beta Blockers: A Debate Renewed?        
Last month’s Annals of Emergency Medicine contains a controversial retrospective cohort study. The study, out of Jacobi Medical Center, argues that beta blockers used after cocaine use for all comers to medicine ICUs, telemetry and cardiac care units reduce the risk of myocardial infarction.
This flies in the face of decades of practice. Many clinicians avoid using beta blockers in these patients because there is a theoretical risk of reducing myocardial perfusion due to unopposed alpha activation and coronary vasospasm. One accompanying editorial calls both of these premises myths. Freeman and Feldman argue that MIs caused by cocaine have more to do with thrombi than with vasospasm. Also, they argue against the supposed “unopposed alpha effect” by saying that beta blockade has proven to be helpful in other patients with endogenous catecholamine release (patients with CHF or subarachnoid hemorrhage, perioperative patients, and trauma patients).

Another accompanying editorial by NYU’s Robert Hoffman calls for attention to the history of this controversy. He says, “when the lack of benefit is weighed against any real or perceived risk, the preponderance of evidence continues to speak against the use of beta-adrenergic antagonists in this setting.” He goes on to call the possibility of prospective studies on this issue “dangerous” because, for an unpredictable subset of cocaine users, the interaction with beta-blockade has proven to be fatal. With all that said, my question as a student is this: is anyone’s current practice going to be altered by any of the evidence presented? I doubt that this is the case but I’d appreciate any responses.

Nick Gavin is a third year medical student at NYU School of Medicine who is interested in emergency medicine and the sociology of health care.

          The Planets at 50 - Venus & Mars        
Note:  Here is part 2 of the continuing story of "The Planets at 50".   This and blogs to follow are related to a set of lectures I gave in June (and am available to do so on again for your group).  I spent the month of June in Europe, highlighted by two presentations on the Isle of Man sponsored by the Astronomical Society on the topic of "50 Years of Planetary Exploration: What Have we Learned?" a presentation that can be given again.  The Isle was beautiful and our hosts wonderful and I had a great time telling this story to students and citizens.   This post is also associated with the similar story set to appear in the next issue of The Planetary Report.  The past 50 years have seen great discoveries but also fundamental revolutions in our understanding of how planets and solar systems work.   The posts today and over the next few months will tell that story.  


PART 2: 
TO VENUS:  DAWN OF A NEW AGE

The engineers were understandably nervous; they had tried this only 4 weeks earlier.  Missiles had an annoying predilection for disintegrating prematurely.  The twin of the metallic insect on the Florida launch pad had fallen into the Atlantic when tracking and guidance transcription errors (including a missing hyphen or overline) doomed the flight.  Mariner 2 (twin to that ill-fated Mariner 1; in the early days of the Space Age it was prudent to build two in case one was lost) began life as part of NASA's exploration charter but was quickly accelerated in response to the Soviet Union's failed attempt to reach Venus in 1961.

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          Easy guide to PCB        

Easy guide to PCB

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          Using Python and MQTT on a Rasberry Pi        
Mosquitto Mosquitto (mosquitto.org) is an open source message broker that implements the MQ Telemetry Transport protocol. MQTT (mqtt.org) privides a lightweight method of carrying out messaging using a publish/subscribe model. More about the MQTT protocol you can read at http://mosquitto.org/man/mqtt-7.html


After installing mosquitto 1.0.5 on my rasberry pi  I wrote the following two python scripts to experiment myself.

The code is shown below and it is self explanatory:

mosqsrv.py

#!/usr/bin/python

import mosquitto

#define what happens after connection
def on_connect (mosq, obj, rc):
        if rc==0:
                print "connected"

#On receipt of a message create a message
def on_message(mosq, obj, msg):
        print msg.topic+', '+msg.payload

#create a roker
mqttc = mosquitto.Mosquitto("python_sub")

#define the callbacks
mqttc.on_connect = on_connect
mqttc.on_message = on_message

#connect
mqttc.connect("localhost", 1883, 60)

#subscribe to topic test
mqttc.subscribe("test", 0)

#keep connected to broker
while mqttc.loop()==0:
        pass


mosqcl.py

#!/usr/bin/python

import mosquitto

#define what happens after connection
def on_connect (mosq, obj, rc):
        print("connected")

#create a broker
mqttc = mosquitto.Mosquitto("python_test")

#connect
mqttc.connect("192.168.1.105",1883, 60)

#publish to broker
mqttc.publish("test", "hello world!", 1)

mqttc.disconnect()

To test it I run mosquitto broker from the command line after editing the mosquitto.conf file to define the run user.





          Download Full NASCAR The Game 2013        
Delve into the most authentic NASCAR experience with eye-opening graphics, competitive AI and the most robust multiplayer support system yet. Work towards the ultimate prize, being crowned the Sprint Cup Series Champion and for the first time, experience the intense, thrilling action from behind the wheel of a Gen 6 model stock car.

Relive and rewrite iconic moments from recent NASCAR history with Inside Line Highlights, recreated using real-world telemetry data from seasons 2011, 2012 and 2013, allowing players to experience the heat of the moment in one of the world’s most exciting motorsports. And, for the 1st time in sports games, NASCAR The Game 2013 will release further update packs as the climax to the season unfolds. Get behind the wheel of the most powerful stock cars in the world as NASCAR® The Game™: 2013 has fully launched on Windows PC.

Leading independent racing game developer Eutechnyx today announced that NASCAR® The Game™: 2013 has fully launched on Windows PC. NASCAR® The Game™: 2013 allows players and diehard NASCAR fans everywhere, to take to the track and race against the world’s most elite competition. The game features the top drivers, teams, and Gen 6 cars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “It has been an amazing ride this year in extending our NASCAR partnership with NASCAR® The Game™: 2013,”said Dave Thompson, Development Director at Eutechnyx. “With different racers reaching the winner’s circle each weekend, we’re able to deliver an exclusive experience that will keep NASCAR fans excited throughout the entire season. We’re working hard to show the NASCAR nation our commitment to America’s favorite motorsport.” In NASCAR® The Game™: 2013, players can compete in Season and Career modes, along with intense online multiplayer races. Supporting up to 16 players and filled with tough competition, online multiplayer action is where only finely-tuned drivers can survive. The game also includes a detailed and robust paint booth where players can create Gen 6 paint schemes to show off and share with friends.

With this year’s season in full swing, NASCAR® The Game™: 2013 also features Inside Line Highlights DLC packs, giving drivers everywhere the chance to relive and rewrite the most memorable race moments. Using telemetry data, the Inside Line Highlights introduces fresh, new challenges and scenarios to tackle every race week, all the way through the final laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Blake Davidson, NASCAR Vice President of Licensing & Consumer Products, said, “Eutechnyx has such a deep knowledge of the sport and a rich history in racing games. The entire Eutechnyx team has been great to work with and it is no surprise they have delivered yet another superb NASCAR game.”
NASCAR® The Game™: 2013 has everyone’s favorite drivers and teams from the 2013 season, including Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Practice and Qualifying modes are also available for drivers who want to perfect their skills before racing their way up the ranks to become the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

          Download at your own risk: Bitcoin mine        



Recently we have seen an emerging trend among malware distributors - Bitcoin miners being integrated into installers of game repacks.


This type of system hijacking is just one of the many ways to exploit a user by utilizing their system's computing resources to earn more cash. Malware is easily bundled with game installers that are then uploaded and shared with unsuspecting users using torrent download sites. Once a machine is infected, a downloaded Bitcoin miner silently carries out mining operations without the user's consent.


We have seen this technique used by Trojan:Win32/Maener.A. This threat is dropped byTrojanDropper:Win32/Maener.A as a bundle with some games. Some of the torrent files names we have seen bundled with this threat are:


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.Future Soldier.Deluxe Edition.v 1.7 + 3 DLC.(Новый Диск).(2012).RepackDon't Starve.(2013) [Decepticon] RePackKings Bounty Dark Side by xatabSniper_Elite_III_8_DLC_RePack_MAXAGENTTROPICO_5Ghost_Recon_Future_Soldier_v1.8_RepackTrials.Fusion.RePack.R.G.FreedomKing's Bounty Dark Side.(2014) [Decepticon] RePackWatch Dogs.(2014) [Decepticon] RePack


These files can be easily acquired by anyone who downloads games from a torrent website. The games are repacked to further lure gamers to download the compressed files for free. The installer that we detect as TrojanDropper:Win32/Maener.A is available in Russian and English languages only. It seems to be primarily affecting Russian users, as shown by its infection telemetry.

Figure 1: The five countries with the highest number of detections


An example of the game installer execution is depicted in Figure 2. When the installer application (setup.exe) is run, Trojan:Win32/Maener.A also executes in the background and downloads its Bitcoin mining components.



Figure 2: An example of a game installer. When run, the installer also executes the malware payload
Trojan:Win32/Maener.A can be found running under the filename ActivateDesktop.exe. It uses this reputable file name in order to hide its true identity. When run, it connects to a remote server, eventually downloading a Bitcoin miner and installing it on the system.


The Bitcoin miner is installed as connost.exe and can be launched with the command prompt:Connost.exe -a m7 -o stratum+tcp://:port -u -p .
We have also seen this miner use the file names minerd.exe, svchost.exe and winhost.exe.
Trojan:Win32/Maener.A also adds the following registry entry to enable its automatic execution at every system startup:


HKCU\Software\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\RunGoogleUpdate_CF4A51A46014ACCDC56E3A64BAC64B76 = c:\Trash-100\ActivateDesktop.exe
To help stay protected, we recommend you to install an up-to-date, real-time protection security product such as Microsoft Security Essentials, or Windows Defender for Windows 8.1. And, most importantly, only download from legitimate and reputable sources.
Donna SibanganMMPC
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          How Does NASA Use Underwater Missions to Prepare for Space?        

This question originally appeared on Quora, the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Robert Frost, instructor and flight controller in the flight operations directorate at NASA, on Quora:

The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, project has a charter to extend human presence across the solar system by the affordable and innovative use of spaceflight analogs.

It's a facility that allows NASA to work toward its goals while simultaneously performing experiments that further fields such as marine biology and geology, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Operating in the underwater environment involves similar challenges and hazards to operating in space. If something goes wrong, the crew cannot quickly be evacuated (there is a 15-hour decompression required), so the space flight resource management skills are tested in a realistic environment in which safety must remain a constant portion of the crew’s focus.

NEEMO 21 is a 16-day mission with a variety of experiments on the time line. These include testing a mini DNA sequencer, a medical telemetry device, operations software, and optical communications equipment; performing simulated spacewalks to collect geological and marine biology samples; working with underwater remote operating vehicles; restoring coral and developing a coral nursery; and testing Mars analog operations (crew and ground working together with 15-minute delay in communications).

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The big one is a decent firewall for Windows.

When are you not behind NAT and a firewall already?

I hate firewalls on Windows. I have yet to find one that I did not immediately turn off. I also have yet to find one that does not cause headaches when printing.

I've used AVG's firewall (as part of their "Internet Security" package) for quite some time and I've never had a problem printing or installing fonts or anything else.

One time I was on a web page and a message popped up asking for permission to run a Java applet. In a moment of stupidity I clicked OK. A few seconds later, the firewall alerted me that a program was trying to connect out and wanted to know if it should be allowed. Turns out that the Java applet had downloaded and launched a small executable.

This is why the most important part of a firewall is blocking unwanted outgoing connections. Something that the Windows firewall is completely useless for (at least the Windows 7 version, anyway).

Also works good for blocking a lot of Windows 10 telemetry crap.


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          Video: Onboard Dave River’s NHRA Pro Stocker With Live Telemetry        

The secrecy of the NHRA’s Pro Stock class has long fueled its mystique, but part-time runner Dave River is an open book, sharing the live telemetry from his round one race at Topeka.


                  

What's new for the 2015 Corvette Stingray?

 
Deletions for the 2015 Corvette Stingray
(G7J) Lime Rock Green Metallic exterior color
(GBV) Cyber Gray Metallic exterior color
(MYC) 6-speed paddle shift automatic transmission
(GM8) 2.56 rear axle ratio
New Features for the 2015 Corvette Stingray
(G1B) Shark Gray Metallic exterior color
(G1H) Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic exterior color (extra cost)
(M5U) 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission with automatic modes
(VV4) OnStar with 4G LTE
(UQT) Performance data and video recorder
(EYK) Chrome Badge Package
(EYT) Carbon Flash Badge Package
(CFZ) Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package - Carbon Flash-panted
(QCC) 19" front and 20" rear Black machined aluminum wheels
(QX1) 18" front and 19" rear 5-spoke, Black aluminum wheels
(RPK) 18" front and 19" rear Black machined aluminum wheels
(PFI) Pacific Design Package for Stingray Coupe with Z51 on 2LT and 3LT (late availability)
(ATI) Atlantic Design Package for Stingray Convertible with Z51 on 2LT and 3LT (late availability)
(ZF1) ZF1 Appearance Package for Stingray without Z51, includes 19" front and 20" rear wheels and tires and body-color Z51-style rear spoiler
(E57) Carbon Fiber tonneau inserts for Convertible
(WA8) Clear protective film
(GXB) 2.41 rear axle ratio
(SDN) Black and Silver Custom Valve Stem Package, LPO
(VTB) Rear fascia protector, LPO
Changes to the 2015 Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet MyLink audio system with 8" diagonal Color Touch screen display RPO code changes to (IO5)
Chevrolet MyLink audio system with Navigation RPO code changes to (IO6)
(IWE) Sueded Microfiber-Wrapped Upper Interior Trim Package is now included on 3LT
(NPP) Performance exhaust is now included with the Z51 Performance Package

2015 Corvette Stingray & Z06 Options and Prices!

Body Style MSRP Calipers MSRP
1YY07 Stingray Coupe $54,995 J6A Calipers, Black (Std Z51) $595
1YX07 Stingray Coupe w/Z51 $59,995 J6D Calipers, Cyber Gray (Std Stingray, Option Z07) $595
1YY67 Stingray Convertible   $59,995 J6E Calipers, Yellow-Painted $595
1YX67 Stingray Convertible w/Z51 $64,995 J6F Calipers, Red-Painted (Std Z06) $595
1YZ07 Z06 Coupe $78,995 Options
1YZ67 Z06 Convertible $83,995 NPP Dual Mode Performance Exhaust $1,195
Equipment Group IO6 Navigation and PDR $1,795
1LT Equipment Group $0 FE4 Magnetic Select Ride (Z51 Only) $1,795
2LT Equipment Group $4,160 ERI Battery Protection Package $100
3LT Equipment Group $9,450 R8C Corvette Museum Delivery $990
2LZ  Z06 Equipment Group $3,270 PIN Customer Selectable VIN Ending $5,000
3LZ Z06 Equipment Group $8,650 Z07 Z07 Performance Package (Z06 Only) (Requires CFZ/CFV) $7,995
Transmission Exterior Trim Options
MEP/L 7 Speed Manual Transmission $0 ZF1  Z51 Appearance Package $1,995
M5U 8 Speed Automatic Transmission $1,725 TTV Carbon Flash Spoiler & Mirrors (Z51/ZF1 Only) $100
Exterior Colors CFZ  Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package $2,995
G1B Shark Gray $0 CFV Visible Carbon Fiber Ground Effects Package (Z06 Only) $3,995
G1H Daytona Sunrise Orange $495 DTW Hood Stinger Stripe (Carbon Flash or Cyber Gray) $500
G7H Laguna Blue Tintcoat $995 DTH Full Legth Stripe (Carbon, Gray, Silver, Orange, Crystal) $950
G8A Velocity Yellow Tintcoat $995 E57 Carbon Fiber Tonneau Inserts $995
G8G Arctic White $0 EYK Chrome Package (Standard on Stingray) $100
GAN Blade Silver Metallic $0 EYT Carbon Flash Package (Standard on Z06) $100
GBA Black $0 EFX Exterior Trim Finish - Shark Gray $595
GBE Crystal Red Tintcoat $995 EFY Exterior Trim Finish - Body Color $995
GKZ Torch Red $0 D30 Color Combination Override $590
GXH Night Race Blue Metallic $0 Interior Trim Options
Interior Colors AE4 Seats, Competition Sport Bucket $1,995
19* Jet Black $0 AE4 Seats, Competition Sport Bucket w/ Sueded Inserts $2,495
70* Adrenaline Red $0 FAY Carbon Fiber Interior Trim $995
34* Kalahari $0 IL4 Sueded Microfiber Seat Inserts - 2LT  $395
14* Gray $0 IL6 Sueded Microfiber Seat Inserts - 3LT  $395
55* Brownstone (3LT Only) $0 BV4 Plaque, Personalized $200
205 Blue (3LZ Only) $0 GCA Accessories
Convertible Top Colors 5ZU LPO, Z51 Style Spoiler Body Color (Non-Z51 Only) $600
41T Black $0 5ZV LPO, Z51 Style Spoiler Carbon Flash (Non-Z51 Only) $600
21T Kalahari $0 VYW LPO, Premium Floor Mats w/ Stingray Logo $165
34T Blue $0 V8X LPO, Door Sill Plates $275
37T Gray $0 RXJ LPO, Wheel Center Caps w/Stingray Logo $210
Roof Panel RZ2 LPO, Front End Cover - Black $190
CFA Body-Color Carbon Roof $0 VTB LPO, Rear Fascia Protector $95
CC3 Roof panel, 1-Piece Glass $995 RWH LPO, Indoor Vehicle Cover - Black w/ Stingray Logo $410
C2Z Roof panel, 1-Piece Carbon Fiber  $1,995 VDN LPO, Indoor Vehicle Cover - Gray w/ Crossed Flag Logo $410
C2Q Dual Roof (CFA & CC3)  $1,995 WKP LPO, Indoor Vehicle Cover - Kalahari $410
C2M Dual Roof (C2Z & CC3)  $2,995 WKQ LPO, Indoor Vehicle Cover - Red $410
Wheels RWJ LPO, Outdoor Vehicle Cover - Black w/ Stingray Logo $435
QG6 Wheels, Silver Aluminum $0 VRU LPO, Outdoor Vehicle Cover - Gray w/ Stingray Logo $435
QX1 Wheels, Black Aluminum $495 VLI LPO, Cargo Mat w/ Stingray Logo $205
RPK Wheels, Black Machined $1,495 VRS LPO, Cargo Shade with Logo $170
QX3 Wheels, Chrome Aluminum $1,995 VTE LPO, Under Hood Liner w/Stingray Logo $280
Q7S Wheels, Z51 Silver Aluminum $0 5KX LPO, Stingray Exterior Appearance Package - Coupe $800
Q7T Wheels, Z51 Black Aluminum $495 5KW LPO, Stingray Exterior Appearance Package - Convertible $995
QCC Wheels, Z51 Black Machined $1,495 5YN LPO, Chrome Interior Trim Badge $105
Q7E Wheels, Z51 Chrome Aluminum $1,995 RZ9 LPO, Grill, Cyber Gray Painted $350
Q6A Wheels, Z06 Pearl Nickle Plated $0 S3Z Deckled Liner with Stingray Logo $195
Q6B Wheels, Z06 Chrome $1,995 S2L LPO, Custom Corvette Luggage Package $920
Q6J Wheels, Z06 Spectra Gray Painted $595 SB3 LPO, Decklid Spoiler $750
Q6U Wheels, Z06 Black Painted $495

2015 CORVETTE Z06 - THE SUPERCHARGED SUPERCAR

Powerful, efficient performance

The 2015 Corvette Z06 is not expected to hit the Kerbeck Corvette showroom till sometime in the fist quarter of 2015.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 is powered by an LT4 supercharged 6.2L aluminum V8 engine delivering an SAE certified 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft of torque. The engine incorporates a more efficient, more compact next-generation supercharger, as well as a dry sump oil system, lightweight titanium intake valves and connecting rods for reduced reciprocating mass. And while advanced engine technologies enable supercar performance, Corvette engineers have managed to increase LT4 fuel efficiency by leveraging the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray powertrain: Direct Injection, Active Fuel Management™ and continuously Variable Valve Timing.

Choice of transmissions

The 2015 Corvette Z06 is the only supercar that delivers 650 horsepower and offers the choice of a 7-speed manual or an all-new available track-certified 8-speed paddle-shift automatic. The standard 7-speed with Active Rev Matching enhances the driving experience by simulating heel-toe shifting perfection at the touch of a switch. The available 8-speed paddle-shift automatic offers the smooth control of a true automatic but with quick, precise shifts and manual mode for track driving. The 8-speed automatic delivers performance on par with dual-clutch design, but without sacrificing refinement.

An intuitive driving experience

The turn of a dial changes everything. With the Driver Mode Selector, you can fine-tune your driving experience
with five distinct, selectable driver modes: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track. Each mode electronically
calibrate up to 12 performance variables to customize and optimize the Corvette Z06 supercar for any road.
Three of the dozen performance variables that the Driver Mode Selector can adjust are Magnetic Selective Ride
Control, Performance Traction Management (PTM) and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (eLSD). Standard
Magnetic Ride technology adapts every 10-15 milliseconds, stiffening the suspension for performance driving
without sacrificing a smooth ride. Available in Track Mode, PTM offers five settings of torque reduction and brake
intervention for track driving.
Standard on Z06, eLSD makes the most of the torque split between the rear wheels. The system, which
becomes more aggressive in Sport and Track Modes, is designed to improve stability and responsiveness.
eLSD also features a hydraulically actuated clutch that can infinitely vary clutch engagement and respond
from open to full engagement in mere tenths of a second in order to improve steering feel, handling balance
and traction.

Grip the road and stop fast

The 2015 Corvette Z06 offers your choice of the standard Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport ZP tires or the track-proven Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 ZP tires included with the available Z07 Performance package for even more grip. Brembo® brakes increase performance and decrease weight while delivering confident stopping power. Large rotors — 14.6"/14.4" two-piece steel rotors or available 15.5" /15.3" carbon-ceramic rotors with the Z07 Performance Package — keep your stops fast and precise.
Carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin® Sport Cup tires are available with the Z07 Performance Package.
The exclusive Performance Data Recorder captures 30 channels of telemetry for playback and analysis.

Performance Data Recorder

Record, share and analyze your driving experiences on and off the track with the available industry-exclusive Performance Data Recorder. Add an extra dimension to your drive by logging video of your drives, along with real-time performance data, onto an SD memory card stored in the glove box. Four modes — Track, Sport, Touring and Performance — allow you to capture video, audio, driving stats, date and time, and a lot more. Data is captured using a seamlessly integrated, windshield-mounted HD camera module, as well as a performance processor, internal accelerometers and GPS system. Then play your video back on a computer, or relive your drive right inside Z06 (when stopped, of course) on the 8-inch diagonal color HD screen. You can even analyze your driving technique using included software that is similar to the analysis software used by Corvette Racing.

TRACK MODE

Get Z06 onto a true race track and record video and audio, and get synchronized performance data — speed, rpm, g force, track maps, lap times, start/finish lines — overlaid onto the video playback.

SPORT MODE

With the Performance Data Recorder in Sport Mode, your video will also include key data such as speed and g force.

TOURING MODE

Capture video and audio of scenic drives, recording date and time, outside temperature, elevation, number of hairpin bends and more.

PERFORMANCE MODE

Records performance metrics, such as 0-to-60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-to-100-to-0 mph runs.

THE Z06 CONVERTIBLE

  • 2015 Corvette Z06 600+ horsepower
  • 2015 Corvette Z06 droptop
    The top can be lowered remotely using the key fob or while driving at speeds up to 30 mph.
  • 2015 Corvette Z06 interior details
    Z06 features unique interior color schemes, driver-focused cockpit and flat-bottom steering wheel.
    2015 Corvette Z06 convertible top
    The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible top design mimics the coupe's roof to reduce drag.
Z06 is the first 600+ hp vehicle available in coupe and convertible, as well as automatic or manual.

No compromises

Like its Stingray cousin, the Corvette Z06 convertible is built on the same rigid aluminum frame structure as the coupe version. Designed from the start to be an open-top vehicle, no additional reinforcements were required. The convertible design mimics the coupe roof to reduce drag, while increased downforce keeps the vehicle planted and efficient airflow controls temperatures and improves vehicle handling. The convertible Z06 delivers the same optimal performance as the coupe, but with the unprecedented option to lower the top. In fact, the 2015 Z06 is the very first 650 HP supercar to be made available in both coupe and convertible, as well as automatic or manual transmission. The best of both worlds, in any universe.

Open it up

The inaugural Z06 convertible features an all-new fully electronic drop-top that can be lowered remotely using the key fob or even while driving at speeds up to 30 mph — all without the need for mechanical latches. With the top up, a thick three-ply design ensures maximum sound absorption for a quiet cabin. And when you decide to put the top down, it hides beneath a body-colored tonneau cover, flowing down in a waterfall design between the seats.


          Official! 2015 Corvette Z06 Priced at $78,995        


American supercar delivers unprecedented performance, technology


The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – the most powerful and technologically advanced model in the iconic car’s 62-year history – will be offered at a suggested retail price of $78,995 while the convertible model will start at $83,995, Chevrolet announced today.

“The 2015 Corvette Z06’s performance and technical capabilities place it in the elite fraternity of supercars,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager. “Very few cars in the world deliver 650 horsepower, true aerodynamic downforce, carbon fiber and performance technologies such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and an electronic limited slip differential – and none gives the driver a transmission choice or the choice of a coupe with a removable roof panel or a full-power-top convertible.”

Leveraging learnings from the Corvette Racing program, the $2,995 Carbon Fiber Ground Effects enables the Corvette Z06 to produce true aerodynamic downforce for increased stability at high speeds. The package adds a functional carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler.

For the ultimate performance, the Z07 Performance Package is available for $7,995, adding Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to better handling through reduced unsprung weight. The Z07 package adds adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components to the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package for unprecedented aerodynamic downforce and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip.

“The Z07 performance package enhances overall performance to make the Corvette Z06 one of the most track-capable cars you can buy off the dealership floor and still drive it to work every day,” said Charles.

Z06 models are offered in 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ trims. A range of available features enables customers to tailor the look and feel of their Z06, including:
·        Premium Package with leather-wrapped interior
·        Aero-enhancing carbon fiber ground effects package
·        Performance Data Recorder and navigation
·        Competition sport seats offered in leather or sueded microfiber
·        Carbon fiber interior trim and carbon fiber convertible tonneau cover inserts
·        Visible carbon fiber roof panel (Coupe)
·        Tintcoat exterior colors, several available wheel finishes and several available brake caliper colors.

Most powerful, technologically advanced Corvette ever
The Z06 rejoins the Corvette lineup for 2015 with a stronger aluminum frame than previous models, an aero package designed to produce performance-enhancing downforce and an all-new, supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine rated at an SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm). That makes it the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in the United States.

To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing – and leverages them with a new, more efficient supercharger. Combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction, they help make the new Z06 surprisingly efficient.

The Corvette Z06 also leverages other technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, including the strategic use of lightweight materials and advanced driver technologies, with calibrations tailored for its capabilities. The aluminum frame structure, for example, is 20 percent stiffer than the previous, fixed-roof Z06.

Additional technologies support the car’s tremendous performance capabilities and enhance the driving experience, including:
·        Third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard and can be adjusted for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector
·        Performance Traction Management is available in the Track mode of the Drive Mode Selector and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
·        Launch control is available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
·        An electronic limited-slip differential, also standard equipment on Z06, adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions with more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.

The Z06 offers three increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:
·        The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and an aggressive rear spoiler. 
·        The available carbon-fiber aero package – in either carbon flash paint or a visible carbon-fiber finish – adds a carbon-fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill, which combine to create true aerodynamic downforce
·        The available Z07 package adds larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use. With this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most aerodynamic downforce of any production car GM has tested.

Drivers can monitor the Z06’s performance without taking their eyes off the road via a color head-up display (standard on 2LZ and 3LZ trims) that, among the range of performance readouts, displays a g-meter in Track mode.

The Z06 also offers the award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – which enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. The racing-derived system is included with the available navigation system.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price includes destination charges but excludes tax, title, license, optional equipment and dealer fees.

Kerbeck Corvette of Atlantic City, is not yet taking orders on the 2015 Z06.  Once all pricing and dealer allocations are announced, we will start taking orders.  When we take your order, we want to be sure you know what you are paying for your 2015 Z06 and we want to be confident that we will be able to get your car for you.

When Kerbeck starts to take orders, we will first announce it in an email to everyone on our email newsletter list.  To subscribe to our newsletter, please go here

After we send out our newsletter, we will announced it on our Corvette-only website, this forum and other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, in case you follow us there.

Kerbeck Corvette of Atlantic City is celebrating our 20th year as the world's largest Corvette dealer (1994 thru 2013).

          Corvette Valet Mode: A Baby Monitor For Your Baby        

Handing over the keys just got easier

DETRIOT – Owners of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes will feel better about handing over the keys to their car, thanks to the new Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder.

The industry-exclusive system allows drivers to lock the interior storage, disable the infotainment system and record video, audio and vehicle data when the Valet Mode is active.

“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”

Introduced in 2014, the Corvette Valet Mode is turned on through the settings menu and activated by entering a unique four-digit code. A confirmation entry of the code simultaneously locks the storage bin behind the center stack display, the glove box and disables the radio and infotainment system.
With the introduction of the industry-first Performance Data Recorder for 2015, Corvette drivers can also record HD video, in-car audio, and vehicle data – including speed, engine RPM, gear position and g-force – when Valet Mode is active.



The video can be viewed instantly on the Corvette’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer.

“Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days, allowing drivers to record their laps and improve their driving skills,” said Charles. “We soon realized the system could have many more applications, such as recording a scenic drive up Highway 101, or recording when the Valet Mode is activated.”

The Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – system was developed with Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics systems.

The system includes three major components. First is a 720p, high-definition camera mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the window. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder. The system utilizes a dedicated GPS receiver and is hardwired into the Stingray’s Controller Area Network to access vehicle information.

Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. An 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes of driving time.
The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options including Track Mode, Sport Mode, Touring Mode and Performance Mode.

Also included with the system is the “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface for users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance.

Valet Mode with the Performance Data Recorder will be available on all 2015 Corvette models from Kerbeck Corvette.

Kerbeck Corvette is celebrating their 20th consecutive year as the world's largest Corvette dealership.  You can reach Dave Salvatore, Corvette Manager, at 609-344-2100 or by emailing dave@kerbeck.com

 


          2015 Corvette Offers Atlantic, Pacific Design Packages        
Chevrolet announced today the 2015 Corvette Stingray will be available in two new Design Packages: the Atlantic luxury convertible and the Pacific performance coupe. They go on sale later this year with the rest of the 2015 Corvette Stingray lineup.
“One of the design goals for the Corvette Stingray was to provide customers with the flexibility to tailor the car to their personality,” said Kirk Bennion, Corvette exterior design manager. “The Atlantic and Pacific Design Packages were originally designed to showcase how the Stingray could be configured as a luxury sport GT car or as a high-performance motorsport car.”
The Corvette Stingray Atlantic convertible and Corvette Stingray Pacific coupe concepts were introduced last fall at the SEMA Show. A strong response from enthusiasts helped influence production. They are the latest Chevrolet concepts from SEMA that made concept to reality. Several Camaros, such as the Hot Wheels edition, and the Sonic Dusk are now in production.
“We plan to make news with the Corvette Stingray every year, in part by offering special-edition models that offer a unique, personal ownership experience,” said Todd Christensen, Corvette marketing manager. “Our customers have told us they appreciate these limited-edition models, which have become an important part of the Corvette’s legacy.”
Luxury GT-focused Atlantic Convertible
The 2015 Corvette Stingray Atlantic Design Package is inspired by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destinations. Offered exclusively on Z51-equipped convertibles, it is available in 2LT or 3LT trims, with the following unique features and content:
  • Front Z06-style splitter
  • Shark Gray exterior vents, hood “stinger” graphic and tonneau inserts
  • Chrome Torque wheels with Stingray center caps
  • Stingray underhood liner and floor mats
  • Custom splash guards, rear license plate frame and logo valve stem caps
  • Custom luggage.
The Atlantic Design Package is available in all colors offered on the Corvette Stingray.
Track-focused Pacific Coupe
The 2015 Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package is inspired by West Coast drivers who attend weekend track events. It is offered exclusively as a Z51-equipped coupe, in 2LT and 3LT trims, with the following unique content:
  • Color choices of Torch Red, Black, Arctic White, Blade Silver and Shark Gray – a new color for 2015
  • Satin black full-length racing stripes
  • Satin black Z51 wheels with red stripe and Stingray center caps
  • “CFZ” carbon fiber ground effects package and visible carbon fiber roof panel
  • Carbon Flash rear spoiler, outside mirrors and exterior badges
  • Red brake calipers
  • Competition Sport Seats in red or black
  • Carbon fiber interior trim, Stingray sill plates and Stingray floor mats
  • Custom splash guards and rear license plate frame
  • Indoor car cover (gray).
As with other 2015 models, Corvette’s new Performance Data Recorder is available on the Atlantic and Pacific, as well as an all-new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard.
The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level telemetry system. With included software, users can analyze their laps to improve their driving and lap times. The system includes a high-definition camera integrated into the interior’s rearview mirror assembly.
The new paddle-shift eight-speed is designed to deliver world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch designs, and is expected to contribute up to 5-percent greater efficiency, when compared to the previous six-speed automatic. EPA estimates are pending.
Watch this blog for information on when Kerbeck will start taking orders on 2015 Corvettes.  Kerbeck Corvette of Atlantic City is celebrating its 20th year as the world's largest Corvette dealer.


          Another Corvette First - Corvette Performance Data Recorder        

Fast Feedback: Corvette Performance Data Recorder
·       Industry-first system features integrated video, audio, and motorsport-inspired telemetry recording capability
·       HD-quality videos can be reviewed in-car (when parked), or downloaded to a personal computer for sharing via social media
·       Data can be uploaded to Cosworth Toolbox telemetry software, similar to that used by Corvette Racing, to improve driver’s techniques and lap times


LAS VEGAS – At the Consumer Electronics Show today, Chevrolet announced an all-new, industry-first Performance Data Recorder will be available on the 2015 CorvetteStingray. The fully integrated system enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their drive experiences on and off the track.

“The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports telemetry system,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Drivers can easily record and share their experiences driving down the Tail of the Dragon or lapping Road Atlanta. In addition, with the included telemetry software users can analyze their laps in incredible detail, and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times.”

The Performance Data Recorder (PDR) system was developed with Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that also supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics system. It will be available with the start of regular 2015 Corvette production, later in the third quarter of 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

The PDR system includes three major components, all seamlessly integrated into the Corvette Stingray’s interior. First is the 720p, high-definition camera, mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the windshield. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin. 

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder. The system uses a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 Hz, five times faster than the in-dash navigation system, for more precise positioning and corner traces. The recorder is also hard-wired into the Stingray’s Controller Area Network (CAN) to access vehicle information, ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle.

Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. Recording time depends on the capacity of the memory card, but an 8GB card can record approximately 200 minutes, while a 32GB card stores up to about 800 minutes – more than 13 hours of driving time.


The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options, each rendered in real time:

  • Track Mode – shows the maximum level of data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, lap time, and more.
  • Sport Mode – shows fewer details on the overlay, but includes key data including speed and g-force
  • Touring Mode – no data overlay; it simply records and displays video and audio of the drive
  • Performance Mode – records performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs. 
The video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray’s eight-inch color touchscreen (when the car is parked), or downloaded to a computer for further editing, and sharing video via social media sites.

For users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance, the PDR vehicle data can be opened in the included “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface.

The Cosworth Toolbox application overlays recorded laps on a Bing-enabled satellite map of the track, and features an easy-to-use interface to compare selected laps in detail, for any requested point on the drive. Comparisons include corner traces, vehicle speed, and cornering force to help drivers improve their driving consistency, and ultimately lap times.

“The ability to review laps between track sessions can identify immediate adjustments for quicker laps in the next session,” said Juechter. “It’s like having a 32-GB crew chief track side, proving you with real-time feedback to improve your driving skills.”

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