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first_imgAn eight-axle self-propelled heavy load trailer – the PSF 3000 – and the PFTV 300 were employed to deliver the 54.5 m long and 12.3-tonne rotor blades to their destination. Two bottlenecks en route required the use of Prangl’s bespoke blade transporter.Firstly, the turbine blades had to be lowered completely in a very narrow tree-lined lane before entering the village of Vieritz. The PSF 3000 allowed the rotor blade to be manoeuvred without trimming the trees on the side of the road.A 90-degree bend in the village proved the second challenge. In order to avoid driving on the pavement, the turbine blades were lifted approximately 50 degrees so that the vehicle could remain on the road and the blade avoid damaging nearby houses.The 9 MW Jerichower Land wind farm in Saxony-Anhalt will be able to produce power for around 6,000 households.www.prangl.atlast_img read more

first_imgPeter HainSource: ThinkstockThough Schillings was correct to say the involvement of Ince Gordon Dadds was plain on the front page of the ABC & Others v the Telegraph Media Group Limited, Hain had explained why he did not read the judgment, why he considered it unnecessary to read it, and therefore why he did not know of the firm’s involvement.‘I accepted his assertion that he had not read the judgment and was not aware of Ince Gordon Dadds’ role in the legal proceedings,’ said the commissioner. ‘It would be unreasonable to censure him for failing to declare an interest of which he was unaware.’The commissioner met with Hain, where he explained he based his decision on moral considerations rather than on legal grounds.Hain told this meeting: ‘I am not a surrogate lawyer and I was not acting as one. I was not challenging the court in that sense… I was not trying to second-guess the court, the lawyers or the judiciary at all.’ Labour peer Lord Hain has been cleared by a parliamentary watchdog after naming the subject of an injunction despite his links to a law firm involved in the matter.The former cabinet minister spoke last October in the House of Lords, using parliamentary privilege to name businessman Sir Philip Green as the individual whose identity could not be published due to the injunction.His statement prompted complaints from several members of the public and from the law firm Schillings, acting on behalf of Sir Philip Green, who said Hain had broken the parliamentary code of conduct. It was pointed out Hain had failed to declare his role as a global and governmental adviser to Ince Gordon Dadds LLP, the firm acting on behalf of Telegraph Media Group, which wanted to publish the story. Complainants alleged that Hain’s connection to Ince Gordon Dadds LLP meant his statement ought to be considered as having provided a parliamentary service in return for payment.The Commissioner for Standards, former Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, yesterday dismissed the complaint. She accepted Hain’s account of the steps he had taken before deciding to speak in parliament, and that he was unaware of the involvement of Ince Gordon Dadds.last_img read more

first_imgWi-SUN is a leading global industry alliance promoting interoperable wireless standards based solutions for the Internet of Things. Landis+Gyr has successfully completed Wi-SUN US Profile physical layer certification of the radio technology used in Gridstream® solutions and deployed globally in over 7 million smart grid IoT devices.Industry alliance certifications ensure future interoperability of RF-enabled hardware deployed in smart grid networks. This standards-based certification demonstrates that utilities will be able to realize a future smart grid vision that securely connects devices critical to efficiently and reliably serve the needs of energy consumers. With a wide variety of Wi-SUN compliant devices already operating today on their networks, utilities are better positioned to bring new devices onto the network for a variety of energy efficiency, grid management and smart city applications.  “Landis+Gyr continues to lead the smart grid industry in terms of products certified by standards organizations and industry alliances, as well as the number of certified network components and sensors deployed in the field. We are committed to achieving certifications from relevant organizations as they are available to ensure more reliable, scalable and interoperable communications solutions for electric, gas and water utilities” – said Ruben Salazar, Global Head of Research and Technology at Landis+Gyr.last_img read more

first_img5 tips to protect your devices from cybercrimeYour smartphone, your tablet, your computer – they are some of your most important and most used possessions. They are the daily tools you use for research, to connect with others and make purchases. You take them everywhere and fill them with your important, personal information.And all of that makes them the perfect targets for a cyberattack.The number of cybercrime incidents in the United States grows each year, and as Americans move into an increasingly digital society – thanks to smart phones, smart cars and smart in-home technologies – cybercrime is expected to grow in frequency again in 2017. Protecting yourself, your family and the vital information on your devices means increasing your focus on your own cybersecurity. That starts with these five tips.* Recognize you’re not immune. Cyberattacks increase in frequency and severity every year, so don’t make the mistake of believing it can’t happen to you. “It’s important to protect yourself by taking personal responsibility for your data; we can’t expect banks or other institutions to do it for us,” said Jim Karagiannes, Ph.D., professor in DeVry University’s College of Engineering & Information Services. “We lock our doors and take other security measures to protect our home and car. We need to also take precautions with our personal security and information.”* Don’t store your username, password or credit card information with a website. The convenience makes it tempting, but websites are a popular target for cybercriminals because a successful hack gives them access to hundreds or thousands of files, including yours. Even storing this information on your own computer can expose it in a cyberattack, and if your credit card information is captured, criminals can use it to gather your social security number. That exposes you to identify theft. Keep this information off your devices and, instead, create complex passwords and write down all of your usernames and passwords on a piece of paper that you keep in a safe place, such as a deposit box.* Use only a credit card, not a debit card, when making online purchases. Using your credit card instead of your debit card allows you to keep better track of the purchases you have made. It also limits the effects of any possible theft to just the one card instead of several. If you have no choice but to use a debit card for an online purchase, do not use your pin number online.* If it feels like a trick, it probably is. Cybercriminals often engage in “social engineering” or other non-electronic methods to try and trick you into surrendering your data. If you get a phone call about a banking or credit card issue or if your computer tells you to call a number because it just caught a virus, be cautious. Do not divulge any personal history or credit card details. Hang up or ignore the computer-generated notices and call the customer service number of the institution’s website with any questions.* Replace your existing credit cards with chip cards as soon as possible. Chip cards are becoming the new normal these days, and if your current credit card does not have a silver square chip on its front, consider replacing it quickly. Popularized in Europe, chip cards possess the necessary encrypted information to eliminate delays in the transaction process. Doing so closes the window criminals need to steal your personal information, thus protecting you from identity theft.You have no intention of abandoning your devices, of course, so protect them. Following the tips above will help better secure your technology and personal information from the threats of cybercrime so you can enjoy your devices with greater peace of mind.last_img read more