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firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR’S VIEW
Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three im- portant issues in the industry and the news:
defense spending, transportation and healthcare.
In the United States, defense is a serious busi-
ness with a serious budget. In fact, the Defense
and International Security Budget racked up a bill
of around $729 billion dollars in 2012. Though it
is set to decline to a staggering $716 billion in 2013, and to fall further
as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan become less of a financial invest-
ment, the military is looking for ways to reduce spending. More spe-
cifically, in the case of the F- 16, they’re looking for ways to reuse and
recycle expensive equipment. Check out our cover story, “From fighter
jets to target practice” (page 12) by our very own technical editor, Jason
Lomberg. It’s the story of how the Air Force took an old technology and
repurposed it to serve as a real-life training tool.
When it comes to more civilian modes of transportation, there is
nothing more romanticized than railroads. But with the recent deadly
train crash on everyone’s minds, officials are looking for ways to make
railroads safer for passengers. Considering America has the largest rail
network in the world, monitoring the systems is of the utmost impor-
tance. “Wireless SCADA systems keep trains rolling” (page 16) is an
exploration into how a high-end monitoring and control system could
save energy and money for rail companies.
In the world of healthcare, there is a rapid and growing shift towards
personalized and wireless telehealth options. This means a quick need
for designers to create low power, low cost, high stability devices that
allow for a more personal health experience. Check out “Wearable
health monitors” by Texas Instruments’ Rafael A. Mena (page 22) about
the lower power design considerations involved in Bio-Patch solutions
and “Mobility in medicine: Designing the personal healthcare experience”
(page 20) where author Rajeev D. Rajan,of Qualcomm discusses the benefits of mobile options in healthcare.
If those aren’t enough for you, head over to Design Talk: the CES
Edition (page 28) for the coolest, most innovative technology and announcements from the Consumer Electronics Show.
As always, check out our Everything E page (page 10) to see what’s
new online and keep an eye out for some exciting sidebars featuring
our editor’s blogs.
Until next issue,
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the ECN IMPACT Awards at www.
ecnawards.com. The IMPACT Awards were designed to recognize excel-
lence and groundbreaking innovation in electronics design. If you’ve got
a great product, submit it online by January 31, 2014 to be considered.
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