Xeos Technologies is pleased to present two new employees to the organization.
Charles (Chuck) Jollymore has recently joined Xeos as Production Manager. Trained as an Electronic Engineering Technologist and with a Bachelor of Science, Mr. Jollymore joins Xeos with considerable experience in the field. He began his career with the Canadian Armed Forces as an Avionics Technician and progressed through several local innovative engineering companies in R&D and production engineering roles.
“My hope is that I am able to continue to foster the customer driven production approach that has made Xeos such a success while helping our team adopt other industry best practices and production methods that will ensure our customers continue to make us their first choice, “ says Mr. Jollymore.
Ajith Winston Bryn joins Xeos as an Intermediate Software Developer, focusing on the Xeos Online application. He has recently completed a Masters in Computer Science from Dalhousie University where his focus was on privacy and security concerns in middleware development. His work experience in developing business web applications includes work with General Electric.
“I am looking forward to using my information technology experience to make the lives of our customers easier, increase their productivity as well as our own and turn technology to Xeos’ competitive advantage,” says Mr. Bryn.
Xeos welcomes Mr. Jollymore and Mr. Bryn to the team and looks forward to adding their expertise and insight into the business. Xeos Technologies continues to enjoy growth in sales and production volumes. Increasing growth allows Xeos to continue its high level of research and development activities in the firm.
Xeos Technologies has recently developed a new product for the MicroBeacon line, known for its ability to survive depths of 11,000 m below water. The XMi-11K Relay provides a wide range of capabilities for deep water marine researchers and industrial efforts. Deep water research is both expensive and complex – not to mention remote from most communication infrastructure. The XMi-11K Relay is able to provide global notification of its position and status of health as well as bi-directional serial data to an external device, assisting with these challenges.
The XMi-11K Relay includes a Global Positioning Satellite system chipset to establish accurate position information as well as an Iridium communications modem – providing the world’s only truly global communication mechanism. This allows two way communication with the XMi-11K Relay no matter where it is on the world’s oceans, when it is at the surface. The proprietary sensors on board allow the XMi to sense when it is at the surface and transmit its location. The new Relay functions allow it to send serial data from a connected device to a remote location as well as transmit received commands to that device.
“One of the target markets is the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle(AUV) industry, which is growing at a rapid pace. We believe that, among other uses, the XMi-11K Relay would be ideal for relaying programming instructions to an AUV.”, says President, Derek Inglis. “When the AUV first pops up to the surface, the XMi-11K Relay will send out the data the AUV has gathered and then receive its new programming instructions such as new coordinates and depth ranges for its next trip. From environmental research to remotely controlled search operations, the possibilities are really exciting.”
Able to survive at depths of 11,000 m below sea level, the XMi-11K Relay will be available with a waterproof SubConn/Impulse connector to an external power source and/or with a battery pack also rated to 11,000 m. In addition to the command and control of an external device, once at the surface, the XMi-11K Relay is able to transmit its own position information and status of health messages at regular, pre-configured intervals. The XMi-11K Relay is also remotely configurable over the Iridium satellite network.
As you get ready for deployments after a winter of products sitting on the shelf, make sure that you add checking and updating the firmware in your beacon to your checklist. Xeos is continually making improvements across our product lines for better power efficiency, sensor accuracy, and other metrics. The firmware and upgrading instructions are generally available on the website for account holders so the next time you replace the batteries, login and update the firmware. If you have any questions, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Statoil is extending an ocean current and ice thickness monitoring program which started in the Greenland Sea in 2012 (in partnership with NPI and NTNU) by deploying four moorings in the Barents Sea. The moorings ASL recovered from the Greenland Sea in August and September 2013 were refurbished and re-deployed in the Barents Sea in Oct 2013. The four Ice Profiler/ADCP/CT Logger taut-line moorings were successfully deployed from the R/V Lance out of Tromso Norway. Deployment duration will be one year.
One week after deployment, one of the moorings was accidentally cut loose by a fishing trawler! ASL was alerted immediately, 4000 km away, by an automatic message sent from the Xeos Iridium Satellite Beacon, which was also part of the mooring.
The Norwegian Coastguard vessel NOCG Andenes was sent to the rescue and successfully recovered the buoy.
Dartmouth, NS – March 12, 2014
UK based Planet Ocean has taken receipt of its first Rover, an Iridium satellite location beacon for near surface deployments made by Xeos Technologies Inc., at Oceanology 2014 in London, UK.
Planet Ocean is a long time distributor of Xeos products in the UK and a tireless promoter of the quality of Xeos products. They have taken delivery of their first Rover beacon and plan to display it to current and prospective clients at the show before putting it through its paces in ocean trials.
Caption: Graham Sloane, Planet Ocean and Darren Penney, Xeos Technologies, with Rover.
Join Darren Penney, Derek Inglis and Logan Inglis at Oceanology 2014.
Taking place now, from March 11-13, 2014 at the Excel Conference centre in London, England. Xeos is part of the world class Atlantic Canada Pavillion (booth F300) which has been graciously organized by NS Business Inc.
Come see some of the latest of Xeos' marine products including the full line of micro beacons rated to 11000 m below sea level, explore other products you may not already know, check out our Iridium services, and experience some Nova Scotian hospitality.
For more information, visit the Oceanology 2014 website or give us a call at +1-902-444-7650.
Derek Inglis of Xeos Technologies Inc. and Steven Gloor of GTS Consulting are attending the ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop 2014 in San Francisco this week. Please join them at the booth! Xeos is pleased to be presenting the XMi-11K Sub-surface Iridium beacon along with the other Xeos Micro Beacons at the show.
The ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop is "A workshop that addresses all pertinent aspects of oceanographic and other buoy systems for deployment in unprotected deep and coastal ocean waters." The workshop has been a great success for Xeos in the past and continues to be a show we look forward to when it is held every other year. It is a unique opportunity to learn more about the needs of those assembling and deploying the moorings as well as those using the data retrieved from them.
Xeos Technologies Inc. is proud to announce the latest in its line of Iridium mooring recovery beacons, the XMi-11K. The XMi-11K is an improved version of the recently released XMi-7500 with a new depth rating of 11,000 m below sea level – a global first for an Iridium mooring recovery beacon.
Dartmouth, NS – February 27, 2014
Xeos Technologies Inc., a global exporter of high quality environmental monitoring products, has just upgraded the depth rating of one of its new oceanographic beacons for extreme environments. The XMi-11k Sub-surface Iridium Recovery Beacon is a lightweight, small size recovery beacon which is able to be submerged to 11,000 m (or 11 km) below sea level.
The XMi-11K is primarily used for asset protection and detection of surfacing events. It is able to be submerged to a depth of 11000 meters below sea level and still detect when it surfaces using Xeos’ proprietary water sense circuit, field proven in all oceans and many freshwater bodies around the world. Once the protected asset reaches the surface, it begins transmitting Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) locations via the Iridium satellite communications system. The two-way Iridium communication system allows users to send commands to the surfaced beacon, changing its configuration settings.
The XMi-11K was developed in response to customer requirements for smaller, more versatile mooring asset beacons with global tracking capability. The Iridium satellite communication system was chosen because of its truly global nature, allowing communication even from Polar Regions. XMi-11K includes the ability to send messages to a web-enabled monitoring platform, Xeos Online, or via email.
The XMi-11K features an all-titanium enclosure for durability and resistance to pressure at depths, custom-designed titanium, dual-band Iridium and GPS antenna, and user-replaceable standard alkaline batteries. At only 910g in water including batteries (1407 g in air), the XMi-11k can fit a wide range of moorings or sub-surface vehicles.
The XMi-11K is available with a remote head which separates the electronics from the battery pack with a 6’ waterproof cable. The remote head allows for easier weight management on submerged platforms as well as more complex installations on existing underwater vehicle moorings.
Customer demand for the product has been higher than initially anticipated, ensuring a long and successful future for the XMi-11K. The depth rating ensures that the beacon can be used in any part of the world’s oceans. The XMi-11K joins the MicroBeacon line which includes the XMA-11K Argos Sub-surface Beacon, the XMF-11K LED Flasher and the XMB-11K RF Subsurface Beacon, all of which can be submerged to 11,000 meters below sea level.
Surrey based Planet Ocean Ltd, is pleased to announce the supply of XEOS XMF-11K and XMi-7500 beacons for use on the latest variants of the National Oceanography Centres AUTOSUB Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.
Feb 21, 2014
The Micro-beacons from Nova Scotia based XEOS Technologies, provide protection for sub surface systems when on the surface. The beacons are activated when they sense they are on the surface and sophisticated algorithms ensure that they remain activated even in the splash zone.
Both the Autosub6000 and the Autosub Long-Range are fitted with a pair of XEOS beacons embedded into the tail fins of the vehicles. The XMF-11K is a high intensity LED flasher which aids visual location of the low profile vehicles on the surface whilst the XMi-7500 is the very latest Iridium-GPS beacon from XEOS. When at the surface the XMi takes an accurate GPS position and sends this via the Iridium satellite network to the users email inbox immediately providing an alarm should the vehicle surface unexpectedly, and/or to assist in location. A feature of the Iridium beacon is that users can communicate back to the beacon to alter its transmission rates or switch it off completely to maximise battery life if the user cannot get to the asset within a reasonable time.
The XMF-11K is capable of submergence to 11,000m whilst the XMi, can tolerate 7,500m.
Autosub Long-Range is ready for deployment from the NW of Ireland and will be launched in the next week or so depending on weather. It will work in the NE Atlantic for up to 30 days. Autosub6000 is being prepared for deployments from the RRS Discovery in late March as part of the NERC Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry science programme.
Xeos Technologies Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of marine asset mooring beacons, is experiencing higher than expected volumes of orders for the XMA-11K, a miniature ARGOS sub-surface mooring beacon released this spring.. Xeos has a long history with ARGOS and its custom electronics package demonstrates a higher than average number of class 3 “hits”, the highest class of location calculation possible.
Dartmouth, NS – December 23, 2013.
Xeos Technologies Inc. has considerable experience with the ARGOS satellite system which is used for location services for everything from vessel to wildlife tracking. With over 7 years worth of fielded products, the latest product to be released in the ARGOS portfolio is the XMA-11K ARGOS Sub-surface Mooring Beacon. The XMA-11K was introduced as an update to an earlier version with an updated depth rating of 11,000 m below sea level.
“Our engineers have created a stellar PTT for the ARGOS platform which routinely provides Class 3 hits,” says Darren Penney, Director of Business Development, Environmental Monitoring. “Having that reliability and high degree of accuracy is really crucial for the people we are working with. Even though we knew that, we have been really pleased and somewhat surprised with the large upswing in orders on this product. Apparently, the titanium enclosure and increased depth rating have struck a chord with the market. We’re really excited to be offering such a solid performer to a wider market.”
A class 3 hit, defined as a location position which is closer than 150 m from actual on both axes, with no more than a 250 m radius, is the best category of position available. Independent testing of the Xeos electronics package confirmed Xeos test results showing that the Xeos ARGOS products transmit class 3 hits over 65% of the time, on average. This percentage exceeds that of competitive products on the market.
The XMA-11K is a small size beacon (43.66 cm L x 2.87 cm diameter) which features a custom whip antenna, all titanium enclosure and battery pack which is submersible to 11,000m below sea level. It is designed for deployments up to 2 years and performs well in harsh marine environments. As with all Xeos sub-surface products, it features a Solid State Surface Detection system which initiates the transmission of location messages when the beacon reaches the surface. This system has been in use for 7 years with excellent results.
Despite increasing orders, Xeos is able to meet and exceed delivery expectations. Additional interest has been fueled by the Xeos Online management and tracking platform. Interest is being generated primarily through word of mouth from satisfied users.
The Argos Data Collection and location System (DCS) is a data collection and relay program that provides global coverage and platform location. The Argos program is administered under a joint agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the French Space Agency, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Additional partners include EUMETSAT and ISRO.
The system consists of in-situ data collection platforms equipped with sensors and transmitters and the Argos instrument aboard polar-orbiting satellites. The global environmental data sets are collected at telemetry ground stations in Fairbanks, Alaska; Wallops Island, Virginia; and Svalbard, Norway; and pre-processed by the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) in Suitland, Maryland. Two CNES subsidiary companies, Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) in Toulouse, France and CLS America in Lanham, Maryland process the data and deliver it to the end user. http://www.noaasis.noaa.gov/ARGOS/
KNOWMADICS Inks Deal to Become Exclusive Reseller of Xeos Technology Infrastructure Protection Product Lines
Both companies predict increased 2014 sales and margins from this deal.
Chantilly, VA December 22, 2013: – Knowmadics®, a trusted leader in solutions for telematics and data analytics, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Xeos Technologies Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of application specific telemetry and data collection products, that will enable Knowmadics to resell Xeos hardware as part of their turn key solutions built around their just released SilverEye Infrastructure Protection software platform.
“The agreement with Xeos enables Knowmadics to offer our customers a comprehensive solution that combines cutting edge devices like the Xeos Onyx - an Iridium based small form-factor tracking device - coupled with our infrastructure protection software platform – SilverEye,” Claire Ostrum, President and Founder of Knowmadics. “Our customers can now employ a single, integrated security solution that tightly integrates Xeos’ cutting edge collection devices with Knowmadics’ next generation planning and management software platform.”
“We are pleased to be extending our relationship with Knowmadics,” said Derek Inglis, CEO and co-founder, Xeos. “They have developed an open user ecosystem around SilverEye and now Knowmadics can bundle our devices with their software. It’s a win-win.”
Xeos small form factor tracking solutions are rapidly becoming the de facto standard in providing military and law enforcement agencies, affordable and feature-rich covert/overt tracking capabilities. When an end user employs a Xeos tracking device, data collected by the device can automatically be displayed in the Knowmadics’ SilverEye software environment. Additionally, the devices can be remotely managed and monitored in SilverEye. The integration between the Xeos devices and the SilverEye software platform gives customers an affordable and robust security network option with advanced tracking capabilities.
About Knowmadics’ Infrastructure Protection Products
The Knowmadics Infrastructure Protection suite of products provides comprehensive, enterprise-class planning, tracking, reporting and analysis on multiple platforms (enterprise, desk top, and portable). The SilverEye Infrastructure Protection Software is also tightly integrated with over 50 of the most popular tracking devices.
Knowmadics is an idea factory focused on Telematics and Data Analytics founded in 2013. Although new, Knowmadics already has a long history of achievement. Its DNA is based on technology deployed world-wide for more than 10 years. Our senior management team and Board of Directors has been creating value in the Information Technology and Defense Markets since the 1970's with more than 20 deals totaling more than a Billion dollars ($US) in transactions on our resumes. We understand what it takes to help our customers and partners get the results they want and for our shareholders to get the returns they deserve. Headquartered in Chantilly, VA Knowmadics has operations in the US and Canada. For more information or to become a SilverEye partner, visit www.knowmadics.com.
Xeos is a leading technology firm created by visionary engineers with a passion for excellence. Xeos prides itself on a pioneer mentality, always striving to create superior technological solutions to tracking and telemetry problems. We design and manufacture application specific telemetry and data collection products for environmental researchers, wildlife researchers and operational personnel. Our customers require reliable and innovative solutions to track, monitor and control in harsh environments.
With decades of design experience in the scientific, law enforcement and military markets we understand how to design for success in the world’s harshest environments. We maintain a pioneering perspective and understand each of our clients is truly a partner, deserving of the best we have to offer in design, quality control and support. For more information, visit www.xeostech.com
Dartmouth, NS - Dec. 6, 2013
Xeos Technologies Inc. has been a developer of mooring asset and tracking beacons for nearly a decade and is an Iridium Value Added Reseller (VAR). Based on this experience, Xeos was approached by an Autonomous Marine Vehicle manufacturer to develop a unique tracking product for use with their innovative products. The key requirements were that it had to be able to work anywhere on the world's oceans and be able to keep tracking, even if it flipped upside down in the water. The solution - the Rover.
"The Rover design was an interesting challenge for us since it had to be able to work whether or not the platform it was on was upright," says Darren Penney, Director of Business Developement, Environmental Monitoring for Xeos Technologies. "We solved the problem by putting dual Iridium and GPS antennas on each end of the Rover. It knows which way up it is facing and uses the right antennas so it can get messages through."
The Rover uses Iridium satellite communication to transmit data and status messages back from across the globe. It is designed for long term deployments, at or near the surface of the ocean. The Rover is a versatile tracking device which includes an optional Watch Circle, enabling automatic notification if the Rover moves out of its intended location. Xeos is confident that this first step into the AMV market is only the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship with the sector.
About Xeos Technologies Inc.
Xeos Technologies Incorporated was established in 2004 in Nova Scotia, Canada. It has quickly grown to be a leading technology designer and manufacturer in the environmental and marine monitoring sectors. Xeos prides itself on a pioneer mentality, always striving to create superior technological solutions to tracing and telemetry problems. Expertise in GPS positioning, sensor data management, satellite telemetry and monitoring applications are Xeos' hallmark. Xeos' customers require reliable and innovative solutions to track, monitor and control in harsh environments. In 2012, Xeos became an Iridium VAR, expanding the scope of its product and service offerings to its loyal and growing customer base. The Xeos team has over 40 yearsof combined experience in custom marine engineering, production, service and support.
About Iridium LLC.
Iridium is the world's only truly global mobile satellite communications company, with voice and data services covering every inch of the Earth's service. www.iridium.com
The AGU is an exciting show taking place from Dec. 3-9, 2013 in San Francisco, CA with more than 24,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders attending. Alongside the exhibition, with an academic showcase in addition to the industrial exhibitors, get ready for presentations on groundbreaking research and innovative uses of technology in the field. Xeos will be in Booth1221 at the entrance to the academic showcase.
Join us to see some of the exciting new developments in products and service that Xeos will be unveiling!
AGU 2013 Website
You can now use our convenient and quick online order form for all your Iridium services needs. Simply click on the Products Tab and select Iridium Services. Follow the purchasing instructions and an order will be sent to our activations team who will handle your order quickly and efficiently. Everything should be this easy!
Come visit us in Memphis, TN at the 28th Annual Training Conference and Technical Exhibition from July 13-19, 2013. Although Xeos has attended NATIA for several years, this will be the first year that we have our own booth. So come on down and see what exciting new equipment and services we have to offer!
Updated firmware is now available for SABLE, MELO and KILOs that have been affected by this problem. Please visit the appropriate product page for instructions on obtaining and performing the update.
STI402/STI402i firmware is being tested and will be released shortly. Affected RAM100s should be returned under RMA to have the modem firmware updated. Contact 902-444-7650 for assistance.
Xeos has notified all affected customers. If you have not been contacted, your devices are not on the affected list.
Please be advised that Iridium has published a product alert relating to the 9602 and 9603 modems. Modems with a particular version of firmware, TA11002, may, in some circumstances, stop transmitting for an extended period of time. The problem is due to an error in the algorithm managing communications during times of system congestion. The system tells the modem to stop transmitting for a period of time and then retry. The algorithm error causes it to wait a varying time period which is unpredictable and could last months. This problem was triggered April 22, 2013 but the extent of the problem is still being researched by Iridium. This problem affects all Iridium 9602 modems manufactured after August 1, 2012. Please note, early reports included the 9603 modems are also affected but the combination of circumstances required for failure is much less likely. Please read the Iridium Product Update for more details.PLEASE BE ADVISED: Cycling the power to the product/modem does NOT fix the problem. The current solution requires a firmware modification in either the product or the modem itself. We will continue to post updates as we receive information from Iridium and as we receive results from our ongoing testing.
Iridium has released new firmware for 9602 and 9603 modems and has resumed shipping modems to distributors. Please visit www.iridium.com for more information.
Xeos continues to try and make our beacons easier to use and more adaptive to your particular need. To that end, we have a number of improvements in beacon accessories to announce.
A typical installation for a surface or sub-surface beacon might be attached to a mooring beacon for asset protection and tracking. There are two challenges for this type of application: 1) keeping the beacon buoyant for access to satellites and 2) attaching the beacon to the mooring – especially glass spheres.
Enter the KILO Float. A collar is attached to the surface beacon and 3 highly visible floats are attached to the collar. They keep the beacon at the surface and accessible to satellite communication at all times. The collar is also easily tethered to any mooring, solving two problems in one.
The float is available for use with the KILO, XMF-1000, XMF-7500 and the XMA-7500.
A new adapter has been developed for all XM series beacons (flashers, Argos beacon, RF beacons) which increases the diameter of the beacon so it will fit into the bushings for older competitive equipment. Call for details on which bushings the adapter will fit.
Better ARGOS Antenna
Off the shelf ARGOS antennas are rigid which makes them more prone to damage. They may also be subject to corrosion in the right combination of temperature and salinity. The XMA-7500 Argos Deep Water Beacon now features a custom braided ARGOS antenna which addresses both of these problems.
The new antenna is braided and covered in UV resistant coating to prevent fraying and to provide the rigidity required while allowing the antenna to flex as needed. To make it even more attractive, antenna performance actually exceeds the standards of the off the shelf version.
Battery Options for XMF & XMB Beacons
The XMF LED Flasher beacons and the XMB RF Beacons traditionally use CR123A Li batteries. This design decision allowed for the smallest beacon enclosure and longest battery life. However, we recognize that CR123A batteries are not the easiest or cheapest to source. That is why you can now opt for a slightly longer enclosure tube (+2") and use AA batteries instead.
Xeos Technologies is pleased to announce that we will be attending the Oceans 2012 MTS/IEEE conference from October 15th to the 19th in Hampton Roads, VA. Make sure you drop by booth 1825 for a visit!
October 15-19, 2012
Hampton Roads, VA
OCEANS 2012 Hampton Roads brings together the technology, people, and ideas that will help to expand the understanding of the earth’s largest natural resource. Hampton Roads maritime heritage combined with its strategic location near key decision makers from the U.S. Government make this venue a perfect opportunity to address the challenges facing the world’s users of the ocean.
Come visit us at booth 1825!
Xeos Technologies is pleased to become a valued partner, helping to provide Iridium products and services to its client base.
Bedford, Nova Scotia – June 19, 2012 – Xeos Technologies is pleased to announce that it is now a full service Value Added Reseller and Value Added Manufacturer for Iridium products.
As a full service VAR and VAM Xeos will be applying its extensive experience towards supplying clients with Iridium services and developing innovative products using Iridium products as core component.
Clients looking to purchase Iridium services can also purchase them through the application process located at www.xeostech.com/iridium. Xeos clients will also soon be able to access their Xeos Iridium products though the innovative Xeos Online server tracking software.
Darren Penney, senior account manager at Xeos says” We’re incredibly excited to formalize our Iridium offerings through the VAR and VAM programs. As a long time Iridium developer we understand the capabilities and complexities of the system and look forward to helping our existing and prospective clients utilize this communication platform to its fullest extent.”
Visit www.xeostech.com/iridium for complete information on available products and services.
About Xeos Technologies
Xeos is committed to serving the scientific and security communities with the best data collection solutions found anywhere. Xeos has a sincere interest in helping further scientific understanding by providing cost effective solutions that incorporate satellite, VHF, UHF, cellular, GPS and low power wireless network integration. By making use of the latest radio technologies, firmware tools, application software and robust mechanical packaging, Xeos is expanding the limits for data telemetry products. Xeos works hand in hand with scientists and operational personnel to develop rugged state of the art products.
Xeos offers product development that can customize any solution. We offer prototyping expertise and full testing analysis before deployment. Whether it’s an alpine remote satellite transceiver that works on its own power for years or a monitoring sub-surface equipment for accidental surfacing, Xeos can customize any solution to meet demanding requirements.
About Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network – Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.
The promise of 3D printing has finally taken off with the development of a drone that takes just a week to create.
Under darkening skies on a grass airstrip in the UK's Wiltshire Downs, north of Stonehenge, I am watching half a dozen aeronautical engineers rushing to assemble an uncrewed aircraft before the weather takes a turn for the worse. They are hoping to show how 3D printing will revolutionise the economics of aircraft design – by flying the world's first fully "printed" plane.
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HONG KONG, Oct. 16, 2011 (Reuters) — Plants and animals are shrinking because of warmer temperatures and lack of water, researchers said on Monday, warning it could have profound implications for food production in years ahead.
"The worst-case scenarios ... are that food crops and animals will shrink enough to have real implications for food security," Assistant Professor David Bickford, of the National University of Singapore's biological sciences department, said. [read more]
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ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2011) — Turning graphite oxide (GO) into full-fledged supercapacitors turns out to be simple. But until a laboratory at Rice University figured out how, it was anything but obvious.
Rice Professor Pulickel Ajayan and his team discovered they could transform a sheet of GO into a functional supercapacitor by writing patterns into it with a laser. Scientists already knew that the heat of a laser could convert GO -- the oxidized form of graphite, or carbon-based pencil lead -- into electrically conducting reduced graphite oxide (RGO). By writing patterns of RGO into thin sheets of GO, the Rice researchers effectively turned them into free-standing supercapacitors with the ability to store and release energy over thousands of cycles.
Xeos proudly announces the latest mooring beacon in its product catalogue, the Kilo. True to its name, the Kilo is a subsurface beacon which can be deployed at depths of up to 1000 m, for up to 1 year. “Customers told us they needed a reliable, mid-depth beacon that was more user friendly than other products on the market. We designed the Kilo around their needs.”, says Derek Inglis, President.
Those customer driven features have resulted in a small, sleek beacon with a replaceable battery pack in a pressure tested marine enclosure. The proprietary water sense circuit provides for immediate notification upon surfacing. When a surfacing event occurs, planned or otherwise, the Kilo uses GPS technology to quickly determine its location at the surface and transmits that position using the latest Iridium transceiver, the 9602. Optionally, the Kilo’s notification function can be activated upon tilt.
Once on the surface and transmitting, the battery pack will provide up to 90 days of data even after a yearlong deployment. The two way nature of the Iridium transceiver allows the user to reprogram the frequency of the notifications thereby making it easier to retrieve or extend the life of the battery.
One of the features most appreciated by beta testers has been the customer replaceable battery pack. The integrated AA battery pack is housed inside the sealed enclosure but careful engineering has provided for the customer to open the housing, replace the batteries, and still be ensured of a watertight seal to 1000m.
For more information or customer testimonials contact Darren at Darren@xeostech.com.
Surrey based Planet Ocean Ltd, recently announced it has been chosen to supply the surface strobe beacon for the latest version of the National Oceanography Centre’s, deep diving, autonomous underwater vehicle Autosub Long Range (ALR) . ALR is an ultra-low power vehicle achieving an unparalleled operational endurance whilst being capable of diving to 6000m, and even hibernating for periods at sea.
Planet Ocean has supplied a XEOS Technologies XMF-7500 solid state strobe beacon for fitting into the tailfin of the new long range vehicle. Its small size (30% smaller and lighter than alternatives) makes it ideal for this application.
The super-bright LED provides unparalleled visibility in even the worst conditions. Operating at depths of up to 7500 m, the XMF-7500 is significantly smaller and lighter than other flashers meaning easier storage and installation without any sacrifice in performance or operational visibility. User selectable flash patterns and repetition rates together with a no moving parts capacitance activation system make this a very useable device for a variety of marking applications, search and rescue, ROV's AUV's etc.
The XMF-7500 is also available with a remote flasher head and in a shallow, 1000m version. The XMF-7500 is a member of the new “micro family” of beacons including devices for ARGOS & VHF location monitoring. XEOS Technologies also manufacture surface and sub-surface mooring beacons using the Iridium satellite system.
Xeos Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that its Hammerhead Argos transmitter has recently been certified by CLS in Toulouse, France. The new Hammerhead Argos transmitter is a fully functional, stand alone PTT transmitter weighing only 4 grams that can be integrated into a variety of different packages in order to send user data and gather Doppler based position information. The Hammerhead has very low power consumption allowing for extended deployment times and includes a custom designed power amplifier that is capable of operating under a wide voltage range and allows for imperfect antenna loads.
The Hammerhead is a welcome edition to a growing list of telemetry equipment offered by Xeos Technologies Inc. For more information please visit www.xeostech.com or contact Darren Penney to discuss your telemetry requirements.
Darren E. Penney
Xeos Technologies Inc.
2 Bluewater Road
Bedford, Nova Scotia
Phone - 902-444-7650
Fax - 902-444-7651
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Xeos Technologies has been awarded a contract to develop a prototype Archival Tag suitable for determining mortallity of Pelagic species after release. The Survivor Tag is being developed for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and will be available in 2007. The Survivor Tag will be a miniture transmitter capable of measuring animal movement over a one month period.
Xeos Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a contract by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) to develop an Iridium satellite based monitor for remote seismic recording stations. The remote monitor will make use of Iridium’s Short Burst Data services as well as Circuit Switched data services to transmit state of health messages and samples of geological events in real time. Xeos will work closely with the PASSCAL Instrument Center located on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro, New Mexico to deliver monitors suited for deployment in the challenging environment of Antarctica.
The Upper Ocean Process Group at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have awarded a contract to Xeos Technologies to provide an Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) solution for their Air-Sea Interaction METeorology (ASIMET) System. ASIMET is a sophisticated moored surface buoy and requires a self-contained Iridium/GPS monitor to provide emergency position location data and internally record GPS positions.
Xeos Technologies are very pleased to announce they have been selected as an Authorized Star-Oddi Distributor. Founded in Iceland in 1985, Star-Oddi has become recognized as one of the world´s leading manufacturer of technology for researches on the oceans and its living resources. Star-Oddi offers a wide range of products such as temperature and depth loggers, and their famous, inexpensive small salinity data logger known for its small size, accuracy and reliability to state of the art underwater tagging equipment.
Xeos Technologies are very pleased to announce that they have been selected as an Authorized Vaisala Distributor. Vaisala develops, manufactures and markets products and services for environmental and industrial measurement. Vaisala's competitiveness in environmental measurement is based on premium value products. The company is the global market leader in many of its core businesses.
Xeos Technologies are pleased to announce that the Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, have selected Xeos to manufacture an Argos satellite-based transmitter to recover health status messages and position location information from remote polar seismic stations. The XA-100 transmitter will interface directly to the RefTek130 Broadband Seismic Recorder.
Xeos Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a contract by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) to deliver 20 XI-100 Iridium monitors. The remote monitor will make use of Iridium’s Short Burst Data services as well as Circuit Switched data services to transmit state of health messages and samples of geological events in real time. Xeos will work closely with the PASSCAL Instrument Center located on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro, New Mexico to deliver monitors suited for deployment in the challenging environment of Antarctica.