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The Industrial Internet: A Walk Through The Emerging Interconnected World

The Industrial Internet, also known as the “Internet of Things,” promises to connect the trillions of machines to make them more efficient, reliable and useful. But it’s hard to grasp the concept without seeing it in action. This infographic from General Electric, which announced on Thursday that it is building a new software center in California, shows what the Industrial Internet will do for us.

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GE: ZigBee Beats Wi-Fi for Low-Energy Homes

In the race between ZigBee and Wi-Fi for networking energy-aware homes, GE is leaning toward the low-power winner. According to a GE white paper released Thursday, ZigBee uses less than half the average power that Wi-Fi does — a fact likely to cement its place as the main technology to link GE’s smart appliancesand its Nucleus home energy hubs.

Consider it another notch in ZigBee’s home energy belt. Utilities around the country have chosen ZigBee as the preferred technology to link smart meters and devices in the home, largely on the strength of its low power requirements and cheaper chipsets compared to Wi-Fi and other technologies built for higher-bandwidth applications.

GE’s study found that ZigBee systems consumed just 0.39 watts over 24 hours, compared to Wi-Fi’s 0.87 watts over the same time, when set up in identical configurations that will be typical of home energy-networked devices of the future.

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GE lands $6.3 million DARPA grant to develop 'bio-inspired' sensors

Do butterflies hold the key to the next generation of chemical sensors? DARPA apparently thinks they might, and it’s just awarded GE a $6.3 million grant to further develop a project that the company’s research division began three years ago. That project was sparked by the discovery that the nanostructures from the wing scales of butterflies have acute chemical sensing properties, which GE has since been working to replicate in a sensing platform that could instantly detect a wide variety of chemical threats. What’s more, GE says that it’s sensors could eventually be made in “very small sizes, with low production costs,” which would let them be used for everything from emissions monitoring at power plants to food and beverage safety monitoring at home. Full press release is after the break.

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