May 16, 2020

Dyson to shake up the smartphone and electric car markets with super batteries

James Dyson
Dyson
Dyson Batteries
Smartphone Manufacturin
Glen White
2 min
James Dyson
Manufacturing maven James Dyson is best known for re-investing household products such as the vacuum cleaner, the hand dryer and the fan, however now he...

Manufacturing maven James Dyson is best known for re-investing household products such as the vacuum cleaner, the hand dryer and the fan, however now he is turning his hand to something a little more glamorous – smartphones.

The manufacturing millionaire has invested in a company that's promising to double the battery life of smartphones. Dyson has ploughed $15 million in Sakti3, which has developed a "solid-state battery" that it claims will far surpass the performance of today's lithium-ion cells.

Sakti3's solution uses lithium electrodes instead of liquid chemicals to create the longer-lasting battery. The company claims it can store more than 1,000 watt hours per litre using its technology, compared to the 620 watt hours per litre you get with today's batteries, according to a report in The Guardian. That won't only help to keep your smartphone running longer; it could also be used to make more lightweight batteries for electric cars.

In addition the cash injection, Dyson's company has entered into a joint development agreement to help bring Sakti3's batteries to market. "Sakti3 has achieved leaps in performance, which current battery technology simply can't," said James Dyson. "It’s these fundamental technologies – batteries, motors – that allow machines to work properly.

Sakti3's technology doesn't only promise to keep your gadgets going for longer, it's reportedly less dangerous than liquid-based batteries, which have been the subject of many incidents and recalls over the past decade or so. Sony had to recall hundreds of thousands of VAIO laptop batteries in 2006 and 2008, amid reports of cells overheating and exploding, and other laptop manufacturers have faced similar problems.

The performance of current lithium-ion batteries has plateaued to the point where companies are having to redesign devices to work around its limitations. Smartphones such as the Yotaphone 2 have integrated E-Ink displays to reduce dependency on the energy-sapping LCD display, whilst Pebble has done likewise for smartwatches, promising a week's worth of battery life compared to the 18 hours that the LCD-based Apple Watch will last.

Even if Sakti3 does eventually deliver improved battery life, it might not lead to longer lasting smartphones - just slimmer devices. Apple's design chief, Jonathan Ive, dismissed the prospect of putting bigger batteries inside an iPhone in a recent interview, claiming that people were so addicted to their phones because they were "thin and light".

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

Siemens
5G
IIoT
Data
3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 

 

Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.

 

Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance

 

  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites

 

5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.

 

Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 

 

Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 

 

And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.

 

The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.

 

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