Ridgid’s SeekTech SR-24 Line Locator is a locating receiver that streamlines the creation of accurate maps of underground utilities. The SR-24 uses integrated Bluetooth communications to transmit locating data to either a third-party survey-grade GPS or a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. Data logging capabilities allow recording GPS and locating data to an onboard micro SD card. In addition to OmniSeek passive locating capabilities, the SR-24 can be programmed to detect any active frequency from 10 Hz to 35 kHz. Its omnidirectional antennas capture the complete signal field, making it easy to locate a line and follow its path. The free RIDGIDtrax app for use on iPhone, iPad or Android provides basic utility mapping on a mobile device. When paired with the SR-24 Line Locator, the RIDGIDtrax app will display GPS position and depth of the target utility on a real-time map. A user can identify the utility type and display multiple utilities on the same map. A completed map can be saved and viewed inside the app or exported to a universal file format for use with GIS programs such as Google Earth.
Ground-penetrating Radar Control Unit
GSSI’s SIR 4000 ground-penetrating radar (GPR) control unit offers unique collection modules, including Quick 3D, UtilityScan, StructureScan and Expert Mode for efficient data collection and visualization. It also incorporates advanced display methods and filtering capabilities for in-the-field processing and imaging. Fully integrated, the SIR 4000 provides a 10.4-inch high-definition LED display, a simple user interface, plug-and-play GPS integration and Wi-Fi-enabled data transfer functionality. The SIR 4000 includes a casted aluminum chassis that offers superior temperature stability and an impact-resistant design.
3-phase smart e-meter SoCs
Texas Instruments’ new three-phase metering systems-on-chip (SoC) for smart electricity meters and portable measurement applications, MSP430F67641, include high-performance delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters for energy measurement products’ requiring high accuracy across a wide dynamic range. An integrated 320-segment LCD eliminates the need for external drivers and enables developers to create the next generation of smart energy measurement devices with detailed displays and extended language support while still maintaining low-power consumption in sleep mode. The MSP430F6779A metering SoCs include advanced security and electrostatic discharge features. A 128-bit AES hardware-accelerated module speeds encryption time, improves meter security and performance. With more flash memory integrated on-chip, smart grid developers can incorporate more sophisticated metering features such as multidwelling dynamic pricing, large buffers for interval data, DLMS/COSEM for meter data formatting and communication stacks for wired and wireless protocols. Developers also will benefit from the TPS54060 step-down converter that provides a regulated DC supply of 3.3V with low quiescent current to ensure full-speed operation of the MSP430F67641 and MSP430F6779A devices.
900-928 MHz Radios
XetaWave’s Xeta9x Emancipator series of 900-928 MHz radios can interoperate within an MDS TransNET network, specifically communicate with a 900 MHz MDS TransNET repeater or master. The Xeta9x can be implemented in place of legacy MDS TransNET radios with no interruption to the operation of the network. It offers MDS TransNET users a migration path to a technology platform that offers higher serial speeds and Ethernet capability. The Xeta9x offers an over-the-air data rate of up to 2.6 Mbps-20 times faster than with 115.2 kbps with a MDS TransNET.
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