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Two important elements in a sustainable urban infrastructure are public transportation and green structures. Not only are they important, but they also help create sustainable living conditions for a

community. That’s why engineers at National University of Singapore created the first working prototype of a zero-energy bus stop (node) that was also user friendly for commuters.

 

Powering a zero-energy bus node that is self-sustainable requires electricity. The engineers needed to situate solar panels on the top of the bus node. To further the energy supply, they mounted the solar panels on a rotational base that causes the panels to adjust with the weather information received by a controller. Using the energy supply from the abundant sunlight created enough to power one entire bus node.

 

The next crucial element was creating a solar panel powered system. The engineers created a three-part system made up of sensors, actuators, and a controller. They used NI CompactRIO hardware and LabVIEW software to give the controller capabilities for obtaining up-to-date arrival times, current traffic conditions, and other navigation information for passengers right on-site.

The use of integrated NI hardware and software helped engineers create the first working prototype of a zero-energy bus node. This entire bus node is 100 percent self-sustainable in electricity consumption and Singapore now has a ready platform for energy control activities that will help create a more sustainable infrastructure in the future.

 

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>>Read about all the additional features of the bus node.

NI today announced the expansion of the NI Smart Camera family with seven new models and improvements including color and high-resolution options, improved processing power and IP67 ratings.

 

The new NI 177x Smart Cameras feature a 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom™ processor, which delivers processing speeds four times greater than other NI Smart Cameras, and a real-time operating system for reliability and determinism.  The cameras offer new sensor options to deliver higher resolution image acquisition, rugged mechanical housings, M12 connectors, and dust- and water-resistant lens covers that have earned the cameras an IP67 rating. They can be programmed with LabVIEW graphical programming and the NI Vision Development Module for advanced customization and integration with other National Instruments hardware.

 

Learn more at www.ni.com/smartcamera.