Professional Power Tool Users: Time to Look Beyond Lithium-Ion

(DGIwire) – Reliable power tools are crucial to maintaining the reputations of electrical, cable and telecom companies. However, as recently reported in Utility Products magazine, engineers and field technicians are bound by the technical limitations of Lithium-ion battery packs, which present a series of drawbacks. For example, if there has been insufficient time to recharge […]

Beyond Lithium-Ion: What’s Next for Battery Technology?

(DGIwire) – Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the current industry standard—but it’s starting to look as if they might not be around forever. Although they are capable of holding a charge for a relatively long time, Li-ion batteries are expensive and—as several recent high-profile news items have shown the world—they have a tendency explode and put […]

A Down-to-Earth Solution to an Aerial Threat

(DGIwire) – With the threat of enemy drones on the rise, increasing attention is turning to the ideal countermeasures. As recently reported by Business Insider, one Maryland-based company has found a way to take control of an unwanted drone while in flight—without the use of jamming the radio signal that keeps it airborne. Started in […]

Algae, Not Antibiotics: Why Animal Feed Should Go Green

(DGIwire) – In late 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put into place a major new policy to phase out the unrestricted use of antibiotics in cows, pigs and chickens over the following three years. Antibiotics were used as growth promoters, but according to a report in The New York Times, experts say this […]

Fidget Spinners in Flames: Mishaps Show Need for New Power Options

(DGIwire) – The last thing anyone wants from a fidget spinner is a third-degree burn. Unfortunately, the risk seems to be a real one. As recently reported in The Telegraph, multiple cases have arisen of Bluetooth fidget spinners—variants of the popular toys with inbuilt speakers that play music streamed from a mobile phone—were found to […]

Protecting Private Property in the Drone Age

(DGIwire) – As drones become increasing popular, a disturbing trend is taking off: unauthorized flights over private property. Whether it’s a prison yard, a military installation or a corporate campus, the risk of terror attacks or espionage is high. In response to this threat, lawmakers are increasingly calling for measures to keep the problem at […]

Keeping Secrets Safe From Prying Eyes in the Sky

(DGIwire) – Imagine being in charge of security at a professional sports stadium, entertainment destination, movie studio or high-tech corporate campus—and watching a drone approach and hover overhead. The sense of intrusion would be palpable. Unfortunately, this is no sci-fi scenario; it’s happening already, with a rash of incidents  spurring searches for better drone protection. […]

Flight Fright: Lithium-Ion Fires on Planes Reveal Need for Innovation

(DGIwire) – On May 30, 2017, a lithium battery in a passenger’s backpack caught fire aboard a cross-country flight, reported the Federal Aviation Administration. According to CNN, nobody was injured on the flight, which was traveling from New York City to San Francisco but was diverted to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The lithium battery began to […]

Taking Control of Terror from the Sky

(DGIwire) – In December 2016, a Hamas member was gunned down in Tunisia. According to Defense News, Hamas described the man as a “drone program supervisor,” revealing the reality that Hamas—and possibly other terror organizations—have taken up drone warfare. In light of this, the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act takes steps to address […]

Making All Yellow Cabs ‘Green’: Can the Grid Support It?

(DGIwire) — On July 5, 2017, The Guardian and other sources reported major news from Volvo: the automaker announced that it would only make hybrid or pure electric vehicles from 2019. This followed an April 20 announcement—on New York City’s official website—that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like 20 percent of motor vehicles sold in […]

Campus Safety: Learning About Preparedness

(DGIwire) – On April 16, 2017, Virginia Tech marked a grim anniversary: 10 years since the mass shooting in which 32 people were killed and 17 wounded by gunfire. The largest incident of its kind on a college campus, it not only changed lives; it changed security requirements and shifted the national perspective that institutions […]

Keeping Soldiers Safe: One CEO’s Quest

(DGIwire) – Nicholas Clark is CEO and Director of Alexium International, a specialty chemicals manufacturer. But his sense of obligation extends far beyond his company—it encompasses U.S. military forces as well. In a recent profile of Clark on SmartCEO.com, he detailed how he came to be concerned for the welfare of American military personnel. Clark […]

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