Windmill Software Ltd
Data Acquisition Intelligence

22 December 2010

The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 149      December 2010
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Welcome to Monitor: our complements of the season to 
you and our best wishes for a prosperous and peaceful 
New Year.  

Quite a short newsletter this month, but I hope you find 
it useful. Look out next month for news about Windmill 
with Windows 10, 8, 7, and the return of the Excel corner.  

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* Windmill News: HTML Help for Windmill
* New Website tells you how to use CCTV to count people
* Data Acquisition and Control News Roundup

Windmill News: HTML Help for Windmill

The old Windows Help files are not supported by Windows 10, 8, 7.  
We have therefore converted the Windmill Help to 
HTML format. You can download the new Help from

Save the HTML Help to disk. You may then need to "unblock" 
the Help
1. Right-click the file name, eg digout.chm
2. Select Properties.
3. Select Unblock.

If you would prefer to use the old Help with Windows 10, 8, 7, 
you can download the Help viewer software from the 
Microsoft site at

New Website tells you how to use CCTV to count people

A people counting system does not just accurately measure 
how many people entered your building, bus, train or 
outdoor space. It offers businesses many benefits which 
directly affect their sales, staffing costs and visitors' 
experience. It can, for example, 

- monitor current occupancy
- enable stores to calculate sales conversion
- monitor queues
- show how long a person paused at a display
- measure advertising success
- track the path people took around a building

Windmill provides people counting software which works 
with CCTV cameras and "Video Turnstile" people counting 
units.  Video Turnstile have launched a new web site 
discussing how people counting can help you at

DAQ News Roundup

Welcome to our roundup of the data acquisition and 
control news.  If you would like to receive more 
timely DAQ news updates then grab our RSS newsfeed 
at  Read for notes
on how to display the live news on your own web site.

Sonar device sees through bubble clouds
   Scientists at the University of Southampton have 
   developed a new kind of underwater sonar device 
   that can detect objects through bubble clouds which 
   would effectively blind standard sonar.
   Source: University of Southampton

Ion Sensor prevents pollution
   Ion selective electrode sensor could prevent toxic 
   byproducts of mining and other industries from ending 
   up in the environment and improve productivity, 
   according to the University of Minnesota

SCADA Market to Grow
   According to a report by Frost and Sullivan, the 
   Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition market is 
   among the most rapidly growing control systems 
   markets in the world. Markets in Western Europe 
   and North America will continue expanding over the 
   next few years due to the increasing demand to 
   modernise power and water and wastewater 
   infrastructure.  The key market challenge 
   manufacturers have to face is ensuring enhanced 
   cyber security.
   Source: Frost and Sullivan

Researchers develop ultra-sensitive motion sensors
   Researchers at Cambridge University have developed 
   advanced motion-sensing technology which is is 
   1000 times more sensitive than existing systems 
   currently in use today in devices such as smartphone 
   apps and computer game consoles.  It's also more 
   independent from temperature and pressure compared 
   with current MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems),
   Source: The Engineer

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