Monitor - ISSN 1472-0221
The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 255, January 2020
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Retailers are collecting more data than ever before to help them maximise profits and improve the customer experience. As well as established techniques like people counting, they are increasingly using systems employing artificial intelligence.
One use of this is to better understand their customers. What pulls their audience's attention, what gender are they, how old are they, how long do they linger at a display and what products are they looking at? This data is combined with that produced by people counters, like average shopping time and sales conversion.
A practical example is enabling communication between a sensor detecting a shopper's characteristics and a digital sign. The sign uses the sensor's data to show an advert tailored to the type of person in front of it.
The data thus collected using computer vision and can also be made available over the Internet-of-Things.
All sorts of information can be accessed via the IoT - footfall, average shopping time, conversion, shopper characteristics, queuing times, hot spot maps of popular (and unpopular) areas, occupancy figures...letting retailers measure, experiment and improve.
I see that you do not sell your software anymore without hardware. It appears to be exactly what I am looking for. Can you tell me what is the least expensive hardware that you have?
Our most inexpensive hardware is the 750 data acquisition and control unit with Windmill software and technical support included. This costs just 150 GBP at https://www.windmillsoft.com/daqshop/analogue-input.html. However, our newsletter subscribers can download a free copy of the Windmill software! This is fully functioning but comes without technical support. To get your copy email us. For help using it see its Help or https://www.windmill.co.uk/techsupp.html.
The quarterly update of data acquisition and control exhibitions around the world.
Smart Factory Expo
12-14 February 2020
Advanced technology exhibitions including NEPCON Japan, Automotive World, the world's largest wearable technology exhibition and robotics technology exhibition.
27-28 February 2020
Kuala Lumpur Inodnesia
Showcasing test, measurement and inspection solutions for high-value manufacturing.
SMART FACTORY + AUTOMATION WORLD 2020
4-6 March 2020
Seoul South Korea
Industrial automation, instrumentation and measurement
9-13 March 2020
Design automation and test in Europe
Automation Electronics 2020
17-19 March 2020
Factory automation and electronics exhibition.
17-19 March 2020
Fair for automation, control, measurements and robotics
31 March - 2 April 2020
Fair of industrial measuring technology
20-24 April 2020
Latest products, services and leading-edge developments across manufacturing sectors.
Drives and Controls
21-23 April 2020
UK's leading event for drives, power transmission, motion control and automation.
4-7 May 2020
Technologies, processes, products and system solutions in the field of industrial quality assurance.
New Guidelines for Optimizing HMI Usability and Performance Published by ISA
They address the specification, design, implementation and management of a Human Machine Interface focused on usability and performance.
Making sense of flexible sensor systems
Flexible sheet-type magnetic sensor systems developed with tenfold improvement in sensitivity.
Artificial Intelligence Hardware Market to See 30.6% Annual Growth Through 2024
Increasing computer power and the increasing availability of big data for learning are two factors which drive growth of the global artificial intelligence hardware market, according to a report by BCC Research.
Source: BCC Research
Mini device analyses oceans
Researchers have created a device that uses electrical field perturbations to swiftly analyse microbes in oceans, revealing the health of these organisms - too tiny to be seen by the naked eye - and their response to threats to their ecosystems.
Source: SCUBA News
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