Admit it. Sometimes, when you lose your keys, your first thought is: why can't I call this thing? It's even worse when you can't remember where you parked your car. Think about that problem on a corporate, international scale: tracking rental cars. Read more.
An elevator is one of those technologies that truly seems to look different to a kid. There's a lot to capture the curiosity of a child's imagination. The buttons, inevitably, must be pushed, and their flickering lights add another layer of spectacle to the central, strange experience of rising up in the air and ending up somewhere higher than you began. To a child, it's like flying. Read more.
There's plenty the Bay Area is known for that Echelon technology has found its way into, from the San Jose courthouse to Silicon Valley’s transit system to the Tiffany Building in San Francisco. One of those hometown projects we're proud to be involved with is a local music company based out of Berkeley called Meyer Sound. Read more.
There's a reason we all grow up hearing stories like the "Prince and the Pauper." It’s the nightmare scenario, a fantastical terror: being switched at birth. But despite this kind of story's prevalence in popular culture, there's a reason we don't hear too many tales about it in real life. Read more.
Meet the future of naval defense: the DDG 1000. Echelon technology is built into the Naval destroyer for the purposes of fire suppression and autonomous damage control. Read more.
Running stocking, operations, and energy management in one of the nation's tens of thousands of fast food restaurant franchises around the country is clearly no small task. Fast food chains seek to manage labor and energy costs along multiple nodes of their supply chain. Read more.
Here’s a quick tip for the next time you’re at a cocktail party talking to someone from the Bay Area. If there’s a lull in the conversation, get them going on the topic of public transportation. Read more.
With its untold depths, couldn't the sea keep alive such huge specimens of life from another age, this sea that never changes while the land masses undergo almost continuous alteration? Couldn't the heart of the ocean hide the last–remaining varieties of these titanic species, for whom years are centuries and centuries millennia? Read more.
It’s pretty standard practice these days to see the cashier at your favorite coffee shop haunt swipe your credit card through an iPad-connected card-reader. We’re getting more and more used to increasingly digital forms of payment in our day-to-day lives. Read more.
Unless you live in New Jersey, the one state in the union in which it’s illegal to pump your own gas, you know your routine at the pump pretty well. Read more.
A classic story among movie buffs revolves around trains. In 1895, a French film entitled "L'arrivée d'un train en gare de la Ciotat," or "the arrival of a train in la Ciotat," was screened in Paris. Read more.
If you think the tragedy of the commons is highlighted in your office restroom, imagine what life is like in a prison bathroom. Read more.
The naturalist Henry David Thoreau once wrote of water that it is the “finest worker” in industry: “the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure,” he wrote, can do more to shape rocks and space than even the most well-whittled tools or metals like copper and bronze. Read more.
When grocery stores search for controllable costs, they look at a few variables — labor, shipping, and energy among them. Energy costs, particularly electricity, can at times seem erroneously flat, a sunk cost that can’t be controlled. Read more.
Labor. Everyone in the hotel business knows this is the number one most draining cost on the industry. Small motels and large five-star operations alike deal with the impossibility of automation every day: in most cases, it’s simply not practical to replace the hours an employee spends checking every single room once or twice over. Read more.
If ever there were a reminder that the wine industry isn’t all ease and luxury, it’s the unseasonable frost that hit Chile early this October, slamming the wine industry — one of the country’s major exporters, along with copper and fruits. Read more.