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April 9, 2015 Leah Bortz

ICYMI: Automation News Roundup, Week Ending April 10

Can You Dig it?

A recent blog post on GE Report not only chronicled the history of the Panama Canal, but announced that it’s actually going through a growth spurt at the moment.


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The “48-mile-long waterway that cuts across the backbone of the Western Hemisphere is going through the final year of a massive expansion.”

The $5-billion project’s bigger locks will allow a “giant New Panamax”-increasing the canal’s capacity by half and energizing ports from Miami to Boston.

The Panama Canal actually celebrated their centennial anniversary last summer, reminding us that the feat is one of the largest, human-led engineering projects. Not to mention, GE’s first large, government contracts.

To experience even more of the rich history surrounding the Panama Canal, read here. 

Healthcare Fraud has Met its Match: Big Data


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The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners said that 2015 is “the year that technology will give v fraudsters an edge,” according to a post by VentureBeat. 

And yet, technology may ironically be one thing that significantly stops cyber criminals and fraudsters in their tracks.

Current data analytics offer progress in health-care security, specifically in patient privacy and prescription fraud, according to VentureBeat. 

“For health care organizations tasked with the responsibility to protect patient details and medical information, data is their best friend. It can be used to not only address security, fraud prevention and compliance problems, but also to anticipate and proactively address these issues,” said VentureBeat. 

To read more about how big data analytics can impact the healthcare industry and protect against fraud, check out the post here. 

 3D-Printing Can Save Lives

The website, 3DPrint,com, speculated that the 3D-printing technology that’s on the rise is an unlikely hero.

Between the USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), developing countries are assisted with preparing with extreme weather- often through weather stations.

However, it’s often challenging for poorer countries to upkeep these stations.


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The solution to this challenge? The low-cost technology of 3D-printing.

“The Micro-Manufacturing and Assembly project overseen by Kelly Sponberg, a program manager at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Joint Office of Science Support (JOSS), working in collaboration with NOAA, has begun developing afforable, 3D printed meteorological tools with which to equip weather stations,” reported 3Dprint.com.

3D printers can be used to manufacture all necessary parts for the weather stations- making the offer of these life-saving stations even more reliable to more areas in need.

Chainless E-bike Making Strides for City Cycling

VentureBeat reported that an estimated 200,000 people cycle through New York alone, changing the face of commuting forever.


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Enter, Jivr, a unique solution to the cycling world. It’s chainless, folding, electric/mechanical hybrid bike that was started with a $100,000 Kickstarter campaign.

“Jivr’s motor is located on the front wheel and promises around 20 miles per charge, depending on how many hills you climb; the charge takes around 90 minutes from empty. It will travel at up to 16 miles per hour (MPH), which keeps it at the lower end of the speed spectrum and means you don’t require a driver’s license or helmet (though you should wear a helmet anyway),” said VentureBeat. 

 Read more about Jivr, the chainless, electric bike here. 

Media we link to:

Dig This: The Panama Canal is About to Get Busy- GE Reports 

Big data analytics can prevent health care fraud. Here’s how- Venture Beat

3D Printed Weather Stations Will Save Lives in Developing Countries- 3DPrint.com

Meet Jivr, the chainless e-bike that wants to revolutionize city cycling- Venture Beat

Featured image by  Jake Stimpson, Creative Commons


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