If you children can memorize Eminem’s song, then you can surely…

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A teacher in my Communication Class in High School once said: “If you children can memorize Eminem’s song, then you can surely memorize a 5 minute speech.”

She had a point there I thought. Eminem’s music was quite popular among us kids back then and I did know the lyrics out of my head…

So let’s give this 5 minute speech a try.

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You’re operating heavy machinery and transporting porcelain

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A course in heavy machinery

The building was closed, I had arrived way too early, so I decided to walk around before I would start my day on getting my heftruck and reachtruck certificate.

After walking a block or two I noticed the door was slightly open so I walked in. Our ‘ classroom’ was in a big, well, warehouse. Of course, what did I expect? A library and a chalk board?

The floor was concrete and racks were on the side walls, with stackable mesh stillages, empty and full basins as well as pallets. I saw an electric heftruck, reachtruck and what they call a stacker.

Hello? Anybody here? Good morning! – Clearly no one heard me coming in.

Hello!

Aha…there is an upstairs.

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With which card to charge… That’s the question.

 

How does an access control system in a charging station work?

When presenting a charging card to a charging station, the control system performs two operations: authentication of the tag (the Hidden ID) and determination if it has sufficient credentials to open a specific lock (a.k.a. the white list lock in a charging station).

The key (NFC tag) and lock mechanism (White List)  for a charging station work just like any other. For example, you may have a card with an NFC tag to enter the gates at your gym and nowadays you have a bus or train card which also work the same way.

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Charging station: a computer on the street

“Tesla Model S hacked: Researchers discover six security flaws in popular electric car.” At a time when cars are becoming more and more high-tech and connected with all kinds of management systems, the dangers of them becoming targets of hackers is increasing. According to the various articles on the subject, Tesla decided to actually hire hackers to see how far they could get. Smart move, I say.

 

Hackers used to be viewed as people who sat in the attic all day programming. No one really seemed to pay too much attention to hackers back then. Their world sounded complicated already, and very few tried to understand it. Hacking back then was a relatively accepted reputation and the term hacker was just a label slapped onto computer gurus who could push computer systems beyond defined limits.

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The curse of modern mobility: our battery’s about to give up.

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We notice them when they are about to run out. Icons glow red, warnings flash. The curse of modern mobility: our battery’s about to give up.

As our world gets increasingly mobile-minded and we become more dependent on technology, we keep using them more and more and implementing them in an increasing amount of electronic devices including electric cars: batteries. But how are the batteries, that we so depend on, made and where do the resources come from?

El Salar de Uyuni, the second largest salt area in the world, with an area of 10,582 Km2 is situated at an altitude of 3650 meters in the highlands of Bolivia’s greatest mining town, Potosi.

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Electric vehicles are quickly gaining ground, but where does the industry stand, and what’s the infrastructure surrounding the industry like?

Depending on the situation, it may take one to a couple of hours to charge an electric vehicle, and a lot of volts to speed up the process. Some charging sessions are free, some cost money for the power charged, and others cost per hour.

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An Open Charge Point Protocol for communication between charging stations and a central management networks, is currently available, much like our mobile phone networks. This concept began in the Netherlands and at ICU we are proud to say we were part of this movement form the very beginning in 2009. The Open Charge Point Protocol is now being adopted worldwide. The open standard could stimulate innovation and be more economically beneficial in the long-term.

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