Best Practice Guide: Battery Storage Equipment – Electrical Safety Requirements (Australia)


“The guide provides minimum electrical safety criteria that could be applied to lithium-based battery energy storage equipment and is the result of extensive collaboration from system manufacturers, certifiers, safety regulators and industry bodies around Australia.”

“The Guide is voluntary for use by anyone in the supply chain of battery storage equipment. It is not referred to in any legislation as a mandatory requirement however, both electrical safety legislation and Australian Consumer Law requires electrical equipment to be safe and fit for purpose.”

Source: http://www.batterysafetyguide.com.au/

IEC 62368-1 Ed 3 FDIS APPROVED


IEC 62368-1 ED3: Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements has now been approved in the voting results as an international standard according to  http://www.iec.ch/dyn/www/f?p=103:52:0::::FSP_ORG_ID,FSP_DOC_ID,FSP_DOC_PIECE_ID:1311,1011222,319501

Twenty six P-Members voted, and 100% of those were in favour, with no negative votes recorded. For those who have TC 108 sign-in credentials, the compilation of comments document can also be downloaded from the above link.

New world record set in quantum computing simulation


Melbourne scientists have simulated the output of a 60-qubit quantum computer, which in general would require up to 18 000 petabytes, or more than a billion laptops, to describe.

The university’s simulation (was asked) to use Shor’s quantum factoring algorithm to find the two prime numbers (of) the semi-prime 961 307…. This enabled the simulation to solve the equation using just 13.8 terabytes of memory (instead of up to 18 000 petabytes).

Source: New world record set in quantum computing simulation

AS/NZS 3000:2018 (wiring rules) released


The 2018 edition of the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2018) has now been released. You can purchase the new standard on the SAI Global’s website.

Some of the changes from the previous edition include:

  • new requirements for safety switches
  • enhanced requirements for MEN earthing systems, including bonding of pool structures and wet areas
  • increased mechanical protection for cables installed within a ceiling space
  • additional installation requirements for electrical appliances, accessories and equipment
  • enhanced safety requirements for electrical equipment installed in locations exposed to water
  • five new appendices:
    • continuity of supply for active assisted living
    • electrical conduits
    • installation of arc fault detection devices
    • guidance for the installation and location of electrical vehicle charging stations
    • DC circuit protection and switching devices.

Source: https://www.vision6.com.au/v/15149/1802717546/email.html?k=G5D9DMvjsotyBaNckJ2rmuVZTOH0MSr0MturTP8mwE8

Australian Measurement Law Review


Measurement Law Review

The Australian Government is conducting a thematic review of the legislative framework underpinning Australia’s measurement system. The Measurement Law Review aims to identify any aspects of Australia’s measurement framework that can be modernised, streamlined or simplified to better meet the needs of a modern economy. Options for reform are expected to be presented to the Australian Government in 2020.

Source: Measurement Law Review

National Measurement Act 1960

Japanese researchers develop ultrathin, highly elastic skin display


“The new integrated system combines a flexible, deformable display with a lightweight sensor composed of a breathable nanomesh electrode and wireless communication module. Medical data measured by the sensor, such as an electrocardiogram, can either be sent wirelessly to a smartphone for viewing or to the cloud for storage. In the latest research, the display showed a moving electrocardiogram waveform that was stored in memory … The display is stretchable by as much as 45 percent”

Source: Japanese researchers develop ultrathin, highly elastic skin display

Extended call for papers: IEEE 2018 TENSYMP: “The Impact of the Internet of Things”


IEEE 2018 TENSYMP

July 4th-6th, 2018
Sydney, Australia

Hosted by IEEE Region 10 & the IEEE NSW Section

“The Impact of the Internet of Things”

Due to many requests the closing date for paper submission has been extended further to 16 April 2018 (final deadline).

The aim of Tensymp is to bring engineers and scientists together to discuss and share advances in electronics, communications, computer technology, and power engineering. Papers are being sought on the following topics relating to, but not limited to, IoT:

  • Power Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Software
  • Healthcare and Biomedical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation
  • Industry Presentations
  • Social Implications of Technology

Submissions may be made as an extended abstract (up to 2 pages), or as full paper (maximum of 6 pages). Authors intending to submit a poster, shall submit an extended abstract (up to 2 pages) for review.

Industry presentations are also invited, these may be power point only presentations. Authors may also submit full papers. They should cover topics of interest to practitioners, thus they need not cover latest research. Industry presentations should be either 30 or 60 minutes in length as more detailed coverage is expected compared to the short oral research presentations. Please submit an extended abstract (up to 2 pages) for review

All accepted presentations will be published in the conference proceedings that will be submitted to IEEE Explore and for indexing.

Please visit the following website for more details:
http://sites.ieee.org/tensymp2018/

The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems


Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) represents the collective input of several hundred participants from six continents who are thought leaders from academia, industry, civil society, policy and government. The goal of Ethically Aligned Design is to advance a public discussion about how we can establish ethical and social implementations for intelligent and autonomous systems and technologies, aligning them to defined values and ethical principles that prioritize human well-being in a given cultural context.”

Source: https://standards.ieee.org/develop/indconn/ec/autonomous_systems.html

Request for public input (by 12 March 2018) : “Public comments are invited on the second version of Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) that encourages technologists to prioritize ethical considerations in the creation of such systems.”

HP Notebook and Mobile Workstation Battery Safety Recall (worldwide)


“In January 2018, in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies, HP announced a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer and mobile workstation batteries. These batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers. For this reason, it is extremely important to check whether your battery is affected.”

Source: https://batteryprogram687.ext.hp.com/en-GB/Home/ProgramSummary

“HP has received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500, with one report of a minor injury involving a first-degree burn to the hand,” CSPC said in a statement

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/hp-laptop-battery-alert-were-recalling-these-models-due-to-overheating-fears/

 

Product safety recall: Marlee Watch Co — Children’s Timepiece Watches | Product Safety Australia


What are the defects?

The backing of the watch may detach if dropped.

What are the hazards?

Small parts, including the battery can be exposed if the back is removed. If young children gain access to the button batteries and ingest them, they may suffer internal burn injuries, which can result in serious illness and even death. In addition, the batteries may pose a choking hazard to young children.

 

Source: Marlee Watch Co — Children’s Timepiece Watches | Product Safety Australia

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