From the editors' desk

[2014-08-22] Car hacking becomes more and more of an issue, the more sophisticated our cars become. It seems also to become more and more controversial: We do not often receive letters (or emails) to the editor, but we got one after the last article on the topic. The writer stressed that "it is very important to keep the car's private bus systems private and to avoid providing any possibility for intrusion via wireless technologies. If this is not ensured, intruders might be able to penetrate cars quite easily."

Apparently researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek felt the same way and published a list of hackable and less hackable cars. If you drive a Jeep Cherokee, Cadillac Escalade, or Infinity Q50 you might not like their results. If, on the other hand, you drive an Audi A8, you can feel mighty good after reading our article.

Annegret Emerich, Nickel Plankermann, Cindy Weißmüller, Holger Zeltwanger

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Extruder downstream devices

CiA 420 profile series updated

[2014-09-02] In cooperation with the nonprofit Euromap association, CiA has released reviewed versions of the CANopen profiles for extruder downstream devices and co-extruders. The specification series was introduced in the year 2002.

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Integrated circuit

Programmable wireless charging solutions

[2014-09-02] Freescale Semiconductor (USA) has introduced programmable wireless charging ICs and reference designs. Integrating technologies such as CAN is possible.

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Slip ring

For the use in explosion-prone areas

[2014-09-02] The slip ring (or electrical rotary joints) series SR130 by Servotecnica (Italy) is available in two versions and suitable for use in harsh environments. They are CANopen compatible.

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Industrial computer

Based on the Raspberry Pi compute module

[2014-08-27] The Modberry 500 by Techbase (Poland) is a series of industrial computers, based on the Raspberry Pi compute module. It is designed for the needs of automation, telecommunications, remote supervision, and monitoring.

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Agriculture

Mounted sprayers with Isobus control

[2014-08-28] Lemken (Germany) has released Megaspray, which is an Isobus control for their Sirius series of mounted field sprayers.

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Measuring system

Sensor node network

[2014-08-27] The sensor node network by Swift (Germany) is a network for all devices of the Match-II-ADV and Match-II-XDV recorder series of the company. It allows the merging of these recorders to an data acquisition system with an increased number of measuring ...

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Monitoring software

CANopen slaves software: Suitable for mobile use

[2014-08-28] The BW1453 CANopen Master Simulator by Bihl + Wiedemann (Germany) is a monitoring software for data exchange with CANopen slaves of various suppliers. It can even be used on a laptop or a notebook.

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Isobus terminal

One terminal for all the user’s Isobus machines

[2014-08-28] With the Isobus-standardized Comfort-Terminal from Mueller Elektronik (Germany) users can use one terminal for all their Isobus machines. The terminal’s functions can be expanded via apps.

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Motion control unit

With six axis and integrated amplifiers

[2014-08-28] The 6-axis Macs4-DC6 control unit by Zub (Switzerland) is designed for positioning tasks of DC drives of 1 W to 100 W. It can be used as a CiA 402 multi-axis-slave in a PLC system or it can be programmed and run stand-alone as a motor control unit.

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I/O controller

With anti-idling feature

[2014-08-26] The PR9013 CAN Bus Mini I/O Controller by Pran Systems (Canada) is a solution to implement custom functions either onto road vehicles or trucks. It can be used as a stand alone or as slave controller.

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CiA 402

Integrated three-phase synchronous drives

[2014-08-27] The HBI series by Engel Elektroantriebe (Germany) are brushless, three-phase synchronous drives with winding motor systems and integrated electronics for operation at selective 24VDC or 48VDC.

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Car hacking

List of potentially vulnerable cars

[2014-08-22] At last year’s Defcon, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed how they had managed to manipulate a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius with nothing more than a laptop and a CAN dongle (and a lot of time – 10 month). For this year&rsqu...

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