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Steven Keeping gained a BEng (Hons.) degree at Brighton University, U.K., before working in the electronics divisions of Eurotherm and BOC for seven years. He then joined Electronic Production magazine and subsequently spent 13 years in senior editorial and publishing roles on electronics manufacturing, test, and design titles including What’s New in Electronics and Australian Electronics Engineering for Trinity Mirror, CMP and RBI in the U.K. and Australia. In 2006, Steven became a freelance journalist specializing in electronics. He is based in Sydney.


IoT Security by Design Steven Keeping
The data carried across the IoT is valuable, and the unscrupulous will find and exploit any weakness to get hold of it. That makes protecting the trillion devices forecast to comprise the IoT by 2025 a tall order. Trusted Execution Environments offer a simple and cost-effective start.

USB Power Delivery Makes Circuit Protection Mandatory Steven Keeping
The additional voltage and current introduced to the popular USB standard by USB-PD multiplies hazards and makes circuit protection essential. But designing protection against all threats can be complex and expensive. Integrated solutions from chip makers simplify the task.

Bluetooth® Heads in New Direction Steven Keeping
An upgrade to the Bluetooth® Core Specification, Bluetooth 5.1, adds direction finding capabilities. The enhancement promises much for applications such as indoor navigation, but implementation is challenging even for the experienced RF engineer.

Router Security Vulnerabilities Could Compromise the IoT Steven Keeping
Wi-Fi routers offer a cheap, convenient gateway to connect IoT sensors to the Cloud, but tests reveal the devices have weak security. As the IoT grows, they could prove even more enticing targets for hackers. New developments bring more protection, but other technologies could prove a better option.

Connected-Home Tech Falls Short but the Future is Bright Steven Keeping
While smart-home devices are gaining traction, the truly connected home remains a dream. Engineers are working on interim solutions to meld disparate wireless technologies, with some success, but a single smart-home solution is far in the future.

Move Over LEDs, Electric Motors Will Save the Planet Steven Keeping
LEDs save energy, but efficient electric motors can save much more. Now a new generation of GaN transistors promises new power-supply breakthroughs to help the units become even greener.

Writing the Rules for Autonomous Vehicles Steven Keeping
Autonomous vehicles are coming. But adapting them to drive safely on roads dominated by conventional vehicles is proving tricky. A better solution would be to design the transport system from scratch. It could be a long wait.

Multi-Sensor Modules Ease Indoor Agriculture Design Challenges Steven Keeping
Multi-sensor modules, such as TE Connectivity’s AmbiMate, are simplifying the engineering involved in the global enterprise of controlled-environment agriculture (popularly known as vertical farming).

Wireless Tech Helps Protect Healthcare Budgets Steven Keeping
An aging population is increasingly suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure, and frequent hospitalization puts an additional load on stressed healthcare budgets. However, now wireless technology is enabling good symptom management, keeping seniors safe at home and protecting healthcare budgets.

Li-ion Batteries Overcome Renewable Energy Uncertainty Steven Keeping
Renewable energy (RE) promises much, but it has yet to make a significant impact on world demand. Variability and uncertainty make it impossible to guarantee RE resources will be available when peak demand occurs. However, pilot operations have demonstrated that energy storage using Li-ion batteries could provide a solution to RE variability and uncertainty by smoothing the differences between supply and demand.

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