Fill ‘er Up…With Electric!

NEC electric carIt’s no surprise that a fully electric car will soon be as popular as hybrids are today. To make this endeavor successful, you need a way to charge that car when you’re not at home. In steps NEC and the Portland General Electric Company.

Our two companies have joined forces to open the first quick-charge electric station for electric vehicles in (you guessed it) Portland, Oregon.

But don’t expect to get in and out too very quickly. An 80% battery charge takes about 20 – 30 minutes. This time was proven when Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski took the Nissan Leaf (also co-develop by NEC) for a two-day test drive and charged up at the station during a press event.

Think AAA will soon offer roadside electric charge service?

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NEC’s 7-Year Journey in Space

mainvisi_copyIt was a late night in 2003 when the culmination of NEC Space Systems’ hard work was sent away.  And not just away to college…but to go collect some rocks on an asteroid and come back home.  Sound like the plot from a certain Bruce Willis movie???
NEC acted as the systems integrator in conjunction with JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, in the development of Hyabusa.  Hyabusa is an ion engine powered space probe with some advanced technology driving it.

The probe successfully made it to the asteroid, collected the material and shot back to earth.  Of course, like any good space story plot, there was drama.  On its way back to earth Hyabusa lost attitude control due to a fuel leak.  With the support of NEC, JAXA completed a work around and 2 years later the probe made it safely back to its home.

There is a great movie at the website link below that details the story.

Hayabusa Website

Hotel Room Control With Voice

content-1268960291It’s been a while since the last blog post.  Sorry about that.

What do you get when you combine a great software-based voice platform and expertise in the hospitality industry?  A single interface device in your hotel room where you can make phone calls, video calls, order room service, turn up the heat, and yes……order more towels!!!

CLOVERIS is an all in one software that connects to your hotel room’s HVAC control, property management system, reservations system and phone system to provide a new experience for the guest.  Since I’m a visual person, check out the video demo we did at the HiTec conference.

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NEC – Detecting Earthquakes since 1979

altYou may already know about NEC’s submarine optical fiber project, which is over 2000 miles of fiber at the ocean bottom pushing about 10Gbps. NEC has put this technology to use in another capacity…earthquake and tsunami detection.

Working with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), NEC has put one of the most advanced earthquake detection systems in the world about 4000 meters beneath the ocean. The system contains state of the art seismograph technologies and water pressure meters which help in detecting and predicting major ocean events.

But this is not NEC’s first time at a project like this. In 1979 NEC planted its first earthquake observation system off the coast of Japan.

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