An alternative to buying test equipment

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first_imgI’m constantly amazed by the wide range of people I meet through LinkedIn. Just the other day, for example, following a contact via LinkedIn, I ended up chatting with Robin Salter from KWIPPED.com (“Equipped,” get it?).From left-to-right: Robert Preville, KWIPPED founder and CEO; Charlie Dickinson, business development executive; Robin Salter, chief marketing officer; and Brian Robinson, director of business development, shown in KWIPPED's new office in downtown Wilmington, NC (Source: KWIPPED)From left-to-right: Robert Preville, KWIPPED founder and CEO; Charlie Dickinson, business development executive; Robin Salter, chief marketing officer; and Brian Robinson, director of business development, shown in KWIPPED’s new office in downtown Wilmington, NC (Source: KWIPPED) Now, if the truth be told, I’ve never really considered what I’d have to do if I were to find myself in need of high-end test equipment. These days, my hands-on engineering activities are limited to building my hobby projects, so my needs for test equipment are relatively rudimentary. I’m usually to be found playing with 16MHz Arduinos, so if I do find myself requiring something like a signal generator or an oscilloscope, I simply amble over into the next bay and look pitiful until they lend one to me.Back in the day, way back in the mists of time when I was a real, practicing engineer, I worked for large companies and everything we needed on the test equipment front was there for the asking. Of course, things were much simpler in those days of yore — much of the time you could get by with little more than a multimeter and a reasonably good oscilloscope or logic analyzer. These days, by comparison, you can end up requiring access to a mindboggling array of devices operating at frequencies and accuracies that make your hair stand up on end.There are several problems here, not least being the fact that the price-tag on some of these units will really make your eyes water. This is exacerbated by the fact that you may need access to a certain piece of test equipment for only a month or two every now and again — the rest of the time it can end up sitting on a shelf gathering dust, making you feel guilty, and causing the bean-counters to gnash their teeth and rend their garb.(Source: photodune.net)(Source: photodune.net) Even large companies can find the cost of purchasing myriad pieces of high-end test equipment to be a burden, while medium and small companies can be brought down to their metaphorical knees.This is where KWIPPED enters the picture….  Continue Reading Previous Prepare to network furiously at ESC Boston 2017Next Secure the off-site production programming of your embedded products Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Test & Measurement last_img read more

No more discounts on credit card payment at petrol pumps

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first_imgNew Delhi: Credit card payments to buy fuel at petrol pumps will from October 1 not get a 0.75 per cent discount that state-owned oil companies had introduced more than two-and-a-half years back to promote digital payments. “Dear SBI credit cardholder, as advised by public sector oil marketing companies, the 0.75 per cent cashback on fuel transactions will be discontinued with effect from October 1, 2019,” the country’s largest bank in a text message informed its credit card customers. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe government had asked Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) to give a 0.75 per cent discount on card payments for fuel purchases after a widespread cash crunch in late 20016 following demonetisation of 86 per cent of currency notes in circulation. The 0.75 per cent discount of the value of fuel purchases using credit/debit cards and e-wallets was introduced in December 2016 and had continued for more than two-and-a-half years, straining OMCs. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysApart from the cash discounts, the government had also directed OMCs to bear the burden of card payment charges called merchant discount rate (MDR), which is usually paid by the retailer. An industry official said the oil companies have decided to discontinue the discount on all credit card payments from October 1. However, the discount on debit card and other digital modes of payments would continue, he said. The three fuel retailers paid Rs 1,165 crore in e-payment discounts and Rs 266 crore to banks for bearing MDR, totalling Rs 1,431 crore in 2017-18. In 2018-19, the outgo almost touched Rs 2,000 crore. This after the number of digital transactions jumped from 10 per cent in 2016 to over 25 per cent in 2018. To stem their cash outgo, the oil companies in August last year reduced the discount for all fleet customers using loyalty programmes from 0.75 per cent to 0.25 per cent. Officials said discounts on debit cards and other modes of digital payments will continue for now. Beginning December 13, 2016, a discount of 0.75 per cent was offered to those using plastic money to buy petrol and diesel. This discount was given by way of cashback, which has been credited to the buyer’s account within three days of the transaction. The 0.75 per cent discount on payments made using either credit/debit cards, e-wallets or mobile wallets translated into a rebate of about 50 paise a litre on petrol and diesel. Petrol currently costs at Rs 74.13 per litre in Delhi, while a litre of diesel costs Rs 67.07. Exactly a month after the shock demonetisation of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, the government had on December 8, 2016, announced a raft of measures, including discounts on online payments for insurance policies, rail tickets and highway toll charges as the government looked to promote digital cash post note ban. At that time it was stated that 4.5 crore consumers buy petrol and diesel worth Rs 1,800 crore daily and in one-month post-demonetisation, digital payments had doubled to 40 per cent. “As a part of these initiatives, to promote cashless transactions Government of India has announced to incentivise petrol/diesel customers transacting at PSU petrol pumps by way of 0.75 per cent discount when a customer uses Debit/Credit Cards, Mobile Wallets and Prepaid Loyalty Cards,” it was announced then. In December 2016, a 10 per cent discount on general insurance products purchased online and 8 per cent on life insurance bought online was announced. Railways passengers were encouraged to go cashless with a 0.5 per cent discount on monthly and seasonal tickets for suburban railway networks. The railways was also to give a 5 per cent discount for services like catering and use of waiting rooms, if purchased digitally. People who paid digitally or used prepaid cards got a 10 per cent discount at toll plazas on highways. Also, a waiver of service tax on the use of credit or debit card for payments up to Rs 2,000 was announced then. A 15 per cent tax was charged on such transactions in December 2016. It wasn’t immediately known if all of these discounts have been since withdrawn. In December 2017, the government announced that it will bear the MDR charges on transactions up to Rs 2,000 made through debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar-enabled payment systems to promote digital transactions. The merchant discount rate will be borne by the government for two years with effect from January 1, 2018 by reimbursing the same to the banks, it was announced.last_img read more

Ballia UP Flood waters have entered the barrack

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first_imgBallia (UP): Flood waters have entered the barracks of the district jail located near the River Ganga here, prompting authorities to shift 900 prisoners, a senior official said on Monday. Heavy rains have battered many areas of Uttar Pradesh and led to flooding in low-lying areas. Of the 900 prisoners, 500 are being shifted to Azamgarh Jail and remaining to Ambedkarnagar, Additional District Magistrate, Ballia, Ram Asrey said. The ADM said the jail is near the River Ganga which has been in spate and it is not possible to pump out water. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Rains have severely hit life in Baria tehsil area where an ashram in Keharpur village has been submerged while a population of one lakh in about 15 villages is totally affected, SDM Dushyant Kumar Maurya said. A release from the North-Eastern Railway said traffic on the Ballia-Chappra route has been hit after tracks were damaged and repair work was on in full swing. PRO, Mahesh Gupta, said rail tracks were damaged early on Sunday morning and the repair work is going on in full swing. About 20 trains on the Ballia-Chappra route have been cancelled while the route of 20 others has been changed, the PRO added.last_img read more