Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The City of Farmington Hills will host an Open House offering information about an upcoming road rehabilitation project on Wednesday, March 14, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd.The City will rehabilitate 13 Mile Road from Middlebelt Road to Inkster Road and Inkster Road from 13 Mile Road to Northwestern Highway starting this spring.The project includes the rehabilitation of the existing roadway, some minor work on storm sewers, curb replacement as necessary, and also lowering the hill on Inkster Road south of 13 Mile Road.Residents are invited to view the construction plans and learn how this project will impact their property and neighborhood. There will be no formal presentation, but engineering staff and inspectors will be available to answer questions and discuss any concerns.For more information, call the Engineering Division at 248-871-2560.–Press release Reported by
admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) A dozen applicants, including three of four candidates on the November 6 ballot, have filed for an open seat created by the October 16 resignation of Farmington Public Schools trustee Jim Stark.The district accepted applications through Monday, October 29. Candidates include:Lindsay BrinkMable FoxJennifer GarlandJeff Grynaviski (candidate)Kevin HafnerCarmel KoshyYvonne LangleyMiranda LaPanMark Przeslawski (candidate and current board member)Zachary Rich (candidate)Brian SpitsbergenDavid Turner (current board member, term expires this year)Officials are scheduling all 12 interviews for Saturday, November 10. According to a press release, several factors complicated the selection process timeline:Under Michigan law, the appointment must be made within 30 days, or the Oakland Schools Board of Education will appoint a trustee.Board members feel that it would be improper to appoint a member before the election occurs.Stark’s immediate resignation left officials with less time that usual to work out the process. The past few trustee resignations were announced more than 30 days before the trustee’s departure.Because of board members’ prior commitments, the number of days available for interviews is limited.Officials will not hold a second round of interviews. When the interview times are finalized, they’ll be posted on the district’s website.Residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the interviews. Write to email@example.com, or submit via a form posted at farmington.k12.mi.us.The November 10 meeting will be open to the public and recorded for viewing at tv10.viebit.com. Reported by
admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Public Schools trustees last week agreed to distribute a Request for Information (RFI) to firms that may be interested in assisting with the district’s superintendent search.Dr. George Heitsch confirmed last year that he will retire on July 1. A board subcommittee on Tuesday recommended the district hire an outside company, and subcommittee chair Terri Weems presented a draft letter and potential search timeline.While officials generally agreed about the RFI, others wanted to slow the schedule, which would have had a replacement on board in July.“I don’t think this board … has sat down and done the first step of this, which is what is it that we want in a superintendent?” board vice president Terry Johnson said. “That’s why I’m saying what’s the rush? I think we as a board need to come up with some criteria for what we want in a leader. We right now don’t know what we’re looking for.”Johnson also wanted to see community residents weigh in before starting the search. “One person from the community approached me with… let’s get someone who’s got no education background, just a business background, and we put some people under him that know education. That’s an interesting concept.”“Why can’t we do both?” trustee Jessica Cummings asked. “Why can’t we start working on what we want in a superintendent and start the process of looking for a search firm? I think we’re capable of doing both.”Weems, who also serves as board president, said the search firm would help the district with board and community meetings. A draft document that defined the scope of work noted, “The District expects that the successful firm will involve the Board, staff, parents, community and students in the process. We anticipate that the successful firm will hold initial meetings with the Board and selected staff and community members.”A motion to adopt the subcommittee’s process and tentative timeline failed; however, trustees unanimously supported a motion to draft and distribute the RFI. Heitsch said search firms would have until February 1 to submit a response.Officials also directed Heitsch to develop a transition play, or “playbook,” before the February 12 board meeting. It will include information about his most important roles and responsibilities and which staff members participate in those activities.Heitsch said his level of anxiety around transition is lower than the board’s, because all Central Office staff members contribute, more or less, in areas like budget, staffing, and communications.“We work as a very collaborative Central Office team,” he said. Reported by
Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington Beautification Committee has decided to postpone its annual awards to 2021, but you can still nominate beautiful gardens created during the pandemic.The committee decided on the delay due to COVID-19 concerns, hot weather, and other challenges. However, nominations made this year will held for consideration next summer, when formal awards are presented. Here’s what the committee typically looks for:Eye-catching from the curb (front yard gardens only)A variety of plantings (i.e. shade/sun/partial shade)Uniqueness and inclusion, if any, of special hardscapes (brickwork, rocks, arbors, etc)Send a photo of the garden, along with name, location, and contact information, by the end of July to Melissa Andrade at the City Manager’s office, firstname.lastname@example.org. Reported by
More than two weeks after a spike in COVID-19 cases closed Beaumont Farmington Hills hospital to visitors, officials say the doors are – cautiously – open again.According to a press release, “the hospital campus has seen a reduction in the number of new cases with family members, staff and patients.” So starting Monday morning, visitor policies reverted to those in place at other Beaumont sites.Under those rules, family members must be screened for symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough and shortness of breath) before entering the hospital. Those who pass the screening will receive dated stickers; anyone with symptoms will not be allowed to visit patients.Family members must clean their hands as they enter and leave the acute care campus, patient’s room and before or after eating or using the rest room. Masks must always be worn while on the campus.To learn more about Beaumont’s COVID-19 policies, visit beaumont.org/health-wellness/coronavirus. Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by
LadyBug Technologies has announced a new RF Power Sensor stocking program. The new power sensor inventory include LadyBug’s most popular products to service customers with an immediate need for power sensors. Customers can also order sensors with a vast array of options, including various connectors, wide-band video output etc. LadyBug manufactures a complete line of high accuracy No-Zero No-Cal RF Power Sensors including True RMS sensors, peak & pulse sensors and pulse profiling sensors with coverage to 40 GHz. All LadyBug sensors are compatible with Windows XP, Win7 & 8. Their new platform-independent sensors also offer Linux compatibility along with TTL communications.
u-blox has announced that Digi-Key will be their exclusive distributor for the United States. They wanted to offer engineers, universities, and makers with a Digi-Key account the ability to bundle the purchase of their products with other components they are sourcing from Digi-Key. This partnership will allow customers to more efficiently develop prototypes and get to market faster.Digi-Key will offer the latest u-blox GNSS and 3D Dead Reckoning position modules, as well as LTE, HSPA, CDMA, and GSM modules. In addition, they will promote u-blox’s advanced Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi modules, along with evaluation kits and blueprints.Applications supported include Transportation/Telematics, Industrial Monitoring, Energy and Smart Grid, Healthcare, Home and Building Automation, Smart City and many more. u-blox products support a wide temperature range, with most of them supporting up to 85 degrees C.
Orbital Research Ltd., a leading satellite communications components provider, has announced its sale to senior employees. Ian McEachern, Orbital’s vice-president of engineering will now assume the role of president and CEO and will become the majority shareholder. To ensure a smooth transition, Orbital’s current president and founder, Mike Stevens, will remain with the company to advise the senior management team during the transition.The company also announced the appointment of Trevor Hiebert as the Vice-President of Business Development. Hiebert brings a wealth of experience in the satellite communications industry starting with hands on experience, installing and designing earth stations as well as over 15 years in senior sales positions working on some of the largest satellite communications projects ever, steering billion-dollar and multi-million dollar deals through to completion.With the global demand for communications components increasing due to the trend towards aircraft in-flight connectivity as well as the “small satellite” boom for earth observation applications. Orbit research expects to be involved in satellite communications with the lower cost and wider availability of low earth orbit CubeSats and NanoSats fueling diverse applications including communications, agricultural and forestry surveillance, mineral exploration, natural resource management, and scientific research. Orbital Research has a proven track record in the military and in-flight sectors, providing solutions for the most demanding conditions.According to the outgoing President and Founder, Mike Stevens, Orbital Research’s innovative designs and quality manufacturing have consistently attracted top-tier customers and that he could not leave the company in better hands. With over 30 years of experience in the satellite industry, he believes new CEO Ian McEachern has the technical expertise and the management experience to steer Orbital successfully.
GPSdome Ltd. has announced that it has performed successful airborne tests of its Cyber device for protection against GPS jamming and spoofing. The tests were conducted jointly with Bluebird Aero Systems, which specializes in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).They installed their GPSdome device on a Bluebird small UAV in order to test its GPS protection during a flight under jamming conditions. The successful tests showed that the GPSdome-protectd UAV continued functioning under jamming attacks and retained its GPS reception, while the unprotected UAV lost the GPS signal.The GPSdome device is a perfect solution for small UAV and other unmanned vehicles, which require a miniaturized solution that do not reduce their range of action. The amazing minimal SWaP (size, weight and power) of this device makes it ideal for autonomous vehicles as well as for personal gear.US department of Homeland Security (DHS) operates autonomous drones patrolling over the USA-Mexico border, which suffer jamming attacks by border smugglers, mainly the drug cartels. The DHS gives high priority for lightweight anti-jamming solutions for this challenge, and GPSdome is the only commercially available solution that weighs less than 150 gram and consumes power less than 0.75 Watt.GPSdome Ltd. developed a cyber protection solution against jamming and disruption for GPS-based systems. Its competitive advantage is its affordable price comparing to existing solutions that were developed for military applications, while GPSdome has been better designed for civilian applications. The company’s development team includes electronic warfare (EW) engineers who previously worked for the defense industries, and have developed the GPSdome based on advanced military technologies. However, innovative miniaturization technologies and product adjustments to civilian applications enabled lowering its price significantly. Click here to know more.
Würth Elektronik has announced the acquisition of UK based IQD Frequency Products. UK based IQD Frequency Products Ltd and US based IQD Frequency Products Inc., have now become the latest members of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group. IQD is among the leading manufacturers of frequency control devices in Europe with customers in over 80 countries.IQD develops, manufactures and markets quartz crystals, oscillators, VCXOs, TCXOs, OCXOs, GPS-synchronized OCXOs and rubidium oscillators. The company also offers product solutions built to customer specifications. Its products are specified by leading manufacturers in the industrial, communications, computing, consumer, automotive, aerospace, and medical industries throughout the world.The Würth Elektronik eiSos Group has been constantly seeking to expand its range of services and competences in the area of wireless and frequency control solutions. The acquisition of AMBER Wireless in 2016 was a boost for its activities in the field of radio modules and now IQD will help extend its leadership in frequency products. Their range of cutting-edge technologies and component solutions will enable Würth Elektronik to better address IoT, WiFi, GPS and 5G applications.The acquisition will enable the company to make even greater investments in the further development of technologies and products, which in combination with the Group’s unique service and added-value concept will create even more benefits and security for customers, the company and its employees.