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2020

A Decision-Support System for Preventive Maintenance in Street Lighting Networks

Autores
Carneiro, D; Nunes, D; Sousa, C;

Publicação
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
An holistic approach to decision support systems for intelligent public lighting control, must address both energy efficiency and maintenance. Currently, it is possible to remotely control and adjust luminaries behaviour, which poses new challenges at the maintenance level. The luminary efficiency depends on several efficiency factors, either related to the luminaries or the surrounding conditions. Those factors are hard to measure without understanding the luminary operating boundaries in a real context. For this early stage on preventive maintenance design, we propose an approach based on the combination of two models of the network, wherein each is representing a different but complementary perspective on the classifying of the operating conditions of the luminary as normal or abnormal. The results show that, despite the expected and normal differences, both models have a high degree of concordance in their predictions. © 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

2020

Correction to: Collaborative immersive authoring tool for real-time creation of multisensory VR experiences (Multimedia Tools and Applications, (2019), 10.1007/s11042-019-7309-x)

Autores
Coelho, H; Melo, M; Martins, J; Bessa, M;

Publicação
Multimedia Tools and Applications

Abstract
In the original publication, Figs. 1 and 2 were interchange and the citation of Fig. 1 in the third paragraph of section 2.2 Authoring tools for multisensory VR experiences should be removed. The citation of Fig. 2 in section 3.1 System architecture should be changed to Fig. 1 and the citation of Fig. 1 in the same section should be change to Fig. 2. Also, the acknowledgement is missing in the original publication. The corrected figures and acknowledgement are presented in this erratum. © 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

2020

Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Sustainability of Health Critical Care Systems in South America

Autores
Almeida, F;

Publicação
International Journal of Health Policy and Management

Abstract
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created strong pressure on national health critical care systems. After its initial impact in Asia, the highest case growth is now in the Americas. The South American countries face a strong challenge due to the vulnerabilities of their health systems and the fragile socio-economic conditions of their population. This perspective looks at the impact of COVID-19 in South America and argues that the health critical care systems of these countries are particularly vulnerable due to the underestimation of the number of cases currently confirmed and the strong need for treatment of these patients in intensive care units (ICUs). In particular, Bolivia will need to increase the number of ICU beds 60-fold while Brazil will need to grow 12-fold to meet the growth rates of COVID-19 by the end of July 2020. In this sense, it is argued that national and transnational measures should be taken urgently to face this challenge. Furthermore, it is necessary to perform tests to detect COVID-19 cases earlier to alleviate the need for internment in ICUs.

2020

Correction to: A review of assistive spatial orientation and navigation technologies for the visually impaired

Autores
Fernandes, H; Costa, P; Filipe, V; Paredes, H; Barroso, J;

Publicação
Universal Access in the Information Society

Abstract
The fourth author name was missed in the original publication. The correct list of authors should read as “Hugo Fernandes, Paulo Costa, Vitor Filipe, Hugo Paredes, João Barroso”. It has been corrected in this erratum. The original article has been updated. © 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany

2020

Dissipative solitons in an atomic medium assisted by an incoherent pumping field

Autores
Silva, NA; Almeida, AL; Ferreira, TD; Guerreiro, A;

Publicação
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Abstract

2020

Femtosecond laser direct written off-axis fiber Bragg gratings for sensing applications

Autores
Viveiros, D; Amorim, VA; Maia, JM; Silva, S; Frazao, O; Jorge, PAS; Fernandes, LA; Marques, PVS;

Publicação
Optics and Laser Technology

Abstract
First order off-axis fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) were fabricated in a standard single mode fiber (SMF-28e) through femtosecond laser direct writing. A minimum offset distance between the grating and core center of 2.5 µm was found to create a multimode section, which supports two separate fiber modes (LP0,1 and LP1,1), each split into two degenerate polarization modes. The resulting structure breaks the cylindrical symmetry of the fiber, introducing birefringence (˜10-4) resulting in a polarization dependent Bragg wavelength for each mode. Based on the modal and birefringence behavior, three off-axis FBGs were fabricated with 3.0, 4.5 and 6.0 µm offsets from the core center, and then characterized in strain, temperature, and curvature. The tested off-axis FBGs exhibited a similar strain sensitivity of ~1.14 pm/µ? and a temperature sensitivity of ~12 pm/C. The curvature and orientation angle were simultaneously monitored by analyzing the intensity fluctuation and the wavelength shift of the LP1,1 Bragg resonance. A maximum curvature sensitivity of 0.53 dB/m-1 was obtained for the off-axis FBG with a 3.0 µm offset. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd

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