Prototype Specialized SL3 ‘Project Black’ Roubaix Spotted at Paris Roubaix

first_imgJames Huang over at BikeRadar captured some pics of a prototype Specialized ‘Project Black’ bike that’s looking to be a 2011 S-Works Roubaix, likely with the SL3 moniker.  They’ve got a full gallery of photos (including both of these, which are ©James Huang/BikeRadar) and speculation, but here are the Cliff’s Notes on visible improvements and changes over the current SL2 version:Internal derailleur and rear brake housing with caps that should make it Di2 internal wiring compatible.Larger Zertz damper inserts in both the seat stays and fork legs.Seat tube gets much wider, squarer toward the bottom bracket.Huge downtube flows more consistently (smoothly) under the BB for larger overall cross section.Thinner seatstays, but HUGE chainstays.Miniscule alloy rear dropouts.Specialized has hinted they’ll be showing a couple new items, including at least one frame and some tires, at Sea Otter, but I doubt they’ll be showing this bad boy off so early.  The Paris-Roubaix is this coming Sunday, April 11, and the bike you see here will be piloted by Saxobank’s Stuart O’Grady.  Watch the race on Versus at 6pm EST.last_img read more

ALE plays key role in i54 project

first_imgThe bridge is an important part of the i54 project that has seen three local councils invest in the development of a 1,000 sq m business park. The 45 m bridge will serve a new engine manufacturing plant and water treatment works. It will also act as a footpath across the M54 motorway, near Wolverhampton.The bridge was installed in a nighttime operation requiring a partial closure of the M54. ALE used 24-axle lines of SPMTs to shift the heavy load approximately 400 m from its fabrication position to the installation site.The bridge will be temporarily used for construction traffic for the i54 project before being opened to the public later this year.Gareth Evans, project engineer at ALE said: “The move and installation itself was fairly straightforward utilising our SPMTs and their hydraulic functions to install the bridge to its abutments.”www.ale-heavylift.comlast_img read more

AT&T Accelerates Deployment of LTE-M Network for IoT

first_img Smart water meters with Capstone Metering Smart pallets with RM2 Smart beverage fountains with PepsiCo Consumer devices with Samsung Shipping container monitoring with Xirgo Technologies Connected vehicles and fleet & asset management with CalAmp Home security and automation with Telular. AT&T has decided for nationwide deployment of its LTE-M network for the Internet of Things (IoT) ahead of schedule in the second quarter of 2017. The roll out will ultimately support a North American footprint across the AT&T 4G LTE network in the U.S. and Mexico which covers nearly 400 million subscribers.The plans will follow the successful establishment of the AT&T LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at AT&T Labs in San Ramon, California which is also North America’s first LTE-M enabled commercial site.According to AT&T, LTE-M will be the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments and the devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network will have significant advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options such as lower device costs, longer battery life (expected up to 10 years), better coverage underground and deep inside buildings as well as tiny module sizes (as small as 1/6 the size of current modules).AT&T is currently testing LTE-M network and chipset technology in:last_img read more