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A method and system of treatment of agricultural and industrial wastewaters that contain high concentrations of suspended solids, nitrogen, and phosphorus compounds is disclosed. The method and system includes pre-treating the wastewater, controlling the amount of coagulants used, and controlling the mean velocity used for mixing, surface loading rate, and solids loading rate. The method and system functions as a sedimentation unit and gas flotation unit (solid/liquid separator). The pH of the effluent wastewater is stabilized within the separator by ensuring that there is sufficient alkalinity to buffer the wastewater. Sufficient gas is produced in the coagulation reactions to float and concentrate the solids, which results in as high as 99 percent reduction in suspended solids, a 96 percent reduction of the phosphorus concentration, and a 50 percent reduction of the nitrogen concentration in the effluent from the separator.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2012-05-09

A portable belay anchor system is disclosed that provides a coupling location for safety rope attached to a climber, such as a roof inspector. The portable belay anchor system includes a base having a mast coupled thereto. The mast has a shaft portion and a flange portion. A plurality of removable weights are positioned on the shaft, coupled to the flange portion. The flange portion supports the weights so that the weight is carried by the shaft itself. A retaining member is coupled to the mast to hold the weights on the mast. A shackle is also coupled to the mast. A rope is coupled to the shackle to act a the belay rope which the user positions through a belay brake device.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2015-07-09

According to principles of the embodiments as disclosed herein, a transportable roof safety training system with a trailer including a movable roof platform is provided which allows for mobile training of professionals who work on roofs. The transportable roof safety training system includes a roof platform mounted to a trailer. The roof platform may have an anti-slip coating on its upper surface and may be movable from a stowed position that has a low resistance to wind to one or more inclined positions that mimic the slope of a roof. A lift moves the roof between the various positions.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2013-08-16

An insurance claim report generating system includes an interactive voice response (IVR) system, a voice recognition server, and a voice activated database (VAD) device. The IVR system receives telephone calls from remote devices, delivers audio scripts having prompts directed by both templates and data received from the remote devices. The IVR system receives dual-tone, multi-frequency (DTMF) information and human voice information in response to the prompts. The voice recognition server generates text from the human voice information using a dictionary of insurance relevant terms. The VAD device receives first digital information from the IVR system and second digital information from the voice recognition server. The first digital information is derived from the DTMF information, and the second digital information is derived from the human voice information. The VAD device generates an insurance claim report from at least some of the first or second digital information.


A method and system of treatment of agricultural and industrial wastewaters that contain high concentrations of suspended solids, nitrogen, and phosphorus compounds is disclosed. The method and system includes pre-treating the wastewater, controlling the amount of coagulants used, and controlling the mean velocity used for mixing, surface loading rate, and solids loading rate. The method and system functions as a sedimentation unit and gas flotation unit (solid/liquid separator). The pH of the effluent wastewater is stabilized within the separator by ensuring that there is sufficient alkalinity to buffer the wastewater. Sufficient gas is produced in the coagulation reactions to float and concentrate the solids, which results in as high as 99 percent reduction in suspended solids, a 96 percent reduction of the phosphorus concentration, and a 50 percent reduction of the nitrogen concentration in the effluent from the separator.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2012-04-18

A method and system of processing animal waste is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes transferring animal waste to a gasifier to burn the animal waste, circulating water through a heat exchanger in a flue stack of the gasifier to generate heated water, and pumping the heated water to either an organic Rankine cycle system to generate electricity, a radiant heater, or any combination thereof. In addition, the method includes circulating the heated water through an evaporator of the organic Rankine cycle system to vaporize a refrigerant, and circulating the vaporized refrigerant from the evaporator, through a turbine to generate the electricity. Also, the method includes using a manure spreader to feed the animal waste to the gasifier at a varying feed rate that is based on contemporaneously calculating a British thermal units (BTU) of the animal waste being fed to the gasifier.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2016-06-10

A method and system of processing animal waste is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes transferring animal waste to a gasifier to burn the animal waste, circulating water through a heat exchanger in a flue stack of the gasifier to generate heated water, and pumping the heated water to either an organic Rankine cycle system to generate electricity, a radiant heater, or any combination thereof. In addition, the method includes circulating the heated water through an evaporator of the organic Rankine cycle system to vaporize a refrigerant, and circulating the vaporized refrigerant from the evaporator, through a turbine to generate the electricity. Also, the method includes using a manure spreader to feed the animal waste to the gasifier at a varying feed rate that is based on contemporaneously calculating a British thermal units (BTU) of the animal waste being fed to the gasifier.


Patent
Pilot Inc | Date: 2015-02-27

An electronic insurance claim scoping method and system are configured to instantiate a scoping software application on a portable computing device used by an insurance claims adjuster. The portable computing device retrieves a record identifying an insurance claim assigned to the claims adjuster wherein the insurance claim is directed to damage to an improvement located on a subject real property. A scope record is presented on a display associated with the portable computing device, and first a plurality of entries of the scope record associated with the insurance claim is populated. From the claims adjuster, the portable computing device accepts user input associated with the subject real property that is associated with the insurance claim. A second plurality of entries of the scope record is populated with information based on user input from the claims adjuster, and the scope record is communicated to a remote computing server.


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Association of Broadcasters today announced two innovation challenges will be conducted over the next two years, focused on uncovering broadcast news projects that serve the needs of local communities. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $200,000 to support the challenges, as part of the National Association of Broadcasters PILOT initiative, which advances broadcast technologies and cultivates new media opportunities. Local broadcasters play a vital role in their communities, delivering news, emergency information and entertainment that viewers and listeners rely on to stay informed and make decisions. According to a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, a majority of U.S. adults often get their news from broadcasters, more than from other platforms. However, young adults are moving to alternative platforms, particularly online, for their news and information, reflecting a change in news consumption habits. To adapt and meet the information needs of local communities, broadcast news leaders are looking for new ideas. To this end, the National Association of Broadcasters will officially launch the call for entries for the 2017 PILOT Innovation Challenge at NAB Show, the largest media and entertainment convention in the world, held April 22-27, 2017 in Las Vegas. Participants are encouraged to submit innovative project ideas for local broadcasters. Entries will be accepted through summer 2017. Projects will be evaluated by a panel of judges from various groups, including local broadcasters, academics, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and other media-related entities. In addition, the National Association of Broadcasters will use the challenge to build a network of broadcast news innovators and will provide guidance, support and industry exposure to winners of the challenge as they build and test prototypes. The National Association of Broadcasters will announce the winners of the 2017 PILOT Innovation Challenge in the fall. “Broadcasters play an important role in helping to close the local news and information gap brought on by the digital disruption of journalism. At the same time in order to stay relevant and better serve the information needs of local communities, broadcasters must evolve and innovate. With the National Association of Broadcasters’ leadership, we hope to uncover ideas to advance this goal, and create a stronger network of broadcast news innovators who care about local issues,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. “Local broadcasters serve their communities in a variety of ways, and the landscape continues to evolve. Our goal is to inspire and support new ideas for local broadcasters serving those communities. We’re delighted to have Knight Foundation’s support in continuing to push the industry forward with new perspectives, ideas and innovations,” said John Clark, PILOT executive director. Support for these projects is part of Knight's efforts to promote digital transformation and innovation in journalism to meet local information needs. Knight has made many investments in this area, including the establishment of the Knight-Temple Table Stakes Project, which brings together respected news organizations to act as testing grounds for new mobile and digital practices. The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at nab.org. PILOT, formerly NAB Labs, is a coalition of innovators, educators and advocates dedicated to advancing broadcast technology and cultivating new media opportunities. PILOT propels broadcast television and radio into the future. It provides a platform for innovation, an engine for incubation, a venue for testing new technologies and a forum for broadcaster education. Learn more at nabpilot.org. About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

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