More disaster relief needed in wake of Region 9 floods

first_img– says Regional Chairman Region 9 Chairman Brian Allicock is requesting further assistance to supplementRegion 9 Chairman Brian Allicockrecovery efforts being undertaken in that region in the aftermath of the recent flooding that had been occasioned by severe rain storms.Allicock told Guyana Times that while several organisations, including the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), has been rendering support, a dire need still exists for more supplies. Other organisations have also given their commitment to assist with relief supplies. The Regional Chairman has said outsiders may have underestimated the magnitude of the recent floods, but many people’s livelihoods have been adversely affected and homes have been destroyed. Some 42 villages have each so far submitted to the regional office a list of the names of farmers who have been affected by the floods. These farmers are each expected to receive some relief effort.“So we started distributing food items. We distributed food and other items to at least six villages. And we looked at the most needy of the lot,” he stated.Allicock said the flooding has also weakened the region’s infrastructure, leading to some 18 buildings in three different communities being destroyed; and parts of the Linden/Lethem Road have been rendered impassable, somewhat affecting business in the region, particularly in the densely populated areas.“At one time, we had seven lorries and two tankers waiting to cross at a portion where the culverts are broken…,” he explained.Allicock recently sought an audience with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, to get Government’s assistance to repair some of the damaged roads. HeTold Guyana Times the meeting was held on Friday, and Patterson has given some assurance that a team of engineers would join the one that is already there on the ground.Calling this a step in the right direction, Allicock laments that many roads, particularly those in close proximity to river banks, will languish in a state of dilapidation before being fully repaired.“We are hoping that works will commence. We had two (roads that) broke away in the South, but we (the region) got a contractor to repair two culverts. They are working on that, and we hope they will be finished shortly,” he expressed.While some communities are not severely affected, some are; for example, Karasabai is completely cut off from vehicular traffic. At present, supplies are being sent to that community via boats. The Regional Chairman noted that while the repair of these roads may take some time, he is hoping that all of the infrastructural repairs would be completed before year-end. A Regional Disaster Management Plan was activated in early July following the floods in that region. In excess of 2000 persons were affected, and close to three dozen homes were destroyed. The Takutu and Rupununi rivers overtopped their banks, resulting in several creeks overtopping as well. Emergency shelters have been activated at various locations, including the Arapaima Primary School. Hotlines were later set up, and drivers were put on standby to evacuate affected persons. Since commencement of the May-June rainy season, citizens have been warned to expect higher-than-normal rainfall and to take the necessary precautions to deal with the situation. However, since the rainy season began, several villages have experienced major flooding, and some are still trying to rebuild after the floods. Several communities along the East Coast of Demerara and in Georgetown were also flooded a few weeks ago. This was as a result of heavy rainfall and poor drainage infrastructure in some areas.last_img read more

Antonio Conte ready to rotate Chelsea team for Champions League opener

first_img Antonio Conte 1 Head coach Antonio Conte is poised to rotate his players when Chelsea make their Champions League return on Tuesday night.The Premier League winners play their second of seven games in September on Tuesday night when their Group C campaign opens against Azerbaijan’s Qarabag.Sunday’s league clash with Arsenal follows before a midweek Carabao Cup tie with Nottingham Forest for the Blues, who won the Premier League in Conte’s first season as boss.The calibre of domestic opposition means it is difficult to rest players and prioritise the Champions League, Conte says.The Italian said: “You are never relaxed in England, because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao Cup.“Now we are starting to play the Champions League. To play 60, 65 games it’s normal, but it’s not easy.“In my past sometimes before a Champions League game you rested. In England it’s not easy to do this.“When you make the decision (on selection) there is always the risk. The risk could be to play with the same players as against Leicester and then after the game ‘why didn’t you change the team that was tired?’“You know very well if you win you’ve made the best decision, if you lose you’ve made the worst decision.“I must be realistic, I must be calm, to make the best decision for these seven games.“It’s normal when you have to play seven games in 21 days to rotate my players. I’m very calm about this because I trust my players.”Chelsea were not in continental competition last term after the previous year’s implosion, when Jose Mourinho was sacked for a second time and they finished 10th in the top flight.It was the first time in 20 years that Chelsea were not involved in Europe and they had been in every Champions League group stage since 2003-04.Conte has Champions League pedigree as a player, reaching four finals, winning once. He took Juventus to the quarter-finals once as boss and they have thrived in the competition since he left to take charge of Italy.He wants to make his mark with Chelsea, the 2012 European champions, but knows it will take time.“In the Champions League we are starting a path and it will be very important to start building something important,” he added.“To win a competition, you need to work very hard, to improve over years and to grow step by step and to arrive to be like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus are the same now.“You don’t create a big strong team easily.”Midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) is unavailable with the full extent of his injury sustained in training on Sunday still to be determined.Chelsea team news: Danny Drinkwater out of Champions League clash with calf injuryPlaymaker Eden Hazard is likely to continue as a substitute after only recently returning from a broken ankle.Gary Cahill, the club captain, is desperate to play, having served a three-match ban following his sending off in the season-opener against Burnley.“I feel like my season’s just starting,” the England defender said.“I’m itching to play.”last_img read more

A full summary of Saturday’s Scottish Cup results

first_imgScottish Cup holders Celtic eased into the next round of the competition with a 5-0 win over Brechin City. James Forrest opened the scoring against the Championship strugglers after just two minutes and goals from Scott Sinclair, Olivier Ntcham, Dedryck Boyata and Odsonne Edouard followed.Aberdeen also faced second tier opposition and enjoyed a 4-1 win over promotion hopefuls St Mirren.Adam Rooney scored from the penalty spot before Ryan Christie bagged a double either side of a Gavin Reilly goal for the visitors and Gary Mackay-Steven wrapped up the scoring with a stunning strike. Dundee United were 2-0 winners at Alloa, while Morton won 2-1 at Dunfermline. Ayr United cruised to a 4-1 victory at home to Arbroath while Brora Rangers booked their place in the next round with a 1-0 victory at East Fife. Motherwell, who have already reached one cup final this season, came out on top in the Lanarkshire derby with a 2-0 victory against Hamilton. The home side went ahead when Accies defender Scott McMann scored an own goal and a Curtis Tanner penalty secure the win for the Steelmen.In the other all-Premiership tie, Kilmarnock and Ross County delivered some late drama. Rory McKenzie was fouled in the box by Tim Chow and, after the Ross County player had received his marching orders, Lee Erwin struck fro the spot to put Killie through.A Connor Sammon double saw Partick Thistle get through a tricky tie at Queen of the South with a 2-1 win, while Dundee and Inverness will need a replay to settle their tie after a 2-2 draw.last_img read more

BMW has no plans to leave SA: Davies

first_img10 October 2013BMW has no plans to leave South Africa, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Thursday morning ahead of a scheduled meeting with the German car manufacturer later in the day.Speaking to journalists in Pretoria, Davies said he had met a BMW delegation during the recent strike by workers in the country’s automotive sector, and that the company had said that it remained committed to South Africa.On recent reports in the media speculating on the company’s future in the country, Davies said he had received a letter from BMW “in which they clarified what they had said, and which they were concerned wasn’t necessary correctly reported.“What they said is that they are continuing operations in South Africa – there is no question of them discontinuing their operations in South Africa.“They did say they have the possibility of competing for an additional model in the South African operations, and they felt that that was jeopardised by the recent strikes,” Davies said.However, he said the signing of a three-year wage agreement, following the conclusion of the motor industry strike last week, would bring stability to the sector.Commenting on French auto manufacturer Renault’s announcement that it will be opening a facility in Nigeria, Davies said he had recently spoken with his Nigerian counterpart on co-operating with the west African country to develop a vehicle manufacturing industry there, with the expectation that South African auto parts manufacturers would be able to get involved.Source: read more

Google Flu Trends: A Glimpse into the Future of Google Health

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#web rick turoczy 1 It stands to reason that people who are “starting to come down with something” often take the opportunity to search for information on what ails them, even before they discuss their symptoms with a healthcare professional. Who gets more of those searches than anyone? Google, of course.When Google started looking more closely at anonymous aggregate searches for “flu symptoms” and the like, they discovered that – after cross-referencing that data against information from the Center for Disease Control – they had the ability to predict flu outbreaks by monitoring search patterns. And now, they’ve published their findings as Google Flu Trends.The effort, part of Google’s non-profit arm,, could prove to be the first step toward the type of predictive medical informatics that have long been the Holy Grail of medicine:“So why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? It turns out that traditional flu surveillance systems take 1-2 weeks to collect and release surveillance data, but Google search queries can be automatically counted very quickly. By making our flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends may provide an early-warning system for outbreaks of influenza.”Looking at the graphs, Google’s hypotheses about search terms predating disease outbreaks seem to be proven correct. Not satisfied with Google’s analysis? Feel free to download the data and work with it yourself.Future Features for Google HeatlhWhile influenza is the first target for the experiment, one can easily imagine the types of search data – and regional data – that could help healthcare professionals in the prediction of practically any disease. More importantly for Google, coupling this kind of anonymous aggregated data with other Google offerings could further the company’s moves into the healthcare space. Just imagine, in the not too distant future, if you could be warned of potential disease outbreaks in your city when logging into your personal health record on Google Health. It’s not a huge intuitive leap, but it’s a leap that puts the responsibility for health in the hands of the individual.Helping people manage their wellness and health in a preventative way instead of simply treating the disease? That’s a truly innovative – and much needed – way of approaching healthcare. Can Google leverage its wealth of data to help spark that healthcare innovation? One would hope. Our health may depend on it. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Theia Technologies Honored by Vision Systems Design 2016 Innovators Awards Program

first_imgThe 4K 1/1.8″ Compact Lens family created by Theia Technologies, a high-resolution imaging technology specialist, was recognized by the judges of the annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of experts from system integrator and end-user companies.Theia was honored with a bronze-level award. Theia’s family of 4K 12 megapixel resolution lenses provide 112 to 7 degrees HFOV offering 4-10 mm and 12-50 mm focal ranges. Covering 1/1.7″ 4K imagers, while resolving the smaller 1/2.3” sensor pixels, both offer IR correction for day/night cameras. At 64.5 mm long by 59 mm diameter, they’re the most compact for comparable 4k lenses to facilitate use in domes, bullets and small enclosures. They are offered in fully motorized, manual, DC auto-iris, P-iris, CS/C and board mount combinations.“Theia is honored to once again be recognized for innovation in imaging technology,” said Mark Peterson, vice president of advanced technology for Theia Technologies. “We strive to design and develop unique and innovative lens technology and related products which provide excellent value to the markets we serve. We are delighted that industry continues to recognize our contributions.”- Sponsor – “This prestigious program allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry,” said Alan Bergstein, publisher of Vision Systems Design. “Our 2016 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.”The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria: • Originality • Innovation • Impact on Designers, Systems Integrators, End Users • Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed • Leveraging a novel technologyThe 2016 Visions Systems Design Innovators Awards Honorees are featured on the June issue of Vision Systems Design magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application – From 6 Years Ago

first_imgRelated Posts The patent is broad. The USPTO issued it only after curbing claims 1, 8 and 16, which USPTO patent examiners originally rejected because of obviousness. In the last few months, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his company public, got married and scored a nearly $6 million home loan at just over 1%. What could possibly top all that? How about approval of his very first patent request from way back in 2006 – covering privacy issues no less?Turns out the US Patent Trademark and Office (USPTO), though it originally rejected it, just granted Zuckerberg a patent that can only be described as the ultimate geek vanity trophy.A solitary patent repeatedly originally attacked by examiners for its obviousness, this one little patent certainly won’t help Facebook defend itself in patent spats like the it was recently engaged in with Yahoo. In today’s tech patent wars, you typically need entire portfolios of offensive and defensive patents to make a difference. But at least one IP expert said Facebook needs all the patents it can get. The company is likely feeling vulnerable after the Yahoo situation.This new patent is mostly a fancy accessory for Zuckerberg: It’s US patent 8,225,376, the first patent application he ever filed. Zuckerberg filed the application back in July 2006, the year he turned 22. He’s apparently earned at least half a dozen other patents since then, but now he’s finally seen his first application approved.The patent, called “Dynamically Generating a Privacy Summary,” is described in its abstract as:… a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary is provided. The present invention provides a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary. A profile for a user is generated. One or more privacy setting selections are received from the user associated with the profile. The profile associated with the user is updated to incorporate the one or more privacy setting selections. A privacy summary is then generated for the profile based on the one or more privacy setting selectionsBasically, the patent – narrowed from its originally overtly “obvious” claims as recorded by patent examiners – covers a method of displaying a social network user’s profile per his or her privacy settings, display them on screen and show what their profile looks like on-screen to various other users or groups of users. gina smith The Zuckerberg patent is separate and distinct from the enormous patent portfolio Facebook is now in the process of assembling, in part to defend itself from patent infringement lawsuits like the one it just settled with Yahoo.Shortly before it got involved in the Yahoo patent fracas, Facebook began buying hundreds of “just in time” defensive patents. Those efforts include purchasing hundreds of patents from AOL via Microsoft – for which it paid an estimated $1 million per patent. The USPTO patent assignee database reveals that than 500 patents (512) came to Facebook direct from AOL with the last week.Of course this one vanity patent won’t provide the firepower of the huge portfolio of outside-invented patents Facebook is buying now. It’s really little more than a trophy – and it’s a touch ironic that it covers privacy issues, an ongoing source of controversy for Zuckerberg and Facebook. But it’s worth noting how much effort Facebook spent on acquiring what is essentially a vanity project.Facebook did not immediately return requests for comment over the weekend.  According to public records, the Patent Office rejected the original, July 2006-era, Zuckerberg patent application. That didn’t stop Facebook – at least not forever. The company redoubled its efforts to get the patent through just days after it announced on February 1, 2012, that it planned to go public. The company requested and received numerous interviews with patent examiners regarding what it could do to get this patent through. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook initiated an interview to re-initiate investigation of the rejected patent application on Valentine’s Day 2012, shortly after it announced its upcoming IPO. Records from the USPTO show Facebook’s enthusiastic and persistent attempts to adjust and get that first Zuckerberg patent issued. And the effort finally paid off. According to IP experts, it’s not uncommon to persist in getting a patent. If you stick it out you can get something issued. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#start last_img read more

5G is Coming — Here’s How Entrepreneurs Can Leverage It

first_imgFollow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#5G#Entrepreneurs Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Marc Fischer is the CEO and co-founder of Dogtown Media, a mobile technology studio based in Venice Beach, California, that was named by Inc. as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. Sprint’s recent launch of its 5G network in Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas; Houston; and Atlanta offers consumers and entrepreneurs a glimpse into the future. As rapid download speeds and seamless connectivity take hold in cities around the world, tech entrepreneurs will have more opportunities than ever before to make an impact. With 11.5 million people having access to Sprint’s network already, imagine what will be possible as that number grows.5G will unlock new opportunities in every space. The healthcare, transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing industries will all be significantly more capable of innovation and growth as these networks take shape.Data on demandWe all know the frustration that comes from waiting for an app to load, a video to buffer, or an email to send. With an instant connection, 5G will not only eliminate these issues but also radically transform user experiences in several ways.Content streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube will benefit from faster download speeds. And so will social networks such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, which all use immense amounts of data to load images, video, and chat messages. But consumer-facing mobile apps are just the tip of the iceberg.The arrival of 5G will drive significant progress in emerging technology.Think of the power this kind of connectivity can give to things like autonomous vehicles, for instance. Driverless cars have to collect vast amounts of information, process it locally, and send it to the cloud. That data then goes back to the vehicle and enables it to make decisions. Thanks to 5G networks, this process will be nearly instantaneous.Virtually every connected device will become more reliable and effective because of 5G, too. IoT sensors will be able to process data, send it to the cloud, and act upon it at mind-boggling speeds. In essence, 5G makes the cloud almost instantly accessible and opens countless doors to technological innovation. And it’s increasingly becoming available across the globe.Emerging opportunities for entrepreneursThe building blocks of 5G are being put in place in cities all over the world. The U.K. launched its first public high-speed 5G network this spring, and major carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have stateside deployments planned for later this year. In South Korea, the technology made its debut at the Olympic Village. Since then, a 5G network has been launched in Seoul, as well as in cities throughout China and Japan.As 5G infrastructures become more widespread, more opportunities will open up for developers to leverage their power.Tech entrepreneurs will be able to make everyday device experiences seamless and create entirely new ones with technologies such as VR and AR, industrial IoT, autonomous vehicles and drones, medical devices, and other connected hardware.AI and machine learning tools have already transformed multiple industries. But this disruption will pale in comparison to the near future. With unparalleled speeds and even higher amounts of data to leverage, these technologies will generate more profound insights for the people who need them most.The impact of 5G will be unprecedented.For entrepreneurs and investors looking to capitalize on it, here are four ways 5G will transform business:1. Interpersonal communicationCommunication drives business. Because consumers and downstream business operators are going to have access to devices that can send and receive data at lighting-fast speeds, they’ll be able to have better phone calls, higher-quality video meetings, and access to chat apps that don’t experience latency.When Verizon revealed its Moto Z3 phone, which works with the 5G Moto Mod that attaches to a phone, spectators watched it download a 1GB file in 17 seconds, a download speed that should be even faster on its commercial network. Phone usage and commercial network usage is just one example of the way 5G technology will drive stronger, more seamless business communications. Further, applications like these will directly impact and generate profits.2. Expanded remote work opportunitiesRemote work has already become standard practice at many businesses. With the advent of 5G, it’ll be possible for even more tasks to be accomplished remotely. At the Mobile World Congress, for example, a Spanish surgeon performed an operation from miles away with the help of a connected robotics kit.However, remote healthcare is just one example of the power of connectivity. Low-latency, high-frequency data transfers will make engineering and many other types of highly skilled work possible from anywhere with a decent connection.3. Tools driving innovationMany companies already use innovation labs to explore applications of emerging technologies. Soon, there will be a proliferation of devices and tools specifically designed to cultivate growth with 5G. Case in point: Verizon’s 5G Labs in New York and four other cities show businesses and consumers what’s possible with 5G while also providing startups and entrepreneurs with mentorship and advisory services as they learn to work with it.Companies will also soon offer DIY kits that enable anyone to build 5G solutions using components already available to them. For developers, these will present limitless opportunities. Organizations like MathWorks, for example, are already launching tools designed to help reduce learning and development time by giving developers a workflow to model after and use to test 5G systems for themselves.4. Venture capital interestVenture capital money is flowing into 5G enterprises in Silicon Valley, and those investments will continue to increase exponentially shortly. As just one example, the recent partnership established between Japanese telecom company KDDI and VC firm Global Brain Corp. will fund 5G infrastructure development.The golden age for enterprises focused on 5G or startups that are leveraging it is quickly approaching. As the marketplace continues to grow with the infrastructure and as the necessary hardware components for building with 5G tools become more ubiquitous, startups will have unimaginable opportunities to transform the world as we know it.One thing is certain: Nothing about 5G is moving slowly, and the race to harness the technology it makes possible won’t either.Feature Image attribution: avi-richards-Z3ownETsdNQ-unsplash-1-825×510 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Marc FischerCEO and co-founder of Dogtown Medialast_img read more

How to Tame Artificial Intelligence: A Brief Guide for Business

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage The use of artificial intelligence in business is gaining popularity. According to SAS, 80% of companies from different industries expect that AI will significantly affect their activities over the next five to 10 years. Fiery enthusiasm can slightly cool when there is a lack of organizational readiness. Some businesses have had their doubts about adapting too early. A common reason for this is the conventional wisdom that artificial intelligence can only be played by big players. But is this true? Here’s how to tame artificial intelligence with a brief guide for business.A couple of examples of how to tame artificial intelligence.A small accounting office is making great efforts to make bookkeeping quick and easy. It launches a series of research and develops cloud software using AI, to automate bookkeeping for its clients. In 2017, it was awarded the title of Practice Excellence Pioneer. This is the most prestigious award in accounting. In the same year, its income exceeds the mark of 1 million. Pretty good result for a company with just 30 employees.The Big Apple Diamond Jewelry Store fights in the toughest competition. AI became a salvation for the virtual seller who uses it to analyze the global diamond market. In a  few seconds, it processes a million pieces of information to find the perfect wedding ring option for the client. Buyers are delighted: the end of an exhausting search! “Okay,” you say. “They were convinced. But where to start? ”. Because everyone is talking about AI today but the explanations from which side to approach it are less obvious. Well, it makes sense to start with definitions.What is artificial intelligence explained in a narrow sense and in a broader sense?The term “artificial intelligence” today is used in a narrow and broad sense. In the narrow sense of AI – this software that simulates the work of the human brain. In a broader sense, “artificial intelligence” is a generic term used to denote a range of technologies:1. Machine learning.Machine learning is based on the use of statistical tools. With it, computer systems learn to use a variety of data to improve their own performance. This is done with minimal human intervention, and with none at all. An example is a face recognition system on Facebook.2. Smart Robotics.Today’s smart machines are systems based on artificial intelligence, learning by analyzing information from the outside world. They are already used in a number of industries and perform a wide variety of tasks, starting with creating dental implants and ending with cooking pizza.3. Virtual Assistants.Virtual Assistant is a software product that provides customers with round-the-clock assistance in using websites or finding the right information. Perhaps you already had the chance to meet Amy from or Watson from IBM – that’s them.4. Automated Solution Management.The operation of such services is based on the ability of regulated systems to make decisions regarding recurring issues without human intervention. AI-based solution management systems are already used in logistics and human resource management.5. Data processing using natural language.This technology is aimed at data processing and their transformation into a text that is understandable to humans. Forbes uses it to generate income reports, and the Canadian Ministry of the Environment uses it to generate weather forecasts.The Introduction of Artificial Intelligence in the Business.It is impossible to introduce artificial intelligence in the work of the company for a couple of days. Preliminary audit and optimization of existing processes is a long process. If you do not want to be overboard in 5-7 years, it’s time to start.Explore Artificial Intelligence Technologies.Find out what is meant by each of them and how they can be applied. There are many educational materials on Udemy, Coursera, and Udacity. NVIDIA has developed a detailed list of AI courses for various levels, from beginners to advanced. Use the products with artificial intelligence yourself to understand what you like about them and what doesn’t. Think how your customers can use something like this when dealing with your products.Review Your Business.Ask yourself where in your industry you can use advantages from artificial intelligence. Or, on the contrary, what is slowing down your company compared to competitors, and how AI would help you gain momentum. For example, if you have a problem with leads, consider the possibility of using machine learning for lead generation. If with attracting customers through the site – maybe you need a chatbot. Consider how you can improve existing services with it. As options for improving the website, optimizing marketing campaigns, improving customer service, and building a social strategy. Identify measurable goals and contact a technical consultant for help.Make a Preliminary Assessment and Love the Data.Estimate the cost of implementation. AI differs from conventional software that it’s not possible to install and forget. The machine learning process needs to be monitored. To learn, AI needs data – a lot of data collected in one place. So collect it. Include everything: your CRM data, advertising campaigns, traffic analysis, customer behavior on social networks, public competitor data, etc. Check if your IT department needs to be rebuilt to meet the requirements of implementing AI-based solutions.Findings.Just as the Internet has completely changed our lives over the past twenty years, so artificial intelligence will soon become the most powerful engine of transformation in the near future. And the sooner you begin to analyze how to use it to promote your business, the better you will be prepared for new market challenges.The success of the introduction of artificial intelligence depends largely on practical readiness. The latter implies the availability of the necessary tools and qualified personnel. The initial steps for rooting AI into your company’s business processes include:acquaintance with artificial intelligence technologies;thorough business analysis for the introduction of new technical solutions;preliminary assessment of the cost and quality of labor;data consolidation;IT service adaptation to new working conditions;identification of an experimental segment for a trial launch.All this may seem too complicated at first glance. But do not panic. In fact, there are many more chances to fail when running traditional software than when it comes to AI. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Amelia Grant Tags:#business#marketing Follow the Puck Related Posts I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.Our attention to ourselves, to our daily routine and habits, is very important. Things that may seem insignificant, are pieces of a big puzzle called life. I want to encourage people to be more attentive to their well-being, improve every little item of it and become healthier, happier, stronger. All of us deserve that. And I really hope that my work helps to make the world better. AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not…last_img read more

The Key to Smart Home Success: Safety and Security

first_imgRelated Posts The smart home is the way of the future, but it comes with its own set of risks and potential downsides. If you’re going to install some of the latest connected devices into your home, make sure you prioritize safety and security at every point along the way.The Rise of the Smart HomeThe smart home isn’t some newfangled idea or sudden inspiration. It’s been discussed and anticipated for many years. In fact, we’ve seen a variety of smart home technologies hit the market over the decades, though most have failed.In 1967, the ECHO IV was heralded as the first smart device of its kind – supposedly able to handle shopping lists, automatically control a home’s temperature, and turn appliances on and off. It was never sold commercially, but set an early standard for the type of technology that would be expected in years to come.It really wasn’t until the late-1990s and early-2000s that useful consumer technologies hit the market – including gadgets like programmable thermostats. And it’s just within the last two or three years that practical innovations have reached a reasonable price point. Combined with lots of marketing and consumer education, we’re finally seeing progress.According to an IDC research report published earlier this year, the global market for smart home devices is expected to grow by 26.9 percent year over year in 2019. The growth will be sustained, with an anticipated compound annual growth rate of 16.9 percent from 2019 through 2023. The report splits smart home devices into six major categories. Here they are, ranked by 2019’s forecasted market share:Video entertainment (43 percent)Smart speakers (17.3 percent)Home monitoring/security (16.8 percent)Others (13.7 percent)Lighting (6.8 percent)Thermostat (2.3 percent)Trends show that 2018 was all about getting products into the hands of consumers. Both Google and Amazon did an excellent job of this by really pushing their low-cost smart speakers. Now that the foundation has been laid, the focus will shift to tying devices together and creating more cohesive experiences. The trick now is to fuse together fragmented devices and services for a more friendly user experience.The data shows that people want smart home technology – they just don’t know what to do with it yet. And those who do know what to do with it are concerned about security.The Challenge of SecuritySecurity is one of the chief concerns in the smart home industry – and rightly so. In theory, the idea of integrating smart home devices into the home sounds great. But when you consider that every camera, microphone, and data-aggregating device is another possible entry point for a hacker or cybercriminal, it’s easy to understand why people are skittish.Nobody wants the feeling of being watched or listened to. We’ve heard stories of people hacking cameras and spying on homeowners; smart speakers “inadvertently” recording intimate conversations; and companies selling personal data about its customers. And even if these cases are few and far between, they’re enough to make us think twice.Today, more than ever, we feel the pressure of balancing access with privacy. We want the latest, greatest technology, but we don’t want to open ourselves up to undue risk. With so many of our devices and accounts carefully linked together, there’s a domino effect in play whenever something happens. In today’s interconnected landscape, security issues are rarely isolated. One compromised system can lead to a complex web of problems in every area of a homeowner’s life.7 Tips for Securing Your Smart HomeIf you’re going to join the smart home fray – and you’ll almost certainly have to within the next five to seven years – you need to to ensure you’re minimizing risk across the board. Here are some tips, suggestions, and strategies to consider:1. Only Purchase Reliable ProductsEverything starts and ends with the products you purchase. If you put the right products into your home, you face a much lower risk of being compromised than if you invest in the wrong products. It’s a simple rule of thumb – but one that most people miss on.In pursuit of reliable smart home products, nothing beats research. In addition to crowdsourcing information via social media and online message boards, use dedicated review sites. House Method – which provides homeowners with reviews, guides, and advice on everything from DIY home projects to finding the right contractors to perform certain jobs – is one of the best.2. Stick With Protected Devices OnlyEvery device manufacturer and application developer relies on their own set of security features. Some place a greater emphasis on security than others. And in most cases, you get exactly what you pay for.As a consumer and homeowner, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with security and safety standards. Some of the industry standards include ZigBee, Z-Wave, and S2. You’ll find that most of the established brands from recognizable companies follow one of these secure transmission protocols. The cheaper, off-brand devices may cut corners to save money. As a result, they don’t always have the right security frameworks in place.3. Never Access Smart Home Network on Public WiFiOne of the useful aspects of the connected smart home is the ability to control the various systems of your home – like the thermostat, lighting, or even your kitchen oven – remotely. But if you aren’t careful, this could quickly become problematic. Never, under and circumstances, should you access your smart home network from a public WiFi connection.When you connect to your home network via a public connection, you expose yourself to the possibility of a man in the middle attack (where hackers set up fake networks to intercept transmissions). If you fall into this trap, you could be compromised and never know it. It’s best to use a VPN or private connection whenever possible.4. Establish Multiple NetworksSpeaking of networks, be smart about how you structure your own. Most internet routers on today’s market allow you to set up two or three different networks in your home. Use this to your advantage by purposefully separating your devices.For example, try putting all smart devices on their own network – separate from the home computer (which may have confidential information, credit cards, etc.). Furthermore, establish a guest network that you give to people when they’re visiting. It’s simple little steps like this that make a huge difference.5. Strengthen PasswordsBelieve it or not, most successful hacks are the result of compromised login details – not complex schemes where hackers backdoor their way into a system. Thankfully, all you have to do is strengthen your passwords to enhance your security and lower your susceptibility to an attack.Strong passwords use random strings of characters – including numbers, letters, and symbols – rather than predictable words. It’s also helpful to use a combination of upper and lower case characters, which makes passcodes significantly more challenging to crack. Finally, regularly changing your passcodes – as in every few weeks – lowers your risk of being hacked.(Side note: Stop using the same password for every account and device. If one account is hacked, you’re basically giving the hacker the freedom to access any other account on your network.)6. Utilize Multi-Factor AuthenticationIn addition to strengthening your passwords, it’s recommended that you utilize multi-factor authentication for all of your smart home devices, accounts, and networks.The most common form of multi-factor authentication is two-factor authentication (2FA). This is basically an extra layer of security that requires a username/password combo plus a second piece of information. This could be something you know (an additional pin code or security question), something you have (like a smartphone device or email account), or even something you are (like a fingerprint or iris scan).With 2FA, it’s much harder for someone to hack into your smart home without being physically present in the home. And when you consider that the vast majority of hacks take place remotely, you can see that multi-factor authentication is a pretty powerful security mechanism.7. Always Install Latest UpdatesNobody likes those annoying update requests, but they exist for a reason. Software updates typically address loopholes, concerns, and problems that emerge with the current version. A failure to update to the new and improved version will expose you to these risks.The best way to handle updates is automatically. This takes the decision-making process out of the equation and ensures you’re always up to date. It’s really a no-brainer.Be a Proactive Smart Home OwnerThe smart home sector will only go as far as the security side of the industry takes it. If security innovation doesn’t keep up, this space will dry up and homeowners will move in another direction. It’s up to each of us – as homeowners and consumers – to hold tech companies accountable. This starts with utilizing the security technology we’ve been given and putting pressure on these respective organizations to keep up. We all have a part to play. The Rise of the Smart Home, Apartment or Condom… How Much of Your Home Life Will Be Automated in… Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. center_img Use This Crowdfunding Hack to Fund Your Automat… Frank Landman Rachio 3: A Smart Yard Sprinkler Controlling Wa…last_img read more