City governments work to improve citizen experience

first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Amanda Razani Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img In an age where citizens are operating at internet speeds, cities are being slowed down by unwieldy city government processes.A city government exists to serve its community members, yet having to spend hours to even months waiting for things such as acquiring the proper permits or licenses, to getting approval to move forward with projects is a big damper on business.Citizens’ needs and concerns, and the customer service they are provided needs to be addressed across the board, and many cities have begun stepping up to this challenge.See Also: The race for smart cities from the leading edge of techBy having the mindset that citizens are customers, this forward-thinking mindset by city governments can really change communities for the better and allow them to flourish.  Just look at Indianapolis, D.C., where parking apps have replaced meters, allowing customers to pay and add time remotely, and not worry about having enough loose change. And New York and Boston are looking at ways to deal with parking fines via smartphones.In a progressive move, Anchorage will be updating its lighting, with over 4,000 lights using energy-efficient LED bulbs, and these lights can be controlled wirelessly.  The next stage of this upgrade plan will be to use the light poles to monitor traffic and record air quality.  These examples show urban vision that uses smart technology to make citizen mobility and quality of life better.Private sector needs to step up?Another company with this focus is Sidewalk Labs. They work with cities to find technology solutions to regularly occurring issues, such as commuting, social services and affordable housing problemsThe U.S. Department of Transportation also promoted its “Smart City Challenge” this year, with the goal of improving urban transportation. Seven participants were selected from a group of 78 entrants for the $40 million award.These examples are a great start in the right direction for improving cities and focusing on the well-being of citizens.   Hopefully we can see more cities begin to follow suit. Tags:#city government#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

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Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Become the Future of Information Technology?

first_imgFormer collegiate athlete Evan Loring attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH), where as an undergraduate he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and received three Academic All-Colonial Athletic Association selections. He remained at UNH for graduate studies and while completing an MBA he coached the UNH football team’s wide receivers, including all-league wide-out Mike Boyle. More recently, Evan Loring supervised the scholarly and athletic performance of 11 football players as a wide receiver coach for Harvard University. During his tenure, he helped the Harvard Crimson field the top-rated offense in the Ivy League for two consecutive seasons.Having transitioned into the information technology (IT) consulting field, Evan Loring serves as a senior manager for MSDI in Pembroke, Massachusetts. He works with enterprise-level companies to evaluate and manage operating costs associated with their yearly IT budget. Also in charge of marketing MSDI’s cloud computing, performance optimization, business continuity, and other IT solutions, Mr. Loring has grown annual revenue to $10 million for the company’s enterprise business units. Tags:#AI#IT#tech#technology Evan LoringGlobal Sale Director at Congruity360 AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Follow the Puck If you are in the Information Technology space, you are likely knowledgeable on what artificial intelligence holds. In fact, considering AI, the future of Information Technology appears bleak to some experts but promising to others.If a tech worker is worried about their job — they really don’t understand the magic of AI.Some workers are concerned with the future of their jobs. Yes, research reveals that automation and artificial intelligence could be coming for these jobs. In fact, there is a possibility of a replacement of over 22 million jobs within the next decade – in the United States alone. If not eliminating these jobs, there will be reassigning. These are alarming threats if you are in a couple of these white-collar jobs.Your gatekeeper roles could be at stake — BUT is there something to smile about these changes? The recent trends in information technology (and secrets of high-performing teams) reveal mastering technology as one of the industry’s trending features. In extension — the role of artificial intelligence in this subset cannot be underestimated. Let’s look at the future of the tech space. But first, a brief past…A Brief History of data processing and related jobs.IT deals with the utilization of electronic platforms. IT performs the storage, retrieval, transmission, and manipulation of information. Certainly, it’s necessary to look at how these aspects of data processing have evolved.Processing data.Processing of data dates back a century when analog mechanisms were used. With the introduction of electronic computers in the 1940s, programming became necessary. People interested in the industry started training. These people had to be specialized in computer programming, data encryption, and decryption and inventing new tools. The new creation of data tools would increase the operational capabilities of the computers.People were terribly afraid for their jobs at that time, too.The innovation trends continued. Everyone in those field were afraid that the new data and technology would take every job. Much like today — many in those field were looked on with a mixture of admiration and interest — but, yes, fear too.We are still diversifying in the current tech climate.The tech industry is characterized by diverse areas and angles. These include machine learning, use of robots, automation, and, of course, artificial intelligence (AI). Currently — the technology industry employs millions of people.These industry employees include administrators, analysts, chief information officers, consultants, designers. Then we have the developers, engineers, technicians, programmers, and support personnel. Additionally, companies like Congruity360 are focusing on increasing the reliability of shared data and reducing the risks associated with the use of electronic platforms in sharing data.The Instagram brothers.We’ve seen the Instagram founders step down in the last couple of days saying it is “the misuse of information” by Facebook. I call them “the Instagram brothers,” but the point being that there will always be concerns about our security. We will need real people looking at real tech problems. Real people will need to oversee this protection.What does the future hold — about information and tech?Indeed, there is much to expect in the  because technology is an ever-evolving area — and most entities are embracing the use of AI in simplifying mundane tasks. Boosting Company ProductivityYou have heard of Alexa and Google, how are they utilizing artificial intelligence to boost their productivity? Well, these companies have realized significant transformations after utilizing artificial intelligence.Well, take for example Google. The company uses bots to give you a more personalized search experience – from supplying you with the content you are looking for and to showing you relevant on-site ads.Colossal data mining is, indeed, a compelling transformation for companies. For instance, the social media giant Facebook has been on the news recently for how it is collecting and sharing users’ information. Of course, any online company of such a scale as Facebook is well conversant with automation in improving their users’ experience, and consequently, their productivity.Enormous data mining seems to be picking up — is THAT tech future?The trends of enormous data mining by companies cannot stop soon. In fact, you can foretell a future where this area will be a leading player in the IT space. In spite of this promising trend for online entrepreneurs, there is a significant concern of how huge data mining and sharing will impact people’s privacy. But, remember here — how will all of that tech be done? The AI can’t provide all of this information.IT Infrastructure – More Secure or Insecure?Yes, security issues pose a big question to the tech space. In as much as many companies are developing and promising more secure systems (with no security breaches) using artificial intelligence, a plethora of people have concerns about how these companies will be sharing their information.The US Intelligence teams accused Russia of penetrating the US electoral system and tampering with the election process. Even though Russia denied any involvement in the US electoral process, the topic remains a great subject of discussion. How could the global superpower get its tech platform breached?Is AI going to search out all of the needed information on subjects that we deem important for tech info — or other info for that matter.Even if the allegations in the US were hyperbole, just the mention of the claim and how the topic incited mixed reactions revealed how more people are concerned with security in the digital space. It is possible to predict systems’ security breaches in the future – as hacking techniques will outweigh measures to secure the systems.However, experts are continuing to create and encourage more secure systems. For instance, Chrome started flagging non-HTTPs sites as insecure (HTTPs systems utilizes advanced security feature – SSL and TSL to secure online platforms). You can imagine of further modifications to thwart the use of AI to hack information from websites.Career Opportunities – Old is Gold?They say “Old is Gold.” Yes, it is. But isn’t flexibility an integral part in growing a businesses?Well, enterprises must be flexible, to identify new opportunities and shift and pivot swiftly.Considering information Technology, particularly the usual white-collar jobs, artificial intelligence is massively forcing its way through the systems. Without any doubt, there will be job elimination – for how will companies employ humans to operate complex tasks which the bots can do smoothly? No need. You will no longer have to take complex computing tasks. “But won’t new opportunities be tough as well?” you ask.We say a resounding, “YES.”  There is one area artificial intelligence can’t take away: teamwork and managing the systems. More people will dip their noses in the technology space — not for gatekeeper roles — but to monitor the systems. Within the current atmosphere — even with the excitement and increasing need for all things tech — for now — humans ensure smooth operations.Continuing and reinventing and developing new tech models –won’t alway be done by humans — but is at present — expanded by humans. Hopefully, these tech and data areas are thrilling for you. Then the future WILL hold gold.Roundup Imagine the use of artificial intelligence, robots, and machine learning stopping now — no way. In particular, the IT space seems to be in love with machine intelligence. Job issues and privacy of information can worry you — but what of the compelling new opportunities? Go out and make these opportunities possible — for yourself and for all of us.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

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Baba Ramdev slams Rakhi Sawant as he appears on TV show

first_imgAfter activist Anna Hazare, yoga guru Baba Ramdev is also going to make a star appearance on TV reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs. In the upcoming episode of the show, which has already been shot and would be aired over this weekend, Ramdev, like most of the other guests, would be seen singing along the kids.Things took a spiritual turn with the young contestants singing some soothing bhajans. And being a sport, Ramdev too joined in. Not just that, Ramdev seemed to be in a candid mood as he answered all the queries thrown at him. He said he always was a topper during his student days even as he had to manage with second hand books.The little champs also got some yoga lessons as Ramdev gave them tips to control their aggression. In the after-shoot press conference, Ramdev slammed Rakhi Sawant for her public announcement of her “undying love for Baba”. The item girl had said that she “wanted to marry Baba”.Ramdev, who was called “hot” by Rakhi during the promotion of latter’s TV show, said: “It is not right to target anybody to promote one’s show.”last_img read more

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This day in history Barack makes history Guy Fawkes legend is born

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – This day in history in 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain getting 338 electoral votes to McCain’s 161 to become the President of the United States of America. Barack Hussein Obama, then aged 47 is the first black man to achieve this feat. Also on this day in history, the nefarious legend of Guy Fawkes against the British was recorded in 1605; that’s 410 years ago. Related Items:barack obama, guy fawkes Recommended for you Zika virus getting stern reaction from country leaders Full Day for Obama in Jamaica ahead of Historic Summit in Panama Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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Editorial Leadership Shuffle at Wiredcom

first_imgThrough a pair of tweets yesterday Mark McClusky and Evan Hansen announced a transition at the top editor spot at Condé Nast’s Wired.com. Hansen is departing and McClusky, formerly the editorial development director, will be taking over the position, a role that Hansen had filled since 2005. 

Hansen ambiguously broke the news about his departure on Twitter Monday tweeting “So long @wired it’s been fun.”  Shortly after, McCulsky followed up by tweeting, “Couldn’t possibly be more proud or excited to be named the new editor of Wired.com. Now, the fun starts.”No information has been given as to why Hansen is leaving, or who made the decision. However, a Condé Nast representative has confirmed that Hansen is out and McClusky is in. McClusky was just promoted to editorial development director at Wired.com last month.  Condé Nast also reports that Hayley Nelson will be joining Wired.com as director of product, a new position at the publication. Nelson joins from The New York Times. Both McClusky and Nelson will report to the recently named editor-in-chief at Wired magazine, Scott Dadich.last_img read more

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