Flying CCTV And Other Technologies That Promise To Keep Your Office Safe

For companies to have value long term, they need to be able to keep their workers and property safe. But how? Traditionally, firms used burglar alarms and security guards, but in today’s world of high-technology, are there any other options? It turns out that there are, and they’re rather exciting. Let’s take a look.

Flying CCTV

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Between 2000 and 2010, CCTV took over all our lives. At the start of the decade, cameras were still expensive, but as time wore on, they got cheaper, smaller, smarter and higher resolution. Today, we may be on the cusps of a new CCTV revolution: the advent of drone CCTV cameras.

Drone CCTV might seem a little excessive for your average city centre office – and it is. But where the technology shines is where a company has to monitor a large (and changing area). Already some agricultural businesses use drones to survey their property, and factories are also now looking into the technology according to https://www.vice.com/. Flying CCTV could support regular CCTV or could be used in conjunction with people on the ground.

Virtual Keys

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Most offices operate a traditional keycard system. Workers arrive at the office, swipe their keycards, and then a smart piece of software signs them in so that employers know who is in the building and when they arrived/left.

But as most company managers know, employees have a nasty habit of forgetting or losing their keycards, making access a nightmare. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just get rid of keys altogether?

It turns out that you can. Geofencing and other technologies allow people to sign in and sign out of a building by merely carrying their smartphone on their person. When the phone detects that it is a geofenced area, it sends a signal to the central server, informing it that a person has entered the building: no key required.

Wireless Fire Alarms

Regular company fire alarms, as https://meshwrx.com/ points out, are expensive to install and can be unreliable. Companies have to hook their alarms up to the mains telephone lines and must place them strategically around their buildings in a pre-defined pattern.

However, superior solutions are coming to market that use wireless technology. The idea is to connect fire alarms to regular WiFi, cutting down the risk that the alarm’s power supply will fail or that it won’t be able to communicate emergency messages.

Remote Monitoring

Managers would love to know what goes on in their businesses while they’re away. And with remote monitoring, they can find out. The way remote monitoring works is simple: the business owner sets up a series of cameras around his or her premises and then connects to them over the internet via an app on their phone or computer. They are then able to watch everything that’s happening in real-time, and sometimes send voice messages through a speaker on the camera unit.

Cameras are also getting smarter. Some use machine learning to identify suspicious activity, automatically alerting owners through the companion app.

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Live Smart: Making A Smart Home Work For You

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Your home is your haven; it enables you to have quality time to yourself, and helps you escape the modern world. In this respect, you need to have your home work with you to make life easier. And a smart home is one of those things that everybody ponders, but may not necessarily think it’s easy to implement. But when you think about what a smart home can do, like regulate your heating, put the television on, it makes you maximize your downtime with major efficiency. But upgrading to a smart home can be difficult. But upgrading in this respect doesn’t necessarily mean putting everything through the internet; it could also help you to minimize certain expenses. So, with this in mind, how can we upgrade our home so that it becomes smarter?

Minimizing Your Expenditure

If you worry about money, you’ve got to ensure that your home is energy efficient. There are numerous ways you can do this, such as by getting solar panels, or other alternative forms of generating energy. If you are interested in this, you can look at the solar panel installation process to get an idea of it. But when it comes to money worries, if you can make your home smarter by installing a smart meter, as well as a few upgrades to minimize your water use, like a low-flow shower head, all of these things will add up to a significant saving. If you install a smart meter that can tell you exactly how much you are spending on your energy each and every day, it becomes an ingrained habit to turn the heating down by one degree or so, so you can see exactly how much you are saving. And it’s not just these practices, you can use natural cleaning products or make your own for very cheap, or install energy efficient light bulbs. There are so many different ways for you to upgrade your home, but also save you money.

Choosing Your Assistant

Whether it’s Alexa, Siri, or Google’s Assistant, it doesn’t take much effort to connect to these so you can control your lights, the heating, or any electrical items. It can take a while to get accustomed to this. But when you think about the efforts you have to put in now, this will make life easier for you further down the line. When you upgrade to a smart home, you’ve got to make it work for you. But this requires a lot more effort at the very beginning. And picking your assistant certainly comes with a lot of questions, but you need to decide what aspects of life you need to make easier. Heating is a great example because if you’ve had a long day in work, and you live by yourself, by getting the heating to come on 20 minutes before you walk through the front door, it’s going to make your property a lot more welcoming, especially during a dark and dreary winter.

Of course, there are so many different components of a smart home, but you’ll have to decide which ones you really want. Some people don’t feel comfortable with a smart home, but if you decide that you need to make life a bit easier, picking an assistant, but also minimizing your expenditure are two simple aspects to make life so much simpler.

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Easy Steps To Protect Your Business & Secure Your Website

Business and your website security will extend far beyond protecting any sensitive data behind a particular firewall. Hackers are looking more and more at attacking websites and as a result, can be a threat to an entire business system. The goals that they have range from small disruptions to the day, to large and costly takedowns that can really impact the website and then the business as a result (through like data hacks and breeches). Cyber attacks can lock you out of a website, until you pay a ransom, sadly are things that are on the rise. But there are steps that you can take to protect the website that you have the data that you have. You can keep customer information safe and clear, and protect online assets with smart security choices.

So with all of that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can protect your business, as well as your website, and all of the data that comes along with it.

To start with, you have to think about the basics. And some of the basics of website security starts with having preventative measures in place that will help to keep the hackers out in the first place; there are a few things that can be simple to do. For example, start off with the following:

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  • Automate any of the operating systems that you have and auto-updates for your website, so that ‘human error’ is eliminated.
  • Make sure that you use strong passwords, change them regularly, and even use two-step authentication if needed.
  • Keep email systems secure and make sure employees know what to look out for (such as not opening attachments from people that they don’t know, and so on).

Security Protection

Malware is a term for all  threats that are used to attack computers, online data, and other online systems. These things, like viruses, can get into a system and cause a lot of problems, as well as steal vital information. They can lock systems, websites, and even bring down a network. So steps need to be taken to make a difference to reduce the threat of this. So maintaining up-to-date software for viruses and firewall systems, will help to add another layer of protection from attacks. The whole thing around computer security systems can cybersecurity can feel really overwhelming as you don’t know where to start. So if that sounds like you, then you could click here to learn more about how you can get started with your IT services and how to manage them.

Secure Hosting Service

If you are able to use the right web hosting service then it can be a great way to reduce the risk of any security worries. This is definitely of importance when it comes to have an ecommerce platform, so it is worth doing your research to make sure that you choose a secure host for your website. You’ll have the added back-up and help from them a host too, so it is worth having.

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What Does It Take To Make Humans Fly?

When you think about it, the leaps human beings have made in the science sector are truly incredible. We have all kinds of new technology under our belts, the kinds we only ever thought could be miracles sent from God a couple of hundred years ago, and they’re all thanks to a bit of modern science and its ability to experiment here and there!

And one of the biggest technological advances in the past hundred years or so has been the invention of the airplane. We can take to the skies now and fly as far as the fuel tank will take us, thousands of feet over the rest of the world. And yet, human beings were never made to fly!

Which is why it takes a lot for something like this to happen. So let’s explore the effort it takes to keep an entire plane in the sky, cruising on to different destinations all across the world.

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A Specialised Engine

The first thing that needs mentioning, when it comes to powering an airplane, is the engine. Jet engines are big affairs, are made by specialist (and often designer) manufacturers, and have a lot to answer for. After all, if you’re going to be flying through the air at a couple of hundred miles per hour, and you’re going to do so steadily with little turbulence, you need to have a warhorse of a core processor behind you!

Of course, a lot of things can fly without an engine, but they don’t tend to go very far, nor very high in the air around us. So by adding an engine into a winged vehicle, we have the capability to take to the skies, reaching speeds high enough to take off from the ground and keep going. The wings take it from there, and actually take us off into the sky above us,

The Right Tools

Next up we have the tools used to put an airplane together. It’s not something you’d immediately wonder at when thinking of flight, but they are a crucial part of the process.

Of course, you have your software tools first of all, to put together the entire design of the plane and make sure all the calculations for keeping you in the air are correct. But after that, when it comes to actually putting all the metal together, you’re going to need items such as Aerospace Cutting Tools. These include tools such as speed handles and magnets and mirrors, and a few standard wrenches and strong pliers here and there.

After that, it can just be a matter of using your local mechanic’s tool kit to get the job done. The inside of a car looks a lot like the inside of a plane, so there’s an idea of versatility here. Technological providers are all about accessibility!

Making humans fly is expensive and hard, but it’s a wonder of technology we should be thankful for.

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5 Common IT Issues In Small Businesses

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When running your own business there are lots of different issues you can come across, especially when it comes to your IT services. Whether it’s a problem with your hardware or a security breach, you need to ensure you have as little downtime as possible when it comes to your business. With that in mind, here are 5 common IT issues small businesses should avoid:

– Unpredictable System Outages

Although it’s hard to avoid unpredictable system outages, making sure you’re using reputable companies is a great way to ensure this happens as little as possible. Whether it’s the company you use for your server or the people who host your website, you need to sure it’s not going to stop all of a sudden. For a guide to choosing great service providers, you can visit this site here.

– Endless Computer Issues

One of the most common issues people face when running their business revolves around their computer or laptop. Although you may have a little bit of experience when it comes to IT, often the issues that arise are too complicated to fix on your own. In that situation, it’s always best to ensure you’re asking an IT support team or professional for help. Not only will they be able to help you fix your issue, but they’ll also be able to tell you how to prevent it happening again. For more information about preventative maintenance, you can visit this site here.

– Problems With Cyber Security

Cybersecurity is another important issue when it comes to IT within your business, and it’s important you’re doing everything you can keep your computer safe. This means using secure email systems, password protecting files and ensuring you have trusted antivirus software on your computer. For more tips and tricks when it comes to keeping your IT systems safe, you can visit this guide here.

– Difficulty Accessing Files

Although this isn’t as common, people often experience difficulties accessing files. Whether it’s because they don’t have the recommended software or they have corrupted the file, not being able to open an important document can result in complications within your business. If this happens, the best options it to contact someone who knows how to regain access to files or to search online for the best possible solutions. Whilst you may find tools that claim they can change corrupted files, be careful of what you’re downloading.

– Slow Computers And Software

Finally, the most common issue people will face is a slow computer or slow software on their computer. Whilst this is often due to the quality of the computer, maintenance also plays a big part. Keeping on top of the filing systems and the programmes on your computer is the best way to ensure everything runs as it should. Keep things clutter-free and your computer will run as smoothly as it did when you first bought it.

Are you facing a lot of IT issues as a small business? What can you do to help prevent them? Let me know in the comments section below.

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What’s Stopping Robots From Taking Over The World? (Hint: Not Much)

It’s been a dream of humanity to develop a legion of mechanical slaves to do their bidding for generations. And to a large extent, that’s what we’ve done. The reason only about 2 percent of people work on farms is that machines do the work of the other 98 percent, burning vast amounts of energy in the process.

But when we talk about robots, we have something different in mind to combine harvesters. We’re talking about things that look and move like use: general purpose devices that will do our bidding, whatever that happens to be. A combine harvester might be great at scooping up corn, but it’s probably not all that great at making you a salad.

In this article, we’re going to look at some of the things that are stopping robots from being our personal assistants and when we can expect technological breakthroughs to make it possible.

Servos

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You can think of servos as the equivalent of robot muscles. They’re little motors in robot joints that translate rotational energy into linear movement. The problem is that, compared to biology, they’re poor. Although they have a lot of strength, they use a lot of energy and don’t have the finesse or ability to spin up and down quickly enough to provide robots with real-world balance.

Improvements in software and panel design, however, is changing the status quo. Servos will likely never be as good as muscle tissue, but as companies like Boston Dynamics are making increasingly clear, they are improving. Servos have now advanced to the point where they can provide stabilization for bi-pedal robots, something that looked hopeless just a few years ago.

Brains

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Google has a room at an undisclosed facility where it is testing robot arms. All of the arms are lined up in a row, attempting to grab objects in boxes in front of them in slightly different ways. Most of the time they fail, but when they succeed, they update smart software which integrates how the arm did it into its software so that it knows what to do next time.

There are, naturally, a lot of failed attempts. But every so often, one of the arms succeeds in picking up one of the irregularly shaped objects and depositing it into a nearby container. When this happens, the instructions that led to that success are shared with all of the other robots, improving their picking ability.

Google will be the first to admit that the technology has a long way to go. But in under a decade, we’re like to see robots like this on production lines and in fulfillment centers picking things up and depositing them elsewhere, so human workers don’t have to.

Pliable Materials

The trick to life-like robots is to create artificial muscles that behave like their natural counterparts. Researchers have already built synthetic muscle in the lab which contracts when an electrical current is passed through it. Once this technology matures, it will help some robots more naturally mimic the movements of people – movements that we’ve evolved to inhabit planet Earth.

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How Does Google Know Where You Are?

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Over the last couple of years, the services which companies like Google offer for free have started to outpace their premium alternatives. With these businesses relying on advertising revenue, rather than sales, they have the scope to make far more money than traditional methods would allow, and this gives them the chance to improve their services. As a big part of this, Google has spent a long time developing systems which can tell you when roads, stores, and other areas are busy, all using real-time user data. How exactly does Google know where people are, though?

This all starts with the smartphone you carry around with you each day. Most people are aware that Google owns Android, and this means that all of the basic services which come with this operating system are provided by Google. With your phone on all the time, they have access a lot of information about your daily life, and they can use this to warn other users when there are too many people in one place. Of course, Google is also responsible for creating maps services for iOS devices. While the apps aren’t quite the same, they give Google access to similar data, and this gives them even more power.

It’s fair to assume that having GPS turned off on your phone would stop you from broadcasting your location to Google. In reality, though, the GPS antenna isn’t the only part of your phone which can figure out where it is. Along with this, using a range of cell signals from different towers, businesses are able to get a rough approximation of your location without it ever being broadcast. This sort of technology is great for loads of different situations, ranging from making your device use less battery to being able to find people who are lost but don’t have GPS turned on. Of course, though, this doesn’t stop people from finding it creepy.

There are very strict rules around the world which prevent businesses from collecting and sharing data which you consider to be private or secret. Of course, though, there are easy ways to get around this, with taking advantage of in-built privacy options being the most common approach which companies will take. In most countries, tech companies don’t have to explicitly ask for this sort of data, instead being allowed to give you the option not to send it to them. This makes it nice and easy to turn off your location sharing if you don’t like having it on, but leaves millions of people unaware that they are giving this information away.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling more confident about the uncanny ability companies like Google have to know where you are. Thankfully, this information will never cross a human’s eyes, and this means that people aren’t going to be able to find you without your permission. Of course, though, it’s still worth doing your own research and keeping an eye on this area, as a lot of businesses change their tactics all the time.

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