When it comes to national security, our government spends millions on keeping us safe every year. Innovators work around the clock to develop systems and technologies that stop our enemies from progressing. Today, we’re going to take a look at three of the most useful advancements during the last few years. We’ve also included an infographic at the bottom of this page that provides more information.
Global surveillance system
The global surveillance system has been in place for many years. It was designed to keep a watchful eye on the Soviet Union. However, since its collapse, the tech is used to monitor suspicious communications all around the world.
Geospatial science technology
Geographic data tech helps to keep us safe from harm every single day. Since the events of 9/11, it has contributed towards stopping hundreds of terrorist attacks. You can learn more by taking a look at the infographic below. It offers some excellent information.
Drones and UAVs
Since the war in Afghanistan and Iraq began, military experts have used drones and UAVs for a variety of different tasks. However, our government uses them at home to spot any issues before they arise. They help to monitor communications and keep a watchful eye over us from the sky.
Without the technologies mentioned on this page, the world could turn into a much more dangerous place. Thankfully, we have experts working hard every single day to come up with the next advancement. So, we should stay ahead of our enemies as we have always done before.
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How Cutting Edge Technology Is Giving Us Safer Lives
The unstoppable march of technology into a pillar of our society has unleashed a lot of forces, both positive and negative, and created many problems that are well documented – the impact of social media on mental health, the evolution in the way we process information, and the instant access culture being a few notable examples. A raft of reactionary cultural movements has also been spawned – mindfulness, minimalism and social protest among them. The more negative of these aspects tend to be what gains the most press, as a spiral of sensationalist, click-bait headlines compete for our fractured attention, so the echo chamber about the unsavoury effects of technology amplifies. However, there can be little doubt that a lot of the technological leaps currently being made are of huge benefit for our safety, health and wellbeing, Each month brings breakthroughs and positive developments driven by the power and speed of technological development. Here are just some of the headline advances making the world a safer place:
York University hit the headlines recently for the development of robots that can assist at volatile crime scenes, most especially those that are hazardous to human workers such as those with chemicals or biological weapons. A range of cameras, sensor and gauges provide detailed live data feedback to skilled operators to interpret. They can even construct 3D maps of environments that are hostile to human investigation. The technology will also be of enormous help in disaster relief efforts and may help rescuers to locate casualties with much more accuracy and speed than is currently possible.
There May Be Trouble Ahead
When disaster strikes, it is unexpected by its very nature, a fact which puts relief operations very much on the back foot. But a wave of developments is giving authorities the tools to detect emergencies and disasters before they occur. There are now advances that can accurately predict landslides, as well as technology that can give early warning of forest fires – which are increasing due to global warming and kill over 400,000 globally each year – via reliable, low-cost wireless sensors developed by KUAST in the Middle East which monitor gas emissions and combine a huge range of data on temperature and humidity levels. The more ‘big data’ gathered by these sensors, the more accurately conditions that lead to these disasters can be identified. Emergency response can then be prepared in advance of a disaster happening – and this technology holds developments that could also be applied to the prediction of other, more abstract threats such as crime and illness as well.
Cars That Talk To Each Other
Sentient cars may be a trope that we more usually think of as belonging to comedy movies, but the tech behind getting vehicles to communicate with each other has the potential to save millions of lives each year by preventing road accidents and also taking the sting out of a daily commute by reducing congestion. A vehicle-to-vehicle dialogue exchanging vital data on direction, speed and positioning is fast becoming a reality, due to cutting-edge research in the US. And this prospect isn’t just a faraway dream – Volkswagen has forecast that they will have road-ready ‘talking’ vehicles by next year.
The City That Knows Your Name
Like something out of a sci-fi novel, advanced technologies are being piloted with hopes of making our cities safer too. Singapore may already have one of the lowest crime rates in the world, but that is being further supported by a pilot programme called Safe City being carried out by the government there and technology consultancy Accenture. Video analytics applied to the city’s network of CCTV is being used to identify gang members and wanted criminals, deploying policing resources much more effectively and saving civic cost and disruption in the process. Data generated by movement is used to pick up patterns that alert authorities to a crime being committed. And although some find this use of technology distinctly Orwellian, biometric data such as this is already in use via our chipped passports. This sits alongside the development of a sophisticated audio technology called ShotSpotter that can pinpoint the sounds of gunfire and alert police, giving them a greater chance to catch the suspects in robberies and homicides.
On The Homefront
While many of us may feel ambivalent about our biometric data being used by the state, we may be more sanguine about using it to protect our homes. Existing technology is having a huge impact on home security, with fingerprints and retina scans viable alternatives to mortice locks in giving access to our houses. The Intel Security True Key app can memorise the mathematical proportions of your facial structure and act as enhanced security. Use of an app can now allow you to remotely lock entrances and arm or disable a security system from anywhere in the world, while allowing for house sitters, family members and dog walkers to gain entry. These systems can also remotely monitor and alert you to any unauthorised entry to your home or even your car, meaning that you can stay vigilant and protected at all times.
High Tech Health
As the recent mania for fitness trackers has shown, we’re all keen to use technology to gain insights into our personal health and wellbeing, from scales that analyse our body fat percentage to DNA kits that give custom diet and health advice. A growing number of apps are now focused on our health and wellbeing. ShopWell provides custom dietary advice and helps you build shopping lists and a healthy eating plan, Headspace can proactively manage stress and anxiety, while MySugr helps diabetics to track their glucose levels to support the work of their health professional. Meanwhile, smartphones are also making it easier to access instant medical advice via platforms such as PushDoctor, meaning conditions are more likely to get diagnosed and managed earlier by those with busy lifestyles who never find the time to make it to a doctor’s office. MedAdvisor is a prescription management tool for those on complicated medical regimes. Whatever your health concerns, a raft of tailored support apps are out there – with more being developed all the time.
Technology Trends to Look Out for in Q2, 3 and 4
Q1 of 2018 is now behind us and so far we’ve yet to see any real tech trends developing, however there are some inklings that certain tech trends may well establish themselves more over the coming quarters of 2018.
These trends could be essential for business owners or those working in the digital world, as being aware of these or looking to implement them in your operations could put you ahead of the curve.
Here’s a selection of these trends you may want to look out for:
The Rise of Augmented Reality
Virtual reality headsets were big in the world of gaming last year, but they may well be something we soon see in more shops and stores. VR could be a great way to show consumers the real size and scale of everything from handheld products, to potentially even mock ups of houses in the real estate markets. The knock-on effect of this could also mean we start to see a reduction in the size of shops, as there’s no longer a necessity to house additional stock or goods for demonstrations.
While the days of sentient A.I. are still very much science-fiction, the current artificial intelligence systems we have are still quite impressive. Today we have programs and bots which can provide services or suggestions based on the work you are doing, or online during a shopping experience for instance. This could be a feature we start to see more of within ecommerce.
Effective Online Resources
It’s no secret that a fast and fully-functioning website is essential, otherwise customers can be left frustrated and may well look elsewhere. It’s likely though that the preference amongst consumers will be for websites (on tablets and mobile as well) to become even faster and more useful for them. With this, a business owner may want to get their site assessed by a company like Sogeti who can help suggest ways to improve website performance.
A number of smartphones already have facial recognition as another means of security. So, what’s to stop this becoming a regular feature on other security systems like laptops or even as a way to unlock our homes or vehicles?
To return to a key point, tech trends like the above could be what separates a business from the rest. As such, it could be a smart move to look into these or at least keep up-to-date on recent developments with these suggested trends throughout the week.
If You’re Not Harnessing the Potential of Mobile Apps, Here’s How
For your business to succeed, it needs to be living in the 21st century, and part of that is about harnessing the full power and potential of mobile apps. This is something that can be done in a whole host of different ways. So if your business is currently not using apps in any way whatsoever, you need to change that as soon as possible. It’s not as difficult as you might imagine either; read on to find out more.
Create Your App With Expert Help
First of all, you need to think about how you’re going to create your company’s app. Obviously, this is a highly technical process, even if it is slightly easier than creating your very own website. It’s something that you should approach carefully and with the right expert help because you’ll want to get it right the first time. It should be a collaboration between you and the expert so you can get what you’re looking for.
Use Apps to Get Your Everyday Work Done
There are plenty of fantastic ways in which you can make use of apps created by other people to complete the kinds of tasks that you need to get done each day. This can cover anything from productivity to time tracking and accounting. These days, there’s an app out there for pretty much every workplace task you could think of. Explore the options and see what you can find.
Let People Browse and Buy Easily on Your App
Using apps to sell your products could offer you an entirely new line of revenue. You just need to make sure that the app is designed in a way that makes it possible for customers to easily browse the range of products you’re selling. You can learn more about the process of selling your products via a specially designed app by visiting shopify.com/sell-products-in-your-mobile-app-using-shopify-s-mobile-buy-sdk-and-apple-pay.
Advertise Via Apps
Among the many things that mobile apps can do for your business is advertising. You can use companies like https://www.mopub.com/marketers/overview/ to help you with getting started with advertising via mobile apps. It’s probably not something you should approach alone if you’ve never done it before. However, when it’s done right, it can really help you target young consumers successfully.
Integrate Your App Into Your Overall Marketing Approach
Going forward, you’re going to need to make sure that the app you create for your business is part of a wider ecosystem. It’s all about integrating your app into a wider marketing approach. That way, it will feel more organic and it will become a significant part of everything your company does in terms of marketing.
Apps offer you so many great opportunities as a business owner, so don’t let them pass you by for a second longer. If you’re not making use of them, you are most definitely missing out big time. Take the lessons you’ve learned here and put them into practice as soon as you can.
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