Public and managed clouds are now a part of the enterprise IT landscape. What’s new is an increasing recognition that public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have matured to the point that they are ready to handle even business-critical workloads.
These capabilities will have an impact on the security vision of enterprise organizations, and the construction of their IT strategies. How will the IT infrastructure scale and evolve over the next three to five years? How can the best use be made of the capabilities of public and managed clouds, while ensuring that the resulting hybridized infrastructure remains reliable and, above all, safe?
Cybersecurity incidents continue to be a huge concern, with increasing numbers of large organizations suffering the financial, reputational, and sometimes legal consequences. Corporate security must be agile and intelligent enough to fight against current and future threats, and must also have the scalability and the flexibility to adapt and evolve alongside your hybridized cloud environment, incorporating both public and private cloud functionalities.
Researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have developed an Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Mask that integrates an ultrathin nanocomposite sponge structure-based soundwave sensor. The sensor can detect and classify various respiratory sounds (breathing, coughing and speaking) using deep learning, helping to improve personal and public health.
The research is led by Professor Li Wenjung, Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MNE), Professor Wang Jianping, Professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS), and Dr Yu Xinge, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME).
Across the globe, the current sentiment is that the COVID-19 virus is becoming endemic, similar to common cold and flu viruses. However, infectious disease experts have warned that we must not be too optimistic and be realistic about the likely levels of death, disability and illness that may be caused by a “COVID-19” endemic phase. It is important to remember that endemicity does not correspond to harmlessness.
For example, while Malaria was widely recognised in ancient Greece by the 4th century BC it is still considered an endemic disease in almost 90 countries today. Therefore, wearing masks as a common protective measure against the transmission of the coronavirus, or as a fashion accessory with the conventional function of preventing the spread of respiratory infections, such as influenza viruses, could still be very important in densely populated cities for the foreseeable future.
The CityU team’s Smart Mask integrates an ultrathin flexible wide-bandwidth soundwave sensor made of carbon nanotube/polydimethylsiloxane (CNT/PDMS) nanocomposites, which is as thin as 400 µm and enables high sensitivity in both static and dynamic pressure measurement ranges – up to 4000 Hz. This enables the tracking, classifying and recognising of three different types of respiratory activities – breathing, speaking and coughing – as well as speech identification.
In the study, thirty-one human subjects were recruited, from whom respiratory activity was collected while they wore the smart mask. The data were processed and classified using deep-learning methods: namely, a support vector machine and convolutional neural networks. All human subjects had macro recalls above 90% (with a maximum as high as 100%), and the average reached 95.23% for all three types of respiratory sounds, showing stable and robust performance.
Professor Li noted that irregular respiratory activities are key symptoms of respiratory illness and are usually of great importance for diagnosing diseases such as pertussis and asthma. It has already been shown that COVID-19 may lead to notable changes in the voice of infected people. Therefore, the team’s novel IoT Smart Mask enables prolonged and systematic monitoring, screening and diagnosis of several common cough-related diseases.
Currently, researchers use commercial sensors to detect temperature changes and airflow to count the number of coughs, but they cannot capture important physiological information contained in the human voice. The smart mask is sensitive to both subtle air pressure and high-frequency vibrations and can detect three phrases of coughing, Professor Wang explained.
As a potentially low-cost, daily smart wearable device, this new IoT Smart Mask will help personal and public health management of respiratory disease screening, especially for cities with dense populations, such as Hong Kong, according to Dr Yu.
The research is led by the CityU team but with important contributions from Professor Shen Jiangang’s team from the School of Chinese Medicine of The University of Hong Kong.
In the new normal, people are no longer merely transacting but looking for a better, smoother, consistent, constant experience. With the vast array of options, retaining a client or keeping a citizen happy is increasingly dependent on the experience; the quality of their overall interaction.
Strong data governance practices and technologies enable organisations to collect, use, share and protect data conscientiously and intentionally, limiting potential risks and bolstering trust. The Adobe Experience Platform ensures that data, content and insights are accessible to experience-delivery systems to act upon in real-time, producing captivating interactions at all times.
It ensures that data, content and insights are accessible to experience-delivery systems to act upon in real-time, producing captivating interactions at all times. The platform’s governance capabilities provide a structure that controls and regulates data, as organisations endeavour to produce the ideal experiences through its open and extensible platform.
Read more if you are looking to have a powerful, proactive engagement with your clients and gain and maintain their trust.
Public sector leaders across the citizen service gamut – be it healthcare, education, human resources or finance – have a mandate to effectively deliver services irrespective of the environment.
Good citizen experience is one of the most essential components of an effective government. This means people need to know what is available and easily avail what they need. Irrespective of where people access the government, they should be able to navigate to where they need to be and get what they need to get.
Unfortunately, it is still a far cry from the seamless, personalised engagements that citizens have and expect from the private sector. While many governments are prioritising improvement in the way they engage with their customers, bureaucratic processes and outdated policies can often stymie good intentions. Getting information or accessing services from government agencies online continues to be a tedious process and often remains a frustrating experience in most countries.
A simplified, unified, cohesive experience across all departments and agencies is what whole-of-government is. And for the most part, efficiencies are being brought in through digital transformation using cutting edge technologies. However, in a usually siloed environment, this is no simple ask. Despite the availability and preponderance of platforms and solutions, and indeed, perhaps because of it, digital executives struggle to determine the best way forward.
To help decide their ideal strategy, Adobe’s No-wrong-door offers a unique approach that leverages the power of the Adobe Experience Cloud to provide a smooth, efficient experience for citizens to navigate to where they need to be, irrespective of the ‘door’ they enter.
Want to learn more? Read Adobe’s No-wrong-door.
The pandemic continues to remain front and centre – be it the public sector, education, healthcare or industry. Yet in this devastation, human creativity has risen to the occasion, bringing forth a period of unprecedented innovation. Which, for the most part, has been in the area of digital technology or that has been enabled by technology.
The onset of COCVID-19 quickly accelerated trends that were already on the horizon. In just one year, digital adoption has happened at five to ten times the projected rate. Lockdown periods, economic uncertainty and loss of predictability have forced customers and businesses online in previously unseen numbers.
This migration has also upset the power balance, with customers now more in control of the relationship and less loyal to brands and products. This paradigm shift has moved to focus on customer experience, an issue that Adobe has been emphasising for years.
When the world returns to some equilibrium, there is no question that the new normal will be digital. To get an idea of what that could like like, To understand what transpired in the preceding year, Adobe has examined the journeys of organisations and senior leaders as they worked through this turbulent period.
Adobe’s 2021 Digital Trends Report is based on the learnings of digital executives garnered from real-life, practical, hard-fought battles during the pandemic.
Want to learn more? Read Adobe’s 2021 Digital Trends Report.
DevOps is what unifies people, processes and technology, allowing organisations to thrive and the bandwidth to rethink, reimagine and reinvent themselves. The capability to share resources and collaborate across networks on a platform that provides infrastructure, services, platforms and applications as needed, when needed and where needed opens up endless possibilities.
A DevOps perspective combined with suitable practices and tools, allows organisations to better work together internally and better respond to customer needs and expectations – achieving goals and mandates faster and more efficiently and delivering better client and citizen experiences.
Red Hat OpenShift is the leading enterprise Kubernetes platform*, built for an open hybrid cloud strategy. Red Hat OpenShift’s full-stack automated operations, consistent experience—across all environments—and self-service provisioning for developers lets teams work together to more efficiently move ideas from development to production.
Red Hat OpenShift is available as a fully managed cloud service on leading public clouds, or as a self-managed software offering for organisations requiring more customisation.
Want to learn more? Read the Red Hat Guide!
The Nio Fusion 12MP (MDNC-12130) display is designed to combine PACS and breast images on one workstation, so you don’t need to work on a cluttered desk with complex configurations and multiple portrait displays. A Nio Fusion 12MP will represent both 2D and 3D images fluidly, brightly and in detail, further helping you to speed up your reading sessions. A set of unique integrated clinical tools improve reading ergonomics and support efficient workflow for static and dynamic imaging.
- Medical grade display
- Excellent uniformity correction
- Perfect representation of calibrated colours and greyscales
Diagnostic versatility at your fingertips:
- Multimodality display for PACS and breast imaging
- 12MP screen resolution and Uniform Luminance Technology
- Accurate and consistent colours and greyscales
- Integrated tools to support workflow and improve ergonomics
- Automated QA and compliance tests
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Barco’s SecureStream is a media streaming solution that makes sharing content from the control room to external stakeholders (and vice versa) easy and secure. An addition to Barco’s TransForm N and CMS control room and collaboration products, SecureStream uses a very intuitive user interface that allows control room operators to drag and drop video or data sources into a channel that can be pushed to field staff or external experts.
From the overview of available sources, control room operators can simply drag and drop content into a SecureStream channel and then provide the needed link to the receivers. The content can be video, data, or even a CMS perspective (a group of content that logically belongs together). The remote end-user can use the web browser of his or her personal mobile device to view the shared content.
Securely share content beyond the control room:
- Extremely easy to use, with CMS integration
- Drag and drop sources into a streaming channel
- Streaming channel available on web browser of any mobile device
- Security at the heart, using both on-premise and cloud technology
- Securely stream back into the control room
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