NASA nurtured many innovations, from a portable communications system to an ultrasound machine for telemedicine, that have made the leap from space to Earth.
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The GATR Communication System is a portable, inflatable antenna that enables high-bandwidth satellite communications in remote parts of the world. The system is a product of the NASA Glenn Research Center and the former SRS Technologies, now ManTech International Technologies. GATR stands for ground antenna transmit receive. In 2004, a spinoff called GATR Technologies was formed to license and commercialize the system. It's used by military, intelligence, homeland security and non-government organizations to transmit and receive data, voice and video. The technology has also helped with relief efforts following hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters. Image credit: U.S. Navy
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
. We've got a management crisis right now, and we've also got an engagement crisis. Could the two be linked? Tune in for the next installment of IT Life Radio, Wednesday May 20th at 3PM ET to find out.