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 German Aerospace Center and private firm IQ Wireless created FireWatch, a terrestrial detection tool that employs high-resolution optical sensors on towers or masts to monitor forests for fires. The system, which consists of a network of rotating high-res cameras, can detect fires in any weather and at any time of day, and uses image processing software to analyze the motion, structure and brightness of smoke. It then alerts monitoring personnel, who receive images and coordinates that are passed on to emergency responders. FireWatch protects more than seven million acres of forests around the world. The technology was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2012. Image credit: DLR
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
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?
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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