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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Digital fly-by-wire (DFBW) technology dates to the 1960s, when engineers at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center began searching for alternatives to mechanical flight-control. DFBW systems were incorporated into aircraft design soon after. Today, aircraft equipped with DFBW are able to maintain constant speed and altitude over long distances for better fuel efficiency. Other benefits include increased payload, minimum maintenance and greater range, since there are no bulky hydraulics, cables and rods. Image credit: NASA
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?