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Aerial Imaging in Roof Technology

Damages on the roof or putting up a new one require inspections and estimations. Visual inspections of roofs used to be a dangerous, time-consuming and costly enterprise. This is especially true if you are dealing with high-rise structures such as multiple-storey buildings and cathedrals. Moreover, since the process is done manually, hard to reach places also prove to be a problem since they will prove to be precarious climbs.

 

But thanks to advanced technology, you can now forget about the manual and time-consuming inspection methods that go with roof measuring and/or inspections. You can now do without that tape measure, paper, ladder and scaffoldings. With the aid of aerial imaging, you can also shorten inspection time and spend more time on other important things.

 

Aerial imaging technology has the ability to capture high-resolution images that can report on essential roof specifications like perimeter, drip edge, multiple slope areas, flashing, pitch, total squares and linear measurements among others. With the help of aerial imaging, you can get a quick quote in a matter of two to three hours—imagine the efficiency of that!

 

There are a myriad of benefits of aerial imaging in the roofing industry:

 

  • Less frequent inspections needed
  • More efficient estimates
  • Reduced costs
  • Faster results, usually in just a few hours
  • Safer and less stressful work for contractors
  • Easier monitoring on developments of project

Aerial imaging technology is especially useful to contractors, adjusters, home owners and insurers. Our friends, who handle roof repair in Stratford upon Avon, can testify to this. The technology is not reserved for new homes or buildings only; it can be used to examine damage in existing roofs as well.

Technology Used

One popular technology for roofing is the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAS.  Multicopters are an example of UAS. The multicopter, which in popular lingo is more well-known as a drone, is a type of radio-controlled aircraft that comes in many shapes and sizes. A drone carries high-definition cameras to capture clear images. These images are then translated to other devices such as computers or mobile phones. They, in turn, will help make a visualization of what needs to be done to your roof.

 

Another technology gaining recognition in the roofing industry is satellite imaging. When the US and other countries launched satellites in space in the 1950s, nobody could have imagined how versatile that technology is. Now, satellites are not just pioneers for communications technology, they have also been harnessed for the building industry. Most particularly in roofing, satellites fly over to your project area to capture high-definition images. These images will then be run through computer programs that will then help create a real-time model of the roof.

 

At its simplest, for this to work, internal or external claims adjusters need connectivity to access satellite imaging services freely or with subscription.

 

Inspections, estimations and monitoring—these are three things that aerial imaging technology can provide for your roofing concerns. Not only does this process give you results that are more accurate, you will also save time and money, which means there are no reasons for you to not give it a try.

The Best Cloud Solutions Vendor

It seems that is an ever increasing move to computing in the cloud. Vendors are springing up all over the globe offering a wide variety of solutions to business and home users alike. Everything from online backup solutions to cloud based web hosting solutions. While there are numerous benefits to computing in the cloud and the packages are certainly feature rich; there are other things to consider when choosing a cloud solutions vendor. Things like reliability, server uptime and accessibility are important, but so are ease-of-use and cost. Other important factors include speed and security. Shown below is a bullet list of some of the most sought after features.

· Reliability

· Server Uptime

· Accessibility

· Ease-of-Use

· Cost Effectiveness

· Speed

· Security

Reliability

What do business owners look for in a cloud solutions vendor? Reliability, this is critical. They want to know how reliable is the company they are going to do business with. This can easily be discovered by reading positive and negative online and offline reviews about the company. Business owners want to know if the company is going to be here today and gone tomorrow. Furthermore, how they treat their business customers is also important, as this is a strong indication of how their business will be treated. They also want to know how reliable the server infrastructure is and how dependable is the network over which data will be transmitted. Is the computer equipment up to date? Are the installed software programs able to meet companies sharing and collaboration demands?

Server Uptime

Server uptime is also an important factor. This cloud solutions vendor understands this need and knows that if the server crashes frequently, it will cause numerous problems. Problems like lost productivity and loss of data which ultimately leads to lost revenue. Companies simply won’t put up with this for long. They want a 99.9% uptime guarantee that they will be able to do business as usual.
Accessibility

In today’s mobile world there are a myriad of devices that can access the internet. CEO’s want to know if they can access the cloud remotely; using their portable laptop, tablet and iPad devices while on the go. Cloud solution vendors that offer these features are more likely to gain new customer signups than vendors that don’t.

Ease-of-Use

Ease-of-Use may sound similar to accessibility, but it more accurately describes how simple it is to access the cloud; and once in it should be easy to navigate the system. It should look and feel like just like Windows, Linux or whatever operating system the user is comfortable using. Once a user has logged in there should be a high enough level of transparency in place so the computer user feels like they are sitting in front of their office computer. While users know they are logged in remotely they tend to enjoy this experience more when there is not a long lag time between commands entered and the time the server executes them. The quicker the server responds the higher the transparency illusion will be.

Cost Effectiveness

Companies don’t mind paying more if all of the above criteria are met. But with so many cloud solutions being available, the tendency is to shop around for the best package. Cloud Solution Vendors can capitalize on this by bundling the most sought after services and solutions under one package and offering that package for a price that is hard to pass up.

Speed

When business owners start their day they don’t want to be hindered by slow performing cloud solutions. They desire hardware and software solutions that are responsive on any computing device and over both corporate and mobile data transmission networks. Delays in productivity and unmet deadlines are top reasons corporate executives demand fasters cloud solutions from their companies.

Security

Doing business in today’s world is tough enough already, so business owners don’t want to worry about the security offered by their cloud solution vendor. Companies are going up against fierce competition and have no desire to share company secrets with anyone, so strong encryption protocols are absolutely necessary. Data encryption creates a secure transmission tunnel between the client computer and the server. This secure tunnel helps to keep eavesdroppers out and sensitive data where it should be.

Conclusion

Choose a cloud solutions vendor that offers reliable services with a server uptime rating of 99.9%. The solution should be easily accessible from any device the end-user wishes to connect with, including mobile devices. Connecting to and using programs on the server should be an easy task that does not require intense training. The solutions offered by the vendor should be competitive with similar packages offered by other cloud computing companies; otherwise businesses will just shop around until they find what they are looking for. Vendors that offer packages that place high emphasis on security and privacy are more than likely to secure more business.

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New Nintendo DS

Having already won more than 1.4 million players in Japan, the New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL New, are now poised to break into the international market. These new consoles allow you to enjoy all the great Nintendo 3DS titles with unparalleled comfort. Users will appreciate the larger screen and the ability to customize the New Nintendo 3DS in their image with removable shells Peach, Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Pokémon … And to accompany the release of the New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL New, two great games Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

The screen of the New Nintendo 3DS is 20% larger than the Nintendo 2DS, while the screen of the New Nintendo 3DS XL is 90% larger than the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS. This handheld system is set up to be ultra customizable console with interchangeable covers available in a variety of designs.

While the New Nintendo 3DS XL will be available in Metallic Black and Metallic blue, the New Nintendo 3DS will in turn be available in black, white, blue, or red, and thanks to the wide range of shells, there will be 12 more to launch and the future, the possibilities for customization are more numerous than ever.

  • A new analog stick control “C” on the right side which allows better control and better travel
  • Two additional trigger buttons ZL and ZR
  • A more powerful processor that allows launching applications faster and faster data download
  • A more stable 3D facial detection technology: the effect remains even if you move your head or tilt the console
  • NFC technology for use amiibo figurines, as in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
  • Ability to transfer media files without wire between the console and a PC
  • A larger battery

Note that the New Nintendo 3DS also features a beautiful design that will delight those nostalgic for the SNES with buttons A, B, X and Y color.

The launch of the New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL New is accompanied by the launch of two great games. The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D, Zelda the most mystical of the story, the critically acclaimed, returns captivated gamers. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, a real game phenomenon in Japan, no less than two million players chasing hundreds of monsters per day!

But it is also an opportunity to (re) discover some flagship Nintendo 3DS games as Tomodachi Life, Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire Omega Alpha, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Kid Icarus Uprising, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda or Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will now have their case. No doubt the New Nintendo 3DS will make many followers!

Facial Recognition Phone for the Elderly

The older demographic may not have a reputation for being the first to develop new technologies, but the implications of new facial recognition technologies could actually stand to benefit them the most! A design team has recently received an award for the presentation of its landline phone using facial recognition technology. This is a new approach to the use of this feature that undoubtedly convinced the jury of the Red Dot Award, and we must admit that the system is quite well thought out.

Specially designed for seniors who have difficulty dialing phone numbers, Elderly Phone E will be operated through the use of a combined traditional number system and pictures. To contact the desired person, the user will only have to take the phone in hand, leafing through a book specially created with contacts, and point a facial recognition device to the corresponding portrait. The system will then recognize the targeted person, and dial his or her phone number that has been previously stored in the handset. The phone hopes to make the most simple calls and mainly targets people who have difficulty to dial telephone numbers from the keys of the devices.

It’s certainly a novel idea, and it may help those who are open to adopting it, but it seems like there would be quite a bit of set up involved before the system becomes functional. What do you think?

Solar Tech for Tunisia

Tunisia, with its solar potential (naturally a very sunny country), is able to make a great revolution in the production of photovoltaic (energy recovered and converted directly into electricity from sunlight by photovoltaic panels) and thus ensure its energy independence and sustaining some related industries, says international expert, Hassen Mcharek.

In addition, the country has the necessary supply lines (gas, glass, integrators, civil engineering, etc ..) for the installation of photovoltaic panels using silicon-based technology.

This technology simply uses a glass substrate whose operating costs are among the lowest in the world market.

In an interview to TAP, Mr. Mcharek, an expert in renewable energy-solutions and manufacturing of semiconductors and photovoltaic technologies, has argued that to maximize energy projects, we must give priority to projects promoting creation of a real high-value industry “Made in Tunisia”.

The photovoltaic (PV) projects, energy from solar radiation, are easier and faster to implement and at lower costs, enable high-technology transfer with lines of research and associated developments.

The country has already embarked in a mega project of solar energy for export to Europe (under negotiation), in this case the project “TuNur” of producing the electricity using CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) installed in the Tunisian desert.

Now this solar export project with a capacity of 2,000 megawatts, much awaited by European and that would also meet part of the demand in the local market (2000 megawatts), is not the most suitable the needs of Tunisia in matters of employment and technology transfer, in the eyes of the expert.

For him, “CSP technology is not adequate to meet the needs of Tunisia in the creation of lasting jobs with high added value.”

Indeed concentrating solar energy is technically using mirrors reflecting sunlight to a heat transfer fluid that generates steam to turn an electricity generating turbine.

He explained that this essentially mechanical technology does not require highly skilled labor or permanent work. Jobs are certainly numerous during the installation phases, but once the project started a few dozen people enough to operate the facility.

“Moreover no significant technological contribution can contribute to the creation of a local industry is present, or the creation of research and development (R & D) in this type of operation.”

According to the expert, “photovoltaic projects are advantages of going beyond the creation of temporary jobs during the installation and operation of the solar panels and farm concentration of energy for create schedules and manufacturing units to generate high-tech jobs (PhD students, engineers, technicians, etc).

Energy CSP (Concentrate Solar Power) remains, meanwhile, an assembly solution of mechanical elements that can be manufactured locally without, however, add value for Tunisia, says Mcharek.

“This is not the advantage of this occult power (CSP) as a good source of green electricity,” he said, putting yet into question the capacity of power generation projects such “TuNur” very sensitive to the blindness of the mirrors of the deposition of dust and sand especially in the desert.

The operational cost would be very important for this kind of projects as well as water consumption needed for cooling.

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IT Consulting On The Rise

IT Consulting

IT Consulting is certainly an up and coming career field that many young people are feeling drawn toward. With more and more people either changing careers to enter this field or entering educational programs on track for this position, we are on the verge of a surge in popularity. A good IT consultant helps projects thrive by raising awareness to the contribution of new technologies and a prospective analysis of business processes. They assist the project management in determining what sort of technological solutions can be implemented, with a view to better integration into the enterprise information system. Its main tasks and activities: Organizational consulting assistance for project management. The IT consultant assists his or her clients in the implementation and seamless integration of IT solutions. He or she brings a new dimension of media consulting and points out the technical solutions that best meet the needs expressed by the client or company.

The IT consultant can also be the interface between third party companies and the customer. Initially, the role of IT consultant is to detect a client’s needs in terms of problems in information systems. This may be involved with the development of software or software packages, new IT tools in order to optimize the organization and customer information processing. Once they have detected and understood the needs of the client, with a dedicated project team, the consultant begins an analysis phase. He studies what already exists, will be interviewing various technical experts on the subject in order to propose a solution best suited to customer needs. All this research are summarized and presented in a deliverable that the consultant will then support and present to his client.

In order to do this job well, potential consultants must possess very good interpersonal skills, listening skills, and a reasonable oratory ability. Excellent technical knowledge and technical computing, financial and economic knowledge and knowledge on cloud technology solutions will also be a huge benefit. Education wise, engineering schools are the royal road to reach this position. The double major with, for example, a business school or MBA pass, are popular. University courses, they are beginning to be recognized. Schools general engineering, specialized engineering schools (electronics, telecommunications, IT) university courses in computer science. IT Consultants generally find work in environments such as a specialized consultancy, multidisciplinary firms, computer services and engineering companies, or they may even be able to make a living for themselves as freelance workers or contractors.