Egencia’s Global Technology Innovation Knows No Boundaries
Ive also been known to sleep with my laptop. We all know many people and you very well might be one of them who are married to their gadgets, whether its their smart phone, iPad, laptop or some other tech toy. All this accessibility and portability, while convenient and entertaining, has its downsides. Its created unrealistic expectations on the job (respond to email at 9 p.m.? OK, boss!), and can hurt relationships, according to psychologist and coach Dana Gionta , Ph.D. At her practice, shes seen how technology can compromise ones connection with loved ones. For instance, after work, some of her clients head straight to their computers. Instead of spending that time with loved ones, they inadvertently isolate and separate themselves, she said. Similarly, they may be physically present but not mentally or emotionally engaged. While theyre sitting at the dinner table, they still might be glued to their gadgets, everyones voices a mere hum in their head while theyre dialed in.
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5 Ways Healthcare Marketers Can Succeed in Today’s Technology Driven World
The sensors activate either audio commands that handlers can hear in their earpiece or visual commands that appear on a head-mounted display. Finnish start-up Uniqil announced a new technology last week that enables customers to buy products by using face recognition. All the customers have to do is present their face to a camera in a store that uses their device, and the transaction is processed. The idea of objects we use benefiting us has the ability to take the power of technology beyond the individual to the larger community. For example, adidas Nitrocharge Power Pitch harnessed the in-game energy to generate the energy for the pitch-side lighting. And Soccket by Uncharted Play is a regulation-size soccer ball that converts kicks and headers into off-the-grid power. With it, two hours of play produces enough wattage to light an LED for at least a night. Its clear this is only the beginning. In the future, it seems likely we will have devices that second-guess us or make intelligent connections for us. It is not far-fetched to imagine that such technology is going to help marketers to microtarget even more. The next logical extension is to leverage things we already take for granted, such as Amazon recommendations, and send them to our devices to help make purchase decisions based on our preferences.
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Meg McCarthy’s Climb From CIO to EVP of Operations and Technology at Aetna
imported crude oil and petroleum products at a rate of 11.8 million barrels per day. With a growing conversation around the importance of harnessing more oil domestically, Powerwave is uniquely positioned to help achieve greater energy self-sufficiency for producers across the U.S. Powerwave is very effective in optimizing waterfloods, miscible CO floods, or chemically-aided floods in all types of reservoirs and could potentially add billions of barrels of oil to the worlds recoverable reserves, said Wavefront President and CEO Brett Davidson. One of Powerwaves key strengths is its multiple tool designs, allowing it to facilitate operations across a variety of reservoir conditions. The Powerwave pulse tools can be used literally out of the box with existing well infrastructure. Powerful bursts of fluid force the fluid to travel outside normal flow patterns thereby contacting and mobilizing more oil in place. Wavefronts engineers customize the Powerwave tool to match the conditions of each individual application. The equipment can be deployed to operate electronically, mechanically or a combination of both depending on the reservoir conditions to unlock oil trapped in underground crevices. Seismic activity inspired research Wavefronts Davidson and Chief Scientist, Dr. Tim Spanos, found inspiration for Powerwave through their teams original research on oil production following earthquakes. The fact that oil production rates spike following earthquakes has been well-known for many years, but the reasons why this occurred were not well understood, says Davidson.
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Hands-on with Redux’s haptic and embedded audio technology
This creates a small attractive forceCoulombs’ forceto the finger skin that can be modulated to deliver different textures, something that Redux’s technology can’t do. Redux, however, would argue that electrostatic haptic technologyalso being tested by Nokia focuses too much on textures and lacks the pressure sensing and audio capabilities that its technology offers. “We see that the major focus of this technology is on textures rather than features like button clicks, whereas we have primarily focused on creating crisp and meaningful button and key-press sensations, having identified with the productivity enhancement desires of OEMs,” Lewis told Wired.co.uk. Being able to detect pressure means that users can press double letters in quick succession without taking one’s finger off the screenyou will feel the double indentation and know you’ve typed correctly. Similarly it allows you to turn up the volume in small increments without completely removing your finger from the surface. Redux is aiming for a wide range of applications for its technology but is particularly focused on smartphones, tablets, and car dashboards. Car companies are interested in haptics (Cadillac is already experimenting with the technology) because it can reduce weight and requires fewer components. Lewis says they are working with two automotive companies, one computer company, and a mobile company doing “proof of concept work and developing working prototypes.” This glass screen, held by Redux CEO James Lewis, becomes a speaker Olivia Solon/Wired UK “We note that other haptic technology companies are looking forward to future ‘emotive’ applications, but at Redux we are concentrating on delivering the most lifelike response that matches our instilled expectation of how switches, buttons, sliders, and scroll wheels work. This is an essential accomplishment if we are to enable improved user experience with apps and programs on phones and tablets and enable driver safety enhancement in vehicles,” Lewis says. The fact that the same actuators can be used to deliver audio is an advantage, since mobile phones already have moving coiled transducers for the speaker and microphone. These could, theoretically, be replaced by Redux’s own actuators to provide haptic feedback and audio.
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Fluid pulse technology helps maximize recovery rates in tight oil plays
A Gold Level NI Alliance Partner, Wineman Technology is featured in the Alliance Day keynote, the Graphical System Design Achievement Awards, technical presentations, and on the expo floor throughout the week. Presenting in the Alliance Day Keynote NI featured Wineman Technology in this morning’s Alliance Day keynote presentation, where the company discussed its test expertise and showcased INERTIA, a software add-on for NI VeriStand that provides an integrated control solution for test cell applications. NI VeriStand is a software environment for creating real-time testing applications more efficiently, and by using NI VeriStand with INERTIA, control engineers can easily create and execute real-time control applications including dynamometer and servo-hydraulic test systems. In addition, Wineman encouraged Alliance Partners with stories of the success possible by taking advantage of the LabVIEW Tools Network. Accepting the Honor of Finalist in the Graphical System Design Achievement Awards In addition, NI named Wineman Technology a finalist in the Graphical System Design Achievement Awards, an annual technical application paper contest that recognizes the most innovative customer applications based on NI products. Wineman Technology’s application paper, Ford Deploys Fuel Cell Test System Using NI VeriStand and the INERTIA Add-On, is among several category finalists. Sharing Information on Automotive, Aerospace, and Test Cell Expertise in Technical Presentations Wineman Technology will host three technical presentations at NIWeek, including: Using Full-Vehicle Components Simulation For Control System Development (Aug. 6): Helping engineers explore the advantages of model-based design and hardware-in-the-loop testing through real applications. In this session, Wineman Technology partners with global private technology research center, Tecnalia, and customer EDAG USA to show both research and applications.
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Wineman Technology Selected to Showcase INERTIA Software Platform at NIWeek 2013
Over the past several years, Aetna has made a few key acquisitions in this space. Medicity is the largest provider of health information exchange technology in the country. Aetnas iTriage application provides consumers with fingertip access to the latest technology and medical information by allowing users to research their symptoms, find a medical provider that best serves their personal needs, and book an appointment all from their smartphone. iTriage is approaching 10 million downloads already. ActiveHealths integrated population health management solutions are designed to help customers improve health outcomes and lower medical costs, through data analytics, evidence-based clinical decision support and targeted health and wellness programs. Our technology stack, under the Healthagen brand, supports our Accountable Care Solutions strategy by bringing together our integrated suite of payer-neutral solutions and technologies that are designed to improve care quality, control health care costs and enable consumers to better participate with their health care professionals in making choices about their health and their care. Aetna CarePass features more than 20 market-leading consumer app partners, and enables consumers, with a single secure sign-on, to share information across some of the most popular health and fitness apps, and create a personalized health experience. CarePass also now offers a developer portal, featuring 11 API (application programming interface) partners, that includes access to unique data and services from both Aetna and third-party partners via APIs. Aetna is creating IT platforms and applications for public and private health exchange offerings that will become available later this year. Were providing new ways to connect doctors with information to help them make evidence-based decisions, through a pilot program from Aetna Innovation Labs. Our pilot makes information about the best clinical practices in cancer care available through Aetnas iNexx data exchange and applications platform.
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Avnet Technology Solutions to Distribute Enterprise-Class Infrastructure as a Service Cloud Solutions from PeakColo in the U.S.
The Avnet Services Cloud Solutions team will also provide Peak partners with solutions sales and technical support throughout their entire sales cycle. Our customers are dealing with increasing demands for IT services and decreasing IT budgets, said Kurt Klein, CEO, Computer Media Technologies (CMT), a technology solutions provider and Avnet partner. Avnets integrated and packaged cloud-ready solutions, such as those powered by PeakColo, represent a forward-thinking approach that we can use to help businesses significantly reduce their capital expenditures. Our customers will be able to free core resources to focus on the business issues that matter most, while cost-effectively accessing the technologies they need, when they need them. Click to tweet : Avnet adds enterprise-level #IaaS cloud provider @PeakColo to Avnet #Cloud Solutions portfolio http://ow.ly/mZCGI For more information about Avnet Cloud Solutions visit: www.avnetcloudready.com . Join the Avnet Cloud Solutions LinkedIn group at: Avnet TS CloudReady . Like Avnet Cloud Solutions on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AvnetCloudReady . Follow Avnet Cloud Solutions on Twitter: @AvnetCloudReady . Follow Avnet Technology Solutions, North America, on Twitter: @AvnetAdvantage and @AvnetTSChannels . All brands and trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks, and are the properties of their respective owners. Avnet disclaims any proprietary interest in marks other than its own.
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Next, comparable hotels in a specific neighborhood are identified and customers determine the weight of each attribute — amenities, business traveler reviews, and price — based on their definition of value. “Our Hotel Value Scoring system allows travel managers and procurement professionals to focus their hotel negotiations in the few markets where they can realize the most savings, and turn to us to augment their existing supply with Egencia’s extensive global hotel selection,” says Vukelich. “This solution helps companies realize additional cost-savings, but more importantly, corporate travelers’ hotel bookings stay in the managed travel environment.” To learn more, interested customers should contact the Egencia Consulting Services team at email@example.com or call 866-328-0110. Egencia TripNavigator iPhone App Optimizes Business Travel Trips Previewed on August 1, Egencia TripNavigator was developed in close collaboration with customers and leverages technology from Expedia’s acquisition of Mobiata. It offers a stunning new user interface, which proactively delivers information based on a traveler’s trip timeline to ensure a smooth and efficient business travel experience. The app also integrates customer service assistance into the user interface with an innovative new feature called Egencia AssistMe. By leveraging the company’s Intelligent Service Platform?, a new initiative aimed at smartly infusing technology into how Egencia delivers customer service, travelers benefit from personalized, contextual support from Egencia Travel Consultants-how they want it, and when they need it. Egencia TripNavigator gives users step-by-step directions during their entire journey. For example, the traveler will receive a prompt to check in for a flight or into a hotel; a reminder to fill up the gas tank before returning a rental car with directions to a nearby gas station; alerts to inform of changes to itineraries, notifications to book a hotel if one has not been reserved, and reminders that flights from 27 airline partners can be exchanged directly from the app with Egencia Mobile Flight Exchange when travel plans change. Egencia TripNavigator for iPhone will be available globally to Egencia’s customers in the fall 2013.
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Smart Diapers And Talking Dogs: Where Wearable Technology Is Leading Us
Again, this is no different for the healthcare space, only perhaps even more important as consumers turn to technology to empower themselves about their health like never before. We see it every day at SoloHealth as marketers turn to innovations like our SoloHealth Station to connect with consumers in a personalized and engaging manner. Consumers today are constantly moving between their online and offline worlds and marketers must connect those dots consistently. Smart healthcare marketers need to understand what these massive changes mean for them and the steps to take to embrace these transformational changes to succeed. Here are five tips: 1) Get Technical: Marketers must understand technology platforms and speak digital to strategically develop and execute successful and consistent customer experiencesacross all touch points. No, you dont have to be an engineer or developer, but you should absolutely stretch your knowledge and begin to understand the science behind the art. Todays marketer needs to be more of a marketing technologist to find success. 2) Embrace Collaboration: The converging worlds of marketing and technology are forcing the CMO to collaborate across the business to find successespecially with the CIO. Reach across the table and learn about your IT team. Align goals and needs. Collaborate across people, processes and technology.
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