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Employee Morale: How to Get the Most Out of Your Employees

December 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Summary: Studies show that happy employees will be more efficient with their work.

A productive command center requires a team of specialists that work effectively together. Not only that, but it’s integral that each individual is held accountable for his or her actions. If that means that their productivity is dropping due to them being unhappy, it’s time to make a change. Here are some tips on how to boost morale in the workplace and improve your center’s overall efficiency and productivity.

Provide Incentives and Bonuses

As an owner, the thought of giving money out to your employees might be daunting. As a matter of fact, compensation may be what’s needed to boost the morale of your workers. Now, it’s important to remember that you’re not running a charity and what you’re offering doesn’t have to be a consistent thing. Rather, a small holiday bonus or even a birthday gift card can mean the world to your employee.

Also, if you’re planning to give a raise, bonus, or a gift, it’s important that the employee knows what he or she has done to deserve this. Recognizing the employee for their efforts is a fantastic way to show how valuable he or she is to your company.

Listen to Suggestions

As an employee, nothing’s worse than feeling like you’re a cog in the system. Realistically, you need your employees to perform at their best in order to make money. Be sure to listen to your employees, no matter what gripes they may have. Communication is key in all aspects of life, including the workplace. You’ll want to be open to suggestions. And who know, there could be an idea that you’ve never thought of in the first place.

Blog submitted by Constant Technologies, Inc.: For custom operations center desks and more, contact the experts at ConstantTech.com today.

Using Command Centers to Enhance Your E-Sports Broadcast

July 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Summary: Command center environments can bring the action of your next e-sports tournament to life.

 

Plenty of people tune in to watch sports on regular basis. No matter the sport, be it volleyball, tennis, snowboarding, or sailing, the excitement of watching athletes compete at the highest level of play is one of the aspects that draws viewers in from around the world.

 

Technological advancements have given rise to e-sports, where people compete in video games. As the scene has grown in popularity and funding, so has the potential for production value. Although the e-sports scene is still relatively young, organizations have been able to put rather elaborate productions together to create a more established stage for competition and a more immersive experience for viewers, whether you choose to attend in-person or watch from the comfort of your home couch. Command center workstations can be integrated into these productions to make the overall experience more entertaining.

 

Relevant Stats for Every Game

 

During an e-sports broadcast viewers may feel overwhelmed by all of the action they are witnessing. Command center consoles can be utilized to make it easier for fans to follow along by displaying relevant information. A console could aggregate important data for each player, such as the number of kills, the number of deaths, and the number of damage done. Information that could not be readily available to those watching could be grouped together and displayed in a format that is easy to understand.

 

Total Immersion

 

Using LED video walls, command center environments could make the e-sports experience more immersive for competition attendees. Walls like those provided by Constant Technologies, Inc. could spread across the entire stage to show gameplay or graphics. This level of production can make viewers feel like they are a part of the tournament and can bring the action to the foreground.

Security Control Consoles: How to Optimize Each Station

March 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

During a critical emergency, the personnel that are assigned to the security control center consoles will need to make important decisions. The equipment at their stations, the overall layout, and the infrastructure must work in cohesion to help make important split-second decisions. Now, a well-designed control center isn’t complicated, but it does require some essential areas.

 

The Security Stations

 

The overall design of a security control center begins at the central console, which is a tiered desk that can wrap around the individual taking the lead security visual. The monitors on the console or video wall display news, security footage from cameras, or other visual data that the specialists require to stay informed and on top of everything. Aside from the central console, the center must also have additional computer workstations assigned to each specialists.

 

Purchasing the Right Equipment

 

Remember, you don’t need to invest thousands upon thousands of dollars in order to obtain an optimal command center setup. The computers and monitors for these stations can be bought from your local electronics store or elsewhere and still be able to provide a significant amount of clarity and and accurate visual representation of data. Now, you’ll obviously want to prioritize a more quality setup as cheaper ones may fail at any notice. Be sure that you work with a professional integrator like ConstantTech.com for instance, when installing the setup. An experienced company can have you up and running within minutes.

 

Blog submitted by Constant Technologies, Inc.: For all of your control center consoles needs and custom designs, visit the experts at ConstantTech.com for more information.

Before Google There was Mesopotamia?

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

Most people are familiar with Google’s algorithm, or at least use Google enough to understand how it works. Google uses a number of variables present on a Web page, and others outside of that page, to determine whether the pages you see listed on its results page are relevant to what you are looking for. Someone doesn’t perform a search and serve results for you, this is all done in an automated fashion.

Google’s algorithm completely changed the game of search. Other algorithms, such as Bing, have become advanced and can provide better information in some cases. Yet Google endears as the household name because of its coveted algorithm.

An algorithm is basically a procedure for solving any problem. Most of you might have used algorithms to solve for X, or even to perform basic division. You can think of them as rules you use to achieve a desired result.

With that in mind, it might surprise you to learn that the world’s first algorithms were likely used by people in Mesopotamia more than 8,000 years ago. Babylonian mathematics was likely based on Egyptian ideas, but seem to reflect more advanced ways of thought. For example, Babylonians were solving quadratic equations and dealing with circular measurement long before Pythagoras was ever born.

We know all this thanks to the robust tablets that Babylonians were able to create from hardened clay. They etched their numerical system into tablets, which survived for thousands of years, and passed their knowledge through trade dealings.

Next time you use Google, consider its ancient roots.


About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or LinkedIn page.

Technology revolution with the Universal Remote

July 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We have too many remote control devices lying around the house. One for the TV, another for the VCR, one for the music player, another for the cable, and the list goes on and on. What if we have just one remote control that can turn on and off many devices? This is where Universal Remote comes in handy. It is a device that can operate many consumer electronics made by many different manufacturers. Philips introduced first Universal Remote in May 1985 under the brand, Magnavox. At the time it was introduced as a “very smart” device due to its ability to fit many codes into the tiny device.

Each controller has its own settings to operate an individual unit that it is intended. Universal Remote can incorporate many of these functions into one to make your life bit simpler. It contains necessary codes to operate many of our day to day use electronics equipment. In order to use the Universal Remote for multiple devices you may have to download codes into it. Today you can purchase one from $15 to $500 depending on the number of devices you want to operate with it. Many are so smart that it will download codes from multiple manufacturers for you.

Do you need all that RAM?

May 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

These days’ computers tout more memory to woo customers. How much memory especially random access memory (RAM) do you need?

Today computer systems come in as 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Some suggest 1GB of RAM for 32-bit and 2GB for 64-bit systems. Then why some lower end PCs comes with 4GB of RAM. Mid-sized PCs are even loaded with double that of RAM while the higher end goes as high as 16GB. Memory is not expensive as it used to be.

Many believe having more memory makes the computer run faster. In certain cases it may. But it does not make the processor that executes codes run faster. Virtual memory, a file that sits in the hard drive of the PC acts as temporary storage when the “actual” one is full. For this reason it is also called swap file. Data travel between swap files could slowdown a computer. This is especially true for older computers that came in with 256MB in 1990s and 2000s. But today, Windows and others do not rely on virtual memory due to multiple gigabytes of available RAM. Flash memory technology and SSDs can read while writing. The bottom line is adding memory beyond 4GB may give you diminishing return.

SSD that make your computer work faster

April 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Laptops came in four years ago had a mechanical hard drive. But today many laptops come with solid-state drives (SSDs). They are 300 percent faster than those mechanical hard drives and give the user a thrilling ride for their money. It doesn’t stop there. They boot your laptop faster, wake up from sleep instantaneously and open your applications in a fraction of time it took by mechanical hard drives. Reportedly today’s laptops with SSDs open Microsoft Word and Chrome browser in less than one second. How about that?

Even though SSDs are also called solid-state disk, there are no actual disk or drive motor to spin it. There are no moving mechanical parts in it, major difference from hard disk drives or floppy disk drives. It is an integrated circuit that is used for data storage device that uses electronic interfaces that are compatible with traditional hard drives. This makes SSDs resistant to shocks and run silently. Even though the new technology cost more at the beginning, prices are coming down steadily. NAND-based flash memory SSDs retains data even without power due to separate power source use by some. Hybrid versions are available with SSD and hard disk drives.

What will replace silicon in semiconductors?

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Silicon has been the predominant material in semiconductors and since the industry began using it some 60 years ago, it had a good long run. Silicon is the eight most common element material in the universe. Industries use it with little to no processing. Due to its value as an electric conductivity, silicon and germanium are the two most commonly used element material in semiconductors today. Together they increase the complexity and speed of microprocessors and memory devices.

Technology is changing so rapidly and as a result now there is a new material gaining traction when it comes to semiconductors. It is gallium nitride known as GaN in the technology community. This element material helps to turn on and off things mush faster and can withstand higher voltage than silicon. Semiconductors made of GaN and other compounds appearing in size no larger than a grain of salt can be placed on circuit boards that can make the board smaller, faster, smarter and more power-efficient. GaN is being used in self-driving vehicle prototypes at the moment and soon it will be tested in consumer products and medical equipment. It may not be that long for GaN to be introduced into PCs as well as other mobile devices.

Promoting Web technology in developing countries

February 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Providing content for non-English language users have been a bigger problem for many Internet companies. This problem is more visible in India than any other place in the world. China is taking concrete measures to combat the issue. The number of Internet users in India is expected to grow to more than 500 million users in the near future and more than 300 million of them will be non-English users.

Mozilla that controls the open source browser, Firefox notice the need to create content in other than English. It is using India as a test case and developing software using local languages for Firefox based smartphones. Indian e-commerce giant Snapdeal.com is introducing Hindi and Tamil versions of it. They are two main languages used in India. Indian government is also investing heavily to make broadband available to more Indians and planning to spend more than $18 billion. The government expects to connect more than 250,000 villages to the Internet by 2016. Even with the government support it will be up to the private companies to make the Web available in local languages. It will not only benefit them but also helps to strengthens Web technology all throughout the vast and diverse India.

Apple Watch, a technological marvel

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether it is a watch or a digital peripheral, the much anticipated Apple Watch is going to be an amazing technological advancement. The Watch, Watch Sport and the Watch Edition are due to hit the market in April 2015. It will be a timekeeper, provide a new way to connect, help with your health and fitness, and perform many other functions while providing more services. Introduced to the world at the Apple’s fall 2014 event at the Cupertino, California the watch is expected to be priced at $349. The higher end tiers may cost more but not a bad price for all that technology.

It will only work with your iPhone. So it has to stay connected to your iPhone. But it will do some work independently. It comes with a bright color touch screen and a scroll down button on the side similar to a regular watch. You can also speak to it using the built in microphone. It will play your music like an iPod. It will tell you your heart rate and track your fitness program, send and receive messages, make your calls and work as an audio recorder, and will allow connection to apps. You can pay with your Apple Pay and watch Apple TV with it.

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