Reasons to Upgrade Your Healthcare Facility’s Wireless Technology
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, has changed how the world operates. Day to day operations have transitioned into a unfamiliar pace and environment. People started to realize that they could work from home without affecting productivity, individuals began to prioritize health more and many businesses had to change the way they operated and the increase of wireless technology have increased all over the world.
Long term care facilities were negatively affected by not only the virus but the drastic change of pace the world has taken. Due to the unprecedented affects of the virus, visitors were not allowed to enter long term care facilities to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Although this was devastating to many families, the use of video calling through platforms such as Zoom, FaceTime, Messenger, and Teams were popularized and utilized as the only source of contact with loved ones. As the transition occurred to video calling, it became apparent that some facilities and homes network systems could not handle the current form of social communication. This was because people and organizations were late to update their hardware and network systems to adjust to the new normal.
Unfortunately, in Calgary, Alberta, long term care patients were a victim to this. They were unable to remain in contact with their loved ones due to the facility’s significant underestimate of the importance of having a strong WI-FI system. Wireless technology is not only vital for virtual communication, but it also has the ability to improve the efficiency at the workplace. Efficient network systems allow for broader possibilities within a healthcare facilities such as being able to write charts at the patient’s bedside evidently saves time and money. Staff can save a significant amount of time while having to search for patient records such as scans and forms. Portable devices such as smartphones and tablets can reduce the equipment cost as they are cheaper to invest in than a computer. There are more reasons for an adequate network system beyond the pandemic, however, the lack of ability for virtual communication during the pandemic has accelerated a large need for updated network systems.
Utilizing wireless technology allows for patients to have access to their own medical records such as lab results. It allows staff to properly allocate time to the patients who need to be tended to and patients who want to check their results can save a trip to the doctor’s office. Staff do not have to look in various places to access different patient files, it can all be done from one location. WI-FI technology can also track medical equipment such as monitors and wheelchairs, reducing instances of lost equipment. Healthcare facilities that have outdated technology are becoming obsolete. Utilizing cutting edge technology allows others to view your organization as one that embraces innovation, thus presenting yourself as a leader in your industry.
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How Artificial Intelligence has Interrupted Industries
Australian company icetana has revolutionized video surveillance technology
As the technology continues to grow and evolve, the use of artificial intelligence technology is creating unprecedented possibilities for various industries. Many tech companies are capitalizing on the benefits of machine learning technology and are utilizing it to enhance their products and services.
The security industry has found a way to make buildings safer and more productive for it’s occupants by integrating artificial intelligence software into new or existing hardware. This can be exemplified through a company called icetana. The Australian company has been able to revolutionize how video surveillance systems monitor a facility by strengthening and enhancing the ability of the product, making it an increasingly valuable asset to have in a facility. icetana’s technology allows for full autonomy when it comes to surveilling for anomalies. It has the capacity to learn its own surroundings in order to self detect real-time abnormalities. The company has used machine learning technology to eliminate operator’s fatigue and increase the value of video surveillance which illustrates a unique example of how AI has interrupted the security industry.
As seen through icetana, the growing nature of machine learning technology has decreased the need for constant human monitoring, reducing human errors caused by operator’s fatigue, and allowing for the operators attention to be directed to the most important issues at hand. Another solution that has been highlighted by icetana, is AI’s ability to allow for the autonomous learning of its own environment. This can lead to quick detection of real time abnormalities, allowing for an efficient and reactive response.
AI technology is solving issues that were previously not even perceived as industry problems. It has opened the door to more solutions that were not previously in the realm of possibilities, single handily revolutionizing industries capabilities. As a result, AI is taking the security industry by a storm and has created unique solutions to problems that have once been inevitable and unavoidable.
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What does it mean to be a master system integrator? The job title can be synonymous with problem solvers, connectors, collaborators and organizers, however, this particular job entails a very complex version of each. This job facilitates communication but not just any communication, system communication. Master System Integrators have considerable amounts of knowledge within the realm of IT networks, software, systems and necessary protocols. They are the true experts at unifying systems and customizing facility systems.
MSIs have in-depth knowledge of integrated building systems. As buildings become increasingly complex, that expertise is really important.
Optigo Networks, 2021
MSI’s number one goal is to ensure seamless connectivity of all of the systems that are crucial to making a facility function and thrive. They strive to integrate the systems in a way that adds efficiency and organization to a facility, making the occupants lives easier.
Different facilities serve different audiences and therefore, have different needs. For example, a long-term care facility may rely more heavily on communications systems such as nurse call buttons. A football stadium’s priority is the security of the people who watch a game, so they would have to focus more on things like video surveillance to keep everybody safe. The differing nature of these buildings require different systems, this is where Master System Integrators come in. MSI’s are a unique type of technician, their whole job is dependent on having the ability to think outside the box and consider different ways to manage systems. Standardized solutions are not an option when their job requires them to be working with various clients in differing industries. They face many different types of facility requirements that are all made up of a collection of critical systems that require a solution.
To put it simply, MSI’s create solutions, they solve complex puzzles that are fueled by the particular system needs of a facility. They carry the knowledge to approach any project while utilizing the right technology with the right tools in order to rearrange, unify, install, and connect crucial systems within a facility.
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The security industry is an innovative industry that is constantly adapting to the current technology developments of the social environment as well as the responses from the economic climate. Mitigating risk consistently remains a top priority for both individuals and organizations, however, threat is the factor that is constantly changing. For instance, the need for cyber security is increasing as more companies make the transition from working in an office to working remotely. This transition has forced businesses to rely on networks and servers to keep sensitive information confidential, as a result the threat of cyber invasions has significantly increased. Physical security still remains high on the priority list of organizations, however, there is just yet another threat that is a product of the constant changes in society. As a result, innovative security solutions will become a more significant part of any organizational planning post pandemic.
Trends can be a product of organizations starting to think beyond the traditional applications of security systems and towards a system that keeps up with our current technology climate.
Notable Technology Trends
Contactless Access Control
Contactless access control is at the forefront of security innovation. With the help of machine learning technology, access control has been taken to a whole other level. While utilizing machine learning technology, access control systems can now identify authorized individuals facial and body features, allowing access to be completely seamless and subtle. Meticulous Research (2021) states that Covid-19 has created a large need for contactless access control biometric solutions due to people being more cautious about what they touch when it comes to accessing buildings.
Mobile supported security has emerged by making use of smartphones for keys. According to Real Time Networks (2021), there is going to be a noteworthy increase in smartphones and the use of other mobile devices as authentication tokens, making room for an innovative way to use mobile devices. The use of smart phones for access control eliminates the liability and cost from lost keys at the same time as creating an easy way to grant access to authorized individuals by sending them an authentication token.
Cyber security has become an increasing problem since the arrival of the pandemic. In the past year alone, there has been a significant increase in the amount of cyber attacks taking place. According to Forbes (2021), cyber crime is expected to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. RiskIQ revealed that every minute, $2,900,000 is lost to cybercrime. Many of these alarming stats can be attributed to 2020’s rapid transition to remote work, which resulted in many companies scrambling to try and find a way to secure their assets while the company’s operations were fully online.
The emerging trends that come out of the security industry can be an accurate reflection of the changes within society, whether it is the emergence of a new threat, organizations attempt at keeping up with the current technology climate, or society’s reaction to a change in the economic or social environment. Contactless access control allows individuals to be granted access without having to physically touch doors or locks, making it pandemic safe. Mobile supported security is a way to utilize our universal and multipurpose smartphones, making multiple uses out of our increasingly dependable devices. The increase in cyber security can be a reflection of organizations transition to the digital world, making it a relatively new but crucial part of the security industry. In conclusion, it is important to take a closer look at what influences a trends in order to understand the current conditions of the industry.
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