Efficiency in the workplace is of the utmost importance. Not only does it boost profits, but it can also help enhance customer retention among other things. The following are a few tips that could help budding business owners improve their efficiency in diverse ways.
One major reason a company does not run as efficiently as possible is because of unnecessary costs. These issues can be hidden, and it is your job to seek out this unnecessary waste. One easy way to do this is to follow your production or services from beginning to end. See if any steps take longer than they should, and try to revamp that step to improve efficiency.
A benefit of living in this day and age is that technology is becoming increasingly available to all businesses. There used to be a time when only businesses with enough capital could invest in helpful software, but this is no longer the case. You can acquire big data software to help you analyze your employee’s productivity and your product or service productivity. Big data can highlight weaknesses and offer suggestions that could turn the tide.
You probably have staff that is committed to your goals, which means that some of these employees are willing to improve for the sake of your business. What you want to do is capitalize on the fact that these employees want to improve their positions at your company. Consider sponsoring or suggesting that your employees increase their knowledge by getting their agile certification from places like scrum-on.com.au. These classes help employees improve their ability to manage and improve productivity, which is ultimately what you want.
Another area you need to improve is your inventory. You can try to track your inventory by hand, or use big data information to do it for you if you choose to purchase such software. What you want to find out is how you can decrease your inventory by reducing orders for items that do not sell often, and increase orders for items that always sell. This is a good way to decrease your spending, and it also improves your relationship with customers since they will begin to trust that your company will always have items in stock.
Work with Others
Another good idea is to hire additional help that could improve efficiency. Think of hiring HR personnel who could help improve things around your company. One of the most important tasks an HR professional has is the ability to scope out talent. This person will help place each employee in the best position to improve your company. This person will also try to find the right employee by creating a criteria of personality traits that would work well with your company.
These are just some of the steps that you can take to try to improve efficiency in your company. Of course, you can always do more. The point is to start, and take your first step because it is better than sitting idle.…
We read everywhere about the explosion of technology in the world of the Internet-of-Things. This is a world that is driven by consumer demand. From their pet food dispenser to their armband sports radio, people want every kind of device that they use in their daily lives to be connected to the Internet. This is only possible if there is a miniature computer-like device embedded into the object that is able to exchange information with a mobile or Internet server via a Wi-Fi connection.
The Background on CPUS
We decided to dig a little deeper because we want to discover how this became possible. How can manufacturers fit tiny computer-like devices into objects? It goes back to the history of the central processing unit, or the brain of a computer. According to Britannica.com, this is possible when you develop a microprocessor (which is defined as a tiny electronic device that will have the control circuitry and the capability to process arithmetic and logic, much like a regular computer’s CPU). This type of device will have to receive and interpret instructions and accommodate arithmetic operations in order to carry out a computer program. The programs that a simple microprocessor can process is determined by the operating system that the manufacturer has loaded into it.
History Repeats Itself
When you think back to the 1990s, the idea of putting microprocessors into everyday objects like toys is not new. Kids used to play with small handheld devices that resembled computers. Really, when we were that age, we were just typing information onto a screen and then the microprocessor could process that information. It only had a few programs to run. Take the example of the Texas Instruments Speak&Spell. It had a rectangular shape, an easy-to-carry handle, a small screen, and a large, soft push-pad keyboard. Compared to the microprocessors that we use today in every device, like our smartphones, the CPU in that toy was limited. It didn’t take a lot of memory to process the simple programs that were required for a child user to play simple word games like Hangman, word scrambles, and practice spelling tests.
Times Have Changed
It’s easy to jump forward into time and picture a young child trying to use a smartphone. What the child may not realize is that the embedded computing solutions behind the smartphone that power the “apps” are much more complex than the Speak&Spell. To the young child, the experience is similar. You press a button (perhaps on a touch screen) for the application that you want, you interact with what you see on the screen, and then you get a result. What we like about the current stage of IoT devices is that people can do more. They can exchange their information using a handheld device with a built-in microprocessor through a wireless connection and get real-time results back in an instant. Instead of just playing on a GameBoy like we did when we were kids, small children can use a toy with a microprocessor and WiFi connection to video chat with their relatives in South Korea (or whatever they wish to do with that mobile link).
What is carcinogenesis? How does it impact you? What treatment options are available? We enlisted the help of Cancer Treatment Mexico (https://www.cancertreatmentmexico.com/) to help you understand carcinogenesis.
Carcinogenesis is the act of forming a cancer. Carcinogens cause mutations in our DNA which can lead to cancer. Therefore, chemicals that cause cancer are called carcinogens. Studies estimate that 2/3 of all cancers are caused by environmental carcinogens that could be eliminated. These carcinogens include tobacco, various chemicals, viruses, dietary factors, radiation sources and sunlight.
How do carcinogens work? Chemical carcinogens, whether they are natural or man-made, cause injuries to the cell in the same basic manner. A carcinogen (radiation, pesticide, tobacco smoke, etc…) enters the tissue of an individual. Once a carcinogen enters the body, it is broken down into an unstable molecule. These chemically unstable molecules are called free radicals.
These free radicals may directly interact with cellular material, like DNA. Free radicals can take nicks out of DNA and alter it. If the free radicals do interact with DNA and nick it, the DNA may become altered. This is how mistakes (or mutations) to our DNA may result.
If you remember our discussion of DNA and cancer, it is the alterations in DNA that may eventually lead to cancer. Sometimes the free radicals interact with other areas of a cell, but the greatest impact can occur when a specific piece of DNA is damaged.
Just imagine, every time we are exposed to a carcinogen, these free radicals form and bump into structures within a cell causing all sorts of damage. It is a miracle our bodies are able to prevent cancers as often as they do since we are exposed to so many carcinogens in our daily lives!
Much of our exposure to carcinogens is from natural sources. For example, the sunlight we are exposed to every day is carcinogenic. The cells within our bodies have developed incredible mechanisms to compensate for carcinogens, but there is a limit to the amount of exposure they can take. If an individual is exposed to too many carcinogens, their body can become “overloaded with free radicals”. In these instances, inevitably, something will wind up damaged.
This section on carcinogens does not intend to point out everything that is thought to be carcinogenic, just some of the things you should be aware of. In some of our other articles, we focus on radiation and some of the earth’s natural substances. In addition we will cover the man-made cancer causing agents that are polluting our food, water, and probably even the places we live and work in. It is a rising concern and pressure from everyday citizens that will keep the problems from getting worse.…
How to Overcome Low Lighting on CCTV Camera
If you ask CCTV shopkeepers, security system integrator or even users to identify the most significant variables in influencing the capabilities of CCTV cameras that deliver high-quality images, there is a good chance that the lighting will be at the top. Traditionally, according to the laws of low-light physics on CCTV cameras is a challenge that must be faced on all camera products. Each pixel that shapes the image captures the available light in that specific area. The combination of light captured by all pixels determines the video quality in a given lighting situation. If there is no light or low lighting conditions then generally the results of captured video will be low quality does not even appear at all.
To face this challenge IP camera manufacturers have been working hard to produce products that continue to work even in low light. The lighting challenges are usually handled using software-based technology designed to maximize either available light or by enabling the light to enable the camera to capture high-quality video images even in low light situations.
Generally low light conditions can be overcome by using a number of technologies such as cameras with advanced day / night features, or by incorporating a number of new imaging technologies to work better. That’s why today many low-light imaging devices are more innovative and effective by applying advanced algorithms to change the properties of video signals in order to increase the intensity of available light.
Probably the best known is the H.264 compression algorithm that has become the industry standard for reducing file size for bandwidth and more efficient storage. H.264 and H.265 compression will allow the camera to send video only when there is movement in the frame. But in low light, video can be blurred or contain noise that can cause a much larger video stream. By combining with Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) technology and / or video analysis, the video quality can increase while the file size is also reduced.
But this solution solves only part of the problem. Lighting in contrast to lighting in a single field of view such as a moving car lamp in a dark parking lot will present a different set of challenges. The conventional camera will usually balance the overall lighting in a scene thereby providing a low quality image. On the other hand, WDR (wide dynamic range) technology is designed to address this particular problem by processing light and dim light sources separately in a scene to deliver high quality images. This is a pretty good solution, but there is still one problem that is the ability to clearly capture clean images at great distances and capture moving objects.
From the Low to No Light
H.264, H.265 and WDR compression are the most common DSP-based technologies used to provide quality video in low light environments. But the condition of “low light” and “no light at all” is a completely different concept. The ability to capture images in areas where there is no light usually requires hardware-based solutions such as adding lighting from conventional lighting sources, using cameras with IR illuminators, using camera thermal, or a combination of some of these technologies. Each approach has its own drawbacks such as high cost, limited coverage capability and / or reduced performance.
One example is thermal imaging. Since the thermal camera is more dependent on temperature than visible light, it is able to “see” in every challenging lighting conditions – bright light, low light and pitch black conditions. Generally they are not affected by weather and other elements that can challenge the capabilities of traditional CCTV cameras. When infrastructure supervision or area protection is the ultimate goal then a thermal camera solution will deliver excellent results. But this type of camera is usually not ideal for general security surveillance applications.
Thermal imaging seems to be an attractive option for outdoor surveillance, but the high cost makes it unrealistic for many end users. The price of thermal cameras has indeed gone down recently but they are still beyond the reach of many people. Some manufacturers have introduced cheap and economical models, but usually entry-level cameras do not have features and functions like their more expensive counterparts – making them unsuitable for a number of vital applications.
Another technology commonly used to overcome lighting challenges is to use infrared illumination (IR). Usually this is by adding an external IR source that illuminates the area thus enabling the infrared CCTV camera with IR cut filter for viewing in low light or total darkness. This can be an effective solution, but limited distance and the need to provide power to enhancements can be a new challenge. In addition, if the camera is not equipped with IR lenses, then the performance and …