Website Design as a Career

As many businesses now supply products and information via their Web sites, Web
design has become a very hot area of IT. And very few people have all the
skills to meet the demand, particularly for those businesses moving into

Sure, a graphic designer with html (hypertext mark-up language), Javascript and
Photoshop skills can create a visually attractive site, but there is more to a
successful site than the graphics. The information needs to be structured so
that it is easy to access, without getting lost in the process.

If it is an interactive site, it needs to meet the needs of browsers, searchers
and, sometimes, shoppers. If it doesn’t, the business loses potential revenue.
The solution is usually to call in a Web design consultant. Continue Reading “Website Design as a Career”

The Role of Video Walls in Modern Command Centers


Summary: Video walls provide an effective solution to monitoring critical tasks and data.


Command centers exist to provide an efficient solution to critical infrastructures. The control room supports a team of experts who are constantly monitoring a specially-designed video wall 24/7 in order to record the data coming from their networks to ensure the system’s uptime is maximized. Here are some requirements a control room would have if a monitoring system would be implemented.




The ability to integrate multiple content sources is a crucial factor for command centers. Control rooms and command center staff must monitor data from a wide range of sources – which could be anything from a live camera feed to miniscule dots from a sensor. The staff ideally needs to visualize the picture with ease, speed, and accuracy.




Monitoring critical systems requires a designated system in place that is not going to crash or fail easily. If it does, there needs to be a quick responding failover capacity so a backup system can take over the main system. This is an integral part of a command center that needs to be incorporated during the building stage of the center itself. For instance, say you’re working with Constant Technologies, Inc. and are in the midst of planning out the structure. Be sure that you oversee the project and ensure that there is a designated area where the backup systems can operate and function.



A video wall controller in the past used to incorporate a fixed number of inputs and outputs. As technology advanced, control room now found ways to expand their visualization data. For example, they would add more cameras to a network, add more screens to accommodate a larger number of input sources, etc.

The history and technology behind the soccer ball

A soccer ball is a sphere of leather or similar material filled with air based on the specifications given by FIFA. Here are the basic requirements for an official soccer ball:

The ball must have a circumference of 68-70 cm. The ball must have a dry-weight between 410-450 grams since older balls with weather exposure tend to be slightly heavier. It must be inflated to a pressure of 8-12 psi and made of leather or another suitable material. There are different sizes os soccer ball, with the size 5 being the official standard. Other sizes are for different sports like futsal and handball.

The ball has a very big influence on a game. FIFA specifies everything about a ball except for its aerodynamics. FIFA does not say anything about a ball should travel in the air and how far it should go. The belief is that a different characteristic of a ball will apply to both teams and should not favor one over the other. Different shapes affect how the ball moves, with the latest 14-panel designs favoring outfield players. Some players master the art of kicking the ball with minimal spin, letting the panels on ball affect the air-flow in unpredictable ways, making it impossible for keepers to predict flight.

Most research and development goes into how the shape and materials of the ball. However, the latest design of the Adidas ball includes the latest Goal Line Technology. Built with robust materials and a special magnetic field, you can track the ball and tell exactly when the entire ball crosses the line, making the life of the referee much easier.

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The Costs of Implementing a Command Center

Summary: Adding a command center for any organization can come with a variety of benefits. Here are some of the basics to get you started.

Are you considering adding a command center to your current organization? If so, you’ll have to consider the costs of all the equipment, furniture, and staffing. Needless to say, this may turn out to be quite a significant investment – depending on the type of technology you use and the size of your company.

The Basics

The first thing you’ll want to consider is whether you want to construct a separate command center or convert a large-scaled room within your business for the command center. If you choose either route, you’ll want to have a contractor build it based on your specifications.

For instance, let’s say you go with for your A/V integration, you’ll want to work closely with them to determine how your command center will turn out when it’s all completed. It’s important to work with your preferred contractor and integrator so that everything is exactly where it needs to be when you start staffing your center.

Furnishing Your Center

Before you throw in a couple of desks and chairs and call it a day, you’ll want to ensure that you properly place everything in an organized fashion so each team can work together and be exactly where they need to be when an unknown event or emergency occurs. For instance, let’s say there’s a security breach and your NOC build isn’t set up in a way where everyone can see the video wall, what do you do then? First off, you’ll have your staff scrambling amongst each other and it’ll essentially cause more mayhem and panic, causing the entire process to be a giant mess. Be sure that you coordinate this and plan the entire structure out before you give the “okay” to the contractor that you’ve hire to work on your command center.


Soccer improvements for the modern age

Summary: Soccer is finally rolling out technology for use in assisting referees in games. The two technologies: Goal-line technology (GLT), and Video Assistant Referee (VAR), will go a long way towards improving the referee’s decisions.

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and there is an enormous amount of responsibility on the shoulders of those who referee the game. Unlike other sports, soccer, in particular, has been slow to adopt new technology in the game.

It was the former head of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, who famously said: “In my opinion, as long as I am in charge, I will make sure no technical help will be introduced.” Although he did change his mind, two technologies that he greenlit will soon see mass adoption: GLT and VAR


GLT, short for Goal Line Technology, uses electromagnetic antennas and as many as eight height speed cameras to determine if a ball crosses the line in its entirety. The cameras, capturing video at 550 frames per second, send the images to a computer which then send the determination and evidence to a watch worn by the referee.


VAR is the name for the Video Assistant Referee. If there is a pay on the feel that requires examination, the referees can review the video replay to help them make a decision. Unfortunately, there are limits to what the referee can review:

Goal/no-goal decisions

Penalty/no penalty decisions

Direct red cards (not second yellow cards)

Mistaken identity

It is about time soccer encouraged the widespread adoption of technology, especially those that would ensure that referees arrive at the right decision.

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Power and Cooling in a Server Room

Many companies, especially small businesses, will host their servers and other IT infrastructure in a server room. This space may contain web servers, email servers, and database servers, along with storage devices and various pieces of networking equipment. MovinCool offers this breakdown of the equipment used to power and cool a server room.

In order to ensure that these IT resources remain stable and available, the server room must contain a consistent power supply. Appropriate voltage and outlets should be installed so that all devices can be connected to a grounded power strip, without risk of an electrical fault. In addition, a company be use an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to provide battery power to servers in case of an extended outage. Continue Reading “Power and Cooling in a Server Room”

Understanding Digital Signage in Video Wall Displays

Summary: There are various technical aspects that play a diverse role in today’s video wall designs.

Technology has come extremely far in terms of providing versatile equipment for organizations and companies. One of the focal points, literally and figuratively, is video walls. These visual wonders are can be built in nearly any size or configuration that you can imagine.

The Intriguing Designs of Video Walls

Most video wall designs are built around a rectangular structure and comprised of LCD or LED screens. However, a growing number of uniquely-shaped video walls are now emerging in all types of command centers. Beyond these screens, each project will require a video wall processor, which functions by directing the content to the right screens at the appropriate time to display a variety of images and videos.

Video wall processors are available at a variety of different price points, all with versatile feature sets. It’s important that when you purchase a video wall to complement your command center desks that you opt for a processor that can handle a wide variety of screens in each installation.

Bezel Width

One of the biggest considerations with video walls these days is bezel width, which in layman’s terms means the width of each display frame. Most modern video wall displays have narrow bezels, which create a smaller gap between the areas of display. This results in a more fluid and seamless video wall display. Furthermore, the content for these video walls is much different than that of smaller-scale digital signage. It’s important that you take the large scale into account when designing video, text and audio.

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Why Digital Wallets Are the Future of Payment

Summary: The rise of digital wallets has provided consumers with a trusted alternate payment method. 

Since their birth, digital wallets have exponentially worked there way into becoming a global trend, as well as one of the most convenient ways to pay for goods or services.

What are Digital Wallets?

First of all, if you’re unfamiliar with digital wallets, they are essentially software-engineered platforms that assist in the transfer of money from one account to another – usually vendor or a retailer. They are typically used to pay for goods or services from anywhere in the world and allow for much more flexibility than traditional payment methods. And, with the rise of smartphone usage, expect there to be a substantial rise in digital wallets over wireless credit card processing methods in the future.

High-Tech Security Measures – Slow to Develop or Quick to Act?

With the implementation of microchips on credit cards and debit cards, high-tech security measures are being adopted to prevent thieves and criminals from stealing personal information. However, they also take a notable amount of time for the transaction to complete due to this security wall. This slowdown effectively hurts businesses and consumers in the long run, which is why companies like and other merchant account providers are becoming more favorable for retailers.

Digital wallets on the other hand, utilize Near Field Communication (NFC), which transfers data using a wireless protocol. Additionally, smartphones are now capable of storing passwords via fingerprint, making the transaction run much smoother and quicker – without compromising security.

Owning a digital wallet comes with a plethora of benefits. For one, you can link the digital wallet to other bank accounts to provide you with a wide array of payment options without having to use a checkbook. You can also designate this as your primary payment method if you prefer.

When it comes to financial technology, digital wallets have taken a giant leap towards becoming the preferred payment method of the future. And, it’s only a matter of time before they start replacing other methods due to their enhanced security, encryption and smartphone capability, and versatility.

Why Aircraft Equipment Calibration is Crucial

Summary: Calibrating your maintenance equipment is a critical process that minimizes accuracy flaws. 

In order to ensure that all aircraft maintenance equipment that you own runs efficiently, and safely, it’s essential that you and your team utilize various precision tools and inspection methods to ensure that each component conforms to the manufacturer’s specifications.

These tools must be periodically calibrated, as recommended by the operator, to safely handle each component independently. In various aerospace organizations, there has been a long-standing practice of permitting the use of workshop equipment that is not subjected to calibration if there are test data needs – including waveform monitoring, troubleshooting, or null indication measurement. In cases like these, it’s important to clearly identify the item as “not for calibrated testing” and be removed from the rotation of maintenance equipment.

Why You Should Calibrate 

Calibration ensures that the tools remain at peak accuracy, and that the inspection, measuring, and test equipment utilized for maintenance are performing adequately. The core purpose of calibration is to minimize measurement errors to acceptable levels. Acceptable levels of uncertainty are typically defined by the tolerance limits of the equipment’s parameters – which are normally established via the manufacturer. Through calibration, the equipment will fall within the defined accuracy levels and perform efficiently, which is especially important if you are working within the aerospace industry where accuracy is prioritized above all else.

Who Performs the Calibration? 

A calibration facility or laboratory is tasked with handling major calibration processes. Any person or organization that has specialized in handling the calibration process can typically run the establishment. Additionally, you can supply them with aircraft maintenance equipment from Start Pac for example, and depending on their controlled environment, you can expect each component to be properly analyzed, monitored, and ultimately calibrated to the manufacturer’s extent.

Documented calibration procedures must be used and documented evidence of the traceability of the standards utilized must be provided to you as well. This is especially important in the case of faulty work performed by the establishment. When it comes down to it, the most important aspect you must look out for when dealing with a third-party calibration lab is their standard of practice and how they perform when it comes to the equipment. Needless to say, you want your equipment at peak levels of efficiency, which is why picking and choosing the appropriate company will not only benefit you but your work as well.


When to outsource EDI

For a business that is part of a supply chain moving to an EDI system is fast becoming essential. A lot of companies implement EDI due to an upstream requirement from a customer or vendor. However, it is then that they understand the massive benefits to the organization and the vastly increased potential for leveraging EDI to grow. For organizations that have not yet thought about migrating to an EDI system, there are two choices: purchase EDI software for use in-house or outsourced to an EDI service bureau.


The main benefits of using an outsourced EDI service bureau from an organization like Act Data Services, Inc. 1-800-ACT-DATA is cost. Outsourcing the use of the software will save you the upfront capital costs. While you could end up paying more in the long run, there is an inflection point at which you can decide to move the operation in-house.


To justify the large capital expenditure for an in-house EDI implementation, you will need to consider to volume and type of activity. An organization with a lot of trading partners and a large volume of transactions will see financial benefits from purchasing EDI software. The process is costly because you will need to make the EDI software and your legacy systems work together.


It is difficult to determine an exact point that it makes sense to transition from a service bureau to an in-house system. However, as a general rule, if you have a 100 trading partners and thousands of transactions a week, it makes sense to purchase the software.