Years ago when the first BlackBerry “smartphones” came out there was a running joke among flip-phone advocates that when BlackBerry users answer their phones it looks like they’re holding a wallet to their faces. Who would have thought 10 years ago that this snarky remark was actually a prophetic word, with smartphones now playing a key role in the $235 billion mobile payment space?
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Mobile payments show great promise, but nearly a decade after being introduced, consumers have displayed very little adoption and merchants have realized little profitability. According to mobile research and advisory firm Yankee Group, nearly 70 percent of consumers are interested in adopting mobile payments, but less than 14 percent have actually completed a mobile transaction in the past six months.
By David McSweeney
Self-service portals – a good portion of individuals use them on a regular basis, and most if not all of us have heard of at least one in particular in the past several weeks – Heathcare.gov.
By Megan Williams
As technology plays a greater part in healthcare, more attention is being paid to how it interacts with the healthcare environment. Most specifically, how device surfaces and materials behave in terms of harboring microorganisms. Until recently, occasional wipe-downs with external treatments were the standard method of sanitizing devices, but innovative companies have begun incorporating antimicrobial properties into device cases.
By Bernadette Wilson
The Business Solutions article “IP Video And Access Surveillance Control: A Profitable Combination,” highlights the success Global Data Systems (GDS) has experienced providing facilities-based telecommunications, data center, cloud computing, and systems integration solutions and services. GDS, which deployed the first Cisco VoIP phone system in the U.S. and is currently the only Louisiana-headquartered Cisco Gold Partner with 24/7/365 NOC (network operation center) operations support, recognized physical security as a complement to its offerings.
By Kim Loy
New industry reports, including one from IHS Research, have found that IP video revenues are expected to overtake analog sooner rather than later. For years, industry visionaries have been touting the benefits of networked-based surveillance, highlighting the features and benefits that IP solutions deliver to integrators and end users. The value proposition of IP technology is favorable both in terms of benefits and also lower upfront and ongoing costs. When looking at the complete picture, it’s clear the future lies in IP: As a company, we have built our business on exactly this philosophy.
By Tom Roth
When it comes to tracking physical assets, nothing matches the accuracy, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness of bar coding. The same holds true for tracking customers — whether they are patients in a hospital setting, attendees at an event, or inmates in a prison.
By Greg Burch
The mobile platform has become a key strategic component for retailers focused on creating a compelling in-store experience for shoppers, enabling clerks to provide increased service and bringing the point of sale to the in-lane point of service.
By Jim Hilton
Technology advancements for the direct store delivery (DSD) environment have outpaced both the industry’s need for those advancements and its ability to quickly adopt these new technologies. Today’s DSD environment is well past its fourth generation of technology, and the original return on investment (ROI) for automation occurred in the 1970s. While times have changed, the DSD use case still requires the customer be served in the same manner they were more than 40 years ago — consequently, the ROI for new technology investments may not be obvious.
By Dave Tynan
Sustainability is a major concern for today's enterprises. Organizations increasingly are looking at how they can be more environmentally conscious and less disruptive to the ecosystem. The clear trend is toward addressing sustainability issues proactively and globally.
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