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Transformation of ANY surface into a Biometric Sensor! Ingenious!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

 

Security is top of the line with any innovation. That’s the aspect of technology which frightens even the most daring of people. It allures the second-guessing mentality, doubt, and even the inability to move forward.  Security is the one aspect which has kept many designs from implemented and many new innovations from getting the much-needed attention. This risk of security is a rightful thought as it only takes one breach of data, loss of identity, or corruption of that data, which can cause chaos. That is why many people rely on trusted devices for their security. The conventional house alarm is evolving into one of those technically savvy devices which is rapidly becoming more mobile while keeping the home or business secure.

One innovation which has not yet hit the market, but is making waves is VibWrite. The name alone is a bit confusing, but as we dive more into what this gadget is, is the more the name makes sense. VibWrite is a very innovative device. The overview of the device is that it turns any ordinary flat surface into a biometric ID sensor. This means that VibWrite can change a table, flat handle on a door or car, computer, into a new security focused device. Once the device is installed and programmed, the user simply must place the stored finger or fingers on the surface of the device or door they are trying to access, and it will open the door or computer.

The question arises that how can the device capture any finger print when the surface it is not attached to a readable surface? Well VibWrite has the key.  The technology captures the unique vibrating signature of the bones in the finger. The security question now comes into play to find out how does each person’s finger differentiate from the other?  This is where the security component comes in.  Each person’s bone structure is unique to that person. Because of the difference in the bone structure, when a person presses their finger against a surface, it applies pressure differently. This is what causes the unique surface vibration that the VibWrite stores.

 

VibWrite was not a sole person effort, nor the effort of one organization. VibWrite is the result of the collaborative efforts of researchers at the University of Alabama and Rutgers University.  Together they have tested and manufactured this device.  The ability to not require specific additional hardware other than what comes with the VibWrite, makes this device very cost effective in comparison to other devices that require additional hardware to store.  The device is comprised of a Piezoelectric sensor, Amplifier board, and vibration motor.  Though the device is small, it packs the efficiency of up to 95% accuracy.  The false positive rating for the device is less than 3 percent, making its accuracy more profound than other devices on the market.

With a rapidly booming market that struts an estimated growth of 10 billion by 2018. Even though these larger systems can be bulky, they are the traditional equipment that is currently approved.  The current security systems come with intercoms, fingerprint card readers, and cameras.  VibWrite comes with the two connectors and that is it.  With its small size, VibWrite allows users to choose the security function they want. The security feature of VibWrite grants users access based on a PIN, or lock pattern.

As technology hardware becomes smaller and more powerful, so does its uses and the ability to interconnect both physical and machine. VibWrite is another example of technology boldly making that move. They are still in the process of getting this device approved for commercial use, but in the meantime IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will keep give steady updates as this technology unfolds.

 

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Underwater Drones – The next Frontier – Buy Today!

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

 

Amazon, the king of the drone empire is making a lot of headway since their tests with drone flight for package delivery. News stations which are using drones to deliver captivating aerial videos have helped to propel drones to an all-time high of being the most sought-after gadget. Since their introduction for personal use, many are grabbing drones off the shelves faster than they can be produced. Now larger companies are catching on the craze and drones are available worldwide for both personal and business use. The sky is clearly the frontier that is rapidly developing into the playground for mankind. This only opens the doors for another frontier to be conquered by the evolution of drones. For that next frontier, the water is next in line.

BIKI Technologies is company that was founded in 2014 owned by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).  Their focus is on algorithms and computational designs. Their innovation drove them invent the world’s first Bionic Wireless Underwater Fish Drone. Too many words to consider, well that is because of all the functionality within this drone and its capabilities.  BIKI Technologies and RoboSea paired up to bring RoboSea’s knowledge of underwater technology along with BIKI Technology’s knowledge of algorithms to BIKI’s underwater drone. Both companies have been working together to get this product on the market and now consumers can purchase from Kick Starter.

BIKI’s abilities underwater are amazing. For starters, you can control the device from your smartphone and view images while the drone does dives. There is automated balancing while the drone is in water this way it stays on a path, while capturing footage and can stay afloat if commended to do so.  The robot is shaped like a fish with a fin at the end to help it maneuver through water the same way that a fish would navigate through water in the ocean with the same swaying movement.  The speed of BIKI is amazing by being able to move through water at 1pmh rapidly.  The automated features of BIKI include setting its own buoyancy and level that removes the owner from having to constantly adjust the drone to keep afloat or to stay on its designated path.

 

One of the key features in BIKI is its ability to come back home. Once the battery drops to 20%, it automatically goes back to the origin point of the user for a recharge prior to being sent back out.  It’s a preservation feature that will not allow it to run out of battery power and preserve the key footage that it has captured.  This “come back home” feature is all possible through an internal GPS and IMU (inertial measurement unit).  That battery life of the drone is quoted to last between 90-120 minutes of constant use.  It is also capable of diving down up to 196 feet.

BIKI has two 114-lumen LED lights that it uses to shed light on the videos it captures giving a full view of objects that in front of the camera.  The camera is another outstanding feature which can shoot 4K videos while taking 16-megapixel photos. The lens is wide angled which captures images at 150-degrees.  During the constant swaying of the drone, the camera uses stabilizers to have the camera move against the movement of the body giving the images steady view with very little movement.  From the naked eye, BIKI is constantly moving and a steady image is hard to imagine, but from the user standpoint, the images and video are constant, clear, and stable.

The drone does not use “Bluetooth” technology to connect the device as Bluetooth tends to put strain on the battery during that constant connection. So, how does BIKI connect? It uses a WiFi signal that a smartphone or tablet can connect to, then once connected, the user can control BIKI with no problems. BIKI only allows one device to connect at a time and the connection can be password protected to avoid the use of the drone by other devices that are not authorized.

WiFi signals do not go very far underwater, so the next question comes into play to ask, “How can the device be controlled if it is to go down to depths of 196 feet?”.  Well BIKI has the answer.  There are two options for controlling BIKI below the connection level of its WiFi signal. One option is to program a patrol route, which the drone can automatically detect obstacles and avoid them. The second option is to use the underwater remote.  The remote uses an “acoustic communication technique”.  This communication feature allows the user to make dives with the drone while having the drone to dive up to 33 feet deeper than the diver.  While submerged below WiFi level, streaming videos and photos are not possible. However, with the remote the diver can control when the drone captures photos and videos for review once the drone is retrieved.

BIKI’s internal memory has a capacity of 32GB that can capture up to 2hrs of videos or 5,722 of 16 Megapixel photos. Combining videos and photos changes the dynamics of how much videos and photos the device captures, but still makes the capacity very significant.  While BIKI is available on Kickstarter for the public to purchase at $599, once it goes retail, the prices are estimated to reach $1,024 per BIKI.  BIKI is guaranteed to change the canvas of the ocean and how consumers view video under water. BIKI comes in two sizes which are both compact and having the same features. BIKI can be used as both a toy for the swimming pool and in the ocean for exploration. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA brings the latest in updates about BIKI and their movement towards mainstream. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter in the link below that we can provide our updates directly to your mailbox.

 

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Real-Time Facial Recognition – Dash Board and Body Cams!

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

The criminal element seems to get smarter and smarter by the moment. For these reasons there are several advancements in technology that law enforcement does not share to stay ahead of the criminal mind, while not fully disclosing what their capabilities are.  One technology in law enforcement that has become public knowledge is their facial recognition software which allows them to use pictures or sketches of individuals to check their criminal, warrant, missing persons, and illegal immigrant databases.  The software connects to several different databases and can take some time if all it has is facial recognition. It takes that much longer if it is a partial image, if its blurry, or no description is added such as name, address, dob, etc.  For this reason, people are detained to allow the software time to run and fully check the various databases and ensure the records being displayed are the records for the person law enforcement is seeking or already has in custody.

Another new technology which has been added to the law enforcement arsenal is the use of body cams. This addition has come not only to recognize the criminal element, but also to lawfully protect civilians and officers in the event of a negative interaction. The footage can be viewed and used once the camera is recovered and the images downloaded into the system. Officers and civilians alike have new found confidence in knowing that interactions with each other now have a historical map for others to see the event as it unfolded. This technology is still being introduced to all aspects of law enforcement and is rapidly becoming the standard for all to follow.

With both facial recognition software and body cams, law enforcement has a greater edge at continuing to spot criminals and their activities. But, there is more.  A Boston based startup company called Neurala specializing in Artificial Intelligence, has teamed up with Motorola build what they call “real-time learning for a person of interest”. The “real-time learning for a person of interest” is a term they are using to describe an “unnamed” system that incorporates both body cam and facial recognition.  The founder of the startup company, Massimiliano Versace, already has patents pending on this AI version of facial recognition software.

Versace developed a technology which is based on using AI to rapidly go through codes which are developed through facial recognition software.  By using AI to go through the codes, the information is processed faster and can be harnessed from even smaller computers.  By using smaller computers, Versace’s intent is to place the micro-computers into body cams.  Some may say a smaller computer is not a big deal, but for world of technology and computing, that is a very big deal. The ability to utilize bulky applications on a smaller computer means less storage space and less processor requirements to complete complex jobs that larger machines are used to complete today.

A deeper look at how the system works is that, the AI would essentially network between each other in the various body cams the same a hive would operate. They would constantly be on in a camera going through a stream of images and rapidly sharing the information between databases and each network of body cams. In this case, the AI would and could capture an image that a law enforcement official might not have or alert an official of the presence of a criminal or missing person that is nearby caught by another body cam.  More importantly, the AI would constantly be updated in real-time, which means that the minute a criminal is apprehended, or a missing person is found, the image would be removed, and the databases would be instantly updated. The same scenario would take place for new criminals or new missing persons.

There are many possibilities for this new technology that it will change the face of how not only law enforcement detects criminals and missing persons, but also how computers interact. Artificial Intelligence is a technology which is rapidly gaining momentum as we integrate it into homes, smartphones, computers, and the way we live. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will steadily provide updates concerning Neurala, Motorola, and how they plan to deploy this evolving technology. Clearly Artificial Intelligence is changing the landscape of how we interact with each other. Just how far we go, stay tuned and subscribe to our newsletter as we explore and learn together.

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Transforming Transportation – Cars Now Fly!

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Just when everyone is starting to get used to seeing drivers in cars with no hands on the steering wheel or even sightseeing while the car is driving through “Self-Driving” technology, here comes a huge game changer. We all knew it wouldn’t be long before the self-driving and drone craze that’s currently happening decided to blend. These are two technologies which involve AI (artificial intelligence) with the concept of getting processes done faster and more effectively while maintaining safety.  Drone are steadily mastering the skies as most entertainment industries require a drone to take aerial shots, while individuals keep drones to see what is like from so many feet above the ground. Self-driving cars use safety protocols which if the person were driving would have to adhere to, while allowing the driver to let go of the wheel and change focus other than the road without compromising safety. Now how do these two technologies manage to bind together? Well there is a company that IT GURUS OF ATLANTA would like to introduce you to, and they are called “Lilium”.

Now many may have never heard about Lilium, but as of September 5th, 2017, they received investments from a Chinese tech giant called Tencent (TCEHY).  Tencent was a major contributor of a $90 million-dollar fundraiser to fund Lilium’s top project. At this point many are asking, well what is Lilium’s big project and what does it have to with drones or self-driving cars? Well it has everything to do with both technologies. Lilium is testing their version of the “electric flying car”.  Yes, that’s right, the flying electric car is now a reality. Not using gas, or any fossil fuels to affect the environment, but pure electricity, this jet is now testing its way to the mainstream public.

Lilium succeeded in its first prototype testing which was a 2-seater version of the jet. The test was done in April of 2017 and marked as their first successful flight.  Lilium is a German based firm that was originally founded by students from the Technical University of Munich.  These four students founded the company in 2015 and it literally taking flight. Since the injection of funds from Tencent, the company has been on a hiring frenzy taking on executives from top firms. These executives have come from large companies such as Tesla, Rolls Royce, and Airbus.

The magic behind the prototype is 36 propeller engines that use a vertical lift and land technique to maneuver from ground to air or air to ground.  Already capable of flight, which allows it to move 10 times faster than a car, the vision is for the jet to travel at speeds of 186 mph (300 km).  Now that this new company is making waves, here is where the soon to be tech giant is headed. Lilium’s vision is to change the existing prototype into a 5-seater model that will take passengers between nearby destinations such as Manhattan to JFK. The company wants passengers to catch a flight from these jets at a pod (created around the city) just as a person would catch an Uber ride.

Lilium’s jet is capable of hovering, taking, and landing vertically. This type of craft is called a VTOL. VTOLs have existed for years and are mostly used by the military including in helicopters. These crafts also use an extensive amount of fossil fuels. The major difference between a military VTOL and Lilium’s is that it has “zero emissions”, designed for civilian transportation, and when completed, can carry up to 5 people at once to their destination.

Travel by air is the next innovative means of traveling. As we move towards more automation and exploring areas that have previously not been explored, Lilium’s flying electric car is only a glimpse of what is to come. By now there are other companies which are watching closely to see how Lilium performs and if their prototype will go mainstream. One of those companies watching Lilium is IT GURUS OF ATLANTA. We are always at the cusp of technology and bringing our followers the insight on new innovations. Lilium is a company which is here to stay and changing the canvas of transportation.

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Azure Next Level! Combining Virtual Reality and Azure!

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

What is Microsoft Azure? Well many companies are trying to figure it out. Microsoft is changing the landscape for how companies do business. Companies are getting more acclimated and comfortable with terms like “Cloud”, “Migration”, and “Hybrid”.  All these terms are what is allowing companies to save money and increase productivity, while making data which was once thought static to being mobile. Quick access to critical data on almost any device and the security of knowing that the data security integrity is maintained is precisely why even government organizations are making the move to the Microsoft Azure Cloud space. This mass movement into the cloud and virtualization makes invention and innovation go hand in hand to spawn creativity.  Azure has added massive amounts of updates and features to their product line from blob storage to Identity-as-a-Service. A key feature update to Azure which has sparked waves of demand and innovation is Azure Media Services.

Besides Azure Virtual Machine (virtual server) creation, disk allocations, and blob storage, Azure Media Services stands out.  Azure Media Services give organizations the ability to “live stream” data from blob storage or virtual machine and encoding platforms. This ability to freely access stored data and stream allows users and organizations to do 360-degree virtual reality streaming. Now the question becomes what services use “live streaming”? Many of these organizations may be familiar such as Facebook, YouTube, Comcast, and GoPro.  These organizations that specialize in media broadcasting and the speed of getting the media to the masses have taken Azure Media Services to the next level of usage and automation.

Virtual reality gives the end user the feeling and ability to experience the sights and sounds of a place without being at the location. Other more practical uses are building designs.  An architect could construct a building from the ground up, test the structure, and depict issues without ever leaving their office. To take this to another level, the integration of Azure with the medical industry has insurmountable benefits such as surgery for patients to be able to view internal organs and structures within the body through the assistance of X-rays and virtual reality, reconstruct the patient’s organ or structure with 3D imagery. This in turn makes it easier for Doctors to view issues, virtually operate, and offer sound critical services during or before surgery is performed.

Combining holograms and virtual reality is only the beginning to the utilization of Azure. Microsoft Azure is rapidly becoming mainstream and is already the flagship for Microsoft. The virtual possibilities increase as Azure opens doors for technology which our generation has only dreamed of. IT GURUS OF ATLANA is a company that is proud to be a Certified and Trusted Microsoft Partner capable of bringing the best of Microsoft Azure to any organization. Our experienced engineers and architects are quantifiable and accountable to ensure that any project undertaking exceeds the client’s and Microsoft’s standard for quality.

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The Cloud! What is it? – The Cloud Explained

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

The new technical term which is spreading all over the world like wild fire is the “cloud”.  Join IT GURUS OF ATLANTA, a Microsoft Partner on this journey to show how we arrived at the Cloud, its importance, and why companies are running to get their data on the cloud.  So, let’s start from the top, to figure what people think of when hearing the words “The Cloud”.  When at first hearing the term, the typical mind may go to the thoughts of cloud in the sky and a more technical mind would think virtual. Well to be honest, both answers are not too far from each other. The cloud in more technical terms is the elimination of physical equipment such as servers which are typically used on-premise such as in server rooms which a lot of companies and government agencies house their pertinent data. All traffic goes from the user, computer, over the internet or intranet, and then ends up being housed somewhere. From the websites that we all visit such as Google, Yahoo, CNN, or our favorite channels such as HBO, Showtime, and more are located on servers. These huge data storage devices can be further divvied up into other storage devices such as SAN (Storage Area Network) or NAS (Network Attached Storage). All data from the internet, a person’s computer is all stored somewhere and these serves store the data from the devices.

Another thought that people have is, what happens to the data that is stored on my computer? Well the storage on your computer is very limited. This means that even the larger computer storage that can be installed on laptop or desktop such as 1TB (1 terabyte) or 3TB (3 terabytes) of data is still not enough to house all the data that a company or a user may have. This causes for companies to seek out other means of storage. Years, ago companies went to portable storage devices such as disks, CDs, and portable storage devices. Then the industry realized that trusting users to handle the data and its security is where the trust line and ability for accidents gets blurred. A company and individual’s life’s work can be housed in the data that is being tallied by users. That’s where servers came into a big relief. Servers could be stored locally at the company’s designated location where the user data is uploaded and stored. The industry saw the benefit and it wasn’t long before the servers began to run redundancy which means that the servers had a back, and the backup had a backup. This increases the availability of the data in case of natural or unnatural disasters and data breaches. The data can be utilized even if whole data centers housing thousands of servers go down.  The data is immediately available by its counterpart data centers which already backed up the latest data upload. The user on the other end does not experience more than a second or millisecond in lag time between the data centers and accessing the needed data.

Data centers have become the wave of the future by housing servers, NAS, and SANs which have unprecedented amounts of storage. Unfortunately, due to the cost of owning a data center, companies only kept redundant systems at a data center and kept most of their key systems on premise. These key systems involved constant watch of a human eye to ensure high availability and engineers to do maintenance on the servers. Buying a server, maintaining the server, which includes applying the latest security patches, load balancing, error resolution, and hardware updating is a constant cost and struggle for companies to maintain. However, with this cost of doing business, most companies have accepted the cost to maintain data. Data is the heartbeat of any company, organization, or government agency. As everything that businesses and individuals do today become increasingly digital is where the data and the storage of this data becomes increasingly needed.

 

One of the aspects of technology which has taken a huge increase over the years is the ability to go virtual. Companies such as VMWare came out with VMWare, Microsoft with Hyper-V, and Citrix with XenServer. What were these products? Well to be frank, this is another link in the chain for the “Cloud”. These companies came up with virtual servers. These storage and computing devices could be housed on a physical server. This means that one server with enough memory, storage, and processing power could house 2-15 or more servers virtually. So many say, how is that done? Well from a high level, what Microsoft, Citrix, and VMWare did was allow servers to be created from each processor and core on a physical server and virtually partition the space on the physical server to be dedicated to each virtual server. In layman’s terms this means if a server has 4 processors, 16 gigs of RAM (Random Access Memory), and 120 Gigs of physical memory, then the virtual software could dedicate physical attributes to one or many more virtual servers.  An example of this is a virtual server using 1 processor, 2 gigs or ram, and 20 gigs of physical space for the predefined server to a spin up virtual server. This means that the physical server could house multiple virtual servers based on its physical attributes.

This breakthrough quickly became a trend for top companies to follow.  Going virtual saved tons of money on the front end for physical servers and saved money on the back end by eliminating teams of engineers to now only a few engineers that maintain the smaller number of physical servers. In the event of cutting down engineers that maintain and monitor physical servers, the industry changing also increased the need for professionals to learn about virtual technology with architecture, design, and support.  Information Technology is an ever changing and developing industry in which professionals constantly must learn because there are constant updates and inventions that quickly make every day utilized technology obsolete. To stay up-to-date and technologically advanced, professionals must constantly study and learn better ways of utilizing technology to be expert providers.

Even though virtual technology is utilizing physical equipment to maximize and expound servers, it has graduated into virtual desktops. Virtual desktops allow users to go from one computer to another computer and have access to all their data and desktop as if they never left it. They simply need to user their secure logon ID to access their data on a completely different computer. All of this is stemmed from virtual technology. Now with all these advancements in virtual technology from virtual servers to virtual desktops, where is the next unconquered avenue for virtual technology to go? Well this is where the “Cloud” has come into play. The “Cloud” is data centers which we referred to earlier in this article. The” Cloud” is where companies can now eliminate their on-premise servers and have all their data stored at data centers. The businesses don’t own the data centers, nor do they own the servers, but they pay a price to companies that do own the data centers and the physical servers. One of the dominant companies which has taken advantage of the move to the “Cloud” is Microsoft.

Microsoft has well over 42 different data centers around the world and close to a million physical servers as they expand their cloud grasp on the world. Microsoft Office 365 is their flag ship which started by allowing businesses and government agencies to get rid of their physical exchange servers, cut down on the need to keep exchange architects, and allow users to access their mail data from anywhere and on any device securely. This quickly began a wave of movement of companies rapidly signing up for Office 365. The next aspect of their “Cloud” came Azure which allows the use and accessibility of Active Directory in virtually.  The other aspects of the Microsoft Cloud came InTune for MDM (Mobile Device Management), and RMS (Rights Management Suite). It wasn’t long before Microsoft decided to bundle all these products together under EMS (Enterprise Mobility Suite). This comprehensive product currently encompasses the largest products that are completely virtual saving companies millions and billions of dollars while drastically increasing productivity. This is an easy decision which is why government agencies have been signing up by the boatload for the Microsoft Government Cloud space. The stigma of security concerns over the crowd is gradually weaning away as Microsoft has shown that their “Cloud” product not only complies with security requirements of companies and government organizations, but it surpasses it.  Microsoft allows for users to utilize both on-premise and “Cloud” technology in hybrid modes that allow companies and agencies to still utilize their current equipment while still having the ability to access their data via the Microsoft Cloud.

It’s clear the “Cloud” is not going anywhere anytime soon, but in fact is the platform for even greater advancements in virtual technology to come. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA is a trusted Microsoft Partner which is certified to service clients wishing to advance to the Microsoft Cloud space. We are also paired with most major manufacturers as a reseller to provide computer hardware solutions to companies, government agencies, and data centers. We pride ourselves as a low cost, thoroughly experienced, certified, and a quantifiable company.  IT GURUS OF ATLANTA delivers services and products that exceed the current standards while proving to be a one-stop IT service and hardware provider.

We hope you enjoyed our journey in learning about the “Cloud”, where it is headed, where it is currently, and how to get the most out of this growing technology.

 

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Project Loon – Internet and Phone Access without Towers or Cables!

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Sometimes disaster brings out the opportunity for technology to take that first step for it to become mainstream. However unfortunate the disaster may be, the technology provides the solution to allow communications to continue that the disaster struck areas can get the assistance that they need. Even though we are at the cusp of breakthroughs and our technology is state of the art, detecting people or their ability to let the world know that they need aid can be limited in a disaster. A perfect example is Peru and recently Puerto Rico.  Both countries have been ravaged by natural disasters which has left the countries with very little ability to communicate with the outside world. Families have been dissipated and homes have been destroyed due to these events. With families that are in other countries that could provide vital aid or governments that need to view the damage, communication and the internet is key.

IT GURUS OF ATLANTA brought to light the steps that different industry leaders such as Facebook, Google, and X (owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet) are taking to bring internet to the rest of the world that don’t have the sophisticated towers of major cities through giant balloons. Many major organizations such as Facebook have tested the possibilities and are still vetting approval for testing to take place in major cities, but are getting pushback due to ISP providers have not collaborated with these companies and the state/federal restrictions, not to mention FAA guidelines for this type of technology to be dispersed. One company out of the masses was granted approval to service another country during their disaster. That country was Peru and their ISP has been allowing testing to be done with X.  The telecommunications carrier called Telefonica (TEF) has been working with X for months prior to their disaster to get ahead of other countries with this technology. Fortunately for Peru, their gamble to allow X to perform their tests gave them the optimal coverage that they needed to communicate with the rest of the world by providing the much-needed internet and voice services during their disaster. The testing which was done and the disaster usage of this technology has catapulted X to new horizons and pushed this technology to the forefront of not only disaster recovery, but also stretching the barriers of communication out to rural areas.  The possibilities of this technology and its uses are endless.

X has dubbed the name of this project as “Project Loon”. Project Loon has become ever increasingly visible with all the hurricane activity which has been hitting the US coastlines and islands with devastating results. One of the major islands for the US which is currently suffering is Puerto Rico. After damaging floods from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria again hit the island. Since the aftermath of these two disasters, the island is still having power issues, and typical communication methods such as cell phones or the internet are incapable of being used. Power for much of the island is still out and families within the US are devastated by not knowing the fate of loved ones that have been living in Puerto Rico during the storm. Fortunately, the US government has been keeping an eye on Project Loon and noticed its benefit to Peru. Due to the devastation and the success that Peru had with Project Loon, the US government has granted an experimental license for X to provide communications to Puerto Rico.

This approval by the Federal Communications Commission is exactly the type of boost that X has needed to make its mark in the US. It is the opportunity for X to show that Project Loon can support disasters and give the visibility that the world needs to communicate with disaster struck countries. Alphabet, which owns X and Google is has conquered the first hurdle with the approval by the government. However, the approval is only the first barrier that had to be overcome. Unlike Peru, Puerto Rico had not been testing Project Loon before the disasters took place. The problem is Project Loon extends the coverage of a local telecommunications company and distributes those signals through the balloons hovering over the island. Without the testing and collaboration of a pre-designated telecommunications provider, testing and integration must be done with both systems. These tests are vital to ensure that the system works successfully with the designated telecommunications carrier. Even though the system has been proven to work in Peru with Telefonica, these are two different systems, with one that has already been tested and one has not. Despite the hurdles and barriers in front of Project Loon, they have assured that they are making steady progress to successfully launch communications.

Disasters are horrific and never good for people, neighborhoods, cities, or countries.  As unpredictable as natural disasters are, it is the responsibility of the country to ensure that the people enduring this hardship can communicate at the bare minimum. The US is trying to get Puerto Rico back in good standing through the Loon Project which can not only help Puerto Rico, but also connect parts of the country and the world that are in lack of internet and voice. We at IT GURUS OF ATLANTA commend X with their efforts to bring this technology mainstream and look forward to their continued growth to help countries such as Puerto Rico get and stay connected to the rest of the world.

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First Commercial Flight to Moon in 2018– Tesla, SpaceX, and Elon Musk

Monday, September 4th, 2017

The tech world is a buzz today as news about new space suits, NASA, reusable rockets, and more manned missions. In the mix with all of this you might hear of a company called Space X. Space X, many people may think they are associated with Xbox or some super cool sounding product line that’s for electronics. To the surprise of many, Space X is one of the contractors that NASA awarded 1.6 billion dollars for contractual projects in 2008. Space X is one of the largest contractors in North America to service NASA. SpaceX over the next few years, and since 2008 has been contracted to provide 12 cargo transport missions including produce rocket systems for ISS (International Space Station).

Elon Musk – SpaceX – NASA

Elon Musk, who is the CEO and founder of Space X, has been tasked by NASA to have his company create space suits, rocket propulsion systems, and rockets.  Musk’s personal mission for this company has been to have humans occupy a self-sustaining city on Mars and our civilization to be a multi-planet species.  Since embarking on this massive contract from NASA, SpaceX has not only become the first contractor to launch and recover a spacecraft from earth’s orbit, then return it to earth safely.  SpaceX’s specialty which has given them the industry boost that peaked the interest of NASA which is what earned them the award. SpaceX’s industry niche is that they produce fully reusable rockets and spacecrafts. This not only saves NASA billions of dollars, but also allows for production of these rockets and spacecraft to be done quickly and efficiently by reusing the same rockets.

SpaceX and Tesla – Hyperloop

Mr. Musk’s popularity has peaked by him also being the CEO, Co-Founder, and product Architect of Tesla. Yes, that’s right, Tesla. Not too many car enthusiasts have not already heard of Tesla which is leading the way in electrical car innovation and design. By being the CEO of Tesla, he has partnered both companies to do some very extraordinary things. Earlier this year, IT GURUS OF ATLANTA depicted “Hyperloop One’s” hyperloop test which tapped out at 192 MPH to give life into the hyperloop. Who says being the CEO of two multi-billion-dollar companies doesn’t have its perks? Well its does when you are trying to push the technology standards and expectations to new levels. By pushing the standards to new levels, what we mean is that there is a Tesla/SpaceX Hyperloop which is making waves. This hyperloop has already tested down SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track at speeds of 220 MPH which beats Hyperloop One’s test just a few months prior. This being their initial test of their Hyperloop, they are anticipating its next leap will be to achieve the speed of sound which is at 500 MPH.  By having students to compete through a competition, SpaceX and Tesla have brought around friendly competition, and its competition without a price tag being attached.

 

Falcon 9 and Dragon Spacecraft

Falcon 9 is what SpaceX used to makes its debut with NASA being the first commercial company to enter earth’s orbit and contact the ISS (International Space Station). Most contacts with the station have been strictly government based and 100% through NASA as the conduit. Most rockets that have been used in the past were one-time use based which the parts dissipated over the ocean, went into the solar orbit of the sun, or dropped on the moon. Now what sets SpaceX’s Falcon 9 different form the rest is that it is completely reusable. Falcon 9 has only two stages of separation unlike previous rockets, and all parts land back at the location from which they originally took off successfully. This ability for the rocket to be used repeatedly cuts the cost of production for the rocket including increases the amount of missions the rocket can accomplish. Dragon is cargo capsule which Falcon 9 has been using to transport cargo and supplies to the crew aboard the ISS (International Space Station). So far Falcon 9 and Dragon have completed 11 missions for 2017, which is more than the 9 which were completed last year and year still isn’t over.

SpaceX Private Crew on Dragon Spacecraft to Go Past Moon 2018

Two private citizens have paid to be a part of the manned crew that the Dragon 2 Spacecraft will take around the moon next year. The two individuals will be accompanied by a commercial crew which is currently being tested extensively through fitness and health tests. This effort is part of the deal that SpaceX sparked with NASA and they are dubbing it their Commercial Crew Program.  The first part of the program will include an “automatic” mode which will have the entire Spacecraft automatically launch and link with the ISS (International Space Station) and is slated for first quarter of 2018. The second phase of the program includes having a crew going up to the ISS (International Space Station).  The second phase is scheduled to take place in the 2nd quarter of 2018.  This historical liftoff will take place at Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral.  This moment is marked since humans have not returned to deep space in the last 45 years. After these trips around the moon become more frequent, the next phase in the project is to get humans to make regular trips to Mars.

The SpaceX Space Suit

Mr. Mock has decided to unveil even more goodies to the IT world as he has taken the dream further by showing off their SpaceX space suits. No longer the bulky images of the past astronauts, but now a sleeker design which does more to protect the person wearing it than previous bulky designs.  The suits offer more agility and flexibility when the wearers are looking to move around the ship. Bear in mind that these are not replacements for the suits used to walk in outer space as they do very little to protect against the harsh atmosphere that outer space has.  The suits will be used during space travel into outer space and back. This is designed in case cabin pressure is lost then the suits will compensate to protect the wearer. The first manned missions which the astronauts will wear these all white suits is scheduled to take place on May 2018.

 

 

 

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