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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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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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Retinal Scans, SmartPhones, and No More Car Keys!

Monday, September 25th, 2017

The wave of the future keeps getting brighter and brighter as 2017 pushes forward. So many advances that IT GURUS OF ATLANTA has covered and have still yet to cover. One of the most recent innovations comes with car makers now speaking of Retinal Scans to replace conventional car keys. This innovation could revolutionize the way how car makers produce their lineup of cars and the way how consumers utilize cars in the future.  This software is to be integrated as an app from the car maker and then integrated with the user’s smartphone hardware to make each user’s experience unique.

The concept uses NFC, which is called Near-field communications. Near-filed communications utilizes the retinal scan capabilities of devices such as the iPhone X which does facial recognition. The cameras and the algorithms utilized in devices such as the iPhone X allow the security and unique values needed for automakers to place the app as a car key replacement on the device.  One of the major automakers that are pushing NFC is BMW which is noted to be one of the innovators that integrate technology with automobiles. Another concept which BMW is considering the use of the rear-view mirror to embed the security of NFC in order to gain access into the car’s systems. This would act as a secondary security feature on top of the initial retinal scan of the phone used to open the doors of the vehicle.  Gentex, which is a maker for rear view mirrors is the primary company spoken of at a recent Frankfurt Auto Show to integrate this technology.

BMW board member, Ian Robertson, recently told Reuters, “People never take the key out of their pockets.  So why do I need to carry it around? We are looking at whether it is feasible, and whether we can do it. Whether we do it right now or at some point in the future, remains to be seen.”  BMW already setting the trend prior to integrating this technology by priming the market with the current car keys. BMW is one of the few car makers which offers an LCD wireless key.  What this does is integrate the wireless capabilities of a cell phone and a key fob. BMW’s app currently allows car owners to unlock their car, remote start to warm up the car or cool it down prior to the user entering the vehicle. However, as a security feature, the car will not move without the physical key being present inside the vehicle.

Most of the backlash has come from security experts that question the thought of the car security being hacked and made easy for car thefts to be done. The more mobile and internet based access that physical objects have is a double-edged sword. There is the convenience of access, but there is also the security risk of making some tangible accessible by the intangible threats of hacking. Hackers are the most advanced criminal wave threatening the livelihood of society. Now financial, educational, government, and now automaker institutions join the ranks of other entities that are at risk to this growing threat by adding convenience to their products and services. However, with an ever-changing landscape of technology, if other carmakers are integrating the technology, then the other carmakers have little options but to join the standard to maintain their competitive edge.

Tesla the innovator in the electric car has already stepped up to the plate by offering along with their app, Tesla sends out NFC enabled key cards that allows the car to be unlocked or started by a single tap of the card. Tesla utilized Bluetooth technology that does the unlocking and starting of the vehicle. Tesla continues to innovate and many look towards their much anticipated 2018 models to be released. Tesla always raises the bar in terms of what is thought to be practical versus what is envisioned. Industry car makers and accessories manufacturers such as Gentex are envisioning the future with much successful technology implementations.

Gentex, which owns HomeLink, is in the process of integrating biometrical algorithms in order to allow access to cars. They are partnering with Delta ID to use their current ActiveIris technology to take their systems to the next level.  Currently HomeLink is embedded in most models of the rearview mirrors that are produced by Gentex. Homelink controls the garage doors from the vehicles when they approach or leave the home. Gentex is speaking of integrating current features which are part of an app which has security features such as facial, voice, and fingerprint recognition. The future of Gentex has a road map of including keyless car operation with manufacturers such as BMW, then expanding to full home-automation that includes lighting, security, and HVAC.

As this technology develops, integrates, and becomes mainstream, IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will be there every step of the way to give insightful updates and feature concepts that are innovative to the industry.

 

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