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Jan. 22nd, 2018 – Domestic Travel Now Requires “REAL ID” or Passport!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

No change today can happen without the involvement of technology. Technology has grown to be an everyday use which has become the core function of everything that we do as a species. For this reason, the Federal Government has embraced this reality much faster than everyone else. One of the ways that the government has managed to implement technology based solutions and now laws, is through changing the way how everyday functions are completed or accepted. An example of this is the government standard for acceptable identification. Most people think of an ID as going down to your local DMV and getting a state issued ID or using your Driver’s license. Well, thanks to the Real ID Act of 2005 which was signed into law by President Bush over 12 years ago.

Many people are unaware of the Real ID act of 2005, but as January 22nd, 2018, most anyone traveling in the United States on an airplane will know the Real ID act of 2005 and how it affects them.  How will everyone that takes an airplane become aware? Well that is a good question, and IT GURUS OF ATLANTA has the answer. As of January 22nd, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept Drivers Licenses or State issued IDs that are not part of the REAL ID system as acceptable forms of identification to travel domestically from state to state. This means that if you are traveling from New York to California, you will need to have a passport, or some other federal government issued ID to be able to travel.  With this now being December, most people already have tickets to travel to various destinations domestically in January by now or months after.  So, for all airline travelers that travel on or after January 22nd, 2018, this applies to you.

The change will go into effect for 25 out of the 50 states immediately. The states that still allow travel domestically with a state issued ID that are not REAL ID compliant will be under a strict guideline to comply to the mandated law.  It is highly advised that for those that do not have a passport, that getting one should be at the top of the agenda prior to boarding an aircraft. People may find that they can board an airplane into a destination, but they cannot board their flight going home or connecting flight due to the mandated law.  With getting a passport not being a mandatory requirement, few people have a passport to travel. This law forces the hand of Americans to now get a passport to be compliant.

President Bush in 2005 signed this $82 billion-dollar military spending bill which required all American IDs to be electronically readable and federal approved.  Today, all state IDs are different including driver’s licenses. Each state has their own standard for how their IDs look and how they are deemed compliant for that state.  With so many different IDs available per state, going from state to state makes the validity of an ID hard to determine.  The focus behind Real ID is to put an end to this current state of no standard.  This action was derived from the commission report recommendation after the attack on the United States on 9/11. More secure IDs is the determining factor to reduce terrorism.

All state issued ID cards will be required to have a minimum amount of data backed up by verifiable documents. This data contained on the ID cards must be accessible by other states including the federal government.  For a state to be compliant, the ID must contain the person’s full name, signature, date of birth, gender, ID number, physical address, front-facing photograph, and all this data should be machine readable via a barcode scanner.  Facial recognition is a requirement for the IDs to be compliant for the government to link the data to individuals.  Does this sound like RFID? Well it does, but fortunately for now, RFID requirements are not on the table, even though these activities seem to be priming society for its introduction as a mandatory requirement.

 

The states that are currently compliant with Real ID are as follows:

Nevada

Utah

Arizona

New Mexico

Colorado

Wyoming

South Dakota

Nebraska

Kansas

Texas

Arkansas

Iowa

Mississippi

Tennessee

Alabama

Georgia

Indiana

Ohio

West Virginia

Florida

North Carolina

D.C.

Maryland

Delaware

Connecticut

Vermont

All other states either have an extension to become compliant or are under review. Acceptable forms of Real ID are a Green Card, Passport, Military ID, or a State Issued Real ID. No other license or IDs will be accepted for domestic travel starting January 22nd, 2018.

 

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Microsoft Breaking Barriers – Internet Without Wifi – Greater Distance and same High Speed!

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

 

Many people these days don’t go running towards Wifi unless they are still using regular phone plans to where they have a limited amount of data and have to connect to Wifi. With cell phone plans now going with “Unlimited” data, cable providers giving greater data usage to their customers, and “free” hotspots popping up in most public places, it is clear the data usage war is going to Unlimited access.  Most carriers are offering greater service areas and even more service quality as the ways to capture and keep customers. Outside of using your cell phone’s unlimited access which slows down after a certain amount of data is consumed, the “home”, “work”, or “public” wifi is the next best option to get work done on your computer and stay connected.

Most people when disconnecting from their wifi tend to try to get as much done and downloaded as possible in order to rely lightly on the cell phone data usage.  This is typical due to the lack of range for wifi signals inbetween locations such as work to home, home to public places, etc. In between location A and location B, there is a limitation of range for the wifi signal to travel. Most people are thinking that cell phone signals with their hotspots can make up for the disadvantage. Well even in that aspect, there are cell phone towers which are either not close enough or are not in existence that allow cell phone coverage to be choppy in certain areas or slow in connection speed.  Its always a rule of thumb that people in the city get more coverage with both their wifi signal and their cell phone signal. Rural areas tend to suffer are subject to satellite wifi or cell phone hotspots as coverage is limited outside cities.

Well Microsoft has an answer which could change the way how people receive their data stream by increasing coverage while maintaining speed. Microsoft has been testing the usage of tv signals in order to spread wifi signals. This plan would get rid of cables and introduce a truly wireless network that would travel to the farthest reaches of the continent without building extra towers or harnessing an overload on current towers. This plan uses what is called “white space” television bandwidth. In case you are wondering what is “white space”, well we have you covered.  White space are what tv networks had created years ago which operate below 700 Mhz. These white spaces serve as a buffer between the high traffic channels to give them the extra bandwidth to communicate on.  To expound upon the reach, these bands can stretch over 6 miles away and are not altered or disrupted by buildings or vegetation.

Microsoft has been promoting this technology for years and conducting tests in the Philippines, England, Colombia, and Kenya. By 2018 Microsoft is driving to have the project launched within 12 states. The end goal of the project is to extend this feature in 12 states across the US and connect over 2 million Americans in rural areas by July 4th, 2022.  Microsoft estimates that the project will take between 10-15 billion in order to extend the reach to all of rural America.

 

Even though the project deems to show endless possibilities, there are sceptics that believe the interference of  the “white air” will affect television networks from broadcasting by clogging their network.  Surprisingly enough Microsoft asked the FCC to use this spectrum back in 2010, but have not pressed forward with advancing the space or technology until now. Microsoft has beefed up its campaigns by now advertising in rural parts of Virginia and allowing them to connect via white space internet in 1,000 homes. This technology is proving to be cutting edge and will clearly blur the lines of “digital divide” and change the way how people use and interact with the internet by giving more access. Stay tuned as this white space internet will be expanding and coming to a location near you!

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