Can Smartphones Can Help You Eat Better?

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A smartphone is great for calculating your net worth, listening to music, and taking photos. But did you know that a smartphone is also great for helping you eat better? Well, that’s what 82 percent of respondents believe, according to a recent survey. That stat comes from food ethnographer June Jo Lee, who specializes in cultural analysis, and who also recently conducted a survey at a whole grains food conference in Boston. Smartphones have the ability to help increase food literacy – just by doing a Siri or Google search. Many social researchers believe it is also influencing not only what millennials think, but what they eat. The real question is, do they end up eating better and healthier or do they just think they are eating better and healthier. It’s hard to know for sure — because the data is all self-reported. One thing, however, is clear — access to […] Read more »

6 Tips For Establishing a BYOD Policy


Before we even consider the 6 tips for establishing a BYOD policy, why should companies consider letting their employees bring their own personal devices to work? Some studies show productivity gains by employees using their own devices. Many companies are of the opinion that allowing employees to use their own devices at work increases morale. One survey indicated that almost half of job seekers viewed an organization more positively if it supports their personal device. So, if you are considering letting your employees use their own devices and want to address device security, IT service, and application use intelligently, here are a few tips for establishing an effective BYOD policy for your company. Tip #1: Determine What Devices Are Allowed – And Tell Everyone Today there are many devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) to choose from on several systems — Blackberry, iOS, and Android. It is important to let your […] Read more »

COTS Relies on OnPage Priority Messaging Alerts System When Disaster Strikes


COTS – the Central Ohio Trauma System relied on the OnPage Priority Messaging Alerts System to a help disseminate accurate and timely situational awareness during the sub-zero temperatures of last winter’s Polar Vortex. And, it relies on OnPage today to help save lives whenever disaster strikes.  The Polar Vortex Threatens a Hospital Network In the winter of 2014, the Polar Vortex covered much of the United States and temperatures in Ohio plummeted to record lows. The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) received numerous requests from central Ohio healthcare agencies for immediate and accurate communications about an evolving medical emergency. A water main break occurred in one of our major cities, affecting one of our hospital systems causing the shut down of  the entire water supply to the hospital,” recalled Kelsey Blackburn, Critical Incident Response Planner for COTS. “At that point, the main issue was not that they didn’t have power – because they […] Read more »

Internet of Things – Separating the Critical Data

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There’s been a lot of hype about the Internet of Things – but what exactly is the “Internet of Things”, and how will the use and access of critical data affect your life?   The Internet of Things is simply the interconnection of computing devices that are connected to one another and to the Internet. With applications ranging from consumer to consumer, business to business, and government to industries. The abbreviation for it looks like this — IoT.So, what type of devices and applications are we referring to here? Well, hi-tech ones that you might find in a health care setting such as a heart monitoring implant, internet-linked billboards, waste management systems to monitor those who exceed waste limits, smart water systems and meters, wearable devices such as wristwatches that not only monitor time and manage texts and emails, but they also monitor the blood sugar in a person’s system. […] Read more »

Email Alerts for Network Monitoring – Is Email Enough?

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Using Email and SMS alerts for network monitoring such as Nagios, Zabbix or Solarwinds has been the practice since the early 90’s. But in an era of Smartphone in which we get thousands of email messages,  IT experts ask themselves: “Is email still the right alert medium? Would I now stare at my inbox, each time I get an email, waiting for that critical email? Is SMS the right alert? Will it draw my attention?” Alerting is a crucial part of your system monitoring. A system monitoring without a conspicuous alert when something is amiss is like getting a Pizza delivered to your building but not knowing when, so unless you sit there by the lobby waiting for that Pizza, by the time you find the Pizza it’s stale and cold. OnPage, a virtual pager app for your iPhone , BlackBerry, and Android smartphones.  OnPage cuts through the clutter on your smartphone to deliver those critical alerts immediately. You can set […] Read more »