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Graham Jarvis, Media-Insert Communications
Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom
Managing Consultant, Managing Editor and Senior Journalist
Interests: Travel, literature, history, salsa dancing, hiking, genealogy, pool, various types of music, former member of the European-Atlantic Group, the arts and sciences.
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An article in the Nursing Times illustrates that the pandemic isn’t the end of the world. On 20th May 2020, Steve Ford wrote: ‘Student nurse sets up social media tool to help during Covid-19 lockdown’. Noting that the pandemic is having a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing, mental health nursing degree student Sophie Rane decided to establish a social media page to enable people to reach out to others for assistance, or to help themselves by answering a survey that assesses their wellbeing. She developed a traffic light system to indicate what level of help and support people need. Ford explains: “A red result will lead to the offer of an email, message or call and some one-to-one support and advice on how to access to mental health services if needed. The Facebook page is titled HUDS Uni – it’s OK to not be OK and a team of students will be recruited to help with the responses, which the university noted marked a valuable opportunity for them.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
Emily Hayter, lead software architect at WAN data acceleration provider Bridgeworks, finds that currently there are an insufficient number of cross-industry collaborations. However, she finds that there are many start-ups that “may be more open to partnerships to cover the bases”. She adds: “Part of that view comes from all of the large vehicle manufacturers, having their own closed projects and handling some areas of the development, while dumping billions onto a handful of developers like Argo AI, who have Ford & VW as investors, to cover other areas.” She suspects that there won’t be a unified connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) platform. Ultimately, she claims there will be about “10 different platforms, platforms, each with a different level of openness, and supported by a different vendor”. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
“As a company, we believe it can accelerate the critical path of discovery of a cure, and good outcomes for COVID-19 researchers and as a British Company, Bridgeworks already has a widely published track record with significant international reach.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
David Trossell, CEO of global data acceleration company Bridgeworks, says that ‘it doesn’t matter where in the world we work with customers; they all have the same problem: latency. In Africa, distances are vast between centres – places such as Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. They are no different to our customers in Los Angeles, Washington and New York. Latency is the same the world over’. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
AI and machine learning in autonomous vehicles can be limited, so nobody should expect them to instantly be able to cope with every potential scenario. Their development has to be taken with a sense of caution to prevent unintended consequences from occurring. The limitations of CAVs aren’t just about the AI and machine learning technology. There is also a need to educate consumers about what they can and cannot do safely. Perhaps, for this reason, there will be, for quite some time, the need for a human driver to have the ability to take back control. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
With ‘new build’ housing the situation is going to be slightly easier. Cousens explains why: “The government is signaling that any new build with an allocated parking place should have a charging point. Any new streetlights on any new development, or where they are replacing any old streetlights, are to be fitted with EV charging capabilities.” While he thinks this is a step forward, the AA wants to see more done to crack the biggest nut of residential charging where, he says, “there are no driveways or no nearby spare land available for a mini charging hub”. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
David Trossell, CEO and CTO of WAN Acceleration solutions providers, reveals that near-zero latency isn’t possible. He thinks that 5G has great potential, but he feels there needs to be more honesty about latency. “To understand the latency in a 5G network, we need to break it down into a number of elements.” He says they include, firstly, understanding the way in which messages are “created, encoded and sent over a network, which in itself can have an impact”. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
... thanks to technology, online communities can be created to offer friendship, comfort, reassurance and positivity, especially as a problem shared is a problem halved. Beyond the gloom, it’s good to talk to like-minded others to brighten the day. Life is better when everyone shares their struggle, and communities and apps such as Leepse offer a positive step forward by connecting people to bring them together – not just in this time of crisis, but at any point in their lives. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
Gabriel Mulko, co-founder of Leepse, adds: “Social-distancing and self-isolation hurt, a lot. We realise we can’t go to the office to work, we can’t play football, and in some countries we haven’t been able to go for a run or hang out in the park. Prior to the lockdown, we would socialise with people we enjoy and each interaction supported our health and well-being. We’ve seen that the most vulnerable are hit the hardest. The elderly, or less tech-savvy population group aren’t using social platforms, which only isolates them even more. Great things come from hard times, and we hope that tech executives will work towards building technology adapted to these groups, much as Leepse is doing for all ages.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
"Interestingly, more males feel anxious, impatient and insecure since pandemic isolating procedures, and further 20% of users who choose “picky” also choose “depressed". On average 55% of Social community building app Leepse’s users are male, and 45% are female." Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
...begin the conversation and show some online kindness to support good mental health, by enabling someone to genuinely feel wanted and valued. Be kind offline too. Life can be emotional, but rewarding for all. Download Leepse today; talk shamelessly to ease someone’s mind. After all, mental health is as important as getting physically fit. Talking could even save or change someone’s life. It could even change your own life, and help you to combat loneliness, stress and depression. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
Apps can enable people to talk through these issues by using them - perhaps even to find solutions or a common ground to boost morale. Mulko explained: “Socially speaking, before COVID-19, people were combining online and offline interactions. With the lockdown, the online interactions are filling the communication gap to make up for the lack of physical contact and real life interactions. Based on user activity, we can tell apps and online communities like Leepse are doing a great job of connecting people across a variety of topics. We also see an increase in public figures providing content and pushing existing online communities for support." Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
"The UK’s Crown Commercial Services office has selected Bridgeworks to offer the NHS and qualifying medical research organisations data management services over the next 12 months, at no cost. Bridgeworks is making available its PORTrockIT IP network acceleration products free... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
Yuan Zhang, associate director, mobility 2030 at KPMG adds: “Basically, if we take a fully autonomous vehicle as Level 4 (i.e. operates in limited conditions with no driver intervention), you will most likely see those vehicles on UK public roads in trials only. There will be an autonomous bus crossing the Forth Road Bridge in 2020 for example.” Yet this raises the question of whether there are going to be any commercial autonomous vehicle services in place outside of a testing environment. “I would not expect to see a fully autonomous vehicle that’s licensed and regulated (for public road use) for at least another couple of years,” he says. The delays are being caused by such factors as the time it is taking to review and define the regulations. He explains: “There is a 3-year review of regulations pertaining to the autonomous vehicles, which started in 2019 and it’s due to finish in 2021. It is being conducted by the Law Commission. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
This Obelisk Support paper reviews current reports, #surveys and various off-line and on-line literature on in-house #legal #teams and best practice. As well as looking at the legal industry specifically, we draw on thinking from #leaders and #academics across many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
WAN data acceleration, also known as WAN Acceleration, is the only way to mitigate the effects of latency and packet loss in any meaningful way. Traditionally, the answer has been to move data centres or disaster recovery sites closer to each other to reduce latency. However, if they are within the same circles of disruption this could lead to a calamity – whether that be caused by a natural disaster or by an incident caused by man that removes the potential of an organisation remaining operational. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
David Trossell, CEO and CTO of Bridgeworks comments: “SD-WANs are the new kid on the block. They are a great tool, and in the right place they are a great asset, but they don’t x all the network issues when working with the cloud and data centres. SD-WAN has many advantages when, government and public sector IT departments are still expected to produce technology that’ll do more for less cost. He therefore comments: “Nevertheless, SD-WAN does not x the two biggest factors affecting WAN performance: Latency and packet loss (especially if SD-WAN utilises broadband connections). Many think WAN optimisation, which is often part of many SD-WAN products, will solve these issues.” “However, this can only work with compressible data – any data that is already compressed, deduped, or encrypted-which should be the default for all public service, cannot be passed through WAN optimisation. So, for most organisations WAN optimisation will have no effect in reality because it masks the effect of latency and packet loss by caching the data locally. The only answer to poor WAN performance is to layer WAN data acceleration over the top of SD-WAN.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
The race is on to find a #vaccine to #Coronavirus COVID-19. Bridgeworks has joined the effort. Bridgeworks offers its PORTrockIT products to qualifying organisations over the next twelve months, at no cost. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
David Trossell, CEO and CTO of Bridgeworks, argues hyperconverged systems have many benefits to the smaller healthcare providers. "By consolidating down multiple technologies from multiple providers for all the separate equipment that forms a modern data centre, along with all the differing support contracts and possible iteroparity issues that can occur, hyperconverged brings this all down to one or two providers," says Trossell. “Whilst hyperconvergence solves many day-to-day issues in the data centre the biggest threats these days emanate from outside of it in the form of cyber-attacks, and these attacks are getting more and more sophisticated in their approach," Trossell adds. "Where once healthcare companies could revert to the backups and reload; these cyber criminals are content with just attacking online data, they have now even started to attack the backup software and backup data. This forces healthcare companies to seek new levels of data security that are on multiple levels and redundancy across multiple locations.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
Research by Gallup finds that with job flexibility, including remote working, there are also higher levels of employee engagement. In an article entitled, ‘Is Working Remotely Effective? Gallup Research Says Yes’, Adam Hickman, PH.D. and Jennifer Robison write: “Leaders and managers need to be aware that, as working remotely becomes more common, companies that can’t accommodate it will become unusual. And those cultures, over time, may also struggle to keep their in-house workers engaged…As decades of Gallup research shows, when employees are engaged their performance soars: Highly engaged workplaces can claim 41% lower absenteeism, 40% fewer quality defects, and 21% higher profitability.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
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To achieve synchronicity, Investec turned to Bridgeworks. As part of proof of concept, an MPLS WAN link was used, with a handover from one SP to another between continents with Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Operating systems on Dell commodity systems. Even Santa is impressed with the results the bank achieved. With its measurement and utilisation tools, Investec achieved WAN acceleration of as much as 400 per cent. WAN utilisation rates are now near to achieving their maximum potential. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
Unsure about what WAN Acceleration, also referred to as WAN Data Acceleration, is or does? Well, it's not WAN optimisation - nor is it an SD-WAN. However, this video explains that it goes a lot further than other available technologies... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
the new business model is about aggregation – a model within which fintechs can play a role as different companies will bundle together a diverse range of products and services. Much depends on who owns the customer interface though. Kemp and Zhang, therefore, advise companies to consider whether they want to play “the aggregator or ingredient role (with more value up for grabs with the former), as well as whether they have the assets and capabilities to truly be able to do so.” In many cases, the aggregator may be the automakers. Fintechs will nevertheless be able to play a role by providing a range of ‘ingredients’, from payments to finance and insurance services. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
...organisations may deploy SD-WANs for accelerating digital transformation, to manage the explosion of application traffic to the cloud – as well as the need for “homogeneous network performance at all sites”, but there is still the question about whether all of the claims stack up. Arguably, SD-WANs need a WAN Data Acceleration overlay for digital transformation and the Internet of Things. With increases of cloud application traffic comes ever-increasing data volumes, and SD-WANs on their own can’t mitigate the impact of latency and packet loss as much as their vendors often promise. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications
Learn why increasing bandwidth won't resolve latency and packet loss issues, and how WAN data acceleration solutions can use machine learning and artificial intelligence to mitigate them. Published by Government and Public Sector Journal on 9th November 2019. By-lined to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Media-Insert Communications