Biometrics Facial Recognition Technology Poised to Disrupt the Airline Industry

Cutting-edge airport systems have begun using biometric facial recognition technology to allow U.S. travelers to quickly pass through the Travel Security Administration’s (TSA) security screening. Under the new program, travelers can go from check-in all the way to boarding without a ticket and just one security check. State-of-the-art systems allow for self-service options at check-in, bag drop, immigration and boarding. A photograph is taken of the passenger, their face is checked against the image that is retained on a biometric chip, and they are then able to move through the airport without the need for a manual identity check.

There is currently a great deal of interest in this technology globally. Some experts think that most major airports in the world will have adopted biometric facial recognition technology by the year 2020. The technology is expected to improve security while providing faster check in and boarding. There has been a lot of excitement about biometrics in the last year, though some concerns have also been raised. Continue reading “Biometrics Facial Recognition Technology Poised to Disrupt the Airline Industry”

Protect Yourself from Tax Refund Fraud

For many people, knowing a tax refund is on the way can be a big relief, an exciting treat, or both. And the sooner the refund arrives the better. For victims of tax identity theft, however, the wait can drag on for almost a year. Not to mention they may have to deal with a lot of red tape to get what’s rightfully theirs. That’s why it’s critical to understand:

  • How tax-related identity theft works
  • How to reduce chances of becoming a victim
  • What to do, if you do become a victim

This article will help you keep your hard-earned refund safe.

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Four Ways Luxury Hotels Can Use Technology to Provide Superior Customer Service

Real luxury has always been a trailblazer when it comes to innovation. Luxury brands are the leaders, not followers. They are on the leading edge of creativity, innovative design and technological innovation. Luxury creates status and value through innovation, offering exclusivity, uniqueness and distinction. Luxury is aiming to be extraordinary, to create that “wow” effect that prestigious users have come to expect.

The hospitality industry is not exempt from the need to innovate. Luxury hotels, and the services they offer, must be innovative.  For some luxury hoteliers, the idea of technology in hospitality is foreign. In the past, there has been an emphasis on face-to-face customer service; digital technology in a luxury setting is seen as ill-suited; an unwelcome, artificial replacement for the time-honored tradition of hospitality.

There certainly is merit to the idea that employee-guest rapport is valuable to the guest, especially in a luxury environment. Therefore, technology innovations need to augment existing services, thereby offering guests a choice, an opportunity, to utilize efficient digital automations and artificial intelligence instead of waiting for personal, one-on-one service.

Developing technological innovations for your luxury hotel doesn’t mean you are lowering your standards. Instead, technology can be used to deliver exceptional services with increased efficiency, as long as customers have a choice.

Here are four ways luxury hotels can use technology to improve guests’ experience. Continue reading “Four Ways Luxury Hotels Can Use Technology to Provide Superior Customer Service”

Top 10 Future Transportation Innovations

Transportation is an essential infrastructure for the economic well-being and growth of a country. A healthy transportation sector provides crucial support for economic growth in both rural and urban areas, national defense and sustained access to safe, efficient travel for the country’s inhabitants.

In a report released in 2015 by the Department of Transportation (DOT), there is a critical need for improvement of our nation’s transportation system. While the DOT has begun accelerating the improvement of our country’s highways and bridges, new forms of transit are being developed and will most likely be implemented soon.

Here are 10 innovations that will revolutionize transportation in the near future. Continue reading “Top 10 Future Transportation Innovations”

Eight Best Practices for Gamification in Schools

One of the most important trends in education is the use of gamification as a learning tool. Using games as a teaching tool is not a new idea. What makes the gamification teaching tools of today different – and innovative – are the explosion in the use of mobile learning applications, breakthrough game-based adaptive learning systems and the growing use of game-based learning strategies.

Gamification is defined as the use of game mechanics and dynamics such as leaderboards, badges and actions that increase motivation for learning in formal and informal settings. The use of digitally-based learning games and strategies is relatively new; for this reason educational organizations need to consider adopting productive gamification best practices in order to ensure that students gain as much benefit as possible from their school based digital gaming experience. Here are eight important guidelines schools should consider to boost motivation and productivity. Continue reading “Eight Best Practices for Gamification in Schools”

2018 Climate Resilience Handbook

If your organization is not already thinking about how to increase its climate resilience in response to these challenges, now is the time to start. Marsh & McLennan Companies—a leader in climate resilience solutions for corporations and government—has developed a comprehensive framework to help organizations adopt a new focus on climate resilience.

2017 sparked new momentum towards building organizational climate resilience.  Milestones included many influential public and private organization initiatives and a renewed commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius and new opportunities in the low-carbon economy. Costly, volatile extreme weather events demonstrated that organizations must prepare for a new normal.

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New Digital Business Models are Being Created for Life Sciences

The digital revolution is bringing major changes to the healthcare sector. Electronic record systems, the Internet of Medical Things and artificial intelligence are all impacting life sciences. Furthermore, even bigger changes are on the horizon, such as in-memory computing and advances in networking. Medical equipment manufacturers and pharmaceutical drug companies are experiencing opportunities in personalized healthcare and are bringing positive changes to therapeutic outcomes. With the life sciences industry poised for change, companies are working to capitalize on new technological developments to gain a critical competitive edge. Continue reading “New Digital Business Models are Being Created for Life Sciences”

New Tractor Beam Can Move Real-Life Objects

The world’s most powerful acoustic tractor beam has successfully moved a small object and enabled it to hover in space. Within a few years, scientist predict they will be able to move larger objects – and maybe even humans.

The acoustic tractor beam uses sound to vibrate things, enabling them to levitate in the air. The use of sound waves means the technology can be applied to most things, unlike magnetic waves, which can only be applied to metals.

Up until recently, scientists could only control tiny objects, but the new technology uses a fast vortex that spins like a whirlpool of sound, making it possible for larger objects to stay in place and not spin out of control. The new acoustic sound beam creates a twister-like motion around the object, causing the object to float without spinning out of control. Continue reading “New Tractor Beam Can Move Real-Life Objects”

An Evolving Risk Landscape: The Global Risks Report 2018

Today’s extraordinary pace of political and technological change obliges organizations to be better prepared for shocks and surprises.

The 13th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, prepared in partnership with Marsh & McLennan Companies, examines the systemic risks that have the potential to cause such shocks and surprises.

For businesses, the report raises important questions about what risk leaders should be doing to build resilience and adaptability in the face of seemingly unmanageable risks. Appreciating the inevitability of potential shock events, being more rigorous about identifying major sources of value destruction, and developing agile responses to fast-moving, uncertain situations are a few of the key takeaways for business leaders.

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Who Will Create the Google Maps of Financial Services?

Despite relatively good conditions for the financial services industry in 2017, many executives are expressing a gnawing sense of concern that the structural advantages of their businesses are eroding, raising questions about where future growth will come from.