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As the problems we face today – from our local communities to the workplace, and the global stage – require diverse leaders who have a variety of skill sets, women leadership
will bring the additional skills needed, as well as a different perspective to drive effective solutions. Female leadership is revolutionizing the game by adding value to the way the world does business.
Having more women in the workplace can lead to significantly higher productivity and efficiency
Although women make up 50% of the workforce, have higher education levels than men, are often the primary breadwinners in their families, ensuring progress entail removing the well-known obstacles to womens’ leadership, that include slow career advancement, fewer raises and promotions, and even more obstacles for women of color.
Securing Advancement Will Require a Shift in Perception
Whereas men think that the workplace is equitable and gender-diversified, women view integration and gender diversification in the Workplace as lacking improvement in that realm. Women also see a workforce that lacks fairness and offers less support. Women’s view, in that respect, is more precise, granted the lingering impediments to women’s advancement.
Women must not only be better represented in leadership in companies, as only one in ten senior leaders is a woman, but they must also receive the support that they need in their day-to-day work as on the road to advancement. Although it’s been known that employees who receive more advice from managers are more likely to say they’ve been promoted in the last two years, women are less likely to receive advice from managers and senior leaders on how to advance. Likewise, employees who interact regularly with senior leaders are more likely to aspire to be top executives, women are less likely to.
Until we change the world to reach the 50/50 parity, where both genders value each contribution and shed the concept of living in a male-dominated culture, we will not unlock nor start benefiting from the full potential of women. Raising awareness of the true status of women in leadership, celebrating their accomplishments, recognizing that more women are needed in leadership, and working together will help women gain confidence and the skills they need to overcome barriers and reach their ultimate goals.
Organizing People can Drive Change in Healthcare Delivery
In Healthcare delivery, change requires those on the front lines to embrace new approaches to care and to work across department barriers. We can encourage others to come together to bring about change just as the campaign that Samuel Adams led toward United States’ independence from Great Britain. These methods, if applied throughout the world, can lead to a revolution in healthcare delivery. One-one techniques, personal narrative, creation of leadership teams, and the creation of effective strategies and tactics are necessary to bring about action and change. You can make a difference.
The future is unfolding now, as smarter devices using machine learning and artificial
intelligence are being created every day and permeating every facets of our lives as they are increasingly becoming part of the mainstream electronics culture. Smart devices are quickly being incorporated into smart homes faster than ever. It’s already been predicted that, by 2020, there will be over 20 billion smart devices connected. IoT devices are already a huge part of how we interact with our vehicles, homes, appliances, and beyond….
Evidencing that IoT is taking off rapidly, Target operates a store in San Francisco that sells IoT devices exclusively. Likewise, there is big money in the IoT space currently, and it will only continue to grow as technology improves.
The collection of data by IoT devices will encourage the creation of even smarter ones. Municipal connected IoT devices, including smart traffic lights that utilize data to sync lights, are transforming cities into smart cities. Other smart IoT devices are improving cities’ overall efficiency and saving municipal governments money as everything can be remotely managed. Smart homes are currently using smart thermostats, lighting systems and coffee makers that collect data on occupants’ habits and patterns of usage to facilitate machine learning toward enabling efficiency.
Keeping These Devices Secure
With all these IoT devices connected, end-to-end security can present a real challenge. The best answer, however, is to utilize a security solution that not only provides end-to-end security but also encrypts the message all the way through.
Thus, devices with encryption keys that can decrypt the encrypted data, as it’s sent and received, are ideal. These devices also enable you to wrap the message body and leave all the actionable data in TLS. Whereas actionable data ought to be simple data like temperature information. Likewise, all inbound ports should remain closed at all costs to prevent your IoT devices from being open to vulnerabilities and DDOS attacks. Configuring devices for outward connections to only make outbound connections will keep the door closed and prevent applications access as well as access to services behind the open ports. The outward connection can be left open so the device can listen in with a secure tunnel back from the network.
The Publish-Subscribe Paradigm is A Great Solution to Many IoT Issues
Using the Publish-Subscribe model with protocols like MQTT, Websockets, or Streaming HTTP to send data on a small scale, ensures connection security to be secure but only works on a small scale. Utilizing such model, the publisher is given a write token and the subscriber a read token, and each token can be revoked at any time and tokens can also have an expiry. In addition, tokens can be set to work with only certain datastream (in this case channel names) so you can have control over what goes in and out of your network.
Utilizing solutions like PubNub help keep globally (large-scale )secure networks running as it also supports secure message delivery among devices. No need to setup your own servers no custom code(s) needed in order to communicate with your backend.
The key to a successful IoT project is to make provisioning incredibly fast and ensure that the entire user experience seamless.
Designing for the Internet of Things (IoT) also entails effectively provisioning for
connected products to work effectually. Every IoT systems incorporates physical ( devices, sensors, gateways,, etc….) as well as digital components( data extraction and secured communication, cloud servers, analytics, and dashboards) that collect data from physical devices and deliver actionable, operational insights.
As all the components need to be designed and their interdependencies fully accounted for, the core challenge for product and engineering teams designing IoT systems is turning IoT use cases into an actual connected system with full integration, the appropriate communication protocols, security, and a user-friendly look and feel.
Four Core Requirements
Interoperability Interoperability of connected system, as a core requirement, involves sensors, devices, equipment, and sites, to communicate and exchange data.
Record Keeping/Information transparency The continuous bridging between the physical and digital worlds the recording and virtual storing of physical processes .
Technical Assistance A driving benefit of IoT, “technical assistance” is the ability of connected systems to provide and display data that helps people with making better operational decisions and solving issues faster. Additionally, IoT-enabled devices must be designed to assist people in laborious tasks toward improving productivity and safety.
Connected system must go beyond assisting and exchanging data; they must also be able to utilized defined logic to make decisions and execute requirements.
Design Complexity and Built-in Solutions
With design complexity bringing a wealth of additional challenges, including the risk of making errors that can be very costly if not caught at an early stage of the design and development process, teams can leverage built-in IoT simulators, not only to validate the design and ensure there are no gaps in the data flows or use cases, but also to visualize system behavior and mistake-proof the logic ahead of development.
IoT Design Platforms Must-have Features/Tools
Ensure that your IoT development platform feature “Visual Modeling” and “ IoT Simulation “ tools that support prompt and precise IoT design.
Visual IoT modeling provides a canvas to define the mechanics, electronics, data connectivity, analytics, and dashboards of the entire system. It enables teams to effortlessly utilize their existing CAD models to the full IoT model along with all its added technology layers and use cases.
IoT Simulation’s Two Benefits
IoT simulation enables teams to quickly and easily validate the IoT system design by leveraging the platform built-in digital prototype to visualize how connected devices, edge and cloud servers, web and mobile apps interact with each other when an event is triggered, and iteratively refine the model based on the simulation runs.
IoT analytics simulation ensures that all needed data sources are accounted for in the design prior to development, by providing teams with a means to visualize the in-market insights ( dashboards and alerts taken from their model ) their IoT system will deliver
Physical Design And Communication Protocol
Granted the physical design of the system forms an integrated intelligent system, a host of factors must be well provisioned for:
Industrial machines must have sensors capable of generating significantly more data than ever before, and to send the information securely for analysis and action.
Rugged sensors – able to function under extreme conditions – must be properly placed in the device.
Identifying and using the most appropriate communication protocol to usefor data integration
Simplifying the complexities that arise in the physical design process entails utilizing hybrid development platforms for design and delivery. These platforms ensure that the physical design attributes necessary for systems to properly function and communicate, are virtually represented in the system model.
Utilize a Lean and Agile Design Methodology
Overcoming the many challenges that IoT presents involves the utilization of a combination of tactics toward accelerating and ensuring efficiency as well as success throughout the design process.
The agile methodology streamlines the entire process, maximizes Stakeholders Investments, and delivers what is needed when it is needed and nothing more. Leveraging the visual modeling and virtual prototyping features, teams are able to easily simulate the system design, present it internally, iterate and reiterate.
Design thinking puts emphasis on a customer-centric approach that reinforces the notion that an IoT system is a business solution addressing specific user needs.
Transitioning to IoT Product Design
Although the technology layers involved in IoT design require new skill sets, nearly one third of companies today lack the required resources (ie, data integration know-how, web and mobile app development, data analytics, and security ) necessary to design and deliver IoT products.
Faced with this new reality, many companies source additional partners.
Although the Internet of Things technologies is poised to bring tremendous savings to the healthcare industry, the healthcare industry has been slow to adopt the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) – the technology that is poised to transform the way people are kept safe and healthy especially as the demand for innovation(s) to lower healthcare costs increase in the coming years. The IoMT will disrupt the industry as it will effectively help with monitoring, informing and notifying stakeholders with actual data toward detecting concerns, early intervention before they become critical.
IoT devices are special-purpose devices, that, most likely, connect wirelessly to a network and transmit and receive data over that wireless connection in order to monitor or control one or many device(s)(thing(s). )
The key characteristics that make IoT devices work include sensors for data acquisition and monitoring as well as actuators – the physical interface – to control the thing(s)( a smart thermostat, the dimmer switch in a smart light bulb, or the gear motors in a robotic vacuum cleaner ) as well as data processing and storage.
As it sounds, a scan and takeover attack is comprised of two phases: the scan and takeover phase and the attack launch phase, which are executed by a Command and Control (CNC) program. After the IoT device attack, the device is taken over and bent to the hacker’s will.