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By GCN Staff


emerging tech gets serious

Look out: They're sending in the suits on emerging tech

You knew it was coming. Now that market research firm IDC has

The now-solid platform of cloud, mobile, social, and big data technologies sets the stage for what IDC has dubbed innovation accelerators: the Internet of Things; cognitive systems; next-gen security; augmented and virtual reality, robotics and 3D printing.

"The adoption of these technologies will drive digital transformation by opening new revenue streams, creating information-based organizations, and changing the way work is performed," said IDC Chief Research Officer Crawford Del Prete. "Together, these forces are contributing to a once in a generation structural shift in the IT industry itself."

IDC's expanded coverage of the innovation accelerators will include six dedicated global research programs with worldwide forecasts, vertical use cases and leading vendor profiles along with companion spending guides.

Posted on Nov 02, 2015 at 11:23 AM0 comments


FAA appoints drone registration task force

Task force to hammer out drone registration guidelines

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force that will meet formally from Nov. 3-5 to develop recommendations for a streamlined registration process and minimum requirements for UAS registration.

This task force will provide recommendations on the type of registration platform needed to accommodate small UAS, and on whether it is appropriate for the FAA to continue to exercise discretion with respect to requiring registration of certain UAS based on their weight and performance capabilities.

The FAA is requesting suggestions from the public in a number of areas, including clarification on the types of data collected, the feasibility of web-based registration, where the information should be stored and whether fees should be collected.

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox set a deadline of Nov. 20 for the task force to finalize its recommendations. Given the short deadline and the expected boom in holiday sales of unmanned aircraft, DOT and FAA officials will move quickly to consider and establish the recommendations.

The 25-member task force includes representatives from a number of aviation associations as well as from Amazon Prime Air, GoogleX and Walmart, which have expressed interest in drone delivery systems.  

Posted on Nov 02, 2015 at 11:23 AM0 comments


Iowa City moves workforce management to the cloud

Iowa City moves workforce management to the cloud

Iowa City is moving workforce management for than 750 employees across all departments into the cloud with the Workforce Ready solution from Kronos Inc.  

The city had been manually collecting and entering workforce data, which was slow and inefficient because of complex workforce compliance rules, payroll schedules for shift work and union contracts. The Kronos system promises to help automate and standardize the city’s workforce management processes, and save the city from acquiring additional hardware.

Because the Workforce Ready solution will be integrated with the city’s enterprise resource planning system, it will also increase the accuracy of employee time and attendance data entering the ERP system.  Kronos officials said this will enhance the overall quality of the entire payroll process.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:10 PM0 comments


DHS opens Artic Domain Awareness Center

DHS opens Arctic Domain Awareness Center

In order to better respond to and prepare for emergencies in the increasingly fluid Arctic environment, the Department of Homeland Security opened an Arctic Domain Awareness Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The ADAC will work with 16 universities, institutional and industry partners in maritime domain and situational awareness, emergency response support, maritime technology research and integrated education. ADAC will also work with community observers in the native village of Gambell located on St. Lawrence Island.

ADAC’s development of critical Arctic data – ranging from weather, ship traffic, search and rescue capability, subsistence activity, offshore drilling and more – can help decision makers with the Coast Guard and DHS better analyze, anticipate and prepare for a range of scenarios that they will inevitably face.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:51 PM0 comments


heat map for cybersecurity jobs

A heat map for hot cybersecurity jobs

A cybersecurity jobs heat map is in the works, thanks to funding from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. Visualizing the need for, and supply of, cybersecurity workers across the country, the map will provide data to help employers, job seekers, policy makers, training providers and guidance counselors meet today's increasing demand.

Once developed, the map will be updated every 90 days to show job postings grouped into categories mapped to the NICE National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, using job titles, skills, educational degrees, certifications, experience and other credentials advertised by employers. The NICE Jobs Heat Map also will provide information on the supply of workers with relevant degrees or certifications.

“This unique tool will allow users on both sides of the employment equation to assess supply and demand in cybersecurity on a city-by-city or state-by-state basis," NICE Director Rodney Petersen said.

The first edition of the jobs heat map is expected to be released in late 2016.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM0 comments