Technology Impact: Self Driving Cars

Technology Impact: Self Driving Cars

Written by Scott Hall on . Posted in IT News, Technology

The innovation of self-driving cars has been happening behind the scenes for a few years now. It’s also been happening on public roads without much fanfare and in courtrooms with much more attention.

The two front runners in the field which will readily be available to consumers are Waymo, a Google spinoff, and Uber, the ridesharing pioneer that’s looking to become a disruptor in another field. There’s no clear leader yet, but the victor will be the organization that can acquire the best talent in data analytics and fast learning, both human and machine.

Driverless cars operate using a variety of cameras and sensors positioned strategically on a vehicle, in addition to a combination of LIDAR and RADAR to assess the environment the car travels through with enough distance to predict outcomes of other objects and vehicles on the road. Surprisingly, the amount of hardware needed to process that information is small; in fact, Chevrolet is using cars right off their factory floor with some small additions, to operate its Cruise service, due out in 2019.

What is also surprising is that while Waymo is investing a large sum of both capital and engineering expertise, it doesn’t plan on actually selling these driverless vehicle systems direct to consumers; instead it will leverage the technology in its rideshare platform.

 

But before you hop into an automated car for a quick trip across town, are they really safe?

 

Currently, legislation is before Congress to remove conventional automobile safety regulations from thousands of self-driving cars on the roads today, as the field of driverless technology is evolving so rapidly that attempts to regulate would be obsolete as soon as they are put into law. What makes more sense, is that more scrutiny is applied to Waymo, Uber and the like to make their test and operational data collected thus far to be available to authorities and the public at large. This would create oversite of a hard-to-govern new technology and provide transparency while allowing progress to move forward.

 

We are already sharing the roads with the future in some states, and a safe driverless taxi platform isn’t very far away.

Internet of Things Will Change your Business, and You, in 2018

Written by Scott Hall on . Posted in IT News

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Everyone in Tech has been touting the Internet of Things (IoT) for years, and it seems with the surge of connected devices in homes, it’s only a matter time before IoT begins impacting small and medium businesses as well.

Current estimates state that there will be 40 billion ‘connected’ or ‘smart’ devices by 2020 – almost 7 devices for every human on our planet. Even if your business doesn’t deal directly with technology, the connectivity of these devices is going to impact how you do your business every day.

Smart devices can track behavior of consumers, employees, vendors, and more. Potentially, these devices can also learn, making intelligent decisions and optimizing responses and, ultimately, predicting future behaviors as well.

IoT will also impact the basics of inventory tracking and manufacturing. Amazon is already on top, leading that charge for many years. But as technology becomes cheaper and easier to implement, even small businesses can integrate the same technologies to become increasingly more efficient, leaner, and more profitable.

Employee productivity and morale can also be influenced by the IoT. Remote work becomes easier, by bringing large scale data analytics to anyone, anywhere. It’s no secret that employees can increase job satisfaction, and productivity along with it, by working remote in many cases.

And it’s not all about our material world – cutting edge IoT developments can allow your workforce to have greater precision and accuracy in the very same data analysis and management that started with it. In other words, the more it’s used, the better it gets.

With these IoT trends, scalability is easier than ever when connected devices are integrated properly in your business, leading to more profits, and long-term growth.

SOS Technology Group can help you keep up with this emerging trend and incorporate it into your existing business…

Are there KRACKs in your Wireless Network Security?

Written by Scott Hall on . Posted in Computer Security, IT News

 

Are there KRACKs in your Wireless Network Security?

On October 16, 2017, Belgian security researcher made public their findings that demonstrated fundamental design flaws in WPA2 that could lead to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks on wireless networks.

Named KRACKs, or key reinstallation attacks, this technique can theoretically be used by attackers to steal sensitive information from unsuspecting wireless users leveraging these flaws in the WiFi standard.

More details on these vulnerabilities are available on the researchers’ website at www.krackattacks.com.

What can I do to protect my wireless network?

We do recommend that you take immediate action to minimize the risk presented by these vulnerabilities.  We advise the following:

  • Patch all of your WiFi clients, whether Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Mac OS based, with the latest KRACK updates from your client vendors. The attack is launched by compromising the wireless device, not the wireless router, so that is the most important area to focus on when you go about patching.
  • Check with your vendor to determine if you need to patch your wireless access points and/or routers. Ideally, your WiFi solution would be centrally managed allowing you to provide updates and patches in a timely fashion without crippling IT resources.
  • Add an additional layer of security by using VPN technology to encrypt all network traffic between your wireless devices and your firewall.
  • Transmit sensitive data only on TLS/SSL-encrypted web pages. Look for the green lock symbol in the address bar along with https in the URL.
  • Be on the lookout for unusual activity inside or outside your facility. In order to launch an attack using these vulnerabilities, an attacker must be physically located within Wi-Fi range of both the access point and the wireless client that is attempting to connect to the network. That means the attacker must be in or near your building, which makes it a bit more difficult to leverage than other Internet-only attacks.
  • One other note: there is no need to change Wi-Fi passwords as the KRACKs do not require the Wi-Fi password to be successful.

 

Get In Touch With SOS Technology Group Today

SOS can help you extend breach prevention to your wireless network while surveying if your current solution places you at risk.


SOS Technology Group
is a full-service IT consulting company focused on delivering IT Services and Solutions to businesses across the USA. We offer specialized, highly customized technology solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Our experienced team will be able to assist you in creating a practical, sustainable IT infrastructure for your business, from helping develop your overall IT Strategy down to implementing a fully functional network in your environment.   We offer a range of IT Consulting and IT Outsourcing services including Network Management, Dedicated Servers and Managed Services, customized to meet your unique business needs, so you can stop worrying about technology and focus on your business.   Give us a call at 410-559-7020 or contact us here to get started. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube.

 

How Indestructible is Dell’s Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme Laptop?

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If your profession requires an indestructible laptop, Dell may have answered your desires. The Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme was built to last, and it runs on the campaign of being the most durable laptop ever.

If your profession requires an indestructible laptop, Dell may have answered your desires.  The Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme was built to last, and it runs on the campaign of being the most durable laptop ever.  Dell proclaims that this laptop is particularly useful, “No matter where your office is.”  Meaning, regardless of whether or not you’re a soldier or if you work a desk job, this laptop can work for you.  If you think there’s no such thing as an indestructible laptop, read on, and allow Dell to prove you wrong.

Apple Makes Changes in the New iOS 10.3

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While the public most likely still has months to wait before the full release, this update appears to be packed with a range of exciting new features.

Apple has given developers their first big look at the upcoming update for the iOS 10, iOS 10.3. While the public most likely still has months to wait before the full release, this update appears to be packed with a range of exciting new features. These include improvements for iPods, AirPods, iPads, and even more. Below. We will go through some of the exciting new features of the upcoming iOS 10.3.

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