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HOW WILL BLOCKCHAIN TRANSFORMING GLOBAL TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS?

BLOCKCHAIN TRANSFORMING TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS

In a world where online purchases have become the norm from an exception, transport and logistics have grown to play a bigger role than ever. The impact that it has on the general populace has increased to monumental levels. There is no two-ways about the fact that transport and logistics will have to evolve along with every aspect of 21st century lives — accepting the influence of technology in its transformation. The aspect that is largely missing from the present process of transport and logistics is transparency. Most customers are not aware of where their products are coming from and through which route would it reach them. Furthermore, multiple people and authorities can inspect the product before it even reaches you, which increases the cost considerably. In addition, most of these processes are still largely reliant on paper. A generation ago, a major shift in the field of transport and logistics was the shift to third-party shipping companies, and now the industry is moving towards a world that relies on harnessing the power of the cloud. The rise of multiple digital platform based sellers, and consumers buying products from overseas sellers have mandated the upgradation in the process in order to weed out inefficiencies.

Why Blockchain?

There was a time not so long ago that required companies to keep track of just two parties. Most logistics hubs now deal with multiple stakeholders — involving containers, finance, fuel, transport, and regulatory paperwork. Multi-party coordination becomes more challenging that is asset-rich in every form possible. There are three active factors that are forcing transport and logistics firms to adopt technologies such as blockchain — new infrastructure and technology, richer and accessible logistics data, and the constant pressure if reducing overall costs. On the other hand, consumers expect a level of professionalism that is impossible to attain with a long trail of paperwork.

In the sector of cross-border transport and logistics, blockchain will greatly increase the transparency of global supply chains. Blockchain would ease the tracking of international shipments, reduce administration costs through automation of the documentation process, and above all provide a secure channel for transactions across the entire logistic chain.

Proven Benefits of Blockchain

As it works today, transport and logistics chain from a manufacturer to the consumer involves multiple stakeholder — these include exporters, terminal operators, port authorities, freight forwarders, and customs agencies among many other. In most cases, paperwork involved in the process still requires to be handed from one stakeholder to another in person. This can lead to situations where the product might have reached a certain point on the route, but the corresponding paper trail has not come to speed. End receivers, or customers, might not have clear understanding and information of such lags, thus generating a sense of dissatisfaction while also making the entire process costlier than it needs to be.

Employing blockchain would instantly alleviate a number of these apprehensions from the process. Blockchain would be instrumental in minimising or even eliminating the redundancy of information that is inevitable in paperwork. The repetition of information across multiple documents in a largely manual process often leads to confusion, or even worse, errors that can elongate the process.

Blockchain would also allow the registration of digital insignia and signature of each party within the same chain that is accessible to every stakeholder in real time, thus increasing security of the process. In case of any errors that are identified, blockchain would allow for considerably easy tracking of the errors and provide solutions to rectify them with minimum aggravation to the process chain. Additionally, blockchain allows all stakeholders to have continual access to all information about the process on one common platform.

The integration of blockchain into transport and logistics would substantially reduce the monopoly that certain intermediaries have over critical information about the process. Employing blockchain would allow all parties to have complete access to all kinds of information that is integral to the entire process. In a way, this would make the entire industry a level playing field for small and medium enterprises in the supply chain. Blockchain provides a level of security that is unparalled. Algorithms are the basis of every blockchain, and not everyone can get into the system and make changes to the algorithm. This ensures the ultimate security that encourages a sense of security and trust.

The Way Forward From Here

There is no denying that blockchain would become an essential part of every firm across industries. It would be essential that the application of blockchain and its integration into the industry is seamless. If a situation rises where half the industry functions on blockchain, while the other half is stuck to papers, it would be heavily detrimental to the entire industry. In order to ensure that the technology is adopted simultaneously across the industry, it would become necessary to inform and coach players in the industry irrespective of their operational size. Larger organisations can lead by example and motivate the smaller companies to take up blockchain services. A greater boost can come from governments. It the government agencies in the transport and logistics chain shift to blockchain and insist on working only through that singular platform, companies would have to adopt blockchain for their cross-border bill payments, license renewals, and visa applications. This impetus can speed up the integration process manifold.

It is imperative that the potential of blockchain in the transport and logistics sector is enormous to say the least, but its mass adoption is the only way that can guarantee large-scale change and development. Improving cyber security, providing requisite privacy, and increasing the extent of interoperability of the systems would determine the scale to which blockchain would grow and expand within the industry.

About Fusion Informatics

The world in closing in and everyone wishes to live in a world of hyper-connectivity. However, geographical distances remain the same, therefore transport and logistics would continue to take time to scale the world encouraging global trade. Like everything else, technology has a solution for this too. Technology can immensely help in cutting down the time that transport and logistics usually take. Blockchain is meant to ease processes, and it would lend a sense of security and transparency to the entire industry. Nevertheless, blockchain remains an enigma for most. Experts at Fusion Informatics are trained, and dedicated, to ensure that clients are duly informed about the changes that blockchain would bring into their organisation. We are committed to understanding the specific needs that our clients might have, and design technology solutions that are tailor-made for them; and in service of achieving their objectives and improving their business.

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10 Mobile Apps For Startup Entreprenuers And Small Business Owners

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Starting your own business is not only about having the physical/ digital products available. It’s more than hiring people and taxes. Running a business requires a lot of aspects to deal with, and if you are just starting up, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on things that you are not sure. After all, you are just starting to grow your business.

It’s terrifying to know that 20% of small businesses fail in their first year. As a startup business owner, this data could keep you awake at night. You are not certain what will be your business’s future.

But business owners don’t have to freak out. Startup businesses can thrive; all they need is the right tool to help them in their journey. Since technology has been a big help to everyone, startup entrepreneurs can definitely rely on this technology to guide them too.

Here we have put together mobile apps entrepreneurs can use to help them in every part of the decision making in their business. Also, these apps are easy to use and can be managed anywhere and anytime.

EVERNOTE

Sometimes ideas come to us in the most unexpected moments, and it’s best if you are ready to take notes. We cannot rely on our memory to help us remember every good idea that pops up. Therefore, having a trusty note with you all the time will save you a lot of wonders.

One best note-taking app startup business owners must have is Evernote. This simple, effortless, and handy app can store a lot of ideas and notes you need. Aside from note-taking, users can save photos, videos, and voices to add on to a presentation. It also enables the sharing of documents, which is possible for team collaboration.

But Evernote doesn’t only stop on your mobile phone. You can sync data into other devices to manage it.

You can try their free lifetime plan or jump into one of their paid plans with additional features.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

RESCUE TIME

How do you spend your day? Do you participate in activities that are beneficial to the growth of your business, or did you spend most of your time catching up with emails? Find out what you did the whole day by getting a time management app.

RescueTime is designed to track every activity you do, whether on your computer or your mobile phone. At the end of the day, this app will send you the results of your activity. Knowing where you spend your time most can help you eliminate unnecessary activities, and focus most of your time with important ones.

This app has two categories of plans (Individual and Your Team). The individual plan offers a free lifetime plan with limited features. Their paid plans begin at $6 per month.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

MOBILEDAY

This app has been around for ten years, and it’s here to stay for a long time. MobileDay is a one-touch conference call app you can bring with you wherever you go. You can eliminate the need to look through your contact to make a call, and there is no more worry about missing a meeting anymore.

MobileDay auto-sync data from your calendar and phone contacts. This will remind you of the meetings you have. It also shows notification of upcoming calls. If you are running behind, you can just send a quick text or email, notifying everyone that you’ll be late.

The app is free with limited features. Its paid plans start at $14 per month/ user. MobileDay will soon be adding another plan that features international calls and unlimited conference calling.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

SLACK

Let’s face it if you work with a team communicating with one another doesn’t come that easy, especially when your means of communication are through email. That’s why Slack came to life.

This cloud-based software, which can also be downloaded to your phone, is a great way to communicate with your team. With Slack, you can communicate with members by assigning different channels. You don’t have to worry about piling up of messages anymore. Since slack allows you to separate each department or project into different channels, making it easy to communicate with one another.

You can try the app for free or use their paid plans that begin at $6.67 per month/ active users.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

MINT

Running a business is not easy, especially when you have to manage almost everything. Sometimes even personal finances may get in the way. That’s why having an app that can help you track all of your business’ financial statements and bills to pay, is a big help.

Mint is a mobile app you can use to plan and budget expenses for your business. With this app, you can easily see if there are upcoming bills to settle and where your income is going.

The best part about this app is that it has been secured with 256-bit encryption and SSL. Now you know that your business’ money is secure wherever you go.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

PICMONKEY

If your business has social media and you are mostly in charge of it, you need an application that you can carry around to edit photos. PicMonkey is an app that can help you with that.

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make professional-looking photos for your social media or website post. PicMonkey gives you the freedom to do this and easily share it online.

It’s an easy to manage tool that you can bring wherever you go.

This app has a 7-day free trial. After you can purchase their paid package that starts at $7.99 per month.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

POCKET

When you find something you like to read, but you are too busy to look at it, Pocket will keep it for you. Pocket, which was formerly known as Read It Later, is the best app you can use to save videos, articles, or content that you want to take a look at later.

The best part about this application is that you don’t have to access the saved files with an internet connection. Now you can read without the distraction of the online world.

This tool is great for entrepreneurs to save on articles they need to read that could help them grow their business.

You can use this app for free or go premium with $4.99 per month.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

UNROLL.ME

Having a messy inbox is time-consuming, especially if you have to look at it every day. Small business owners or startups can’t lose time scrolling through emails that are not important because most of their time is precious.

If you are tired of this process, Unroll.me is an app you can use to unsubscribe on emails that you don’t need. Now, you don’t have to individually click emails to unsubscribe.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

LOGMEIN PRO

Get to manage your files on your PC or desktop no matter where you are. With LogMeIn Pro, you’ll be able to access important files that you need on your computer. This app is great for traveling business owners.

Aside from the ability to access files, you can use LogMeIn Pro to collaborate with others by simply sharing your files. Users of this app don’t have to worry as the app is highly secured by the company’s security system.

Experience LogMeIn Pro free for 14 days. You can opt for their paid plans that begin at $349.99 per year.

Mobile App: Free (Android and iOS).

KEYNOTE

Whether we admit it or not, listening to a plain presentation without any effects sound boring. If startups or small business owners want to excite their investors or entertain their employees, a fun, professional, and creative presentation, must be made.

Keynote is the perfect app to bring your dream presentation to life. This Apple Store app enables users to bring life to their work, collaborate with others wherever they are in the world, and make a great impression.

The only downside to this is that Keynote is only an app available for Apple users.

Mobile App: Free (iOS).

CONCLUSION

Business owners are lucky enough to have the technology come to their aid. With these apps, software, and programs, there is no need to worry about the simple things when running your business. Now you can focus on what’s important while other aspects are being handled by these mobile apps.

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Why Python is the Most Adopted Choice for Startups in 2020?

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It is not an easy task to choose the right programming language for your startups from the flood of programming languages for software and app development.

Startups preparing a phase of product development need to weigh several variables when selecting the right programming language. While operating on a tight budget, startups need to consider carefully: the pace of development, language popularity, developer’s costs, libraries, compatibility, security, scalability, and stability.

In addition, it is not enough to choose the one just because your mate finds the language to be more common or suggested by developers. The choice of a programming language should be wise, reason-based and driven by the business goals that your company aims to achieve, particularly for a startup.

That is why your best bet is to go for robust and well-established software like Python. Python has been on the market for almost 30 years and is still considered one of the top languages available for programming.

Today, however, we are going to discuss the relevance and viability of Python application development from the market front, i.e. from the start-up point of view, and find out why Python is your start-up’s top programming language in 2020.

What Programming Language is the Best for Startups?

Therefore, a start-up-friendly programming language needs to help the company from what has been said above and lets check out the what factors are popular for a start-up business.

  • High scalability and MVP development to attract investment as quickly as possible
  • New functionality and fast but efficient revisions are easy to implement
  • Quick iterations in the process of development
  • The business and development team working on the project can be scaled easily
  • Easily, integrate with other applications and technologies
  • Support the product easily and effectively after it has been released
  • Time and cost-controlled process of development

Python is often considered to be one of the best solution for start-ups to fulfill the above requirements.

The choice of language, of course, depends on owner, type of product and business goals. This means that in some cases another language will be more successful given the simplicity of Python. It’s not about any kinds of products being unsuitable for Python. It’s just that sometimes with another language you can do the same things that you can do more easily just like with Python. However, in 90% of instances, Python remains the most valid programming language for new businesses, and this claim is proven by our rich experience in product development.

Also Read: Top 7 Types of Apps That Can Be Built Using Python in 2019

Some of the Best Features of Python

Python brought many features to the table as a best programming language. Some of the most significant features of Python are:

  • Support TDD

Python’s test-driven development is very popular. As simple as it is for developers to create prototypes with it, they can later transform them to fully functional applications by simply refactoring the code and can immediately test it.

  • Open Source and Free

Python is an open-source programming language that allows anyone to build and contribute to their development. Python has an online forum that brings together thousands of coders every day to further develop this language. Python is free to download and use in any operating system, whether it is Windows, Mac or Linux.

  • Ideal for ML and Big Data

Machine Learning and Big Data are two of the emerging technologies that have acquired global eyeballs from many facilities. Both come blessed with tons of locked potential, something we are slowly tapping into it. You can also develop apps that are integrated with these technologies, including a wide range of AI technologies, among other types of applications written in Python, as it has many robust libraries to support development.

  • Support for GUI

One of the key aspects of any programming language is the GUI or Graphical User Interface because it has the ability to add flair to code and make the results more interactive. Python supports a wide range of GUIs that can be quickly imported to the interpreter, making this one of the developer’s favorite programming language.

  • Highly Portable

Suppose you’re running Python on Windows and you need to change to either Mac or Linux, so you can easily do the same in Python without thinking about modifying the code. In other programming languages, this is not possible, making Python one of the industry’s most portable languages.

  • Highly Dynamic

As mentioned in a previous paragraph, Python is one of today’s industry’s most dynamic languages. What this means is that a variable type is determined at runtime and not in advance. We do not need to specify the type of variable during coding due to the presence of this feature, thus saving time and increasing efficiency.

  • Object-Oriented Approach

Python’s object-oriented style is one of the key aspects. It means that Python understands the principle of encapsulation of class and object, thereby enabling long-term efficiency of programs.

Top 10 Reasons to Use Python for Your Startup

Used for over 30 years, Python is attracting more and more admirers throughout the world in developer communities. Forecasts say a massive amount of traffic is on track by 2020.

And that’s why so many people see Python as the ideal language for business programming.

  • Python is Easy to Learn

Compared to other language python is intuitive and quite easy to learn hence, Python has been praised all over the world. It is the most common programming language for first-time students, according to the poll of the Lifehacker.

Python is a very developer-friendly language that means that in a couple of hours or days anyone and everyone can learn to code it. Python is one of the easiest to learn compared to other object-oriented programming languages such as Java, C, C++, and C#.

  • Python is Great for Building MVPs and Prototypes

Rapid development is one of Python’s officially adopted fundamental principles. And indeed, it is considered to be one of the most efficient languages, thanks largely to code-efficiency and the possibility of reuse of code. Python is a good choice to create quick but functional prototypes to attract investors or test ideas among the consumer market, as it is simple and time-efficient. This is one of the main benefits of start-ups.

Now, due to its expeditious nature, one of Python’s best uses is MVP development. Python facilitates robust and rapid development by allowing developers to make fast iterations after the feedback has been received. Python’s pre-built modules and packages make it capable of accelerating the process of completing the material.

In fact, it has been observed that’ Python can provide a fully functioning MVP in comparison to languages like Java with Python; it is time-efficient, something that every startup requires.

  • It’s Time-Tested Yet Innovative

Python’s history began in the 1980’s. This means that it is time-tested, but not obsolete. Python, on the other hand, is renowned for its open-sourced software that continually replenishes with new libraries and solutions as one of the most creative and versatile programming languages used to incorporate advanced ideas.

  • Python is Very Popular And Universal

Python has a huge number of admirers and our web development firm is no exception making it one of the direct consequences of high popularity in the world. This, means locating developers for a project is quite simple and removing them if necessary.

  • It Has Wonderful Community Support

One benefit that Python frequently passes past business owners ‘ notice is that it has one of the best technical documentation stacks ever, as well as a large and highly supportive culture. Community support is popular as the developer team faces challenges during the process of product development. This means whatever tasks you given to your developers; they will not be stuck for a long time in search of a proper decision instead they will be able to find one quite quickly taking support from community. Therefore, time is money again.

Fortunately, the Python community is among the best out there and it strives to heal all the issues that the language may have and from time to time improve its characteristics and functions.

  • It goes well with ML, AI and BD

Is your project set up to handle large amounts of data, which is very popular nowadays? Another good news item is that this Python programming has become a best bet for all forms of technology including machine learning (ML) big data and artificial intelligence (AI). This is because it has powerful packages for these types of tasks (such as NumPy and Panda), as well as wide data visualization possibilities through APIs.

  • Python is Open-Source

Literally, this means that the platform is continuously being building by thousands of the brightest minds in the world. On the other hand, it also means that Python can be implemented however; you please as open-source software, as well as modified to meet the needs of a particular project. One thing that adds versatility is the amazing amount of libraries (packages) that can be used as turnkey solutions by developers.

  • Highly scalable

As mentioned earlier, being ready for any kind of change, as well as for rapid growth, is crucial for a startup. Python is the highest scalability programming language. It all comes from simplicity: without time-consuming procedures, designers can easily overcome any challenges and scale up or down the design.

Scalability is an inevitable component that cannot be overlooked by any startup. As a business grows, its users are also growing. In such situations, having an application that has the potential for development as the business grows would become a priority for any business.

  • Doesn’t Require a Big Team

Python is not related to a large amount of written code, which is why it allows developers to work faster and, more significantly, to retain a smaller development team than many other programming languages. For a startup, this is good news, since “fewer men” means “less expenses.”

Therefore, for entrepreneurs, it is always good news wherever they can save a few bucks. Python provides developers succinct and rather simple software compared to other languages, removing the need for large teams to perform the same task while providing impeccable quality product.

  • Versatile

It is simply versatile to add another jewel to the crown of Python, with minimal effort required. This means that if you need a code that works phenomenally across platforms like Windows, mac-OS, or even Linux, then Python should be your choice as a language.

Therefore, if you need to incorporate technologies such as Machine Learning and Data Science, then you need nothing but Python as the top language of coding to help you achieve the device you envisaged even better.

  • High Security

Python, when it comes to security, is obviously safe than some other popular languages, such as PHP. Because of python frameworks like Django, it comes loaded with built-in security features that protect the application from many online security threats.

This system will mask the source code of the site from direct viewing by creating dynamically web pages and using templates that send data to web browsers.

Success Stories of Python with Giants

Look at the companies that choose or used python as their choice and now thrive in their specific niche. Python’s use cases are a perfect example of why Python is perfect for startups.

  • Uber
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Disqus
  • Spotify
  • Dropbox
  • Reddit

Isn’t a strong portfolio?  This is the major reason why so many of the apps around built with python and developers love to work with Python. As we mentioned earlier, since it was simple and cheap, Python used to be a language for rough drafts and start-up development. The simplest solutions, however, are generally the most effective.

In reality, in addition to startups, many well-established organizations like NASA, IBM, to name a few, are bending towards Python for their needs for software and app development.

Conclusion

There are many languages of programming out there and of course, they each have their own advantages. It would be quite unfair to say that it is worth paying attention to only one specific language, otherwise the others would simply not exist.

According to many app development companies it is no contest that Python can become the programming language of the future. Every value, functionality, and function mentioned above is a clear indication that Python is the best startup programming language.

So, should you launch your Python based startup? In many cases, Python would definitely be an excellent choice.

Have an idea? Let’s discuss!

Fusion Informatics being a Top Software and Mobile App Development Company in Dubai can be your best technical partner for software, application development and digital transformation.

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Blockchain Consensus Algorithms and its Objectives and Properties

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In the simplest terms, a blockchain is a time stamped collection of unchangeable data records controlled by a group of computers, which do not belong to a single entity. All these data blocks (i.e. blocks) are protected by cryptographical concepts (i.e. chains) and are bound to each other.

Of course, we all know that.

However, have you ever wondered how all this can be achieved?

Who manages this network and reviews every payment if there is no centralized authority?

Okay, it’s just Blockchain consensus algorithms–the core part of Blockchain’s development world that we’re going to discuss in this comprehensive guide. So let us start exploring the Blockchain consensus algorithm theory without a delay.

What Blockchain Consensus Algorithm is about?

A consensus algorithm can be defined as the process by which consensus is achieved by a blockchain network. Public (decentralized) blockchains are built as distributed systems and the distributed nodes need to agree on the validity of transactions, as they do not depend on a central authority. This is where the algorithms of consensus come into play. They ensure that the rules of the protocol are observed and ensure that all transactions take place in a trustless manner, so that the coins can only be spent once.

A consensus mechanism allows the network of blockchain to achieve reliability and build a level of trust between different nodes, while ensuring environmental security. That’s why it’s a vital part of any app development guide and any dApp project in the decentralized leader world.

These algorithms operate based on different goals, some of which we will cover in this article’s next section.

Why Consensus Algorithms Connected with Cryptocurrencies

As described above, consensus algorithms are crucial to preserving a cryptocurrency network’s integrity and protection. They provide a means of reaching consensus on which version of the blockchain is the real one for distributed nodes. Agreement on the current state of blockchain is necessary for proper functioning of an electronic economic system.

The Consensus Proof of Work algorithm is considered one of the best solutions to the problem of Byzantine Generals, which allowed Bitcoin to be developed as a Byzantine Fault Tolerant system. It means the Bitcoin blockchain is highly resistant to threats, such as the attack (or plurality attack) of 51 %. Not only due to the decentralization of the network, but also due to the PoW algorithm. It is very difficult and unlikely that miners will invest their resources to disrupt the network due to the high costs involved in the mining process.

Complete List Objectives of Blockchain Consensus Mechanism

  • Fair & Equitable

The Mechanisms of consensus allow anyone to participate and use the same basics in the network. It thus supports the blockchain system’s open-source and decentralization property.

  • Prevent Double Spending

Consensus processes operate based on certain algorithms to ensure that the public ledger only contains certain transactions that are checked and legitimate. This solves the traditional double-spending issue, i.e. the issue of twice spending a digital currency.

  • Unified Agreement

Achieving common understanding is one of the primary goals of consensus processes.

Unlike hierarchical structures where it is important to have trust in the authority, users can work in a distributed manner even without building confidence on each other. The protocols implemented in the Distributed blockchain network ensure that the information involved in the process is true, accurate, and up-to-date status of the public ledger.

  • Align Economic Incentive

Aligning the interests of network members is a must when it comes to building a trustless framework that governs on its own.

In this case, a blockchain consensus protocol provides incentives for good behavior and punishes the wrong actors. This also means that economic incentives are governed.

  • Fault Tolerant

Another advantage of the Consensus approach is that it ensures that the blockchain is tolerant to faults, consistent and secure. Which means, even in the case of failures and risks, the controlled system would work indefinitely.

There are already plenty of Blockchain consensus algorithms in the ecosystem, and many more are coming into the marketplace. This makes it important for each Blockchain App Development Company and enthusiastic Entrepreneur to familiarize themselves with the factors that determine a successful consensus protocol and the potential effect of going with a bad one.

So let’s start by figuring out what makes a good Blockchain consensus.

Characteristics of a Perfect Blockchain Consensus Mechanism

  • Egalitarian

Another feature of a good mechanism is that every vote received from the node is given equal value and weight.

With this in mind, let’s find out what happens if you don’t take these factors into account and introduce your development process to a poor consensus model.

  • Safety

All nodes are capable of generating results that are true according to protocol rules in a good consensus system.

  • Inclusive

A successful consensus mechanism ensures that each network node is active in the voting process.

  • Participatory

A consensus process in which all nodes are actively involved and contribute to updating the Blockchain database is considered a model of strong consensus.

Results of Choosing a Poor Consensus Protocol Mechanism

  • Lack of Performance

If contemplating a poor consensus process, the node either is unstable or suffers from partitioning the network. It slows the node-to-node transfer cycle and increases the application’s latency, which eventually reduces the performance level.

  • Consensus Failure

Another effect of incorporating your business model with a bad consensus mechanism is the failure of consensus. In this case, a fraction of nodes does not engage in any system and thus fail to deliver correct and desirable outcomes in the absence of their votes.

With the basics of Blockchain consensus methods now covered, let’s delve into the subject more thoroughly and look at common consensus mechanism forms.

  • Blockchain Forks

Choosing a poor consensus blockchain method increases the chain’s vulnerability. Blockchain Forks is one such weakness facing blockchain enthusiasts and developers.

In a layman language, blockchain forks are a condition or situations in which a single chain splits into two or more. The software starts to work in an unpredictable manner when a Blockchain fork occurs, generating two or more divergent nodes ahead.

Most Trusted and Popular Blockchain Consensus Algorithms in Market

There are several types of algorithms for consensus. PoW and PoS are the most frequent implementations. When trying to balance security with functionality and scalability, each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

  • Proof of Work (PoW)

PoW was the first algorithm to be developed for consensus. Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies use it. A key part of the mining process is the Proof of Work algorithm.

Most hashing attempts are involved in PoW mining, so more computational power means more trials per second. In other words, miners with a high hash rate are more likely to find a valid solution for the next block (including block hash). The PoW consensus algorithm guarantees that miners can only verify a new transaction block and add it to the blockchain when the network’s distributed nodes reach consensus and agree that the miner’s block hash is a valid work proof.

  • Proof of Stake (PoS)

Proof of Stake is the PoW consensus protocol’s most simple and environmentally friendly solution that was created as an alternative to PoW in 2011. Despite sharing similar goals with PoS and PoW, they pose some fundamental differences and specificities and especially when new blocks are reviewed and validated.

In a few words, proof of Stake’s consensus algorithm replaces PoW mining with a process in which participants monitor the frames. Block’s validator (also called a forger or minter) is determined by the cryptocurrency’s own investment and not by the amount of computational power allocated. Every PoS framework can implement the algorithm in different ways, but the blockchain is usually protected by a pseudo-random election process that takes into account the wealth of the node and the age of the coins (how long the coins are locked or staked)–along with a randomization variable.

At present, the Ethereum blockchain is based on a PoW algorithm, but eventually releases the Casper protocol, which switches the network from PoW to PoS in an effort to make the network more scalable.

  1. Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS)

The participants stake their coin in the case of Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) and vote for a certain number of delegates so that the more they spend the more weight they get. For instance: if user A spends 10 coins for a delegate and user B invests 5 coins, A’s vote will get more weight than B’s.

In the form of transaction fees or a certain sum of coins, delegates are also paid.

Thanks to this stake-weighted voting mechanism, DPoS is one of the fastest and widely favored blockchain consensus frameworks as a decentralized democracy. Some of these blockchain confidence systems in their real lives are Steem, EOS and BitShares.

  1. Leased Proof of Stake (LPoS)

LPoS is an enhanced version of the PoS consensus system running on the platform Waves.

Unlike the standard proof-of-stake approach where each node with a certain amount of cryptocurrency has the right to add the next blockchain, in this consensus algorithm, users may lease their balance to complete nodes. In addition, the one who leases the larger amount to the full node is more likely to generate the next frame. In addition, the leaser is then rewarded with a percentage of the transaction fee that the entire node has collected.

This version of PoS is an efficient and safe choice for the production of public cryptocurrencies.

  • Byzantine Fault Tolerance (BFT)

Byzantine Fault Tolerance, as the name suggests, is used to deal with Byzantine fault (also known as Byzantine Generals Problem)–a situation in which the actors of the system have to decide on an appropriate strategy to avoid catastrophic system failure, but some of them are uncertain.

The two key variants in the Blockchain domain of the BFT consensus model are PBFT and DBFT.

  • Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (PBFT)

PBFT is a lightweight algorithm that solves the problems of the Byzantine General by allowing users to validate the messages they received by carrying out a calculation to determine the validity decision of the text.

 

Then the group declares its decision to other nodes that eventually take a vote on it. The final decision thus depends on the decisions taken from the other nodes.

Some of the use cases of this blockchain consensus system are Stellar, Ripple, and Hyperledger Fabric.

  • Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (DBFT)

The Delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance Mechanism, developed by NEO, is close to the concept of DPoS consensus. The NEO token owners also get the chance to vote for the delegates here.

This is, however, regardless of the amount of currency that they spend. Anyone who meets the basic requirements, i.e. a checked identification, proper equipment, and 1,000 GAS, can become a delegate. One of those delegates is then randomly selected as speaker.

The speaker who is waiting to be validated creates a new block. He also sends a proposal to the elected delegates who are responsible for overseeing and recording all transactions on the network. Such delegates are free to share and evaluate the suggestions for testing the speaker’s information reliability and honesty. If, instead, it is approved by 2/3 of the members, the block will be added to the blockchain.

This form of Blockchain consensus protocol is also called’ Ethereum of China’ and by digitizing resources and providing smart contracts on the blockchain can be a useful resource in developing a’ digital economy.’

  • Direct Acyclic Graph (DAG)

Another simple but prime blockchain collaboration template is that DAG is familiar with every mobile app development company that deals with Blockchain.

Each node itself prepares to become miner in this form of Blockchain consensus protocol. Now, when miners are eradicated and users validate transactions themselves, the associated fee is reduced to zero. Validating transactions between any two closest nodes becomes easier, making the entire process lighter, faster, and more secure.

IOTA and Hedera Hashgraph are the two best examples of the DAG algorithm.

  • Proof of Capacity (PoC)

In the mechanism of Proof of Capacity (PoC), solutions are accumulated in digital storages such as hard disks for each complex mathematical puzzle. Users can use these hard disks to build blocks in a way that gives better chances to those who are quickest in assessing the solutions.

Burstcoin and SpaceMint are the two cryptocurrencies that depend on the PoC blockchain consensus protocol.

  • Proof of Burn (PoB)

Considered an alternative energy consumption approach to PoW and PoS, the Proof of Burn (PoB) consensus model works on the principle of enabling miners to’ burn’ or’ ruin’ the digital cryptocurrency tokens, which also allows them the privilege of writing blocks in relation to the coins. The more coins they burn, the greater the chances for each coin they get to pick the new block.

However, they are required to send it to the address where it could not be spent to verify the block in order to burn coins.

In the case of shared consensus, this is commonly used. In addition, this consensus mechanism’s finest example is the slim coin.

  • Proof of Identity (PoI)

PoI (Proof of Identity) definition is just like the official identity concept. It is a piece of cryptographic verification that is attached to each specific transaction for a private user key. Every identified user can create and manage a data block that can be presented in the network to others.

This consensus pattern ensures the reliability and validity of the data generated. Therefore, investing in smart cities is a good choice.

  • Proof of Activity (PoA)

PoA is basically a hybrid approach based on the convergence of consensus models for PoW and PoS blockchain.

In PoA, miners use special hardware and electrical energy to solve the earliest cryptographic puzzle, just as in PoW. The blocks they come across, however, contain only the block winner identity information and reward transaction information. The process is changing to PoS here.

  • Proof of Importance (PoI)

PoI is a variation of the PoS protocol introduced by NEM that takes into account the role of shareholders and validators in its operation. Nevertheless, it is not only determined by the scale and chance of their shares; it also plays a role in various other factors such as prestige, overall balance, and no.

The POI consensus model-based networks are expensive to attack and reward users for contributing to the security of the network.

The data that has been exchanged so far would have helped distinguish the various protocols of Blockchain consensus.

  • Proof of Elapsed Time (PoET)

PoET was implemented by Intel with the intention of taking over cryptographic puzzles that are involved in the PoW process by considering the fact that the CPU architecture and the amount of mining hardware know when and at what rate a miner wins the block.

It is based on the idea that the chances for a greater fraction of participants should be equally distributed and extended. Therefore, each participating node is asked to wait to take part in the next mining process for a specific time. A block should be offered to the member with the shortest hold-up time.

At the same time, each node has its own waiting time, after which they go into sleep mode.

Therefore, that node is called the’ lucky winner’ as soon as a node is active and a block is available. This node can then disseminate the data across the network while preserving the decentralization property and earning the reward.

Conclusion

However, if you are interested in gaining more knowledge about blockchain consensus algorithms and seeing how to apply them to your app ventures, consult our Fusion Informatics Blockchain consultants for Blockchain Solutions and Services.

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How Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) Improve Today’s Video Surveillance?

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Today, there is a lot of excitement about AI. The truth is, there are too many cameras and too much footage captured today to keep up with security operators. In fact, people have short periods of attention. AI is a technology that will not get bored and will be able to analyze more video data than humans could ever have.

It seems that the video surveillance industry has enamored with the opportunity to move back nearly a decade beyond its traditional safety purview. While the industry’s initial foray into analytics led to innovation that was both over-promising and under-supplied, it laid the groundwork for today’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies, which later opened the door to a new wave of market entrants and solutions. As with the first analytics wave, time will tell which of these companies and innovations will have market staying power, but it is clear that having a deeper level of actionable video information will be a prerequisite for surveillance systems of the next decade.

It is designed to bring to the attention of users the most important events and perspective, empowering them to do the best they can: make critical decisions. Today’s AI can have a major impact on video surveillance on these two fields: search and focus.

Ability of AI Video Surveillance for Faster Search

Consider using the internet without a search engine today. You would have to check one webpage at a time, combing through all its contents, line-by-line, to find what you are searching for hopefully. That’s what most of the video surveillance search is like today: security operators check video hours from one camera at a time in the hope of finding the crucial incident they need to further investigate. That is where there is artificial intelligence.

This technology enables the security operator to start a search simply by selecting certain descriptors, such as gender or cloth color, when physical descriptions of an event participant are provided. This technology is particularly helpful during crucial investigations; such as in the case of a missing or suspicious person, as it can use those details to scan for a person and locate them across a whole site within seconds.

Read More- Improved Airport Performance with AI Powered Video Analytics

Focused Attention in Video Surveillance

AI’s ability to reduce working hours to mere minutes is particularly important when we consider the gradual decline in spans of human attention. Consider all the information on a given day with which a person is presented. We do not necessarily take care of everything because most of the data is meaningless. Rather, they give priority to what is and what is not relevant, frequently focusing solely on shocking or uncommon details or events.

Consider how much data a security operator watches every day is given to tens, if not hundreds or thousands of surveillance cameras. Their attention span decreases significantly after just twenty minutes, meaning that most of the video is never viewed and critical information can go undetected. AI technology can help concentrate operators ‘ attention on incidents that may need further review by taking over the role of “watching” security video.

For example, some advanced technology such as Avigilon Unusual Motion (UMD) uses AI to continuously learn what normal behavior looks like in a scene and then identify and flag unusual events, adding a new level of monitoring automation.

It helps save time during an investigation by allowing investigators to quickly search through large amounts of recorded video quicker, focusing their attention immediately on the atypical incidents that may need further investigation, helping them to address the critical questions of who, why, where and when more effectively.

When AI technology evolves, the rich metadata collected in surveillance video — such as color of clothing, age or gender — will bring much greater significance to what operators see. This means that this software has the ability to direct operators ‘ attention to other “irregular” data, in addition to detecting unusual movement-based behaviors, which will help them check more reliably and respond to a security incident.

AI-Powered Video Management with Advanced Security

It’s not denied, today’s AI’s role in Video security is transformative. Video management software powered by AI helps to reduce the time taken to track security operators and make them more efficient and efficient at work. Through removing the need to continuously watch video screens and automating the monitoring “detection” feature, AI technology enables operators to concentrate on what they do best: confirm and act on critical events.

This not only speeds up forensic investigations but also makes it possible to react to incidents in real time.  AI software has the ability to dramatically change security operations when implemented across a security system. Just as high-definition imagery has become a quintessential aspect of today’s surveillance cameras, it has been placed as a core component of security systems today and in the future by the tremendous value of AI technology.

Reasons Why Video Surveillance Solutions Need AI to Evolve

  • Advanced Technology like Real Time Monitoring

At first, the footage was played live on TV during CCTV cameras, but little effort has been made to investigate a potential security incident in a meaningful manner. Video monitoring solutions have always been and remain reactive in broad parts of the world in those days. Often CCTV videos only occur when an accident has happened or when a major threat is considered. Use AI has fully changed the image by tracking the video footage in real time and good analysis of how security accidents can occur and what needs to be done to prevent them from happening.

Several large IT vendors have developed AI solutions that can detect unattended objects such as bags at airports and public spaces, allowing security agencies to take action before it is too late. Similarly, AI-enabled monitoring systems will monitor people in retail stores walking around and recognize those who may be engaged in fraud.

  • 10x Accurate Than Humans

CCTV monitoring is just as accurate and reliable as the person on the camera watching it.

A long-held concern against conventional rules-based analytics services was that their algorithms could not differentiate between artifacts and actions that would have no problem classifying a human being. This is because conventional algorithms are based on laws of geometry.  This vulnerability in computer vision algorithms developed by human’s results in either missed breaches of security or false alarms. The ability of deep learning algorithms to intuitively interpret a scene as a human observer will mean a dramatic increase in detection accuracy.

Neural networks allow a computer to apply a series of evaluations to a given situation learning to recognise ever more sophisticated features (edges, colors, shapes and tones), unlike rules-based solutions that are limited to initial programming.

Nevertheless, being human, operators often tend to miss vital security cues that can lead to disastrous organizational consequences. Fatigue is another problem that people cannot keep an eye on video footage on a regular basis. The benefit of AI-based solutions that machines can trust to always be accurate and compensate for the human deficiency. This guarantees that there is no transparency, no details, and certainly no threat, and therefore an organization’s safety is guaranteed.

  • Foolproof Delivery Of Technologies Like Such As Facial, Entity And Identification Of Events

AI technologies provide superior facial recognition, object recognition and capabilities for event recognition, while providing proactive and real-time protection. This has a massive police request as suspects have to be located from within a crowd in large spaces. Another fascinating use is sales departments for large corporations where they need to classify high-value consumers from visitors to their stores in order to provide them with high-value services.

Another key way to identify a person is through faceless recognition, where it is possible to use the physical characteristics of a person such as height, posture and build  to identify them in a crowd. Across different environments, patterns of activity could also be used to detect criminal behavior and thus protect nearby surroundings.

  • Adoption of Image processing Technology For Better Analysis

While it remains low in use for video surveillance solutions to capture high-resistance images using ultra-high definition cameras consequently, the bulk of the images captured in low light conditions have low quality. This serves as an obstacle to meaningful analysis with such video footage. Artificial intelligence can sharpen low-quality images to allow security staff to gather meaningful data. It also helps to make good use of images and videos otherwise blurred to make use of the naked eye for useful analysis.

  • Advanced Technology like Real Time Monitoring

A network of cameras provides valuable security footage around key geographic locations. Nonetheless, legacy approaches do not allow much to be done in terms of meaningful analysis or structured analysis of such big data. To work on this massive data and generate security warnings based on a thorough analysis, there is a need for specialized software based on the latest technologies. This would also allow security officers to qualitatively view big data and encourage them to take proactive steps to protect both people and valuable assets.

Conclusion

Artificial Intelligence has started to have a major impact on sectors, but the impact has not been as profound as it has been on the security vertical. New and innovative technologies are launched not only by security vendors but also by smaller companies and together these solutions add value to an organization’s security operations.

Are you looking for an AI-Assisted Video Analytics Solutions then Contact Fusion Informatics at sales@fusioninformatics.com. We provide you an AI touch in your video surveillance.

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How Can Enterprise Mobility Be a Game Changer for Businesses?

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Understanding the Term Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise Mobility is an approach in which employees are free to work with a variety of devices and applications from anywhere. The term refers to smartphones and tablets that are commonly used and It also covers company data and mobility of workers.

Enterprise mobility today constitutes the ultimate increase in IT capabilities and services that make it possible for businesses to function anywhere outside their offices. Maintaining organizations attached to efficiency and operational excellence, management of enterprise mobility is therefore essential and becomes the center of any enterprise mobile strategy. With that in mind here is the gusto advantages provided by enterprise mobility that prove to be the company future.

Most enterprise conversations about mobility start with an overview that highlights the growth of mobile technology. As the world has become a global village, flexibility is a requirement for business houses to thrive in the best possible way. Usually, these discussions include a summary of current trends and forecasts that paint a picture of a world increasingly dominated by mobile-driven experiences.

Through offering the utmost convenience and comfort, versatility injects robustness and flexibility into the conventional working structures. As the idea of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) gets a lot of attention, it is obvious its importance and indispensability. As technology flares have ignited digital transformation, businesses are on their toes to find the best possible solution for maximizing business efficiency. Enterprise Mobility Solutions is nothing but device sharing of information, primarily mobile phones.

The concept of mobile enterprises is not only for owners who are able to monitor anything remotely but also for workers who are able to work wherever they want. The approach supports both offline and online business management.

Major Reasons to Consider Enterprise Mobility for your Business

Any business that does not have a mobile strategy is doomed to fail, especially a large one. It has estimated that 3.8 billion total smartphone users in the world that is almost 60% of the world’s population, and by 2025, this number will increase to 80% as per the research done. The figures are impressive, and there are endless opportunities to expand the market and consumer sphere. It will either make or break the company by following a conservative strategy for Mobility Solutions strategy. So, let us look at the reasons why consider implementing enterprise mobility solutions is must for business.

  • Real-Time Collaboration

Real-time collaboration has bought a whole concept of enterprise social networking, especially in large companies with many ranking levels, promoting cross-level role communication that improves cross-functional problem-solving and teamwork.

The performance of business mobility will depend on the versatility and execution of the workforce at each tier. Enterprise mobility will offer huge benefits across all sectors with proper preparation and well-defined goals.

  • Lowered Operational Cost

The business process is automated by seamless interaction of data across web and mobile interfaces. The conventional paper-based workflow is replaced by a game changer strategy for every company. Simplified processes also save company and staff time, cash, and effort. Less human interference, paperless approach, synchronization of real-time information, all of which ultimately reduce business operation costs.

  • Flexibility

We are no more bound to where your enterprise is. You can leverage talent from all over the world by transforming it into a mobile enterprise, leading to increased opportunities. The entire agenda for the day is on your disposal, making monitoring appointments and meeting deadlines simpler.

  • Improved Workforce Productivity

Enterprise mobility makes it easier for frontend staff to access all the required data from their own computer, such as emails, reports, online survey forms, files, calendar records, etc. We all feel great comfort while doing our work from our own device. The automated pattern of work brings about a drastic improvement in employee productivity and flexibility.

  • Gaining Competitive Advantages

Get a robust system that works on web and mobile platforms simultaneously. Secure and reliable mobile enterprise application creates the company with superior values.

  • Digitizing the flow of business
  • Better customer support and product support
  • Higher performance and lower cost
  • Excellent Team & Operations Management
  • Streamlined Internal Practices

Over 90% of IT decision-makers see enterprise mobility as a component to improve customer engagement, profitability, and productivity.

  • Increased Employee Responsiveness

Enterprise mobility is a key feature of real-time connectivity across both interfaces. This helps front-end workers to connect efficiently and interact with other staff, partners, suppliers, and customers. Mobile application simplifies the internal communication channel in order to track accurate details and respond promptly to the concerns of customers.

  • Elevated Customer Satisfaction

If your customers are satisfied with on-time service, they will soon be your loyal customer forever. Nothing more than this can be a winning strategy for sure. Mobile application enables users to communicate directly through quick phone calls and messages. In a fraction of time, field technician solves the queries of customers, using the efficient communication setup of flexible devices.

  • Security

While workers can work on the network from anywhere, system safety must never get compromise. You will secure the network from unauthorized access by carefully selecting your technological partner and prevent the entry of external access into it.

The Goal and Future of Mobility in Business

Adopting mobility in Businesses can be a game-changer because it can be a huge driver of growth and productivity if it is designed and implemented effectively. The new business growth model needs to be seen as a key component of flexibility with Mobility involved.

The advancement of time is making rapid progress in business mobility. Soon both multinationals and companies will have integrated connectivity systems for a streamlined workflow in their organizational infrastructure. The idea behind mobility solutions is to increase the level of comfort of employees, thereby enhancing their productivity in a positive and convenient office environment.

Mobility makes us operate without boundaries: any place, any time, wherever.

The aim is not to blindly invest in innovation, but to find opportunities that can directly contribute to our strategic business objectives. All parts of the mobility equation need to be considered: mobile workers, mobile devices and including a key component: data.

The introduction of innovative technologies like Enterprise Mobility Solutions provides businesses a new approach to enhancing business efficiency, simplifying the overall structure of the operating methods as well as the cycle of gain.

What Are The Top Rises And Falls In Enterprise Mobility?

Pros and cons are all around; thus, business versatility is not without its downsides. It can present a number of data security risks where cybercrime is the reason for it. Through understanding the risks associated with enterprise mobility you can easily identify ways to address them. Let us understand the risks that enterprise mobility poses: there are also some risks and challenges to be addressed simultaneously with the numerous benefits of the mobility platform.

  • Security Concerns

It is not uncommon to have security concerns when taking care of each and every feature on a digital interface. Users and business owners always doubt the security of using the mobile enterprise network. In this regard, several surveys have been conducted that indicate that businesses are not bothering to pay for mobile security.

As a result, it becomes quite risky to guarantee protection when operating on online databases. This is where the enterprise mobility management or EMM strategy comes into game of security. It can ensure that all business information is safely stored and that no external element accesses it, thus addressing all security concerns.

  • Implementation and Adoption

In this regard, the most important thing to consider is the implementation of the mobile enterprise solution. The solution is often deployed and users do not fully understand or are simply resistant to trying something that will change the way they are used to working. In addition to ensuring quality support for hardware and software, companies need to help employees through a prepared change management strategy.

  • Theft and Data Breach

Small devices that are not properly secured are vulnerable to infringement and theft of data. Many smartphones are stolen every day, and the finders are trying to gain access to the device’s enterprise information. Using multi-factor authentication is essential to enforce password policies for devices and apps. The enterprise apps are secured to secure the data encryption so that the data stays safe even when the computer is compromised.

  • Real-time-access to data

To make informed and rapid decisions, remote workers need to gain real-time access to the company’s information. The biggest challenge with organizational flexibility is how to provide the access the workers need, which does not put the company at risk. Mobile workers should be equipped with safe file sharing capabilities that are fully controlled by the IT department to handle this task. In addition, custom app development services can expand their expertise and assist in the process.

  • Instant Data Access

Business data processing and retrieval is a critical process. Users may face speed problems or problems with the response time in the case of mobility solution. For any business, this can become a challenge. To address this issue, workers using computers are allowed to access, operate with the centralized network, and use safe file sharing tools to maintain a consistent working environment.

  • Own apps

Employees come up with their own file synchronization and sharing and work applications. This increases the risk of loss of data and potential infringements. Most of the employees who bring their own apps do it to fill the employers ‘ app gap. This should be noted that most of the apps produced in this way fail the basic safety tests. To protect data breaches from these unsecured apps, use a reliable custom software development company to get Enterprise Mobility Services.

There is no question that the process of mobility has its own dangers and challenges. However, with a right technological partner and a carefully planned approach to implementation, you can anticipate possible issues as well as security concerns. The versatility of businesses contributes to efficiency and productivity. You need to take care of the time-to-time maintenance of the entire system for an improved service and it is essential to ensure easy-to-use business flexibility.

Enterprise mobility certainly gives business owners a number of challenges. Numerous Enterprise Mobility Solutions providers provide the companies with extensive support. The companies should brace themselves for the risks and failures that are likely to occur in the process of overcoming the challenges. You will be a truly mobile company as you overcome the challenges.

Conclusion

If company mobility can deliver on its pledge, businesses can make employees much more successful than ever before. Understand the key elements of successful enterprise mobility covered in this guide to ensure this happens. Maintain control and emphasis on these facets of organizational flexibility, and you are going to do everything right.

Holding the core competencies in custom software design and the rich experience gained from successfully implemented cloud and business mobile applications enables Fusion Informatics to offer enterprise mobility management services that meet the most demanding market demands and helps companies keep up with technology developments while gaining competitive advantage.

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AI Fueled Web Accessibility Technology: The Next Frontier of Web Access

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Introduction to Web Accessibility

Web accessibility refers to the inclusive fashion of making websites accessible for people with all abilities and disabilities. All users can have equal access to information and functionality when sites are properly designed, developed and edited.

Any website owner would like to attract as many visitors as possible. However, few take the necessary steps to ensure that everyone can use their website. There are around millions of users out there who rely on accessible sites and if you do not take the time to understand their needs, everyone is going to miss out.

In many aspects of life, the Web is an increasingly important resource: education, health care, employment, government, trade, recreation, and more. It is essential that the Web is accessible to ensure equal access and equal opportunities for people with diverse skills. In the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), access to information and digital technology, including the Internet, is defined as a fundamental human right.

The Internet web offers many people with disabilities the promise of unprecedented access to information and communication. That is, it is much easier to overcome the accessibility barriers to print, audio and visual media through web technologies.

Standards Used For Complete Web Accessibility and Its Benefits

Depending on your location, you may need to follow different sets of accessibility standards. Fortunately, a comprehensive list called the WCAG 2.0 has been widely adopted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and is the foundation set of guidelines for most other standards.

Coding accessibility into your website has quite a few advantages that go beyond even compliance with the minimum accessibility rules:

  • Social Responsibility

On a daily basis, people with disabilities are facing many difficulties. If they are among your customers or users, it is plain human decency to allow them to interact with your web app. When our population evolves, to be mindful of ALL of our different users, we need to educate the people responsible for generating communication channels.

  • Engineering

Many of the good accessibility practices are general principles of good engineering and design. Often the poorly written code cannot be read. Accessibility is just a matter of doing a good job for those of us who aspire to learn our craft.

  • User Experience

Accessibility standards are designed to make it easier for people to access and use the website. Most of them improve accessibility as a side effect and directly benefit all users, including those without disabilities. For instance, Readable text helps not only poor-sighted people, but also all users.

  • A Larger Customer Base Market

With reports of one in five people in the US claiming some kind of disability, 20% of a group’s population is just too big to ignore. It is still a minority, but it includes a lot more people than most of us would think.

  • Efficient Code

You will be amazed at the benefits once you have developed a clean, accessible code base. Efficient code can contribute to improvement.

  • Website maintenance
  • Faster page loading
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Device compatibility

Why Making Your Website Accessible Should Be a Priority

Accessibility promotes social equality for disabled people and others like such as:

There are four major types of disability-hearing, sight, motor and cognitive impairment. There are a multitude of conditions in each type. While communicating with the internet, they create different challenges, which require different strategies to overcome these challenges. Let us discuss some of the best practices that tackle every particular type of disability. You will notice that most of these practices are not about the technology we are using, but about how we are designing our software. This means that everyone involved in the process of development can contribute to improved accessibility.

  • Hearing (Auditory) Disabilities

Hearing impairments range from mild hearing impairment to deafness. The best way to assist these users is to avoid relying sound only for the transmission of critical information. Alternatively, add additional press for assistance in tandem. If you are using audio, for example, make sure that it supports full captioned subtitles. Provide a transcript if you are using audio. Subtitles and transcripts should be complete and critical lines should not be missed.

Subtitles and transcripts are strongly applied. In addition, ensure that background noise is minimized for both video and audio, so that the information conveyed is as audible as possible.

  • Visual Disabilities – Blindness

Blind people always choose screen readers as a solution. Such apps use natural language to parse the HTML and explain it to the user. It has its specifics to develop for screen readers, so a later section of the article will focus exclusively on them. In addition, a user with blindness will be working with the input device will be different. It needs vision to use a mouse. Instead, a blind person will need full support for the keyboard.

  • Cognitive Disabilities – Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a type of disability that some people find it difficult to read: dyslexic people can confuse letters or see them rotating or crowded together. We will list readability guidelines in the following paragraphs. One should strongly commit to overcoming dyslexia’s problems.

  • Visual Disabilities – Low Vision

Using a readable interface is the main way to accommodate low vision. The elements of the UI must be large and clear. Nonetheless, text is more complicated, and we will mention readability guidelines in a later section. These are designed to help low-vision individuals.

Another important aspect is contrast. High contrast in the UI between elements and colors will help low vision people. There are tools available to examine whether contrast with this condition is sufficient for people. Here you can find the tools recommended by Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Contrast is indeed troublesome in most page layouts used today. High-contrast themes often do not work well with regular themes, and if you want to achieve good contrast, you would probably prefer not to sacrifice your website’s visual appeal. Including a high-contrast theme as an option on your website is a good compromise, much like the language change option.

  • Visual Disabilities – Colorblindness

Colorblindness, too, is not a common disorder-colorblindness is special. Keep in mind that the explanations below are very simplified. Deuteranomaly is the most common difficulty in perceiving green light. It is called protanomaly and is a little less common to have difficulty perceiving red light. The visible spectra of these two disorders are somewhat similar and they are more commonly referred to as red-green colorblindness. Tritanomaly is a blue color perception problem and very rare.

  • Motor Disabilities

Quick and/or repeated acts, actions involving pressing a button, activities with time limits-all of these are challenging for motor handicapped people and can cause physical pain. They have to be avoided, but it is not that simple. The following example shows why: imagine you have a slider that requires you to hold a moving button. Your solution may be to allow the slider to shift by tapping a button, but if the step is too small, a repetitive movement that is not much of a change will result. The general rule is that a website needs to be designed so that a user can use it conveniently with only one keyboard and only one mouse.

  • Cognitive Disabilities Related to Sensory Overload & Motion Sickness

Many patterns can cause sickness of motion or sensory overload (e.g. epilepsy). These are usually quick effects such as shaking, bright lights, flashing rapidly (three times / second or faster). Repeating patterns of movement, fast or not, may cause the same problems. A good example of a repeated yet sluggish page motion is a falling snowflakes animation that we often see around the winter holidays. Sharp changes in the content of a page using dramatic transitions are also problematic; instead, we need to use smooth transitions. A good practice is to avoid troublesome effects, but allow users to disable them as a compromise if you want to use them.

  • Web Accessibility for People with Epilepsy

Stop all sorts of blinks and animations automatically and quickly with the click of a button.  People suffering from epilepsy cannot be exposed to flashing or flickering lights and animations. They are therefore constantly afraid to use the internet, as almost every website today has a flashing banner that is meant to capture attention. While these banners are useful to achieve their goal, they are dangerous and likely to cause seizure for people with epilepsy.

This enables people with epilepsy to immediately stop all animation styles (including, but not limited to, images, GIFs, CSS or JS) with a single click, enabling them to browse the web quickly, without any apprehension.

  • Cognitive Disabilities – Learning Difficulties

Simplicity is essential. Simplify your scenarios, make your interface simple and clutter free. Use simple language; avoid words, which look fancy. Always provide precise information and clear instructions.

Conclusion

Effective readability means that your website is open to a number of people with disabilities: readable subtitles and translations will help people with hearing problems and understandable text will help people with low vision or dyslexia in general. In a large font size, a thumb rule is to use simple and clean sans-serif font.

Many people are using assistive technologies to browse the internet to work around these issues. As such, nearly anyone can browse the web. What’s more, by building the page with usability in mind, you can significantly improve their experiences. Websites undergoing a project of web accessibility lose compliance as soon as the first update is deployed. Complete sections of the site become inaccessible after only one year.

Such technology does not need a human to go through and analyze the site; to do exactly that, it uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. These technologies scan, analyze, and decipher your website worldwide, first and only of their kind, thus ensuring that your website is compliant and accessible at all times, regardless of any updates you may post.

We believe that we have managed to convey on how important accessibility is and have given you useful and practical ideas to overcome some of the challenges of creating an open website efficiently.

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Revolutionizing Agriculture Farming with the Integration of IoT

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Farming is the oldest profession known to humankind. This very essential trade is the basis of human evolution. It is only natural that as humans have advanced they have brought their knowledge into farming in an attempt to make it more efficient and gainful. In the 21st century there are hardly any aspect of our existence that is not affected by technology — and agriculture is not an exception. With the world population exploding it is only fitting that smart agriculture is the way forward. The implementation of IoT (Internet of Things) in agriculture can help the modern world find ways that can effectively ease the burden on farming. The integration of IoT in agriculture will bring in the next most needed technological revolution in this sector.

IoT in Agriculture

The implementation of IoT in agriculture will depend on the use of sensors and cameras along with other connected devices that would be able to turn every element and action involved in farming into data that can provide insights and help in building software algorithms that are customised to the requirements of that specific farm. The data these sensors record will include information on weather, plant health, crop health, moisture measurements, mineral level, chemical applications, and pest presence among multiple other things.

Smart agriculture that employs IoT tools can collect crucial data such as quality and fertility of soil along with weather conditions to help farmers to forecast crop yield and resultant business status. This would lend itself to a better control over agricultural processes, thus reducing production risks, and improving the plans related to distribution and sale. The increased control over farm processes and product distribution will allow farmers to manage their cost better and reduce the waste production. The ability to track every aspect of the crop growth and any possible anomalies will allow them to mitigate risks related to losing yields.

IoT implementation in farms will also lead to the incorporation of smart devices. The smart devices will enable the activation of multiple processes simultaneously. Across a production cycle, the farm would have to undertake processes such as fertilisation, irrigation, and pest control among other things. Using smart devices that allow automation and accomplishment of multiple tasks at the same time will improve business efficiency of farms.

Smart Devices in Agriculture

Sensors in agriculture can be used for a varied range of functions. Smart agriculture will expectedly have a great range of applications to provide an all-round flow of data that can be used to ease farming processes. Sensors can be used to monitor soil, humidity, moisture, light, air temperature, levels of carbon dioxide, and solar energy among other things. Installed throughout the farm, these devices will allow the recording of a continuous stream of data — combining which allows to build crop models predicting of how the crop will grow in the given conditions, practice precision farming relying on sensor and satellite data, and build harvesting strategy.

The application of IoT in agriculture is crucial in reference to actuators. Smart sprinklers can be essential in ensuring that irrigation when automatically activated depending on the predetermined requirements. This could also be extended to actuators being connected to coolers and heater in the storage facilities, which could lead to reduced waste of agriculture produce. Farms could also bring in smart LED lights that could adjust to changing external factors to ensure that the greenhouse storage spaces are illuminated to the exact right amount to ensure that farms can produce at optimum levels. Smart technology would considerably help in reducing water consumptions and make agriculture more environmentally conscious.

Agriculture vehicles are a world onto themselves and often require the operator to have a specific level of competency to handle them effectively. With smart vehicles, this could change. Using artificial intelligence and data collected from the multitude of sensors in the farm, these vehicles will be equipped with computer vision, extreme precision GPS, and machine learning capabilities. Using these tools the vehicles will be capable of identifying the need of irrigation and pesticide treatment on the field, thus, reducing the chances of over-irrigation or excess use of pesticides.

Farm drones are another fleet of devices that are set to revolutionise farming. Drones in agriculture are increasingly designed to help farmers in multiple ways. Most of these drones are designed to have high capacity cameras that can help them to act as safety guards against rodents and pest attacks. The drones are also designed to take commands spray chemicals or water as and when needed following detection based on the data provided by other sensors. Companies have also developed smaller drones that would help in pollination. The falling population of bees and mass beehive collapses have forced agricultural engineers to find ways that can allow desired levels of pollination even with reducing number of bees. The evolving technology is now paving the way for robo-bees or miniature drones that will be able to assist in pollination.

Potential Limitations

There are few limitations that still hinder the complete implementation of IoT in agriculture. IoT at its core is diverse and employs a wide range of protocols and transmission methods. In addition a successful implementation of IoT would require connectivity across agricultural farms — that would include fields, storehouses, barns, greenhouses. The challenges increase because the space makes it extremely difficult to have an uninterrupted reliable connection. These connections will also have to be conditioned to ensure that they work in severe weather and open space.

Technologies such as drones, portable sensors, connected tracking grids, weather monitoring sensors would have to developed in a manner that can be of function while exhibiting the sense of sturdiness that is required to “work in the farm”.

Conclusion

The role of IoT in agriculture is very important, though the integration of smart technology in this area takes place in the context of a constantly changing environment and lack of time. Innovators designing and developing IoT for agriculture have to take into consideration rapid climate change and emerging weather extremes, work with limited land availability and unfavourable factors like dying pollinators. The technology that can change agriculture forever is already being discussed on drawing boards, bringing them into the real world as tangible products is what remains the challenge. Smart technologies and IoT can strengthen competitiveness and sustainability in production. With the ever-increasing global population, the demand for more food and nutrition is growing. Meeting those demands with the utmost efficiency is critical — thus, investing in agricultural IoT is a smart move.

About Fusion Informatics

The team at Fusion Informatics are determined to play a key role in the global society’s growth into a technologically advanced space where IoT plays a crucial role in our existence. IoT is a technology that still has a huge scope to develop, and Fusion Informatics meticulously assists their clients to find ways in which IoT can help them develop. It is essential for us that our clients can find new strength through IoT implication in their varied businesses.

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The Role of Blockchain and its Influence on Insurance Sector

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Since its introduction, blockchain has been able to capture the imagination of every possible industry. The initial boost was a factor of the success of various crypto-currencies — but mainly Bitcoin. However, blockchain is no more constricted to the use of cryptocurrencies. Blockchain has developed beyond its initial applications, and a number of industries are now working hard to commercialize the technology to their benefit.

Experts have been definitive about the advantages that blockchain offers to any industry. Blockchain is capable of resolving issues of finances and logistics for a number of industries. The importance of blockchain rises manifold when a number of different stakeholders are involved in a single transaction. Above anything else, blockchain offers an unprecedented level of confidentiality, security, and transparency — characteristics that would be elemental in the insurance industry.

Blockchain in Insurance

At the very core of the blockchain technology is a distributed ledger. This ledger is where all the transactions are recorded and validated with the help of a series of encryptions. All transactions in the blockchain ledger are designed to toe the line of a fixed modus operandi. Every transaction in the blockchain ledger maintains a central data repository and is updated by few authorised personnel in the chain with each transaction.

Insurance can be defined as a contract — that is represented by a ‘policy’ — in which an individual or entity is given financial protection or reimbursement against a defined set of losses that the individual or entity might potentially face. It is a form of risk management and allows the company to prepare against unexpected losses.

One of the major issues that the insurance industry faces is that of transparency. The lack of transparency in the insurance industry has led to many disputes between insurers and customers. Therefore, it can be definitively stated that the potential of blockchain in the insurance industry is immense.

Usually, in a standard insurance contract, there are three parties involved — the insurer, the third-intermediary, and the customer. It often happens that the databases of these various parties may or may not be updated to the same point. But, blockchain can be an opposite answer to the issue. Furthermore, all the data and transaction entries can be designed to be validated by the representative of all parties involved. Therefore, blockchain has a strong future in the insurance industry.

Impact of Blockchain on Insurance Industry

Implementing blockchain in the insurance industry can solve a number of issues for insurers and customers. The most crucial of these influences can be discussed as below.

Enhance Efficiency: The entire process that an individual has to go through if they wish to change their insurance is a rigmarole that many actively work towards avoiding. A major reason for this is the lack of control that individuals have over the information that insurance companies hold. Blockchain is a fitting solution to this concern. While offering unmatched efficiency of operations, blockchain creates an incomparable wall of security that gives full access to the information while ensuring the information is secure when being transferred from one insurance company to another.

Increases Trust: Financial services across the world has been suffering a faltering level of trust among the common populace. Despite efforts from multiple fronts, the lack of trust is entirely palpable. Blockchain will bring in a factor of transparency and straightforwardness that could encourage a level trust among all parties involved.

Claims Processing: Blockchain and smart contracts can effectively resolve issues that has been plaguing the insurance sector since long. Most customers find that insurance contracts, forms, and other documents are long, confusing, and often unclear. Blockchain and smart contracts will help in creating an ecosystem that is transparent. This would ease the process of overseeing claims responsively and transparently combing out the possibilities of frauds. The entire process is triggered with the procedure that records and confirms contracts on the blockchain. The blockchain will ensure that only valid claims are brought through. In a situation where claims are repeated from the same incident, the application of blockchain would allow eliminating the repetitions to ensure that only legitimate claims are processed. The fact that only limited humans will have complete access to the data on blockchain ensures that claims are processed with much more speed and ease then otherwise possible.

Prevention of Frauds: One of the major reasons that blockchain is being rapidly integrated in the insurance sector is its ability to detect and prevent any form of fraudulent activity. Blockchain allows the storage of all transaction-related information in a decentralised set-up allowing a thorough check of authenticity for each policy transaction and claim.

Cost Saving: It is also important to note that the integration of blockchain will allow insurance companies reduce their operation costs significantly. The automation of processes such as verification of claims, the identity of policyholders, and the validity of the contract will help the insurance companies to reduce administrative costs significantly.

Conclusion

The blockchain technology has tremendous potential in the future and its implications are only growing exponentially. However, with increased integration of blockchain in more and more sectors there are bound to develop a few limitations. The insurance companies will have to ensure that they identify significant challenges as they emerge and apportion proper management.

About Fusion Informatics

Fusion Informatics is a company that understands the future of technology like no other company, allowing them to provide their clients unparalleled IT assistance. The team at Fusion Informatics works closely with clients to ensure that their corporate needs are met in the best possible manner. Blockchain is one technology that is still unravelling and has remarkable implications in the future. Fusion Informatics is committed to helping their clients finding their way around blockchain and using the technology to the benefit of their operations and overall functions.

Why Web Development Experts Love Wordpress

Top Reasons Why Web Development Experts Love WordPress

Top Reasons Why Web Development Experts Love WordPress

Why does everyone use WordPress? This is one of the most important issues runs in the minds of entrepreneurs. If you also ask; why you should use WordPress CMS for your website, you are at right place. The WordPress platform is known to have a myriad of benefits: it’s completely free  and holds a passionate community behind it, and developers are rapidly expanding its selection of themes, layouts and plug-ins to enable it welcome all the needs or the site purpose.

This WordPress CMS, launched in 2003, is probably the most popular CMS (Content Management System) in the world serving more than70 million websites of the open-source platform free and many things are there making this platform form a powerful. With a little more plug-ins and advanced tools, you can easily make websites looking impressive for their business, all with the help of plug-ins.

If you have a business and constantly looking good platform to build a website, there is no better choice than WordPress. Now you may be thinking like, “How to build a website? Cost to develop website?”

If you need a complete website with advanced features and impressive design, you can easily build without technical knowledge or programming or you can Hire Web Development Company too. You even need to spend much time and money as well. Fortunately, WordPress has proven to be an ideal platform for all website development types.

Here is a list of reasons that makes it popular among the WordPress developers.

  • Reliability and It’s Been around for Many Years

Majority of the people prefer WordPress for website development as this CMS tool is very much reliable and powerful. WordPress is an incredibly reliable web development tool that works with technologies such as PHP, JavaScript and SQL. WordPress CMS controls 60% of the market, which is relatively huge that its competitors Joomla and Drupal.

Great Support

Since the platform is used by many people around the world and there are many ways to ask for help. WordPress forums you can use to communicate with others using this platform. Apart from this, you can also get ongoing support directly from the WordPress Support Team. This platform offers live chat support to paid membership.

Open Source CMS

Open Source means only that the WordPress building code is free and is accessible by all users. An open CMS will not make your online vulnerable area. In fact, using WordPress, you have taken the first step in improving security for your website.

You can easily download and modify the WordPress code whenever necessary. It is essential to keep in mind, however, that any changes will be accepted by the WordPress team. You need to update to a new version if the changes approved.

SEO-Friendly

SEO friendliness is one of the reasons of this platform for the development of a website. This platform has integrated advanced in SEO tools and plugins that helps you get better rankings and more visibility on the search engines. Written using own high standard codes can easily optimize the code for better search results. Each page of the site this Meta tag, Meta description, meta title unique keywords, allowing you to boost page ranking.

Great Flexibility

Most web developers to look at a website development tool that is flexible and easy to use. Nearly WordPress has everything that one can use to accomplish their unique needs. You can choose from about 20,000+ plugins to build simple websites and complex. Well, WordPress is not only on the development of a website or web management. This as a developer is free to use the help of the community on the platform.

High Security

Since WordPress is the blogging platform construction and the most popular website and you need to secure your media or content of spam attacks, hackers and malware. As widely used safe and secure CMS, WordPress core is the best tool to build a highly secure blogging site. WordPress also improves the security of your website with features such as password protection for the contents of the site folder.

REST API

This is another feature that makes the best most popular WordPress platform. It is easy for developers to build applications using the REST API. WordPress developers can create custom plug-ins that can be integrated with themes, mobile applications, and more. WordPress developers can build their own API using the REST API.

Optimized for Speed

With the increasing number of mobile users, optimization is very important to increase traffic and call rates of the site. WordPress offers its developers with specific features and items they can use to speed up their websites. In WP, light and well-optimized code helps you increase the overall performance of your website.

Customization is Easy

This WordPress theme refers to implementation quickly attractive design. All you need to do is purchase a single license for a premium theme – the best that come with detailed documentation and predefined layouts for tons of use cases.

Affordable Pricing

WordPress is free to use and allows you to build a website within hours. However, to unlock various advanced features you must upgrade to a paid plan. If you want to integrate with Google Analytics and custom plugins, then you should go with the business plan at minimum cost.

Multilingual

We all know that most of the world population does not speak English as they use their second language to read the contents of the site. Therefore, you will be able to create a website to reach your global audience. This CMS allows its developers to create a multilingual website that supports 170 different languages ​​worldwide. Now comes the question in your mind that how would it affect SEO and ranking? Do not worry; it will not affect the ranking of the website.

Plugins and Themes

Because plugins and themes unlimited, almost both small and large companies prefer to build on a WordPress website. WP offers a variety of free and paid plug-ins that the individual can use to add features to their website. Using plugins, you can easily incorporate exciting features to your Web sites such as cart, interactive forums, payment gateways, calendars of events and more.

Simple Hosting

WordPress can be easily implemented on virtually any host engines powering 60 percent of the entire web. Most hosting plans include single click installation for the CMS or come with it pre-installed. This means that customers have complete freedom when deciding where to host your WordPress site. You can easily find the cheapest or fastest hosting provider, and you can even set up a local installation on your computer for purposes of development and testing.

CONCLUSION

All the factors described above are the reasons why everyone loves WordPress for developing a website development. WordPress is certainly an excellent option for start-ups, small and medium enterprises to grow the business. It is easy to use, highly scalable and above all free. If you are a business owner or blogger and want to give an online presence for your business, then WordPress is the answer you were expecting.

We hope this article helped you better understand about WordPress. Here in this article we have discussed various key factors in WordPress that make it better in many ways a simple website to the development of enterprise-level Web site, and anything in between. Use this framework to build your first site.

Do not hesitate to contact the Fusion Informatics a Website Development Company in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait, Doha, Muscat, Manama if you want any help with your project and want to develop an enterprise-level website development. Our professional team is always there for you to provide the best web development solutions. Therefore, Contact Us and get a free quote and get the best solutions to grow your business

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