Date archive for July, 2017

3 Reasons You Need Effective Home Water Filtration System in Australia

by Admin - on Jul 27th 2017 - Comments Off on 3 Reasons You Need Effective Home Water Filtration System in Australia

Water filtration system at homeNormally, people in Australia do not have to worry about their water supply, as the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines have clearly emphasised the absence of harmful chemicals or pathogenic microorganisms. Unfortunately, most safe drinking water gives off a lingering smell and a strange taste of disinfectant. These issues have eventually prompted many Australians to turn to a water filtering system.

To solve the need for a purified water without the taste and smell of chemicals, a cooling tower water filtration may be ideal.

Water filtration system removes sediments.

The mechanical filters that get rid of the dirt and other unwanted particles in water can consist of impurities like sediments, which cause an unpleasant taste. Through an effective water filtration, the fine sediments can be screened out.

Water filtration system lowers chlorine level.

Chlorine is used by most water utility companies to treat drinking water due to its low cost, ability to kill bacteria in water, and ease of use. Although it disinfects, it can also create an unpleasant smell and taste — aside from the fact that it can form hazardous compounds when it reacts with some metals. With the activated carbon filter of water filtrations, you can remove the unpleasant smell and taste from water.

Water filtration system removes water contaminants.

Toxic when ingested, lead is removed to prevent seeping into the water supply via filtration equipment that specifically gets rid of the metal. As for those that use water from a well source, health agencies recommend an annual test for lead and other contaminants.

An efficient water filtration system can filter the water at the faucet attached to, in which the water supply becomes filtered. In fact, some water contaminants like the microbes and chemicals may even be caught and destroyed via a piece of filtration equipment that comes with the system.

 

3 Features To Look For in a Disability Management System

by Admin - on Jul 25th 2017 - Comments Off on 3 Features To Look For in a Disability Management System

A PWD manipulating a computerLong gone are the days when physically challenged people were looked down upon and had to depend on their family members, friends or carers for almost everything they needed to do. Today, with the help of a disability management system, both persons with disabilities (PWDs) and disability carers can use cloud-based platforms to schedule their tasks and manage their finances conveniently.

Most providers of these platforms ensure their compliance with stringent industry standards, especially the rules on safety against cyber security threats. But still, there are other critical qualities you need to consider when looking for a disability management platform to use. These include:

Care

Every disability management platform should show a sense of care to its end users in every detail—from the user-friendly interface to helpful tools and features.

Control

Most people use disability management systems to manage their finances. PWDs track where their disability funding goes while carers utilise the platform to take better control of their income. For that reason, it is advisable to choose a platform that offers the degree of independent control that suits your needs.

Convenience

This quality might have come last, but it is one of the primary features that should stand out in every disability management platform. The term convenience here entails availability whenever you need to use the platform and ease of accessibility.

Every time you are shopping for a disability management system, assess the level of care, control and convenience that the platform promises to deliver. If you determine that the manufacturer has compromised on any of these three factors, look somewhere else. After all, these three factors dictate the disability management platform’s level of quality, thus, considering any of them lightly may affect your everyday tasks.

Protecting Your Company’s Finances with Cloud ERP

by Admin - on Jul 20th 2017 - Comments Off on Protecting Your Company’s Finances with Cloud ERP

Employees working with a financial management softwareMoney is the lifeblood of a business, says Dana Griffin, which makes the finance department the nerve centre. It is only necessary for the finance and accounting department to ensure their operations’ efficiency. Finance is a core function of any company and it is a must that they meet regulatory standards as well as strict deadlines to ensure the business runs smoothly.

Errors and delays are inevitable yet despised in the world of finance. How can the finance department have efficient operations yet still meet the company’s competitive demands?

Risk Management

ERP is like the central nervous system of every company. It stores information and makes this data available to those who need it. The corporate sector’s financial management systems handle tasks that are both time-consuming and expensive to manage. Afterwards, they provide you tools that could allow your clients to do their job in doing business with you.

With the Cloud, there is no more need for employees going back and forth from each office to retrieve documents from the department. Just one click on the Cloud will redirect any relevant information from the system to the employee.

Security is Vital

Many Cloud systems are communal, which gives the impression that your data in that virtual sphere is not secure. Data, however, is even less secure when dealt with physically. All offices and workstations are vulnerable to theft – storing data on technological platforms lessens the risks for file breaches.

Since data centres are not foolproof, it is important to employ an IT professional who is knowledgeable in dealing with the Cloud. Although it might make some business owners dubious, entrusting your Cloud with an outsourced provider will give you more accurate and efficient system processes. Cloud professionals know hack-resistant software should protect that data and require authorised entrance in cases of intrusion. Security is what you need for your company and they will provide you just that.

The Cloud has revolutionised the way businesses get work done, making it the de facto IT infrastructure. When a company agrees to lessen risks of information breaches, the more trustworthy it will be as a business.

The Wonders of Barcodes: What are They really?

by Admin - on Jul 14th 2017 - Comments Off on The Wonders of Barcodes: What are They really?

Photo of a barcode and a scannerGrocery checkout counters are one of the most common innovations long before the era of tablets and cellphones replaced them.

Who would not be fascinated with that gun that emits light and makes a sound every time the cashier uses it to scan a product. Not to mention the sound of the cash register with the cashier’s fast fingers that make the job look a lot easier than it is.

Those guns are barcode readers. Most people know what a barcode is. It is that zebra lines-like image on every product that has numbers below. But, how do they work and why is a special barcodes printer needed to print them?

How do barcodes work? 

Barcodes are unique numerical combination assigned to each product known as Universal Product Code (UPC). This code aims to help grocery stores speed up the checkout process and have a more organised inventory of their goods.

Each code represents information. This includes the country of origin, item, manufacturer, and price. All these information find storage in a single database you can easily change without changing the barcode itself (i.e. price increase).

The zebra lines, on the other hand, represent the numbers. Each code is divided into seven units and colour-coded to represent numbers from 0-9. You can do this in such a way that even though you scanned the item upside down, the computer would still be able to identify them.

How do you print them? 

There are now two kinds of barcodes. Aside from the traditional (linear) zebra one, 2D barcodes (i.e. QR codes) are also making its way to the market.

You print barcodes via direct thermal printing or thermal transfer printing. Direct thermal uses a heat-sensitive layer that does not use a ribbon or ink to print. This is not a recommended choice as it usually fades and can last for only about a year.

Thermal printing, on the other hand, uses ribbons to print on the labels, and they last longer as it is fade-proof.

Thanks to barcodes, buying things from your local grocery became very convenient. 

3 Accidents Commonly Encountered in Labs

by Admin - on Jul 13th 2017 - Comments Off on 3 Accidents Commonly Encountered in Labs

Medical technologist is working in the laboratoryLaboratories are great settings for cultivating scientific curiosity and knowledge, where theories are put into practice and see the results of applications firsthand. In most educational institutions, labs are well-equipped with various tools and chemicals for experiments, ranging from basic tests to relatively advanced ones.

As with any environment that involves scientific equipment and inexperienced hands, accidents can happen. The following are some of the most common mishaps in laboratories populated with students who are either too excited or too preoccupied/uninterested in listening to instructions.

Spills and Breaks

Glassware is a general lab fixture, thus dropping and spilling its contents are frequent occurrences (especially for the more careless types). Reinforcing the virtue of attentive, step-by-step operation and handling of chemicals helps minimize accidental spills – and their potentially disastrous consequences. Having a handy spill kit nearby is also advisable for safe and proper clean-up of spilled fluids, should they occur.

Heat and Chemical Burns

Improper handling of hot tools and chemicals often results in severe burns. Using tongs and water baths prevent any harmful contact with hot surfaces. Emphasise the importance of using protective clothing like gloves and coats. Never underestimate the volatile nature of certain chemicals by measuring them carefully, and using only appropriate containers for transfer and storage.

Contamination

Washing hands before and after lab sessions are constant reminders for a reason. Hand-washing procedures prevent students from carrying whatever foreign substance they interacted with outside of the lab – risking contamination of other surfaces (tables, clothing, etc.) and causing illness or other harmful complications. Make hand-washing with clean water and soap for strict compliance for anyone who enters and exits the lab.

Briefing students and colleagues alike on safety rules not only prevents catastrophic lab accidents, but it is also an indication of a successful learning environment. Spending appropriate time on imparting safty measures is equally important as the knowledge shared inside the lab.

How to Monitor Your SaaS Costs More Effectively

by Admin - on Jul 12th 2017 - Comments Off on How to Monitor Your SaaS Costs More Effectively

Business man touching the word data managementYou probably spend the bulk of your days brainstorming ways to increase your revenue and expand your business. But sometimes, you don’t give much thought to minimizing spending and its implications to your bottom line.

Along with expansion comes waste or unnecessary costs, particularly software licenses and various SaaS services and products, if you’re not careful. While pinpointing the source of SaaS-related unnecessary costs can be difficult, below are some tips to help you monitor your SaaS costs.

Ask the Most Important Questions

Do you really need this SaaS product? If you stopped using it, how would it affect your operations? If the user can’t convince you or the team about the product’s value, might as well spend your resources on something else.

Encourage Innovation to a Certain Extent

Start by making it clear that you’re on board with using secure SaaS products to improve your business operations. Make sure that your team knows how to buy SaaS products, perhaps by creating guidelines regarding the most basic terms and factors to consider.

Monitor Key Things

These include point persons (in your team or vendor), costs drivers (contacts, data, licenses/users, etc.), frequency of payments, and payment methods (credit card statements, invoices), as well as terms of agreements and renewal dates.

Make a List

While it might take some time and digging, especially if you have a big organization, it will benefit everyone. Your team will appreciate the effort, especially when it is time to locate important details about your SaaS products and vendors.

Set Up Reminders

Once you have managed to organize everything, you can set up reminders or notifications in advance to help your team in managing SaaS vendors, renewals, and costs. Once a team member receives a reminder about a SaaS product he’s using, he must review his usage, evaluate the effects of using vs. not using the product, and depending on his evaluation, renew the contract. This way, you’ll feel more secure knowing that your SaaS costs are always justified.

Managing SaaS vendors and monitoring related costs should be a team effort, one that requires transparency, constant collaboration, and tools to make sure you’re using your resources well. Remember these tips to safeguard your bottom line from unnecessary costs and unexpected renewals.

Understanding GNSS, a Gift to Mankind

by Admin - on Jul 10th 2017 - Comments Off on Understanding GNSS, a Gift to Mankind

Phone showing GPSNavigating around the country, the world, or even in outer space is becoming more possible — and not to mention, easier. All these are thanks to technological advancements in the field of global navigation.

Perhaps many people are familiar with the words Global Positioning System (GPS). But, there is something larger and way beyond GPS known as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

What Is GNSS?

GNSS provides global coverage through the use of a constellation of satellites, which provide signals from space. These signals are sent to GNSS receivers and are used to determine various locations. The accuracy of such navigational system undergoes GNSS simulation, allowing it to provide global coverage.

GNSS is the larger umbrella of navigational systems. The U.S. made and owned GPS, the Russian Federation’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), Europe’s Galileo, and China’s Bei Dou Navigation and Satellite System are the types of different navigational systems available around the world.

How Is GNSS Effectively Used?

1. Surveying, Mapping

Locations can be surveyed and maps made more accurate with the help of GNSS. This can also be used not just in map making but also in aerial surveys.

2. Location Based

Uber and Waze are two of the best examples of location-based services. These are applications that are dependent on user location. Services are rendered based on the location of the user. Therefore making it easy for people to find their way around unfamiliar places and monitor their trip.

3. Civil Application

GNSS was initially made for military use, but it eventually became available for civilian use. Nowadays, airline, transportation, and production industries are just among the numerous sectors that make use of GNSS for their operations.

Thanks to GNSS, the world is able to become more connected and smaller. Further technological advancements would surely bring on more advanced changes that the whole planet can use and enjoy.