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Enterprises Leverage Two-Way SMS to Enhance Customer Communications

Many businesses have recently implemented a completely new form of communication with their customers; two-way SMS ( The idea is simple enough and makes plenty of sense. Rather than sending an anonymous mass text or e-mail to consumers, businesses can have personal and unique conversations with their patrons.

Until now, communication between business and consumer has been fairly limited. Either call the business (which often results in a call center), send an e-mail that may take quite a while for a response, or go in store and most likely be told to do one of the previous methods. Texts from businesses is not a completely new idea. Many use this form of communication for sending reminders, account changes, etc. However, with two-way SMS, the customer and business have an actual open line of communication.

Two-way texting is beneficial to both customer and business for multiple reasons. Speed, management, and privacy are all easily combated with this form of contact. Rather than waiting on hold for hours or going through a lengthy online process, a customer can simply text their bank for an account balance. Rather than a doctor’s office calling each patient individually to set up and confirm appointments, they can simply send a message and book or confirm appointments with ease. One concern of two-way texting is privacy, in that many consumers do not want their number flying around businesses, especially at the risk of their personal information being sold. An easy solution is messaging through an app that masks phone numbers or uses virtual numbers. So an SMS is still sent, yet privacy is intact (

Organizations like Lowe’s and the University of California, San Diego have already implemented 2-way SMS with their patrons and have seen great advantages. Lowe’s has teamed up with Apple, and with their business chat platform, they have seen a massive improvement in communication. Rather than stores being called regularly for menial questions, customers can text the stores, saving everyone’s time and patience. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has conducted many studies with SMS and have found great results. They have built text messaging applications which can send healthy reminders and updates to patients.

While text messages from businesses is not necessarily a new idea, businesses are paving the way for easier and productive conversations with their customers. Two-way texting has already proven to be beneficial and has only just been introduced, it will be exciting to see how helpful this form of communication can be.

SHOT Show 2018 – ADS Booth

ADS began in 1997 after founders realized there was a gap between what the Navy SEALS in their community had for equipment and what they needed. They formed ADS Inc. (Atlantic Diving Supply) to meet those needs and have been doing so ever since. They collaborate with suppliers across the country to provide gear specifically required by military, law enforcement, shooting sports, and hunting. Their aim is to increase functionality and safety for the user.

Every year, ADS sponsors the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show (SHOT Show) to show industry personnel their newest merchandise. This year the SHOT Show was held in Las Vegas from January 23 to 26, where new and innovative were key words of the day. There were exhibits and demos available to stage how equipment is designed to be used in real life scenarios.

Everyone who has donned a uniform and gear appreciates all efforts to keep equipment as light weight as possible. The Guardian S robot is a premier surveillance and inspection tool that weighs only 16 pounds. The Guardian S allows the user to obtain audio and visual content from a safe distance. Attendees watched as ADS demonstrated this ability by maneuvering the robot over a simulation of rough terrain at their booth. While the manufacturer does make larger siblings, the S is aimed at assisting law enforcement.

The ADS booth also gave limited demonstrations of the L-3 Insight Technology latest night vision goggles in a dark room set up specifically to show the difference this new technology offers. These goggles provide better target detection and recognition by using black and white for visualization. The additional detail obtained in shapes and shadows helps the user better discern contrast and depth perception.

Strategic Operations Inc. (STOPS), is based in San Diego They provide military, law enforcement and medical personnel with a converted movie studio to use for “hyper-realistic” training. They can set up training exorcises based on the geographic area the personnel where they will be working. Representatives from STOPS performed a live simulation of medical professionals providing simulated medical care under field conditions.

The SHOT trade show is open to all suppliers and staff in the industries on which ADS focus’. Each person who registers must qualify on two levels: the company must prove to be a manufacturer or supplier, and the individual must prove they are employed by a qualifying company.

Company Profile: GlobalFoundries

GlobalFoundries, launched in 2009, is the world’s second-largest semiconductor chip maker. Although based in Santa Clara, California, it employs over 7,000 people in the northeast United States and is considered to be the anchor of the eastern New York “Tech Valley,” which has spurred an influx of research and development companies into the region.

The company provides a range of application-optimized solutions and technologies and to markets that include communications and data centers, automotive, mobility, and Internet of Things. Their leading-edge mask-making technology and collaborative ecosystem deliver optimized high-quality mask solutions that bring customer designs from data preparation to manufacturing to production.

Huge Investment
GlobalFoundries is in the process of investing $8.5 billion in what will be its new Fab 8 campus in New York’s Saratoga County. That will create the world’s most advanced manufacturing facility of semiconductors upon its completion. It is also the largest “green field” construction project being built east of the Mississippi River.

Partners of GlobalFoundries
Having partnered with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Mubadala Technology (Abu Dhabi’s former Advanced Technology Investment Company) and with acquiring Chartered, based in Singapore, the company has continued to expand.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is also based in Santa Clara, California, and is a multinational semiconductor company that develops computer processors and many related technologies for businesses and consumers. It initially manufactured its own processors but later outsourced to GlobalFoundries. AMD is the second-largest supplier and Intel’s only significant rival for x86-based microprocessors.

Mubadala Technology is a principal investment firm that invests in advanced technology sectors and focuses mainly on the semiconductor industry in Abu Dhabi, the United States, Europe, Asia, and throughout the world.

United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the most innovative of the world’s economies, is a significant economic partner of the United States and is its largest export market in the Middle East. SelectUSA reported that UAE Foreign Direct Investment in the United States totaled $26 billion in 2016 and supported over 10,000 American jobs. UAE investments spur advancements and innovations in a multitude of sectors, including and manufacturing, high technology, aerospace, and real estate.

U.S. Military Begins Thinking About War Without Working GPS Systems

With GPS-guided bombs, armed drones beaming footage via satellite and spy cameras scooping up intel from the heavens, America’s military machine is growing ever more reliant on space-based technology.

But what would happen if an enemy were to target the military’s satellites, or somehow jam their signals?

The disastrous scenario is one the Pentagon knows all too well could happen, and for which it is actively preparing.

“Our force structure today is built around the assumption that we have GPS and we have satellite communications. We are very lethal when we have those things,” said Colonel Richard Zellmann, commander of the 1st Space Brigade based in Colorado.

“But when you start taking away those combat multipliers, we need to go back then to the days of the industrial-age army where you have to have three times as many people as the adversary does.”
SEE ALSO: US budget outline calls for huge Pentagon increase, cuts to State

About 70 per cent of the Army’s major combat systems depend on signals being beamed from space, Col Zellmann said, a fact that has not slipped the attention of other countries.

“Militaries around the world have begun to understand the advantages that the US has enjoyed because of uncontested access to the space domain,” Col Zellmann recently told reporters.

Russia and China are both developing satellites capable of maneuvering through space, potentially allowing them to smash into another orbiting object. America, too, has acquired satellites that can move in orbit and inspect or monitor other space objects.

Read more at: AFP

The Premier Event for Military, Law Enforcement, and First Responders

Every year, ADS Inc. (Atlantic Diving Supply); a major government supplier of military accessories, apparel and equipment, hosts the annual Warrior Expo East. This event is held for players in military service, first responders and law enforcement to visit various booths show casing the latest training and gear in the industry.

While attending the event is free, persons interested in attending have to first ensure with their respective agency official that they are permitted according to the WAG rule. The event provides the ideal opportunity for procurement specialists, program managers and other end users in the industry to familiarize themselves with leading solutions in the industry.

This year’s Warrior Expo recorded a large number of attendees who got the opportunity to learn from the numerous vendors that had come to showcase their products. Buyers were able to do an evaluation of the size, qualities and capabilities of some of the equipment displayed on a first-hand basis. Buyers were also able to experiment and test some of the equipment; in addition to that, there were sales representatives who took their time to educate them and answer their questions comprehensively.

Many different firms showcased their products, and we’ve listed some of the highlights below:

Field Forensics; this is a firm that provides various products such as; narcotics and explosives color test-kit, SPME explosives devices, Spot.On.ID, the HandyRam hand-held Raman Spectrometer for testing and detecting narcotics and explosives as well as other innovative products. The company has also partnered with FFI Tactical, a company providing world-class tactical apparatus for law enforcement, UXO clearance, bomb squads, humanitarian demining and other security organs. They also provide chemical identification and detection devices.

• Six15 Technologies; in this booth buyers were given demonstrations of the world-class wearable solutions. The company provides wearable products such as the Tac-Eye 2.0 and the Tac-Eye binoculars. The Tac-Eye 2.0 is a small device that can be worn on the head, mounted via a helmet boom or glass clip, which gives its users a direct-view display. The binoculars on the other hand, have a stereoscopic view (for warfighters). The uniqueness of this set id that the user can directly plug it into camera systems, computer systems, thermal weapon sights etc.

• ITTS (Innovative Tactical Training Solutions). The firm provides products such as BBS (blast simulators), manikins and helo cabin simulators. Attendees of the Expo got to learn how the wireless manikins function. Watching the manikin breathing and barking just as a real dog would was quite fascinating for the viewers.

Generally, the expo was very beneficial to all the persons who attended and visited most or all the booths that had been set up. They engaged comprehensively with the solutions providers and got learn, compare and contrast the industry’s best security solutions and apparatus.

How to License NASA Tech for Your Business

NASA may be the star of air and space exploration and innovation, but in recent years, they’ve been making it easier for tech entrepreneurs here on earth to harness many of the agency’s patented technologies. To do this, they’ve tackled one of the major problems entrepreneurs face … paperwork.

Small business owners end up wasting a lot of time on tedious tasks (perfect example: they spend an average of 33 hours searching for business financing). Obtaining licenses, particularly from government-run or affiliated agencies, can be a hassle, but when it comes to NASA tech, all of that just changed. The Automated Technology Licensing Application System, conveniently known as ATLAS, debuted this past June, and now those attempting to acquire a NASA patent technologies license can look forward to a much more streamlines and efficient process.
Why Seek a License?

Utilizing NASA technologies can put your product at the forefront of your industry by showing consumers that you’ve taken the time and initiative to implement tested solutions. Additionally, by harnessing technologies already tested and approved by NASA, companies can eliminate some development burdens while boosting brand integrity. That can translate into better products and stronger margins.

What Kinds of Licenses Are Available?

NASA’s patent portfolio is extensive and encompasses a wide variety of disciplines. With more than 1,4000 patented technologies available for licensing, it’s worth checking out their site. Here’s a quick glance at the categories that are included in their portfolio:

Health, Medicine, and Biotechnology,
IT and Software
Materials and Coatings
Mechanical and Fluid Systems
Power Generations and Storage
Robotics, Automation, and Control

If your product or necessary product components fit into any of those categories, your next question is likely “how do I get started?”

Visit to learn more

How GPS Technology Has Changed Transportation

GPS technology was first introduced about 20 years ago. Nowadays, GPS tracking software has advanced to being web-based which allows fleet managers to retrieve access through a smartphone or PC. GPS has totally evolved from being able to just find the location of an asset or vehicle. It is now an instrumental resource for construction fleets. 

In the past, before GPS technology, systems like OMEGA and LORAN were used. They operated on long wave radio signals. Having to rely on long wavelengths to make it through bad weather conditions made those antiquated types of technology not nearly as effective as the new GPS technology. To give you an idea of just how many advancements and benefits have been made possible because of GPS technology, here are some ways that it has vastly improved the standard of living today:

First of all, using GPS technology to be able to get from one location to another holds many benefits. You can get rid of all the confusing maps and experience a more simplified way of getting from point A to point B. You also eliminate the possibility of getting in an accident with less need to look through a large map that has tiny print. You can also see how many miles you need to go, find alternate routes, and locate the nearest gas stations and more with GPS technology!

GPS tracking systems have many benefits as well. It can monitor assets or vehicles 24 hours a day. This means that fleet managers can rapidly find what they need from a map or a fleet list. Having the ability to view the entirety of an operation from one map can help keep management on top of what is going on any time of the day and helps make sure projects remain on schedule eliminating delays.

With GPS technology the cost of labor has been reduced. For example, when a driver starts their shift, employers are able to know exactly how many times they stopped, their exact location and when the job was actually completed. Taking a long nap or lunch and submitting inaccurate hours have been eliminated. Now employers are able to be notified when anything occurs. This greatly reduces the need to pay overtime when it is unwarranted and helps companies grow and retain profit.

Stolen assets can also be recovered faster with GPS technology. When an asset or vehicle is stolen, the technology is able to ensure that your belongings will be recovered faster than ever before. This saves businesses valuable money and time. Additionally, it can improve work site compliance. For example, at a construction site, it can help management become aware of whether their team is following a site’s restrictions or not.

These are just some of the many ways that GPS technology has greatly improved and continues to improve the quality of life today!

Bluetooth and GPS Technology


Bluetooth is a wireless technology that is widely used for exchanging data over short distances, or medium distances by using short-wavelength UHF radio waves. It has indefinitely raised the living standards of its users by providing wireless control communication between a mobile phone and hands free headset, and this was one of the earliest applications which became common and popular. 

This invention also provides control of Bluetooth compatible car stereo system. It provides connection between tablet and speakers such as iPad and Android devices and the remotely placed loud speakers that have Bluetooth enabled. It also gives the wireless communication with PC input and output devices such as mouse, keyboard and printer. Through the Bluetooth devices one can transfer files and contact details along with much more.

Games like Nintendo`s as well as Sony`s PlayStation 3 also uses Bluetooth for their wireless controllers. These games are quiet popular among people of all ages, they tell the story of the ease and convenience that the Bluetooth technology has brought. 


GPS is the Global Positioning System which is a space-based satellite navigation system. Global Positioning System provides location and time information in all weather situations, at any given time. It is present in cell phones very commonly now a day as well as in other devices for gaining such required information. 

It has been used in Astronomy and both positional and clock synchronization data is used in Astrometry. An example of this is Celestial calculations. Each GPS satellite continuously broadcasts a navigation message on L1 C/A and L2 P/Y Frequencies and the rate of this transition is at 50 bits per second. Under normal circumstances, each complete message takes 750 seconds to complete. All satellites broadcast at the same frequencies and signals are encoded. These codes use code division multiple access, this allows messages from individual satellite to be distinguished from others courtesy their unique encoding’s.

These GPS devices are used for informational purposes. This information can be about different things according to the interests of each individual that makes use of the GPS technology. It is being used in Cell phones, Tables, I-pads, Play stations, computers etc


Before the GPS was invented, boats and aircraft used LORAN for navigation. The very first of this navigation technology was to use sun angle at noon for latitude. It was also used to compare local sun time at noon against an accurate clock which was chronograph. This clock was set to Greenwich Time for longitude using an accurate clock. It also transmits reading in zenith angle, and an ephemeris. 

This way, it was made possible to calculate ones position by observing the position of sun or stars. Navigation and location were not found out using the same technologies. In the Pre-GPS times, location identification was done by triangulation from at least 3 ground observations which were made from the position that was known. This way the location could be traced using radio collar and single RDF receiver.


It is used in automated vehicles applying location and routes for cars as well as trucks to function without a human driver and/ or to tell the driver where he is headed to. Both civilian and military cartographers use GPS, disaster relief or emergency services depend upon GPS for location and time capabilities, etc.

How Many Home Electronics You Can Use With GPS

The term “GPS,” which stands for global positioning system, is so common place today that the term is a verb. In our everyday language we are used to simply stating “I need to GPS the way to the coffee shop.” This is remarkable for a technology that simply did not exist about twenty years ago. Except for the military and complex commercial businesses and industries, GPS was beyond the reach of the common person. Now anyone with a smart phone, ipod, laptop, car, or other portable device that can contain the GPS receiver can have the capability of being able to map their way to any spot on earth or locate any item that is mated with their GPS beacon. 

What some may thought was a simple spy tool is now so common, if your car does not have GPS mapping capabilities you are disappointed. It is is not only common place it is more expected than your kitchen toaster. The question today is not how many home devices can you use with GPS, the question is really how many devices in your home are already GPS compatible and you may not even know it.

If you are a heavy computer user you know that you may be frequently asked to accept or reject a request to identify your location as you use the designated application. If you are a user of Facebook you know that the whole Facebook world can identify your location to the minute and second. This can be unsettling to some people but this is still a second thought once they realize they can never be lost as long as they have a smart phone with GPS capability. 

Some may be concerned with the balance between privacy issues against the ease of the new technology. GPS does afford more users “user-friendly” access to the mapping world and the days of paper maps may now be a vestige of a generation ago. However, do we really know who has the capability to monitor our location when we activate our personal GPS beacon? Many people may simply not care. They may consider this a fair trade off for the ability to track the children, pets and personal items such as their cars, boats and pieces of art. 

GPS use today reminds one of the scenes from the Star Trek television shows where the captain asks his crew to track another crew on a far away planet by the communication badge, which has their own personal locator beacon. Blue tooth mating with our GPS compatible devices are now those science fiction devices realized and most people today simply cannot live without it. Some would rather cut of their arm (not really) than be a day without the capability to project voice based commands through their blue tooth to their smart devices and activate their GPS capabilities. 

GPS is so common place in our every day use that basic appliances such as freezers, fridge units and oven consoles have built in GPS receivers to map directions and make your common appliances personal home work stations. Newer and smaller devices are now being marketed to place devices into luggage, briefcases, overnight delivery packages, all in an effort to maintain consistent monitoring of important items. GPS is clearly a tool that is here to stay.