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  • Home Improvement Comments Off on Smart Home Security Tips

    Technology is moving forward in an unprecedented rate. Now, consumer technology is now smarter and more user-friendly than ever, particularly around the home, with appliances and rooms, even home alarm systems in Perth, now connecting to internet and to each other in new ways.

    Of course, these new automated systems, has flaws and vulnerabilities, like any other system. They offer a lot of advantages, but they also come with their own issues. As such, for anyone looking to automate home alarm systems in Perth or anywhere else, it’s important to pay attention to security.

    So if you’re looking to have  smart home tech in your own house, here are some security tips.

    • Password protected.
      • The defaults of devices is easy to crack for hackers, which means that keeping the default security settings, information is quite easy to access. Notably, there’s a search engine for finding configurations and data on specific devices, it’s called Shodan (System Shock reference, yo), and it allows anyone, and we mean anyone to find security information on any device by simply using the right filters. If you’re going to set passwords for your devices, always follow a key tenet in password protection, one that’s been around since passwords have been around: use secure and separate passwords. If you’re worried about keeping track of so many passwords, there are apps for that.
    • How’s the Wi-Fi?
      • Wi-Fi is very useful, but it’s also one of the biggest vulnerabilities of any home’s network. Both the network and the router needs to reinforced from attacks. A good way to deal with this issue is to create a guest network, separate from the main login, and have smart devices connect to the guest network in order to stop hackers from using the more commonly used entry points to gain access.
    • Big Brother is watching.
      • Smart home products support your daily life, but they can also monitor you, collecting sensitive data. Take note of the fine print; pay attention of the privacy practices of smart device companies, and use devices that only collect the bare minimum data for use. It might seem that there’s a lot of problems with advanced security, it’s merely a couple of safeguards in order to make sure they do their jobs and preserve your security for a long time to come.

  • Map Comments Off on A Comparison Of Popular Map Apps

    There is no doubt that Google Maps is very useful and practical for travelers but they not are very pretty if compared to illustrated maps. For example, the London City Illustrated Map is a cartographic creation that reflects the artist’s skills and creativity. Even if it is hand drawn, the illustrated map is highly detailed and comprehensive.

    Today, travelers rely on their Smartphone map apps to get around a strange place. However, map apps are not created equal. There will always be a map app that stands out from all the rest. Below is a list of different map apps that are best for travelling.

    For years, Arthur Grabowski, senior manager of corporate development at Adobe, has studied Waze, Google Maps and Apple Maps to determine the best. He has developed a scoring system for the apps so that they can be ranked accordingly. The scoring system is based on factors like shortest travel time, how each app over/under estimated travel time and how the app allowed users to arrive a place at the quickest time possible.

    Waze in a map app that breaks out user’s data to provide accurate traffic updates. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world use Waze but Grabowski find the app as not so accurate although it can provide the fastest driving time. Live traffic updates and notifications on potholes are the best benefits delivered by Waze to users.

    After 120 trips over the course of a year, Grabowski declared that Google Maps is the most accurate in delivering users to their destinations at the fastest possible time. After testing Waze and Google Maps, the later has the fastest service.

    Apple map apps want to provide users with a positive experience but it usually underestimates arrival time. A user can arrive at the destination 1% faster than the estimated time of arrival provided by Apple map app.

    Before you travel to a strange city like London, it makes sense to study a map of the city. If you want a map that has more aesthetical value, you can opt for London City Illustrated Map that highlights popular landmarks, buildings and streets in an artistic and creative way.

  • News, Tips/Advise Comments Off on The Benefits Of Artificial Intelligence In Pest Control Industry

    Technology is everywhere and it is slowly invading the methods of pest control in Parramatta because these new techniques are considered to be more effective and safer in comparison. This is the reason why the Brazilian government is also turning to technology to answer their pest control woes. The fact is that the agriculture of the Brazil loses roughly $55 billion annually due to pests in crops as well as diseases. The data is provided by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation or EMBRAPA.

    A company specializing in digital agriculture and headquartered in Campinas, Sao Paulo State, Agrosmart, is already trying to develop solutions with the help of technology known as IoT or Internet of Things. Agromart is making a connected application that will aid farmers in using the appropriate amount of agrochemical at a specific time in order to fight pests in a way that is cost-effective and will have lesser impact on the environment.

    Marcus Vinicius Sato, an agronomist, is the leader of the project being developed by Agrosmart. The concept is based on a group of measures that is called IPM or integrated pest management. The methods were introduced in the 1960s and it is known to improve the effectiveness as well as the efficacy of pest control by using a number of tools including chemical pesticides, synthetic pheromones, biological agents and light traps.

    Sato said that they are also making use of AI or artificial intelligence in order to identify the insects as well as quantify them. The pheromones that are incorporated in traps will attract the insects and these traps come with sensors. They are placed all over the plantation. The sensors are working with the help of an electronic system that sends data going to an internet server. This is where the images are uploaded to identify and count the number of insects. The number of insects for every square meter will determine if they are going to use agrochemicals or not.

    The farmer will then get a report regarding the data collected which is sent to their devices. This is a modern approach to pest control. This is a step forward with hopes that pest control in Parramatta and all of Australia will be as modern in the future.