Canada: New Accessibility Standard for Self-service Kiosks in Air, Ferry and Train Terminals
From December 31, 2016, any newly installed automated self-service kiosks used for such things as check in, printing of boarding passes and baggage tags at Canadian air, ferry and train terminals should be accessible to travelers with disabilities, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that 25% of kiosks are accessible by December 31, 2022. This is the expectation of the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) recently amended Code of Practice: Removing Communication Barriers for Travelers with Disabilities. The standard is harmonized with the new United States Department of Transportation (DOT) rule published late last year, providing greater predictability and consistency across North America for travelers with disabilities.
From http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2015/02/canada-new-accessibility-standard-for-self-service-kiosks-in-air-ferry-and-train-terminals/, February 12, 2015
Australia: 2015 Excellence in eGovernment and ICT Awards
The 2015 Excellence in eGovernment Awards, ICT Professional of the Year Award, and the ICT Young Professional of the Year Award are now open for online nomination. Administered by the Australian Department of Finance, the suite of awards recognises and promotes excellence, innovation, and professionalism in the use of ICT. The Australian Government introduced the ICT Awards Program in 2006 to recognise the most outstanding initiatives in eGovernment and to promote excellence in the use of ICT across all Australian Government agencies (Federal, State & Territory, and Local).
From http://www.spatialsource.com.au/2015/02/10/2015-excellence-in-egovernment-and-ict-awards/, February 12, 2015
Kenya Launches Presidential ICT Program
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday launched the Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP) aimed at empowering university graduates to master the digital technology. Kenyatta said the program that brings together leading lights in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) landscape is expected to mentor, inspire and lead a new wave of digital trailblazers.
From http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/150210/kenya-launches-presidential-ict-program, February 12, 2015
Seven Ways Smartphones Are Saving Lives
The smartphone industry now dwarfs the PC industry with 2bn smartphones purchased every year and in a market that is not yet saturated it spells plenty of room for growth. With newer and more powerful smartphones coming on to the market companies are developing new and exciting ways of utlizing smartphones to provide care, assistance and ultimately save lives.
From http://bionicly.com/7-ways-smartphones-saving-lives/, February 11, 2015
Eight Examples of How Google is Moving Into Digital Health
In July 2014, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin sat down for a rare interview with Vinod Khosla where they discussed, among other things, Google’s involvement in health. When Khosla asked if Google would ever become a healthcare company, both founders were somewhat critical of the current healthcare system’s regulatory hurdles and because of this didn’t envisage becoming a big player in the space. The full interview is below.
From http://bionicly.com/8-examples-google-moving-digital-health/, February 11, 2015
Handheld Generator Makes Your Hand the Only Charger You’ll Need
Keeping a full battery is a constant struggle for the avowed smartphone addict. And now, with so many useful services becoming dependent on having a usable smartphone with you at all times, you’d better be adequately prepared. Until devices themselves become self-charging (and that may be sooner than you think), there are all kinds of socket-free devices filling the gap. The latest is the VAGA HandEnergy, which, strange as it sounds, can charge your phone purely with hand movement.
From http://www.psfk.com/2015/02/vaga-handenergy-hand-generator-charge.html?utm_content=buffer81cbc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer, February 11, 2015
A Third of Wearables to Become Invisible by 2017
Analyst firm, Gartner, is predicting that by 2017 30% of wearable technology will become invisible to the eye. For wearables to succeed they need to be a combination of three things. 1. Useful. 2. Fashionable and/or 3. Invisible. Gartner is predicting that 30% of them will be “unobtrusive to the naked eye” in two years’ time. In a recent press release, Annette Zimmermann, a research director at the firm is quoted as saying, “Already, there are some interesting developments at the prototype stage that could pave the way for consumer wearables to blend seamlessly into their surroundings. Smart contact lenses are one type in development. Another interesting wearable that is emerging is smart jewelry.
From http://bionicly.com/wearables-become-invisibles-2017/, February 11, 2015
Designing For The Elderly: Ways Older People Use Digital Technology Differently
If you work in the tech industry, it’s easy to forget that older people exist. Most tech workers are really young, so it’s easy to see why most technology is designed for young people. But consider this: By 2030, around 19% of people in the US will be over 65. Doesn’t sound like a lot? Well it happens to be about the same number of people in the US who own an iPhone today. Which of these two groups do you think Silicon Valley spends more time thinking about?
From http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/02/05/designing-digital-technology-for-the-elderly/, February 10, 2015
Australian First Employment Model for People with Autism
In an Australian-first 11 people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have begun traineeships designed to harness their unique abilities at the Department of Human Services in Adelaide. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne together with representatives from Specialist People Foundation and HP Australia visited the Department of Human Services ICT Hub in Adelaide to meet the new trainees as they begin their new careers.
From http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/media-release-australian-first-employment-model-people-autism/22890/pressrelease/, February 10, 2015
Data, Mobility, Consumer Engagement to Dominate ICT Sector in 2015
Overall, the ASEAN business landscape—including the Philippines—continue to evolve under the explosion of data, the rise of mobility, and the increasing sophistication of consumers. As businesses become more people-centric in the last 12 months, we have seen more businesses embark on transformational IT projects to provide social, mobile, and cloud self-service capabilities that are designed to better engage their customers and employees for improved satisfaction and increased productivity.
From http://www.mb.com.ph/data-mobility-consumer-engagement-to-dominate-ict-sector-in-2015/, February 10, 2015