Why airports move to the cloud and the Internet-of-ABC eGates

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Internet of ABC eGates and Kiosks, BioUptime
Airports’ new cloud’s-eye view on infrastructure management is beginning of Internet-of-ABC eGates and Kiosks.

This wasn’t a mature option a few years ago; it’s now happening. Driven by metrics, early-mover CIOs like Michael Ibbitson at London Gatwick airport are moving their IT-processes to the cloud. The cover story, ‘Head in the cloud’, of a recent (June 2014) issue of Passenger Terminal World throws light on cloud technology’s impact on airport management.

‘82% of airports are either evaluating cloud services or have major cloud programs underway’, the story reports citing SITA’s 2013 Airport IT Trends Survey.

Why airports move to the cloud?

The metrics and targets are clear. Some of the reports’ findings speak for themselves:

  • IT hardware costs reduction by up to a third
  • Energy saving of 80% vs. running on-site data centers
  • Expanding flight capacity (flights per hour)
  • Raising aircraft arrival and departure on-time accuracy
  • Improving…

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OBL to lead new international OASIS standard for Web Services-based operational monitoring of biometric devices and services

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OASIS Open, Web Services-based Operational Monitoring and Reporting

Today, OASIS Open assigned Optimum Biometric Labs to lead a new international standard for Web Services-based operational monitoring and reporting of biometric devices and services. This couldn’t be more timely. For 2014, we envisioned a yet closer merger of biometric technologies and ‘Internet of Things’. The background: beside observing the trends for more than a decade, we assumed our pioneering and contributing role for this to happen had a good chance to becoming accepted and formal. We sensed the time was finally ripe to raise the awareness and equip the biometric customers with the framework and tools with which they could use a common language to set minimum quality requirements and to deploy associated monitoring and management.

We think this is truly essential news not only for the end-user community but also a significant milestone and a step forward for the industry to progress, expand, and offer new business models to monetize service agreements to complement their…

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MetricsHub, a service for cloud health and performance monitoring with alerts and notifications just acquired by Microsoft. One of the commentators writes: “The MetricsHub team created an incredible product, and I’m not surprised by this outcome. For anyone using Azure, I highly recommend giving MetricHub a shot. It’s very quick to setup.”

An interesting debate (beside this launch announcement): are proprietary IT-monitoring software/service “bloated with features and expensive” and Open Source “have great need for fine-tuning and customizing”? Can new tools and services solve the challenge that comes with both options “costly to businesses either in terms of money or staff time”?

Big Data companies: Infochimps Launches Enterprise Cloud For Big Data Analytics

I have previously published a post, ‘There’s A Metric for That’: How Big Data Impacts Biometrics Market and Industry, on the advantages and potentials of utilizing Big Data methods and tools in biometrics applications from a system and control center point of view. Starting from now I will try to post and re-post about Big Data companies and tools that I come across. This time TechCrunch reports on a company called Infochimps who offers a big data enterprise cloud. TechCrunch writes:

Infochimps is one of a growing ecosystem of companies that are programming the knowledge of data scientists, statisticians and programmers into applications that businesspeople can use.

Source: TechCrunch

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