The internet is harnessed for variety of purposes these days from surfing the web to CCTV and voice and video conferencing. News this week is that it’s now being used to monitor a remote controlled heart! Fire fighter Michael DiBernado suffers from an irregular heart beat and has recently been fitted with a device which monitors it’s pulse and sends results to his consultant over the internet. Any irregularities can then be picked up and acted upon quickly.
Communication has always been a key tool for businesses, so with the invention of the internet and email the way in which the business world worked changed dramatically. Suddenly anywhere on the globe both individuals and organisations could connect with others with speed and ease. Although this development brought everyone closer together this could never replace the true value gained in face-to-face relationships. This is shown by the importance many companies place on meeting their colleagues and clients – even if this means travelling across the world to do so.
Prior to my current post at Fluidata I worked for one of the UK’s leading environmental consultancies. Here I helped companies to assess and reduce their carbon emissions. Because of this I am often asked for advice on how to reduce a company’s carbon footprint and frequently the answer I give is to fully utilise our IT services. The fact of the matter is that we cannot continue to run successful organisations if we do not continually update our technologies and reduce our air miles. It seems therefore that we must in fact embrace our capitalist ideology and innovative technology to overcome our outdated habits, replaced instead by new tools such as virtualisation and video conferences.