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As time passes, the need for clean, alternative energy sources only increases. And while there are applications across all sectors, one of the most important is residential real estate. Understanding the latest trends helps create some context for what direction things are headed.
Electricity generation is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. According to the EIA, power plants that burn fossil fuels and other materials made from fossil fuels, as well as some geothermal power plants, account for nearly 40 percent of total energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2).
In the United States, roughly 67 percent of total electricity generation in 2016 was produced from fossil fuels (such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas), biomass, and municipal and industrial wastes. The emissions that result from combustion of these fuels include C02, carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2) nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), and heavy metals (like mercury) – each of which has negative effects on the environment.
Furthermore, eclectic power lines and other destruction infrastructure leave a rather significant footprint. In addition to altering the aesthetic appearance of cities and landscapes, they often require trees, vegetation, and wildlife to be removed or disrupted.
While electricity itself is a relatively safe and clean form of energy, it’s all of these negative byproducts that hold it back. The sooner we can find ways to get around electricity, the more sustainable our environment will become.
As one person among millions, you might not think you have a part to play – but you do. By doing your research and finding safe, clean, and cost-effective sources of alternative energy, you can begin to power your home with renewable energy sources that don’t hurt the environment. Are you willing to give it a shot?
Every house or apartment needs some sort of energy to power appliances and home systems. Electricity may be the standard, but it’s not the best option. Here’s a look at some alternative energy sources that are making a splash in residential real estate.
- Solar Panels
Solar is one of the most commonly used forms of renewable energy in residential applications. This is due to the ease of installation, as well as the direct cost savings. As SolarNorcal mentions, there’s currently a 30 percent federal tax credit on installation, which significantly decreases the upfront cost. Once you tack on the monthly savings over 5-, 10-, and 20-year periods, it’s a no-brainer.
- Wind Turbines
While not possible in crowded urban areas or suburban neighborhoods, wind turbines can be used in rural settings (or any real estate setting where there’s lots of space and lax zoning regulations).
While they can be loud (and take up lots of space), wind turbines are highly efficient, stable, and long-lasting. They can easily generate most (if not all) of your electricity needs.
While not cost-effective in many applications, geothermal can be a great source of power in the right situation. It’s especially helpful for heating and cooling.
As WPGHCI explains, “Geothermal systems utilize the stable temperature built up in the earth by storing it in a loop of pipes buried underground. Water circulates in the loop providing geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies when you need it throughout the year.”
The best part about geothermal power is that there’s very little cost after installation. The temperature beneath the ground stays the same year-round, which means you never have to worry about conditions being right.
- Nuclear Power
Nuclear power is one of the most abundant forms of alternative energy in the world. More than a dozen counties rely on nuclear power to produce at least a quarter of their electricity each year.
Nuclear power works extremely well most of the time. The biggest drawback is that there’s the potential for catastrophe when something goes wrong.
There’s no doubt that we need more environmentally-friendly policies and initiatives from a top-down perspective, but a cleaner tomorrow begins from the bottom-up.
As a homeowner, there are practical steps you can take towards investing in alternative and renewable energy sources that limit your carbon footprint and promote sustainability in your immediate community. Hopefully this article has given you an idea of the various types of alternative energy on the market and how feasible some of them truly are.
The next decade is a critical period of time for our environment. Either we’re going to take a step back and continue to experience significant deterioration, or we’re going to become a generation that stewards the resources we’ve been given in a smart, safe, and efficient manner.
As crimes being one of the biggest concerns that most homeowners have to deal with when they buy a house, keeping security to the maximum is also a very big concern. In fact, the FBI stated in their website that crime rate in 2017 went up by 3.4% since 2016 in the US alone. The stats itself show that security is an extremely big issue no matter where you go. Of course, no one would want their door locks picked or their glass doors broken by someone aiming to steal their stuff.
Fortunately, technology allows us to have safer and more innovative door designs that will help keep our home’s security in check.
The Development of Home Security Systems
Back in the days, a lot of focus was put on only the door lock because it enables a door to stay shut. As long as your door is very sturdy, no one would be able to break through it. This is why very strong locks were made. The very first industrial lock to have ever been made was known as the tumbler lock. This came out sometime around 1778 and resembled the locks of the ancient Greek and medieval civilizations.
Since then, a lot of lock designers started making many similar lock designs. One of them, the classic pin and tumbler lock by Yale, became the staple design for most locks these days. However, for an expert locksmith, these locks are easy to pick with the use of the right tools.
Of course, most people might turn their sights to alarm systems and security cameras to protect their homes. However, an expert in electronics and security can bypass alarm systems and security cameras.
All of these tools serve their own purposes; unfortunately, they do have their own individual weaknesses as well. This is why it’s very important to go back to one of the most basic elements of home security – the door.
The Evolution of Doors and How It Contributes to Security
When all the other security features fail, often the last line of defense is your door. If a perpetrator cannot get behind the door, then he can’t get in. It is for this reason why homes need to have the right door to protect their homes.
Doors have been around for thousands of years. According to most historical records, the Egyptians were the first ones who made use of doors. They used wooden doors that were heavy and sturdy. Over the years, many door makers made use of other materials such as stone and metals.
Eventually, modern home doors use various materials not only for security but also for decorative purposes. Modern home doors are usually made of glass, wood, metal, and even vinyl. However, one of the problems with some of these materials is that they can easily get broken.
Let’s take glass for example. If a criminal is to break into a house that has glass on the front door, all he has to do is stick some duct tape on the glass and smash it. The duct tape would allow him to significantly, if not completely, reduce noise due to a shattered glass. From there, he can then easily unlock the door and enter your premises.
How Technology Fixes These Issues
With locks and normal doors not fully capable of protecting your house, innovative methods can actually help address the issues that usual security problems would have. Take a look at two of them:
- Security Screens
Security screen doors are very popular among homeowners in the US. Stainless steel mesh screens are extremely durable and can prevent people from entering your home. Considering that they’re made of a very hard and tough material, they can’t be cut out by any type of knife no matter how sharp. Even crowbars and baseball bats won’t be able to break them either. These days, security screens are at least 0.9mm thick which can ensure that your door won’t get easily broken by anyone.
- Security Film
Security film is another solution homeowners are embracing. While security screens are ideal for the windows and doors that people like to keep open, security film is cost-effective way to prevent burglaries and forced intrusions. Similar to the tint you may put on a car, security film is applied to the inside surface of the glass and is mounted to the frame surrounding the glass with a industrial adhesive. When properly installed, security film will make it very difficult for anyone to get through the glass and into the home.
- Three-point or Multi-point Lock
To add to the security screen, you’ve also got a three-point lock that can resolve the issues often experienced by the usual locks. Most door locks are single-point which means that once a perpetrator picks them, he can easily get in.
With multi-point locks, the door is secure in both the top and the bottom parts of the door. This gives your door the extra security that the usual single point lock can’t provide. With this, it’ll be much harder for any perpetrator to try to lockpick the door. The perpetrator would have to go through all the lock features before he can even enter.
The best part about this type of lock is that it’s compatible with any type of door whether it’s made of wood, PVC, or metal. All you need to do is make sure the locksmith has it installed properly.
If you combine the strength security mesh screens or security film plus the complexity of the three-point lock system, you can get an ultimately secure household.
Most doors that are made for homes don’t really put a lot of emphasis on security. Most of the emphasis would lie within their aesthetic appeal. However, security is a much more important factor than looks, especially if your neighborhood has a high rate of break-ins. For this reason, you really have to put a lot of importance in the type of door that you are going to buy.
Fail-safe locks, updated and fully functional intruder alarms, and solid security cameras are all good. They can serve their purpose to alert you of an intruder and possibly block him out. However, those are not enough.
If you really want to keep out any intruders, it is very important that the most basic part of your home security is solid on its own. Fortunately, innovations in technology allow us to have exactly what we need to keep our homes safe. Keep yourself and your family protected at all times.
As fast as our technological advances are, their implementation into mainstream life is somewhat slow. Specifically concerning data security, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and data encryption were around long before the day desktop computers landed in every home. Yet, few embraced these technologies at the time, believing it was unnecessary. Back then, data encryption was perceived to be something computer geeks did for fun.
Understandably, most people didn’t adopt data encryption because it wasn’t convenient to implement. Data breaches weren’t happening often, so there was no real reason to be concerned. That was before everybody’s personal data was online and vulnerable.
It took a surge in data breaches to wake people up
After Target’s major data breach that affected up to 100 million people in 2013, you’d think everyone would be quick to encrypt their data, especially businesses. Surprisingly not everyone was, and data breaches have continued to affect business after business, rising in frequency and severity.
Many believed their business was too small to become the next victim, despite evidence that small businesses are more at risk for a data breach than large corporations.
Fast forward to 2017, when over 1,300 data breaches were recorded during the year alone. Since then, many people (and businesses) have begun to encrypt their data. Why did it take so long? What’s going on?
Data encryption hasn’t always been user-friendly or accessible
After Target’s data breach, people were slow to adopt data encryption because it wasn’t easy for the average non-technical person to implement. Perhaps the difficulty was partly due to the a-la-carte method of software distribution: people had to find one or more software programs compatible with their existing software.
In addition to the cost and compatibility challenges, non-technical people had to hire experts to teach them how to use the software. If someone wanted to encrypt their emails, they’d have to create their own encryption keys, set them up with their mail client, and hope their email client supported encryption standards.
To make encryption available to everyone, some tech companies have integrated data security features into the core of their software, eliminating the stress of the piecemeal approach as new needs trickle in. This move is necessary for the future of data security because unless it’s integrated into the software, the future generations won’t want to deal with it. Data encryption is on track for becoming mainstream.
Integrating data encryption makes it user-friendly
If data encryption took less effort, businesses would probably opt for a higher level of security and happily pay for it. More people would encrypt their email communications if the feature were built right into their email client as well.
Some major software companies seem to be on the path toward making encryption easy for users. Microsoft, for example, hasn’t fully integrated every security feature into its software, but they do offer native add-ons for its Office 365 customers, including email encryption. Other third-party plugins are available, too.
The problem is, some people aren’t using Microsoft’s plugins. Data security experts point out, “35% of Office 365 customers seek third party solutions for email security – either as a supplement to Microsoft’s offerings or as a full replacement.”
The fact that people are using third-party plugins to supplement or completely replace Microsoft’s security offerings, including email encryption, shows where they’re falling behind. That’s not to say the security services offered by Microsoft aren’t good. They simply fall short of what people need.
Integration of features is the future of technology
We’re moving toward full integration, and software hosted in the cloud makes that integration possible.
A time will come when nobody will take the piecemeal approach to data security because it won’t make sense. We know what we need to protect data as it travels as well as where it lands. We know the GDPR regulations require the safeguarding of personal data to a higher degree. Now we need to integrate these capabilities into the software we use (email clients, CRM software, email marketing software, etc.) so that nobody has to spend thousands of dollars figuring it out on their own.
The younger subset of the Millennial generation didn’t grow up in a world of a-la-carte software sold in boxes at the local electronics store. They’ve grown up in a world where most of their software downloads take place in an app store with the click of a single button. The devices they use allow multiple apps to integrate without their input.
When this generation decides to download software, it’s expected that anything required to safely conduct business or their personal life online will come as part of the download package.
A level of seamless integration isn’t only the future of email encryption – it’s the inevitable future of all data-driven technologies.
Over the past week, Instagram has been at the top of the technology news charts. Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012 and has been implementing user- friendly and popular changes to the features that the app provides since then. Since the end of May, The photo sharing app has updated users on how to “mute” or get “caught up” on posts, about how they as a company determine what photos are chosen as relevant and popular for each user, and about how they may soon be able to post longform videos.
1) “Mute” and “Caught Up” Features to be Implemented Soon
The new “mute” and “caught up” features will make each users feed more unique to them and their Instagram experience. By choosing to “mute” or hide photos and videos, users can continue following someone who may post content that they don’t like, but they will not see those user’s photos in their feed. The “all caught up” feature lets users know when they have seen all posts by those on their following list. This will help ensure that users are not spending too much time on the app viewing images and videos that they have already seen. Instagram plans to implement these features in the coming weeks.
2) The Instagram Algorithm Has Been Cracked
Mid- 2016, Instagram changed the algorithm that showed users the most recent posts by those with whom they follow and made it so that the most popular posts would be shown instead. Users were not too happy with the idea but data shows that it is making the typical user experience better and more personalized to each user. TechCrunch discovered that the new algorithm learns a user’s behavior, including who they follow and how they interact with those users, to create the most personalized feed for that person. By analyzing a user’s past interest in previously posted content, how recent a post has been posted, and how much interaction has occurred between a user and another user, Instagram builds a personalized feed for every user, picking and choosing carefully which images and videos to show on that feed. This change makes third-party apps, like this Instagram liking bot, more effective for users who are running an Instagram for a business or company, as they will be able to share content and follow users that closely match their marketing needs.
3) Longform Videos Coming Soon to Instagram
A new Instagram video feature may be coming to the app, soon, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new video feature would allow users to share hour-long vertically filmed videos. Previously, Instagram has had a maximum video length of one minute. This change will push users to share more professional videography, including ads and short films. Instagram is still in the talks about the new longform video service, adding that changes to the idea and implementation of the new feature may happen before the it is released.
The humble television was the sole source of entertainment in the not-so-distant pre-mobile and pre-laptop era. It continues to permeate our lives and remains a powerhouse in the entertainment realm to this day. A testimony to the power of the Television is the decision of UN, in 1996, to proclaim 21st November as World Television Day “in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making”. Today, the word ‘Television’ conjures up thoughts far beyond the TV boxes of yester-years as media consumption patterns change at a phenomenal rate. But how did we get to this stage and what is next on the anvil?
Evolution of Television Technology
The most impressive aspect of television history is that the technology was not invented by a single person, but was a result of a collaborative effort.
The First TV
The first live national broadcast, albeit black-and-white, took place in 1951. It consisted of President Truman’s speech at the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco. The cathode ray tube (CRT) marked the beginning of television technology. The cathode consists of a heated filament situated in a vacuum tube and the ray is a stream of electrons that react with the screen to create the images.
The First Color TV
NBC broadcasted the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in 1954, marking the first national color broadcast. But color television came of age only in 1965, when major broadcasters reached an agreement on prime-time color broadcasts. And by 1972, all television programming was broadcast in color.
LCD dominated television technology for half a decade. In LCD TVs, a rear projection unit mirrors the image off the back of the monitor.
Plasma televisions hogged the limelight for about a decade due to their wide viewing angles and relatively low prices, but lost steam due to heat production issues and a short lifespan.
What is Current in Television Technology
An LED TV uses the same technology as a typical LCD screen, with backlighting being the only significant difference. A LCD screen used cold cathode fluorescent light (CCFL) to produce color, while the LED display makes use of light-emitting diodes.
Curvature is grabbing the headlines in the television technology space. Curved TV screens provide enhancements such as picture depth, viewing angles and 3D views. It replicates the natural curvature of the eye to gather the edges of the viewed object, thereby creating a theatre-like experience.
Smart TVs are the latest buzzwords in the Television space. These TVs are known as smart TVs as they have built-in internet connectivity, enabling connection to a router through an Ethernet cable or plug-in wi-fi dongle. These TVs include apps such as BBC iPlayer, subscription services like Netflix and live streaming services such as Fox news live streaming.
The Bottom Line
The holy grail of Television Technology has been about placing a moving image on a TV screen and rendering the underlying technology invisible to the viewer, so that what is seen on the screen looks good.
What are your plans this summer? Along with rising temperature and the enticing smell of barbecue arrives a unique opportunity to meet business milestones with a sense of summertime serenity.
For the ever-ambitious event planning professional, taking time to decompress may be easier said than done… But investing in yourself is certainly worth it. Combine personal development with self-care this summer and bring your best self to highly anticipated networking events such as The Event Planner Expo in October. Here are 3 ways to get started.
#1 Master your Morning Routine
There’s special appeal in hitting the snooze button on a hot summer day (especially with the AC blasting) but did you know determination is strongest upon waking? An effective morning routine will keep you active and inspired to take full advantage of these extra long days. According to Fast Company’s The Morning Routines Of The Most Successful People, browsing email first thing in the morning is an incredibly common practice that depletes focus and sets the brain into a reactive mode (not good). Event planning professionals can take better care of themselves by beginning the day with a few stretches, deep breaths, and some mind clearing meditation – all which set the tone for success.
Note: Repetition is key so locking your morning rituals into place now will help align prosperous habits all year round.
#2 Settle in with Inspiring Beach Reads
While taking self development into the sunlight, a book rich in ideas will keep the brain inspired while the body rejuvenates. Browse Business Insider’s 15 best business books to read this summer for quality suggestions and check out the biggest titles for event planners such as How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and The Event Marketing Handbook by Allison Saget. Hands full? Podcasts are also a great way to soak in novel information. 10 event planning podcasts you should be listening to by travelers Q is a good place to start and while we’re on the subject, check out Ted.com’s playlist on The importance of self-care.
#3 Take an Entrepreneurial Retreat
How do you combine disconnection from daily concerns with an influx of new networking opportunity? Book a retreat designed for entrepreneurs. These getaways facilitate unforgettable experience, connections that last a lifetime, and moments of clarity that can mean brilliant insight for your company. Summer retreats varry for everyone’s personality and preference. For instance, learn more on the rising importance and popularity of entrepreneurial retreats for women. Considering the option of organizing your own corporate retreat? Check out 5 Resorts For Your Next Corporate Retreat on the Forbes Travel Guide.
Whether big or small, each act of self-care will have a direct impact on your professional goals. Looking ahead, some of the biggest business expos are taking place in the Fall. Participation in these self-care practices can bring you inspiration to dream big, motivation to connect, and an abundance of positive energy throughout the remainder of 2018.
Toyota has a reputation for producing the most reliable cars on the market. This is why in Canada, the car manufacturer remains as the number one most produced vehicle in the country. There are many benefits of owning a Toyota if you’re in search of a new car. Let’s go deeper into exactly what makes them so worthwhile.
Ask any Toyota owner what their favourite feature about their car is and odds are, they’ll mention the gas mileage. Take the Corolla for example, the 2018 model offers 37 highway MPG. The Prius, using a hybrid engine system, boasts upwards to 50 MPG while driving in the city. This makes Toyota a very economic car for daily driving to work, school, or other activities.
A long lifespan
Did you know that 80% of Toyota’s that were sold within the last two decades are still running on the road? That’s a great return on investment. Purchasing a car from them will give you peace of mind knowing you will keep it for a long period. Forget buying a new car every other year. Toyota’s will save you money in the long haul with their durability and fuel economy.
Great resell value
If the time comes where you’d like to let go of your Toyota or upgrade, you’ll be happy to know that they hold their value very well. Since they’re economic, comfortable, and reliable, Toyota’s are always in high demand. Many models such as the Camry, Prius, and Corolla can last up to very high kilometres. Despite this, they remain in good condition and this means they keep a good resell value.
Not only are Toyota vehicles reliable and efficient, they are safe. If you have a family or children, their cars make them an excellent choice because of this. For three years in a row, the brand has won the Institute of Highway Safety award. To be considered, the candidates vehicles must:
- Obtain good ratings in crash tests
- Have good headlights
- Have a prevention system for front crashes
- Use an automatic breaking system
The Prius, Venza, Corolla, and Camry are the safest models to choose from.
Affordable to maintain
Unexpected costs and expensive parts are the downsides of many vehicles. This can set you back a lot of money and come at the worst times. Don’t worry about that if you own a Toyota. Maintaining one is affordable and parts are less expensive than many other brands. They offer great financing options too if you’re interested in leasing.
When you go to purchase your next car, keep Toyota in mind. You’ll smile every time you check your gas because it gets astounding miles per gallon, both on city and highway roads. It will last for many years to come, making it a great investment. Their vehicles have a great resell value so when you go to upgrade, you’ll get a lot of your original money back. A Toyota will keep you and your family safe, most importantly. On top of that, you won’t have to worry about expensive fees, costs, and parts.
The digital revolution is fundamentally reshaping how we absorb information, approach knowledge and live our lives. Libraries are no longer the primary gatekeepers to knowledge that they once were. Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived with a bang. And e-books have taken off in ways that no one would have anticipated a mere decade ago, making it easier to publish and distribute materials.
While libraries performed the standalone function of providing books through many centuries, their offerings have evolved in today’s times in tandem with the digital age and changing needs of the users. Libraries today not only promote reading, but also provide access to information and support communities. The New York Public Library, which is the largest and most reputed library in the world, is broadening its essential role to provide educational opportunities for New Yorkers. With $1 million in funding from Google and backing from New York City Mayor, the library is attempting to bridge the digital divide by offering free Wi-Fi devices to low-income families in the neighborhood. Libraries are increasingly known as the third place i.e. neither home nor work, but rather a community place. The libraries are replacing endless rows of book shelves with open floor spaces in the form of maker spaces, events and internet connectivity, designed for collaborative work.
In an era where a growing segment of digital information is commercially owned and controlled, libraries can play a critical role in democratizing access to knowledge and facilitating its impact on society. The digital library system can be opened up to technophobes by promoting the use of appropriate laptops and tablets suitable for reading. As libraries convert into meeting places, they can merchandise books more effectively through the ‘recommended reading’ tables located strategically at the entrance.
It is possible to build a small library at home, a home library on the cheap, by sourcing books from various places. The Amazon Marketplace is a retailer’s book service and a reader’s delight. Many titles are available for less than a dollar, and even with the shipping charges, a book would still cost under $5. Authors and scholars intent on downsizing their home libraries may be a good source of books, while friends and family members possessing large book collections could also constitute a good resource. Local thrift stores tend to have scores of books and it is indeed possible to stumble upon books for a fraction of the price prevailing at more established offline and online stores. As thrift store shelves are typically unorganized, one needs to have dollops of patience and time. But there is a thrill in the chase and it is worth the effort when one manages to unearth a gem. Building an online library is not far-fetched either, thanks to the available software options. For example, NAS for Plex models allow a person to build an e-library; Plex is the software solution that makes the library building a breeze and network-attached storage (NAS) solution works as a server.
We don’t have to think too hard about it, as we all know how crucial it is to protect the information we have on our computers. Regardless of the information being stored on your computer, you want to make sure it stays safe. Though we’re all worried about our information being hacked and accessed by unauthorized people, there’s also another issue that is forgotten: what happens is your hard disk fails? The hard disk is where a majority of our information is held, you may also know it as the “C drive”. If your hard disk fails, obtaining your information become an entirely new problem. That’s why you need to use a variety of methods to protect the information on your computer.
Backup your file regularly
We cannot stress this enough and this is a major reason why people struggle with obtaining their files once their hard disks fail. Perhaps your computer decided to give up or you managed to snag yourself a virus. With the latter, you will probably have to wipe your computer clean and reinstall all of your programs. Now, Mac computers may be able to restore your files, however, if you’re using a PC, you won’t be able to. This is why you need to take the extra step and backup your files on a regular basis.
Have an external hard drive
If you want to keep a copy of your documents off of your computer, you can get yourself an external hard drive. This hard drive backups your files externally, so, in case your computer stops working, you have a copy stored outside of your computer. These hard drives are connected to your computer via cable and are accessible through wifi. So, you can connect it to any computer and access your files. It’s a great option if you’re going to be travelling or working from home and the office.
Try RAID (redundant array of independent disks)
No, this is not insect repellent. RAID, stands for the redundant array of independent disks which is another way of storing your data in places on multiple hard disks, thus, protecting your data in case you experience disk failure. You’re able to use RAIDs in different ways, for example R-Studios which work off of the concept of virtual volumes sets. When using RAID you can store information from hard drives, logical disks, images, and other software.
Store your information in a cloud
Aside from having your information kept on an external hard drive, you can also keep your information stored on a cloud service. They use the RAID method in order to keep your information safe, meaning they have 3 copies of your data stored in different places. Of course, anything that’s kept online is vulnerable to viruses and hacking, however, cloud services do an exceptional job of keeping your information private and safe. Some cloud services also provide accidental deletes and overwrite assistance. Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft all offer cloud services and those are just a couple examples.
Traveling has become an innovative experience which has stepped up during the recent years. If there’s one thing that the effects of booming economies and technological advances can be visibly seen in, it’s in how it has enabled more people to travel, be it domestic or abroad. According to a report from Project: Time Off, American vacations are at its peak in seven years with workers from the US taking an average of 17.2 days of vacation in 2017 since its record high in 2010 with 17.5 days.
There’s definitely no slowing down for the traveling industry. With the onslaught of travel bloggers encouraging everyone to drop their jobs for a lifestyle of constant moving, cheaper flights and a more personalized approach to the whole traveling experience, traveling continues to become increasingly in demand and that’s significantly due to technology.
It’s no question that technology has made everything easier and less time-consuming. Consumer behaviors have shifted towards products and services that are delivered faster with less hassle involved, and customers tend to purchase products that are specially tailored for their personal needs and preferences. Technology has enabled higher consumer standards, and the good news is that there are multiple ways on how technology has also changed traveling into a luxurious experience customized according to the customer’s preference. According to Fergal Kelly, Travelport’s chief commercial officer, tells Phocus Wire: “We’re witnessing the beginnings of a tidal wave of change. The pace is accelerating, and that acceleration is driving more and more pressure and more and more disruption.”
Artificial intelligence in the form of chatbots have created a more interactive experience for travelers in booking flights and hotels. Back in the day, individuals need to do some thorough research in planning a vacation while bringing some bulky guidebooks, maps, and phrasebooks with them during the trip. With the advent of technology, everything can be found in just a simple tap of your phone or laptop. Some examples of chatbots that have given an enormous impact on the traveling business are Carla, a travel assistant that memorizes travel policy, and HiJiffy, a chatbot that answers frequently asked questions about hotels and destinations and can connect users to live hotel staff when necessary.
Technology has fostered a competitive environment among tourism and hospitality industries through relevance, creating all-in-one packages that cater all traveling necessities from making decisions regarding where to spend your vacation to creating a wholly satisfying experience throughout the trip. Gone are the days of just hitting sales quotas and packing people off. Today it’s all about enticing customers with interactive service through digital conversations, creating security through electronic payment and facial recognition, and adding mobile solutions to a wide variety of guest experiences from room keys to other data guests are willing to share to create a satisfying relationship between customers’ needs and exceptional hospitality.
Niklas Andréen, Travelport’s senior vice president and managing director for hospitality and digital, shares a few examples of mobile-based guest experience.
“It might mean that it has gone and checked what is the temperature set to in my home, what is my playlist at home, so when I walk into my hotel room it has my favorite playlist on Spotify, and it has the temperature set to 74 if that’s what I want to have,” Andréen points out.
Technology offers simpler solutions that make a significance on a wide variety of industries, and traveling is just one of them. Get all your traveling necessities in one place through your mobile phone by making sure you stay connected with a cell booster no matter where you are.