How AI video and integrated tech can fight the talent drought

As the talent drought bites, countries across the world are feeling the pressure to work more efficiently. In August 2021, there were over a million job vacancies in the UK – a first since records began. While this may sound like good news after the ravages of Covid, it’s a growing problem for businesses and the economy, with more and more companies reporting staff shortages.

Get ready for Wi-Fi 6E

The rise of home working during the pandemic has made connectivity a hot-button issue. 59.5% of the world population and 97% of UK households now have internet access. The rapid acceleration of digital transformation has brought a number of new connectivity challenges in its wake. The sudden ubiquity of video conferencing, cloud operations, and opportunist cyberattacks represent a perfect storm of network issues. The solution may be Wi-Fi 6E.

4 reasons hybrid is the answer to IP migration

More and more companies are migrating from traditional analogue CCTV systems to IP network-based solutions, which offer next-gen multi-megapixel ultra-HD cameras and allow users to monitor and manage the system and record, store and retrieve images from anywhere in the network using a PC or smartphone. Until recently, security managers faced a stark either/or choice between these two options, and making the switch risked a considerable impact on budgets and infrastructure. But in 2021, hybrid solutions have emerged that allow users to enhance, rather than replace, their CCTV systems.

Security post-COVID: challenges remain

A recent report from the Security Research Initiative combines a triumphant tone with stark warnings. The survey, ‘Covid-19 and the implications for the security sector: what happened and what has been and is being learned?’ polled 500 industry professionals. 83% felt that security had performed well during the pandemic.

How AI is transforming telecoms

COVID has forced telecoms providers to rush through several years’ worth of change in a single year. They’ve supported the home working revolution and the attendant massive increase in bandwidth needs, and kept customer service employees working when call centres were locked down. But the pace of change isn’t slowing down. Communications service providers (CSPs) need to transform further into agile and efficient digital organisations. As the rollout of 5G accelerates, they need to launch new services faster, become more competitive, and cut their operating margins. This will call for a fail-fast mentality, as nobody knows yet which 5G services will succeed and what customers will really want.

How is the chip shortage impacting fire and security?

The worldwide microchip shortage was caused by chip manufacturers having to cut production or shut down during COVID-19, customers cancelling orders as demand for products dropped, and then an unexpectedly rapid rebound in demand that suppliers weren’t ready for. The Fire Industry Association (FIA)’s latest Market Conditions Review of the fire protection market found that 55% of respondents said suppliers’ delivery times had gone up in the past year, and 76% said prices had increased.

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