WiFi signals can see through walls

first_img Explore further More information: Through-Wall Tracking Using Variance-Based Radio Tomography Networks, Joey Wilson, Neal Patwari, arXiv:0909.5417© 2009 PhysOrg.com Image: arXiv:0909.5417. Cognitive radio helps guarantee reachability of emergency services (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at the University of Utah, USA, have discovered that variations in signal strengths in wireless networks can be used to “see” movements of people on the other side of walls or doors.center_img The scientists, Joey Wilson and Neal Patwari, detected movements by measuring the signal strength of the radio waves between the nodes of wireless network devices. The presence of people moving through the field is registered as a change in signal strength. The space is interrogated by many signals that are picked up by many receivers, and this allows a picture of the movement in the space to be built up. The technique is called variance-based radio tomographic imaging.Wilson and Patwari set up a 34-node network outside a living room in a house to test the system, and were able to detect movements to about three feet through the wall. At present the scientists are only able to detect movements, and are not yet able to generate images, but they are sure this will be possible in the future. They are equally confident they will be able to improve accuracy, even with fewer nodes. They also say that adding GPS to each node would enable it to work out its own location, and this should improve the imaging process.The researchers expect the system to find application in search and rescue operations, such as finding people trapped under collapsed buildings after earthquakes. The scientists envisage emergency workers using Wi-Fi radio technologies to install a network of sensors around an emergency area to detect the presence of survivors and bodies.According to Wilson and Patwari, the radio sensors could be deployed around a disaster site by the emergency workers, either by dropping them or throwing or launching them in some way. Each sensor would then form part of a network and begin to transmit information about signal strength measurements across the web of sensors to a base station computer. The computer would correlate the information and determine the likely locations of survivors.The advantage of this technique over existing systems capable of sensing what is on the other side of a wall is the price, since the nodes in the network are cheap and off-the shelf. The disadvantage of a cheap and simple system is its potential use as a spy tool by nosy neighbors, peeping toms or burglars, and all the privacy and safety issues such uses raise. Citation: Wi-Fi signals can see through walls (2009, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-wi-fi-walls.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

BMW shows handsfree driving on Autobahn w video

first_img Volkswagen announces ‘Temporary Auto Pilot’ with advanced features The video message was that the car was capable of driving on its own in certain circumstances but the driver is the one responsible, and the driver must be able to take over the driving task at all times. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “The car adheres to all traffic laws,” assured the moderator. With the CDC system, the car can brake, accelerate and pass other vehicles while analyzing the traffic conditions. This BMW system uses radar, cameras, laser scanners, and ultrasound distance sensors to get the information it needs.According to BMW the system can also steer the car to pass a slower vehicle. If the car senses there’s a slow mover in front of it, it will search for an open lane where it can safely merge, pass the slow car, and return to the original lane. “Our main challenge was to develop algorithms that can handle entirely new situations. In principle, the system works on all freeways that we have mapped out beforehand with [a] centimeter accuracy,” said Nico Kaempchen, project manager of Highly Automated Driving. at BMW Group Research and Technology. This is no out of the box prototype destined for car showrooms in 2013, however. The video, with its cautious comments about driverless driving and a needed driver, is nowhere near showoff mode as to how the driver can just leave the driving to the vehicle tomorrow. The Autobahn feat was to show a system that might be available ten to 15 years from now, or, as the BMW put it, a “technology study” for use in advancing existing technologies.Overall, the European vendor approach in self-driving cars is not an aggressive play for headlines but rather a promotion of “driver-assistance” technologies that will incrementally lead to more and more driving automation.Driverless technology, say industry observers, will first show its face as a luxury option for high end cars before settling into the mainstream marketplace.Auto makers are selling cars with adaptive cruise control which applies the brakes during highway driving if traffic slows. BMW, according to Technology Review, will work on that kind of capability in its upcoming i3 series of electric cars. The company will offer a “traffic-jam feature” that allows the car to speed up, slow down, and steer on its own at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, as long as the driver leaves a hand on the wheel. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: BMW shows hands-free driving on Autobahn (w/ video) (2012, January 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-bmw-hands-free-autobahn-video.html (PhysOrg.com) — Move over, Google, or better still, stay off the Autobahn, best not to interfere with the main show, which now stars BMW and its technology feats with self-driving cars. BMW has been drawing press interest in its recent show of what will be possible in self-driving cars 10 to 15 years from now. BMW had announced in August its “ConnectedDrive Connect (CDC) system. This week, a video was released showing a BMW on CDC realtime. BMW put it on the Autobahn, along with a human driver who nonetheless kept hands off the wheel of the car, a BMW 5 series model. © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Researchers build two versions of new most accurate clock ever

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further (A) Laser light at 578 nm is pre-stabilized to an isolated, high-finesse optical cavity using Pound-Drever-Hall detection and employing electronic feedback to an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) and laser piezoelectric-transducer. This stable laser light is then delivered to the Yb-1 and Yb-2 systems, where it is aligned along the optical lattice axis to probe the atomic clock transition. Resonance with the atomic transition is detected by observing atomic fluorescence collected onto a photomultiplier tube (PMT). The fluorescence signal is digitized and processed by a microcontroller unit (MCU), which computes a correction frequency, f1;2(t). This correction frequency is applied to the relevant AOM by way of a direct digital synthesizer (DDS), and locks the laser frequency onto resonance with the clock transition. (B) Relevant Yb atomic energy levels and transitions, including laser cooling transitions (399 and 556 nm), the clock transition (578 nm), and the optical pumping transition used for excited state detection (1388 nm). (C) A single-scan, normalized excitation spectrum of the 1S0- 3P0 clock transition in 171Yb with 140 ms Rabi spectroscopy time; the red line is a free-parameter sinc2 function fit. Credit: arXiv:1305.5869 [physics.atom-ph] Citation: Researchers build two versions of new most accurate clock ever (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-versions-accurate-clock.html (Phys.org) —Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder Colorado have succeeded in building a record breaking clock—one that has an instability of just one part in 10-18. They describe their new clock in a paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. In it they suggest that if their clock could somehow be used to gauge the age of the universe, it would be able to do so within just a single second. More information: An atomic clock with $10^{-18}$ instability, arXiv:1305.5869 [physics.atom-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1305.5869AbstractAtomic clocks have been transformational in science and technology, leading to innovations such as global positioning, advanced communications, and tests of fundamental constant variation. Next-generation optical atomic clocks can extend the capability of these timekeepers, where researchers have long aspired toward measurement precision at 1 part in $bm{10^{18}}$. This milestone will enable a second revolution of new timing applications such as relativistic geodesy, enhanced Earth- and space-based navigation and telescopy, and new tests on physics beyond the Standard Model. Here, we describe the development and operation of two optical lattice clocks, both utilizing spin-polarized, ultracold atomic ytterbium. A measurement comparing these systems demonstrates an unprecedented atomic clock instability of $bm{1.6times 10^{-18}}$ after only $bm{7}$ hours of averaging.via Arxiv Blogcenter_img Journal information: arXiv As time has passed, clock-making has become more important—besides helping people get together at prearranged times, clocks now help run the GPS system, keep networks on track and are key to unlocking the fundamental laws of the universe. As technology has grown in sophistication, so too has the need for ever more accurate clocks. This has led to atomic clocks which use the electronic transition frequency in the ultraviolet, optical or microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum to keep very accurate time. In this new effort, the researchers built a new type of atomic clock that is more accurate than any that has come before.To build their clock the researchers employed a laser and mirrors to build a lattice trap capable of capturing atoms—its purpose was to hold atoms steady so that there wouldn’t be any frequency interference, a problem with other atomic clocks. The trap was then filled with ytterbium atoms which were then shot with a second laser to measure their electronic frequencies. The result was a clock that if allowed, would be off by less than a second if run for 31 billion years.Building a clock that is believed to be the most accurate in the world creates a problem though, how to accurately measure its accuracy? The answer is by building another clock exactly like the first of course and then comparing the two against one another. That’s what the researchers did, running both clocks for a short period to see if they came up with exactly the same time duration, which the researchers report, they did.One of the first uses for the new clock will be in measuring gravitational redshift, which is a means of measuring very precisely, the height of geographic areas. This can be done because time moves slower in areas of higher gravity. The researchers say their new clock is capable of measuring redshit to within 1 centimeter. Physicists propose a way to make atomic clocks more accurate This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers get around bad gap problem with graphene by using negative differential

first_img Journal information: arXiv © 2013 Phys.org Graphene-based transistor seen as candidate for post-CMOS technology More information: Graphene-Based Non-Boolean Logic Circuits, arXiv:1308.2931 [cond-mat.mes-hall] arxiv.org/abs/1308.2931AbstractGraphene revealed a number of unique properties beneficial for electronics. However, graphene does not have an energy band-gap, which presents a serious hurdle for its applications in digital logic gates. The efforts to induce a band-gap in graphene via quantum confinement or surface functionalization have not resulted in a breakthrough. Here we show that the negative differential resistance experimentally observed in graphene field-effect transistors of “conventional” design allows for construction of viable non-Boolean computational architectures with the gap-less graphene. The negative differential resistance – observed under certain biasing schemes – is an intrinsic property of graphene resulting from its symmetric band structure. Our atomistic modeling shows that the negative differential resistance appears not only in the drift-diffusion regime but also in the ballistic regime at the nanometer-scale – although the physics changes. The obtained results present a conceptual change in graphene research and indicate an alternative route for graphene’s applications in information processing.via Arxiv blog As most everyone knows, using silicon as the basis for building transistors is reaching its logical conclusion—basic physics dictates that transistors based on it can only be made so small. Thus, efforts have been underway for several years to find a replacement material. One of the leading candidates, of course, is graphene—it has a variety of properties that would make it ideal, the best of which is the incredible speed in which electrons can move through it. Unfortunately, graphene is not a semiconducting material—it has no bad gap. That makes it useless as material for use in a transistor, which by its very nature must have a component that turns on and off. Graphene stays on all the time.Researchers have spent a lot of time, money and effort trying to force graphene to behave like a semiconductor, but most efforts have either failed completely, or resulted in a slowdown of the movement of electrons—defeating the whole point of using grahene in the first now. Now, however, it appears the team at UC has found a way to use graphene in a transistor, without forcing it to have a band gap.The researchers took advantage of a property of graphene known as negative differential resistance—this occurs when a charge is applied under certain conditions to a material and the overall voltage level of the circuit is reduced. Thus, instead of changing the way graphene behaves, the team found a way to use another of its properties. They used the drop in voltage as a logic gate, which of course is one of the basic components of a transistor.The team hasn’t built an actual transistor yet, but express optimism that it can be done. If they succeed, it could mean the creation of transistors that operate in the 400GHz range—orders of magnitude faster than today’s silicon based technology, though they wouldn’t appear in consumer products for at least ten years due to the need to completely change production processes. Explore furthercenter_img Experimentally observed negative differential resistance characteristics in graphene devices. (a) SEM of top-view SEM of a typical dual-gate graphene device. Gold color is the source/drain, pink color is the top gate and the blue color underneath is graphene flake. The gate and graphene channel is separated by a two-layer of AlOx and HfO2 oxide stack. The scale bar is 1μm. (b) The transfer characteristics of BLG device under different back-gate voltage. The increased resistance at large back-gate voltage indicated band gap opening by perpendicular electric field. The inset shows the Dirac point shift as the back-gate voltage changes. Credit: arXiv:1308.2931 [cond-mat.mes-hall] (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the University of California has come up with a way to use graphene in a transistor without sacrificing speed. In a paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes how they took advantage of a property of graphene known as negative differential resistance to coax transistor-like properties out of graphene without causing it to behave as a semiconductor. Citation: Researchers get around bad gap problem with graphene by using negative differential resistance (2013, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-bad-gap-problem-graphene-negative.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Printing liquid metals in threedimensional structures

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Reconfiguration of EGaIn printed in the work. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2844 Researchers create soft, flexible materials with enhanced properties Using the 3-D printing technique to reconfigure a square coil antenna. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2844 The electrical contact of direct-printed and reconfigured liquid metals. (A) Schematic illustrations of direct printing (left) and reconfiguration (right). (B) Dependence of total resistance on the length of the channel. Error bars represent the SD. (C) Current-voltage characteristics between Ag pads and direct-printed EGaIn. (D) Current-voltage characteristics between Ag pads and reconfigured EGaIn. (E and F) SEM images of EGaIn on an Ag pad after 7 hours of direct printing. (G and H) SEM images of EGaIn after 7 hours of reconfiguration. Scale bars, 200 μm. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2844 They performed reconfigurations many times to generate a thin oxide interface and preserve electrical properties of the material under ambient conditions. The free-standing features could be encapsulated in stretchable, conformal configurations. Park et al. demonstrated applications in the form of reconfigurable antenna, tunable by changing geometries and reversibly movable interconnections to use the constructs as mechanical switches. The free-standing 3-D structures were advantageous to minimize the number and space between interconnections for higher integration, as seen with microLED arrays. The results are now published on Science Advances. Advanced technologies that form 3-D conductive structures with high-resolution, high aspect ratios and minimal error of displacement are important to increase device integrity. Device deformability is a key consideration for free-form electronics, including stretchable electronics, wearable electronics, soft actuators and robotics. These electronic devices typically require conformation with movable, arbitrary shapes such as joints or arms, or the soft surfaces of living organisms. Realizing such stretchable devices with conventional materials such as silicon are a challenge due to their brittleness. Materials scientists have therefore developed diverse conductive materials with excellent stretchability in the form of wavy thin metals, metallic networks and elastomeric composites, yet these processes are unable to form scalable 3-D structures. In addition, 3-D printed, and thermally annealed metals are relatively stiff and rigid causing damage to soft, tissue-like substrates. In the experimental setup, Park et al. connected a nozzle to an ink reservoir or pressure controller. The materials scientists used EGaIn (75.5 percent gallium and 24.5 percent indium alloy by weight) as the ink and controlled the distance between the nozzle tip and polymer substrate to deliver the ink. Using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), they viewed the EGaIn pattern printed with complex 2-D and 3-D geometries and used the technique to print more diverse patterns such as interconnects of electric circuits with high resolution. Explore further LEFT: 3D reconfiguration of liquid metals for electronics. (A) Schematic illustrations of the reconfigurable antenna. (B) Schematic illustrations of two concentric antennas (top) and the SEM image of the disconnected region (bottom). Scale bar, 300 μm. (C) Schematic illustrations of two concentric antennas that are electrically connected (top) and the SEM image of connected lines by reconfiguration (bottom). Scale bar, 300 μm. (D) Measured scattering parameters of the printed antenna in disconnected and connected states. (E) Schematic illustrations of the reconfiguration process for dynamic switching of LEDs. (F) Colorized SEM image of three LED pixels and EGaIn interconnects. The red, green, blue, and yellow colors correspond to red, green, and blue LEDs and EGaIn, respectively. Scale bar, 1 mm. (G) Photograph of three LED pixels and EGaIn interconnects. Scale bar, 1 mm. (H) Schematic illustrations of reconfiguration and photographs of LED working. Scale bars, 5 mm. (Photo credit: Young-Geun Park, Yonsei University). RIGHT: MicroLED array with 3D liquid metal interconnects. (A) Schematic illustration of the microLED array with reconfigured 3D interconnects. (B) Colorized SEM image of the microLED array and EGaIn interconnects. Blue and yellow colors correspond to microLED and EGaIn, respectively. Scale bar, 300 μm. (C) Colorized SEM image of 3D interconnects. The blue and yellow colors correspond to the microLED and EGaIn, respectively. Scale bar, 300 μm. (D) Photographs of light emission of the microLED array. Scale bars, 1 cm. (E) Current-voltage characteristics of microLED with reconfigured interconnects under flat or bent condition. (Photo credit: Young-Geun Park, Yonsei University). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2844 Journal information: Science Advances Comparatively, liquid metals such as eutectic gallium-indium alloy (EGaIn) or gallium-indium-tin alloy (Galinstan) are intrinsically stretchable, with low toxicity and minimal volatility for superb electrical conductivity—comparable to solid metals. Direct ink printing with a nozzle can form free-standing 3-D structures at room temperature by stacking droplets of liquid metal upon one another but the resulting resolution is not suited to build electronic devices. In the present work therefore, Park et al. report a high-resolution printing method with liquid metal for its direct reconfiguration into 3-D electrode patterns through a nozzle, under ambient conditions. When they applied DC or AC bias to monitor electrical breakdown, the temperature too increased in the experimental setup affecting the mechanical stability of the EGaIn 3-D features. The constructs maintained their initial free-standing 3-D structure without structural collapse at 5000C for 30 minutes. After repeated heating and cooling at room temperature, the oxide skin of the 3-D feature slightly wrinkled due to thermal expansion between the oxide shell and EGaIn core. Park et al. tested the electrical contact of direct-printed and reconfigured liquid metals and measured the dependence of total resistance on the length of the printed channel to show that the resistance of EGaIn patterns significantly increased with time under ambient conditions. As a proof-of-principle of the reconfigurable electronics developed in the present work, Park et al. demonstrated the formation of a reconfigurable antenna with ability to modify its resonance frequency and radiation properties by changing its geometry. For this, the scientists formed a dual coil antenna structure on a glass slide by directly printing EGaIn. During reconfiguration, EGaIn formed a 3-D bridged interconnect, whose resonance frequency the scientists first determined, followed by their use to selectively operate three different light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with red, green and blue light emissions. The reconfigurable, free-standing interconnect maintained its resistance to reliably operate all LEDs at 3V during repeated detachment and connection of multiple reconfiguration steps. The free-standing 3-D interconnects formed using the process of reconfiguration were advantageous to build cross-geometries in a single XY plane, instead of using multiple layers to thereby prevent unwanted electric contact. For this, Park et al. demonstrated both transverse and longitudinal interconnects of EGaIn for a 4 x 4 array of microLEDs on a flexible polymer film to prevent short circuiting. Using the method, Park et al. minimized the number of interconnections integrated in a miniature device, as the 3-D pattern could efficiently minimize the number and space of interconnections. In this way, Young-Geun Park and co-workers demonstrated high-resolution 3-D printing using liquid metal and showed its application for stretchable 3-D integrations that are difficult to achieve with conventional engineering. Compared to existing 3-D printing techniques, this method can form fine, free-standing 3-D structures of electrodes with reconfigurable patterns. As an example, Park et al. engineered a reconfigurable antenna capable of modifying its resonance frequency via geometric changes. They also presented reversibly movable 3-D interconnections as mechanical switches that could facilitate higher compact integration in miniaturized devices. The scientists expect the high-resolution 3-D reconfiguration method to offer a promising new additive manufacturing strategy for highly integrated and stretchable next-generation electronic devices. More information: Young-Geun Park et al. High-resolution, reconfigurable printing of liquid metals with three-dimensional structures, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2844 B. Y. Ahn et al. Omnidirectional Printing of Flexible, Stretchable, and Spanning Silver Microelectrodes, Science (2009). DOI: 10.1126/science.1168375 Sihong Wang et al. Skin electronics from scalable fabrication of an intrinsically stretchable transistor array, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/nature25494 , Nature In a recent study on materials science and nanomedicine, Young-Geun Park and co-workers at the departments of Nanoscience, Nanomedicine and Materials Science and Engineering in the Republic of Korea developed an unconventional 3-D printing approach. The scientists engineered a high-resolution, reconfigurable 3-D printing strategy using liquid metals to form stretchable, 3-D constructs. Using the technique, they formed a minimum line width of 1.9 µm using direct printing and printed patterns for reconfiguration in to diverse 3-D structures while maintaining pristine resolutions. High-resolution printing of liquid metals. (A) Schematic illustration of a printing system. (B) SEM image of 2D and 3D high-resolution EGaIn patterns. Scale bar, 100 μm. Inset: Magnified SEM image of the 3D structures. Scale bar, 100 μm. (C) AFM image and cross-sectional profile of printed EGaIn line. Scale bar, 2 μm. (D) SEM image of 1.9-μm-wide EGaIn patterns. Scale bar, 10 μm. (E) SEM image of 3D patterns of EGaIn on a PET film and epoxy (SU-8). Scale bar, 10 μm. (F) Photograph of printed high-resolution EGaIn patterns in (B). Scale bar, 1 cm. (G) Photograph of interconnect patterns of EGaIn. Inset: Top-view photograph. Scale bars, 5 mm. (H) Optical micrographs of printed EGaIn lines according to printing velocities. Scale bar, 40 μm. (I) The plot of line widths versus printing velocities. (J) The plot of line widths versus inner diameters of nozzles. Error bars in (I) and (J) indicate the SD. (Photo credit: Young-Geun Park, Yonsei University). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2844 Citation: Printing liquid metals in three-dimensional structures (2019, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-liquid-metals-three-dimensional.html , Science After directly printing EGaIn through a nozzle, the scientists lifted the nozzle tip for its relocation to the desired position of the substrate to continue printing. The fracture energy of the oxide skin connected the nozzle tip as a “rope” during lift-off. Park et al. measured the maximum velocities for different diameters of filaments to demonstrate different examples and formed 2-D and 3-D features with repeatable reconfiguration. During the process of reconfiguration, the scientists could lift-off a preprinted filament upright from a substrate without fracturing the construct. The observed stable electrodes could withstand electrical load to become increasingly integrated and miniaturized in electric devices. To verify the suitability of EGaIn electrodes as interconnects, Park et al. conducted electrical breakdown tests thereafter. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Paint the town

first_imgArt scene is certainly looking up in Noida and one can say this with conviction considering the kind of art shows that are taking place in this NCR region. Artists from all over the country and around the world are flocking to showcase their works in the month-long show titled Moments Preserved. The group art show by fourteen artists has given space to promising and established artists.Some of the senior artists worth mentioning are Sher Singh Kukkal, Premila Singh, Sangeeta Singh and Chitra Singh. Garima Singh, Shivani Sharma, Geetika Singh Pathania, Meenakshi, Nishi Nitya, Pooja S.I. and Watinungsang Longkumer Some of the senior artists like Premila Singh have immortalised ? the time they spent in South Africa, in their art works. There is a distinct flavour of South African terrain and the sapphire skies. Then there is Garima Singh, who lived in Australia, and portrays an obvious influence of Australian folk and tribal art in her paintings depicting a wide range of flowers and fauna. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To keep the art scene enthused? the show was inaugurated at Art Life Gallery in Noida on Friday, November 21, by renowned entrepreneur and educationist Sushma Paul Berlia, who is ?also a patron of art. The show is on till December 22, and there are around 100 paintings on display. These include watercolour, acrylic, multimedia and charcoal on paper. The primary aim of holding such shows is to promote art in Noida, which needs to develop as an art hub. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMost of the artists feel that the satellite town has failed to promote art due to lack of support from the authorities and public alike. “An artist lives in moments and for him, every painting is a milestone in his journey of art,” says Pratibha Agarwal, co-promoter of the gallery. She says, “We are trying to make this journey easier by encouraging upcoming artists and honoring the established ones. Noida has a conspicuous lack of art galleries and artists actually do not feel at home in the absence of art lovers.” Sushma Berlia, who owns a gallery in Jalandhar agreed that every small city needs galleries which promote promising artist. “They need a platform to showcase their talent and galleries like Art Life go a long way in bringing their talent to the fore” said Berlia. When: On till December 22Where: Art Life Gallery, Noidalast_img read more

Indemnity bonds for better road maintenance

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure better maintenance of roads, agencies that will carry out work like laying of cables or pipelines will have to get engaged into an indemnity bond.An order has been passed for indemnity bond for use of the land of the PWD for laying of optical fibre cable and pipelines. It is learnt that the department has prepared standard format of indemnity bond for use of the land of PWD for carrying the same work.Sources said the agency that will undertake the work will have to “indemnify against all damages and claims, if any, due to digging of trenches for laying of cables or pipelines”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the issue related to roads getting damaged within a short period of time for carrying out work like laying of cables and pipelines had cropped in a recent administrative review meeting when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was heading different districts.She had directed to take necessary steps so that roads do not get damaged within a short period of time for such reasons.It may be mentioned that the state government invest a huge amount of money for strengthening and repairing roads. After the change of guard in the state in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government has ensured smooth roads even in the remotest part of the state in the past six-and-a-half-year.Even 3,300 km roads under the jurisdiction of Zila Parishads have also been taken up by the state PWD for its strengthening and widening. Besides construction of the roads, the state government also needs to invest a large amount of money for maintenance of the same. So, in a bid to ensure better maintenance of the roads, the PWD has taken the step.last_img read more

Cong names new heads for minority departments in 12 states

first_imgEffecting a major reshuffle, Congress on Friday appointed new heads for its minority departments in 12 states including key states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.An AICC release issued by party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said that the Congress president Sonia Gandhi has approved the names of MM Shaikh as chairman of the minority department of Maharashtra, Gulab Khan Raima for Gujarat, Siraj Mehandi for Uttar Pradesh, Amjad Khan Pathan for Punjab, Manzoor Ahmed Beg for Uttarakhand, Nizamuddin Qureshi for Rajasthan and Sharik Raees Khan for Chhattisgarh. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAhmed Ali Khan has been made the chairman of the minority department for Andhra Pradesh, Wajed Ali Choudhary for Assam, Billal Mia for Tripura and Bahauddin Beg for Daman and Diu.Sources said that changes will follow in other states soon as they were long due. It has been found that the department was not at all functional in a number of new states and hence a decision to thoroughly revamp the minority department in all states have been taken. In October last year, the party had appointed Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed, a minority leader from Gujarat as chairman of the AICC minority department replacing Imran Ur Rahman Kidwai, who held the post for more than 8 years. He is considered a Rahul Gandhi pick.last_img read more

Ready for structured debate Maken on Kejriwal challenge

first_imgResponding to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge to BJP’s Kiran Bedi for a public debate, Maken said, “This will be a healthy tradition. I believe a structured debate should take place in a mutually accepted TV channel or agency moderated by a mutually accepted anchor.”Maken, who is also the party’s Campaign Committee Chief, said a debate will enable the leadership of various parties to spell out their vision to the public by answering “difficult questions”.“I think this is the best way for the leadership to answer difficult questions that are raised and spell out their vision to the public in the age of Internet and social media,” he said, adding that at least “2-4 such debates” should be held.Through a tweet, tagging both Kejriwal and Bedi, Maken said, “Great! I am ready for a structured debate. Let the people of Delhi make a comparative assessment.”last_img read more

Hungarian folktales on canvas

first_imgA collection of paintings sketched by a handful of students from different schools across the National Capital Region are being showcased at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC).The paintings based on folktales from Hungary and being showcased in the art gallery is a compilation of those who won the first three prizes in the on-the-spot children’s painting competition hosted by the centre.The competition held last February was the 36th edition of the contest organised by HICC and was based on the theme Hungarian folktales. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’About 120 students aged between 6 years and 16 years from 11 city-based schools took part in the contest.“We use to conduct this painting competition every year, this time the theme of competition was Hungarian folk tales,” Johanna Balchandani, senior cultural advisor at the centre said. “We had prepared a special book in Hindi based on three Hungarian folktales. We distributed the book among the candidates and told them to draw a picture about any characters, plots or any parts of the story, we left the choice to them,” she said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThree different prizes were given for each category, and one Director’s special prize was given to the best painting among all the different sections.The winners of the children’s painting competition were felicitated by Szilveszter Bus, ambassador of Hungary to India and Subir Roy, Art Executive at Shankar international Children’s painting competition on a function held at Janpath premises of HICC . Roy had himself selected the winners of the competition. The theme of last year’s painting competition was gypsies in Hungary. Meanwhile the present exhibition that began on May 26 is scheduled to continue till August 28.last_img read more

Now world of fitness at your fingertips

first_imgHave you been slogging to lose kilos but to no avail and are looking for a health expert? Welcome to the world of fitness apps, wristbands and online services that are helping people achieve health goals straight from the comfort of their homes.It is estimated that “consumers spent more than $200 billion globally in 2014 on health and fitness services”, according to Woody Scal, chief revenue officer of Fitbit Inc, the global leader in the health and fitness market. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’And the trend is fast catching up with fitness enthusiasts in India. “People aspire to improve their health and fitness. At the same time, high rates of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cancer are driving individuals to look for innovative ways to gain a fitter body in India,” Scal told this reporter in an email.But with more and more gyms and fitness centres being opened in cities across the country, do we really need fitness on the go? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Unfortunately, not even 20 per cent of these gyms have certified trainers,” said Sri Lakshmi, a strength and conditioning coach at HealthifyMe, an online website and mobile app that gives access to personal trainers and customised plans.With Fitbit and Jawbone coming to India, most of the global players in fitness wearables are making a beeline to enter the wearable health segment. “A recent Accenture’s Digital Consumer Tech Survey found that Indian consumers were most interested in buying fitness monitors (80 per cent) and smartwatches (76 per cent); so we believe this will be a strong market,” noted Scal on India being a viable market in this category. “Though the Indian market is at a nascent stage as compared to the west, the entry of several brands blended with the advent of wearable technology is making this vertical very promising,” noted Anupam Mathur, head (sales and marketing), Timex Group India. The integration of digital technology with health devices have led to many Indian fitness apps and online startups cropping up. SmartRX, a startup which has established its presence in the US, facilitates remote monitoring and offers real-time audio video interaction with health specialists.“This convergence of digital and healthcare has resulted in wearables that track parameters such as heart rate and movement through built-in sensors that provide insights into the wearer’s health,” emphasised Mathur. Depending on the device, one can track movements, workouts, distance, speeds, calories burned, heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature and the like.“The winning formula will be when the smartphone starts acting as your personal coach, your personal nutritionist and your personal doctor,” Lakshmi added.last_img read more

Delhi Tourism upgrades its website

first_imgDelhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) on Thursday announced the launch of a revamped version of its official website www.delhitourism.gov.in in the national Capital. The ‘New Look’ for DTTDC website was launched by Padmini Singla, MD and CEO, DTTDC, along with other senior officials of DTTDC at their headquarters.Padmini Singla said: “Dotted with historical monuments and ruins, there is a lot that Delhi can boast about. The ‘New Look’ for Delhi Tourism official website will not only provide ease of access but will encourage tourists to plan their trip as per their preference.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The website represents the vital role DTTDC has been playing since its inception in the field of Tourism promotion in Capital through its dedicated and transparent services.Visitors can also see how it strives to develop Tourism and how it works to improve the image of the city so as to increase and facilitate tourism within the city. The website has been planned and designed in such a manner that it provides an easy user interface for mobile/tablet users and also answers the queries which visitors may sought to ask. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The website features options such as ‘about the city’, ‘how to travel’, ‘modes of transportation available’, ‘best season to visit’, ‘hangout zones’, ‘cuisines’, ‘events’, ‘accommodations’, ‘planning itinerary’, ‘packages’, ‘HO-HO bus service’, ‘historic and heritage places to visit’, ‘regular walks & tours’, museums and Dilli Haats, besides various other properties of Delhi Tourism like Garden of Five Senses, Azad Hind gram, GTB Memorial, etc. The e-commerce based booking services for the national and international packages offered by DTTDC and its travel partner provides various services like booking of air fare, booking of accommodation, booking of car/coaches, booking of tour packages and travel insurance. People can download Tourist Literature and information about the city and photo galleries can enable visitors to become acquainted with the city.The site will also provide the web links for its official pages at Facebook, YouTube to make it easy for visitors to follow DTTDC and retrieve latest contents including photos, videos, newsletters, itineraries and various tourist packages to choose from.last_img read more

In synergy with nature

first_imgShobha Bhatia, Director, Gallerie Ganesha presents ‘Symphony of Seasons’, a solo show of paintings by Mumbai-based artist Devdatta Padekar at Gallerie Ganesha, daily.Says 38-year-old Padekar, who did his MFA from JJ College of Art, Mumbai and is in Delhi after a gap of four years: “My current series of paintings is about the Alps and the Himalayas. I have been travelling in various regions around these mountain ranges during different seasons for almost three years now. The series is about the ever changing landscapes and magnificent environment in closeness of these majestic and mystical mountain ranges.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPadekar has also done an MA (Drawing) from Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK in 2005 and later studied at The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy in 2007. It was during 2007-2009, when he was painting a series on ballet dancers at the Florence Dance Center in Italy that he frequently flew to Florence at different times of the year. “On clear-sky days, the aerial view of the Alps was mesmerising. If the landscape was so beautiful from up above, it would be, I was certain, equally spectacular at ground level.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHe subsequently travelled to the Swiss Alps in 2013, and from then on began his artistic journey in the Alps. Over the course of the next two years, Padekar has painted in different regions across Swiss, French, Italian, Austrian and German Alps at different times of the year. “I painted smaller works on location and larger canvases in my studio. The paintings on the Alps series formed a part of my solo exhibition at the Florence Dance Center, Italy, in March 2016.” Padekar’s work on the Alps goes beyond the natural landscapes. His focus suspends time; while capturing a specific day on the earth, he offers a testimony of place. He rightfully depicts nature in her most natural environment-dressed in blossoms, flowing with water, inhabited by fauna and dotted with human habitat. As he highlights that special ray of sun or refracts light from prism of brushed-on colour, we see the poetry of the world revealed before our eyes. His paintings incorporate simplicity, subtlety and innocence, qualities he uses to depict a harmonious communication between man and nature.Commenting on his work, Keith Ferrone, Director, Florence Dance Center, Italy says, “Observing his paintings, we can breathe the cold of winter, smile as the greens announce spring, feel the warmth of summer and introspectively meditate on autumn. Devdatta paints portraits of the earth in all its magnificence and re-establishes the everyday rite of passage that the world is ours to enjoy and love.”Like the Alps, Padekar is equally fascinated with the world’s youngest mountain range: the Himalaya. The two mountain ranges have different flora, fauna and also diverse cultures. “Just as I painted in the Alps, I trekked across the Himalaya painting in different regions around Himalayan terrain; this journey of mine is still ongoing.”With vast areas devoid of human presence, serenity rules in both the Alps and the Himalaya. In both places, however, the impression of the landscape always seems to be fleeting. Padekar’s aim was to try and capture the ephemeral moods of the Alps and Himalaya in his paintings. “I observed people who live in the mountains, who love their environment and live in complete harmony with nature. That is the very essence of my paintings of the mountains, to admire, preserve and live in complete synergy with nature.”When: December 1 – 31Where: Gallerie GaneshaTiming: 11AM – 7PMlast_img read more

Mamata to meet ViceChancellors college principals at Nabanna

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday will hold a meeting with the Vice-Chancellors and college principals at the state Secretariat — Nabanna.A senior official of Nabanna said Banerjee wants to discuss about the decision of increasing the retirement age of teachers and professors in colleges and universities and deliver a clear message regarding admissions in colleges being strictly online from this academic year without any physical verification during Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengalthe process. Banerjee said at the convocation of Calcutta University on Monday that the government has decided to increase the retirement age of teachers and professors in colleges and universities of the state to 65 and that of Vice-Chancellors to 70. “I believe that teachers and professors attain the level of maturity through their experience and it is after 60 when they are able to deliver best for their respective institutions. Hence, we have decided to raise the age bar for retirement,” Banerjee had said. The state government is forming an expert committee to work out the modalities regarding the increase of the retirement age cap. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be further mentioned that there were incidents where money was demanded against secured admissions in a few colleges in the city and districts last year. Banerjee had to personally interfere to bring the situation under control and admissions were made online henceforth. “Chief Minister will communicate to the Vice-Chancellors and principals that there would be no physical verification and admission will be strictly online from this academic session,” a senior official of state Education department said. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee had previously held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellors and briefed them about the decision on admission and maintained that document verification and fees for admission will be through online portals. It may be mentioned that emphasis on higher education has been one of the priorities of the Mamata Banerjee government after it came to power in 2011. Apart from developing infrastructure in the form of setting up new universities and colleges, Banerjee in 2017 had raised the retirement age of college and varsity teachers to 62. Government-approved-part-time teachers, Contractual Whole Time teachers and casual non-teaching staff have been brought under Swasthya Sathi Scheme. Leave travel concession (LTC) has been granted to university and college teachers and they have been brought under West Bengal Health Scheme.last_img read more

Honouring indomitable spirit of women achievers

first_imgNSHM Knowledge Campus hosted their biggest inter-college communication festival Y-COMM 2018. The first evening of two – day event witnessed a charming session where ten women from various fields of society were felicitated for their achievements.Y-COMM is considered to be one of the largest media festivals where various reputed colleges and universities take part every year. This year theme is “Amar Durga”. The two-day fest features some incredible performances by the students from various colleges and universities including St Xaviers University, St Xaviers College, Techno India, Shibnath Shastri College, Scottish Church College, Heritage Academy. Pailan College of Management and Technology, Future Media School, ILead and Amity University amongst others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, to honor the indomitable spirits of ten different women, NSHM Knowledge Campus has conferred The NSHM award for excellence 2018 to Usha Uthup (Singer), Tanushree Shankar (Dancer and Choreographer), Chitra Sen (Actor), Bratati Bandyopadhyay (Elocutionist), Sohag Sen (Theatre Actress) and Sanjukta Ghosh (Indian vocalist) for outstanding contribution towards their respective fields. NSHM also awarded people from different walks of life for their exemplary courage and work in redefining societal norms like Pratima Poddar (Driver of Nimta, Howrah Mini Bus), Sonali Mistri (Motor Mechanic), Mala Pal (Eminent Clay Artist of Kumartuli) and Gargi Gupta (Runs an NGO for the poor and destitute). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Y-COMM 2018, the annual communication fest hosted by the Media and Design department of NSHM Knowledge Campus provides a one of its kind platform for students of various colleges and institutes to participate in various activities in the field of communication. Through NSHM Award For Excellence, we honour people from various walks of life who inspires us as well as the students with their exemplary work, said Cecil Antony, Chief Mentor, NSHM Knowledge Campus. Y-COMM 2018 is a testimony of budding talents showcasing their exceptional flair in various curriculums. Apart from a fashion show the other highlight of tomorrow evening is the musical programme, ‘Soul of Tunes’ featuring Shinjini-Tirtha-Kinjal. The Title Sponsor of the event is Senco Gold and Diamonds and the Co-Sponsor is Saha Textile.last_img read more

IWAI urges state to spruce up road connecting Kolaghat jetty with NH41

first_imgKolkata: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has urged the Bengal government to spruce up a 4 km long road leading to the highway from the Kolaghat jetty in East Midnapore, to facilitate the transport of cargo through it.”We have finalised the design of the loading structure at Kolaghat. The only problem is a 4 km road connecting the place with NH 41 that needs reconstruction. We are inclined to do this with the Bengal government, which is happy to re-construct the road. We have got permission to operate our jetty at Kolaghat. It might need some dredging. Once the road is constructed, we hope to start operation before December,” said IWAI chairman Pravir Pandey, speaking at the Inland Waterways Summit, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with IWAI. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKolaghat has been declared as an extended part of the India-Bangladesh protocol (route) and IWAI expects a lot of fly ash movement from Kolaghat to Bangladesh with Indian vessels being able to load it, once the Kolaghat jetty becomes operational. Tata has already approached IWAI for movement from Kolaghat. Pandey said that the government has identified 36 National Waterways to be developed in the immediate future. He felt that the country can benefit more, both socially and economically, by developing the inland waterways. He cited that inland cargo has increased from 3 million tonnes to 7 million tonnes between 2014 and 2018. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to Pandey, Nepal is keen on exploring new waterways for “cleaner and greener” bilateral trade with India and has proposed the Gandak river route for cargo transport. Under the current arrangement between the two countries, cargo reaches Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Kalughat in Bengal or Sahebgunj in Jharkhand via National Waterways-1 on the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system, before being transported to the Nepal border on road, covering over 170 km.last_img read more

Housing complex for elderly gets its first occupant to be launched on

first_imgKolkata: Snehodiya, the air-conditioned living space for senior citizens at New Town, got its first occupant with the elderly Ghosh couple checking in on Saturday. Although the formal launch will be made by state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim on June 25, the Ghosh couple was handed over the keys as a pre- launch procedure.The couple had sold off their home so they were allowed to let in. Their young nephew, who was present when the couple was handed over the keys, helped them unpack. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSnehodiya, a project of West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) is a first-of-its-kind venture by any state government agency. Mackintosh Burn has constructed the building located just opposite Swapno Bhor, the senior citizens’ park. In fact, the idea of the senior citizens’ living space was born out from the success and popularity of Swapna Bhor as well as from the ambition to be an inclusive city that created housing for economically weaker section and now for the senior citizens. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”In both, there is the attempt only to recover the costs of construction and services from those who use it and there is no profit angle,” a senior official of Hidco said. Snehodiya re-interprets the nostalgia of the residents in a modern high-rise design, while retaining its fundamental Bengali essence of rooms built around a courtyard. Each suite is air-conditioned, properly furnished and has a TV set. There is an attendant on each floor and nurses are present on the ground floor medical unit to take care of elderly persons. Professional housekeeping, including laundry machine services, are available on the ground floor. A guest house with six rooms is ready as well. Snehodiya has 57 double bedrooms and 90 single bedrooms. It has been decided that 75 percent of the price paid on entry will be refunded to the occupants or their heirs in case of vacancy. The ambience is very thoughtfully created by principal architect Debmalya Guha of Pace Consultants with movie posters from the sixties to eighties framed on all floors. More than three hundred old movie posters selected carefully have been framed in printed aluminum sheets. The interiors evoke a sense of both nostalgia and intimacy with blown-up posters of yesteryear films and filmstars adorning the walls — familiar faces in a growingly unfamiliar world that the soon-to-be residents would have grown up watching. Most remarkably, there is an activity centre designed to offer space for teaching by residents who opt to do so for children from the economically weaker section families. A stationery general purpose shop near the gate of Snehodiya was opened on Saturday. An SBI ATM and a medicine shop will be opened shortly. Swapna Bhor now has more than 700 members and there is a freeze on new members (except those from Snehodiya, whose residents have been given opportunity to be members automatically) because the community building rooms are not large enough to accommodate more members.last_img read more

Colin Alex Smith is an upgrade over Kirk Cousins for Washington

first_imgMany Washington fans were scratching their heads last night when news broke that the Redskins had agreed to a deal – in principle – to acquire Alex Smith from the Chiefs in exchange for a 3rd rounder and corner Kyle Fuller. The transaction was also significant because it essentially announced that the Washington will be moving on from starter Kirk Cousins, after two seasons playing under the franchise tag.The move was confusing to many because Cousins and Smith are perceived as two sides of the same coin. Above average, slightly better than game managers who can’t win it all. Colin disagrees, and said that Washington fans shouldn’t hang their heads over the move. In his opinion, Smith is actually an upgrade over Cousins.Colin sees Smith – the NFL passing rating leader – as a less turnover prone version of Cousins, who also understands his limitations and is significantly more mobile. Cousins still seems intent on gaining the respect as an elite quarterback, which he’s not, and being paid like one. Smith will be playing under a more team friendly deal, and should flourish under the same Jay Gruden offense in which Cousins put up huge numbers.Someone will pay Cousins a ransom, but Colin thinks Washington made a smart move to pass. Smith is better, and cheaper. Advertisement Watch him explain:Alex Smith is an upgrade at quarterback for the Washington Redskins pic.twitter.com/UjOe0NpuUL— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 31, 2018last_img read more

VIDEO UCFs Shaquem Griffin used a prosthetic hand to put up 20

first_imgCentral Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin was given a late invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, but continued overcoming the odds and inspiring anyone with a beating heart that loves football with his performance in Indy.As many already know, Griffin is missing his left hand – which was amputated at age 4 – but still managed to put up 20 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press using a prosthetic left hand attached to the bar.Griffin is projected as a Day 3 draft pick, but don’t bet against him making an NFL roster. Everyone is going to be pulling for him on draft night.last_img read more

5 Signs That You Should Upgrade to a New Ecommerce Platform

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Multi-million dollar businesses depend on the successful operation of the right ecommerce platform. Yet, many companies have inadequate systems and recognize those systems’ impact on their daily operations. Given ecommerce’s steady growth, it’s increasingly necessary to upgrade to an ecommerce platform so that you can bypass labor-intensive processes.Related: The 6 Best Ecommerce Platforms for Small BusinessesMoreover, never-ending integration issues can easily consume your valuable time and resources.So, at what point do you compromise on updating your current systems simply because the cost of running and operating them has become so high?Here are five revealing signs that indicate it’s now time to reevaluate your current ecommerce situation and upgrade to one that will support your growing ecommerce business.1. Annoying integration issuesLet’s assume your team is spending an inordinate amount of time interpreting and reformatting data from a number of systems and sources. Add to that the manual intensive labor team members are investing, adding and updating new products or combining various spreadsheets together to form the right report for marketing or accounting.The result? These issues add up to a sure telltale sign that your ecommerce platform is depending on too many systems to satisfy a large range of operations. An integrated ecommerce mobile platform, instead, caters to all necessary daily operations, which, in the end, will offer you peace of mind about resources needed to automate your customer-service systems.2. Difficult manual process that exhaust precious time and resourcesIf you’re constantly fighting to make room for more higher-end projects, consider this: Your current ecommerce platform is still heavily dependent on manual processes to complete simple transactions.An integrated system should ideally automate the shipping and tracking processes in a way that simplifies the time elapsed from when the customer first puts in the order to the point the product is shipped and delivered. The integration of marketing promotional coupons, as exemplified in the popular Amazon Promo Code, should also be seamless. In fact, a viable ecommerce platform will automate inventory feeds from your warehouse and your drop-ship vendors; implement software to synchronize and track your inventory along with your orders; and, finally, track profits and losses with an effective accounting system.Related: 25 Ecommerce Conversion Hacks to Make Your Website Profitable (Infographic)All of these systems must generate accurate data and business intelligence, so it’s imperative to integrate the right ecommerce platform.At the end of the day, you’ll want a platform that will expedite customer service to cater to the growing trend of increased mobile use.3. Outdated systems that don’t allow for growth and expansionAs your company grows, and you start building momentum, it becomes time to start making key decisions based on patterns of development. Growth for ecommerce means acquiring new employees, developing a new product line and expanding into new niches and markets.This new growth and expansion requires a more robust and expansive ecommerce platform.Your new employees will now need access to higher-end data systems, to run daily operations to analyze web analytics and increase conversions without the stress and hassle of calling on technical support each time a problem arises.The right ecommerce platform and shopping cart system will satisfy customer demand without the hassle of buying or integrating software on a regular basis. A high-quality ecommerce platform will allow you to start small with the right systems without having to figure out each code or customization.4. Endless reporting headachesHave you been consumed with a growing number of daily reporting headaches from data analysis to software running checks? If your company is rapidly growing, you will need timely access to business intelligence and accurate information. This will help you understand how your ecommerce solution is supporting the growth in sales and profit margins, and how to convert your website visitors into buyers.When you do not have the accurate information needed to generate a full report, you also put your business or company in a potential at-risk financial situation. Disconnected procedures and processesEcommerce growth requires ongoing support from business procedures and processes, including marketing, sales and service, as well as predictive click-fraud analytics. The majority of integrated apps you might choose will include email marketing, CRM and a help desk that often comes standard out-of-the-box with enterprise ecommerce solutions.Additionally, consider partnering with Quickbooks, an ERP system like SAP and Netsuite, which can support additional procedures and processes.Related: 5 Keys to Building Your Ecommerce SiteIf any of these headaches sound even in the least bit familiar, consider a more integrated ecommerce solution. It will support you as your business grows. November 21, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more