May 19, 2020

Three ways to help keep your employees healthy

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Three ways to help keep your employees healthy

Business is all about productivity and making a profit, right? Well, if you want your employees to work hard, then it’s important to ensure their health. After all, sitting in front of a computer all day can be quite tedious. To help motivate your workers to do their very best, try incorporating these tips into your daily business routine:

Raise the computer screen

According to the director of the Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University, employees should not look down or up to see the screen of their computer. Therefore, raise the computer screen. If the eyes have to look lower or higher than 10 degrees, then the head will have to adapt as well, creating neck and back aches. Not to mention, dry eye syndrome is connected with staring up too high.

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Posture is important

Do your employees practice good posture techniques? Most people get so engaged in their computer screens that they crane their necks without really knowing it. This action, of course, leads to strained necks and backs. You definitely don’t want an employee to harm themselves at work or even be uncomfortable. Therefore, send out a memo detailing the importance of good posture. Also, make sure that all employees have adequate office supplies (i.e. appropriate desk and chair).

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It’s perfectly okay to stand up

Sure, a typical office setting has employees sitting down at a desk to do work—but that’s not always best for a worker’s body. Therefore, it’s recommended to encourage employees to take various breaks and stand up from time to time.  Allow workers five or so minutes here and there to stand up and walk away from their desk. Make sure you give employees a chance to stretch and get rid of the kinks in their body that may have formed due to sitting for long periods of time.

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Jun 21, 2021

How AWS helps NASCAR delight its fans

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Customer obsession and working backwards from the customer is a mantra of Amazon Web Services (AWS), epitomizing its partnership with NASCAR

AWS needs no introduction to readers of Technology Magazine but we rarely get an opportunity to look closely at how it serves the sports sector. All major sports draw in a huge supporter base that they want to nurture and support. Technology is the key to every major sports organization and enabling this is the driving force for AWS, says Matt Hurst, Head of Global Sports Marketing and Communications for AWS. “In sports, as in every industry, machine learning and artificial intelligence and high performance computing are helping to usher in the next wave of technical sports innovation.”

AWS approaches sports in three principal areas. “The first is unlocking data’s potential: leagues and teams hold vast amounts of data and AWS is enabling them to analyze that data at scale and make better, more informed decisions. The second is engaging and delighting fans: with AWS fans are getting deeper insights through visually compelling on-screen graphics and interactive Second Screen experiences. And the third is rapidly improving sports performance: leagues and teams are using AWS to innovate like never before.”

Among the many global brands that partner with AWS are Germany's Bundesliga, the NFL, F1, the NHL, the PGA Tour and of course NASCAR. NASCAR has worked with AWS on its digital transformation (migrating it's 18 petabyte video archive containing 70 years of historical footage to AWS), to optimize its cloud data center operations and to enable its global brand expansion. AWS Media Services powers the NASCAR Drive mobile app, delivering broadcast-quality content for more than 80 million fans worldwide. The platform, including AWS Elemental MediaLive and AWS Elemental MediaStore, helps NASCAR provide fans instant access to the driver’s view of the race track during races, augmented by audio and a continually updated leaderboard. “And NASCAR will use our flagship machine learning service Amazon SageMaker to train deep learning models to enhance metadata and video analytics.”

Using AWS artificial intelligence and machine learning, NASCAR aims to deliver even more fan experiences that they'd never have anticipated. “Just imagine a race between Dale Earnhardt Sr and Dale Jr at Talladega! There's a bright future, and we're looking forward to working with NASCAR, helping them tap into AWS technology to continue to digitally transform, innovate and create even more fan experiences.”

Just as AWS is helping NASCAR bridge that historical gap between the legacy architecture and new technology, more customers are using AWS for machine learning than any other provider. As an example, who would have thought five years ago that NFL would be using  ML to predict and prevent injury to its players? Since 2017, the league has utilized AWS as its official cloud and ML provider for the NFL Next Gen Stats (NGS) platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play on every inch of the field. “One of the most potentially revolutionary components of the NFL-AWS partnership,” says Matt Hurst, “is the development of the 'Digital Athlete,' a computer simulation model that can be used to replicate infinite scenarios within the game environment—including variations by position and environmental factors, emphasizing the league's commitment to player safety.”

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