The general public may consider drones a fun (if somewhat expensive) hobby but what many may not know is that these commercial and government flying robots are revolutionizing the way Alaska companies and state and federal entities conduct business, as manpower is increasingly replaced by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Member of Alaska's business community weigh in on their perspectives for the coming year.
It’s not at all controversial to say that technology is an integral part of doing business, no matter a company’s size, industry, or location; however, for any Alaska business, there is an appropriate IT solution.
For the past decade, biologist John O’Brien of ERM Alaska has been looking for a way to use unmanned aircraft to count salmon in Alaska rivers. In October 2015, he finally got his chance. O’Brien met up with two people from a Fairbanks startup to compare a drone survey of salmon in Lignite Creek near Healy with a traditional helicopter survey. The experiment was a success.
Overcoming the challenges of connecting Alaskans scattered in remote communities to each other and to the rest of the world has required both technological ingenuity and a commitment to provide service where networks are costly to build and maintain and customers are few.
As data security threats evolve with the expanded use of technology, Alaska businesses are incorporating new strategies and solutions to protect their information—whether it’s on a computer network or mobile device.
Computers represent one of those rare creations in history whose unforeseen effects cascade throughout society, leaving lasting change. Emergent technology, such as the printing press or gunpowder, can challenge the status quo by creating new paradigms for how nations conduct war and diplomacy.
There isn’t much worse in life than experiencing a medical emergency, either first hand or through a loved one. Some exigent circumstances may be as simple as a broken finger, while others can be as traumatic as a house fire.