Want to watch Austin City Limits (ACL) this September 16-18, 2011 in Austin but have no ticket? No problem! Dell Precision workstations are powering the YouTube livestream that will broadcast acts from the two main stages. The broadcast times have been posted on ACL’s YouTube page, so just follow this link and you’ll be all set.Just as our workstations powered live and recorded video feeds of the 20th Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August, Dell technology will once again help connect people to things that matter most to them.You can read up on how exactly the production team, C3 Presents, and their video team, Arts + Labor, are using the technology here, but here’s a brief rundown:Four different stages will be streamed live to viewers at home.There are 3 – 4 cameras per stage with one switcher that will send video feeds over HD-SDI to two express cards / Matrox MXO2 capture devices to two Dell Precision M4600 mobile workstations.There will be additional videographers around the festival capturing video of the fans, backstage interviews with musicians and other live shots. They will return the raw footage, stored on memory cards, to the “video village” and then load it onto the workstations via integrated memory card readers.The mobile workstations with AMD FirePro M5950 graphic cards will capture all of the footage that will then be stored on the Dell Precision T7500.One Dell Precision T5500 tower workstation with AMD FirePro V5900 will be used for editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects and the other T5500 will stream back to YouTube.Two Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitors will be paired with each T5500 to provide pixel perfect color and reproduction of the footage and large screen real estate to make editing easy.The new video editing workflow with Dell Precision workstations and Adobe Premiere software has enabled quicker turnaround time because there is no encoding, decoding or rendering and they can stream raw camera footage off the timeline. This saves C3 and Arts+Labor an enormous amount of time on input and output – approximately 40% time vs. working with Apple Macs and Final Cut Pro.We’re really excited to bring creative professionals the power and technology requirements they are demanding. You may remember U2 used Dell Precision to power live and recorded video on the seven-story screen used in U2’s 360 degree tour. And it’s a two way street – we listened to our customers and have introduced the first mobile workstation with over 1 TB of SATA3 SSD storage. People are excited about that, just check out the coverage on Engadget, AnandTech, Develop, V3, and Hot Hardware, to name a few.Keep an eye out for more Dell Precision workstations in the creative field and let us know where you spot them in the comments below!
Digital information is dramatically changing how we interact personally and how we conduct business. We are always connected, on more devices, and can quickly access data from across the world. When it comes to healthcare, we are both patients and consumers of healthcare information.And there is a lot to consume. As healthcare data continues to grow at 48% per year, healthcare organizations are also being challenged by new patient expectations that come from living in this “always on, right now” world. In a recent survey from Vanson Bourne of 236 global healthcare leaders, 89 percent of healthcare providers say technology has already changed patient expectations.According to the research, patients want faster access to services, personalized experiences, 24/7 access and connectivity, and access on more devices. All of this means, we want “healthcare at the speed of now” – immediate, full-range access to quality care, anywhere, anytime.To meet the needs of the Information Generation and keep pace with this digital mindset, healthcare leaders agree they need to deliver against five top business imperatives to stay ahead of the competition:Predictively spot new opportunitiesDemonstrate transparency and trustInnovate in an agile wayDeliver unique and personalized experiencesOperate in real timeJust imagine the critical role these business imperatives play in a healthcare environment for initiatives such as population health management, value-based care, clinical research, telemedicine, genomics, patient-centered medical home. Yet, today, many healthcare organizations are only in the early stages of addressing these business imperatives extremely well or enterprise-wide.Healthcare leaders also identified the top technology trends that will impact the delivery of healthcare tomorrow, including:Big Data AnalyticsAutomationCybersecuritySmart CommunitiesHybrid CloudTo help adopt this digital mindset enterprise-wide, we are working side-by-side with healthcare organizations around the world to simplify their health IT infrastructure, reduce costs, and innovate faster. To move value-based care initiatives forward, we are also helping healthcare providers capitalize on predictive analytics for clinical, financial, and operational use cases along with improving the security and availability of their patient information.These solutions help accelerate collaboration across the entire care continuum and empower hospitals and health systems to transform their health IT – driving real improvements in operational efficiencies, clinical outcomes, regulatory compliance, and patient engagement.As an example, eHealth Saskatchewan deployed solutions for the enterprise hybrid cloud and end-user computing and is already seeing the impact of their technology investments.Most important, healthcare providers can keep pace with the accelerated rate of innovation – engaging with the Information Generation and delivering healthcare at the speed of now.
Voting for the Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award is open through January 17.The days of the linear economy are numbered. Businesses the world over are finding innovation and growth by striking out in a circular direction. More than simply doing “less bad,” we are seeing the advent of regenerative practices and net positive solutions – and that gives me hope.Many of the solutions follow the traditional bread-and-butter of the circular economy with a focus on closing loops and minimizing the creation of waste. Just this week, in fact, Dell announced its closed-loop gold program. We are mining “eGold” from recycled technology and sending that gold to our suppliers who will use it to coat components for new motherboards.In addition to the business benefits, the process cuts environmental impacts by approximately 99 percent compared to traditionally mined gold.This initial project will support the creation of millions of new motherboards in the next year, the first of which appear in the Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1, which we introduced at CES. This will complement our other projects that close the loop on plastics from e-waste, take advantage of recycled carbon fiber, or reuse ocean-bound plastics.As exciting as these programs are, I’m particularly inspired by the new circular approaches all around me, especially where technology is driving systemic thinking. The Internet of Things and big data analytics are reshaping our understanding of processes, identifying inefficiencies, and driving more integration and automation than ever before.We’ve already seen that circular can be good for our business and we believe the benefits will keep coming – for everyone. The key, though, is recognizing that business as usual will not cut it, and that we need to support one another’s efforts.That’s why we are proud to once again sponsor The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and Forum of Young Global Leaders, run in collaboration with Accenture Strategy. We were honored to win The Circulars Multinational Award in the program’s inaugural year and we have been involved since as sponsor of The Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award. This category, focused specifically on early-stage businesses leading the way to create new and innovative circular economy solutions, is unique to the other categories as the winner is chosen by public vote.So now it is your turn to get excited. There are some exceptional up-and-coming groups nominated. Voting is now live and this year is certainly the strongest selection of finalists we have seen to date.Check out their stories below:The FinalistsBanyan Nation | India | A plastics recycling company driving a more formal industryBanyan Nation is India’s first vertically integrated plastics recycling company, working with smart technology to formalize the informal recycling industry currently in place and using their own plastics cleaning technology to restore waste to near virgin quality. Banyan has recycled 7 million pounds of plastic, and integrated over 2,000 workers into their value chain.Bureo | USA | Turning ocean plastic and fishing nets into premium productsWorking in Chile, Bureo has launched a fishing net collection program with local fisheries to encourage collection, turning the waste into products such as skateboards and clothing. They are partnered with leading corporations, such as Patagonia, and to date have collected the equivalent of 4.5 million square feet of discarded fishing nets.InStock |Netherlands | A restaurant chain using surplus food for their menusInStock have three restaurants in the Netherlands, using surplus food from supermarkets and producers to prepare delicious dishes, in doing so breaking down barriers to food waste and growing awareness. InStock also create bespoke circular products, manufacturing beer and granola from food surplus. InStock has rescued 300,000 kilos of food since June 2014.Toast Ale | UK | Social enterprise using surplus bread to brew beerToast Ale is committed to tackling food waste by during surplus bread into high-quality beer. They are for sale in leading supermarkets in the UK and internationally. 100% of profits go towards organizations tackling food waste and to date, Toast has used 10.5 tons of surplus bread to brew 115,000 liters of beer.Vigga | Denmark | Children and mothers clothing subscription serviceVIGGA is a maternity and kid’s wear brand designed for a circular economy, offering high quality, organic clothes for a monthly subscription fee for babies and mothers. To date, VIGGA has circulated a total of 130,000 pieces of clothing, saving 13 million liters of water and 10 tons of CO2 emission in the process.Yerdle Recommerce | USA | Enabling fashion companies to buy back and resell clothingYerdle enables large brands to launch resale markets for their products by providing the platform, logistics and infrastructure for a marketplace. Secondary markets in fashion are growing rapidly, and Yerdle is the provider for brands such as Patagonia, Eileen Fisher and REI, reselling tens of thousands of items to date.To vote, please visit The Circulars website. The Winner will be announced on January 22 in Davos alongside the World Economic Forum. Voting closes January 17.This story shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.We invite you to explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyodgood.dell.com.Related articles:Dell Design and Engineering Honored at CES 2018Circular Innovations Save Money, Save the PlanetHow Dell’s Addressing Responsible Mineral Sourcing
LONDON (AP) — Firefighters are striving to put out a blaze at a coronavirus-afflicted former army barracks in southeast England, and hundreds of asylum seekers living there have been moved outside. Police said there have been no reported injuries and the investigation over the cause of the fire is ongoing. Fire and police responded to the incident Friday in the Kent coastal town of Folkestone. The site has been used to house about 400 asylum seekers since September last year, despite concerns over conditions. The fire comes after more than 18,000 people signed a petition to shut down the barracks amid concerns over conditions inside. Concerns have escalated this week following reports that around 120 residents tested positive for coronavirus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With more than half of America reluctant or flatly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a VIP-filled video call on Thursday targeted the nation’s military families with an urgent plea: Get the shot. First lady Jill Biden encouraged hundreds of listeners on a call set up by Blue Star Families to “get the vaccine when it’s your turn.” And Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, answered medical questions from the audience. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Hollyanne, who is a nurse, also offered their own pleas, underscoring the widespread concern about the reluctance among service members and their families to get the vaccine.