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Using Mobile Solutions in Radiation Dosimetry

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When X-rays were discovered in 1895 by a German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, no one knew that radiation would find use in a wide range of industries. Today, it is used to varying degrees in medicine, security, transportation, agriculture, oil and gas, and other areas. The application of radiation for industrial purposes will keep on growing in coming years: in medicine, for example, the demand for radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis is increasing at over 10% annually¹. Continue Reading

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Why It Is Important to Keep the User Experience in Mind

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As technology continues to evolve through the years so do the number and diversity of the end user. Prior to 1980, most computing was done on main frames controlled by professional IT personnel.1 Today, almost anything can be done on a smart device in the hands of one to 100 year olds- including managers, students, accountants, home makers, engineers, teachers, scientists, health care workers, salesmen, etc. Each generation and skill level having their own specific set of needs that are diverse, complex and constantly changing.

When developing a software project it is crucial to tailor it to the needs of the end user as they will be using and benefiting from the product. If it is not developed to the requirements, wishes and specifications of the user, it will most likely fail.2 This can be a difficult task as the size and diversity of the targeted group of end users often vary. Continue Reading

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21st Century Railroads: Safety through Technology

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Every year more and more passengers are making a choice in favor of using trains and rail services because it is fast, affordable and safe! This is why the rail industry is facing big challenges in keeping up with growing demand and also making all processes safe and secure.

Railroads use both industry-adopted and railroad-specific operating procedures to enhance railroad safety and security.

These procedures cover areas such as employee responsibilities and training, train speeds, inspections, rail yard practices, locomotive operation, signaling equipment installation and other topics that directly and indirectly affect safety.

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How Big Data Security Helps Grow Your Business

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The term “Big Data” refers to the massive amounts of digital information that companies collect. Industry estimates the growth rate of data roughly doubles itself every two years, from 2500 Exabytes in 2012 to an expected 40,000 Exabytes in 2020. [1]
Most companies work hard to obtain valuable business information, which will then be used by different internal groups. However, once the data is received, the protection of this information becomes a priority and your business needs to ensure that there is no data lost or other system weaknesses.

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Happy Holidays and Reflections on the Outgoing Year 2016

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As 2016 comes to an end and we reflect back, it is important to remember where we were when the year started and how far we have all come during the last 12 months.  Professional Software Associates has many accomplishments that we are proud of from 2016.  We’ve welcomed   new customers to our family as well as continuing to work with our cherished loyal customers.  Additionally, we officially started a partnership with TouchPad Electronics, adding a manufacturing extension of our services to provide complete, turnkey product development. Continue Reading