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As technology continues to expand and grow, the lines of traditional learning evolve into the digital transformation. New methods for educators to collaborate and communicate, while students discover new ways in which to learn are being created and recreated over time. Online courses, also known as eLearning or virtual classrooms have changed the way students learn. Students of all ages and backgrounds are able to learn and interact with professors and fellow students outside their own campus.
Whether teachers are trying to access online curriculum, streaming education live cameras from YouTube or students are simply using the internet…all can put a strain on the school network. The evolution in learning and teaching, coupled with the rise of mobile devices, leaves many education facilities across the country scrambling for ways to not only embrace new technologies, but support them, and stay ahead of the curve. Online testing requirements must sustain every student online at the same time. That is a heavy amount of broadband weight given the school’s normal day–to-day operations.
Broadband use doesn’t stop with students, but is an imperative tool for administration too. Centralization and privacy of student records is critical, along with the ability to access that data from any area in the school district at any given time. Furthermore, in today’s world, many schools are advancing into security cameras where footage can be accessed via tablets at a moment's notice – so a school is always aware of where a student is.
The new way to learn
In recent years, "digital" has been the growing trend in the education sector, however education providers often are not sure how it works or how to get started. OnlineCollege.org produced an infographic which details some of the benefits through technology, highlighting some key statistics below:
As you can see from the above, $7 billion dollars was being spent on textbooks that were 7 to 10 years old. Technology was shown to improve school budgets between $250 to $1,000 per student, per year. A PBS LearningMedia survey stated that 74% of teachers said using classroom technology helps to motivate students to learn. Technology is a part of our lives – a 2014 Pew Research study found the following:
Various sources have also cited that children will often use or own their own mobile device.
What these figures indicate is that technology has become a boon when it comes to communication, collaboration, and even education.
Fast forward to 2016 and the newest report from the Babson Survey Research Group, its 13th year surveying the rising growth of online education in the US, found that the number of students that were taking online courses grew to 5.8 million, a trend that has been consistent for the last 13 years; 28% of college students are enrolled in at least one online course for their semester.
What schools need to consider
Due to the influx of percentages, education facilities have started to implement plans to include or increase their use of technology, however they may not be considering the bandwidth required for educators and students. In a 2012 interview, CEO and founder of the San Francisco nonprofit Education Superhighway, Evan Marwell, stated that while 97% of schools did indeed have broadband access, they were using the same speed of a typical household. The problem with this scenario is that a typical residence supports up to 4 people on a network, while a campus needs to support 400 or more students, teachers, and faculty.
The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, established guidelines in 2014 on what a typical campus network should encompass: a connection speed of at least 100 Mbps per 1,000 students was considered a short term solution, while 1 Gigabit per second was the minimum for a long term solution. This means that campuses, both in large cities and rural areas, need to be looking at the future of the internet in order to keep the pace with the growing penetration of mobile devices and learning techniques.
This is where Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business changes the education landscape. This evolution of high-speed internet has the capability to connect all locations in a campus, accessing the same data in real time. And with this level of capacity, schools can utilize all the advanced education platforms described above, while not maxing out the campus’ connection and doing so with superior speed. Broadband gives teachers the space to evolve their classrooms and reach new levels of education that were never possible prior.
Brewton City Schools in rural Alabama is just one of our customers within the education sector that we provide data fiber solutions to, enabling their rural campuses to connect well outside the city lines and offer their students another level of education. Brewton City Schools was not only able to achieve an internet solution on par with a larger suburban campus, and ensure their students have the advantage of technology to facilitate learning but saved money while doing so.
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Two digital transformation developments within the healthcare industry are the convergence of telemedicine and telehealth. While the two are often grouped together under the same umbrella, they are actually two different ideas based on the same concept. Telehealth is different from telemedicine because it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine. While telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services.
The focus on creating digital transparency within healthcare has been in the works for years, with the United States creating a conversion bill in 2009 to help healthcare move to electronic medical and health records. The infographic below, done by the global field organization experts at Pristine, showcases the growth of telemedicine, with the section below showing the quality outcomes:
The full infographic represents the use of technology to provide services to patients in other locations, like video consultations, remote blood pressure monitoring, ECG, staff and doctor training and medical education, administration meetings, and more. As seen in the infographic, 91% of health outcomes were good or even better using telehealth, while 64% of Americans would be willing to visit with their doctor via video. Related technologies also include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
Other points of telehealth growth include:
78.4% of healthcare offices were using EMR/EHR systems in 2013
89% of healthcare executives expect telemedicine to transform the US healthcare system within a decade
The global market for telemedicine is expected to grow from $11.6 billion (in 2011) to $27.3 billion (in 2016)
Why healthcare facilities need more bandwidth
Healthcare facilities and hospitals are increasingly looking to adopt these new technologies available to them. This requires IT administrators to both examine and take their current network into consideration. Electronic medical records, especially those used alongside ePrescriptions and online medical registries, rely heavily on a fast, reliable and secure broadband connection. Depending on the number of staff, hospitals could need up to 100 Mbps just to support their EMR/HER equipment. This does not take into account other equipment, such as X-ray machines, MRIs, and ultrasounds, all relying upon high quality digital video.
An additional factor that comes into play is mobile connectivity. From smartphones to laptops to tablets, the rise in mobility and mobile devices has increased the ability for doctors and patients to communicate, participate, and diagnose at the drop of a dime. Healthcare facilities today must ensure that their bandwidth is capable of handling all of these elements on a daily, if not hourly basis.
Solutions like Mediacom Business' Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions have the ability to handle any and everything thrown at it, from large files, record transference, videos, and more, all at increased speeds. The advancements in healthcare technology are fascinating but without a robust high-capacity broadband connection, they are useless. Gigabit+ internet delivers speeds between 1 billion and 10 billion bits of data, covering both downstream and upstream, and using light wave technology through fiber optic cabling. Other added benefits include reliable and secure dedicated private networks, which helps to ensure information is kept private and in the hands of those who need it, especially needed in the healthcare industry
An example of a healthcare facility using our bandwidth services is Southern Illinois Healthcare. SIH is a major healthcare provider in the city of Carbondale and surrounding rural areas. Healthcare providers in rural areas, like SIH, benefit the most from our flexible and robust bandwidth services. Our service supports their use of telemedicine and enables their medical staff to connect with patients, who might not be able to make the 4 to 5-hour drive to the closest major city outside of Carbondale, IL. SIH is one of the thousands of customers that Mediacom Business serves, ensuring they can utilize the latest technologies to match their large city counterparts via our powerful fiber network to better serve patients.
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In 2017, to have a successful business, part of your strategic plan should incorporate social media. No longer just a hobby for the younger generation, having a profile on a popular social platform is essential to not only attracting new customers, but keeping the ones you already have.
Patrons who post positive testimonials about your business can give your business validity. Word of mouth referrals can be very powerful and fuel business activity alone. A good reputation goes a long way and means everything. Social platforms allow you to have a constant flow of communication with both your acquisition universe as well as customers. And the content does not always have to be sales driven; in fact, it shouldn't be. If users feel they are always trying to be sold to - the message starts to fall on deaf ears. The key to using these platforms is to show customers that you are a trusted resource in your business vertical. Provide helpful information, post industry updates your customers would want to know about - become a voice in your space so users keep coming back to your pages. But that is only half the battle. All roads lead to your website. Assume your website is the final stop before a potential customer makes a buying decision. And know that in this digital age, users are going to do their homework so your website should be a place offering resources that can easily be navigated. In this article from The Southern Business Journal in Illinois, we find tips for how businesses are utilizing social and digital media to their advantage.
But what if you already have a social media profile? That takes the place of having a website, right? Don't be so sure. Check out our blog on this discussion topic.
The Pokémon Go phenomenon utilized Augmented Reality (AR) and brought some of the biggest retail chains to the table to participate - ones that you probably would have never associated with the Pokémon brand. But the element of Augmented Reality and the technology behind it fascinated businesses as yet another touchpoint to market to consumers. AR superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, in most cases via a mobile device, thus providing a composite view.
Within the same spectrum of technology, Virtual Reality (VR) is based on the diametrically opposite concept. It immerses real people into a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly very real or physical way. Historically known in the world of gaming, AR and VR are now being seen as valuable tools for businesses to enhance interaction with customers and their own employees.
Content and engagement is always the goal toward generating revenue or keeping employee morale high. Businesses can use both AR and VR for many applications and programs, including training, conferencing, and remote work. Coupled with Augmented Reality, the Virtual Reality market could hit $150 billion dollars in revenue in 2020, with $30 billion belonging to VR alone. More than 12 million VR headsets will be sold in 2017 and is expected to reach $407.51 million dollars by 2018.
VR Has Come a Long Way
It may surprise some younger businesses, but Virtual Reality has been around for over twenty-five years. Getting its start in 1991, VR looked to be the future of technology, but in those days, the vehicle just wasn’t up to par for the challenge yet. Processing power, screen resolutions, and more all lacked the power, and bandwidth, we’re used to today. So the idea of VR seemed to disappear until a Kickstarter campaign brought about the Oculus Rift, which was soon purchased by Facebook, making VR a viable business topic today.
These new advances open up new worlds, so to speak – VR can bring us closer to visiting places that were once outside of our reach. A good example of this is the use of VR in education. Many schools are looking at VR to help provide students the ability to travel throughout the universe, immersing them in new learning environments to further their education engagement.
Buffalo Elementary in Davenport, Iowa is one such school who has recently become the first school in the country to incorporate VR into the Next Generation Standards Science Curriculum.
But it’s not just schools that benefit from VR. Businesses can also use VR/AR for a variety of reasons that evoke intellectual engagement and emotional connections.
With so many opportunities to use VR & AR, businesses should also take stock of how these technologies work within their own networks and the heavy need for bandwidth to power them.
Why Bandwidth is So Important
In 2016, telecom equipment manufacturing company Arris predicted that more and more consumers and businesses will want and need even more bandwidth to run applications like this. The CTO estimated that a virtual reality video game, running at 720p might require 50 Mbps, with a 4K VR game going up to 500 Mbps.
This might seem like a lot of broadband speed, but considering that even at a low resolution, a 360 degree experience would still need at least 25 Mbps for streaming and HD resolutions going upwards of 80-100 Mbps.
What most experts believe is that as VR and AR continue to grab headlines and interest, the need for faster bandwidth is paramount. Luckily, if your business is considering using VR, then Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions is the next step your business should take. Speed is an incredibly important component for VR and fiber-optic delivery is the latest in broadband technology capable of providing some of the fastest speeds within the industry.
Mediacom Business’ fiber “pipe” is highly secure and scalable – the symmetrical data throughput, both down-stream and up-stream, is there to support innovative technologies like this and allows businesses to integrate this usage within everyday operations.
VR and AR are still growing for both business and consumers; it’s a technology that can and will create a tremendous amount of opportunities in many industries – from education to finance - the capabilities are wide open. Will your business be taking advantage of Virtual or Augmented Reality and do you have the broadband path to get there?