Miami Beach police chief calls for ban on officers being tazed

Miami Beach Police officers were previously mandated to be tazered as part of their training, however one South Florida Police Chief is putting an end to the practice and several city commissioners do not agree with the change.

City of Miami Police and the Broward’s Sheriff’s Office still mandate new officers to be tazered during their training with the gun. However, Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates is changing the policy, stating it was the compassionate action to take.

Citing the practice as unpleasant altogether, he said in a memo that ideally any officer is to be tazed before they can carry a tazer on patrol and called for an abolition.

The memo went out the same day the Miami Beach Commission approved for the department to receive updated Taser guns.

Oates said, when being training on how to properly use the weapon, being a victim of the shock is simply unnecessary.

Others have stated that the mandated procedure is needed for legal matters as a way to prove to a court that the use of a Taser is a non-lethal tactic. However, Oates said, there is enough evidence to prove that the weapons are non-lethal.

The State Attorney’s Office is currently investigating the death of Israel Hernandez, a South Florida teenager who was tazered by a Miami Beach officer.

Chief Oates is leaving the option open for officers who choose to be tazered, to do so, but not everyone agrees with leaving the training procedure optional.

Despite it now being optional, Oates said he suspects his officers will volunteer to be tazered nonetheless.

Source: Radiant Insights

Wearable technology meets big data analysis

Statista, an online polling source, has recently mentioned that the wearable tech is projected to be worth $7.1 billion in 2015, with shipments of devices is expected to top 68 million.

While mainstream technology firms are scrambling to bite into a piece of this growing wearable tech market, some firms are betting big in information collection through these devices. A subsequent analysis of this data can provide valuable information in research. And that results on analysis of this data enters into another cycle when better apps and techs are built by feeding them this same data back.

It is true that most moderately sophisticated devices you wear can tell how fast you are running. However, Sensoria – a Seattle based company, has developed a fitness smart sock that measures how well you run.

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Equipped with textile sensors and an anklet weighing 28 grams, the smart sock relays information wireless to a mobile phone app, which tells you if you need to correct your stride and priced at $199.

By having the right positioning for the accelerometer, and by combining that same technology with your unique and proprietary textile sensing technology, they have three ways to detect movement in the feet.

Turning footprints into dollars, the company delivered its smart socks to its first group of crowdfunding backers over the Christmas holiday season.

Making hardware isn’t the only space where companies see the potential for making money. Some are developing software to boost health in the workplace. Chronic disease is responsible for more than half of all the deaths in the world, and cardiovascular disease is responsible for 20 million deaths worldwide.

Another Seattle-based company has developed a website and mobile apps that help companies track wellness, an effort to cut healthcare costs by keeping workers in shape, while encouraging daily use of wearable technology.

Source: Grand View Research

Disney enters UK wearable tech completion as a sponsor

It was recently announced that Walt Disney is amongst the several sponsors for a new wearable tech competition run by IC in the UK, which will see a prize pot of £210,000 offered to start-ups.

There are a set of six categories in the competition and has six winning companies that can individually win up to £35,000 each. Categories include hospitality, entertainment, design, sport and wellbeing, health and safety, and accessibility.

Disney is demanding entrants to create wearables for kids while McLaren Applied Technologies and Loughborough University are looking for sensor technology and tracking performance while GLH Hotels have been asking for guest centric experience through wearables.

Meanwhile Network Rail is asking entrants for technology that reacts to the local environment; Queen Mary University wants plug-and-play for textile wearables and IT company Atos wants to see entries which unlock accessibility through wearables.

Geoff McGrath, vice president, McLaren Applied Technologies has stated that McLaren MAT is proud to support the IC tomorrow wearable tech contest and contribute to the innovative development of this significant growth market.

MAT as a firm has developed unique expertise in real-time data monitoring and analytics to optimise the performance of both individuals and teams.

It is quite an exciting contest when one sharp startup is pitted against another. All 6 have been reported to be amongst the best and very ambitious. We have witnessed a revolution of wearables in 2014 and this contest seems to be aimed at breaking the deadlock that the industry seems to be facing with regards to producing impressive wearables. This competition is therefore directed into encouraging a next-generation ground break.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 10 March 2015. Shortlisted entries will be invited to a live pitch and Q&A with a panel of judges. The final trial launch for successful applicants is scheduled to take place in spring 2016.

Last year Walt Disney World released the MagicBand, a wrist band which sends and receives RF signals around the park, to enable visitors to carry out a variety of actions including parents allocating money to children to spend.

RCOM to outsource customer care to Vertex in India

Reliance communications, which is an arm of the Anil Ambani led Reliance block, has struck a near $150 Million deal to the Indian unit of UK-based Vertex to outsource its call centre and shared services operations in an aggressive restructuring move aimed at exiting non-core businesses and reducing customer care support costs by at least a fifth.

The deal has outlined terms which ensures that Vertex will hire all its 5500 employees which were earlier involved in customer service within RCOM. This essentially will put them under Vertex payroll. As an added benefit to the firm, Vertex will not have to spend resources on training these agents.

This also shows that this step will essentially mean that RCOM will be left with roughly 40 percent less employees after the transfer to Vertex is complete.

Vertex will handle all premium voice processes and integrated back-office operations including mail and chat support for RCOM, these people added on condition of anonymity. The company’s Indian arm, Vertex Customer Solutions India, will set up two new facilities close to RCOM’s Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City (DAKC) complex near Mumbai to support RCOM’s call centre and shared services businesses, the people said.

Until these new facilities are ready, Vertex’s teams will directly support RCOM from DAKC during the transition. A majority of RCOM’s business process outsourcing teams operate from DAKC but a sizeable chunk of its shared services teams are scattered across India, primarily in Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. Some key shared services functions include billing, collections, administration, security and maintenance. RCOM declined to respond to ET’s queries on the deal while an email sent to Vertex also went unanswered till late Monday evening. A top RCOM official had last year told ET that the company’s BPO and shared services businesses “were highly inefficient and not adding any value to the company’s bottomline”.