Keeping The Workplace Safe

Two key focuses of my blog are Workplace Discussions and Health/Wellness. A major responsibility of management especially industrial settings is assuring workplace safety. Maintaining a healthy workforce will assure continued productivity. The following contributed post was entitled, Keeping The Workplace Safe.

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Injuries can happen in many different ways. A lot of people are shocked to discover the figures when it comes to workplace accidents. In 2018, 5,250 workers lost their lives due to a workplace accident. On top of this, there were 2.8 million non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries. We all need to do our bit to reduce these figures.

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Everyone in the workplace has a duty to ensure that the environment is as safe as possible. Of course, the ultimate responsibility falls on the shoulders of your employer. However, if you notice something that you don’t think is quite right, you should always report it. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at some of the things that all employees can do to keep their work environment as safe as possible.

Always wear Personal Protective Equipment
The first thing you need to do is make sure that you always wear Personal Protective Equipment, which is often shortened to PPE. Depending on the nature of your work, you may have a number of different types of PPE that you need to wear. For example, if you work in a noisy environment, you may be required to wear ear protection. No matter what PPE is required, make sure that you wear it at all times.

Report unsafe conditions
Aside from this, if you notice any conditions that are unsafe, you need to report these to your employer as soon as possible. If you have been injured because your employer has not rectified a potential issue, you should look into hiring a personal injury lawyer. After all, your employer has a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment, and so it is imperative that they adhere to the laws that are in place.

Stay in-the-know regarding safety procedures
In addition to the tips that have been provided so far, you should make sure that the emergency exits at your place of work are kept clear all of the time. You should also be aware of any new safety procedures that are put in place. Safety procedures are updated all of the time to ensure maximum efficiency, so keep up to date with this and never take shortcuts either.

Take breaks regularly and keep the correct posture
Finally, there are a number of different things you can do to manage your own health in the workplace. Even office jobs can have a number of different dangers. Take breaks regularly and keep the correct posture to ensure that you are as healthy as can be in the workplace. There are lots of ergonomic furniture pieces and office supplies that are available today and can help you with this.

As you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can make sure your work environment is as safe as can be. If you follow the suggestions that have been mentioned above, you considerably reduce the possibility of being involved in any sort of workplace incident.

The Ultimate Guide To Safe Driving

A key focus of my blog is Health/Wellness. We as a society incur lots of injuries and sometimes deaths a result of unsafe driving. Safe driving can make all the difference in our lives and those we’re sharing the road with. The following contributed post is entitled, The Ultimate Guide To Safe Driving.

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Driving in the twenty-first century should be easier than ever what with all the cruise control functions, automatic gearboxes, and advanced safety features. However, with increased levels of traffic and more ruthless individuals on the road, it can be a more daunting prospect to head to the grocery store in your car. To combat any hesitance you have about driving, you need to ensure that you employ safe driving tactics at all times. This means being a defensive driver. If you focus on everyone else on the road, potential hazards and you always stick to the speed limit, you can enjoy a fun drive whenever you put the pedal to the metal.

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Take Your Time

When out on the road, it’s better to go slower and reach your destination safely rather than never get to your destination at all. You must make sure that you take your time and stick to the speed limit to stay safe. Don’t be tempted to go just that touch faster because you are running late for an appointment. This could result in you getting into a collision or being pulled over by police. Set out earlier than you anticipate and mitigate for any potential traffic. Use a satnav with inbuilt live traffic updates to give you a heads up if congestion is building. An alternative route will then be suggested. Consider a dashcam from TDot Performance to ensure that your safe driving is evidenced should the worst happen. Utilize the tech on offer to help you drive more safely.

Be Aware

While you might be tempted to focus on your own driving, you need to consider all road users, including other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Everyone has a right to be on the road, so ensure that you consider their needs. Many cyclists have been injured because unobservant drivers have turned left without looking or have opened their doors without checking their mirrors. This shows a lack of awareness and can be detrimental to other road users. Remain aware and alert. Never drive tired. If you are sleepy, pull over, rest up and start driving when you are feeling more focused on the road.

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Maintain Your Vehicle

While your car isn’t on the road, it needs to remain in a drivable condition. Do some fluid checks every month, such as oil dipstick tests and washer fluid level checks. Make sure that your tires are at the correct pressure and that the bodywork is free from excess rust. Keep a jack in your car and ensure that you have a red warning triangle, some spare oil and water should you break down. Ensure that you keep your break down cover up to date and have your insurance details in the glove box. By maintaining your vehicle, you can be sure of your safety on the road.

Being a safe driver means being defensive and thinking of your fellow road user. By following this guide, you can be a more confident driver when you next take to the road.

What You Should Know About Your Employee Responsibilities For Health And Safety

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. When you’re a business owner with employees, you have some responsibility for your worker’s safety but they share some as well. In each case you have to be transparent with them. The following contributed post is entitled, What You Should Know About Your Employee Responsibilities For Health And Safety.

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As a business owner, you will know that health and safety are incredibly important. Being complacent can be an extremely expensive mistake, the costs that come from injuries and ill health caused by poor health and safety and working conditions are staggering and can severely damage any company.

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With that in mind, it’s essential for you to know who’s responsible for what in relation to upholding the health and safety in the workplace, following your health and safety policy, and reporting any issues.

For the most part, it is the employer’s responsibility. You need to make sure your employees have the correct safety gear, for example, and you will also need to remain compliant with local laws. With regards the latter, you should check with the local government on health and safety laws in your state and follow them to the letter. Your electrical equipment will need to be certified safe, and if there is a risk of air pollutants, you will need to hire a specialist in Ambient Air Sampling.

However, health is safety is not only your domain. Your employees also have a level of responsibility. Regardless it’s imperative that anyone on site is kept safe, including visitors knowing the fire drills, contractors working safely at heights, or your employees learning the new policies.

Some of the responsibilities your employees have to include:

Take Some Responsibility For Their Own Care For Health And Safety

Your employees need to take an active approach when it comes to the care of their personal health and safety whilst in the workplace, They should be avoiding anything that could compromise this. There is certainly no size fits all for how you put this into action. How it works is going to depend heavily on the working environment you are working in. There are going to be different natural hazards that occur in different workplaces such as an office compared to a warehouse.

It’s best for you to carry out a risk assessment on each working zone in your workplace and with each individual member of staff. You can then discuss the ways your employees can help to look after their own safety with them on a personalized basis.

Cooperation With The Policies

A big part of your employee’s responsibility is to make sure they are following the instructions that you have set in place for health and safety. They’re there for a reason so, make sure they are following the rules. This includes them completing any needed training, communicating with you if there are any issues, and noticing any hazards that appear that are unusual.

It’s a good idea to make sure you keep track of any training your employees complete, this way you can put steps into place to give them the time to complete anything that is missing or updated.

Not Putting Others In Danger

Ok, so your employees need to be looking after their own health and safety, but they also need to be making sure they’re not putting others in danger too. In order to make sure they are fulfilling their duties, every employee needs to put into practice everything that they’ve learned through their training. This includes things like misusing equipment, not wearing protective equipment and taking unnecessary risks. If they see any dangers they should be reporting it straight away. Whether it’s wiring near their desk, drawers have been left open or fire exits been blocked, you can’t physically have eyes and ears everywhere at once. This means your employees need to think of health and safety as part of their job role.

Ultimately you need to make sure you communicate and train your employees to practice the health and safety policies at all times, the above areas will help you to make sure they are following their duties.

Are You Keeping Your Business Safe

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. As a business owner one of your primary considerations should be your business’s safety. There are numerous contexts for this. The following contributed post is entitled, Are You Keeping Your Business Safe.

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There are a lot of things that are important to your business. That shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, after all, a business is made up of many different elements all working together, so it’s only natural that certain things will require slightly more dedicated focus. The issue that a surprisingly large number of businesses run into is that they tend to focus on some aspects to the detriment of others. Things like marketing and customer service are, of course, incredibly important, but they are also right at the forefront of your business which means it’s rather common for them to take precedent over other things. But there are some parts of your business which are incredibly important and yet are all too often ignored. One of the most common of these is making sure that your business is actually protected. The safety and security of your business and all of the people within in it should always be a major priority for you as a business owner. Here are some ways that you can make sure that your business is as well protected as possible.

Security measures

You should always make sure that any security measures to your business are kept up to date at all times. This counts for both physical and digital security systems. Your locks should be kept sturdy and you the firewalls to your databases should be regularly updated. If you’re not paying attention to these things, then you’re leaving your business extremely vulnerable.

The right equipment

One of the most important things that you can do in order to make sure that your workplace is the safest environment possible is to ensure that it is properly equipped at all times. This means everything from railings in your warehouse to a fire damper to making sure that there is never too much power going to a single place that could cause it to overload or short. These kinds of things are the fundamentals of safety in your workplace and you need to be sure that you’re focusing on them from the very start.

Health and safety

Health and safety isn’t just the annoying bureaucracy that so many people seem to think that it is. In reality, health and safety procedures are in place to protect people and to save lives. You need to make sure that your business’s health and safety policies are all up to date and that every single employee receives adequate training to ensure that they are as always safe as possible.

All of the procedures, equipment, and insurance in the world aren’t going to make the slightest bit of difference if you can’t encourage your employees to embrace the importance of safety and security. By creating a culture within your company of understanding the importance of the security measures that are put in place, you can be sure that your employees are always working alongside those security measures to keep your business as protected as physically possible.

5 Ways To Stay Safe On The Road If You Drive For A Living

Two of the focuses of my blog are Career Discussions and Health/Wellness. If you’re in the trucking business and spend lots of time on the road, it’s important to understand how to stay safe as there are plenty of potential hazards. Learning to stay safe will ensure that you’ll stay both alive and in business for years to come. The following contributed post is entitled, 5 Ways To Stay Safe On The Road If You Drive For A Living.

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If you’re looking for ways to stay safe on the road but you’re unsure where to start then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re travelling as a one-off for work or you’re travelling on a daily basis, you need to ensure you’re doing everything you can to keep both yourself and others safe on the road. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can ensure you’re doing exactly that. With that in mind, here are 5 ways to stay safe on the road if you drive for a living:

– Make Sure You’re Checking Your Route Before You Leave

One of the best things you can do when it comes to your safety is to ensure you’re researching the route before you leave. Not only will this give you a chance familiarise yourself with where you’re going but it will also allow you to see whether or not there are any road closures or diversions. Whilst you may have a smooth route ahead of you, it’s always better to be prepared. For tips and tricks when it comes to planning your route in advance, you can visit this site here.

– Carry Out Safety Checks On Your Vehicle

Another important thing to do before you get on the road is to ensure you’re doing safety checks on your vehicle, no matter what size it is. From checking your tyre pressure to checking the quality of your seatbelts, you need to ensure everything is good to go before you leave. Whilst your chances of being in a crash are low, safety checks for both cars and trucks are essential. For more information, you can visit this trucking crash expert here.

– Pack An Emergency Kit In Your Trunk

No matter the length of your journey, you also need to ensure you’re packing an emergency kit in your trunk. From a flashlight to warm clothes, you need to be sure you have absolutely everything you’re going to need in case of an emergency. For inspiration when it comes to putting together your emergency vehicle kit, you can visit this handy guide here.

– Ensure You Take Regular Breaks

Tiredness while driving can be incredibly dangerous and if you’re not taking regular breaks, chances are you’re going to struggle to drive. Whether you’re taking a 20-minute break for some lunch or you’re booking a hotel somewhere overnight, it’s important you’re taking as many breaks as you need to get through the journey.

– Pack Enough Food And Drink To Last

Finally, you need to ensure you’re packing enough food and drink to last you the whole journey. Although there will be plenty of stops along the way, you need to ensure you have exactly what you need just in case you break down or struggle to find the food that you like.

Are you looking for ways to stay safe on the road? What can you do to ensure you’re protecting yourself and those around you? Did we miss anything? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Tech That Can Help Keep Any Workplace Safer

A key focus of my blog is technology. Management at any workplace must always think about ways the keep their workplaces as safe as possible. In today’s digital age, technology has given us an abundance of tools for doing so. The following contributed post is entitled, Tech That Can Help Keep Any Workplace Safer.

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What’s most important when it comes to keeping the rate of injuries and accidents low in any workplace? Is it effective and thorough human observation of the risks and strategic planning around them? In part, yes, but that’s not to say that technology can’t play a role in helping keep your team safe, as well.

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CCTV
Aside from being useful for retail store security, CCTV can also go a long way in ensuring the physical safety of your employees, especially if crime or assault is of any concern. CCTV can increase staff comfort and make them feel safer in the workplace and in surrounding spaces, such as car parks or stairwells. Furthermore, they act as a very clear deterrent to crime.

Alarms
Not just talking about security alarm systems, alarm equipment in general can be very helpful to bringing attention to hazards and encouraging your team to react responsibly to them. Of the two types, choosing between a buzzer vs speaker is all about determining your needs. Buzzers can be useful for immediately bringing attention to a nearby fault, such as a malfunctioning machine, so trained individuals can react appropriately. Speakers are better for communicating information, such as the particular aisle or area a spill or incident has happened in.

Safety apps
It’s not all hardware you should be thinking about, either. Health and safety data technology is playing an increasing role in recognising the risks that your team might face in the workplace. These apps can help you make checklists for safety, file hazard reports, and record information is an accident does happen. As such, they can help you become more aware of incidents that happen more regularly, allowing you to react and create a safety policy around them more quickly.

GPS systems
The workplace doesn’t always have to be in an office. If you have a fleet of vehicles, then the road is your workplace just as much as anything else. If that’s the case, then GPS and fleet management technology can be crucial for ensuring your drivers’ safety on the road. You can not only track their route but pay attention to any habits that could potentially put them at risk, including speeding, and crack down on drivers that fall into such habits.

Wearable tech
If you’re hoping to create a healthier team for a more reliable workplace, then looking at the tech that they could be wearing on their person might be an investment worth making. These devices can track a range of details, including monitoring their vitals, and can be set up with reminders such as when they need to take a break or get up and stretch to avoid ergonomic injuries.

Tech can help you make the office a much safer environment, but never think that you should rely on it, alone. Training your team to recognize safety hazards in the workplace and making an effort to address any common risks with effective police and practices is number one. The tech above can help, but it can’t solve your problems.

Staying Safe When You Have A Dangerous Job

The first principle of my blog is Creating Ecosystems of Success. Two key focuses are Career Discussions and Health/Wellness. Not all jobs have the safety of working in an office setting with carpets, computers and cubicles. Some jobs require getting dirty and some degree of potential hazard. In the latter set of jobs, it’s important to think about your safety at all times. The following contributed post is entitled, Staying Safe When You Have A Dangerous Job.

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No one likes the idea of being hurt when they are doing their job. Governments, businesses, and individuals have all been working for a very long time to ensure that workplaces are safe and secure, though this is something which some jobs make almost impossible. Unfortunately, some people simply don’t have the luxury of doing something safe each day. Whether you work as an industrial diver or as a security guard, though, you can always take steps to make sure that you’re not putting yourself at unnecessary risk. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the steps which can be taken to make even the most dangerous jobs a little safer.

Following Policies

While a lot of the rules which you have to follow when you’re working may seem a little over the top, they are always there for a reason. Safety gear will protect your body from accidents, while policies which dictate how people are allowed to move around in dangerous environments will help to prevent them from happening in the first place, and this makes these rules well worth following. Of course, after a few years on the job, it will be easy to become complacent, and you may find that your employers have lost track of the policies they need to follow. In this case, researching the rules for yourself will be a good idea.

Working Together

Many of the world’s most dangerous jobs often end up being done by people on their own. This may not always increase the risk of an accident, but there are some roles which simply shouldn’t be done by people who are left to themselves. Truck driving is a great example of this, with a lot of accidents occurring when people are forced to drive for a long time without a proper chance to rest. Team truck driving jobs are considered much safer, as you will have someone with you as you drive, and this means that you won’t have to be focused for the whole journey.

Being Attentive

It’s not always easy for industries to put the right rules in place for their employees. While some companies manage to keep their teams safe, others will miss out on crucial areas, and this can often leave big gaps. Being attentive will give you the chance to spot these areas, and a little bit of creativity and initiative will help you to come up with ideas to make them safer. For example, if you have to work on wet floors all the time, it would make sense for your employer to provide you with shoes which are good for this environment. They can’t fire you for asking for this, with a lot of employers valuing this sort of input from their teams.

Keeping yourself safe should always be your priority when you’re at work. It doesn’t matter if you get your job done if you get hurt in the process, and the vast majority of employers will want to keep their team as safe as possible. To make this work, though, you have to keep your eyes open.

Five Ways To Keep Your Small Business Safe

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Business/Entrepreneurship, and Technology. In today’s digital world, a key to running your small business is keeping it safe, particularly in terms of your Information Technology (IT) operations. The following contributed post is entitled, Five Ways To Keep Your Small Business Safe.

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The general consensus with small businesses is that they start from home. Working from home is a huge privilege, and if you are running a business from home, you’re getting even more significant benefits than you could imagine. However, many people think just because they’re working from home; they’re safe in their business. The benefits of working from home cannot be disputed, but what about the precautions that you take to ensure that it’s a secure option for you. When you have a small business, you share everything online, from your current activity to your expectations for the coming quarter. People can see this information, and while this is the idea, it’s also a fine line between the audience you want to see your information and those you do not. Everything is accessible, so it’s in your interest to put that information out there while protecting yourself.

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While you keep that in mind, consider the following five ways that you can protect both your new online small business and your home at the same time. Given that you are working from home, protecting it is the best thing that you could do.

Choose The Right Hosts

Your online infrastructure needs to be stable so that you can ensure that hackers don’t come after your information. Use outsourced IT services if you don’t know how to run your network yourself, but make sure that your online services are 100% protected with a good internet host and provider.

Keep Buildings Secure

You’re working from home, so you can think about adding some extra security so that your business is also protected. If you have a driveway, think about getting driveway gates and driveway gate openers that are electric which you can control from inside the house. You deserve the utmost protection for your home and the faster that you can install that, the safer you and your business will be.

Get Registered

Part of being safe in your home business is ensuring that you aren’t going to be hit by huge fines from the taxman. Getting your small business registered is so crucial so that you can start making some decent income. Think about how you want your business to look to others, and get registered with the proper authorities as soon as possible.

Register For Domain Privacy

It’s vital that you don’t register your domain name and leave it as is. Using domain privacy is so important if you want to ensure that your domain is more than what the public can see. By registering for a private domain, you can keep your home address safe from public prying eyes.

VPN

Using a private VPN network to protect the history of your internet searches is so essential if you want to keep your privacy in your business. Your browsing online stays private, too, so no hacker can see what you’re doing. It’s all in the name of your protection, so take note and make sure you follow the right instructions for a healthy and safe business.

3 Ways To Keep Your Fleet Drivers Safe On The Road

Two of the principles of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Trucking businesses can be very lucrative if run the properly. A key aspect is keeping your fleet drivers safety. The following contributed post is entitled, 3 Ways To Keep Your Fleet Drivers Safe On The Road.

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As a business owner, safety needs to be your number one concern, especially when it comes to protecting your employees. An accident and an injury at work could prove costly for your business, not only from compensation claims sought by your employee but by the level of productivity that will be cut if you are consequently short-staffed because the injury has resulted in an employee absence. Your reputation might also take a hit if you are seen to show negligence as an employer, and that could have a knock-on effect on your profits.

Now, health and safety dangers are not only found on site. As many business owners are reliant on company cars, vans, lorries, etc. for business meetings and cargo purposes, there are all of the expected risks that can be found on today’s roads. According to Automotive Fleet, the annual accident rate for commercial fleets has risen to 20%. Sadly, many of these have resulted in fatalities, and so, if you do have employees working on the roads, you need to focus on their safety to ensure they don’t become yet another statistic.

So, what can you do about it? You can’t be with them on the roads, so you might think the situation is out of your hands. Not so, as there are a number of things you can do.

1. Make sure the vehicles are safe to drive

It is important to inspect your company’s vehicles regularly, and while both you and your drivers should take steps to know what danger signs to look out for, you should also seek the assistance of a qualified mechanic periodically. If there are any problems, you should deal with them immediately, and that means booking in your vehicles at your local garage, or looking for specialist service support if specific parts are needed, such as those Sprinter Fleet companies who have the relevant Sprinter van accessories and parts to maintain your vehicle.

2. Ensure your drivers are trained to drive the vehicles in your care

While you know your drivers need to be trained and licensed to drive your company vehicles, you should still invest in extra training to ensure their safety on the roads. This includes specific ‘behind the wheel’ training courses for vehicles they may or may not have had the relevant experience in before, as well as e-learning courses that might focus on particular aspects of road safety. With prices starting at around $85 with courses provided by Skills Driving, you don’t have a lot to pay, although even if at premium rates, you should never let a price tag get in the way of your employee’s safety.

3. Install a camera system in your fleet vehicles

In some instances, your driver will not be to blame for any accidents that might occur on the road. However, there are other instances when they might be, perhaps because they have tried to pull off risky driving maneuvers, or maybe because they have become distracted and taken their eyes off the road. A fleet vehicle camera system will let you see everything, and while the driver might resent being checked up on, you should remind them that you are doing it for their safety. You can then bring up any mistakes or bad driver behavior with them should you notice them, although, in theory, the driver will probably drive more safely knowing that their actions are being monitored.

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There is much you can do to protect your driver’s on the road, so follow our suggestions if you are reliant on a business fleet. Let us know if you have any ideas too, especially if you’re an employer where day-to-day driving is a necessity for your employees.

Big Tech Wants To Create Software To Keep You Safe. But Will It?

A major focus of my blog is Technology. Today there are numerous new technological advances which were designed with the intent of increasing safety. What are some of these new technologies? The following contributed post is entitled, Big Tech Wants To Create Software To Keep You Safe. But Will It?

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Although the news around big tech, especially the Facebook scandal, is overwhelmingly negative, there’s no denying the fact that software has the potential to keep us safe. But exactly how companies intend to do this remains a mystery for many people, so here are some of the applications of software that are already keeping you safer and doing a good job of it.

Door Alarm Software

Over the last few years, specific IoT applications have gained traction in the market, including door alarms. Rather than just having an alarm next to the door which sounds if somebody tries to break and enter, new technology now allows homeowners to get alerts direct to their phone telling them that somebody is trying to gain access to their home.

Companies, like Ring, take this one step further by integrating camera technology. People can see the person at their front door and talk to them through their devices, no matter where they happen to be. Not only does this discourage burglary, but it also creates a record of people that have been to the front door: helpful in a possible investigation.

Blind-Spot Sensing

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Data from Aitken Aitken Cohn trial lawyers suggests that there were more than 3,100 fatal accidents in California alone last year. What’s more, around nine out of ten of those was the result of driver error.

Perhaps the most critical application of software technology, therefore, is in the realm of motor vehicles. New technologies are coming on board all the time which promise to keep drivers safer than they’ve ever been before. One of the most promising of these is the so-called blind-spot sensing technology. This is a kind of technology that will keep the car in a lane if it can sense a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot, even if the driver turns the steering wheel.

Facial Recognition

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In the modern world, keeping your data safe is just as important as keeping your property secure. Software is helping people to achieve this by reducing the traditional reliance on passwords and using alternative authentication methods instead.

Perhaps the most interesting of these is facial recognition. Already companies like Intel are using facial recognition (Intel uses an app called Security True Key) to unlock mobile devices if and only if they detect a person’s face. Although the technology sounds futuristic, advanced AI is enabling devices to recognize one person’s face from another based on a set of important input characteristics. Even small changes in the distance between the eyes can make a difference to whether the software decides that it is looking at the owner of the device or not. Expect this technology to make a big splash in the coming year.

Device Tracking

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The cloud opened up a whole new bunch of possibilities for people to protect their devices using their other devices. There are now apps like LoJack and Prey, which allow you to remotely secure devices that you may have misplaced. All you have to do is log onto the app on a trusted device and then instruct it to lock all linked devices – great if you ever leave your laptop on the train.