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Summary of Communication Device Trends (VOIP, Mobile, Etc.)

Wondering what the latest communication trends look like? Not sure if your business is using the most cost effective and efficient communication system?

I’m a technology junkie. I love to explore the latest and greatest in technological advancements, which includes everything from iPhones to tablets and communication systems. My research and experimentation means I collect gobs and gobs of data, and it also helps me to identify trends in certain fields. This post is a summary of the trends I’m seeing in communication devices, something that may help you identify the best system for your home or business. I hope you find this interesting, at the least, and helpful, if you’re in the market for a new phone or system.

Communication Device Trends

1. More Businesses are Implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies

The days of the company-issued mobile phone aren’t gone, but they are on the way out. More and more companies are asking employees to provide their own mobile devices, and many are even cutting out landlines and telling employees that they need to:

  • Bring their own mobile device
  • Be available during certain hours on that device

Some companies are offering to foot the bill for personal devices, but some are asking employees to pay for the mobile device even though they are using it for both personal and business purposes. A study conducted by Dell Software says companies believe that BYOD policies increase productivity because employees have more flexibility.  Yet another study predicts that 90 percent of companies will offer BYOD as an option, and that many companies will insist on it.

2. As a Result of Point #1, Mobile Phone Use Will Increase for Business Purposes

Most of us already use mobile phones for personal use, but the use of mobile phones for work is skyrocketing. This trend looks like it will increase rapidly.

Work/life balance experts worry that this trend will make it even more difficult for people to leave work at work and enjoy leisure and family time. Productivity experts say the impact on employees is unpredictable. Will people burn out because they can never get away from work? Will personal relationships suffer because of the intrusion of work? Or will employees be able to accomplish more in less time – during the daily commute, for instance, or while waiting in the doctor’s office? The jury is still out, but I lean towards thinking this is not a healthy trend.

3. More and More Businesses Are Moving to VOIP (Voice Over IP) Options

Right now VOIP has about 17 percent of the voice market. Experts predict that VOIP will have approximately 40 percent of the voice market by year the 2018. Why the move to VOIP? Because:

  • Thanks to IP trunking, businesses can unify voice, internet, video, etc into one vendor
  • Thanks to hosting options, small businesses won’t need IT department support for VOIP services
  • This means businesses save big bucks from switching to VOIP

The VOIP systems are now fully competitive with conventional phone systems. At some point, pricing will probably catch up, but right now VOIP continues to be a great deal for businesses. It’s a great deal for residences as well, but businesses will reap far more significant savings that residences will.

4. Cloud Services are Growing and Diversifying

Cloud services are gaining popularity because they require less hardware, less IT department support, and less overhead. As cloud technology is proving itself to be secure, fast and reliable, businesses are flocking to cloud-hosted communication services. Experts say that the two most popular cloud-based communication trends are Cloud VOIP and file sharing services.

Communication Device Trends

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How to Fit 1000 Terabytes on a DVD

More data storage? Here’s how to fit 1,000 terabytes on a DVD

By Min Gu, Swinburne University of Technology; Yaoyu Cao, Swinburne University of Technology, and Zongsong Gan, Swinburne University of Technology

We live in a world where digital information is exploding. Some 90% of the world’s data was generated in the past two years. The obvious question is: how can we store it all?

In Nature Communications today, we, along with Richard Evans from CSIRO, show how we developed a new technique to enable the data capacity of a single DVD to increase from 4.7 gigabytes up to one petabyte (1,000 terabytes). This is equivalent of 10.6 years of compressed high-definition video or 50,000 full high-definition movies.

So how did we manage to achieve such a huge boost in data storage? First, we need to understand how data is stored on optical discs such as CDs and DVDs.

The basics of digital storage

Although optical discs are used to carry software, films, games, and private data, and have great advantages over other recording media in terms of cost, longevity and reliability, their low data storage capacity is their major limiting factor.

Adam Foster | Codefor

The operation of optical data storage is rather simple. When you burn a CD, for example, the information is transformed to strings of binary digits (0s and 1s, also called bits). Each bit is then laser “burned” into the disc, using a single beam of light, in the form of dots.

The storage capacity of optical discs is mainly limited by the physical dimensions of the dots. But as there’s a limit to the size of the disc as well as the size of the dots, many current methods of data storage, such as DVDs and Blu-ray discs, continue to have low level storage density.

To get around this, we had to look at light’s fundamental laws.

Circumnavigating Abbe’s limit

Ernst Abbe. Wikimedia Commons

In 1873, German physicist Ernst Abbe published a law that limits the width of light beams.

On the basis of this law, the diameter of a spot of light, obtained by focusing a light beam through a lens, cannot be smaller than half its wavelength – around 500 nanometres (500 billionths of a metre) for visible light.

And while this law plays a huge role in modern optical microscopy, it also sets up a barrier for any efforts from researchers to produce extremely small dots – in the nanometre region – to use as binary bits.

In our study, we showed how to break this fundamental limit by using a two-light-beam method, with different colours, for recording onto discs instead of the conventional single-light-beam method.

Both beams must abide by Abbe’s law, so they cannot produce smaller dots individually. But we gave the two beams different functions:

Nature Communications

  • The first beam (red, in the figure right) has a round shape, and is used to activate the recording. We called it the writing beam
  • The second beam – the purple donut-shape – plays an anti-recording function, inhibiting the function of the writing beam

The two beams were then overlapped. As the second beam cancelled out the first in its donut ring, the recording process was tightly confined to the centre of the writing beam.

This new technique produces an effective focal spot of nine nanometres – or one ten thousandth the diameter of a human hair.

The technique, in practical terms

Our work will greatly impact the development of super-compact devices as well as nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

The exceptional penetration feature of light beams allow for 3D recording or fabrication, which can dramatically increase the data storage – the number of dots – on a single optical device.

The technique is also cost-effective and portable, as only conventional optical and laser elements are used, and allows for the development of optical data storage with long life and low energy consumption, which could be an ideal platform for a Big Data centre.

As the rate of information generated worldwide continues to accelerate, the aim of more storage capacity in compact devices will continue. Our breakthrough has put that target within our reach.

Min Gu is a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council.

Yaoyu Cao and Zongsong Gan do not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article. They also have no relevant affiliations.

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