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Why IT enabled Automation?

With businesses becoming more complex , the IT staff is subjected to increasing management challenges. Technology vendors offer a proficient method as an effective way to solvethis problem through automation.
Unlike the initial method that demands human effort, this alternative enables all the mundane and repetitive tasks to be done with the use of control processors. It consequently cuts down the operational staff cost as it eliminates human intervention.

For instance, manually updating security tools of every single machine in the organization was a periodic tiresome work done by IT admins before the invention of automation. The burden on IT admins reduced significantly as the updates can now be automated. The possibility of errors to occur has also reduced because the automated actions are performed identically, leaving no room for mistakes. This method assures reliable and predictable results and is coupled with the advantage of saving time.

One of the additional benefit of automation is job scheduling. Once the work is scheduled, automation executes it meticulously in the correct sequence, parallel to any other work that’s currently being done. This procedure of multitasking will expedite business processes and hence increase productivity of the organization. Automation plays a key role in implementing superior strategy as the key metrics can be recorded, based on which long-term development plans can be made. Adding to the competitive advantages, IT enabled automation offers well-grounded services and gains customer satisfaction.

When IT enabled automation is tailored according to the organization’s need, it ends up saving time on management processes assuring a reliable, productive and impeccable end results.

Significance of VFX in post-production

The past century has seen a rapid and astonishing progress of the Vfx technologies as evidenced by the evolution from the initial Star Wars movie to movies like Jurassic park, Matrix and the more recent Marvel’s Avengers. Whether you have live action or animations, Vfx has become a necessary aspect of movie production. Vfx is basically using computer generated graphics to create visual imagery and make it look real. Vfx has become a necessary part of post production where it enhances the effects and makes the situation believable thereby creating a satisfying sensory experience for the viewer. The newer technologies will enable creation of digital humans and the day is not far off where we will have movie stars who would be entirely digital. Currently the boundaries of visuals effects are constantly being pushed with new technology like : Augmented reality,  Motion capture,  Crowd simulation, Hologenese and the like .

Creating Vfx requires teams that include concept artists, modelers, animators to work together and conceptualize, plan as well as monitor the implementation closely. The entire scenario and the various possibilities have to be first charted out, decided and then the production happens accordingly. During post production the additions and modifications are added to add realistic imagery to the movie or video. The greatest advances that we are witnessing are the emergence of techniques involving augmented reality (AR), motion mapping and crowd simulation. SBL are pioneers in Vfx technologies offering solution for media & films, education, corporate sector etc. Talent and creativity along with cutting edge technology allows us to create magic out of pixels!

HOW PHOTO MANIPULATION INFLUENCE THE FASHION INDUSTRY

‘A picture is worth thousand words’- this is especially true in the fashion industry where impressions are everything. Making pictures say what you want them to say has now become possible through digital exertion. Photo manipulation is heavily used in the fashion industry where the final images simply have to look good and convey the right message. The demands on the models and the photographers are high and digital exertion comes in as a handy tool to ensure that these demands are met. Improving the picture through retouching, editing, masking etc. becomes easy with the latest and highly sophisticated photo manipulation tools available in the market. The range of options and flexibility provided by these image manipulating tools has improved over time.

Image editing software can be used for a variety of tasks such as – adding new elements, image retouching, adjusting colors, changing backgrounds and even for removing entire parts of a picture. The heavy use of these tools is easily visible in fashion magazines where almost 100% of the images are retouched. Earlier, the manipulated images could be identified, but not anymore. The coming of Photo shop and similar digital tools has made this affair flawless and viewers are unable to identify the modifications made. Fashion is all about visual communication and the images have to amaze, fascinate, and capture the imaginations of the viewers. Image editing is the vehicle that makes this a possibility by providing the technological capability to match the creativity of the user.

Integration of GIS and IOT

IOT can have a profound impact on the lives when integrated with GIS and this is definitely the way the world is moving. Linking products, devices, networks, objects and data opens up infinite possibilities. In the new paradigm of computing outside the desktop, the information and communication systems will become embedded in our environment and, unseen by us, will be transmitting and receiving information and communicating with a myriad of other devices, objects and networks. What were previously sensing devices used for gather information of GIS technologies will now evolve into ‘smart’ decision making and implementation systems. An example would be people-centric sensing where low cost sensing of the environment specifically localized to the user can be conducted.

When this capability builds it would be possible to provide solutions real time specific to the user needs based on the environment and context in which an event occurs. Data visualization and analysis will improve in leaps and bounds when integrating GIS with IOT. Predicting environmental changes and events will be enhanced by this union. The uses are varied and numerous, for e.g.- insurance companies can track driving behavior real time, supply chain management and inventory management can happen remotely, you can receive status updates from your home devices and control them while away. The implementation of this can also greatly impact waste management, urban planning, home automation, environmental monitoring and management and emergency response systems. To enable this, emerging technologies such as real-time localization, embedded sensors and near field communications also need to be developed simultaneously.

Security in IOT

IOT is definitely the grand future of technology. The fantasy of having your appliances and devices connected making them ‘smart’ has now become a reality. But at what cost? Imagine your appliances and devices, all constantly receiving and sending data and connected to the worldwide web. Doesn’t that also open them up to security infringements and hacks to anyone in the cyber world? Human faults and laxity can be misused by a skilled infiltrator to gain access to the networks and do as they please. We humans are usually careless and ignore the need for constant vigilance in the monitoring of networks. For a skilled infiltrator, it is quite easy to crack passwords, use network sniffers to analyze network traffic and even launch methods like man–in the middle (MITM) to attacks, Address resolution Protocol (ARP) manipulations etc. A weak module anywhere within the network can throw the network wide open for access for anyone from anywhere.

IOT poses a greater challenge than traditional networks as there are umpteen number of communication protocols and standards as well as varying device capabilities. The continued evolution of IOT will create increasing complexity of the networks as the security systems and standards need time to mature to cope with the expansion. At SBL, we are constantly improving our solutions to match the changing technology demands. The increased convenience provided by IOT should not blind us to the necessity of building capabilities in protecting our networks from hackers and attackers looking to infiltrate and access sensitive data.

Interface Designing For Branding

Interface design is a crucial aspect of delivering great user experience. But many companies overlook the importance of branding the interface. One company that does pay close attention to branding of the interface is Apple. If you are a fan of Apple products you know that there are certain distinctive visual elements and overall design aspects that remain common in many of its products. This goes a long way into reinforcing the key aspects of the brand such as quality, style and distinctiveness.

The branded interface tells your narrative in a subtle manner while creating amazing user experiences. What this does is to promote the brand awareness among customers and ties in well with the marketing strategy. The primary goal is not branding but to create great user experiences but you need to simultaneously weave in the brand awareness through the design. Branding takes effort -it means understanding the target market and their needs and wants. Once a thorough understanding has been gained you now have to identify what key aspects you want your brand to stand for and then create a persona. This work is best left to professionals, as going wrong here would doom your efforts even before you get started.

SBL offers interface branding and UI design solutions that deliver results. When it come to branding the key principle is to ‘do it right the first time’. When your brand and message is consistent and communicated through the interface design, carving out your niche in the market becomes an easier task.

Location-based virtual reality for immersive, multi-dimensional experiences

Location-based virtual reality has emerged as one of the fastest growing sectors in VR, which is creating experiences that blur the line between virtual and reality. Location-based virtual entertainment canters are offering more immersive, higher-end experiences through motion simulators, specialized sensory inputs, and custom accessories.

Location-based VR is perhaps the most relevant technology in the VR world and is expected to replace, or at least alter, indoor entertainment areas like theme parks, paintball, and laser combat fields, mall entertainment areas, etc. Gamers are looking for more immersive and interactive experiences than their own VR setup at home.

Several Location-based VR technology companies have raised considerable investment rounds in the first quarter of 2017 and more investment is likely to come. According to the latest studies, global virtual reality revenues will reach $7.17 billion by the end of this year and expecting a steady growth total close to $75 billion by 2021.

Location-based virtual reality will deliver immersive, multi-dimensional experiences, including entertainment content and games to multiplexes, malls and other commercial destinations.

Location based virtual reality is often the figment of one’s imagination brought to virtual life. In the gaming and entertainment sector, location based virtual reality have taken over almost every other technology.

Today, more and more location based virtual reality applications and games are making their ways in the market. Promoting this gaming concept to a whole new level is the integration of the revolutionizing technology into mobile devices such as smartphones, iPad’s and tablets which consistently make use of existing navigational systems to operate.

Image Restoration and Retouching

Image restoration and retouching services offers high quality output of the images which are moth eaten or which were taken in the past. This service helps you in retaining the quality of the image, thereby enabling you to keep your memories alive. Most of the photos taken in the past must have lost the quality. Through this service one can retain the quality of these images and can make it look more beautiful.

SBL has an expert image editing team who work for wide range of clients from different industries all over the world. The team has successfully completed several projects under image restoration and retouching. The team has experts in adding color tones, modifying contrasts and also in adding new back ground to the old images to make them look fresh and lively. SBL’s professional photo restoration / retouching artists repair your photos creating a perfect make over and reconstruction of your pictures according to the requirements to give a new look and feel for the same. The image restoration experts at SBL also work on album designing and image enhancement to give a touch of class to your pictures.

Image restoration and retouching technique is widely used and accepted all over the world. The images that were taken long back were hard copies as the technology was not this much developed. So most of these pictures might have blurred color or the background might look unimpressive and all. To make these pictures lively and fresh image restoration and retouching service is used. This gained popularity within a short span of time as it helps people to keep their memories alive. Many individuals and even companies depend on expert service providers in this field to give a new look to the images.

There are several small and big firms concentrating on this service as it has got an increase in demand. While you choose a service provider make sure that they have handled several projects in the same so as to meet the requirement. SBL, since its inception has successfully done several projects for wide range of clients from in and across India. An expert artist with keen knowledge about the technology can successfully complete the project within the given span of time. The service is also less expensive and the effect will last for years. The service helps you to keep your much loved moment pictures freshly with you for years and years.

Mine Management System A Spatial Approach

A vast pile of data will be created during mining activity from pre-exploration stage to closure and environmental impact assessment stage of the mining activity. Spatial data play a major role when compared to non-spatial data and documentation. So, a comprehensive mine management system is a necessary pre-requisite in this modern era of mining. Lease area boundary, various image data acquired during the mining activity in the form of raster data set and vector layers created out of those raster data set form part of the mining spatial data base.

This comprehensive management system helps different people in different ways. For a transport manager, it is all about gradient of the haul roads and hence fuel efficiency estimator. For a geologist, it is a data pool for lithological and structural data sets. For a mine engineer, this system is a project monitoring system which gives present status of mining. An environmentalist sees this system as a back-end information having temporal data sets for the environmental impact assessment.

What mine management system constitute is a web based application where all mine related spatial and linked non-spatial data sets are available. This will enable decision makers to view all related information to arrive at various decision making. Based on the requirement these spatial and allied non-spatial data can be on and off to do various analysis. There will be navigation tools in the portal to navigate the data sets and to do queries both spatial and well as text based. Hierarchical log in will facilitate the administrator to allow editing and other need based solutions. Complete data set in a single platform will enable managers to have information based decision in quick turnaround time.

Bridging the Gap between Traditional and Innovative approach to training in the digital world

One thing remains a constant in this ever changing, fast paced world – it is the need to upskill, crossskill and reinvent oneself to remain competitive and relevant. Organizations are investing on providing training solutions to their employees starting from: the basic Personality Development programs to all the way up to cutting edge technical courses and sales and marketing learning modules.

But how are these programs delivered in the current corporate world? Instructor Led Training programs or Classroom based sessions are a thing of the past. Technology enabled learning that provides an immersive and inclusive learning experience to employees is the game changer in the present day training scenario.

The employee on the go is able to attend a training program simply with his/her handheld, and a series of quizzes, simulations, games, tests, webcasts, podcasts ensure that the learning program is rich and assure knowledge retention.

While the basic training content is the same, the innovation lies in the delivery of the training content. With several useful digital communication and collaboration tools, an innovative style of delivery becomes a natural extension to training.

E-learning programs are cost effective as there are no infrastructure overheads and it can be delivered quickly allowing the employees the flexibility to access it from anywhere and refer to the content later as well. Additionally, it allows them to learn at their own pace without having to depend on instructors.

Professionally competent employees boost productivity and stay motivated and loyal to the organization, therefore there is reduced employee turnover.