RESPEC Wins ACEC National Award for Innovative Eastern South Dakota Flood Information System

Big Sioux River Flood Information System project Receives Praise

RAPID CITY, S.D. (PRWEB) December 03, 2020

When RESPEC provided the state of South Dakota with the Big Sioux River Flood Information System (BSRFIS), we did not expect to win an award. We did what we always do: focused on the client’s needs, community improvement, and the residents’ safety. The BSRFIS advanced through local and state award stages to receive a national Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

In 2014, a flood revealed shortcomings in available data and modeling that prevented state and local authorities from responding appropriately. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SD DENR) realized the need for a predictive model and comprehensive flood-mapping system.

RESPEC led the team that created the BSRFIS. We designed the BSRFIS so that observed and forecasted meteorological data fed into a basin-wide hydrologic model. When

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Making the workplace safer with innovative covid-19-fighting solutions

As businesses of all sizes welcome a fearful and anxious workforce back to the office, they are simultaneously challenged with ensuring a safe work environment. The stark reality facing business owners still navigating the covid-19 pandemic is the diligence required to limit infectious spread. 

Corporations are taking note: plexiglass barriers, clearly marked walkways, and hand-sanitizing stations are now as commonplace as paper clips and ergonomic chairs. Although such measures can mitigate the risk of infection, management teams will be challenged to properly sanitize the workplace without jeopardizing human health or affecting employee productivity while also facing agency and government regulations. 

Many business owners are finding solutions by partnering with innovative organizations like J Ferg Global, an industry leader in infection control, risk mitigation, and revenue restoration. “Our mission is to help organizations and their stakeholders get back on their feet with health and safety as a top priority,” says CEO

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Innovative Business Models Emerging from Digitalization in Generators, Global, 2020

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Investment in digital technologies is booming across all industries, including power generation.This research aims to identify the generators industry’s current use and future decision-making trends toward digital transformation.

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A recent study found that 99% of businesses are at a particular digital transformation stage.Technologies such as data accessibility and gathering, remote monitoring, and predictive maintenance are digital transformation examples impacting the generators industry.

This report tracks the industry’s transformation and seeks to identify future opportunities to use digital technologies further. The analyst is confident that digital solutions offer great promise for new business models, expanded access, improved outcomes and efficiency, and, ultimately, more significant value to all stakeholders. The study predictions apply to the global generators market. The analyst predicts digital transformation in the energy industry to evolve from an IT industry offering primarily billing systems and services

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The Washington Post’s brand studio adds immersive audio to its suite of innovative storytelling capabilities

WP BrandStudio has launched a new immersive audio experience, expanding its storytelling capabilities for brands. With this approach to audio, the studio is focused on building memorable and distinguishing campaigns for the travel and hospitality industry that go beyond establishing visual identities to add emotional value and connection. Working with VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, the studio has created an interactive audio experience called “The Sounds of Florida.”


“Americans are investing more of their time with audio, listening an average of nearly four hours each day. We continue to explore immersive storytelling formats, just like The Post newsroom, to help elevate a brand’s message and drive engagement with that growing population,” said Denise Burrell-Stinson, Head of WP BrandStudio. “For those craving a getaway or planning a visit to Florida, the program for VISIT FLORIDA showcases the state’s rich culture and views and puts the power in readers’

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2022 Genesis GV70 will debut with innovative biometrics and rear-seat detection technology

It seems the 2022 Genesis GV70 will offer more than just unprecedented luxury and good looks. According to the Korean Car Blog, the newest GV70 will feature an in-vehicle fingerprint-activated biometrics system and a new rear-seat detection radar sensor.

The Santa Fe SUV was among the first Hyundai vehicles to get in-vehicle fingerprint scanners, but the new system in the Genesis GV70 can do more than open the door or start the engine. The fingerprint sensor is located under the Start/Stop button and allows you to pay for fuel and parking via Genesis CarPay, and you can do it all without repeatedly entering confusing passwords.

It also functions in Valet Mode by hiding your phonebook and home address from the infotainment display. And since your biometric data is linked to the vehicle’s settings, you can open the door using the Genesis Connected App and start the engine using fingerprint

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Apple Watch Series 7 To Have Innovative Features, Upgraded Design, Insider Says

Apple’s next update to the highly successful Apple Watch is expected next Fall, and according to Ming-Chi Kuo from TFI Securities, it’s going to be a big update inside and out.

MORE FROM FORBESApple Reveals Its Highly-Anticipated Apple Watch Upgrade Is Almost Here

In a new research note seen by Joe Rossignol at MacRumors, Kuo hints that 2021 will be a big year for Apple Watch. It seems that sales of the current flagship, Apple Watch Series 6 and the surprise mid-range model, Apple Watch SE have been brisk and so next year will be the time for an all-new look.

That’s certainly on schedule: the first three years of Apple Watch models all had an identical design.

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Innovative FinTech Startup Powers Mobile Engagement for Emerging Markets with 8×8

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform provider, today announced that OKO, a provider of index insurance and other farming-related services to smallholder farmers in emerging countries, has selected 8×8 to transform communications with farmers across Africa, dramatically improving service delivery and providing enhanced customer experiences via the 8×8 Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) Chat Apps API.

OKO provides effective, affordable crop insurance to farmers in emerging markets by using new technologies in satellite imagery and weather forecasting to simplify and automate the claim management process, making crop insurance accessible to thousands of smallholder farms. Serving the agricultural community across Africa, OKO was using SMS to communicate and engage with farmers for purchasing crop insurance and sharing valuable information, such as weather updates, to minimise crop damage. However, SMS communication was often limited and ineffective due to the low literacy rate of farmers.

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Crowd Point Reinvents Influencer Search and Discovery Landscape with Innovative New AI Technology Platform

CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Crowd Point is a self-service, influencer campaign building solution designed to leverage the power of AI to eliminate the need for traditional influencer search and discovery tools. 

The Crowd Point Influencer Campaign Builder (ICB) uses high-level data science and Artificial Intelligence to build influencer marketing campaigns in real time that deliver an unprecedented level of target audience accuracy.

“We reverse-engineer the process,” says Crowd Point Co-Founder and COO, Adam Robbins. “By starting with the total number of followers or desired budget of your campaign, our platform builds a customized roster of niche and micro-influencers whose audience aggregately meets your specific demographic and psychographic objectives. We have effectively eliminated the need to exhaustively search through influencer databases.”

The easy to use platform was designed specifically for brands and agencies. It seamlessly walks users through an automated series of questions that build a targeted

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Give the Gift of Connection this Festive Season with PAPALOOK’s Innovative High-quality Webcams

As one of the world’s top webcam providers with the industry-leading sensor and AI technology, PAPALOOK’s full-HD 1080P webcams are perfect for live streaming, video conferencing and online content creation. PAPALOOK’s top recommendations for the holiday season include PAPALOOK AF925, PA452, and PA552 webcams, which are also available in Staples stores.

As one of PAPALOOK’s best sellers, the PAPALOOK AF925 HD 1080p webcam is ideal for powering beautiful moments and recording video content online. Equipped with a full-HD glass lens for stunning clarity and detail, the AF925 enables users to make widescreen calls, as well as record and stream true-to-life HD 1080p video at 30fps. With fast, accurate auto-focus and automatic low-light compensation, users can also enjoy razor-sharp high-definition recording in every environment. The webcam also features a fold-and-go design, 360-degree swivel.

Meanwhile, the PA452 webcam delivers smooth, true-to-life HD 1080p video at 30fps for face-to-face Skype or Zoom chatting,

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2021 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards to Recognize Science Educators’ Innovative Uses of Data-Collection Technology

BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The call for applications for the 2021 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards is now open for science and STEM educators nationwide. This annual awards program from Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) will recognize a total of seven educators—one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator. Each award winner will receive $5,500 in prizes for their innovative use of data-collection technology.

“For 18 years, we have partnered with NSTA on this awards program which epitomizes—and celebrates—innovation and creativity in science instruction,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “This year especially, we are eager to highlight the many ways science educators have used data-collection technology to effectively engage students in scientific learning, in many cases while teaching remotely. We look forward to sharing these best practices and recognizing deserving

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