In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m. The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19. The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):8:50 p.m.The Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, has been canceled following the stringent measures put in place during the virus outbreak. Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events. ___2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement. ___1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3. 1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak. 11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution. ___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April. The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2. Associated Press The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said. The qualifying tournaments for Africa and for Asia and Oceania have already been held, with 96 boxers qualifying for Tokyo in those events. Several more boxers qualified on the third day of competition in London, including British flyweight Galal Yafai.The IOC Boxing Task Force is working on a plan to award the remaining Olympic spots in May and June. In all, 286 boxers will compete in Tokyo.The IOC appointed a task force to govern boxing for the upcoming Olympics after stripping the International Boxing Association (AIBA) of its Olympic authority last June following a series of governance problems with the scandal-plagued organization.___7:10 p.m. ___4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet. USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California.7:25 p.m.The third regional Olympic boxing qualification tournament has been suspended after three days of competition.The 11-day London event was suspended Monday night after a day of fan-free competition. The IOC Boxing Task Force also suspended the remaining two Olympic qualification tournaments, scheduled for Buenos Aires later this month and for Paris in May.The London qualifier had participants from more than 60 countries, and organizers decided to shut it down to allow the boxers to return home amid growing worldwide travel restrictions. March 16, 2020 The Jockey Club says the horse racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool, from April 2-4 will not take place.The British government has said emergency services are being withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings in the country from Tuesday, so the Jockey Club “has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage” the Grand National Festival.Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, says “we were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but … this is not a viable option.” ___4:10 p.m. “We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all. The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid. Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___ The Latest: Grand National steeplechase canceled John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___ 12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled. ___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later. BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m. With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000. The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___ Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people.Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice.Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America. ___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.” The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak. ___2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely. The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsLuke Mori scored in extra time to lift the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 3-2 victory over Surrey’s Enver Creek in the final of the Halloween Classic High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament Saturday in Summerland.Mori’s goal was not from the ordinary column as the Bomber senior used some of his creative magic to spark the Bombers to victory.“(Luke) drilled a low shot that rebounded off the post and came out only to hit their keeper and go into the net,” said Bomber assistant coach Chris Richards, holding down the sidelines for skipper Keith Williams who was unable to make the trip.“From there it was just a matter of containing as much pressure as we could for the last five minutes,” Richards added. “We soaked up that pressure and our keeper (Andrew Woodward) did not even get tested.”LVR opened the tournament Friday by stopping Kelowna Secondary Owls 3-0. Mori, Erik Norberg and Sean Hickson scored first-half markers as the Bombers jumped all over the Okanagan side.The second half was a completely different story as the Owls pushed to try to get back into the game.LVR then shutout St Ann’s of Kamloops 2-0. Mori and Norberg scored for LVR.The Bombers then advanced to the final with a heart-stopping shootout victory over Guilford Park of Surrey. Despite owning most of the game, it was Guilford Park opening the scoring in the second half.The Lower Mainland squad kept the Bombers off the scoreboard until with only seconds left in the game Norberg scored to send the contest into shootout. In dot-shots, Woodward was outstanding for LVR, stopping four of six shots to preserve the win.The victory should rejuvenate the Bomber players after the squad finished out of the medals during a tournament earlier this season in Chilliwack. The Bombers are preparing to meet Mt Baker Wild of Cranbrook in the Kootenay High School Boy’s Soccer Championships later this month in the East Kootenay City.The winner represents the zone at the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Championships November 25-27 at the Burnaby Lake Sport [email protected]
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016)–In just her fourth career mount, apprentice Rosie Higgins, who was raised on a farm in eastern Ohio, broke her maiden in Thursday’s second race at Santa Anita aboard Blue Law, who appropriately enough, broke from the rail and was assigned the number “one” in the track’s program.With her husband, Hall of Fame jockey, Kent Desormeaux, looking on in civilian attire, Higgins sat a close second at the rail to pacesetter Gavination around the far turn and took command turning for home to win by three lengths while covering 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.46.“It was awesome,” said Higgins, 31, in the Winner’s Circle. “I was a little worried there for a moment, I just didn’t want him (Tiago Pereira, aboard Gavination) to close the door, but we were able to get through. I just said ‘Come on sweetie,’ and we got through just fine. Hopefully, it helps my career a little bit. I understand that I’m new. I know I’m still green and I know how trainers feel, because I’ve been in their position. Hopefully, it helps and I keep moving up.”Trained by Bob Hess, Jr., and the 6-5 favorite in a field of eight older maidens in for a $20,000 claiming tag, Blue Law paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.60.“This was her third time riding for me,” said Hess, who legged Higgins up for a fourth place finish on Blue Law on Jan. 23. “She’s very patient and is very mindful of doing things right, of doing what is right by the horse. She’s got great balance and she’s totally in to what she’s doing. This is great.”A ten pound apprentice, Higgins, according to California racing rules, will remain an apprentice jockey for a period of one year from the date of her fifth winner, or when she wins her 40th race, whichever comes later.Although Higgins is now some 5,711 wins behind him, Desormeaux said that immediately following the race, he received a text message that read “Congratulations, Mr. Higgins.”
Launched in 2014, the Queen’s Young Leaders programme honours young people across the Commonwealth who are contributing to the improvement of their societies. Two South Africans were among those who received awards this year at Buckingham Palace. Two South Africans, Lethabo Ashleigh Letube and Jessica Dewhurst, join the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders on 23 June 2016 at Buckingham Palace. (Image: Queen’s Young Leaders)Priya PitamberImagine flying to London to receive an award from Queen Elizabeth II. That is what happened to two young South African women, who were each awarded at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Young Leaders 2016. Lethabo Ashleigh Letube and Jessica Dewhurst were honoured for the work they do.The ceremony took place on 23 June 2016 where leadership and good work were recognised. The awards are aimed at young people between the ages of 18 to 29 across the Commonwealth who are making a change for the better in their communities.In attendance were, among others, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, former English soccer star David Beckham, and former British prime minister John Major.“You have already been an inspiration to so many; but I hope this award will inspire you to go out and achieve even greater things in the future, empowered by the network of leaders you now sit amongst,” said Prince Harry to the honourees at the ceremony.Beckham said he was thrilled “to be here once again to help Her Majesty the Queen in congratulating a new group of inspiring young leaders”. He was looking forward to following the progress of the class of 2016. “I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot of this year’s exceptional group of young people as they continue to make lasting change in their communities.”Congratulations to all 60 of the #QueensYoungLeaders on your awards; an incredible achievement! pic.twitter.com/vIv1rMqefk— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 23, 2016“Winners of this prestigious award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their award from Her Majesty the Queen,” reads the website. “With this support, award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.”Representing South AfricaLetube grew up in the Langa township in Cape Town and works with Project Playground, which provides a safe space for children to go after school. It offers engaging activities and meals.She is also the chairwoman of a violence and crime prevention programme called Great Corner Lugna Gatna, according to the Queen’s Young Leaders website. Through the programme, young people are able to attend classes that empower them to turn their lives around from drug and alcohol abuse.“I always try to lead by example and motivate young people in the right way,” said Letube. “My motto is ‘you’re never a failure up until you give up.’”Today she is flying off to UK to receive her Award! @uLeighmeigh @QueensLeaders #YouthDay2016 pic.twitter.com/SISljiEIrv— ProjectPlayground SA (@ProjPlaySA) June 16, 2016Watch Letube speak about the palace and the training received in the UK:Proud to see our @uLeighmeigh speak about us at Buckingham Palace! #PPG #greatcornerlugnagatan #youthdevelopment https://t.co/zkMhFKqmcJ— ProjectPlayground SA (@ProjPlaySA) June 27, 2016Lethabo Letube talks about how the coaching on the @LeadingChangeUC course has helped her #QueensYoungLeaders pic.twitter.com/qOQv3UCboG— Queens Young Leaders (@QueensLeaders) June 22, 2016Being selected as a Queen’s Young Leader was a dream come true, said 24-year-old Dewhurst. She described the Queen as “incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about all of her young leaders and the work we do”.The Queen, she said, was genuinely interested and passionate about her and her work. “I could hardly believe that at 90 she was still so engaged and excited to support us in building sustainable and transformational organisations across the Commonwealth, but she most definitely was.”At 15, Dewhurst began volunteering at NGO camps to support refugees, children living with HIV/Aids and victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. By the age of 18, she had become the youth co-ordinator for the Edmund Rice Network for South Africa, training young people to start community-based projects.In 2013, she started the Social Justice and Advocacy Desk for South Central Africa, which offers skills courses to help young people find jobs, offers training and mentorships, and knowledge about human rights.“Being a Queen’s Young Leader means a lifelong commitment to my fellow person,” Dewhurst said. “And the promise that as a global force we will continue to work tirelessly to make the world a better place.”It was also about empowering young leaders to actively be the change makers in their society, while inspiring others to be the very same, she said. “Through this programme I have had the opportunity to learn so much, expand my skill set and bring that knowledge and experience into our context of South Central Africa.”Our #QueensYoungLeaders photos have been released! What a dream and honour to belong to this life-changing movement. pic.twitter.com/gSPM0TN7rl— Jessica Dewhurst (@JessDewhurstSA) July 4, 2016See this interview with Dewhurst:Sneak preview of tomorrow’s vlog as @PointlessBlog speaks to @JessDewhurstSA about her #QueensYoungLeaders project pic.twitter.com/ghv2irKu2C— Queens Young Leaders (@QueensLeaders) June 23, 2016Her focus now is on the continued expansion of the organisation to specialise and offer the best service possible to beneficiaries.SupportSouth African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu supports the Queen’s Young Leaders programme.“I believe young people are especially empowered and impassioned to change our world for the better,” he said.“The Queen’s Young Leaders programme celebrates, rewards and supports young people throughout the Commonwealth. I urge young South Africans and their peers across the Commonwealth to apply for the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Let’s discover inspirational young people together.”Applications for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders are now open. Click here for more information.
Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart homes#smart yachts#top Follow the Puck The Internet of Things (IoT) is now widely used in advanced business spheres, like vehicle manufacturing, machine maintenance, retail business, and more. According to the latest research data, the number of IoT connected devices, which made up ∼4.9 million things in 2015, reached ∼3.9 billion in 2016.See also: With some many choices, how do you pick an IoT platform?Concerning AR, Statista predicts at least three various scenarios of AR/VR growth, but they all forecast the economic impact amounting ∼$29.5 billion in 2020. Having reached the decision of developing your own IoT/AR software, you need to get heads up about the pitfalls of starting this new business solution development.What are the key development challenges?The obstacles that should be taken into account before engaging a developer should include:Unclear business benefitsInsufficient fundingHow complicated is the solutionSecurity concernsImplementation difficultiesPotential lack of supportNevertheless, the latest statistics on the number of the internet-connected devices and the AR technology in various spheres shows that a business owner is a targeted consumer for the outputs. This gives extra room for the IoT and AR initiatives.With reference to the latest Cisco’s survey, only 26% of IoT projects considered as successful by their developers, whereas more than 50% reach the jumping-off place at the strategy crafting stage. One of the key AR challenges is to correlate virtual data with the real environment, which can turn even a leading vendor to a mediocre player. For this very reason, it’s critically important to have an idea of technology development nuances. Two notable IoT/AR use casesIn the context of solving the task, below are the two living examples of successful solutions to take into account while initiating your own development project.One idea was to develop a highly customizable system allowing to manage numerous connected devices in smart buildings/yachts. The solution allowed for managing a chain of devices, including surveillance cameras — change the angles, zoom in/out, and so on — lighting, media systems, smart locks, and more via an Android-based mobile app. This led to essential energy and budget economy. The product is now being enhanced by integrating more smart devices into the system. A similar solution may be implemented in any smart home, hotel, or yacht to introduce automation and analysis to the existing infrastructure. The second idea was to develop a mobile app compatible with numerous platforms, which would let clients maintain complex industrial equipment single-handedly. Afterward, each of the required equipment part scenes is supplied with a step-by-step guide by means of animated, drag-and-drop 3D objects, such as a nut, a screwdriver, etc. The system also allows to include text information, as well as images and videos in the instructions. Finally, the app’s user gets the complete instructions by simply pointing the device’s camera at the equipment that needs repair. A similar solution may be applicable to any industrial enterprise, healthcare organization, or any other vertical which requires urgent fixes and updates. The bottom lineDespite the fact that IoT/AR software development demands sufficient material inputs and a well-thought-out plan for further implementation, there is more behind it. Industrial sensors, manufacturing machines connected to the internet, in-store analysis devices, workspace controlling devices are already in requisition.Often, each of the connected IoT devices uses its own protocol and needs to be competently and securely combined into a single net for analyzing and visualizing information. An IoT solution itself usually encompasses sensors, devices, gateways, databases, and end-user applications, and may be integrated with AR solutions for maximum efficiency. The quantity of IoT and AR applications is skyrocketing and the above examples are a living proof of the system’s effectiveness in different business spheres. Related Posts Yuliya Gudkova Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
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Chelsea set their price for Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are demanding big money from Bayern Munich to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi.The Mirror says Chelsea have told Bayern to stump up £40million if they want to sign Hudson-Odoi.The German giants are believed to have had a bid of £20m rejected after being impressed by the 18-year-old.The Stamford Bridge club appear ready to sell the teenager – but not on the cheap.Hudson-Odoi was promised first team opportunities this season but has found playing time limited under Maurizio Sarri. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say