Custom Software Development: The Works

Software applications that are designed and created especially for a certain user or group of users within an organization are products of custom software development. In contrast to the traditional software these software are designed to specifically address the needs of the organization. They are solely created for that group of people by a software company or a group of developers within the organization and are not sold to the market.

Traditional software are packaged software applications that are made available to everyone with different, but (at the same time) similar needs. Take for instance, Microsoft Excel is created and made for the public as a solution to everyone’s needs. However, it doesn’t cater to the needs that are specific to one organization compared to that of custom software.

Customized software development, on the other hand, involves the employment, development, and release of the software application to the organization. Take for example, an application designed for IBM will only be utilized by that company for which it is specifically designed. The software is created based on the company’s goals and implementation, thus it will only work for them.

Custom software development

Custom software development

The main advantage of the custom software is the mere fact that it’s able to provide features that traditional applications cannot. Creating an application according to the needs of the company will generate increased productivity among its workers. The cost of such development may be high but it can be offset by the assurance of increased efficiency. However, note that this should only be the course of action to take when the needs of the organization is unique and big enough to warrant for a customized software.

The downside of this application, however, is that it would require a significant amount of resources to create; thus, it comes with relatively high costs and risks. If the company designs to begin the software development, it needs to cover the costs associated with the development process. In conclusion, its cost would amount to a five-figure dollar range.

The risk that comes with developing customized software will differ according to the organization’s needs. The company must have an in-depth understanding of their organizational problems and how they want the software to address them. Note that identifying new problems during process is common, although it would only result to added costs since (more often than not) changes will be made; thus there is an increase need for time and effort.

Choosing a company that will develop the software for your company can be a very tedious and difficult task to do. Most of the small and large businesses need to look for small companies that will bid for the work, and then choose the company that will promise them a reasonable price and a high quality service. It is important to note that choosing a developer should never be about the money.  Instead, it should be about how flexible they are, their willingness to work with you, and how they will be able to give your company what it needs.

Bluebird POS: Convenient Retail Transactions

The Bluebird POS (point-of-sale) is developed to meet the needs of your business. Whether you own a food establishment, coffee shop, convenience store, or any retail type of business, this POS system is right for you.

Last January 11 to January 13, Bluebird has joined the yearly NRF show which was held in New York City. The event showcased handheld devices, mobile payment terminals, and new industry tablets. Bluebird is the only enterprise that manufactures devices that presents industrial mobile solutions; they have launched a wide range of product lineups to all the visitors of the event.

During the event, the enterprise has revealed new mobile solutions that will potentially aid business establishments to create customized in-aisle customer service that shoppers can also use in real time through the “Retail Experience Zone” settings, along with their business partners.

The activation of the “solution zone” is made through a joint promotion with the United States’ major partners in solutions; thereby promoting management of sales, payment through mobile, management of the store and warehouse, as well as the management of the logistics. This makes the different scenarios that occur in the retail industry a lot easier to solve and address.

The Bluebird POS enterprises has currently secured a customer recently and it is one of the large department stores in the US. The special achievement of their product attracted a lot of potential customers in the world retail market arena. This may be due to the credibility and durability of the products in one of the most competitive arena in the US market (considered to be the largest market in terms of industrial devices). Aside from that, the company has also gained a lot of revenue this year, increasing their profits to 30% compared to that of last year in various industrial distributors across the globe; they have also gained much from the financial, logistics, medical, manufacturing, and transportation industries.

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BlueBird Revel Coffee Shop POS.
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According to Lee Jang-won, the Chief Executive Officer of Bluebird enterprises, “Based on the experience and know-how to be the first to supply world’s first mobile POS terminals in major Korean department stores since 2003, Bluebird has been steadily targeting the North American  market which is known to be the heart of the our market today. The recent triumph of entering to the largest department stores in North America has been possible through customer-oriented products and specialized services through a competitive brand image. By creating a brand new value through total solutions, North America will become the door step in reaching out to the rest of the world’s retail market”.

Bluebird POS has been serving the business retail industry through mobile devices that capture data, payment and business tablets and other handheld devices. Through these devices, establishments can better help their customers through convenient and efficient interacting, acquiring data and managing their store operations at a distance, as well as receiving payments in a way that is comfortable for the customer.

The company is the first one in the world to produce and offer 3 kinds of products including barcode and RFID devices, printer equipped payment terminals, and business tablets.

Home Security today and tomorrow

A lot of revolutionary Home Security technologies were featured at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Alarm systems, facial recognition technology for households, car alarms, almost invisible security cameras, and many more.

For example, Welcome system by Netatmo, which is unique in that it recognizes the members of a household using facial recognition technology, and send alerts to a user’s mobile device to indicate when a person has been detected, indicating whether or not it recognizes them.

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The Netatmo Welcome, a home security camera that recognizes the people who live there (Photo: C.C. Weiss / Gizmag)

It may be easy to buy some new security gadget, but not so easy to install it properly. For this you need to call professionals.

When choosing your security system contractor, it’s important to follow FTC recommendations on how to detect scam.

Home security systems ensure protection of your home and family from theft and intruders, as well as disasters such as fire. They usually include placement of sensors around the house that will notify the home security companies’ personnel if there are any problems. One of the many advantages of having a home security alarm installed in the house is that most insurance companies will offer you discounted rates for insurance coverage. Some of the best home security companies that provide this system include ADT, Brinks Home Security, Ingrid Home Security, and Protect America.

ADT

ADT is one of the home security companies that offer various security options that include linking your system to your landline or cell phone. They also offer a wide variety of security plans, from simple home security alarms to fire detection. Aside from that, they also have video home surveillance option. Their basic security installation includes a wireless touchpad, 3 entry-point sensors, motion detector, and wireless keychain remote. You may also avail for additional security equipment; however, it may cost much. Their installation charge would cost you around $300; although they frequently offer rebates and special discounted rates. Their monthly fee is $42.99.

Brinks Home Security

Brinks Home Security system is a company that offers hard-wired security into your home; thus installation is absolutely necessary. Their basic plan includes installation of keypad, three sensors, motion detectors, interior siren, control panel, yard signs, and decals. This type of security plan requires automatic monthly or quarterly payments, depending on your preference. They will charge you with $31.99 monthly with an option to include carbon monoxide and fire detection features for an additional fee. This company provides optional warranty; however, if you decide to decline it, they won’t cover damages due to system malfunction. This security system would cost $155 for installation.

Ingrid Home Security System

Ingrid Home Security System will not require its subscribers a yearly contract. Instead, they offer them with several options, including a basic package of two keypads, 8 entry sensors, and a keychain remote. Aside from that, they also offer additional sensors, as well as extra equipment such as cameras and fire sensors for an additional cost. To reduce costs, you may choose to install the Ingrid Home Security System by yourself, and then just contact the company for the wireless activation of the sensors. Security equipment and installation would cost around $299.99 with a monthly fee of $29.99.

Protect America

Protect America has five various wireless packages depending on the size of your house and your need for security protection. Many homeowners choose this security system as they offer free installation and equipment. Each of their packages comes with talking control panels, internal sirens, door chimes, battery backup, one-button alarming, window decals, yard signs, as well as a lifetime warranty. However, additional equipment entails additional costs; these additional features include motion detectors, keychain remote controls, flood sensors, temperature sensors, and glass break detectors. Protect America requires their subscribers to pay monthly depending on the package they choose; monthly charges start at $29.95.

The Different Types of Industrial Doors

Industrial and fast action doors are commonly used in commercial spaces such as hotels, business offices, malls, restaurants, and hospital. They are referred to as “fast action” primarily because it is easy and convenient to use. Compared to residential doors, industrial doors are more durable and can withstand any level of use and any weather.

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Fast action doors. Image: heavy-stuff.com

Suppliers of industrial and fast action doors have created different types of doors depending on the purpose of its use, as well as the design of the building. They are classified according to what they are made up of: wood, steel, aluminum, glass, fiberglass, and overhead.

Wooden industrial doors consist of thin layers of wood veneer that is wrapped around a solid core. This core is made up of a particle board, solid lumber, as well as perlite and vermiculite. These types of industrial doors are usually used in the interior parts of a commercial building since exposing it to moisture during wet weather conditions may destroy the integrity of the wood itself. It is usually chosen because of its simple yet elegant appearance.

Steel industrial doors are made up of sheets of steel that are wrapped around a core. They are often referred to as “hollow” as they contain a foam insulation, honeycombed core, and a steel stiffener. These types of doors are the standard for most commercial buildings since they offer premium security and are very durable and very cost-effective. They are usually used in mechanical rooms or rooms that require heavy duty door applications.

Aluminum industrial doors are most commonly seen in the entrance of a commercial building. They are basically used because it gives out a clean and sleek look. Aside from that, it enables natural light to pass through the building. Some commercial buildings, on the other hand, choose this type of door primarily because it doesn’t require much maintenance since it doesn’t need to be painted or stained like those of steel and wooden doors. And while most commercial doors have steel frames, the frames of these doors are made up of aluminum; giving it a different look from other types.

Full glass industrial doors are usually seen in the interior parts of commercial buildings primarily because they are somewhat fragile. It also serves a decorative purpose as you can design it with paint or hang any decorative in it. Furthermore, it also allows large amounts of light to come in; making the building appear as though the place is an open space. These doors are usually made out from safety glass to reduce the risk of the door getting broken. They are usually hung on pivots and they may or may not have a frame.

Another durable and long-lasting option for commercial buildings is the fiberglass type of industrial doors. It is also time- and cost- efficient since it requires little to no maintenance and they usually outlast steel and wooden doors, especially during heavy use. Most schools use this type of doors to reduce the need to replace and to maintain costs during the long run. However, they are usually more expensive compared to the other types.

The last type of industrial doors is the overhead door. Overhead doors are actually made up of layers of steel. They are commonly seen at loading docks and factories to give way and allow for large objects to be brought inside the room. They are usually 8 to 10 feet in width; the height, on the other hand, varies depending on the available supply or the preference of the user. These doors are similar to a garage door as they coil up towards the ceiling; they can be operated manually or automatically.

Home Security Companies through Time

A number of home security companies claim that men (throughout history) have tried to devise an alarm system that would help make staying at their homes and communities safe not only from criminal attacks and theft but also from inevitable natural disasters. As a matter of fact, alarm systems started as drumbeats and horns that were manually operated by guards to warn the community of a problem. Later on, these systems became more refined with the use of smoke signals and colored rockets to determine difference between various warning alarms.

According to the DGA Security, a home security operator, the rise of home security companies has dated back to the late 18th century and the mid-19th century. In fact, one of the major inventions that actually led to the dawning of the modern home security alarm systems were said to be the invention of the battery in 1799, as well as the invention of the telegraph in 1841. A few years after the telegraph was invented, Dr. William Channing devised an early fire alarm system; this was around the same time when the first ever security alarm system was invented by Augustus Pope, a Unitarian Minister.

Although there were only a few changes from the systems, the start of the digital technology in 1970s paved the way to the usage of electrical circuits to operate home security alarms. An electrician named Moses Farmer developed the first circuits used in home alarm system. He also developed a circuit system that rings the bell which sounds the alarm. His circuit system has solved one of the major problems that were encountered with the earlier alarm systems.

According to the Guide 4 Home website, the initial alarm systems for home security are made up of an electrical circuit that runs around the door or the window frame which will then sound as soon as they are opened. The problem with these alarms, however, was that they stopped ringing as soon as the intruder has closed the door or the window; this makes it ineffective and easy to work around with for intruders who know the system.

Most, if not all, of the earlier home security alarm system were said and considered to be simple local alarms; that is, they can only warn the people who are within earshot. Some of the problems that were raised with these alarms were the need for the person to be just nearby and call emergency services. Another problem is that the people started to ignore these alarms as false alarms are becoming more frequent.

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Fire alarm system, 1930-s. Image: ibm.com

In 1871, track fire and burglar alarms were introduced as well as the idea of a monitoring center by E.A. Calahan. The primary goal of monitoring the alarms in one central office is to enable a faster response to alarms than that which is promised by a local alarm that is still being used up until the beginning of the 21st century. According to the DGA Security, the cost of home security alarms has greatly reduced through the development of a system by enabling a number of alarm systems to be monitored over 1 signal which allowed for multiple subscriptions to be monitored.

The DGA Security says that the development of the alarm systems for home security hasn’t changed at all up until the mid-20th century which was the time when digital technology enabled their improvement. The improvements that were brought about the age of technology have become so significant during those times primarily because anti-theft alarm systems had become very easy for intruders and burglars to bypass and immobilize. Today, our home security systems are so advanced that some can even detect even the slightest movement from an intruder.