Today we announced the Dell Technologies IoT Solution | Surveillance here at VMworld. This solution represents our ability to pull together technology capabilities and expertise from across the organization to deliver amazing solutions for our customers. We define ‘solution’ as two or more products or services from different Dell Technologies companies integrated with additional IP or engineering investments.This solution lays the foundation for our computer vision strategy which integrates traditional video with IoT and other technologies to ‘see’ more than ever before. Finally, this solution creates new linkages between three important customer organizations. It enables operational technology (OT) from the world of facilities and security organizations and the resiliency of the IT world to coexist in a single solution. It is a pre-integrated, lab-validated engineered solution that is flexible both in technology adoption and pricing, allowing for customization.This solution required us to work together across organizational boundaries, geographic boundaries, and to bridge the hardware / software divide. Mike comes from VMware, based in the Bay Area, and led the engineering team that delivered this solution. Mike drew heavily on his experience engineering working with Dell EMC VXRail, a fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance. From this experience, Mike learned that customers want solutions that deliver flexibility, ease of deployment, low cost of ownership and are simple to manage.Ken Mills is from the Dell EMC organization and lives across the country in Charlotte, NC. Ken has been a thought leader in Surveillance for years and is now the General Manager of this business, leading sales, marketing and solution engineering in this space. Ken has a history of driving start-up products within large organizations and as Geoffrey Moore says, has been in the belly of the whale – and survived. Ken brings the voice of the customer, a deep knowledge of the surveillance space, and a reminder that when we sometimes get caught up in the beauty of the technology, we need to remember the fundamental customer challenges we are working to solve. In the surveillance space, our customers care about protecting what matters and keeping the world safe.In order to do this, our customers need to know they can rely on the technology they are using and that is has been validated to work. It is not just about having enough hard drive space to store the video, it is also about the performance and reliability of the system to allow our customers to find and analyze their video as quickly and reliably as possible. Surveillance is moving to the datacenter and Dell Technologies is ensuring our customers have the best solutions from the edge to the core to the cloud.This experience of developing and launching a Dell Technologies solution has deepened some internal relationships – the connective tissue in a large organization. It’s given us some new muscles to build solutions in other market spaces. And it’s given our customers more technology choices to meet the challenges and opportunities in their own industries. Stay tuned for what’s next from Dell Technologies!This post is co-authored by Mike McDonough.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The role that race should play in deciding who gets priority for the COVID-19 vaccine has been put to the test in Oregon. But people of color won’t be the specific focus in the next phase of the state’s rollout. An advisory committee decided Thursday to prioritize those with chronic medical conditions, essential workers and others. But the debate shows a growing commitment to put racial equity at the heart of the nation’s mass vaccination campaign as COVID-19 disproportionally affects people of color. Experts say 18 states included ways to measure equity in their original vaccine distribution plans last fall and more have likely done so since the shots started arriving.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ has topped Golden Globe nominations with 6 nods, while Netflix dominates.
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have charged the elderly secretary of the former commandant of Stutthof with 10,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations that she was part of the apparatus that helped the Nazi concentration camp function. The 95-year-old also faces an unspecified number of counts of accessory to attempted murder for her service at the camp between June 1943 and April 1945, said Peter Mueller-Rakow, spokesman for prosecutors in the northern town of Itzehoe, on Friday. No trial date has been set.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That’s according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.
If that special someone has yet to text you back, don’t panic. It’s probably just a problem with the cell phone service. Students using AT&T and Verizon — the two main service providers on campus — have recently experienced problems due to increased capacity, Steven Ellis, director of Integrated Communication Services, said. “We really do care. We feel your pain and pass it on to [the cell phone service providers] as best we can,” Ellis said. AT&T and Verizon account for 90 percent of cell use on campus and both have experienced problems this year as they adjust to increases in traffic. AT&T saw their use double since last year and Verizon has experienced a significant increase as well, Ellis said. “Imagine all the cars on campus. If next year the number of cars doubled, it would have an impact,” he said. “People would want parking garages. Both Verizon and AT&T have had to add capacity.” AT&T has had more trouble than Verizon and is preparing to provide a new frequency on campus. The new frequency is expected to greatly improve service, but will not be available for a few more months. On-campus cell phone service is mainly provided by small antennas placed around campus, Ellis said. The University contracted with a company called NextG to construct these small antennas and to place them so that they provided optimal coverage while remaining out of sight. Ellis said the University made sure the antennas did not affect the aesthetics of campus and went to extra lengths to keep the antennas camouflaged and out of view. After these small antennas were constructed, they were made available to service providers. AT&T signed on first, followed by Verizon, and recently Sprint. T-Mobile expressed no interest in using the antennae and relies on off-campus towers, Ellis said. Aside from problems adjusting to increased traffic, there are also “in building” problems, which include certain buildings or areas where service is inconsistent or lacking, Ellis said. These problems arise because the small antennas are less effective at penetrating buildings and new construction changes the arrangement of buildings on campus. “The new frequency should help with this, but it is something we’ll continue to work on,” he said. “We are in the process of identifying any buildings the new frequency might not reach.” As a possible solution to “in building” issues, Ellis offered the option of using devices called femto cells, which can be placed by a window and provide supplementary service for an area a bit bigger than a dorm room. These devices are offered by both Verizon and AT&T, he said. After installing femto cells in dorm rooms, there is a waiting period, which AT&T says takes up to 90 minutes. But Ellis said in his experience, it can take up to four or five hours. “The installation process is onerous, burdensome and difficult to do, but it is an option,” he said.
The Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) Academic Technologies Lab (AT Lab) is helping to bring the latest technologies to both the students and classrooms of Notre Dame. “A lot of what we do is learning about new and upcoming technologies and seeing how we can apply them toward education,” Jessica Choi, coordinator of the open house, said. The AT Lab hosted an open house Friday to introduce some of the technologies available for use by the University. The lab displayed several of its current projects, including small motion-sensing computers, panoramic imager robotic mounts (the GigaPan) and the Amazon Kindle. Choi said AT Lab employees follow the latest technology news and conduct research to identify potential projects. “We do a lot of testing, and then once we think it’s appropriate, then it becomes a full-launch project toward education,” she said. “Testing can vary depending on the technology. For a lot of our eReaders, we see if we can implement that. Instead of buying textbooks, we can use a Kindle.” One of the AT Lab’s most successful projects was researching iTunes U, an application that enables educators to distribute video, audio and books, Choi said. Several University departments utilized iTunes U to distribute course and promotional material. Choi said if a technology is approved for campus-wide use, the lab’s employees recommend it to faculty members that might benefit from it. “We’re working with the architecture department a lot with the GigaPan because it takes 3-D panoramic photos,” she said. Freshman Joey Copp said the Microsoft Surface program, a computing platform that enables users to manipulate digital content by touch, would be especially helpful in a biochemistry classroom because it can project a 3-D representation of a protein structure. “I actually think that … if you attach it to a projector … this would be really helpful in my [biochemistry] class right now,” Copp said. Students and faculty are encouraged to visit the AT Lab, and they can borrow some of the Lab’s technology such as microphones to record class lectures. Choi said the Lab is continuing to discover which cutting-edge technologies would be most useful to the campus. “Our current projects that are still in their initiation phases are the Siftables, Apple TV [and] Kindle,” Choi said. “We’re still working a lot with GigaPan, and the Kinect is something that’s just been initiated.”
Her residents battled skunk odor and dressed up like shepherds for her. She struggled with cancer, but she was always put her residents’ struggles before her own. And now Amy de la Torre, former Cavanaugh Hall rector and adjunct Spanish instructor, will be missed across campus, but especially among the past and current women of her dorm. De la Torre, who served as the Cavanaugh Hall rector from 2005 to 2011, passed away Thursday after a struggle with cancer. 2006 graduate Elizabeth Callahan served as a resident assistant (RA) during de la Torre’s first year as a rector in the dorm, and she returned to work as an assistant rector (AR) with de la Torre from 2007 to 2009 while earning her law degree. “The smaller things, I remember the most,” she said. “When the RAs do rounds, Amy always walked around and did rounds with them. That’s how she got to know [her residents]. She wasn’t just walking to walk. She would stop and talk. We would talk about TV, we would talk about classes, we would talk about boyfriends, we would talk about careers. “She gave great advice, and I think the girls really respected that.” Callahan remembered de la Torre as a good listener with a quick sense of humor. “She took the job really seriously, but she didn’t take herself seriously,” she said. “Being a rector, there are some things you have to laugh at.” When a skunk sprayed de la Torre’s chocolate lab Jackson on a late-night walk, Callahan said she remembered the rector laughing and wrangling the 90-pound dog in a shower stall and scrubbing the smell out with some of her residents. “That shows how much they loved her,” Callahan said with a laugh. De la Torre established the Christmas pageant that has since become a dorm tradition during Callahan’s senior year. The hall residents perform the pageant, penned by de la Torre, every year for a group of local elementary students and children living at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “Every year, she had to rewrite it because more people wanted to join,” Callahan said. “We had more shepherds and angels, and the shepherds were more chatty. … She was always so excited about it that all the other girls bought into it.” 2011 graduate Holly Hinz also remembered the flurry of activity and excitement around the Christmas pageant. “She would always have a lot of fun with it, but she would also make sure we did it right because there were all these people coming,” Hinz said. Hinz became an RA during her senior year not only because she wanted to work on hall stuff, but also because she wanted to work with de la Torre. De la Torre retired at the end of Hinz’s junior year, but she said the dorm community the former rector established lived on. “She kind of just seemed like a mother away from home,” Hinz said. “When I came to Notre Dame, I really bought into this idea of your dorm being your home. I know of assumed all dorms were like that, but I think Cavanaugh had an especially strong feeling of that. That’s because of Amy.” Hinz said de la Torre said the Divine Mercy in the Cavanaugh Hall chapel every Friday afternoon. The collection of girls in prayer was always an eclectic one, she said, because de la Torre would grab whoever she found in the hallway and bring them along with her to the chapel. “She always had a really impressive faith,” Hinz said. Current senior and RA Meredith Kugar said the dorm will pray the Divine Mercy in the Chapel this afternoon and then visit the Grotto together in de la Torre’s memory. After they heard the news of the former rector’s death, a small group lit candles at the Grotto for her Thursday night as well. Kugar’s class entered Cavanaugh Hall as freshmen during de la Torre’s last year as rector. “From the very beginning, it was so apparent that everyone in the dorm loved her,” Kugar said. “The three grades above us were speaking so unanimously, saying, ‘We love her.’ That word was used so much to describe her. For a dorm of over 200 girls to pretty much unanimously love their rector, that’s special. “I think the love that everyone had for her, she gave that right back to everyone in Cavanaugh.” During that year, 2011 graduate Celia Johns was also an RA. When Johns was in trouble during her sophomore year, she said she was nervous to work with her rector, but she said de la Torre supported her as more than a disciplinary figure during that time. “It wasn’t just like she wanted to enforce those rules,” Johns said. “She asked about what else was going on in my life. “My interaction with that was so transforming, and when I was an RA, I took so much of that with me, the way she was able to handle problems and help people through problems without losing sight of who they were as a person, recognizing people for more than just the actions they had done.” When she became an RA, Johns said she worried again about the effect that incident would have on her chances to be hired for the job. “[Amy] said, ‘I’m hiring for who you are now, not who you used to be,” she said. “And that was really powerful that someone I admired so much was giving me permission to move on with my life.” Brian Coughlin, associate vice president for student affairs, said a funeral will be held for de la Torre in Florida, where her father lives. She has three children, two of whom are both Notre Dame graduates. “I know that the women in Cavanaugh absolutely adored her,” he said. 2011 graduate Melissa Truitt, another former RA in Cavanaugh, echoed Coughlin’s sentiments. “She’s pretty much the reason I got involved with my dorm community to the extent that I did,” she said. Truitt described hearing the news of de la Torre’s death as “just overwhelming sadness.” “She was such an amazing woman,” she said. “No matter who you were, you knew Amy cared about you.” Contact Megan Doyle at email@example.com
As the Notre Dame community anticipates the football team’s upcoming appearance in the national championship game, freshman Noelle Langmack reflects on her family’s connection to the man who originally brought the University’s football program to prominence: Knute Rockne. Langmack’s great-grandfather, Holger C. Langmack, a professor of physical education at Springfield College in Mass., wrote the first book on football conditioning in 1925 with help from the legendary Fighting Irish coach. Scott Langmack, Noelle’s father, said his grandfather’s work was unprecedented at the time. “He was really interested in … how physical fitness can reduce the injuries that people incurred in football a lot at the time and improve performance,” Scott said, “because in the early days … there wasn’t a lot of padding and the helmets were pretty sparse.” Holger and Rockne were both immigrants from Scandanavia and taught together during the summers at Springfield College. Scott said the two men’s philosophies about physical fitness complemented each other. “[Holger’s] interest in both minimizing injury and improving performance aligned a lot with Knute Rockne’s of course because of Knute’s beliefs, and [Rockne] was well known as someone who believed in a disciplined physical fitness program in order to develop a really strong team,” Scott said. Noelle said she was unaware of her family’s connection to Rockne before she chose to attend the University. “I was between USC and here and somehow, I remember when I visited this campus, it felt like home,” Noelle said. “I remember this summer, I heard my dad mention this connection to Rockne and started to realize that at the University, Rockne is quite idolized as a leadership character and a coach. It’s interesting to hear things about him and be able to say … that I have a connection to someone so special to the University.” Scott said he stumbled upon his grandfather’s book about eight years ago but did not understand the importance of the connection until his daughter became a Domer. Noelle said she looked up the book in the Hesburgh Library catalog and found that the school has a copy in the rare books collection. “[The book] sure looks old,” Scott Langmack said. “It’s funny how they looked in 1925.” Noelle Langmack said she is honored that her great-grandfather could have had an impact on Notre Dame’s early football success. “The fact that this was developed for the Knute Rockne program, the program that put Notre Dame in the spotlight at the time as a powerhouse for football and a dynasty – there has to be something about this different kind of conditioning that … probably contributed to the strength of the team and the amount of amazing seasons that they had,” she said.
On Feb. 21, the Social Justice in American Medicine Club (SJAM) will screen a film outlining the various workings of the American health care system, one of the key aspects of the club’s focus. The Frontline documentary, “Sick Around America,” explores the intricacies of the health care system prior to the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in March 2010. “The documentary presents the viewer with several different cases in which our health care system has succeeded or failed,” sophomore SJAM member Kathleen Anthony said. The club aims to approach the new health care system with a nonpartisan view, and Anthony said she hopes the movie watch will present students with a chance to examine the impending changes to health care in the next few years. At its biweekly meetings, the members of SJAM focus on analyzing social and political rights issues of patients in today’s health care system, Anthony said. “We promote growth in our members through education, discussion and advice from our senior members and doctors,” she said. Anthony said the club attracts not just members who are interested in a career in health care, but also those interested in public policy, social justice, service and morality. “The club is interdisciplinary in nature, and we hope to continue to broaden our appeal by working with different majors to gain different perspective on pertinent issues,” she said. Although many members of the club are pursuing careers in medical and political fields, SJAM also boasts economics and philosophy majors who are avid members. “I joined the club because my knowledge of the American health care system was limited, and I didn’t understand the great need that exists in our country for health care,” Anthony said. The club’s mission has fostered growth in all of its members, Anthony said, specifically in their striving to greater serving the community. “Our club helps us to understand what it is we can do to serve the sick, needy and vulnerable in our society,” she said. “It produces informed, driven and compassionate individuals who can make a difference in the health care system.” Anthony said she hopes the club’s members will effect change in their various fields through their knowledge of the inner workings of the health care system. “We promote growth in our members through education and discussions,” Anthony said. “Through service in the South Bend community, we act upon our beliefs and serve.” SJAM meets every other Thursday at 8 p.m. in the LaFortune Student Center. “Sick Around America” will be screened this Thursday at 8 p.m. in 136 DeBartolo Hall.