In the first article, we established that data acquisition is important to any progressive development. More so, the essentiality of the where component of all acquired data was explained. Data acquisition companies play a critical role in the science of data acquisition, specifically in the maintenance of data standards and the capturing of new datasets. These standards ensure that their data is collected, stored, and processed consistently and reliably, making it usable for a wide range of applications.
In a bid to make these exclusive datasets more accessible to users and developers, companies with expertise in the use of modern technologies now offer data collection services.
Data acquisition or Data acquisition as service companies are enterprises that specialize in the collection, storage, and analysis of large amounts of data. These companies typically provide a wide range of services, including data management, data collection, data warehousing, and data analytics. They may also offer software and hardware solutions to help businesses and organizations collect, store, and analyze data effectively.
One of the key services offered by data acquisition companies is data management. This includes the organization, storage, and retrieval of data, as well as the ability to access and analyze data in real time. Data warehousing is another important service offered by these companies, which involves the collection and storage of large amounts of data in a central location. This allows businesses and organizations to access and analyze data from multiple sources in one place.
In addition to these services, data acquisition companies may also provide software and hardware solutions to help businesses and organizations collect, store, and analyze data. These solutions may include data management software, data warehousing software, and data analytics software, as well as data collection hardware such as sensors and cameras.
Data standards are established by organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These organizations work with experts in the field to develop guidelines and best practices for data collection, storage, and processing. Data acquisition companies, in turn, use these standards to inform the design and development of their products and services. For example, a data acquisition company may create a sensor that is designed to collect data on temperature and humidity. To ensure that the data collected by the sensor is accurate and reliable, the company may use standards established by the ISO or ANSI for temperature and humidity measurement. This ensures that the data collected by the sensor can be compared and used with other data collected by different sensors or systems that also adhere to the same standards.
Data acquisition companies also play a critical role in maintaining data standards. This includes ensuring that their products and services continue to adhere to established standards, as well as participating in the development and revision of standards as new technologies and applications emerge. This helps to ensure that data standards remain relevant and useful in a rapidly evolving technological landscape.
As data becomes increasingly valuable, there is a growing need to protect it from unauthorized access and misuse. Data acquisition companies use a variety of security measures to protect data, including encryption, firewalls, and access controls. They also implement privacy measures to ensure that data is only collected by applicable laws and regulations.
In addition to their role in the development and maintenance of data standards, data acquisition companies also play a critical role in the actual collection and processing of data. They provide the tools and equipment needed to collect data from a wide range of sources, including sensors, internet-enabled mobile devices, and other devices. They also provide software and services for processing and analyzing data, making it usable for a wide range of applications. For example, a data acquisition company may provide a sensor that can be used to collect data on air quality. The sensor may be placed in a factory or other industrial setting to monitor the levels of pollutants in the air. The data collected by the sensor can then be analyzed and used to identify sources of pollution, develop strategies to reduce emissions, and ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
In conclusion, data acquisition companies play a critical role in the science of data acquisition. They contribute to the development and maintenance of data standards, which ensures that data is collected, stored, and processed consistently and reliably. They also provide the tools and equipment needed to collect and process data, as well as implement security and privacy measures to protect data. Through their work, data acquisition companies enable organizations to make better use of data, gain insights and make informed decisions.
In recent years, technology has delivered innovations we probably never thought were possible. Time and again, several systems that revolutionize operations in age-old industries are pioneered. One of the sectors that have witnessed this massive advancement is the geospatial industry, with several companies becoming increasingly interested in location information, the powers of geographical technology, and its direct impact on their business performance. Notably, since location information can now be modelled in form of location-based systems to better understand customer targeting, smart cities, and security detailing, it has quickly become the bedrock for any valid development across all levels in business and city management. It is expected to wonder how Location-based systems as technology came into existence and how it works. In this article, we will demystify the term and explore its strengths as a novel technology.
For context, location-based systems are the platforms that ensure location data and spatial information derived through GIS are extended to end-users via the internet or wireless networks.
Location-based systems combine geospatial technologies and real-time location tracking to provide information about an individual or object’s instant position. The technology is efficient in providing targeted information in real-time based on the geographic location of the object of interest.
A deep dive into the Modus Operandi.
A true LBS application aims to provide personalised services to mobile users whose locations are in change. It delivers information on the current position using a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), geographic information system, and wireless communication technologies. Regarding its data, LBS receives data from various sources such as remote sensors, positioning systems, and transportation data sources. These data are often handled simultaneously and dynamically to give users the right information.
Moreover, the basic questions that LBS users are concerned about include: where am I currently? Where are the nearest locations of interest? How do I get to a location of interest? The questions may arise in different contexts, however, location-based technology attempts to solve them using a comprehensive data system. These questions are why individuals and groups now involve location-based systems in their day-to-day life to better achieve better results.
The increasing demand for LBS commercially has driven geo-information experts to focus on more accurate positioning solutions. These positioning solutions are modelled to connect users to points of interest and advise them on the current conditions such as traffic and weather conditions, and also provide routing and tracking information using wireless devices.
Location-based systems are perceived to be a closer technology to users. The technology gives users the chance to access real-time information about points of interest. However, LBS remains an impeccable extension of the exciting GIS technology. Although related, both GIS and LBS have different origins with a unique user community.
In functionality, Geographical Information Systems require extensive computing resources and possess the capability to satisfy a wide range of purposes in the spatial context. Whereas LBS was originated recently by the development of mobile devices and it is more favoured among individual users rather than professional organizations.
Location-based systems represent a real-world application of the endless potential of GIS. However, LBS is different from other traditional geographic information systems (GIS) and web mapping applications because it is aware of the context within which its users are currently, and can adapt the contents and presentation accordingly.
To make LBS work, several key components are required: a mobile device or internet-enabled device, positioning capabilities, a communication network, and a service provider. The positioning component relies solely on GIS technology, and it determines the current location of the user. GPS is often used and map matching algorithms are deployed to improve poor GPS accuracy in outdoor conditions while Wi-fi networks are employed to achieve increased accuracy in an indoor environment. Notably, visualization is the most integral part of an LBS. The chance to toggle between several layers of spatial data is what GIS technology offers in a Location-based system.
Overall, a Location-based system, even though has a strong GIS principle, does not capture everything GIS stands to represent. Rather, LBS effectively combines the spatial strength of GIS with communication technology to give several layers of location information. LBS has its origin in GIS and is an intersection of different technologies including GIS, mobile Internet, and telecommunication. So Geographical Information System is an inseparable part of Location-Based Services like Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and location-enabled Wi-Fi.
Today, location-based systems are utilized in several industries that include marketing, emergency, sports, augmented reality and many more. Notably, these industries have always utilized GIS to cater to the geospatial needs of their companies, and it will be of no surprise if several sectors integrate LBS to further boost their organization’s reach.
For any project, either intending or ongoing, data acquisition and data quality are vital to the final output. Notably, anyone can acquire data but highlighting the suitable parameters for acquisition, their consequent indicators, and the methodology that guarantees maximum precision remains the distinguishing factor in the context of the science of data acquisition. (more…)
Date: June 18th, 2022
Speaker: Kayode Alade, IoT and Embedded systems engineer
Topic: Tips on Building a successful career in Tech
In the last decade, the world has evolved to become more technology-driven. Individuals, businesses and countries now have more ties with technology than ever before. The merits of the tech-inclined world cannot be over-emphasized, and with the world needing more dynamic uses of technology, it becomes exciting to acquire the right skills that position one for the ongoing technology evolution.
Although the word has become a bit casual, ‘Tech’ is a far more dynamic word that embodies different career paths. However, the common denominator to all the career paths in tech is consistency. In an in-house session with the interns of Milsat Technologies Limited, Kayode Alade, an IoT and Embedded systems engineer at Milsat technologies speaks on ‘Tips to Building a successful career in Tech’.
Q. Kindly introduce yourself, Kayode
Ans. My name is Kayode Alade, an IoT engineer with a background in electronics design. These days, I’m more focused on building scalable devices for the cloud. In short, device-to-cloud communications. To begin with, I will like to drop a disclaimer, Tech is not a Ponzi scheme and you have to put in the work before anything, irrespective of the part you are focusing on.
Tech is not a Ponzi scheme
In today’s session, I will discuss four-pointers; from the technical aspects to the soft skills, networking and mentorship.
To begin with, I will love us to explore the technical aspect of tech. I for one don’t have an eye for design so I believe if I’m exploring the visuals (frontend, graphics or UI/UX), I might struggle without a high level of consistency. So as a prospect in the tech world, you have to profile yourself, and know your strength before you decide on which path to explore. You can easily surf the internet (introductory videos on Youtube) to know the skill requirement for each career path in tech, this will help you to arrive at a better decision.
In simple terms, your tech journey starts with your choice after proper research.
In acquiring the technical skills, you can go the route of certifications or choose to learn on your own. Although not so common in this part of the world, boot camps are a very good avenue to learn. However, as a person, I self-learned. Self-learning is the harder route, it takes a lot of consistency and can be stressful but it has become the most explored route in this part of the world. Once you identify the path you want to follow, you can use platforms like YouTube, Udemy, Coursera, Udacity and other platforms in existence.
When self-learning, be sure not to be caught up in the ‘tutorial web’, where you just keep watching videos without practising.
The best way to learn is to practice various problems that help you understand the logic you just learned. Document whatever you learn or use the ‘learning with the public’ approach where you share whatever you learn on Twitter, medium, LinkedIn or any social platform that can serve as a knowledge repository.
As important as your technical skills are, the soft skills you’re required to have as a tech person cannot be underrated. A principal soft skill is communication which sets the tone for your ability to seamlessly share your understanding of the problem and also connect with other like minds seamlessly. Networking is also very vital in Tech. It improves your chances of having a successful career massively as it becomes easier for people to recommend you. Your network is your net worth. When you tell people what you do, you become a possible resort for future considerations when there is a need for the skill. Also, get a mentor. Mentors are not to be bugged with all your technical problems but they can help you gain clarity over issues of complexities in your field when needed. Their experience can also set the tone for you to imbibe the best practices needed to be good.
Q. You started by saying ‘Tech is not a Ponzi scheme’, can you tell us more about that statement?
Ans. Well, it’s a social media age and we see the ‘tech bros’ on social media showing off their cars, workspaces and travels, it is easy to get carried away and expect a $3k equivalence in Naira after 6months. While nothing is impossible, there is a 99.9% chance of not getting there in 6months. You are required to put in the hard work that most people might not see. So the disclaimer is just to make you set realistic goals so you don’t end up being frustrated.
Q. You mentioned that you were previously focused on a different field before you moved into IoT. So what advice do you have for someone that is looking to transition from one path to another distinct in tech e.g. Frontend to Content marketing?
Ans. Before you transition, you have to go back to the basics. transitioning is similar to starting another cycle, the only edge is that you’re more familiar with algorithms, your strength and problem-solving. No matter the tech stack, you will have a product, you will have a target and a process.
When you are transitioning, it is important to network. Networking helps you get a first-hand experience from the “been there, done that” in that field of interest.
Q. “Tech is blood money”, Do you think money should be the push or what comment do you have on the statement?
Ans. I won’t lie to you, poverty is a major driver. However, no matter the field you exploring, tech or not, your passion to succeed supersedes all other factors. For me, poverty is a major driver because I have a very expensive taste and to keep up with my taste, I need to have money so it’s one of the things that keeps me going.
There is money in tech but you have to put in the work. The sweet part? Kunle from Ajegunle can be in his room working for a company in the US. I think passion is a driver when you start but sustaining the interest is often attached to the fear of being broke.
Q. I am super interested in learning different technologies (frontend, backend, data science and Artificial intelligence), what do you think it takes to be at the fore of these career paths?
Ans. Only, these whole stacks? This is a full team. My simple advice? Start with one first. At Milsat for example, we have various teams and their expert. But as an IoT engineer, I still have to access the backend to retrieve some information of interest for my devices. It is not my job, but I do know my way around it. To advise you, you have to pick one first and master it, I can assure you that it becomes easier to learn others. If you try to learn all at once, you will not master any of those roles.
Q. You mentioned leveraging social media as a developer and the use of the community. But I think social media can make people feel intimidated. What do you think can be done in this regard?
Ans. Well, it’s a chain. As of now, some social media users intimidate me, there are some others that I intimidate, and on and on the chain goals across both sides of the spectrum. As a developer and learner, you have to learn to sieve out the noise because there is no way you can completely block out the effect of these things. The only way intimidation can get to you is when you are without goals. At that moment, you can get carried away but when you snap back to reality, take it as fuel to become better.
Nobody is a complete embodiment of knowledge. When you see people posting on social media, it’s best to just extract the knowledge and stick to your passion. You can also take it as a point to network, ask questions for the poster and learn a thing or two.
Q. Is Tech for everybody?
Ans. It is important to correct the misconception that “tech is coding”, once that is out of the way, everyone can do tech. While there’s a part that requires coding, there are also other parts that do not require the slightest bit of coding such as Marketing, Auditing, Content creation and others.
Fit yourself into what you’re comfortable and capable of, you necessarily don’t need to “code” before you can start a successful career in Tech.
Conclusively, before you decide to begin any career in tech, ensure there’s a tangible, reasonable and standard answer to the question “why”.