Energy from Outer Space


Energy from outer space

It may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but is actually closer to reality than you may think.  Find out how researchers are boldly going where no watt has gone before.

Where the sun always shines

Solar radiation is the most promising form of space-based power. While a growing solar energy industry already exists, outsourcing to space could help solve a lot of issues. Land-based solar power is limited by night, cloud cover and the atmosphere. In space, the sun never goes away.

Solar panels in space would be attached to orbiting satellites or stationed on the moon. The electricity generated would be transformed to microwaves or lasers and sent wirelessly to earth, where it would be converted back to electricity.

This cosmic energy connection may seem a little far out, but the United States, China, India and Japan all have solar-based power projects in development.

Landing on the moon

The moon is another potential energy resource, Helium-3, an isotope found in abundance on the lunar surface, may one day help generate electricity using nuclear fusion technology. Unlike nuclear fission, which splits an atom, nuclear fusion combines the nuclei of multiple atoms to produce energy.

Nuclear fusion using Helium-3 has the potential to generate electricity with little waste and virtually no radiation. However, researchers still have to fine-tune the nuclear fusion process and find a way to economically mine, transport and refine Helium-3 for use in nuclear reactors.

VMware AirWatch

VMware AirWatch

The workforce’s transition into the new mobile era of technology has been a rocky one, learning to incorporate secure mobile devices and manage content from anywhere or across multiple devices. To alleviate the difficulties of molding a mobile workforce, VMware created AirWatch, an enterprise mobility management platformthat integrates with your company’s existing systems and allows you to easily manage all of your users’ devices from one central location.

Our VMware Premier Partner status authorizes us to provide AirWatch with extensive training and certifications around VMware solutions. We can help you take that next step to managing your mobile workers, keeping them connected to the office on any type of operating system or device, and ensuring that you can reduce the stress of managing multiple platforms for a large amount of users.

VMware AirWatch Enterprise Management Platform

How does it work? The enterprise mobility management platform offers several key solutions to secure and optimize your organization’s device management capabilities, including:

  • Workspace Management
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Mobile Application Management
  • Mobile Content Management
  • Mobile Email Management
  • Mobile Browsing Management

In order to ease your migration, our VMware specialists can help you integrate AirWatch seamlessly into your work environment and provide the proper training to effectively manage the console going forward. With easy device enrollment, customer profiles, application management, email integration and more, you can provide the security and supervision your organization needs without straining your department’s resources.

More Information

To learn more about managing multiple devices and migrating your users to mobile applications with AirWatch by VMware, contact our team of specialists by clicking the button below.


WPC: Cloud solution provider firms amped on Microsoft strategy

WPC: Cloud solution provider firms amped on Microsoft strategy

In sync with strategy

Adam Hartfield a software asset manager (SAM) at En Pointe Technologies, a PCM Company, with headquarters in Gardena, Calif., said his company is in sync with Microsoft’s cloud-first, mobile-first strategy. “It plays into what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re trying to give customers an experience where it’s no longer about hardware or software. We’re encompassing all services and trying to reach into all levels of an organization,” he said.

Hartfield dives in to show customers how they can save on IT costs and empower their organizations with better business intelligence.

He was particularly interested in Nadella’s announcement of Project GigJam for a more connected, more available and more social workforce in the collaboration and productivity space. “I was astounded by the demo. Looking at it from my perspective, I work with a number of people on projects or on the managed services side; this will cut things down and make it so much easier to work with others,” Hartfield said.

GigJam offers a spontaneous way to get the bits and pieces of a project divided and worked on, as well as a way to track the work parts and complete project.

“It doesn’t matter where you are or on what device. You can collaborate anytime, which is fantastic,” Hartfield said.

Microsoft described GigJam as transforming business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people.

Jack Dillman, a national Microsoft business development manager with PC Connection, a national solutions provider, was happy to hear that the Windows 10 design is more user friendly, harking back to Windows 7. “That’s important to customers from what we hear,” he said. “Microsoft’s hologram technology was unbelievable and is unmatched by anyone else in the industry,” he added.

ZAG Technical Services is a West Coast system integrator in the small and medium-sized business and enterprise space. Greg Gatzke, president of ZAG Technical Services, said he is looking at which model of Microsoft’s tiered Cloud Solution Provider program makes sense for the company.

The 1-Tier model allows partners to sell Microsoft cloud services directly to their customers. The 2-Tier model is for partners who sell Microsoft cloud services through distribution partners, according to the vendor. The 2-Tier program helps partners manage customer support such as provisioning, billing, management and support. CSP distributors in the U.S. include Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Synnex, Intermedia and AppRiver.  In Canada, Cloud Solution Provider distributors include Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Synnex, Ceryx and SherWeb.

Gatzke noted that the 1-Tier program would provide more revenue, but involves more requirements than the 2-Tier program.

“There are more requirements on being a 1-Tier and my goal is to learn what they are,” he said.

Other technology rollouts

During Day One at WPC 2015, Microsoft executives debuted the Cortana Analytics Suite, which the company described as a fully managed and comprehensive set of services to transform data into intelligent action. Microsoft also announced the availability of Office 365 E5 later this year.

According to Microsoft, some new capabilities in the next version of Office 365 include Skype for Businessservices for real-time communication, such as Cloud PBX and PSTN Conferencing; analytics features, such as Power BI Pro and Delve Organizational Analytics; and advanced security features, such as eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Data Loss Protection and Safe Attachments.


AirWatch – Definition


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An enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile device management (MDM) provider that offers solutions for handling the management of mobile devices, applications and mobile content in the enterprise.
AirWatch competes in the mobile device management market with other MDM companies such as Citrix Systems (Xenprise), Perimeter, SAP Sybase, IBM (Fiberlink), Oracle (Bitzer), Continuum and MobileIron. Founded in 2003, AirWatch was recently acquired by VMware in January 2014 for $1.54 billion.

FEMA Wireless Emerg. Alert Info

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Wireless Emergency Alert Capable Logo

1.Why are Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) important to me?
Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without the need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

2.What are WEA messages?
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier.

3.What types of alerts will I receive?

  • Extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area
  • AMBER Alerts
  • Presidential Alerts during a national emergencyAd Council,, and FEMA sponsored picture of the wireless emergency alert on iOS

4.What does a WEA message look like?
WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.  Wireless Emergency Alert web banner (Spanish) – 70 KB

5.How will I know the difference between WEA and a regular text message?
WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.

6.What types of WEA messages will the National Weather Service (NWS) send?

  • Tsunami Warnings
  • Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
  • Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings

7.What are AMBER Alerts?
AMBER Alerts are urgent bulletins issued in the most serious child-abduction cases. The America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry.

8.Who will send WEAs to issue AMBER Alerts?
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), in coordination with State and local public safety officials, sends out AMBER Wireless Emergency Alerts through IPAWS.

9.What should I do when I receive a WEA message?
Follow any action advised by the message. Seek more details from local media or authorities.

10.Will I receive a WEA message if I’m visiting an area where I don’t live, or outside the area where my phone is registered?
Yes, if you have a WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program. (More than 100 carriers, including all of the largest carriers, do.)

11.What if I travel into a threat area after a WEA message is already sent?
If you travel into a threat area after an alert is first sent, your WEA-capable device will receive the message when you enter the area.

12.When will I start receiving WEA messages?
It depends. WEA capabilities were available beginning in April 2012, but many mobile devices, especially older ones, are not WEA-capable. When you buy a new mobile device, it probably will be able to receive WEA messages.

13.Is this the same service public safety agencies have asked the public to register for?

No but they are complementary. Local agencies may have asked you to sign up to receive telephone calls, text messages, or emails. Those messages often include specific details about a critical event. WEAs are very short messages designed to get your attention in a critical situation. They may not give all the details you receive from other notification services.

14.Will I be charged for receiving WEA messages?
No. This service is offered for free by wireless carriers. WEA messages will not count towards texting limits on your wireless plan.

15.Does WEA know where I am? Is it tracking me?
No. Just like emergency weather alerts you see on local TV, WEAs are broadcast from area cell towers to mobile devices in the area. Every WEA-capable phone within range receives the message, just like TV that shows the emergency weather alert. WEA, like the TV station, doesn’t know exactly who is tuned in.

16.Will a WEA message interrupt my phone conversations?
No, the alert will be delayed until you finish your call.

17.How often will I receive WEA messages?
You may get very few WEA messages, or you may receive frequent messages when conditions change during an emergency. The number of messages depends on the number of imminent threats to life or property in your area.

18.If, during an emergency, I can’t make or receive calls or text messages due to network congestion, will I still be able to receive a WEA message?
Yes, WEA messages are not affected by network congestion.

19.What if I don’t want to receive WEA messages?
You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages. To opt out, adjust settings on your mobile device.

20.How will I receive alerts if I don’t have a WEA-capable device?
WEA is only one of the ways you receive emergency alerts. Other sources include NOAA Weather Radio, news broadcasts, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV programs, outdoor sirens, internet services, and other alerting methods offered by local and state public safety agencies.

AirWatch – more about what they do

Our Solutions AirWatch® is the global leader in enterprise-grade mobility solutions across every industry, every device and every size deployment. AirWatch deploys, secures, monitors and manages Android™, Apple® iOS, Mac® OS X, BlackBerry®, Symbian™, Windows Mobile® and Windows® Phone devices. Our scalable solution grows with your organization, integrates with existing enterprise systems and allows you to manage all devices, regardless of type, platform or ownership, from one central console.   

  Mobile Content Management AirWatch allows organizations to secure document distribution and mobile access to corporate content anytime, anywhere with AirWatch® Secure Content Locker™. Companies can store corporate documents, email attachments and more in a secure container and protect sensitive les with user authentication, le encryption, geofencing, sharing limitations and of ine viewing restrictions. 
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) AirWatch provides unprecedented choice over the types of devices that companies can deploy without compromising security. AirWatch supports corporate-owned, employee-owned and shared devices, with the ability to centrally manage all devices and protect users’ privacy.