Web advances force staff retention dilemma on HR

first_img Comments are closed. Web advances force staff retention dilemma on HROn 14 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The Internet revolution will mean HR departments have to face up to massive organisational change as well as further problems recruiting and retaining staff.Philip Evans, senior vice-president of Boston Consulting Group, claims the Internet has forced manufacturers such as Ford to consider abandoning making cars because of the way the Internet has revolutionised the relationship between client and company.Evans told the CBI conference last week that the new generation of Internet search programmes, which allow customers to scan information using computerised checklists to filterinformation, has meant traditional car sellers are facing customers with more specialist knowledge than they have.And in the same way as people are able to use complex search engines and information processing tools to buy goods and services, talented IT employees are now able to use job-search programmes and their own knowledge networks to find work on a freelance basis.”Many of these companies have personnel departments, which work out competency frameworks for their employees and plan how they could progress their careers – but most of them have already done this for themselves.”Consequently, HR departments have had to work harder and harder to recruit and retain the staff their companies need, he said.By Richard Staineslast_img read more

Extreme Miniaturization to Navigate without GPS

first_img Unavailability of GPS would be inconvenient for drivers on the road, but could be disastrous for military missions. DARPA is working to protect against such a scenario, and an emerging solution is much smaller than the navigation instruments in today’s defense systems. The U.S. Military relies on the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) to aid air, land and sea navigation. Like the GPS units in many automobiles today, a simple receiver and some processing power is all that is needed for accurate navigation. But, what if the GPS satellites suddenly became unavailable due to malfunction, enemy action or simple interference, such as driving into a tunnel? “Both the structural layer of the sensors and the integrated package are made of silica,” said Andrei Shkel, DARPA program manager. “The hardness and the high-performance material properties of silica make it the material of choice for integrating all of these devices into a miniature package. The resulting TIMU is small enough and should be robust enough for applications (when GPS is unavailable or limited for a short period of time) such as personnel tracking, handheld navigation, small diameter munitions and small airborne platforms.” By Dialogo May 03, 2013 Three pieces of information are needed to navigate between known points ‘A’ and ‘B’ with precision: orientation, acceleration and time. This new chip integrates state-of-the-art devices that can measure all three simultaneously. This elegant design is accomplished through new fabrication processes in high-quality materials for multi-layered, packaged inertial sensors and a timing unit, all in a tiny 10 cubic millimeter package. Each of the six micro fabricated layers of the TIMU is only 50 microns thick, approximately the thickness of a human hair. Each layer has a different function, akin to floors in a building. DARPA researchers at the University of Michigan have made significant progress with a timing & inertial measurement unit (TIMU) that contains everything needed to aid navigation when GPS is temporarily unavailable. The single chip TIMU prototype contains a six axis IMU (three gyroscopes and three accelerometers) and integrates a highly-accurate master clock into a single miniature system, smaller than the size of a penny. This chip integrates breakthrough devices (clocks, gyroscopes and accelerometers), materials and designs from DARPA’s Micro-Technology for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (Micro-PNT) program. The goal of the Micro-Technology for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (Micro-PNT) program is to develop technology for self-contained, chip-scale inertial navigation and precision guidance. Other recent breakthroughs from Micro-PNT include new micro fabrication methods and materials for inertial sensors.last_img read more

England’s Sri Lanka tour rescheduled for January 2021 says SLC CEO

first_img(REUTERS) – England’s two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for January next year, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva has said.England were scheduled to play tests in Galle and Colombo in March before the coronavirus outbreak shut down sport worldwide as countries introduced lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the virus.“We are in the process of rescheduling the tours that have been postponed,” De Silva told Sri Lankan newspaper Daily News. “England has been already rescheduled for the month of January next year but the dates have not been finalised.“At the same time we are also looking at exploring the possibility of rescheduling postponed tours and looking at the windows which are available and alternatives too.“South Africa is one of the tours which we are looking at rescheduling. We are engaged in discussions with the member countries and see how it can be planned out.”South Africa’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka — three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games — was scheduled to take place in June before it was postponed.“There are also two other tours which are scheduled to take place with India and Bangladesh due to tour Sri Lanka in June-July and July-August respectively,” De Silva added.“We will explore the possibility of playing those two tours in another week or two.”last_img read more