President of Ireland Michael Higgins gave a stirring address on technology and society. Androulla Kaminara of European Commission talked about sustainability goals, Paul Cunningham of the International Information Management Corporation chaired a brilliant conference and doing great work focused on co-design, Greg Adamson (IEEE SSIT President), and panel speakers from Intel, BT, IBM, Ericsson provided excellent industry representation.
SMART SEMINAR: Gorkha 2015 Earthquake: Impacts on Resilience of Communities and Infrastructure
PRESENTER: Dr Sean Wilkinson Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering School of Engineering and Geosciences Newcastle University, UK WHERE: 6.105 WHEN: 10:30am, Thursday, 5th November 2015 RSVP: 5pm, Wednesday, 44th November 2015 to email@example.com TOPIC The Gorkha earthquake caused more than 9,000 fatalities and significant damage to unreinforced masonry, historic structures and temples. While the earthquake generated less-than-expected destruction around the urban metropolis of Kathmandu, it was particularly notable for its impacts on remote mountain communities due to landslides and rock falls. Due to their remoteness, these communities constitute a socioeconomically vulnerable group in a country that is still in early stages of development and so the resulting earthquake impacts on these communities were disproportionately high. This seminar will present some case study information on how earthquakes affect infrastructure and how this impacts on communities as well as focuses on the event's impacts to these remote mountain settlements. It will argue that the risk of earthquake-induced landslides in these regions is underappreciated and that there is a need to address this risk specifically in mitigation plans in Nepal and elsewhere.
BIO Sean Wilkinson is a senior lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University in the UK who specialises in the resilience of critical infrastructure. He is the immediate past chairman of the UK-based Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team and committee member of the Society of Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics. Sean gained his PhD in Australia in 1997 in the area of earthquake engineering and has also practiced as a structural engineer in both Australia and in Indonesia. He is currently sponsored by the UK research councils to assess the resilience of the future electricity transmission system of the UK under future climatic conditions and is also developing models to assess the vulnerability of water networks to third party network failures. Other work includes conducting reconnaissance missions to areas that have recently experienced earthquakes to try and understand how buildings and infrastructure respond to these events and the impact that failure of these systems has on communities.
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Dr. Katina Michael of the University of Wollongong, told OmniChannel Media that “Lloyds Bank revealed recently in a study they made last month in the UK, where they found that 28% of consumers there are willing to make payments using wearable devices, including watches and wristbands in the next ten years,”. Michael is an associate professor at the University of Wollongong’s School of Information Systems and Technology, and the editor in chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine.
She believes that the trend to apparel based contactless payment could well be taken up with enthusiasm in Australia.
“I think it’s an interesting question,” Michael said. “Australian studies are showing that locals are going contactless, using different kinds of form factors and are using touch and go systems,” Michaels adds: “How much would it stretch the consumer to consider an e-payment system with a similar embedded device either in the cuff or collar.”
Still, Michael explains, there are troublesome issues, like security, that impact the consumer’s confidence with this kind of innovation. Since the technology was never designed for security devices it can be hacked, killed, cloned, and identities stolen and all of this can be done so remotely and discreetly. “What we are doing by introducing yet another form factor is increasing the vector for fraud.”
Michael notes that the Apple watch take up in Australia has been significant and predicts that as much as one-third of the country’s consumers could move to contactless payment. “But I would say the vast majority [of shoppers] would use their common sense and would not invest or expose them to more security risk.”