For avid skiers and general outdoor aficionados, the 2021 winter season is far from typical. Aside from the usual factors that compose the planning of a ski trip, adventurers this season are also dealing with navigating capped ticket sales, reduced lift capacity, and limited lodging options. Larger nationwide policies that restrict cross-state travel also pose barriers to making long-term plans. For passionate skiers, these hardships are still worth the exhilaration of spending a day whizzing down the slopes and enjoying beautiful winter landscapes. However, as with other aspects of our modern society, technology can play a role in ameliorating some portion of this uncertainty. Most modern mountain resorts have infrastructure presently implemented to enable the pre-purchase of tickets through the website and access to the chairlifts via rechargeable passes. Using real-time data on the movement of skiers, provided by this existing technology, and integrating it with a dynamic trail map can offer solutions to view statistics efficiently from any handheld device. Not only is this useful to visitors, but it also helps with planning for resort administrators.
After a grueling 2020-year, marked by tremendous human and economic loss, the world has high expectations for the efficacy of the new COVID-19 vaccines. While much public attention was given to the vetting and trial process which was expedited to provide a timely release of the vaccine, the actual distribution of the drug might prove to be equally challenging. Not only does maintaining the extreme cold-chain pose logistical problems, but ensuring the distribution of the vaccine across rural communities is essential, not to mention the delivery of the drug to less developed countries. Pharmaceutical companies and central governments are not novices at this process, commonly working together to provide yearly flu vaccines to our communities. However, the magnitude and urgency of the COVID-19 vaccination process is entirely unprecedented. It will require precise oversight to ensure a seamless network from the laboratories manufacturing the drug to the local centers that will be administering the vaccine, along with the distribution of the necessary auxiliary products required for the final administration to patients. This is no small undertaking. Specialists have been constructing plans and reinforcing supply chain networks in preparation for this task. Throughout the process, the system tracks and monitors all steps from the laboratories implanting the vaccines into individual vials to the international supply chains. The entire network is interconnected, often linking the steps with a common denominator so that each vial is accounted for and tracked to its final destination. The use of advanced IT solutions in interactive world maps can help analyze supply chains to enhance efficiency and detect limitations before they cause problems.
The European Union is at a crossroads and the course it charts for the UK will have vast consequences for the region with repercussions throughout the world. As global economies are tightly connected, the decisions made in one region impact countries around the world, in particular when new policies involve commerce. The imminent departure of the UK from the European Union, scheduled to take effect on December 31st, is particularly pronounced given the weight of the UK in terms of GDP within the Union and considering that London is one of the major financial hubs of the world. Early negotiations between the UK and the European Union were thorny but further hindered by the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation on which the early negotiations were based shifted during the outbreak and many of these talking points also needed to be readjusted. While 2020 and the aftermath in terms of human loss and economic retraction are complicated to calculate, tools to help predict the trajectories in social and economic terms can be helpful in making sound decisions. As the information serves to forecast the future, models need to be flexible to account for variations. Yet as integral as the data is to the model, it is also important to integrate tools to review and analyze the data. When looking at the myriad of factors that play into the UK’s departure from the E.U., interactive maps and dynamic charts assist in examining outcomes and presenting such information to the population as well as politicians handling the negotiation terms.
The United States is engaging in perhaps one of the most consequential elections of modern history, one which will mark the course of policy both nationally and internationally for years to come. Despite divisions within the nation and polarized views on a wide spectrum of issues, there is some consensus among the population on the importance of getting out the vote. The complexities involved in interpreting polling data and presenting results in real-time have been compounded by the restrictions imposed by the ongoing pandemic. Election maps will be featured throughout most media outlets as an effective method to interpret live election data for general viewers as well as more custom solutions to dichotomize results by geographic regions and specific data groups. This comes into play in the interpretation of the early voting results across particular segments of the population, which can serve as harbingers of tendencies within the overall vote. In particular, the results of the rural vote in certain Midwest states were determinant in the sway of the 2016 election. Some of these principles may hold true in the 2020 election and custom election maps play a useful role in extrapolating these cases from the live data feeds.
Questions abound regarding the rationale behind opening schools in the United States and as with most high-level decisions in 2020, the topic has become profoundly politicized. Part of the challenge surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is the balance of prioritizing public safety while promoting economic prosperity. These two elements are often juxtaposed with one another and a medium ground is questioned by individual interests. It is hard for the economy to thrive if society is closed and it is hard to keep people safe if society is open. In this blog article, we will take a look at ways in which dynamic maps can be introduced in the discussion and what role technology can play in making informed policy decisions related to education in the US.