Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 8 (JIS):Measures being implemented by Government should see a reduction in the number of Jamaicans, who receive welfare support, over the next two years.The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is introducing a $600 million welfare-to-work programme for some 2,000 beneficiaries of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).The initiative will be carried out under the Steps-To-Work programme, which targets working age members of families on PATH, providing them with training and on-the-job experience to enable them to seek and retain employment. “Looking ahead, the Steps-to-Work Programme will support the Ministry’s graduation strategy, which will see some 1,000 PATH families (or about 2,000 individuals) participating in the phased implementation of a welfare-to-work programme,” explained Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier.He was speaking recently at the official closing ceremony for the 2014 Steps-to-Work summer camp held at the Chestervale Youth Camp in Eco Village, St. Andrew.A total of 111 at-risk youth from PATH beneficiary households island-wide, received skills and development training at this year’s camp.The camp provided an opportunity for school dropouts to develop literacy and job skills to re-enter the school system or seek employment.Minister Kellier said that the Steps-to-Work Programme is about graduating people from welfare to well-being. “PATH and Steps-to-Work are important elements of the National Social Protection Strategy, and are recognition of the powerful outcome that is possible when the country invests in human capital,” Minister Kellier said. Recommended for you Related Items:jamaica, ministry of labour and social security, path Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill
Google announces Floor Plan app for venue owners Explore further They now have a smartphone app that uses the Earth’s magnetic field to help people—in businesses and developers—that can help people tell exactly where they are. It can provide smartphone users a way to make use of indoor maps and can also provide developers with a toolbox for positioning-focused applications.They authored a paper, “Ambient magnetic field-based indoor location technology – Bringing the compass to the next level,” that explains their notion that the earth’s magnetic field is not only a useful factor for animals but also for true navigation for modern-day applications. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Finland team uses Earth’s magnetic field for phone indoor positioning system (2012, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-finland-team-earth-magnetic-field.html “Some animals, such as spiny lobsters, are not only able to detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field, they can even sense their true position relative to their destination. This means these particular animals are able to derive positional information from local cues that arise from the local anomalies of the Earth’s magnetic field.” Likewise, they said, modern buildings with reinforced concrete and steel structures have unique, spatially-varying ambient magnetic fields that can be used for positioning, though on a far smaller spatial scale. They said that each building, floor and corridor creates a distinct magnetic field disturbance that can be measured to identify a location and generate a map.“In principle, a non-uniform ambient magnetic field produces different magnetic observations, depending on the path taken through it. In IndoorAtlas’ location technology, anomalies (fluctuations) of ambient magnetic fields are utilized in indoor positioning.” Dr.Janne Haverinen, the head of the project, said both what they know about magnetic fields and what they saw in the smartphone marketplace combined to drive their product development. “When iPhone and Android phones arrived with built-in compasses, we realized that we could develop an innovative indoor navigation solution by applying our digital signal-processing expertise,” said Haverinen. As such, New Scientist points out the interesting feature of this technology: Compasses don’t normally work inside buildings because metallic structures disturb the Earth’s magnetic field, while IndoorAtlas can make use of these disturbances to create a unique map within each building. (Phys.org) — Finland-based engineers have worked up a novel approach toward an indoor positioning system (IPS) inspired by the way certain animals–from homing pigeons to spiny lobsters–navigate their way with the help of cues that arise from local anomalies of the earth’s magnetic field. The researchers have formed a company with seed capital investment to commercialize their approach. Namely that approach has resulted in a smartphone app that uses magnetic fluctuations to map indoor locations. Aptly named IndoorAtlas, the company is a spinoff from their University of Oulu beginnings. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The company is offering a “toolbox” made of three components, Floor Plans, Map Creator, and an app creator using the company API. Before indoor positioning information can be used on a smartphone, developers need to collect magnetic field information and overlay the information with a floor plan. They need to create an image of the location’s floor plan and then walk through the location while collecting data. IndoorAtlas says their toolbox can create indoor location-awareness applications for a range of applications, such as to guide people inside shopping centers and airport terminals.As for smartphone use, the technology is described as a software-only location system that requires nothing more than a smartphone with built-in sensors. No radio access points or other external hardware infrastructures are necessary. The accuracy in IndoorAtlas’ technology in modern buildings ranges from 0.1 meter to two meters.