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Wearable tech helps golfers master game

A golfer takes his shot into the late afternoon sun at Euphoria Golf course in Limpopo South Africa. Regardless of who else is on the green, golfers are always competing with one player in particular: Themselves. And in recent years, wearable technology and devices have helped golfers improve on their last best game.

Devices for golfers interested in “the quantifiable self” have come a long way since they first debuted more than five years ago. Zepp Golf, for example, is a pioneer in helping golfers analyze their swings. Its products have evolved to include on-course performance and provide resources for coaches.

Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala has been using wearables including Zepp Golf to improve his swing, but as he told SportsTechie last summer, we’re merely scratching the surface of what’s to come in terms of devices that track athlete performance. The 2015 NBA Finals MVP is also a tech investor and avidly watching the wearables market. He sees a lot of opportunity for devices geared toward amateurs.

Several companies offer wearable technology

Companies including Samsung and Garmin are putting their own golf tees in the ground. Garmin, which is known for its GPS devices and fitness trackers, recently unveiled its Approach X10, a wearable for rookie golfers. The company’s new golfing buddy is compatible with its existing golf app, and tells golfers how far they are from the pin on more than 41,000 pre-loaded courses worldwide. Its built-in GPS knows when a golfer has moved to the next hole, and it provides distances to the front, back, and middle of the green, as well as any hazards.

Samsung’s most recent foray into golf metrics is via a partnership with myRoundPro, which tracks performance through the strokes-gained statistical analysis metric that the PGA Tour made popular. The collaboration includes an exclusive myRoundPro app developed with Samsung that provides front, middle, and back yardages to each green. The app records scores and provides a statistical breakdown after each round. Golfers can also assign a club to each shot for more detailed analysis.

Wearables and apps are the primary ways golfers – amateur or professional – currently better understand and improve performance either at the range or over 18 holes, but competition is coming in the form of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). This future may include a wearable that covers your whole body.

Is the wearable full-body suit the future of golf?

An India-based startup is developing what is categorized as a mixed-reality wearable. Kaaya Tech’s full-body HoloSuit tracks the body as it goes through a variety of motions using pants, a jacket, and gloves. The product can create meaningful and accurate simulations by collecting data about how people move.

The HoloSuit tracks and visualizes the movements of the golfer’s swing, and then provides insights into how the golfer can correct inconsistencies and swing problems developed over the years with automated suggestions that are stored in the cloud.

The HoloSuit computer currently learns what to look for and encourages the golfer to meet certain standards. Future simulations will tap the knowledge of a specific trainer that provides more personalized feedback.

Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit is a sign of what’s to come for sports trackers in general, golf swing analysis in particular, and future PGA competitors.

CBTS: We have you cloud covered

The cloud is the most transformative – and disruptive – technology innovation influencing the 21st Century business world … which is why CBTS has our clients cloud covered. Cloud-based technology is delivering multiple benefits to enterprise companies – from cost savings to increased productivity. 

Cloud technology also allows IT organizations within these enterprises to focus on strategic initiatives that create positive business outcomes, and leverage the expertise of partners like CBTS to help manage other parts of their IT infrastructure. 

CBTS is working with organizations of all sizes to leverage cloud technology and improve their operations. One prominent example is our work with a Fortune 20 corporation to implement a virtual data center and a cloud-based unified communications solution that is driving increased collaboration, and decreased operational costs. 

The Problem 

This client operates in several diverse sectors across the world, including Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Transportation, Pharmaceutical, and Aviation. The client had several challenges with its previous infrastructure: 

  • Antiquated, disparate phone systems across divisions that were costly to maintain. 
  • Multiple cloud and compute environments. 
  • Ongoing need to update and maintain hardware infrastructure – an activity that is not central to its core business. 

The client required a flexible solution that would reduce costs, increase productivity, and generate additional bandwidth for its internal IT organization to focus on mission-critical applications. Cityscape with clouds

The Cloud-based Solution 

CBTS has been an IT partner to this client for nearly 20 years. We provided a two-part solution leveraging cloud technology. 

  • CBTS built a Virtual Data Center (VDC) as an internal private cloud for the client. The VDC has grown to five production instances in five cities worldwide, with over 4,500 virtual machines in use. CBTS owns all of the hardware with this solution and provides infrastructure support 24x7x365. In addition, CBTS implemented a dedicated hybrid cloud environment for AWS, Azure, Office 365, and other public clouds. Finally, CBTS built a private environment consisting of 140 virtual environments and over 1,000 virtual machines across two data centers as part of this hybrid solution.  
  • CBTS also built a fully managed, centrally hosted IP telephony platform. The CBTS Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution has been implemented in all of the client’s divisions in the United States and Canada. CBTS currently manages and supports approximately 47,000 profiles. CBTS owns the UCaaS platform, which is based on the Cisco HCS platform, and provides 24x7x365 support. The client pays a predictable monthly fee that includes all equipment and maintenance. 

The Benefits 

These cloud-based solutions support multiple business outcomes for the client, including the elimination of large capital expenditures on computing equipment and software, enhanced collaboration, and reduced training costs. Additionally, the client’s IT organization now enjoys additional bandwidth to focus its efforts on strategic initiatives, knowing that CBTS is handling core infrastructure applications. 

The benefits of being cloud covered aren’t limited to Fortune 20 organizations. We invite you to learn more about how cloud solutions from CBTS can help you realize your business objectives. 

To find out more about the CBTS work with this client, read this case study. 

Network as a Service Transforms 6 Key Industries

The Network as a Service (NaaS) model for deploying and managing networks eliminates the costs associated with MPLS networks while easily adapting to the specific needs of different industries, such as retail, healthcare, and manufacturing. Until recently, organizations with multiple remote locations had no choice but to grapple with the costs and complexity of managing their own Wide Area Networks (WANs), including their wireless connectivity.

Adding to the pressure on IT staff, different locations have their own unique requirements. This is further complicated by the Bring Your Own Device phenomenon and the Internet of Things (IoT), which both require robust security, flexibility, and scalability to meet fluctuating demands.

With the emerging NaaS model for delivery of enterprise-wide connectivity, organizations can shift responsibilities for networking to a third party, just as they moved to deploying applications using the popular Software as a Service approach. The NaaS paradigm reflects the reality that deploying a network in a dynamic environment — whether a retail location or a healthcare facility — adds complexity to IT in terms of installation and ongoing management, regardless of company size.

Network as a Service Basic Functionality and Benefits

CBTS recognized this shift in WAN management by creating NaaS offerings that provide businesses with scalable methods of supporting, maintaining, expanding, and securing commercial networks. CBTS’s NaaS eliminates the capital expenses that come with building out individual networks or performing forklift upgrades to replace aging equipment that doesn’t meet traffic and application demands.

Many different industry verticals can benefit from replacing expensive MPLS networks with the flexibility of NaaS:

  • Retailers with multiple store locations and business offices can securely connect endpoints. These endpoints include increasing wireless point of sale devices and kiosks.
  • The NaaS paradigm is ideal for supporting temporary locations that deliver healthcare services. Healthcare services such as satellite clinics and short-term research labs within hospitals.
  • Taking the NaaS approach to factory-floor networking reduces capital costs and eliminates downtime. This is done by providing scalable, reliable connectivity in an industrial environment that’s primed to take advantage of IoT devices.
  • NaaS has security baked in, rather than requiring additional time and expertise to layer it on top of the network infrastructure. This makes it particularly well-suited for industries that handle Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as the financial sector, where breaches by hackers that result in leaked credit card data are a persistent threat.
  • Restaurant chains such as fast food franchises and coffee shops can easily provide network connectivity to new locations and securely segment their NaaS. For employee and customer use.
  • Finally, the budget-conscious, resource-constrained education sector can easily and securely accommodate both staff and student connectivity expectations through a NaaS deployment. A NaaS deployment offers superior performance when transmitting a wide variety of content, including HD video, software applications, voice, and data.

Regardless of the type of industry vertical, CBTS’s customized, fully-managed networking products bundle together cloud integration, security, switching, Wi-Fi, management, monitoring, VPN, and SD-WAN. In addition, CBTS NaaS is available as a utility pricing model for businesses across the United States. The full-stack NaaS offering includes 24/7/365 monitoring, management, and support in addition to upgrade services over any connection type for single locations and multiple branch offices.

Through NaaS offerings, CBTS supports the entire spectrum of network and IT infrastructure requirements. This occurs via leveraging a software-defined approach to networking that responds dynamically to application and traffic requirements. CBTS makes managing hybrid, public, and private networks with remote sites more affordable and less complex. With CBTS NaaS, businesses can migrate to a high-performance network without the price tag and IT management burden.

Read more about Network as a Service from CBTS.


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CIO Review names CBTS to Top 20 UC List

CIO Review has named CBTS to its list of the 20 Most Promising Unified Communications Solution Providers for 2017, and is featuring an interview with Chief Technology Officer Tom Simpson in its March edition.

In an interview with CIO Review, Simpson discussed three key CBTS services:

  • Enterprise Hosted Communications Solution: EHCS is built on Cisco’s HCS product and is a fully hosted and managed solution that provided enterprise-grade voice, video and business communications services.
  • Network as a Service: A fully managed solution that provides customers with a simple, scalable method to offload the complex task of maintaining and securing a commercial network.
  • SD-WAN: A solution that allows businesses with multi-site locations to support mobile workforces while reducing the need for expensive MPLS connections.

The story also highlights CBTS’ work with the State of Ohio, where our Next-Generation Telephony Service (NGTS) solution has saved the State $5.3 million in the first 18 months of use while providing a suite of collaboration tools that mark a significant upgrade from the State’s previous system.


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