When Guy Gardner bought Quality Plastics in Sparks in 1983, the company had a single piece of technology: a photocopier. Today, the company’s staff of 35 relies extensively on the tools of technology to design and manufacture often-complex plastics products for business-to- business, business-to- government and business-to-consumer markets.
While the next generation of cars will usher in new embedded computers that offer exciting comfort, performance, safety, economy and infotainment applications, cybersecurity engineers are challenged to retain reliability and defend against cyber attacks that could directly impact physical safety and dependability. University of Nevada, Reno electrical and computer engineers presented, at the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking conference in January, a design for smart cars that improves security, dependability and energy efficiency. The research project is halfway into a two-year development plan.
I can remember installing Doom on one of my first computers. I recall opening the box and being showered in something to the tune of fifteen 1.44 megabyte floppy disks. Technology has come a long way since then. The 16 gigabyte thumb drive on my key chain, for example, has the same capacity as 11,377 of those floppy disks, which is a nice improvement! With that increased storage capacity comes the potential for huge sums of data that may be absolutely critical to the function of a business. A network attached storage device at home might hold thousands of songs or priceless pictures of your kids when they were young.
The advent of information technology has given rise to many astounding advancements which are seemingly limitless. The progression in technology from Texas Instruments’ famed graphing calculators to devices like the iPhone are difficult to contemplate when you realize just a few decades separated the two. However, all that good is bound to have a little bad. Security breaches large and small are commonplace, and major retail stores being hacked might make the headlines for a week.
Nevada businesses ready to export may take advantage of revenue growth consistent with the increased export of “Computer and Electronics Products” each year since 2011. In 2013, U.S. exports neared $2.3 trillion and in 2014 U.S. exports accounted for $2.34 trillion. A nominal increase when speaking in terms of trillions; however, consider Nevada’s growing contribution.