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DriveBC webcam being installed on Highway 97 in Fort St. John

first_imgThe webcam, going live on March 9, 2015, will be located at 100 Avenue and will encompass the north, west, east and south views.DriveBC says this will give motorist the opportunity to check road and weather conditions before they hit the road – an effort to help plan safe trips.“Our government is working to ensure that drivers have as many resources possible to make safe travel choices,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm writes. “This webcam will help drivers ‘know before they go,’ so they can arrive safely at their destination.”- Advertisement -DriveBC was launched in 2005, and now had more than 450 B.C. highway webcams installed on their network.Follow this link for the latest DriveBC road reports.last_img read more

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High tech’s vision for tomorrow

first_imgYou will be able to work more often on your time and your terms. Intelligent devices will help you gain customer insight and deliver your goods and services. These devices – equipped with computing, storage and sensing abilities – will monitor themselves, freeing business owners to take on other tasks. Future technologies for small business will be increasingly mobile. New smart phones or advanced computer-like cell phones will allow entrepreneurs the freedom to work from anywhere. Meanwhile, new projection display technologies will allow meetings or work to happen anywhere, as any surface – curved or flat, glossy or matte – becomes a high-resolution mobile computer screen. And increasingly pervasive high-speed, high-bandwidth wireless networks will keep entrepreneurs connected to their businesses and customers from anywhere. A new wave of analytic tools – including small business dashboards integrated with financial software such as QuickBooks – will increase productivity and make it easier to see how the business performs. The futurists predict that these technologies will help business owners make more-informed decisions, thus reducing the risks of owner a small business, and pushing “gut-instinct” management to the sidelines. “Information on demand” for both business owners and customers will change how businesses operate. Customers will order up a review of the restaurant they just walked by. And how about an instant inventory check of those shoes on display in the store window? These so-called “information annotations” of the physical world will soon be instant and available anywhere. Small businesses will no longer thrive merely on local ads and traditional word-of-mouth. Location-based consumer-generated reviews, offering virtual word-of-mouth advice and price-comparison data will create the most-influenced customers the world has ever seen. To get the entire Future of Small Business Report, visit www.intuit.com/futureofsmallbusiness. Daniel Kehrer (editor@business.com) is editor of Business.com, the top business search engine, and Work.com, a “how-to” site for small business.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSmall business marketing will shift from a “push” to a “pull” mindset. Rather than merely accepting what’s pitched to them (the “push”), customers will increasingly find the information they need to make purchasing decisions, and small business will need the right information in the right places to “pull” those customers in. The emphasis will be on providing customers and prospects with the right information in the right context at the right time. A small business’s online presence will be the key factor in finding and acquiring customers. So investing in a high-quality Web site, keeping up with search engine optimization (SEO), and search engine marketing (SEM) techniques will be critical. And according to the report, the most successful small businesses will increasingly market themselves via the connected world of cars and cell phones. As the sophistication of cell phone-based and automobile marketing rapidly improves, small businesses should look out for ways to take advantage. For example, mobile marketing via cell phones and connected cars will let restaurants and retailers send special offers to customers when they are in the area. High-tech will no longer be a high hurdle as costs and complexity fall, and more business applications become available. Small business relationships will become increasingly virtual as online social networks proliferate. In the connected world of the Internet, small businesses will expand their relationships with customers, partners and suppliers beyond local neighborhoods. Question: We are still in the startup stage, trying to build a business that will be leading edge in tech terms. For long-range planning, what are some of the trends ahead that will shape the technology we’ll be using a few years from now? – PLANNING AHEAD Answer: The most successful small businesses in coming years will likely be more tech-reliant than even the most tech-savvy entrepreneurs today. They’ll be more connected in a mobile world, market to customers in ways only hinted at right now, and will further blur the lines between the virtual and physical business worlds. At least that’s the vision of small business in the next 10 years from a fascinating new Future of Small Business Report sponsored by Intuit and the Institute for the Future. The study concludes that technology will revolutionize the very nature of what it means to run a small business. last_img read more