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MM Hayes Thanks Major Ed Pulido!

February 28th, 2017 at 9:37 am

Many thanks to Major Ed Pulido for stopping by MM Hayes headquarters to share some words of inspiration with our team! We are so excited to find the perfect place in our office to showcase our new flag. Major Ed is the Sr. VP of the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of fallen and wounded Veterans. Wounded by an IED blast in Iraq, Major Ed returned home facing tremendous physical and psychological challenges – a reality faced daily by countless Veterans and their families. Since 2007, the Folds of Honor Foundation has been dedicated to providing educational scholarships to the families of these […]

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Celebrate Your Employees During National Social Workers Month

March 14th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

March is National Social Workers Month, honoring those who tackle some of the most challenging issues facing us today. We can use this as an opportunity to celebrate those who contribute their time and knowledge to help improve the lives of individuals and their communities. Social Workers develop positive relationships with children, adults, families, hospitals, non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies to protect them from harm and discrimination. In 2016, we are facing difficult political and social challenges and social workers have an important role in ensuring that mental health and physical health are more available nationwide. With more than 600,000 social workers in the United States, they are the […]

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Facial Recognition in Less Than a Second

November 20th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Facial recognition software is nothing new, but a company called FaceFirst may have found a way to vastly increase its potential uses. FaceFirst recently debuted facial recognition software that can identify faces in less than a second. The process begins by freezing a frame from a live video feed and zooming in on a face. From there, the software encodes the face in order to compare it to a database and present potential matches. FaceFirst has demonstrated how their algorithms work quickly enough to identify and introduce a meeting attendee before he even reaches his seat. Identifying employees within a company in that manner could be very useful for access […]

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Improving Cybersecurity

June 19th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Security goes beyond physical security and access control – cybersecurity is important too, and companies have a responsibility to keep sensitive information safe and secure.  Proactive measures such as encrypting databases and installing antivirus software and firewalls can go a long way to keeping that data out of the wrong hands.  However, we continue to see news stories about major companies having their databases compromised.  Just a year ago, Sony had its Playstation and Qriocity networks hacked and its customers’ credit card and login information compromised.  Traditional security measures are becoming more and more obsolete, and even the companies that sell these security solutions cannot keep their own databases free […]

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Banks Boarding the Contactless Train

May 22nd, 2012 at 10:39 am

With the contactless movement spreading, banks across the world have started taking measures to ensure they are not left behind. A number of banks in the United States and across the world already offer a number of contactless solutions to their customers, and that number is continually growing. Understandably, hosting the Olympic Games is a momentous event for the host nation, providing an incentive to build new facilities and improve the infrastructure of the host city and the surrounding cities that will be used as venues for the Olympic events. To this end, London will take the opportunity to host the first contactless Olympic Games. In light of this, British […]

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The High Costs of Uncollected Copays

May 15th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

For patients with insurance, the traditional payment model for medical services involves the patient paying a copay up front, and after the fact the patient is billed for any amount not covered by insurance. In theory this would mean hospitals would be able to collect all copays, but in practice this is frequently not the result. Some hospitals even report that a majority of their copays are going uncollected, and this can mean staggering financial losses for the hospitals: How can hospitals collect more copays? While hospitals can send notices to patients with unpaid copays, the procedure is time-consuming and frequently has very little effect. A more drastic approach involves […]

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Video Games and Health Care – Health Benefits Of Video Games

May 8th, 2012 at 9:21 am

Let’s celebrate National Nurses Week by taking a look at some interesting ideas from the world of healthcare! We’re all about the ways technology can improve life at work, and in recent years the healthcare industry has been reaping the benefits of an unexpected type of technology – video games. Here are just a few of the many ways the video game and healthcare industries have collided: Source: microsoft.com Many types of video game hardware have proven useful to medical personnel. Motion control technology is being used for many types of physical therapy, the Wii Remote controllers help diagnose certain eye disorders, and the Wii Balance Board has shown to […]

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Self-Checkout: Helping or Hurting?

April 17th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Remember when self-checkout lines were scary, foreign objects in your local supermarket? People’s opinions were typically “Why should I scan my own groceries when I’m paying cashiers’ salaries?” Well, that sentiment seems to be a thing of the past. Not only grocery stores but CVS, Home Depot, and even IKEA have recently implemented self-scan machines. (Home Depot’s self-serve checkouts even accept PayPal!) It seems Americans enjoy the idea of checkout independence. Many argue that it saves the customer time through shorter lines, and allows employees to be more effective by overseeing more registers and spending more time on customer service. A study published by NCR in 2008 showed 72% of […]

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Escaping the Password

April 10th, 2012 at 9:39 am

Let’s face it. We have too much to remember. There are days we all stumble out of bed and barely remember to grab the keys on the way to the car. The last thing we need is dozens of passwords to memorize, but we’re warned never to use the same one twice or use one that anyone could ever guess. Add to that the sites that have specific requirements – your password must be twenty characters long and include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and at least one ancient Egyptian hieroglyph – and we’ve got no chance of ever remembering them all. It’s no wonder so many people end up […]

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Come a Little Closer: The Rise of Near Field Communications (NFC)

March 13th, 2012 at 11:33 am

Near Field Communications (NFC) is quickly becoming commonplace in America. Most smartphone providers have enabled the application, and many businesses are utilizing its features, even to the point of mobile payments. So what exactly is NFC? NFC is a system that uses RFID (tags that are placed on physical items, or ingrained in images) and allows two way communication between endpoints. Data exchange and various transactions can take place using NFC, just by bringing these tags in the proximity (4cm or less) of an NFC enabled device – like your smartphone. The major difference between NFC and Bluetooth is that NFC has a shorter range, is slightly slower, uses less […]

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