How Facial Recognition Is Shaping the Future of Conferences

High-tech software companies and event production firms are rolling out new technologies, including facial recognition and emotional measurement software, to improve event security, streamline the check-in process, and measure the attendee experience. The goal is to do all these things while putting attendees’ minds at ease when it comes to privacy concerns.

President and CEO Panos Moutafis said his facial recognition software, which launched earlier this year, speeds up the check-in process, prevents registration fraud, and adds an extra level of security to an event or conference by ensuring that the person who registered for the event is actually the person attending. It can also be helpful when managing or restricting access in areas that event planners want to keep private.

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Have you been assigned your first business trip? Mastering the art of successful business travel can be challenging, and first-time travelers may be intimidated. Make sure the trip go smoothly, from ticket booking to expense report submission. Here are 10 quick tips!

Perfect Preparations:

  1. Mile Master: If you’re booking the ticket, acquire airline miles by using a credit card
  2. Limit Luggage: Pack smart by selecting basics in neutral colors to alternate, downsizing to travel-size toiletries, and minimizing extra items
  3. Itinerary Mastery: Compile the itinerary into a tracker such as TripIt to organize your travel plan.
  4. Eliminate Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Avoid having to compile your expense report by keeping all receipts in an envelope in your wallet, purse, or briefcase.

Business First, Pleasure Later:

  1. Schedule Smart: Give yourself enough time between meetings and appointments so that you don’t inadvertently overbook yourself.
  2. Know Your Limits: While you may be excited to experience a new city, save the crazy adventures for pleasure travel.
  3. Nix the All-Nighters: Keep your morning agenda in mind and get a full 8 hours of rest before the first meeting.

Roomie Colleague:

  1. Sharing Space: Take it in stride and make the best of it. Be polite and give them privacy when they ask.
  2. Plug It In: Pack earplugs or headphones just in case your co-worker snores so that you’re not up all night.
  3. Couchsurfing: If there’s only one bed, offer to alternate between the bed and the couch.

See more from Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., cross-cultural trainer, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture here.

Technology Has Transformed Business Travel

Business travelers are finding it much easier to remain productive while traveling for work today. In fact, they are actively seeking out ways to get out of the office. Technology has greatly contributed to productivity while staff members are away from the office.

With business travelers bringing more devices with them on the road, technology is contributing to this trend, allowing them to be more productive while they are away.

Business travel also has big benefits for staff members and for companies. The CWT Connected Traveller Study by Carlson Wagonlit Travel found that work-based relationships and productivity were strengthened: Nearly nine in 10 said that travel helped build knowledge and perspective. Eighty percent of business travelers surveyed said that business travel boosted their productivity while 93% said that the positives of business travel outweighed the negatives when it comes to working relationships. Seventy-seven percent said the same in regards to relationships at home.

Read more from the The Star here.

A woman using a laptop in an airport. With business travellers bringing more devices with them on the road, technology is contributing to this trend, allowing them to be more productive while they are away. — AFP