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Travel Electronics: FAA and Airlines Need To Bend a Bit

December 26th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Moble, Travel

I recently read this article from ABC News on electronics, airline travel and FAA federal safety regulations which is about the third or fourth article I’ve read on this topic. It seems the opinions are split evenly down the middle with individuals of a conservative bent taking a “better safe than sorry” approach, while others feel it’s just downright ridiculous.

I’m firmly camped in the middle. On the one hand, having had previous informal training in electronics and radio frequencies, I do know it’s definitely possible for electronic devices to emit interference. The ABC News link above is interesting because the editorial piece seems to take the “it’s ridiculous” slant, whereas the video attached to the article claims a recent new study provides evidence that interference is possible. With the proliferation of devices and especially reading devices such as the Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Sony Readers, the regulations have become an annoyance at best. It’s hard not to feel they are out and out ridiculous. I’ll be one to admit I’ve left my cell phone on (eg. not in airplane mode, so therefore, it’s still sending and receiving cell phone signals) and I’ve even sent a final “love you!” text to the wife while just lifting off the runway. Shame on me, I know.

Here’s the deal however. I don’t mind the FAA and airlines taking a precautionary stance on electronic devices. It’s merely WHEN the stance is taken that I have a hard time with and feel it’s in the nonsensical, ridiculous category.

If you’ve flown very much at all, you know that when the cabin crew asks you to “extinguish all cell phone, electronics and portal devices by placing them in the ‘off’ position,” it’s well before even leaving the gate. I’ve had this request come while sitting at the gate for another 15-20 minutes, and I’m not exaggerating.
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IdM Demand In 4th Quarter Kills Blogging (and everything else)!

What kind of blogger would I be if there weren’t blatantly long periods of time where I’m not blogging?! There are a lot of people, especially in IT, who commit to blogging who, get off to a good start, and then taper off to nothing. I’m in danger of being such a person, but I’m aiming to change that here soon.

It’s just been the busiest 4th quarter (and especially December) I’ve ever had in my entire 20+ year career. Business and demand in the Identity Management space is just booming, and there have been more concurrent end-of-year projects (of any sort) than I can ever remember. Qubera gigs at a major software house, a major US investment firm and a leading California educational institution have had me absolutely hopping. 2012 is quite frankly looking ominous and scary. Identity Management is in high demand and with new, innovative products like Sailpoint IIQ v5.5 out in the 4th quarter and more IdM product movement in the magic quadrant, the demand is high in the industry right now.

That being said, here’s what’s coming up, and not necessarily in this order:

  • Branding Your SailPoint IIQ Site – If you’ve got your eyes on Sailpoint IIQ or already have it in house and want/need to rebrand your site for internal L&F purposes, I’ll lead you through how to do it. It’s quite simple actually.
  • It’s Time To Change Travel Regulations around electronics – Recently I’ve read a number of articles on just how far behind the FAA is on the (non-existant) “dangers of electronic devices on airplanes.” As a consultant who does a fair amount of travel (not a ton, but enough), I have some thoughts on this. It’s definitely time for some changes.
  • Managing Your Vendor Relationships – I recently read a great article from Gigaom on some of the big-time vendors which happen to operate (most of them) in the Identity Management space. The article brought up some great points and as a Solutions Architect and Technical Engagement Manager who has to advise clients on these relationships, I had a few insights and comments to make which may be helpful.
  • iPhone versus Android Comparison – I recently had the opportunity, thanks to purchasing a new iPhone 4S for a family member, to side by side compare the iPhone with an upper-end Android device, the HTC EVO 4G which I carry. Hint: There is no comparison. I was truly blown away. I’ll let you know which device wins as I throw my lot into the “smart phone wars.”

I’m going to whip out that FAA airline article now, but stay tuned for more.

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