Sonoma in late August is the place you want to be if you are from Texas. It was a beautiful day, and I was excited to see an in-depth look at a sport that I’d never experienced before. We know a good bit about NASCAR here at Dell, and learning more about Moto America was quite the adventure.I don’t know a lot about motorcycles; my mom always said she would kill me if I were ever caught riding one (sorry mom)! I wanted to see what the sport was about, meet some of the key players, and discover how Dell Rugged and IOT is helping to make this sport better. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t know I was in for the ride of my life.Life inside the PaddockPaddock was a new term to me. It is the place outside of the racetrack area where all the garages and teams stage their bikes and equipment. It was open to the public, and you could just walk around, see all inside the garages, watch crews working on their bikes and the riders talking to their teams preparing for the race; you don’t get this type of access in any other sport.It immediately connected me and pulled my interest.There were also places for kids to learn about bikes, kids ridings bikes, and the high patrol talking about bike safety. It was more of a family atmosphere than I had expected and I was happy to see all the focus around motorcycle riding education. They want to protect the sport and keep their riders a safe. To amp up the cool factor, as if it needed it, they had open expeditions of riders doing wheelies, spins, smoking tires and just showing off.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpJmq7rYAAwDell Rugged hits the trackWhen the Dell OEM team reached out for support, I jumped at the opportunity to get out into the field and see what customers are doing with our Dell Rugged products. Being new to the team, I wanted a hands-on experience to throw me into the role and hit the ground running, which is what I needed.The team had two Dell Rugged systems to use during the race to test out the new rider based evaluation solution. A Latitude 7414 Rugged Extreme – an incredibly durable and reliable 14-inch laptop keep up even during the most extreme conditions of the race and the new Latitude 7212 Rugged extreme tablet – an ultraportable workhorse that has the performance needed to analyze data in real time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5VQZq1b2GkThere are already electronics on the bikes that the teams can download and analyze data to make adjustments to increase performance. Dell technology powers the development and physical optimization of the riders using biometric measurements.The teams can measure heart rate and heart rate variability real time of the riders during the race. Wearable devices send data from rider to a Dell Edge Gateway for IoT. A Dell Rugged mobility device then provides access to that data; this enables the teams to do mental and physical evaluations and make critical adjustments to the rider before they even cross the finish line.It’s hard to imagine what these riders go through and how much stress they endure as they go around the race track. The only way to really know is to get on a bike. So through my fears and drowning out my mom’s words in my head, I hopped on the back of a Dunlop motorcycle to take my first ride.It was an experience I will never forget. I wasn’t even controlling the bike, but I still could feel the focus put into rounding every corner, controlling the speed and enduring the force of going more than 160 miles an hour. I have a whole new perspective on the sport and will be a fan for life. Thank you to Moto America, the KRAVE company and all the members of the race team that made this experience unforgettable.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 15, 2017 Pennsylvania Stands United Against Elder Abuse Press Release, Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf’s cabinet secretaries stood with advocates in the state Capitol Rotunda in support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin Wiessmann, Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant Colonel Stephen A. Bucar, Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Advisory Council on Elder Justice Zygmont Pines, and the Attorney General’s Director of Elder Protection Unit David Shallcross gathered to demonstrate unity against elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.“One of the most important jobs of government is protecting older Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “I am proud that my administration stands united against elder abuse and is working tirelessly to ensure seniors are protected and supported across the commonwealth.”“Elder abuse is an issue that impacts the health and human rights of older Pennsylvanians and seniors around the globe,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “We all have a stake in this matter, and a world free of elder abuse can only be realized when we choose to recognize and report it.”Abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and can be a result of abandonment, caregiver neglect, or self-neglect. Signs of abuse can include unexplained bruises, burns or broken bones, lack of basic hygiene, access to adequate food, clean or appropriate clothing, unexplained weight loss, social isolation, changes in banking habits, or giving away assets without an apparent reason.In fiscal year 2015-16, over 34,500 reports of suspected abuse were received. Of those reports, over 24,00 were for adults 60 years of age or older, which represents an increase of 21.3% from the previous year. As the senior population and the number of abuse reports increases, the state faces the challenge of meeting the rising demand for protective services and has been working collaboratively to address the issue.“We are very concerned about an abuse of our senior citizens that often goes unreported: elder financial abuse. Make no mistake: financial fraud committed against senior citizens is a form of elder abuse,” said Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann. “Together with our partners in the public and private sectors, we are working to help ensure that senior citizens can enjoy their retirement years with a basic sense of financial security.”In addition to working with the Department of Banking and Securities, the Department of Aging has been collaborating with Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Council on Elder Justice to increase coordination and training on elder abuse.“The Pennsylvania State Police continues to work closely with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to fight elder abuse in all of its forms,” said Lieutenant Colonel Stephen A. Bucar. “We also ask all Pennsylvanians to join us by reaching out to their vulnerable neighbors, friends, and family members. Victims of elder abuse are often isolated. By regularly checking in with the older adults in our lives, we can better identify and report signs of abuse.”If you suspect elder abuse, report it by calling the 24-hour statewide abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505. Pennsylvania law protects those who report suspected abuse from retaliation and civil or criminal liability; all calls are free and confidential.World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed annually, on June 15, as the day for the entire world to focus its’ attention on protecting and preventing seniors from abuse.For information on the Department of Aging, visit www.aging.pa.gov. For information on the Department of Banking and Securities, visit www.dobs.pa.gov. For information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.