Database Legend: How Real-Time Data Analysis Will Transform Society - Page 3

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-02-15 Print this article Print

Another very large financial services company is exploring piloting another application with us. Theyre terrified the really bad guys, who do credit card fraud and identity theft, will target financial services. This company wants to monitor their worldwide network and watch application-level events. For example, they want to watch every log-in to their systems and watch for suspicious events such as the same user logged in more than once from two IP addresses more than a mile apart. RFID [radio frequency ID] must pose big opportunities for this type of real-time data analysis, right? Whats coming is a microsensor revolution. The cost of microsensors is being driven down at a vast rate. … One of my favorite applications: I have kids, Ive taken them to Disneyland and Disney World. Its a stressful situation. Its a crowded place, and you dont want to lose your kids, and its awfully easy to lose them. The paper wristband you wear will turn into an electronic tag, and that will allow parents to dock at a kiosk so you can say, "Exactly where are my kids, so I can go get them?"
Another example: Mass General Hospital in Boston is very interested in getting hospital personnel to wear electronic tags. If theres a code blue, now, they issue a global alarm, and everybody lines up at the door of the person who has the emergency. If they knew where everybody was, they can dispatch the right person more efficiently.
The military is very interested in tagging all soldiers and all vehicles [so they can] monitor medical vital signs in real time. There will be incredible social good from medical monitoring that will be possible from wireless technology downstream of cheap microprocessing technology. The current database vendors are all selling one-size-fits-all, with a single engine being good for everything. I think at least in streaming data it isnt true, since theres just a huge performance problem with the one-size-fits-all model. … The one-size-fits-all paradigm is getting stretched. It will be interesting to see how in unfolds in the next few years. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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