Natural gas infrastructure is composed of million miles of pipelines used to gather, transport and distribute natural gas, and oil from producing basins to end-use consumers. Pipeline infrastructure is one of the safest ways of transporting materials compared to road or rail. It is an extremely important enabler of economic and national security for a country.

Corporations are amassing vast amounts of data, ranging from highly confidential financial, business, and customer data to moderate unimportant information. In order to augment their internal datacenters, businesses are also moving more and more of their data to the cloud and adopting multiple hybrid cloud storage environments. As such, organizations are discovering the complexity, increased costs and security risk of protecting all their data across multi-cloud environments.

It is believed that as enterprises adopt cloud, Edge and mobile computing, almost half of these enterprises have suffered one or more hacking attempts or actual network breaches. Furthermore, more than 22,000 new security holes were disclosed over these past couple of years, and over 1/3 of these network loopholes exhibited an exploit available.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a ‘new normal’ of work-from-anywhere, making the transformation of both WAN and security architectures a top priority for the enterprise.

The disparity between workplace and in-home security is also brought to the fore, highlighting the inadequacy of any one-size-fits-all approach to security. With differing roles, devices and security policies in homes and businesses, an Edge Appliance must be able to automatically detect individual users and devices on the network and apply an appropriate security policy for each.

Organizations with distributed branch offices are having difficulty installing and maintaining WAN implementations. Current WAN technologies are complicated, expensive, and rigid. For example, when provisioning a network service to a branch office, organizations require a new CE (Customer Edge) to be sent to the branch office, plus new lines, configuration, and synchronization with PEs (Provider Edge), and of course, the presence of a technician. The expenses end up being relatively high.

In dense urban environments where traffic flow is heavy, keeping up with traffic control and maintaining road safety at intersections with the heaviest traffic is often tricky as vehicles and pedestrians’ behaviors are erratic and unpredictable, not to mention the fact that not all are prone to follow the traffic regulations at all times.

Forest fires may have a variety of origins and causes but early detection and warning methods used to limit the extent of their damage are largely the same. Now, cutting-edge AI technology is enabling more rapid detection to facilitate greater advance warning.

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