Science & Technology

Telemedicine connects Tri-City patients to specialists

Virtual doctor’s visits becoming more widely available – not just for routine illnesses Tri-City patients are connecting with medical specialists for more types of care, thanks to the growing use of telemedicine, or telehealth, which can allow a provider to make some diagnoses of a critical patient without even being in the same room. “Telehealth…

Deb Dihel of Lamb Weston; Sen. Sharon Brown; Ann Nash of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Maren Katzaroff of Brillance Empowered spoke during the Architects for Innovation panel at the Tri-Cities Tech Summit in 2018. This year’s summit is Sept. 12 in Richland. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Tech Summit/Teknologize)

Tech Summit to shine spotlight on tech origins, future

By Byron Martin and Ty Mulholland When asking people for a word to describe the Tri-Cities, some of the answers that you hear might be wine, water sports, Hanford, agriculture or tumbleweeds. The last thing you would expect to hear is “technology.” What most people don’t realize is that the Tri-Cities has a long and…

Dan Ostler is manager of A Better View, a window cleaning and pest control business in Kennewick. He and owner Dallas DeCoria use the app Zubie for fleet management and tracking. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Put these top-rated mobile apps to work for your business

By Andrew Kirk The multitude of desktop apps to help business owners run their companies are nothing short of miraculous, but how many of those apps have good mobile versions? And how many of those “there’s an app for that” ideas are actually worth the download and time to learn? You’re not alone in wondering.…

Steven Ashby, Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Q&A with Steven Ashby

Number of employees you oversee: About 4,500. Brief background of your business: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national lab proudly operated by Battelle since its inception in 1965. PNNL’s talented scientists, engineers and support professionals draw on signature capabilities in chemistry, earth sciences and data analytics to advance scientific discovery,…

(Courtesy Benton-Franklin Trends)

Tri-Cities boasts numerous science and tech workers but few firms

By D. Patrick Jones Most everyone knows that the tech pulse is strong in the Tri-Cities. The problem is, it’s hard to find the pulse in official data. The same challenge applies for presence of the technology sector in Benton-Franklin Trends. Where in the trends site might we find some coverage? Consider data from the…

MSA uses software that allows a project team to identify and fix potential issues before construction begins. By virtually removing the roof, teams are able to explore the building and ensure both functionality and design. Several issues have been found and resolved during review meetings using the 3D software. (Courtesy MSA)

3D technology supports Hanford design work

Mission Support Alliance is using industry best practices and 3D modeling software to help design a new water treatment facility on the Hanford site. The Hanford contractor’s 3D modeling is a vital design tool, enabling timely completion of complex projects. In this approach, also known as building information modeling, or BIM, the designers “build” the…

woman typing on a computer

Time is running out for Windows support

By George Hefter On Jan. 14, 2020, three widely-used Windows Operating Systems reach the end of their useful lives and will no longer receive updates and security patches from Microsoft: Windows 7, Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2011 (which is based on Server 2008). This so-called “end-of-support” doesn’t mean that systems using this software…

Jim Jewell, who owns two electric cars and an electric motorcycle, bought as many solar units as he could in the new Benton Rural Electric Association’s solar co-op program. (Courtesy Jim Jewell)

Benton REA’s new co-op solar program sells out in one week

By Arielle Dreher Members of the Benton Rural Electric Association bought out a new solar co-op program in just a week, despite declining incentives for the renewable energy source. Troy Berglund, community development and member relations manager at Benton REA, said he did not know how the program would be received. “I was uncertain of…

Charles Kahlenberg of Richland, a narrator for audiobooks, spends about 20 to 25 hours voicing each book. The national demand for audiobooks means he’s booked out until February with seven projects in the pipeline with his publisher.

Libraries note increase in digital downloads as audiobook popularity grows

Nearly one in five Americans now listen to audiobooks. That’s because smartphones have helped usher in a new way for consumers to digest books, and audio has quickly become the fastest growing format in the publishing industry. That’s according an Audio Publishers Association’s May 2017 survey. Despite the surge in popularity of audiobooks, voiced books…

BlockChyp, a new kind of payment terminal technology, integrates with third-party point-of-sale and other transaction systems using blockchain-encrypted firmware. The product was developed by Jeffrey Payne and one of his colleagues. The pair have worked for many years in the development of enterprise e-commerce merchant systems. They recently opened an office in Kennewick.

Kennewick startup develops payment transaction solution for small businesses

Small businesses face a lot of challenges. And the least of business owners’ worries should be accepting payments from customers. In the modern era of chip cards, cryptocurrencies, Apple Pay, and other emerging payment methods, processing transactions can be a tedious and frustrating part of running a business. That’s where Kennewick’s BlockChyp comes in. The…

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