“After seeing the effective implementation of the Putnam 16 Charging Station, we were eager to work with LocknCharge on another custom solution to aid our district in refreshing digital learning initiatives,” said Cory Boggs, executive director of information technology at Putnam City Schools.
The Putnam 8 Charging Station is designed to charge, store and secure 8 iPad devices, and it also works with iPhones and iPod Touches. The pre-wired station includes a built-in mechanical combination lock and an external charging status display that lights up red when a device is charging and green once the charge is complete. The Putnam 8 can be mixed and matched with the Putnam 16 to have a 24-unit version so that users can select the right capacity for their needs. As an additional feature, both stations have the ability to be placed in different parts of a room to avoid crowding around a single point. Both the Putnam 16 and the Putnam 8 Charging Stations take up the same size footprint–only about the size of a piece of scrapbook paper–making it the perfect solution in tighter spaces.
“We’re very pleased that LocknCharge was able to create a solution that was customizable, giving our teachers the opportunity to utilize the technology in a way that best suits their individual classrooms,” said Charri Stratton, director of instructional technology at Putnam City Schools.
The Putnam 8 Charging Station comes with a lifetime warranty on the station and a two-year warranty on the electrical components. It can be stacked on top of others or mounted to the wall. The dimensions are 14 inches by 12.2 inches by 14.8 inches.
“It’s rare to find such a truly collaborative partnership like the one we have with Putnam City Schools,” said James Symons, CEO for LocknCharge. “It’s our privilege to work with the inspiring educators at the district as they work to implement their 1:1 and digital curriculum initiatives.”
To learn more about the Putnam 8 Charging Station, visit www.lockncharge.com/products/putnam-charging-station.
Tablet Technology in the Medical and Care Sector
In a world where technology is advancing at a rapid pace, it is becoming a necessity for organizations to adopt digital technology. This includes the medical and care sector.
If you look at the history of health organizations such as the NHS (The National Health Service in the UK), you will see some major technological advancements that have been introduced in the last few decades. These advancements have contributed to services being taken out of the confines of hospitals and GP surgeries and integrating them with user-friendly, accessible services over the phone or through mobile devices such as tablets.
Probably the most well-known of these advancements was NHS Direct, a nurse-led advice service provides people with 24-hour health advice over the phone, launched in 1998. This service has gone on to become one of the largest single e-health services in the world, handling more than half a million calls each month. It became the start of a growing range of convenient alternatives to traditional GP services – including the launch of NHS walk-in centers, which offer patients treatment and advice for a range of injuries and illnesses without the need to make an appointment.
For an organization that was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth, these advancements have led to changes in the way the organization has functioned which has provided benefits for both the organization but, more importantly, the patients themselves.
But, like anything, technology is ever-evolving, and these organizations cannot stand still. They must move with the times. A recent report by Nuffield Trust shows that compared with health services in 18 countries, the NHS is relatively poorly resourced, and there may be a welcome need for the use of more specific technology in the sector.
The report, celebrating the NHS turning 70, showed that the resourcing was poor especially in terms of staff and physical equipment. Outsourcing certain jobs, therefore, would help put less pressure and stress on a healthcare service that could be seen as currently struggling. The primary benefit of universal healthcare is that it improves the quality of life for everyone, and this could be seen as a welcome change. (See full report here.)
In an article released in June 2018 by Pulse magazine, Dr. Jonathan Simon, a retired GP and former honorary secretary of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, claims that GPs must embrace digital innovations and models of care to secure their future.
He says, “The whole model of medical practice is being disrupted by the digital revolution, something I believe will determine the future of general practice both in the UK and in other developed countries. As knowledge moves into the community, so does power and the capacity for patients to make their own choices about which services they want and how they have them delivered.
“GPs need to be proactive and incorporate ‘smart technologies’ into their practice, using the technology to support high-quality real-time and virtual access to services.”
Hospitals and other medical institutions, such as GP surgeries, dentists, and care homes are investing in new technologies to reduce cost, increase access to facilities and improve care in their environments. The ultimate aim of this is to deliver a better healthcare service to all patients.
Mobile and tablet devices are being used for activities such as booking in patients, collecting patient surveys, and updating patients on live waiting room times.
Without this approach, it is possible that the medical industry will fall behind in terms of patient care, as these efficiencies can potentially offer shorter waiting times and automated admin, leading to a better patient experience.
In fact, achieving an improved patient experience was exactly what happened at El Camino Hospital, in Silicon Valley USA. Four years ago, the hospital turned to a healthcare technology start-up to help with falls amongst the elderly. The product, which helps busy nurses monitor elderly patients, has seen the number of falls decrease. But there can be issues with the use of technology, and it is important that healthcare organizations have the proper management procedures in place to deal with these issues effectively.
The NHS cares for over 1 million patients every 36 hours. A big issue when dealing with personal data, especially data dealing with patient health, is patient confidentiality. The IT systems and the IT hardware used by all medical professionals must be secure enough to protect these patients. In fact, a single lost device can cost a business $50,000 in lost productivity, data security issues and replacing the device itself.
Not only that, they must ensure that when using technology such as iPads or tablets, they are fully charged, accessible and ready for use at all times. Lost and broken devices can create substantial budget overruns, and staff who can’t easily find a fully charged device at the start of their shifts will lead to lost productivity and slower adoption of the new processes and tools.
LocknCharge offers several mobile device charging and security solutions that are suitable for the healthcare environment. Highly-secure charging solutions not only keep devices locked away to protect patient confidentiality and device theft when not in use, but also can ensure that devices are fully synced so that software and data is always current. New-to-market laptop and tablet charging station features such as LED lights, which provide at-a-glance charging status, an ultra-mobile design, and a backend management portal can help drive staff productivity.
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We all love to bag a bargain. But many of us also know through experience the meaning of a false economy. According to a study by Gocompare.com, a financial services comparison website, one of the biggest false economies is comparing only price, not quality, when purchasing a product or service. The study, named “The top 20 false economies”, claimed that 38% of people admitted they had been a victim of this in the past.
So why is it that so many professional organizations still get caught out thinking they can get exactly what they need for a bargain price?
With so many mobile devices in use, and an increasing number being used for work purposes, the number of tablets and mobiles that need charging is vast. That is why for many organizations, mobile charging stations have become commonplace, as they carry many benefits over individual charging of devices. But for those looking for a good deal, are consumer grade charging stations inferior to professional grade tablet charging stations?
If we look at the number of smartphones that were stolen or lost (and never recovered) in 2013 alone, which amounts to more than 4 million, the benefits of ensuring your smartphone or device is safe and secure when not in use are clear. 44% of thefts happen because the victim left their device unattended in public places.* With a professional grade charging station that focuses on charging as well as security, there is no need for that to happen.
James Symons, CEO of Lockncharge explains, “All of the products LocknCharge offers are designed with the user in mind. Devices are expensive and should be protected at all times during charging. That is why we offer mobile device security that is second to none. Nearly all LocknCharge tablet charging stations are extremely durable, featuring high-quality steel and ultra-secure, hardened locks for ultimate protection.
“In addition to the safety of your device and the cost of losing a device, there is also data and personal information to consider – as well as additional factors such as breakage rates.
“Nearly 41% of all data breach events from 2005 through 2015 were caused by lost devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.** That is a huge number and can have a consequential impact on leakage of personal data. This is not only a breach of privacy for the user, but can also in some circumstance be illegal if there is legislation to protect personal data.
“Furthermore, when deploying devices, a breakage rate of around 8-10% can be experienced. Counting 100 x iPads, with 10% breakage rate of a $300 device, that works out at $3000/year for a small deployment. In addition, the more time your staff takes to track down missing devices or to deal with breakages, the less productive they are.”
The above reasoning alone should be enough to start the integration to a professional mobile device charging station. But if you are still wondering why it is potentially better to invest in a professional charging station, a Chromebook Cart, an iPad Cart, a laptop charging station or other, here are some additional points to consider below:
- Warranty: Do consumer grade products offer enough warrant protection? LocknCharge products offer a lifetime warranty, ensuring you won’t have to replace your charging stations. This can lead to a big saving in the long run.
- A central point of charging: With multiple consumer charging stations compared to one central professional grade station, employees may not know where to find devices at the beginning of the day. A central point of charging can save a lot of time, and also helps as they know where to put them at the end of the day, meaning devices are always charged and ready to go.
- Unique product features: Be it the external lights of the Putnam 8 or 16 Charging Stations that lets employees know at a single glance if a device is fully charged, saving them valuable time, or the backend management portal on the FUYL Tower allowing employees to seamlessly check-in/out devices without assistance from a staff member – LocknCharge offers solutions and features far superior to many other consumer charging stations. LocknCharge products are designed to save time and make life more convenient.
- Small footprint with efficient charging: If space is at a premium in your office/workspace, LocknCharge offers several compact charging stations to meet just about any need. The stations charge 5-40 devices simultaneously from one outlet without any worry about blowing a fuse. From a health and safety perspective, this also helps when weighing up potential risks and hazards in the workplace.
- Adaptable: Is the consumer product universal? LocknCharge charging stations easily accommodate multiple device types and have the ability to adapt to different devices as technology changes. Open concept designs of the Carrier Charging Stations, Carrier and Joey Carts and Revolution 32 Cabinet means users can store and secure more than just mobile devices. Simply remove the provided racks or baskets and use the space to fit your unique charging and security needs.
- Syncing capabilities: Companies spend significant amounts of money on essential apps for their business, but if they’re not updated/synced, apps no longer fix the problems they were created to solve. With professional charging solutions such as the iQ10 Sync Charge Station, iQ30 Cart, and iQ16 Sync Charge Box, there is the ability to sync multiple devices at once without having to rely on an MDM to keep devices up to date.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with comparing the price of an item or a service to the benefits it provides. In fact, it makes very good financial sense to do so. However, as finance information Money Expert advises, you must consider the price and the quality holistically. For until you have explored this, you cannot fully appreciate which offers better value to your business or organization.
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**Forbes article 12.8.17
Excerpt from Building and Facilities Management Magazine
May 2018 Issue | UK NEWS
James Symons, CEO of LocknCharge, talks about how the FM and building industries are facing challenges in the way they not only deal with data and IT breaches but also in the way they manage IT and digital systems.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018, which will affect the way businesses process the personal data of EU residents. The regulations cover many aspects of personal data, including how data is stored, video surveillance and even covering use of photographs. Those who fail to adhere to the regulation will face large fines. Facilities Management companies will have long been planning for this change, having been given two years notice of the regulation coming into force, and making provisions to avoid data breaches in order to comply. But, out in the real world with the people putting GDPR into practice, there are definite hints of uncertainty and confusion along with a little panic. And you can understand why.
As an industry, it is fair to say the FM sector has been slower than some to fully embrace digital technology, and perhaps adapt to the management issues that have arisen from this. It is therefore not surprising that for some these regulations will present challenges that have never surfaced previously. But with digital technology being used more frequently in the FM market, (and looking extremely unlikely to go away), how does this affect us all in the industry?
In years gone by we have seen a rise in smart buildings, with connected solutions introduced into the infrastructure of buildings, focusing on better facilities management. This is mainly directed at optimizing energy use and adapting the workplace experience to suit individual employees by real-time monitoring.
This has in turn brought with it a rise in the use of virtual reality, apps, digital monitoring and a larger emphasis on interactive displays. There are apps for visitor and contractor management software solutions (for recording all staff, visitor, and contractor check-ins), tools for job management, engineer scheduling, quoting, costing, invoicing and asset tracking, and even janitorial apps which can enhance communication between managers and employees.
In fact, it is estimated that there will be 21 billion connected IoT (Internet of Things) devices by 2020.
But investing in these technologies and managing them are two different things. With all the digital changes happening throughout the industry, this has raised questions and challenges about how best to manage this emerging new technology. Some of the software now used is multi-platform, and can be accessed via the web, iPad, or by using mobile iOS or Android apps. A device management program is becoming (and now should be) an integral part of management plans. But with time-saving and cost reductions being two of the main drivers for change, how can this technology be managed sufficiently to make sure this becomes a reality?
Can users connect quickly to the internet or Wi-Fi? With an increase in tablet and mobile usage, and apps needing Wi-Fi connection, is the current standard acceptable? For example, there are standards out there that would allow a greater number of devices to use network without losing speed, even in public areas.
Does the building’s website integrate well with a tablet format? Can staff use the tablets or devices quickly and efficiently? Are they trained to do this, and does this match their skill set?
There are some simple solutions to problems with device management that can be overcome with the addition of products or management processes, that can actually increase productivity even further than just what is achieved by just using the actual technology.
For example, if you wanted to ensure tablet devices are fully charged and ready for use at all times (which can be particularly challenging when you have huge multiples of people all needing tablets to do their jobs) you could invest in a multi device charging station, which not only charges multiple devices simultaneously but also syncs them. Expensive investment in technology means people want digital devices to be kept safe, especially when stored overnight. Not only does this solution help with the task in hand (charging iPads, Chromebooks etc.), but it also saves time doing this and also provides a security aspect also as they can be locked away safely.
It is clear that behind the scenes, the industry does have some work to do to make this smooth transition though. Business leaders need to change their approach to the management process of IoT devices. Device management plays a critical role in the future of digital technology, and in the future of building interiors, as technology shapes the new workplace experience.
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A record 18,000+ educators and school administrators were in Chicago for the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference last month, the nation’s largest edtech event. Here are three of the biggest edtech trends that we noticed during the conference.
Mobile devices power student-centered learning.
In showcasing their latest products during this year’s ISTE conference, several mobile device manufacturers focused not just on the devices themselves but on how these tools could transform learning to make it more personalized and student-centered, empowering students in new and creative ways.
For instance, Dell EMC set up a model learning environment (in conjunction with Meteor Education and Paragon Furniture) to show how technology and the design of flexible learning spaces come together to support student-centered learning. In the course of these demonstrations, Dell EMC highlighted two new education-focused mobile devices that will be available in August: the Latitude 3190 11-inch laptop and the Latitude 3190 2-in-1 convertible device.
Apple announced a free app called Schoolwork that can help teachers create more personalized, student-centered learning environments. It’s a mobile learning ecosystem that makes it easy to teach with iPads, Apple says: Teachers can create and send assignments with almost any type of content, and they can direct students to specific apps from third-party app designers that can help fill gaps in learning. Meanwhile, Google announced the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first Chrome OS tablet designed for schools. It features the same speed, ease of use, manageability, and affordability that educators have come to expect from Chromebooks—but in a lightweight, durable tablet. With a built-in stylus and cameras on both sides of the device, Google says, students can create multimedia projects from wherever they are.
Of course, schools need an easy way to store, secure, and charge these devices so they’re ready to power student-centered learning in the classroom. At ISTE, we demonstrated our LocknCharge mobile device carts and mobile charging stations built for a wide variety of uses and device types—including BYOD, Chromebook, iPad, tablet, and laptop programs. With our revolutionary basket design, handing out fully charged devices to students each day is super easy and takes less time—which saves valuable class time for instruction.
STEAM education heats up.
At ISTE, many edtech companies highlighted solutions for engaging students in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education in creative, hands-on ways, using technologies such as virtual reality headsets, robotics kits, maker spaces, and 3D printers to bring STEAM concepts to life in the classroom.
For example, a company called POWERUP Toys demonstrated classroom kits with instructions, templates, and motors for turning ordinary paper airplanes into motorized ones that can be controlled with a simple app. LEGO Education highlighted several curriculum sets with programmable, motorized LEGO models for creating standards-based projects, such as investigating the factors that make a car go faster. Root Robotics offers a robot that teaches kids as young as 5 how to code, and Sphero—the company that makes popular Star Wars droids—showed its SPRK+ robots that students can program using almost any device.
Outfitting multiple classrooms with hands-on robotics kits and other STEAM technologies can be costly, which is why we showcased an innovative and budget-friendly solution during this year’s ISTE: We showed educators how they could easily transform our LocknCharge charging carts into mobile STEAM learning labs, thanks to the open design of these carts.
During ISTE, we demonstrated how schools could use our carts to create mobile robotics, virtual reality, end engineering labs—but really, educators are only limited by their imagination!
Eco-friendly solutions save schools money.
Eco-friendly technologies were also on full display during this year’s ISTE conference. Projector manufacturers touted new products that use energy-efficient lasers instead of traditional lamps, such as the ViewSonic LS830 that delivers 4,500 lumens of brightness and up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free usage with a laser phosphor light source. Other projector makers demonstrating lampless projectors included Casio and Epson.
Eco-friendliness extends to charging mobile devices as well. The ECO Safe Charge Power Management System from LocknCharge is an intelligent system that can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, extend battery life, and cut down on energy bills while charging multiple devices simultaneously.
Using this remote controlled system, schools can stage the charging of devices with several modes to make sure all devices are charged when they’re needed, without drawing unnecessary power.
What trends and new developments caught your eye at ISTE 2018? Leave a reply or engage with us on Twitter (@LocknCharge)—we’d love to hear your thoughts!
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