Here at LocknCharge, we are dedicated to designing and manufacturing the highest quality security, charging and transport solutions for mobile device deployments. At the end of the day, our mission is to make life easier for schools and organizations implementing mobile device technology. If your school or organization has a number of devices to maintain and charge, you know how difficult it can be to find a charging solution that works–everything can get out of hand very quickly. Cords can get tangled, devices become lost or stolen, a limited number of outlets can lead to a counterintuitive technology plan. With 73% of businesses failing to find a proper charging station for their technology, these problems are more common than you think! Like the Oscars for your tech devices, we’ve rounded up some of our recent innovations to give you our ‘Best Charging Stations for Multiple Devices.’ And the award goes to…
1. Joey Carts
Recently redesigned to better fit our client needs, our Joey Carts are an affordable option for any school or business looking to charge multiple devices. The design of this Cart accommodates both racks and Baskets so you can charge up to 30 or 40 of just about any device with a 17” screen size. Not only is the cart small and compact in size, but it also takes only minutes to wire the entire Cart. Plus the power strips are now more easily accessible, so you no longer have to wrestle with tangled cords. There’s plenty to love about this cart! Check it out here.
2. FUYL Tower 15
Towering over its competitors, the FUYL Tower 15 takes charging, securing and storing to new heights.
Your devices are an investment–so what is your organization doing to keep them accessible and secure? The FUYL Tower 15 is an Intelligent Asset Management System™ that charges, stores, secures and manages assets for most mobile devices in 15 individually-lockable compartments. All 15 compartments are equipped with a power outlet and a 2.4 amp USB port, so you can charge almost any device, including iPads, tablets, laptops, mobile phones, Chromebooks and more. Learn more about the station here.
3. EVO 40 Cart
Like a transformer, the EVO 40 Cart evolves to exceed all your charging needs.
Secure, efficient and a future-proofed charging for up to 40 devices at once sounds almost too good to be true, right? Our EVO 40 Cart lives up to the task. Not only can this cart accommodate almost any tablet up to 13”, but it also comes with eight Carry Baskets, making deployment even easier! Tilting compartments make access to devices easy for younger kiddos. And with cabling stored in the top compartment, wiring and accessing cables is easier than ever for IT Staff. Explore the EVO 40 Cart here.
4. Revolution 32 Charging Cabinet
Sensational, extraordinary… revolutionary!
This charging cabinet can accommodate 32 devices up to 17 inches, with or without a case while taking up 50% less floor space than a traditional charging cart. For 1:1 classrooms that are tight on space but need to charge, store and secure a greater amount of devices, the Revolution 32 Charging Cabinet is just the ticket. And with ECO Safe Charge Power Management, you can easily charge 32 devices in the same amount of time as just one. Learn more here.
5. Carrier Charging Stations
Limited on space? No worries – with our Carrier Charging Stations, you can make any wall or desk a secure charging station for anywhere from 10 to 15 devices. This charging station also comes equipped with Baskets, making deployment of devices up to 15” faster and easier. And for devices up to 17”, swap the Baskets for Racks to easily accommodate larger devices. Still not convinced? The externally accessible power outlet means that you can charge your devices while they’re safely locked, giving you back classroom and work time. Check out the station here.
While these are five great options for your mobile deployment initiative, we have countless more on our website. Follow this link to explore all of our devices.
Everyone from teachers to retail associates can appreciate the benefits of mobile technology. Portable electronics have found their way into the pockets of employees in all industries, allowing them to stay “connected” even when they’re away from their desk. And while mobile technology is always at our fingertips, these devices are only beneficial if they’re accessible, charged and secure.
Introducing the CarryOn
Our CarryOn, the first ultra-mobile charging station of its kind, was developed out of the need to easily transport up to five mobile devices. This portable charging station accommodates all of the charging hardware and cables neatly inside one compact unit. Users simply unplug it from the outlet and go.
The Carry On has been deployed in classrooms and other work environments all over the world, helping a diverse set of organizations manage their mobile devices more easily. Here’s a look at how a portable charging station like the LocknCharge CarryOn has improved communication and workflow.
Managing Shared Devices within Organizations
One success story of an organization managing shared devices among employees is Hallmark Care Homes Network. These care facilities utilize an electronic care planning system that allows residents and their families to access resident care history. By putting mobile devices in the hands of caretakers, each resident’s personalized care plan is easily accessed and implemented, greatly improving care. Documentation is electronically entered in real-time, ensuring data accuracy.
When Hallmark Care Homes Network initially invested in mobile devices, the tablets were left to charge on worktops, filing cabinets or the closest windowsill. Sorting through a spaghetti-like pile of cables or finding devices not fully charged properly was counterproductive, and sometimes charging ports were found damaged after being connected too hastily. Because the tablets needed to be shared among many people – the teams within the care homes and visiting professionals alike – tidy storing and charging of the devices quickly became an important priority.
Our CarryOn was placed in every home across their network. Wall-mounts were utilized so that devices had a home base that didn’t eat up valuable floor or counter space. Security of lost or missing devices was considerably increased following the deployment, and the shared fleet of devices has become easier to manage and maintain. Learn more about the case study here.
Connecting Low-Income Schools
In schools where resources are limited, sharing mobile devices between students and classrooms allows for greater reach of fewer mobile devices. The main challenge with shared devices is that schools need a way to easily transport, charge and store a small number of devices without wasting valuable class time. Technology must always enable learning rather than hinder it.
The CarryOn has proven to be a reliable solution. Its compact design enables even younger students to securely transport up to five devices and their power supplies in one unit, ensuring that devices aren’t damaged and their power supplies aren’t lost along the way. Plus, a durable carrying handle means the CarryOn can be easily maneuvered without the bulk of other charging carts. Click here to see how Como Primary School in Perth Australia is using the CarryOn to easily distribute devices throughout and between classrooms.
Another positive customer story in education is the Hythe House in the UK. The primary goal of this organization is to ensure that children with difficult in-home situations are provided with a safe and homey environment, as well as specialist intervention to get the child’s education back on track. After the Hythe House implemented a handful of iPads to facilitate personalized education plans, the school discovered that the students didn’t remember to plug in their iPads at the end of the day. After seeing the CarryOn™ unit in an Educational IT magazine, Nicolette Duffy, secretary of the school, recognized the potential of the portable charging station within the school environment.
“The CarryOn™ tablet charging station is neat and tidy. All students have a labeled portal area and now know they only put their iPad in that portal. The iPads can also be safely locked away so that the students do not mess around with them either,” said Duffy.
The CarryOn™ Charging Station offers efficient USB charging, and with up to 2.4 amps of power at each port, you can simultaneously charge five devices in the same amount of time as just one. Schools utilizing the CarryOn are able to breathe easily knowing their valuable technology investments are securely stored and locked in a fewer central locations.
Increasing Learning Outside of the Classroom
After DEFRA (the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs) published a 25-year plan named ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’ in 2018, schools have been increasing education outside the walls of their school. The plan encourages connections between students and their natural environment to enrich learning beyond instruction in the classroom alone.
This shift has given the LocknCharge CarryOn the perfect opportunity to shine. With a rugged design and portable features, educators have been able to safely transport and distribute electronic devices beyond the classroom. Once students are done using the devices, they can return tablets to one central location – the CarryOn portable charging station – to prevent potential damage during transport back to the school. To learn more about the DEFRA study and how the CarryOn can help, click here.
Improving Customer Experience
THRIVE Affordable Vet Care has embraced the use of technology to better provide their customers with high-quality, affordable veterinary care. The clinics use iPads to check in clients, show clients x-rays directly on the mobile device only minutes after an x-ray is taken, process payments inside the room, and provide electronic medical records directly to the customers through email.
Even before implementing the new tablet technology, THRIVE researched and selected the CarryOn portable charging station, rolling out a comprehensive mobile technology program. They needed a way to keep tablets charged and ready for use each morning, and because the footprint of each clinic is relatively small, they needed a compact solution that didn’t take up valuable space in the back of the house.
The CarryOn Ultra-Mobile Charging Station by LocknCharge is a key component of this mobile device initiative. The iPad charging station is durable, secure, compact, easy to move and easy to use. Charging cables stay organized, making it simple to plug in devices each night. A centralized point of charging ensures that employees always know where to find the devices. The CarryOn Charging Station has given THRIVE Vet the confidence to know that their devices will always be charged and ready to use each and every day. All of these factors together have allowed THRIVE Affordable Vet Care to meet and exceed their goals. Learn more about THRIVE’s CarryOn deployment here.
In 2018, Brompton Bicycle, a prominent manufacturer of the iconic folding bike, released their first-ever electric bicycle. Part of their release was that customers could only pay their deposit and register through the Brompton website, which means their team needed to have iPad devices at their fingertips to create a seamless customer experience in their retail stores.
Devices are a critical part of improving customer interaction and creating a best-in-class customer experience at their flagship store, central London. Their goal was to find a solution that would save them time and space, while providing the charging functionality that they need for a busy retail shop. The overall goal was for customers to demo a bike, then use the iPad/Surface to enter information and pay a deposit to ensure that they’ll receive their bike in the first release. You can read more about Brompton Bikes here.
For additional information about the CarryOn, check out our product page.
US News | Madison, Wisconsin
On September 22, 2016, Monica Daniel and her husband Craig celebrated the grand opening of their very own franchised fast food restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. When you step inside their doors, you can feel the energy of the bustling, family-owned business, and it doesn’t take long after talking to the owners to realize how passionate they are about their work, their staff, their customers and community.
However, if you have indeed stepped inside their doors, you’re actually in the minority of their customers; 70% of their business is done through the drive through lane.
They’ve done the research – talking to several other owners about how to grow sales. It’s not a new ad campaign like some might expect, but instead a faster drive through – and they’ve made it happen. When the line gets long (and the weather cooperates) employees go straight to the customers waiting outside and use iPads to display the menu, take the order and even collect payment. This “iPOS” system keeps the line moving at an incredible rate, with the average customer spending just seven seconds at the window.
The iPads are crucial to the smooth and efficient operation of the Daniel’s restaurant, and with such heavy, time-sensitive use, charging sometimes posed a challenge. The devices didn’t have a designated charging spot, and the store was going through charging cables all too quickly. Whether lost or damaged, the $20 replacement cables were adding up.
When an “off-duty” LocknCharge employee pulled into the drive through lane and noticed the iPad system in use, a light bulb went off: This could be dinner and a new partnership. He got connected with Craig Daniel and the timing was serendipitous.
They discussed the store’s technology workflow and challenges. Craig later visited the LocknCharge headquarters with one of his devices in its case to see the Putnam 8 Charging Station™ in action. It was exactly what they
hadn’t even known they needed.
The Putnam has streamlined an already speedy workflow for the restaurant. The compact station is mounted to a wall, which not only designates a home base for the devices; it also keeps them completely out of the way of the hustling employees fulfilling orders. Before their iPOS system, they could serve roughly 100 cars an hour in the drive through. Now, their record is 140.
The station is equipped with eight pre-wired MFi approved lightening cables that are just the right length to connect to stored devices. Meaning everything stays organized, untangled and in place. Purchasing the Putnam has saved them the cost of replacing cables, which essentially makes it pay for itself.
External color-coded LED lights let the team know which iPads are ready to go so that they never send someone outside with a half-charged device. It also prevents dreaded plugged-in-without-power mishaps – you see it lit up and know immediately that the power supply is connected and doing its job.
As the Daniels continue to grow with smart, calculated improvements, they have no doubt they’ll break their service record this summer.
To download a PDF of this case study, click here.
UK News | South Shields, UK
With its reputation as one of the ‘top 50 most improved specialist schools’ in the UK, along with its position as one of 12 outstanding schools serving disadvantaged communities (by Ofsted* 2009), it is clear why pupils fight hard to get a place at Harton Academy.
Originally founded in 1885 (as South Shields High School), Harton Academy undertook a dramatic renovation project in 2010 as part of the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) initiative, including completion of a £25 million construction project on a new Technology and Sixth Form Building holding specially designed DT (design technology), Math and Science sections.
The mixed secondary school and sixth form is based in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England. Since being rated ‘Outstanding’ in 2006 by Ofsted, the school has received three Government Achievement Awards, with its executive Head Teacher, Ken Gibson, knighted as part of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honours list for 2013 on the grounds of ‘excellence in administrating education.’ It was again rated as ‘Outstanding’ in an Ofsted inspection in January 2013.
With around 1600 students at Harton Academy, the goal of this project was to make devices as accessible as possible to all students, whilst retaining total control over security and ensuring the safety of devices, protecting them from theft and damage via a multi-device charging station.
AT A GLANCE
The school needed:
- a simple solution for mobile device deployment.
- an effective and safe storage solution, protecting devices from theft.
The school, which has been using a large number of laptop trolleys for several years, was attracted to LocknCharge by the FUYL Tower due to its innovative design. Because it is free-standing, it can be left in view of students in open areas, where they can then collect devices independently or charge and store their own devices safely.
Ian Harrison, Director of ICT at Harton Academy says, “In the library, we have a number of free-issue laptops for students to borrow when required. Library staff typically issue laptops by scanning a barcode located on the reverse of the laptop and use a biometric system of fingerprint reading to assign it to a certain student.”
“However in instances where students have late lessons or twilight lessons and are working on devices in private study time, this can cause a problem as when they go to return the item the librarian may have left for the day. In this case, a number of devices may be left in a heap. It then becomes very difficult to keep track of the devices and who they are with at any one time.”
“The major benefit of the FUYL Tower is when a student returns a device they can put the device back on charge and lock the door independently. It is conveniently logged and is much more secure out of hours.”
“We also noticed that students would often unplug one of the school desktop PCs that were ready for students to log into, in order to charge their own portable devices with their own charger. Other students would then go to use the PCs and be frustrated that they didn’t work. But after a member of staff was called to look at the ‘fault’ it would be found that it was as simple as the PC not being plugged in!”
FUYL Tower – The school has a mixture of school-owned laptops held by the library, as well as students working on their own devices. The FUYL Tower provided a perfect solution to the problem of deployment and safety both in and out of school hours.
Putnam 16 – In the music department, iPads are used to display sheet music to students and as screens for some MIDI keyboards. Prior to the Putnam 16, iPads would have to be left plugged into expensive keyboards and left with the power on overnight in order to charge. This posed a big security risk as they were constantly out on show. After a few attempted break-ins at the school, staff became concerned for these vulnerable machines. The iPads can now be locked away every night.
iQ 10 – An iQ 10 Charging Station is held in the PE department where iPads are used for registering students on the school management information system (SIMS) when in the gyms or changing rooms, away from desktop machines. They can also be used in lessons as an interactive tool, for example, to show students the ideal way to do a long jump, record a student’s attempt and then play it back, show the students their mistakes and allow them to rectify them. The charging station is kept in a lockable store cupboard, out of sight to deter theft.
iQ 10 – A second iQ 10 was placed in the learning resources area for students who may have difficulties with learning and need the help of mobile technology. With it iQ 10, devices can be stored securely and accessed only by staff when they’re ready to be issued to students.
RESULTS TO DATE
Ian continues, “The team from LocknCharge who scoped our initial requirements were very good and talked us through the most suitable charging stations in an online webinar which was very helpful. We were able to see equipment demonstrated and work out which device would suit each location best.
“The units were delivered then set up by an engineer very efficiently, and although we did have to install a new version of software onto the FUYL Tower ourselves, even that process was smooth, and the replacement SD card was easy to swap for the original.
“Our library staff are now releasing bays on the FUYL Tower and enjoying the journey into using the software. Students are changing their bad habits, and we are looking forward to usage increasing further. I would recommend LocknCharge products as a solution to potential theft, security and also some of the inconvenience of managing laptops and portable devices.”
For more information about Harton Academy, click here.
If you would like a quote on a LocknCharge solution, click here.
You have a great idea to roll out a mobile device initiative at your company… but you have to get IT’s on board first. After all, they are the gatekeepers to ensure that the technology fits within the overall tech scheme of the entire business. While it doesn’t seem like it would be too challenging to convince the IT Team to roll out something that will ultimately get your company to its goals faster, there are a lot of factors that can play into a big tech decision, and it is important to present your idea in a complete and thoughtful manner so that you’re respectful of the departments’ time, views and objectives. By coming to the meeting prepared, you’re more likely to come to a mutual conclusion that benefits both the organization and the IT Staff.
Gather paint points from various stakeholders. The more people that are affected by the lack of a mobile device program, the more likely your initiative will be approved by IT. Understand the problems you are trying to solve and how they will positively impact those individuals. Include some examples of problems you are trying to solve such as improving communication, speeding up transactions, providing better customer services and eliminating paper processes. If your solution could potentially benefit more than one department, your IT Team may be more receptive.
Read case studies (within or outside of your industry) of companies who have had success with a similar initiative. You can use case studies and testimonials to show off other successful companies (and further your point that your company could be one of them). LocknCharge offers many testimonials and blog posts about successful mobile device rollouts. For example, Erie County Medical Center started training doctors on mobile devices long before they ever held a device; this was very successful for them. Another instance of a great case study is this one, where THRIVE® Affordable Vet Care was able to work smarter and more efficiently through the use of technology. Read more testimonials here.
Have a security plan in place. It is likely that your IT Team is going to be very concerned about mobile device security, both digitally and physically. Digital security is imperative for any business using a mobile device that contains confidential data or customer information, and implementing MDM software can greatly help reduce the risk that your system will be hacked. However, research shows that 41% of data breaches are caused by lost or stolen devices, yet only 27% of organizations have considered a secure charging solution as part of their deployment. A complete solution that covers security, storage, charging and software updates will show IT managers that you’re thinking of the complete picture. Physical security ensures that devices will not need to be replaced as often due to theft and loss, and your IT Team will have increased confidence that data breaches are mitigated due to a highly-secure, lockable storage solution.
Map out the workflow and have a security and charging system in place. Make sure IT has a very clear understanding of how the devices will work from person to person, day to day. Who picks up the devices in the morning? How are they used by each person, and how are they given from team member to team member? How are they charged when employees are off duty? Your IT team will want to know exactly how they are being used so they can prepare their team with the right skills to assist the deployment.
Streamlined workflow and centralized charging will increase efficiency and decrease loss, therefore keeping the budget on track and allowing for fewer IT issues. Fully-charged and easily-accessible devices will increase employee adoption of new processes, contributing to the overall success of the program. If employees don’t have access to a charged device every day, they’ll likely never adopt the program.
Have a rollout and training plan in place. Companies who train employees before a rollout have better overall success, including perks such as increased employee confidence and trust with the device. As stated previously Erie County Medical Center started training doctors and other staff way before they ever even touched a device, which made for a more successful rollout. IT can also have more control over training and might be more likely to approve the rollout if they are more involved.
Another example of a successful training program is Keolis Commuter Services, who rolled out their mobile device pilot in states to ensure things were working as planned and that the project was meeting goals and objectives. This was always manageable from IT’s perspective, which is very attractive to the average IT manager.=
Can IT work with the products you’re suggesting, and is the customer service of those companies good enough for your standards? Is the hardware you’re implementing supported by the company it’s purchased from? How easy is it for the IT team to work with the hardware/software companies in the event they need customer support, product replacement, or product re-order? These are important questions to be able to answer to keep your IT department at ease.=
Additionally, consider the warranties or longevity of the technology you wish to purchase. For example, LocknCharge products have options for either a 10-year warranty or a lifetime warranty. Future proofing your devices are the best way to get the most out of your investment.
Back up your reasoning. There are plenty of stats to show why a mobile device deployment is better for companies overall. For example, 68% of companies surveyed by LocknCharge said that they are motivated to implement a mobile device program because it will improve communications. 61% said they’d have faster transaction processing, and 54% said it would eliminate manual/paper processes. See more about this study here.
For more tips on influencing change in your organization, read here.
If you would like a quote on a LocknCharge solution, click here.
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