We all know about smart cars, smart cities, smartphones, and smart speakers, but did you know there are also smart egg trays and smart umbrellas? If you’ve always wanted to be notified when you’re running low on eggs or find out from your umbrella when it’s raining outside, these smart devices might just be for you. For us, these new products are a sign that the term “smart” has quickly become one of the most popular consumer marketing buzzwords of the digital age.
It’s no wonder that the smart label is so widespread. Who isn’t on the lookout for things that make life easier? If something is smart, the perception is that it will take away the responsibility of figuring out what needs to be done. So-called smart devices and technologies are supposed to determine what you want and do it for you.
The Buzz around Smart Charging
Charging is the latest in the long list of tech to be given the “smart” or “intelligent” label. The idea behind it is that the charging system is controlling and monitoring the charging process. Sounds pretty cool right? However, just because something sounds cool, doesn’t mean that it’s necessary. In the case of fancy internet-connected egg trays, do you really need an expensive carton to tell you to buy eggs when you can clearly see for yourself every time you open the fridge? In the case of smart charging, most devices already have built-in software that regulates charging to ensure devices aren’t overcharged. As PC Magazine explains, “The one thing all the experts agree upon is that smartphones are smart enough that they do not let an overload happen. Extra protection chips inside make sure that can’t happen in a tablet or smartphone or even a laptop. Once the internal Lithium-ion battery hits 100 percent of its capacity, charging stops.”
You may also think that a solution that offers intelligent charging automatically senses the power needs of each device. Be aware. Few smart charging systems actually do this. Rather, they sense the average power need for a bank or row of devices and direct power to the bank most “in need.” Which sounds useful in theory, but if you really think about your day-to-day workflow, it isn’t all that helpful. Read on to find out why.
Programmable Power Management
As an efficient alternative, LocknCharge offers the remote control ECO Safe Charge™ Power Management System. This intelligent programmable power management system can charge multiple laptops and power other electrical equipment safely. In our carts, the devices can be programmed for a certain amount of time, and if the device has built-in software, it won’t overcharge. If the device just needs a quick pick me up in the middle of the day, it will charge just as fast in its cart. You control how long you want your devices charged, and ECO Safe Charge will supply as much power as the device needs, regardless of how much of a charge it currently has.
If you ask our Guru of all Things, Kevin Rezac, why intelligent ECO Safe Charge is the preferred charging method over smart charging he’ll tell you without hesitation, “because you know better what your needs are than a computer does.”
Top Five Benefits of ECO Safe Charge
Check out the five advantages this technology offers that are not only pretty cool; they’re also useful and put control where it belongs, in your hands.
- Reduces the possibility of blowing a circuit when a Cart or Station filled with devices is plugged into a single outlet.
- The ECO-TIMER™ functions can reduce your energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, extend the life of device batteries and reduce your power bills.
- Unlike “smart” charging the LocknCharge power management system can manage multiple carts on the same circuit.
- It’s programmable, so there isn’t the constant trickle charge using electricity.
- You can control from a distance by remote control. For example, if you have a cart plugged in your classroom, and you know students are going to be retrieving their own devices, you can hit the off button on the remote to turn off power. When the students return their devices, you can hit the on button with so the devices will start charging again.
Although there are many possibilities for how to set up the ECO-TIMER functions based on your specific needs, here are a few popular scenarios.
- Scenario 1: You have smaller devices (tablets and Chromebooks), and you want them all to be as charged as they can be. Set our cart mode to SAFE-ON and all your devices will be charging 24/7.
- Scenario 2: If you don’t like the idea of putting a constant charge to your devices all the time, you can change the mode to ECO-TIMER-ALL, then set your charge time for up to 4 hours, allowing your devices to rest for the remainder of the day.
- Scenario 3a: You have higher current devices, and all of them charging at the same time can overload an electrical circuit. You can change the mode to ECO-TIMER-CYCLE where your cart is divided into quarters, and you charge just one-quarter of your devices at a time for a duration you can set.
- Scenario 3b: You have a location where you have multiple carts and only one electrical circuit. You can change all carts to ECO-TIMER-CYCLE, and each cart will only draw one-quarter of its total capacity allowing you to charge up to four carts worth of devices on just one circuit (overnight, of course).
- Bonus: All of these functions are controlled with a remote so that you can change modes from across the room.
Don’t fall for the hype; when used as a buzzword, remember that “smart” doesn’t always mean superior. You probably don’t need an umbrella to tell you it’s raining and you definitely don’t need so-called “smart” charging to properly charge your devices.
If power management and efficient charging are important to you, check out our Putnam 8 or Putnam 16 iPad charging stations. These stations are so bright that they have external LED charging status indicators so you can see the charging status of each device inside the station at a single glance, without even opening the station.
LocknCharge helps 100 schools save class time and money with their innovative device charging stations.
LocknCharge is pleased to announce its collaboration with LGfL, ‘London Grid for Learning’, sharing its innovative new range of mobile device charging stations, charging carts and portable baskets with over 100 schools throughout the City of London.
Working in conjunction with CDW, a LocknCharge reseller, LGfL set the challenge of finding suitable charging solutions for digital devices that delivered on the promise of saving schools both time and money, while delivering quality manufactured products. That is when LGfL discovered LocknCharge.
LocknCharge is committed to making teachers’ lives easier by designing high-quality solutions for charging, securing, transporting and storing iPads, Chromebooks, tablets and other mobile devices.
Whether it is affordability, flexibility or ease of use, LocknCharge has a superior range of charging carts, stations and smart lockers for any school seeking real-life answers to their time-saving and device management problems. LocknCharge recognises that not all schools are the same. That is why they offer a multitude of different products to suit any educational establishment.
In particular, LocknCharge is globally recognized for its unique and innovative mobile device baskets, which reduce the time spent by teachers in distributing devices, as well as the time spent by children queuing up to put them away in a traditional cabinet style solution. This means teaching can happen faster. Baskets by LocknCharge have been shown to save up to 70 hours of class time per cart per year versus traditional cabinets!
Other common problems for schools include a lack of available classroom space, and with a choice of stations featuring a small footprint and lightweight frame, a school can easily install smaller units to the floor, wall or desk to save valuable space.
By joining forces with LGfL, a Central Purchasing body acting on behalf of schools and local authorities in London, together LocknCharge, CDW and LGfL have enabled schools to benefit from best value and provided an efficient trading platform to allow schools to source best quality items at the most competitive pricing levels.
James Symons, CEO of LocknCharge, says: “Currently operating in over 30 countries worldwide, LocknCharge have had major Global success in the education sector with our unique charging systems. LocknCharge products keep mobile devices safe, charged and always ready for use. Our commitment to the education sector and finding solutions for schools who have a lack of time or resource is the foundation for our business. Working with LGfL has enabled us to find innovative solutions for schools in a truly effective way.”
To hear more from LocknCharge customers, please visit www.lockncharge.com/eu/testimonials.
LocknCharge is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of mobile deployment solutions with headquarters in Australia, USA, Asia and Europe. LocknCharge is solving the growing problem of physically managing the deployment of devices such as Chromebooks, iPads and tablets throughout schools and business settings around the world. LocknCharge’s primary purpose and reason for existing is to make life easier.
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LocknCharge is a Proud Sponsor of HETT 2019
Technology and healthcare. It’s a relationship we should all be rooting for. From improved patient satisfaction to better data, reduced costs, increased efficiency and billing accuracy, the potential is vast, and fostering a digitally ready culture in the industry is critical. That’s why LocknCharge is proud to once again be a part of the UK’s leading healthcare technology event: HETT 2019, taking place on 1 – 2 October at ExCeL London.
The event brings together IT, clinical, operational and procurement professionals to network, learn and discuss the future of technology within the healthcare ecosystem. LocknCharge will be sponsoring the Chill ‘n Charge Lounge, a space to sit down and recharge – for attendees and their mobile devices. Here’s a peek at last year’s event:
Beyond helping people kick back, relax and check email, we’ll be helping to solve the biggest tech and digital issues facing the UK healthcare sector. Sure, it’s a lofty goal for a two-day event, but we’re up for the challenge.
Think about this: 85% of organisations are currently in the research or pilot phase of a mobile device deployment. However, 73% of organisations fail to plan how they’ll centrally charge and secure those devices.1 This can be a very costly oversight.
Statistics show that 10% of devices break or go missing each year of a deployment,1 and that 41% of data breaches are actually caused by lost or stolen devices.2 Considering a centralized way to charge and secure devices not only streamlines workflows, it helps mitigate the risk of compromised data.
LocknCharge is committed to helping healthcare providers execute successful medical mobile device deployments. That commitment starts with our secure, multi device charging solutions, most of which are backed by a lifetime warranty, and it continues with our exceptional customer support team.
We believe it takes excellent products and people to make life easier for the healthcare industry. Come meet some of the team at our HETT charging station, #: E4. Register for free as a public sector professional.
Sources: 1lncmustage.wpengine.com/research 2https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveolenski/2017/12/08/is-the-data-on-your-businessdigital-devices-safe/#73a87d114c6a
Perth, Australia – August 9, 2019 – James Symons, CEO of PC Locs and LocknCharge has been selected as a 2019 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ regional winner. Symons is among an elite group of business talent in the Western Region who was recognised at a celebration dinner on Thursday, 8 August at Optus Stadium.
As the winner of the Disruptor Category, Symons is being acknowledged for helping to create and revolutionise his industry. He was selected by an independent panel of judges based on six global criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, innovation, national and global impact, personal integrity/influence, and strategic direction.
“It is an honour to be recognised among some of the most inspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs in the state”, says Symons.
At the age of 19, Symons joined his father Paul in the budding family business, PC Locs. They worked out of a shed in the backyard, designing a locking system for desktop computers to combat the rising issue of theft Paul had witnessed as a former teacher. Global expansion became a focus for James Symons, and now 20 years later, the company has 3 brands, 9 offices worldwide and sells to more than 20 countries daily.
“I have somehow convinced the incredible people that I work with that the journey is worth the sacrifice and I am so grateful for how loyal and passionate they are. They literally do the hard work. Having the support of my Dad as co-owner and business partner is more than I could ever ask for. He is the ultimate visionary, inventor and entrepreneur, and I am privileged to carry on what he started”.
PC Locs and LocknCharge employ 18 research and development employees in order to continuously evolve their cutting-edge product line and solve pain points for the end user. While the need for secure stations and carts that effectively store and charge mobile devices is still very prevalent, today the company also offers iOT-connected smart charging lockers and is investing in cloud technology to link multiple towers via a single portal from anywhere in the world. The newest brand, TechDen, weaves together a physical location for storing and charging personal devices with an app for parents and children to smoothly manage device usage and screen time together.
PC Locs and LocknCharge protect around two million devices for more than 22,000 business customers globally and has commercial relationships with some of the largest technology companies in the world, including Apple, Dell and Google.
EY describes the Entrepreneur Of The Year program as a chance to recognise and celebrate exceptional individuals who help shape the future. “By challenging orthodox methods and creating new markets for goods and services, entrepreneurs positively disrupt the way we do business and help enhance our quality of life.”
James will join his fellow National finalists representing Western Australia at the regional national celebration dinner on October 24th in Sydney where National category winners and the 2019 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ will be announced.
About PC Locs and LocknCharge
PC Locs and LocknCharge are privately owned, multi-national brands, with the main headquarters in Perth, Australia. The vision is to be globally recognised as the most innovative and trusted brands in developing solutions for managing deployments and healthy use of mobile technology. The mission is to make peoples’ lives easier – those managing deployments of mobile technology and those using it.
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About EY Entrepreneur of the Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program, launched in Australia in 2001, is one of the country’s leading business awards programs. It has so far recognised over 1,500 leading Australians for their entrepreneurial business success and each year, through its global program, acknowledges thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide. Founded and produced worldwide by EY, the program in Australia is sponsored by Commonwealth Bank (Principal sponsor), Qantas (Sponsor) and Austrade (Supporter).
Further information about the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program can be found at ey.com/au/eoy.
When it comes to the summer months, teachers seem to have it made! For six weeks, teachers get to have carefree summer holiday. Nothing sounds better than that, right?
If only that were true. It’s a common misconception to believe that teachers get to spend their summer holidays free of worries and responsibilities. While they may not be with students or in the classroom every single day, teachers still spend much of their summer prepping for the next school year. Below we’ve compiled what some of the best forward-thinking teachers are up to during the summer.
Just because they’re out of the classroom doesn’t mean teachers won’t spend countless hours updating and curating new lesson plans. Teachers often spend a large chunk of their summer discovering new ways to get children more engaged in learning through new lesson planning. Since education is constantly changing, it makes sense that many teachers spend their free time making plans for the upcoming school year.
“Summer is when I get a bulk of my lesson plans down, especially for the first quarter or so. It is nice to have the freedom to take the time to find new activities and exercises for the kids to use the next year. Plus, it helps me keep things topical!” – Kate McNally, Bilingual Education
Because of limited free time during the school year, these summer months are the perfect opportunity for teachers to tackle professional development. From workshops to conferences, a lot of teachers will spend July through August working on themselves as professionals while continuing education requirements needed for their teaching credentials or licenses.
Organizing the Classroom
It’s safe to say a classroom refresh is needed after the long school year. After around 190 days in the space, teachers often spend their summer reorganising and redecorating. While decorating a classroom sounds kind of fun, it is also very pricey! Not only are they hanging up new charts and decorations, but teachers are spending their summer stockpiling school supplies and other items to last them throughout the next school year.
“My classroom is an absolute mess by the end of the school year. I like taking the first few weeks of summer holiday to slowly organise things so I can take my time and make sure everything is perfect. It gives me peace of mind for the rest of the break!” – Rachel Rohland, Elementary Education
Learning & Launching New Tech
The only constant thing about education technology is that it is constantly changing. Those three summer months are the perfect opportunity for educators to catch up on everything new! Many schools roll out new technology over the summer months so that it’s ready to go for the new school year. Whether it’s a new online program or setting up a mobile deployment plan, there’s a lot that can be explored and learned within six weeks.
During the school year, a teacher’s workday doesn’t end when they leave the classroom. Whether it’s weekends spent marking papers, or nights spent creating new lesson plans, teachers do more in a single day than they get credit for! Coupled with this, teachers are constantly “on,” during the day, shaping little minds to pave their futures. So if a teacher needs a little TLC during summer holidays, we certainly can’t blame them!
Teachers, how are you planning to spend your break this year?