What is a Smart Locker for Device Charging?

Everything You Need to Know About Smart Charging Lockers

What is a Smart Locker?

Smart lockers are a hardware and software solution that allow businesses and schools to manage the distribution and collection of assets. Items such as parcels, personal items, mobile devices, supplies and more can be placed in a smart locker for individuals to access.

From a business perspective, an IoT-connected smart locker automates workflow so that employees who are tasked with asset distribution/collection can focus on human-essential tasks, while letting technology automate many low-level tasks that don’t require skilled labor.

As education, work and consumer environments continue to reap the benefits of the digital transformation, the need for device management solutions like smart lockers continues to grow. Smart lockers are an example of smart technology that have become an essential part of business strategies.

The Future of IT and Operations

Automate the exchange of devices to save your organization time and money.

What Types of Smart Lockers Exist?

There are many types of lockers to suit the specific needs of a particular business or school.

When evaluating a locker for your organization, it is important to understand the differences to ensure you don’t overpay for something your organization doesn’t need.
  • Device Management and Charging

    Automate the distribution of assets like mobile or PoS devices and often offer a cloud option to manage tracking and access. (We will explore smart charging lockers in-depth in this article.)

  • Vending of Supplies or other Assets

    Designed to supply employees with supplies like safety glasses, gloves, and other necessities. Cloud software helps with inventory management and automated reordering.

  • Parcel Drop Off/Pick Up

    Used by logistics carriers to deliver and store parcels, making sure they get to the right recipients safely.

  • Day-Use Lockers

    Temporary, keyless storage solution for universities, businesses, entertainment venues, etc. which securely stores belongings that can be retrieved at any time.

  • Asset Distribution & Tracking Lockers

    Asset tracking systems which allow authorized users to access highly-sensitive items securely, ensuring they remain accounted for at all times.

What is a Smart Locker for Device Management and Charging?

Watch this video to see how automating device exchange saves time and money.

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Ensure Devices Are Always Ready

The purpose of a smart locker for device management is to ensure that devices are always charged, accessible and ready for use - 24/7/365.

Smart Charging Lockers allow organizations to efficiently charge, secure and manage workflows for devices like phones, tablets, laptops, hand-held POS systems and more.

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Smart lockers physically and securely store and charge devices in a central location by allowing users to access individually-lockable bays.

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Feature-Rich Cloud Platform

The true power of a Smart Locker is found in its Cloud capabilities which automate tasks to reduce wasted time, minimize device downtime, and hold device users accountable. The portal enables control, administration, visibility and tracking of the Smart Charging Locker usage from anywhere in the world.

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External Integration Capabilities

Integration with external ticketing systems and an open API ensure that IT can realize significant time savings when managing devices.

What Challenges Do Smart Lockers for Device Management Solve?

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the smart locker is poised to remain an important part of future transformations.

Here are challenges that the smart locker helps solve in order to keep workflows and operations at optimal levels for two main workflows: Shared Device Programs and Break/Fix Programs as well as Public Charging On Demand.

Shared Device Programs

CURRENT STATE
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Poor Process / Delayed Work

Shared devices are not readily accessible nor reliability charged, delaying the workday.

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Distracted Managers

Managers are forced to prioritize distributing and collecting devices over their primary operational roles.

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High Rates of Breakage/Loss

Organizations experience significant device breakage and loss for shared devices that are not being secured or tracked.

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Increased Data Breaches

Organizations’ data is exposed when devices are not securely stored, and MDM software is not enough.

FUTURE STATE
Organized Process with the FUYL Tower™ Smart Charging Locker
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Ensure Devices Are Always Ready

Facilitate a reliable process so devices are always accessible and in a ready-to-use state.

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Focus on Higher-Level Tasks

Employees are empowered to manage devices without oversight, so managers can focus on management-level tasks.

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Hold Device Users Accountable

Track device usage for “who, what and when”, adding accountability so shared devices are cared for.

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Protect Data

Secure storage of devices mitigates risk and protects your organization from costly data breaches.

Quick Demo

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Broken Device Exchange Programs

CURRENT STATE
Manual Process without the FUYL Tower™ Smart Charging Locker
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Wasted Time of Skilled IT Staff

Specialized IT staff are wasting valuable time on entry-level tasks such as delivering, tracking and managing broken or lost devices.

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Lengthy Device Downtime

Device users are unable to work/learn while they wait for a replacement device, putting them behind.

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Recruitment Challenges & Increased Labor Expenses

Organizations are unable to acquire adequate talent to meet workloads.

FUTURE STATE
Automated Process with the FUYL Tower™ Smart Charging Locker
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Save Time & Balance Workloads

Automating delivery, tracking and management of broken or lost devices allows skilled IT teams to focus on strategic projects.

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Minimize Device Downtime

Device users can self-serve a replacement device at their convince 24/7/365 from a designated, secure location.

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Save Money on
Labor Costs

Automate manual tasks that once required human touch for a fraction of the cost.

Quick Demo

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Secure Charging On Demand

CURRENT STATE
Unsecured Charging without the FUYL Tower™ Smart Charging Locker
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Devices Are Not Charged When Needed

Students or workers who are unable to charge their device during their day/shift can fall behind.

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Increased Theft and Data Breaches

Devices that are left unattended while charging are at greater risk of theft, leaving data exposed.

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Low-Tech Lockers Waste Money

Without cloud capabilities, charging lockers cannot evolve as device management needs change.

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The Digital Divide Widens

Students facing housing insecurity do not have a secure place to charge devices overnight.

FUTURE STATE
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Ensure Devices Are Always Ready

Unattended devices can be charged at a convenient time without worry, keeping device users on track.

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Protect Devices and Data

Securely store devices to mitigate risk and protect your organization from costly data breaches.

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Get Ultimate Flexibility Long Term

Easily switch modes with Cloud-connected FUYL Towers to flex for new workflows as tech advances.

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Improve Digital Equity

Provide a secure charging location for those facing housing insecurity.

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Watch this video to see public charging workflow in action.
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Learn how you can save time and money by automating device management at your organization.

Who Uses Smart Lockers for Mobile Devices?

Smart Lockers allow multiple departments like IT, operations, and HR to see true improvements in staff uptime and accountability for company assets when implementing into their work environments. They are used to control and track device usage, giving them the ability to assign devices to specific individuals and alerting them if devices aren’t returned. Some industries that use smart lockers include:

  • Education

    Smart lockers streamline daily device hand out and pick up, saving tech teams as many as 250 hours when automating their break/fix program.

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  • Manufacturing

    Smart lockers create an efficient solution for shift workers who can charge devices and speed up workflow in a fast-paced environment.

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  • Airlines

    Smart lockers allow devices to be charged in a central location prior to being taken on a plane for airport personnel like pilots and flight attendants, while secure charging spots can be set up for consumers, with remote admin control.

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  • Energy

    Smart Lockers allow field workers to securely access and use devices specifically designed for them during the day, while charging them at work overnight so they’re always ready the next day.

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  • Transportation

    Smart lockers improve the commuter experience by seamlessly providing train conductors with fully charged and securely stored mobile technology so they can process tickets with payment methods that best suit consumer needs.

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  • Hospitality & Entertainment

    Smart lockers cut down on misplaced or uncharged devices that lead to lost productivity and missed sales opportunities, improving communication between staff workers and teams in high pressure industries.

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FUYL Tower™ Smart Lockers are Trusted by Leading Organizations

Smart Charging Locker Features to Consider When Evaluating a Solution

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Robust Built-In Features

To ensure that organizations can empower teams and see an ROI quickly, smart lockers should come with built-in functionality that doesn’t require customization. Hardware should be easy to support and service in the field.

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Customer-Centric Product Development

Combining both hardware and software, smart lockers designed by companies that ensure consistent enhancement and customer-focused new features mean they can evolve with your organization as it grows.

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Admin Access

Remote access capabilities for multiple or unlimited administrators allows organizations to easily scale and manage thousands of devices from anywhere in the world.

Admins are able to create User Groups to better manage users and to authorize large sets of users to specific Towers or nodes.

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Security

The Cloud platform powering the smart charging locker should remotely apply updates and security patches to better prepare against cyber attacks.

Data stored in the Cloud should be protected by industry-standard encryption certificates. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) protects accounts from unauthorized access. Configuring an SSO provider allows admins to securely login with one set of verified credentials.

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Future-Proof Investment

Purchasing a smart locker with modular replacement parts and quick access panels that allow for hardware serviceability is key to maximizing your ROI. Regular software updates and improvement ensure Towers will be useful as device workflow changes.

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World-Class Support

World-class customer support that can assist with any issues or questions that may arise as businesses adapt to and invest in emerging and evolving technologies like the smart locker.

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Why Choose a LocknCharge Smart Charging Locker?

The FUYL Tower is a solution that optimizes and enables workflows efficiently and securely, which means businesses and organizations can save wasted time, minimize device down time and save money on labor costs.

The FUYL Tower pays for itself by reducing the loss of valuable assets, keeping devices secure and charged in 5 or 15 individually-lockable bays at a central location for on-site and nearby remote workers. Inherently contactless, it also prioritizes the health and safety of staff and is an ideal solution for ongoing social distancing protocols.

  • Cloud Connectivity

    An admin can remotely control user access and monitor audit logs.

  • Charging

    Charges most devices, including tablets, laptops, mobile phones and Chromebooks, hot spots, scanners and more.

  • Seamless Integration

    Can be integrated with existing IT infrastructure and systems.

  • Easily Scalable

    Easily scale via the LocknCharge Cloud to manage any number of Towers and devices in less time.

  • Customer-Centric Partner

    LocknCharge is a customer-centric technology company that helps organizations deploy and manage mission-critical assets.

  • Ready-to-Go Hardware

    End-to-end electronic hardware and native Cloud management software platform work together in our patented “off-the-shelf” automated smart locker solutions like the FUYL Tower.

  • Secure

    Secure software and durable hardware with a lifetime warranty ensure data and devices are protected when not in use.

  • New Features

    Consistent Cloud and hardware enhancements add additional and long-term value.

  • World-Class Support

    Our products are supported by US-based, responsive customer support and a dedicated support site to troubleshoot any issues.

  • Achieve ROI in 10-16 Weeks

    FUYL Tower ROI averages 10-16 weeks or less.

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New Technology Solution Trends for Restaurants

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For many years, quick-serve restaurants (QSR), like McDonald’s, have had traditional drive-through and counter ordering options. Casual dining, such as Applebee’s, has always had a dine-in environment where you sit at a table, a server makes your experience enjoyable, and you don’t have to do the dishes. 

But now, new restaurant technology trends are changing how we eat. As tech advances and consumer preferences change, the restaurant industry is adding and adapting to cutting-edge digital solutions.

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated these trends in the restaurant technology landscape, requiring the restaurant industry to shift quickly in order to meet new market demands. These innovative processes are only set to keep profits high and maintain a healthy market in the future.

Here’s a look at the newest technology for restaurants coming to an eatery near you:

Robot Kitchens

Robots and AI together are showing us new ways our food can be made and have become one of the most exciting restaurant industry technology trends. SPYCE in Boston was created to provide low-cost, yummy meals, powered by robots. Customers can order from devices in the store or online, robots grab the food and drop it in the wok – humans are only needed to add the final toppings and provide an excellent customer experience.

On the other end of the spectrum, Alibaba, a supermarket in Shanghai, is using robots to deliver food right to customer's tables. Customers use an app to order and pick out fresh ingredients, then robots transport the food to the kitchen where the meal is cooked. When ready, the food is delivered to their assigned seat via a robot server.

Cloud/Ghost Kitchens

A cloud kitchen, or ghost kitchen, is a commercial kitchen space that allows businesses to fulfill delivery and takeout items without the overhead of a brick-and-mortar location. As more consumers order delivery from apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats, a cloud kitchen is one restaurant technology solution making it easier for entrepreneurs to open a restaurant. A cloud kitchen requires minimal overhead and is ideal for chain restaurants to expand the delivery arm of their business.

As restaurant technology trends toward increased delivery service, which has already increased 150% from 2019 to 2020, restaurants are facing delayed wait times for in-house guests. Separating delivery orders from the main business can help improve operations and ensure consumers are getting their food fast. New and veteran restaurant owners can leverage cloud kitchens and restaurant ordering technology to process orders faster.

Ordering Ahead – Mobile & Online

Mobile orders used to be a wee 1.5% of QSR sales in 2015, which jumped to 11% in 2020 and is expected to be a whopping 20% by 2025. Today, restaurants are managing orders from many different apps and online ordering services. As consumer preference continues to trend toward mobile ordering, restaurants are hiring curbside or mobile order staff dedicated to processing these orders with iPads. Constantly checking Uber Eats and Yelp can be overwhelming. However, there are new restaurant technologies that can aggregate orders into one centralized system. Cake software is an example of this technology that can make this process more manageable.

Charging Solutions for Mobile Devices

There are a lot of new restaurant technologies available that have the potential to change the industry forever. What works and what doesn’t work will drive new adoption in the restaurant market. One thing that all these technologies have in common is the devices that make them work. Whether an iPad is being used to place an order made by robots or receive an online order – those devices must be charged and ready to go. Charging stations, like those offered by LocknCharge, are the perfect solution to ensure there is no device downtime. One of the most popular charging stations that restaurant operators prefer to ensure their devices are always charged and available is the Putnam Charging Station.

The Putnam has light indicators to ensure restaurant staff know which devices are fully charged (green), and which need additional charging (red). Plus, it comes pre-wired with fixed lightning cables to ensure cords are there when needed.

Learn More About LocknCharge Products for Restaurants

Visit our restaurants charging stations page to see more examples of how restaurant operators are incorporating LocknCharge charging solutions into their restaurant technology stack.

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Top 5 EdTech Trends to Watch

Usually, top trends lists are published at the beginning of the year. But there’s nothing usual about this year, especially when it comes to evolving trends. COVID-19 has become a catalyst for change, accelerating the adoption of digital technology across all industries. Under challenging conditions, education was completely transformed as schools scrambled to utilize the latest technology. That’s why we’ve decided to pause mid-year to reflect on what innovations in EdTech have recently emerged and what trends will likely stick around. 

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1. Immersive Learning Goes Mainstream

VR technology is an effective way to provide a personalized learning experience, enhance visual learning and save on physical equipment. Anecdotal evidence suggests that VR in the classroom increases students’ ability to retain information by 60-70%. It also allows training for hazardous jobs without exposure to high-risk environments. Furthermore, the mobility of technology ensures accessibility to world-class facilities for remote students without the burden of traveling or relocating.

Look for more institutions to adopt this state-of-the-art EdTech as VR headsets drop in price and immersive technology advances. Vocational education and training provider TAFE SA recently deployed 30 Lenovo Mirage VR headsets to aid education for their Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Servicing Courses. Students have a 1:1 approach with the headsets to explore and experience high-risk areas they would not ordinarily see as apprentices.

2. Distance Learning is Here to Stay

Even as schools reopen for in-person learning, administrators are extending remote learning plans. Sorry kids, if you’re in the New York City public school system, no more snow days spent sledding and building snowmen. Because NYC districts distributed hundreds of thousands of devices during the pandemic, snow days have been canceled and replaced with online learning days.

In addition, schools across the country are adopting a hybrid approach and online learning options to meet the needs of students who thrive academically in a virtual environment. According to a recent Rand Corp. survey, about one in five districts are considering adopting virtual school as part of their portfolio post-pandemic. 

3. 1:1 Goes Global

Sped up by school closures and remote learning requirements, many districts reached their 1:1 device-to-student ratio goals years ahead of schedule. Even if schools worldwide don’t yet have a device in the hands of every student, they have distributed millions more laptops, tablets and Chromebooks than ever before. Acquiring a device for each student has led to another emerging trend—. As students and educators go back to school this fall, their loaner devices will be returning too.

Those districts keeping their 1:1 ratio long-term will need to address how to best store, charge and secure their new devices without burdening school staff. One solution to set up your school for success is to invest in easy-to-cable open-concept charging carts. Pre-pandemic, technology carts helped make a limited number of computers shareable among multiple classrooms. Now, these same resources will take on a new role. Carts enable educators to plug in 30 or 40 devices without worrying about having tons of outlets in each classroom. Students leaving their devices at school overnight can take advantage of the secure storage benefits of tech carts and smart lockers. In addition to security, they offer an easy way to redistribute the devices at the start of the school day.

4. Digital Equity Comes into Focus

Procuring and handing out devices is only one side of the remote learning equation. In the US, 14% of students between the ages of 3-18 can’t connect to the internet at home. Unicef reports that worldwide, over 400 million students have no access to digital or broadcast lessons.

Innovative educators and community partners are hard at work bridging the digital divide to ensure no child misses out on learning. Many new programs have emerged—from Wi-Fi-enabled school buses in California to SIM-enabled internet dongles in Victoria. All aimed at delivering internet connectivity to underserved student households.

Achieving digital equity also relies on preparing for the inevitable. School-issued equipment used at home for remote learning or homework will break, and cables will go missing. District CTOs and CIOs have learned over the past year that they can’t assume students have a backup device. If a device is damaged, most students can’t participate in lessons—which puts them behind until they return to school for a replacement. A better solution is to deploy smart lockers such as LocknCharge FUYL Towers in public places throughout a neighborhood. Ideal locations are open after hours, such as a community resource center, a Boys & Girls Club or a local restaurant. Stocked with replacement devices, smart lockers offer secure storage, no-contact pickup and easy access 24/7. Once a student reports a device requires attention, a staff member can assign that student to a specific locker. Using an admin-defined PIN, the student can swap their broken device for a ready-to-use one. By spreading Towers throughout the district near transit hubs, no family has to travel farther than another, making this a more equitable option that reduces learning loss.

5. More Evidence-Based Procurement Decisions

When faced with stretched budgets, schools are getting smarter with their technology investments. According to ResourcEd, “Schools are much more likely to invest in technology based on evidence that it supports their school’s learning requirements and challenges.” Schools searching for tech that integrates easily within their existing infrastructure are looking for solutions that won’t quickly become obsolete.

Most technology in schools is replaced every 3-5 years. Investing in future-proof technology can have a significant impact on budgets and employees’ time. For example, imagine the costs and time your district could save by not replacing charging solutions every time new devices are rolled out.

The only certainty about the future of education is that it’s uncertain. The trick is to be ready for whatever scenario comes your way—including developing an EdTech plan that empowers students and teachers to focus on the task of learning. Learn how best to navigate educational technology in an ever-changing landscape.

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In-Person Learning Readiness: Tips for Transitioning Your 1:1 Device Program

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Sped up by Coronavirus school closures and remote learning requirements, many districts reached their 1:1 device program goals years ahead of schedule. In the Newark school system, 98% of the district’s students now have access to laptops or tabletsBuffalo Public Schools hit a milestone late last year of a device for every student, up from an average of six devices per classroom. Even if all schools don’t yet have a device in the hands of every student in need, they have distributed millions more laptops, tablets and Chromebooks than ever before.  

The demand of parents working from home and kids learning remotely, coupled with component scarcity, have resulted in massive shortages of Chromebooks and laptops. As a result, acquiring a device for each student has not been easy. And that’s just the first step of a successful 1:1 device program. Many obstacles remain in areas related to teacher training, funding and internet access.  

Another hurdle districts will soon face—how to best transition remote devices to in-person classrooms. As EducationWeek explains, “At some point in the future, whenever it’s deemed safe for school buildings to reopen, students will be returning those loaner devices. Then, the process starts to transition tens of thousands of brand-new laptops into devices intended to provide a digital boost to learning inside school buildings. 

Set Up Your School for Success this Fall 

Come fall, whether devices are staying in school or going home every night, the restrictions caused by COVID-19 have added a new set of challenges to laptop and tablet charging, disinfection, storing and redistribution. You need proven solutions to make 1:1 device programs more efficient for students and less burdensome on school staff.

 
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Summer Vacation 

Are you faced with the daunting task of bringing all of your loaner devices back for sanitization and servicing before starting the new school year? In-person device drop off increases the risks of virus spreading. 

Arrange for safe drop off and pickup. 

With our robust online management portal for FUYL Tower, IT Admins can manage Smart Lockers remotely. Parents place devices in a compartment at a scheduled time; staff then tracks the activity to see when the compartment was accessed, reset PINs, open doors and more. Tablet devices can also be sanitized using UVone to prevent the spread of bacteria on devices. 

Return-to-School Planning 

When students return full-time to classrooms, does your faculty fear device storage, charging and redistribution for their new 1:1 device program? Are you stressed that devices won’t be charged when in-person learning resumes? Does the idea of cabling/unwiring all of your charging carts keep you up at night? 

Invest in an open-concept charging cart. 

End your cabling nightmares and improve employee satisfaction with easy-to-cable open-concept charging carts. Joey Carts are super easy to cable, making setup a breeze. Baskets securely store and transport large numbers of laptops, tablets, and other technology when not in use. By placing the devices in baskets, devices are quickly loaded and unloaded into a cart, allowing them to be charged in batches very easily. 

Broken Devices 

Broken devices put an increased burden on school staff and resources. With 10% of devices going missing or broken during each year of mobile deployment, the burden can quickly compound. There’s no denying that your new school-owned devices will need repair during the school year. 

When students and faculty have equipment that breaks or is lost, you need a way to get it back without putting your staff or parents at risk.

Streamline your break/fix program with a Smart Locker. 

By designating a smart locker as a device repair drop point, school staff no longer waste valuable time tracking down and collecting broken devices. 

Reduce device downtime by streamlining your frictionless break/fix workflow. Employees and students can easily drop a broken device in the FUYL Tower and retrieve a new device while theirs is being fixed. 

Cybersecurity 

Not using your pet’s name for a password is a great first step to securing your school’s digital assets. But an even better one is keeping devices out of the wrong hands in the first place. Did you know that 41% of data breaches are due to lost and stolen mobile devices? It’s essential to protect your students and your school by securing devices with digital security and physical security when not in use. 

Secure your devices from physical attacks.  

Implementing durable, secure charging stations will protect devices and the data on them—not to mention decrease costs. A centralized point of secure charging helps schools provide a repository for tablets and laptops, reducing breakage and loss. The critical oversight of not protecting your devices when not in use can create painful hassles for students, teachers and administrators alike. By using a secure device charging station, you’ll minimize per-student and per-educator device costs.

 

Check out more proven solutions to address 1:1 challenges such as forgotten or dead devices.  

Most experts express optimism that the majority of K-12 students will be back in-person full-time this fall. When students and educators return, classrooms won’t be the same as they were pre-pandemic. As you consider health and safety mitigation measures, be prepared to address the challenges of students and staff returning with their loaner devices tooCharging, securing, managing and sanitizing hundreds if not thousands of laptops and tablets may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. We specialize in facilitating deployment for 1:1 device programs and shared device programs, and we’re here to help. 

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Healthy Devices, Healthy Employees: 5 Tips for a Safe Return to Work

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Is your organization preparing for remote employees to return to the office? Keep in mind, when your team members come back, so do their contaminated laptops, tablets and phones. Streptococcus, MRSA and E. coli have all been found lurking on devices. Nonporous surfaces like smartphone screens can also make them a perfect environment for the coronavirus.

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to have infection control policies, procedures and training in place. You must also provide infection control supplies. If an organization doesn’t take reasonable steps to protect employees, it could be held liable for a coronavirus transmission in the workplace.

As you create a plan for a safe return to work environment, it’s essential to include steps to mitigate the risks of maintaining and sharing devices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re here to help with five tips to reduce the spread of smartphone bacteria and infections by improving sanitization and limiting physical interactions.

The more layers of effective interventions that are implemented, the less likely your business will contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
—Cleveland Clinic
Tip 1: Clean Your Hands and Your Devices

No single tactic for keeping employees safe is 100% effective, advises the Cleveland Clinic. However, multiple layers of effective interventions serve as safeguards when used together. “The more layers of effective interventions that are implemented, the less likely your business will contribute to the spread of COVID-19.” In addition to masks, social distancing, routine cleaning and frequent handwashing, device sanitization can reduce infection risk and increase workplace device safety.

By touching a contaminated surface, then texting and making calls, your phone can become a culprit for spreading infection. By lowering germs on surfaces through proper sanitization methods, you’ll break free from the endless loop of cross-contamination.

While alcohol-based wipes will disinfect touch screens, they take upwards of three minutes to be effective. The UVone™ UV-C Disinfection Station is a better way to disinfect touchscreens because it works in just 30 seconds—six times quicker than traditional wipes. UV-C light also disinfects in a consistent manner, making it more reliable and efficient than wipes. Plus, it is the perfect zero touch solution to ensure technology cleanliness and does not degrade the integrity of devices over time.

Tip 2: Create an Overnight Charging Location for Shared Devices

Recently, the Little Friends® nonprofit agency transitioned back to in-person schooling at its new facility. With staff and students’ health and safety in mind, plexiglass partitions were installed, social distancing and mask protocols were adopted, and a nightly cleaning schedule was implemented. In addition to these mitigation measures, the administrators sought a way to give parents the assurance that shared iPad devices were routinely sanitized. They also needed a comprehensive strategy for charging, storing and securing shared iPad devices.

The decision was made to mount a UVone next to a Carrier™ 10 Charging Station in each classroom so that devices can be quickly sanitized before storing and charging overnight. This overnight charging solution goes beyond a school setting to fit into any work environment.

If your employees share tablets or hand-held devices, a designated overnight charging location in your office gives everyone peace of mind. Your staff will know that their shared devices are disinfected and fully charged at the start of each shift. You’ll have the confidence that company devices are stored securely and not at risk for costly data breaches.

Tip 3: Deploy a Zero-Touch Model for Maintaining Mobile Devices 

Maintaining social distancing protocols is challenging when broken equipment needs to be exchanged and new equipment distributed. One way to make office-based employment safer is through contactless device distribution. Here are just three of the ways FUYL Towers can eliminate physical interactions between IT teams and employees. Start by choosing an accessible location at your facility to place one or more FUYL Tower 5 or 15 stocked with sanitized, ready-to-go devices, then:

  • Deploy devices
    For employees who need a new device, provide easy access to tablets and laptops.
  • Provide Loaner/Break-Fix Devices
    For employees who need to exchange a broken device or check out a loaner, easily swap the failed device or provide a replacement.
  • Distribute Other Essential Equipment

For employees who need more than just a laptop to perform their jobs, simplify the distribution of tools, paperwork, lost cables and more.

Tip 4: Don't Forget Your Remote Workforce 

Despite many schools and offices reopening, the remote workforce is not going away in a post-Covid world. Recent forecasts estimate at least 25% of employees will continue to work from home multiple days a week. If your staff is fully or partly remote, technology mishaps are bound to happen at home or as they’re lugging devices to and from the office. Not to mention the increase in forgotten charging cords, power supplies and other vital equipment.

When nearly 20% of mobile devices break or go missing each year, the burden usually falls on IT staff. These responsibilities drain your tech team’s time, and broken devices add significant downtime for employees who can’t work.

Have you ever asked yourself just how much time your IT department wastes physically running around gathering and replacing broken devices or supplying cables? By centralizing and automating your time-wasting manual break/fix program with a smart charging locker, you could save hundreds of hours a year. A FUYL Tower 5 or 15 allows you to keep several devices charged, secure and connected in a location in your building that onsite workers or nearby remote workers can access. With FUYL Towers, a manual process that once took an hour to complete now takes less than a minute!

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Tip 5: Lean on Us

We’re on your team, helping to plan your defense against the spread of germs and keep your office-based employees and remote workforce healthy! In such a tumultuous time, technology that works for today and is flexible for the future is more valuable than ever. LocknCharge products are backed by a lifetime warranty, exceptional customer support, and a lot of good listeners.

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