The UK’s CO2 emissions have been reduced by 38% since 1990. There are a few reasons for this, but one of them is more responsible energy usage by industry and residential consumers – accounting for an 18% drop in emissions. As environmental concerns mount, so the importance of managing our greenhouse gas emissions grows. As you strategise around how to reduce your carbon footprint, the collection of data is always a powerful first step in effecting change.
Smart technologies are giving businesses detailed insights into energy consumption and empowering change – with benefits for both the environment and your bottom line.
How to reduce your carbon footprint with smart technologies
The move to net zero
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. As businesses aspire to achieve net zero carbon, simple beginnings include reduced emissions and energy usage and a move to greener, renewable energy sources. Smart technologies give insights on usage, providing the information to change processes with reduced emissions in mind.
IoT and green buildings
Smart technologies around utilities can be used on their own or as part of a business’s broader green building architecture. In general, many smart technologies can inspire greener, more sustainable business practices where data is used to maximum effect. This can be attributed to detailed, accurate data collection – and this data can then be analysed to inform decision-making and strategy.
Smart consumption reporting
Across multi-site operations, over entire buildings, and down to a single piece of equipment, IoT utilities solutions are simplifying consumption reporting. Things like retrofitted smart meters and sub-metering solutions are invaluable infrastructure for effective energy monitoring. With insights that drill down to energy patterns on a micro level, you have the chance to make the most of every opportunity to reduce usage and so your carbon footprint.
Smart energy management
Smart IoT utilities solutions are all about precision. Automated meter readers provide alerts which drive high-level energy management, including automated peak usage warnings. By strategising around peak usage and devising a peak usage management plan, you reduce the burden on the grid and stand to cut business costs at the same time. This is easily achieved via data, allowing you to identify high-usage equipment and act accordingly.
Power supply management
Data is sent via the Orion Data Network to a bespoke dashboard and alerts can be calibrated according to your specific needs. This means constant, real-time notifications on power surges and outages. This system also has two-way capabilities, which means electrical devices can be automatically and remotely started and stopped.
Smart technologies streamline machine and equipment maintenance in a variety of ways. The more well-maintained equipment is, the better it tends to be for the environment. Smart technologies provide accurate, detailed records on the day to day operations of machines. They have the capability to report on changes in terms of vibrations, emissions, heat, noise, and other metrics – signs that equipment is not running as efficiently as it could be.
A smarter start to carbon efficiency
If your business is interrogating how to reduce your carbon footprint, the IoT utilities solutions from Smarter Technologies are both simple and cost-effective. Seamlessly integrated into your operations, the real-time data insights are a vehicle for sustainable change and enhanced efficiencies.
Contact Smarter Technologies today to discuss your business’ needs and to design tailored, smart solutions.
In the UK, coronavirus lockdowns saw a surge in criminal activity, with opportunistic thieves taking advantage of deserted business premises. This has underscored the need for smart security systems to protect assets and people going forward. With the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technologies, businesses are looking to smart solutions to optimise their everyday processes and meet shifting needs. The best smart security system is cost-effective, yet powerful enough to give detailed insights and early alerts. They are also notably effective at counteracting business’s security vulnerabilities.
What to look for in the best smart security system
With so many different systems out there, it is beneficial to tailor security systems with easily integrable hardware. Here are a few features to look out for.
If your commercial interests are dispersed over multiple locations, top smart security systems will give you the benefit of a dynamic, real-time view irrespective of distance, remoteness, or number of sites.
Hardware should combine simplicity of use with progressive design – to fit within the broader smart building ecosystem. The best smart security systems incorporate more ‘traditional’ hardware like cameras and laser beams with things like pressure pads, motion sensors, pressure pads, and advanced access control features. Smart technologies, while serving a pivotal role in security, can also inform in-depth surveillance when it comes to atmospheric changes, smoke detection, and so on.
Installation and integration
Ease of installation is an important factor for any new system. Many business and building owners have already invested in security measures over the years – and smart technologies do not need to render these obsolete. The best smart security technologies integrate seamlessly with existing CCTV and access control systems to complement and enhance existing processes.
Leading smart security solutions are linked to a dashboard which selected personnel can access anywhere, anytime. These cloud-based solutions give a consistent, real-time view of operations – and also serve a record-keeping purpose.
While access control, door and window breaches, and unauthorised access are commonplace security concerns, the best smart security systems offer customisable notifications. This means you receive an alert based on pre-defined occurrences, giving you the chance to act immediately and effectively.
Enhanced tracking and recoverability
Smart security systems should be discreet, wireless, and long-lasting. Commercial theft usually occurs around high-value items and equipment, which makes recoverability a critical consideration. This goes in hand with reduced chance of disruptions and mitigated losses.
The advantages of smart security systems
The top smart security systems have advantages over traditional security measures. These benefits include:
Elevated asset, staff, and customer safety
Taking care of your employees should be at the top of your priority list – and a smart security system shows a commitment to their wellbeing. Leading smart security systems also make provision for lone workers (which has a compliance benefit) or any vulnerable members of your workforce – even in remote locations. Asset security and preventing vandalism naturally has an effect on your bottom line, with customer safety also having a bearing on your reputation.
Reduced false alarms
False alarms are resource intensive, cause disruption, and come at a cost. As smart security systems are aimed at precision metrics, the chances of a false alarm are minimised.
Whether your business has been targeted by opportunistic thieves or well-organised professional criminals, time is of the essence when responding to burglaries and robberies. Immediate alerts mean accelerated response times, which aids in recoverability and securing convictions.
Smart security systems are usually linked to cloud-based, remotely accessible dashboards. This means, no matter where you are, you stay connected to your business security at all times.
The potential impact of crime on business
Theft of critical assets or damage to premises can involve costly business disruption. In the event of inadequate insurance, this can be very serious – sometimes requiring businesses to close. Business disruption is also bad for business reputation.
Theft comes at a cost to your business. Whether paying for repairs to damaged property or supplementing insurance pay outs, this is an expense businesses often have to absorb. This has a knock-on effect for your customers on the price they will pay for your goods or services. Smart security systems are an invaluable investment for mitigating expenses associated with thefts.
If your business is a regular target for theft, this will be reflected in your insurance premiums – an almost unavoidable operating cost. By enhancing recoverability, smart security solutions may assist in keeping insurance premiums as low as possible.
Find the best smart security system to outsmart criminals
Smarter Technologies offers a range of smart security solutions for businesses. Passive infrared sensors, pressure pads, wireless laser beams, motion sensors, and security cameras send real-time data via the secure Orion Data Network to assist in daily security functions. Monitor everything from access control to undesirable changes anywhere in your premises to secure your business interests in the smartest way possible.
Find out more about the best smart security system from Smarter Technologies.
A starting point to protecting staff from coronavirus
COVID-19 has taught us many things, but one important focal point has become our vulnerability around illness in the workplace. As we navigate the new normal, resources like the CDC’s guidance to businesses in response to COVID-19 are a good starting point. However, one cannot help but wonder what future workplace health processes will look like.
While we are still refining best practice on coronavirus mitigation and management, the pandemic has become a catalyst for a smarter, automated approach to protecting health at work. Indeed, COVID-19 has seen accelerated growth around cost-effective smart technologies extending to a range of different health concerns, which have far-reaching benefits for workplace safety. With 1.4 million workers suffering from work-related ill-health, the time is ripe to thoroughly examine and implement smart health processes. Here are the top five ways smart technologies are protecting staff from illness.
1. Temperature checking
Temperature is widely regarded as an early sign of many illnesses and the use of temperature testing technology has been adopted around the world to assist in curbing the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. Smart temperature checking solutions have transformed this into a seamless, non-invasive, automated process. Readings are conducted on entry. This can be conducted individually and can also scan crowds in large warehouses or factory spaces, airports, stadia, and schools and universities.
Using facial recognition and infrared thermal technology, access control can be tailored around high temperatures and the presence of masks – and real-time alerts on these factors allow business owners to demonstrate a duty of care. Additionally, these medically-accurate readings are securely sent to a cloud-based dashboard and can be integrated with existing systems to drive traceability.
2. Automated Legionella compliance
With many offices lying dormant as a result of COVID-19, so the risk of Legionella increases – and our awareness around this disease-carrying bacteria. Legionella thrives in stagnant water between 20 and 50°C and carries the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ Disease. As buildings have reopened, businesses have been warned to flush their water systems to minimise the risk of bacteria growth.
Legionella, however, is an ongoing compliance concern for businesses, which need to conduct regular temperature testing to meet their statutory obligations. This takes up time and resources – and goes in-hand with a risk of human error.
Automated Legionella sampling provides consistent, reliable readings and actionable alerts whenever undesirable conditions are detected. This means that resources can be deployed as the need arises. This can also be an early warning of faults with valves and pipework which, in complex systems, can be costly the longer they are left undetected. Automatically transmitted readings are stored on business’s cloud-based dashboards, which serves to meet their statutory record-keeping requirements.
3. Air quality
Good ventilation is one of the cornerstones of the CDC’s COVID-19 advice to businesses – and ventilation has always been key to the maintenance of a healthy indoor environment. It has also been traditionally hard to monitor. A system of tags and sensors, with data readings delivered to a cloud-based interface, enables building and business owners to know when (and for how long) areas are ventilated. It also allows you to monitor and regulate HVAC usage remotely for total control of mechanical ventilation, no matter where you are.
Smart technologies can also provide real-time alerts on atmospheric changes. This includes humidity (the main cause of mould and damp), noxious gases, and pollutants. Whether an immediate response is required or long-term health effects are being safeguarded, these are powerful insights for health-focussed businesses.
4. Equipment monitoring
One hundred and eleven workers were killed in work-related accidents in the UK in 2019/2020. While not all of these fatalities were caused by machine malfunctions, keeping machines working at optimum levels has a knock-on effect when it comes to the health and safety of workers. Being able to monitor the finer details of a machine’s functioning empowers insights which impact health. Smart technologies collect and deliver in-depth data on metrics of your choosing, providing instant notifications and empowering action like never before.
As an example, the HSE reported 180 new claims of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome in 2018. Smart technologies give a dynamic view of machine usage duration and vibration to ensure:
- workers take breaks
- their work environment is at the right temperature
- tools are regularly maintained and working as they should.
Similarly, issues like noise-related deafness can be prevented by close monitoring of noise levels in relation to workers.
5. Workstation monitoring
Smart technologies can make for healthier workstations in a range of ways. From enforcing social distancing to keeping workers to ensuring regular enough breaks for productivity and wellbeing, smart technologies like occupancy monitoring can be used as simply or innovatively as you desire. This can also assist in gauging things like display screen exposure and office temperature.
The smarter way to protect workers
Data-driven strategies in the workplace and smart buildings are on course to become the new normal. Smarter Technologies has developed a suite of smart technology solutions – connected over the Orion Data Network – which can be tailored to the needs of all enterprises and applications. These solutions offer benefits across businesses of all sizes and are set to transform profitability and productivity. Workplace health and safety is always a primary concern. These simple, powerful, integrable technologies are easily implemented to safeguard wellbeing at work and protect staff from coronavirus.
Smarter Technologies is an approved supplier in the UK Government’s Digital Marketplace.
We have been approved as a supplier on the G-Cloud 12 framework Digital Marketplace, which is managed by the Crown Commercial Services (CCS).
The framework is an innovative procurement initiative for public sector bodies that use cloud computing, including central government, local government and important sectors such as health and education and emergency services.
So far, over £5 billion has been spent via the first 10 versions of G-Cloud, which provides a simple route to market for SMEs to engage with public sector departments.
It is the second time that Smarter Technologies has been selected to be a part of the initiative, having previously been selected as a G-Cloud 11 supplier with the support of sister company Visionist.
“We are happy to cement our position for another year for public sector organisations to take advantage of our industry-leading cloud-based services,” said Smarter Technologies Chief Technology Officer David Miller.
“We look forward to helping public organisations around the country realise greater efficiencies and cost-savings through our innovative and tailored technology solutions.”
We are able to provide a baseline service to help companies understand how their sites and systems can migrate to the cloud. Our innovative solutions include network security, appropriate smart building and compliance recommendations, asset tracking and monitoring, recommendations for utilities brokerage and other business services.
Get in touch to enquire about our service offering.
Smarter Technologies’ services available through the framework include:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) Design and Integration Support
- Automated and Synchronised Employee Information AI Bot
- Automated Business Proces and Decision Making
- Automated Workflow Service Integration
- Build Integrate Test GDS
- Business Process Improvement (BPI)
- Business Rules Decision Automation
- Cloud-based Fever Monitoring
- Cloud-based Asset Monitoring, Tracking, Surveillance and Recovery
- Cloud Hosting Readiness Assessment
- Cloud Hosting Cyber Risk Assessment
- Commercial Procurement Support
- Complete Comprehensive Hospital Information System
- Correspondence Tracking System
- Data Migration GDS
- Desktop End User Compute
- Device Management
- DevOps – Exploiting Transition, Transformation, Opportunities of Cloud Services
- Digital Hub and Centre of Excellence Services
- Digital Transformation Change Management
- Document and Records Management – Transition to Cloud Services
- End-to-end Cloud Technology Transition, Transformation and Implementation
- End-User Device Build Service
- Enterprise Architecture and Solutions Design for the Cloud
- Enterprise Service Bus API Management
- Ethical Phishing Campaign
- FastPass Password Reset Self-Service
- Forensic Analysis
- HIT Integrated Platform
- IDAM Single Sign On (SSO) Design Integration Support
- Identity, Security, Compliance, Risk Associated with GDPR-Related Data
- Identity Management SSO and 2FA Software Licence and Deployment Service
- IT Governance for Cloud Services
- JAVA Middleware
- Knowledge Information Management Strategy
- Legacy Operating Systems Upgrade to Windows 10
- Legacy Application Management and Reachback
- Line of Business Applications Migration
- Low Code Configure Not Code
- Microsoft Office 365 Productivity, Design, Transition and Support Services
- Microsoft Compliance Centre Support and eDiscovery
- Microsoft Power Platform Design Integration and Support
- Microsoft Teams Design, Delivery and Operational Support
- NET Python PHP Ruby – Cloud DevOps
- Network Operation Support (SDWAN and Zero Trust)
- OKTA SSO and Identity Management Software License and Deployment Service
- OKTA SSO IDAM and MFA Deployment Service
- Patient Care Platform – Fever Detection and Monitoring
- Process and Workflow Automation with PowerAutomate, PowerApps, PowerBI
- Protective Monitoring, Design and Review of Cloud Services
- PSN Gateway, Legacy Application and Reachback Securely Via the Internet
- Requirement Definition
- Ruby PHP Python .NET C# Poer Platform Flutter Ionic Angular Java Scala Development
- Secure Cloud Hosting (Application Layer Security)
- Security Design and Assurance
- Security Exposure Assessment
- Security Review of Cloud Services
- Service Design Assurance and Governance
- Service Desk-as-a-Service
- Service Management of Cloud Services
- Smart Building Monitoring, Control and Compliance
- Smart Building Service
- Specification Design of GDS Compliant Services
- Teams, Skype for Business Design, Integration, Support and Transition
- Telephony Infrastructure and Video Conference Transition to Cloud Unified Communications Services
- Telephony Migration
- Test Automation Tools for Cloud Services
- Test Strategy and Management for Cloud Services
- Training and Comms
- Ultra Care – Call Off Support
- Unified Communications, Collaboration, Strategy Definition, Delivery and Support
- Zero Trust Desktop-as-a-Service
- Zero Trist Secure Cloud Hosting with ZScaler ZPA Application Layer Security
- ZScaler Deployment and Filtering Services
- ZScaler ZIA ZPA-Z-App Software License and Deployment Service
Why healthcare asset tracking is becoming a non-negotiable investment
This year, the healthcare sector has faced enormous pressure. The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 created an unprecedented demand for medical supplies, such as PPE, and the need for effective healthcare asset tracking, asset management and resource utilisation became a vital component in the fight against this devastating virus.
Despite this sudden increase in demand, it is not new for hospitals and other care facilities to invest in healthcare asset tracking systems.
As medical treatments become increasingly sophisticated, it is no wonder that the amount of specialised equipment, medications and instruments used by hospitals and healthcare facilities continues to grow significantly. The cost of these items can also be astronomical; often, they cannot be easily replaced, making the ability to track and manage this kind of equipment especially appealing.
Not only have manual record-keeping approaches been found to be unnecessarily labour-intensive, but they can leave hospitals and healthcare facilities open to human error – which can have fatal consequences.
With this in mind, ensuring that patients have immediate access to medical supplies is crucial to providing quality care. Putting a system in place to optimise the use of resources and improve the productivity of healthcare workers not only augments the quality of care provided but also helps to facilitate a much faster response when emergencies arise.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why asset tracking is becoming a non-negotiable investment for the healthcare industry.
1. Improved productivity
One of the main reasons why healthcare asset tracking is so important is because valuable assets routinely get lost due to misplacement and misuse. This is both costly and time-consuming. The lack of resource visibility is another reason why asset tracking is necessary. It is estimated that a nurse will spend, on average, twenty minutes per shift, searching for equipment; this can lead to a loss of almost £400 000 each year.
By implementing an IoT-enabled wireless tracking system, such as Smarter Technologies’ smart medical asset management solutions, hospitals will have access to data that will help staff to quickly locate their medical instruments, allowing healthcare workers to work much faster, accessing tools and equipment as required.
2. Reduced theft
Theft of medical instruments is another reason why healthcare asset tracking is used. The NHS, for example, loses £13 million worth of hospital equipment each year. In Germany, a recent incident saw almost 50,000 disposable face masks stolen from the logistics centre for Cologne’s medical clinics.
Healthcare asset tracking devices have a much better insight into all the critical mobile assets across facilities than an excel spreadsheet can. From patient beds and wheelchairs to defibrillators, ventilators and other vital pieces of equipment, with smart medical asset management, you can track, monitor and recover your stolen goods much faster. Smarter Technologies’ smart medical asset management solutions also provide an SOS service and panic buttons, which send immediate alerts to a mobile device in the event of an emergency.
3. Improved resource allocation and longevity
Healthcare asset tracking will also allow your business to take accurate stock calculations – assisting hospital managers in making better-informed purchasing decisions. By recognising which assets are not being used effectively, hospitals will reduce unnecessary expenditures by phasing out unused pieces of equipment, freeing up financial resources to stock high-demand, vital supplies.
With IoT sensors, the equipment’s condition can also be monitored for any damage or dysfunction so that it can be replaced timeously. For example, a microscope that is properly maintained can last for up to fifteen years, but this lifespan is reduced to only eight years if it is not looked after. Tracking these assets will help to alert you of any preventative maintenance that needs to be carried out, helping to potentially double the lifespan of your assets.
These sensors can also be utilised to ensure medical supplies are kept at optimal storage conditions. By giving hospitals and other healthcare facilities the ability to continuously monitor the temperature and humidity of their pharmaceutical products, it will help to minimise any immediate problems that may arise if there are issues with the building’s HVAC system.
Without healthcare asset tracking, hospitals risk not only losing and wasting critical resources, but they could also be putting their patient’s health in danger. Smarter Technologies’ smart medical asset management solutions create revolutionary asset management and security solutions; designed to prolong the healthcare asset lifecycle, save time, money and ultimately lives.
Get in touch today to find out how Smarter Technologies’ customised, healthcare asset tracking solutions can save lives.
The cost of rural theft is on the rise as organised criminal gangs target livestock and high-value equipment and machinery. That’s why many farmers are looking into a smart GPS tracking device for livestock.
In the 2020 Rural Crimes Report, insurance company NFU revealed that rural theft in the UK had risen by almost 9 percent since 2019, making it the highest recorded increase in eight years. Despite a slight reduction in crime under lockdown, many believe that the negative economic impact of COVID-19 will escalate this trend even further, adding extra pressure to farmers.
For the second year in a row, the sharp rise in crime was linked mostly to thefts of high-value tractors, quad bikes and other farm vehicles. Livestock theft also contributed to the rise – with initial figures suggesting an increase of nearly 15 percent. There is no doubt that these crimes are being committed by organised criminal gangs, and the latest figures from The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) reveal that £329,000 of stolen machinery was recovered by Police Scotland between April and June 2020. Inspector Alan Dron, who coordinates SPARC activity, believes that increasingly serious organised crime groups (SOCGs) are targeting and influencing rural crime.
Authorities advise the following measures as a way to deter criminals:
- Lock your vehicles in a garage or building and make sure to remove the keys or store them out of view of any windows
- Prevent passers-by from looking through windows by covering them
- Install security lighting and CCTV cameras with sensors and alarms on the perimeter of your premises
- Secure your machines using heavy duty security chains and padlocks
- Lock the brakes on your machines with a grip lock to prevent them from being moved
- Record machinery serial numbers and take photographs for reference. If the machine is ever stolen a photo will increase the chances of recovering the machine.
- Fit a GPS tracking device for livestock
To protect themselves from this new wave of organised crime, many farmers and rural businesses are turning to technological solutions such as GPS tracking devices for livestock.
Smarter Technologies’ GPS tracking device for livestock
With our GPS tracking device for livestock, farmers gain remote visibility on the location of their livestock. Our GPS cattle collar tracks and monitors the location of every individual in the herd, helping farmers prevent livestock theft, track and recover stolen animals, quickly count stock, detect unusual behaviour and so much more.
How does a GPS cattle collar work?
The collar sends out a signal every 15 minutes, straight to a livestock management dashboard, allowing you to remotely monitor the location of your animals at any time, from anywhere. You can also set up specific geofences and alerts to notify you if your livestock moves out of a designated area.
The benefits of a GPS Cattle Collar
- Farmers can track and monitor their livestock 24/7
- They help to ensure the security of the herd
- They help to protect livestock from organised crime
- They reduce reliance on manual labour
- They allow a fast response in an emergency, helping to save the lives of livestock and personnel
- They eliminate the need for costly IT hardware and support
- They can help to attract a new generation of tech-savvy employees
Combined with our other smart farm solutions, our GPS cattle tracking collar allows you to manage your farm and livestock with more ease and accuracy.
Smarter Technologies’ smart farm solutions
Together with GPS cattle collars, Smarter Technologies works with farmers to create bespoke solutions to track, monitor and recover stolen assets. Our Orion Data Network system feeds back real-time data on the location, health and security of your livestock and other valuable assets, providing much-needed peace of mind for farmers wanting to protect and secure their businesses and homes.
Some of Smarter Technologies’ other tracking and security solutions include door and gate sensors, perimeter protection, electric fence theft monitoring, motion sensors and pressure pads. When combined, access to this critical data can play a pivotal role in assisting local authorities when arresting and convicting organised criminal gangs.
Contact us today to find out more about how to secure and protect your livestock from theft, injury, natural disaster and organised crime.