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Envio Systems Announces Integration Partnership with VergeSense for Real-Time Dynamic Space Optimization

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VergeSense industry-leading solutions provide the most complete view into office utilization across campuses, buildings, floors, rooms, individual desks, and more. Envio Systems transforms any building into a smart one with its suite of innovative IoT products, enabling buildings to function as a fully integrated digital ecosystem.

Through this integration partnership, Envio creates intelligent spaces that actively adapt to real-time conditions and allow you to track, learn, automate and optimize all building equipment and systems in real-time from a central platform.

Turning static spaces into dynamic, efficient, and enjoyable ones.

Before the pandemic, occupancy was predictable. Offices were expected to be full during operating hours of 9-5 and empty overnight and over weekends. Depending on the purpose of departments, those spaces could be assumed to be at full capacity like the engineering department or at half capacity for sales teams. As we return to the office or begin to figure out what it looks like, one thing is certain: Occupancy is no longer a constant between hybrid work schedules.

Next-generation buildings are created through technology that focuses on occupants. Building owners and operators can optimize how their buildings run only when they understand what’s happening within the spaces. Occupancy-based data allows HVAC to be utilized in certain zones and spaces when it needs to be instead of nonstop, 24/7. This data expands into other systems like lighting, where lights are on only when someone is in the space, and room reservations so that people know if a space is occupied without wasting time traveling across the building or campus.

The value of occupancy data has never been more important to reduce energy consumption in HVAC and other building systems, in creating automated processes, and for empowering positive employee experiences.

With that in mind and in our search to become the best provider for smart buildings we can be, we are proud to announce our integration with VergeSense. The VergeSense Workplace Analytics Platform powered by intelligent occupancy sensors measure the activity of the workplace with the precision and privacy required as we all move to the future of the office. Their sensors are easy to install, work over POE or wirelessly and require fewer sensors than other options on the market. Anonymous and on a secure mesh network, cybersecurity risks are reduced and with 97% occupancy detection accuracy, the data is at the high level we need.

VergeSense gives you the ability to visualize when and how the spaces within your building are being utilized. Occupancy data enables socially distant collaboration, space utilization information, dynamic facility cleaning, increased productivity, and so much more.

How does it work?

The integration of Envio Systems and VergeSense creates an environment that is understood at a foundational level and is then fed into a smart, AI-powered platform to integrate with other systems and build the experiences occupants want in their workplace. Envio’s Operating System analyzes and visually displays data collected from VergeSense sensors, as well as all building components and information. Utilizing real-time and historic data, Envio’s industry-leading predictive control algorithms determine optimal settings for every single component building-wide. This allows you to easily implement dynamic, occupancy-based operations rather than rigid fixed schedules. Resulting in maximal operational efficiency and optimal indoor environments for occupants at all times.

To learn more about what this integration could mean for you, please contact us.

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Source: https://www.iotforall.com/press-releases/envio-systems-announces-integration-partnership-with-vergesense

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How Energy Harvesting Will Impact the Future of Holiday Shopping

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For some, holiday shopping is the best time of year. For others, it’s chaotic and overwhelming. This season, we’re hoping to help deliver the best shopping experience for consumers by reimaging the in-store retail experience while also helping the environment.

As a retailer, big box, or SMB, you constantly have to adjust the prices of your goods. During the holiday season especially, there are promotions, discounts, or price drops. And while it’s often a win for customers, it can be exhausting for store employees who have to change price tags and signage constantly. Increasingly, paper tags are becoming less used, and programmable Electronic Shelf Labels (ESLs) and other digital signage are becoming more prevalent in-store.

Electric Signage

The upfront, most significant benefit of electric signage is that updates can automatically be applied across all products and quickly. However, many of these devices are battery-operated, which ultimately creates another headache for store employees to replace the batteries while also being costly to purchase more batteries. An alternative is using ESLs with energy harvesting technology, which can significantly extend the battery life of these devices – and in some cases, energy harvesting can replace the need for batteries. That means employees don’t have to worry about changing batteries every few months for the thousands of ESLs in the store. Think about the cost savings on the batteries and labor to replace the ESL signs – in addition to the positive environmental impact of less battery waste. This holiday season, we anticipate stores will start to adopt ESLs that are battery-free or have extended battery life to reduce costs and waste at the same time.  

In the coming shopping season, we anticipate the use of electronic price tags and other digital signage will pick up traction thanks to new advancements in energy harvesting technology, low power Bluetooth solutions, and on-demand wake-up technology. Combining these three technologies will enable cost-effective and increasingly efficient ESL implementations, overhauling the retail industry.

Energy Harvesting

So how does energy harvesting work? A device can leverage multiple energy sources, including radiofrequency (RF), photovoltaic, thermal, and motion, to provide enough power to run on a single battery forever or run without any batteries. Controlled energy harvesting solves some of the challenges of ambient energy harvesting, which is characteristically volatile, by leveraging many different energy sources to guarantee robust functionality while reducing the system’s dependence on battery power. This technology will allow retailers to set up ESLs effortlessly without worrying about maintenance time and costs down the road. Frequently changing batteries in ESLs will become a thing of the past – ESLs with batteries that last forever and ones that don’t require any batteries will become the new industry standard.

The other critical pieces enabling battery-free ESLs are a low power radio implementation for Bluetooth 5.0 standard and on-demand wakeup technology. The Bluetooth 5.0 platform – which has four times the range, two times the speed, and eight times the bandwidth than its predecessors – makes it possible to achieve radical power performance improvements while maintaining complete standards compliance. On-demand wake-up technology helps to extend battery life further. On-demand wake-up implements two levels of listening, essentially providing the radio with two sets of ears: one set offers the lowest level of “radio consciousness,” listening in a very slight “conscious” state to perceive incoming transmissions; the other set is a deep sleeper, waking less or only when alerted to incoming signal transmissions by its light sleeping counterpart. This dynamic combination of low-power Bluetooth 5.0 and on-demand wake-up technologies allows devices to consume up to 100 times less energy than traditional solutions. This enables batteries to last the lifetime of a device and can allow some devices to operate without any batteries.

Energy harvesting will help make your shopping experience a bit more enjoyable while also helping to provide a safer shopping experience. While unlikely, hazardous chemicals can seep out of batteries. ESLs with batteries that can last forever or are battery-free can minimize environmental damage and lessen the cost and employee time it takes to replace the power-cell of these connected devices. In many stores, there can be upwards of hundreds to thousands of ESLs, so controlled energy harvesting technology, low-power Bluetooth solutions, and on-demand wake-up technology will significantly impact the environment and companies’ bottom lines.

ESLs are just one way that retailers can take advantage of energy harvesting technologies. In the future, we’ll see stores integrate energy harvesting into many other types of applications, from lights to door locks to temperature sensors and beyond.

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Source: https://www.iotforall.com/how-energy-harvesting-will-impact-the-future-of-holiday-shopping

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Marathon Des Sables 2021 Endurance Runners to Benefit from Satellite Tracking and Safety Thanks to 950 Globalstar SPOT Devices

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Dublin, Ireland, 14 September, 2021 – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT), and a leader in satellite messaging, IoT, and emergency notification technologies, today announced that SPOT devices will track and safeguard all athletes competing in the 35th edition of MARATHON DES SABLES (MDS), the world’s most extreme running race. Globalstar has for the sixth time been named Official Tracking Partner for this year’s event, taking place from 1-11 October 2021. MDS did not take place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each of MDS 2021’s 800 pre-registered participants will have the small, rugged SPOT units mounted on their backpack. SPOT will transmit their GPS location every five minutes so that race organizers, emergency support crew, sponsors, family and friends can precisely track each runner’s progress online.

This is accomplished thanks to Globalstar’s next-generation fleet of satellites traversing the planet in Low Earth Orbit, enabling reliable, ubiquitous coverage even where alternative communications infrastructure is non-existent.

MDS is a grueling multi-stage footrace and test of self-sufficiency that sees endurance athletes traverse the highly challenging landscape of the Sahara Desert; runners race across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

MDS first used SPOT devices in 2015. That year, thanks to SPOT’s GPS data transmission and emergency notification capabilities, during the course of the event, the MDS support team was able to precisely locate 18 competitors who found themselves in distress and to quickly dispatch rescue teams to each. In fact, in the last three races supported by SPOT, the devices enabled no fewer than 45 competitors to be rescued within minutes. In the 2015 race, the use of SPOT even resulted in one rescue with the assistance of a camel.

A further 150 SPOT devices will be deployed for support teams at the 2021 event. As in past years, MDS 2021 race marshals will carry SPOT units and the devices will also be deployed in security and medical ground vehicles and helicopters.

If an incident occurs, such as injury, the runner simply presses SPOT’s one-touch SOS button and their location data is transmitted by satellite from the SPOT device to race officials, making it easy to find the closest rescue team and to promptly dispatch support.

Customized tracking software including an intuitive user interface, provided by tracking specialist GlobalPlus+, a Globalstar Value Added Reseller based in Spain, will help race officials, as well as friends, family, and sponsors, keep track of the athletes’ progress. The GlobalPlus+ platform uses geo-fencing to alert race HQ if an athlete inadvertently goes off-course. When this happens, rescue and medical teams check the person’s health, and if they are OK, advise them on how to get back on course.

“We are delighted to again partner with Globalstar and SPOT,” explains Patrick Bauer, CEO of the MARATHON DES SABLES. “With the cancellation of the race last year, and all the extra measures we’ve implemented to make the event Covid-safe, we are especially excited about MDS 2021. We continue to greatly appreciate SPOT’s capabilities, enabling us to reliably track all MDS athletes, and ensuring we can rapidly help them when they need it most.”

“MARATHON DES SABLES this year feels like it has extra meaning following the events of 2020: We’re extremely happy to once again be part of it,” said Gavan Murphy, Director of Marketing, EMEA, Globalstar.

“It’s an honor to enable tracking and SOS emergency help for these super-human athletes as they test themselves to their very limits, and to provide MDS organizers, support, and medical crews with the satellite-enabled tools they need as they carry out their vital role in making this amazing competition possible,” he added.

About 2021 MARATHON DES SABLES

MDS 2021 is a grueling multi-stage adventure through a highly challenging landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates – the Sahara Desert. Runners take on the challenge of a lifetime, facing the most extreme terrain as they race across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). The rules of MDS require participants to be self-sufficient, carrying everything they need to survive – including all equipment and food – on their backs. Only water and tents are provided. Other safety measures include RFID tagging. www.marathondessables.com

About SPOT

SPOT is a rugged, pocket-sized, low-priced personal GPS messenger that helps users stay connected via satellite even where there is poor or no GSM signal. If a runner gets into trouble, such as sustaining an injury, with the single press of a button, emergency services are alerted, their GPS coordinates are transmitted to the support crew, and help is immediately dispatched. SPOT provides off-the-grid messaging, emergency alerts, super long battery life, and extreme GPS tracking with intervals as frequent as every 2.5 minutes. SPOT devices have been used in over 7,900 rescues worldwide. For more information, and a list of retailers carrying SPOT products, visit www.FindMeSPOT.eu.

About Globalstar, Inc.

Globalstar is a leading provider of customizable Satellite IoT Solutions for customers around the world in industries such as oil and gas, transportation, emergency management, government, maritime and outdoor recreation. A pioneer of mobile satellite voice and data services, Globalstar solutions connect people to their devices and allow businesses to streamline operations providing safety and communication and enabling mobile assets to be monitored remotely via the Globalstar Satellite Network. The Company’s Commercial IoT product portfolio includes industry-acclaimed SmartOne asset tracking products, Commercial IoT satellite transmitters and the SPOT® product line for personal safety, messaging and emergency response, all supported on SPOT My Globalstar, a robust cloud-based enhanced mapping solution.

Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. For more information, visit eu.globalstar.com.

For media information, please contact:
Cynthia Ritchie
White Tiger Communications
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 3514 2525

Gavan Murphy
Globalstar Director of Marketing EMEA

[email protected]

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Source: https://www.iotforall.com/press-releases/marathon-des-sables-2021-satellite-tracking-globalstar-spot

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Marathon Des Sables 2021 Endurance Runners to Benefit from Satellite Tracking and Safety Thanks to 950 Globalstar SPOT Devices

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Dublin, Ireland, 14 September, 2021 – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT), and a leader in satellite messaging, IoT, and emergency notification technologies, today announced that SPOT devices will track and safeguard all athletes competing in the 35th edition of MARATHON DES SABLES (MDS), the world’s most extreme running race. Globalstar has for the sixth time been named Official Tracking Partner for this year’s event, taking place from 1-11 October 2021. MDS did not take place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each of MDS 2021’s 800 pre-registered participants will have the small, rugged SPOT units mounted on their backpack. SPOT will transmit their GPS location every five minutes so that race organizers, emergency support crew, sponsors, family and friends can precisely track each runner’s progress online.

This is accomplished thanks to Globalstar’s next-generation fleet of satellites traversing the planet in Low Earth Orbit, enabling reliable, ubiquitous coverage even where alternative communications infrastructure is non-existent.

MDS is a grueling multi-stage footrace and test of self-sufficiency that sees endurance athletes traverse the highly challenging landscape of the Sahara Desert; runners race across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

MDS first used SPOT devices in 2015. That year, thanks to SPOT’s GPS data transmission and emergency notification capabilities, during the course of the event, the MDS support team was able to precisely locate 18 competitors who found themselves in distress and to quickly dispatch rescue teams to each. In fact, in the last three races supported by SPOT, the devices enabled no fewer than 45 competitors to be rescued within minutes. In the 2015 race, the use of SPOT even resulted in one rescue with the assistance of a camel.

A further 150 SPOT devices will be deployed for support teams at the 2021 event. As in past years, MDS 2021 race marshals will carry SPOT units and the devices will also be deployed in security and medical ground vehicles and helicopters.

If an incident occurs, such as injury, the runner simply presses SPOT’s one-touch SOS button and their location data is transmitted by satellite from the SPOT device to race officials, making it easy to find the closest rescue team and to promptly dispatch support.

Customized tracking software including an intuitive user interface, provided by tracking specialist GlobalPlus+, a Globalstar Value Added Reseller based in Spain, will help race officials, as well as friends, family, and sponsors, keep track of the athletes’ progress. The GlobalPlus+ platform uses geo-fencing to alert race HQ if an athlete inadvertently goes off-course. When this happens, rescue and medical teams check the person’s health, and if they are OK, advise them on how to get back on course.

“We are delighted to again partner with Globalstar and SPOT,” explains Patrick Bauer, CEO of the MARATHON DES SABLES. “With the cancellation of the race last year, and all the extra measures we’ve implemented to make the event Covid-safe, we are especially excited about MDS 2021. We continue to greatly appreciate SPOT’s capabilities, enabling us to reliably track all MDS athletes, and ensuring we can rapidly help them when they need it most.”

“MARATHON DES SABLES this year feels like it has extra meaning following the events of 2020: We’re extremely happy to once again be part of it,” said Gavan Murphy, Director of Marketing, EMEA, Globalstar.

“It’s an honor to enable tracking and SOS emergency help for these super-human athletes as they test themselves to their very limits, and to provide MDS organizers, support, and medical crews with the satellite-enabled tools they need as they carry out their vital role in making this amazing competition possible,” he added.

About 2021 MARATHON DES SABLES

MDS 2021 is a grueling multi-stage adventure through a highly challenging landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates – the Sahara Desert. Runners take on the challenge of a lifetime, facing the most extreme terrain as they race across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). The rules of MDS require participants to be self-sufficient, carrying everything they need to survive – including all equipment and food – on their backs. Only water and tents are provided. Other safety measures include RFID tagging. www.marathondessables.com

About SPOT

SPOT is a rugged, pocket-sized, low-priced personal GPS messenger that helps users stay connected via satellite even where there is poor or no GSM signal. If a runner gets into trouble, such as sustaining an injury, with the single press of a button, emergency services are alerted, their GPS coordinates are transmitted to the support crew, and help is immediately dispatched. SPOT provides off-the-grid messaging, emergency alerts, super long battery life, and extreme GPS tracking with intervals as frequent as every 2.5 minutes. SPOT devices have been used in over 7,900 rescues worldwide. For more information, and a list of retailers carrying SPOT products, visit www.FindMeSPOT.eu.

About Globalstar, Inc.

Globalstar is a leading provider of customizable Satellite IoT Solutions for customers around the world in industries such as oil and gas, transportation, emergency management, government, maritime and outdoor recreation. A pioneer of mobile satellite voice and data services, Globalstar solutions connect people to their devices and allow businesses to streamline operations providing safety and communication and enabling mobile assets to be monitored remotely via the Globalstar Satellite Network. The Company’s Commercial IoT product portfolio includes industry-acclaimed SmartOne asset tracking products, Commercial IoT satellite transmitters and the SPOT® product line for personal safety, messaging and emergency response, all supported on SPOT My Globalstar, a robust cloud-based enhanced mapping solution.

Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. For more information, visit eu.globalstar.com.

For media information, please contact:
Cynthia Ritchie
White Tiger Communications
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 3514 2525

Gavan Murphy
Globalstar Director of Marketing EMEA

[email protected]

PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified.
Click here to access.

Source: https://www.iotforall.com/press-releases/marathon-des-sables-2021-satellite-tracking-globalstar-spot

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Leveraging IoT to Enable a Truly Effortless Experience

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The impact of the IoT and IIoT on customer service or field service experiences has introduced opportunities for boosting customer loyalty to previously unmined levels and has opened up new prospects for revenue creation. Yet, the challenge remains on how to translate IoT benefits into an Effortless Experience.

The principles of the Effortless Experience, based on the book by Matt Dixon, put a new spin on customer experience and reveal what makes customers loyal or disloyal.

“Loyalty is driven by how well a company delivers on its basic promises and solves day-to-day problems, not on how spectacular its service experience might be. Most customers don’t want to be “wowed”; they want an effortless experience. And they are far more likely to punish you for bad service than to reward you for good service.”

IIoT benefits, visible across all industries, take different forms for different applications. For example, industrial production facilities increase maintenance efficiency and labor safety, streamlining production and operational resilience.

However, IoT is not just about technology but instead about developing solutions that can drive meaningful results for your businesses. The importance of Field service organizations continues to rise for operations. The service experiences that your technicians deliver will have a lasting impact on your customers’ overall impression of your brand and impact satisfaction, retention, and future sales positively or negatively. As your customers’ expectations continue to rise as to what is considered good service, they expect effortless service.

It is time to reimagine how your organization provides service by ushering out the complexities of the past towards a future of effortless experiences.

Centralize Towards Effortless

Are you able to continue the conversation when customers ask a question via one channel but ask for an update via another? In the customer’s mind, regardless of how or when the conversation started, history and context need to be carried into future interactions. However, most organizations today still struggle, often having different teams for various service channels.

Combining the power of a centralized service console such as Salesforce Service Cloud with real-time and historical IoT telemetry from a Digital Twin will provide all of your teams with full transparency ensuring context and history are available at all times.

In addition, your service teams will be able to conduct diagnostics tests remotely while having direct access to historical data and cases as well as service contracts and KPI’s.

Move From Effortless to Predictive

Sophisticated analytics tools and connected products have changed the landscape of what we know about our customers and their assets and equipment. As a result, you have tons of relevant data at hand that enable you to predict a customer’s need for service before they experience the issue themselves.

Although this information is available, it is usually unavailable to service teams within their operational tool. Unfortunately, neither are these teams typically in the driving seat when defining the rules that are in place to monitor your connected assets. A no-code platform to unlock the power of IoT within their service console could be the solution. This approach proactively initiates customer service actions to offer an unprecedented level of customer and field service.

Make Effortless Your Differentiator

Achieving an effortless service can also help discover new growth opportunities via AI/ML insights, which can drive your topline. Second, you can improve operational efficiency by transforming how you connect people, data, and devices with automated workflows and inventory management tools. Third, risk can be reduced by effortlessly securing your organization, network, and people by detecting anomalies and vulnerabilities so you connect with confidence. Last, enhance your user experience by delivering differentiated and personalized effortless experiences to make your customers return and want more.

Customer Service organizations have been striving for years to achieve short wait times, high first call resolution, and extended support hours. Effective customer service programs not only offer these they also provide access to experts. First, however, customers need to know where to look. Recent studies show that organizations that can anticipate customer needs and make information easy to find rank highest in customer satisfaction. In addition, customers want self-service, and they want it to be effortless.

Conclusion

An effortless experience for your customers can be made possible by unlocking the power of IoT within Salesforce Service Cloud. When combining the power of a centralized service console enriched with real-time and historical IoT telemetry, your teams will be provided with total transparency ensuring the context and history of customer contacts are available at all times.

To achieve an unprecedented level of customer service, it is vital to predicting a customer’s need for assistance before they experience the issue themselves. Providing your service teams with a no-code platform within their Service Cloud or Field Service environment could be the solution. Many customers expect self-service next to an effortless experience.

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Source: https://www.iotforall.com/leverage-iot-to-enable-a-truly-effortless-experience

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